Calendar of Events

Exhibits, Performance, Events

Transforming community through the arts:

2019-2020 CALENDAR


2020Thumb1Feburary 14 – March 21, 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.
PhantasThumbFriday, February 14th Valentine’s Day!
6pm Entry to VIP happy hour with PRE-PURCHASE ONLY gain first entry
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..
EMPFFriday, 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


LogoThumbSaturday, 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.


Ringmater ThumbFriday, March 6th
The Ringmaster’s Apprentice
Doors open at 7. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 advance $15 day of show, available at door
An all ages show.

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!

Lion-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.”
Thumb1April 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…….

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.



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.”



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!


  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

  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!