Arts & Culture
From Rail Life:
Metro light rail is extending the hours of operation for Friday and Saturday nights to help those that do not want to worry about missing the last train when dining out, attending a show or just having some fun. “Early” hours have been an issue for many people since light rail began running this past December. While Metro has promised to help people get home from Diamondbacks games and from other major events throughout the year, many are hesitant to take light rail to concerts, Art walks, Mill Avenue, Downtown events, etc. for fear of missing the last train or because they don’t want to have to try timing their evening around an early “curfew.”
Everyone’s favorite Melrose record store, Revolver Records, has packed up and headed south to Roosevelt Row. When you’re done reading this, head over to Roosevelt and 2nd Street to check out the roomy new confines. That’s right — more space for vinyl, CDs, movies and live performance. Perhaps you saw several men in skinny jeans working tirelessly over the past few weeks at the site. Maybe you even noticed their crafty spraypainted sheet announcing the July 1 opening.
Think they had a nice little First Friday scene going on up there before? There’s going to be tons more live music and exciting events in this new location. This week come check out the inaugural First Friday performance, featuring some serious Phoenician talent — Matthew Reveles, Michelle Blades, Boys and Frogs and Marlene O’Connor — from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Could this become ASU Downtown Campus’ answer to the former Hoodlums Music in the Tempe campus’ MU?
Photos by Evan Wyloge
‘Movie Mondays’ are continuing at the Heard museum this month, beginning with a showing of Chiefs on July 6 at 1:30pm.
This 87-minute documentary follows a team of American Indian teens from Wyoming Indian High School in the town of Ethete on the Wind River Indian Reservation as they strive to recapture the state basketball championship while battling against poverty, alcoholism, drugs and racism.
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
Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement, the first comprehensive consideration of Chicano art in two decades, will open at the Phoenix Art Museum on July 12. It explores the work of a young generation of artists working today after the initial social struggles of the Chicano movement, a larger political and cultural movement that in the late 1960s and early 1970s began campaigning for justice and equality for Americans of Mexican and Latin American heritage.
This exhibition explores the current experimental tendencies of this younger generation of American artists with cultural ties to Mexico and Latin America. The art works are oriented less toward traditional media of painting or sculpture and declarative polemical assertion than toward conceptual art, performance, media-based art, and “stealthy” artistic interventions in urban spaces.
Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and traveling to five museums in the United States and Mexico, the exhibition includes 120 works by 32 artists in all media: painting and sculpture as well as installation, video, performance, and mixed-media works using film, digital, and sound. A partial list of artists includes the seminal LA-based Chicano art collective Asco; conceptual artist Ruben Ochoa, sculptor Margarita Cabera; photographer Christina Fernandez; performance artist Mario Ybarra Jr.; and Nicola López, who creates dramatic drawing and sculptural installations. The exhibit closes on September 21.
The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N. Central Ave.
For more information, visit www.phxart.org or call 602-257-1880
Beards, Lucky Strikes, margarita slushies and sleeves of tats abound at the debut of 2009′s Star Swim at the Wyndham Hotel. Nevermind the bands that played (more on that in a minute), this now weekly event is the place for twentysomethings to let loose is half-naked reckless abandonment, and if the crowd from the first weekend is any indication, this thing is catching on fast. The rooftop pool was full of boozin’, cruisin’ for digits and generally (sometimes frighteningly) loud people dancing in some very unconventional fashions. Local bands Hooves, Art for Starters and Wizards of Time helped de-sober the crowd, but by the time headliner Dear and the Headlights (or Drunk and the Headlights, as they proclaimed) took the… er… pool deck, everyone was in a very social state of mind. By the end, half the crowd commandeered microphones to sing along, people from overlooking hotel rooms were cracking open their windows to get a listen and the stuffy lobby bar was emptied in anticipation for a booze-soaked encore. This is a pretty successful debut at the Wyndham for Star Swim, which occupied Saturday evenings at the Hotel San Carlos last summer. The schedule for upcoming weekends is below.
50 E Adams St
5 to 10pm Saturdays, all summer long
Tickets are $6 and available online here. (Also available at door.)
May 30: Kinch, Aushua, Yellow Minute, Cardiac Party
June 6: K e n e s s e t, Mostly Bears, Snake! Snake! Snakes!
June 13: Black Carl, Mr. Gnome, Mondegreen, We Fear the Bees
June 20: What Laura Says, the Necronauts
June 27: The Rogue
July 4: Miniature Tigers, Princeton, DJ Ben Collins (1-10 p.m.)
August 1: Lymbic System
More bands and dates TBA.