If the photographers whose work will be displayed at Phoenix Art Museum's new exhibition "Keeping Shadows" were a baseball team, they'd be the 1927 Yankees. The all-star lineup includes Margaret Bourke-White, Walker Evans, Imogen Cunningham, Man Ray, Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, Timothy O'Sullivan, Lewis Carroll, Henri Le Secq, Julia Margaret Cameron, Robert Mapplethorpe, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eadweard Muybridge, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Cecil Beaton, Thomas Eakins, Edward Steichen, Charles Sheeler, Jacob Riis, Diane Arbus, Weegee, Richard Avedon, Cindy Sherman, Eliot Porter, William Henry Fox Talbot, and Berenice Abbott.
On loan from the Worcester museum in Massachusetts, the exhibition traces the history of photography over the last 150-plus years -- from its daguerreotype roots in the 1830s and '40s to Matthew Brady and Robert Capa's bleak wartime shots to Dorothea Lange's Dust Bowl masterpieces and on to more recent, computer-generated NASA images.
"Keeping Shadows: Photography From the Worcester Art Museum" opens Sunday, December 11, and continues through March 12 at PAM, 1625 North Central. Admission is $9, $7 for students and seniors, $3 for those between 6 and 17, free to all on Thursdays. Call 602-257-1880 or visit www.phxart.org. -- Clay McNear
Visa excepted at Amsterdam
Get hopped up on creamy caffeinated drinks while globetrotting visions dance through your head at the PASSPORT! Party at Amsterdam Bar, 716-718 North Central. The hot downtown club, which houses the newly added Malibu Beach Bar and Club Miami, will dole out complimentary Starbucks Cream Liqueur cocktails to arriving travelers. Friendly customs agents will stamp party passports for entry in a prize package that includes a pair of Phoenix Suns tickets, a one-night stay at the Best Western on Central, and a $100 gift certificate to McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant. The party starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 8. Admission is free. Call 602-258-6122 or visit www.amsterdambar.com. -- Steve Jansen
Chilly today, hot tamale
The weather's starting to chill, but you can fire up your inner furnace with some tasty hot tamales at the Food City Annual Tamale Festival, taking place Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11, at Cesar Chavez Memorial Park, Second Avenue and Washington. The fest features tastings of homemade tamales as well as chili cook-offs, Latin arts and crafts, live music from local hip-hop bands, and custom car shows. Admission is free. Call 602-403-6144. -- Niki D'Andrea
Chop To It
If you think factory Harley-Davidson models are the most wicked wheels to hit Valley asphalt, then you need to cruise into the Arizona State Fairgrounds for the Arizona Motorcycle Expo. The mean machines at this motorcycle massive are all one-of-a-kind customs created by some of the best bike builders in the country, like Carefree Custom Cycles, Wicked Brothers, Kraft Kustom Cycles, Insane Custom Cycles, Vegas City Choppers, Ron Simms Customs, and Johnny Chopp of Discovery Channel fame. "A lot of people are drawn to our bikes because we build our own motors," says Dane Simms of Ron Simms Customs. "Horsepower-wise, we've got some of the fastest bikes out there. They don't just look good, they run good." The expo also features a "Best Beer Gut in the Desert" contest (the winner gets a keg of beer), a "Desert Fashion Show," photos with Santa, and a raffle for an XR-50 bike. Paul Yaffe will also build a bike during the expo, which takes place Friday, December 9, through Sunday, December 11, at the fairgrounds, 1826 West McDowell. Admission costs $12, free for kids under 13. Visit www.azmotorcycleexpo.com for hours and other information. -- Niki D'Andrea
Hound dogs turn the table
While you frequent five-star venues, fine dining for Fido usually means a stolen trash-can treat and a slurp from a freshly flushed bowl. Admit it: You call Fido your best friend, but he's really treated like a second-class citizen. Here's your chance to make up for past injustices at Paws on the Patio, an event so cool that even the neighbor's poodles are yapping about it. From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 11, Sam's Cafe rolls out the fine linen and china for your four-legged friends in a three-course dining extravaganza. Forget Kibbles 'n' Bits; we're talking Hearty Hound Loaf. Admission to Paws on the Patio is $10 per dog. There will also be a raffle for pet and people prizes, with tickets costing $5. Proceeds benefit Arizona Schnauzer Rescue. Sam's Cafe is located at 455 North Third Street, in the Arizona Center. Call 602-252-3545 for reservations. -- Jodey Brown