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  • Carnival of Illusion

    Arizona Biltmore Resort
    2400 E Missouri Ave
    Phoenix, AZ 85016
    Carnival of Illusion

    Carnival of Illusion is an evening of Old-World Magic in the style of classic entertainers such as Buster Keaton, Mae West, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Harry Houdini. The hosts have performed as house entertainers at the world's top resorts, Fortune 100 CEOs, to the 200 Most Powerful Women in America and operate the longest-running Arizona theater show. Carnival of Illusion is "Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La."

  • Cranes, Trains and Airplanes: Constructing Sky Harbor

    Phoenix Airport Museum Gallery
    3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    Cranes, Trains and Airplanes: Constructing Sky Harbor

    It all began with a farm field and a dirt runway in 1928. No one could have imagined the tremendous growth that would come to Phoenix, and as a result to the airport. In fact, City planners thought the state-of-the-art Terminal 2 that opened in 1962 would be sufficient for airline traffic until the year 2000. However, Terminal 3 was built in 1979, and a little over a decade later, Terminal 4. Through the years, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport continued expanding, improving and keeping pace with travel demand. It even became one of the busiest airports in the nation. 

    This exhibition captures Sky Harbor’s development with images of its design and construction throughout the past 90 years. Creating airport control towers, terminals and the PHX Sky Train® are major undertakings. Their immensity is matched by a multitude of people that help materialize ideas, from architects, engineers and designers to builders, installers and fabricators.

  • Shaping Sound The Art of Guitar Making

    Phoenix Airport Museum Gallery
    3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    Shaping Sound The Art of Guitar Making

    In our fast-paced, technological world of seemingly endless mass production, there are still some who desire to create with their hands. This is especially true for guitar players who design, build and repair their own instruments. The art of guitar-making, or Luthiery,allows skilled craftsman to turn raw materials into unique instruments.

    The Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, based in the heart of Phoenix, has supported aspiring guitar builders for over four decades. Students from around the globe come to attend North America’s oldest and only accredited guitar-making school. At Roberto-Venn, people that are passionate about music can learn the old-world craft of creating a guitar by hand.

    From selecting wood to finishing techniques, students learn every aspect of guitar construction. They discover how the design and assembly of each element affects how the guitar will play as well as the instruments visual aesthetic and artistry. By merging tradition with innovation and creativity, students at Roberto-Venn are shaping sound.

  • Water in the Desert

    Phoenix Airport Museum Gallery
    3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    Water in the Desert

    Although Arizona is known for its dry climate, water has a profound effect on our environment. From scenic landscapes to recreational possibilities to its immense power, water can be abundant in our state.

    Many Arizonans spend their summers leisurely tubing down scenic rivers, boating on reservoirs or relaxing by the pool with friends. Monsoon rains and snowmelt from mountain regions turn arid washes into creeks and rejuvenate evaporating lakes. As water moves, it becomes a powerful force. Over time, water has carved canyons and cliffs out of solid rock. Hundreds of miles of canals transport water - making everyday life possible in our urban centers.

  • 100 Years, 100 Ranchers, Photographs by Scott Baxter

    Phoenix Airport Museum Gallery
    3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    100 Years, 100 Ranchers, Photographs by Scott Baxter

    Wide open landscapes dotted with grazing cattle and sheep herded by the rancher on horseback have become an iconic symbol of our western culture. For more than 100 years the ranching tradition has been an integral part of Arizona’s history and growth. In celebration of Arizona’s Centennial in 2012, Scott Baxter photographed 100 Arizona ranchers whose families have been ranching for a century or more.

    For more than 10 years Baxter has been traveling to ranches across the state, getting to know the individual ranchers and their operations. He chose to use large-format cameras, a traditional process which takes time and allowed him to engage his subjects in a personal manner. Using black and white film Baxter captures a sense of timelessness and directs the viewer’s full attention to the subject in the frame.

    The strength and independent nature of this unique group of Arizonans is apparent in their portraits. Baxter’s collection of photographs is a tribute to Arizona’s ranching legacy by preserving an important piece of Arizona character and history.

  • Water in the Desert: Photography

    Phoenix Airport Museum Gallery
    3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    Water in the Desert: Photography

    Water in the Desert: Photography exhibition showcases photographs from 10 Arizona artists, who capture a wide range of images - from snow on saguaros to an urban hydroelectric plant.

