Every picture tells a story, and Valley music lovers are about to get an earful. Phoenix is the single Southwestern stop on the North American tour of "Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era," an exhibition showcasing 51 candid shots of the decade's most prominent personalities. Including images of the Dead, the Who, the Stones and the Beatles, the late photographer's works adorn the @Central Gallery inside Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 North Central, from Friday, April 4, through May 31. Admission is free.After majoring in art history at the University of Arizona, McCartney snapped the '60s scene for New York's Fillmore East concert hall before becoming Rolling Stone's first photographer. She shot the Beatles in London in 1967 and married "the cute one" (Paul McCartney) two years later. She eventually turned her lens to landscapes and still life, and built a reputation as one of the most capable photographers of her time.
A preview party on Thursday, April 3, provides a sneak peek at the portraits, plus cocktails, a music memorabilia auction, and a performance by Wings guitarist Laurence Juber. Tickets are $75; call 602-495-7665 for reservations.
A slate of free public programs accompanies the exhibition's run. Call 602-262-4636 or see www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/mccartney for details. -- Jill Koch
Sometimes, spending a night at a club can leave you feeling more stressed than when you arrived - the cacophonous noise, the smoke, and the lack of space can create a tense atmosphere. Six and At One Yoga are merging to transcend the idea of what makes a nightclub appealing, presenting Tantra Tuesdays, a night to depressurize and enter a more meditative state. Food, drinks and music stimulate the senses, along with a video projector casting Zenlike images, and aromatherapy provided by The Body Shop. Tantra Tuesdays at Six, 7316 East Stetson in Scottsdale, are sure to enlighten and invigorate. -- Eric Schandel
Sexy and Seventeen
Seventeen years old and a virgin magnet. In celebration of its 17th anniversary, 11 East Ashland is unveiling works by 17 artists, all showing at the gallery for the first time. Opening Saturday, April 5, the invitational features five local artists - Edward Andrejewski, Pat Lewis, Stephanie Newhouse, Eileen Reynolds and Allura Westly -- and all manner of media. "We've got paintings, photography, clay works, jewelry, sculpture, watercolors... pretty much everything," explains gallery director David Cook.
A Saturday-night reception with music by Eddie Detroit gets the party rolling, and the show continues through April 26 at the gallery, east of Central and two blocks south of Virginia. Call 602-257-8543. -- Jill Koch
If art is food for the soul, Phoenix's new mobile gallery serves dessert. Designed to bring art into downtown's business district, the Cakewalk project turns storefront space into exhibitions. Officially open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, the displays can be perused by passers-by anytime. Showing through April 16 are works by Arizona native Mario Martinez, who just completed a year as artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian in New York. Meet the artist at a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Renaissance Square I, Suite 170, half a block north of Patriots Square on North Central Avenue. Delectable. -- Kim Toms