Roosevelt Row Developments Inspire Protest in Phoenix

Categories: News, Visual Art

Lynn Trimble
The building at 420 East Roosevelt Street faces demolition in the wake of new development.
What started with a petition to save one building is poised to morph into a full-blown movement protesting developments that significantly would change the urban landscape of Roosevelt Row.

Though some are preparing pop-up art experiences for Super Bowl fans who visit Roosevelt Row, arguably the best-known arts district in metro Phoenix, others are planning to stage very visible protests.

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Christy Zandlo Leaves Scandalesque to Open Pyrrha Sutra Presents

Categories: Dance, News

Photo credit: Scott Sandry
Change is in the air for Scandalesque co-founders Julianna Curtis and Christy Zandlo. The two women who founded the nightlife entertainment company back in 2004 have parted ways to pursue their own projects.

Zandlo, whose stage name is Pyrrha Sutra, says the split between her and Curtis ended amicably. "It was my decision, I wanted to do my own thing," says Zandlo. "[Curtis] felt if [Scandalesque] stayed, then she'd be competing against me."

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Spare Parts Retells the Story of Phoenix Robotics Team

Categories: Film and TV, News

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George Lopez stars in Spare Parts.

In 2004, a group of Phoenix high schoolers made a splash with a robot named "Stinky."

There's a good chance you've heard this one before. But just in case you need a refresher: Carl Hayden High's robotics team of four Latino boys participated in a NASA-sponsored competition and beat MIT. Their underdog story has been covered extensively by New Times, was made into Mary Mazzio's 2014 documentary Underwater Dreaming, and now it's the subject of Spare Parts, a feature film starring George Lopez out Friday, January 16.

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Preserving the Phoenix DeGrazia Murals: Here's What We Know

Categories: News, Visual Art

Catherine Slye
Portion of the larger Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia mural inside the 222 East Roosevelt building.
While the trio of petitioners who've so far gathered just over 900 signatures continue to hope for a final-hour reprieve on the fate of the building at 222 East Roosevelt, home of the GreenHaus until Cole and Dayna Reed move their business to Portland, there's no real reason to expect it won't be demolished. Still, there's some good news -- but bad news as well. Here's what we know:

Baron Properties of Denver, which is building a residential property at 222 East Roosevelt Street and an adjacent lot to the east on the corner of Roosevelt and Third streets, tells us that we'll all get a chance to see the building's two interior murals painted by Ted DeGrazia before the walls come tumbling down. The largest mural features various scenes of people making or using alcohol. It was signed by DeGrazia and dates from 1950, according to Dayna Reed, who says Baron Properties has been "very proactive and inquisitive regarding the murals." A smaller mural, depicting a dancer inside what's been described as both a champagne glass and a martini glass, is believed to have been painted at the same time.

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Arizona Commission on the Arts Grants Fund 13 Innovative Projects

Categories: News, Visual Art

Courtesy of Lauren Strohacker
Animal Land, by Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars, at Legend City Studios.
Poetry. Circus Performance. Improvisation. Sewing. Video projections. They're all part of innovative projects moving forward thanks to funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which announced late last month the names of 13 artists receiving 2015 Artist Research and Development Grants.

Ninety-five artists applied for the grants, which provide up to $5,000 in funding to each recipient for research and development leading to the creation of new works of art. The awards went to four visual artists, three performance artists, three multidisciplinary artists, two literary artists, and one digital media artist. Four hail from Tucson, and eight from the metropolitan Phoenix area.

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6 Phoenix-Area Theater Companies to Honor Tickets to Canceled Actors Theatre Productions

Categories: News, Theater

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

Six local theater companies have announced that they'll honor tickets purchased for canceled Actors Theatre productions.

The professional company announced in December 2014 that it would close after nearly 30 years. Originally, Actors Theatre representatives had said that refunds would not be granted for purchased tickets to shows in the remainder of its 2014-15 season including Annapurna, Stage Kiss, and The Year of Magical Thinking.

However, patrons now will be able to exchange tickets for shows at Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, Stray Cat Theatre, and Theater Works.

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The Row and Knipe House Development Project Terminated in Phoenix

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The Row is no longer coming to Roosevelt Row.

An agreement to develop the empty lot at Roosevelt and Second streets along and revamp the historic Leighton G. Knipe House has been terminated, according to a report from the Downtown Phoenix Journal.

The development was highly contested by the Roosevelt Row arts community. Several Roosevelt business owners spoke out against the Phoenix City Council's January 2014 approval of Roosevelt Housing Associates' mixed-used development proposal that was to include age- and income-restricted housing.

However, now that the agreement between the city and the developer has fallen through, it looks like the proposal's opponents will get their way after all.

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Containers on Grand Apartments to Open in Phoenix March 2015

Renderings courtesy Containers on Grand
The Containers on Grand are expected to open in March of 2015.
Grand Avenue is about to get even more livable, thanks to a future complex of apartment-converted shipping containers aptly called Containers on Grand.

The container-based housing, located at Grand and 12th avenues, is expect to open in March of 2015. While developers have only secured permits for eight units, they would like to ultimately push that number to 20 by utilizing an adjacent lot.

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The Container Store to Open in Glendale

Categories: News, Shopping

Sit down. Take a deep breath. And get ready for some really exciting news, West Side control freaks.

The Container Store is coming to Glendale.

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The Interview Will Open at Harkins Valley Art in Tempe on Christmas Day

Categories: Film and TV, News

Sony Pictures

Harkins Theatres announced on Tuesday, December 23, that it will show Seth Rogen's The Interview at Tempe's Valley Art starting on Christmas Day. That announcement follows Sony Pictures' December 23 statement that the film will be available as a limited release at theaters across the country.

The Interview has been at the center of controversy, after an anonymous group calling itself the Guardians of Peace promised to attack any theater showing the Sony Pictures comedy, which stars Rogen and James Franco as two fledgling journalists tapped by the CIA to assassinate North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. America's five largest theater chains, including AMC, dropped the film from their release schedules. Then Sony, which was hacked about a month ago, announced that it had "no further release plans for the film." President Obama weighed in after Sony pulled the film, saying that the studio had made a mistake. (For the complete story, see Amy Nicholson's long-form piece about The Interview.)

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