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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.”
For additional information, visit the Phoenix Arts Center website.
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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
Take a trip to Neverland with this adaptation of the beloved children’s story about the boy who never grew up. Featuring new original music and your favorite classic characters –
Take a trip to Neverland with this adaptation of the beloved children’s story about the boy who never grew up. Featuring new original music and your favorite classic characters – from the villainous Captain Hook to the brave Princess Tiger Lily – this musical is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
For tickets, visit the Mesa Art Center’s website.
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June 14 (Thursday) - 24 (Sunday)
Mesa Arts Center
One E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201
“Art of the Teese” will mesmerize with a re-staged performance of “Lazy” from Von Teese’s residency at Crazy Horse Paris this past year (including new costuming sponsored by Swarovski and
“Art of the Teese” will mesmerize with a re-staged performance of “Lazy” from Von Teese’s residency at Crazy Horse Paris this past year (including new costuming sponsored by Swarovski and designed by British designer, Jenny Packham), and a revitalization of the Cowgirl Act including her sexy new male “Vontourage.”
Known for her luxurious signature style, Von Teese will also be putting her show costumes on display as part of the VIP package for each show. Details on how to purchase tickets below.
The “Burlesque Superheroine” (Vanity Fair) will be joined on stage by a diverse group of the best burlesque performers from around the world. These performers break the mold and challenge the status quo, each bringing a unique and titillating element to the show. “Art of the Teese” is an assorted exploration of seduction, breaking down the barriers of gender, size, age and what it truly means to entice. The show-stopping all-star cast will be joined by special guests performing acts directed by Von Teese herself.
For tickets, visit the Comerica Theatre website.
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(Friday) 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ
Pride in the Pines is a celebration of all people in Flagstaff. They are excited to bring you a diverse lineup of national, regional and local entertainers. There is something
Pride in the Pines is a celebration of all people in Flagstaff. They are excited to bring you a diverse lineup of national, regional and local entertainers. There is something for everyone, just a few blocks from the historic downtown district. Over 90 vendors will be showcasing their artisan craftsmanship, outreach programs and art.
Gates open: 12 p.m.
Featuring on the Main Stage Grammy Award-winning Artist Mya and much more!
-Taryn Scali – Tribute to Selena
-Miss Phoenix Gay Pride 2018…Mya Mckenzie & Friends
with special guest Candi Stratton!
-Keith Okie and Rebel Sol (Cottonwood)
-Reveille Men’s Chorus (Tucson)
-Sunset Voodoo (Tempe)
-From Santa Fe… Miss Bella Gigante
– Circus Bacchus (Flagstaff)
-Jacquie Forman (Flagstaff)
Advance ticket: $15 per person (Advance ticket sales end on June 21, at 11 p.m.)
Children under 10 are free.
Festival day: $20 per person (cash/credit)
Festival day $15 for military, high school and middle school students with a valid credential – Senior Discount 60+
The official afterparty is at the Orpheum Theater where Thorgy Thor from RuPaul’s Drag Race will be performing.
For tickets, visit the Flagstaff Pride website.
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(Saturday) 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thorpe Park (Flagstaff)
191 N. Thorpe Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
The 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour will gather up all that energy and all the new songs from The Big Revival and Cosmic Hallelujah, mix them with everyone’s favorites, add in a few wild
The 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour will gather up all that energy and all the new songs from The Big Revival and Cosmic Hallelujah, mix them with everyone’s favorites, add in a few wild cards and hit the road like only Chesney can.
Joining him for this year’s trip around the sun will be Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist and Country Music Association and ACM Single of the Year winner Thomas Rhett (“Die a Happy Man,” “It Goes Like This,” “Craving You” (feat. Maren Morris), ACM Best New Group and CMA double nominee Old Dominion (“Break Up with Him,” “Song for Another Time”) and breaking through artist/songwriter Brandon Lay (“Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers”).
“There’s nothing like a stadium full of people coming together to remind you what life’s about,” he says. “The energy, the moments, the fun. Every single one of these artists who’re coming out with us for Trip Around the Sun live their lives the exact same way; they work hard, they appreciate what they’re given and they love music every bit as much as they love life. I, personally, can’t wait to see this show hit the road.” For Kenny, who’s been called “The King of the Road” by Wall Street Journal and “The People’s Superstar” by the The Los Angeles Times, there is nowhere he feels more alive than when he’s onstage. His stadium shows are a rite of summer for many, and the songwriter/superstar from east Tennessee has built his career by striving to give people a night that defines their summer.
For tickets, vist ticketmaster.
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(Saturday) 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
It’s an emo evening to end them all as the Vans Warped Tour rolls cross-country for the last time. This year’s lineup guarantees fans are going out with a bang,
It’s an emo evening to end them all as the Vans Warped Tour rolls cross-country for the last time. This year’s lineup guarantees fans are going out with a bang, as groups like 3OH!3, Black Veil Bride, The Maine, Simple Plan and The Used rock on throughout the day.
For additional information, visit the Vans Warped Tour website.
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(Thursday) 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2121 N 83rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85035
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