Calendar of Events

Exhibits, Performance, Events

Transforming community through the arts:

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2022-2023 CALENDAR

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November 4-18

Keep Your Hands Off My Body
Exhibit: Nov 4 – 18
Opening Reception: First Friday, Nov 4, 6-10pm

Keep Your Hands Off My Body, a photographic thematic essay created by award winning photographer Holly Shoemaker in response to the overturning of Roe v Wade, as well as the most recent decision by a Pinal County judge, effectively banning abortions in the state of Arizona. This high contrast, black and white series features 27 models from throughout Arizona in solidarity and protest, in an artistic expression and emotionally raw perspective.

November 12, Saturday

Tickets $15 advance, $20 door
Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm

THE MASKED CLOWN: Join your favorite performers of The GasLight Circus on a new swashbuckling comedy adventure! Featuring both old and new faces to the show, witness the amazing and astounding feats of slapstick and skill put on by the likes of Jero the Jester: The Clown Prince of Arizona, The Proprietor, Alynn the Clockwork Doll, Siggy, Loki, Tommo the Clown, and even more to be announced! See juggling, magic, dancing, singing, sword fighting, and everything in between at GLC’s last show of the year! It All begins when the doors open at 7:00pm, showtime at 8:00pm!

November 25-27

A Night of Misfit Films Debuts at Alwun House

The Valley’s Best Party, Off The Beaten Path Film Festival, in its seventh year;

Tickets: https://filmfreeway.com/ANightOfMisfitFilms/tickets

Laugh out loud, cringe in horror, tear up or jump out of your seat and dance. Filmmakers and movie lovers alike will experience an unusual house party like no other during Thanksgiving Weekend. The indie film party A Night of Misfit Films – hosted by
filmmaker and actor Dineta Williams-Trigg – will be a three-day event Nov. 25-27. 2022.

One of three events under the “We Film Festival” umbrella, A Night of Misfit Films (ANOMF) is operated by Williams-Trigg and and Lebanese filmmaker L. Gauthier Raad. Together, they also co-produce/co-direct Lebanese Independent Film Festival, held in Beirut, and Fantasy Film
Festival, in Paris, France. On a mission to be independent at heart and global in soul, the filmmakers have made it possible for emerging artists to be showcased beyond their continent. International filmmakers will make their way to North America to participate in the festival, along with local filmmakers, thus allowing for an exciting cultural exchange of creativity. “In producing the programming for the festival, we wanted to include rare gems that don’t get much love in the film festival circuit. Often these films are rejected because they lack recognizable stars or deal with subject matter that’s either unknown, taboo or strange.”

ANOMF – in its seventh year – grew out a desire by Williams-Trigg to celebrate artistic talent, diversity in the Arizona film industry, artistic talent and to bring people together to have a good time. The aim of the festival is to create a safe space for true independent filmmakers that haven’t had the opportunity to have their work screened by audiences at other film festivals.

Misfit Films – which features an eclectic array of short indie films you won’t find anywhere else – doesn’t play it safe like most film festivals. It takes chances, and, therefore, has become one of the most unique and one-of-a-kind film festivals to experience in the Valley.

December 2 First Friday

FREE: Join us for December First Friday as the Art Park becomes an arts market filled with over two dozen art vendors offering unique one-of-kind jewelry, clothing, artworks and other crafts. October’s food trucks TBA. Artists interested in selling their wares at this event, click here to register.

December 2, 2022 – January 6, 2023,

LIGHTHOUSE

First Friday: December 2 – First Friday January 6, 2023, LIGHTHOUSE, 6pm to 10pm

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.

February 10, 2023 40th Exotic Art Show

PHANTASMAGORICAL Spectacular Opening: February 10, 2023

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 40 it is the longest-running exhibit of erotic and exotic art in the country. The Exotic Art Show is a special 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. Artists interested in exhibiting click here.

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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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