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May 21, Pain Proof Punks

Pain Proof Punks present: Geek Gasm: May 21, 2022

Tickets: $20 General Admission $25 VIP front section – Day o show: $25 GA & $30 VIP if available Doors open at 8pm, Show starts at 9pm.

The Pain Proof Punks are back again to excite and fright with Sideshow, Burlesque, Drag, and more!! We have an incredible stage style event with seating in store! Together we will explore characters that inspire us to fandom!! Comics, sci-fi films, pop culture phenomenons, and the shows we can’t help but binge!! We will test your boundaries and transport you to a world of the creepy and comedic, the beautiful and bizarre, and the gentle and grotesque. Alwun House is an outdoor limited seating venue! Show goes on rain or shine. No Refunds.

Hosted by Sparkinson Performers: Pepper Mint Schnapps, Trey. Rumor Hasset, KiimicalWarfare, Kinky Kirra, Katara, Mara Chino, Britni Bloodshed, Lexi Locket, Rusty The Clown, Juno, Jacqueline Hide Event Photographer: Alex Boutte – Event Producer : Rusty The Clown

May 6, Comurshy Solo Exhibit

COMURSHY Exhibit up through May 27. Viewing Tuesday – Friday, Noon – 6pm. Free.

Alwun House is pleased to present Comurshy, a local Phoenix based mixed media artist with a flair for vibrant colors. His distinctive style blends spray and brush painting creating a unique beauty, resulting in stunning almost psychedelic character portraits filled with whimsy and mystery on both real and fictional subjects. The gallery will be filled with these stunning large canvases, for a delightful art experience.

May 6, Art Park First Friday Market

Art Park First Friday: May 6, 2022, 6pm to 10pm FREE

FREE: Join us for May’s First Friday as the Art Park becomes a arts market filled with art vendors offering unique Live painting, one-of-kind jewelry, clothing, artworks and other crafts. This month we have an outstanding funky fusion Fillipino trip to try out with Krack Rolls. Deliciousness will be found in these Fillipino Lumpia rolls with a fusing Lumpia rolls with American, Italian and of course Mexican tacos. Filling out the Fillipino experience they have Halo Halo, a popular cold dessert in the Philippines. Adding to the nights diversity is audio stimulation by DJ Scapegoat who will fill the air with a vast array of feet flickering funky.

May 6, Comurshy Solo Exhibit

COMURSHY Opening Reception: May 6, 2022, 6pm to 10pm FREE

Exhibit up through May 27.

Alwun House is pleased to present Comurshy, a local Phoenix based mixed media artist with a flair for vibrant colors. His distinctive style blends spray and brush painting creating a unique beauty, resulting in stunning almost psychedelic character portraits filled with whimsy and mystery on both real and fictional subjects. The gallery will be filled with these stunning large canvases, for a delightful art experience.

April 1, 2022

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 amid trying times and cutbacks in funding

There will be approximately 200 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 $25 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 (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.

Saturday, March 24

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 at door

Doors open at 8pm Show at 8:30

An evening showcasing for the more adventurous spirits in Phoenix’ Black community. There will be art, music, food, performance art, dance, burlesque and DRAG! Performances that will make your eye’s pop. Featuring: Kristofer Inez Onyx an amazing performer who is also a member of the Pride board, Sean Avery Medlin – poet rapper and author, Lovely Lady Lala – with dazzling acrobatics and burlesque dance routines, Rosie Cheeks – performance artist and drag queen, TRUVONNE – her latest single “Drive” a hypnotic blend of R&B and electronic music gaining national attention, and Twixx – will highlight the evening as emcee with bizarre drag talent. Also, vendors selling books, fashion and paintings. Rain or shine.

March 18-19-20, IGNiGHT: The Art of Burning Man

Burning Man inspired immersive and interactive art at Alwun House . An all ages experience.

Tickets – $10, timed entry, limited supply
An art exhibition of works created by Arizona artists, IGNiGHT: Burning Man Art in Arizona is an interactive art experience and celebration of the 10 principles of Burning Man that invites members of the Arizona community to come together to learn more about how Burning Man’s mission shapes everyday experiences.

This experience is sponsored by AZ Burners, Roosevelt ArtWorks and Alwun House Foundation.

