Big Brains

"Urban Legend" Awards Announced in Honor of New Times' Fifth Big Brain Awards

Last week we announced the finalists for New Times' 2014 Big Brain Awards. The annual awards recognize emerging Phoenix creatives in five categories, including culinary.

Today, we're back with another announcement. In celebration of the fifth Big Brain Awards (time flies, huh?) New Times also will give awards to five community leaders who have fostered local talent, mentored young artists, and are hard at work making Phoenix a better place to live -- and eat.

Call them elder statesmen. We say Urban Legends.

See also: Announcing the 2014 Big Brain Finalists

In the Culinary Arts category, we're recognizing chef Charleen Badman of FnB Restaurant in Scottsdale. Badman, who recently was named a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Southwest award, has been a cornerstone of the Valley's local and seasonal food scenes for years, earning plenty of national love for her talent turning veggies into culinary masterpieces. She's helped improve lunches at local schools and generally made this city a better place to eat.

The other Urban Legends are:

Visual Art: Lisa Sette, Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale Performing Art: Charlie Levy, Stateside Presents and Crescent Ballroom Design: Mookesh Patel, associate professor, Department of Visual Communication Design, ASU Urban Vision: Kimber Lanning

In the coming weeks, we'll be profiling our Urban Legends as well as the finalists for 2014 Big Brain Awards, and celebrating all of them -- as well as announcing the Big Brain winners -- at Artopia, an evening of food, drink, art and performance.

Artopia will take place Friday, April 25 at Bentley Projects in downtown Phoenix. Tickets go on sale March 26: $25 in advance, $35 day of.

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