Film, comedy, yoga and more at SMoCA this July

The SMoCA Lounge (submitted photo)

The SMoCA Lounge (submitted photo)

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is to host a full lineup of summer events for an enlightening respite from the infamous heat with the Museum’s thermostat at a constant 68 degrees.

Guests may visit to RSVP and purchase tickets, and early arrival is encouraged to claim one of the limited seats for free events, according to a press release.

Control + Care: What Registrars Do

  • 2 p.m., Thursday, July 7
  • Registrars from institutions across the Valley come together for a kiss-and-tell-all on the diverse collections they manage and some of the unique issues they encounter on the job. Join for a special peek into how museums function and care for delicate objects with a conversation moderated by Janice Klein, Executive Director of the Museum Association of Arizona, with Registrars Rebecca Benham (Phoenix Zoo), Pat Evans (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art), Amber King (Museum of Northern Arizona), and Laura Wenzel (Phoenix Art Museum).
  • Free to the public.
SMoCAsana (submitted  photo)

SMoCAsana (submitted photo)


  • 11 a.m., Saturday, July 9
  • Instructor Toni Teplitsky leads the Museum’s popular series SMoCAsana, an all-level, 60-minute yoga flow class in SMoCA Lounge. Following the class, Curator of Programming Peter Bugg will give a brief tour of SMoCA’s four summer exhibitions capped off by a mimosa toast in the James Turrell Skyspace.
  • $20/person; $15 for Friends of SMoCA. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Yoga mats not provided.

Volumes: The Lit Happy Hour – Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth by A.O. Scott

  • 5:45 p.m., Thursday, July 14
  • When A.O. Scott, New York Times chief film reviewer, panned the movie The Avengers, actor Samuel L. Jackson unleashed his fans who took to social media to decry him. The fracas inspired Scott to write this book defending our human need to look critically and judge the good from the bad. Read the book, or don’t, but do join for delicious signature cocktails, light snacks and tasty conversation with Sara Cochran, Director and Chief Curator.
  • $7/person; Free for Friends of SMoCA.

Film & Conversation – The Destruction of Memory

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, July 21
  • See the Arizona premiere of this film that describes the unprecedented destruction of humanity’s patrimony in Iraq and Syria. The Destruction of Memory looks into the ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and reveals the decisions of the past that allow the issues of archeological destruction to remain hidden in the shadows. Recent screenings at London’s British Museum and Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution were sold out, so advance tickets are suggested. Director Tim Slade will discuss his film after the showing.
  • $7/person; $4 Friends of SMoCA. General admission seating.

Lit Lounge: Camp SMoCA

  • 7 p.m., Friday, July 29
  • Gather ‘round on this hot summer evening for a comedy show that will surely evoke nostalgic memories. Similar to stories around a campfire minus the s’mores plus swearing. You will cringe in horror and laugh in amusement as headliner Kirsten Alberts, who has been featured on FOX’s “Laughs” and Comedy Central Radio, joins from Los Angeles alongside local comedians Alley Lightfoot, Bill Laskowski and Anwar Newton. Camp SMoCA: Cooler Than Ever!
  • Cash bar. $10/person; $8 for Friends of SMoCA.

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