You don’t need a DeLorean to revisit the past this summer – just take a trip to the Tempe Historical Museum, 809 East Southern Avenue. Every Wednesday for the month of July, you can explore the Museum’s current exhibition “Legend City” to find out what Phoenix was like in the 1960s and '70s and enjoy special crafts and performances for the whole family. The theme for this week is Carnival Day.
Travel through time from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.tempe.gov/timemachine or call 480-350-5100. Katrina Montgomery
The Lawnmower Man
One of many great things about FilmBar is the diversity of the programming that often complements its film screenings: commentary, live music, costume contests, and, on Thursday, July 28, a panel of smarty-pantses discussing 1992’s The Lawnmower Man. It’s part of the History of the Future series co-presented by FilmBar and ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination.
The cheesy but much-beloved movie follows the (mis)adventures of Jobe, a landscaping guy who has an intellectual disability, and the scientist who gives him great powers — but not great responsibility — through wonder drugs and a virtual reality interface. Directed by Virtuosity’s Brett Leonard, The Lawnmower Man remains almost a blueprint for the way desire and revenge can make a regular person into a supervillain, given the right tools.
The mowing begins at 6:30 p.m. at 815 North Second Street. Admission is $6 and includes your first age-appropriate drink. See www.thefilmbarphx.com. Julie Peterson
Hardboiled Discussion Group
Binge-watching all the old-school crime shows available on Netflix and need to get vocal about it? Get off the couch and meet some new pals.
The Hardboiled Discussion Group is the perfect opportunity to congregate with literary-minded folks who share your interest in crime fiction loaded with cynical characters, gritty language, and dark scenarios. This month, discuss The Marauders by Tom Cooper, a mystery set in a working class Gulf Coast town, after the region has been brutalized by the BP oil spill. Desperate times bring together a cast of shady characters. The book blabbing happens from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, at The Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. Admission is free. Call 480-947-2974 or visit www.poisonedpen.com. Amy Young
Some works of art are literally jaw-dropping, which is certainly the case for at least one piece featured in “Infinite Possibility: Art of Tomorrow,” an international juried exhibition curated by Claire C. Carter, who serves as contemporary art curator at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Christine Cassano’s mixed-media sculpture titled Jawbreaker – created using found bone, concrete, metal, and moss – clearly fits the bill. It’s one of many works included in the show at Tilt Gallery, 7077 East Main Street in Scottsdale. Other featured artists include James Angel, Alexandra Bowers, Simona Gocan, Pilar Hanson, Sandra Klein, Brooke Molla, Elizabeth Odiorne, and Paula Riff.
See their works from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., as well as 7 to 9 p.m., on Thursday, July 28. Visit www.tiltgallery.com. Lynn Trimble
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