It’s June and there’s no escaping the summer heat. And with that heat comes a parade of shorts, bathing suits, tank tops and sundresses. If you’ve gone through the exercise of putting on your summer duds and they’re feeling a little snug, you’re probably discouraged right about now.
She goes by the name “Glass Chi” professionally. These words – glass and Chi – combine specifically to represent both her and her art. Chibuzor Isiogu describes herself as glass-like: fragile, yet strong; the sum of the parts greater than the pieces.
#1: Phoenix Comicon at Phoenix Convention Center, June 2-5
Celebrities attending Phoenix's premier pop culture event this year include Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings”), Alex Kingston and Billie Piper (“Doctor Who”), Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man”), and Lindsay Wagner (“The Bionic Woman”). Comic book creators and sci-fi authors also attend in abundance. Full event passes, $60; single-day passes, $15-$40. Hours vary. June 2-5 at Phoenix Convention Center. phoenixcomicon.com
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, but more importantly, it gives us an opportunity to formally honor American soldiers who have died in service to their country. There are several Memorial Day observances on Monday, May 30, two of which are listed below, followed by some special events taking place over the long weekend.
#1: Phoenix Rising Afterhours Party at Phoenix Art Museum, May 26
Attendees at this special event will get an afterhours look at the exhibition “Phoenix Rising: The Valley Collects!” – which features artworks from more than 20 private collections around the Valley, including never-before-seen works from the abstract expressionist period by Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis – before it closes on May 29. A cash bar and door prizes add to the fun. $5. 5-8 p.m. at Phoenix Art Museum. phxart.org
If you’re thinking about getting out of Phoenix this summer, it’s time to start firming up your vacation plans. Depending on the kind of experience you’re looking for, there are plenty of deals around the Grand Canyon State. So pack up the car, load in the kids (or not, if you’re planning a romantic getaway) and hit the road. We’ve rounded up five fun resorts to check out this summer.
Thomas Jefferson’s skill with a quill is legendary. His skill with a straight razor is underrated. During his presidency, he sliced the logical verses out of the New Testament and glued them into his personal gospel, leaving the miraculous mumbo jumbo behind in his holey Bible. For this he was damned to hell. Sort of.
In this delightfully brain-tickling dramedy, playwright Scott Carter – producer of “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” – dooms Jefferson to a purgatorial room that resembles every writer’s hell: a blank page. Trapped with him are two gentlemen geniuses who also rewrote the gospel: Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy. To escape, they must reconcile their differences and jointly rewrite the Jesus story.
#1: El Mac: “Aerosol Exalted” at Mesa Arts Center, May 13
Artist El Mac grew up in central Phoenix, painting large-scale murals and developing his signature rippled line style. Now based in Los Angeles, El Mac brings his art back home for the exhibit “Aerosol Exalted: From the street to the gallery – the humble and the sublime.” The artist's photorealistic portraits of people include a blend of contemporary styles like graffiti with touches of Chicano culture and classic European art. This exhibit includes a 35-foot tall mural in the courtyard of Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, titled “Desert Rose (Nuevas Generaciones).” The exhibit opens May 13 and runs through August 7 at Mesa Arts Center. Free. Visit website for museum hours. mesaartscenter.com
Back in the Golden Age of comic books (around 1940 to the mid ‘50s), comic books were mainly geared toward children. Little boys would save up their rainy day pennies and forgo an ice cream pop or new toy just to read Superman’s latest exploits. Thanks to more mature storylines and the rise of superhero movies, the comic book market eventually crossed age and gender lines.
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