December 4 – January 1, 2021

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.

October 31, 2020



The show must go on….. The legend of the Monsters Ball continues with the blessings of a full blue moon. While staying true to a Monstrous 2020, we must consider social distancing and limit crowd size this Halloween. We’ve done the best we can to plan a safe, fun memorable night out with Monsters Menagerie Art in gallery, sideshow performances by the ever-eerie Pain Proof Punks, plus three gory whorey comedians provide blue color horror laced comedy: Leslie Barton, Kristofer Royer and Derek McFarland, and audience participation with costumes & prizes. The back gate creeks open at 7pm. Guests are encouraged to arrive well before 8pm show start, so everyone can be seated to meet social distancing etiquette.
Contact free tickets available online, are sold in groups of 4. That’s four people per table, with complimentary munchies. Tables for four people (or monsters), are $200. Each table becomes its own ‘household’ – The Addams Family, The Munsters, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, The Trumps, The Honeymooners. You name it, be creative; prizes for the best household.
Like with many iconic arts venues across the country, the safety of all people is our chief concern with any activity at Alwun House. Due to pandemic safety protocols, we are limiting attendance to the Monsters Ball while also opening this event to a safe accessible, engaging online format — although it’s not what our faithful patrons have grown to love about the Monsters Ball — it is the responsible approach, and we are thrilled to still be able to showcase these visual and performing artists and patrons that call Alwun House home.
Note: tables are spaced out for social distancing and keeping the Montagues and the Capulets safe and separate. Guests are expected to wear masks at time of entry, and at all times while walking around and inside the gallery. Guests may select their table at arrival, on a first come, first serve basis. Guests are asked to remain seated at their tables except for gallery or privy visits, and trips to the designated smoking area in the western Chill Lounge.
Art Gallery access will be maintained by a maître d’, limiting viewing to 10 people at a time. Guests will be called in order, to view exhibit.
Alwun House volunteers provide wait staff circulating to serve guests spirits, preventing congregating at concessions. We’re here to provide you and yours, a safe and memorable escape.


From the comfort and safety of your own home you can peek in and see the Monsters Ball activities, not only the ever-eerie Pain Proof Punks and the rancid hilarious comedians. But, you also see and bare witness to the bizarre slightly sane costumed characters to had the balls to attend Alwun’s Monsters Ball. Also you’ll get a tour of the Monsters Menagerie art exhibit and perhaps we can get some of the artists to talk about themselves or their art. Like with many iconic arts venues across the country, the safety of all people is our chief concern with any activity at Alwun House. Due to pandemic safety protocols, we are limiting attendance to the Monsters Ball while also opening this event to a safe accessible, engaging online format — although it’s not what our faithful patrons have grown to love about the Monsters Ball — it is the responsible approach, and we are thrilled to still be able to showcase these visual and performing artists and patrons that call Alwun House home.

These days all venues across the country are hurting, struggling to continue. #SaveOurStages With social distancing measures it limits how many people can see an act and thereby limiting the revenue for venues to operate, pay staff and artists. We need your support. Consider buying a ticket now, even if you can’t attend, it’s your chance to participate in and support our Monster Ball fundraiser.

October 2 – 31, 2020

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Monsters Menagerie

From the darkness of our pandemic malaise, we’re providing artists a cathartic creative moment. Monsters Menagerie encourages light and dark creative works of menacing dark fantasies. Artworks often show satirical political blood-curdling demons that are now screaming for attention.

Friday, March 6th

EVB Ringmater Apprentice
The Gaslight Circus
The Ringmaster’s Apprentice
Doors open at 7. Show starts promptly at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 advance $15 day of show, available at door
An all ages show.


When the Ringmaster’s away, the clown will play! Come and see The GasLight Circus as it returns to Alwun house with their newest production, The Ringmaster’s Apprentice. Follow this all new theatrical story as it’s told by the likes of GasLight Circus originals like Jero the Jester, Connor the Clown, and Tommo! As well as Alfie, Jack, Rubix, Lyra the Mermaid, and the Ringmaster himself The Proprietor!

Make this March First Friday be your very own circus day with The Gaslight Circus!

February 29, 2020


Leap in the Dark
Presented by Corkscrew Cabaret
Tickets $10 advance, $15 door
Doors open at 7pm show at 8pm

The Corkscrew Cabaret is back, and roaring into our first show of The New ‘20s with our grandest spectacle to date, and we couldn’t have picked a better day to do it! Cap off an extra rare Leap Day Saturday with classic burlesque. A night that’s gloriously jam packed with real women, glitter, glitz and glam as some of the valley’s greatest burlesque performers light up the last of February.

