DevilPass: Black Pajamas, Samson Says at First Friday and Occupy Phoenix’s UnityFest


The Man in the Black Pajamas

  • Friday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 13
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
  • Space 55: 636 E. Pierce St.
  • Getting there: Walk — 7th Street and Pierce
  • Price: $15

Recommended if you like: dark theater, realism, dark humor

Local cutting-edge theater ensemble Space 55 brings together yet another Arizona premiere in its newest production. This time, the group is offering the story of John Collins, a biochemical engineer wrapped up in a deadly crime, who must deal with the potential consequences with his family.

Live Music for First Friday: Samson Says

Presented by Practical Art

  • Friday, Nov. 4
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Practical Art: 5070 N. Central Ave.
  • Getting there: Rail — Central Avenue and Camelback stop
  • Price: FREE

Recommended if you like: lots of FREE activities and food, local music, local artisan goods

Enjoy live music at Practical Art performed by Samson Says.  Snacks and refreshments will be served during the band’s performance of their offbeat classics.

Morph Zone

  • Opening Friday, Nov. 4
  • 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Alwun House: 1204 E. Roosevelt St.
  • Getting there: Bike — 12th Street and Roosevelt
  • Price: $5

Recommended if you like: photorealism, surreal juxtapositions, high-impact visuals

The Alwun House, a 40-year Valley institution, keeps its story alive with the latest exhibition from veteran local artist Tom Stephenson. The nearly 100-year-old house and gardens in the Garfield neighborhood lend a homey vibe to all of the space’s cutting-edge shows. And with this latest event, the space brings together two veterans of the Phoenix arts scene, in so-called “surreal-photorealist painter” Stephenson, and guitar virtuoso Joe Myers, who is playing the opening-night gala. The Alwun House is a destination in and of itself, and there’s no better time to visit the historic site and see where the downtown Phoenix art scene began all those years ago.

Alice’s Canvas: The Wonderland Exhibition

  • Friday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 6
  • Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.
  • Playhouse on the Park: 1850 N. Central Ave.
  • Getting there: Rail — Central Avenue and McDowell stop
  • Price: $10 with student ID

Recommended if you like: whimsy, emergent theater, art about art

Alice’s Canvas: The Wonderland Exhibition is an original production by Brelby Theatre Company’s 2011 Writer’s Circle. The play tells the story of Alice, an art student, who is faced with the same challenge as most college graduates – deciding what lies in her future following receiving her diploma. Similar to the classic tale, Alice follows the White Rabbit – this time into one of her paintings – into a world of wonder and strange characters.

99% Unityfest

  • Saturday, Nov. 5
  • 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Civic Space Park: 424 N. Central Ave.
  • Getting there: Walk — Across Central Ave. from campus
  • Price: FREE

Recommended if you like: fighting the establishment, artistic activism

From the folks currently organizing Occupy Phoenix comes a local showcase of music, visual art, lecutres, movie screenings and more, all giving a voice to the Occupy cause. Beginning with a General Assembly at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 12 p.m. and a march to the park at 1:30 p.m., this festival hopes to bring a new, family-friendly twist to the Phoenix branch of the national protests. The event will feature live music from Phoenix notables including Ray Reeves and Mariachi Los Rebeldes, a screening of Sheriff Joe-related documentary Under Arpaio and kids activities filling the park all afternoon.

Downtown Chamber Series

  • Saturday Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6
  • 8 p.m.
  • The Icehouse: 429 W. Jackson St.
  • Getting there: Bike — Fourth Ave. and Jackson
  • Price: $10, FREE for students (students MUST call 602-254-1491 to reserve tickets)

Recommended if you like: classical music, immense art

Over the past ten-plus years, Phoenix Symphony violist Mark Dix has brought together the best musicians from the Phoenix Symphony and across the country to provide affordable, accessible chamber music in unusual art spaces across the downtown area. For the third time this year, long-standing Phoenix art space the Icehouse opens its immense doors to the Downtown Chamber Series. The former Constable Ice Storage, built between 1919 and 1921, encompasses tens of thousands of square feet across multiple rooms and multiple floors. The space has played host to the most improbable art, and these performances will be no different. The space’s Silver Room will be filled with the sounds of members of the Arizona Chamber Orchestra, performing Antonin Dvorak’s The American, and Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden. In the White Column Room and the Cathedral Room, Ronald Mascenti’s powerful photos of circa-9-11 New York will be paired with the raw, visceral sculptures of ASU alumnus Benjamin Phillips.

Seven Samurai

  • Sunday, Nov. 6,
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • Phoenix Art Museum: 1625 N. Central Ave.
  • Getting there: Rail — Central Avenue and McDowell stop
  • Price: $5 tickets, Free for Museum members

Recommended if you like: foreign action, Japanese culture, extreme cinema

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) is considered one of the most thrilling epic films of all time. The movie is set in a sixteenth-century village whose inhabitants hire warriors to protect them from invading bandits. You can gain FREE admission to the Phoenix Art Museum and many other places through the Culture Pass, available to checkout at ASU libraries.

New Music Mondays with Sunorus and Sweetbleeders, hosted by the Trunk Space

  • Monday, Nov. 7
  • 7 p.m.
  • Phoenix Center for the Arts: 1202 N. Third St.
  • Getting there: Bike — Third Street and Moreland, adjacent to Hance Park
  • Price: $5

Recommended if you like: new music, local happenings, music easy on the ears

In the first of a new monthly showcase, Phoenix Center for the Arts is partnering with local venue The Trunk Space to bring the downtown community the best in local music. This year, the local arts education center is looking to open up its theater to a far wider audience than ever before and events like this will play a large part in making that a reality. New Music Mondays bring together a beautiful stage, great local bands and a unique curator for a cheap night of Phoenix pride. This month’s featured acts are Sunorus and Sweetbleeders, two longtime heavy-hitters, loaded with notable local musicians. Sunorus brings their brand of smooth, down-tempo jazz, fit only for the smokiest barrooms and hippest hangouts, while Sweetbleeders utilizes ten years of musical experience in the Valley to play their mix of sweet indie-pop and cooing keyboards.

Events compiled by Connor Descheemaker and




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