Downtown Phoenix's Space 55 Presents a Different 7 Minutes in Heaven Each Saturday in June
The setup: Space 55's Late Night Series is a thing we've visited and written about before. It's alternative performance for (eventually) every taste, something we both enjoy and pine for more of.
courtesy of Space 55 Patrick Hershey and Amy Ouzoonian are Expat, and they wail.
This month, Saturday nights at 9 p.m. bring us 7 Minutes in Heaven, a thing that link kind of describes the content of, but not the concept. (Disclosure: I have performed in 7 Minutes Under the Mistletoe. Space 55 does not select or vet artists or material for its 7 Minutes . . . series -- and that is the concept.)
The execution: So a couple of things you should know: Space 55's A/C in the theater proper works great now. (The lobby's a little close, but also the place to see and be seen.) I have seen everything at 7 Minutes . . . from nude simulated anal rape to a rapturous woodwind Beatles cover ensemble. So it's for, oddly enough, mature audiences.
My favorite slice of heaven this time around was local musician and occasional New Times contributor Serene Dominic recreating a James Brown concert from the '80s. I lost my breath, causing, according to host Bob Fisher, one of my few silent moments. We're advised it's not an audience participation show, but a) the performers kept asking me shit, so it's polite to respond and b) I was full of craft beer (which for me is about a flight and 1/4).
I also witnessed what was, for me personally, the redemption of Arcana Collective. Whatever the hell their name is. When you don't do the same show every time you perform, naturally some are better than others, but the alternative to honest criticism is not to review these non-recurring moments of performing arts at all, so, you know, shoot me.