Broadway Returns to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts welcomes fresh faces and veteran Broadway talents during its 2021–2022 season. Musical lovers in Scottsdale and throughout the Valley can rejoice as Broadway takes the stage in their own backyard in an intimate venue.

Below is the schedule of six upcoming Broadway performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (subject to change):

Seth Rudetsky Concert Series
Eva Noblezada with Seth Rudetsky
Fri., Jan. 21, 2022, 8 p.m.
Eva Noblezada originated the lead role of Eurydice in Hadestown on Broadway, receiving a Tony® nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. Additionally, Hadestown won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Noblezada starred in the revival of Miss Saigon, receiving a Tony® nomination and played Eponine in the West End revival of Les Misérables. Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway and the host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. Rudetsky has also worked as musical director/pianist for many theatre productions.

Hitting New Heights
Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz
Sat., Feb. 12, 2022, 8 p.m.
The Broadway stars of Hamilton and In the Heights join voices to celebrate Broadway’s hottest composers, from Stephen Schwartz to Lin-Manuel Miranda. Mandy Gonzalez turned author with her debut novel, Fearless. Javier Muñoz recently joined the cast of Eureka!, an upcoming Disney Junior animated series. Additionally, he was recently heard on Romeo y Julieta—a new bilingual podcast—as Paris.

Seth Rudetsky Concert Series
Jeremy Jordan with Seth Rudetsky
Sat., Feb. 19, 2022, 8 p.m.
Jeremy Jordan, a film, television, cabaret, and Broadway star has earned the Theater World Award for Bonnie and Clyde. Jordan received a Tony nomination for his role in Newsies and Grammy nomination for the Newsies cast album. He is widely known for his role on the CW drama Supergirl. Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway and the host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. Rudetsky has also worked as musical director/pianist for many theatre productions.

Broadway Perspectives 2022: Women of Broadway
Sat., March 12, 2022, 8 p.m.
Join us for Broadway Perspectives 2022: Women of Broadway, where four of Broadway’s finest female vocalists celebrate the roles and musical selections that underscore the leading lady’s influence on The Great Bright Way. Produced and hosted by New York casting director Stephen DeAngelis.

Shoshana Bean
Sat., April 9, 2022, 8 p.m.
Independent Music award-winner and veteran of the Broadway stage, Shoshana Bean recently starred as Jenna in Waitress. Her latest release, Spectrum, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts.

Lea Salonga
Thur., May 5, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
A Disney legend with a powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a performer best known for her Tony-winning role in Miss Saigon. Recently seen on the annual Broadway Backwards concert on March 30 and available on demand through April 3.

The Phoenix Theatre Company Resumes Indoor Performances in June

The Phoenix Theatre Company announces its 102nd season, marking an exciting return to indoor programs after shuttering its doors for the first time in 101 years. After a pivot to virtual and outdoor programming, The Phoenix Theatre Company welcomes audiences back to its three-stage complex starting in June to kick off a season highlighting stories of extraordinary everyday heroes and beloved characters that inspire hope and unity.

“We are unbelievably grateful to welcome back audiences to our home,” says Michael Barnard, producing artistic director. “Our stages may have been darkened, but our spirits are undimmed. Over the last year, we’ve faced creative and financial challenges and what’s lifted us up is our community. Now I am beyond grateful to announce our 102nd season filled with stories of resilience and tenacity.”

As the theatre company moves performances back indoors, it will continue to monitor local health trends and work closely with public health agencies and Actors’ Equity Association to keep artist and community safety a priority. When the theatre company opens in June, face masks and temperature checks will be required for all staff and patrons. The indoor theatres’ ventilation systems exceeds recommendations by public health officials and cleaning and disinfecting will occur frequently. Seating will not be socially-distanced. As vaccines become more available and accessible, safety protocols will be updated to ensure patron and staff comfort and wellbeing.

“It’s essential to find a way to innovate during these challenging times,” says Vincent VanVleet, managing director. “Our incredible staff, artists, patrons and community supporters pulled together to help us build an outdoor theatre and sustained us through our current season. Our community is the reason we’re able to move past this difficult year and invite audiences back to our indoor stages.”

Indoor performances resume June 2 with a summer series featuring Becoming Dr. Ruth, Daddy Long Legs and Pump Boys and Dinettes. The 2021/2022 season starts Aug. 18 with Steel Magnolias. The 10-show lineup features Broadway favorites, stories of perseverance, family and inspiration. The Phoenix Theatre Company remains committed to new play and musical development, continuing its Festival of New American Theatre and producing the world premiere of Million Dollar Quartet Christmas.  

“These shows will lift your spirits while creating memories you and your loved ones will cherish for years to come,” says Barnard. “We have carefully chosen shows that highlight stories of everyday people who possess extraordinary resilience and heroic tenacity. I can’t wait to welcome our community back and celebrate the return to our indoor stages!”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit phoenixtheatre.com.

 

Rough Terrain

SculptureTucson, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing Arizona’s cultural landscape through the placement of sculpture in public spaces, establishing a public sculpture park, and becoming a resource for diverse artists and art collectors, presents Rough Terrain, the inaugural exhibition of its new Sculpture Park exhibition program. Large-scale works will be on exhibit through July 4 throughout the park’s sprawling two acres adjacent to the organization’s headquarters at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park located at 3420 E. River Road in Tucson.

“We are thrilled to debut our new Sculpture Park in 2021,” says Barbara Grygutis, SculptureTucson board president. “This exhibition is at the very heart of our mission to build support of large scale art through placing sculpture in public spaces, and we hope the community will enjoy seeing it as much as we have enjoyed orchestrating it.”

Sculpture by Hector Ortega

Rough Terrain features 20 pieces and is open to the public for viewing by appointment Wednesdays through Fridays, from noon to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Featured artists displaying large-scale works include Rotraut Klein MoquayFred BorcherdtAl GlannKevin CaronSteven DerksWillie Ray ParishJeff TimanElizabeth FrankHector OrtegaGreg CormanPat FrederickJonquil LeMasterJulia ArriolaAdrian WallJoy Fox McGrew, Jimmy DescantPeter EisnerJoan WatersJohn Nelson, Barbara Jo Borch and Alex Heveri. Many of these are also artists that have participated in SculptureTucson’s Sculpture on the Street program, which partners with Tucson businesses to place large-scale art along highly-trafficked roads and in outdoor public venues for all to enjoy while driving through town.

All sculptures on display are available for sale by artist.


Rough Terrain 

Through July 4
Brandi Fenton Memorial Park in Tucson

To schedule a visit, email sculpturetucson@gmail.com.
For more information, visit sculpturetucson.org.

The Four Seasons

Ballet Arizona presents The Four Seasons, a journey through winter, spring, summer and fall in movement, May 18 to June 5 at Desert Botanical Garden for the company’s performance of An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden.

The world premiere performance, choreographed by Ib Andersen, artistic director, and set to the dramatic score of Antonio Vivaldi, will run for 15 breathtaking evening performances set under the setting sun against the matchless desert backdrop. This year’s performance holds particular significance as it marks the company’s first major public performance after having to cancel all large-scale productions since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Now, in his 21st year with Ballet Arizona, The Four Seasons is one of Andersen’s most impactful pieces yet, with all-new set design, costumes and multimedia elements that embrace the surrounding desert landscape.

“This idea has been on my mind for quite some time and I am thrilled I get to finally present it after what has been a very challenging season for Ballet Arizona,” says Andersen. “This score has to be one of the most celebrated in the classical canon and it is proving to be as fun as it is challenging to choreograph on our dancers. There is so much depth and so many layers to this piece. It is actually twelve different movements and it changes constantly and dramatically. This piece will be a visual feast full of exquisite energy that can only be enhanced by the outdoor desert landscape.”

The Ballet Arizona performance series at Desert Botanical Garden is made possible by support from the Mayo Sports Medicine Clinic.

All performances begin at 8 p.m. Prices start at $50. Guests can arrive early and watch the professional company take ballet class on stage. A gourmet picnic menu is available for purchase including beer, wine and non-alcoholic refreshments. Due to continued health and safety measures, seating will be socially distant and the general admission section will be assigned seating. Face masks will be required for all patrons when not actively eating or drinking.


An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden | The Four Seasons

May 18 to June 5

Desert Botanical Garden

For more information, visit balletaz.org.

Small Wonders

The new original Heard Museum exhibition Small Wonders provides the opportunity to see a range of intricately made small-format works including jewelry—rings, brooches, earrings and buckles—and specialty items such as silver seed pots and fetishes or stone carvings. Each work of art is shaped in silver, gold or from a variety of gemstones, and all are from the Heard Museum’s permanent collection. The show opened March 19 and is on view through fall 2021.

Highlights in the exhibition include the miniatures fabricated in silver, such as a treehouse made by Shawn Bluejacket (Shawnee), which has a removable roof and is fully equipped with a slide and a table with a hinged tabletop that, when opened, reveals a bundle of carrots that Bluejacket painted on the interior. Other silver highlights include a yo-yo by Daniel Sunshine Reeves (Navajo), a teapot with coral inlay by Darrell Jumbo (Navajo) and a tray and teapot set by Elizabeth Martha Whitman (Navajo).

For those who enjoy jewelry, there is an assortment of brooches, many in animal and insect forms, as well as complex figurative works by Denise Wallace (Chugach Sugpiaq/Alutiiq) and more traditional works in silver with inset turquoise. The exhibition is curated by Diana Pardue, chief curator, and Velma Kee Craig (Diné), assistant curator.


Small Wonders

Through fall 2021
Heard Museum

For more information, visit heard.org.

‘Riders of the Purple Sage’ Helps the Artist Community

The Actors Fund, the national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, announced today that Quantum Leap Productions will present Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera, a documentary film that celebrates the artistry of live theatre, as an online benefit to support creative professionals out of work due to the pandemic. The Actors Fund, Quantum Leap Productions and Arizona Opera are partnering to raise funds for performing arts professionals across the country.

In the award-winning documentary, Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera, opera’s hallowed traditions and America’s cowboy culture converge to celebrate the collaborative power of art. The documentary details the creative process of all artists involved in live theatre onstage and backstage. Zane Grey is read by Peter Coyote, with performances by shining young opera stars, Karin Wolverton, Morgan Smith, Laura Wilde, Joshua Dennis, Joshua Jeremiah, Keith Phares and Kristopher Irmiter.

“Mounting a new opera requires the collaboration of singers, musicians, designers and crew. The Actors Fund understands how important every individual is to the collective experience of live theatre,” says Kristin Atwell Ford, Quantum Leap Productions director. “While theatres are dark, we hope this film reminds us of the essential role artists play in elevating the human spirit.”

“Collaboration is the key to making great art, and also to helping our entertainment community,” says Brian Stokes Mitchell, Actors Fund chairman. “We are grateful to everyone at Quantum Leap Productions for this generous support, which helps to highlight our services for everyone who works in opera, as well as film, television, radio, music and dance.”

Half of all proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Actors Fund. The film makes its virtual premiere March 25 and will be available until April 11. Tickets are $10 and are available now at watch.ridersoperafilm.com.

Painted Selfies

Scottsdale Public Art is now showing a juried portraits exhibition at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. I Am You, You Are Me: Portraits will be on view through June 21 at the Civic Center Public Gallery inside the library.

In the “selfie” age, photographic self-portraits are abundant. The ease with which we can make ourselves look perfect—with filters, angles and lighting—is a click away. However, an artist creates a portrait to satisfy their vision of the subject, whether of themselves or someone else. What does the artist see? I Am You, You Are Me explores that question.

