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Happenings List: Winter 2018 (Jan/Feb)

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Happenings List | 0 comments

Happy New Year! Here’s our handpicked list of goings on! Scroll down to find maker/artist/explorer events in Italy, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Tahiti, and the U.S. (Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington).

 

Date palms in Yuma

+Arizona

Raptor Free Flight!

Now – March 2018
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson
Watch hawks, falcons, and owls fly completely untethered in the open desert, while a narrator explains the characteristics of each species. Two presentations daily (at 10am and 2pm) with different birds of prey native to the Sonoran Desert region each time. Included with admission.

 

Autumn into Spring Art Show

Now – May 11
Cornerstone Hospital, Tucson

Art on display (and for sale) by 25 local artists throughout the facility. Sponsorsed by Southern Arizona Arts Guild.

 

Pompeii: The Exhibition

Now — May 28
Arizona Science Center, Phoenix
Exhibition of artifacts from the ancient city of Pompeii, destroyed by the 79 A.D. eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Over 200 items are on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, including wall-sized frescoes, mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, statues, Roman coins, and body casts of the volcano victims. Timed-entry ticket required. Tickets $12 (adults) / $10 (ages 3-17) + science center admission.

 

Basic Printmaking

Jan 4-25, Thursdays at 2pm
Prescott Valley Public Library
(Glassford Hill Room), Prescott Valley
4-week course on basic printmaking skills. Use hand printing methods and a small flatbed printing press to make a series of personalized, handmade cards. Ages 21+. Registration required. Free.

 

Make + Take Art Classes

Practical Art, Phoenix

Every Saturday Practical Art offers two-hour classes with local artists. Learn a new craft and make something to take home with you.

 

Prescott Origami Fanatics: Envelopes and Letterfolds

Jan 7, 1:30-4:30pm
Prescott Public Library (Founders Suite B), Prescott
Easy-to-medium-level paper folding class for adults and teens. Paper is provided.

 

Savor Yuma

Jan 10, Feb 21, Mar 7
Old City Hall, Yuma

Progressive dining experience with a tour bus that takes you to sample food at several Yuma eateries. Tickets $55.

 

The (Fountain) Hills

Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery Workshops

Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, Fountain Hills
Artist-led workshops at a cooperatively-owned fine art gallery. To reserve a spot in a workshop, you must pre-register and pay the workshop fee.

  • Jan 11, 5pm + Jan 25, 5pm: Paint Your Pet. Acrylic artist Kelly Bowman will sketch your pet onto a canvas that you can paint when you arrive. Maximum 6 participants. No experience necessary, and all supplies are included. $56 fee.
  • Jan 21, 4pm: Red Flower 3-D Wool Painting. Rita Chester will show you how to use needle felting and wet felting to create an 11″ x 14″ painting. No experience necessary, and all supplies are included. $75 fee.
  • Jan 22, 5pm: Soul Script with Colleen Brown. Mixed media workshop using acrylic paints, a variety of art papers, and a 10″ x 10″ birchwood canvas to make a unique collage centered on a word of your choice. Maximum 8 participants. No experience necessary, and all supplies are included. $55 fee.

 

Field to Feast Tour

Jan 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 27, 31
Feb 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 28
March 1, 7
Visitor Information Center, Yuma
(201 N. 4th Ave.)
Half-day farm tour. Hands-on harvesting instruction from a local grower followed by lunch made from the produce you picked. Includes transportation, some veggies to take home, and the field-fresh lunch. Tickets $55.

Yuma Favorites: Part 2

Date Night Dinners

Jan 12, Feb 2 + 16, Mar 9
Imperial Date Gardens (near Yuma)
Gourmet dinner served outdoors in a date grove with dates in every course. Presented by Yuma Visitors Bureau in cooperation with the Bard Valley Date Growers Association. Tickets $75.

  • 5:30pm: On-site walking tour.
  • 6pm: Dinner.

 

Art in the Park

Jan 13, 12-5pm
Gateway Park, Yuma

Fine arts festival alongside the banks of the Colorado River, a la A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Wander through art displays with a glass of wine or a mimosa. Free admission.

 

Spring Out to Lunch Concert Series

Jan 18 – Mar 22, Thursdays at 12:30pm.
Wells Fargo Garden performance area at Mesa Arts Center
Free outdoor concerts at lunchtime. Pack a picnic or purchase food on-site.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival Wrap Up

Quilt, Craft + Sewing Festival

Jan 25-27
Arizona Fairgrounds
Expo with sewing, quilting, needlework, and craft supply vendors (both local and national), as well as workshops and presentations. Admission $10. $1 off with online coupon (printable PDF).

 

Heard Museum

Harp Guitar Virtuoso Muriel Anderson in Concert

Feb 2, 8pm
Firecreek Coffee Company, Flagstaff
Performance by Muriel Anderson, one of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists. Tickets $25.

 

Arizona Game Fair

Feb 9-11
Mesa Convention Center

Tabletop gaming convention. Open gaming (with a library of board and card games available), vendors, events, and game industry guests. Full event badge $40+.

 

33rd Annual Historic Florence Home Tour

Feb 10, 10am – 4pm
Downtown Florence
Tour of 20 homes and historical structures. Tickets $10 advance/$15 day of.

 

World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Feb 10-11
Heard Museum, Phoenix

2-day competition of intricate dances with up to 50 hoops, based on traditional intertribal hoop dance. Tickets $18 (includes museum admission).

 

Southwest Maker Fest

Feb 17, 10am – 4pm
Downtown Mesa

Collaborative, one-day festival of makers seeking to achieve the vision of a connected community, empowered by creativity. Free admission.

Open to creativity

 

Arizona Cocktail Weekend

Feb 17-22
Downtown Phoenix
Celebration of the craft of the cocktail, including parties, spirit tastings, educational seminars, cocktail competitions, and drink specials. Passes TBA. Last year: $25-550.

 

Cartoon Tunes

Feb 18, 3pm
Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, Prescott

Prescott Pops Symphony presents a concert of classical music from cartoons. Tickets $25.

 

24th Annual Sedona International Film Festival

February 24 – March 4, 2018
Sedona

Festival with over 160 independent films from around the world, including features, shorts, documentaries, animation, foreign films, and student films. 10-ticket pack $130.

October 2017 Photo: Sedona

 

Art Detour 30

Mar 15-20
Downtown Phoenix

  • March 15. Art D’Core Gala.
  • March 16, 6-10pm. Pre-Detour Third Friday.
  • March 17-18. Art Detour! Studio and art space tours.

 

27th Arizona International Film Festival

April 18-29
Exhibition venues throughout Tucson
Film festival with a focus on independent cinema and diverse cultures.

  • Submissions of features (narrative and documentary) and shorts (documentary, dramatic, comedy, experimental, and animation) accepted through January 31, 2018.

 

ARTbeat 11

Apr 22, 4-9pm
Historic Downtown Yuma
Award-winning juried fine arts festival with local and regional artists and live music.

  • Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

 

5 Telltale Signs You Went to Phoenix Comicon 2016

Phoenix Comicon

May 24-27
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix 
Pop culture convention featuring actors, top comic book writers and artists, programming, and vendors. Full event passes $65 through April 30.

 

 

+California

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985

Now – Apr 1, 2018
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Exhibition about how four design movements — Spanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Hispanic Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernism — defined California and Mexico throughout the twentieth century.

 

Book Show (Store + Event Space)

Highland Park, Los Angeles

  • Jan 2, 7pm. Collage + Cry: Monthly community collage art night. Materials and light snacks provided. Crying optional. $5 donation.
  • Jan 5 + Feb 2, 8pm. EAT ART Open Mic: Monthly storytelling open mic. 5-minute performances of poetry, short stories, spoken word, songs.

 

SPAWN Creek Walk

Jan 6, 13, + 20
Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Lagunitas
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) leads a leisurely guided tour through multiple creek sites in the Lagunitas Watershed to look for endangered coho salmon that have returned to spawn. Open to all ages and abilities. Pre-registration required. $15 donation requested.

 

Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA

Jan 11-21
Los Angeles
International celebration of art and performance at indoor and outdoor locations throughout greater Los Angeles. Latin American and Latino artists from more than a dozen countries will perform in parks, plazas, galleries, and theaters.

  • Jan 11 + 12, 8pm: Tijuana. Multimedia solo show written and performed by Gabino Rodríguez about the actor’s move to Tijuana to become a minimum-wage factory worker for six months. In Spanish with English supertitles. Tickets $15.
  • Jan 16-18, 8:30pmTeatro Línea de Sombra: Durango 66. Installation/performance using construction vehicles, tons of soil, and giant projections in an underground urban space. In Spanish and English with English surtitles. Tickets $15.
  • Jan 21, 3pm“cumbre: look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west.” Rafa Esparza’s three-part performance about familial histories of immigration into the United States and the deeply complex history of downtown Los Angeles. The final segment includes a collaboration with artist Sebastian Hernandez.

 

An Evening of Lights: Astronomy and Bioluminescence

Jan 12, 8pm
Drakes Beach, Marin County

Learn about identifying stars, nebulae, and constellations. If it is cloudy, the focus will turn to bioluminescence and nocturnal wildlife sounds. Ages 12+. Fee $50.

