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Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Those include "The Five Senses," which features the five works, each of which stimulates a different sense, from five artists (Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Roelof Louw, and Ernesto Neto Cardiff), and Bay Area artist Leslie Shows' collaged paintings in "Surfacing."

Admission to the event, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m., is free. Visit www.smoca.org or call 480-874-4655. -- Becky Bartkowski

Chinese Week's Culture and Chinese Festival The Southwest is moving east as Chinese Week returns once again to downtown Phoenix. As always, the highlight of this community-based celebration is the Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival, a three-day immersion into the sights, sounds, history, and flavor of Chinese culture.

Here, guests can enjoy volleyball tournaments, a mahjong booth, taiji tournaments, a go weiqi open, table tennis tournaments, food pavilions, Taipei dragon boat displays, chengdu performances, a koi fish exhibit, art exhibitions, and history booths. Closing out the week's festivities will be a decadent Chinese New Year banquet.

The Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival will take place Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 North Third Street. Admission to the festival is free, but prices vary per activity. Visit www.phoenixchineseweek.org for more information. -- Katie Johnson

Be a Good Little Widow at Brelby Studio Brelby Theatre Company specializes in cool yet nonreproducible experiences -- plays you're unlikely to have seen before or see again soon. Be a Good Little Widow, through Saturday, February 22, comes from prolific seriocomic writer Bekah Brunstetter (Switched at Birth), whose works touch on implied time travel, extreme natural phenomena, the military, the Bible, The Oregon Trail, and today's senseless tragedies bumping against vintage horror (or, as she wrote to TV producer Aaron Sorkin, "that tendency to Google victims harder and harder until you find out who they really were").

Widow's heroine, Melody, has never even been to a funeral and is still a newlywed when her husband dies. Her mother-in-law, however, is a veteran widow with plenty of know-how to share. Performances Saturday, February 8, are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at 6835 North 58th Avenue in Glendale. Tickets are $10 to $20 at the door or www.brelby.com. -- Julie Peterson

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