Friday, May 22, 2015



Lynette Andreasen


Like ancient leaves preserved in amber, lynette Andreasen’s jewelry captures a moment and holds it in time. “What I do with my work is take memories and time and freeze them,” says Andreasen, an artist-in-residence at the Mesa Arts Center. “I collect things that I find at thrift shops – things at the bottom of a pile that got tossed aside, and I try to restore them to their former glory.”


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Rat Pack Redux

Pour yourself a martini, don your most dapper duds and plan a retro-chic night on the town with Broadway Pops International’s “The Rat Pack!” – an homage to the legendary Sands Hotel performances of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Conductor Joseph Young leads veteran Broadway performers Sal Viviano as Sinatra, Nat Chandler as Martin and Eric Jordan Young as Davis Jr. in an evening of music that will transport you to the decadent, smoky glamour of Old Blue Eyes and company’s 1960s lounge acts, sans the cancer sticks. 


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Tayron Polequaptewa


Tayron Polequaptewa sold his first katsina doll from the back of a station wagon in a part of Arizona where “Don’t worry, be Hopi” T-shirts were bestsellers. The Hopi artist made $5 from the sale and returned to the reservation with a goal: to carve out a decent living by carving katsina dolls.


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Rebel Yell

The name Geronimo is loaded: One can use it as a pejorative for a blood-thirsty savage, or as a cry of abandon while leaping into the Salt River.

 Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience tells the story behind the name. The Heard Museum exhibit runs through January 20, 2013 and offers an unvarnished glimpse of the Apache warrior including Geronimo-bilia never seen by the general public.  


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Fritz Scholder


In 1969, when most Western artists were depicting sentimental scenes of spear-brandishing braves atop piebald ponies, Fritz Scholder – who was one-quarter American Indian – was startling audiences with “Indian with Beer Can,”  a simple painting of a man sitting at a bar with a can of Coors.


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Rose Guardian

The oldest mural along 16th street is “Prayer of St. Francis,” painted in 1998 by the late Rose Johnson. Located at Thomas Road, the six-panel mural depicts the cultural evolution of the Coronado community and includes inspirational quotes from Benito Juarez and St. Francis of Assisi. Over the years, it’s become a beloved street art icon, but it’s also been eroded by wind, bleached by the sun, and defaced by vandals. 


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State-ing the Facts

If your limited memory of third-grade Arizona history lessons just isn’t cutting it at all those Arizona Centennial parties you’ve been attending, a new book by historian Jim Turner is sure to bring your cocktail conversation up to par. 


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