Getting Warmer

July in Phoenix creates a sort of common denominator. It's a bonding agent for those who have lived here for at least a year. It also bonds our backs to car seats, our bodies to water and air conditioning, and our underwear to its butt cracks. Even most outdoor enthusiasts find local hills dead with the sound of silence due to this unrelenting culprit: the heat.

However, there is also a sense of resilience that comes with this season. If we can face the swelter of the Valley together and get through it with varied coping mechanisms, then maybe it's not so, so bad. These interpretations are explored visually through Practical Art's exhibition "Heat II," a jury-selected show featuring 11 artists who celebrate the summertime sweats. The multimedia exhibition includes works of photography, oil on canvas, wood assemblage, and print.

Warm up to the show, on view through July 31, at 5070 North Central Avenue. Hours on Sunday, July 7, are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 602-264-1414 or visit for more info.

Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., July 5, 7-9 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: July 1. Continues through July 31, 2013
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Craig Smith