Big Brain Awards

2014 Big Brain Award Winners to Be Announced at Artopia Friday, April 25 (VIDEO)

Get ready to mix and mingle with some of the Valley's most compelling up-and-coming creatives in the fields of performing art, culinary art, visual art, design, and urban vision at New Times' Artopia on Friday, April 25, at Bentley Projects.

Those creatives? They're the 2014 Big Brain Award finalists. We've been profiling them here on Jackalope Ranch and on our sister blog, Chow Bella, over the past few weeks.

At Artopia we'll announce the five winners who will go home with $500 each to support their creative endeavors. Of course, we have a few more things planned for the annual evening of art, food, cocktails, and entertainment.

See also: Meet Phoenix's 2014 Big Brain Award Finalists

Big Brain Awards 2014: Meet the Finalists from Voice Media Group on Vimeo. Video by Evie Carpenter.

Also receiving honors during the party will be the first-ever Urban Legend Award winners, five established creatives who have made a lasting impact on Phoenix.

Attendees at the 21-and-over event will each receive a drink passport, which grants them one beer, one wine sample, four spirit samples, and four sample cocktails. Cocktails will be made by mixologists from Citizen Public House, The Gladly, Barrio Queen, and The Local. Samples will be available from finalist Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. and A.T. Oasis.

The vendor village will feature finalist Scott Biersack's prints and skateboard decks, finalist Alexandra Bowers' tank tops, Hazel & Violet, Taylor Steele, Feral Empire, Sit Green, Pink Cheeky, Jar of Buttons, From the Reliquary, and information from finalists Phoenix Spokes People and Sprawlr.

Work from finalists Manny Mares, El Peezo, Ashley Weber will be on view. And finalist Becky Nahom will curate pieces for the event.

Entertainment will include DJ Sean Watson, footage of finalist Orange Theatre, a set from comedian finalist Mike Kennedy, and a music and dance performance by finalist Kristopher Pourzal.

The party will run from 8 p.m. to midnight at Bentley Projects. Tickets are $25 online in advance via and $35 the day of the event. Visit for more information. Follow and use the hashtag #artopiaphx to keep tabs on and chronicle the event via social media.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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