    From the Colorado River to Glen Canyon Dam, artists consider where Arizona’s water comes from and how we use it. Some artists find inspiration in the calming and reflective quality of water’s surface, while others use water as an art material. From its aesthetic quality to conservation, this exhibition reflects various artistic interpretations of water in the desert.

  • Intimate and Expansive Ceramic art by Tiffany C. Bailey

    Phoenix Airport Museum Gallery
    3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    Intimate and Expansive Ceramic art by Tiffany C. Bailey

    Steep bluffs, fields of corn and herds of cows are some of the picturesque features ceramic artist Tiffany C. Bailey remembers about her hometown. Growing up in Southwestern Wisconsin, Bailey was raised in a rural community with an abundance of pastures, farmland and a population of only 300 people.

    After moving to Arizona to continue her ceramic studies, she revisited her memories of the architecture and topography near her childhood home. Now, in her artistic practice, she distills those elements into small-scale artworks to interpret a landscape that is both intimate and expansive.

    Bailey uses a slip-cast method to make her ceramic artwork. The process begins with a model that is either hand-sculpted or is a found object. From the model, a plaster mold is produced. Porcelain slip (liquefied clay) is poured into the mold, dried and then fired in a kiln. The plaster mold can be used repeatedly to replicate the form creating artworks in series. She embellishes the art object with ceramic stains, underglazes or graphite drawings, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces. 

  • Docents Select: Zoo

    Mesa Arts Center
    One East Main Street
    Mesa, AZ 85201
    Docents Select: Zoo

    As with most museums, the Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA) Museum Docents are central to the functionality of the museum. Through their volunteer efforts and assistance, tours are conducted, artwork is researched, special talks are prepared and opening receptions succeed. This exhibition was entirely curated by the MCA Museum Docents and demonstrates some of the research they have conducted on animal inspired works from the permanent collection.

  • True and Livin’

    Mesa Arts Center
    One East Main Street
    Mesa, AZ 85201
    True and Livin’

    Artist and Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Arizona, Aaron Coleman is renowned for his powerful, sociopolitical commentaries. Coleman examines religious ideologies, scientific research, popular culture and political policies that uphold and perpetuate myths, stereotypes and laws that relegate African, Latino and Indigenous peoples to a permanent second-class status. In this installation, Coleman uses painting, sculptures and mixed media to expose the incessant and diabolical strategies of colonialism as well as its lingering impact on American society.

  • Petrichor

    Mesa Arts Center
    One East Main Street
    Mesa, AZ 85201
    Petrichor

    Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, Esao Andrews is a Japanese-American artist and illustrator, who has gained international acclaim for his album artwork and comic book covers. Working primarily in oil on wood panel, Andrews combines Gothic grotesque, erotic and surrealist imagery. This exhibition will feature site specific murals alongside new and old works that create vicarious gateways into worlds populated by stirrings of the subconscious.

  • Allure

    Mesa Arts Center
    One East Main Street
    Mesa, AZ 85201
    Allure

    Crystal Wagner is an internationally established interdisciplinary artist known for her site-specific installations that are recycled hybrids between manufactured and organic worlds. With chicken wire and torn colorful plastic table cloths, Wagner creates lush sculptures that are shaped into reimagined plant life in exotic environments. She is interested in exploring the dichotomy of familiarity and foreign and how they relate to nature and the human experience.

  • Point of View at Wonderspaces

    Scottsdale Fashion Square
    7014 E Camelback Rd
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Point of View at Wonderspaces

    “Point of View” presented by Wonderspaces is a roughly 80-minute experience featuring artwork from 13 artists from around the world. The artwork presents visitors with experiential installations including a virtual reality dinner party and an installation that encourages digital painting through body movement.

  • Agnes Pelton

    Phoenix Art Museum
    1625 N. Central Ave. Central Avenue and McDowell Road
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    Agnes Pelton

    Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist is the first survey on the obscure American painter in more than 24 years. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, she began experimenting with abstraction in the early 1900s in New York, eventually exhibiting in the Armory Show of 1913 at the invitation of Walt Kuhn. She painted conventional desert landscapes to make a living, but it was her abstract studies of earth and light, biomorphic compositions of delicate veils, shimmering stars, and atmospheric horizon lines, that distinguished her work.

