SMOCA Exhibition Focuses
On Soleri, Arcology
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Oct. 11, 2017 — When most think of important architects with Arizona ties, Frank Lloyd Wright comes to mind first. And while Wright definitely left his mark on the state, he’s not the only one. Paolo Soleri -- an Italian citizen who who spent his later years in Arizona -- built two experimental communities in the Grand Canyon state: Cosanti in Paradise Valley and Arcosanti in the Verde Valley.
His work will be the focus of Paolo Soleri: The City Is Nature beginning Oct. 14 at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. The retrospective, running through Jan. 28, will focus on drawings, sculptures and models that Soleri produced from 1947 until the mid-1970s. Soleri’s “arcology” — or the fusion of architecture and ecology — proved prescient in its ties to current issues about sustainable cities, suburban sprawl, climate change, renewable energy and water shortages.
According to the museum, The City Is Nature “spans the breadth of Soleri’s ideas and practice, bringing together elements from his built and unbuilt residences, bridges, dams, cities and transportation systems ... This ground-breaking exhibition represents the largest collection of original works by Soleri presented in North America since 1971. Large scroll drawings, some over 30 feet long, will be presented for the first time since their conservation in 2005.”
The exhibition will also survey the artist’s earliest ceramic and bronze artisan crafts, as well as fabric designs and silkscreens. Admission is $10; for further details, call 480-874-4666 or visit https://smoca.org/
Friday, Oct. 13
“To dream the impossible dream …” That line is synonymous with the classical musical Man of La Mancha, being presented through Nov. 11 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. To learn more, visit http://azbroadway.org/event/man-la-mancha/
Two legends of American performing arts will be celebrated in Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins: A Broadway Celebration through Oct. 15 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. To learn more about this Phoenix Symphony event, go to http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10204
A mysterious person’s visit to the remote European home belonging the “grande dame of crime literature” Patricia Highsmith is covered in Switzerland, a play by Joanna Murray-Smith. It will be staged at The Theatre Artist Studio, 4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale. To learn more or buy tickets, call 602-765-0120 or go to http://www.thestudiophx.org/switzerland
Oct. 13 and 14
Ghostfest, a weekend-long marathon of improv comedy shows and a fundraiser for the 2018 Phoenix Improv Festival, will be held at The Torch Theatre 4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Ghostfest features 111-plus shows over 32 hours and will be expanded to two nearby venues: Changing Hands/The Newton and Megaphone PHX. Single-night passes are $10, while all-festival access is $15. To learn more, go to http://www.thetorchtheatre.com/
Tuesday, Oct. 17
Hard rock band Evanescence will perform Synthesis: Live with Orchestraat the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Showtime is 8 p.m. To learn more or for ticket prices, go to http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=19005309BE7B2F47&offerid=52302
Wednesday, Oct. 18
Terry Virts, a celebrated NASA astronaut and National Geographic author, will share his stories and photographs in View from Above at 7:30 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater, One E. Main St. For tickets and information, call 480-644-6500 or visit http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
The Chicago-based Steepwater Band, who specialize in blues music, will perform at 8 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road. Tickets are $10 or $12; to learn more, visit http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1539363-steepwater-band-phoenix/
Thursday, Oct. 19
Since forming 16 years ago, Alaska metal band 36 Crazyfists band has endured losing members from fatal car accidents and infighting. They’ll play at Club Red, 1306 W. University Drive, Mesa. There will be several opening acts, including The Last Ten Seconds of Life. The show will start at 6 p.m., and tickets range from $15 to $18. For more information, check out http://www.clubredrocks.com/event/1550224-36-crazyfists-mesa/
Friday, Oct. 20
First it was a popular 1960s TV show, then two successful films and now, The Addams Family is a musical, playing through Oct. 29 at the Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. In this version, Wednesday Addams has fallen in love -- but her boyfriend hasn’t met her family. Tickets are $15; to learn more, visit http://greasepaint.org/index.php/our-season/addams-family
Classical music fans who appreciate Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony can watch the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra perform it at 7:30 p.m. in the Ikeda Theater in the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Tickets start at $25; to learn more, visit http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10216
A series of tales dealing with family drama, William Inge’s The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs will be staged at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road. Tickets start at $22; for more information, go to http://www.desertstages.org/the-dark-at-the-top-of-the-stairs/
Desert Caballeros Western Museum will host an opening reception of All Over the Map: The Picerne Collection at 5:30 p.m. at the museum, 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg. Art historian Gary Fillmore will speak and refreshments will be served. Members should RSVP by Oct. 17 by contacting email@example.com
The Vicinity Food Festival will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe. According to organizers, the festival supports the Tempe Community Action Agency’s “mission to foster dignity and self-reliance for Tempe citizens, while enjoying the unparalleled food and drink the city has to offer.” Admission is $100 per person; learn more at http://www.vicinitytempe.com/
Saturday, Oct. 21
Popular country music singer Lorrie Morgan, whose biggest hit is Something in Red, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $48.50; visit https://mim.org/events/lorrie-morgan/ for more info.
Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, a combination of art, theater and technology, will be staged in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $9 to $29. To learn more about the family oriented, colorful presentation, visit https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/moon-mouse-a-space-odyssey/
The Larsen Art Auction will be held at 10 a.m. at the Larsen Gallery, 3705 N. Bishop Lane, Scottsdale. It will feature both national- and internally known artists. To learn more, call 480-941-0900 or contact Scott Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Polly Larsen at email@example.com.
Sunday, Oct. 22
England’s National Theatre production of Salomé will be telecast at 2 p.m. at the Phoenix Museum of Art, 1625 N. Central Ave. Tickets are $15 or $18. For more details, go to http://www.phxart.org/event/3d469fc2-4e45-1a8b-a90c-f8c8204feebf
Thursday, Oct. 26
Peter Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic Swan Lake will be brought to life by Ballet Arizona through Oct. 29 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. For showtimes, ticket prices or other details, visit http://balletaz.org/performance/swan-lake-2017/
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