Julie Akerly on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Dance, Interviews

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Julie Akerly weighs in on the state of the arts in Phoenix.

When Jackalope Ranch issued a 10-question survey asking Phoenicians (and anyone with an opinion of Phoenix) to sound of on the state of the arts in the Valley of the Sun, dozens provided insights on what's happening in the city's creative realm. We'll present a selection of survey responses here over the next three weeks. Up today is performing artist and [nueBOX] co-founder Julie Akerly.

What are three words that describe the arts in Arizona?
Emerging, incomplete, safe

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Jake Friedman on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

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Jake Friedman of Four Chambers weighs in on the state of the arts in Phoenix.
When Jackalope Ranch issued a survey asking Phoenicians (and anyone with an opinion of Phoenix) to sound of on the state of the arts in the Valley of the Sun, dozens provided insights on what's happening in the city's creative realm. We'll present a selection of survey responses here over the next three weeks. Up today is Jake Friedman of Four Chambers.

What are three words that describe the arts in Arizona?
Rich, fragmented, diverse

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Tempe Artist Peter Bugg on Dissecting Fashion, House of Cards, and His Equal Scouts Project

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Mikey Estes
Peter Bugg diligently cutting away in his home studio

What happens in the studio shouldn't always stay in the studio. Studio Visit Q+A is a new weekly series that profiles artists in their studios. We ask them questions, they provide answers, and then we have a nice discussion about their work. This week: Tempe artist and educator Peter Bugg.

When flipping through a magazine, we most likely don't consider the details from page to page. The work of Tempe artist Peter Bugg carefully focuses on these intricacies present on the page. His cut paper work has always focused on images we consume, such as celebrity tabloids or fashion editorials. He treats these figures present in cover stories and advertisements as revered icons, like characters from famous novels. The magazine becomes more than a consumable item -- he acknowledges its status as an artifact of our times.

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Kara Roschi on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

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Kara Roschi weighs in on the state of the arts in Phoenix.

When Jackalope Ranch issued a 10-question survey asking Phoenicians (and anyone with an opinion of Phoenix) to sound of on the state of the arts in the Valley of the Sun, dozens provided insights on what's happening in the city's creative realm. We'll present a selection of survey responses here over the next three weeks. Up today is artist and Practical Art owner Kara Roschi.

1. What are three words that describe the arts in Arizona?
accessible, collaborative, and experimental


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Beatrice Moore on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

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Beatrice Moore weighs in on the state of the arts in Phoenix.

When Jackalope Ranch issued a 10-question survey asking Phoenicians (and anyone with an opinion of Phoenix) to sound of on the state of the arts in the Valley of the Sun, dozens provided insights on what's happening in the city's creative realm. We'll present a selection of survey responses here over the next three weeks. Up today is Beatrice Moore of Bragg's Pie Factory and Kooky Krafts.

1. What are three words that describe the arts in Arizona?
Diverse, widespread, fragile.

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James B. Hunt on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

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James B. Hunt as captured by the Google Street View car five months ago.

When Jackalope Ranch issued a 10-question survey asking Phoenicians (and anyone with an opinion of Phoenix) to sound of on the state of the arts in the Valley of the Sun, dozens provided insights on what's happening in the city's creative realm. We'll present a selection of survey responses here over the next three weeks. Up today is artist James B. Hunt, a.k.a. NXOEED. He's known for hiding things (namely, his art).


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David Zyla on Personal Style, Ditching Fashion Trends, and How to Win at Shopping

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Get your style on with David Zyla Thursday, March 5, at Frances.
At 5 years old, David Zyla told his mother, who was getting dressed for a night out with his father, to wear a different necklace than the one she had on. He then told his dad to switch ties.

"You can mix patterns?" his dad asked.

"Of course," Zyla said.

That was the first time Zyla remembers styling someone else. Years later, his client base stretches far beyond his parents. Zyla's made a name for himself as an Emmy award-winning stylist for movies, television, and people like Hillary Clinton, Neil Patrick Harris, and Susan Lucci.


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Phoenix Artist Mimi Jardine on the Meaning of Feminism, Preserving Trash as Art

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Mimi Jardine in her home studio with one of her schnauzers.

What happens in the studio shouldn't always stay in the studio. Studio Visit is a weekly series that profiles artists in their studios. We ask them questions, they provide answers, and then we have a nice discussion about their work. This week: Mimi Jardine, current president of Eye Lounge and operator of The Office of Environmental Responsibility.

Mimi Jardine's studio practice, which incorporates litter and found objects, is not only good for the environment, but it also makes for good art. With her presidency at Eye Lounge and the debut of the Mobile Remittance Unit for her Office of Environmental Responsibility project, she's been a prevalent force in the arts here in Phoenix. It's hard to believe that, prior to moving to Phoenix, she wasn't making and exhibiting work for about 20 years. We sat down in her home studio and chatted about where she started, how she got to where she is now, and what's next for her.

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Melissa Dunmore on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

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Performing artist Melissa Dunmore weighs in on what's happening in Phoenix's art scene.

When Jackalope Ranch issued a 10-question survey asking Phoenicians (and anyone with an opinion of Phoenix) to sound of on the state of the arts in the Valley of the Sun, dozens provided insights on what's happening in the city's creative realm. We'll present a selection of survey responses here over the next three weeks. Up today is poet, performer, and writer Melissa Dunmore of Phoenix's Mujeres del Sol.

1. What are three words that describe the arts in Arizona?
Cultural, visible, and amassing.


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Kyle Kinane on Bucking the Depressed Comedian Stereotype and His New Special

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Kyle Kinane on stage at the 40 Watt in Athens, Georgia.
Even at its most depraved, the comedy of Kyle Kinane exudes a sort of busted up Zen quality. The Midwesterner is uproarious and crass, but also curiously positive.

"Yeah, well sometimes it seems like a comedians make a conscious choice make to fun everything and act superior to [their] surroundings for comedic effect," Kinane explains, his gravely voice instantly familiar from his gig voicing Comedy Central's on-air verbiage.


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