(Road) Trippin’ Out, Arizona Style

June 15, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Kara Philp

Shopping and dining are among the attractions of Bisbee's historic main street. Courtesy photo.

‘Tis the season for family vacations, amusements parks and long hours in the car where the proverbial “are we there yet?” can be heard if not by children, then by the voice in your own head. If you’re thinking of keeping it local and enjoying the low-fuss adventure of a (shorter) road trip getaway, here are some Arizona destinations for your consideration.

BisbeeJust 200 miles southeast, the combination of Bisbee’s mining past and modern attractions make this town unique. While it’s Ideal for the history lover, Bisbee is not a bad choice for the foodie or the shopper either. Visit the historic main street; choose from a variety of tours and museums, or catch a Copper Kings game at Warren Ballpark.

Jerome – 115 miles north. In a town once known for mining, prostitution, gambling and – unofficially – ghosts, you’ll now find bed and breakfasts and more than 30 galleries and studios. During your visit, don’t miss the Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum for the history buffs, the Jerome State Historic Park for the outdoorsy types, the First Saturday Art Walk for the art lovers and The Jerome Winery for the … (well, you get the idea).

Sedona – 100 miles north. Whether it’s hiking or mountain biking trails, yoga and the healing effect of the vortexes or booking a relaxing resort experience, Sedona’s stunning Red Rocks provide a perfect back drop. Catch the The 17th Annual Sedona Taste or the The 4th Annual Sedona Dine & Wine Fest this summer, but while you’re there, you gotta visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Slide Rock State Park.

Other noteworthy landmarks (think Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Vacation): The Titan Missile Museum, The Meteor Crater and The Four Corners Monument. Pack up the car and escape the heat of the Valley some weekend soon. It’s cheap, educational and good for the local economy.

Flow with Van Gogh

March 26, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

When science and art collide, beauty occurs. When relaxation joins the crew, the sensory experience is miraculous. If you’re like us and spring break was just another week behind a desk, such an experience is well-deserved, and thankfully, it’s not too far down the street. Beginning March 29, SuTRA Midtown will partner with the Arizona Science Center for Flow with Van Gogh from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. select Thursday evenings through June. Allow the colors and sounds of Van Gogh’s beautiful, ethereal works to embrace your vinyasa with a member of SuTRA’s Midtown Mafia and absorb the sights of sounds of the Science Center’s world-renowned, interactive Van Gogh Alive exhibition.

The lineup for the event will be the following:
March 29: Danielle Campagna
April 12: Angie Hall
April 26: Mari Carli
May 10: Steven Sorr
May 24: Wendy Neville
June 14: Meagan Marcotte

Cost is $20 for those who pre-register, $25 for drop-ins and $17 for SuTRA Members and Science Center Members. Admission includes an all-levels vinyasa flow class and time to view the exhibition. To reserve a spot, call 602.716.2028.

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Late Nite Catechism Extended

March 23, 2012 | 4:30 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Since its opening in January Late Nite Catechism and Late Nite Catechism III: ‘Till Death Do Us Part has been a huge hit. Each show plays weekly and the popular series will extend through April 14. Dubbed the “best habit in town,” these comedies have brought people from all over the Valley to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

The shows stars Patti Hannon as the outrageously funny and strict nun, Sister. The interactive Catechism show is about a nun who is ruling a her class with an iron fist. The audience participates as her class and she will them “everything she knows about sins and saints while doling out rewards and reprimands with lightning speed.”

The other show, ‘Till Death Do Us Part is a hilarious rendition of the “newlywed” game. Each performance guarantees a unique performance and appeals to all ages.

The show originally openend in 2000 and was an overnight sensation. This weekend marks the end of a chapter of a brilliantly executed live comedy. For information on the last show click here.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts | 7380 East Second Street | Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 

Hometown Low Down: This Week in Valley Media

March 23, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Alanna Watson

It’s officially spring and what a wonderful time of year it is. Fling, training, break, all of these words just roll of the tongue after just saying the word while the weather and general cheery disposition of all the people we can only assume are tourists is just too darn hard to ignore. What does one do with all this excess joy? Get out and experience all this city has to offer. We sift through the blogs and you can use all that extra free time for skipping, smiling and listening to music with the windows down. You’re welcome.  And now, we present to you this week’s hometown low down…

Have you every been to The Duce in downtown Phoenix? The place is the perfect mix of boxing arena, boutique and bar. Everything you would want in an abandoned warehouse and yet nothing you’d expect. They serve their classic cocktails in mason jars which you can currently enjoy while sitting on bleachers and watching Spring Training games on big screen televisions. It’s like being at the game, but without the annoying sun wrinkling your baby-smooth complexion. CenPho has the dirt on the old warehouse revamped for you nightlife needs so check it out.

