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Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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From sporty hangouts to ancient Egypt and suburban art, here's what you should put on your to-do list this week.

USA vs. Ghana Viewing Party

The United States Men's National Team entry into the World Cup was heightened by their draw into what's been called the "Group of Death." The Americans' first challenge is Ghana, which you can watch live on FilmBar's big screen Monday, June 16.

See also: 5 Places to Watch the World Cup in Metro Phoenix

While #2 Germany and #3 Portugal are further down the road in Group G, Ghana will be a hearty opponent for the American gents. Though the US outranks The Black Stars according to FIFA, #14 to #38, the Ghanaians possess the upper hand of having ousted the Americans in the first round of the past two World Cups. FilmBar's fine array of craft beers will make the Yanks' goals sweeter and alleviate any pain at the feet of Team Ghana.

The live telecast of the United States Men's National Team vs. Ghana in the World Cup kicks off at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. The match starts at 3 p.m., and admission is free. Visit www.thefilmbarphx.com or call 602-595-9187. -- Jose Gonzalez

Living to Tell the Story: A Memoir Workshop with Stella Pope Duarte

Even our most interesting days tend to fade away in memory. Acclaimed author Stella Pope Duarte is well versed in shaping memories of days passed into narratives that draw us in and she shares her insight at Changing Hands Tempe on Tuesday, June 17.

Born and raised in South Phoenix, Duarte received a premonition in 1995 through a dream in which her deceased father reached out to reveal her destiny as a writer. Since then, she's published five books including her latest, 2012's Writing Through Revelations, Visions and Dreams: The Memoir of a Writer's Soul. Her writing workshop seeks to awaken the dormant storyteller within aspiring writers, especially drawing from their unique personal experiences.

Living to Tell the Story: A Memoir Workshop with Stella Pope Duarte takes place at 6428 South McClintock Drive. The workshop runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and registration for this workshop is $25. For more information, call 480-730-0205 or visit www.changinghands.com. -- Jose Gonzalez


The stillness and serenity of summer's upon us. Before you start munching on ice cubes and renouncing sleeves, know that the seasonal slow-down hasn't rendered your calendar empty. In fact, a new exhibition at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art embodies the type of summery static the coming months hold.

Bill Owens' "Suburbia" is a photographic examination of the American middle class. In 1973, the artist captured stills of everyday life throughout Northern California communities. It's a nostalgia-inducing collection of black-and-white shots showing both the boredom and beauty of the American Dream.

SMoCA's Summer Opening celebrates "Suburbia" and the museum's line-focused show, "Linear Thinking," which features works from Angela Ellsworth and Mark Klett, among others. SMoCA Lounge's Tania Katan will present a pair of performances during the free reception, which is open to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 23. Visit www.smoca.org or call 480-874-4666. -- Becky Bartkowski

"Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science"

It's time to do a little digging. This summer the Arizona Science Center is unwrapping the mysteries of ancient Egyptian culture with the feature exhibition "Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science." This traveling exhibition, created by the Science Museum of Minnesota, lets attendees explore the history and practices of a long-lost period through interactive displays that utilize the science and technology of modern archaeologists.

Special features include an actual human mummy, forensic scans and facial reconstructions, animal mummies, a re-creation of an Egyptian tomb, a life-size prototype of an unwrapping mummy, and real art and artifacts on loan from the Brooklyn Museum and the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Discover "Lost Egypt" now through Monday, September 1, at 600 East Washington Street. Admission for this featured exhibition is $26.95 for the general public and $8 for members. Science Center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.azscience.org or call 602-716-2000. -- Katie Johnson

Adam Carolla

Of all the guys we know whose last name sounds like a Toyota model, Adam Carolla is definitely the most impressive. Just check out these bona fides: Loveline (very useful sex info). The Man Show (genius). Crank Yankers (hilarious, if you're into that kind of thing). Catch a Contractor (like To Catch a Predator for the guys who build your house. Brilliant). Carolla's latest project, The Adam Carolla Podcast, may also be his most successful -- it was named iTunes' top podcast in 2009 and receives more than five million downloads a month. On Friday, June 20, the man who made The Man Show is bringing said podcast to Phoenix for a pair of live tapings. Can Mickey Avalon do that?

Adam Carolla will cast his pod at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, June 20 at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Tickets are $35. Call 480-719-6100 or visit www.standuplive.com for more. -- Zachary Fowle

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