Five Must-See Arts and Culture Events This Week
We know, the beginning of the work week sucks. But if you take a quick look at the calendar, you'll see we're off to a pretty good week of art events, sports games, dance parties, and more. Here are our must-see events from now to the weekend...
Monday, November 12: "Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks" @ The Gallery @ City Hall
Phoenix's status as a tear-down city has made headlines of late, thanks to the narrowly escaped demo threats a Frank Lloyd Wright home faced from a dollar-hungry developer and the destruction of a pair of historic hotels for Phoenix Suns parking spaces. History loses to convenience and newness more than we care to admit.
Thankfully, the smash-up spirit hasn't succeeded in reducing to rubble all of this city's history. See the evidence in "Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks," a photography exhibition that includes shots of such notable structures as W.A. Sarmiento's Financial Center, Lescher and Mahoney's Orpheum Theatre and Hanny's, and Tovrea Castle. -- Becky Bartkowski
Tuesday, November 13: "Micro Dwell 2012" @ Shemer Art Center & Museum
Michael Dollin, Urban Earth Design
"Think big." That's the motto of optimists the world over. Sure, some stellar things fit into that category, like Sesame Street's best bird and that Tom Hanks movie. But, big isn't always best. See, for instance, one bad wolf and a watchful brother. We're more into realism, and so are the folks responsible for the exhibition "Micro Dwell 2012."
Turns out, living and working in teeny, tiny spaces is all the rage -- the more portable and minimal the structure, the better. That trend inspired this exhibition of owner-built structures that measure 600 square feet or less. -- Becky Bartkowski
Wednesday, November 14: Live Bull Riding @ Buffalo Chip Saloon
The charm of watching drunken bargoers take their turn on a mechanical bull wears off quickly. On their first spin they usually fall off easily because they've exchanged upper body strength for hands-in-hair sex appeal. It's all about practicality the second time as they cling to the grip for dear life, minimizing their sexy, sexy whiplash. A final defeated go ends their mechanical bull riding career, typically after underwear (or lack thereof) is accidentally exposed.
Sometimes it's smarter to leave it to the professionals. Each and every Friday (on Wednesdays, too), Cave Creek's Buffalo Chip Saloon packs in boot-scootin' patrons for live bull riding done by accredited cowboys. They might not wear midriff-bearing tops and cut-offs, but these rough-and-tumble fellas know how to handle a bucking bull with the best of them, all in the never-dull atmosphere of the old timey southwestern saloon. -- Christina Caldwell