Exhibits, Performance, Events
Transforming community through the arts:
Feburary 14 – March 21, 2020
EXOTIC ART SHOW 2020
Phoenix Arizona is the last place most folks would think to find the nation’s longest running “Exotic Art Show.” Expanding for past 35 years, this ground breaking art show continues to evolve and thrive in this desert oasis, bringing together two months of exotic arts and performances. Exhibit opens with its signature Exotic Art Phantasmagorical Spectacular to packed audiences. The following week wax poetic with the: Erotic Poetry & Music Festivus, and we close the exhibit with Art Detour and more provocative performances TBA. Artists interested in exhibiting click here to download information.
The “Exotic Art” show was conceived as a fundraiser in 1984 by the late revered arts provocateur, Rudy Turk (Founding ASU Herberger Fine Arts Museum curator). With a twinkle he said, “call it ‘exotic’ and everyone will read ‘erotic’ – how true. Exotic has grown to benefit artists in the thousands, including many of today’s respected established artists, gallery owner or two, and noted performers.
Friday, February 14th Valentine’s Day!
6pm Entry to VIP happy hour with PRE-PURCHASE ONLY gain first entry
7pm door GENERAL ADMISSION
Tickets: Advance Tickets
$30 tickets - may be available after 9pm
The most talked about outrageous art opening event of the year, one night of uninhibited immersive multi-sensory Valentine experience: eye-poppin’, heart-thumpin’ performances on two stages, two floors of erotic-exotic art, exquisite body painting, bondage, fire, burlesque, jazz, roving performers.
Opening Night’s Valentine Spectacular headline act is the crème of provocative cabaret burlesque acts: Romantasy Cabaret the largest troupe of burlesque babes in the valley, with sexy classic burlesque and a few contemporary twists that may shock a few viewers. Also to get your juices flowing, we present the notorious WTQ (What The Queer) the most outlandishly shocking Drag show you’ve never seen. The evening is a visual, aural, sensual, eye-poppin’, heart-thumpin’ performances on two stages, two floors of exotic-erotic art....more info..…
Friday, February 21
7pm door, 8pm show rain or shine
Alwun House Exotic Art Show has hosted the Erotic Poetry & Music Festivus (EP&MF), since 2004. Providing for a brader exploration of Exotic and Erotic themes. Presenting the crème de la crème of the valley’s poetry scene and the broadest range of eclectic off-the-wall: scintillating performances of romantic/tragic/comic lust-filled comedians and storytellers, musical flights of fancy, vaudeville variety acts, spoken word, improv, performance art. With a printed program, simultaneous programs are on two stages. 21+ Show continues rain or shine. More info……….click here
Saturday, February 29th
Corkscrew Cabaret presents
Leap in the Dark
Doors open at 7. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 advance $15 day of show, available at door
The Corkscrew Cabaret is back, and roaring into our first show of The New ‘20s with our grandest spectacle to date, and we couldn’t have picked a better day to do it! Cap off an extra rare Leap Day Saturday with classic burlesque. A night that’s gloriously jam packed with real women, glitter, glitz and glam as some of the valley’s greatest burlesque performers light up the last moments of February.
When the Ringmaster’s away, the clown will play! Come and see The GasLight Circus as it returns to Alwun house with their newest production, The Ringmaster’s Apprentice. Follow this all new theatrical story as it’s told by the likes of GasLight Circus originals like Jero the Jester, Connor the Clown, and Tommo! As well as Alfie, Jack, Rubix, Lyra the Mermaid, and the Ringmaster himself The Proprietor!
April 3-10, 2020
Phoenix Elementary School District’s Juried Youth Art Show & Sale
Viewing: Tue-Fri, 12-6pm. free
Student works, $25ea., Students receive 100%.
April 3 First Friday Opening
Art Opening with School Band, Dance, and Musical Performances
Friday, April 5, 3:30 – 5:30pm. Cookies and punch provided. Free
The public is invited to witness firsthand the enthusiasm and pride of downtown’s first Elementary School District’s colorful Art Departments and performance programs perseverance in the face of cutbacks in funding.
There will be approximately 300 juried pieces made by students in the 5th through 8th grades, representing 16 Schools, and 18 teachers. Art is displayed Salon-style, and sold right off the wall; including sculpture, ceramics, painting and photography. All art sold for $20 right off the wall, on a first come basis, replaced with yet another piece – with 100% going to the student artist.
One of the exhibit founders, John Avedisian (retired art teacher), says “the goal was to give students the experience and excitement of a real gallery setting, surrounded by parents, teachers, neighbors and civic leaders. The exhibit rewards months of effort developing positive self-expression.” For many it will be a first time seeing their art on display in a gallery. For others it will be the first time they’ve seen an art exhibit.”
April 11, 2020
Silver String Circus Presents
A Great Gatsby Themed Circus, Magic and Improv Show
Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show : 7pm door, 8pm show
There’s nothing more iconically 1920’s than The Great Gatsby… but what did F. Scott Fitzgerald leave unwritten? Join Silver String Circus as they go beyond the book to bring you a tale of mystery, love, and opulence. Let Jay Gatsby himself be your guide back in time with live music, circus arts, magic, improv games, and more! Embrace your inner bootlegger at Alwun House, and try your luck in true speakeasy style with our literary raffle (sponsored by Bookman’s Phoenix!)……More info…….
April 17 – May 8, 2020
The Cultural Traveler
featuring Oliverio Balcells
Third Friday Opening Reception 7pm-10pm
Experience a multimedia piece combining film and music by artist Oliverio Balcells. Take a journey of sound, languages, color, textures and history that engages audiences through evocative images with original live and recorded music that accompanies this piece.
The work reflects, through the eyes and ears of the artist, a multimedia celebration that leads to the routes traveled since ancient times to share visions, philosophies and knowledge that has been enriched through cultural exchanges, which even in our present endures and is alive.
Mayor Greg Stanton, stressed the importance of artists in bringing downtown Phoenix the success it experiences today. “Art is a gift,” Stanton said. “We wouldn’t have the momentum that we have, the other good things we have, without the artists.” He praised artists for helping make downtown what it is today and seeing potential in areas others did not, including himself. “Anytime you see me at a groundbreaking for some new development, be clear: I’m thinking about the artists that help find the beautiful nooks and crannies in our town … you are our eyes and ears. As we look at pioneers Alwun House — Kim Moody (Founder 1971) and Dana Johnson” “You were here first, and everything else we’ve done is on your shoulders.” Alwun House appreciates Mayor Stanton’s inclusion of artist and gallery owners in inter-departmental city planning.
“I love this place! And fell in love with The Alwun House back when I was in the 7th grade. My first piece was sold here. It was a still life done w pastels entered by Mrs. Wilnow, my art teacher. Years later my son Victor Solis while still in elementary school, also had his art exhibited and proudly sold 5 pieces of art. He is now 16 and a sophomore at North. Proud to say we are artists at heart. Thank you Alwun House for the beautiful memories and the opportunities given.”