The Fall of the House of Usher

Saturday Oct 25, 8pm

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Planet Poe Theatre presents

The Fall of the House of Usher
And other classic works
by Edgar Allan Poe
Directed by Robert X. Planet
Starring Baron Dixon and Joy Bingham Strimple
With special guest Wanda McHatton

PLANET POE, an Alwun House tradition since 2000, celebrates its Fifteenth Anniversary with its first-ever presentation of Poe’s most iconic Tale: a chilling, thrilling story of fear, madness, premature entombment, and the curse of a single Soul shared by a Brother, a Sister…and a House!
The Halloween-themed program of dramatic readings by professional actors, enhanced with music and sound effects, will also include a new, “distaff” adaptation of the tale The Cask of Amontillado performed by female readers, plus a selection of classic poems, including The Conqueror Worm, Spirits of the Dead, A Dream Within a Dream and The Raven.
Single performance at 8 pm Doors open at 7.

Tickets: $13 available at the door.

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Third Friday Oct 17, 2014

Three Legged Dog

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Three-Legged Dog is today’s version of the string bands that existed all about the country in the Thirties and Forties, groups that played everything – old-time mountain music, blues, ballads, devotional and dance music, jazz, pop tunes of the day – on acoustic instruments. The Dog takes to the stage with anywhere from sixteen to twenty instruments including multiple guitars, banjos, mandolins, accordion, bouzouki, harmonica, stand-up and fretless electric bass, Dobro and Hawaiian guitar, cello, fiddle, with new instruments added each performance. FYI: three-legged-dog.net

$5 Door opens 7pm performance starts at 8pm

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Mystic Circus – 2nd Saturday, Oct 11

Eclectic Urban Adventure under the Alwun House canopy.

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Rush the Clown is brutally ripped from his show when he makes an unsightly deal with the Devil. This is the first Mystic show EVER not hosted by Rush Hicks, the show must go on and supersede expectation beyond their leaders wildest dreams. Welcome to hell, folks… Because that is where the show begins. The Devil brings in her hellish subjects to entertain the masses on Earth. Straight from Hell returning cast members: Candy Bandit Candy DeMon, with her provocative tease that will not allow you to look away. Tabitha Kelley, even hotter than before, will burn your little faces off as she draws you in close with her hypnotizing aficionado. Also, never seen before on the Mystic stage, Balthasar Bones with his theatrical devil sticks performance and by far the youngest member ever to touch the Mystic lips, Scarlett Xander and her beloved colostomy bag. Returning as the Devil: Marissa Melon.
Live music by Allison Galbreath. Art and Refreshments.

Doors open 8:30pm – Show starts 9:30 PROMPT!
Tickets $15 at door

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Photoreal to Surreal Fantasy

September 5 – 26

Photoreal to Surreal Fantasy
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Artists:
Sarah Clemens, Baron Dixon, Mike Rider, Eric Simmons, Tom Stephenson

Having honed their painting skills in photorealism. Curator Dana Johnson, invited artists to show their stylistic and subject range, from realism into surrealistic fantasy; a mix seldom seen together.

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Third Friday Sept. 19

Musicians Showcase

Robby Roberson Quartet

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$5 Door opens 7pm performance starts at 8pm

The songs of the Robby Roberson Quartet create an organic, Americana style of music rich in dynamic rhythms and grooves, with flavors of rock, blues, folk, gospel and jazz. They are stories of fact, fiction, joy, and sorrow; all set against a backdrop of the various acoustic stringed and percussive instruments that are played with skill and passion. Indeed, the group feels that the instruments are not only a means of accompaniment, but are equal performers. The Robby Roberson Quartet consists of Robby playing guitars, banjo, mandolin, resonators, harmonicas and lead vocals; Eddie Garnero playing acoustic upright and electric bass and background vocals; Michael Mulryan playing violin, percussion, and background vocals; and Jim Banister playing percussion and background vocals. Robby Roberson Quartet – robbyroberson.com

