The Torch Theater “has some of Arizona’s finest professional improv performers working together to bring professional improv to The Valley with performances every weekend We have moved and live at our own space at 4721 N. Central.
When The Torch Theatre began in 2007, we sought to help improvisors hone their craft and spread the word about longform improv in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s become so much more than that. It’s a community for our local musicians, actors, poets, dancers, comedians, writers and creative artists of all kinds can find a home to nurture their love of self-expression and collaboration. The Torch Theatre is a part of Carefree Write Productions Inc.”
Justin Thomas Smith, “Love” (Official Video)
One of the most eventful spur of the moment shoots I have had. We shot this in downtown Phoenix with very little time to plan and prepare ourselves for the shoot. Had an amazing time. (:
The Phoenix Mercury is a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, playing in the Western Conference in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the league’s inaugural 1997 season began; it is one of the eight original franchises. (Source: Wikipedia)
CO-OPhx is an organization of inspired individuals whose mission is to foster meaningful connections and build community in Phoenix through fashion, art, and food. Although each event is unique, they are connected by sustainable, creative, and philanthropic components. It is through our cooperative concept that attendees, business collaborators, and CO-OPhx organizers become an integral part of the magic. For more information, visit http://coophx.co/
Janet Echelman’s Her Secret Is Patience, 2009. “This project makes visible to the human eye the patterns of desert winds. During the day, sunlight projects patterned shadow drawings onto the ground and pedestrians on their daily paths. At night, the colored illumination gradually changes color through the seasons. The large three-dimensional multi-layered form is created by a combination of hand and machine knotting of recyclable high-tenacity colored polyester that is replaced in new color variations at intervals.”
The Shemer Art Center and Museum, located at 5005 E. Camelback Rd., is a community resource for a diverse selection of art classes and workshops paired with a museum and exhibition space for local artists. Classes are available to the community in mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and jewelry design and casting.
Phoenix’s Warehouse District
The Downtown Phoenix Journal visits with Michael Levine, the outspoken visionary behind several rehabbed historic buildings in Phoenix’s Warehouse District, including Bentley Projects, the Duce, and Levine Machine.
Jacqueline Dunford, “Sir Duke” (Official Video)
Numerous movies, television shows, and music videos have been filmed in Phoenix. In this music video Jacqueline Dunford covers “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder along Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix.
The Torch Theatre company came out of a collection of like-minded professional improvisors that joined forces to make a stronger, more creative longform community in Phoenix. It is modeled on the heart of theatrical improv: We are stronger together than we are alone. Each performance at The Torch is a new experience. Comedy happens here every weekend, join us!
The Phoenix Fridas is an art collective founded in 2004 by Kathy Cano-Murillo, the Crafty Chica. Inspired by craft groups springing up all over the country at the time, Kathy invited her friends to come together as a fun way to celebrate and indulge in the Chicano craft experience. Her goal is to promote and motivate Latinas to join in the art and craft movement.
The Limit Club, “Shake” (Official Video)
Numerous movies, television shows, and music videos have been filmed in Phoenix. Here’s one music video by The Limit Club shot at The Clarendon Hotel in midtown Phoenix.
Graffiti Mural Art
Mural art with a graffiti flair is helping to bring color to buildings around Phoenix. Here’s a video called “color in the desert” by Jack Schwitz that showcases the mural art painted on one downtown structure.
“One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most innovative, unusual and personal works of architecture. Built in 1950-52, it is the only residence by the world-famous architect that is based on the circular spiral plan of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, whose construction followed it by six years. When the house was first published in 1953, it was stated that no other Wright house since Fallingwater was as praiseworthy and remarkable. Since then its reputation has only increased and several architectural historians and architecture critics consider it to be among the 20 most significant Wright buildings. The spatial design, the processional movement through the patio and along the spiral ramp, the custom-designed concrete-block detailing, and the total interior design all give this house a spectacular expression especially appropriate to the desert environment.” Neil Levine, architectural historian and Harvard professor
Get out of the heat and into some cool workshops! The Art Institute of Phoenix hosts Beat the Heat Workshops all summer long. Check out what is going on and register today!