Back to the Futurists

Cone Gallery's latest show is on the edge

 FRI 1/7
Sick of the slick, production-driven artwork that passes for hip in other galleries? Kathy Cone, artist and owner of the Cone Gallery, 1324 Grand Avenue, offers the sort of space where edgy art and music can flourish and provide an antidote to the cheesy Southwestern clichés you might see elsewhere around town. For instance: The gallery's latest show, "The Futurists," is described as a "technology-based visual arts show and experimental music super jam," with avant-garde video, photography, and 2-D and 3-D artwork. Cone promises it'll be a breakthrough for the Valley art scene, with the work of local gender-bending video artist-photographer Debora Brown, the dreamlike digital collages of Audra Bergen, and the fetishistic photography of Joi Carey (a.k.a. "Agony Bliss"). Artist Andrew Schreiber, 16, also provides an infusion of young blood with his colorful 2-D creations, which will be featured in the gallery's Bohemian lounge. An intense experimental music jam at the show's opening reception at 8 p.m. Friday, January 7, by such ambient noise and dark wave musicians as Scott K. Spacefly will provide a driving and rhythmic soundtrack for patrons viewing the thought-provoking work.

In keeping with the gallery's mission of supporting all brands of freaky and far-out artists, Kathy Cone says she's also a firm believer that art lovers in the Valley are more than ready to support this kind of work. We sure hope so. Call 602-258-3455 or see www.conegallery.com for more. -- Pat Beck

Kosher Cinema

It's all art to me: What you get is what you see at the Cone Gallery.
Mark Poutenis
It's all art to me: What you get is what you see at the Cone Gallery.
Local artists welcome visitors in Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's tour package.
Dan Rizzie
Local artists welcome visitors in Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's tour package.
A poet caught in the art by photographer Joseph Prevost.
Joseph Prevost
A poet caught in the art by photographer Joseph Prevost.
"Vibes of the City" shakes Phoenix before moving to ASU for Black History Month.
Larry Wilson
"Vibes of the City" shakes Phoenix before moving to ASU for Black History Month.

Sun Lakes Jewish Film Festival takes the screen

SUN 1/9
Jewish culture, while both rich and compelling, has with few exceptions been largely ignored by mainstream Hollywood. Lucky for filmmakers who choose to embrace it there are events such as the Sun Lakes Jewish Film Festival at Pollack Tempe Cinemas, 1825 East Elliot in Tempe. Four films that chronicle the Jewish experience will be featured on a month of Sundays beginning with Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust on Sunday, January 9, and continuing with A Day in October on January 16, The Line King on February 13, and Double Edge on February 20. Showtimes are 3 and 6:30 p.m. For details and ticket information, call 480-802-0200 or visit www.az.jhs.org. -- Craig Wallach

Magical Mixed-Media Tour

Visit artists' studios with SMoCA

WED 1/12
Art aficionados, rejoice! The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street, is offering a four-part studio tour package, beginning Wednesday, January 12. The first tour stops at the studios of painter Monica Aissa Martinez, and printmakers John Risseeuw and Segura Publishing. Subsequent tours include the studios of sculptors James T. Larson and Jana Peterson, mixed-media artists Nina Ilitzky Solomon and Janet de Berge Lange, ceramist Jane Kelsy-Mapel, painters Sue Hunter and Suzanne Tyson, and Indigo Street Pottery, among others. Continental breakfasts and lunches are included in the tours, which begin at 9 a.m. The cost for the tour package is $182 per person. Call 480-874-4641. -- Niki D'Andrea

Poets Know It

Get lit at library reception

FRI 1/7
Does the word "poetry" take you on a nasty flashback to high school literature class where you tried unsuccessfully to decipher ancient works allegedly written in English? Perhaps a poetry paradigm shift is in order with the help of some live music, spoken-word performances, and a little bit o' soul. All these ingredients will be on hand for the opening reception of "? on Poetry" from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, January 7, at the Burton Barr Central Library's @Central Gallery, 1221 North Central. An exhibition featuring Joseph Prevost's photography, which captures the emotion and expressions of African-American poets in action, runs through January 29. See www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org. -- Douglas Towne

Culture Club

Juried exhibit melds history and art

FRI 1/7
The authors of history books love to use the passive voice: "Slaves were brought to the United States," "Segregation was enacted." Generally, such tomes teach us little about the people who really played a part in our history, even less about their experiences and perspectives -- and nothing about how they relate to us in modern times. Where academics fail, art prevails, as Phoenix Parks and Recreation's Center for the Arts presents "Vibes of the City," opening on Friday, January 7, at the center's Visual Arts Gallery, 1202 North Third Street. The juried exhibition features two- and three-dimensional artwork by local African-American artists, who use mixed media, watercolors and pastels to paint a cultural portrait that reflects the experiences of its creators. The "Vibes of the City" exhibition traditionally moves to ASU in February, as part of the university's "Black History Month," but you can catch the first glimpse of the art at the free opening reception, beginning at 7 p.m., with entertainment, refreshments, and opportunities to meet the artists. Call 602-262-4632. -- Niki D'Andrea

 
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