It's Friday and if you're reading this blog, we can assume that you've already mentally left your work desk.
Please read on and dive deeper into la-la land as you fantasize about all the great stuff to do this weekend.
Annual Roosevelt Row Pre-Solstice Party at PTE Offices
Now, don't get stingy: this costs $50. But it's tax deductible, friends, because proceeds from this event go straight to arts-based projects on Roosevelt Row. The night includes food, Four Peaks beer, Arizona wines, and a rockin' silent auction (a crafting day with Cyndi Coon & Sarah Spencer is just one of the items). It kicks off tonight, Friday, May 21, 5 p.m. to midnight. Click here for more information.
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Art show by Christopher Jagmin, Dianne Iyisan, and Angela Cazel Jahn at Eye Lounge
While you're on your way to the Pre-Solstice Party, you may as well stop by Eye Lounge for this opening show. Jagmin shows off his lively encaustic (melted wax) paintings that take on sculptural forms. Iyisan's paintings offer ethereal portraits of people in specific environments and Jahn uses resin and glass in her experimental mixed-media pieces. The show opens tonight, Friday, May 21, 5 to 9 p.m. Click here for details.
Expressive Fusion by Desert Dance Theatre at Tempe Center for the Arts
This aptly-named performance features a collaboration between dance artists and choreographers from three states (Massachusetts, Nevada, and Arizona). It's the premiere night of "Butterfly Dreams," a new piece choreographed by Desert Dance Theatre's Lisa R. Chow with artwork by Gary Hostallero and music by Chieli Minucci. The show starts Saturday, May 22, 7 p.m. Click here for details.
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Arizona Highways Travel Show at Phoenix Convention Center
Okay, AZ lovers, here's your chance to live up to those "Do AZ" bumper stickers from the 1980s. Learn all about the attractions and adventures this state has to offer at this expo that features vendors offering info and discounts as well as desert experts ready to school you on wildlife. The show goes down Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23. Click here for details.
"Spyhopping: Adventures with Sue Chenoweth and the Permanent Collection" at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
SMoCA is ushering in its summer exhibitions and, this weekend, the latest from Sue Chenoweth will be on display. The show's title, Spyhopping, comes from the name for a curious activity among gray whales in which they jump out of water to explore the ocean's surface. Her works are mixed with some of the museum's own pieces, taken from the permanent collection. The show opens Saturday, May 22. Click here for more.