     
    A believer in numerology, astrology, and faith healing, Pelton’s abstract compositions propelled her into an esoteric world epitomized by the Transcendental Painting Group (1938-1942), a short-lived group that promoted abstract, non-objective art. Although Pelton received some attention during her lifetime, she has been relatively unknown within the field of American Art. Approximately 40 – 45 works will comprise this exhibition shedding light on Pelton’s artistic contribution to American Modernism.
  • Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales

    Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
    4619 E. Washington St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales

    Hear the stories pottery sherds have to tell archaeologists when theses pieces of the past are rediscovered and studied. FragmentsBroken Bowls Tell More Tales, is a temporary exhibit at Pueblo Grande Museum that explores researchers use sherds to uncover a variety of details, such as how the pottery was made, used, and where it was produced. These details aren’t always obvious during examinations of gorgeous whole pottery vessels.

    Visitors typically see the most unique and complete pottery vessels of a museums’ collection on display. They seldom see, or know about, the thousands of broken pottery fragments called ‘sherds’ that are preserved in storage. Using local and traded examples, Fragments invites visitors to see how sherds help archaeologists piece together new ideas about the ancestral O'Odham, more commonly known as the Hohokam.  The exhibition also features sherds that connect the Hohokam with their neighbors across the Southwest and northern Mexico during the time of the European Renaissance. Visitors can listen to local Native perspectives on archaeology and cultural preservation while experiencing traditional O’odham songs that tell of the mountains surrounding Pueblo Grande and their deep connections to past, present, and future O’odham generations.

  • Oblique Views: Southwest Aerial Landscapes by Charles and Anne Lindbergh and Adriel Heisey

    Chandler Museum
    300 S. Chandler Village Drive
    Chandler, AZ 85226
    Oblique Views: Southwest Aerial Landscapes by Charles and Anne Lindbergh and Adriel Heisey

    The exhibit pairs then and now photos of the Southwest to show changes in the land over time. In 2008 Adriel Heisey rephotographed the same vantage points from his plane that Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne captured in 1929.

  • Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River

    Chandler Museum
    300 S Chandler Village Dr
    Chandler, AZ 85226
    Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River

    During World War II over 16,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from the west coast to Gila River Internment Camp, near Chandler, simply because they looked like the enemy. This poignant exhibit demonstrates how the Japanese value gaman, enduring the seemingly impossible with patience and dignity, guided these American citizens, through loss and incarceration in the Arizona desert.  See the photos, hear the stories, read the names of incarcerees, and view the community contributed paper cranes in this transformative exhibition. 

  • Cartomancy – The Seni Horoscopes

    Mesa Arts Center
    One East Main Street
    Mesa, AZ 85201
    Cartomancy – The Seni Horoscopes

    Shay Bredimus, who grew up in Phoenix, is a nationally celebrated tattoo and visual artist known for his signature technique of incorporating tattoo ink and wax crayon on drafting film. Bredimus’ Seni Horoscopes are comprised of 72 unique works based on the 17th century German fortune telling card system by Italian oracle Giovanni Battista Seni. The cards reference and reimagine the iconic and mystical symbols through a mixture of pictographs and portraits.

  • Color in Play

    Shemer Art Center
    5005 E Camelback Rd
    Phoenix, AZ 85018
    Color in Play

    A juried exhibition that features outdoor sculptures combining color and whimsy with a touch of sophistication!

  • Change Agent: June Wayne and the Tamarind Workshop

    Asu Art Museum
    SE Corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street
    51 E. 10th St.
    51 E. 10th St.
    Tempe, AZ 85281
    Change Agent: June Wayne and the Tamarind Workshop

    “Change Agent” highlights June Wayne’s legacy as an artist, printmaker, educator and activist. Wayne refused to follow a signature style, taking on a variety of themes such as personal history, modern science and social issues. In the Dorothy Series, she narrates the life of her mother, a Russian Jewish immigrant and traveling saleswoman for a garter company. In the Stellar Winds and Solar Flares Series, she mines natural phenomena as metaphors for the human condition.