Covid-safety is at the forefront of our minds: timed entry, masks required, social distancing, hand washing stations. Proof of full vaccination or negative Covid test within 72 hours of the event will be required.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience an immersive safari of interactive art experiences

Explore an immersive art experience
Large scale art and flame effects
Flow art performances
Listen and dance to sweet grooves
LED talks
Learning experiences
Interact with unique art pieces
Express yourselves in their most radical ways
And much, much more!
Costumes encouraged!

Covid-safe practices will be enforced. Up to 25 adults and 10 children will be allowed entry every 15 minutes, and you will select your entry time when you make your reservation. All adults and children must have tickets to enter. Masks required, temp will be taken, you will be asked to show proof of full vaccination status or dated negative Covid lab test result taken within 72 hours of the event, and social distancing will be enforced.

March 12 – The Vagina Monologues

ALWUN HOUSE presents a SPECIAL PRODUCTION of the 20th Anniversary Edition of

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, Written by Eve Ensler, ©1994
Staged by Jeremie Bacpac Franko and Diana Udy – Consultant: Rosemarie Dombrowski

Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at door (if available)
Doors open at 7pm show starts at 8pm.

20th Anniversary Special Performance, recognizing International Women’s History Month Alwun House presents a rare production of The Vagina Monologues with the never-yet-performed newest segments, updated to reflect a heightened awareness of women’s issues in these times, as well as uncovering the silent burdens from years past.
The monologues will be presented by a diverse cast of readers. “The Vagina Monologues” is performed in more than 140 countries and translated into 49 languages. With a cast, including over 20 women with a wide range of diverse cultures ages and backgrounds. This is a ONE-NIGHT- ONLY performance including three new SPOTLIGHT monologues gathered by Ms. Ensler for this anniversary show.
The Vagina Monologues was written in 1994 by Eve Ensler, and was comprised of over 200 interviews she did with a cross-section of women. They talked about sex, relationships, their connection to their bodies and violence against women. More specifically, they spoke intimately about their vaginas.

In 2006, The New York Times called the play “Probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade.” In 2018, The New York Times stated “No recent hour of theater has had a greater impact worldwide,” in an article “The Great Work Continues: The 25 Best American Plays Since ‘Angels in America.’
You must be 18 years or older to attend or be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The production will be without intermission. It is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Show goes on Rain or shine.
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 dated from a lab within 72 hours of event.

February 11 – March 11, 2022
EXOTIC ART SHOW 2022

A Juried Group Exhibition

Exotic Art Show exhibit showcasing over 40 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 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. $4 Viewing Tuesday through Friday Noon to 6pm.

Feb 18, Erotic Poetry & Music Festivus

7pm door, Shows start at 8pm

Tickets: $10 advance $17 door

An evening of romancing bards to entertain thee. Alwun House Exotic Art Show has hosted the Erotic Poetry & Music Festivus (EP&MF), since 2004. Providing for a broader 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.

2022 features local artists, who poetically span the erotic eras from OG to this week’s zeitgeist gracing two stages. The West Garden Stage, will be hosted by Rosemarie Dombrowski, the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, and features local poets. While, the Main Stage is co-hosted by the grandiloquent duo, poet/theater director Ernesto Moncada, and comedian/actor Matt Micheletti. Program includes poetry music and intertwining of the two. Cash bar. 21+ Show rain or shine.

*Covid-19 Precautions: In interest of public health we are limiting crowd size. All of our volunteers and performers will be vaccinated or have proof of negative test. Likewise, Alwun House will require that attendees show proof of vaccination or a Covid19 negative test results within 72 hours of event.

Feb 11, Phantasmagorical Spectacular

7pm door, Shows start at 8pm

Tickets: $30 advance $40 door if available* (advance tickets gain first entry)

Reserved Tables: $200  –  $400 – 4top (includes admission for four, & complimentary bottle of champagne, and 50th anniversary mug) Reserved table seating front & center for four.  $200 -2top Cocktail tables with seating for two (includes admission for two, two complimentary drinks, and 50th anniversary mug).

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, a gallery full of erotic-exotic art, bondage, fire, burlesque, and bitchin’ bossa nova.

