"Pattern Play" Presents Postwar Fashion Whimsy at Phoenix Art Museum

Photo by John Garner, 1957
Jacqueline Groag (Czeckoslovakian, 1903-1985) is the subject of the latest fashion exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum.

The gallery doesn't exactly say, "come and play," but the childhood desire haunts the dimly lit room. Thin, colorful fabrics hang from the walls displaying delightful everyday objects enmeshed in a combination of retro and whimsy.

Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag hides in a second-floor gallery of the Phoenix Art Museum waiting, as its designer did, for recognition. Collectors Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III provide pieces from their collection that they say are representative of one of the most talented and influential textile artists of the modern era.

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Pauly Casillas' The Switch Comedy Show Is Coming to Crescent Ballroom

Categories: Comedy, Events

Courtesy of The Switch

If you're looking for a good laugh on Mother's Day, you may want to head to the Crescent Ballroom around 8 p.m.

An improvisational comedy show called The Switch will be making its Phoenix debut, and its not the kind of thing you'll want to miss. A few years ago, a couple of comedians started the show in Tucson, and it's now been passed down to one of the state's funniest comedians, Pauly Casillas.

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Director Tim Rodgers to Resign

Categories: Culture News

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Gabriella Jaffee
Tim Rodgers will leave SMoCA.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art officials announced on Monday, May 4, that museum director Tim Rodgers will resign.

Rodgers, who's been with SMoCA for six years, leaves his position effective May 18. SMoCA associate director Sara Cochran is reportedly in talks to serve as interim director.

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9 Cool Things We Saw During First Friday in Phoenix on May 1

Lynn Trimble
Some of Julio Cesar Rodarte's tamer works are showing at Practical Art this month.
May's First Friday brought some pleasant surprises, from more time with the Hot Box Gallery and Halt Gallery shipping containers before their summer hiatus to an exhibition of artwork by students at New School for the Arts and Academics . The Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market was in full swing with food trucks, merchants, and music -- and we found a cool assortment of artwork in plenty of different places.

Bright geometrics

The display wall at Practical Art was lined with works in a fun variety of shapes and sizes by Julio Cesar Rodarte, who recalls finding beauty in small things even as a young boy on his parents' farm in Zacatecas, Mexico, where he collected organic matter and drew geometric sketches. His solo exhibition "Electric Love" continues through May 31.

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5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Benjamin Leatherman
See the best cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon.

Ultimate Star Wars

Whether you're a frequent contributor to Wookieepedia or you've never even heard of Jabba the Hut, you can always stand to brush up on your Star Wars history. As part of Children's Book Week at Changing Hands Tempe, 6428 South McClintock Drive, Lucasfilm writer Adam Bray and Star Wars expert Tricia Barr will be geeking out over the newest illustrated Star Wars guide Ultimate Star Wars.

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5 Great Phoenix Neighborhoods for Starter Homes

Categories: Top Lists

Katie Johnson
Home, sweet home.
We get it. First times can be scary. And when you're buying your first home, nothing spells panic attack like shaving off most of your savings for a down payment. But thanks to the many affordable up-and-coming neighborhoods in Phoenix, easing into domestic life doesn't have to be so daunting. Here are our top five picks for beginning buyers.

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Ballet Arizona Dancers Paola Hartley and Astrit Zejnati Talk Retirement

Categories: Dance, Interviews

Rosalie O'Connor. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.
Paola Hartley and Astrit Zejnati perform with Ballet Arizona.
For many seasons, the spring lineup for Ballet Arizona has included a program of all George Balanchine works. It's a reflection of artistic director Ib Andersen's roots -- which include dancing under Balanchine as a principal with New York City Ballet during the 1980s.

This year's All Balanchine opened Thursday, April 30, and continues through Sunday, May 3, when four Ballet Arizona dancers retiring at the end of this season will dance for the last time on the Symphony Hall stage. They'll officially retire at the end of the season.

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7 Must-See First Friday Art Shows in Phoenix on May 1

John Tuomisto-Bell
Getting a heads up on the art scene with a piece by John Tuomisto-Bell.
From flamenco dance to steampunk art, you've got plenty of good choices for First Friday in May. Several venues are mixing it up with visual and performance art. Here are seven exhibitions and events not to miss.

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Gary Owen Makes His Pick for Mayweather-Pacquiao

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Comedian Gary Owen will be at Stand Up Live May 15-17.

Although Gary Owen might not look like the bulk of his audience (he's often one of the only white guys in the room at his performances), he connects with his fanbase on a level that few comedians can.

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5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Categories: Events

Rosalie O'Connor
See the legacy of George Balanchine in action at Symphony Hall.

All Balanchine

Tradition meets innovation as Ballet Arizona once again celebrates American ballet pioneer George Balanchine. With this year's All Balanchine, the company will take on three works that spanned as many decades in the New York City Ballet founder's acclaimed career. Works Allegro Brilliant, Stravinsky Violin Concert, and La Sonnambula all come to life with choreography by Ib Andersen, a protege of Balanchine himself and one of just a handful of masters allowed to reproduce Balanchine's work.

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