“When someone is rendering a portrait, the line between the artist and the sitter are blurred, and the portrait is a representation of the relationship between artist and sitter, however brief or lengthy,” says curator Wendy Raisanen of Scottsdale Public Art. “There’s energy exchanged between these people. How the artist feels about and truly sees the subject is shown in the artwork.”

Raisanen was particularly interested in showing the works of artists who created portraits of each other. Some of the exhibiting artists fulfilled that prompt, like longtime friends and collaborators Jane Kelsey-Mapel and Becky Frehse, who created humorous portraits of each other holding their dogs and posing with their artwork. Kelsey-Mapel, of Phoenix, stitched and stuffed a photo transfer on a vintage textile to portray Frehse, while Frehse, of Tacoma, Washington, created a layered and painterly collage to portray Kelsey-Mapel.

“As a visual artist, I am usually in the role of the observer. For this show, I became the subject matter as well,” says Kelsey-Mapel. “It was a bit like putting the shoe on the other foot. I thought ‘Oh, that’s how she sees me!’”

Other artists submitted either self-portraits or depictions they had made of other subjects. Dana Corbo of Scottsdale did both.

“Stubborn,” her self-portrait, shows her entire body from a low angle of view with a variety of details (bright hair color, exaggerated leg hair, other objects in the background) that could lead the viewer to draw conclusions or assumptions. These details allow the viewer to know things about her, but do they get to know her? Corbo said she intentionally offered little information in her facial details about who she is.

Conversely, with “Nicholas in Trouble,” the artist tried to capture an expression of her subject that exposes concern, anxiety and concentration. She composed the painting in a way that her subject’s face is the entire focus.

“I like people, but I love characters, especially in novels,” Corbo says. “The challenge of painting a face, revealing a person’s character, is equal to the reward of doing it successfully. Dissecting a person and then reconstructing them through painting brings me joy.”

Other artists in the exhibition include Susan Allred (Tempe), Laura Amphlett (Phoenix), Neil Borowicz (Tempe), Rebecca Clark (Tucson), Turner Davis (Phoenix), Katherine Del Rosario (Tempe), Jerome Fleming (Phoenix), Lex Gjurasic (Tucson), Dain Q. Gore (Laveen), Ira Grin (Chandler), Tiesha Harrison (Phoenix), Lilach Keren (Scottsdale), Galya Kerns (Litchfield Park), Kathi Knox (Phoenix), Brianna Noble (Phoenix), Eliza Plumlee (Tucson), Kara Roschi (Phoenix), Alexandra Ross (Mitchell, Manitoba, Canada), William Touhey (Tucson), Chris Vena (Tempe), Johanna Virgil (Goodyear), Ingrid Wells (San Francisco) and Wendy Willis (Phoenix).


I Am You, You Are Me: Portraits

Through June 21

Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale

For more information, visit scottsdalepublicart.org.

Moscow Mule for a Cause

Ballet Arizona dancers, along with Matt Farrow and Kaylee Needley, owners of Iconic Cocktail Co., will host a virtual lesson on how to put a twist on the classic Moscow Mule. The event will be held on April 29, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

A donation of $50 includes a cocktail kit that will make up to four cocktails, shipping, a recipe card, a supply list and admission to the virtual workshop. After class, attendees are encouraged to mix and mingle with the dancers while enjoying their cocktails and networking with other guests in virtual breakout rooms. 

“Part of Contemporary Council’s mission is to foster an interest in ballet through fundraising and events, and we hope that this class does that and more! We want our community to feel and make a meaningful connection to Ballet Arizona and those that love the ballet through engaging events like this one,” says Tracy Olson, Contemporary Council Chairwoman. 

All proceeds from the event support Ballet Arizona’s mission and will help continue to employ dancers and staff, support education and community engagement programs and provide access to the arts for all to enjoy during a time when it is needed most. 

To purchase a kit, click here.


Moscow Mule Virtual Workshop

April 29, 2021, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the class, contact Natalie Salvione at nsalvione@balletaz.org or 602-343-6522. 

Art Detour 33

Artlink, a nonprofit organization with the mission of connecting artists, businesses and the community, is marking a milestone in Arizona arts and culture. This year, the organization’s two signature celebrations overlap for the first time.

The 21st Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition hosted at the FOUND:RE hotel in Phoenix, features 85 artists from Arizona. The show is displayed through June, it’s open to the public every day and free of charge.

The 2021 version of Art Detour, Art Detour 33, kicked off Feb. 27. The event is expanded to 33 days for the first time, running through March 31. This year’s version features more than 300 arts activities and “Articipants,” defined as arts venues, arts and culture organizations, arts-supporting businesses from across the Valley, and visual and performing artists from the entire state.

“The convergence of hundreds of activities over 33 days is a wonderful indication of the arts and culture community’s ability to bounce back from a challenging year,” says Catrina Kahler, president and chief executive officer of Artlink. “We are excited to collaborate with new and familiar partners and artists in an invitation to celebrate Arizona’s diverse culture.”

New this year, Art Detour 33 features a “Daily Detour,” highlighting specific arts and culture activities for that day. The featured experiences include visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts, fashion and public arts. Daily Detours are released via a daily newsletter and Artlink’s social media channels.

Additionally, Artlink has geographically expanded the boundaries of the traditional Central Phoenix event to help incorporate new partners and accommodate physical distancing measures.


Art Detour 33
Through March 31
Online

21st Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition
Through June 3
FOUND:RE hotel

Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the newsletter, or follow Artlink’s FacebookTwitter or Instagram feeds to learn about daily activations.

‘Sunburst’ at SkySong

A new public artwork has joined the City of Scottsdale Permanent Art Collection at Arizona State University’s SkySong campus.

Scottsdale Public Art commissioned the design and installation of “Sunburst” by RE:site at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center in south Scottsdale. It was installed in 2020 and final details were completed in January 2021.

“’Sunburst’ is the culmination of years of planning and implementing a public art project at the SkySong campus,” says Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker, public art manager for Scottsdale Public Art. “The sculpture looks spectacular any time of day or night, but if you go when the sun is at its apex in the sky, you can play in the colored light on the ground beneath it.”

Suspended by steel columns, “Sunburst” was inspired by a form of a spherical astrolabe, an ancient instrument used to observe and calculate the position of celestial bodies. The artwork’s three steel rings rise above a small plaza and house color-changing dichroic glass panels that reflect and transmit different colors and patterns onto the surrounding area.

The artists from RE:site, Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee, said “Sunburst” reinterprets the rings of an astrolabe as sunburst diagrams, a type of data visualization used to show meaningful relationships in complex data.

“The resulting form is a dramatic, radiant gesture that celebrates the convergence of data, technology, and the global economy,” says Allbritton, who graduated from the University of Arizona.

Allbritton and Lee view the astrolabe as an ancestor of contemporary data visualization: a beautiful form that illuminates hidden patterns, guides the traveler, and predicts future movement.

The title of the artwork was chosen in part because of ASU’s use of sun symbolism. It is also tied to the natural environment of the Valley of the Sun.

“As the bright Arizona sun travels overhead, the sculpture’s dichroic glass panels change color, transparency, and reflectivity,” Lee says. “The artwork changes continually with the movement of the sun and the viewer, poetically evoking that technologically-driven data is continually changing in real time. Like the sun, data visualization makes the invisible visible.”

At night, the sculpture is illuminated, providing a different but similarly dramatic experience of reflected and transparent color.

Taste America 2021

The James Beard Foundation presents featured chefs, cities and programming for its annual Taste America event. The 2021 Taste America event presented by Capital One will take place March 21 in 10 cities nationwide at 5 p.m. Pacific Time / 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The event brings everyone together for a virtual communal dinner to eat, celebrate local independent restaurants and support efforts to rebuild a more sustainable and equitable industry.

Each event ticket ($95 for one person or $175 for two) includes a three-course takeout meal created by a local chef plus wine and Rabbit Hole whiskey to be enjoyed at home and access to a national broadcast featuring a lineup of James Beard Foundation chefs and special guests from across the country. The broadcast will feature all 12 of the participating chefs listed below as well as special guests. Guests are also invited to check out online cooking demos with the featured chefs demonstrating how to finish off each entrée course. Locally curated menus for each participating city can be viewed here.

The Taste America series supports local chefs and restaurants directly while also driving philanthropic support towards industry-wide relief. 70% of all tickets sold will go directly to participating chefs’ restaurants to support their business, with 30% supporting the James Beard Foundation’s national programming, including the Open for Good campaign. The campaign is committed to helping independent restaurants survive the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuild stronger and thrive for the long term. As part of this campaign, the Foundation has created the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans, which recently provided its first round of $15,000 grants to food and beverage businesses, majority-owned by Black or Indigenous individuals, across six regions nationally. For information on the Foundation’s Open for Good campaign, click here.

This year’s 2021 Taste America participating chefs and cities who will appear in the broadcast include the following:

Boston | Tracy Chang, PAGU

Chicago | Dylan Patel, avec

Denver  | Cindhura Reddy, Spuntino

Los Angeles | Josef Centeno, Orsa & Winston

NYC (Brooklyn) | Alex Raij & Eder Montero, La Vara

NYC | Emma Bengtsson, Aquavit

NYC | Simone Tong, Silver Apricot

Philadelphia | Andrew Henshaw, Laser Wolf

Phoenix | Stephen Jones, the larder + the delta – To view Chef Stephen Jones’s menu, click here.

San Francisco | Kim Alter, Nightbird

Seattle | Aaron Verzosa, Archipelago

Washington, D.C. | Peter Prime, Cane


James Beard Foundation 2021 Taste America

March 21, 5 p.m. Pacific Time / 8 p.m. Eastern Time

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit jamesbeard.org.

Watch ‘Energy’ at Home

Ballet Arizona has continued to pivot its 2020-2021 season throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and presents its next virtual spring performanceEnergy— on March 6.

Energy is a one-hour, dynamic compilation of new works from Ib Andersen, artistic director, and Nayon Iovino, Ballet Arizona dancer and choreographer. The online experience showcases Abrazo, a world premiere from Iovino contrasted with classical excerpts from Marius Petipa’s beloved The Sleeping Beauty.
The online program presents the beautiful and magical fairies from The Sleeping Beauty‘s Prologue, followed by the jazz-infused flow of Abrazo, a world premiere from Iovino. 

Energy (virtual show)
March 6
For more information and tickets, visit balletaz.org.

Hope in the Garden

Beginning March 18, Berridge Nurseries features a collection of nature-themed photos taken by youth from nonprofit organization Kids in Focus, which uses the art of photography to give at-risk youth a new way to see themselves and the world. The free exhibit will run for 10 days, ending on March 28.

Set in the open-air spaces of the nursery, the Hope in the Garden exhibit is a collection of 50 images by 50 current and graduated program participants. These vulnerable children spent nine weeks with their volunteer mentors exploring nature, building trusting relationships and gaining valuable life skills along the way.

The photos on display feature beautiful botanicals and outdoor scenes and represent the culmination of their journey of self-discovery. The photos will be available for purchase at the nursery, with all proceeds benefitting Kids in Focus. The image can be ordered on canvas or metal and will be mailed to the buyer within two weeks of the purchase.

“Kids in Focus is a tremendous organization, and we are looking forward to showcasing the talent and creativity of these young photographers,” says Christine Fortman, co-owner of Berridge.

