Calendar of Events

Exhibits, Performance, Events

Transforming community through the arts:

2019-2020 CALENDAR


LH-THUMBDecember 7 – January 3,2020
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.



ThumbGraphicDecember 7, 2019
illuminated light Show Opening
7pm door. 8pm performances Tickets: $10 advance, $15 door.
TicketButtonXSmThe extraordinary Juggler James Reid, performs a totally trippy blacklight & LED show-stopper. He’ll fire up the night with some seriously dangerously fun acts. Following these antics, will be Tide Pools, a lively upcoming band mixing elements of R&B with jazzy influences. Stir in a few illuminated dancers, with psychedelic projections for an unforgettable evening of fun and de lights. Also, DJ Quezo Mann will be spinning vinyl. Seasonal drinks to liven up the evening. Cash Bar. 21+ Rain or shine.
ThumbCastawayDecember 20, 2019
Castaway Comedy presents
A Very Castaway Christmas
Tickets: $8 adv, $12 door
Doors open 7pm show starts at 8pm
TicketButtonXSmTis the season for a very special gift. December 20th, Castaway Comedy troupe is bringing you a Holiday show at Downtown’s Alwun House. Join us to celebrate Christmas with some amazingly talented comedians. For this year’s show, Gene Moore Clause and his elves, Ali Musa, Glendon McGee and Derek McFarland, will be spreading holiday cheer with lots of ridiculous stories and naughty jokes, so that you can put those winter earmuffs to use! Merry Christmas you scoundrels!


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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!

ppp-Thumb2January 1, 2020
Pain Proof Punks Present
Time :Doors 8pm Show 9pm -11:30pm
Tickets: $15 advance – $20 at door.
VIP TICKETS: $20 advance front rows viewing
CREEP: An evening of the strange, peculiar, and bizarre experienced through Sideshow, Burlesque, and Drag. The Pain Proof Punks unveil a showcase of artists displaying such skills as Drag, Aerial Silks, Fortune Telling, Belly Dance, Hot Wax Pour, Glass Walking, Burlesque, and many other variety and Sideshow acts! Together they will test your boundaries and transport you to a world of the creepy and comedic, beautiful and bizarre, and the gentle and grotesque. Special guest performances from The Dahli, The Clunt, Britni Bloodshed, and a collaboration from LIFE SUSPENDED and Rusty The Clown.
Also have Fortune Readings will be available! Plus an art raffle with incredible prizes. And an artist will also be doing live painting! Show goes on rain or shine.


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.

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.”
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!