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3 Must-Attend Lectures in Metro Phoenix This February

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Aspiring film buffs, art critics, and travel photographers, you've got some learning to do. Pick up a notebook and prep your schedule accordingly, because we've found three lectures in metro Phoenix that'll have you feeling mighty brainy this month.

"Exploring the World of Travel Photography: A Sense of Place" at Art Intersection We know that taking pictures of everything you do can impair your memory. But when we go on vacation, we have accepted the following truth: those pics are important -- to our mom, to us, and especially when it comes to braggy Facebook albums.

Luckily, we'll have a little help in the photo-taking department, thanks to five travel photographers who'll lecture at Art Intersection on Saturday, February 8.

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Presenters Dennis Scully, Kerrick James, Michael Matlach, Peter Ensenberger, and Gina Santi are photographers with Through Each Others Eyes, an organization under the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission that works to explore other cultures through photography. They will cover such topics as time-lapse photography, adventure photography, what travel photography is and why it's important, how to capture moments as a storyteller, and using photography as a means of learning about other cultures.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is presented in conjunction with PhotoTapas, a month-long celebration of photography in Arizona. Admission is $99, and registration can be completed at www.eventbrite.com. For more on Through Each Others Eyes, visit www.teoe.org.

How to Look at Cinema at Phoenix Art Museum Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Lifelike," which features works of art designed to look like everyday objects, Phoenix Art Museum's film program coordinator Perry Allen will discuss how to look at films as works of art.

Equipped with scenes from films including Citizen Kane, Un Chien Andelou, Breathless, Jaws, Stanger than Paradise, and Nashville, Perry will go over the principles of film and how to train your eye to recognize them starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 9. The event is expected to run two hours and is free with museum admission, which is $15 for adults. Visit www.phxart.org for more information.

Waynor Rogers on "Echoes of Japan: Prints by Western Artists" at ASU Art Museum Print collector Waynor Rogers will discuss ASU Art Museum's exhibition, "Echoes of Japan," which features works by western women artists who traveled to Japan and studied the country's art and culture, with a particular focus on learning the art of printmaking. Rogers and Laura Petrie of Petrie-Rogers Gallery lent the museum the majority of the on-view prints, which are presented alongside some from the museum's own collection. Rogers traces his interest in collecting woodblock prints to his time spent in Asia serving in the Marine Corps.

Hear his take on the tranquil show and its works when he discusses the exhibition from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, February 14. Admission to both the talk and the museum is free. For more on the exhibition, read Jackalope Ranch's review of "Echoes of Japan."

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