Get ready to jump in to the shark tank, Phoenix entrepreneurs. The Arizona Commission on the Arts is hosting its second Arizona Art Tank during which about 10 applicants from each region will take a crack at making their dreams come true by pitching their art-based idea in just six minutes to a panel of experts and a live audience. If they succeed, these innovative thinkers could win $10,000 in seed-funding.
Vote for your favorite and help them win the $500 Audience Award during Arizona Art Tank: East at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 12, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. For more information about this free-to-attend event and the other Arizona Art Tank events happening around the state, visit www.azarts.gov. Evie Carpenter
Lunch Time Theater's latest production by Theatre Artists Studio moves from the casting couch to the backstage dressing room with Life in the Theatre II. Take a trip behind the scenes as playwright, actors, and stage hands step behind the curtain to reveal the inner workings of the theater as theater. Life in the Theatre II continues at the Herberger Theater, 222 East Monroe Street. Showtime is 12:10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from January 13 through 22. Tickets are $6 and lunches range from $6 to $8. For details, visit www.herbergertheater.org or call 602-252-8497. Katie Johnson
One of the best things about Arizona is that we have a ton of kickass women who've led the way in arts, politics, and business (especially in independent ventures and startups). "What It Means To Be American: Women of the West" on Wednesday, January 14, explores the reasons behind the emergence of such strong women.
There couldn't be two better examples of ambitious Arizona women than former Supreme Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts USA, who'll speak with Cheryl Dell, publisher of The Sacramento Bee as moderator. "What It Means To Be American: Women of the West" is at the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue in Phoenix, and starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.heard.org for more information and to RSVP. Jose Gonzalez
Being a relatively young city with a relatively massive inferiority complex, Phoenix and its inhabitants seem to always be wondering: What should this place actually look like and how to we make that happen? Turns out, those questions aren't unique. With an eye on New York and Melbourne, documentary The Human Scale explores how architects have transformed metropolitan centers, such as Times Square, into livable, walkable, usable spaces designed around what city dwellers want and need.
No Festival Required presents a 7:30 p.m. screening of the documentary at SMoCA Lounge, 7373 East Second Street, on Thursday, January 15. Tickets are $7 and available at SMoCA's front desk and by calling 480-874-4666. Visit nofestivalrequired.wordpress.com. Becky Bartkowski
Sometimes the smaller things pack the most punch. Such is the case with Whitney Cummings, who boasts a biting wit -- and excellent hair. The stand-up comic and creator of the popular television series Two Broke Girls returns to the Valley with an arsenal of take-no-prisoners, laugh-out-loud recollections of love and relationships.
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Her honest take on everything from orgasms to the inner workings of the female mind has gained the attention of the comedy world; Cummings has played alongside popular performers Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, and Sarah Silverman. If you caught her on the now-defunct Chelsea Lately, you know you're in for a good time.
Cummings does comedy at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, January 16, at Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive. Additional shows are on Saturday, January 17, and Sunday, January 18. Tickets for the 18-and-over gig are $30 and a two-drink minimum is required. Visit www.tempeimprov.com for details and tickets, or call 480-921-9877. Janessa Hilliard