Five Must-Attend Lectures in Metro Phoenix This May

Attention, Phoenix brainiacs. You have some lectures to attend. Start taking notes -- here are five events that'll up your IQ this month.

"The Mother of Ruin: Queen Morgause in the Arthurian Legend" @ Changing Hands Get the D.L. on Arthurian force of evil Morgause, a.k.a. The Mother of Ruin, during the upcoming lecture installment in the "Fearless Females" series from the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

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ASU faculty fellow and lecturer Diane Facinelli dishes on Gawain and Mordred's mom when the free talk starts at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Changing Hands Bookstore.

"Da Vinci Scholar Series" @ Arizona Science Center This month Arizona Science Center and ASU's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies team up to up your IQ. In conjunction with the Science Center's exhibit "Da Vinci - The Genius," the organizations present a weekly da Vinci-centric lecture series that will touch on different aspects of the brainiac-artist-inventor's life and times.

Starting May 8, the da Vinci Scholar Series continues from 5:30 to 9 p.m every Wednesday until May 29. $12 gets you into the lecture and the exhibit at 600 East Washington Street. See www.azscience.org or call 602-716-2000.

"Chocolate 101: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World" @ Heard Museum In conjunction with the ongoing exhibit "Chocolate, Chili & Cochineal," Wei Chocolate founder Lisa Reinhardt will discuss how fair trading impacts the chocolate market.

Fittingly, Reinhardt's lecture begins at lunchtime, 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 9, in the Encanto Room at Heard Museum. The talk is free with museum admission, which is $18 for adults.

"A Conversation: Sculpture + Art" @ Hotel Valley Ho The International Sculpture Center and Scottsdale Public Art present a panel including Will Bruder, Kendall Buster, and Jeffrey Stein, who will discuss how the disciplines of architecture and sculpture relate to, intersect, and overlap with one another. The talk runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in the Soho Ballroom at Hotel Valley Ho. Tickets are $10. A rooftop cocktail reception follows.

"Mid-century Modern Architecture in Phoenix" @ Burton Barr Central Library On Saturday, May 25, Modern Phoenix founder Alison King will do what she does best: share her bountiful knowledge of Mid-century Modern design. With a focus on Arizona's modern architects, she'll present "Where Cantilever Meets Coyote" at Burton Barr Central Library. Admission is free.

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