Get your tickets now, and join us for a little Leap in the Dark

February 21,2020

EMPF2020 EVBTickets $10 advance, $15 door
Doors open at 7:00 pm., performances start at 8:00pm.
Cash bar. 21+ Show rain or shine.

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.

Ernesto2For the 2020 edition, features forty local artists, with twenty performances on both the Main Stage and the West Garden Stage. The West Garden Stage, will be hosted by Rosemarie Dombrowski, the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, and features local poets like Kat Hofland, Sophia McGovern, Kellen Shover, Anna Flores, Imogen Arate, Christy White, Joe Dick, Hunter Hazelton, Sam Hui, Abby Baker, Nancy Wolter, Melissa Leto, Danae Barnes, The Klute, Tristan Marshall, Bill Campana, Garrett Smith, Nadine Lockhart, Amy Oozonian, and Eduardo Perez with Calvin Cook.

Matt2The Main Stage is co-hosted by the grandiloquent duo, poet/theater director Ernesto Moncada, and comedian/actor Matt Micheletti, backed up by Patrick Hershey on upright bass. Program includes: poetry by Aaron Johnson, Emily Cimino, Ben Jammin’, Lexi Lou and Jessica Fleming; music by outrageous ditty songster Tom Tuerff, The NoGoodNiks, Wood Rat Metal Pig, Boketto and Indigo Rider; stand-up comedy by Leslie Barton, Eric Sobczak, Savannah Hernandez and James Hoenscheidt. Storytelling; Mrs. Sexy and Russ Kazmierczak; Burlesque by Femina Flower, and surprises.

February 14, 2020


Phantasmagorical Spectacular Opening

Friday, February 14th Valentine’s Day!
6pm Entry to VIP happy hour with PRE-PURCHASE ONLY gain first entry
Tickets: $25 advance $30 – if available @ door

Reserved Tables: $400 – (includes admission for 4, & complimentary bottle of champagne) Reserved seating front & center for 4our. With a Reserved Table, $300 can be declared a tax deductible donation, making a Reserved Table the most scintillating fun donation possible.(includes admission for 4, & complimentary bottle of champagne)

RomantWebimageThe 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, two floors of erotic-exotic art, exquisite body painting, bondage, fire, burlesque, jazz, roving performers.

Opening Night’s Valentine Spectacular headline act is the crème of provocative cabaret burlesque acts: Romantasy Cabaret the largest troupe of burlesque babes in the valley, with sexy classic burlesque and a few contemporary twists that may shock a few viewers. Also to get your juices flowing, we present the notorious WTQ (What The Queer) the most outlandishly shocking Drag show you’ve never seen. The evening is a visual, aural, sensual, eye-poppin’, heart-thumpin’ performances on two stages, two floors of exotic-erotic art, exquisite International body painter Mark Greenawalt.ColorfulLogo Bossa nova and bondage fill the west garden with Moonlight Magic on stage and suspended shibari rope/bondage demonstrations by Zaphod with fire and roving performers. Fetish and cosplay attire welcome. Dress for success. ZaphodComplimentary decadent delectable edibles, Champagne & Hpnotiq Nipple Lickers drink specials. Cash Bar. 21+ More Info TBA.

Hauser1Exotic Art Show exhibit showcasing over 50 local and regional visual artists provocative, playful, sensual or audacious, uninhibited passions that push the envelope. At 36 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.

Special Event Parking:
Ranch Market (NEC Roosevelt/16 St.), East to Water Mill, Security provided. Continuous free shuttle service from 6pm to 1:15am.

NOTE: Advance Tickets and RSVP Tables sell fast; besides the advance discount, guest’s gain admission into VIP Lounge Tent area from 6-7pm, with cash bar; and coveted FIRST entry at 7pm door opening. Event goes on rain or shine. No refunds once tickets are purchased.

January 11, 2020

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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.

December 7, 2019


Illuminated light Show Opening
7pm door. 8pm performances Tickets: $10 advance, $15 door.
The 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.

Dec. 7 – Jan. 3, 2020

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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.

Sat, Nov. 23, 2019




Tickets still available for Cleodora’s Tease Holiday edition
Doors Open at 7:30,
show starts at 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Make plans NOW to avoid those Black Friday crowds. Join us for a dark cabaret experience! Let us entertain you with an evening of sultry entertainment at this adult-themed cabaret variety show celebrating the unconventional side of sensuality with beautiful dancers, adult comedy, and sexy acrobatic acts!

