Free Sci-Fi

It's fair to argue that science fiction hasn't merely reflected popular culture; it has often shaped it. By engaging our imaginations with fantastical technological trajectories and visions of the future, it frequently serves as a template for life's imitation of art. While often wildly inaccurate, is there any artistic genre that has at the same time been as prescient? Probably not. Which is why the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, has teamed up with ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination to host the exhibit “American POP! Comic Books to Science Fiction.”

The exhibit will include displays from local and national collectors, original art, limited edition pieces and recorded video interviews with sci-fi scholars. Sadly, attendees will have to drive there because teleportation doesn't exist yet. Luckily, the exhibit is free. Check it out this Tuesday, April 15, between 10 and 6 p.m. and through Sunday, June 8. Visit or call 480-350-4311 for details.

Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Jan. 17. Continues through June 7, 2014