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Hollywood Costume exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum

Our communications intern Tayllor recently visited the new Hollywood Costume exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum . She offered to provide her insider’s perspective of this exclusive exhibit. Enjoy!

Imagine yourself inches away from Dorothy’s ruby red slippers or Darth Vader’s menacing black suit and cape. How about staring down Indiana Jones’ leather jacket or Marilyn Monroe’s billowing white dress from The Seven Year Itch?

Well, now you can see these, and many more, iconic pieces of American cinema. A slice of Hollywood has parked itself in downtown Phoenix with the arrival of Phoenix Art Museum’s much-anticipated Hollywood Costume exhibition.

 Hollywood Costume Phoenix Art Museum


Arriving from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the glittering and glamorous showcase brings together more than 100 of the world’s most iconic costumers from a century of filmmaking. Phoenix Art Museum is the final scheduled stop and one of only two U.S. museums to host the exhibit.

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The Art of Video Games at Phoenix Art Museum

Art of Video Games, Phoenix ARt Museum

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.

art of video games exhibit phoenix art museum

"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.

Art of Video Games, Phoenix Art Museum

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Top 10 Things to See and Do In Phoenix

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.

1. Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain

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.

2. Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum

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.

3. Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

Photo credit: Desert Botanical Garden, Adam Rodriguez

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.

4. Golf


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

Heard Museum

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.

6. Biltmore Fashion Park

Biltmore Fashion Park

Biltmore Fashion Park

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.

7. Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum

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.

8. Heritage Square

Pizzeria Bianco

Pizzeria Bianco

 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.

9. Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale

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

Taliesin West

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.


Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market

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!

Indian Fry Bread - Instagram

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.

Art table

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!

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Palette at the Phoenix Art Museum

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.

One of our personal favorite local products, Chato Loco Jelly, is available for purchase at Palette.

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.

Shrimp tacos with mango salsa

The delicious seasonal vegetable quiche with a salad of local greens

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.

The red velvet ding dong and basil strawberry short cake desserts

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.

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RED Opens at the Herberger Theater

RED, Mark Rothko

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:

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.

List of ‘Paint the Town RED’ promotions and offers.

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