First Friday in Phoenix: 5 Must-Attend Exhibitions November 1

Categories: Events, Visual Art

Jordan-Alexander Thomas
First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows not to miss this artful evening.

"Robots and What Nots! A Space Boy Robot Show" @ Practical Art
While the rise of the robots has yet to happen, it doesn't mean that we can't prime our hearts to belong to a number of mechanized potential overlords. A whole man-created army in waiting will be unleashed at the new exhibition "Robots and What Nots: A Space Boy Robot Show!," which opens Friday, November 1.

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Valley mixed media artist Jordan-Alexander Thomas is passionate about creating robots that have more in common with roadside muffler-men than Michael Bay-envisioned CGI monstrosities. Drawing heavily from the Victorian-infused sci-fi genre of steampunk and with a dash of 1950s windup toy robots, each of Thomas' pieces has a distinct personality of its own. Artificial intelligence never looked so charming.

The opening reception for "Robots and What Nots: A Space Boy Robot Show!" is from 7 to 9 p.m. at Practical Art, 5070 North Central Avenue. Admission is free. For more information, visit -- Jose Gonzalez

"Lindz in Wonderland" @ Alwun House
Artist Lindz Lew dabbles in creepy. She meddles with darkness. And the multi-media artist specializes in spooky. Her work typically features characters that have the head of an animal and the body of a human. Dogs sit in swings wearing button-down shirts, while legless rabbits have exposed ribcages and sit in old-timey wheelchairs.

For a glimpse into the artist's off kilter world, head to "Lindz in Wonderland" at Alwun House, 1201 East Roosevelt Street. The exhibition opens Friday, November 1, with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m., and remains on view through Friday, November 22. Admission is free. Visit or call 602-253-7887. -- Becky Bartkowski

Location Info


Alwun House Gallery & Gardens

1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Practical Art

5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Eye Lounge

419 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

1Spot Gallery

918 N. Sixth St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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