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Mystic Circus Sept 13

Rush Hicks hosts the Mystic Circus Sideshow
Eclectic Urban Adventure under the Alwun House canopy.
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The Mystic Circus keeps returning with bigger, better, sexier and way more dangerous circus arts: aerials, fire, swords, burlesque, nudity, adult ribald humor… you know, all the good stuff.
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Mystic Circus this Saturday, brings “The Amazing Murder Of A Drunken Clown.” Forget everything you think you know about the Mystic Circus. What you may have seen was just the tip to get you lubed up before we subject your supple minds to the madness we have in ours. Witness host Rush Hicks’ decent into the fiery depths of hell in this thrilling story of love, loss, and (of course) lots of sexual chaos. You’ll also see your favorite aerialist, Marissa Melon, hanging from something far more disturbing than any apparatus you’ve seen her on before. You definitely do not want to miss this epic performance; bring a witness…don’t come alone.

This Month Show Features: Marissa Melon, Lia Fowler, Rush Hicks, Tabitha Kelley, Lily La Vamp, Jero the Jester, Chris Beverly, and ruling the underground, Life Suspended! Chilled refreshments add to an outrageously fun night for all. Let your inner-freak flag fly!

Doors open 8:30pm – Show starts 9:30 PROMPT!
Tickets $15 at door

Limited seating.

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The Alchemy of Peace:

September 5, First Friday

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First Friday Artists Reception, 7–10pm.

“The Alchemy of Peace:” Daniel Hirtz (Percussionist), Dashmesh Khalsa (Didgeridoo, synth–keyboard), Adran Lobo Miramontes (dance), and friends. Join in a journey of electronic acoustic exploration of the many expressions of peace through groove, poetry, sound and dance in preparation for the United Nations International Day of Peace, Sept 21. Refreshments. Open donation for musicians.

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Photoreal to Surreal Fantasy

September 5 – 26

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Artists:
Sarah Clemens, Baron Dixon, Mike Rider, Eric Simmons, Tom Stephenson

Having honed their painting skills in photorealism. Curator Dana Johnson, invited artists to show their stylistic and subject range, from realism into surrealistic fantasy; a mix seldom seen together.

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August 1 – 29: Wine, Women, and Song

August 1 – 29: Wine, Women, and Song
by John Avedisian
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In all of my work I constantly search for the commonalities that link us together. I want to transcend the boundaries of language, culture, geography, gender, and even time.

My search for this common ground led to Wine, Women, and Song, Which is a combination of three past series of paintings that that been re-worked and melded into one hybrid.

Wine Snob is an exploration of the sophistication, complexity, and intimacy of oenophilia. The love of wine is the love of humanity.

The series, Conversations, came from the perspective of a man who is an ardent feminist. I am grateful to all of the women, who while sitting for me, also enlightened and shared their thoughts, strengths, and vulnerabilities with me.

Finally, Avedisian’s Blues Period grew out of my love for the Blues and Jazz. Originally all of the paintings were done live on stage during performances.

I consider it a privilege and an honor to be an artist and to share my most intimate musings through my art, and hopefully to stimulate the talk, the drinking, and the listening.

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John Avedisian Reception, Third Friday Aug 15.

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Third Friday August 15 – Walkin’ Cane Mark

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Valley Blues legend, world traveler pulls out the stops with a “no filler, all-out funky groove show.” Walking Cane Mark roots grow from his grandfather’s Arizona Rambers fame, at the original Riverbottom. Performance is a ‘returning home’ celebration for WCM, since his initial early 80’s break at Alwun House. This is a from-the-heart benefit performance in support of Alwun Houses’ decades nurturing artists, and the House next step, developing its multi-use Green Art Park.

$5 Door opens 7pm performance starts at 8pm

YouTube; Walkin Cane Mark , Festival Spotlight Feature, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhAU_lEqQTI
WC Mark Live In Finland, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQw5O0qwEKs

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Dreams, Meditations and Every Day Connections Continued

July 8-25

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by Florence Flynn

New works create a celebration of color and form, her sculpture and painting express a natural spiritual connectivity. Florence Flynn received BA at Kansas City Arts Institute, and Masters at University of Lincoln Nebraska, Flo Flynn recently retired from teaching art at PUHSD, and now releases her passions creating new works.