 

Jewish Meditation

Jan 16, Feb 20, + Mar 20 at 2pm
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Instruction and exercises on meditation techniques that draw from Jewish contemplative practice, texts, and traditions. Lead by meditation teacher Alison Laichter, founder of the Jewish Meditation Center in New York City. Free.

 

San Francisco is for makers

 

Pacific Coast Pop-up

A Little Lodge, San Francisco
Jan 17-31
Outdoor themed pop-up shop featuring clothes from the new Blood and Bolts collection.

  • Jan 17, 4-9pm: Opening party. Music, free drinks, photography, and shopping.

 

Museums Free-for-All

Southern California
Jan 28
Free general admission at museums throughout Los Angeles and Southern California.

 

Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference

Apr 4-8
Ventura Beach Marriott, Ventura
Four days of creative business classes and craft workshops. $450 registration through Feb 1. Then $470.

 

+Colorado

Hung Liu: Transformation

Now – Feb 18
Loveland Museum/Gallery, Loveland
Exhibition featuring 15 large-scale paintings and a room-size installation by artist Hung Liu, whose work explores movement and migration, as well as the complex interactions between individual memory and history. $5 exhibit admission.

  • Jan 12 + Feb 9, 5-9pm: Night on the Town. Museum stays open late with free admission and activities.
  • Jan 23: Free day. Donations accepted.

 

Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF)

Feb 22-24
The American Mountaineering Center (AMC), Golden
Screenings of 48 films that aim to motivate audiences to awareness and action on environmental issues.

 

+Massachusetts

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Exhibitions

  • Now – Feb 25, 2018. The Andes Inverted: Immersive installation by Daniela Rivera with materials, images, and sounds gathered from Chile’s Chuquicamata copper mine.
  • Now – Sep 3, 2018. Mark Rothko: Reflection: Exhibition of 11 Rothko pieces on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. that show the continuity of the artist’s work within western artistic tradition.
  • Now – Jun 3, 2018. Black and White Japanese Modern Art: Display of a newly acquired, large-scale calligraphy by Inoue Yūichi, along with a selection of other monochrome avant-garde works from postwar Japan.
  • Jan 3 + 21. Canaletto and the Art of Venice: On-screen tour of the Canaletto and the Art of Venice exhibition at Buckingham Palace. The film also explores the life of Giovanni Antonio Canal (“Canaletto”) and Venice places he painted, such as Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, and the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. (Screening at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown on Jan 6.)

 

New York airport

+New York

World Amigurumi Exhibition vol. 4: Dolls for Daily Life!

Now – Mar 31
RESOBOX LIC, Long Island City
Exhibition of innovative uses of the Japanese crochet art amigurumi. Free.

 

Canaletto and the Art of Venice

On-screen tour of the Canaletto and the Art of Venice exhibition at Buckingham Palace. The film also explores the life of Giovanni Antonio Canal (“Canaletto”) and Venice places he painted, such as Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, and the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

A Glimpse of Venice

 

Embroidery for Beginners!

Jan 14, 12-2pm
QED, Astoria
Learn the fundamentals of hand embroidery, basic stitches, and how to transfer patterns. Start embroidering an apple pattern on a tea towel during class and then take it home with you to finish. Materials – including an embroidery hoop, floss, and a needle – will be provided. Advance registration required, as space is limited. Fee $25.

 

Rick Prelinger Presents: Lost Landscapes of New York

Feb 10 + 11, 2pm
Museum of the Moving Image – Redstone Theater, Astoria

Screening of a film that combines home movies by New Yorkers, tourists, and semi-professional cinematographers, outtakes from feature films, and other footage – most of which had never been seen before the film – of New York’s cityscape to show how the city has changed over time. Tickets $20.

 

IndieCade East 2018

Feb 16–18
Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria

Celebration of independent video games, independent game makers and players with panels and workshops plus dozens of new and unreleased games. Early Bird Full Festival Pass $100 through January 1, 2018.

 

 

+Washington

Seattle Art Museum

 

Chalk Robots

 

Grand opening for Robot vs Sloth

Feb 10, 2-8pm
Pike Place Market, 1535 1st Ave (corner of 1st and Pine), Seattle
Artist Lauren Rudeck (“LaRu”) is moving from the shop we found by following her chalk robots (Ugly Baby and La Ru). She’s opening up her own shop called Robot vs Sloth on the other side of Pike Place Market, right on the corner of 1st and Pine.

 

National Museum of Women in the Arts

+Washington D.C.

Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend

Now – 2019
Natural History Museum

Understanding this unique tusked whale through traditional Inuit knowledge and scientific research. Free.

 

Women in the Arts and a Pop-up Makerspace

 

Hung Liu In Print

Jan 19–Jul 8
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Best known as a painter whose work explores themes such as movement and migration, artist Hung Liu also creates pieces using an array of printing and collage techniques. She describes printmaking as “poetry,” layering images with highly textured surfaces and  screens of drip marks. Museum admission $10.

  • Jan 7 + Feb 4, 1pm: Tour: Fierce Women. Fast-paced, drop-in tour highlighting the work of women who blazed trails as artists, activists, and innovators. No advance registration – sign up at the Information Desk upon arrival to reserve your spot. Free (as part of the monthly Community Day).
  • Feb 21, 12pm: Gallery Talk: Hung Liu In Print.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

+France

Expo Orchidées de Colombie (Colombian Orchid Expo)

Now – March
Galerie de Botanique, Jardin des Plantes, MNHN, Paris

Project to highlight the historical collections at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, as well as the biodiversity of Colombian flora. There will also be light and sound installations by Claudia Isabel Navas.

Make a Euro-Inspired Mini Lamp Garland

Paris Déco Off

Jan 18-22
Paris
Home decor companies open up their Paris showrooms to the public and interior designers to debut new collections. There are also displays, such as the Linen Lux lamps. Free.

 

Chinese new year in hong kong

+Hong Kong

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Feb 16-18
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
The city’s biggest festival includes a parade, food and flower markets, performances, and a fireworks show over the harbor.

  • Feb 16, 6-9:45pm: International Chinese New Year Night Parade. A variety of street performances followed by floats and entertainment by local and international performers. Free street viewing. Spectator stand tickets HK$300-480.
  • Mar 2: Spring Lantern Festival. The last day of Chinese New Year (a.k.a. “Chinese Valentine’s Day”) is focused on couples with colorful lanterns hung in parks, flower markets, and restaurants.

 

+Italy

The Cinquecento

Now – Jan 21, 2018
Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
Exhibition of 16th century art in Florence with works of art by such artists as Michelangelo, Bronzino, Giorgio Vasari, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Santi di Tito, Giambologna and Bartolomeo Ammannati. Combo ticket to the exhibition, Baptistery of St. John, and Opera del Duomo Museum: €8.

 

Italy: a 30,000-Foot View

Carnival of Venice

Jan 27 – Mar 13
St. Mark’s Square, Venice
Pre-Lenten celebrations with revelers in elaborate masks and costumes.

 

Cuba Dupa festival

+NEW ZEALAND

Gardens Magic

Jan 9-28
Wellington Botanic Garden – Soundshell stage, Wellington
Nightly outdoor concerts and lighting installation at the Botanic Gardens. Picnic while you watch local Wellington musicians perform. Free.

 

CubaDupa

Mar 24-25
Cuba Quarter, Wellington
Festival with a wide range of street performances, including theater, bands, and opera, as well as a parade and interactive art installations. Free.

 

+TAHITI

Festival International du Film documentaire Océanien de Tahiti (FIFO)

Feb 3-11
Maison de la Culture, Pape’ete
Festival of documentaries about the culture, history, and issues of Oceania.

Art Inspires Expeditions in “Headhunt Revisited” Documentary

 




As always, if you go to anything on the list, let me know how it goes!

FYI, I try to make sure all this information is correct, but there could be errors or changes. Also, I don’t necessarily endorse (or know) every single thing about each event, the venue, or organizations connected with it. 


Top and Hong Kong photo via Discover Hong Kong.

Massachusetts photo via Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Paris photo via European Flax.

New Zealand photo via  Amandala Photography.

Tahiti video via Headhunt Revisited: With Brush, Canvas and Camera.

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Happenings List: Holiday 2017 (Nov/Dec)

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Past Happenings | 0 comments

There are people making great things in every corner of the world.

Here’s some of the good November/December-ish stuff from Italy, France, the U.K., and the U.S. (Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington) that’s come up on my radar recently.

+Arizona

Phoenix Art Museum

  • Now – Dec 17: Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art

 

Raptor Free Flight!

Now – March 2018
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson
Watch hawks, falcons, and owls fly completely untethered in the open desert, while a narrator explains the characteristics of each species. Two presentations daily (at 10am and 2pm) with different birds of prey native to the Sonoran Desert region each time. Included with admission.

