5 Must-See Third Friday Shows in Phoenix on December 19

Categories: Events, Visual Art

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Halt Gallery
Work by Peter Bugg featured in the new "Snoop" exhibition at Halt Gallery.

A little of this, a little of that. It's what we do this time of year -- with food, spare time, and family gathered for the holidays. So we've picked five exhibitions that'll help you explore the diversity of Arizona artists in some delightfully different settings.

"Snoop"

Halt Gallery, one of two Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market spaces consisting of transformed shipping containers, holds the opening reception for a new show titled "Snoop" during this month's Third Friday. The exhibition features 14 works by three artists -- Peter Bugg, Christopher Jagmin, and Lisa Van Hoffner. Works being shown include Bugg's hand-cut paper and acrylic Celine (2014) and Von Hoffner's acrylic and oil on wood Survey. We're eager to see how they mix-it up with three artists in one modest space -- and to check out the new mural they've commissioned Jagmin to paint on the gallery's east exterior side. December Third Friday hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the closing reception takes place during First Friday on January 2. For more information, visit the Halt Gallery website.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Courtesy of Palabra Collective
Save Me A Seat by Enrique Garcia will be on view in "dos."

"dos"

Usually when someone turns two, it's (somewhat) jokingly referred to as the Terrible Twos. Thankfully in Palabra Art Collective's case, this does not seem to be the situation.


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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Good news for those getting short on funds. Turns out, going out on the town can be on the house -- if you know where to look, that is. From a movie screening of a holiday favorite to a book reading and signing about Malcolm X and a monthly meet-up for the movers and shakers in Phoenix, here are our top picks for free events this week in the Valley.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Meet Me Downtown

If you like to do fun-runs but think they're too expensive, Meet Me Downtown. If you wish you had more folks to exercise with, Meet Me Downtown. If you'd enjoy walking or running a three- to five-mile course through Phoenix, Meet Me Downtown. If you want to do it every single week, Meet Me Downtown.


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Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest vs. Marvel Experience: A Head-to-Head Guide for Geeks

Categories: Events, Geekery

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Hero Ventures
Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and other Marvel heroes are about to invade Scottsdale.
Christmas is coming early for local nerds and comic book junkies. Over the next two weekends, a pair of geek-oriented mega-events are launching at either end of the Valley: the inaugural Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest in Glendale followed by the Marvel Experience in North Scottsdale. And both are going to be can't-miss attractions for anyone who's a fan of comic books and superheroes.

While each is a different sort of event (one's a fan gathering and the other is akin to a massive high-tech traveling theme park and cutting-edge interactive experience) and comparing the two is admittedly an apples and oranges sort of thing, similarities abound. Both are rooted in comics and centered on fandom, will attract scores of geeks, and offer the chance to don another identity. And, oddly enough, there's the fact that both will take place in domed structures (Fan Fest is at University of Phoenix Stadium while the Marvel Experience will occur in a series of seven enormous inflatable domes set up at Salt River Fields).


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Benjamin Leatherman
View the best costumes we saw at Phoenix Comicon 2014.

Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

There's nothing sadder than a Star Wars stormtrooper melting inside his armor. Phoenix Comicon unveils its newest event, Fan Fest, this Friday, December 12, during cosplay-friendly weather.


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7 Must-See Guests at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

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Benjamin Leatherman
Costumed attendees of Phoenix Comicon 2014.

University of Phoenix Stadium is no stranger to colorful and larger-than-life characters and all manner of derring-do. Besides all the action of Arizona Cardinals home games during football season, the cavernous Glendale landmark has not only hosted battles by the heroes and villains of the WWE, but also the rock 'n' roll theatrics of over-the-top superstars like Bono and Mick Jagger.

So it seems only natural that throngs of costumed geeks, cosplayers, and those sporting capes and cowls aplenty will congregate inside the stadium this weekend along with the creators and actors behind some rather legendary comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy characters during the first-ever Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.


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Claire A. Warden Gets Introspective in "Mimesis" at Art Intersection

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Using a unique process, Warden was able to achieve incredible photographic results like the one in this portion of No. 25 (Agency and Influence), 2014.
Claire A. Warden spits on her own art.

Maybe that's a little overly dramatic. More accurately, she used her own saliva in the processing for the constructed photographs in her upcoming exhibition, "Mimesis: A Presentation of the Self".

A current Art Intersection artist-in-residence, Warden will be showing about 10 to 12 of these abstract, thought-provoking, and somewhat cosmic photographs from Saturday, December 13, through Saturday, January 10, 2015, at the Gilbert photography gallery.


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3 Free Events This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
Temperatures are dropping and so are the numbers in your bank account. Never fear, there are plenty of things to do around town that won't turn your pockets inside out. Between monthly salvage sales, holiday light parades, and architecture-aimed exhibitions, we have three top picks for free events this week.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Collection Minnesota Museum of American Art. Gift of Honeywell Inc.
Cumulated Landscape by George Morrison (Chippewa), 1976, wood, 48 x 120 x 3 in.

"Modern Spirit"

Naturally, you're a total expert when it comes to modern art -- but is George Morrison on your radar? If yes, cool! If no, that's okay, too. Because either way you can become well-acquainted through "Modern Spirit," the first-ever comprehensive retrospective that looks back on the late Native American artist's abstract landscapes.


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