Our performers are some of the most mesmerizing, highly trained, and incredibly talented ladies you can find!
Alwun House, named “Best Place to see a Sideshow 2018” Phoenix New Times, and this is the best cabaret in the valley!

Fri, Nov. 15, 2019

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Friday, November 15
Tickets: $10 advance, $15 door

Wonderland comes to life in SIlver String Circus’ latest show, ALICE! Witness a dazzling display of acrobatics, dance, improv, music, magic and more all while enjoying an intimate whimsicality only the Alwun House can provide. House libations will be available for your very own mad tea party, as well as a literary themed raffle sponsored by local businesses. Fall down the rabbit hole with us.

A cast unforgettable characters will bring Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece from page to stage for your amusement. Fall down the rabbit hole with some Phoenix’s finest, including:
Kayla Cook of Far From Home as ALICE
Christopher “Voraktee” Campbell as THE WHITE RABBIT
Valerie Spell as THE QUEEN OF HEARTS
Hayl the Widow as THE CHESHIRE CAT
Andrew Houchins of Kumpania Phoenicia as THE MARCH HARE
Jennica Dombrowski as THE DOORMOUSE

Nov 8 – 29, 2019


Exhibit by Joe Dal Pra
Exhibit dates: Nov 8 – 29
Opening reception Friday Nov 8 7pm

5-jdalpra10-jdalpraTucson artist, Joe Dal Pra art reflects on change: to show change, in particular how change builds a history, often of deterioration. Most of Joe’s works have a broken and put back together feel. Surfaces are worn and often show layers of underneath coatings and materials. Figures have a fragmented form or surface. Structures are bent, twisted, repaired and reused. Things that could not hold up to the stress of being, failing over time and circumstances. These include people, structures, and hybrid creatures. His characters, forms and materials worked together through a process of building and reflection and changes. Working with ceramic, steel, cast plastic and metal and existing objects. The imagery of Joe Dal Pra‘s sculptural work comes from the human body, engineered structures, aircraft parts, toys and comics.


October 26, 2019

$15 advance, $20 door
Doors creak open 7pm,
performances continue until 11pm.
Revel with a Cause at Alwun’s annual blow-out Halloween art party. Their raves are “not-to-be-missed” high-energy Cabaret Burlesque Spectacular. As Phoenix New Times stated, “Don’t let your friends drag you to just another bar or house party” for this year’s Halloween Celebration.

Guests and victims alike enter the Alwun House under the legs of Shelob, our 15’ black widow spider spinning webs ensnaring unsuspecting prey. Alwun’s Annual Halloween blow-out art party gets rave reviews for its noir cabaret stage show, featuring costumed revelers, music, dance and dark bizarre performances. The House serves complimentary finger-food, and spine-chilling libations like bubbly Hpnotiq ‘Spider Venom’ Punch at the cash bar.

WTQ_VeraCutWTQ_YoYoCutA blow-out thriller stage show, with live jazz music, crowds costumed for cathartic revelry in spirited costumes contest. When doors creak open at 7pm, performances have already begun with Spooky Kool* whose entrancing jazz performs as guest & ghouls arrive. Followed up with Ignite Collaborative conjuring up a witches’ coven full of blood, creepy gore and ritualistic sacrifices. Then the evening takes a kinky twist as WTQ “What The Queer” takes the stage and goes dragalicious with all-out monstrous queeriest creations ever to hit Alwun’s stage. The bizarre antics of WTQ “What the Queer” has earned them best Alternative Drag Troupe by New Times. WTQ will drag you into the scariest yet sexiest fantasies. You will dare to witness the most outrageously dark bizarre performances. Guaranteed to make your spine (and other organs) shiver. WTQ is hosted by Vera Saucy; performers: Rosetta Stoned, Quinetta Rose, NiiMare, Yoyo BlackFire, Jeena Doucure, Chianti Thirst, Dr. Queer Medicine Woman, and more!

Spooky-Gab-Bey-PicSpookyKool-AlbumCover*Spooky Kool is one of the valley’s preeminent jazz bands in the valley. Fresh after the release of their new album “I AM” Featuring Gabriel Bey who continues to perpetuate the movement of performing spontaneous Original Music (OM) based on the atmosphere created by the audience. The experience is both reflective and engaging. Musicians: Phil Janzen ~ Drums, Sandra Bassett ~ Keyboard & Vocals, Jack Schaar ~ Sax, Ross Covington ~ Bass, Pete Mello ~ Guitar, Gabriel Bey ~ Trumpet, Flugelhorn, & Vocals.

