Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend
Courtesy of the artist and Richard Saltoun, London. © Roelof Louw Roelof Louw's Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges) (1967) is made of 6,000 oranges, dimensions variable, and on view at SMoCA.
SMoCA Spring Opening at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Phoenix's arty set let out a collective squeal when news broke in mid-January that Sara Cochran, former modern and contemporary art curator at Phoenix Art Museum, would take a new curatorial position in the Valley as Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's associate director.
Cochran will make her first public appearance in her new role during SmoCA's spring opening festivities on Friday, February 7. Attendees will have a chance to mix and mingle with Cochran, museum curators, and featured artists at 7374 East Second Street, in addition to taking in the museum's freshest exhibitions.
Those include "The Five Senses," which features the five works, each of which stimulates a different sense, from five artists (Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Roelof Louw, and Ernesto Neto Cardiff), and Bay Area artist Leslie Shows' collaged paintings in "Surfacing."
Admission to the event, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m., is free. Visit www.smoca.org or call 480-874-4655. -- Becky Bartkowski
Chinese Week's Culture and Chinese Festival
John Tang Chinese Week celebrates the Year of the Horse.
The Southwest is moving east as Chinese Week returns once again to downtown Phoenix. As always, the highlight of this community-based celebration is the Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival, a three-day immersion into the sights, sounds, history, and flavor of Chinese culture.
Here, guests can enjoy volleyball tournaments, a mahjong booth, taiji tournaments, a go weiqi open, table tennis tournaments, food pavilions, Taipei dragon boat displays, chengdu performances, a koi fish exhibit, art exhibitions, and history booths. Closing out the week's festivities will be a decadent Chinese New Year banquet.
The Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival will take place Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 North Third Street. Admission to the festival is free, but prices vary per activity. Visit www.phoenixchineseweek.org for more information. -- Katie Johnson
Be a Good Little Widow at Brelby Studio
Shelby Maticic Brelby presents Bekah Brunstetter's Be A Good Little Widow.
Brelby Theatre Company specializes in cool yet nonreproducible experiences -- plays you're unlikely to have seen before or see again soon. Be a Good Little Widow, through Saturday, February 22, comes from prolific seriocomic writer Bekah Brunstetter (Switched at Birth), whose works touch on implied time travel, extreme natural phenomena, the military, the Bible, The Oregon Trail, and today's senseless tragedies bumping against vintage horror (or, as she wrote to TV producer Aaron Sorkin, "that tendency to Google victims harder and harder until you find out who they really were").
Widow's heroine, Melody, has never even been to a funeral and is still a newlywed when her husband dies. Her mother-in-law, however, is a veteran widow with plenty of know-how to share. Performances Saturday, February 8, are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at 6835 North 58th Avenue in Glendale. Tickets are $10 to $20 at the door or www.brelby.com. -- Julie Peterson
7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