    Wayne was a catalyst for the revival of fine art lithography in the United States, a medium which had all but vanished by the 1950s. She championed lithography as an art form as vital as painting after studying the technique in Paris with the printer Marcel Durassier.  With a grant from the Ford Foundation, Wayne founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1960. The experimental workshop created a pool of printers and apprentices, as artists from across the country were invited to master the process of lithography. Now known as the Tamarind Institute of the University of New Mexico, it continues Wayne’s visionary plan as a major training center for fine art printers. 

  • Clayblazers: Women Artists of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

    Asu Art Museum
    SE Corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street
    51 E. 10th St.
    51 E. 10th St.
    Tempe, AZ 85281
    Clayblazers: Women Artists of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

    With close to 100 artworks, “Clayblazers” celebrates women in the ceramic field during the mid-20th century. Legendary artists like Maija Grotell, Susan Peterson and Marguerite Wildenhain were educators, mentors and masters of their craft and inspired future generations. All of the works in the exhibition are drawn from the ASU Art Museum’s ceramics collection of 3,800 objects, representing the full range of technique, aesthetic approaches and possibilities within the field. The exhibition also includes photographs and materials from the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center’s Susan Harnly Peterson and Studio Potter archives.

  • Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated

    Asu Art Museum
    SE Corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street
    51 E. 10th St.
    51 E. 10th St.
    Tempe, AZ 85281
    Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated

    "Particle and Wave" is a groundbreaking exhibition of 45 works created by international artists who incorporate paper pulp and organic fibers into their clay bodies, with the result of increased strength and lighter weight. The exhibition showcases a wide range of visual forms, which would not be possible with traditional methods, as the artists utilize this technique to express contemporary social and cultural ideas.

  • The Addams Family

    Arizona Broadway Theatre
    7701 W. Paradise Lane
    Peoria, AZ 85382
    The Addams Family

    When You’re an Addams!

    It’s the ultimate nightmare:  daughter Wednesday, the ultimate Princess of Darkness, has grown up and fallen in love…with a sweet young man from a respectable family! While her parents wonder Where Did We Go Wrong, all Wednesday wants is One Normal Night – but everything is about to change as they host a dinner for her fiancé and his parents. Whether seasoned with “salt, pepper, or cyanide,” this is one family dinner you won’t forget!

  • Skewed News Hour

    Second Beat Improv Theater
    6040 N. 7th St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85014
    Skewed News Hour

    You pick the news, we pick it apart. Every Friday at 7pm, you select news articles of the day and SNH performers will use them as inspiration for their improvised scenes. The Skewed News Hour takes some of the best improvisors in the Valley and throws today’s hottest headlines their way to create great comedy. Turn off your TV, throw away your laptop, and stay up-to-date in a way you never imagined!

  • Million Dollar Quartet

    Phoenix Theatre
    1825 N Central Ave
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    Million Dollar Quartet

    Relive the now-legendary 1956 impromptu jam session of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Featuring a score of your favorite rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” and “Hound Dog,” Million Dollar Quartet is a scorching show packed with red-hot talent.

  • The Dixie Swim Club

    Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
    7014 East Camelback Road,
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    The Dixie Swim Club

    Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives.

    Dixie Swim Club is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

  • Grand Canyon Centennial Summerfest and Star Party

    Grand Canyon National Park
    S Entrance Rd
    Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
    Grand Canyon Centennial Summerfest and Star Party

    During the day, the centennial summerfest will bring together park partners to showcase everything Arizona has to offer.

    At night, park visitors can explore the wonders of the night sky at the star party. To kick off its star party, Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate its designation as an International Dark Sky park. Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim visitors can learn about dark skies with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix. Amateur astronomers from across the country volunteer their expertise and offer free nightly astronomy programs and telescope viewing. 

  • Spamilton: An American Parody

    The Phoenix Theatre Company
    1825 N. Central Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    Spamilton: An American Parody

    Don’t miss this “convulsively funny” (NY Times) parody from the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway.  After tearing it up in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Spamilton: An American Parody will stage a singing, dancing, comedy revolution in Phoenix for a limited time only. The Huffington Post raves “you don’t have to see Hamilton to have side-splitting fun at Spamilton.”

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