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Lilia Menconi

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    March 18, 2013

    10 Best Country Bars in Metro Phoenix

    Practically every Western film one can think of has at least one saloon scene, a place where the sound of honky tonk piano creates the mood, where the town folk mix with the cowboys and ranchers, the gamblers and outlaws rub shoulders with the Marshall and his deputies, and the mustachioed bartende ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Hello to Jackalope Ranch, Farewell to Arty Girl

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/3255292803/​Don't panic. Take a deep breath, count to ten, and relax.Yes, it's true. Arty Girl will be no longer.At least, not in this format on this blog. She will live on in spirit, however, at our new blog, Jackalope Ranch. It's a blog completely devo ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: Rites of Spring Ball, Tim Barry, Miss Derringer, and More

    Deja Dance will participate in the Rites of Spring Ball on Friday at the Alwun House.According to the calendar on our wall, more than a week remains until spring has officially arrived. But for all intents and purposes, it feels like it's already sprung. The last gasp of winter has come and gone, te ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    People's Biennial Slated for SMoCA Raises Hackles of Local Artists and Curators

    Kathleen VanesianCould this be a contender for SMoCA's upcoming "People's Biennial"?​ The art community grapevine in this Valley is about three inches long, so it didn't take much time for me to get calls concerning a recent, very heated panel discussion at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary A ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    What's on Tap for Tonight's First Friday

    Lost Leaf will host the paintings of Jules Demetrius.​Jeezum crow, its gonna be cold this weekend. Really cold. Like in the 30s. So unless hypothermia is your bag baby, better throw on an extra sweater or down plenty of spirits when venturing out to tonight's freezing First Friday at the various ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    The Swell Season Now Has A Mural (Controvery to Follow?)

    The Swell Season memorialized in a mural in downtown Phoenix.​Uh oh: Arty Girl is not gonna like this.At first Friday I noticed that the good folks at Stateside Presents have not heeded the words of advice Lilia Menconi dispensed in her blog criticizing the Monsters of Folk mural that appeared on ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: Frat Games, Free Shows, and Freaky Movies

    Kyle Cesmat Safe Haven is scheduled to perform tonight at Club Mardi Gras.Dear College Students of the Valley, Welcome back from your summertime hiatus. Your absence was particularly missed by local bar and club owners, as was your supply of disposable income. A few things are different sinc ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: Lingerie Shows, Big Pimpin, Punk Karaoke, and More

    The Crush is scheduled to perform tonight at MADCAP Theatres in Tempe. Dreamy Lingerie and Swimwear Launch Party at the Mondrian (Friday) There are a few good reasons why you might consider attending this sexy soiree: The Mondrian's Midnight Room provides quite a swanky background in which to w ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    What's On Tap For Tonight's First Friday

    "Arms Wide" by Lindsey Nochta. We're changing things up for this month's edition of our First Friday preview post. In addition to providing you with a rundown of musicians performing at the monthly event, from here on out we'll also be giving you the scoop on much of the artwork being shown at t ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    Arty Girl: Elihu Vedder Drawings at Phoenix Art Museum

    So I'm a writer, right? At least, that's what I've been telling everyone at these Holiday parties I've been frequenting. It's only natural that I wouldn't be able to keep myself away from this blog on Christmas Eve. And while I don't expect any of you to take in an art show tomorrow (you can't any ... More >>

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    December 14, 2008

    "Fill in the Groove" Update

    Last Thursday, Lilia Menconi brought you the first word on Saturday's "Fill in the Groove: Vinyl Art Show" at Hoodlums in Mesa in both blog and article form. Frankly, we have a great interest in crazy art, so we couldn't help but get a few shots direct from the show this weekend.  Check out an upd ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Arty Girl: "Fill in the Groove" at Hoodlums slideshow

    Puzzled by Tim HamIf you've know me for any amount of time, you know I'm an incessant story re-teller. It's an unforgivable offense and I apologize to my friends and family for having to put up with me. There's nothing more embarrassing than starting off with a great build-up only to be shot down wi ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    Club Candids: Treasure Mammal at The Trunk Space

    To renew your soul, check the slideshow.It's pretty obvious that New Times was super excited about the five year anniversary of Treasure Mammal. Truly, there are no amount of blogs or Night & Day pieces that can properly explain the experience that is this one man band. So, naturally, Club Candi ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Arty Girl: Shopping at the Heard Museum

    By Lilia MenconiSee more ornaments like this at Heard Museum North Scottsdale.It's black Friday. How could I blog about anything else but shopping? Now, I'm not the type to hit a mall on a day like today. Or most days, for that matter.But I do love to shop. And I have to say that there's nothing lik ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Club Candids: Shady's

    By Lilia MenconiDefinitely Shady. Click the slideshow.Sometimes a night just doesn't go your way. On Saturday, November 22nd, we really wanted to check out Harvey Wineburger because we hear they have some old-timey bowling game that is really really fun. When you're drunk. But, as we flew into the p ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Arty Girl: Friday Night Art Lounge with yoga at SMoCA

