March is on its way out, and we have plenty of great ways to wrap it up without needing to dip into next month's rent. Find out why pictures lie, learn two new languages and have a tasty laugh to fill up your week. Check the Westword calendar for even more.
Find out how they photoshopped pictures in the 1800s.
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A Photographic Truth: A Lecture by Mark Osterman
RedLine Contemporary Art
7 p.m. Tuesday, free
It's crazy to think how we can manipulate photos in mere seconds on our phones. What's even crazier is to think about how photographers in the 1820s also edited pictures in an era when it took a full eight hours to get an exposure. Take a humorous and informative journey with shutterbug historian Mark Osterman, and find out why pictures have lied to us since their inception; he'll show re-creations of the photo-editing techniques used by the first photographers.
Polyglot: A Language Safari
Posner Center for International Development
5 p.m. Wednesday, free
It's time to brush up on your Mandarin and Spanish skills with the help of Flobots member Jonny 5. The rapper, activist and language explorer leads an evening focused on teaching language skills through games and activities. Besides learning two languages, you'll get to enjoy free food and drinks. This is the first evening of many more to follow, so you'd better start learning now. Join the fun here.
3 Course Comedy: Road Foods
The Deer Pile
8 p.m. Wednesday, free
Summer's just around the corner, and that means it's time to hit the great open road. Get the scoop with a side of funny on how to maximize your cuisine options at the Flying J and Kum & Go. Adrian Mesa and Eric Henderson serve up the podcast comedy night featuring Harris Alterman, Jet Black and Arielle Kaplan, whose acts will focus on keeping bellies full. We can only hope they cover how to whip up chili dogs on the engine block.