Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix Arts & Culture’

Heart of the City Phx Showcase Friday

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The fourth monthly installment of Heart of the City: Phx will take place Friday, Sept. 30 at Coach & Willies in Downtown Phoenix.

The showcase will feature painters, DJs, poets, musical acts, fashion designers, and other special performances.

heart of cityDoors open at 7 p.m. and the live show starts at 8 p.m. Attire is artistically authentic; cover is $10.

Heart of the City: Phx is a local grassroots event, directed by Reginald McKinley, that aims to promote the unification of the Arizona arts communities with the greater masses within Arizona as well as raise the platform for the premiered artists to be recognized within the US and abroad. By booking artists from all over the state (Payson, Yuma, Tucson, etc.) and national artists from Albuquerque and New York, Friday’s Heart of the City: Phx will redefine the expectations for live art demonstrations in the Valley.

The programming will start with live rotational figure models donning the premiered designers’ creations. This hour offers the audience the opportunity to sketch the models, look at the two-level hanging art gallery, order premium drinks and food, or just network with the artist while DJ Sac Fly, resident DJ of Heart of the City: Phx, spins the most eclectic and modern sounds. As time segues into the 8 o’clock hour the sun sets and the live show begins.

Friday’s showcase will premier Chelsea Ellison (painter), Niccolea Nance (painter/poet), Matt Crux (painter), John Garza (painter), Steve Caballero (painter), Cane (graffiti), Jack Ash Art (visual), Sammie Nichs (photographer), Herschel Walker (fashion designer), Think Positive Apparel (fashion line), Brenda Lisa (MUA), Jay Jordan (model), Candace Roberts (model), Tameka Bowen (acoustic singer), Ordained (gospel group), The Original Saku (hip hop), Jeary Sylves (poet), Tricia Moore (special performance), DJ 2 Drop & DJ Smooth (DJ team) with more surprise artists to be named.

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Hope to see you out for the showcase and remember… everything’s LIVE!

Young Artists Competition March 26

Friday, February 25th, 2011

From Almost Famous Films to Almost Famous Young Artists, Downtown Phoenix is where it’s all happening.

young_artistsAspiring performers ages 15-18 throughout Arizona are invited to enter the 12th Annual Arizona Young Artist’s Competition at the Herberger Theater Center March 26.  Performers will compete in the areas of acting, dance, and voice for a $1,000 cash prize in each category.  Yes, that’s $3,000 worth of prize money!
Once the judging is completed, four finalists in each category will be selected to compete in the finals.  The audience also gets to vote on a People’s Choice Award for each category. 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

What a great opportunity to cheer on your favorite young artist and support them in their rise to fame and fortune. It’s also a chance for the young artists to meet professionals in the top of their field.
Entry fee is $25.00 with forms and audition information available at .  The entry deadline has been extended to midnight on March 6 so no lollygagging, OK?
For more info, contact Judy Rollings at 602-254, 7399 X 106.

PAPA Don’t Preach

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

PAPABLOG110309Let Max out.

I’m convinced that Max, the imaginative boy from “Where the Wild Things Are,” is locked inside every adult I know. On Saturday, November 14th, you’re encouraged to release Max and all of his wild, joyful, creative impulses at the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA).

Since you’re an adult, no one will preach, yell, or remind you to stop acting like a kid. In fact, acting like a kid is part of the fun.

PAPA gives your inner Max room to play, whether you create a costume, float,or performing act. This year’s theme is “Lean, Green Parading Machine,” which can mean anything from recycled materials to green-eyed monsters. Now in its fourth year, PAPA brings together people of all ages and interests to march in a parade that winds through downtown Phoenix. You can represent yourself, your family or your business in any way you like.

The parade coordinator, Dr. Rev. Stephen Strange – seriously, that’s his name – says “This year we are emphasizing one of the parade’s original goals; to get people out of their cars and experience the streets of Phoenix in an immediate and joyful way. Plus, green can have many different interpretations. We want people to be as creative as possible in showing ownership for the city.”

PAPA kicks off with pre-procession events from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fifth Street between Roosevelt and Garfield. Featured events include performances by professional artists, live music and fun, creative stuff for kids and adults. At 7 p.m., the world’s only parading arts fair begins on bike and by foot, led by the infectious drumming of local samba group Crupo Liberdade.

It’s all free, and all in good fun. So bring the kids, your friends and your inner wild child to PAPA on Saturday, November 14th. And be sure to leave all those adult worries and inhibitions at home. Let the wild rumpus begin.