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Five Local Lectures That'll Up Your IQ in December

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Whether you're looking to become an expert on a subject or just want to have something to wow your pals with over drinks, here are five lectures for aspiring poindexters during December.

5. The Sweet Science of Baking
Avid bakers and aspiring Betty Crockers prepping for holiday bake-athons will get a scientific breakdown of kitchen chemistry when Urban Cookies owner Brady Breese discusses how ingredients react to form delicious cookies, cakes, and pies while in the oven. 

Come for the lecture, stay for the Cupcake Wars stories at Arizona Science Center, on December 2, at 7 p.m. Admission to the lecture is free, but regular ticket prices apply to exhibitions. Details here.

4. MFA Faculty Reading
Seven faculty members from ASU's Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will read five-minute selections from their recent works, ranging from poetry to short stories, including some as yet unpublished pieces. 

The bookish bonanza starts at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, December 5, in the Memorial Union's Pima Auditorium on the Tempe campus.. Admission is free. See more details here.

3. Reflections in Bronze: Mirrors of Identity
This 30-minute discussion at Phoenix Art Museum features master docent Sherell Miller. Miller will explain effects of mirrors on ancient society, focusing on China and Korea's use of polished brass as reflective objects in a pre-glass mirror world. Hear the history lesson in the Arts of Asia Gallery at noon on Wednesday, December 7. 

Admission to the talk is included with the museum's regular ticket price. Read more about the event here.

2. Artists on Artists: Dynamic Duos
"Power couple" isn't a term that can be tossed around lightly, but a handful of Phoenix-based creative lovebirds definitely fit the bill. Head to SMoCA Lounge on Thursday, December 8, to get the inside scoop on how they collaborate, innovate, and still manage to like each other at the end of the day. 

Couples include Cyndi Coon and Jeremy Bridell, James Hajicek and Carol Panaro-Smith, and Anne and Jerry Schutte. S cope out the details here.

1. Star Talks
Join astronomy enthusiast Bill Dellinges for a 45-minute discussion on the night sky, focusing on viewable constellations and planets on Friday, December 17, at Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction. 

The park has a $7 entry fee, and there's no additional charge to attend the talk, which will be held in the amphitheater.

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