Kids in Focus uses the restorative power of photography and the guidance of dedicated mentors to help youth open their eyes to their own potential as they build the resilience they need to overcome challenges. Images have been exhibited at venues such at the Arizona Science Center, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Sky Harbor Airport and the Arizona State Capitol. Children are paired with a mentor that can help them not only with their photography, but support them in any other issues they may be facing.

“Coming from an abusive home growing up, I experienced the need for outside support, and knew I wanted to help kids that were going through the same things I did,” says Karen Shell, executive director of Kids in Focus. “We are grateful to Berridge Nurseries for allowing us to showcase photos at their nursery, it is such a beautiful location, and will be a really special experience for our kids.”


Hope in the Garden

March 18 – 28

Berridge Nurseries, 4647 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

 

Musicfest Outdoors

Arizona Musicfest had planned to celebrate this year’s 30th anniversary season by presenting 30 memorable indoor concert performances from November through April. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization canceled its previously-announced concert season and has pivoted to a new outdoor performance format.  

“With our reimagined outdoor series, we’re excited to safely reunite our audiences as we celebrate the return of live music to the Musicfest stage,” says Allan Naplan, Arizona Musicfest’s executive and producing director. “We’re grateful for the extraordinary and steadfast support of our generous donors which has allowed Musicfest to move forward with this season’s exciting alternative plans. Through these concerts, Musicfest will continue its important efforts to ‘Bring the Joy of Music to All,” he says.

Musicfest concerts will run from March 27 to May 1, a departure from its usual seven-month season. Performances in March and April will take place at the newly-created Musicfest Performance Pavilion on the campus of Highlands Church in North Scottsdale.            

The special 2021 ‘Musicfest Outdoors’ series features a line-up of great artists; some making their Musicfest debuts, while others returning due to popular demand.

Featured artists include The Everly Brothers Experience (3/27), celebrating the music and history of the iconic duo; popular jazz quintet The Black Market Trust (4/12); folk legends The Kingston Trio (4/17); and Musicfest audience favorites Ann Hampton Callaway (4/20) and Tony DeSare (4/24).  The series concludes with the Festival Orchestra Chamber Players (5/1), comprised of musicians from some of the nation’s finest orchestras. Maestro Robert Moody leads the ensemble with acclaimed guest piano soloist Cathal Breslin.

For its outdoor concert series, Arizona Musicfest will adhere to COVID-19 safety and mitigation protocols. More details about Musicfest’s COVID-19 safety plans and can be found on the organization’s website.


Arizona Musicfest 

March 27 – May 1

For more information and tickets, visit azmusicfest.or or call 480-422-8449.

Songs for Humankind

Given the unusual circumstances, the Sonoran Desert Chorale is offering virtual concerts at no charge to the viewer.

Songs for Humankind will be available on the chorale’s website Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. The link to the chorale YouTube channel will go live at that time, and the singers are looking forward to watching along with the audience in this shared experience of song.

The online concert combines new virtual repertoire and recorded material from previous live concerts, all packaged in a video created especially for the occasion. Program notes will be available on the website and the concert will remain on our YouTube channel throughout the season after the premiere date.

Songs for Humankind includes songs of hope and encouragement as we collectively move toward better times. From Keep Your Hand on the Plow and the beautiful anthem Bashana Haba’ah (Next Year), each of these pieces reaches out to touch our hearts and souls, reflecting our shared humanity.

Also hear The Beatles enduring In My Life and the René Clausen Three Whitman Settings, comprised of subtle, inspiring poems by Walt Whitman, brought to life by this master composer. Clearly declaring that the will to carry on can be found in many ways and through many agents, this music is powerful and up-lifting.

The concert closes with the chorale’s virtual performance of Simple Gifts, an arrangement of Shaker hymn.


Songs for Humankind

Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.

To enjoy the concert video, visit sonorandesertchorale.org.

PhxArt + FilmBar Present Films in the Garden

Beginning Feb. 12, Phoenix Art Museum will partner with local indie cinema FilmBar to present independent, art-house films in the Museum’s Dorrance Sculpture Garden. The PhxArt + FilmBar Present Films in the Garden series will showcase eight films over four months and provides an opportunity for audiences to experience critically acclaimed, niche films in a socially distanced way. 

Capacity for each viewing is limited to 50 people to ensure 6 feet of physical distancing, and face masks must be worn over the mouth and nose at all times. Food and drink are not provided nor permitted, with the exception of water bottles. Tickets are $12 for PhxArt Members and FilmBar Unlimited-ish Members and $15 for the general public. All proceeds benefit Phoenix Art Museum and FilmBar.  

PHXART + FILMBAR PRESENT FILMS IN THE GARDEN SCHEDULE 

El Topo Feb. 12, 13 | 6:30 p.m.

Originally released in 1970, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo quickly caught the imagination of movie audiences and sparked the Midnight Movie phenomena, catalyzed by an endorsement from John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Classic Americana and avant-garde European sensibilities collide with Zen Buddhism and the Bible in this independent film featuring master gunfighter and mystic El Topo (played by writer/director Jodorowsky), who tries to defeat sharp-shooting rivals on a bizarre path to allegorical self-awareness and resurrection. (Jordorosky, 125 min, NR) 

In the Mood For Love Feb. 25, 26, 27 | 6:30 p.m.

It’s Hong Kong, 1962, and Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) have moved into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. Director Wong Kar Wai’s story of longing and romance unfolds with a heart-aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin. (Wong, 98 min, PG) 

A Hard Day’s Night March 11, 12, 13 | 7 p.m. 

Just one month after exploding onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night features The Beatles bandmates playing cheeky, comic versions of themselves and captures the moment they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation. Directed by Richard Lester and featuring iconic pop anthems, including the title track, Can’t Buy Me Love, and I Should Have Known Better, this film reconceived the movie musical and influenced the modern music video. (Lester, 87 min, G) 

Touki BoukiMarch 24, 26 | 7 p.m.

Mixing the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambéty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s. In this fantasy-drama influenced by the French New Wave, two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of France, but their escape is beset by complications both concrete and mystical. Simultaneously dazzling, manic, and meditative, Touki Bouki is widely considered one of the most important African films ever made. (Mambéty, 85 min, NR) 

Black Orpheus April 8, 9, 10 | 7:30 p.m.

Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the 20th-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its ravishing, epochal soundtrack, this film kicked off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning. (Camus, 100 min, PG) 

La Strada April 29, 30 | 7:30 p.m. • May 1 | 7:30 p.m.

Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampanò encounters an old rival in high-wire, his fury is provoked to its breaking point. Federico Fellini directs this film that launched him and Masina (his wife) into international stardom. (Fellini, 108 min, NR) 

Gimme Shelter | May 13, 14, 15 | 7:30 p.m. 

Considered the greatest rock film ever made, this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour, including when 300,000 members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hells Angels at San Francisco’s Altamont Speedway. (Maysles, 91 min, NR) 

Tokyo Drifter | May 27, 28 | 7:30 p.m. 

This jazzy gangster film directed by Seijun Suzuki weaves the story of reformed killer Tetsu, who tries to go straight only to be called back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. With stylized violence, trippy colors, and anything-goes vibes, Tokyo Drifter is a brilliantly excessive example of 1960s Japanese cinema. (Suzuki, 82 min, NR) 


PhxArt + FilmBar Present Films in the Garden

Through May 28

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Ballet Arizona Announces Spring Performances

Ballet Arizona announced that it will present two limited capacity spring performances – Energy from Feb. 13-21 in person and March 6 online, and Balanchine from April 16-25 in person and May 8 online. 

Ballet Arizona has continued to pivot its 2020-2021 season throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. All in-person performances were canceled from March 2020 through the end of the year, with the exception of extremely small events for season ticket holders, out of an abundance of caution. Instead, new digital performances and engagements were offered.

This spring, while digital will still be a part of the performance mix, two limited engagements will be offered in-person. Patron, staff and dancer safety remains a top priority for Ballet Arizona and the company has partnered with HealthyVerify to maintain a safe and healthy environment for these in-person performances. Patrons, dancers and staff will be required to wear masks, among other measures, to maximize safety. 

Viewers of the online version will also enjoy added content like dancer interviews and other behind-the-scenes extras. In-person tickets are extremely limited and are $50 each. Digital performance tickets are $20 each and viewers will have access to watch the performance online for 24 hours. 

Because of socially distanced seating measures, tickets for the in-person performances are available for purchase by phone only at 602-381-1096. Tickets for the online performances are available for purchase at balletaz.org. All in person performances will occur at Ballet Arizona’s Dorrance Theatre, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 

Energy | Feb. 13-21 in person, March 6 online 

Experience the energy of innovative new works and classical favorites from Ballet Arizona. Sponsored in part by Goodmans Interior Structures, Energy is a one-hour, dynamic compilation of new works from Ib Andersen, artistic director, and Nayon Iovino, dancer and choreographer, that will contrast with classical excepts from Marius Petipa’s beloved The Sleeping Beauty. 

Balanchine | April 16-25 in person, May 8 online 

George Balanchine, the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet, is a legend. Ballet Arizona’s Balanchine honors his legacy with in-person and digital performances produced through the generosity of philanthropist Bob Benson. As one of only a handful of choreographers entrusted by The Balanchine Trust to stage Balanchine’s work, Ib Andersen, artistic director, presents a program of works and excerpts by the legend, including: 

Allegro Brillante 

When asked about Allegro Brillante, Balanchine once said, “It contains everything I know about the classical ballet in thirteen minutes.” Set to a lively score by Tchaikovsky, Allegro Brillante is one of Balanchine’s most joyous, pure dance pieces. 

Divertimento No. 15 

Balanchine is said to have considered this piece of music the finest divertimento ever written. To complement the sparkling score, he created a work of extraordinary ingenuity for his dancers. Divertimento No. 15 first premiered at the Mozart Festival in Stratford, Connecticut, in 1956. 

Stravinsky Violin Concerto 

Balanchine originally choreographed to this piece of music in 1941 for the Original Ballet Russe. He returned to the score three decades later but could not remember the choreography so he reimagined it for the 1972 Stravinsky Festival. 


Energy 

Feb. 13-21 in person and March 6 online

Balanchine

April 16-25 in person and May 8 online

For more information and tickets, visit balletaz.org.

Leon Polk Smith

The Heard Museum announces a new original exhibition, Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight, opening on Feb. 4. Leon Polk Smith, one of the great American artists of the 20th century, has been studied and celebrated through major exhibitions, publications and scholarship over many years–and yet, a significant source of inspiration and influence on his artistic production remains largely unexplored.

Leon Polk Smith in his studio at Union Square, New York
PHOTO COURTESY LEON POLK SMITH FOUNDATION

Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight takes visitors on the journey of how a young Smith, influenced by American Indian culture in his native Oklahoma, became one of America’s most accomplished painters and a founding icon of midcentury modern art and design.

Smith was a renowned modernist painter and one of the founders of the Hard-edge Painting Movement, an art form of the late 1950s and 1960s that emphasized geometric forms in bright colors.

The exhibition will illustrate how Smith’s paintings connect with the colors and patterns of Southern Plains beadwork, ribbon work and painted hides.

In the words of Smith, “I grew up in the Southwest, where the colors in nature were pure and rampant, and where my Indian neighbors and relatives used color to vibrate and shock.”

“Indian Territory was a place of creativity, lawlessness and invention. Leon Polk Smith has rewritten the narrative of place in the endless horizons, single lines and hard edges of his work,” says Joe Baker, guest curator of Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight.


Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight

Through May 31

Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit heard.org.

