If you ever stocked up on quarters to feed the Pac-Man machine at the arcade or have spent hours creating elaborate characters in games like World of Warcraft then the Phoenix Art Museum’s latest exhibit, "The Art of Video Games," is for you. Not your traditional art exhibit, "The Art of Video Games" features twenty gaming systems like Atari and Xbox. You’ll also find eighty featured games that demonstrate the evolution of video games over time along with the opportunity to play Pac-Man, the original Super Mario Brothers and to watch video interviews with developers and artists.
"The Art of Video Games" was originally curated for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and will be at the Phoenix Art Museum from June 16 – September 29, 2013. Tickets for "The Art of Video Games" are included with General Admission to the museum and are available at a special discounted rate during the Museum’s Free Wednesdays 3-9 p.m. and First Fridays, 6-10 p.m.
Phoenix’s perpetual sunshine might tempt you to spend all your free time sipping frozen beverages next to a swimming pool. Don’t give in. Exploring the Sonoran Desert’s horizons will broaden yours.
Nearly every outdoors-loving Phoenix local has, at some time or another, started his or her day with a hike to the top of Camelback Mountain. The city’s most famous landmark resembles a dromedary camel in repost, and the mountain challenges hikers with a rugged but rewarding trek to its 2,700-foot “hump”. Visitors who prefer not to scale Camelback can still gawk at it from a nearby restaurant patio.
Phoenix’s newest must-see attraction is the first museum in the world dedicated to the celebration of global instruments. This $250 million museum features a collection of more than 15,000 instruments – including the last guitar Elvis played in concert.
As its name suggests, this outdoor museum showcases desert plants – and not just those native to the Southwest. Among the succulents that adorn the garden’s 50-acre grounds are endangered desert species from around the world, including Dali-esque trees from North Africa and sprawling cactuses from Mesopotamia.
Greater Phoenix is home to more than 200 golf courses, many designed by legends of the game such as Robert Trent Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Check out stay-and-play packages at area resorts before you come, and consider playing one of Phoenix’s true desert layouts.
5. Heard Museum
The Heard is Arizona’s most famous museum. The traditional and contemporary art on display provides insight into the culture of Arizona’s 22 Native American tribes. Not to be missed is the haunting exhibit on Indian boarding schools. The Heard Museum Shop is one of the best places in Phoenix to buy authentic American Indian jewelry, pottery, paintings, sculpture and weavings.
Located near the famed Arizona Biltmore resort, this fashionable shopping desintation has a garden-park courtyard, upscale retailers and plenty of dining options. Be sure to check out the Fashion Park’s newest addition: UNION, a wing of locally owned boutiques.
A major player in the Southwest’s art landscape, Phoenix Art Museum showcases an impressive collection of European, Asian, Latin American, Western American and contemporary pieces. Be sure to check out the sculpture garden, Museum Store and the museum restaurant, Palette.
Occupying a city block in downtown Phoenix, Heritage Square is home to the Arizona Science Center. But go for the food. Pizzeria Bianco serves pizza that a New York Times food critic deemed the best in the country, and Nobuo at Teeter House is an Asian-style teahouse by day and a funky izakaya by night.
The Old West and New West converge in Old Town Scottsdale, where galleries dedicated to American Indian and cowboy arts share a pedestrian-friendly streetscape with shops that sell Southwestern jewelry and crafts. Nearby, you’ll find some of Greater Phoenix’s finest restaurants and trendiest nightlife.
10. Taliesin West
The sprawling wonder at the foot of the McDowell Mountains was the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect. Wright constructed Taliesin West from sand, gravel and stone he found on the mountain’s talus slope. It’s open to the public for tours.
Our media relations intern Andrea attended this year's Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market . She offered to provide her insider’s perspective of this popular Phoenix event.
I had the chance to experience the annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market this past weekend in Phoenix. Having been there before, I knew that it was going to be awesome.
This event is Arizona's largest Indian market, and if you want to experience everything relating to the culture, it's the best place to do it. The market has over 700 of the nation's best American Indian artists, artist demonstrations, music and dance performances and amazing Indian fry bread.
On Saturday morning, I ventured to the museum via the Metro Light Rail, which stops right in front of the fair entrance. When I went last year, the line to the fry bread stand was so long in the afternoon that it took almost 45 minutes before I got my hands on some (which isn't surprising, it's absolutely delicious). This year, I knew better. As soon as I went through the ticket line, I headed straight towards the good stuff. Indian fry bread is so good that it can be eaten plain. I prefer it sweet though so I ordered mine with powdered sugar and honey. It was amazing!
After satisfying my carb cravings, I headed to the tents. The parking lot of the museum housed multiple tents with artists inside. Items included everything from jewelry and pottery to weavings and paintings. The artists are all so incredibly talented and take pride in their work. And it's also cool to see what tribe the Indians come from. A few that I remembered were Navajo, Hopi and Santo Domingo.
