Calendar of Events

Exhibits, Performance, Events

Transforming community through the arts:

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2021-2022 CALENDAR

October 1 – 30, 2021
Monsters Menagerie

Juried Group Exhibition

The infamously provocative and uncensored Monsters Menagerie is a juried art exhibit, chock-full of grotesque and profane art in a variety of media from local artists. Demented creative works from menacing dark noir fantasies, satirical political demons, to monstrous and blood-curdling creations that scream for attention. More Info TBA. Artists wishing to exhibit in this exhibit may click here for registration information.

October 23, Saturday
Silver String Circus

Tickets: $13 Advance, $18 Door

Doors open at 7pm. Show starts promptly at 8pm.

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here – you might want to leave the kids at home for this one. Inferno is Silver String Circus’ first 21+ show, a wicked circus show inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, featuring magic, music, and death-defying stunts! Get your tickets now, before they all go up in smoke. Rain or Shine. Limited Seating.

Covid-19 Precautions: In interest of public health, all of our volunteers and performers will all be vaccinated or have proof of negative test. Likewise, Alwun House will require that attendees show proof of vaccination or proof of a Covid19 negative test results within 72 hours of event. No refunds.

22nd Monsters Ball

October 30th 7pm – 1amTickets: $20 advance $25 door

Reserved Table for 4: $250 – Note: A limited number of Reserved Tables are available center front stage. You couldn’t get better viewing, up close and spirited personal experience. Each Reserved Table comes with admission tickets for 4, and a complimentary bottle of Champagne, and trick-or-treat swag bag.

YOUR NIGHTS’ WICKEDLY SPIRITED PROGRAM

Doors creak open 7pm, to performances, continuing into the wee hours. It’ll blow your mind while tickling your spine. Spinning ghastly grooves for the evening will be DJ Rebot. The blow-out thriller stage show opens with spirited music by the Blood Feud Family Singers, a Phoenix based quartet specializing in up-tempo, down-hearted, poetic-philosophic, country-fried hostility for sentimental haters promises you a rollicking horrific time.

VaVaVoom Productions takes the stage with their kinky twisted burlesque aka a Ghoulesque show with performances that cross a few lines being a tad gory, a bit bloody, a lot sexy, and daringly erotic with a twisted decadence and depravity, tossed in together to appease the tease.

Libations will flow with the notorious spider venom and other spirited concoctions. 21+ No host bar. Rain or shine.

There’s more for guests’ viewing pleasures in the gallery. Monsters Menagerie 22 exhibit; filled with menacing dark noir fantasies, macabre blood-sucking beasts, dark humor, other-worldly spirits, and creations that scream for attention. Alwun House infamously provocative and uncensored annual juried exhibit, is filled with grotesque and profane art in a variety of media from Arizona artists.

Covid-19 Precautions: In interest of public health, all of our volunteers and performers will all be vaccinated or have proof of negative test. Likewise, Alwun House will require that attendees show proof of vaccination or proof of a Covid19 negative test results within 72 hours of event. No refunds.

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November 5-20, 2021

50th Anniversary Invitational Art Exhibit

Opening Reception: First Friday, November 5, 6 – 10pm. Free, no host bar.

Exhibit selection from out of the thousand artists who have exhibited throughout the decades, with the assistance of curator Ted Decker, we have selected artists who have had an impact on Alwun House and the Phoenix arts community at large.

November 12, 2021

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50th Anniversary Heartsong Poetry Night

Friday, November 12, Doors open 7pm. Show at 8pm.

Tickets: $10 Advance, $15 door

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/50th-anniversary-heartsong-poetry-night-tickets-186251060937

Celebrating 50 years of iconic visual, literary, and performance art, Alwun House, Recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award, is thrilled to announce The event features intergenerational poets/spoken word artists and musicians representing five decades-worth of iconic poetry events from the 70s to the present—from Heartsong to Coffeehouse shows, Erotic Poetry and Music Festivus, the Spanish-language Noche Erotica, and Ladies on Fire. 

Hosted by Phoenix’ Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombowski and Ernesto Moncado, and featuring OG poets who performed at the original Heartsong Poetry events in the ‘70’s to today’s hippest gaggle of the Phoenix poet scene.

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November 20, 2021

50TH Anniversary Dinner Gala

Saturday, November 20, Doors open 6:00 pm. Dinner at 7:00pm. Show at 8:30pm.

Tickets: $125 – Limited seating –only 80 seats available.

Sponsor tables available: $1,250 reserves your own group of eight at a table.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/50th-anniversary-dinner-gala-tickets-186300629197

A festive feasting fundraiser to celebrate this unique half century milestone in style, and to toast the future of Alwun House Foundation. Special Guests include: Mayor Kate Gallego, and Phoenix’ iconic jazz singer Francine Reed. Doors open at 6pm, guests can view the 50th Anniversary art exhibit and socialize while nibbling on delicious tapas. Dinner accompanied with classical music provided by the Downtown Chamber Series string quartet, while Seafood Paella is cooked on site performance-style with large paella pans prepared by Chef JJ of the Saffron Pig, while guests are gathering, noshing and selecting their seats. Dinner will be served at 7pm. Deserts are a refreshing aperitif and memorable flambé cakes. Then, recognizing that Phoenix has an outstanding jazz scene, we’re topping the evening off with Phoenix’ renowned jazz singer Francine Reed and Trio, entertaining with soulful jazz like only THE Francine Reed can. Each guest will receive a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coffee Mug. Rain or Shine

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December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021 to January 7, 2022
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. More Info TBA. Artists wishing to exhibit in this exhibit may click here for registration information.

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February 11 – March 11, 2021
EXOTIC ART SHOW 2022

A Juried Group Exhibition

Exotic Art Show exhibit showcasing over 50 local and regional visual artists in this infamously provocative, playful, sensual or audacious, uninhibited passions that push the envelope. At 38 it is the longest-running exhibit of erotic and exotic art in the country. The Exotic Art Show is a critical fundraiser for Phoenix’s original Alwun House nonprofit arts organization, since 1971. To use a ballet metaphor, Exotic has become Alwun’s “Nutcracker” of a fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting our community arts & cultural center. More Info TBA. Artists wishing to exhibit in this exhibit may click here for registration information.

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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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