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July Third Friday Musicians Showcase

Forrest&Gail

Third Friday, July 18, $5 7pm

Forrest Smith Rock’n Blues Show brings the house alive with special guest Gail Phoenix, on saxophone, Native American flute and vocals. A veteran musician deeply embedded in Arizona Blues/Rock scene, Forrest Smith singer/guitarist/songwriter/bandleader, received wide radio airplay for original hit, “Arizona Blues.” On view in Gallery, are paintings and sculptures by Florence Flynn. Door opens at 7pm, performances start at 8pm Refreshments available.

Website: http://www.musicbyforrest.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qybSUZ1684Q

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Intertemporalist Steampunk Exhibit

Apr 25 – May 9, 2014

Intertemporalist Steampunk Exhibit
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Local artist’s juxtaposed histories and technological fantasies are showcased in / at downtown’s transformative arts pioneer, Alwun House. On display are playfully reconfigured technologies, fantastical props, sculpture, illustrations, and paintings.

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“STEAMPUNK” Initially inspired by Victorian science fiction authors H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, drawing from Edgar Allan Poe, Steampunk was coined in 1980’s by author K. W. Jeter in describing contemporary stories set in the Victorian period, blending alternative history and science fiction, originally inspired by the ‘awe struck’ power of stream-driven technologies of emerging industrialized 19th Century. Steampunk sensibilities are constantly evolving, with adaptations through all the arts. Contemporary Steampunks’ various anachronistic re-interpretations of time and transformative visions are today, incorporating influences of digital power-driven revolutionary transformations.

Steampunk Poe

Saturday, April 26

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Edgar Allan Poe’s
Modern World of Tomorrow,

8pm Performance

Tickets: $7 adv $10 door
One night only, Experience the humorous “flip-side” of America’s Master of Horror, with Poe’s lesser-known works of futurism, science fiction, and time-bending adventure. Intertemporalist steampunk dramatic readings by grandiloquent actors, enhanced by original sound score.

Champagne Reception follows.
The Planet Poe Players directed by Robert X Planet

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Earth Day 2

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Enjoy great local food with Doc Brown of Doc’s Artisan Ice Cream and Eddie Robinson of Apizza Vendetta – Doc has a beautiful ice cream cart filled with fresh fruit bars, gelato and ice cream and Eddie has a newly launched food truck offering wood fired pizza and delicious salads.
Enjoy great music with Orgena Rose, Linda Bilque, Jon Bogner, Ben Anderson, Rick Rose and Gail Phoenix and more to come!
TICKETS $10 ADV, $15 door
Eventbrite - Earth Day 2014: Urban Roots - Ancient Wisdom at the Alwun House
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Beginning at 4:00 p.m.
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Open Ceremony with Community Grandmothers & Healing Tree Planting
4:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Percussion, Performance, Poetry
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Bands
8:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Community Drum Circle

Computer and high-tech equipment collection with AZ StRUT
Free Community Heath Screening from 4 – 7 p.m. with PACH – Phoenix Allies for Community Health (PACH)
Closing Community Drum Circle led by the amazing and energetic Ken Koshio

More info

 

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Salon des Enfants 2014

April 4 – 11

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First Friday Afternoon Opening

Celebrating 20 years, this exhibit of innocent student art is presented by Phoenix Elementary School District #1 Art Teachers, selecting their “best of” student artwork for this annual juried exhibit. Kids receive 100% of each $20 piece.

April 4, First Friday

afternoon, 3 – 6pm,

Opportunity to nurture today, a future artist, while experiencing exuberant youthful creativity and performances of student bands, choirs and dance ensemble groups and family. The public is invited to stop by after work, and enjoy this exceptional “feel good” show, and make the day of your child within. Popular naive art sells right off the wall, quickly replaced with more. Punch and Cookies served. free

 

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Exotic Rites of Spring Ball 2014

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30th EXOTIC ART Exhibit

February 18 – March 21, 2014

Alwun House ups the ante celebrating its 30th Exotic Art Show, the longest running exotic/erotic themed exhibit in the nation. Downtown Phoenix’s legendary gallery and performance space provides the serious artist and outlier alike,  READ MORE…

 

Friday, March 21

Rites of Spring Ball
7pm door, 8pm performances
tickets: $8 advance, $13 at door

Ball_Card_Front A “blooming” adventure for the curious. Join in celebrating the equinox of “spring’s evocative fecundity.” Spring Bash revelry, DJ MUSA returns from spinning Spring Break at Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. Passionate fusion dance beat, mingle under the stars, dress for fun.