 

All Souls Procession

Now – Nov 5
Tucson

Pre-event workshops (Sep/Oct):

  • Oct 28, 9am-1pm + Oct 29, 1-6pm at 1011 E Miles Street: Mask & Papier-Mâché Craftshop. Free.
  • Oct 29, 11am-2pm: Flower Crown Workshop. Please bring at least one object with meaning for you to include in your crown. $25 contribution includes materials.
  • Oct 29, 3-5pm: Personal Altar Workshop. Create a personal altar to carry with you in the Procession! Craft supplies provided. Please bring any photos, flowers, lights, or other objects that you would like to incorporate into a small, hand-held altar. Free. Reservations encouraged.

Procession Weekend:

**Maynards Market + Kitchen

 

Día de los Muertos Celebration (DBG)

Oct 27 – Nov 7
Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix
Día de los Muertos festivities with music, dance, and storytelling. Included with admission.

  • Oct 27 – Nov 7. Ofrenda Exhibition: Original pieces created by local artists in the style of traditional Mexican altars.
  • Nov 4-5. Live entertainment, including mariachis and ballet folklorico.

 

Día de los Muertos Festival (Mesa)

Oct 28-29
Mesa Arts Center, Mesa
Food, market, live entertainment, and handmade altar contest. Free admission.

**Día de los Muertos

 

Stitching by the Books

Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13 at 6pm
East Flagstaff Community Library, Flagstaff

Drop-in for help with your fiber arts projects. Knitting supplies available.
All skill levels welcome. Ages 9+. Free.

 

Return: Marshall Maude in Asia

Oct 31 – Dec 1
NAU Art Museum (2nd floor, NAU Old Main building), Flagstaff

Exhibition of ceramic work by Marshall Maude that explores both traditional methods and new technologies. Free. (Parking info.)

 

Astronomy Nights

Nov 3 + Dec 1 every 30 minutes from 6-10pm
Mesa Community College, Mesa

Monthly Planetarium shows open to the public the first Friday of the month during the Fall semester. Free admission (first come, first served).

 

NU (Native + You)

Heard Museum, Phoenix
Monthly (First Friday) events at the museum with free general admission to the museum’s galleries. Food and beverages available for purchase. Heard Museum Shops open until 8 p.m.

  • Nov 3, 6-10pm. First Friday: Stamp It! Make and take stamped-metal jewelry. See the new exhibition Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith.
  • Dec 1, 6-10pm. First Friday: Light It Up! Make an ornament, enjoy hot cocoa and holiday lights, and shop the Ornament Market at the Heard Museum Shops.

 

Camelback Studio Tour and Art Sale

Nov 3-5
Scottsdale
Visit artists’ studios, see artists at work, and purchase art. Free admission.

 

Tucson Comic-Con 2017

Nov 3-5
Tucson Convention Center
Community-based pop culture convention with a mission statement of “Pop Culture For All!” Full weekend passes $30.

 

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival

Nov 9-11
Tucson Expo Center
Expo with sewing, quilting, needlework, and craft supply vendors (both local and national), as well as workshops and presentations. Admission $10 or free with online coupon (printable PDF).
**The Festival in Phoenix.

 

Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour and Sale

Nov 17-19, 24-26
Cave Creek, Arizona

Self-guided tour of open artist studios in the Cave Creek and Scottsdale area with demonstrations and art for sale. Free admission.

 

Phoenix Pizza Festival

Nov 18, 11am-5pm
Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix

Festival of top pizza makers, benefitting Downtown Phoenix Inc. Advance tickets $10.
**Phoenix Pizza Festival 2016

 

Holiday Arts + Crafts Fair

Nov 18-19
Du Bois Center (at Northern Arizona University), Flagstaff
Juried show of handmade arts and crafts benefiting the United Way of Northern Arizona. Admission $2 at the door.

  • Live music
  • Raffle
  • Free parking

 

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Nov 24 – Dec 30
Desert Botanical Garden
Garden lit by 8,000 candles inside luminaria bags. There is also stargazing, hot cocoa and apple cider, sculptures by artist Jun Kaneko on display throughout the garden, and a variety of musical performances. Tickets $30.

 

Mesa Christmas Market

Nov 24 – Dec 23
Downtown Mesa

Over 90 vendors with food and hand-crafted gifts surrounding the Merry Main Street 35-foot Christmas tree.

 

Succulent Success

Nov 25, 9am
Phoenix Public Market

Learn how to care for succulents and the best varieties to grow both indoor and outdoors. Pop-up truck will have succulents, containers, and soil available for purchase.

 

12th Annual Crafeteria Indie Craft Fair

Dec 1, 6-10pm
Medlock Plaza parking lot (Frances/Stinkweeds/Golden Rule Tattoo), Phoenix

Annual arts and crafts festival with local handmade original work, (jewelry, toys, knitwear, beauty products, holiday decor, etc.), as well as live music and food trucks. Free.

 

Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts

Dec 1-3
Downtown Tempe
Juried art show with 350 artist booths lining Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets. Handmade ceramics, wearable art, jewelry, woodwork and photography for sale, as well as food vendors, wine and beer gardens, and live entertainment. Free admission.

 

ARTrageous Benefit Ansel Adams: America

Dec 2, 8:30pm
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale
Gala to Benefit Scottsdale Arts Education + Outreach featuring Ansel Adams photography set to music. A full orchestra will perform a commissioned symphonic work by Dave Brubeck and his son Chris Brubeck. Concert + after-party tickets $75.

 

Mesa Arts Festival

Dec 9-10, 10am
Mesa Arts Center
Annual festival with original works of art for sale, live entertainment and artist demonstrations, and kids’ activity area. Free.
**NEARBY: Community Garden.

 

Phoestivus

Dec 14 + 21, 5-10pm
Phoenix Public Market

Holiday celebration with a Phoestivus Pole, Pheats of Strength, and Airing of Grievances, as well as a market featuring locally grown and hand-crafted gifts from more than 130 local vendors. Free admission and free parking near Roosevelt/Central Light Rail Station.

 

+California

Play!

Now – Dec 30
Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto
Group exhibition of artists who believe in the importance of play and make it part of their work.

 

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985

Now – Apr 1, 2018
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Exhibition about how four design movements — Spanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Hispanic Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernism — defined California and Mexico throughout the twentieth century.

 

Día de los Muertos Family Festival

Oct 29, 10am-5pm
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach

Celebration with art and craft workshops, craft activities, live music, dance performances, gallery tours, face painting, sculpture garden, food and craft vendors and Community Ofrenda and Art Exhibition. Free.

 

Freeway Lace Guild’s Annual Lace Day

Nov 4, 10am-3pm
Pasadena Christian Church, Pasadena

Lace displays, classes, vendors. Pre-register to receive a goodie bag. Admission $5 (free for ages 25 and under).

  • Pre-register to receive a goodie bag, as well as the option to order lunch ($8) and/or a commemorative bobbin ($15).
  • 1pm: presentation on Renaissance Lace by William McConnell.
  • Mini classes by experienced lacemakers.

 

Eternal I Endure

November 4, 6pm
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
Movement theater piece inspired by the work of Rodin, in honor of the hundredth anniversary of the artist’s death. The performance will include images, text, fragments of Rodin’s life story, and music. Included with admission.

  • Reserve a spot by going to the Main Entrance gallery and getting a sticker up to an hour before the performance.
  • General admission seating begins at 5:45pm.

 

Meet Me in the Woods

Nov 4 – Dec (date TBD)
A Little Lodge, San Francisco
Kanako Abe’s solo show of intricate hand-cut paper artworks inspired by wildlife.

  • Opening reception Nov 4, 6pm.

 

The Art of Paper Flowers and Décor: Woodland Egg Ornaments

Nov 11, 9:30am
Filoli Center, Woodside
Workshop on making a metallic or white crepe paper acorn ornament using a real, blown-out chicken’s egg. $90 fee includes materials.

 

Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair: Fall Fair

Nov 18-19, 10am – 4pm
Central Park, Pasadena
Shop handcrafted goods from over 200 local artisans. Free admission.

  • Grab Bag of vendor swag for the first 25 people to check in at the information booth BOTH Saturday and Sunday.
  • RSVP “Going” on the Facebook Event for a chance to win a $20 gift card.
  • Dogs allowed.

 

The Fab Faux: Sgt. Pepper In Its Entirety

Nov 18, 8:00pm
The Wiltern, Los Angeles
Performance of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety to celebrate the album’s 50th Anniversary. The Fab Faux with The Hogshead Horns, The Creme Tangerine Strings, and Erin Hill. Ages 5+. Tickets $40-65. To skip service charges, buy tickets in person at the Hollywood Palladium box office Saturdays from 10am-2pm, except holiday weekends.

 

Sacred Families in Hindu Art

Dec 2, 1pm
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena 
Tour to explore museum pieces that depict divine Hindu families (Vishnu and Lakshmi, Shiva and Parvati etc.) Included with admission.

 

A Pastel Drawing Workshop: Degas’s Tactility in Two and Three Dimensions

Dec 2, 11am
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
Workshop on pastel drawing based on Degas’s painting and sculpture. $35 fee includes museum admission and materials.
**Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

 

 

+Colorado

Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair: Winter Fair

Dec 9-10, 10am – 5pm
McNichols Building, Denver
Shop handcrafted goods by over 150 local artisans. Free admission. (Optional donation to Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies.)