We recently did a post about the Art Deco jewelry making a comeback in fashion and how it represents a much discussed era in history. Nothing, however, is more closely tied to our perceptions of the 1920s than The Great Gatsby. The F. Scott Fitzgerald novel has been making high school children groan for nearly half a century, but we all know it’s a classic worth revisiting. If reading isn’t your thing, have no fear as the Arizona Theatre Company is performing the “Great American Novel”  from now until April 8th and the Herberger Theatre Center in Downtown Phoenix. Read a wonderful introduction on Frontdoors News Network here and gear up for a night of jazz, booze and not-so-subtle nuances alluding to the major flaws and impending collapse of American society.

Being a teenage girl sucks. Speaking strictly from experience it is a very difficult time especially when your interests differ from what one would call “normal”.  While many people assume that girls and Science go together like toothpaste and orange juice, the ladies of Xavier College Prep and The Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University would beg to differ. According to Downtown Phoenix Journal, last Friday, the school hosted the fourth annual “Girls Have IT Day” which aims to promote women’s involvement in math and the sciences. More than 500 middle school girls from around the valley attended the event pushing us one step closer to having more kick ass female techies tearing up the IT world.



Experience Brazil in AZ

March 21, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

It’s that time again where the Musical Instrument Museum invites everyone to “Experience Brazil” by getting into the Samba spirit. On March 24, the MIM will hold live music performances, drum workshops, Brazilian cuisine, multimedia presentations, and tours of the Brazil exhibit. It’s only happening one day, so be sure to check it out.

Saturday, March 24 will be a day filled with vibrant costumes, energetic drumming, and our favorite, capoeira demonstrations. For those of who don’t know, capoeira is a form of Brazilian dance-fightings that involves acrobatics and break dancing-style techniques. The live music will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the main courtyard and will continue until 12:30 p.m. Performances will include Grupo Liberdade, a dance group that will perform with the SambAZ dancers.

It will be a whole day filled with Brazillian culture, so if you’re looking to step out of the norm this weekend, make your way to the MIM on Saturday. For tickets, click here.

The MIM | 4725 East Mayo Boulevard | Phoenix, Arizona 85050

Cycle of the Arts in Scottsdale

March 20, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Grab your bike to check out Scottsdale’s newest sculpture at Cycle for the Arts on Saturday, April 1st.

The Scottsdale Arts Blog reportsThis year’s 6-7 mile ride highlights the new sculpture and Scottsdale. This FREE event is fun for the entire family to share. Learn more about public art works from artists and knowledgeable speakers including Arizona artists Mary Lucking and Erin Sotak, as well as international artist Ilan Averbuch.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. near the entrance to SMoCA, and each small group departs with a ride leader around 9:00 a.m. The ride includes 4 art stops with water and one facilities stop along the way.

The FREE event also includes FREE admission to SMoCA and a coupon for Cool Gelato. Also, mark your calendars for a film screening on artist Ai Wei Wei in the SMoCA Lounge on April 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Photo of bike sculpture by Ai Wei Wei via SMoCA

Phoenix+ Art at Modified Arts

March 14, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Modified Arts gallery in downtown Phoenix is one of the most popular art galleries in the area. It has always held it self apart and has been a staple of the Phoenix art scene for many years now. Over the years, Modified has been home to many different types of exhibits and shows. Phoenix+ is in a category all its own.

Phoenix+ is an experiment in social-curation, meaning anyone could be the curator. The exhibit called for artists, curators, and any art supporter to recommend someone else’s work. The experiment led to a wide range of contemporary works from local and regional artists, like Andrew Fallat, Eduardo L. Rivera, Jennifer Campbell, and Elysia Michaelsen, to name a few.

The exhibit opens March 16 and go until April 14. For more information click here.

Modified Arts | 407 East Roosevelt Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85004

There Hasn’t Been a Public Hanging in 20 Years!

