Five Must-See Arts and Culture Events This Week in Metro Phoenix
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, sporting events, dance parties, and more. Here are our must-see events from now to the weekend . . .
Monday, April 8: Noche Latina @ Club Cloud N9ne (Formerly The New Club Tunnel)
Hanging out at a typical hookah bar can be pretty tiresome. The combination of blaring pop music and the veil of smoke all but guarantees a migraine. That is, unless you're lucky enough to find a place that serves hummus or has a couple of belly dancers on hand as welcome distractions.
The Nile Hookah Lounge breaks out of that stereotypical mold with Noche Latina, a weekly dance party with DJs and live bands bumping tunes from genres such as reggaeton, cumbia, and merengue inspiring more movement than a typical evening on a couch that reeks of banana tobacco. Price: Cover is $2 for ladies and $10 for guys -- Melissa Fossum
Tuesday, April 9: "MASHup: New Video Art" @ Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
The only thing better than a few of your favorite things is a few of your favorite things in a mash-up. The term has its roots in music, video, and visual art and has been around since the Dadas introduced the art of combining unrelated images and texts (usually by different artists) in the same piece. Today, mash-ups weave together pop culture. We hear mash-ups of popular songs by DJs and the cast of Glee, see mash-ups across the internet of words and images cut and pasted together to form memes and in videos all over YouTube.
This season Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art hosts "MASHup: New Video Art," an exhibition including work by artists Cory Arcangel, Natalie Bookchin, Christian Marclay, and Michael Robinson, who all pay tribute to the artform and its presence in mass media.
But it's not all so simple. Mashup media has raised large legal questions in mass media, involving intellectual property, creative license, and copyright. You can see the "MASHup" exhibition at SMoCA through Sunday, May 19, and join assistant curator Claire Carter in a roundtable discussion with Phoenix-based DJ Alex Votichenko (a.k.a. Djentrification), video artist Natalie Bookchin, and copyright lawyer Michael Cordier Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the museum's lounge. -- Claire Lawton