The R&B/rock and funk/country group Masque performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 12, on the southwest side of the lake at Kiwanis Park, Mill Avenue and All-America Way, concluding the series of Tempe's "Concerts in the Park." Admission is free. 480-898-5665.
Fauna both wild and domestic take over Shemer Art Center and Museum when the space presents "Mammals, Critters, Fish or Fowl," an exhibition of animal art featuring works by Frank Ybarra, Roberta Hancock--including what will likely be the only public showing of Maggie Muddypaws, Hancock's commissioned pastel portrait of an Airedale mix--and Sam Mindrum-Logan. It opens with a reception, at which the artists will be present, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, and continues through Friday, August 6. Mixed-media works by Nancy Pendleton are displayed during the same dates. Sculptures by Larry McLaughlin continue indefinitely on the museum grounds. The mission-style facility, a former residence, was built between 1919 and 1928. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 5005 East Camelback. 602-262-4727.
New Times' own Robrt L. Pela facilitates the monthly Gay/Lesbian Literature Conversation Group at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. All are welcome; admission is free. This month's selection is Paula Martinac's Out of Time. 602-957-6660.
Funkmaster Robert Walters rocks the Valley at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $5. 602-265-4842.