Usually, a pristinely pressed white shirt is an obligation to proceed with caution. Your morning coffee leaving a drip, or the barbecue dish you had for lunch leaving a stain is enough to cause a frenzy of annoyance. This Saturday, however, thousands will be making a mess of their white attire and reveling in the sight of it.
#1: ArcAttack at Mesa Arts Center - Jan. 24
What can one expect from a performance art group that plays “Tesla Coil Music”? Thunderbolts and lightning! The centerpieces of this show are two custom Tesla coils (machines that emit huge bursts of electricity and lightning) that have had their spark outputs modified to play musical notes. There’s also a robot drummer, an MC who doubles as a stuntman, and chainmail-clad guitar and bass players walking through the lightning of the electrical fields. It’s a superb collision of spectacle, science and rock ‘n’ roll. $27, 3 p.m., at Mesa Arts Center.
After years of planning and setbacks while working toward opening his own game palace, Ariel Bracamonte finally unveiled Cobra Arcade Bar to the public on Friday, January 8. The 3,300-square-foot watering hole in Phoenix is home to more than 40 classic arcade games including Tron, Double Dragon, Street Fighter II and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. Bracamonte plans to switch out five games each month so there is always something new to play.
Fans of the ABC Family television show “Pretty Little Liars” should be pretty happy all day Tuesday, January 12 – not only does the second half of the sixth season of the show premiere that night, but all DryBar locations nationwide will offer free blowouts to mark the occasion.
#1: “Cats & Guitars” Artist Reception at Chartreuse Gallery, Jan. 15
Nine lives meets six strings in this “Exhibition Celebrating the Feline Form and the Lure of Luthiery.” More than 37 artists from 11 states and five countries will get “catty” with works in a range of mediums from whimsical watercolors and photoshopped portraits to acrylic paintings and mixed media sculptures. Curated by Hauspanther founder Kate Benjamin, the show runs through January 29 and features pieces from artists including Barbara Lipp (Peekskill, NY), Jenny Fontana (Beaverton, OR), Mark Bell (Torquay, United Kingdom), Stine Kaasa (Oslo, Norway), and Phoenix creatives such as Baron Dixon, Cindy Schnackel, Richard Bledsoe, and Stacey Gordon. The portrayals of kitty ditties aren't limited to guitars – ukuleles, bass guitars and banjos may also make appearances. A free artist reception takes places from 6-10 p.m. at Chartreuse Gallery in Phoenix. Visit catsandguitars.com.
Each December, thousands of people flock to Miami Beach for Art Basel’s large-scale, self-titled exhibition presenting modern and contemporary art. The organization has been hosting art events since its inception in 1970, and the Miami Beach fair began in 2002. That inaugural event featured nearly 300 galleries from around the world and drew in a crowd of nearly 100,000 people, a big mix of whom were art collectors, gallerists, artists, and members of the media.
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