New Times is throwing a party, and you're invited.
Artopia is an evening of art, entertainment, food, and drink. The party also features the 2014 Big Brain Award finalists, a group of 15 up-and-coming creative types who are excelling in visual art, performing art, culinary art, design, and, this year's shiny new special category, urban vision.
There will be plenty of eye-catching art, chances to mingle with said finalists, and vendors hawking things like handmade buttons, skateboard decks, and letterpress cards. The bash also includes the announcement of this year's five Big Brain Award winners (one from each of the aforementioned categories), who will each go home with $500 to support their creative endeavors. Also receiving honors are the first-ever Urban Legends, five established creatives who have made a lasting impact on Phoenix.
The fun runs from 8 p.m. to midnight at Bentley Projects, 215 East Grant Street. Tickets are $25 in advance via www.ticketfly.com and $35 at the door. Admission includes access to all art and entertainment, food samples, and a wondrous thing called a drink passport that is good for a bevy of cocktail, beer, wine, and sprits samples. For complete details, visit www.phoenixnewtimes.com/artopia. And for more info on this year's Big Brains, visit www.phxculture.com.
Fri., April 25, 8 p.m., 2014