Calendar of Events

Exhibits, Performance, Events

Transforming community through the arts:

2019-2020 CALENDAR

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French-ThumbSeptember 6-26
A solo exhibit of metal sculptures by Sean T French. Sean creates beautiful and stunning shinning mythical creations. Metallic armour plated entities that create a sense of awe in the viewer. Excellent sculptures to stand proud and guard over your patio.

First Friday September 6 opening.
More info TBA.
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2019 Books ThumbSeptember 27
Banned Books Reading
Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7p
$10 in advance and $15 day of show
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Sister Sur Mon Visage, Mistress of Ceremonies
It’s a very special Adult story time that draws attention to the problem of book censorship, with events like this happening across the country. Join us as a wide variety of readings from banned books. This event is a collaboration with Alwun House and Arzizona LGBT+ History Project.
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MMXX-SQ_eyesOctober 4 – Nov 1
Monsters Menagerie
The infamously provocative and uncensored Monsters Menagerie juried art exhibit, is chock-full of grotesque and profane art in a variety of media from local artists. Demented creative works from menacing dark noir fantasies, to monstrous and blood-curdling creations that scream for attention. Jurors will award three artists with $500 for Critic’s Choice Award. Artists interested in exhibiting click here to download form.
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JoeThumbOctober 4th
First Friday, 7-10pm
OPENING RECEPTION
Alwun House is kicking off the gothic twisted exhibit with an opening artist’s reception on First Friday featuring a especially rare live performance by artist by Joe Willie Smith an active leader in the local Phoenix art scene for decades. Joe Willie Smith will be performing on his own monstrous found object de art sculptural creations emitting bizarre eerie aural acoustic resonances and rhythms to vibrate and exorcise the evils spirits away. Your chance meet and discuss with the artists personally in Alwun’s gallery and garden patios.

The Monsters Menagerie exhibit closes with the Monsters Ball Saturday Oct 26th. See below.
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ThumbOctober 18
CaberSLAAAY
presented by Corkscrew Cabaret
Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7p
$10 in advance and $15 day of show
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Awakened at last from our year long slumber, The Corkscrew Cabaret returns just in time to shake off the cobwebs, stir up the bats, and bring our own creepy, kooky and all together sexy spin to this Monsters Menagerie. More Info…………
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MBall_ThumbSaturday October 26th
Monsters Ball

Tickets $15 Advance $20 Door.
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Doors creak open 7pm, performances continue until 11pm.
Revel with a Cause at Alwun’s annual blow-out Halloween art party. Their raves are “not-to-be-missed” high-energy Cabaret Burlesque Spectacular. As Phoenix New Times stated, “Don’t let your friends drag you to just another bar or house party” for this year’s Halloween Celebration. Alwun’s Annual Halloween blow-out art party gets rave reviews for its noir cabaret stage show, featuring costumed revelers, music, dance and dark bizarre performances. The House serves complimentary finger-food, and spine-chilling libations like bubbly Hpnotiq ‘Spider Venom’ Punch at the cash bar.Special performing artists, Spooky Kool and WTQ “What The Queer.” More Info………….

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DalPraThumbNovember 8 – 29
Collisions
Exhibit by Joe Dal Pra
Opening Reception
Friday, November 8, 7pm
more info TBA

Tucson artist, Joe Dal Pra art reflects on change: to show change, in particular how change builds a history, often of deterioration. Most of Joe’s works have a broken and put back together feel. Surfaces are worn and often show layers of underneath coatings and materials. Figures have a fragmented form or surface. Structures are bent, twisted, repaired and reused. Things that could not hold up to the stress of being, failing over time and circumstances. These include people, structures, and hybrid creatures. His characters, forms and materials worked together through a process of building and reflection and changes. Working with ceramic, steel, cast plastic and metal and existing objects. The imagery of Joe Dal Pra’s sculptural work comes from the human body, engineered structures, aircraft parts, toys and comics.

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THUMBNovember 15
ALICE
Presented by Silver String Circus
Friday, November 15
Doors open 7pm, Show at 8pm
Tickets $10 advance, $15 door
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Wonderland comes to life in SIlver String Circus’ latest show, ALICE! Witness a dazzling display of acrobatics, dance, improv, music, magic and more all while enjoying an intimate whimsicality only the Alwun House can provide. More info…….

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CoverThumbNovember 23
Cleodora Presents
Cabaret Noir
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Make plans NOW to avoid those Black Friday crowds. Join us for a dark cabaret experience! Let us entertain you with an evening of sultry entertainment at this adult-themed cabaret variety show celebrating the unconventional side of sensuality with beautiful dancers, adult comedy, and sexy acrobatic acts!

Our performers are some of the most mesmerizing, highly trained, and incredibly talented ladies you can find!
More Info…………..

