Wednesday, March 27: Retro Recreation @ The Duce While Americans' obsession with all things vintage and nostalgic can get grating, when it comes to chilling at The Duce, we are totally on board. When it opened in 2010, the warehouse district hangout instantly became a Phoenix hotspot, thanks to its retro flair. The bar/store/athletic facility feels like Cracker Barrel opened a boxing gym -- with a little less kitsch and way fewer collectible dolls. On any given Wednesday, guests can square off in the ring, engage in rousing rounds of shuffleboard and foosball, and simultaneously sip on a beautifully crafted cocktail. All of the above are encouraged during Retro Recreation, a weekly event boasting ping pong, classic movie screenings, and Duce Bag, the bar's take on cornhole. (It isn't nearly as dirty as it sounds.) -- Melissa Fossum
Thursday, March 28: "Neo Chroma" @ Bentley Gallery For Tim Bavington, Ali Smith, Daniel Brice, Oliver Arms, Jill Moser, and Feodor Voronov, it's all about color. The six artists took over the walls at Bentley Gallery with the exhibition "Neo Chroma," showing a variety of styles and approaches, but a shared focus on and homage to the cerebral Color Field painters of the 1940s and '50s.
Curator John A. Reyes notes that Arms works in layers and patterns with color, while Brice utilizes thin coats of oil paints that create gradients. Smith's paintings are almost sculptural, and Voronov's work focuses on a central two-dimensional image. Tim Bavington creates work inspired by music, and Jill Moser uses colors and complex brushstrokes.
Reyes explains, "Abstraction has been prevalent for many years, and many artists are still working in this vein to produce exciting work. I felt it was time to show the many stylistic approaches to the genre, and in 'Neo Chroma,' color is the thread that ties it together."-- Claire Lawton