Daily Archives: August 21, 2010

Turn your Trash into Treasures

[Source: Grand Avenue Merchants Association]

As a fundraiser for the Grand Avenue Merchants’ Association (GAMA), the Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 Grand Avenue (map), will host the 2nd Annual Trashy Sculpture Show on Saturday, September 25 as part of the quirky 2nd Annual Grand Avenue Festival.  The Trashy Sculpture Show will be one of many events taking place during the all day event along the Lower Grand Avenue Corridor.

Source: Grand Avenue Merchants Association

All work for the exhibit must be made primarily out of trash or recycled materials, with a limit of 3 pieces per contributor and an entry fee of $ 10 per piece.  Works can be for sale (or not).  The entry fees will go directly to GAMA, and if work is sold, 70% of the proceeds will go to the artist with 30% donated to GAMA.  Children’s projects are welcome; entry fees will be waived for school groups.

The work should reflect a person’s ability to go out in the world in search of trash and discarded materials, fashioning discards into unique and interesting sculpture.  Creative, funky, fun, whimsical and unique are encouraged. The purpose of the show is to highlight the ingenuity and creativity used in finding and adapting trashy, throw-away materials into one-of-a-kind hand crafted sculptures.  Work that aspires to be “fine art” or work that is mass produced for sale elsewhere is discouraged.

The exhibit will be on display at the Pie Factory for the festival as well as during October and November for the First Fridays and 3rd Fridays of the month.  Work must be delivered to the site September 20 from noon to 4 pm. All work that meets the above criteria will be exhibited.  For more information contact Beatrice Moore at 602.391.4016.

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FREE Screenings of ‘9500 Liberty’ in downtown Phoenix TOMORROW

On Sunday, August 22nd, Stateside Presents and Artists for Action will present two free screenings of 9500 LIBERTY, presented with Spanish subtitles, at The Third Street Theatre at Phoenix Center for the Arts in Phoenix, Arizona.

With the recent federal injunction halting the most controversial aspects of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070, Prince William County, Virginia remains the only jurisdiction in the United States to have implemented a law requiring police to check the immigration status of people they suspect are undocumented.

The award-winning documentary 9500 LIBERTY reveals how this became law and the ensuing aftermath. Film critic Roger Ebert recently praised 9500 LIBERTY warning Arizonans of the potential impact of the controversial immigration law. Law enforcement leaders around the country have pointed to the film as an effective survey of the public safety impacts of laws like SB1070.

9500 LIBERTY was recently presented at the Police Executives Research Forum convention in Philadelphia, PA, and at the Major County Sheriffs’ Association convention in Anaheim, CA.

9500 LIBERTY is directed by Coffee Party founders Eric Byler and Annabel Park. Byler said the film and the movement both promote “civil, fact-based, and solutions-oriented dialogue” as “the best way to approach divisive issues like immigration.”

“A few years before Arizona passed its new immigration law, a similar law was passed and then repealed in Virginia’s Prince William County. The documentary “9500 Liberty” tells the fascinating story of how that happened, and possibly foretells what lies ahead for Arizona. In Virginia, the law was eventually overturned by a combination of middle-class whites, Republican office holders, the police chief, Latinos and economic reality.“ Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times

“This engrossing documentary traces ugly repercussion in northern Virginia when a resolution is passed requiring cops to question anyone they have ‘probable cause’ to suspect of being an illegal alien.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

“There are certain films in certain times that make it exceedingly difficult to shut out the world around you. 9500 Liberty is one of them.” Bill, Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic

“With an uplifting turn of events and some extraordinary acts of conscience, 9500 Liberty is as dramatically charged as any fiction movie. And ultimately, it’s as powerful a booster of the democratic process as anything Frank Capra ever imprinted into our collective memory.” Desson Thomson, The Wrap

“9500 Liberty is a well made, engaging example of the documentary form, a film in which compelling storytelling transcends politics.” Slackerwood.com


9500 LIBERTY (with Spanish subtitles) Sunday, August 22, 2010 – 4 PM and 7 PM Third Street Theatre at Phoenix Center for the Arts 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (map)

For more information, please send an email to charlie@statesidepresents.com.

Panel Discussion to Follow Screenings with Director Eric Byler

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Jackalope Ranch’s Student Guide to Downtown Phoenix

Here is the latest installment in Claire Lawton’s series of great guides to downtown Phoenix!

[Source: Claire Lawton, Jackalope Ranch, Phoenix New Times]

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The first week is never about what actually goes on during class. It’s about figuring out what your schedule means by “the Brickyard,” checking out potential lag-time hangouts and figuring out which path will save you three more minutes.

Here’s a peek at our guide to ASU’s Downtown Campus …

Claire Lawton

Click on the image (or right here) for a full-size, printable version.

On the Map:

  • New vending machines, sweet couches and every news show you could ever want to see are up and running in the Cronkite Building’s First Amendment Forum (they also host pretty cool speakers every Monday).
  • Cheap/Free/Easy Date Night: Take a look at a ton of local art that’s featured on the second floor of the UCENT building and check out the view of the city from the eighth floor.
  • For caffeine and munchies, skip the Starbucks down the street and check out Fair Trade Cafe across Central Avenue, Royal Coffee Bar at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market on Pierce Street (Jackalope sighting!), Conspire on Fifth Street, or Cartel Coffee on First and Washington Streets.
Off the Map:
  • The Heard Museum is free for students on Sunday, August 15 (just show your Sun Card). Heard also hosts free admission events every third Friday.
  • Check out the Phoenix Public Library for refuge from the sun, a quiet afternoon, or a ride up and down the elevator (seriously).
  • Third Friday Concerts are back on at the Civic Space Park (under the large, flying blue object) at 424 N. Central Ave. from 7 to 9 p.m. (totally free). This space is also popular for bikini-clad sunbathers, who consequently create a popular activity for those on the fifth and sixth floors of every building that surrounds it.

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Read the full post here.

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