If you haven’t yet, it’s time to check out Movie Mondays at the Heard Museum.
On Monday, August 10 at 1:30 p.m., the museum will be showing Waterbuster, a 2006 documentary chronicling the dislocation and relocation of the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation of North Dakota due to a dam that inundated their homeland along the banks of the Missouri River. The 79-minute film is also the personal story of the director’s family, whose life choices were influenced by this powerful reshaping of the landscape.
The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors age 65 or older, $5 for students with a valid student ID and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6, Heard Museum members and American Indians receive free admission.
For more information, call 602.252.8848 or visit www.heard.org
After Hours Gallery is hosting an opening reception this Friday, August 7 for their new African art exhibit, Masks.
The reception will be from 6 to 10pm and a portion of all Mask proceeds will benefit Community Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees, a local non-profit that helps resettle refugees.
After First Friday, the exhibit will be open on weekdays from 10am to 5pm until September 1. After Hours Gallery is located at 116 W. McDowell Road, Suite 120.
For more information, visit afterhoursgallery.com or call 602-710-2398
Movie Mondays are continuing at the Heard Museum this month, beginning with a showing of Raindance in a Storm on Monday, August 3 at 1:30pm.
In 1990, the Hopi Tribe staged an unprecedented and uncharacteristic public protest against what had been Arizona’s number-one “Indian” attraction for 70 years, yet didn’t include a single Indian. Critically examined for the first time, the culture of the Smoki People organization is seen from the perspectives of those who lived it, those who witnessed it and those offended by it.
The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors age 65 or older, $5 for students with a valid student ID, and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6, Heard Museum members and American Indians receive free admission.
Form more information, call 602-252-8848 or visit www.heard.org
Phoenix-born-and-bred singer/songstress Courtney Marie Andrews is throwing a mega-folk party at Modified Arts on Friday, July 31 to celebrate the release of her second full-length record, Painter’s Hands and a Seventh Son. Though just 18, Andrews has been crooning up arts venues around Phoenix for several years now and is a key member of budding Phoenix label River Jones Music.
Painter’s Hands offers a more in-depth look at Andrews’ music, and a maturity beyond her years.
“I feel like this record was a lot more developed and refined,” Andrews says. “During the recording process, I would finish a song, listen to it, and then decide that it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. So, I’d add something, or redo it entirely. Initially my goal was to make a more mature-sounding album.”
Most important is Andrews’ live show, which she’s been honing around town quite often over the past few years.
“Live shows are fun,” she says. “However, I’m horrible at convincing people to come. But, here is my attempt: It will be super fun and inviting, and I’d love to sing you some of my songs.”
The album release party is a small celebration before a whirlwind finish to the year that will see Andrews sitting down to record yet another record in September before touring in support of Painter’s Hands.
Andrews is moving downtown following the show at Modified to hole up and finish writing.
“I already have about five songs finished,” she says. “I just graduated high school, so I will have almost all the time in the world to focus on my music, which is really nice.”
Local indie boys What Laura Says (playing at 9 p.m.) will support Andrews, along with River Jones labelmates You Me and Apollo (8:15), Bradley and the Materials (7:40), In Symmetry (7:05) and the Constellation Branch (6:30).
Andrews will play a set on Radio Phoenix from 8-8:50 p.m. as well.
Doors at 6 p.m. $6. Painter’s Hands will be on sale for $10. Also available at Stinkweeds and online.
On the corner of Lincoln Street and Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix is a big warehouse for which there are even bigger plans.
“It’s called The Anchor Manufacturing Building and it’s got a really, really great rich history,” said Steve Rosenstein, who co-owns the building with his wife Andi Rosenstein. The Anchor Building, built in 1928, was previously a Ford dealership, a city bus garage, and a Hensley & Company beer distributorship.
Currently, the building is used as a distribution center for R&R Surplus, a vintage clothing company. They reclaim vintage clothing and accessories from around the world, and add their own “twist” to them. The 1929 French ammunition bags, for example, have each been handcrafted with rhinestones. R&R Surplus also sells old favorites such as PF Flyers and Champion sweatshirts.
But this is only the beginning. “We’ve got every foot of the 15,000 square feet planned out,” Rosenstein said.
The entire project is called The Duce, which Rosenstein hopes will come to life in November. It will include a restaurant with the bar from the original Black Orchid jazz club in Chicago, outdoor seating and live jazz music. There will also be a vinyl record store, a fresh produce market, a Schwinn vintage bicycle shop, and a coffee and cereal bar that opens up to the sidewalk for convenient to-go service to pedestrians. Rosenstein also said it will be a venue for events. In April, the building hosted the fourth annual Phoenix Contemporary Design Fair.
Rosenstein started a clothing company called Fitigues with Andi Rosenstein while he was living in Chicago. After a while, Rosenstein and his family decided to leave Chicago and head west for warm weather and sunny skies. They relocated to Phoenix and sold the business in 2006.
“We went from being really, really authentic city people to Phoenix suburban people,” Rosenstein said. “So after the euphoria of those mountains, those hikes and that beautiful blue sky, it started to wear off. I started to miss the city a little bit. Then we discovered this place.”
Rosenstein was sent a picture of The Anchor Building and ventured to downtown Phoenix to see it in person. “I didn’t even know if downtown Phoenix really existed,” Rosenstein said. “We started just kind of kicking around down here and I thought, “wow, there’s actually some culture down here, some diversity.’”
Rosenstein hopes to do more than just create The Duce. “I want to really make a difference and really infuse some life and authenticity in downtown Phoenix,” he said. “I want to make it the city that we’re all starving for.”
Rosenstein also hopes the project can bring inspiration to others. “I think it’s going to be a catalyst for other creative city people to come down and say, ‘we can take one of those warehouses and do something too.’”
Photo courtesy of kontaktmag.