Body/Magic

ASU Art Museum presents Body/Magic: Liz Cohen showcasing new and never-before-seen video, photographs, performance and ephemera by artist Liz Cohen. The show presents all aspects of the Phoenix-based artist’s well-known “Bodywork” series for the first time.

For the original “Bodywork” series, Cohen merged two cars, the American El Camino and the East German Trabant, into one customized lowrider. Simultaneously, she transformed her own body to become a bikini model for her car, which she presented at lowrider shows in and around Phoenix.

“In the car show, there are really three kinds of people,” says the artist. “There are the car owners, the car builders and the models that represent the cars. I want to be all three.” This ongoing project examines the artist’s own identity, in-betweenness as a first-generation Colombian and a child of the Cold War whose parents favored Warsaw Pact countries over Disneyland for summer vacations.

“Bodywork” is also an exploration of femininity and the female form. “Cohen’s conceptual practice challenges traditional stereotypes of female beauty,” says Julio César Morales, curator at ASU Art Museum. “She has constantly pushed the boundaries of photography and challenges traditional notions of identity by generating dialogue across issues relating to gender roles, immigration, labor and resistance. She is a very gifted artist and dedicated educator, I am very honored to be curating an exhibition based on her ‘Bodywork’ series at the museum that will be thought-provoking, beautiful and powerful.”

This exhibition is curated by Morales, with assistance from Diem Lanakai, Windgate curatorial intern at ASU Art Museum. It is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and sponsored by Patti Parsons. An initiative presented in association with the Feminist Art Coalition.

Liz Cohen is currently a professor of photography in the School of Art in Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from the California College of the Arts, a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. She has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Louis Tiffany Foundation, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Creative Capital Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. She has exhibited work at Site Santa Fe, Ballroom Marfa, the Cranbrook Art Museum, Fargfabriken and Museum Tinguely.


Body/Magic: Liz Cohen

Through May 29

ASU Art Museum, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe

For more information, asuartmuseum.asu.edu.

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Returns

The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona returns for the 66th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The world’s largest horse show runs Feb. 11 – 21.

To ensure the safety of the riders and teams along with the community the show will be closed to the public. Instead, fans, families and enthusiasts will be able to watch live, real-time video of the competition or tune into recorded videos later.

“This competition is vital to the Arabian horse community and we are pleased to be able to host it again this year,” says Taryl O’Shea, executive director of the AHAA. “While the event maybe quieter this year, we know the competition will still be intense. With more than 2,000 horses competing and more than $3 million in prize money, this year’s event will continue to showcase the best of the best as riders vie for the coveted title of Scottsdale Champion.”

There are several options to watch the competition. A day pass is available for $9.99 or fans can access the full event for $49.99. A schedule of each day’s events is posted to the website, outlining what class is competing and when.

For the first time ever the Scottsdale Signature Stallion auction will be online. Beginning on Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. and ending on Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. this will provide international interest access to these amazing animals. One hundred and fifty horses have been nominated to be part of the auction. This auction raises money to fund the largest prize money program for young Arabian horses in the industry.

The 2021 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show benefits several local charities including Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and RefugeHorses Help TRCScottsdale Community College and Youth For Troops.


66th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Feb. 11-21

To access the live-stream or videos visit scottsdaleshow.com.

Arizona Bach Festival Celebrates 12th Season

The Arizona Bach Festival celebrates its 12th anniversary season of presenting renowned artists performing the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The 2021 Festival will be held virtually on YouTube with a three-concert festival, Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 7.

The Festival features organist Aaron David Miller, the acclaimed Polish musicians LUTEDUO; and vocalists Ingela Onstad (soprano) and Michael Hix (baritone), joining Stephen Redfield (violin) and Maxine Thévenot (organ.)

“While we can’t reproduce the live concert experience, technology does allow for some surprising silver linings,” says Scott Youngs, Arizona Bach Festival Music Director. “The opening organ concert is able to feature three different organs in the same church, the lute concert is coming to us from Poland, and the Arias with violin and organ concert comes to us from The Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, N.M. We are looking forward to connecting these phenomenal artists with our audiences, and to share their performances from such distinct and interesting venues.”

Each concert will begin with a brief and informative talk by Dr. Craig Westendorf.

Patrons may also participate in post-concert meet and greet zoom events with the artists, giving them an opportunity to chat, visit and discuss the afternoon’s program.

The Festival Pass ($60) includes access to all three concerts and the Festival Pass Plus ($100) includes all three concerts plus post-concert Zoom sessions with the performing artists.

2021 ARIZONA BACH FESTIVAL LINEUP: 

Feb. 21, 3 p.m. | Aaron David Miller, organist

Feb. 28, 3 p.m. | LUTEDUO

March 7, 3 p.m. | Arias with Violin and Organ • with Ingela Onstad, soprano • Michael Hix, baritone • Stephen Redfield, violin • Maxine Thévenot, organ


Arizona Bach Festival

Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 7

For more information or to buy passes, visit arizonabachfestival.org.

WEST—Arizona Artists of Color Exhibition

Scottsdale Public Art recently opened WEST—Arizona Artists of Color, a new exhibition featuring local artists at Scottsdale Civic Center Library.

WEST—Arizona Artists of Color aims to show the West as the featured artists know it: with a rich cultural history. Their work in Arizona shows the universal need to belong, to be accepted and to be seen, as well as shedding light on the struggle to make social connections and understand one another. The artists in this exhibition express their solidarity with the human condition and the need to be free of prejudice and injustice.

Sebastiao Pereira, Pensive

“The exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the varied range of creatives living and working here in the Valley of the Sun, who also happen to be artists of color,” says Kim Boganey, director of Scottsdale Public Art. “Some of the artists have well-established names that may be recognizable to many; others we are excited to introduce to audiences. With all of the artists, their work is a reflection of what it means to live in the West.”

Co-curated by Phoenix artist Joe Willie Smith and Wendy Raisanen, curator of collections and exhibitions for Scottsdale Public Art, the exhibition will run through March 2.

Smith says that historically, many exhibition opportunities—especially through established institutions—were not open to artists of color. “There still is a void of opportunities for artists of color,” says Smith. “The WEST show is really a wonderful opportunity.”

WEST emphasizes that artists of color also reflect the geography and culture in which they live. Smith also noted how there is often an expectation that his work will talk about Black history or contemporary Black people. While he has done work that speaks to his race, his artistic practice encompasses much more than that. His work is like many other artists. “I think about color; I think about composition,” says Smith.

Smith contributed one of his own pieces to the exhibition, “Little Boy Blue,” a painted steel, aluminum and wood sculpture that acts as a biographical statement for the artist, referencing his childhood in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Other artists included in the exhibition include Claire A. Warden, Clendolyn Corbin, Gloria Martinez-Granados, Eugene Grigsby, Annie Lopez, Stephen Marc, Hugo Medina, Sebastiao Pereira, Joe Ray, Safwat Saleem, Sonny Sholola, Ani Tung, RIP Woods, Frank Ybarra and Bernard Young.

The physical exhibition is located in the library’s Civic Center Public Gallery, operated by Scottsdale Public Art. A virtual version of the exhibition can be viewed online at scottsdalepublicart.org/exhibitions/.

Scottsdale Public Art will host a virtual reception with many of the artists from the exhibition Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.


WEST—Arizona Artists of Color

Through March 2

Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale

For more information, visit scottsdalepublicart.org.

James Beard Foundation Women of Arizona

James Beard Foundation Women of Arizona is an alliance fostered by “Let’s Talk,” a national collaboration across 10 cities of more than 200 women restaurateurs. Chicago’s Rohini Dey, Ph.D., owner of Vermilion and trustee of the James Beard Foundation, founded it with the goal of bringing together women restaurateurs for collaborative action and support. “Let’s Talk” is supported by the James Beard Foundation Women’s Leadership Program. 

Women restaurateurs are jointly promoting their sustainable success through the pandemic and beyond, working together to boost small businesses, learn from each other, and to share and create opportunities.

This January, James Beard Foundation Women of Arizona is launching its first initiative: offering multi-restaurant tasting menus across the Valley. Fifteen of the Valley’s leading Women chefs and restauranteurs are participating in this round over the course of three weekends, Jan. 15-16, Jan. 22-23 and Jan. 29-30.

Everyone has the opportunity to enjoy three restaurants in one meal, showcasing some of the Valley’s best food. Five groups of three restaurants have created unique three-course menus for two at $55 each. Order online by 10 p.m. Wednesday for pickup or delivery the following Friday or Saturday night.

Check out the menus HERE.


James Beard Foundation Women of Arizona | January 2021 Program

Jan. 22-23 and Jan. 29-30

For more information, visit jbfwomenofaz.com.

Ballet Under the Virtual Stars

Ballet Arizona continues to update its programming during the COVID-19 pandemic as the Valley’s only professional ballet company presents Ballet Under the Virtual Stars, an online adaptation of its beloved free Valley-wide community performances, on Jan. 23.

The livestream will be available on demand om Ballet Arizona’s YouTube page starting at 5 p.m. MST. In partnership with the City of Goodyear and Estrella by Newland, Ballet Arizona will also host a live online chat with dancers that begins at 6 p.m.

Ballet Under the Stars, presented by the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, is a Ballet Arizona tradition that for more than two decades has brought together ballet fans and novices for a free professional ballet performance in communities around the Valley. While the pandemic has altered the venue for this tradition, Ballet Arizona chose to proceed in a virtual format to spread the joy of dance in our community.

Ballet Arizona dancers Katherine Loxtercamp and Serafin Castro

“Ballet Under the Stars is one of our favorite performances throughout the year,” says Samantha Turner, executive director of Ballet Arizona. “The show must go on! We will bring these performances to the Valley in the safest and best way we know how, despite the circumstances – virtually, with interactive elements.”

The new digital format of Ballet Under the Virtual Stars allows for some fun, behind-the-scenes extras that are not normally possible at an in-person show. Viewers will not only see incredible classical and contemporary ballet, but also dancer interviews and other bonus content.

Ballet Arizona is also thrilled to be able to continue its Class Act program digitally this year. Class Act provides children in local communities with opportunities to dance, choreograph and interact with Ballet Arizona’s own professional dancers. Ballet Arizona’s Education & Community Engagement team and professional dancer Natalie Ramirez worked with students from Westar Elementary School in Estrella to learn dance basics and collaboratively choreograph a dance together. Due to the transition from in-person to digital programming, this year’s Class Act group was smaller and more focused. The students learned so much in such short time and Ballet Arizona is especially proud of their resilience, commitment, and achievement.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the arts community especially hard. Performance revenues have been completely halted, tuition to the School of Ballet Arizona has been cut in half and donations have been reduced by 25%. Ballet Arizona, a nonprofit arts organization, continues to innovate despite these challenges. To support Ballet Arizona’s mission to bring the love of dance to the masses, donations to the Bridge Our Bridge Recovery Fund are welcomed.


Ballet Under the Virtual Stars

Jan. 23

For more information, visit balletaz.org.

Fritz Scholder

The upcoming exhibition of Fritz Scholder’s works includes original paintings, limited edition graphics, sculptures and books. The Larsen Gallery has been hosting annual exhibitions of the work of Scholder for more than twenty years and have placed works in private collections, corporations and museums throughout the United States and Europe. This year’s show opens Feb. 2 and will be on view through Feb. 28 downtown Scottsdale. The exhibition include about 30-40 works on display Larsen Gallery has more than 100 works of Scholder’s available for sale.