Opening Night’s Valentine Spectacular headline act is the crème of provocative cabaret burlesque acts: VaVaVoom Productions the largest troupe of burlesque babes in the valley, with sexy classic burlesque and a few contemporary kinks that may shock a few viewers. Also breaking the chains that bind, Ignite Collaborative acts on women’s empowerment to get your juices flowing. House of Cirque will dazzle with daring sexy sideshow acts. Plus, Agents of Lust spark up the evening with their lustful grinding act. Meanwhile, bossa nova and bondage fill the west garden stage with the band Moonlight Magic accompanying suspended shibari rope/bondage demonstrations by RedsDragon alongside the penial fire pit. Fetish and cosplay attire welcome. Dress for success. Champagne & drink specials like the ever-popular decadent Chocolate Orgasm are available at Cash Bar. Show goes on rain or shine. No Refunds.

*Covid-19 Precautions: In interest of public health we are limiting crowd size. All of our volunteers and performers will be vaccinated or have proof of negative test. Likewise, Alwun House will require that attendees show proof of vaccination or a Covid19 negative test results within 72 hours of event.

January 22, 2022

The Pain Proof Punks returns with: LOVER

Doors open at 8pm Show at 9pm
Tickets: $20 advance GA & $25 VIP Limited seating.

The Pain Proof Punks are back again to excite and fright with Sideshow, Burlesque, Drag, and more!! We have an incredible stage style event with seating in store! Together we will take you through a journey of love’s desire, depravity, and despair. Our artists will display Fire Arts, Drag, Burlesque, Glass Walking, Blockhead, Geek and a variety of talents. We will test your boundaries and transport you to a world of the creepy and comedic, beautiful and bizarre, and the gentle and grotesque.

Alwun House is an outdoor limited seating venue! We do suggest masks and dress warm accordingly. Show goes on rain or shine. No Refunds.

Host: Sparkinson

Performers: Rubye Moore, Trey, Britni Bloodshed, Irene Silver, Katara, Dr. Copperchops, Kimiical Warfare, Jacqueline Hide, Lexi Locket, Viper, The Magyc Sandwych.

Producer: Rusty The Clown of The Pain Proof Punks

January 15, 2022

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The Gaslight Circus returns… Step Right up II: Murder She Clowned

A Murder Mystery of Clowns
Doors open at 7pm Show at 8pm
Tickets: $10 advance, $17 Door
In an all-new performance, join The GasLight Circus for Step Right Up II: Murder She Clowned! This comedic blend of live circus performance and murder-mystery theatre will keep you in suspense as well as laughter as you, the audience, work alongside the cast of the show to solve this all new ‘Whodunit’ mystery before the night is over! See The Clown, Prince of Arizona, Jero the Jester! The Mysterious Proprietor! The Incomparable Tommo! And many MANY more at this thrilling all ages performance LIVE on stage at the legendary Alwun House!

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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.

NYE December 31, 2021

NEW YEAR EVE 2021 – The Corkscrew Cabaret returns… For Auld Lang Syne!

A New Years Burlesque Extravaganza
Doors open at 8pm Show at 9pm
Tickets: $15 advance, $22 Door
Reserved Tables: Table for Four $125 includes one complimentary bottle of champagne – Limited Supply
After almost 2 long years, The Corkscrew Cabaret comes roaring back into the Alwun House for a sultry, champagne fueled New Year’s celebration you simply must see to believe! Join us, December 31st as we strip and strut our way into 2022 with all the glitz, glamour, and truly tantalizing temptations Phoenix’s wildest burlesque revue has become so well known for!

December 3, 2021

A truly fun unique Holiday shopping experience! Support local artists vendors and seasonal home baked goods while being treated to traditional Louisiana jazz and cuisine. Jambalaya and po’boy sandwiches by “Mingo’s Louisiana Kitchen” accompanied by roots jazz of the 20’s & 30’s by “The Hot Beignets” a lively 7-piece band. With ample beverages to wash it all down. Next door, visit the historic Alwun House gallery for an illuminating exhibit. Gallery lights are out since the art emits light. Installed throughout gallery and into the gardens and Art Park,

November 20, 2021

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.

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.

November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021

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.

November 5-20, 2021

November 5-20, 2021

50th Anniversary Invitational Art Exhibit

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 5, 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.