During the day, the fair has music and dancing performances. I had the pleasure of watching Navajo dancers show the audience some traditional dances while live music was playing in the background. Some spectators even joined in to learn the dance.
One of the great things about the annual fair is the fact that your ticket gets you into the Heard Museum for free. Visitors are able to experience all 10 exhibits inside and learn more about Indian culture and history, and can even have a tour guide show them around.
This was the museum's 55th Indian fair, and it continues to get better every year. Be sure to check it out next year - you won't regret it! With American Indian food, shopping, music, dancing and entrance to the museum, you're bound to be entertained!
A co-worker and I were recently invited to a lunch at the Phoenix Art Museum's new restaurant, Palette. I had never been so I was excited to try a new place to eat at one of my favorite places in Phoenix.
Palette focuses on fresh, local and sustainable regional menu items. Visitors can either sit inside or outside in the museums's scupture park or Palette even offers some grab and go items when you don't have time for a leisurely meal. There are also locally made products like olive oils, jellies, honey and more that can be purchased for yourself or as gifts.
I ordered the shrimp tacos and my co-worker ordered the seasonal vegetable quiche. The shrimp tacos were perfect for a warm summer day with a fresh grilled flavor and cool mango salsa. My co-worker loved her quiche, and mentioned how flavorful and fresh it tasted.
When our waiter suggested dessert, we couldn't pass up the red velvet ding dong and the basil strawberry shortcake. Both were delicious, and I especially loved the shortcake "cookies" served with the strawberry shortcake.
On the First Friday of every month Palette hosts special events from wine tastings to pop-up dining with local chefs. Palette also serves a brunch menu on Sunday.
Palette is located inside the Phoenix Art Museum at 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix.
*You do not have to pay admission to the museum to eat at Palette.
The Arizona Theatre Company will wrap its 2011-2012 season with the production of RED, a show that explores the world of expressionist painter Mark Rothko. To add to the excitement of the much-anticipated Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, Arizona Theatre Company has partnered with local businesses and fellow arts organizations to offer RED-themed discounts and promotions during the show’s run.
RED is scheduled to run May 3 – May 20, 2012, at the Herberger Theater Center. ‘Paint the Town RED’ promotions include:
Phoenix Art Museum – Mark Rothko is on display at PAM. FREE viewing of documentary Rothko’s Rooms May 20, 2012 at 1p.m. ATC offers discounted tickets to PAM members; PAM offers RED patrons “Buy One, Get One Free” admission to Museum.
Clarendon Hotel/Gallo Blanco –will “paint” its exterior in red light during RED’s run at Herberger Theater. Gallo Blanco offers happy hour pricing anytime during business hours (through May 20, 2102) to patrons with ATC ticket stub. Clarendon Hotel offers 20% room rate using promo code “ATC” (year-round).
District American Kitchen & Wine Bar – will offer Rosenblum Red Zinfindel by the glass for $5 and Red American Sangria for $4 (May 3-20, 2012). District offers special pre-theatre dinner menu during run of RED (May 3-20, 2012).
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel – will offer red-hot rates starting from $99 for theatergoers from now through May 21, 2012. The offer: http://www.sheratonphoenixdowntown.com/theater.
Coronado Café – Will offer half off a bottle of red wine with purchase of an entrée when theatergoer shows RED ticket stub. Offer is valid through May 20, 2012.
Our marketing intern, Marcos, has a passion for all the fun events that happen around Phoenix. He put together another great blog post that features musical events happening in Phoenix. Thanks, Marcos!
The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is bringing live music to the downtown lunch scene with the Civic Space Lunchtime Concert Series at Civic Space Park. A concert every Wednesday in May from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the park's outside amphitheater stage. The concerts are free to the public and will feature outstanding performing and visual arts. Food trucks will offer fantastic foods to eat while listening to local musicians.
Details: Civic Space Park in Downtown Phoenix, 424 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Every Wednesday in May, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th. 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come out to the Desert Ridge Marketplace and enjoy live performances from local musicians every Friday and Saturday night near the District Stage and AMC Fountain Area; each week different performers will showcase their music for you to enjoy. Visit website for a list of performers.
Details: Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Every Friday and Saturday, May 4-5th, 11-12th, 18-19th, 25-26th, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Live entertainment every Friday and Saturday evening across from AMC Theater, set in a perfect square and made of lush gardens, picturesque Fountain Park provides a serene environment in a true paradise setting. Centered by an interactive fountain (splash pad), families and friends alike can share in laughter and fun as they pop into the streaming shots of water and enjoy a sunny afternoon.