The Super Indian Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980 exhibition that was hosted at the Denver Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and the Nerman Museum in Kansas in 2015-2016 started the rise of Scholder’s appreciation in the art market showcasing him as not just a regional artist but a prominent figure in the 20th century art canon.

The Larsen Gallery was instrumental in working with collectors Kent and Vicki Logan to amass the paintings that were the focus of that show and continue to work with other collectors to add important Scholder paintings to their collections. 

The recent stellar auction results and robust sales in the gallery continue the legacy of Scholder as an important figure in the 20th Century. This exhibition–as well as other future museum and gallery exhibitions–will help contextualize the work of Scholder in regard to his contemporaries including Andy Warhol. Scholder wanted to be remembered as a great colorist and works in this exhibition showcase his love of color and composition. 


Fritz Scholder Annual Exhibition

Feb. 2 – 28

Larsen Gallery, 3705 N. Bishop Lane, Scottsdale

For more information, visit larsengallery.com.

Outdoor Entertainment Returns at Royal Palms

Back by popular demand, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is extending its Live Music & Classic Movie Series into 2021. Guests will enjoy local musicians, timeless films and stunning views of Camelback Mountain.

Set within the historic estate’s Vernadero Lawn at the foot of Camelback Mountain, socially distanced “seating pods” will be setup under a canopy of string lights with a range of comfortable offerings including couches and lounge chairs, cocktail tables with chairs and poufs on the ground for a more relaxed option.

Savory and sweet gourmet snack boxes will be available for purchase for $25 each and include goodies like cheese and charcuterie or pastries such as French macarons, truffles and cookies. Wine and cocktails will also be available for purchase.

No reservation is required; it’s a first come, first served basis. Both movies and concerts start at 6 p.m. All seating is socially distanced, and masks are required everywhere on-property except for when guests are within their distanced seating pod.


2021 LINEUP:

January:

Jan. 16 (concert) • Karen Holloway Duo
Jan. 23 (movie) • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Jan. 30 (concert) • Stanley Serrano Duo

February:

Feb. 6 (movie) • An American in Paris
Feb. 13 (concert) • Cameron Degurski Duo
Feb. 19 (movie) • Singing in the Rain
Feb. 26 (concert) • Miguel Melgoza Duo

March:

March 5 (movie) • Casablanca
March 19 (concert) • Lee Perrerira Duo


Royal Palms outdoor live music and classic series

Through March 19, 6 p.m.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

For more information, visit royalpalmshotel.com.

Celebrate Spring at Desert Botanical Garden

Spring at Desert Botanical Garden is a time to get outdoors, experience the sunshine, take in the floral blooms and enjoy seasonal happenings.

The Garden is excited to host several experiences, with safety at the forefront. In keeping with CDC guidelines and current community measures, the Garden has implemented several precautions, including limited capacity, touchless admissions, a one-way route and required facemasks for all visitors over the age of two and staff. Learn more about the Garden’s reopening precautions at dbg.org/safety.

Exhibitions

Wind, Water and Earth by Waterlily Pond Studio

Wind, Jan. 19 – Feb. 19
Water, Feb. 23 – March 22
Earth, April 3-25

Desert Botanical Garden’s newest art exhibition features large-scale living sculptures created by Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz of Waterlily Pond Studio. Using florals and plant materials as the medium and desert elements as the inspiration, Wind, Earth and Water are three intricate installations that guests will experience at the Garden for only a few weeks. Included with membership or garden admission.

Events

Dog Days at the Garden 

Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 | 8-11 a.m.

Dog Days return in 2021. Enjoy a “pawsitively” perfect morning stroll through the Garden. You and your pup will have a tail-wagging good time exploring the beauty and sniffs of the trails. Please BYOB (bring your own bowl) to fill at water refill stations. New, on January 16, call the Pup-arazzi! It’s time for your fur babies to bring out their best outfit for National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Join the rest of your pup friends in their latest fashion trends on the trails. Included with garden admission. 

Music in the Garden

Jan. 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26

Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series is back with a new way to enjoy lively musical acts with your small group. Listen to toe-tapping tunes while taking in breathtaking desert sunset views. For your comfort and safety, tables will be socially-distanced and capacity is limited at this intimate event. Members: table for up to 1-2 guests: $50; table for 3-4 guests: $100. General Public: table for up to 1-2 guests: $60; table for 3-4 guests: $120. Ages 21+.

  • Jan. 15 | The August Manley Band, Tribute to Waylon Jennings
  • Jan. 22 | Cold Shott & the Hurricane Horns, old-school R&B, funk, rock and soul
  • Jan. 29| Andrés Martínez Quartet, boleros with a Latin jazz fusion twist
  • Feb. 5 | Melgoza, 70’s-influenced soulful rock to groovy Latin
  • Feb. 12 | Cadillac Assembly Line, high-energy blues and swing
  • Feb. 19 | Jazz Con Alma with Holly Pyle, R&B, jazz, soft rock
  • Feb. 26 | Yellowbird, Native American stories, music, and dance
  • March 5 | Bluesman Mike & The Blues Review Band, blues with jazz and soul influence
  • March 12 | Kilted Spirit, Celtic rock
  • March 19 | Sandra Bassett, Motown, jazz, contemporary, soft rock
  • March 26 | Guitarras Latinas, Latin American music

Sonoran Sippin’

Jan. 21, Feb. 25, April 8, 6-9 p.m.

Wrap-up your week with a floral-inspired welcome drink and an evening out in nature at the Garden. Thursday nights feature music, socially-distanced fun and an after-hours look at Waterlily Pond Studio. Each Thursday will feature a different botanically-flavored alcoholic beverage and programming. Members: adult: $14.95, child: $9.95. General Public: adult: $29.95, child: $14.95

Pair This, With That: A Corks & Cactus Mini-Series 

Jan. 24, Feb. 28, and March 28| 11 a.m.–2 p.m. or 3-6 p.m.

Uncork your palate with an all-new Corks & Cactus mini-series. Wine experts guide guests through a thematic and delightfully unexpected journey of six wine and food pairings that are sure to satisfy your innermost cravings. Choose from one Sunday in January, February or March to book your tasting trifecta. Members: $50, general public: $55. Ages 21+.

Spring Plant Sale

Plant Sale Member Days: March 19 and 26
General Public Sale Days: March 20-21, 27-28
Timed entry from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Plant Sale is back with a safe shopping experience. Reserve your time to shop, and horticulture experts will help you find the perfect cactus, agave, herb or veggie to plant in your own garden. Free admission.

Heard Museum Presents First Ever Digital Exhibition

To celebrate the beginning of 2021, Heard Museum invites the community to enjoy its first ever digital exhibition.

Curated by Erin Joyce, fine arts curator, physical/digital: representations of the body from the permanent collection is a digital exhibition taking place in a virtual environment.

During this time of remoteness, social distancing and isolation, our corporeal relationship to the world, and to one another, is much altered. This exhibition seeks to look at the ways in which artists from the 20th and 21st centuries have approached representation of the body over the past 50 years, addressing and redressing the corporeal self in landscapes and spaces that ask us to question how we engage with and fit into those spaces in person and in the digital realm.

Works included in the exhibition depict the human form, as well as animal forms, inanimate objects that reference the body, and objects used to move the body. These works ask us to consider how we engage through remote modalities, looking at movement, transmotion and sovereignty through the expression of form. Through sculpture, found objects, painting, mixed media and photography, digital/physical seeks to create broader access to the fine-art holdings of the museum to diverse communities locally, nationally and internationally.

Featured artists:
T.C. Cannon
Paula Rasmus Dede
Harry Fonseca
Bob Haozous
Frank Buffalo Hyde
Courtney M. Leonard
Cara Romero
Fritz Scholder
Emmi Whitehorse
Will Wilson
Steven J. Yazzie

Click HERE to visit the exhibition.

The Magic of Lights

Enjoy holiday events in the Valley, including festive lights and luminarias. This year’s events have social distancing and cleaning procedures in place, offering safe environments and experiences.

Las Noches de Las Luminarias

Nov. 28 – Dec. 31 (select dates)

Have a true Southwestern holiday experience at Desert Botanical Garden, where 8,000 luminarias line the pathways among the desert flora.

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

ZooLights

Nov. 4 – Jan. 31

When the sun goes down and the animals go to sleep, Phoenix Zoo magically transforms into one of the largest holiday lighting events in the Southwest. Enjoy millions of lights, hundreds of displays and performances throughout the Zoo. Drive-thru experience available too, Cruise Zoolights.

Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Nov. 27 – Jan. 3

Experience the magic of the holiday season on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad as the park lights up Scottsdale with a winter wonderland of holiday lights and displays.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale

World of Illumination Tempe / World of Illumination Glendale

Nov. 6 – Jan. 3

Illumination is Arizona’s largest holiday drive-thru light show that is fully synchronized to your favorite music. This 1-mile long driving attraction will feature millions of holiday lights synchronized to holiday music throughout 14 acres of the newest state of the art holiday lights and displays.

Diablo Stadium | Westgate Entertainment District
2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe | 6751 N. Sunset Boulevard, Glendale

Trolley Holiday Light Tour

Dec. 1-31

Ollie the Trolley takes you to the most spectacular Christmas light displays in the Valley. Bring up to 30 guests along – and some hot cocoa or cider – and get the whole crew into the holiday spirit.

Dunn Transportation/Ollie the Trolley
1680 N. 74th St., Scottsdale

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields

Nov. 23 – Dec. 31

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields makes it debut this year with an unprecedented spectacle of nearly 5 million lights that will greet Yuletide revelers along 1.2 miles that encircles the award-winning Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

Illumination 2020 – Tranquil Garden Lights

Nov. 27 – Dec. 30

Take a slow romantic stroll through the lit pines of the Japanese Friendship Garden. Find yourself surrounded by its enchanting night views which are the perfect ending for a date night or place to meet up before eating downtown with friends. Unlike other light experiences this season, you’ll have a low-key stroll through the garden here.

Japanese Friendship Garden
1125 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix

Glendale Glitters

Nov. 25 – Jan. 9

Glendale’s award-winning holiday lighting event has become a family tradition across the state. The stunning display of 1.5 million lights illuminates 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest free holiday light display in Arizona.

Downtown Glendale
5800 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale

Winter Night Lights

Nov. 27 – Dec. 30

Experience a spirited, synchronized projection show at Westgate Entertainment District. Running on select dates, guests can take in the views of the district’s newest holiday pop-up, a 3D Christmas tree canvas that showcases a walkable, lyrical light show.

Westgate Entertainment District
6770 N. Sunset Boulevard, Glendale

Sugarland in Downtown Chandler

Nov. 28 – Jan. 1

Snap a selfie in the candy sleigh next to the famous Tumbleweed Tree, slide down the fruit roll up slide, climb over giant marshmallows spilling out a life-size cup of hot chocolate and dance through the candy canes any time of the day or night, allowing for social distancing. At night the display showcases “Sugarland’s Canal of Lights,” a beautiful walkway over the Commonwealth Canal on Commonwealth Avenue with colorful lights timed to dance holiday music.

Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West
3 S. Arizona Place, Chandler

 

Phoenix Zoo Zoolights offers both walk and drive options for the 2020 season. PHOTO COURTESY PHOENIX ZOO

Romes Comes to Downtown Phoenix

Special Entertainment Events, Inc. presents a three-month run of its renowned Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition in downtown Phoenix. The immersive art exhibit features 10,000 square feet of replicas of the artist’s frescoes that adorn the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. The Croft Downtown, located in the historic Warehouse District, hosts the show through Feb. 14.

