Don't let low numbers in your bank account inhibit your fun. There's a little something for everyone this week — whether you want to discuss The Handmaid's Tale, sing your heart out at karaoke, or scope out an art show. Choose wisely. For more things to do, see our curated calendar of events.
Phoenix artist Patricia Sannit says her most important tools are her hands. It makes sense, because that’s what she uses to shape and mark ceramic forms, before layering them into sculptures that channel the intersection of cultures throughout human history.
She’ll talk about her work at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7. It’s part of a free evening with a museum support organization called Contemporary Forum, which recognizes mid-career artists in Arizona who exhibit sustained excellence in their work. Sannit received the top honor, the Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award, in 2016.
Stick around after Sannit’s talk to learn who the organization is honoring this year. Then check out an exhibition of works by Sannit — as well as 2016 grant winners David Emitt Adams, Christine Cassano, Bryan David Griffith, Constance McBride, and Mary Meyer. Space is limited, so visit the Phoenix Art Museum website for reservations. Lynn Trimble
The Handmaid's Tale Discussion
Lots of literary fiction mirrors real life. Sometimes a novel is so relevant, it warrants a pop-up discussion.
Host of Changing Hands’ First Draft book club and reporter for the Arizona Republic, Barbara VanDenburgh leads a discussion of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The dystopian novel was published in 1985 and finds the former United States overrun by a theocracy that destroys human rights, particularly women’s. In that society, women couldn’t read this book or any others. And recent political events have Atwood’s book seeming less like fiction and more like a frightening possibility. Chat about it with members of the community at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 West Camelback Road. Admission is free, and the book is available for $21.99. Call 602-274-0067 or visit the Changing Hands website. Amy Young
Happy Hour Karaoke
Here's something to sing about. Self proclaimed "The Place for Karaoke," Kobalt Bar is hosting two great things all in one night: Happy Hour Karaoke.
This is an early edition of karaoke kicking off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 followed by late-night show tunes. So grab a mic and a few beers, and head down to 3110 North Central Avenuw, #125, for a night full of amateur Whitney Houston covers. Admission for this 21-and-over event is free. Visit the Kolbalt Bar website for more details. Lindsay Roberts
Phoenix artist Ann Morton has created some powerful works in recent years, including a post-presidential election piece. It’s a dainty white hankie with red and blue embroidery that basically says the county is fucked. But now she’s turned her eye to textile arts by other artists, serving as juror for an exhibition of textile arts titled “Exposures.”
It’s happening at two Chandler locations: Vision Gallery, 10 East Chicago Street, and Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. You can see the free exhibitions, featuring works by dozens of Arizona fiber artists, on Friday, June 9, when both gallery locations are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit Vision Gallery website. Lynn Trimble
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“All Art Arizona”
Ever wonder about the state of the arts in Arizona? See for yourself, when Gilbert gallery Art Intersection, 207 North Gilbert Road, #201, presents works by 100 or so Arizona artists. You can see the free “All Art Arizona” exhibition through Saturday, July 15. It includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, ceramics, and works in several additional media created by emerging and established artists.
Participating artists include Brian Boner, Daniel Friedman, Rembrandt Quiballo, Ann Tracy, and Brianna Voron, to name a few. Gallerygoers can cast their vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award, then stay tuned for news of the winning artist once the show ends its run. Visit the Art Intersection website. Lynn Trimble
Crescent Ballroom’s Trivia Night
Do your friends call you a know-it-all? Are you often frustrated with being the smartest person in the room? Get a reality check during Crescent Ballroom’s Trivia Night at 308 North Second Avenue.
From 5 to 8 p.m. every Sunday, test your knowledge of random facts for a chance to win free concert tickets, bacon, and gift cards to Crescent and Stinkweeds. Even if you don’t win, you’ll get discounts on food and booze. There’s no cover. For more information, visit the Crescent Ballroom website. Lindsay Roberts