Featured performances in the garden stage: Of The Earth Band; SPELL dancers invoke spring; Bedouin Tribe ritualistic fire; Derigible Dombek, trans-fusion Middle-Eastern dancers influenced from hip-hop, flamenco, and Broadway magic. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar. 21+ A fundraiser, proceeds benefit non-profit Alwun House community programs.

ADVANCE TICKET SALES ARE OVER.
Tickets will be available at the door.

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Noche Erotica

Noche Erotica presented by Grupo Cultural Anåhuac

Saturday, Feb 22, 8pm. $5 donacion.

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Alwun House just confirmed a bi-cultural addition to this year’s Exotic Art Show series. Grupo Cultural Anåhuac will present their 3rd Noche Erotica, sensual explorations by poets, musicians, DJ and video in Spanish.

Noche Erótica: Una exploración multidisciplinaria de arte sensual y provocative.
Sábado 22 de feb, 8:00 pm. Donación: $5.
Alwun House, Casa de las Artes, en 1204 E Roosevelt, Phoenix (en la esquina noreste de Calle 12 y Roosevelt).

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Erotic Poetry & Music Festivus

Erotic Poetry & Music Festivus

Friday, Feb 21

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The Phoenix core crème de la crème; from poets, musicians, comics and performance artists on two stages. Non-stop program featuring the broadest range of eclectic scintillating performances, comic lust-filled poetry, musical flights of fancy. Something for everyone. Discretion; Mature subject matter. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, Kahlua Coffee specials, Cash Bar. 21+

A scintillating evening of eclectic talents, with a full program that features more than 30 acts in two simultaneous stages (Main and West Garden), where tunes, words, songs, fire and body movements reign supreme!

Tickets $15 door
ADVANCE TICKET SALES ARE OVER.
Tickets will be available at the door.

Main Stage Acts:
8:00 – Welcome by hosts “Ernasty” Moncada & Kevin Patterson. Introducing ASL interpreter Haley Raynbo!
8:10 – Tom Tuerff (music)
8:25 – Dani Garitty (poetry)
8:35 – Dwayne Holmes (comedy)
8:45 – Beth May (poetry)
8:55 – Ben Jammin’ (poetry)
9:05 – Jared Squee (performance art)
9:15 – Brandy “Brandelicious” Phoenix (music)
9:30 – Neil Gearns & Heather Smith (poetry)
9:45 – Jack Evans & Judy Green-Davis (poetry)
10:00 – Ashley Naftule (performance art)
10:10 – Genevieve Rice (stand-up comedy)
10:20 – Nikki G (poetry)
10:30 – Lauren Perry (poetry)
10:40 – Katrina Rainsong of Firelight Entertainment (dance/performance art)
10:55 – Matt Micheletti (stand-up comedy)
11:05 – Expat, featuring Amy Ouzoonian & Patrick Hershey (music)

West Garden Stage Acts:
Fire: Heather Edgar, Music: Fable Farren Fen & Robert Anderson – interesting, Monica Rivas, Dagger Pan, Hydroxia Gryphon, Tracy Thomas, Paul Dlouhy, Vic Void; Poets: Carol Hogan, Joe Montano III, Deborah Berman, Wisdom Soul, Jewel Blackfeather.

