Bobby Castañeda on The Greatest Painter Alive
The first time I saw his art was on a pair of lime green pumps a girl I liked was rocking. I heard his name...

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Why the Chinese Cultural Center Should Matter to All Phoenikerxs
Nĭ Hăo Phoenikerxs! That’s one way to say hello in Chinese for those of us who had to google it. We’re not sure if you...

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Carla’s Status Doesn’t Define Her, Her Humanity Does
Carla came to the U.S. a tiny human Seven she was A Chavarría she was From Atizapán Estado de México she was. Crossed the border...

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Chela Makes Art Because It Doesn’t Ask For Papers
Much of what Isela Meraz has done in the U.S. has been to challenge a system that requires her to show papers. Art is one...

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Gio and Her Dissident Act of Self Love
Once upon a time there was a little girl who dreamed of being like JonBenét Ramsey because all she heard was that blue-eyed blondies were...

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Phoenikera Artist Celebrates Every Thread of Her Indigenous Fiber
She’s a jeweler, not the kind that wears a loupe at a store or sits in a dark room inside a diamond & gemstone warehouse....

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SoPho Light Rail Extension Needs La Phoenikera Artists
Have you noticed that all La Phoenikera Light Rail stations have some sort of art piece incorporated into their design? You might not know, but...

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Cuba is Not Its Beaches or Its Whores
Cuba is not its beaches or its whores. It’s not the sadness of its streets or romanticism of the “máquinas” (cabs), the Moskovich, Lada or...

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A Phoenikerx’s Guide to Cuba
Before traveling to Cuba this month we had tons of questions. A couple of our friends had gone relatively recently so we were able to...

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Beer me!: 10 years of the Lost Leaf
For Tato Caraveo, event coordinator for The Lost Leaf (which just celebrated its 10 year anniversary at the 5th Street location), this week marks their...

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From Spectators to Collaborators: How Soul Justice Project’s New Show Needs You Involved
“The universe is not made out of atoms. It is made out of stories,” said Muriel Rukeyser in her Speed of Darkness poem. We know...

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The Sagrado Galleria: Much More Than An Art Space In South La Phoenikera
When Sam Gomez and Julia Duran would travel down Central Avenue to get ice cream at Oasis, their favorite antojito shop in South Phoenix, they...

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The Love for Knowledge Starts at Home
“If reading bears fruit, let the trees read,” said the writing on a Ministry of Education’s wall in the city I lived a few years...

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6 Awesome Things You’ll See at the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit
The world is filled with Frida Kahlo fans. Some are real (the kind that can name even the artists’ pet dog), some are fake (the...

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Possible Latinx Cultural Center Needs Your Voice
There is a demand for accessible events that celebrate the rise of La Phoenikera’s culture, but how do we show support? Sometimes we just share...

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Phoenikerxs Create Artistic Critique of Walls, Physical and Symbolic
On Sunday, an installation created by eight Arizona artists, many of them Phoenikerxs, executing the vision of Mexican artist Bestabeé Romero, was unveiled. Giovana Aviles,...

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Afromexico: Children of the moon
Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq, two local visual anthropologists have made it their mission to demystify preconceived notions about black and indigenous communities around...

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A Black and Brown Pride Party Filled With Joterías
If you’re going to celebrate Pride this weekend but the official Pride party is not your scene, we suggest you check out Booty Pop, the...

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Phoenix Artists Can Do a Residency in Guadalajara This Summer
Artists from La Phoenikera have the awesome opportunity to do a six-week residency in Guadalajara this summer. The arts organization Celebración Artística de las Américas...

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La Phoenikera Protecting Vaginas
If you’re like me and you’ve Heard the term “V-Day” and thought, what the crap is that? Here it goes. V-Day is not Valentine’s Day,...

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Crossfade LAB: An Experiment Worth Being Part Of
Last October I went to an event called Crossfade LAB and I was mind blown. Rita Indiana, a bad ass musician and writer from the...

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