SEE IT: When it comes to presidential defeats, Arizona lays claim to one of the most historic: Republican Barry Goldwater’s 1964 slaying at the hands of Lyndon B. Johnson. Revisit Goldwater’s campaign and get a candid look at his personal life in Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater, the acclaimed 2006 documentary told through the eyes of Goldwater’s granddaughter CC. Featuring interviews with former “Goldwater Girl” Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Sandra Day O’Connor, the documentary demonstrates how Goldwater electrified the Grand Old Party and established his legacy as one of the Beltway’s most powerful legislators. The film screens for free at 6 p.m. November 2, at Harkins Shea 14 Theatre, 7354 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, 480-948-6555.
That’s why folks like Food Network chef Marcela Valladolid and Silvana Salcido Esparza from Barrio Cafe collect Valley artist Gennaro Garcia’s handmade plates. The ceramicist paints thick black brushstrokes outlining his hands – cupped as if serving a meal – on beautiful, bare white dishes.
READ IT: There’s an old saying that all poetry is about one of three things: sex, death or poetry. Valley scribe Shawnte Orion bucks that stereotype with his new book of poetry, The Existentialist Cookbook (NYQBooks), in which his muses range from television show Project Runway to vintage Japanese films to tie-dye. Orion, whose work has appeared in publications including New York Quarterly and the Georgetown Review, hosts monthly poetry readings around the Valley, and will be participating in a reading at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, at Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Visit batteredhive.blogspot.com for more information.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH: From small packets of methamphetamine to miles of mountains in southern Arizona, photographic artist David Taylor reads between the lines – the border lines – to capture the complex minutiae that form the bigger picture of undocumented immigration and deportation.
READ IT: Gone are the days when children’s books taught the importance of keeping a tidy room; nowadays, kids are taught the importance of keeping a tidy planet. Conrad Storad penned his latest children’s book, Gator, Gator, Second Grader (Five Star Publications) to promote discussion on how classroom pets and other animals should be treated. When second graders Benny and Jacob bring a baby alligator to their classroom in a cardboard box, their teacher Mrs. Nichols sets them straight on what constitutes a proper classroom pet, which leads them on an extemporaneous escapade as they learn about everything from alligators to gerbils.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Thad Trubakoff is “carving out” a career as a kinetic-wood sculptor. His display this month at R. Pela Contemporary Art contains several automated artworks, including a vintage phonograph that’s both exquisitely beautiful and surprisingly functional.
Valley performing arts groups offer a plethora of productions this season.
What could a Memphis deejay in the 1950s have in common with a cantata based on medieval poems? Probably nothing, aside from the fact that both are components of upcoming Valley stage productions.
Phoenix is getting an A-list of onstage entertainment this fall season. Productions range from a mariachi opera about immigration to the story of two middle-aged siblings whose world is turned upside down when their larger-than-life sister arrives. Here’s a spotlight on some of the stagecrafts coming this season.