Divine fruit & oil addiction?

It’s an especially interesting weekend for those of you who like your arts and entertainment a bit on the funky side.

Phoenix Theatre presents the staged reading of a new work titled “Divine Fruit /Kundalini Rising”–which tackles social issues from gay marriage and California’s Prop. 8 to reconciling a couple’s religious differences.

The theater is adjacent to the Phoenix Art Museum, so you can experience both performing arts and visual arts with a single trip to the area of Central and McDowell (also close to the Burton Barr Central Library, the Heard Museum and other fun destinations for families).

Remember that the Heard in Phoenix is holding “Free Target Sizzlin’ Summer Saturdays” this month–featuring special children’s activities and admission to the museum’s ten exhibits (including a fun offering on pop culture in American Indian art).

Policy wonks and those who love them–plus all of you wonderfully engaged citizens who pay attention to issue impacting our economy and environment–might enjoy “Community Movie Night” on July 23, which will feature the film “Fuel” presented by Local First Arizona members Hoodlums Music and Movies and Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe.

While you’re there, check out their many offerings for book, music and movie lovers–and the schedule for upcoming events at Changing Hands, which range from story times for the very young to writing workshops for teens and grown-ups.

Pat Benatar (of vinyl record fame) will be at Changing Hands Bookstore on July 24–but you better look into this one quickly since space may be limited. Theirs is one of several e-alerts I subscribe to so I get ‘hot off the press news’ about artists headed our way

Music lovers have plenty of weekend options–including a free July 23 concert by “Press Play” at Chandler Center for the Arts and two different groups performing the Musical Instrument Museum’s beautiful Music Theater.

The MIM presents both “Parno Graszt” performing folks songs of Hungary and Romania and the “Tannahill Weavers” performing diverse Celtic music that blends traditional with modern.

Those of you with a penchant for world music may enjoy exploring the new world music archive from BBC Radio 3.

This weekend is nearly your last chance to see the “Only Tenants Reside” exhibit at the Mesa Arts Center featuring more than 30 oil on canvas works by “Low-Brow” artist Chris Mars, who explores the world of those considered “others” or “outsiders.”

Also on the art landscape, there’s a participatory art experience called “Color Me Cezanne” that’s free with paid general admission to the Phoenix Art Museum July 24 from noon-3pm.

It’s designed for children ages 5-12 and their adult companions, and includes a visit to the Cezanne exhibit followed by adventures in creating Cezanne-inspired collage.

“Juggler extraordinaire” James Reid–whose work includes everything from juggling while eating an apple and spinning a hula hoop to bowling-ball juggling–will perform at the event.

For those of you who routinely have to think on your feet (yes, parents–this means you), there’s a fun opportunity to let others sweat it out a bit in the artistic realm.

It’s the “48 Hour Film Festival” at Phoenix Art Museum–featuring 33 films, each 3 minutes in length, which were written, shot, edited and turned in just 48 hours after the 33 participating teams each received three items they were required to work with: a film genre, a line of dailogue and a prop.

Parents can have some serious fun playing around with this concept. Think horror/”It’s your turn”/dirty diaper or romantic comedy/”You volunteered to do what?”/macaroni and cheese. Maybe science fiction/”Where’s my espresso?”/litter box or action-adventure/”Your mother is such a dear”/recycling bin.

The event (presented by the Phoenix Film Festival and Independent Feature Project-Phoenix) includes two screenings–at 6pm and 8pm–and tickets are $15 a screening. Ticket holders also can enjoy pre- and post-screening activities.

The Phoenix Art Museum has a rich calendar of ongoing film offerings, which I’ll take a closer look at next week as part of a blog dedicated to the fine art of film in Phoenix.

It’ll introduce you to various ways you can enjoy art and independent films for grown-ups as well as families. Now is the time to drop a line if you have something to share!


Note: For a comprehensive calendar of family-friendly events, visit Raising Arizona Kids magazine online.

Coming up: Close-up with Creative Stages Youth Theatre in Peoria, School edition of a Broadway classic, AriZoni Awards celebrate live theater excellence (to be among the first to learn who’s up for awards this year, attend the free reading of the nominations gathering Monday, July 23, at 6:30pm at the Fiesta Resort in Tempe)

FYI: Painting above is Cezanne’s “Still Life with Compotier”–which I’m told you can even get wallpaper style


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