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Next week in events: from Ted Talks to food trucks

The State Press looks at events on and off campus for the week of March 24-30


"Spark your calendars." Illustration published on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.     

Watch desert plants come alive with light, hear speakers inspire change or talk to someone across the world next week in these student-friendly events both on and off campus.

Sunday, March 24: Electric Desert at Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden’s “Electric Desert” event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is open to all ages. The garden's cacti and plants become a canvas for projections and music. The event includes six specific locations, each with its own individual experience and all inspired by the garden. 

Monday, March 25: TEDxASU

This is the event's fourth year in the Phoenix area, this time exploring life in the 22nd century. Talks will cover topics including reclaiming roads from cars and new methods of detecting cancers. Attendees will have access to a pre-event discussion, live talks, interactive reality exhibits and an opportunity for photos. 

Tuesday, March 26: Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas

Located in the ASU Art Museum, this event explores modern community-based social practice art from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and the United States. The work from the artists in the show draws attention to activism and community organizations that address significant sociopolitical issues. 

Wednesday, March 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows at Marston Exploration Theater

The show is located in ASU's Marston Exploration Theater and features five different 3-D astronomy shows, all of which are produced live and last about 60 minutes. The shows cover topics from supernovas to worlds beyond our solar system.

Thursday, March 28: ASU Food Trucks

Every Thursday, ASU hosts local food trucks sharing a variety of different cuisines. The food trucks will be in the parking garage at the corner of Sixth Street and College Avenue  from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The trucks accept cash, credit and debit cards. 

Friday, March 29: Portal in Downtown Tempe

Throughout the month of March, people can visit the new Portal by Shared Studios in Tempe's Downtown area. It's free and connects people from around the world for conversation, education and more. The portal provides a unique opportunity for students to connect with others across the globe, from Richmond, Virginia to Afghanistan.

March 29-31: Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts

Every year, artists from around the country showcase their work in a variety of different media. The festival expects over 225,000 visitors to the 375 artists' booths that will line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets.

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