It seems everyone is all about the bundle package: your cable company, your insurance company, and of course, indie folk artist, Hieronymus Bogs. The experimental performer has made a name for himself on stage for combining poetry, music, and art as well as his own sense of fashion. The Brooklyn-born frontman of Bogs Visionary Orchestra, is a creator at heart, bringing his own style of "outsider art" to venues across the country with banjo, sleigh bells, and his signature dangling bells in hand.
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The Hieronymus Bogs One-Man Performance Art Show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 22, at The Trunk Space, 1506 Grand Avenue. Ticket prices have yet to be announced. For details, visit www.thetrunkspace.com or call 602-256-6006. Katie Johnson
There are people who put themselves into their work. Then there are people who actually put themselves into their work. Claire A. Warden is a member of the latter camp after using her own saliva during the processing of her photographs in "Mimesis: A Presentation of the Self." Unsure of how the saliva would affect the negatives, Warden says she wanted to illustrate both the controllable and uncontrollable aspects in life and art. About 10 to 12 of these constructed photographs will be on view at Art Intersection, 207 North Gilbert Road, Suite 201, in Gilbert, through Saturday, January 10, 2015. Hours on Tuesday, December 23, are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the free show, call 480-361-1118 or visit artintersection.com. Evie Carpenter
Whether you're not married but want to be, married but would rather not be, or content with life as it is (hey, it happens), there should be something to amuse you in the charmingly titled You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! The anecdotal play by Emmy-winner Jeff Kahn and NPR commentator Annabelle Gurwitch, who are also married to each other, follows the Tomato book, which was inspired by the authors' relationship. The show's Phoenix run continues through Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. At the 7 p.m. performance Wednesday, December 24, you might even meet someone else who's also single and also hates their family. Tickets are $39.50 to $49.50 at www.herbergertheater.org or 602-252-8497. Julie Peterson
Think your front yard light display is something to talk about? Think again. The West Valley has taken the idea of tinsel town to whole new heights with its annual all-ages event, Glendale Glitters. The seasonal community to-do invites visitors to walk through the city's elaborate display of 1.5 million lights while enjoying food, shopping, and plenty of activities for the kids. Glendale Glitters is spread across 16 blocks in Historic Downtown Glendale, at 59th and Glendale avenues. The lights go on from 5 to 11 p.m. each night through Saturday, January 10. Admission is free. Carriage rides will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. at 58th and Glendale avenues for $25 and up to six people. For details, visit www.glendaleaz.com/glitters. Katie Johnson
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Scottsdale's award-winning story sharing slam Lit Lounge rounds out a year of high-energy true tale telling with a post-holiday performance. The monthly series gathers writers and artists -- both local and national talent -- to open up about life, love, and everything in between. Featured performers include Ali Liebegott, a writer for the Amazon-distributed comedy series Transparent, Joy Young, a Phoenix-based poet who can often be caught onstage at Lawn Gnome, and Jimmy Doyle, who has cracked up audiences from Chicago's Second City to cable's Comedy Central.
Showtime starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 26, at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's SMoCA Lounge, 7374 East Second Street. Tickets are $10 ($8 for museum members) and tend to sell out fast. Get yours at www.smoca.org or call 480-874-4666. Janessa Hilliard