Top 5 Arts Events for April 4-10: Phoenix Film Festival, Country Thunder, Modern Phoenix Week & More

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: Lists Issue: April 2016
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Phoenix Film Festival logo# 1: Phoenix Film Festival at Harkins Scottsdale 101, April 7-14
The Valley's biggest big-screen bash brings its annual bonanza of dramatic features, horror and sci-fi movies, animated offerings, documentaries and short films – many by Arizona auteurs – to Harkins Scottsdale. $85.08, festival pass; $27.90, four-film flex pass; $169.18 VIP pass. Visit for show times and dates.

#2: “Over the Edge: Fred Harvey at the Grand Canyon and in the Great Southwest” at Heard Museum, opens April 9
Illustrated books, postcards, pamphlets and other picturesque promotional materials made by the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe Railway depicting the Southwest and indigenous peoples are on display, along with pottery, jewelry, textiles and other Native crafts. $18, adults; $13.50, seniors age 65 and older; $7.50 college students with ID and children ages 6-17. Visit for hours.

#3: Country Thunder at Country Thunder West, April 7-10
Florida Georgia Line (pictured below), Eric Church, Kip Moore, Jake Owen, Randy Houser, Chase Bryant, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell, and Chris Janson headline this outdoor country-music festival in Florence. Call 866-802-6418 or visit for times and ticket prices.

Florida Georgia Line#4: Modern Phoenix Week at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, April 4-10
“Modern Phoenix Week” is back with ten days of programming geared toward fans of mid-century modern architecture, art and design. Events include a viewing of drawings by architects Al Beadle, Blaine Drake and Frank Henry (April 4), “A Century of Plastics” presentation (April 4), and “Architecture Side Slam with the American Institute of Architects” (April 5). Visit for dates, times and prices.

#5: Daydreaming at Night” at MonOrchid, April 7
Brandon Greer, art and fashion editor of My Boy B, hosts this multimedia event (the first in the Square 1 series) featuring artworks by local creatives Valerie Hunt, Krystal MacMillan, Ashley Macias and Mark Reed; poetry readings hosted by Jay Tatum; music from DJ Godzilla; and a “fashion performance” curated by Myles Daughtry of Dive Clothing Co. $7. 7-10 p.m. April 7 at MonOrchid.