Revered for its likeness and globally acclaimed, the exhibition has brought unique experiences to hundreds of thousands of visitors around the world, in locations such as New York City, Shanghai, Berlin, Bogota and Vienna.

The exhibition includes 34 panels of the frescoes produced in their near-original size. Among these reproductions are masterpieces like The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement. The exhibit brings visitors within just a few feet of the frescoes, producing a once in a lifetime experience. 

“We are thrilled to bring this exhibit to downtown Phoenix and the state of Arizona for the first time,” says Martin Biallas, CEO of Los Angeles-based SEE Global Entertainment, producer of the Sistine Chapel exhibit. “People all over the world have been amazed to see Michelangelo’s work up close in such detail, and we’re glad the people of this state and region will have that opportunity as well.” Biallas is the original creator of the award-winning Titanic and Star Trek exhibitions, and of other successful global traveling exhibitions.

“We are overjoyed at the opportunity to host this unique experience for the region,” says Angela Karp, co-owner of The Croft Downtown. “Health and safety remain the highest priority, so our exhibition will be equally as safe as it is spectacular.” 

Art enthusiasts and the devout alike will find the exhibit provides an opportunity to encounter Michelangelo’s work in a contemporary, uncluttered, self-timed and in-depth way. Guests may enhance the experience with a downloadable premium optional audio guide, with accompanying narrative available in English and Spanish.

Adding to the experience, the exhibit features a small theater showing educational videos about Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel.

The 17,000-square-foot venue accommodates physical distancing guidelines provided by public health administrators. Guests are required to wear a mask at all times, and managed entry/exit (as well as timed-ticketing) will limit the amount of visitors in the exhibit at one time. 


Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

Through Feb. 14, 2021

The Croft Downtown, 22 E. Buchanan St, Phoenix

For more information and tickets, visit chapelsistine.com.

Restless Balance

ASU Art Museum presents “Restless Balance,” a new exhibition by boredomresearch opening Dec. 5. British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith of boredomresearch worked with leading science institutions to create dynamic video installations that explore how large-scale environmental changes alter disease transmission.

“‘Restless Balance’” takes on new relevance as we navigate the complexities of a global pandemic and re-examine the delicate relationship between human health and our social and natural environments,” says Brittany Corrales, curator at the ASU Art Museum.

The exhibition includes the U.S. premiere of the video installation, “In Search of Chemozoa,” along with three earlier works. “In Search of Chemozoa” was created with researchers at the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center at the ASU Biodesign Institute, where they are working on radically new ways of thinking about cancer treatment.

Other works in the exhibition are based upon animated robots navigating Venice’s polluted canals, flight patterns of mosquitos carrying malaria and intertidal snails adjusting to changing coastal conditions.

“In the greater scheme of things, the differences between science and art are fewer than one might think. Both take imagination, observation, curiosity and creativity and without those critical elements, neither can do their work,” says Pamela Winfrey, scientific research curator at the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center. The artists present a daring new vision for technological innovation, centered on uniting the domains of art, science and society.

“In seeking serenity we find ourselves in motion. Sacrificing the sanctuary of the familiar, to imagine a place where health is maintained both in our bodies as well as the spaces through which they wonder,” says boredomresearch. “Searching for stability we push against the tide maintaining a restless balance between uncertainty and hope.”


Restless Balance: boredomresearch

Through April 24, 2021

ASU Art Museum, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe

For more information, visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu.

Digital ‘Nutcracker Suite’

This year, Ballet Arizona presents Nutcracker Suite, a reimagined performance of the classic ballet, in a digital format over two weekends – Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.

Digital access is $20 and directly benefits Ballet Arizona, a nonprofit arts organization and the only professional ballet company in the Valley.

Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker is a tradition that was named one of the top three Nutcracker performances in the country by The New York Times. Filmed in Ballet Arizona’s in-house Dorrance Theatre, 2020’s abridged digital Nutcracker Suite features favorite highlights from the wintry forest of the Snow Queen and King to the beautiful Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Exclusively available to stream online, this version includes the traditional dancing as well as some exciting bonus content like dancer interviews and behind-the-scenes segments.

For the first time, Nutcracker Suite will be available in both English and Spanish. The Spanish version features exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at Nutcracker Suite, in addition to Spanish translations of bonus content.

In addition to online access to the virtual performance, Capture the Magic at Home packages bring elements of the stage performance to your home. Curbside pickup of package goodies is available on Dec. 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Dec. 6, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ballet Arizona’s inaugural online Nutcracker Boutique is open. The boutique features select special wooden nutcrackers, nutcracker ornaments and other holiday ornaments. Items ordered from the boutique will be available for pickup curbside at Ballet Arizona on Dec. 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Dec. 6, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Nutcracker Suite

Dec. 12 and Dec. 19

For more information and tickets, visit balletaz.org.

Point Cloud (ASU)

On Nov. 17 at 5 p.m., Michael Crow, Arizona State University president; Michael Govan, Wallis Annenberg director and CEO of the Los Angeles County Museum of ArtMiki Garcia, ASU Art Museum director; and artist Leo Villareal present a first look at Villareal’s “Point Cloud (ASU),” a new public art commission.

“Point Cloud (ASU)” is part of the ASU Art Museum’s Halle Public Art Initiative and is generously supported by The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation with additional funding by the Herberger Institute Dean’s Creativity Council and organized in collaboration with ASU’s Roden Crater Initiative. 

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link via email.


Point Cloud (ASU) First Look (virtual event)

Nov. 17, 5 p.m.

For more information or to register, click HERE.

Viewpoints: How We Understand Art

“Viewpoints: How We Understand Art,” a new exhibition from Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation, explores a theory that defines five ways people view art. The exhibition is on view at the Center Space gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. An online component of the exhibition will be available on Nov. 20 here.

“Viewpoints: How We Understand Art” utilizes the Viewpoints theory, developed by Dr. Mary Erickson, a professor emerita of art education at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Erickson co-curated the exhibition with Laura Hales, curator of learning and innovation for Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation.

“Viewing art is a process, and how one responds to art depends on a person’s life experiences and education,” Hales says. “Providing people with varied exhibitions and arts learning opportunities can expand their viewpoints, and in turn, increase their appreciation of art.”

Erickson and Hales collaborated on the selection of artists, development of text panels and adaptation of the theory for use by visitors within the exhibition, which includes interactive self-reflection activities. These activities will be available at the physical exhibition in the Center Space gallery and in the virtual exhibition.

“The Viewpoints theory identifies a set of ideas people use to make sense of unfamiliar artworks,” Erickson says. “The theory is based on my own research with hundreds of elementary and secondary students as well as with adults with varying prior art experience.”

The exhibition showcases a wide range of artistic styles to help viewers broaden the range of artworks they appreciate and deepen their understanding of them through the use of the Viewpoints theory.

Papay Solomon is among the artists whose work is included in the exhibition. His self-portrait “K.O.S. (Knowledge of Self)” was painted in 2018 following two years of self-reflection.

“In this moment, I was trying to understand how I, as a young Black African man, fit into the fabric of these American landscapes,” Solomon says. “For centuries, people have always had varying viewpoints on a multitude of subjects with different degrees of complexities.”

The Viewpoints self-reflection activities in the gallery and online will guide viewers to look closely at three different artworks to see which viewpoints they tend to use. It is an opportunity for people to learn more about themselves through a metacognitive approach. Hales hopes the experience of looking closely at artworks, with the Viewpoints activity as a guide, will help viewers understand and appreciate the different ways people view art.

Exhibiting artists include Merryn  Alaka, Susan  Beiner, Antoinette  Cauley, Aaron Coleman, Tom Eckert, Fausto Fernandez, Mary Hood, Siri Devi  Khandavilli, Christine Lee, Stephen Marc, John Randall Nelson, Mark  Pomilio, Dean Reynolds, Henry  Schoebel, Diane Silver, Forrest Solis and Papay Solomon.


Viewpoints: How We Understand Art

Through March 25, 2021

Virtual reception Nov. 20, 7 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale

For more information, visit scottsdaleartslearning.org.

Inspire

Ballet Arizona presents its first-ever virtual performance, “Inspire,” on Nov. 7. The performance will stream live on demand for 24 hours starting at 7 p.m. Stream is available at balletaz.org for $20.

Digital ticket sales directly benefit the nonprofit ballet company as it weathers the negative financial impact of COVID-19.

“Inspire” is an hour of beautiful classical, innovative contemporary and exciting new ballet works from the choreographic masterminds at Ballet Arizona. In addition to the world-class dancing, viewers will get an exclusive opportunity to peek behind the curtain and join Ballet Arizona virtually backstage for dancer interviews and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the magic that occurs before the dancers take the stage.

Viewers can also grab an inspired meal of fine American comfort food to go from Café Forte on Nov. 7 to enjoy during the streamed performance of “Inspire.” Ten percent of proceeds from each meal ordered will benefit Ballet Arizona.


Inspire (virtual)

Nov. 7

Stream live on demand for 24 hours starting at 7 p.m.

Stream is available at balletaz.org

Halloween via the PhxArt Collection

Phoenix Art Museum is celebrating Halloween with a wide selection of artworks. From Goya’s goblins to Tony Oursler’s bizarre Blob, this virtual visit features collection highlights that span the Museum’s European, contemporary, Asian, American and fashion design collections.

Enjoy a selection of artworks from the deep, dark depths of the Phoenix Art Museum’s vault.

Flat Orange Teapot in the Shape of a Pumpkin with Blue Leaves (20th century), China

Duendecitos (Little Goblins) (1797-1799) by Francisco de Goya

The Musicians (1953) by Philip C. Curtis

Kyōgen mask, Saru (late Edo period, 1789-1868), Japan

Salome with the Head of St. John the Baptist (1665-1670) by Carlo Dolci

Fool, Seer, MFA Grad (Elana) (2011) by Rebecca Campbell

Multicolored Ombre Effect Wrap-around Skirt (1975-2000) by Giorgio di Sant’Angelo

Untitled (Bridge over River, City) (20th century) by Paul Hammersmith

John with White Pumpkin (2002) by Chris Rush

Blob (2004) by Tony Oursler

Black Chantilly Lace Over White Satin Evening Dress (c. 1897)

Cat Ghost (1979) by Fritz Scholder

Triumph of Death (2007) by Artemio Rodríguez

Royal Palms Hosts Outdoor Entertainment

New this season, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is rolling out a first outdoor live music and classic series starting Oct. 23 that will run through the end of the year.

Set within the historic estate’s Vernadero Lawn at the foot of Camelback Mountain, socially distanced “seating pods” will be setup under a canopy of string lights with a range of comfortable offerings including couches and lounge chairs, cocktail tables with chairs and poufs on the ground for a more relaxed option.

Savory and sweet gourmet snack boxes will be available for purchase for $25 each and include goodies like cheese and charcuterie or pastries such as French macarons, truffles and cookies. Wine and cocktails will also be available for purchase.

No reservation is required, first come, first served basis. All seating is socially distanced and masks are required everywhere on-property except for when guests are within their distanced seating pod.


2020 LINEUP:

October:

Concert • Oct. 23: J. Forte Duo
Movie • Oct. 30: Dracula 

November:

Concert • Nov. 6: Brian Chartrand and Matthew Thornton Duo
Movie • Nov. 13: Some Like it Hot
Concert • Nov. 20: The Waters Duo
Movie • Nov. 27: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

December:

Concert • Dec. 5: To Be Announced
Movie • Dec. 18: It’s a Wonderful Life


Royal Palms outdoor live music and classic series

Through Dec. 18

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

Concerts: 7 p.m. / movies: 8 p.m.

