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Courtesy of Mesa Contemporary Arts
You Must Know Everything by Mike Stilkey is on view in "Boundless."
"Boundless: The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art"

In Fahrenheit 451, books get a bad rap as items capable of corrupting the mind and stirring unrest. In reality, many books are capable of doing this. But beyond that, adept storytelling and creative flare can also spark the boundless imagination inside ourselves. As modernity removes the pages in place of tablets, computers and phones, some say our literary sense of being suffers. So what of all those soon-to-be-unneeded tomes? "Boundless: The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art" rethinks the magic of books by morphing them into three-dimensional art pieces. Clearly inspired by the readings themselves, many of these works seem to come to life before our eyes. Exactly as a good book should!

Reading glasses are not needed to view the sculptures presented in "Boundless," which is on view through Sunday, August 10, in the South Gallery at Mesa Contemporay Arts, One East Main Street. Admission is free. Visit www.mesaartscenter.com or call 480-644-6500. -- Glenn BurnSilver

"Hopi Summer--Life, Friendship, and Survival on the Hopi Mesas"

A strong friendship should be able to overcome any obstacles, especially distance and cultural differences. Sometimes, something ever-lasting develops. Hopi Summer: Life, Friendship, and Survival on the Hopi Mesas is a book by Carolyn O'Bagy Davis based on one such enduring friendship that began in 1927 when Maud and Carey Melville of Worcester, Massachusetts, met Wilfred and Ethel Muchvo, a First Mesa Hopi family. The book is the starting point for a 90-minute Arizona Humanities Council program that examines, though Ethel's correspondence with Maud, the changes affecting the Hopi nation in the 1920s and 1930s. Ethel writes of starvation, illness, and daily hardship all while tourists and missionaries visit traditional villages and the U.S. government urges the people to abandon the traditional Hopi way.

This free program runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 East Washington Street. Call 602-495-0901 or visit www.pueblogrande.com. -- Glenn BurnSilver

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Mesa Contemporary Arts

1 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

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Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

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Herberger Theater Center

222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ

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Harry Wood Gallery

School of Art Building, Tempe, AZ

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