First Friday in Phoenix: 5 Must-Attend Exhibitions November 1

First Friday in Phoenix: 5 Must-Attend Exhibitions November 1
Jordan-Alexander Thomas

First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows not to miss this artful evening.

"Robots and What Nots! A Space Boy Robot Show" @ Practical Art While the rise of the robots has yet to happen, it doesn't mean that we can't prime our hearts to belong to a number of mechanized potential overlords. A whole man-created army in waiting will be unleashed at the new exhibition "Robots and What Nots: A Space Boy Robot Show!," which opens Friday, November 1.

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Valley mixed media artist Jordan-Alexander Thomas is passionate about creating robots that have more in common with roadside muffler-men than Michael Bay-envisioned CGI monstrosities. Drawing heavily from the Victorian-infused sci-fi genre of steampunk and with a dash of 1950s windup toy robots, each of Thomas' pieces has a distinct personality of its own. Artificial intelligence never looked so charming.

The opening reception for "Robots and What Nots: A Space Boy Robot Show!" is from 7 to 9 p.m. at Practical Art, 5070 North Central Avenue. Admission is free. For more information, visit -- Jose Gonzalez

"Lindz in Wonderland" @ Alwun House Artist Lindz Lew dabbles in creepy. She meddles with darkness. And the multi-media artist specializes in spooky. Her work typically features characters that have the head of an animal and the body of a human. Dogs sit in swings wearing button-down shirts, while legless rabbits have exposed ribcages and sit in old-timey wheelchairs.

For a glimpse into the artist's off kilter world, head to "Lindz in Wonderland" at Alwun House, 1201 East Roosevelt Street. The exhibition opens Friday, November 1, with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m., and remains on view through Friday, November 22. Admission is free. Visit or call 602-253-7887. -- Becky Bartkowski  

First Friday in Phoenix: 5 Must-Attend Exhibitions November 1
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"FORE|GROUND" @ eye lounge Before Ann Morton's public art project, "Ground Cover," finds 300 blankets installed in the vacant lot at First Street and McKinley, eye lounge will host a preview exhibition of the coverings in its east gallery. Opening Friday, November 1, "FORE|GROUND" features some of those volunteer-made blankets, along with the backstory of Morton's project. When all the blankets are assembled on December 6 and 7, they will resemble desert blooms. The show will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 1, and it will remain on view through Sunday, November 10. -- Becky Bartkowski

"Not Yet Rated" @ 1Spot Movies get rebooted and reimagined constantly. Their posters? Usually they're of less interest than who will star in the -nth incarnation of something that was based on Shakespeare once upon a time. That's not the case with 1Spot's new exhibition of indigenous interpretations of movie posters. The films depicted can be real, imagined, or a mashup of movies.

The exhibition features works from Jeremy Singer, Silvester Hustito, Jonathan Nelson, Damon Begay, Adam Piron, and Damian Jim. Take a look from 6 to 10 p.m. at 918 North Sixth Street. "Not Yet Rated" will be on view through Friday, December 20. Private showings can be scheduled by calling 602-281-0697. -- Becky Bartkowski  

Jeanne Lanvin, French, 1867-1946 Travel ensemble (dress, dicky, belt, cape, hat), 1937 wool Gift of Mrs. Frances Van Dyke, 1971.c.155.A-D.
Jeanne Lanvin, French, 1867-1946 Travel ensemble (dress, dicky, belt, cape, hat), 1937 wool Gift of Mrs. Frances Van Dyke, 1971.c.155.A-D.
Courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum

"The Cape" @ Phoenix Art Museum Step aside, Superman. The cape's making a comeback faster than a speeding bullet. Don't fear, Phoenix fashionables; these coverups aren't the floor-sweeping, candy-red costumery the Man of Steel's made famous. Instead, the fall 2013 trend showcased in collections from Valentino and Mulberry focuses on luxe fabrics, sleek shapes, and cultivating a cosmopolitan, ladylike look.

With an eye toward the past and a grasp on today's fashion market, Phoenix Art Museum presents "The Cape" in its Ellman Fashion Design Gallery. There you'll find a range of inspiration for this season's wardrobe, from a silk satin fuchsia Mexican bullfighter's cape and a dainty floral Dutch piece to a thick, navy number by Lanvin with a high collar and matching fedora.

See the superb collection through Sunday, February 9, 2014. Hours Friday, October 4, are 6 to 10 p.m. -- Becky Bartkowski

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Alwun House Gallery & Gardens

1204 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006


Practical Art

5070 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012


Eye Lounge

419 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004


1Spot Gallery

918 N. Sixth St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004


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