  • Grab Bag of vendor swag for the first 25 people to check in at the information booth BOTH Saturday and Sunday.
  • RSVP “Going” on the Facebook Event for a chance to win a $20 gift card.

**3 Denver Sites Not to Miss

 

+Massachusetts

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Exhibitions

  • Now – Feb 25, 2018. The Andes Inverted: Immersive installation by Daniela Rivera with materials, images, and sounds gathered from Chile’s Chuquicamata copper mine.
  • Now – Sep 3, 2018. Mark Rothko: Reflection: Exhibition of 11 Rothko pieces on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. that show the continuity of the artist’s work within western artistic tradition.
  • Now – Jun 3, 2018. Black and White Japanese Modern Art: Display of a newly acquired, large-scale calligraphy by Inoue Yūichi, along with a selection of other monochrome avant-garde works from postwar Japan.

 

+New York

9th Annual Latke Festival

Dec 18, 6-9pm
Brooklyn Museum
Potato pancake tasting event to benefit The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching healthy eating habits to children and their families. $70 general admission ticket includes unlimited latke tastings, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages.

 

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Oct 28, 12-5pm
American Indian Museum Heye Center

Day of the Dead celebration with traditional dances performed by Cetiliztli Nauhcampa and craft activities like decorating skeleton puppets and making paper flowers. Free admission.

 

+Washington

Seattle Art Museum

**A short visit to Seattle.

 

Stinging Nettle Gather + Cordage-Making with Stephanie Wood

Nov 4-5, 10am-4pm
White Salmon Studio, White Salmon

Gather stinging nettles near Gifford Pinchot National Forest, while learning sustainable harvesting techniques. Then process the nettles into cordage or yarn. Tuition + materials $225.

+Washington D.C.

Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend

Now – 2019
Natural History Museum

Understanding this unique tusked whale through traditional Inuit knowledge and scientific research.

 

A Concert for Tomorrow’s Ancestors

Nov 4, 3pm
Potomac Atrium (American Indian Museum)
Musical collaboration to bring together the Day of the Dead with Native American Heritage Month. Performance by Sones de México Ensemble of Mexican folk genres, including huapango, gustos, chilenas, and son jarocho. Free.

 

Workshop Wednesdays

First + third Wednesdays, 1:30pm
National Museum of African Art
Drop-in workshops highlighting different artistic processes. All skill levels and ages welcome. Free.

  • Nov 15. Looking for Contours: Countour lines in the Museum’s collection inspire your own work of art.

**Navigating the National Mall in Washington D.C.

 

National Christmas Tree: America Celebrates Display

Dec 1-31
President’s Park (White House)
The National Christmas Tree is decorated and surrounded by the “Pathway of Peace” and smaller trees with handmade ornaments for each U.S. state and territory. Free.

  • The National Christmas Tree lights are on nightly from approximately 4:30-10pm.
  • The Pathway of Peace is open 10am-10pm.
  • Tickets for the November 30 National Christmas Tree Lighting are no longer available, but the event will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel on December 4.

**The National Christmas Tree.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

+France

L’Orchestre de Paris fête ses 50 ans

Nov 1 + 2
Philharmonie de Paris, Paris

2 free public concerts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of l’Orchestre de Paris. The orchestra will perform works by Stravinsky, Debussy, and Berio, as well as a newer piece by Jörg Widmann.

 

Christkindelmärik (Christmas market)

Nov 24 – Dec 24
Strasbourg city center

Traditional holiday market started in 1570 with 300 stalls with vendors of handcrafted items, regional produce, and typical Alsatian Christmas decorations.

  • Demonstrations by craftspeople.
  • Local baked goods, beer, and wine, including mulled Alsace white wine for sale.
  • Sharing Village of charities and humanitarian organisations.
  • OFF market focused on responsible consumption.

+Italy

Venice Biennale

Now – Nov 26
Giardini and Arsenale, Venice
“Viva Arte Viva” – International exhibition of visual art, theater, architecture, music, dance, and film. Full regular tickets €25.

  • Now – Nov 26. PROPAGATION: Bees + Seeds, glassworks by artist Judi Harvest (part of the Beauty and the Beast exhibition) in Palazzo Tiepolo Passi. Free.

 

The Cinquecento

Now – Jan 21, 2018
Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
Exhibition of 16th century art in Florence with works of art by such artists as Michelangelo, Bronzino, Giorgio Vasari, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Santi di Tito, Giambologna and Bartolomeo Ammannati. Combo ticket to the exhibition, Baptistery of St. John, and Opera del Duomo Museum: €8.

 

Artissima Fair 

Nov 3-5
The Oval, Torino
International Fair of Contemporary Art with emerging as well as established contemporary artists from nearly two hundred international galleries.

+UK

The Big Barbican Adventure

Now – Dec 31
Barbican Centre, London

Clue solving, drawing and games for families along the Barbican do-it-yourself adventure trail. Pick up a free trail kit for The Big Barbican Adventure from the Barbican Centre Information Desk on Level G. Allow at least one hour to complete the trail. Ages 6+. Free.




As always, if you go to anything on the list, let me know how it goes!

FYI, I try to make sure all this information is correct, but there could be errors or changes. Also, I don’t necessarily endorse (or know) every single thing about each event, the venue, or organizations connected with it. 

**Asterisks point to related Travelcraft Journal posts.


Massachusetts photo via Jessica Tennant.

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Happenings: Summer 2017 #tcjhappenings

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Past Happenings | 0 comments

The Happenings List

Our curated list of upcoming festivals, workshops, shows, and other goings-on for makers and explorers – June through August 2017 (and beyond)! If you go to something from one of our Happenings Lists, please tell us all about it!

Read on for events in Italy, Germany, the UK, and the U.S.: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Asterisked (**) items link to related posts on Travelcraft Journal.

sedona-2

+Arizona

Phoenix Art Museum

 

Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State Park

Jun 9, 6:15pm + Jul 8, 6:30pm + Aug 7, 6pm
Red Rock State Park, Sedona
2-mile interpretive hike led by a knowledgeable naturalist. Watch the sunset from an overlook and hike back by moonlight. Arrive at least 30 minutes early with water and a flashlight. $5 fee + park admission ($7/adult). Reserve your spot at least one day in advance by calling Red Rock State Park at (928) 282-6907.

**A rainy day trip to Sedona.

Urban Forestry: Workshop + Discussion

Jun 10, 1pm
Tempe Public Library, Tempe

Tempe Urban Forestry Master Plan co-author Bonnie Richardson talks about the benefits, care, and planning of trees. 18 yrs+

The Tucson 23: A Mexican Food Festival

Jun 17, 6pm
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort + Spa, Tucson
Celebrate the “Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food in America” with Food demos, live music, and menu samplings from local wineries, breweries, and Mexican restaurants. Tickets $49.

**Feburary photo + Tucson Mexican food.

2017 Grand Canyon Star Party

Jun 17-24, 8pm
South Rim: Grand Canyon Visitor Center
North Rim: Grand Canyon Lodge
Nightly astronomy programs, slide shows, constellation tours, and telescope viewing. Free.

Melodramas and Megastars: The Theatre in Territorial Arizona, 1879-1912

Jun 24, 7pm
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, Flagstaff

Readers theatre presentation on the development of Atlantic Coast theatrical culture in the Arizona Territory with humorous anecdotes and excerpts from the plays.

Butterfly Walk

Jun 24 + Jul 22 + Aug 26
8:30am
Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior
Leisurely guided tour through the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children’s Garden collections to see, photograph and learn about butterfly species. Included with admission.

Summer Entertaining Cooking Class

Jun 24, 6pm + Jun 25, 11am
Chef Chamberlin’s Office, Phoenix

Step-by-step tips for creating a seasonal three-course dinner (and wine pairings!) with St. Francis Mixologist Titus Fauntleroy, Phoenix Public Market Café Pastry Chef Sarah Chisholm, and Chef Aaron Chamberlin. Tickets $100.

The Magic Flute Opera + Gelato Film Fest

Jun 25, 1pm
Arizona Opera Atrium, Phoenix
Screening of The Magic Flute with gelato and wine available for purchase. Free.
**Lunch with Arizona Opera.

Agave Nectar, Nopalitos and a Taste of Desert Edibles

July 23, 8am
Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior
Guided tour along Curandero Trail with desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd with a tasting of desert edible samples including prickly pear jelly, nopalitos, mesquite flour, and agave nectar. Trail is not wheelchair accessible. Included with admission.
**Video of desert edibles cooking demo at Mission Garden, Tucson.

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

August 19, 30 minutes after sunset
Homolovi State Park Visitor Center Museum and Observatory, Winslow
Stargazing at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory. Included with park admission.

HOCO Fest 2017

Aug 30 – Sep 3
Hotel Congress plaza

5-day music festival with over 40 national and regional acts. Ages 16+. Tickets $15-20.
Downtown LA

+California

Sculpture Is: 2017 “In the Garden”

Jun 1 – Oct 31
Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens, Watsonville

Eleventh annual Pajaro Valley Arts (PVA) sculpture exhibition in the two-acre Sierra Azul Nursery demonstration gardens.