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LH-THUMBDecember 7 – January 3,2020
LIGHTHOUSE
With gallery lights off, art emits light installed throughout gallery and into the gardens. Infused interactive light installations creating a transcendent aesthetic experience. Selected artists displaying imaginative integration of mediums, from functional to conceptual; light-boxes, lamps, art shrines, video, interactive light installation, neon, LED, fire, mixed media. If it glows, flickers, flashes, video, neon, shines in a darkened room. Artists interested in exhibiting click here to download form.

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ThumbDecember 21, 2019
Cleodora Presents
TEASE, a Holiday Edition
TicketButtonXSmJoin us for Tease, a Holiday Edition. A special performance where there’s no questioning if these girls have been Naughty or Nice. Because they’be been BOTH. It will be an evening of teasing with seasonaly sultry entertainment at this classic burlesque style variety show shimmying with glamorous burlesque dancers, adult comedy, and sexy acrobatic acts! Plus special seasonal refreshments to keep you warm and spice up your Holiday Cheer.

Alwun House, named “Best Place to see a Sideshow 2018″ Phoenix New Times, and this is the best cabaret in the valley!

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2020Thumb1Feburary 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.

EXOTIC BACKGROUND:
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.

colorbarLion-SalonApril 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.”
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OliverioThumbApril 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.

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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.

MUTIGENERATIONAL REVIEW
“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.”

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8 Responses to Calendar of Events

  1. What Empty Nesters do at Easter.
    I got a great lesson, Sunday, in how other people cope with empty nests. In this first year of 25 that I’ve had neither husband nor kids at home, holidays have been ….difficult. This Easter, it was my privilege to participate in a “Magnum Opus” by chef and architect, Dana Johnson.
    8 guests, 8 courses, 4 hours.
    4 desserts.
    After the 3rd course, the salad (more like a Theme Park), we had to have a break and walk around.
    Susie spent quality time with BunBabe, the Real Easter Bunny. Eli gave impromptu massages. Dave got ice slipped down his shirt (on purpose) and au jus from the crown roast (by accident). Crystal wore an outrageous retro outfit complete with carnation hat and red fur purse. (the matching red fur muff had disintegrated). It’s the first time I ever heard Brian wax poetic! Carol and I discovered a mutual passion for egg painting and the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. Sandra talked about palate cleansers, Kim twinkled at the foot of the table, and we all needed coffee and chocolate to fend off a food coma.
    After the creme de cassis and vanilla cordials, the ice cream sandwiches made with rock sugared egg cookies, and the giant blueberry and cherry cream cheese cake tart, we just stared at dessert number 4. So the poor little Sacrificial lamb cake (red velvet with secret frosting) got beheaded, and a piece sent home with each guest. Reverently, for breakfast.
    Dana has a waiting list of adopted family and friends, willing to sell their firstborns for a place at his table. It is rare to be invited to an event like this. I ‘m privileged not only to have had the experience, but also to have learned a truism:
    You create a temporary family from whomever happens to be there – and a memorable feast celebrates the adoption.
    Very clever, those Alwun House boys.
    by D. Smith

  2. Timothy Faulkner Parker

    I love this place haven’t been there in years but exotic art shows and parties are some the best I’ve ever been to,, Great Fun open minded People,,,A+++

  3. We just held an event at the Alwun house 1/17/14 for Gabriel’s Angels and the Gabriel’s Angels Board of Young Professionals and overall we couldn’t be any happier with the result. Dana and Kim were great to work with and our plan is to make this an annual event at this location. Overall just an awesome experience and a great venue. Thanks again Dana and Kim for a spectacular night!

    Nathan

  4. Happy Exotic Art Show, you amazing Phoenix heartbeats!!! This achievement is truly Awesome!!! I get goosebumps thinking about the first day the art begins to arrive, and the bright allure that the buzzing vibrations bring to downtown. The House has been a sanctuary for so many, a support for art-lovers of all ages and backgrounds, and a beating heart for the Phoenix arts community.
    Thank you thank you thank yooooooo!

  5. Arcelio Martinez

    October 23 at 8:46pm
    YE OLDE ALWUN HOUSE IS ONE OF THE BEST SOURCES OF ART, EDUCATION AND SO MUCH MORE IN THE STATE YES OUR RACIST STATE ALWUN HOUSE BRINGS PEOPLE TOTETHER

  6. Lighthouse artist, Baron Dixon review: Well, this last Friday’s “Lighthouse!” exhibit opening was, in my opinion, the best one yet! Artistic inventiveness was on full display (and WILL be all through December as the show will be lit up for evening viewing hours) in this truly multimedia experience. And the only thing that could distract us all from the pretty lights was the BAND on stage, the Haymarket Squares. They played three sets, and at the end unplugged themselves from their amplifiers, and roused us with a couple of songs amongst us, the audience. They are awesome singer/songwriters with lyrics in their original songs worthy of the Broadway stage, like the anthem, “Buy My Vote.”

  7. Pleasure being part of the Exotic Show experience these last couple of years.

    Thanks all visitors for the Viewers Choice Award!

  8. Rafael Gutierrez

    I have missed you will see you soon Great JOB!