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Alamo Drafthouse Theaters Are Getting a Name Change, Plus More Metro Phoenix Culture News

31August 2021


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Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in metro Phoenix will become Majestic Phoenix theaters. - LYNN TRIMBLE

Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in metro Phoenix will become Majestic Phoenix theaters.

Lynn Trimble

Here’s a quick look at arts and culture news to help you keep up with the city’s creative side.

Majestic Phoenix

Local franchise owners for Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in metro Phoenix are breaking off from the cinema chain founded in Texas in 1997. Their rebranded theaters are scheduled to open as Tempe Majestic 7, Gilbert Majestic 8, and Chandler Majestic 9 on September 3. Owners Craig and Kim Paschich will be announcing grand opening events and menu changes on social media.


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Bear Mother (detail shown here) by James Johnson is part of the "Art on Deck" exhibit. - PHOENIX AIRPOT MUSEUM

Bear Mother (detail shown here) by James Johnson is part of the “Art on Deck” exhibit.

Phoenix Airpot Museum

New Skate Deck Exhibit

A new exhibition titled “Art on Deck” recently opened at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Located in a pre-security area at the west end of Terminal 3 on Level 2, the exhibit includes works by Arizona-based artists Di’Orr Greenwood, James Johnson, Duane Koyawena, Toybox Monster, Carson Smith, and Yuko Yabuki. The exhibition will be on view through March 2022.


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The Phoenix Symphony is about to open its 75th season. - THE PHOENIX SYMPHONY

The Phoenix Symphony is about to open its 75th season.

The Phoenix Symphony

Phoenix Symphony Season

The Phoenix Symphony is getting ready to announce the opening performance for its 75th anniversary season, which is scheduled to occur on Friday, October 22. Symphony performances have been taking place in nontraditional venues during the pandemic, and The Phoenix Symphony has yet to announce where it will be performing during the 2021/22 season.


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Rachel Lynett received the 2021 National Latinx Playwrights Award for Black Mexican. - ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY

Rachel Lynett received the 2021 National Latinx Playwrights Award for Black Mexican.

Arizona Theatre Company

Latinx Playwrights Award

Rachel Lynett received the 2021 National Latinx Playwrights Award for their work titled Black Mexican. The award is presented by Arizona Theatre Company, which describes the play as a thought-provoking piece examining the struggle of antiblackness within Latinidad. Lynett will receive a $1,000 award and their play will be workshopped at Arizona Theatre Company.

Virtual Exhibition Series

The Phoenix Institute for Contemporary Art (PhICA) plans to show 18 virtual exhibitions in 2021 and 2022, which will feature works by Arizona-based, national, and international artists. The exhibits are designed in part to help contemporary artists advance their careers. The organization is also continuing its Emerging Curator Series, which provides opportunities for diverse creatives to curate PhICA exhibitions.


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The 2022 Indie Film Fest is scheduled for February 10 to 12. - INDIE FILM FEST

The 2022 Indie Film Fest is scheduled for February 10 to 12.

Indie Film Fest

New Indie Film Fest Venue

The 2022 Indie Film Fest has added a new location to its lineup of downtown Phoenix venues. The festival’s Saturday night finale and awards ceremony will take place in the outdoor courtyard in front of the castle tower at the Irish Cultural Center on February 12, 2022. Tickets will go on sale on November 1.

Back to Live

The Side Door platform launched in 2017 as a way to connect artists with alternative performance spaces recently announced a Back to Live program that provides subsidies for people who host dance, theater, music, comedy, spoken word, lectures, and other performances at their homes or businesses. Prospective event hosts can apply online.

Phoenix Art Museum is getting ready to open a new exhibition. - LYNN TRIMBLE

Phoenix Art Museum is getting ready to open a new exhibition.

Lynn Trimble

New Phoenix Art Museum Exhibit

Phoenix Art Museum will become the first U.S. museum to present a mid-career survey of works by Columbian artist Oscar Muñoz when it opens “Oscar Muñoz: Invisibilia” on September 11. The exhibition, which was organized with the Blanton Museum of Art, will include charcoal drawings, photographs, videos, site-specific works, and more. There will also be a bilingual catalogue. The exhibit will run through January 16, 2022.

Scottsdale Historical Society

The Scottsdale Historical Society, which is based inside the Little Red Schoolhouse on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, anticipates that renovations at the outdoor pedestrian mall will prevent the facility from reopening before January 2023. In the meantime, board members are working to organize, catalog, and archive its inventory of historical objects and documents.

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