We know, Monday sucks. But if you take a quick look at the calendar, you'll see we're off to a pretty good week of art events, sports games, dance parties, and more. Here are our must-see events from now to the weekend...
Monday, August 27 "MathAlive!" @ Arizona Science Center Grade school teachers love to emphasize this concept to students, but it takes adult perspective to realize it's true: Math is at the root of just about everything a person does. Sure, you can use an app to calculate the tip, but it's so much cooler if you can do it in your head. Arizona Science Center's "MathAlive!" shows that there's more to math than playing Tetris on your smart phone. The interactive exhibit explores practical applications of the subject through its presence in video games and robotics, as well as fashion and music. Museum guests can exercise their mathematical prowess by building a bridge, making movies, and mixing a song. Adult admission is $14, and children's tickets are $1. -- Melissa Fossum
Tuesday, August 27: Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience @ Heard Museum The man and tribe behind the Geronimo legacy come to life this month at The Heard Museum. Curators have gathered objects for "Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience" from Heard's collection and from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian, other institutions, and a few private lenders.
On view through January 2013, the exhibit takes a closer look at the medicine man-turned-warrior's personal life, exploring his iconic status while a prisoner of war. Museum admission is $15. -- Claire Lawton
Wednesday, August 28: Rewind Wednesdays @ Kobalt Every person you've ever come across probably thinks that he, personally, has the best taste in music. Not just the best taste out of your group of friends or the crew at the bar (we're looking at you, jukebox fascist) but in the entire world. It comes with the territory, though, as music can have deeply personal meanings. But, for some people, that deep experience also includes dealing with deliberately ignorant ass-clowns. But hey, to each his own, right? Perhaps that would hold true, if our opinions didn't consistently drive us to prove our musical prowess.
Luckily, there's a way to indulge your taste publicly without holing up next to the jukebox all night. Relax, dude. Kobalt has you covered. Bring your favorite vinyl record to Rewind Wednesdays, where you can drink, chill, and rest assured that everyone knows just how cool and underground your taste is when the DJ starts to spin your tune. -- Christina Caldwell
Thursday, August 30: Superhero Fisticuffs @ FilmBar While the wily and costume-centric action-adventure films and television shows imported from Japan and Hong Kong (a.k.a. tokusatsu) may include subtitles or be dubbed in English, their best feature is how they communicate tales of valor in a language we can all understand: ass-kicking. Tokusatsu Theater focuses on a potpourri of punch-happy protagonists with Superhero Fisticuffs.
It's been just over a year since Tokusatsu Theater began hosting a monthly love-in for all things involving scale models of cities being destroyed. Starting out at the gone-too-soon east Valley grindhouse, The Royale, and then migrating to private residences, the Asian pop culture geek gathering emerged last month at indie movie bastion FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Ultraman is likely the most well known of Japanese tokusatsu besides Godzilla (with whom he shares lineage thanks to Japanese entertainment producer Eiji Tsuburaya). The futuristic man in red and silver shares the screen with Kamen Rider and Tatakae! Dragon during the 21-plus event. Tickets are $7. -- Jose Gonzalez
Thursday, August 30: ASU Football vs. Northern Arizona University It would be an understatement to call last season a disappointment for the ASU football team. For the first eight games, the Sun Devils were considered a lock to make the Pac-12 title game and have a shot at a BCS bowl. Instead, the Sun Devils finished off the season on a five-game losing streak that culminated with the unceremonious dismissal of head coach Dennis Erickson.
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This year's squad, coached by Todd Graham, might not be great, but they probably won't break any hearts. The Devils lost several key starters to the NFL, so it's a safe bet there won't be any BCS buzz around the team unless they really exceed expectations.
The Devils open their season against the NAU Lumberjacks on Thursday. The Lumberjacks, an FCS team, aren't even in the same league as ASU. So anything other than an easy win for ASU would be a stunning upset. Tickets are $30 and up. -- Ed Kummerer.