Here's Your Guide to Third Friday in Downtown Phoenix

See work with an exotic theme at Alwun House,
See work with an exotic theme at Alwun House, Alwun House
Now that you’ve showered your valentines with love, it’s time to show a little love to the Phoenix arts scene. Third Friday can help you with that.

This month’s lineup includes several intriguing exhibitions – including a reprise of Ashley Czajkowski’s pop-up video installation inspired by an unexpected urban wildlife encounter.

Bassim Al-Shaker is showing work at Babylon Gallery, which is closing after Third Friday to make way for more changes in Roosevelt Row. And Alwun House is presenting an evening of exotic performance art, including dance, fire art, and poetry.

In other words, you'd be wise to pick another night to indulge your passion for staying home with remote control in hand. Here’s a look at fresh Third Friday art offerings, starting with the exhibits on our must-see list.

click to enlarge See work by Ashley Czajkowski in a pop-up Artlink exhibition. - ASHLEY CZAJKOWSKI
See work by Ashley Czajkowski in a pop-up Artlink exhibition.
Ashley Czajkowski
Must-See Exhibitions

It’s your final opportunity to see Tempe artist Ashley Czajkowski’s video and mixed-media installation inspired by her encounter with a coyote killed on a Phoenix road. The pop-up exhibition, which includes a site-specific durational performance by the artist, happens from 6 to 10 p.m. at the 1017 North Central Avenue building, located just north of Roosevelt Street. Learn more on the Facebook event page.

“New Grounds: Temporary Tendencies”
See an installation by ASU master of fine arts student Andrew Noble, who created a fictitious, small-scale production plant as a way of “exploring themes of pluralism created within the relationships of machine and human.” Third Friday hours at Step Gallery are 6 to 9 p.m. Get details on the Facebook event page.

“Erotic Poetry & Music Festivus”
You'll find plenty of exotic art on the walls at Alwun House, where a $15 ticket ($10 in advance) will get you into a 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Third Friday mashup that includes live music, poetry, improv theater, spoken word, fire arts, and stand-up comedy. Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemary Dombrowski is hosting and curating the West Garden lineup that night. Learn more on the Facebook event page.

click to enlarge See works by Ellen Nemetz at Eye Lounge. - ELLEN NEMETZ
See works by Ellen Nemetz at Eye Lounge.
Ellen Nemetz
More art shows

“Of Bodies, Of Water”
See work by Ellen Nemetz, who created water-inspired paintings meant to enhance well-being and serenity. They’re being shown at Eye Lounge from 6 to 10 p.m. on Third Friday. Find more information on the Facebook event page.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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