One of the reasons we love living in Phoenix is the constant flow of news and announcements about new, exciting things happening in the city’s cultural life.
Here are some new things we think you should know.
A live art match is coming to Tempe
Los Angeles-based live arts-entertainment brand Secret Walls kicks off their first-ever Support Your Local Artist tour on Saturday, August 13 at the Marquee Theater in Tempe.
The events are physical battles of illustration and design, bringing artists and audiences together for a high-energy evening of live painting. Artists will be randomly assigned to teams and equipped with markers, brushes, spray paint and paint rollers, according to a press release. Nothing will be communicated to the artists before the start of the competition. Artists have exactly 90 minutes to design and create their artwork. A selected panel of judges and a decibel meter measuring audience cheer determine the winner of each bout.
Confirmed artists for the Tempe show include Ashley Macias, “Just” Giovannie, MDMN and Nyla Lee, with special guest artist Ballooski and many more to be announced.
Cost is $25 or $99 for a VIP package that includes early entry, limited-edition merchandise, artist meet-ups, and more. See secretwalls.world for tickets and information.
Palabras is planning a seventh anniversary celebration
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore turns lucky number seven next month and many activities are planned for the celebration. Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14, Palabras will host a weekend of arts and literature activities including an art auction, bookbinding and zine-making workshops, an open mic for Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) . , DJ sets and food and drink vendors.
The event also acts as a fundraiser for the business; Palabras is looking to raise $22,000 to support ongoing goals such as upgrading indoor and outdoor spaces, hiring staff, creating a Patreon, expanding community-focused workshops, and increasing events and activities.
Palabras is located at 906 West Roosevelt Street, #2, in the Literary Center of the Nurture House.
“Our new home on Roosevelt Street, with its inviting plant-filled courtyard and garden, is a physical manifestation of our values of growth, healing, deliverance and joy,” said Chawa Magaña, Founder and Administrator of Palabras. “From here, we have the perfect place to manifest our vision for the future.”
Visit palabrasbookstore.com for more information.
Here’s how you can be a volunteer during Super Bowl weekend
Football’s biggest event returns to the Valley of the Sun in 2023, but pulling it off will require a lot of help from the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. Last week they launched their TEAM AZ volunteer program and are looking for 5,000 people to welcome and support residents and visitors as they attend events in the Valley for Super Bowl LVII.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old at the time of their application and must go through a formal application process, including a background check. If selected, they must commit to three shifts of four to six hours each.
“Having previously hosted the Super Bowl three times, Arizona residents are well-versed in welcoming visitors and fans and helping them enjoy their time here,” said Jay Parry, president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, in a press release “Creating a positive guest experience is a top priority, and TEAM AZ will be at the forefront of that. It’s also a great opportunity for locals to get in on the Super Bowl celebration action. “
To apply, visit azsuperbowl.com/volunteer.
Stevie Nicks is the star of a new comic
Stevie Nicks may not be native to Arizona anymore, but she was born in Phoenix and lived in Paradise Valley for decades, so she’s definitely one of Grand Canyon State’s favorite daughters. The Fleetwood Mac legend has received countless accolades over the years, but she wasn’t the star of her own comic until last week.
Nicks gets the illustrated treatment in the latest issue of Female Force, a comic book series published by Portland, Oregon-based TidalWave Productions. Female Force: Stevie Nicks is a 22-page comic book written by Michael Frizell and illustrated by Ramon Salas.
Female Force: Stevie Nicks is available both digitally and in print and can be found on multiple platforms. The book will be available in hardcover with a cover by famed comic book artist Yonami and a paperback cover by Ramon Salas.
Visit tidalwavecomics.com for more details.