First Friday in Phoenix: 5 Must-Attend Exhibitions November 1
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.
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 www.spaceboyrobot.com. -- 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 www.alwunhouse.org or call 602-253-7887. -- Becky Bartkowski
1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