March 12, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Artlink, the creative force behind downtown Phoenix’s monthly First Friday events, presents Art Detour 24. Artlink, the self-guided downtown Phoenix art tour, invites all Valley artists to submit their hangable works for presentation in a Public Hanging event at the A.E. England Gallery, March 16 – 18.

Art Detour 24 is a free, two-day, self-guided tour of artist galleries, studios, and other art venues in downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink in cooperation with participating venues. Art Detour draws thousands of enthusiastic arts supporters each year and expects to draw the same to this year’s event March 17-18. Download the official flyer by clicking here.

The Public Hanging, part of Art Detour one of the Valley’s largest art events, allows artists to show off their work in an established gallery and exposed to the public. Any artist can submit their work and submissions must be no larger than 36″W X 36″H X 12″D. There is a $25 hanging fee, which goes to support First Fridays, gallery openings and more.

The Public Hanging, the first in 20 years, will be on display from March 16 to the 18th. Art Detour 24 celebrates Artlink’s 24th year of serving Arizonans with great local art. For more information or to submit your work click here.

A.E. England Gallery | 424 North Central Avenue | Phoenix, Arizona 85004

The Sea Arrives at Phoenix Art Museum

March 1, 2012 | 5:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Ahoy, fashionistas! Don your most dapper nautical-inspired ensemble and celebrate the opening of the Phoenix Art Museum’s newest fashion exhibition, The Sea, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 2. The collection, which will officially begin March 3 and continue through July 15, will navigate the high waters of the sea in its strong influence on fashion and design for many decades. Featuring items from Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Christian Lacroix for Patou and Zandra Rhodes – among many others! – this is one expedition we will want to experience over and over again.

To RSVP for the opening, call 602.307.2011 or email [email protected]

Phoenix Art Museum | 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ| 85004

I Am AZ Music at The MIM

February 20, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Exhibits | By Staff

Opening almost two years ago, The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has brought music from all of the world to the Valley. The goal of the MIM is to collect and display musical instruments from every country, culture, and respected musicians. The museum wants to share the love, it preserves, protects, and shares beautiful music so that future generations can enjoy it too.

Opening this weekend, the MIM is celebrating the rich history of Arizona music with its newest exhibition, “I AM AZ Music.” With musicians from Canyon Records to Alice Cooper to Wallace & Ladmo, the exhibition open now until January 2013 is an interactive celebration of Arizona’s vast musical culture. Check the gallery of I AM AZ Music after the jump:

MIM | 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard | Phoenix, Arizona 85050 »READ MORE

Food + Art – Paintings

February 15, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Gallo Blanco Cafe and Bar, in the Hotel Calarendon, is hosting Food + Art – Paintings by Fred Tieken. Fred’s paintings will be on display for the month of February. Come and check out his new paintings as well as a group of his favorites personally curated for the show. Using abstract contemporary and pop art themes, his work comes from the heart as it tells his life story.

Check out Artlink Third Friday, February 17 to see the gallery from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Gallo Blanco | 401 West Clarendon Avenue | Phoenix, Arizona 85013

SMoCA Spring 2012

February 10, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, or as it’s more affectionately known, SMoCA is unveiling three new exhibits this spring, with an opening celebration this Friday, February 10 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The free event tonight features DJ P-Body, cocktails and more in the SMoCA lounge.

About SMoCA’s Spring 2012 Exhibitions:

FLW’s “Organic Architecture for the 21st Century”

January 31, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Just in time for Arizona’s centennial celebration, the Phoenix Art Museum is hosting Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century.

Taking place from now to the end of April, this exhibit commemorates the famous Arizonan architect and explores his tenets of organic architecture. Though Wright did most of his work primarily in the mid-century, his style and method resonates with today and holds a major part in Arizonan history.

The exhibition looks into many of Wright’s career accomplishments including Unity Temple in Illinois, Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, Johnson Wax Administration Building and Taliesin, both in Wisconsin and of course Taliesin West in Scottsdale. After the construction of the Taliesin West, Wright retired in the Valley and spent the remainder of his days designing dozens of residential and commercial structures.

Phx Art Museum | 1625 North Central Avenue | Phoenix, AZ 85004 

Image via Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

MOMIX Botanica Blooms in Phoenix

January 26, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Ballet Arizona and Desert Botanical Garden present the Arizona premiere of MOMIX: Botanica, January 27 and January 28 at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix.

