The city of Scottsdale’s January calendar is packed with tony events, from the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction to the Celebration of Fine Art. But if you’re looking for some free entertainment, here are three Old Town Scottsdale options for the last weekend of January.
#1: “Betye Saar: Still Tickin'” opening reception at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Jan. 29
At 89 years old, Los Angeles-born artist Betye Saar is six decades into her career, and continues to create collages and multimedia pieces that speak to various themes. The retrospective “Still Tickin'” includes installations, sculpture, assemblages and more divided into three thematic sections: nostalgia and memory, mysticism and ritual, and the political and racial. Saar will give a free lecture about her work at 7 p.m. January 28. The opening reception for the exhibition takes place from 7-9 p.m. January 29, and is also free. The exhibition runs through May 1. Visit smoca.org for more information.
Still life aside, nudes and landscapes are among the most prevalent subjects in art. From Degas and Dalí to Andy Warhol and Thomas Kinkade, nearly every famous artist – whether painter, sculptor or photographer – has depicted the human body or our natural surroundings.
If you follow us on Instagram, you know we are die-hard devotees of Press Coffee here at the mag. You've seen our latte runs, paeans to cappuccino art and Press cup-strewn meeting tables. In December, we posted a picture of delicate little waffles sandwiching cardamom-infused caramel that barista Elizabeth Bayer made for us.
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.
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