Art, Hispanic culture and gambling. If ever something embodied the spirit of Arizona better…
We kid. But the Arizona Lottery is combining all three by putting out a call for original artwork to be used on a Día de los Muertos themed lottery ticket. The selected artist will create at least two scenes to appear on $2 Scratchers tickets that will be sold in nearly 3,000 stores statewide in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15.
VHS tapes: If you were a serious movie geek during the ‘80s and ‘90s, there’s a good chance you collected them. I certainly was, and I certainly did. I spent many, many hours browsing in video stores like Suncoast or Virgin Megastore for new ones, and in thrift stores and junkshops and used bookstores and discard bins at video rental joints for used ones.
It’s that time of year: Valentine’s Day has come back to taunt the lonely once again. If you don’t have a significant other, don’t fret. You can chalk the entire “holiday” up to a capitalist marketing scheme deployed by greeting card manufacturers and chocolate vendors and blissfully (née bitterly) ignore it until February 15 rolls around, thanks to a cache of activities for members of the Lonely Hearts club happening around the Valley. We are lonely no more!
Chicago multimedia artist Hannah Barco has been busy creating an intriguing new installation, titled “Fathomings,” during her one-month residency at the Arizona State University Art Museum. Last night, she debuted her new exhibit at a special preview and PHOENIX checked it out.
“The Greatest Show on the Green” has returned to the Valley this week. The Phoenix Open’s main event will start on Wednesday with the Annexus Pro-Am and will end Sunday. And while there’s plenty of golf sightings to be had – 2016 winner Hideki Matsuyama is back to defend his title – we all know golf isn’t really why people love the Phoenix Open. Rowdy parties at the 16th hole, the annual tumbles of drunk sorority girls in heels, and major music acts in the Birds Nest provide entertainment galore for those of us who can’t quite muster the enthusiasm for thwacking a little white ball toward a hole in silence.
I really should have eaten dinner before attending the premier of "Kakehashi: A Portrait of Chef Nobuo Fukuda" at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 theater last Thursday, January 19th. But I didn't, and I began to regret the oversight about five minutes into the 45-minute documentary that was written, filmed and produced by food-centric filmmaker Andrew Gooi of Food Talkies.
#1: John Jorgenson at Musical Instrument Museum, January 22
Multi-instrumentalist John Jorgenson’s gypsy jazz guitar might remind you of the great Django Reinhardt, and in fact, he portrayed Reinhardt in the 2004 movie “Head in the Clouds” starring Charlize Theron. He’ll bring his talented quartet to MIM for a pristine-sounding performance of gypsy jazz, with maybe just the slightest touch of bluegrass. $38.50-$45.50. 7 p.m. January 22 at Musical Instrument Museum. mim.org
Originally from Spain, Olvido García Valdés is one of the most renowned poets in the Hispanic literary community. Last October, Phoenix-based Cardboard House Press published the translated version of her book And We Were All Alive/ Y Todos Estábamos Vivos. Local poet and translator Catherine Hammond will be presenting García Valdés’s award-winning poetry collection at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe this Friday, January 13 at 7 p.m.
Calling Harold Baldwin a “patient” man is an understatement. It takes him months, even years to finish a single piece of artwork. But it’s well worth the wait. Baldwin creates complex and meticulous works that are at once whimsical and engaging. They are moving – in every sense of the word.
Recently, his three-foot high kinetic sculpture at the Shemer Art Center, “Steam Punk Pinball,” had lines of people waiting to crank the handle and watch as two balls moseyed through the piece via bike chain. Everyone slipped into a joyful state as they looked on, mesmerized.
#1: Dr. Ordovich’s Grand Exhibition at Alwun House, January 14:
Randall De Souza Clarkson is a world-traveling musician and illustrator – and now, he’s “Dr. Ordovich” for his latest multimedia project, a 27-song concept album and book inspired by his journeys through Mexico, the West Indies, Brazil and Ireland. This exhibition includes live performances augmented by circus-style sideshow acts. $9 in advance, $14 at the door. 7 p.m. January 14 at Alwun House. alwunhouse.org
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