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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions, and installations

    "Super Heroics" by Mark Newport at Arizona State University Art Museum: Fiber artist and ASU professor Mark Newport pokes fun at traditional gender roles by using the feminine art of knitting to make manly superhero costumes. His empty Daredevil and ...

    by Leanne Potts on July 21, 2005
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    Reality Bites - Message easily Heard

    Phoenix artist Hector Ruiz fires a shot right between the eyes of American values in his "La Realidad (Reality)" exhibition at the Heard Museum. The show, which addresses Mexican-American identity, border issues, race, misogyny, capitalism and the...

    by Leanne Potts on July 14, 2005
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    Identity Crisis - Artists' roots are showing

    Most of us spend our 20s trying to understand the mix of parental influence, pop culture, personality and irrevocable decisions that put us on our current path in life. Figuring out how and why you became the person you are is the most basic puzzle o...

    by Leanne Potts on July 14, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions, and installations

    "Super Heroics" by Mark Newport at Arizona State University Art Museum: Fiber artist and ASU professor Mark Newport pokes fun at traditional gender roles by using the feminine art of knitting to make manly superhero costumes. His empty Daredevil and ...

    by Leanne Potts on July 14, 2005
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    Sweaterman - Spinning a yarn and building a legend

    Mark Newport, 40, knits costumes for the likes of Batman and Spiderman, mixing the womanly art of sewing with the manly world of superheroes, and making fun of gender stereotypes in the process. The fiber artist's life-size costumes and embroidered c...

    by Leanne Potts on July 7, 2005
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    Super Suits - Son of a stitch

    Mark Newport makes goofy art about subjects that are anything but goofy. He knits superhero costumes from the sort of overly bright, plastic-y acrylic yarn elderly ladies sew into afghans. Aquaman, Batman, Daredevil, Spider-Man, they're all here ...

    by Leanne Potts on July 7, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhbitions, and installations

    "Surrealism U.S.A." at Phoenix Art Museum: This spirited exhibition that includes works by artists such as Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Joseph Cornell and Robert Motherwell is the first major survey of American surrealism in 25 years. Some of the works ...

    by Leanne Potts on July 7, 2005
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    Have a Heart - Bill Wohl is serious as a heart attack

    Until scientists master the secret to immortality, local businessman-jock-turned-philanthropist Bill Wohl has the answer: Donating your organs (and therefore your DNA) is a good way of stayin' alive. Granted, you won't be entirely yourself, but your ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 30, 2005
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    Robrt's Rules - A new tchotchke for the trophy case

    We're a town lousy with theater awards: the ariZonis, the Scotties, the Milties and the Tilties. Chris Page at the Tribune has his Spotlight Awards, and even Mark Turvin hands out something called The Fishy Awards, which sounds sort of -- well, you c...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 30, 2005
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    Crafter Thought - So I'd like to know where you got the notion

    Just when you think you've seen everything Phoenix has to offer, someone drives you down to the warehouse district and walks you through a towering maze of boxes stuffed with papier-mch teapots, tiny plastic feet, and soaring stacks of grosgrain. A...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 23, 2005
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    The Surreal World - The persistence of persistence

    Technology and inhumanity and greed, oh, my! Those wild beasties have been lurking in the shadows alongside the yellow brick road to progress for generations. Spend some time at the spirited "Surrealism USA" exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum, and you...

    by Leanne Potts on June 23, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions, and installations

    Leandro Soto at Paulina Miller Gallery: There's no place like home when you're far, far away. Maybe that's why the mixed-media assemblages about Cuba, Leandro Soto's lost home, are so much more powerful than the ones about his adopted hometown, Phoen...

    by Leanne Potts on June 23, 2005
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    Hauling Gary's Ashes - They found his ash can in the trash can

    "He's pretty heavy," Diane Putnam says of her late husband, Gary. "But I'm used to toting him around." She's talking about the big-as-a-brick box containing Gary's ashes that she's kept with her since he died six years ago after a brief battle with c...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 16, 2005
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    The Emperor Has No Clothes - Cast is not quite up to interesting script

    I won't add my voice to the cacophony of complaints about the gratuitous nudity forever on display at Nearly Naked Theatre, in part because I don't care, but also because it's bad form to bitch that the players are undraped when we've been warned ahe...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 16, 2005
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    Dinner at 8 - With a side of greasepaint

    High on the list of life's great mysteries, way up near "Why do we wait until a pig is dead to cure it?" and "Why do women sometimes shave off their eyebrows and then draw them back on?" is this one: "Why does dinner theater always suck so bad?" O...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 16, 2005
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    Mistressed Out - Mine is no longer ours

    Ah, progress. It's given us better medicine, faster computers, tastier snack cakes. But often as not, progress in Phoenix involves the obliteration of our already tenuous local history. And while we've grown used to city landmarks being torn down to ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 9, 2005
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    Animal Charm - Pieces from the kingdom

    The group exhibition "Fur, Feathers and Family: Our Relationship With Animals" at Arizona State University Art Museum is far better than its name. The show of animal-themed art is aimed at children, which explains the facile title. It's the center...

    by Leanne Potts on June 9, 2005
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    Water World - A thirst for expression

    Mercifully, the work in "Water, Water Everywhere" stays clear of the obvious themes you would expect to see in an exhibition in the desert about water. There isn't a single piece in this group exhibition of artists from around the world that settles ...

    by Leanne Potts on June 9, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions, and installations

    "Trench Coat" at Phoenix Art Museum: You thought the belt on your beloved trench coat was there to accentuate your hourglass figure. Turns out it's a place to hang hand grenades and pistols. That's just one of the tidbits you'll learn at this exhibit...

    by Reviews by Cristen Crujido and Leanne Potts on June 9, 2005
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    The Great Indoors - If you can't stand the heat, stay in the kitchen -- all summer

    I'd like to meet the jerk-off who decided that founding a city in the middle of the desert was a good idea. I've been gunning for this guy (because it has to have been a man -- no woman would be stupid enough to set up housekeeping inside a kiln) sin...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 2, 2005
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