All right, smarty pants, you think you've got a handle on all things brainy? We've got news for you: the Valley's rife with all sorts of experts who dabble in arts, sciences, and everything in between. And those pros offer up their knowledge readily at lectures all over town every month. Here are five that serve as irrefutable proof.
"Waking the Algorithm" @ Arizona Science Center Brian David Johnson isn't a psychic -- but his job working as a futurist for Intel requires that he predict the future. Through a process called "future casting," Johnson synthesizes new research, trends, field studies, and even sci-fi to determine how his company can plan and innovate with an eye toward what consumers may want in decades to come.
Johnson will discuss his work during a lecture at Arizona Science Center's Adult's Night Out on Friday, September 7, at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
"The Vogue Online Archive & the September Issue" @ Phoenix Art Museum This year's September issue of Vogue weighs in at a whopping 4 pounds 10 ounces thanks to its 916 pages of fall fashion -- 658 of which are ads. But it wasn't always such a massive endeavor.
The proof? That's in the Phoenix Art Museum's Vogue archives, available in the Lemon Art Research Library. For a how-to on how to access and use the archives, fashion fiends can attend the presentation "The Vogue Online Archive & the September Issue," from fashion blogger Hannah Hayes, ASU MFA candidate Andrea Severson, and librarian Lindsey Powers. "After, they will view changes Vogue has taken through the eyes of September issues throughout its history (and how it has become "The September Issue," Hayes says.
The Arizona Costume Institute presents the event in Singer Hall on Wednesday, August 12, at 12 p.m. The talk is included with museum admission ($15 for adults); for optional luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. and costs $25 to $30, call 602-307-2011.
"The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema" @ Phoenix Art Museum In conjunction with Phoenix Art Museum's film festival Cine Latino, Desirée J. Garcia, Assistant Professor in the School of Transborder Studies and the Film and Media Studies Program at ASU, will discuss the time span during which Mexican films were met with international acclaim and box office success from 1936 to 1969. The free talk takes place on Wednesday, September 12.
Ishmael Beah @ ASU West If anything, Ishmael Beah's life has revolved around luck - good and bad. Born in Sierra Leone, he was separated from his family when civil war broke out and then forced to join the government army -- all by the age of 13. In his late teens, he successfully fled the country with aid from UNICEF. Then, he rejoined society, something he's said was more challenging than becoming the brainwashed and addiction-addled child soldier.
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Eventually, Beah resettled in America and penned the best-seller A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, his tale of war, fear, and dead-eyed violence. Beah will speak at ASU's West Campus in La Sala Ballroom on Tuesday, September 18, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Event parking costs $5.
"Breaking Boundaries: Arts, Innovation, and Social Engagement" @ Phoenix Center for the Arts Complaining is easy. But bring your gripes into a public forum and, through collaboration and discussion, you just might come up with a solution or two. That's the aim of the "Breaking Boundaries" panel that will gather on Tuesday, September 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Phoenix Center for the Arts.
Its specific focus will be on unconventional arts (think QR codes incorporated into indigenous textiles and other uncommon combos) and community engagement. Panelists include Desert Art Lab's April Bojorquez, Rachel Bowditch, of ASU School of Theatre and Film, Rickerby Hinds, Jeffrey Kerns, Elizabeth Johnson, and Jacob Meders.