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Here's the Latest Metro Phoenix Arts and Culture News

The Support Your Local Artist battle event is coming to Tempe.
The Support Your Local Artist battle event is coming to Tempe. Secret Walls
Part of the reason we love living in Phoenix is the constant stream of news and announcements about fresh, exciting things happening in the city's cultural life.

Here a few new things we think you should know about.

A Live Art Battle Is Coming to Tempe

Los Angeles-based live arts entertainment brand Secret Walls will kick off its first-ever Support Your Local Artist tour in Tempe on Saturday, August 13, at Marquee Theatre.

The events are physical illustration and design battles, bringing together artists and audiences for a high-energy evening of live painting. According to a press release, the artists are divided randomly into teams and equipped with markers, paint brushes, spray paint, and paint rollers. Nothing is revealed to the artists prior to the start of the competition. The artists will have exactly 90 minutes on the clock to ideate and create their artwork. A select team of judges and a decibel meter measuring the audience’s cheers determine the winner of each battle.

Confirmed artists at the Tempe show include Ashley Macias, "Just" Giovannie, MDMN, and Nyla Lee, with special guest artist Ballooski and many more to be announced.

Cost is $25, or $99 for a VIP package that includes early entry, limited-edition merchandise, artist meet-and-greet, and more. See secretwalls.world for tickets and information.

Palabras Is Planning a Seventh-Anniversary Celebration

Palabras Bilingual Bookstore is turning lucky number seven next month, and a lot of activities are planned for the celebration. Friday, August 12, through Sunday, August 14, Palabras will host a weekend of art and literary activities including an art auction, workshops on book-binding and zine-making, an open mic for Black and Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), DJ sets, and food and drink vendors.

The event is also functioning as a fundraiser for the store; Palabras seeks to raise $22,000 to support ongoing goals such as updating indoor and outdoor spaces, hiring personnel, creating a Patreon, expanding community-focused workshops, and increasing events and activities.

Palabras is located at 906 West Roosevelt Street, #2, inside the Nurture House literary hub.

"Our new home on Roosevelt Street, with its welcoming plant-filled courtyard and garden, is a physical manifestation of our values of growth, healing, liberation, and joy,” says Chawa Magaña, founder and steward of Palabras. “From here, we have the perfect place to manifest our vision for the future.”

See palabrasbookstore.com for more info.

Here's How to Be a Volunteer During Super Bowl Weekend

The biggest event in football is returning to the Valley of the Sun in 2023, but to pull it off, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is going to need a lot of help. Last week, they launched their volunteer program, TEAM AZ, and they're looking for 5,000 people to welcome and assist residents and visitors as they take part in events around the Valley for Super Bowl LVII.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old at the time they apply and go through a formal application process, including a background check. If they're selected, they must commit to three shifts ranging from four to six hours each.

"Having hosted the Super Bowl three times previously, Arizonans are well versed in how to welcome visitors and fans and help them enjoy their time here,” said Jay Parry, president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, in a press release. “Creating a positive experience for guests is a top priority, and TEAM AZ will be at the forefront of making that happen. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for locals to be in on the action of Super Bowl festivities.”

To apply, visit azsuperbowl.com/volunteer.

Stevie Nicks Is the Star of a New Comic Book

Stevie Nicks may not call Arizona home anymore, but she was born in Phoenix and lived in Paradise Valley for decades, so she's definitely one of the Grand Canyon State's favorite daughters. The Fleetwood Mac legend has received countless accolades over the years, but until last week, she wasn't the star of her own comic book.

Nicks is getting the illustrated treatment in the latest edition of Female Force, a comics series published by Portland, Oregon-based TidalWave Productions. Female Force: Stevie Nicks is a 22-page comic written by Michael Frizell with art by Ramon Salas.

Female Force: Stevie Nicks is available both digitally and in print and can be found on multiple platforms. The book will be available in hardback with a cover by famed comic book artist Yonami as well as a paperback cover by Ramon Salas.

Go to tidalwavecomics.com for more details.
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Jennifer Goldberg is the culture editor and Best of Phoenix editor for Phoenix New Times.