On the Move

We are supposedly the sum of our experiences. If we all had the experiences of Michel Sarda, we'd be pretty damn interesting. Equal parts architect, artist, photographer and designer, Sarda hails from France originally but holds Arizona close to his heart. "Dance in Motion," Sarda's collection of photographs of dancers, is on display through July 20 at the West Valley Art Museum (WVAM), 17420 North Avenue of the Arts in Surprise. Sarda happens to be married to a dancer, so his relationships with various dance companies in town lent him unusual access to subject matter. The photos often feel a bit voyeuristic, but that's not a bad thing -- Sarda has captured the intimacy of the dancer and the truly solitary art that dance can be. WVAM is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Call 623-972-0635 for details. - Maidi Terry

Electro Slide

A night of dancing nostalgia

Glitz, one of Scottsdale's newest club nights, is attracting a diverse crowd with its mix of electroclash and early New Wave: Mods in skinny ties and young gals in leg warmers, too young to remember much of the '80s, join Gen Xers nostalgic for the good old days at this weekly Sunday night party at Next, 7111 East Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale. DJ Inertia, known around the Valley for his progressive house sets, branches out into an eclectic mix of new electroclash standards (Fischerspooner, W.I.T.) with bursts of synth-pop, acid house and even industrial. Rest assured, says Inertia, "You're not gonna hear Men at Work followed by Modern English." Call Next, 480-970-6398, for details, or e-mail [email protected] for Glitz updates. - Michele Laudig

Weird and Wonderful

An exhibit like no other

Fri 6/6
The first time we saw artist Beatrice Moore's "Hyper-Normal Roto-Cakes," they were on display in her Stop n' Look storefront gallery on Grand Avenue. Enormous tiered confections decorated with psychedelic icing and tiny toys, the creations look like something Timothy Leary and Dr. Seuss might whip up for dessert. Alas, we were disappointed to discover that they're not edible. But that doesn't mean we can't drool over them. If you still haven't seen these wild cakes, you'll get one last opportunity on Friday, June 6, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Weird Garden, Moore's studio at 1008 North 15th Avenue. Moore usually only opens her space to the public during Art Detour, but over the past few months, she's graciously welcomed visitors during First Friday festivities. Along with the cakes on exhibit in the courtyard, Moore's oil paintings of brilliantly colored whimsical creatures adorn the brick walls inside the studio. And "Weird Porch," a remarkable installation out back, is a surreal fantasyland that Moore likens to "Martha Stewart on acid." - Michele Laudig

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Michele Laudig
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Maidi Terry