    By Lilia MenconiThis:Plus this: "Casablanca" by Yoshiki Hishinuma, wool seamless knitwearEquals an excellent way to decompress after clogging your bowels with Thanksgiving dinner.Okay, so maybe you don't need that kind of decompression, but it's a great way to take in some art and a little exer ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Arty Girl: Dale Chihuly at Desert Botanical Garden

    By Lilia Menconi With slideshow by Kathleen VanesianYes, you must see this and more in the slideshow.If you haven't heard of Dale Chihuly, put a rubber band on your wrist, pull it back and snap that baby as punishment. This is an artist you should know. He's one of the most highly esteemed contempor ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Club Candids: SMoCA Nights: Stitched

    By Lilia Menconi You should know the drill by now. Click this link to the slideshow. We've gone to a number of these lovely parties and this time, we were particularly impressed with the way it all came together. The theme, inspired by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's current exhibition, ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    Arty Girl: Trip to Seattle with ASU Art Museum

    By Lilia Menconi Friday I told you about a good way to spend 100 bucks. Today I'll tell you how to spend 1200. And, for future reference, any time you need advice on how to spend money, you can count on me. I will be there for you...I really will. The ASU Art Museum and the ASU Ceramics Research C ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    Arty Girl: Artpick 2008 at Phoenix Art Museum

    By Lilia Menconi Well? Have you? Answer me!!!! So I throw around the words "juried exhibition" a lot. And, every time I use it, my silly imagination runs with the term. I can't help it. I picture a big scary panel of judges sitting in a dim room. A bright spotlight blasts down on an innocent litt ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008

    Club Candids: Rula Bula

    By Lilia Menconi These ladies REALLY want you to check the slideshow. Some weekends, we just want a little comfort. There's been a lot of special event-oriented club candids that are always a good time, sure. But between the opening of the W Scottsdale Hotel and Halloween at Last Exit, we got ... More >>

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    November 3, 2008

    Arty Girl: Chinese Contemporary Art at Lisa Sette Gallery

    By Lilia Menconi Hiding in the City #46: Whole Happy Family 2 by Liu Bolin, color photograph So it's the beginning of the month and I'm drowning in press releases. But this time is always fun for me. When planning for the upcoming weekend, I feel like I have my pick of the litter in terms of whi ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008

    Arty Girl: Paper at Tempe Center for the Arts

    By Lilia Menconi By Goran Konjevod. With marriage, the one year anniversary may mark the time when things have slowed down a bit. Life has hit its routine, you don't really go out that much anymore and maybe you just don't crumple the sheets like you used to. It could be time for a little inspir ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    Club Candids: Hellen at Joes Grotto

    By Lilia Menconi Get something a little more metal in the slideshow. So, after reading the New Times Best of Phoenix Award for the death metal band, Hellen, we thought one of their live shows would drudge up a club candids-worthy crowd for sure. And, just as we suspected, Joe's Grotto on Saturda ... More >>

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    October 18, 2008

    Arty Girl: Frida Kahlo talk

    By Lilia Menconi I'm not going to bore you with the ga-jillionth summary of Frida Kahlo's life. But, just in case you missed the movie with Selma Hayek, the autobiography, the children's book, the plush toy, the poster and the endless websites made by teenage girls dedicated to this artist, here' ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008

    Club Candids: Soul Social at Portlands

    By Lilia Menconi It's a very classy slideshow (for once). It’s no secret that we are all about hitting some of the scummier places in town for our partying desires but, every once in a while, we crave a nice place that actually has toilet seat covers and more than one stall. So on Friday, Oc ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008

    Arty Girl: Eve Plumb at Bonner David Galleries

    By Lilia Menconi Eve Plumb as we remember her. Celebrity and art - yum! - one of my very favorite topics. I'm endlessly fascinated with the way celebrities are able to assign instant value to an artist simply by purchasing a piece. Or, better yet, when a celebrity decides to be an artist and achi ... More >>

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    October 13, 2008

    Arty Girl: Artlink Accepting Submissions for Fall 2008 Juried Exhibition

    By Lilia Menconi If you’re a local artist, I know you have a pile of pieces leaning against one of your apartment walls collecting dust, hairspray spritzes and probably the occasional splash of beer. Well, it’s time to bust those babies out of forced retirement, take some slides and submit th ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    Arty Girl: Colin Chillag at Pravus and Chaos Theory at Legend City Studios

    By Lilia Menconi A sample of recent works by Colin Chillag as seen on the show's flier. First Fridays can set my brain on fire. I always show up in a rush because my third coat of mascara took too long or I got stuck in game traffic or I couldn't find parking. And then there's the inevitable meet ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008
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    September 26, 2008

    Arty Girl: "The Other Mainstream II" at ASU Art Museum

    By Lilia Menconi Some of the goodies for sale by Roy Wasson Valle. If I don't see something art related at least once a week I just kinda feel yucky all over. First off, it's my job to check out local museums and galleries on a regular basis and I try to avoid the shame of being a big, fat failu ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    Podcast: Love Phoenix or Leave Phoenix Continued

