Thursday, April 02, 2015



In Case of Emergencies

PHM0415PF19In Case of Emergencies

An autism diagnosis might seem like an unlikely muse for a book of poetry, but when ASU professor Dr. Rosemarie Dombrowski’s son was diagnosed with the neurobiological disorder and developmental disability as a toddler, she took to the page. The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, $12.99) is a love letter to her son (now 14) as well as an “ethnographic account” of her “fieldwork in another culture” –  autism. Her heartbreakingly beautiful and mystical exploration of parenting a special-needs child continuously proves her view that “there’s something to be said for agonizing persistence, how it can resurrect things that are lost, transform the abject into something bearable, even beautiful.” Dombrowski is co-founder and co-host of the Phoenix Poetry Series, held the fourth Friday of every month at {9} the Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave., Phoenix. Visit for more information. A portion of proceeds will be donated to autism advocacy and research.


Vintage Industrial

PHM0415PF18BArtist of the Month

The buzz of chop saws mingles seamlessly with the aroma of welding gases inside a repurposed cotton mill at 13th and Jackson streets in Downtown Phoenix, and Greg Hankerson couldn’t be happier about it.


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Sounds of Silence


Sounds of Silence
What’s better than watching Buster Keaton ride a cow through the streets of Los Angeles, while dressed as Satan and being chased by a herd of angry cattle? Having a soundtrack to such a scene, of course. At 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, Valley ensemble RPM Orchestra will provide a live film score to Keaton’s 1925 silent film, Go West.


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Bob Boze Bell

PHM0315PF10Artist of the Month
Bob Boze Bell

 Bob Boze Bell is a man of many cowboy hats: executive editor of Cave Creek-based True West magazine, host of True West Moments on Encore’s Western channel, Arizona historian, author and artist. It might surprise some people to learn that Bell was actually an artist first – although he may prefer the term “cartoonist.”

“I’ve always been a budding cartoonist. In fact, I consider that my first love,” Bell says. “And I think S. Clay Wilson put it best when he said, ‘If you can’t be a cartoonist, perhaps you might be an artist.’”


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Jeff Slim

PHM 500x500 FPOARTIST OF THE MONTH: Jeff Slim looks like an artist. With his hair pulled back into a bun, white shell earrings, lacquered fingernails and blue paint stains on his jacket, there’s no denying he does something artistic. The Phoenix resident, 28, was raised in Arizona and spent a quarter of his life living on the Navajo Nation. He sold his first painting of a landscape in the third grade for $2. That sum bought him and his friend a snow cone, but more importantly, the $2 gave Slim the confidence he needed to pursue art. In grade school, Slim won several awards for his creations, despite the dearth of art programs at his school.


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Outside the Box

PHM 500x500 FPOSEE IT: James Brown famously sang, “It’s a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.” And if all the world truly is a stage, then the stage wouldn’t be nothing without the contributions of the fairer sex. To that end, Arizona Women’s Theatre Company in Phoenix will present 14 plays, ranging from comedies to suspense, penned by Arizona women playwrights. The works will be presented over three evening shows and one matinee at the Eighth Annual Pandora Festival of New Works.


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Christine Cassano

PHM0115PF09ARTIST OF THE MONTH: During Phoenix artist Christine Cassano’s senior year in 2001 at Old Dominion University in Virginia, her professor-mentor told her she had reached her apex as a painter. So, with a lot of cussing and finger injuries, she made the transition to producing three-dimensional art.


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