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5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Monday, May 9, to Thursday, May 12.

Remember that time Senator John McCain decided he’d sing a little ditty about bombing Iran? So not helpful. Fortunately, it didn’t dissuade Iranian artist collective 2Niks Pictures from bringing their work, which deals with issues of identity in contemporary Iranian society, to the U.S.

Their videos, titled Crisis Experience and My City Is My Clothes, are featured in the “(Un)certainty” exhibition at Tilt Gallery, 7077 East Main Street, Suite 14, in Scottsdale. The show marks the stateside première for both works – created by sculptor and performance artist Masoud Nikdel and documentary filmmaker Ehsan Nikbakht.

“(Un)certainty" also features works by three American photographers considering questions of identity. Hours for this free exhibition on Monday, May 9, are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit Lynn Trimble

Brendan McDonough
If you don’t know him by name, you certainly know him by the story. Brendan McDonough is the single survivor of the Yarnell Hill Fire – the Prescott-area wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 out of 20 Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30, 2013.

McDonough has now released a memoir, My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone Survivor, co-authored by Stephan Dalty. McDonough will read from My Lost Brothers – a recount of his rocky adolescence, his daughter, joining the Hotshots, and Yarnell Hill – at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at Changing Hands Tempe, 6428 South McClintock Drive.

The book is $27 (plus tax), and comes with admission for two followed by a book-signing. Visit or call 480-730-0205. Lauren Cusimano

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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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