Botanica, like other MOMIX creations, creates a magical and ethereal world that is appropriate for the whole family. MOMIX dancer-illusionists conjure a world of surrealistic images using light, shadow, props, humor and the human body. Beautiful and enthralling, Botanica features an eclectic score ranging from birdsongs to Vivaldi. It follows the rhythms of the seasons, the changing shape of life on Earth and the passing of a day. The performance is enhanced by spectacular costumes, projections and giant puppetry designed by Michael Curry, acclaimed production designer for Cirque du Soleil, Disney and the Metropolitan Opera.

Ticket info and more after the jump: »READ MORE

Lila Jang at the Lux Art Institute

January 24, 2012 | 1:30 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

The Lux Art Institute in California will be showing resident Artist Lila Jang’s collection from Januar 12 – March 3. This young South Korean sculptor finds inspiration in the confines of a small living space.

Jang takes ordinary furniture and turns it into something unique and beautiful whilst keeping its practical nature. “My work represents who and where we are as human beings: in the midpoint of that constant struggle between reality and the ideal,” she said in her profile on the Lux Web site. Her pieces are often described as, fluid furniture, from the often whimsical, curvaceous designs.

Her art work has been shown across the world and if you find yourself in California you won’t want to miss this awesome exhibit.

Lux Art Institute | 1550 S. El Camino Real | Encinitas, CA 92024 »READ MORE

Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect

December 20, 2011 | 1:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

In its final weeks, see Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect at ASU Art Museum. “Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect is the first U.S. museum survey of the work of Chilean artist Juan Downey (1940-1993), an unsung video-art pioneer whose career Artforum magazine calls ‘brilliant and idiosyncratic.'” Using a variety of artistic mediums, Downey surveys our interest in modernism, post-colonial theory and contemporary art. The Chilean-born video artist has installations throughout the world including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Centre Pompidou/ Musée national d’Art moderne in Paris, France and more. Now through December 31st. Closed holidays.

ASU Art Musuem | 10th Steet & Mill Avenue | Tempe, AZ | 480-965-2787

Image by Harry Shunk via ASU Art Museum.



Montage Art Studio Opens on Mill

December 15, 2011 | 11:34 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Join Montage Art Studio tonight for their grand opening reception from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Mill Avenue space showcases Arizona artists with a variety of works including abstract sculptures, watercolor portraits, glass work and jewelry. Currently, the studio hosts 10 member artists and additional local artists are encouraged to apply.

Montage Art Studio on Mill | 740 S Mill Avenue |  Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-355-6080

Hot Spots to See Holiday Lights

December 6, 2011 | 12:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Alanna Watson

Fluffy white flakes fell from the sky this week and we were all filled with cozy holiday cheer at the sight of it. It sparked a desire to decorate, drink peppermint flavored drinks and drive around town looking for the best holiday light displays. Lucky for you we are willing to share these finds so you can get in the spirit, too.

Desert Botanical Garden’s Las Noches de las Luminarias is a more subtle event. 8,000 hand-lit lanterns line the walkways of the garden while food and live entertainment happens nightly. It’s just enough to get anyone in the mood. Holiday mood, that is.

The McCormick-Stillman Railroad park is a great place to take the kiddos this holiday season. With amazing light displays, a train ride around the park and high school volunteers dressed as your kids’ favorite television and movie characters (not speaking from experience, or anything), this is an event to remember. You can even wait in line to see Santa….if the evil dream shattering snow b**** didn’t already ruin the magic for your wee ones.

Glendale Glitters lights up 16 blocks of Downtown Glendale this year and it’s free, free, free to see! There are even shuttles running from 4:30 – 10:30 so you can take it all in.

Finally, if you don’t want to have to plan for such a night out, AZ Central has compiled this comprehensive map of all the great spots in Phoenix to see neighborhood lights. Just click on the lightbulb to see just what is in store for you… like a treasure hunt, but the prize is way easier to find. The best part? you don’t need to get out of your car.



Elaine Horwitch Memorial Lecture: Janine Antoni

October 25, 2011 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Art is said to be the ultimate form of expression and creativity. There are literally no boundaries, no limits, and no wrong answers.

So come and appreciate some the work of esteemed artist Janine Antoni as she speaks in honor of this year’s Elaine Horwitch Memorial Lecture on Contemporary Art and Visual Culture.


Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Best Friend

October 10, 2011 | 1:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Alanna Watson

Ahh, the teenage years. Chances are when you look back on this time of your life, your best friend is in most of your memories. The time you ditched class, the time you dyed your hair purple, the time you hated your parents, all of these quintessential teenage milestones would be really hard to get through without the Robin to your Batman. This is why we are excited to share with you the opportunity to hear a lecture from photographer Andrea Modica at the Phoenix Art Museum’s Meet the Artist series October 22 at 2:00 p.m.

The contemporary photographer will be talking about her recent series of teenage portraits entitled “Best Friends.” The photographs are real, raw and manage to successfully convey the essence of the teenage spirit. In an interview with Dark Cloth Diaries, Modica talked about the year and a half project and its conception at a high school in Connecticut.

“I initially attempted to make single portraits. However, the student’s best friend was often nearby. This resulted in a small collection of photographs of pairs of high school students,” Modica said. Afterward, she was given a grant to do a six month residency in Modena, Italy where the majority of the series was taken. You can see more of the amazing photographs here and be sure to head on down to the Phoenix Art Museum to hear the full scoop on this talented artists’ work.

Silly Rabbit, These Pics Aren’t for Kids!

October 7, 2011 | 4:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Opening tonight, check out “Cereal Killers” by Brian Kappel at After Hours Gallery from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The installation of cereal box-inspired art running tonight through November 2nd, takes a darker look at your breakfast in a bowl. Kappel is inspired by the “…warnings and scare tactics that invade our daily lives.” And has said, “I like to think my work is akin to watching one of those old TV shows where all the doctors are smoking.”

After Hours Gallery | 116 W. McDowell Road | Phoenix, AZ 85003 | 602-710-2398

Art in History

September 30, 2011 | 9:45 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Chad Hays

Downtown Phoenix will be getting a temporary touch of art with the Phoenix Design Museum‘s limited-engagement exhibitions, opening at the historic Phoenix Seed & Feed Capitol Warehouse.

The museum’s pop-up exhibitions, which have a focus on design excellence with curated collections from around the world, will be on display starting October 1 and will run for a month. Inaugural exhibitions include AIGA 365, a design effectiveness competition; Creativity 40, an international awards show; Design For Good, socially beneficial design solutions; and work from the Ken White collection in the museum’s permanent archives. There will also be an opening reception at the Phoenix Design Museum Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. as part of Phoenix Design Week. Showings are held Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Phoenix Design Museum | 411 S. 2nd St. | Phoenix, AZ 85004 | www.phxdm.com

Read more about the historic See & Feed building after the jump.


Lock Up Your Loved One

September 26, 2011 | 9:45 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Love. Amour. Liefde. Sayang. Meil. A kiss. A hug. A smile. A note… So many ways to “love.” But nothing says love like locking up your loved one at Fascinations this week with the “Lock Your Love” campaign to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arizona.

This unique expression of love, stems from the world-wide phenomenon of lovers from France to China confessing their love with a padlock on gates, fences and bridges since early 2000. For $5 at all nine valley-wide Fascinations locations, purchase a “Love Lock” padlock, decorate and lock it to the special in store metal display as tribute to your beloved. Beginning the end of the week, the Love Locks will join the “Love” statue near the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Click here for “Love Your Love” locations.



Babies on Board at the Phoenix Zoo

September 23, 2011 | 4:30 PM | Events | By Staff

Congratulations to the Phoenix Zoo on the arrival of 8 bundles of Komodo Dragon joy to their Bush House exhibit. The baby dragons are on loan from the Los Angeles Zoo beginning Saturday, September 24 through the Spring, joining the Zoo’s resident adult dragons, Gaia and Ivan.

The baby Komodo Dragon exhibit is included with your Phoenix Zoo general admission.

Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Ariz. 85008

The MIM Opens “The Power of Music”

September 23, 2011 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

“The Power of Music: Photographic Portraits of Americans and Their Musical Instruments, 1860–1915,” opens tomorrow September 24th, running through November 27th at the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale. The traveling exhibition features sixty 24″ x 36″ photographs, images and more, taking museumgoers into the lives of the people of the times. With video footage of musicians performing in the places they played, and a rare display of musical instruments from MIM’s own American collection, the exhibit is an multi-faceted portrayal of the musical influences of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ  85050, 480.478.6000



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