Live Art Platform
The toughest thing about being a performing artist has to be exploring new works and ideas. Sure, one can perform for friends, but are they really going to provide that constructive criticism that can turn the so-so into fabulous? That's where [nueBOX]'s Live Platform comes in. The idea behind this "experimental laboratory" is to create a comfortable, inviting space where artists can try out their works in progress, experimental performance pieces and even finished works. The setting is informal, relaxed, and a great place to mingle while witnessing cutting edge performance art before it hits the big stage.
The History of the Devil
If you know that Clive Barker's written a play, you suspect it's the kind of play that would be produced by Phoenix's Nearly Naked Theatre. The author/director/visual artist has written a truckload of distinctive short stories, but you have to admit his visions have really spread through popular culture via the Hellraiser and Candyman films, not to mention comic books of the horror genre. Barker created The History of the Devil for the stage to depict Lucifer's striving to return to Heaven after multiple millennia among us. You've been among us; can you really blame him?
Enjoy N2T's trademark striking visuals and non-gratuitous eroticism at 8 p.m. Friday, April 10. That's the traditional Wonderful 100 opening preview, so get tickets while/if you can. The run continues through Saturday, April 25. Call 602-254-2151 or visit www.nearlynakedtheatre.org for tickets, which start at $19 to $24. Prices will rise as demand does. Julie Peterson
"Collecting Midcentury Modern Textiles"
Chances are you've never heard of Jacqueline Groag. That is, unless you're super into textiles and design. Groag was a Czech-born fabric designer who moved to England with her architect husband in 1939. After World War II ended, Groag's designs and textiles acted as an uplifting light in the British fashion scene. The bright colors and playful patterns make it easy to see why and to see elements within her pieces are still used today.
Join Kirk Brown, fashion collector and biographer, on Saturday, April 11, at 3 p.m. at at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, as he discusses Groag and her unique work in "Collecting Midcentury Modern Textiles." Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at tickets.phxart.org. Visit phxart.org for more information. Evie Carpenter
Diane Keaton Book-Signing
In her latest book, 2014's Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty, quite a few things are clear about actress Diane Keaton. She's passionate about beauty, has a bit of a home restoration addiction, recommends a thermos of red wine for jogging, and appreciates a fabulous head of hair. In short: In case you weren't already aware, she's a gem.
Changing Hands presents a book-signing with Keaton at Mesa's Dobson High School, 1501 West Guadalupe Road, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. A ticket admits two and is free with purchase of Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty, now available in paperback for $16. Purchase a copy via www.changinghands.com, or call 602-274-0067 for more info. Becky Bartkowski
Sometimes you just have to let loose. Sometimes that means stretching in a downward dog or balancing in warrior pose. And sometimes that just has to be done in the middle of a renovated warehouse in downtown Phoenix surrounded by army surplus fashion, a '50s soda fountain, and a boxing ring.
If you can relate, then head down to The Duce, 525 South Central Avenue, for Fun Flow with Angela Doe Hofrichter on Sunday, April 12, at 9 a.m. This donations-only class is open to all skill levels. The idea of the group grabbing brunch somewhere downtown after the class has been mentioned, so fingers crossed, but we can't make any promises. Check out the Fun Flow event on The Duce Facebook page for more information.