Focus. Flash. Phoenix: The Juggler


Austin broke out the pins and all hell broke loose. He tossed/spun them around to practice new material. I could not look away — even when some attempts failed and pins flew at me. Read story

IN FLUX: Cycle 5 art tour spreads art displays through Phoenix and surrounding cities


The IN FLUX temporary art initiative will be bringing its annual multi-city tour to downtown on May 3. Eric Boos’ “The Re-birth of Venus,” currently on display at the Phoenix Convention Center, highlights the downtown portion of the tour. Read story

Curtain Critic: Space 55's 'Where is Now?' ponders difficulty of staying in the present


A mix of music, comedy and sketch that explores how difficult it can be to live in the present without thinking about the past or anticipating the future, “Where is Now?” will be playing Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Space 55 on Pierce and Seventh streets. Read story

A Tailored Place: New clothing swap center looks to serve LGBT youth


The “I Have a Dream” boutique is meant to be a safe place for LGBT youth to shop for and exchange clothes without the constraints of a gendered establishment. Read story

McDowell Mountain Music Festival impacts downtown by fueling charities, crowds


The McDowell Mountain Music Festival has been drawing acts such as Passion Pit and The Roots to downtown Phoenix for more than a decade now. However, the festival’s influence extends beyond music: it donates thousands of dollars to charity and brings big crowds downtown. Read story

METROnome: Local band to bring punk rock-inspired performance to Country Thunder


METROnome columnist Emily Liu is a country fan, but even she can spot the genre cliches in the twangs and girls in blue jeans. That’s why she’s looking forward to Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold at this year’s Country Thunder, a folk punk band sure to be a breath of fresh air at the four-day festival. Read story

Phoenix Zine Fair to showcase work of local publishers in largest event since formation


The Phoenix Zine Fair will be held at the Trunk Space music venue on Grand Avenue and Roosevelt Streets this Friday and will feature the original work of several zine designers. Read story

Curtain Critic: Arizona Theatre Company modernizes the classic


Arizona Theatre Company achieves relevancy in its production of “Romeo and Juliet” through a 1960s Italian setting, charming and relatable actors and an impressive set design. Read story

METROnome: McDowell Mountain Music Festival in review


METROnome digs into this year’s McDowell Mountain Music Festival with a day-by-day journal chronicling the local and national acts that filled Margret T. Hance Park for a weekend. Read story

Amada Cruz brings new exhibitions, bilingual programming as museum director


Amada Cruz, a Cuban-born contemporary art specialist, replaced James Ballinger as director of the Phoenix Art Museum. In her new position, she hopes to bring new exhibitions, draw millennials to the arts and expand Spanish programming. Read story