Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from South by Southwest in Austin to “Mythbusters” in Grand Prairie. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[March 9–March 15]
The Papers Trail
Arizona legislators have followed their controversial immigration policies with the passage of House Bill 2218, which prohibits schools in their state from teaching certain ethnic studies for fear they might promote, among other things, the overthrow of the United States government. As a result, a number of books by Latino authors are being taken out of the classroom, including The House on Mango Street, the bildungsroman by the San Antonio writer Sandra Cisneros. “I’ve read The House on Mango Street twenty times, and I have not read where the young protagonist, Esperanza, said a word about overthrowing the government,” said Tony Diaz, who has organized the Librotraficante project to restore these books to Arizona classrooms. “They’re playing with words and thoughts and