First Friday in Phoenix: 5 Must-See Shows Oct. 4

Categories: Events, Visual Art

"We Got Power!" is on view at Modified.

"We Got Power!" @ Modified Arts
Southern California in the 1980s was a crazy time and place for the region's hardcord punk milieu. In his book on the topic, We Got Power! Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California, visual artist Cameron Jamie likens photographing punk shows to photographing a crime scene. The book plays out like The Adolescents' "Kids of the Black Hole" in visual form -- wayward kids acting out against the Reagan era, embracing bands like Black Flag, TSOL, and The Minutemen, who were just getting started. The book is photo heavy -- featuring live shots, candids, and posed photos of major players including a young Henry Rollins, Mike Watt, and Chuck Dukowski, who share stories about the DIY ethos of hardcore punk's formative years. Following a successful exhibition in Santa Monica last year, "We Got Power!" makes its way to Phoenix for a couple of weeks to tell the story of the high-energy music and the people who played it.

"We Got Power!" is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 4. Call 602-462-5516 or visit -- Melissa Fossum

"Arvizu vs. Burruel" @ Olney Gallery
Artists Jon Arvizu and Manny Burruel will engage in a sort of artistic face-off this First Friday when the pair of printmakers present dueling large-format monoscreen works under the banner "The Ultimate Printer." We doubt the evening will end in fisticuffs, but the show of one-of-a-kind prints will highlight the differences in the artists' processes. Arvizu uses stencils to create layers in his prints, while Burruel paints and draws directly onto his creations.

Crown the champ of your choice when the print show opens at 6 p.m. Friday, October 4, at Olney Gallery. -- Becky Bartkowski

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Location Info


R. Pela Contemporary Art

335 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

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Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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Legend City Studios

521 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ

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Modified Arts

407 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

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Olney Gallery

in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ

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I went to first friday last night. It turned out to be a bunch of "local artists." what an embarrassing set of displays and a waste of gasoline. never again.

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