First Friday, PHXAM, Phoenix Pride, ZapCon, and Jurassic Park 3D Over the Weekend
artwork by Jon Arvizu, photo by Claire Lawton
First Friday in Downtown Phoenix (4/5/13) Art walks are more often about people-watching and shenanigans and less about the actual art. Luckily, we captured a little bit of both. April's First Friday welcomed art openings along Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, and 16th Street. Here were just a few of our favorites . . .
PHXAM Contest Brings Skateboarders to Phoenix (4/7/13) Skateboarders from across the world rode into the Desert West Skateboard Plaza in Phoenix this weekend for PHXAM, a skateboarding contest sponsored by Phoenix's Cowtown and Vans. Skate competitors braving the heat flipped, grinded, and trashed through the course.
Phoenix Pride Festival 2013 The annual Phoenix Pride Festival returned to Steele Indian School park April 6-7 for a celebration of the LGBTQ community. Festivities included live music, the Miss and Mister Gay Pride Pageant, performances by drag queens, sensual demonstrations in the Erotic World tent, and much more.
ZapCon at at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Pac-Man fever was running rampant inside the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel this past weekend, as was a serious case of retro video game mania (and maybe even a few sprained wrists to boot) as ZapCon took place on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, offering up more than a hundred old school arcade games and vintage pinball machines available for play. No quarters were necessary as hundreds of local gamers and joystick Jedi went through a warp zone into the arcades of yesteryear while either going full tilt boogie on more than 65 pinball titles or mashing the buttons on such legendary pixilated classics as Frogger, Spy Hunter, Space Harrier, and other hits from the '70s and '80s.
Anatomy of a Scene: Jurassic Park's T-Rex Introduction We don't see it until about an hour into the movie, but the Tyrannosaurus rex in Spielberg's Jurassic Park -- and the scene that builds up to its violent arrival -- is the best in the film, the 3D version of which hit theaters on Friday. We break down the suspenseful introduction -- the screaming children, the running lawyer and that goddamned flashlight -- of the film's lumbering monster.
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