We know, the beginning of the work week sucks. But if you take a quick look at the calendar, you'll see we're off to a pretty good week of art events, sports games, dance parties, and more. Here are our must-see events from now to the weekend...
Monday, November 12: "Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks" @ The Gallery @ City Hall
Phoenix's status as a tear-down city has made headlines of late, thanks to the narrowly escaped demo threats a Frank Lloyd Wright home faced from a dollar-hungry developer and the destruction of a pair of historic hotels for Phoenix Suns parking spaces. History loses to convenience and newness more than we care to admit.
Thankfully, the smash-up spirit hasn't succeeded in reducing to rubble all of this city's history. See the evidence in "Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks," a photography exhibition that includes shots of such notable structures as W.A. Sarmiento's Financial Center, Lescher and Mahoney's Orpheum Theatre and Hanny's, and Tovrea Castle. -- Becky Bartkowski
Tuesday, November 13: "Micro Dwell 2012" @ Shemer Art Center & Museum "Think big." That's the motto of optimists the world over. Sure, some stellar things fit into that category, like Sesame Street's best bird and that Tom Hanks movie. But, big isn't always best. See, for instance, one bad wolf and a watchful brother. We're more into realism, and so are the folks responsible for the exhibition "Micro Dwell 2012."
Turns out, living and working in teeny, tiny spaces is all the rage -- the more portable and minimal the structure, the better. That trend inspired this exhibition of owner-built structures that measure 600 square feet or less. -- Becky Bartkowski
Wednesday, November 14: Live Bull Riding @ Buffalo Chip Saloon The charm of watching drunken bargoers take their turn on a mechanical bull wears off quickly. On their first spin they usually fall off easily because they've exchanged upper body strength for hands-in-hair sex appeal. It's all about practicality the second time as they cling to the grip for dear life, minimizing their sexy, sexy whiplash. A final defeated go ends their mechanical bull riding career, typically after underwear (or lack thereof) is accidentally exposed.
Sometimes it's smarter to leave it to the professionals. Each and every Friday (on Wednesdays, too), Cave Creek's Buffalo Chip Saloon packs in boot-scootin' patrons for live bull riding done by accredited cowboys. They might not wear midriff-bearing tops and cut-offs, but these rough-and-tumble fellas know how to handle a bucking bull with the best of them, all in the never-dull atmosphere of the old timey southwestern saloon. -- Christina Caldwell
Thursday, November 15: 2012 Filmstock Film Festival @ Tempe Pollack Cinemas The short film isn't just a fun-sized snack to whet your appetite for a feature-length meal. It can be the expertly delivered one-inch punch that's powerful all on its own. The 2012 Filmstock Film Festival puts up its dukes to maximize the mini-movies on Thursday, November 15.
Since 2009, the locally-based Filmstock Film Festival has celebrated the art of the short film. While the fest has expanded its palette to include filmmakers from all over, Arizona-based productions are still in the spotlight. Chief among them: Paint Life Beautiful, Brandon Branard and Mark Susan's 2012 documentary that traces the life of artist and B-boy Joseph "Sentrock" Perez from his formative years in West Phoenix through his last summer in the valley before leaving to attend art school in Chicago. Price: $15 -- Jose Gonzalez
Friday, November 16: "Sue Chenoweth: Real and Applied" @ Modified Arts For five weeks, Sue Chenoweth lived and breathed creative culture in Rio de Janeiro. In 2012 the artist was chosen to participate in the abroad arts residency, sponsored by the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Arts, and reveals her work created abroad this November at Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt Street.
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Chenoweth is a painter who describes her work as a spiritual process: "I have to fall into an abyss of unknowing to get to a new place of understanding." She's shown in galleries and museums throughout Phoenix and across the United States, but her upcoming exhibition, titled "Sue Chenoweth: Real and Applied," is the painter's first international solo show.
The work she created in Rio was on view at Largo das Artes Gallery from August through September of 2012. It will travel to Phoenix for a Third Friday opening on November 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. and a panel discussion on Saturday, December 1. -- Claire Lawton
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