5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week
Courtesy of Mesa Arts Center Lisa Albinger's The Heatmeister (2013) is on view at Mesa Contemporary Arts.
From eye-opening exhibits to a cycling festival, here are Jackalope Ranch's top five picks for things to do in (and around) Phoenix this week.
Immigration is a hot-button issue in the Southwest -- and in Arizona in particular. With hundreds of miles of borderland, crossing into America is tempting, but also challenging. Every day scores of people attempt the perilous journeys across blistering deserts, and every day many are left for dead. Those who survive are faced with the challenge of living in a new land where stringent immigration policies constantly spark local -- and national -- debate.
"Crossing the Border," on display at ASU's Hayden Library and sponsored by the Chicano/a Research Collection and Arizona Collection, examines the history of people risking everything for the American dream, the factors that drive them, and the endless battle over immigration reform. The exhibit includes contributions from Puente Human Rights Movement, District 29 Senator Steve Gallardo, and a dozen others.
See what all the debate is about at the free exhibit on Monday, March 31, at 300 East Orange Mall. The library is open 24 hours that day. Call 480-965-6164 or visit www.facebook.com/ChicanoCollection. -- Glenn BurnSilver
The nice thing about art, as compared to, say, some music, is that one can travel back in time and typically find modern relevance in older works. That is especially true if the works are tied to a particular venue, such as the Mesa Arts Center. "M8k Marks" showcases drawings, paintings, and printmaking from former faculty, current and resident artists active at the center during the past 30 years. Following printmaster David Manje, who founded the center's printmaking program in 1985 with a converted vintage Griffin lithographic press, many of the featured artists -- such as Jeremy Yocum, Agustin Vargas, Michael Healey and Lisa Albinger -- got their start here with works stretching from protest posters to surreal and hyper-real images.
Discover printmaking at "M8k Marks," which is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Mesa Arts Center, One Main Street. The free show runs through Sunday, April 27. Visit www.mesaartscenter.com or call 480-644-6500. -- Glenn BurnSilver