**Trailer or Tipi camping about 20 minutes from Watsonville (#2).

Show + Tell

Jun 3, 10am
Santa Cruz Museum of Art + History

Local artisans give talks and demonstrations about their creative process and how their products are made.

dineLA Restaurant Week

Jul 14-28
Los Angeles
Fixed-price menu at restaurants throughout Los Angeles.

60th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

September 15 – 17
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey

The longest-running jazz festival in the world, celebrating the legacy of jazz with performances and educational programs. Tickets: Full weekend $145-410, Single day $45-164. Daily parking $15-40

pond with water lilies

+Colorado

Color: Works by Teresa Booth Brown

Now – Aug 6
Denver Botanic Gardens, York Street – Gates Garden Court Gallery
Exhibition of collage works by artist Teresa Booth Brown. Free.

 

Calder Monumental

Now – Sep 24
Denver Botanic Gardens

Large metal sculptures by artist Alexander Calder placed throughout the gardens. Included with admission.
**Denver Botanic Gardens.

 

Loveland Museum Summer Exhibit Programming

  • June 9, 6pm: Artist Demonstration and Discussion. Sally Elliott shares her painting process and inspiration.
  • Jul 14, 6pm: Strings in the Gallery. Concert in the Main Gallery by the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra.
  • Jul 20, 1pm: Painting Workshop with Sally Elliott. Learn experimental techniques in watercolor and gouache. Pre-registration required. Fee $50 non-members.

Denver Botanic Gardens 2017 Summer Concert Series

June – August
Denver Botanic Gardens, York Street – UMB Bank Amphitheater
Concerts in the round with garden admission included. Bring your own food or pre-order a picnic supper from Offshoots Café ($38 for two people). As of writing this, tickets are still available for the following shows:

  • Jun 13, 6:30pm. Punch Brothers. Tickets $69
  • Jul 28, 6:30pm. The Mavericks. Tickets $65
  • Aug 3, 6:30pm. Dwight Yoakam. Tickets $82-182
  • Aug 7, 6:30pm. Randy Newman. Tickets $74
  • Aug 27, 6:30pm. Lucero with special guest Paper Bird. Tickets $62

 

Foote Lagoon Summer Concerts

Jun 22 – Jul 27, Thursday evenings
Foote Lagoon Amphitheater, Loveland

Weekly outdoor concert series.

Cherry Pie Celebration 2017

July 8, 5pm
Peters Park and 5th Street, Loveland

Cherry pie contest, vendor booths, activities for kids, and live music by Dixie Leadfoot (Rockabilly/Country/Swing) and Joe O’Bryan Band (Blues/Rock). Pie by the slice, ice cream, and drinks available for purchase. Free admission.

Pastels on 5th

Sep 9, 10am
Downtown Loveland

Sidewalk chalk art festival and fundraiser for Alternatives to Violence. Free.

BlogHer '16

+Florida

#BlogHer17

June 22-24
Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando

Annual conference for online content creators. Blogger/influencer passes $399.

Indianapolis

+Indiana

Concerts on the Canal

Now – July 27, Thursday evenings
Indianapolis Downtown Canal
Outdoor concert series on the Historical Society’s Kruse Family Stardust Terrace. Food and beverages available for purchase or bring your own. On Thursdays during concert season, the History Center is and open until 8pm.

**Fountain Square in Downtown Indiana.

Make Way for Ducklings by illustrator Robert McCloskey

+Massachusetts

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Exhibitions

  • Now – Jun 4. Club Americano: New York-based and Mexico City-born artist Pablo Helguera explores the historic formation and contemporary definitions of American identity in an intimate one-room exhibition and shared space.
  • Now – Jun 18. Make Way for Ducklings: The art of author and illustrator Robert McCloskey, in honor of the 75th anniversary of his book Make Way for Ducklings.
  • Now – Jul 9. Botticelli and the Search for the Divine.
  • Now – Jul 9. Matisse in the Studio.
  • Now – Feb 25, 2018. The Andes Inverted: Immersive installation by Daniela Rivera with materials, images, and sounds gathered from Chile’s Chuquicamata copper mine.

 

Boston Pops

Symphony Hall, Boston

  • May 31 + Jun 1. John Williams’ Film Night: Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williiams and Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart conduct a concert of movie music. Tickets $36 – $122.
  • June 2 + 3. Cirque de la Symphonie: live orchestral music plays while aerial flyers, acrobats, dancers, and jugglers perform. Tickets $29 – $93.

**Star Wars music at Phoenix Symphony Hall.

 

+Michigan

Detroit Home Movies

Now – Jul 29
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Year-long project to exhibit home movies made around 1967 that depict everyday life in Detroit’s diverse communities.

 

+New York

Flower Essence Workshop

Jun 11, 12:30pm + Jun 18, 12:30pm
Sang Lee Farms, Peconic, NY

Gather flowering plants from the farm and learn how to create your own flower essence. $85
**How to press flowers on the go.

+North Carolina

ASAP’s 2017 Farm Tour

June 24 – 25
Western North Carolina

Tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities at working farms in the mountains to allow you to connect with the community’s food producers and learn about the region’s agricultural heritage.

Liberty bell Philadelphia

+Pennsylvania

ARTLab

First and third Saturdays, 1-4pm
Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh
Interactive projects inspired by current exhibitions for visitors of all ages. Included with museum admission.

Indigo Dip-in

Jun 15, 5pm
Cultureworks Greater Philadelphia

Bring fabric or yarn you’d like to dye. Create patterns using Shibori resist techniques with clamps, rubber bands, and string. Donations accepted.

Festival O17

Sep 14-25
Philadelphia
25 performances of new and classic operas at multiple venues across Philadelphia.

  • Sep 16-24. We Shall Not Be Moved: World Premiere chamber opera with classical, R&B and jazz singing, spoken word, contemporary movement, and video projection. Tickets $50-100.
  • Sep 23, 7pm. Opera on the Mall: Screening of an opera broadcast at Independence National Historical Park. Free.

**Arizona Opera’s world premiere Riders of the Purple Sage.

 

Monticello

+Virginia

Water/Ways + H2O Today

May 27 – Jul 9
Virginia Living Museum, Newport News
Part of the thinkWater project, these Smithsonian traveling exhibitions explore scientific and cultural perspectives on water with educational activities and digital story-collection initiatives.

Monticello

  • Now – Oct 27, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Harvest Tasting Tour: One-hour tour of Thomas Jefferson’s vegetable garden with a tasting of seasonal produce from the garden. Monticello Day Pass required + $15 ticket.
  • Jul 4, 9am. Annual Independence Day Celebration: Naturalization Ceremony followed by a Jeffersonian Open House with patriotic music and free walk-through tours of Monticello (first-come, first-served reservations). Free admission.
  • Jul 1 + Sep 30, 9:15am. Get to Know Your Trails: Monticello Trail Ranger-lead walk along a woodland path to learn about the trail’s history. Tickets $18.
  • Jul 8, 9:30am. Winemaking Workshop: Two-hour participatory workshop on how to make your own wine from harvest to bottling. Tickets $24.
  • Jul 22, 9am. Plein Air Painting: Paint outdoors on the Mountaintop then share your work with other participants. (Beginning instruction by Pat Brodowski at 8:30am.) Bring your own paints and supplies. Tickets $24.
  • Sep 9. 2017 Heritage Harvest Festival: Celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s agricultural and epicurean legacy.

**Monticello.

Virginia Craft Brewers Fest

Aug 19
IX Art Park, Charlottesville
Celebration of Virginia’s craft beer industry. Over 100 participating breweries serving tastings.

SAM - Seattle Art Museum

+Washington

Seattle Art Museum

**A short visit to Seattle.

 

Craft Party 2017

Jul 16, 12pm
Ugly Baby and La Ru shop, Western Avenue (at Pike Place Market), Seattle

Craft projects and sidewalk chalk take over the block! Join in and do a community embroidery project, wood string art, watercolor cards, and a wall of coloring. There will also be a giveaways, a photobooth, and gift bags with Ugly Baby and La Ru.
Get tickets on Eventbrite by June 14. Tickets $12.

**Chalk robots.

 

A photo posted by Christoph Jakob (@el_kalam) on

INTERNATIONAL

+Germany

Brückenfestival

Aug 12-13
Nuremberg
Outdoor festival with a curated lineup of indie bands. Free.
**Make a mini-lamp garland.

 

+Italy

Venice Biennale

Now – Nov 26
Giardini and Arsenale, Venice
“Viva Arte Viva” – International exhibition of visual art, theater, architecture, music, dance, and film. Full regular tickets €25.

  • Jun 23 – Jul 1. International Festival of Contemporary Dance.
  • Jul 25 – Aug 12. International Theatre Festival.
  • Aug 30 – Sep 9. Venice International Film Festival.
  • Sep 29 – Oct 8. International Festival of Contemporary Music.

 

Real alcazar de sevilla

+Spain

Noches en los Jardines del Real Alcázar

Jul 15 – Sep 9, 10:30pm
Real Alcázar, Sevilla
Nightly (Monday – Saturday) concerts in the gardens of a historic palace, including flamenco, classical, and world music. Doors open at 9pm, so you can explore the gardens before the concert. Beverages available for purchase. Ages 8+. Tickets €6.

