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In 2012, photographer Betsy Schneider embarked on a project to explore the experience of being 13. Traveling around the United States, the Guggenheim grant recipient chronicled the lives of 250
In 2012, photographer Betsy Schneider embarked on a project to explore the experience of being 13. Traveling around the United States, the Guggenheim grant recipient chronicled the lives of 250 13-year-olds, creating still portraits and video documentation of each. “I began with my daughter, her friends and other children I already knew. From there I reached out through my own social networks, schools, clubs and other organizations,” says Schneider. The resulting body of work creates a rich portrait of a group of Americans whose lives began at the turn of the millennium and who are coming of age now.
The resulting exhibition includes approximately 20 large photographic prints, a 60-minute film running continuously, and an archive where visitors can view pictures of each of the 13-year-olds, along with some of their statements. The portraits illustrate how differently the age of 13 can appear. Some subjects exude confidence while others practically shrink from the camera. Some 13-year-olds look mature enough to be mistaken for young college students, while others dwell in childlike bodies. Some of the 13-year-olds convey a self-possessed clarity and appear motivated about the future while others appear comfortably ensconced in the current moment. The subjects’ words heighten these disparities, and further suggest that the 250 portraits represent 250 distinctly unique people, a group about whom it would be hard to generalize or make assumptions.
“With this work I am interested in provoking thought about simple dichotomies to which adolescence is so often reduced. I am motivated by the intensity, the complexity and the beauty of that point in life. I wonder not only about the experience of early adolescence, but also about how we as adults retain that experience and how it shapes us for the rest of our lives and impacts the painful, vital and powerful experience of becoming an adult,” says Schneider of the project.
We learn that a number of 13-year-olds are struggling – to understand who they are, to deal with the parameters of their life, to grapple with big concerns of this historical moment – while others struggle just to talk about themselves and their inner lives. These myriad and intensely personal revelations parallel the artist’s own deeply personal motivation for the project. Schneider writes, “In creating this work I have drawn from my personal and intimate relations to the subject, both as a parent of a thirteen-year-old and from dredging my own distant memories of this age. The process of making these portraits and videos, and of being allowed into the lives of so many families, has been profound. I believe there is much to be learned by coming closer to what it means to be thirteen.”
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May 4 (Friday) 10:00 am - October 14 (Sunday) 5:00 pm
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
There’s more fuzz to love when the badly-behaved puppet friends return! This R-rated, laugh-out-loud look at life after college packs more purposeful punch and candid heart than ever before. Be
There’s more fuzz to love when the badly-behaved puppet friends return! This R-rated, laugh-out-loud look at life after college packs more purposeful punch and candid heart than ever before. Be there when Phoenix Theatre favorites take the stage to bring this still fresh, fast-paced and exuberant musical to life and once again, explore “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?”
July 25 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm - September 9 (Sunday) 5:30 pm
100 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution
Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!
Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.
10 (Friday) 7:00 p.m. - 26 (Sunday) 4:30 p.m.
Herberger Theater Center
222 E Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross is an inventive performer, writer, and producer on stage and screens both big and small. Cross returned to the road in January
Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross is an inventive performer, writer, and producer on stage and screens both big and small.
Cross returned to the road in January of 2016, six years after his last standup tour. Named one of the Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central, Cross launched his “Making America Great Again!” tour in San Diego, CA and completed the US leg in The Golden State in May 2016, having extended the tour due to popular demand. In the Summer of 2016, Cross took his tour to Europe for the first time ever, and also performed throughout Canada, including at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.
(Thursday) 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
After debuting their sixth studio album, Pray For The Wicked, Panic! At the Disco kicked off their U.S. arena tour, produced by AEG Presents. Pray For The Wicked follows Panic! At
After debuting their sixth studio album, Pray For The Wicked, Panic! At the Disco kicked off their U.S. arena tour, produced by AEG Presents.