Details: Fountain Park at Westgate City Center, 6770 N. Sunset Boulevard, Glendale. Admission: Free, Every Friday and Saturday, May 4-5th, 11-12th, 18-19th, 25-26th, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Live Music Series featuring Michael Villanueva Duo will bring live bands to the Grand Staircase located on the southwest corner of the property to hear these great acts. Live Music series will include classic rock-n-roll, country, contemporary cover music, and jazz. Feel free to stop by and enjoy the live music while also taking advantage of one of the many restaurant Happy Hours. Don't forget, the Arizona Center offers two hours of free parking with restaurant or retail validation.
Details: Grand Staircase at Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Friday, May 4th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Westside Sports Complex or better known as Fear Farm will be transformed into a huge backyard playground with the sweet aroma of barbeque and amazing blues tunes wafting through the air. The 2012 Blues, Bruise and BBQs will showcase the best that BBQ has to offer, with mouth-watering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, paired with a full lineup of blues bands, body-painting competition and beer gardens. Live music by renowned national festival acts the Delgado Brothers a popular Latin blues band from Los Angeles, Leon J & Juke Joint, and eight regional and local blues bands.
Details: Westside Sports Complex, 2149 N. 99th Avenue, Phoenix. Admission: $10.00 - $65.00, Saturday, May 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (623) 308-2860.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with longtime Phoenix favorite Freddie Duran. He'll play a mix of Latin Jazz, Tejano, and American hits. Located at The Boulders, el Pedregal a outdoor location and expansive amphitheater with professional raised stage and first-class lighting to host concerts, cultural and charity events.
Details: El Pedregal at the Boulders Resort, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Admission: Free, Sunday, May 6th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., (480) 488-1072
The Desert Botanical Garden is proud to bring another season of stellar talent to the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series. Enjoy the music of beloved favorites and new performers in the most breathtaking venue in town. Featuring Chele' a Jazz and Soul artist, combining interests from an extensive arts and entertainment background, Chele’ brings another seasoned and sultry performance to Music in the Garden.
Details: Desert Botanical Garden in the Ullman Terrace, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Admission: Admission: Member: $15.00; General Public: $21.00; Children: $8.00 and all children under 3 are free, Friday, May 11th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Carefree Sunday's with Live Music at El Pedregal featuring Shining Star, with frontrunner Jodi Light on vocals and keyboard; Kenny Cross and Cliff Porter on lead vocals; Mario Mendivil on Bass; Anthony Kinchion on lead and rhythm guitar; Rich Reed on drums; Dave Baradic on keys and Ted Belledin on saxophone and keys, the Shining Star band performs dance, contemporary, oldies, Latin, ballads, duets, jazz and traditional sounds.
Details: El Pedregal at the Boulders Resort, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Admission: Free, Sunday, May 13th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (480) 488-1072
The Arizona Winds concludes its 2011-2012 concert season with a very special concert presentation called "Movie Magic-Hollywood's Musical Legacy". These programs explore the wonderful music of some of America's iconic film composers including John Williams, Harold Arlin, Henry Mancini, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith and Leonard Bernstein.
Details: Mountain Ridge High School Auditorium, 22800 N. 67th Avenue, Glendale. Admission: Free, Sunday, May 13th, 3:00 p.m. (623) 931-4434
Making their Music in the Garden debut, Pick & Holler reincarnates their influences of “old dead fiddlers and banjo pickers” to create a unique and enchanting old time string band performance. Enjoy the music of beloved favorites and new performers in the most breathtaking venue in town.
Details: Desert Botanical Garden in the Ullman Terrace, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Admission: Member: $15.00; General Public: $21.00; Children: $8.00 and all children under 3 are free, Friday, May 18th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (480) 481-8188
The Arizona Winds concludes its 2011-2012 concert season with a very special concert presentation called "Movie Magic-Hollywood's Musical Legacy" will explore the wonderful music of some of America's iconic film composers including John Williams, Harold Arlin, Henry Mancini, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith and Leonard Bernstein.
Details: Sonoran Plaza in Sun City Grand, 19753 N. Remington Drive, Surprise. Admission: Free, Sunday, May 20th, 3:00 p.m. (623) 931-4434
The Desert Botanical Garden is proud to bring another season of stellar talent to the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series. Enjoy the music of beloved favorites and new performers in the most breathtaking venue in town. Featuring Chris Burton Jacome a Flamenco Guitar/ Latin musician, he studied flamenco guitar in Spain with some of the greatest performers of the era, Chris Burton Jácome returns with his ensemble to the Garden with a flawless and captivating flamenco performance.
Details: Desert Botanical Garden in the Ullman Terrace, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Admission: Admission: Member: $15.00; General Public: $21.00; Children: $8.00 and all children under 3 are free, Friday, May 25th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (480) 481-8188