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What's The Buzz – ArtWalk’s 2011-2012 Season Announced
This Just In – Summer ArtWalk plans to sizzle
Vinyl Analysis – Stinkweeds yields a couple polyvinyl gems
Musical Notes – Super Stereo #3 On MTVu 7 Weeks In A Row
Rock Poetry 101 – Great lines from unsung heroes
New Calendar News – Latest, greatest upcoming events


ArtWalk announces 2011-2012 special events

The Scottsdale ArtWalk is pleased to announce some very special events for the 2011-2012 season. “ArtWalk the Line” throughout the Scottsdale Arts District, extending along Main Street west of Scottsdale Road and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue.

Cowboy StatueSummer Spectacular ArtWalk – “Chill” with music, art and China Mist iced teas in the Scottsdale Arts District – Thursday, July 7, 2011, 7-9pm. Free. Presented by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with City of Scottsdale. 22nd annual!

Western ArtWalk – The Fall season begins with an artistic showdown on the streets of Scottsdale Downtown. It’s the Western ArtWalk – also featuring the 3rd annual “Main Street Drawing Event” – Thurs., October 20, 2011, 7-9pm. Free. Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with City of Scottsdale. 22nd annual!

Holiday Small Works Show – The galleries’ annual “Small Works Show” premiers at ArtWalk on the first Thursday of December each year. This year’s event starts Thurs., Dec. 1 from 7 to 9pm in the Scottsdale Arts District and runs through Dec. 31. Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association. Free.

Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk – “ArtWalk the Line” in an artistic preface to the big game at the Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk, on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 from 7 to 9pm in the Scottsdale Arts District. Free. Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with City of Scottsdale. 14th annual Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk!

A Taste of Art ArtWalk – Sumptuous restaurant samples along the ArtWalk route in Scottsdale Downtown, plus other special treats. Check for details! Thursday, January 19, 2012, 7-9pm. Free. Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association. 4th annual!

Best of Scottsdale ArtWalk – The highlight of Best of Scottsdale month will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, 7-9pm. This year’s Best of Scottsdale ArtWalk also celebrates Arizona’s Centennial. Music, munchies and more on the streets. Free. Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association and the City of Scottsdale. 8th annual!

Native Arts ArtWalk – Celebrate Arizona’s indigenous cultures on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 7-9pm. Free. Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with the Hopi Education Endowment Fund and the Heard Museum’s famed weekend Indian Fair. 2nd annual!

Glass Act ArtWalk – This popular event features beautiful glass artistry by some of Arizona’s finest artists, with live artist demonstrations on the streets. Thursday, April 12, 2012, 7-9pm. Free. Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors’ Bureau and the City of Scottsdale. 4th annual!

Summer Spectacular ArtWalk – It’s summertime’s annual cooldown in the Scottsdale Arts District – Thursday, July 5, 2012, 7-9pm. Free. Presented by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with City of Scottsdale. 23rd annual!


NEW! “The Art of Wine” Tastings on Third Thursdays – Purchase a long-stemmed souvenir ArtWalk glass, just $10, then visit participating galleries in the Scottsdale Arts District for free samples of the latest fine wines. Net proceeds benefit the nonprofit Scottsdale Gallery Association and its public educational activities. For a delicious Taste of Art, join the art crowd on the Third Thursday of every month along Main Street & Marshall Way!


Scottsdale ArtWalk – Since 1976, “America’s original ArtWalk” takes place every Thursday7-9pm (except holidays) on the streets of Scottsdale Downtown. Always free! Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with City of Scottsdale.


Summer ArtWalk plans to sizzleTera Crisalida

One of the Valley’s most surprising events always draws hundreds to the “coolness” of the Scottsdale Arts District. The 22nd annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk is sure to provide another great midsummer’s entertainment this year on Thurs., July 7 from 7 to 9 pm. This popular event is presented by the Scottsdale Gallery Association and Scottsdale Downtown and is sponsored in part by China Mist Iced Teas.

ArtWalkers can “chill out” along Main Street and Marshall Way where dozens of fine art galleries will be busy with artist demonstrations, exhibit openings, special receptions, wine tastings, live music, delicious samples from great restaurants, and more. There’s plenty of nearby free parking, and easy access to local hotels or famed Scottsdale eateries.

