If you’re willing to brave the July heat, here’s a couple of art happenings worth checking out tonight.
F is for First Fridays @ 335! (335 W McDowell Ave) It’ll be your last time to visit the Pop Up gallery and see the works by four local artists- Sebastien Millon, Safwat Saleem, Bryan Mok, and up-and-coming wunderkind Zane Champion. More info HERE.
SECRET IDENTITIES @ Deus Ex Machina (1023 NW Grand Ave) A group exhibition featuring gallery regulars and guest artist Lee Berger. The artistic question addressed: “Day to day life versus the creative process-which is the mask, and which is the true face?”
Lee Berger The Mask and The Cane: Industry (Detail)
Rumor has it there might also be good art shows at the Chocolate Factory and Trunk Space, but this can’t be independently confirmed as neither venue bothers to send a press release. Welcome to life in the grid, we suppose.
If you’re a promoter / venue / band, the best bet for coverage is sending an actual press release. Don’t get us wrong, that Facebook event page you made is all well and good to alert your immediate social media circle of friends, but it’s a poor substitute for getting the word out to more people you don’t actually know. First and foremost, the lavish flyer you spent hours working on and uploaded as the “event image” has now been reduced to thumbnail-size and is therefore completely useless…
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Busking, street performers playing for tips from passersby, is a long-standing tradition in many large metropolitan cities, and often includes music, theater, puppetry, or just about anything else that’s entertaining.
Once again, Phoenix - with the exception of the downtown street performance series organized by Dr. Rev. Stephen Strange a few years back - has missed out on what other cities take for granted as part of the urban experience.
However, for at least one night, as the event title says, There Will Be Busk on the monthly First Friday artwalk, when 1st Street (just north of Roosevelt) “will come alive with street musicians and performers.”
The public is invited to hear, and support, sidewalk performers - including Eye of Fire and Rocketship 3D (both of whom will also be rotating onto the nearby stage at The Firehouse gallery) - and/or bring an instrument and do their own busking.
For more info, and for those wanting to participate (by contacting the event coordinator), go to the event page HERE.
Friday, July 1 | 7pm to 10:30pm | on First Street (just north of Roosevelt), Phoenix
With an unintended nod to the effect social media has had on consumers’ warning label tastes, this week the FDA announced it will require tobacco marketers to cover the top half of cigarette boxes, and 20% of tobacco ads, with graphic anti-smoking images after September 2012.
Extreme imagery, combined with less wordiness, is the future of warning labels, with the FDA ahead of the curve — but why stop at cigarettes?
A government that works best works overtime to make sure we’re kept safe from our own recklessness and stupidity… by over-regulating everything.
Other proposed “modernized” warnings can include:
SPEED LIMIT SIGNS
Sure we see the speed limit is 65, but who hasn’t gone 80mph when the only “warning” we get is a plain black and white sign? By eliminating the redundant ten-character text (since everybody knows it’s the posted speed limit anyway) and simply combining the number with an appropriately gruesome photo indicating what happens if you exceed that limit, traffic fatalities may decrease.
While condom use helps prevent the spread of STDs, including HIV/AIDS, who’s thinking of that in the heat of the moment? But the right image and brief friendly reminder (with a condom inside) will provide the romantic pause needed to drive home the health benefits of condom use.
(Alternate packaging can include a close-up photo of genital warts, with a warning that condoms are “ineffective against the transmission of Human papillomavirus (HPV)” although, one would imagine, those wouldn’t be the most popular brands with packaging like that.)
Let’s face it, current alcohol warnings are way too long: “GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems”.
Nobody is going to read all that unless shit-faced drunk. The point can be better made by simplifying the message, with this label on each bottle or can:
Know what you eat, with a well-placed image on the meat package. It’s that simple!
The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) had the right idea, but where it went wrong was with one generic “Parental Advisory” sticker, as if the same warning applied to all kinds of music. Every genre has it’s own unique pitfalls and should be dealt with separately.
Starting with a startling image of punk rock gone bad poster-child Nancy Spungen, the following label can be affixed to all punk records…
Accordingly, blues music would have a different warning (“listening may lead to bouts of depression”) as would modern jazz (“causes the listener to become boring as fuck”). Etc etc.
Of course, the following ultimate “don’t say we didn’t warn you” warning label, by a government seeking to protect the population from itself, would be seen at polling places nationwide:
- Pete Petrisko
After a year of planning and building, the Torch Theatre opens its stage after having passed final inspection by the City of Phoenix this week.
The Longform Improv Training Center, located at 4721 N. Central (just south of Camelback on the east side), allows the Torch Theatre to do what it’s done in the creative improvisational incubator of Space 55 for years, but with lots more of it.
To celebrate, leading up to an official grand opening next month, the theatre has announced it’s “opening its doors this weekend for our first round of shows in our new space… our official grand opening is scheduled for July 15 - 23, but shows will still be going down between now and then for those of you in the know (if you’re reading this email, you are IN THE KNOW!).”
Oops, sorry! I guess we’re ALL in the know now.
The soft opening starts with a series of longform improv preview shows this weekend, if AZ Kaos readers IN THE KNOW want to go…
4721 Preview-tacular: Ladies & Gentleman Edition | Friday, June 17th @ 8pm | Featured performance troupes: Searching for X, Mail Order Bride and Galapagos | (Cost: $5)
4721 Preview-tacular: Space Pirate High Edition | Saturday, June 18th @ 8pm | Featured performance troupes: Three Years of High School, Apollo 12 and Light Rail Pirates | (Cost: $5)
@ The Torch Theatre | 4721 N. Central (Phoenix)