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

We know: The beginning of the work week sucks. But if you take a quick look at the calendar, you'll see we're off to a pretty good week of art events, sporting events, dance parties, and more. Here are our must-see events from now to the weekend . . .

Monday, February 25: The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination Book-Signing @ Poisoned Pen To paraphrase rapping wordsmith Nas, we chill by watching flicks where we can root for the villain. Sometimes the good guys are a little too squeaky-clean to be interesting. To our amusement, The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination pulls together 22 tales of fictional evil-doers and revels in their twistedness.

Bestselling authors including Austin Grossman, Naomi Novik, Seanan McGuire, Daniel Wilson, and Diana Gabaldon contributed hilarious short stories exploring the inner workings and foibles of the crazies set on ruling the world with an iron fist. Gabaldon and John Joseph Adams, editor of the resultant collection, read from their work and autograph copies for fans. -- Jose Gonzalez

See also: - Disappearing Ink: Book Sellers, Artists, and Recyclers Discuss the Lifecycle of a Printed Book in this Week's New Times - Big Brain Awards 2013: Nominate Emerging Phoenix Creatives for Cash Prizes