Few films have built communities around them the way 1975 cult classic musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has. Fans worldwide have formed “shadow casts,” dressing up as their favorite characters to reenact the movie as it shows on the theater screen behind them, and bringing props such as toilet paper and rice to throw during key scenes. The movie is the longest-running theatrical release in history, and continues to screen at arthouse and indie cinemas across the country at midnight on Fridays and/or Saturdays.
Actor Barry Bostwick played Brad Majors in a cast of burgeoning talent that also included Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, and Meatloaf. “It’s been a love fest for 42 years,” Bostwick says. “I know that’s boring, but it’s amazing how people have been drawn to this film like a moth to a flame, and just keep circling around it and don’t fly into the abyss, but are constantly enchanted by it.”
The cast reunited last year for the film’s 40th anniversary, and this year, Bostwick will host screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in select cities. The party hits Mesa Arts Center on October 22. There will be a costume party before the film, and an audience Q&A with Bostwick afterward. We caught up with Bostwick via phone at his Hollywood home before he left on the tour to talk about the phenomenon that is Rocky Horror.
Rielle Oase is assistant curator of the art exhibit at the Arizona State Fair. A student of the University of Arizona College of Fine Art, Oase never expected to get the gig. She applied to be a gallery monitor to add experience to her resume.
Chi Isiogu, Arizona State Art Fair head curator, instead brought the talented photography student on board as assistant curator of the 2016 Fine Art & Photography art show and art programming. Oase, who was was tapped to curate a photography competition blitzed with more than 900 entries, says of receiving the offer, “I almost died of excitement.” Isiogu wanted to revamp the exhibit and make it a flagship fair experience, to morph the Fair’s old-school venue - Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum – into a modern art space.
#1: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” screening with Barry Bostwick at Mesa Arts Center, October 22
Actor Barry Bostwick (Brad in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) will attend a screening of the cult classic film, celebrating the movie’ 40th anniversary, and participate in a Q&A session with the audience. There will also be a costume contest. $42-$87. 7:30 p.m. October 22 at Mesa Arts Center. mesaartscenter.com
There’s a lot to like about Arizona Theatre Company’s production of British playwright Mike Bartlett’s future history play “King Charles III.” The premise is interesting, the acting is fantastic, the aesthetic is appealing (albeit austere), and it explores the ideas of political power, personal responsibility, and the tangled interactions and personalities within the Royal Family in a way that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
#1: “Speed Killed My Cousin” at ASU Gammage, October 15
In this poignant production by Carpetbag Theatre, a young African-American woman returns from military service in the Iraq War and wrestles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) while contemplating vehicular suicide. As she drives, her story is told through memories and flashbacks, all steering toward her life-or-death decision. $20. 7 p.m. October 15 at ASU Gammage. asugammage.com
While the Rose Room and billiards draw crowds nightly, the pull on Fridays is the rotating cast of characters that Valley Bar hosts for its collection of dance parties.
DIG IT Urban Gardens + Nursery is so Downtown Phoenix. The boutique nursery on 16th Street, just north of Thomas, sits on a small lot with lots of desert flora framed by a cement box of a shop covered in a bright mural of a skeleton with a saguaro growing out of its head. Co-founder Ryan Jerrell says when he and his business partner Tim Bishop launched in the fall of 2015, they wanted to offer Phoenix urbanites a break from the big box stores where they usually buy their trendy succulents. “A garden center should be a place where people can come on their lunch break” and have a more “hang-out vibe,” Jerrell says.
Celebrating DIG IT's one year anniversary this weekend with a birthday party, Jerrell hopped on the phone with me to answer some questions about the growth of urban gardening (and give me a tip or two on my pesky habit of killing every green thing I come in contact with).
Several years ago, Laurie Notaro set her TiVo to record “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” In a stroke of luck, the DVR malfunctioned and instead recorded a BBC show about female pilots who had vanished trying to fly over the Atlantic. The largely untold story struck the veteran Valley journalist and “New York Times” bestselling author as something worth digging into, and this week, after years of research and recreating the true stories of three of these unsung aviatrixes and their race to cross the Atlantic, Notaro’s historical novel “Crossing the Horizon” hits shelves from Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books.
Notaro will read from and sign copies of the book, show a short film, and introduce a guest speaker from the Phoenix chapter of women pilots organization the 99s at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 6 (more info here). We recently caught up with the author to discuss “Crossing the Horizon.”
Step right up! The Arizona State Fair returns this week, along with its Fine Arts & Photography Competition & Exhibition. Come see, play and – why not? – buy a piece of wonderful and affordable local art.
Every day of the fair (October 7-30) will feature free art demonstrations, with basket weavers, foil sculptors and other artists giving you some tips of their trade so you can make your own magic. The whole family can also participate in a free community mural project that will become part of the fair. Feel free to bring your “found objects” to contribute to the mural station (rules: any item smaller than a quarter and waterproof!) to help make the mural memorable.
#1: Sia at Talking Stick Resort Arena, October 4
The blond-bobbed, enigmatic Australian singer brings her “Nostalgic for the Present Tour” – and its attendant theatrical lighting and costumes, and funk- and soul-inflected pop music—to Downtown Phoenix. $20-$596. 7 p.m. October 4 at Talking Stick Resort Arena. talkingstickresortarena.com
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