ARTIST 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.
SEE 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.
ARTIST 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.
READ IT: “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” When it comes to Valley lifestyle guru Cheryl Najafi and her Missouri-bred “mama,” poet Robert Browning’s tribute to mothers might be edited to say, “Motherhood: All good food begins and ends there.” Najafi’s new cookbook, Mother Daughter Dishes: Reinventing Loved Classics ($19.76, CherylStyle Publishing), celebrates the mother-daughter bond with updated (and healthier) versions of Najafi’s down-home childhood favorites, from her granny’s buttermilk biscuits to Najafi’s beloved coconut cream pie.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH: “Everyone can relate to my paintings, because we all were kids,” Michael Maczuga says.
The Cleveland, Ohio transplant began painting scenes in the life of children back in 2000, after attending art workshops in Scottsdale, where his family had moved when he was a young boy. But though Maczuga’s childhood was spent in a desert metropolis, his paintings portray Midwestern, Rockwellian environments with an impressionist touch: a little girl walking through fall foliage, or a boy enchanted by something he found in a garden, rendered in soft strokes with an ethereal, almost watery-looking aesthetic.
5th Annual Reader Photo Contest
Avert your eyes! For our fifth annual reader photo contest, titled “Illumination,” you submitted your most blindingly beautiful images of fireworks, starlit desert flora, radiant neon and – of course – that trustiest of Sonora...
Downtown Phoenix Murals
The once-whitewashed walls of Phoenix are transforming into an open-air showcase for some of the Valley’s most dynamic artists. Forget graffiti – this is a mural revolution....
*Warning: This story contains harsh and profane language. The fearless founder of Phoenix-based pirate radio station KWFUCC goes global online while hijacking Valley airwaves. Last December, strange transmissions on the 87.9 FM frequency star...
ARTIST OF THE MONTH: “What's my favorite piece?” Lalo Cota repeats, settling in at Jobot coffeehouse in Downtown Phoenix. “The next one.” Less than a mile away, his most recent mural – depicting an iconic skeletal ...
Artist of the MonthThe 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. ...