Brown Out

Does it seem right that in the middle of a desert exists the fifth largest metropolis in the United States? What of those golf courses and unnaturally green lawns? Ever notice that the Salt River trickles by the time it passes the airport? Water usage is a contentious issue in the Valley. It’s also the focus of “A River In a Time of Dryness,” a new installation at Eye Lounge that's curated by Nic Wiesinger. Works “explore the complex issues of place, water, drought, and the future of water management in the Valley,” according to a press release, which also notes that these pieces may applaud or question outcomes and benefits -- along with the policies -- of desert water usage.

Where do local artists stand? Stop by the opening reception at 6 p.m., Friday, February 21, and take a gander. Eye Lounge is located at 419 East Roosevelt Street. Visit or call 602-430-1490.

Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursdays, 12-7 p.m.; Fridays, 12-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Starts: Feb. 16. Continues through March 16, 2014


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