When I discovered the latest issue of Phoenix Art Museum’s membership magazine in my mailbox today, I decided all those pesky bills nestled alongside it could wait. After all, I had urgent matters to attend to — like alerting you to the museum’s “National Theatre Live” series, kicking off in a just a few days with a live broadcast of “One Man, Two Guvnors.”
Seating for these babies is limited, so consider yourself warned. And mark your calendar for future adventures in British theater coming to the Phoenix Art Museum — including broadcasts of “The Kitchen” (Nov 13), “Collaborators” (Jan 15) and “Comedy of Errors” (March 18).
But it’s the bit about shoes that really got me worked into a frenzy. Seems the film “God Save My Shoes,” which debuted in Paris, will have its Phoenix premiere Fri, Oct 28 at the Phoenix Art Museum. I’m told it “explores why shoes are the most seductive and addictive item in a woman’s closet.” Apparently Parisians don’t keep chocolate in their closets.
Turns out there’s plenty for kids to enjoy at the Phoenix Art Museum next month. The museum presents an “Under 21″ event for teens Fri, Oct 7 from 6:30-8:30pm. “Fashion’s Passion” gives teens a chance to explore the museum’s latest fashion exhibition and “draw from a live model during the First Friday festivities.”
The next “PhxArtKids Days” event takes place Sun, Oct 9 from noon-3pm. “Drawing Disoveries” for ages 5-12 (with an adult companion) is a participatory art experience that’ll help kids explore “how art is more than just paint and paper.” Kids will also get to draw their own masterpieces using they’ve learned.
Don’t overlook the obvious while you’re there. The Phoenix Art Museum has all sorts of exhibitions on the horizon, including the following:
- The West Select. Features landscapes, still-lifes, wildlife and much more. Oct 23-Nov 20 in the Steele Gallery.
- Ray Wielgus: The Art of Engraved Firearms. Features embellished modified, antique firearms. Through Dec 26 in the Lyon Gallery.
- Iconic AZ. Features a visual tour of famous places and iconic symbols. Nov 12, 2011-March 4, 2012 in the Norton Photographic Gallery.
- Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century. Features drawings, scale models, furniture, films and photographs. Dec 18, 2011-April 29, 2012.
Veterans, retired military, active duty service men and women and their immediate families can enjoy complimentary admission to the Phoenix Art Museum Fri, Nov 11 in recognition of Veterans Day.
A special program called “The American Spirit” kicks off at 3pm that day with VFW Post #6310 presenting the colors and leading the Pledge of Allegiance. It features master docent Sherry Koopot giving a “visual tour of the American landscape” that includes “images of the land American soldiers have fought for and continue to protect.”
Note: The Phoenix Art Museum invites Arizona lovers to submit their favorite sunsets, landmarks, street scenes, state parks or other subjects that answer the question, “What’s your iconic Arizona?” Visit www.phxart.orgcentennial after Nov 1 to upload your favorite photos. Photographs will be included in a digital slideshow on view in the gallery and online.
Coming up: More art meets patriotism