Jon Arvizu of Trapdoor Studio in Scottsdale: 100 Creatives

Categories: 100 Creatives

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Zach Ishmael
Meet the creative.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 18. Jon Arvizu.

Artist and designer Jon Arvizu always has a few irons in the fire.

The Scottsdale-based creative independently operates Trapdoor Studio, where he creates mid-century-style and advertising-inspired silkscreen works, posters, and letterpress pieces -- among other things -- of iconic imagery including Phoenix's architectural gems, tiki gods, and pop culture ephemera.

And speaking of fire, Arvizu recently wrapped up mod-style poster illustrations for Brandon Williams' Modfire, the Phoenix-based company that specializes in sleek, artisan-made fireplaces.

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Vote For Your Favorite PBS Nerd Walk T-Shirt Design Through September 15

Categories: Geekery

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Benjamin Leatherman
The six finalists in Eight Arizona's PBS Nerd Walk T-shirt design contest on display at Bookmans in Phoenix.
When gaggles of local geeks stroll down University Drive in Tempe on November 1 for this year's PBS Nerd Walk, many will be clad in cheery, gold-colored T-shirts adorned with a particularly nerdy bit of artwork. And exactly what piece of art will be featured on said shirts? Well, that's entirely up to y'all.

Earlier this month, the staff of local PBS station Eight, Arizona unveiled six finalists in its contest to design the T-shirts for the annual Nerd Walk -- and it's now up to the public to decide which one is the best.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Labor Day Weekend

Categories: Events

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Pedro Ribeiro Simões via Flickr

Red Bull Curb Kings

Forget being king of the mountain. The new landscape hierarchy lends itself to king of the curb, the skateboarding elite who can ride the rails and ollie to a standing ovation. This summer, Red Bull is teaming up with Cowtown Skateboards in a search to crown the Red Bull Curb Kings. This local talent competition awards cash prizes to the top three finalists who can skateboard through an urban obstacle course of double-sided curbs and customized parking blocks.


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Banned Plays to Present Force Continuum at Phoenix Center for the Arts September 2

Categories: Morning Buzz

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Ko Photography
Mark you calendars, Phoenix.

On Tuesday, September 2, Mary Stephens is putting on a special Banned Plays reading of Kia Corthron's Force Continuum at Phoenix Center for the Arts. The play, which will be performed by Arizona State University alumni and staff as well as other members of the community, is being read for one night only in direct response to the recent turmoil following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.


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Phoenix Artist Christina You-Sun Park: 100 Creatives

Categories: 100 Creatives

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Courtesy of Christina You-Sun Park
Meet the sculptor.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 19. Christina You-Sun Park.

Christina You-Sun Park's sculptures explore communication.

Specifically, the artist and Eye Lounge member's works deal with communication via perspective: how children see the alphabet before learning letters, how, via translation, words and stories change and evolve.

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Stephen Gittins Talks Plans for Capture12 on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix

Categories: Visual Art

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Courtesy of Capture12
Capture12 is now located on Roosevelt Row
Stephen Gittins is all about making things happen. "If you're not doing what you want to be doing, you need to create the opportunities," he says. "You have to instill motivation in yourself to push forward and find what you're looking for."

Gittins owns Capture12, a business that started out in 2012 as a photography workshop and has slowly morphed into a multi-functional teaching and exhibition endeavor now nestled in the heart of Roosevelt Row. Earlier this summer, Gittins relocated Capture12 from a back room in MonOrchid to a piece of prime real estate just west of Eye Lounge.


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40 First Date Ideas in Metro Phoenix

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

Dating doesn't have to be confined to expensive menus and awkward conversation. After all, first dates aren't necessarily about being formal. They're about making (and getting) a good first impression. From the indoors to the outdoors, uptown to downtown, here are 40 ways to make your move.


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Podcast: Why Did So Few People See Sin City 2?

Categories: Film and TV

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Miramax
Very few people saw this movie.

Why did so few people see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For over the weekend? That and other topics are discussed in this week's edition of the Voice Film Club podcast with the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, joined as always by Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly via the magic of the Internet.


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Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Set to Lose Accreditation in 2017

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Taliesin West faces possible closure in 2017.
It looks like the graduating class of 2017 may be the last for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's board of trustees has decided not to pursue independent incorporation for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, which, thanks to a recent 2012 policy by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), is now required to remain an accredited school. As a result, in two and a half years, the school's Master of Architecture program will come to an end.


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Phoenix Photographer Mike Olbinski: 100 Creatives

Categories: 100 Creatives

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Mike Olbinski
Meet the creative.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 20. Mike Olbinski.

Photographer Mike Olbinski specializes in storms and weddings -- ideally not combined. Though we imagine the Phoenix creative would create some seriously memorable shots in the event of monsoon-drenched nuptials.

Sometimes the 39-year-old pulls all-nighters capturing footage of storms that he later compiles into time-lapse videos. When the 39-year-old isn't chasing summer weather events like monsoons and supercells, he's usually busy editing images or spending time with his wife, Jina, and three kids at their Phoenix home.

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