January events at Tempe History Museum
A unique World War II perspective and music from some Valley music icons are just a few of the events taking place at the Tempe History Museum this month. The museum’s feature exhibit, Humans of Tempe, is also on display, showcasing informal portraits and interviews of people who live, work and play in Tempe. Here is a look at all of January’s events and activities. Visit tempe.gov/museum for more information on all events.
Humans of Tempe: The high school perspective (through Jan. 13)
Students from Desert Vista, Marcos de Niza, Mountain Pointe and Tempe high schools gathered short interviews and informal portraits of people they met on the streets of Tempe, providing a teen perspective for the Tempe History Museum’s ongoing exhibit, Humans of Tempe. The high school exhibit runs through January 13, 2019.
Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 11:30 a.m.: Tempe Historical Society Lunch Talks
German POWs in Arizona with Steve Hoza
Steve Hoza is a Phoenician who has been in the museum field for 30 years. He is a recognized authority on the history of World War II in Arizona, having written two books, one on the German POW Camps in Arizona and Arizona’s World War II aviation training fields.
Admission is free, with coffee and light refreshments provided.
Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.: PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM
Suicide Kings and Grave Danger
The Suicide Kings feature an assortment of Arizona music Icons:
Bruce Connole (The Jetzons and Billy Clone and the Same)
Vince Ramirez (Flathead)
Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case)
Mike Wolfe (Chicken and Waffles)
Paul Schneider (Chicken and Waffles)
When Bruce Connole writes lines like "Sold my soul for pennies, I was king for a day," he's not just mixing metaphors with clichés. He's creating country music; joining countless C&W artists who have borrowed platitudes and familiar imagery to fuel their lonesome songs. Connole takes the common howl of country music's losers and refines it into a fresh take on the same old thing.
Despite their name, Grave Danger’s sound is more like surf-tinged rockabilly. The band’s songs are usually sprite instrumentals or cartoonish tales. Whenever this trio hits the stage, the audience follows the band down a road of excess and good old-fashioned fun. Meet the band in a Q&A session after the show. Admission is free.
Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.: THIRD THURSDAY at the MUSEUM
An Evening with Author Eduardo Pagan – “Valley of the Guns: Arizona’s Pleasant Valley War, 1882-1892, and the Trauma of Violence”
Eduardo Pagán, ASU’s Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History, will facilitate a discussion about the challenges of his new book, “Valley of the Guns: Arizona’s Pleasant Valley War, 1882-1892, and the Trauma of Violence”, published by the University of Oklahoma Press.
Pagán received a B.A. from ASU, an M.A. from the University of Arizona, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in U.S. history. Dr. Pagán was one of the hosts of History Detectives (PBS), a historical consultant with American Experience (PBS), and has appeared in national and international documentaries and television shows.
Enjoy dessert and Cortez coffee at this free event. It is open to the public and donations are welcome.