If George Clooney, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, and Bill Murray all sign off on a movie that doesn't have Wes Anderson or the Coen Brothers attached to it, then it must be something special. We'll leave it up to you to decide how well the jaw-dropping cast of The Monuments Men did in recreating a little-known slice of history, but suffice it to say that the story alone merits all the attention that the film brings it.
And to ensure that the heroism of an unsung World War II platoon commissioned to reclaim stolen art from the Nazis lives on, one man has been working tirelessly. Author Robert Edsel, whose 2009 book The Monuments Men spawned the film, has continued to chronicle the Monu-Men with 2013's Saving Italy, and he'll be delighted to tell you about it when he visits the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Tickets start at $15. Visit www.tempe.gov/TCA or call 480-350-2829 for details.