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.
If you’re looking for something new to do this month, pop over to Practical Art, a retail and gallery space on Central Avenue in Phoenix. This Downtown venue houses the work of more than 130 local artists and hosts community events and shows by local artists. Here are a couple of events Practical Art will be showcasing during the month of May.
Mother’s Day is coming, and so is the annual “What should I get mom this year?” scramble. If you want to go beyond buying flowers or going out to brunch, here are five ideas your mom will probably love. And she didn’t even have to remind you.
As anyone who’s spent countless hours perfecting a Match.com profile or braved a blind date that felt more like a job interview can attest, dating sucks. And what if you’re not the perfect blonde size-two? Prepare to receive more left swipes and painful jabs than a MMA rookie.
#1: Steve Gompf's “Distant Visions: Apparatus and Ephemera from the Televisor Era, 1884-1928,” through May 1 at Mesa Arts Center
Phoenix artist Steve Gompf simulates a fictitious museum with his mixed-media sculptures of “vintage televisions” that display photographic motion studies by Eadweard Muybridge. The exhibit opened in January, and closes May 1. Free. Visit website for museum hours. mesaartscenter.com
In a typical play it’s protocol
to safeguard the audience behind a fourth wall.
They’re impervious observers, aloof, apart.
Much like a lass named Prudencia Hart.
She’s old-fashioned, romantic,
Likes her Scots ballads folky.
Won’t sing karaoke.
But this play thrusts everyone into the melee
of a riotous, disorderly devil’s ceilidh –
unbuttoning, beguiling, emboldening Pru,
and along with the heroine... you.
Told largely in rhyming couplet, this touring National Theatre of Scotland production sloshes together soulful ballads, sing-a-longs, and the supernatural. It’s a full-bodied, whole-hearted, unforgettable experience.
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