Tania Katan to Leave Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Categories: Interviews, News

Evie Carpenter
Tania Katan is leaving SMoCA in January.

Tania Katan is leaving Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

The writer, performer, and erstwhile bingo hostess has been with the museum for about three years, working as its curator of performing arts to create events, including the mega-hit Lit Lounge, that engaged Valley dwellers in innovative ways and built an audience and brand for the museum's SMoCA Lounge. She announced her departure from the museum on Friday, December 19, in an e-mail to SMoCA Lounge supporters.

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Actors Theatre to Close in Phoenix

Categories: News, Theater

John Groseclose
Actors Theatre's production of Good People featured Maria Amorocho and Katie McFadzen.

Early on Friday, December 19, Actors Theatre announced via press release that it will shutter after 29 years.

"The simple truth is we're out of money," Actors Theatre board president Renee Gerstman says in the release.

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

Categories: Events, Visual Art

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.


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

Categories: Events

Courtesy of Palabra Collective
Save Me A Seat by Enrique Garcia will be on view in "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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The Colbert Report's Greatness Arrived With Its Very First Episode

Categories: Film and TV

Comedy Central
Colbert in the opening of the very first Colbert Report.

The funniest and most incisive show on television is ending this week -- so let's look back at how it began. On October 17, 2005, a power-suited Stephen Colbert furrowed his eyebrows and showed off highlights of his new set. Red letters above him shouted, "The Colbert Report." The title of his show was silhouetted in back of those letters, so it appeared twice. The host's last name was also proclaimed by a plasma-screen on the front of his desk, and it flashed four times on a ticker that ran below it, and was even spelled out on either side of that desk -- "which," he pointed out, "is itself shaped like a giant C." There were nine "Colbert"s in all, not counting the initial he sat in.

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21 Best Shops in Metro Phoenix

Courtesy of Citrine

Earlier this year, Phoenix New Times celebrated the cream of the crop with our 36th annual Best of Phoenix edition. Here are our top picks for shopping in metro Phoenix.

Best Beauty Supply Store: Citrine Natural Beauty Bar

Have you looked at the ingredients in your skincare products lately? How about the makeup? Between the lead, the coal tar, the animal testing, and the hard-to-pronounce chemicals, most skin-deep beauty rituals are enough to make your skin crawl. Fortunately, there's a place that caters to eco-friendly cosmetics. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar is bringing the green revolution to Phoenix one makeup brush at a time. With luxury brands like REN, Tata Harper, May Lindstrom, Coola, Kjaer Weis, and Jane Iredale, Citrine carries hard-to-find designer brands with even harder-to-find philosophies. By providing products that are all-natural, organic, dermatologist-tested, and cruelty-free, Citrine Beauty Bar breaks away from the belief that beauty is pain.

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Arizona Arts Education Access Is Improving, But Still Pretty Abysmal

Categories: News, Visual Art

Courtesy of Arizona Commission on the Arts
Student performing with the Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts.
Take note if you're keen on assuring the metro Phoenix art scene survives and thrives: Kids aren't getting equal or adequate access to arts education.

So says the analysis and recent report prepared by Quadrant Arts Education Research on behalf of the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Their 2014 update to a 2010 census of arts education in Arizona reveals that more kids had access to arts education in 2013 than in 2009. That's the good news. But there's bad news, too. More than 115,000 K-12 students don't have access to arts instruction by highly qualified arts teachers.

If Arizona isn't teaching kids to create and appreciate art, how can citizens expect them to grow up and become the next generation of artists and art lovers?

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9 Best Costumes at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2014

Categories: Geekery, Top Lists

Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
A horde of Deadpools take aim at nacho-eating foe at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.
The first-ever Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest out at University of Phoenix Stadium this past weekend wasn't what you'd call packed. Sure, it was definitely well-attended, very busy with patrons at certain points, and constantly filled with lively activity, but nowhere close to being the wall-to-wall chaotic hive of geeky humanity that is its big sister. And that's not to the Fan Fest's detriment by any means. Quite the contrary.

The smaller scope and attendance of the three-day fan gathering in comparison to Comicon afforded more and somewhat longer opportunities to interact with vendors, dealers, or those in Artist's Alley, or without having to worry someone behind you potentially getting a case of nerd rage out of impatience.

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Uncle Josh of Leap of Faith Tattoo on Military Ink and His Many Tattoos

Josh Chesler
Uncle Josh doesn't just specialize in one area of tattooing, he prefers doing both traditional and portrait work.

Much of America's tattooing tradition comes from the military, with Navy sailors being a strong part of tattooing history. It so happens that Josh Gargalione's interest in tattoos was sparked before his service time, but he still sees the clear connection.

"A lot of it has to do with the rite of passage," says Gargalione, who goes by the name "Uncle Josh" and tattoos out of Phoenix's Leap of Faith Tattoo and Body Piercing. "Young men join the military, and the tattoos are a way of solidifying their masculinity and adulthood."

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Marion Cotillard Wins -- Twice -- in Our 2014 Film Critics' Poll

Categories: Film and TV

Sundance Selects
Marion Cotillard was voted best actress in this year's film critic's poll.

What kind of circle is time again? A year after blowing the doors off our annual critics’ poll, golden boy Matthew McConaughey won just a single vote for his turn in the loudest movie of the year, Christopher Nolan’s tears-in-space effort Interstellar, which has tied with the unprescient Transcendence as 2014’s worst film. (Transcendence dreamed that Johnny Depp’s character would take over every screen in the world — that didn’t happen.) But his margin of victory lives on, this year in the form of Marion Cotillard, who wins best actress twice: first for the Dardenne brothers’ vote-gathering drama Two Days, One Night, then besting second-place Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin) with her turn in James Gray’s glorious melodrama The Immigrant, available now on Netflix streaming because Harvey Weinstein doesn't believe Oscar voters will bite.

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