Inside the historic Alwun House, the gallery’s Monsters Menagerie Art Show, is filled with dark fantasies, macabre blood-sucking beasts, dark humor, under-worldly creations that scream for attention.

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October 18, 2019

presented by Corkscrew Cabaret
Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7p
$10 advance $15 door
Awakened at last from our year long slumber, The Corkscrew Cabaret returns just in time to shake off the cobwebs, stir up the bats, and bring our own creepy, kooky and all together sexy spin to this Monsters Menagerie. Join us, for a scintillating, spine-tingling burlesque spooktacular that’s sure to knock you dead!

October 4 – Nov 1, 2019

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The infamously provocative and uncensored Monsters Menagerie juried art exhibit, is chock-full of grotesque and profane art in a variety of media from local artists. Demented creative works from menacing dark noir fantasies, to monstrous and blood-curdling creations that scream for attention.

Exhibiting Artists: Audra, Meggan Casten, Chance Edmonds, Heather Eischens, Sean T French, Joseph Gutierrez, Henry Hermetet, Shawn Hosking, Ariana Hubbard, Carol King-Shaw, Allison Lee, Medicine Man, Robert McLeod, Eric Menasco, Dawn O’Doul, Holly Shoemaker, Eric Simmons, Betsy Spetrino, Paige Annabelle Turncliff, Hannah Walsh, David Whipple, Kristin Wesley

September 27, 2019

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Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7p
$10 in advance and $15 day of show

Sister Sur Mon Visage, Mistress of Ceremonies
It’s a very special Adult story time that draws attention to the problem of book censorship, with events like this happening across the country. Join us as a wide variety of readings from banned books. This event is a collaboration with Alwun House and Arzizona LGBT+ History Project.

September 6-26

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A solo exhibit of metal sculptures by Sean T French. Sean creates beautiful and stunning shinning mythical creations. Metallic armour plated entities that create a sense of awe in the viewer. Excellent sculptures to stand proud and guard over your patio.

First Friday September 6 opening.

June 3 – 30, 2019

Alwun House Foundation presents
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At City of Phoenix Burton Barr Library North Gallery, Second Floor

Art that reflects life experiences the LGBTQ community and friends have endured to gain justice denied. Accepting works in all media that represent that struggle and accomplishment; family photos, weddings, anti-gay protesters, pride, and personal accomplishments.

Saturday, May 25

Silver_Vert1We are excited to premiere our latest feature film Silver Slipper by Running Wild Films. This film, made in Arizona, was directed by Travis Mills (Durant’s Never Closes), photographed by local cinematographer Jared Kovacs, and features Phoenix-based actress KK Starrs in the lead role along with an ensemble of Arizona talent.

Silver Slipper
Doors open at 7:30pm, Show at 8:30pm.
TICKETS: $10 advance, $15 day of show

Join us for the debut showing of our new film, meet the cast and crew who made it, and support the ever-growing film industry in Arizona.

Synopsis: Silver Slipper tells the story of Rian, a young woman, who decides to auction off her virginity online. Over the course of the summer after her high school graduation, we follow Rian through this emotional and psychological journey.

I was inspired to make this film when I read about a website where women from around the world can auction off their virginity. This seemed so indicative of our times and I wondered what the process a young woman goes through to do so such a thing might look like.

KK Starrs appeared in our movie Cornbread Cosa Nostra and she impressed me very much in that one day of filming. The character of Rian was conceived with her mind. She would be in every scene. This would be her story.

From the start, I didn’t want this to be like any film we’d made before. For one, I wanted to play with improvisation more than before. There was no traditional script. Sometimes dialog was sketched out for the actors to work with; other times I set them loose with just a basic idea.

Furthermore, cinematographer Jared Kovacs and I decided to shoot the film in a “new” aspect ratio. The notion came from what a Canadian filmmaker (Xavier Dolan) did with his movie Mommy. Also, the vertical framing seemed appropriate in a film about the smart phone generation. It was thrilling to rethink the placement of our camera with this flipped perspective and fresh images presented themselves throughout the process.

Silver Slipper was created by just a few people, the smallest crew I’ve ever had. Along with a gallery of people who helped us with locations and food, the team consisted of only Jared Kovacs (acting as his own operator, gaffer and grip), Elizabeth Ketchmark (our assistant) and myself (directing and capturing sound with the boom mic). It was an intimate way to work, creating a feature film with practically “nothing”, returning to the roots of Running Wild Films.

Production wrapped in July 2018 and we are now submitting the film to festivals around the world.