For more information, visit royalpalmshotel.com.

Kierland POP Festival Returns

To celebrate Arizona’s cooler fall weather and the upcoming holiday season, the fourth annual Kierland POP Festival takes place Nov. 13 through Nov. 15, in Scottsdale. 

Event planners for this year’s festival have carefully modified their plans to accommodate public health needs. All events and experiences will take place in an outdoor, open-air setting.

The weekend-long festival kicks off Nov. 13 with a 5K night run and walk around The Westin Kierland Golf Club, benefitting local breast cancer nonprofit Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump!

On Nov. 14 – 15, Kierland POP continues at Kierland Commons with a series of free, fun, socially-distanced activities outdoors, including live music, entertainment and arts performances, and the opportunity to do some holiday shopping from an artisan market featuring almost a dozen local artists, creators and makers selling a variety of beautiful handmade creations.

The festival is an opportunity to support local artists who have been negatively impacted by the current pandemic.


Kierland POP Festival

• 5k Night Fun Run/Walk                                                           

Nov. 13 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale

To register, visit 5knightrun.

• Festival

Nov. 14 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nov. 15 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kierland Commons’ Main St., 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale

For more information, visit kierlandpop.com.

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Spoke Art Gallery Host Pop Art Exhibition

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Spoke Art Gallery will host its “Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless” art exhibition in a new virtual format, featuring live-streamed events and limited edition, Wright-inspired works from more than a dozen international contemporary illustrators and artists.

The virtual show will kick off Sat., Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. PST and 1 p.m. EST with a “Taliesin Talk” discussion live streamed to the Foundation’s Facebook page. Jeff Goodman, FLW vice president of communication and partnerships; Ken Harman Hashimoto, Spoke Art Gallery curator; and select artists from the showcase will host the event. A live premiere on Spoke Gallery’s Instagram page will follow at noon PST and 3 p.m. EST to unveil the lineup of artwork featured in the exhibition.

Aaron Stouffer, David & Gladys Wright House

Again this year, the pieces are designed in the style of a 1930s-era Works Progress Administration (WPA)-style travel posters depicting artistic interpretations of Wright-designed buildings. Among the list of participating artists are returning guests Max Dalton from Argentina, Alison King from Phoenix, Steve Thomas from Minnesota, François Schulten from Belgium and George Townley from the United Kingdom. Newcomers joining them are Jon Arvizu from Phoenix, Dave Perillo from Philadelphia, Aaron Stouffer from Phoenix, Bruce Yan from Seattle and Phantom City Creative from Toronto. Limited high-quality, hand-numbered posters featured in the series will be available to purchase at Spoke-Art.com as serigraphs or archival pigment prints, also known as screen prints or giclées, range in price from $40 to $75 per print.

“Our collaboration with Spoke Art is one of my favorite projects, because it exemplifies the creative ways the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is working to advance its mission,” says Goodman. “By asking this talented cadre of diverse artists to reinterpret Wright’s designs in their own style, we are able to inspire new audiences to discover and embrace an architecture for better living. We know that more people will learn about the Wright legacy through this show, and it will challenge them to make, in Wright’s words, ‘world a better one for living in.’”

Goodman stresses that the popularity of the show means collectors need to act fast to be certain to secure their favorites. “Last year, these limited edition works of art went fast, both to followers of Wright’s work and fans of these incredible artists,” he says. “And, when they’re gone, they’re gone. So, be sure to be first in line when they go on sale.”

PHOTOS COURTESY FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT FOUNDATION

Awakening Concert

The Phoenix Boys Choir shares its first concert of its 73rd Season, Awakening, on Oct. 24. Delivered virtually and free to the community, the choir shares music designed to respond to the current challenges while continuing high performance standards and vocal quality of the boy’s beautiful voices. 

Awakening highlights music which educates the boys and the community on current events, but more critically, serves as a call to humanity to think of the issues that plague the world. 

As a community asset, the Phoenix Boys Choir, like most fellow arts and culture organizations, has been negatively impacted by the pandemic and recession. Since the doors to in-person rehearsals closed March 13, the choir has focused on adapting the program with new platforms and technologies to continue to provide an engaging and impactful music education program. 

During the past seven months, the Phoenix Boys Choir provided the community with a free online Memorial Day concert, produced several virtual choir songs, offered two online music camps and created a virtual music theory course open to the public. The choir is committed to  surviving this pandemic and coming out stronger. 


Awakening

Oct. 24

For a registration link, visit boyschoir.dojiggy.io/awakening or text Awakening to 833-755-6550.

Scottsdale Artwalk Relaunches

The Scottsdale Gallery Association celebrated the return of its long running Gold Palette ArtWalk series with its art and chocolate-themed event on Oct. 8. Serving as the kick-off to the Association’s 46th season, the Art + Chocolate ArtWalk, welcomed guests to peruse galleries and view local and national art as they stroll through the streets of Old Town.

This SGA-hosted Gold Palette ArtWalk and its participating member galleries celebrated the return of the robust art community and its 46th season kickoff with special musical entertainment, live artist demonstrations and pre-wrapped chocolate tastings from Cerreta Candy Company, a national chocolate manufacturer located in the Valley for more 50 years.

“We are grateful to bring our beloved ArtWalk back to the streets of Old Town Scottsdale,” says French Thompson, Scottsdale Gallery Association President. “We hope to continue to be the collaborative force for our artists to thrive here in Scottsdale—as well as on a national and global scale—despite the challenges of the pandemic.”

Since 1975, the Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts the nation’s oldest ArtWalk every Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with eight themed Gold Palette ArtWalks that offer guests refreshments, entertainment, specialty exhibits and more occurring throughout the year. Each is aligned with a specific theme. The SGA ArtWalk brings together the finest art in Scottsdale including 28 galleries and two museums—Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.

Participating galleries:

Art One Gallery
4130 N. Marshall Way

Altamira Fine Art Scottsdale
7038 E. Main St.

Bonner David Galleries
7040 E. Main St.

Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery
7077 E. Main St., Suite 5

French Designer Jeweler
7148 E. Main St.

On the Edge
7077 E. Main St., Suite 1

Quan’tum Art, Inc.
7077 E. Main St., Suite 16

Mainview Gallery
7120 E. Main St.

Signature Gallery
7177 E. Main St.

Xanadu Gallery
7039 E. Main St., Suite 101

Wilde Meyer Gallery
4142 N. Marshall Way

MIM’s Music Theater Reopens This Fall

MIM Music Theater will reopen to the public on Oct.23, 2020. Live music is back for the community with fall shows featuring local Arizona artists Hans Olson76th StreetMike Breen, Bill Dutcher and Pete Pancrazi, as well as classical pianist Alpin Hong.

“We have such deep appreciation for our MIM guests and for the incredible artists whose talent has brought us together night after night in the MIM Music Theater. We are excited to be taking these first steps in bringing this vital resource back into our lives,” says Lowell Pickett, artistic director of the MIM Music Theater.

To ensure an enjoyable and safe environment, the theater will reopen with a number of measures to support health and safety, including:

  • All guests ages 2 and up, in addition to MIM team members, will be required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth. Complimentary masks will be available at entry.
  • Guests will be assigned seats to provide a 6-foot distance from other parties. Guest Service will contact ticket buyers with their seat locations prior to the performance.
  • Theater capacity will not exceed 50%.
  • All concerts will be approximately 60–75 minutes without an intermission.

Visit mim.org to see all of the safety precautions.

Scottsdale International Film Festival Announces 2020 Line-Up

The Scottsdale International Film Festival returns for its 20th anniversary year, continuing to connect audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe.

This year the festival kicks off Nov. 6 and runs through Nov. 10, and will be held online as a virtual film festival.

“Going virtual for the 2020 festival was not in anyone’s original plan for celebrating our 20th anniversary, but the safety of our guests and the challenges of holding physical events has made the shift to virtual a good pivot,” says Amy Ettinger, executive director. “I’ll also point out that we made lemonade by programming 20 films for our 20th year as an antidote to 2020!”

The festival has taken this opportunity to offer a uniquely personalized event that not only lets participants choose the films they want to watch but also allows them to choose when they want to watch them. By customizing their own schedule, the festivalgoer’s digital passport allows armchair traveling to a variety of countries and access to 20 highly curated films.

The 2020 anniversary line-up continues the quality of films and programming moviegoers have come to expect from the Scottsdale International Film Festival. With a complete selection of comedies, dramas, documentaries, thrillers and more, audiences will be sure to find their niche watching one, several, or all of the films scheduled. Additionally, Q&As with filmmakers will be available at the end of some of the films and are included in the ticket price.

VIP Pass sales started online Oct. 5. Individual tickets and multi-ticket package sales begin on Oct. 11. The festival’s user-friendly online schedule allows participants to scroll through the line-up of films to be shown, read full descriptions and watch movie trailers.

Highlighted films include the dark comedy from Netherlands Boy Meets Gun; the BIPOC drama from Canada Rustic Oracle; a powerful and hopeful story from Greece/Spain Window to the Sea; and the award-winning documentary Aulcie about Aulcie Perry, a basketball legend who led Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset win in the European Championship. Those looking for a local connection won’t want to miss Butter written by local YA author Erin Jade Lange and set in Scottsdale. This film is a whimsical and humorous look at a high schooler named Butter who is about to make history live on the Internet, and everyone is invited to watch.


Scottsdale International Film Festival

Nov. 6 – 10

For more information and tickets, please visit scottsdalefilmfestival.com.

Giant Steel Sculpture

Artist Peter Deise will debut a 35-foot-long, 10-foot-tall steel sculpture consisting of three structures on Nov. 7 at the Stella Artois Polo Classic, a production of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships. The steel sculpture series will be titled “Un-sprung.”

As part of the City of Scottsdale approved COVID-specific changes for 2020, The Stella Artois Polo Classic will feature an extensive social distancing plan. The event’s all open-air approach with tables aims to make guests as comfortable as possible, in an environment as fun and interesting as possible.

In creating the new piece, Deise took inspiration from the unique event itself. He encourages the attendees to interpret the artwork for themselves but explains that it represents the movement of life and the energy within that.

“It’s going to be three pieces at 10 feet tall and white so that it has a presence out there,” says Deise. “This is focused on relevance to energy. It has a visual connectivity from a distance. It’s an abstraction of a verb versus a thing.”

Deise is a renowned steel artist of 25 years. Originally from Los Angeles, Deise has lived most of his life in downtown Phoenix and focuses on feeding off the energy of the crazy world among us.

Traditionally, much of Deise’s work goes to private placements in modern homes, but most recently Deise sculpted a 30-foot-tall container box at The Churchill in downtown Phoenix.

“It’s a combination of nature and relationships. I don’t mean relationships necessarily like people but relationships of things to things,” says Deise. “When you think of movement, it’s usually because of a relationship of gravity to an object or water and wind.”


Scottsdale Stella Artois Polo Classic

Nov. 7

WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

For more information, visit thepoloparty.com.

 

The Artists’ Breakfast Club

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Valley-based Artists’ Breakfast Club will be featured in a new exhibition by Scottsdale Public Art from Oct. 5 through Dec. 31 at the Civic Center Public Gallery inside the Scottsdale Civic Center Library.

With the exhibition, titled “Artists’ Breakfast Club, 20 Years,” the group will celebrate a spirit of community and support among a collection of professional Arizona artists who meet regularly to exchange ideas, learn about the art world and become friends.

