It is fitting that September marks not only the opening of an inspiring exhibition in Scottsdale, but also the month that Frida Kahlo endured a horrific accident. In 1925, Kahlo woke up with a disabled body she hadn't counted on and would have to live with for the rest of her life. Even so, she created some of the most insightful art of her time. From Thursday, September 18, through Saturday, September 20, a group of artists with disabilities comes together for the second annual "The Art of Triumph" juried exhibition at Bonner David Gallery. The artists, regardless of their challenges, have decided to take their experiences and transform them into art. Last year's exhibition drew artists from more than 28 states and three foreign countries; a variety of perspectives and styles is guaranteed this year as well.
Clark Olson, co-owner of the gallery, says, "We are the only gallery in town that holds this kind of show . . . the quality of the art is amazing and indistinguishable from any other art." Olson and his partner, Christi Bonner Manuelito, are committed to building a family around the gallery, and this show is just one part of that mission.
An awards ceremony for the winning artist will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 19, at the gallery, 7040 East Main in downtown Scottsdale. There is no fee to attend. Call 480-941-8500 or visit www.bonnerdavid.com for more information. - Maidi Terry
Celebrate Fiestas Patrias
In September of 1810, a Mexican priest in Dolores shouted for the end of Spanish rule in Mexico. His cry ("El Grito") became part of the Fiestas Patrias, an annual celebration of both Mexican and Central American independence days. Avondale's Fiestas Patrias, sponsored by the Southwest Hispanic Culture Association, includes performances by Ballet Folklorico, Sabor Flamenco and Mariachi Estrella Azul, plus the crowning of this year's Fiestas Patrias queen. It takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, September 20, at Coldwater Park, 10 North Eliseo Felix Way in Avondale. At 10 that morning, a parade travels east along Western Avenue in Litchfield Park. Call 623-932-9440 or see www.ci.avondale.az.us. - Quetta Carpenter
Oldies and Goodies
Antique market deals in nostalgia
Miss the old days? Buy 'em back at the Fairgrounds Antique Market, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 20; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 21. Furnish your life with vintage furniture, jewelry, pottery, collectibles and more. And since they don't make childhood like they used to, catch Saturday's Toy and Advertising Roundup as well. Shop for old toys such as Texaco trucks, glam-girl Barbies, and original Boba Fetts, or advertise yesteryear with unique signage and print ads.
Admission is $3 per person, plus a $5-per-vehicle fairgrounds fee. The Arizona State Fairgrounds are located at 19th Avenue and McDowell; call 623-587-7488 or 602-717-7337 for more information on this weekend's events. See www.azantiqueshow.com to print a $1-off-admission coupon and to sign up for news of upcoming shows. - Kim Toms
Wheels of Fortune
Test drive BMWs
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If you need an excuse to try out a new BMW, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is giving you a good one. No purchase is necessary -- just take one of the 2003 Beemers around the block, and for every mile driven, BMW will donate $1 to breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. It's your chance to make the world a better place by driving a high-performance luxury vehicle: It doesn't get much better than that. The BMW Ultimate Drive takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, at Chapman BMW of Scottsdale (6601 East McDowell); Wednesday, September 24, at Chapman BMW on Camelback (1144 East Camelback); and Thursday, September 25, at BMW of North Scottsdale (18018 North Scottsdale Road). See www.race4curephx.org. - Quetta Carpenter
Eat to the beat at ASU Downtown
At noon on Friday, September 19, make a run for the border. La musica de Mexico is on the menu at the ASU Downtown Center, 502 East Monroe, where the university's Noontime Lectures Series celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a free concert. Norma Talamante, ASU senior, and Peter Garcia, ethnomusicologist and assistant professor of Chicana/Chicano studies, perform Sol de Oro, a collection of traditional and popular Mexican songs -- sones, huapangos, corridos, rancheras and boleros -- and discuss the music, artists and composers that have made the country's music popular around the world. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch to the hourlong program, but reservations are required; call 480-965-3046.- Jill Koch