Ashdown Park http://www.ashdownpark.com/national-garden-scheme-open-day-0

+UK

Tracey Emin and William Blake In Focus

Now – Sep 3
Tate Liverpool
Exhibition exploring surprising links between the work of Tracey Emin (b. 1963) and William Blake (1757–1827). It will be the first time Emin’s My Bed has been displayed in the north of England. Free.

The Big Barbican Adventure

Now – Dec 31
Barbican Centre, London

Clue solving, drawing and games for families along the Barbican do-it-yourself adventure trail. Pick up a free trail kit for The Big Barbican Adventure from the Barbican Centre Information Desk on Level G. Allow at least one hour to complete the trail. Ages 6+. Free.

Ashdown Park events

East Sussex

Outdoor cinema at Ashdown Park

East Sussex
Tickets £13.

 




While I’ve done my best to be accurate, sometimes things change or weren’t listed correctly in the first place. Also, I choose events that seem fun, unique, and like something you’d be interested in, but your mileage may vary. I may not endorse everything connected with a particular event, organization, venue, etc. So consider this your starting point, double check the details, and then venture forth!

Make Way for Ducklings illustration by Robert McCloskey via Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

UK garden photo via Ashdown Park.

Spain Real Alcázar photo via Noches en los jardines del Real Alcázar.

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Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Past Happenings | 0 comments

Wildflowers at picket post trailhead

The Happenings List

Our curated list of upcoming festivals, workshops, shows, and other goings-on for makers and explorers – March through May 2017 (and beyond)! If you go to something from one of our Happenings Lists, please tell us all about it!

Read on for events in Italy, New Zealand, and the U.S.: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Asterisked (**) items link to related posts on Travelcraft Journal.

+Alaska

Alaska’s Reverse Dog Sled Race

Mar 18, 10am
Kincaid Park, Anchorage
Human-powered dog sled style race to benefit the UN Refugee Agency. Online donations accepted.

  • Register by March 1.

 

Phoenix Art Museum

+Arizona

Phoenix Art Museum

  • Now – Mar 12. Horacio Zabala: Mapping the Monochrome.
  • Now – Apr 9. INFOCUS: Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks.

**Opening night of the Kehinde Wiley exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Spring Out to Lunch Concert Series

Now – Mar 23, Thursdays at 12:30pm
Wells Fargo Garden performance area at Mesa Arts Center

Free outdoor concerts at lunchtime. Pack a picnic or purchase food on-site.

Field to Feast Tour

Mar 1, 2, 4
8am
Visitor Information Center at Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park
(201 N. 4th Ave., Yuma)
Half-day farm tour. Hands-on harvesting instruction from a local grower followed by lunch made from the produce you picked. Includes transportation, some veggies to take home, and the field-fresh lunch. Tickets $50.
**Exploring Yuma and its agriculture.

Savor Yuma

Mar 2, 14, 30
5pm
Yuma Visitors Bureau admin office (180 W. 1st Street, Yuma)

Progressive dinner tour. Visit three different restaurants and enjoy a multi-course meal. Price includes meal, two adult beverages, and transportation. Tickets $55.

Old Tucson

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention

Mar 3-5
Old Tucson

Steampunk convention with contests, panels and workshops, fashion show, vehicle exhibition, vendors, entertainment and rides, tea dueling, artists, authors, performers, and Cthulhu running for president. Tickets: 1-day $41, full event $55-125.

Performances at the Museum

Tempe History Museum
Free evening concerts at the Tempe History Museum, next to the Tempe Library.

  • Mar 3, 7pm. Charlie King (folk music, political satire).
  • Mar 11, 5pm. LOUD VI outdoor concert with (loud) bands Dead Hot Workshop, Japhy’s Descent, and Young’s Modulus; arts and crafts; and food trucks, including Burgers Amore.
  • Apr 7, 7pm. Driftwood Quintet (cross-genre chamber group).
  • Apr 22, 7pm. The Senators (electric folk).
  • May 6, 7pm. Decker (Sedona-based singer/songwriter).
  • May 19, 7pm. Sugar Thieves (blues roots).

Arizona Opera

Riders of the Purple Sage Opera

Mar 3, 4, 5
Phoenix Symphony Hall
Zane Grey’s novel transformed into Arizona Opera’s first-ever world premiere production. Tickets $25-155.
**Lunch Hour Opera.

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Mar 3-5
Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix
Music festival featuring headliners Flume, The Shins, Chromeo, and Grouplove, as well as local artists like Bear Ghost, CooBee Coo and RUCA. 100% of the proceeds go to local nonprofits Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center. Tickets: 1-day $40-170, full event $80-510. Service charges: $15-25/ticket.

**Pizza Festival At Hance Park.

Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

Mar 4-5
Heard Museum, Phoenix 
Market and juried show of the work of over 600 Native artists. General admission $20, deluxe 2-day pass $125.

Tres Rios Nature Festival

Mar 4-5
Base Meridian wildlife area (north of Phoenix International Raceway)
Outdoor festival showcasing wildlife, history and culture where the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria Rivers meet. Activities include guided bird watching tours, canoeing, archery, fishing, concerts and dance performances, beer garden, and recycling fashion show. Free.

Boyce thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Events

  • Mar 4. Gardening Workshop with Pinal Master Gardeners (“Out of Africa”): Learn to identify aloes and other plants around the Arboretum that have come from Africa on this “botanical safari.” Arbotetum admission required.
  • Mar 4. Thunder Gourd Craft Class: Turn a gourd into a percussion instrument that makes a thunder-like noise when shaken. Previous basic gourd art class recommended. To enroll, call 520.689.2723. Fee $67.50.
  • Mar 5 + Apr 8. Basic Gourd Art Class: Beginners learn gourd cleaning and preparation, design drawing, wood-burning and applying color. To enroll, call 520.689.2723. Fee $52.50.
  • Mar 10-26. Spring Plant Sale: Trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, cacti and succulents for sale to raise money for the Arboretum.
  • Mar 12 + Apr 1. Paint + Wine Class with Carla Keaton: Paint a simplified scene from the Arboretum. Includes use of art supplies. Fee $45.
  • Apr 1. Gardening Workshop with Pinal Master Gardeners (“Going Vertical”): Tips and tricks for growing flowering vines in your desert garden. Arbotetum admission required.

**Australia Day event at the Arboretum.

Envelope journal

Southwest Maker Fest

Mar 11, 12pm
Downtown Mesa

Collaborative, one-day festival of makers seeking to achieve the vision of a connected community, empowered by creativity. Free.

**My travel journal workshop at SWMF.

CraftHack

2nd Mondays, 6pm
Gangplank Chandler
Free monthly meet-up of artists and crafters. Learn something new or bring your own project to work on!
Upcoming dates:

  • Mar 13.
  • Apr 10.
  • May 8.

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Art Detour 29

March 16-19, 2017
Downtown Phoenix

  • March 16, 5pm. Art D’Core Gala.
  • March 17, 6pm. Pre-Detour Third Friday.
  • March 18-19. Art Detour! Studio and art space tours.

MCAS Yuma Airshow

Mar 17-18
Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma

Airshow featuring both military and civilian demonstrations, including the Patriots Jet Team, the Misty Blues All Women Skydiving Team, and the Wall of Fire, which is planning to break a Guinness World Record. Free general admission, VIP Seating + Parking available.
**Staying and sightseeing near MCAS Yuma.

Phoenix Film Festival

Apr 6-13
Harkins Scottsdale/101 Theatre, Scottsdale

The biggest film festival in Arizona. 175 films plus filmmaking seminars and parties.

The Lantern Fest – Phoenix Spring

Apr 8, 2pm
Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek
Write your hopes on a lantern to be released with thousands of others after dark. The afternoon will include live music, stage show, food, and face painters. Adult pass $25-55/person – includes admission, lantern, marker, lighter, and s’mores kit. Kid pass $7/person aged 4-12  – includes admission and small gift. Parking $10/vehicle.

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Tunes & Tacos Festival

Apr 14-15
Yuma
Competition, carnival, concert, and tequila tastings.

  • Apr 14, 6pm. People’s Choice Salsa Queen Competition & Kickoff Party at Yuma Civic Center with art on display and dance performance. Free admission and salsa tasting.
  • Apr 15, 11am. Festival at Desert Sun Stadium. Over 50 local food vendors with carne asada, chicken, pork, and seafood tacos, empanadas, barbecue, fresh roasted corn, margaritas, and fresh squeezed lemonade for sale.

Superhero art

Caped Crusaders + Everyday Heroes

Now – May 28
i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa
Hero-themed works by more than 15 national and international artists. Included with museum admission.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey

Now – May 29
Arizona Science Center, Phoenix
Immersive shark experience in a walk-through, multi-sensory cinematic gallery with shark models cast from real animals, a collection of real teeth and jaws, and rare fossils. Adult tickets $12 plus museum admission.

ARTbeat 10

Apr 22, 4pm
Historic Downtown Yuma
Award-winning juried fine arts festival with local and regional artists – celebrating its 10th anniversary this year!

