Five Must-See Arts and Culture Events This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Wednesday, February 27: Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody @ Orpheum Theatre f you've ever used the words "inner goddess" or blushed at the sight of a silver necktie, then chances are good you're a reader of the Fifty Shades trilogy. The bestseller had women's hearts pounding all over the country, as they followed the totally screwed-up story of a control freak and his virgin lover. So is it lady porn? Maybe. Is it a good read? Depends whom you ask. Is it great fodder for a parody musical? Yeah, it's most certainly that.

And all you fans of Christian Grey and his 50 shades will be happy to know Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody will bring all the humor the best-selling book has to offer with comedy, musical numbers, and sexy striptease performances. -- Lauren Saria

Thursday, February 28: Emerge 2013 @ Arizona State University What is the future of truth? This is the boundless topic presented at Emerge 2013, a future-focused festival bringing together scientists, artists, humanists, and engineers "to build, draw, write and rethink the future of the human species and the environments that we share," according to organizers. If it sounds a bit metaphysical, the event's distinguished speakers base their theories and ideas on fact, occasionally peppering with a little fiction. The roster includes ASU president Michael Crow, "North America's greatest living thinker about myth," Betty Sue Flowers, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger (Friday Night Lights). But what is fact when fiction blurs the lines, and where does truth begin when the lies never really end?

Try to get a handle on the future in the midst of our changing reality at Emerge 2013, beginning Thursday, February 28, on the Arizona State University's Tempe campus. You're new outlook on the future is waiting. -- Glenn BurnSilver

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Claire Lawton
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