5 Must-Attend Lectures in Metro Phoenix This October

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Courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum
Jeanne Lanvin, French, 1867-1946 Travel ensemble (dress, dicky, belt, cape, hat), 1937 wool Gift of Mrs. Frances Van Dyke, 1971.c.155.A-D

Sure, professorial styles look great in fall. But without the brains to back up those elbow patches on your tweed jacket, chances are the only thing you'll be teaching is Poseurs 101. Instead of fronting like you've got I.Q. points to spare, bend and stretch your brain this October with Jackalope Ranch's five picks for must-attend lectures.

See also: Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

"The Cape Shape" @ Phoenix Art Museum
Superheros and the stylish intersect at one particularly fashionable point: the cape. As the cover-up makes its comeback this fall, the Phoenix Art Museum presents an in-depth look at the garment, worn by Batman and Blair Waldorf to equal acclaim, with the fashion exhibition "The Cape," which is on view through February 9, 2014. PAM's curator of fashion design, Dennita Sewell, will discuss the history, evolution, and versatility of the sleeveless coat during her lecture "The Cape Shape." Sewell speaks tonight starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

"The Golden Age of Signs" @ A.E. England Gallery
If you have a yen for vintage neon signage as seen at Courtesy Chevrolet, Mr. Lucky's, and Bill Johnson's Big Apple, then you'll want to clear your schedule for the evening of Friday, October 4. That's when Glen Guyett, the designer behind those and other iconic metro Phoenix signs, will give a presentation on the Valley's neon signage along with hip-storian Marshall Shore. The talk runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at A.E. England. Tickets are $9 and available at www.phxsigns.eventbrite.com.

"News + Play: The Power of Games and the Future of Interactive Storytelling" @ Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Sure, Candy Crush is teaching you how to maximize your sweets-smashing abilities. But the folks behind ASU's Center for Games and Impact want your games to do more than satisfy an urge to make sugary treats explode. According to their mission statement, they want games "to drive meaningful, sustainable learning, health and social impact." If that seems like a tall order for a digital pastime, then head to the panel discussion "News + Play" on Monday, October 7, for more on the matter. Center for Games and Impact director Sasha Barab and director of innovations Adam Ingram-Goble will be featured panelists on the discussion, which will be held at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication's First Amendment Forum at 7 p.m. Retha Hill, director of the journalism school's new media innovation lab, will moderate. Admission is free.

Location Info


Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

A.E. England Gallery

424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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