Agave Heritage Festival

Apr 28 – May 7
Downtown Tucson
A weeklong celebration of the agave plant that includes culinary events, art, music, garden tours, and seminars.

sedona

Sedona Open Studios Tour

Apr 28-30
Sedona
Free self-guided tour of working artists’ studios in the Verde Valley.
**Open studio tour in Cave Creek.

Free Comic Book Day on Main Street

May 6, 10am
Gotham City Comics and Coffee and Downtown Mesa
Businesses throughout Downtown Mesa will have over 500 comic books to give away. There will also be live music, a cosplay contest, a scavenger hunt, and the chance to meet national and local comic book artists. Maps of participating businesses will be available at Gotham City Comics and Coffee. Free.

Drawn to Comics Free Comic Book Day Festival

May 6, 9am
Drawn to Comics + American Legion Hall, Glendale
With booths and appearances by comic book artists and booths from groups like Arizona Autobots and Comicare.

  • Festival at American Legion Hall 9am-2pm.
  • In-store event 9am-8pm.

**Glendale for geeks.

Verde Valley Wine Festival

May 13-14
Clarkdale Town Park, Clarkdale
Northern Arizona festival with wine, beer, spirits, food, live music, and art. Tickets $35-185.

Phoenix Comicon

May 25-28
Phoenix Convention Center
Pop culture convention featuring actors, top comic book writers and artists, programming, and vendors. Full event passes $65 through April 30.

**Phoenix Comicon 2016.

Photo by McKinley Art Solutions

+California

All In: ArtSpan’s Studio Residency exhibit

Now – Mar 28
Hotel Triton, San Francisco

Joint exhibition by artists participating in ArtSpan’s Studio Residency program.

Martial Spirit: a celebration of martial arts

Now – Apr 29
Chinese Culture Center Visual Art Center, San Francisco
Exhibition by Justin Hoover of martial arts practices transformed into conceptual artworks. Free.

**Local Art Loves.

Craftcation

Apr 27-30
Ventura Beach Marriott, Ventura

Business + makers conference with creative business classes and hands-on craft + food workshops.

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+Colorado

“Bluegrass Mass” Featuring Rapid Grass

Mar 18 + 19
First United Methodist Church, Boulder

The music of the Rapid Grass Bluegrass Band combined with a new kind of choral mass. Tickets $20.

  • Pre-Concert Talk by Bluegrass Historian Kevin Slick, 30 minutes before showtime.

Spring Plant Sale

May 12-13, 8am
Denver Botanic Garden (York Street)

Browse a selection of plants grown in the Gardens, as well as aquatic plants, edible plants (fruit, berries, veggies, herbs), houseplants, succulents, roses, annuals, summer bulbs, and water-smart varieties. Plant experts will be on hand to answer questions. Free admission to Plant Sale and Gardens.

**Denver Botanic Garden.
Star Wars Celebration - SWCA

+Florida

Art of Living: Paintings, Drawings, and Ceramics of Sean Sexton

Now – Mar 15
Seminole State College Fine Arts Gallery
Paintings, drawings, and ceramics inspired by artist and third-generation cattle-rancher Sean Sexton’s lifestyle and connection to the land.

Frida Kahlo at The Dali

Now – Apr 17
The Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg
Exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s paintings, drawings, and personal photographs. Included with museum admisssion ($24).

  • Outdoor collection of flowers and plants like the ones in Kahlo’s garden at Casa Azul.
  • Mar 1, 10:30am. Coffee with a Curator: Frida Kahlo’s Legacy + Art History Gender Studies talk. Parking $10.

Poetry at The Dali

Apr 13 + May 11
The Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg Poet Laureate, Helen Wallace joined by selected poets to present poems addressing the theme of Food and Sustenance. Following the presentation, there will be an audience Q&A.

Star Wars Celebration Orlando

Apr 13-16
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando
Star Wars fan convention with panels, art show, and cosplay contest. Single day passes $65-75.
**Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim 2015.

#BlogHer17

June 22-24
Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando

Annual conference for online content creators. Blogger/influencer passes $399.

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+Indiana

Indiana State Park Craft and Nature Events

**Mounds State Park.

Museum of Fine Art, Boston http://www.mfa.org/news

+Massachusetts

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Exhibitions

  • Now – Apr 9. Massed Media: Works made by massing multiple components into a cohesive whole.
  • Now – Jun 18. Make Way for Ducklings: The art of author and illustrator Robert McCloskey, in honor of the 75th anniversary of his book Make Way for Ducklings.

Japanese Calligraphy with Michiko Imai

Mar 12 + 15
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
See an artist demonstration of Japanese calligraphy styles and techniques, then try it yourself! Create a small calligraphy work to take home with you.

Boston Pops

Symphony Hall, Boston

  • May 31 + Jun 1. John Williams’ Film Night: Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams and Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart conduct a concert of movie music. Tickets $36 – $122.
  • June 2 + 3. Cirque de la Symphonie: live orchestral music plays while aerial flyers, acrobats, dancers, and jugglers perform. Tickets $29 – $93.

**Star Wars music at Phoenix Symphony Hall.

UNLV

+Nevada

In Transition: Female Figurines from the Braunstein Collection

Now – Mar 30, 2017
Barrick Museum at UNLV, Las Vegas

Female figurines from the pre-Hispanic era cultures of Mesoamerica, South America, and Central America. Free ($5 suggested donation).
**Our visits to the Barrick Museum, Downtown Container Park, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and other Las Vegas sights.

Red Rock Wildlife Art Workshop

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas
Materials provided. Ages 13+. Registration is required – (702) 515-5367.

  • Mar 10. Geology of Red Rock: Explore Red Rock Overlook and have a lesson in landscape painting.

Glass Craft & Bead Expo

Mar 29 – Apr 2
South Point Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Classes, exhibits, glass cutting contest, and charity auction. The Gathering, conference of International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB), will be held in conjunction with the Expo.

Biddin’ for Bottles

Apr 1, 6pm
DragonRidge Country Club, main ballroom, Henderson
Blind wine tasting and auction to benefit Leadership Henderson and Henderson Community Foundation.

Guggenheim : Unwritten Rules Cannot Be Broken: Tea Gatherings https://www.guggenheim.org/blogs/checklist/tea-and-peace-at-the-guggenheim

+New York

Unwritten Rules Cannot Be Broken: Tea Gatherings

Mar 1 + 8
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Participatory installation that invites visitors to converse and contemplate calligraphy over a cup of tea prepared and served by local tea brewers. Included with museum admission.

MoCCA Arts Festival

Apr 1-2
Metropolitan West, Manhattan
Independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, which is part of The Society of Illustrators’ mission to promote all genres of illustration through exhibitions and art education. Artists display their work, speak on their creative processes, and conduct workshops. There are also lectures and film screenings. Tickets $5/day.

Rochester International Film Festival

Apr 20-22
Dryden Theatre, Rochester
The world’s oldest continuously-held short film festival. Free (donations accepted).

Wildflower

+Ohio

Arc of Appalachia Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 13-15
Highlands Nature Sanctuary, Bainbridge, Ohio.
Hikes to wildflower displays and talks by naturalists. Tickets $135/person for the Pilgrimage; $185/person for Photography Workshop.

Liberty bell Philadelphia

+Pennsylvania

The Art Dept community programming

Philadelphia

  • Mar 3-31. Dese’rae L. Stage: Live Through This: Exhibition of portraits and true stories of suicide attempt survivors. Opening reception Mar 3, 6pm.
  • Mar 29, 6:30pm. Drawing Club: Open figure drawing session for all skill levels. A live model will do several poses. Purchase supplies on-site or bring your own. $15 fee includes beer and wine.

 

MF@40: A Walk Through the Archives

Mar 16, 6pm

Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh 

Celebrate 40 years of installation art with the Mattress Factory! An evening of guided tours of rarely-seen archival materials, such as artists’ sketches, curator’s notes, and installation models, as well as drinks, appetizers, and after-hours gallery access. Tickets $15.

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+Tennessee

Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair

May 5-7
Nashville’s Parthenon in Centennial Park
Outdoor art event featuring work from 195 juried artists.

 

Charlottesville Omni

+Virginia

Virginia Festival of the Book

Mar 22-26
Various locations in Charlottesville/Albemarle County

A week of readings and discussions, book signings, film screenings, and performances.
**3 Sides of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Tom Tom Founders Festival

April 10-16
Downtown Charlottesville
Community-led festival with concerts, competitions, talks, workshops, local food, and public art.

 

INTERNATIONAL

Venice Biennale Architecture629 Views Set-up of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the Arsenale venue - Reporting From The Front

+Italy

La Tavola Marche Inn and Cooking School

Le Marche

Venice Biennale

May 13 – Nov 26
Giardini and Arsenale, Venice
“Viva Arte Viva” – International exhibition of visual art, theater, architecture, music, dance, and film. Full regular tickets €25.

  • Jun 23 – Jul 1. International Festival of Contemporary Dance.
  • Jul 25 – Aug 12. International Theatre Festival.
  • Aug 30 – Sep 9. Venice International Film Festival.
  • Sep 29 – Oct 8. International Festival of Contemporary Music.

