Avant-Garden Returns: To Celebrate David Rogers' Big Bugs

August 05, 2011


John Sallot
Phone: 480 481.8101

Desert Botanical Garden’s popular Avant-Garden returns this fall to celebrate David Roger’s Big Bugs exhibit. Avant-garden brings the unique culture of Phoenix to center stage. Each week different vendors, presenters and performers showcase their talents and demonstrate the energy of our community.

David Rogers’ Big Bugs will be on display throughout the Garden September 12, 2011 – January 1, 2012 providing a look at insect predators, pollinators and beneficial critters. Sculptor David Rogers has carefully created these creatures from fallen or found wood, cut saplings, twigs, raw branches, twine, bark and other natural materials. The sculptures weigh from 300 to 1,200 pounds and range from seven feet to 25 feet long.

Avant-Garden programming:

October 6 - Hail the Ale! - Beer education and tasting by Four Peaks Brewery followed by a performance by The Bad Cactus Brass Band.

October 13 - In Bloom - Explore fall fashion from local designers featured at Local Talent AZ Boutique and an ultra-hip alternative rock performance by Covela.

October 27 - A Spirited Evening - Laugh the night away with sketches by Jester’z Improv Comedy, followed by a performance by Banana Gun.

November 3 - Stop, Cook and Listen - Enjoy a cooking demonstration by Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events and a bluegrass performance by Hurt County.

November 10 - Toast the Taste - Feel fine while tasting and learning about chocolate and wine, followed by a feel-good, pop-rock performance by FourWayFree.

November 17 - Have You Heard? - Back by popular demand, HomeBase Poetry returns for an extended set of spoken word poetry backed by neo soul band Mothers Favorite Child.

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, October 6, 13 & 27, November 3, 10 & 17, 2011
6:00 – 8:30 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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