If you still haven't had a chance to see Phoenix Art Museum's exhibition "Sculpture in Silk: Costumes From Japan's Noh Theater," Thursday, September 4, is the perfect time. That's when Janet Baker, the museum's curator of Asian art, gives 30-minute ArtBreaks talks at noon and 7 p.m. on complex Japanese silk-weaving techniques and how they produce stunning traditional costumes. The discussions are free with general admission at the museum, 1625 North Central. To find out more, visit www.phxart.org or call 602-257-1222.
Friday, September 5
Lezli Goodwin's signature striped canvases in shades of blue, as well as a new series of paintings inspired by MRI scans from her recent cancer scare, make up "Status," a solo exhibition, which opens Friday, September 5, at MonOrchid Gallery. Healthy again, Goodwin says she created the works as a positive response to a frightening time in her life. "The best therapy is to own the situation," she says. An artist reception runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at 214 East Roosevelt. Visit www.lezligoodwin.com for more information.
The legions of science-fiction fans are growing, thanks in part to literary-turned-screen phenomena Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. This weekend, local devotees congregate at CopperCon 23, the Valley's 23rd annual sci-fi and fantasy convention. Hosted by the Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society, the event features screenings, games, author and artist panels, a "filk" (sci-fi folk music) concert, auctions and a costume contest. Activities run Friday, September 5, through Sunday, September 7, at the Embassy Suites Phoenix North, located at the intersection of I-17 and Greenway Road. For additional details, visit www.coppercon.org.
Saturday, September 5
Calling all kinky folks -- The Next Generation: Arizona, a local organization for fetish enthusiasts ages 18 to 36, joins up with the Paper Heart Gallery to host the first Bound Fetish Ball on Saturday, September 6. Festivities starting at 9 p.m. include dancing, raffles, a fetish wear contest, and demonstrations on fire, knife play, suspensions and more. Attendees are required to wear fetish or formal wear, and admission is limited to 100 people. For advance tickets, $10, call the gallery at 602-262-2020. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, visit www.tng-arizona.org. The Paper Heart is located at 222 North Fifth Avenue.
Sunday, September 7
More than 7,000 motorcycle riders take to the streets wearing name bracelets to memorialize the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including fallen police officers and firefighters, as well as military personnel killed in action in Afghanistan and Iraq, for the second annual W. Steven Martin Patriot Parade on Sunday, September 7. The 14-mile-long parade starts with a short ceremony at noon at the Gila River Casino in Chandler (I-10 at Maricopa Road, exit 162-A) and heads up I-10 to downtown, arriving at Bank One Ballpark, 401 East Jefferson, where a closing ceremony takes place. For more information, including details about participating in the event, visitwww.policetoydrive.com.
After a brief summer hiatus, No Festival Required, downtown's ongoing independent film showcase, is back in action for its 10th installment on Sunday, September 7. Short film and video work by eight featured directors covers a range of subject matter, from robots to sock puppets. Adult content means that this is for mature audiences only. Screenings are at 6 and 8 p.m. at Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt. Admission is $5, and doors open 15 minutes before each showing. Visit www.modified.org or call 602-462-5516 for details.
Monday, September 8
School's back in session, and that means that the Herberger College School of Art's galleries at Arizona State University are open, too, with a full season of weekly exhibitions. Opening Monday, September 8, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" is a group exhibition of diverse fiber works from undergraduate and graduate students. The show continues through September 12 at the Step Gallery, located in the Tempe Center on the ASU campus at 10th Street and Mill in Tempe. Admission is free, and the gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 3 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call 480-965-3468.
Tuesday, September 9
Every Tuesday night, join a crowd of local cool cats for cocktails and groovy sounds at Soul Trax, a night of improvisational jazz and spoken word at the Emerald Lounge. Things start swinging around 9 p.m. Admission is free at 1514 North Seventh Avenue (at McDowell). Call 602-256-9705 for further information.
Wednesday, September 10
Take time to relax, stretch, and breathe in the fragrance of desert flora when Yoga Pura at the Garden offers an Intro to Yoga class from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 10. A tranquil walk through the garden follows the workshop. Yoga mats are provided, and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, layered clothing. The fee is $12 for garden members and $15 for nonmembers. For details visit www.dbg.org, or call 480-941-1225 to register. The Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 North Galvin Parkway, inside Papago Park.
The Poisoned Pen hosts a literary double feature on Wednesday, September 10, when Gregg Hurwitz, author of thriller The Kill Clause, signs and discusses his just-released book along with Laura Lippman, whose latest novel Every Secret Thing focuses on juvenile killers. Join Hurwitz and Lippman at 7 p.m. at the Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. To find out more, visit www.poisonedpen.com or call 480-947-2974.