Pray For The Wicked follows Panic! At The Disco’s critically acclaimed fifth album, Death Of A Bachelor, which was released on January 15, 2016 via Fueled By Ramen/DCD2 Records. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart and was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2017 GRAMMY® Awards. The RIAA platinum selling release was the highest selling rock album and fourth-highest selling album released in 2016, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The album has also spawned RIAA certified gold tracks “Hallelujah,” “LA Devotee,” “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time” and platinum “Victorious,” “Death Of A Bachelor,” and “Emperor’s New Clothes.” Most recently, frontman Brendon Urie starred as Charlie Price in the critically acclaimed Broadway hit Kinky Boots.
(Friday) 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Gila River Arena
9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, AZ 85305
The Seventh Annual Prickly Pear Festival hosted by the Superior Chamber of Commerce is set in the quaint and dynamic mountain town of Superior, Arizona. The festival celebrates all the
The Seventh Annual Prickly Pear Festival hosted by the Superior Chamber of Commerce is set in the quaint and dynamic mountain town of Superior, Arizona. The festival celebrates all the edible wonders of the Sonoran Desert while showcasing the many products and health benefits of the Prickly Pear cactus. Along with the festival activities, most of the local restaurants and retail merchants will have special sales and prickly pear items for sale.
This year’s event will feature a Prickly Pear Foraging hike, which begins at 7:00am, those attending the hike should meet at the Superior Municipal Airport located on US 60. Hikers should wear long pants and sleeves along with sturdy shoes. To pick the Prickly Pear fruit, you will need tongs and a bucket or container to hold your fruit.
Following the hike, stop by the Veterans of Foreign War Hall on Main Street for a pancake breakfast, make sure you top your pancakes with the home-made sweet and tangy prickly pear syrup. The cost for breakfast is a generous donation of your choice, the breakfast includes sausage, pancakes, coffee and juice. All proceeds benefit the local VFW Post.
At 10:00am, let the fun begin at the Superior Town Hall, located at 199 Lobb Avenue just a block off of Main Street. This restored school, now the local municipal complex, will play host to many educational speakers on the edible desert, a prickly pear beer making demonstration, live mariachi music, Mexican folklorico dancers, food trucks, the Prickly Pear Pageant and the Cactus Lounge, which will feature the Superior’s famous Prickly Pear Margarita. The vendors, art show and demonstrations will run until 5:00pm. The Cactus Lounge will close at 6:00pm.
The third annual Prickly Pear Pageant is a pageant that celebrates vintage clothing and a unique theme each year. Prizes are awarded to the contestants, who best showcase the theme of the pageant. This year the theme of the pageant is “Hollywood Inspired”. Participants can contact Tina Casillas at 480-399-5895 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Second Annual Prickly Pear Cook-off will be held from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Superior Senior Center, located at 360 Main St. Those wishing to enter a dish in the contest should contact Mila Besich-Lira no later than August 1st, 2018. For complete rules and regulations contact email@example.com. This year there will be two categories for entries, desserts and main entrees/appetizers. Cash prizes will be awarded. The presentation by contestants will happen between noon and 1:00pm.
New to the festival this year will be the Superior Prickly Pear Margarita Shake Off, hosted in the Cactus Lounge. This event invites local bartenders along with novice bartenders to show off their skills and earn the title as “The Most Superior Prickly Pear Margarita Maker” For more information on contest entry and rules contact the Superior Chamber of Commerce at 520-689-0200 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superior is located 60 miles east of Downtown Phoenix and is an easy drive on the newly expanded US 60 Highway. For an up to date festival schedule visit our website at www.superiorarizonachamber.org
(Saturday) 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Superior Arizona Chamber of Commerce
165 Main St., Superior, AZ
Come cool off at The Van Buren for an indoor beer fest in Downtown Phoenix! Featuring 20+ Breweries including Four Peaks, 10 Barrel, Elysian, Golden Road, Breckenridge, Goose Island, 21st
Come cool off at The Van Buren for an indoor beer fest in Downtown Phoenix! Featuring 20+ Breweries including Four Peaks, 10 Barrel, Elysian, Golden Road, Breckenridge, Goose Island, 21st Amendment, Barrio, Ace Cider, Coronado, Deschutes, Founders, Lumberyard, Modern Times, Mudshark, Ninkasi and more.
Elvis Before Noon will be playing the hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s. On the patio, the BBQ grill will be making up some summertime faves!
(Sunday) 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Van Buren
401 West Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ
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