First Friday in Phoenix: 5 Things to Do February 7

Categories: Events, Visual Art

Jessica Obert
The Hot Box Gallery opened its container doors on January 17 for Third Friday in Phoenix.

First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are Jackalope Ranch's top picks for shows and events not to miss this artful evening.

"Onloaded" at Hot Box Gallery
With funding from an ArtPlace America grant and support from Roosevelt Row CDC, Greg Esser turned a shipping container into an exhibition space at the Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market. It's called Hot Box Gallery, and the movable art space's inaugural exhibition series is "Onloaded." Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art's Ted Decker curated the rotation of artwork, currently featuring works by Abe Zucca.

See also: 3 Must-Attend Lectures in Metro Phoenix This February

Catch the container show before organizers put a lid on it February 7. The gallery space will have a new show up come Third Friday with art by Amelec Diaz.

Beatrice Moore
Artist Monica Aissa Martinez shows work in her studio.

"Pseudo Science" at Frontal Lobe Gallery
We can dig NPR's Science Fridays, but we don't always, let's say, "get it." Seems like we've found some sort-of kindred spirits in the artist lineup for "Pseudo Science." The exhibition features works from creatives who incorporate science into their art, but it's not exactly accurate. On the bill are Monica Aissa Martinez, Casey Farina, Christopher Caulfield, Steve Gompf, Hilary Harp and Barry Moon, and Mary Lucking. See the experimental art when the show opens from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Frontal Lobe Gallery Friday, February 7.

Courtesy of Michael Woodlee and Michael Leeder

"Identifying Self as a Function of Awareness" at Step Gallery
If you haven't yet made it to ASU's new Grant St. Studios in the warehouse district, here are two good reasons. One: the space is super-cool (see our slideshow of the gallery and Herberger student artist workspace). And two: It's home to the newly relocated Step Gallery, which currently houses an exhibition of self-portraits by Michael Woodlee and Michael Leeder. The pair say they're sharing interpretations of themselves that give a deeper look into their minds. Take a peek during the show's closing reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 7.

Location Info


Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market

408 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Frontal Lobe Gallery at Bragg's Pie Factory

1301 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Step Gallery

605 E. Grant St, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

50 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General


815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

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