• First Look Inside the New Palabras Bilingual Bookstore Location
    May 22 at 7:52 a.m. by Lynn Trimble

    Palabras Bilingual Bookstore has a new home. Rosaura "Rosie" Magaña launched Palabras back in November 2015 inside the La Melgosa building in the Grand Avenue arts district. But she left that space earlier this year, after deciding the books would…

  • People and Art of the Last Third Friday of Spring
    May 20 at 11:54 a.m. by Michelle Sasonov

    The last third Friday of spring did not disappoint with its abundance of eye-catching colors and objects. Artists Kazuma Sambe and Chris Raypole even went so far to use real plants in their pieces. The weirdest show goes to Anthony Garcia Banayat…

  • Update: A Look at Why Hiking Camelback Mountain's Cholla Trail Is So Popular
    May 19 at 10:21 a.m.

    The Cholla Trail at Camelback Mountain was in the news again this week as people who live on Cholla Lane in Phoenix are annoyed at the number of hikers who pass through their neighborhood and want the city to move the trailhead and part of the…


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  • The Fashion of FORM Arcosanti 2017
    May 17 at 10:18 a.m. by Michelle Sasonov

    Concert goers at FORM Arcosanti 2017 are true fashion experts. Not only must they dress to impress but to protect themselves from the elements like dirt and heat. This year's fashion trends was a mix of desert nomad, world traveler, and the…

  • The Art and Architecture of FORM Arcosanti 2017
    May 13 at 11:30 a.m. by Michelle Sasonov

    The fourth year of FORM Arcosanti brings not only music but art installations and the experience of enjoying Paolo Soleri's architecture up close. Participants were not disappointed with the light structure installations, tours of the grounds, and…

  • 3 New Exhibits Draw Art Lovers to Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
    May 12 at 11:25 p.m. by Lynn Trimble

    Art lovers descended on Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum on Friday, May 12. They'd come to see a trio of new exhibitions, and meet several of the artists with work in the shows. New Times got a sneak peek earlier that week, watching artists paint…

  • Celeb Drag Star Eureka O'Hara Performs for Packed House at Charlie's Phoenix
    May 12 at 4:22 p.m. by Melissa Fossum

    Eureka O'Hara was one of the most beloved contestants on season nine of RuPaul's Drag Race, and fans were bummed to see the plus-size Southern queen get sent home due to a knee injury. Eureka's knees now seem to be working just fine, as the queen…

  • SMoCA Mix 2017 Brings Drone Performance, Cyber-Chic Fashion, and Squidsoup Art to Scottsdale
    May 7 at 10:41 p.m. by Lynn Trimble

    A lone drone flew over guests gazing upward on Saturday night, May 6, at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. They'd gathered for the latest iteration of the museum's annual SMoCA Mix fundraiser. This year's theme was tech sublime, so gallery…

  • Phoenicians Dress Up (and Down) for Kentucky Derby Parties
    May 7 at 2 p.m. by Melissa Fossum

    Phoenicians braved high winds to celebrate the 143rd Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Swimmers soaked up the sun at Hotel Palomar's Lustre Bar while gamblers bet on their favorite jockeys at Turf Paradise. We also enjoyed mint juleps and…

  • What Was Your Favorite Work of Art at May's First Friday?
    May 6 at 11:18 a.m. by Michelle Sasonov

    First Friday brought crowds of Phoenicians out and about on Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue. Highlights included "Truth or Fiction" by Arizona State University students at Grand Art Haus and "Leia," a Star Wars-themed show at Warehouse 1005. Photos…

  • <i>Star Wars</i> Geeks Celebrate with a "May the 4th be With You" Party Downtown
    May 5 at 11:09 a.m. by Michelle Sasonov

    As if we needed more reasons to celebrate Star Wars, Cobra Arcade Bar gave us one with their May 4 celebration. Attendees eagerly waited the arrival of the evening's special guest — Darth Vader + Hartbreaks. And drink specials were poured all…

  • The Classic Arcade and Pinball Fun of ZapCon 2017
    May 2 at 1:22 p.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    It was game on inside the Mesa Convention Center on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, during ZapCon, the annual retro arcade game and pinball convention. More than 330 joystick and silver ball classics were available for play during the…

  • People and Cars of the 2017 Phoenix Grand Prix
    May 1 at 10:25 a.m. by Jim Louvau

    Indy car racing made its return to the Valley on Saturday, April 29, when the Phoenix Grand Prix was held at Phoenix International Raceway. Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud won the race. Photos by Jim Louvau.

  • Arizona's Greatest Treasure Hunt Returns With Junk in the Trunk
    April 30 at 11:23 p.m. by Michelle Sasonov

    Spring's Junk in the Trunk Market at WestWorld of Scottsdale brought thousands ready to find vintage and refurnished treasures for the home. Around 170 of Arizona's favorite vendors made the three-day event something to remember. Shoppers saw…

  • Best April Art Exhibits — From Trump Tweets to LGBTQ and Immigrant Rights
    April 27 at 3:52 p.m. by Lynn Trimble

    Locals and tourists who made the metro Phoenix art rounds in April got to see works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the Heard Museum, and samurai warrior regalia at Phoenix Art Museum. Some headed to Step Gallery, where April offerings included…

  • The Pinewood Classic 2017 Rolls Into Downtown Phoenix
    April 25 at 1:49 p.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    Creative-minded folks from around the Valley got a chance to relive their childhoods during the annual Pinewood Classic on Saturday, April 22, at Short Leash Hot Dogs. The artsy event, which is, in essence, an off-kilter version of the…

  • Celebrating Pride Month with Queerlesque! at Crescent Ballroom (Mildly NSFW)
    April 24 at 10:11 a.m. by Michelle Sasonov

    It's been two years since the last Queerlesque!, so what better time to see it return than Phoenix Pride month? Hosted by Sophia St. James, Queerlesque! featured an all-female cast of queer burlesque dancers — Taryn Garters, Delphine Del Mar, Irma…

  • Larry Fitzgerald Hosts a Charity Celebrity Softball Game in Scottsdale
    April 23 at 10:31 p.m. by Jim Louvau

    For the seventh straight year, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, along with a cast of teammates and celebrity friends, held a softball match at Salt River Fields, and all for a good cause. Fans know that there's a good chance the upcoming…

  • We Found the Cutest Couples at Coachella
    April 23 at 8:52 p.m. by Hannah Verbeuren

    Love was in the air (the hot, hot air) during the second weekend of Coachella 2017. Here are some of the cutest couples we found wandering the festival grounds hand-in-hand. All photographs by Hannah Verbeuren. Instagram: @hannahvphotography

  • Paintings, Sculptures, and Crystals Shine at April's Third Friday
    April 22 at 10:11 a.m. by Michelle Sasonov

    Third Friday is truly about the art — no hordes of people, no loud performances on every corner. These more intimate openings are great for meeting the artists and discussing their works over hors d'oeuvres and wine. Lighting was a recurring theme,…



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