#1: Canal Convergence: Water + Art + Light at Scottsdale Waterfront, Feb. 25-28
Now in its fourth year, this annual al fresco arts extravaganza will fill the Scottsdale Waterfront between Soleri Bridge and Goldwater Boulevard with 12 large-scale artworks. They include “Blooms” by British artist Bruce Munro (seven circular arrays of one hundred, 10-foot multi-colored fishing rods, which glow in the evening); “Spiraling Droplets” by L.A. artist Aphidoidea (a collection of 10-foot-high buoys arranged in a whirlpool formation); artist Edina Tokodi's mixed-media “Billboard Mindscape” (freestanding wooden panels featuring triangular modules filled with living plants); and the interactive “Your Secret Is Safe with Me” by artist Christopher Jagmin, in which strangers share their sealed, written secrets with each other inside the privacy of the installation. Myriad workshops are offered, including free dance worskhops led by renowned dance collective Pilobolus. Free admission. 5-10 p.m. Feb. 25-26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 28, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 28. canalconvergence.com
If the quality of the art exhibitions that have opened during this early part of the new year are indicators of what to expect from area galleries and museums in 2016, then we are in for an exceptional year. Of these recent openings, one of the most powerful is Betye Saar’s Still Tickin’, which opened at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) on January 30.
#1: “Displaced” at Space 55, Feb. 20 (canceled)
Described by RPM Orchestra's Pete Petrisko as “a multi-sensory allegorical tale, told dialogue-free through actions, sounds, movements, light, scent and textures,” this immersive theater experience – dubbed “Displaced” – features a live musical score by RPM Orchestra, “suspended choreography and fanning dance” by Debra Minghi, a performance by Michael 23, and an appearance by someone named Killian Cinnamon. The theme of this special preview production – which will officially premiere in April – is the idea of displacement, being forced to move for reasons ranging from war to gentrification. $7, 8:30 p.m. February 20 at Space 55 in Phoenix. space55.org (update: This event has been canceled)
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) will mark its 20th anniversary this year and remains true to its mission: To present films with Jewish themes from all over the world to the Greater Phoenix community. For two decades, GPJFF has screened a wide variety high-quality independent films with Jewish content. Last year, more than 6,400 people attended the festival.
When the drugstore Christmas section goes on sale, store shelves begin the assault of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and a flurry of red and pink. Love is all up in your face, so if Valentine’s Day just isn’t your style, try one of our alternatives instead.
Hanna-Barbera's 1960s cartoon The Jetsons had Americans imagining life with flying cars and robot servants, while the later Stanley Kubrick flick 2001: A Space Odyssey portrayed possible dangers of creating artificial intelligence. While sentient computers and floating cities aren’t part of our everyday 21st-century experiences (yet?), the myriad real and fictitious technologies seen in Arizona Science Center’s POPnology™ hint at future possibilities.
Humans have fabricated pottery since some ancient knucklehead threw a ball of mud in the embers. When that clay was stone-hard by morning, a sharper friend had an epiphany, and ceramics was born. Over generations, artisans improved on functional clay containers by making them gorgeous. Now, your locally-made ceramic gem is calling you.
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