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MAIN STAGE BIOS
* Kevin Patterson: Renaissance man of many facets, the most recent being the creation of “The Arthouse”, a locally grown on-line sitcom finishing its first season.
* “Ernasty” Moncada: Writer of stuff and performing junkie (with subtitles option included), producer of various local shows including Firestage and Arcana Cabaret.
* Haley Ritter: A yummy, free-spirited activist with a niche for ASL interpretation.
* Tom Tuerff: Singer-songwriter and beloved entertainer with an extensive career that has seen a plethora of diverse stages throughout the nation.
* Dani Garrity – Glendale poetry dame, host of the long-running open mic event “Words in the Alley”.
* Dwayne Holmes: The self-proclaimed world’s hottest theatre major; former cast member of First Friday Night Live.
* Beth May – A multi-talented force of nature, involved in many local projects including Arcana Collective, The Arthouse and First Friday Night Live.
* Ben Jammin’ – Fearless performer in spoken word, sketch and stand-up, also cast member of First Friday Night Live.
* Jared Squee – Radical writer and performance absurdist, ranging from the revolutionary to the revolting, from animal sounds to purple prose; unlimited nomadic experimentation.
* Brandy “Brandelicious” Phoenix – Singer/songwriter who speaks of halcyon dreams through her guitar while dancing veiled in verbal bouquets tickling the senses.
* Neil Gearns & Heather Smith – She is a soulful poet and dedicated painter, he is a witted storyteller and comedic performer; together they form a powerful creative entity.
* Jack Evans & Judy Green-Davis – Joined in their mutual love for poetry, community and each other, both writers are a constant source of inspiration and quality work.
* Ashley Naftule – Man of multiple faces including playwright, puppeteer, actor and performance artist; member of the Arcana Collective and the Space 55 ensemble cast.
* Genevieve Rice – The “classiest lady of local stand-up” who performs all over the Valley and produces successful on-going comedy events like The Snark Show.
* Nikki G. – Erotica poet who sets poetry on fire and can often be seen performing with her amazing band ReVerbin Blu.
* Lauren Perry – Slam poet, zombie beauty queen; since 2006, has crafted her own signature style of sex-plicit performance poetry of modern love and sexual freedom.

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30th Phantasmagorical Spectacular Exotic Art Show Opening

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Friday, Feb 14, 2014, Valentine’s Day

7pm door. Tickets $25 door

ADVANCE TICKET SALES ARE OVER TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ON A FIRST COME BASIS.

Experience a total immersion in multi-sensory, unabashed flights of fantasy with evocative, uninhibited art and performance at every turn. Fueled by word of mouth, tickets go fast to opening night, at the first art house and gallery in Downtown Phoenix.

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Eye-poppin’ phantasmagoria and heart-thumpin’ performances on two stages, including two floors of erotic-exotic art and roving performers, body painting. Complimentary decadent delectable edibles, champagne, Hpnotiq drink specials, cash bar. Guests are invited to “dress for success” – however they define it. Fetish attire welcome,

Downtown arts pioneer, Alwun House, pushes the exotic experience even further with its much anticipated opening. Over 50 artists’ passions push the envelope even further in a variety of media.

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Performances and Staging

Celebrating our 30th Exotic Art show: Show chanteuse Hillz Thrillz with Sonorous as Mistress of Revelry. Romantasy Cabaret turns up the heat with line-crossing, gender-bending and other ocular-pleasing burlesque with acts like “Requiem for a Dream-Manny” interpretive dance by a male transitioning to female, and Buffalo Bill-Visa’s hilarious strip tease as the infamous Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. Threeow in provocative performance artists La Goosie and Lauren Perry; ritualistic fire and passion, Bedouin Tribe. Edgy digital artist John Knott melds revelers and performances into a breathtakingly sensuous phantasmagorical experience. Climatic fetish suspension showstopper by “Life Suspended,” celebrates their 20th anniversary. Eclectic musical mix by Downtown Phoenix’s uber hot tablist, DJentrication. Throughout, Mark Greenawalt paints bodies, adding the cream to this year’s crème de la crème performances.In the West Garden’s “FlamingDicks” Lounge features The Exotic Jazz Quartet, with lads and lasses rigged and bound.

Exotic Art Show Performance “Exotic Art Show,” the longest running Exotic/Erotic exhibit and performance series in the country, turns 30, on Valentine’s Day, 2014. Conceived as a fundraiser in 1984 by the late revered arts provocateur, Rudy Turk (Alwun House Foundation Board Member, and ASU Nelson Fine Arts Museum curator), has grown to benefit artists in the thousands, including many of today’s respected established artists and performers.

To use a ballet company metaphor: Exotic is Alwun’s “Nutcracker” of a fundraiser: 100% of proceeds benefit non-profit Alwun House Foundation’s proven record transforming community through the arts, since 1971.

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