"American Indian Fashion: From New to Now" Contrary to what the Victoria's Secret fashion show may have led you to believe, Native American fashion has quite little to do with four-inch heels, blinged-out bras, and garish headdresses. For an idea of what Native fashion is and means, we're happy to direct you toward Heard Museum North Scottsdale.
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Located at The Summit at Scottsdale, 32633 North Scottsdale Road, the museum's "American Indian Fashion" explores how the medium has functioned as a method of expression and a reinforcement of identity for Native people. Featured artists include Lloyd Kiva New, a Cherokee designer heralded as the father of contemporary Native American Fashion, and Virgil Ortiz, a Cochiti designer who blends art, décor, and fashion.
Make the trip before both the exhibit closes April 1. The museum close will permanently close on Saturday, May 31. Hours on Thursday, January 23, are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults is $5. Visit www.heard.org/north or call 480-488-9817. -- Becky Bartkowski
"Trazo Urbano: Contemporary Printmaking from Mexico in Arizona" When discussing Mexican travels, the first places to come to mind are usually border towns and touristy vacation beach spots. But Mexico is a large country with a rich culture rooted in Mexico City, the second most populous city in the world.
"Much like Hollywood here in the states, [Mexico City] dictates much of popular culture for Mexico and beyond," says contributing artist Rogelio Gutierrez of the metropolis that inspired "Trazo Urbano: Contemporary Printmaking from Mexico in Arizona." The art show is comprised of two parts: a permanent exhibition in Mexico City, and a traveling set of works that will reach places as distant as France and Colombia. The show's contributors were asked to make printmaking pieces using anything but paper, resulting in gorgeous mixed media pieces that include video and sculptures.
Explore Mexico City for free at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Night Gallery, 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, in Tempe. Call 480-966-9338 or visit www.tempemarketplace.com/nightgallery. -- Melissa Fossum
Coffee at Kerr Black, two sugars, cream -- there are many ways to take your coffee, but we prefer ours with a side of the arts. Coffee at Kerr is the ASU Kerr Cultural Center's informal series of musical performances where guests can enjoy coffee and refreshments from Buzzberry Bistro along with selections from shows like the Arizona Opera's Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti on Wednesday, March 12, and the SCC Jazz Faculty on Wednesday, April 16.
Coffee at Kerr goes down at 5959 North Granite Reef Road in Scottsdale. Coffee is served starting at 9:30 a.m. and concerts begin at 10:30. Admission is free, but reservations are required. In lieu of tickets, guests are encouraged to bring canned or sealed items to be donated to the Vista Del Camino Food Bank. For more information about upcoming performances or to RSVP, visit www.asukerr.com or contact the box office at 480-596-2660. -- Katie Johnson
Clock Not unlike the police, one's newborn children tend to arrive at the worst possible time -- unless you want them, and then it can be almost impossible to get them to show up.
It's even more fraught in writer/comedian/educator/activist Monica Palacios' play Clock, when you're a couple of Latina lesbians and one of you is in a hurry to use a good egg, the other is still waffling, loved ones offer every variety of advice, and Leti, the Aztec goddess of fertility, steps in.
Back when Palacios wrote the script, people said a show with seven Latina characters would be difficult to cast. In Phoenix' theater community, that sounds like a ridiculous thing to consider a problem, so Teatro Bravo! is presenting Clock at Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 East Washington Street.
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Admission to Thursday, March 13's 7 p.m. performance is pay-what-you-can, with a minimum $10 donation suggested. The production continues through Sunday, March 16, with prices from $10 to $20. Call 602-402-9954 or visit www.teatrobravo.org. -- Julie Peterson
Arizona Antique Market In case you haven't heard, antiques aren't just for grandmas anymore. Which is why we're marking our calendars for the return of the Arizona Antique Show. This weekend, yesteryear's retail will feature a wide array of antique dealers selling everything from toys, coins, and collectibles to vintage fashion, jewelry and military memorabilia. Whether you're simply window shopping or down for some intense hunting, this three-day market will showcase one of the largest assortments of early American, Western, European, and Native American antiques in the Valley.
The Arizona Antique Market will be open Friday through Sunday, March 14 through 16, inside its new home at 240 West Warner Road in Chandler. Shopping hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.azantiqueshow.com or call 602-717-7337. -- Katie Johnson