Folks who hit First Friday in Phoenix tonight can “bust a rhyme” with Phonetic Spit, which is “using the arts of hip hop and poetry in an effort to combat illiteracy, cultural alienation and silence.” They’ll be performing at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center July 6 at 6:30pm — followed by a 7pm performance by New Carpa Theater Company that features a sampling of short plays from its “Performing Justice” festival. Think works with human rights and social justice themes. Also an 8pm musical performance by Cesar Chavez Duran, plus performance by Mariachi Rubor.
ALAC will also be celebrating the July 6, 1907 birthday of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo de Rivera with desserts by Titina’s Catering and live painting by Carlos Rivas and other local artists. Also original artwork inspired by Frida Kahlo, courtesy of Petra Fimbres, and eyebrow painting by Monica Crespo-Gisel. Plus Frida Kahlo and Deigo Rivera look-alike contests. The evening also includes the unveiling of a mural created by ALAC artist and resident curator Jose Andres Giron to commemorate the Arizona Centennial.
While you’re there, check out an exhibit of works by Norma Garcia Torres titled “Feminine Divine: An Artist’s Perspective” and the “One Woman Show” exhibit by Alondra Yasmin. Also the “2nd Annual Latina Art Exhibit and Festival” with a “Madres/Madonnas/Mujeres” theme. First Friday is your last chance to enjoy ALAC offerings until Wed, July 25 because they’re closing for part of July to tackle inventory. Normal summer hours resume once they reopen — Wed. through Fri. from noon to 6pm and Sat. from 11am to 6pm.
The Latino Arts & Cultural Center is “a consortium of local Latino arts groups and artists dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Latino art and culture.” Their mission includes illuminating, celebrating and promoting Latinos in Arizona through “education, advocacy and collaboration.” The center includes several galleries, a performance space and gift shop. Learn more at www.alasaz.org.
Note: Click here to learn more about Phoenix First Fridays, and here to learn more about artist Emily Costello (thanks to fans and friends of Emily for sharing her name so I could give her proper credit).
Coming up: Fun with fabric art, Playwright profiles, Tears of Esperanza