Arizona Arts & Culture News: Guelaguetza at Desert Botanical Garden; Gregg Kallor’s Frankenstein; An Arizona thriller

October 6, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

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Water sustainability at center of new mixed-reality game / ASU News

An Arizona State University team, led by technical communication and UX expert Claire Lauer, was awarded $2 million from the National Science Foundation to further develop an engaging mixed-reality grant and accompanying museum installation designed to convey the complexities of water allocation across Arizona.

Guelaguetza: the Desert Botanical Garden brings a Oaxacan tradition to the Valley / ABC 15

The Desert Botanical Garden is set to host a two-day event this weekend for its rendition of “Guelaguetza!” The colorful festival brings music, dance, art, food and more to celebrate this tradition from Oaxaca, Mexico.

World premiere of Gregg Kallor’s Frankenstein to play Arizona Opera in October / Broadway World

Arizona Opera will present the world premiere of Gregg Kallor’s acclaimed new opera “Frankenstein” this October, with performances at both the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix and the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson. “Frankenstein” will mark Arizona Opera’s third world premiere, following “Riders of the Purple Sage” and “The Copper Queen” film.

Cindy Ornstein of Mesa Arts Center to receive prestigious arts award / Phoenix Business Journal

Cindy Ornstein, the recently retired executive director of Mesa Arts Center, will be honored with the Shelley Award as part of the Arizona Creative Excellence Awards, the newly revamped Governor’s Arts Awards. Read more: Mesa Arts Center Director Cindy Ornstein looks back after retirement

Inaugural Phoenix fashion show brings Ballet Arizona to the runway / Daily Independent

For the first time, Ballet Arizona fans will have the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal looks at the intricate costumes dancers wear on stage with a fundraiser that showcases select elaborate on-stage costumes.

GCU business professor in full bloom with art exhibits / GCU News

In addition to serving as an adjunct professor in the Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University, Karen Gengle has received considerable recognition for her botanical artwork at places such as Grand Canyon National Park and Sky Harbor International Airport.

Scottsdale actor’s film featured in Jerome fest / Scottsdale Progress

A Scottsdale actor and a Mesa filmmakerhad the chance to present their new feature film in Jerome at the ninth annual Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival. “Run Rabbit” is an all-Arizona thriller directed by and produced by Justin Rose of Mesa and starring Chris Studenka of Scottsdale.

Exhibit aims for specific audience emotions / Scottsdale Progress

Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation is exploring artworks’ impact on viewers’ emotions with its new exhibit, “Coming to Terms.” The exhibit features artworks that convey 11 emotions. To make the exhibition as interactive as possible, viewers are encouraged to fill out cards listing those emotions and place them on shelves next to each work.

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