The art salon is not, after all, a thing of the past. ArtsAz and its director Ernest McIntyre figured this out long ago, and every month hold the FirstMondays Art Salon, an ongoing series of free public programs at the Burton Barr Central Library. This month's artist, Lisa Takata, is not only worth hearing from -- she's worth emulating. Takata happens to be a founding member of the First Fridays ArtXchange, where artists create and exchange work with each other based on a theme (this month's theme is "Lucky Numbers"). A commitment to building community led Takata and her fellow artists to this idea, and beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, June 2, she will not only talk about her own work, she will share her fellow artists' work as well. The salon will be held in the Pulliam Auditorium at the library, 1221 North Central. Contact 602-256-3521 for more information. -- Maidi Terry
Explore the paranormal anniversary of Roswell
Art space, indeed. An exhibition commemorating the anniversary of whatever did or did not happen outside Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947 opens this week at downtown's Be.Headed Salon and Gallery. Milking the media-hyped mystery of the alleged incident, "Alien Technology" amasses works from seven local artists: Richard Bledsoe, JRC, Stephanie Carrico, Michele Fuller, Dain Gore, Chris Walsh and Abbey Messmer. The show runs from Wednesday, June 4, through July 26, with an opening reception set for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 6, during ArtLink's monthly festivities. Be.Headed is located at 124 East Roosevelt; call 602-434-4224 for hours. -- Jill Koch
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Martini fund raiser makes merry
The Valley's movers -- and many, many shakers -- are set to mix it up at this weekend's Martini Mixer & Auction benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. From 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 31, the members of Society Ties -- the Young Professional Volunteers of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- host the annual fund raiser at Axis/Radius, 7340 East Indian Plaza in Scottsdale. While the Stoli Celebrity Martini Mix-off will have local celebs vying for the "Master of Mixology" crown, gala guests can get down with live music, snazzy snacks, and live and silent auctions. Advance tickets are $60 per person and $100 per couple; admission is $65 at the door. Call 602-788-8622, extension 30, for reservations. -- Jill Koch