Category Archives: Arts

Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents

First Fridays

Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour more than 70 art galleries, venues, and related spaces. Get from place-to-place on a free shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum or at major stops on each route.

First Fridays Map

Print a First Fridays Art Walk Map courtesy of Downtown Phoenix Journal and guide yourself. Maps are also available at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Come see the Camp420  And the Arizona Weekly Weeder table at first Friday!

4th Annual Stagecoach Village Fine Art and Wine Festival Oct 26-28th 10-500pm

The 4th Annual Stagecoach Village Fine Art & Wine Festival kicks off Arizona’s Festival season in grand style! Nestled in the scenic foothills at the crossroads of Cave Creek and Carefree AZ, Stagecoach offers an ideal atmosphere for outdoor entertainment, surrounded by cactus-studded mountain views and western style architecture during Arizona’s best weather.


Discover the finest works of art in original oils, acrylics, watercolors, stone and bronze sculptures, mixed media, handmade furniture, and exquisite jewelry. And as the sunset turns the sky to rich shades of pink, red and gold, you’ll be reminded why this event has become a “must attend” on every art lovers’ calendar.

Free Admission and Free Parking

Burning man Art 2011 documentary

What Is Burning Man? Lee Varis explores and explains Burning Man art, culture and environment through a series of  slides  and video. Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.

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420 Poet of the Month (Allen Ginsberg – Howl 1955)

Allen Ginsberg wrote the poem “Howl” in mid-1955, purportedly at a coffeehouse known today as the Caffe Mediterraneum in Berkeley, California. Many factors went into the creation of the poem. A short time before the composition of “Howl,” Ginsberg’s therapist, Dr. Philip Hicks, encouraged him to quit his job and pursue poetry full time.[2][3] He experimented with short simple sentences (parataxis) in the poem “Dream Record: June 8, 1955″ about the death of Joan Vollmer, a technique that would become central in “Howl.”[2][4] He showed this poem to Kenneth Rexroth, who criticized it as too stilted and academic; Rexroth encouraged Ginsberg to free his voice and write from his heart.[5][6] Ginsberg took this advice and attempted to write a poem with no restrictions. He was under the immense influence of William Carlos Williams and Jack Kerouac and attempted to speak with his own voice spontaneously.[6][7] Ginsberg began the poem in the stepped triadic form he took from Williams but, in the middle of typing the poem, his style altered such that his own unique form (a long line based on breath organized by a fixed base) began to emerge.Categories: Poetry by Allen GinsbergBeat poetry1955 poemsAmerican poetry collectionsIndustrial Workers of the World. All credits to Wikipedia.

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Juneteenth Music Festival at Arcosanti 2012

June 16 & 17 : Juneteenth Music Festival at Acrosanti
Camp420 will be setting up a booth at Juneteenth Music Festival. This year  Prescott Jazz Society returns to put on their annual Juneteenth Celebration.Local legends and visiting musicians will perform throughout the day with a fun Celebration dance to top off the day’s events. Check and print the Weeder Events Calendar.



Since 1970, this experimental town has been attempting to thrive along with its surroundings, having as little impact on the environment as possible. Arcosanti, takes eco-friendly living to a whole new level with its construction, which is a combination of architectural techniques and ecology.
Today the site serves mainly as an educational center, rather than a functioning community; but as you stand amidst the dome-shaped, earth-coloured buildings, it begs the question: what are you doing to preserve the environment?
Most of us make daily decisions for the betterment of the planet: recycling a glass bottle, walking instead of driving, bringing a re-usable bag to the market.

Paolo Soleri and his late wife Colly established the not-for-profit Cosanti Foundation in 1965 to conduct architectural and urban planning research. The construction of Arcosanti, both as a goal and as a learning process, is the foremost concern of the Foundation. Soleri received his Ph.D in Architecture from the Torino Polytecnico in 1946. He first came to the Arizona desert in 1947 on a fellowship to study with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West. He has received three honorary doctorates and earned numerous awards including the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 2006, and Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale in 2001.

The Cosanti Foundation Owns 860 Acres divided by the Agua Fria River. With an Elevation of 3,750 Ft Arcosanti sits in a unique environment, different from urban Phoenix with lower average temperature.The distant mountains in the above photo are part of the Agua Fria National Monument, which borders the property to the east.

Each year, Cosanti and Arcosanti metal and ceramic studios produce about 17,000 bronze bells and 5,000 ceramic bells. The proceeds from these bells go toward the overall running of the Arcosanti project and maintaining the Cosanti facilities.

Arcosanti is located 65 miles north of
Phoenix, just off I-17, exit 262