Avant-Garden Goes Global in Celebration of Design for a Living World

January 10, 2012


John Sallot
Phone: 480 481.8101

Desert Botanical Garden’s popular Avant-Garden series returns to Thursday nights this winter and spring to celebrate the Design for a Living World exhibit. Avant-garden will think globally and celebrate locally as Boppart Courtyard transforms into one of the destinations featured in the exhibit with culturally unique cuisine and entertainment. Guests at Avant-Garden will enjoy admission to this highly-anticipated exhibit as part of the event.

Design for a Living World, on display in Dorrance Hall, connects the natural world around the globe with people, plants, and places. Developed by The Nature Conservancy the exhibit tells the story about the life-cycle of materials and the importance of considering conservation when designing new products, buildings, or landscapes. The exhibit includes works by ten prominent designers that used sustainable materials from around the world to recreate everyday objects, video interviews with the designers, sketches, models, and large-scale photography by acclaimed photojournalist Ami Vitale.

Avant-Garden programming:

January 19 / China - Celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional music and dance featuring the Eastern Art Academy bringing the beauty and grace of Chinese dances to life.    

January 26 / Maine –Savor the flavors of the Northeast with a sea food cooking demonstration by Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events, followed by a performance by pianist Nicole Pesce as she puts her spin on jazz and ragtime hits. 

February 2 / Micronesia - Learn a new style of dance with an interactive Polynesian dance performance by Tausala Fine Polynesian Entertainment followed by a soulful reggae set by Walt Richardson. 

February 9 / Mexico – Be inspired with new ideas for Valentine’s Day with a Mexican cooking demonstration by Chipotle followed by a romantic flamenco performance by Flamenco por la Vida.

February 16 / Bolivia - Celebrate the tradition of Carnaval with festive dancers and a captivating musical performance by Porangui and Zang highlighted with colorful Samba performances by SambAZ Dancers.

February 23 / Idaho - Learn how to square dance lessons lead by Trish Jahnke,  followed by a nostalgic old time string band performance from Pick & Holler.

March 1 / Costa Rica - Discover the many uses and benefits of cocoa as presented by Wei of Chocolate, and then continue the feel good vibe with a Calypso performance by J.T.’s Island Steel.

March 8 / Australia – Enjoy wines from Austrailia and Neotribal performance by Drumming Sounds.

March 15 / Alaska - The Phoenix Zoo brings an interactive exploration of animals from the Pacific Northwest followed by Native American performance by Tony Duncan and Estun-bah.

March 22 / World Celebration - Join DJ Miguel Ivery in celebrating world cultures through dance followed by the dynamic world music of Traveler.

Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events provides a chef-attended station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. Items from the Patio Café menu will also be available for purchase. A full cash bar is also available.

Must be 21 or older to attend and show proper identification to be admitted.  No exceptions.  Children will not be admitted, even if a parent or guardian is present.  Programming is subject to change.  The Garden will be open for regular visitors.  Visit dbg.org/avant-garden for more information on each night’s theme.  Sponsored in part by Aloft Phoenix Airport and Yellow Cab.

Thursdays, January 19 & 26, February 2, 9, 16 & 23, March 1, 8 15, 22, 2012
 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Desert Botanical Garden (in Papago Park)
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ  85008

COST: Members: $12 / General Public: $18
  • Order tickets online
  • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays & 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekends)
  • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily)

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