Otaki Kite Festival http://kitefestival.org.nz/otaki_kite_festival_2016

+New Zealand

Newtown Festival Street Fair Day

Mar 5
Riddiford Street, Newtown

New Zealand’s largest free music festival and fair with 12 stages and over 400 vendor stalls.

Wellington Wine, Food and Craft Beer Festival

Mar 10-11
Waitangi Park, Wellington
Showcase of local restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and beverages, and live music. Session tickets $27.50-50.

Bringing Back the Forest: Walk and Talk 

Mar 12
ZEALANDIA Eco-Sanctuary, Karori
Parks Week walk and talk about the reforestation of the Wellington hills. Learn to identify the trees being planted and the challenges of the project. Park admission $18.50.

Otaki Kite Festival

Mar 25-26
Otaki Beach

Bring (or buy) your own kite to fly and watch Japanese Rokkaku fighting kite battles and stunt kite flying demonstrations on the beach, as well as live performances on stage. Free.

 




While I’ve done my best to be accurate, sometimes things change or weren’t listed correctly in the first place. Also, I choose events that seem fun, unique, and like something you’d be interested in, but your mileage may vary. I may not endorse everything connected with a particular event, organization, venue, etc. So consider this your starting point, double check the details, and then venture forth!

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Past Happenings | 0 comments

Yuma farm

The Happenings List

This is our handpicked list of upcoming events, starting January 2017, for makers and explorers. While I’ve done my best to be accurate, sometimes things change or aren’t listed correctly. So consider this your starting point, double check the details, and then venture forth and tell us all about it!

Asterisked (**) items link to related posts on Travelcraft Journal.

 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

+Arizona

Phoenix Art Museum

  • Now – Mar 12. Horacio Zabala: Mapping the Monochrome.
  • Now – Apr 9. INFOCUS: Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks.

**Opening night of the Kehinde Wiley exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Picket Post Mansion Tour

Jan 7-8
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Rare opportunity to walk through Colonel William Boyce Thompson’s mansion on the cliffs overlooking the Arboretum. Tours were last offered in 2011! Purchase tickets at the Arboretum gift shop on the day of the tour – they will not be sold in advance. Tour tickets $20 plus Arbotetum admission.
**Australia Day at the Arboretum.

New Year Canoe Trip

Jan 7, 12pm
West Wetlands Park, Yuma

Afternoon canoe trip with guided tour. Ages 6+. Call Parks and Recreation at (928) 373-5200 to register. Fee $20.

CraftHack

2nd Mondays, 6pm
Gangplank Chandler
Free monthly meet-up of artists and crafters. Learn something new or bring your own project to work on!
Upcoming dates:

Field to Feast Tour

Jan 11, 12, 18, 19, 21, 25
Feb 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 18
Mar 1, 2, 4
8am
Visitor Information Center at Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park (201 N. 4th Ave., Yuma)

Half-day farm tour. Hands-on harvesting instruction from a local grower followed by lunch made from the produce you picked. Includes transportation, some veggies to take home, and the field-fresh lunch. Tickets $50.
**Exploring Yuma and its agriculture.

Star Wars: The Music

Jan 13, 7:30pm
Phoenix Symphony Hall

The Phoenix Symphony performs music from the Star Wars saga, including The Force Awakens. Tickets $25-83.
**Star Wars and Star Trek Music at the Phoenix Symphony.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Art Classes

  • Jan 14, 12pm. Smart Phone Photography with Lisa Langell: Learn how to take better photos with your phone by going beyond basic settings, improving your composition, and editing pictures right on your phone! Fee $40 plus Arbotetum admission.
  • Feb 11. Paint + Wine Class with Carla Keaton: Paint a simplified scene from the Arboretum. Includes use of art supplies. Fee $35-45 plus Arbotetum admission.

yuma city hall

Savor Yuma

Jan 17
Feb 7, 23
Mar 2, 14, 30
5pm
Yuma Visitors Bureau admin office (180 W. 1st Street, Yuma)

Progressive dinner tour. Visit three different restaurants and enjoy a multi-course meal. Price includes meal, two adult beverages, and transportation. Tickets $55.

Arizona Game Fair

Jan 21-22
Mesa Convention Center

Tabletop gaming convention. Open gaming (with a library of board and card games available), vendors, events, and game industry guests. Full event badge $30.
**Community garden in Downtown Mesa.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival

Jan 26-28
Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix
Expo with sewing, quilting, needlework, and craft supply vendors (both local and national), as well as workshops and presentations. Admission $10 or $9 with online coupon (printable PDF).
**The 2016 Festival in Phoenix.
Florence courthouse

32nd Annual Historic Florence Home Tour

Feb 11, 10am
Downtown Florence
Tour of 17 homes and historical structures and see performances by the community.
**More to see in Florence, Arizona.

World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Feb 11-12
Heard Museum, Phoenix
2-day competition of intricate dances with up to 50 hoops, based on traditional intertribal hoop dance. Tickets $18 (includes museum admission).

Festival Luna Llena – Art Music Love at the Garden

Feb 11, 7pm
Mesa Urban Garden, Downtown Mesa

Full Moon Festival with live music, art by local artists, telescope viewing, and origami paper lantern group craft project. Partial proceeds from the sale of artists’ work and raffle tickets benefit the garden!

**Mesa Urban Garden.

Cellar 433 Valentine’s Chocolate & Wine Event

Feb 11, 7pm
Cellar 433, Jerome

Live music and tasting of Arizona-made ports, wines, chocolate creations, fondue, and cheeses. Shuttle provided to and from Cottonwood-area hotels with advance registration. Tickets: $60.

Art in the Park

Feb 12, 12pm
Gateway Park, Yuma

Fine arts festival alongside the banks of the Colorado River, a la A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Wander through art displays with a glass of wine or a mimosa. Free admission.

Arizona Cocktail Week

Feb 17-24
Phoenix area and Tucson
Celebration of the craft of the cocktail, including parties, spirit tastings, educational seminars, cocktail competitions, and drink specials. Passes $25-550.

Old Tucson

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention

Mar 3-5
Old Tucson

Steampunk convention with contests, panels and workshops, fashion show, vehicle exhibition, vendors, entertainment and rides, tea dueling, artists, authors, performers, and Cthulhu running for president. Tickets: 1-day $41, full event $55-125.

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Mar 3-5
Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix
Music festival featuring headliners Flume, The Shins, Chromeo, and Grouplove, as well as local artists like Bear Ghost, CooBee Coo and RUCA. 100% of the proceeds go to local nonprofits Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center. Tickets: 1-day $40-170, full event $80-510. Service charges: $15-25/ticket.

Southwest Maker Fest

Mar 11, 12pm
Downtown Mesa

Collaborative, one-day festival of makers seeking to achieve the vision of a connected community, empowered by creativity.

**My travel journal workshop at SWMF.

 

Art Detour 29

March 16-19, 2017
Downtown Phoenix

  • March 16, 5pm. Art D’Core Gala.
  • March 17, 6pm. Pre-Detour Third Friday.
  • March 18-19. Art Detour! Studio and art space tours.

 

MCAS Yuma Airshow

Mar 17-18
Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma

Airshow featuring both military and civilian demonstrations, including the Patriots Jet Team, the Misty Blues All Women Skydiving Team, and the famous Wall of Fire, which is planning to break a Guinness World Record. Ticket prices TBA.
**Staying and sightseeing near MCAS Yuma.

Phoenix Comicon

May 25-28
Phoenix Convention Center
Pop culture convention featuring actors, top comic book writers and artists, programming, and vendors. Full event passes $55 through January 31.
**Phoenix Comicon 2016.
BlogHer17

+Florida

#BlogHer17

June 22-24
Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando

Annual conference for online content creators. Early bird blogger/influencer passes $249.

UNLV

+Nevada

In Transition: Female Figurines from the Braunstein Collection

Now – Mar 30, 2017
Barrick Museum at UNLV, Las Vegas

Female figurines from the pre-Hispanic era cultures of Mesoamerica, South America, and Central America. Free ($5 suggested donation).
**Our visits to the Barrick Museum, Downtown Container Park, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and other Las Vegas sights.

Las Vegas Spring Festival

Jan 28, 11am
Downtown Las Vegas and Container Park

Chinese New Year Parade and Party with community cultural performances and concerts.

Red Rock Wildlife Art Workshop

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas
Materials provided. Ages 13+. Registration is required – (702) 515-5367.

 

va book festival

+Virginia

Virginia Festival of the Book

Mar 22-26
Various locations in Charlottesville/Albemarle County

A week of readings and discussions, book signings, film screenings, and performances.
**3 Sides of Charlottesville, Virginia.

INTERNATIONAL

Lamp shades in Paris via Fat Tire Paris

+France

Paris Déco Off

Jan 19-23

Paris

Home decor companies open up their Paris showrooms to the public and interior designers to debut new collections. Linen Lux 2017 lamps will be on display, as well.

**Make your own miniature version of the Linen Lux lamps.

+Italy

Carnival of Venice

Feb 11-28

St. Mark’s Square, Venice

Two weeks of pre-Lenten celebrations with revelers in elaborate masks and costumes.




 

Virginia Festival of the Book logo via Virginia Festival of the Book. France photo via Fat Tire Paris.

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