Ballet Arizona's Swan Lake Is a Visual Feast

Categories: Dance, Review

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Alexander Iziliaev
Brian Leonard (Prince Siegfried) and Jillian Barrell (Odette/Odile) perform in Swan Lake with Ballet Arizona.
When the curtain opens on Ballet Arizona's Swan Lake, the audience is transported to a world reminiscent of Grimm's fairy tales. Layers of elaborate trees, looking like a cross between delicate ink drawings and woodcuts used to illustrate storybooks long ago, line each side of the stage.

Scenic design by David Walker, courtesy of Texas Ballet Theater, is one of several elements making this Swan Lake a visual feast. The production features two acts, each with two scenes. For each one, the curtain rises on a new setting: garden palace, forest, ballroom and lakeside.

So too are costumes -- including the Von Rothbart costume designed by Leonor Texidor and Ballet Arizona artistic director Ib Andersen. It's all about the expansive wings -- fluid but strong and rich with deep shades of blue and green.

Von Rothbart is the bad guy in Swan Lake, a classic tale of good and evil that reminds us love can't always have a happy ending. The good guy is Prince Siegfried, who heads into the woods on his 21st birthday, eager to try the crossbow gifted by this mother.

Soon sorcery meets soap opera.


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The Table Showcases Photography and Encourages Arts Discussion in Phoenix

Categories: Visual Art

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Courtesy of The Table
The Table is a "place for photographers to break bread and share pictures."

If there's one crucial thing that's missing from the art scene in Phoenix, it's dialogue. That's precisely why Dana Buhl, photographic artist and curatorial coordinator at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, opened her own space, The Table. Existing in between an exhibition and a critique, The Table functions through fostering dialogue. While the opening receptions of the exhibitions here are invite-only and conversation driven, anyone can view the exhibitions and have a conversation with the curator by making an appointment. Located inside Buhl's Phoenix home, the space allows visitors to look at the work, sit down, and have a conversation about it.

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John Wick Restores Our Faith in Violent Movies (PODCAST)

Categories: Film and TV

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Keanu Reeves in John Wick
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we welcome Village Voice contributor and filmmaker Zachary Wigon, who tells us about his paranoid thriller The Heart Machine (iTunes).

We also scoop out some time for John Wick, which helps restore our faith in violent movies, Horns, Nightcrawler (be sure to read our interview with Jake Gyllenhaal about the film), Citizenfour, Housebound, and Force Majeure.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Categories: Events

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Benjamin Leatherman
Happy Halloweekend. Here's how to spend it.

Halloweekend is in full swing, with haunted houses and parties galore. Here are five more things to add to your spooky to-do list.

Gotham City Halloween

Though it's been met with mixed reviews, we've got to say that we are pretty taken with Fox's Gotham. While the comic book-inspired drama looks primarily at the origins of James Gordon (you know, the guy who goes on to become Commissioner Gordon) on the police force, it also tends to think a little too big in terms of thematic elements, as opposed to character development. But Donal Logue is there, which is generally a good thing. Regardless of where you stand on the show, you can unleash your DC Comics-loving geekery (within Scottsdale-style reason) when W Scottsdale hosts Gotham City Halloween, a lavish bash worthy of the Batman.


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Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni on Growing Up with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Race, and What It Takes to Do a One-Woman Show

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Courtesy of Mesa Arts Center
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni stars in a one-woman show written by her and produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni wants to talk about race in America -- and she's got an idea of where she wants to start. The writer-actor-director-producer extraordinaire will bring her one-woman show, One Drop of Love, to Mesa Arts Center on Saturday, November 1.

Inspired by her own experiences with race, family, and reconciliation, One Drop of Love endeavors to explore these concepts in a funny, relatable way. In addition to giving two performances, Cox DiGiovanni will be hosting a panel discussion and community dialogue on Thursday, October 31, at the Arizona Opera Center. We spoke with the creative about her performance, her history, and her first-ever visit to Arizona.


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10 Signs You've Been Friend-Zoned

Categories: Fun, Top Ten List

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Karrie Nodalo/Flickr
The friend zone is a confusing place. Here's how to navigate your way through it.

Guys, it happens to the best of us. Sometimes you're really into a chick, and she's only interested in you as a friend. Hopefully, she's forward enough to tell you that directly, but that's not always the case.

If you're wondering whether you've been friend-zoned or not, you probably have. Regardless, here are 10 surefire signs that you're firmly planted deep enough in the friend zone that it's time for you to move on.


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Buffalo Exchange to Move Its Central Phoenix Location

Categories: Shopping

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Katie Johnson
Attention Valley shoppers, one of your favorite spots for recycled retail is relocating to be closer to the downtown scene.

The Phoenix Buffalo Exchange is packing up its vintage suitcases and moving down Seventh Street from Missouri Road to Osborn Road, where it will open in a newly renovated space at 3540 North Seventh Street next to Taco Guild and Urban Beans.


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Bob Boze Bell Brings "201 Zany Zonies" and The 66 Kid to Tempe and Phoenix

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Bob Boze Bell
"Terry Goddard vs. Margaret Hance"
Bob Boze Bell wears many hats, most of them cowboy.

The longtime Arizona resident has worked as an artist and author, contributing work for big screen productions as well as publications including National Lampoon, Playboy, Arizona Highways, and New Times. This is in addition to serving as a publisher and co-owner of True West Magazine.

Despite being called everything from author to historian, Bell considers himself only one thing. "I'm just a cartoonist with a passion for the Wild West."

Even before moving to Kingman, Arizona, from Swea City, Iowa, in 1956, Bell, like many children of the Atomic Age, was obsessed with all things western.

"Ever since my grandma said Wyatt Earp was the biggest jerk whoever walked the Wild West and Wyatt Earp was my favorite TV show. . . That really kind of launched me on a journey to find out the truth about the Wild West that's portrayed in television and movies."


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Dub Weir of Phoenix's Divinity Tattoo on Inking His Wife and Surreal Realism

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Courtesy of Dub Weir
Divinity's Weir isn't your normal realism tattoo artist. He's got a "weird" style all of his own.

When Dub Weir started tattooing in 2002, his mom wasn't really into it.

"At first, my mother was like, 'What are you doing with your life?' But now she loves it, and she's said that she wants to get a tattoo," Weir says.

To be fair, Weir wasn't a big fan of tattoos when he was growing up either. The tattoo culture of the late 1980s and 1990s just didn't appeal to him.


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{9} The Gallery Hosting Emergency Fundraiser to Avoid Closure

Categories: News

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Jeremiah Toller
Things are not looking good for {9} The Gallery.

The Grand Avenue arts venue that operates as a gallery, coffee shop, and community events space could be closing up shop in the near future. That is, unless owner Laura Dragon gets the necessary funds to keep it in business. Dragon has been late in paying her rent since January and did not pay her rent for the months of August, September, and October. While she now has the proper funds to pay off the past three months, she doesn't have enough to the cover the total cost of late and legal fees, which she says were brought to her attention when she was served with papers from her landlord's attorney, J. Mark Heldenbrand, on Friday, October 24.

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