“Artmaking can be a lonely profession once you’re out of school,” says Wendy Raisanen, curator of collections and exhibitions for Scottsdale Public Art. “Since the pandemic, I think more people understand how important it is to have connections—having a group of people who have similar interests and goals. This exhibition provides a look at the high quality of art that grows from this kind of support and community.”

The Artists’ Breakfast Club was founded by Paradise Valley artist Beth Ames Swartz, who participated in a similar group while living in New York City in the early 1990s. In 2000, Swartz and fellow Phoenix artist Jon Haddock initially invited about six artist friends to have breakfast and chat together bimonthly. From those early get-togethers, the group has now expanded to more than 150 participants with 30 to 50 attending each event.

During their monthly meetings, members of the Artists’ Breakfast Club often listen to guest speakers, including curators, major artists, museum professionals, writers and others. And as an entirely volunteer organization, the members help one another with logistics, event publicity and website updates.

“My main goal has been to create a loving, supportive, collaborative community of artists who care about and help each other,” Swartz says. “It is amazing to realize it has been 20 years!”

For the Scottsdale Public Art exhibition, participating Artists’ Breakfast Club members created artworks in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, class, ceramics, encaustic, metal, mixed media and printmaking. Each artwork label also features quotes from the artists about their involvement with the club—many of them focusing on their personal connections to Swartz.

Participating artists include: Cherie Buck-Hutchison (Phoenix), Sara Reinstein Becker (Phoenix), Kevin Caron (Phoenix), Christine Cassano (Mesa), Mary Chuduk (Tempe), Joel Coplin (Phoenix), Barbara Kemp Cowlin (Oracle), Diana Creighton (Oracle), Heidi Dauphin (Phoenix), Jill Friedberg (Scottsdale), John Haddock (Tempe), Jerry Jacobson (Tempe), Christopher Jagmin (Phoenix), Jane Kelsey-Mapel (Phoenix), Art Levy (Scottsdale), Jo-Ann Lowney (Phoenix), Emily Matyas (Tempe), Mary Meyer (Gold Canyon), John Randall Nelson (Tempe), Ellen Nemetz (Phoenix), Marnell North (Phoenix), Ann Osgood (Phoenix), Daniel Prendergast (Phoenix), Rembrandt Quiballo (Phoenix), Joe Ray (Scottsdale), Patricia Sannit (Phoenix), Melissa Sclafani (Tempe), Diane Silver (Phoenix), Beth Ames Swartz (Paradise Valley), Annie Waters (Phoenix) and Ellen Wagener (Phoenix).

In addition to the physical exhibition at the Civic Center Public Gallery, all the artworks will be included in the virtual exhibition, which will be online for a limited time at scottsdalepublicart.org/exhibitions, beginning Oct. 5.

Scottsdale Public Art will host a virtual artist reception via Zoom with many of the featured artists from 6–7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23. For information on this free online event, visit scottsdalepublicart.org/events.


Artists’ Breakfast Club

Oct. 5 – Dec. 31
Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Fri. and Sat., 1 – 5 p.m

Civic Center Public Gallery, inside the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale

For more information, visit scottsdalepublicart.org.

Modified Canal Convergence

Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light returns Nov. 6–15 with noticeable changes, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while still bringing the enchanting, light-based artworks from around the world that fans of the event have come to expect.

“This is a year where we have all been impacted by COVID-19’s devastating effects on our way of life,” says Kim Boganey, director of Scottsdale Public Art. “Canal Convergence is no exception to these changes and will pivot in order to ensure the safety of everyone involved, including our visitors.”

Scottsdale Public Art, which launched Canal Convergence in 2012, will expand the event this year from beyond the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. In addition to some artworks at the waterfront, others will be located throughout Old Town Scottsdale to minimize crowding and allow for safer social distancing. Some of the artworks will even be found in locations where they are easily visible from automobiles or bicycles.

Additionally, Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation will use augmented reality technology to enhance the Canal Convergence experience with an app for your smartphone. Activities associated with previous events—including workshops, artist talks and public art tours—will not have a physical presence at the canal this year, but they will instead have virtual counterparts accessible via augmented reality or online from the comfort of your home.

The central theme of this year’s event is “Reconnect,” a timely focus considering how the world has been forced to find alternate forms of connecting since the pandemic began. With the event kicking off only days after the U.S. presidential election, and following months of heightened tensions due to the pandemic, Canal Convergence aims to find common ground and shared humanity through public art, addressing themes of inclusion, communication, collaboration and community engagement.

The selected local, national and international artists pushed the boundaries of their creativity to produce artworks that offer the public a way to reconnect with themselves, their neighbors, urban and natural environments, and more, all while producing artworks that can safely be enjoyed while social distancing.

“This year has challenged us, as artists, to think differently, to create work that is durable and safe even in a pandemic,” says Ryan Edwards of Boston-based MASARY Studios, which will install the audio/visual artwork “Massively Distributed” at Canal Convergence. “But as public artists, we are already in that space, for the most part. I think this pandemic is emphasizing how important public art really is, and the artists and presenters who embrace that are really thriving.”

MASARY Studios is one of the multiple Canal Convergence alumni at this year’s event. In 2018, MASARY Studios brought “Sound Sculpture” to the Marshall Way Bridge. Also returning this year are the Valley’s own Walter Productions (2018 and 2019) and artist Casey Farina (local light artist in 2018 and 2019), as well Budapest-based studio Koros Design (2018).

Artists at this year’s event come from four U.S. states and three foreign countries. Because of COVID-19 precautions, none of the artworks will involve touching as some have in years past. But all are built on Canal Convergence’s foundation of light-based art.

“Each of the Canal Convergence artworks provide unique and meaningful ways to reconnect with friends, neighbors and the city of Scottsdale through art,” says Jennifer Gill, public art manager for Canal Convergence. “Even though the look and feel of this year’s event has had to change due to pandemic restrictions, we are proud to say that the tradition of exceptional light-based public artworks remains the same.”


 

Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light 

Nov. 6–15

Old Town Scottsdale 

For more information, visit canalconvergence.com.

 

Wild Rising

Desert Botanical Garden’s current art exhibition traveled straight from Milan to bring Wild Rising by Cracking Art—an installation of more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic. The show, which was supposed to close in May, has been extended through Nov. 8.

The vibrant art forms are the creations of Cracking Art, a collective of artists who specialize in plastic as an artistic medium with the intention of radically changing the history of art through a strong social and environmental commitment.

The creatures featured in Wild Rising not only capture the magnificence of nature but also address global and local sustainability and conservation issues, including climate change, plastic in the oceans and the importance of recycling.

Visitors of all ages are invited to engage with these vibrant creatures and discover their messages of stewardship for our environment. With 12 installations, guests will see 20 penguins posing among the cactus and 40 majestic grey wolves guarding the Sybil B. Harrington Cactus and Succulent Galleries.


Wild Rising by Cracking Art

Through Nov. 8, 2020

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

For more information, visit dbg.org.

A Tribute to the Phoenix Arts Community

Live performing arts organizations, artists and patrons alike are eagerly awaiting the day they can gather for in-person events. Some local venues plan to reopen as soon as fall 2020, while others have moved programming 100 percent online. As The Phoenix Theatre Company develops plans for digital content and outdoor performances later this year, the company is graciously offering a free digital performance of The Great American Songbook to its patrons, in collaboration with local favorite We3.

“Our faithful patrons are the reason we remain hopeful we’ll be back together soon for live performance,” says Karla Frederick, director of production at The Phoenix Theatre Company. “To thank our patrons, we’re collaborating with three of the Valley’s finest musicians for an evening of healing, joy and comfort.”

We3 is a Phoenix-based, all-female trio with pianist Nicole Pesce, vocalist Renee Grant Patrick and violinist Suzanne LansfordThe Great American Songbook encapsulates the work of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter and more, giving viewers the opportunity to rediscover the most influential composers of jazz and show tune music.

“Music is something we need now more than ever—it uplifts, inspires and builds empathy,” says Nicole Pesce, pianist of We3. “This set list is meant to give us a sense of comfort. We’re celebrating these iconic composers. And even more so, it’s a reason for us to come together and enjoy the music we all know and love. ”

The Great American Songbook is a free digital event streaming live Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Once guests reserve, The Phoenix Theatre Company will email attendees a streaming link.

To learn more and to book a free ticket, visit phoenixtheatre.com/songbook.

Stories of Abstraction

Phoenix Art Museum presents Stories of Abstraction: Contemporary Latin American Art in the Global Context opening Oct. 1. The Museum will re-open exclusively to all members on Oct. 1 and to the general public on Oct. 14.

Showcasing more than 40 recently acquired works of contemporary Latin American art alongside 30 works by American and European artists, Stories of Abstraction: Contemporary Latin American Art in the Global Context explores how the visual language of abstraction has generated profound insights into Latin American culture and politics and how Latin American artists have drawn on abstraction’s parallel history in the United States and Europe.

The exhibition includes contemporary Latin American artworks from Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Honduras and Guatemala by 25 of the most innovative artists working in Latin America in recent years and today, including seven women artists. These works were recently gifted to Phoenix Art Museum by Nicholas Pardon, co-founder of the former SPACE Collection—the largest collection of post-1990s abstract Latin American art in the United States.


Stories of Abstraction: Contemporary Latin American Art in the Global Context

Oct. 1, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021

Phoenix Art Museum, Steele Gallery, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information, visit phxart.org.

Thinker Player Creator Box

Coming off its successful Camp In A Box summer program, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is launching a new program designed to provide fun, creative activities for children this fall and beyond.

The Thinker Player Creator Box, will launch Sept. 7, 2020, and is designed to be an educational supplement in a year which will see many students returning to school via all-day or partial day online learning. The goal is to provide a creative outlet for children after-school, on half-days and for preschoolers.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix partners with Arizona Milk Producers & Dairy Council of Arizona on bringing the Thinker Player Creator Box to Valley families this fall.

The box is designed for children ages 4 to 9. Each box contains four weeks of activities with five activities per week. The activities will be fun, hands-on, engaging and educational. They offer children a much-needed break from academic screen time.

The focus of weekly activities will be on STEM, Arts, Literacy and Movement. Contents include an instruction guide, a schedule, project supplies, art materials and access to virtual content that fits in with the weekly themes, plus a special themed content bonus bag from AZ Milk Producers.

Weekly activities are based on the themes of:

  • Effective Detectives
  • Ready. Set. Road Trip!
  • Superhero Adventures
  • PAWsome Pets
  • World of Magic and Fantasy
  • Going, Going, Green
  • Dinosaur Discovery
  • Cosmic Cadets

Twenty boxes will be available for at-risk kids through a scholarship underwritten by Barker Pacific Group, Inc.

As with their virtual summer camp program, the boxes and online content are designed to be an easy and safe experience for kids and parents alike. Each item that is included in the box will be cleaned with a disinfectant by a Museum staff member wearing a mask and gloves so parents can feel safe about the cleanliness of the items being provided.

Rates for a Thinker Player Creator Box are $139 per box for non-members, and $119 per box for members which covers four weeks of activities. Registrants must purchase four weeks at a time. Boxes will be available for contactless, curb-side pick up at the Museum with AZ Milk Producer’s Daisy the Cow delivering the box to registrants’ cars safely.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix continues to remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A reopening date has yet to be decided as the Museum continues to monitor the situation on a daily basis.

Registration for a Thinker Player Creator Box is now open. To register or for more information, visit childrensmuseumofphoenix.org.

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