Daily Archives: January 18, 2011

Apply to Attend TEDxPHXDC in downtown Phoenix

[Source: New Times’ Jacaklope Ranch]

View from the PURL balcony. Photograph by HH Studio

TEDxPHXDC may look like just a lot of capital letters, but rest assured—it’s a locally based TED, or speaking series event, hosted by the Phoenix design community.

This year’s theme, Urban Catalysts, will bring several local design minds to talk urban design and ideas in Phoenix’s urban environment on January 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Urban Research Lab (or PURL).

Decryption complete. Now you just have to get a ticket.

Local designer and TEDxPHXDC coordinator Mark Dudlik says this year’s speakers were chosen because they’re “trying to help Phoenix be as great as it can be.”

Speakers include Cindi Farmer, a designer for the provost at ASU, Peter Wolf, an ASU lecturer and “recovering engineer,” and Michael Levine, an engineer and artist [ed. and DVC’s own Jim McPherson!], to name a few. Dudlik says full speaker biographies will be available online by the end of the week.

You can apply to attend TEDxPHXDC on its website through January 20. Event coordinators will then send out notifications and attendance is $10.

Almost Famous Short Film Festival in Downtown Phoenix on Feb. 18

[Source: DowntownPhoenix.com]

Maybe you can’t be an overnight sensation, but here’s your chance to be Almost Famous in 48 hours!

A3F_IMG_1847All you have to do is take a theme, a prop, a line of dialogue and 48 hours and you could be the grand prize winner of the 7th Annual 48 Hour Short Film Challenge!  Hey, this is how James Cameron did it, so why not you? Even if you don’t win, just participating is going to be a blast!

Jae Staats, Founder and Executive Director of the Almost Famous Film Festival, says this year’s event is looking to be the best ever with the winners of the comedy and drama categories receiving $500 dollars each.

The 48-hour challenge requires teams to make a 1-5 minute film based on a theme, prop and a line of dialogue dictated by Staats and his fellow organizers.  The guidelines will be revealed on Friday, Feb. 18 at the kickoff party at Majerle’s Sports Grill in Downtown Phoenix from 5-7 p.m. The contest is open to all ages and free to attend.

Teams have exactly two days (yes, that’s 48 hours) to choose their locations, gather their cast and crew, write their scripts, shoot and edit their films, and then turn in a completed movie by the 48-hour deadline.

So, how do you get started?  Just fill out the entry form and cough up $40 bucks, but do it now as it goes up to $50 on Jan 18.  Remember, fame is just around the corner and Almost Famous for everybody; you don’t have to be a polished filmmaker to participate.  The 48-hour challenge requires only actors, location sites, volunteers and lots of enthusiasm, so everyone qualifies.

The deadline is firm and Staats says entrants have come flying though the door at the last minute with their work still on their laptops, in a wheelbarrow, and even in pieces in a suitcase.

After the films are turned in, a panel of judges watch and score the moves to create a Top 20 list.  These films are then screened before a sold-out audience at AMC 24 at Arizona Center on March 3 with an awards program following the screening.

Staats says that having a festival like this in our own backyard is an opportunity to show what Phoenix is all about.  We have talent, creative genius and a wonderful community that the world needs to see and this is one of the best ways to get the real people of Phoenix in the spotlight!!

For all the details visit www.thea3f.net or call 602-295-3147.

Places, Spaces and Faces Community Dinner in Downtown Phoenix

Feasting on Phoenix: Creating Community over Food and Place

[Excerpts from a post originally published on BloomingRock.com]

There’s something special about sitting down over a meal and how it brings people together and forms a special bond between them. This is what happens at the Places, Spaces and Faces Community Dinner (PSF) every month. This event started about a year ago by some dedicated Phoenix residents who were craving community, Yuri Artibise, Kathleen Bartolomei, Jim McPherson, Marshall Shore and Taz Loomans.

PSF is not an exclusive club where you need some sort of membership to attend. It’s open to the public. It’s a way to get together with your fellow Valley residents and share some things with them: your time, your food, your stories, your presence, your self. It’s a way of saying, hello, how are you, my name is…to new people in a beloved setting in the city.

January’s Dinner

When: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Where: After Hours Gallery – 116 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ (between N. 3rd Ave. & 1st Ave.); West of Light Rail station: Central/McDowell

Organizers: Yuri Artibise, Joseph Cuevas and Julie Zagars

Theme: Come “C” What’s Cookin’!

Co-mingle with comrades and come celebrate our city over courses of communal cuisine! Cue the “Sesame Street” theme song: this month’s Places, Spaces, & Faces potluck event is brought to you by the letter “C.”

Feel free to interpret this concept creatively. “C” can stand for Casseroles, Carrots, Cookies, or Cucumbers. Think Cake, Corn, and Calamari. Serve your creation on a Cake Stand, in a Carafe, or atop a Chia Pet. Consider Chicken, Cheese and Cashews. And Chocolate (after all, January 22nd is National Blond Brownie Day). Oh, and definitely Cocktails!

As usual, there will be a people’s choice vote to determine three prize winners in the categories of “top savory dish,” “everyone’s favorite dessert,” and “the evening’s best beverage.” After Hours Gallery permits alcohol so feel free to play with booze in your shared dish or drink.

Last names A-I: a drink
Last names J-R: savory
Last names S-Z: sweet

*Plus appropriate serving spoons/forks/tongs.

Please bring your own plate, cup, napkin, and silverware. We’ll again utilize a buffet setup, like we did with December’s dinner. Please label your shared savory/sweet/liquid contribution to share and highlight any prospective allergens (particularly if you are working with alcohol).

Speakers: Our speakers will include gallery owners Mike and Russ, plus Scott Roeder, After Hours construction project manager. Photographer John Wagner will also speak about his exhibit “SALT,” featuring photographs from the Bonneville Salt Flats currently on display at the gallery

More information/RSVP HERE.