There are plenty of ways to measure an epic night out: booze, body paint, drunkenly consuming a short stack at two in the morning....
Fortunately for us, this Friday night promises to be one of them, as Los Angeles creative Tom Kirlin brings his Pancakes and Booze Art Show back to Phoenix.
Happening from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Duce, this underground art show will be a wild exhibition of 50 local and emerging artists including Dan Aponte, Jason Begay, Julie Rouse, John Yerden, Kelly Birg, Stefan Wilson, and Deidra Neitz. Expect live audio and visual performances from DJ Adidas, Pastries with Teeth, and Tonic Kemistry.
If that's not enough to see and take in, the event also will be complemented by live body painting and an all-you-can-eat pancake bar with all the fixings -- bananas, chocolate, berries, syrup, etc.
Kirlin founded the event in Los Angeles in 2009 and has since spread it across the country with roughly two shows per month in cities including Chicago, Miami, and San Francisco. He chatted with us about his plans for Pancakes and Booze in Phoenix and what newcomers can expect.
How many times has the Pancakes and Booze show come to Phoenix? This is the third show we'll be holding in Phoenix. We started doing shows in Phoenix early last year and plan on holding the event two times a year from here on out.
Was there a particular artist or scene that made you think it would be a good fit for the show? I grew up in Tucson so when the show starting becoming popular in L.A., where I started the event, Arizona one one of the first places on my list to expand the show.
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What can first-timers expect from the Pancakes and Booze show? Our show is unlike any other art show you've been to. It doesn't have the stuffy, snobby, vibe that a gallery opening has. We have live music, body painting, hundreds of pieces of art on display, and the crowd is massive. And if that's not enough you'll get all-you-can-eat pancakes too. These aren't your typical plain pancakes with syrup. We have all the toppings you'd ever want. Blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chips, bananas, etc.
Where did this idea for Pancakes and Booze spawn from? I was a filmmaker in L.A. for about 10 years before realizing it wasn't what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I opened a small photography studio in Los Angeles and was looking for other ways to utilize the space when I didn't have a film or photo [shoot] going on. One of my good friends is an artist and asked me if he could display his work in my studio. I agreed and also recruited some other local artists to join in. I wanted to make the show more of a party with food and drinks. I remembered long nights of drinking in college followed by a full stack of pancakes at IHOP to help prevent my hangover. Pancakes & Booze Art Show was born.