Propelling the metro Phoenix art scene up a welcome notch, the new Tieken Gallery is elegant and visually stunning. Conveniently located a few yards from artist Fred Tieken's home art studio (the gallery is in his backyard) at 52nd Street and Gold Dust, this space is definitely a gratifying addition to our community.
With more than four million residents, Phoenix is one of the country’s largest metropolitan areas (as of the 2013 census, it still held the #6 spot). Yet despite our gorgeous winters, the Valley is missing a few hallmarks of other go-to vacation destinations – most notably, a major theme park.
The iron pour, staged by SCC residential faculty member and sculptor Ted Uran, enables students to collaborate with Arizona State University art students and educators and sculptors who attend from across the country and beyond. In preparation for the event, Uran’s sculpture students prepare a wax casting to create a cast iron piece.
Man caves deserve great art on the cave walls. Unfortunately, those men who hibernate in their caves tend to suffer from some degree of taste impairment. If you have a man cave, show this blog to someone you truly trust to help you decorate.
Halloween legend has it that on October 31, the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest. While some groups focused on chasing away bad spirits with masks and scary props, Latin American and Mexican cultures honor their dead via Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
5. Cactus Jack's
The scene: Most Thursday nights at this Ahwatukee tavern mean “Rockaroke” – karaoke with live local band, the Zen Lunatics. The environs are sports-centric neighborhood beer hall meets well-staged music venue, complete with black-curtained, fire engine-red stage. 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
The songs: Expect to hear a heavy dose of classic rock, from AC/DC to ZZ Top.
(4747 E. Elliot Rd., Phoenix, 480-753-4733, cactusjacksbar.co)
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