Five Must-Attend Lectures in August

Shine up those spectacles, aspiring poindexters, because there are plenty of ways to up your I.Q. in August. Here are five lectures that fit the brainy bill.

"Wear Paper" @ Phoenix Art Museum Phoenix Art Museum's fashion curator Dennita Sewell will discuss the paper dress trend that exploded onto the style scene in the late '60s. Although brief (the dresses were, after all, disposable and couldn't be washed), the fad that started as a way to make women into billboards became desirable, in spite of being shapeless and generally unflaterring, and a historic example of advertising infiltrating pop culture.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
Contact: Becky Bartkowski