    By Jonathan McNamara Robert Pela revealed on Thursday that the freedom to pass gas without alerting his neighborhood's gossip hounds makes living in Phoenix a worthwhile venture even if the symphony sucks. Today, two other New Times employees have stepped up to the plate to espouse their love for t ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    This Weekend: Sangria Luxe Lounge, Edgefest, Mini Luchadores

    By Jonathan McNamara Friday, September 26: Sangria Luxe Lounge Ah! Wine mixed with the fruity goodness of well, fruit. It's a classic drink, but will this new Phoenix hot spot live it to the legacy of its namesake. Find out for yourself tonight. For more information, read "Wild, Wild West Side" ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Club Candids: The Dubliner

    By Lilia Menconi The Dubliner on Saturday, September 20th. It gets even better if you check the slideshow We had some pretty good luck when we hit up the North Valley a few weeks ago at Joe’s Grotto, so we thought we’d check out another neighborhood fave, The Dubliner, on Saturday, Septemb ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    Arty Girl: Autumnal Equinox Viewing at James Turrell Skyspace at SMoCA

    By Lilia Menconi For legal purposes, the longest caption ever: James Turrell"Knight Rise," 2001Venetian plaster, stainless steel, concrete, neonA "skyspace" commissioned by the Scottsdale Public Art Program for the Nancy and Art Schwalm Sculpture Garden, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary ArtPhoto: ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008

    Arty Girl: Bill Berry aka BopBagBill at Night Gallery

    By Lilia Menconi A Katrina pool photo. People person or not, interaction with undesirable personalities is inevitable during the course of a life. Thankfully, we get to pick our friends. And now that I'm pushing 30, I've finally perfected my craft of surrounding myself with truly phenomenal folks ... More >>

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    September 5, 2008
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    August 29, 2008

    Arty Girl: Kathryn Pinto at 2 Doors Down

    By Lilia Menconi Bats II If you’re at all a part of the downtown art scene, you’ve surely found yourself sharing a Bikini Lounge booth with strangers. That’s how I met Kathryn Pinto. She graciously let my best friend and I join her highly coveted booth on the evening of a First Friday and i ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    Club Candids: Fibber Magee's

    Fibber Magee's on Friday, August 22nd By Lilia Menconi These ladies are wild. Just like our slideshow. It’s not often we haul our cookies out to the East Valley for some cocktails. But being that Fibber Magee’s has established itself as a staple of the area’s nightlife, we just had to hi ... More >>

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    August 20, 2008

    Club Candids: Bikini Lounge

    By Lilia Menconi Check our slideshow for more of this nonsense. We’re not going to make any tired observations about how Mondays suck big-time. Okay, maybe we’ll point out just one: It’s the toughest day of the week but, somehow, it’s the least socially acceptable evening to go out and ... More >>

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    August 15, 2008

    Arty Girl: The Abraham Lincoln Portrait Show at The Trunk Space

    By Lilia Menconi By The Mighty Human Race Lincoln’s face – which I personally can’t decide is attractive or not – is one we’ve seen a million times over. In fact, I don’t think the image even registers for me anymore. At most, if I see the guy on a billboard or walking across the top ... More >>

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    August 8, 2008

    Arty Girl: Edward Weston at Phoenix Art Museum

    By Lilia Menconi Three Fish - Gourds by Edward Weston, 1925. (c)1981Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents I majored in art history for three reasons: a. I love art b. I love history c. I love gossip I thought I was alone on that last one until, one day, my classmates and ... More >>

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    July 25, 2008

    This Weekend: Bobby Fresh and Hal Sparks

    Friday July 25: Bobby Fresh Fashion Show at Cherry Lounge and Pit "Fresh Kicks Fresh Tits." That's what it says on the back of this Bobby Fresh T. You've got to give it to the man; he's got no problem shoving his urban-inspired designs all up in your face. Looking for some funky fresh fasion? Ch ... More >>

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    July 23, 2008

    Club Candids:D'Arcy McGee's at Tempe Market Place on Thursday, July 17

    By Lilia Menconi The power of their attractiveness makes you want to check the slideshow. Tempe just got a lot bigger . . . if you happen to be in the bar scene, that is. Since we can remember, a night out in Tempe meant Mill Avenue or Casey Moore’s or — well, Casey Moore’s. But with Tempe ... More >>

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    July 16, 2008

    Club Candids: Party Foul at Homme Lounge on Friday, July 11

    By Lilia Menconi For more sweaty goodness, check the

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    July 9, 2008

    Club Candids: Housed

    Perfect Timing Entertainment's Grid City on Thursday, July 3rd. By Lilia Menconi It gets weirder. Check the slideshow for more. It's really not that unusual for us to end up in some strange house downtown. Typically, we're one of the stragglers at the alluring yet oft-disappointing after-party - ... More >>

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    June 11, 2008

    Club Candids: Red Hot Robot on Saturday, June 7

    By Lilia Menconi It’s so nice when this job allows us to take a break from booze every once in a while — which is exactly what we did when we stopped by Red Hot Robot’s One Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, June 7. For more of this, check the slideshow. The place is located in what is pr ... More >>

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