Entertainment lined up for the event now includes Tera Crisalida, John Calvert, Angela Leavitt, John Burton of Fire Ridge, and Sherry Finzer. Free samples will be provided by China Mist Iced Teas, Popchips and Icelandic Glacial Water.

The Scottsdale Arts District can be found just west of Scottsdale Rd. along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. For more information about the 22nd annual celebration, visit Come on out to the Summer Spectacular ArtWalk for one of the “coolest” events of the summer!


Stinkweeds yields a couple polyvinyl gems

Santa Barbara HoneymoonStinkweeds
is a north central Phoenix music store that carries a decent number of vinyl albums, so we put them to the challenge on a recent Vinyl Analysis visit. We could see they had a solid supply of new issues, but how would they fare on lost treasures from rock’s vaults? We decided to look for some elusive-but-noteworthy items: rarities by Camel, the Buckingham-Nicks LP, unheralded folk-rockers Unicorn, anything by Fever Tree (hopefully the rarer second album), solo projects by John Renbourn or Bert Jansch. Well, we found a small gem by the latter. It’s Santa Barbara Honeymoon put out by Jansch in 1975 after his years with Britain’s eclectic Pentangle. It’s a 2009 reissue on Drag City Records going for $16.99, which includes some additional tunes on an included CD. Another cool reissue at Stinkweeds, though pricier at $29.99, was Blessed (Lost Highway Records) by Lucinda Williams. Gotta have that one! As for a cheapie bin special, there was a Best Of Marty Robbins compilation on (hmm) Reader’s Digest Records being sold for just $3.99. His classic “El Paso” is the highpoint, of course, but since Robbins grew up right here in Glendale, that’s probably enough to make him at least locally collectible.
– bob henschen

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Super Stereo #3 on MTVu 7 weeks in a row

Tempe-based electropop group represents the Valley with flying colors

Over the last nine months, 5pc indie dance band Super Stereo has been building an empire with their special brand of uber-pop synth funk. The best part is, they do it all in handmade space pants from another dimension.

Super StereoMTV Networks and their affiliates have fully embraced Super Stereo since the release of their video for their initial single “Life Passed Me By”, as it consistently ranks in the top 5 in views, comments, ratings and shares. In fact, the video has been holding the #3 spot for nearly two months on university-specific music video network, MTVu. But when their deeper album cut “Jaguar” aired on NBC’s hit show Parks and Recreation last month, it united young pop-culture enthusiasts on a whole new level.

The highly visual and energetic Fervor Records band – who will sound awesome to fans of Empire Of The Sun, Lady Gaga, Passion Pit, or Prince – drops lyrical knowledge on the topic of astro-physics whilst inspiring the least likely candidates in the room to let loose on the dance floor. Noted for tight harmonies, catchy hooks and an irrefutable beat, Super Stereo’s positive vibes have proven to be infectious.

This is evident with their many invitations to perform key slots at festivals and community events, as well as a slew of club dates with emerging indie buzz bands. Recent performances include the highly unique Ignite Phoenix #10 event, as well as the Phoenix Pride festival where they opened for headliners Uh-huh Her and Shiny Toy Guns.

The 10-track album is available exclusively at live performances (or get it on iTunes for a head start). View the hi-def ‘Red One’ shot video, directed by Nick Morrison of Astronaut, directly on and join SuperU on the band’s official website! Links below:







“May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide you all the way on.”
– Mike Heron, “A Very Cellular Song,” from The Incredible String Band’s legitimately incredible The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (Elektra). And on a purely Phoenix note, legendary KDKB progressive radio deejay William Edward Compton signed off with this song after every show.


Media Calendar Editors – Please Include Us!

Wed., May 25
Apexx, 6-9pm, soulful jazz, NO COVER
at Fire + Spice Grill, Tempe Sheraton
Broadway Rd. & Hardy Dr.

Sat., Jun. 25
Super Stereo live at The Rogue, 9pm
423 North Scottsdale Road
Cover: $5

Thurs., Jul. 7
Summer Spectacular ArtWalk, 7-9pm, FREE
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

Every Thursday
Scottsdale ArtWalk is every week, 7-9pm, FREE

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