Daily Archives: October 6, 2008

Phoenix parks director returns home to Austin

[Source: Phoenix Parks and Conservation Foundation] — City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Director Sara Hensley has accepted the same position with the City of Austin, Texas.  Sara came the City when the Parks and Recreation Department was in the midst of one of the most difficult budget times in recent history.  According to Tony Motola of the Phoenix Parks and Conservation Foundation, “Sara will be remembered as a Director who always stood up to protect facilities and programs by developing a variety of strong community partnerships.  Whether is was empowering her employees, working with the Parks and Recreation Board, supporting the Phoenix Parks and Preserves Initiative, or partnering with the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs as a public administration practitioner and instructor, Sara always made the interests of parks and recreation users in Phoenix her top priority.”

The move to Austin is a homecoming for Sara as she returns to the city where she began her Parks and Recreation career over twenty years ago.  Her last day at the City of Phoenix will be November 14, 2008.

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Urp…never mind. State’s funds for Phoenix-Tucson rail study in doubt

[Source: Associated Press] — The federal government recently announced it is giving $1 million to Arizona to launch a study of proposed new passenger rail service between Phoenix and Tucson, but whether the state can come up with a matching $1 million is a question mark.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

How cities can compete…an illustrated guide

[Source: Nate Berg, Planetizen] — An artist recently drew an interpretation of a speech by author Richard Florida about the “creative class,” competition between cities and the importance of place.  Click on the graphic above to see the drawing, which tracks Florida’s ideas about how cities can embrace their individual strengths and compete in an increasingly globalized world.  [Note: To read the full story, click here.]

Inaugural Latin@ arts festival to be held in downtown Phoenix, Oct. 8-12

Attend Advocates for Latin@ Arts & Culture’s (ALAC) inaugural festival and celebration of Latino, Xicano, and Indigenous arts and culture in partrnership with the Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix.  Program activities include: art exhibition, book signings, and live entertainment preceding theater productions.

Opening Night (Wednesday, October 8, 2008)

  • 5:30 PM Art Exhibition featuring: Marco A. Albarrán, Tavo Barrios, José Benavides, Victor Caldee, Francisca Cota, Jim Covarrubias, Francisco Garcia, Francisco Garcia, Zarco Guerrero, Johnny Lozaya, Jorge Moreno, Martin Moreno, Roman Reyes, Jaime Rodriguez
  • 5:30 PM Latin@ Authors’ Book Signing featuring: Frank Barrios, José Burruel, Ph.D., Stella Pope Duarte, Zarco Guerrero, Kathy Cano Murillo, Santos Vega, Ph.D.
  • 6:30 PM Opening On-Stage featuring: Rainie Moreno, 2008 Estrellas Latinas Vocal Artist of the Year & Estrellas Latinas 5; Andres Leal, Clarissa Granado, Monica Castro, Socorro Flores, Southwest Hispanic Culture Association Estrellas Latinas Program.
  • 7 PM New Carpa Theater presents: Por Amor/For Love: An Operachi in One Act.  Written by James E. Garcia & Directed by Marcelino Quinonez.

Theater schedule and tickets available for purchase online at Herberger Theater website.

$15 per ticket for four plays & $20 for musical

  • October 8, Wednesday at 7 PM: Por Amor/For Love: An Operachi in One Act-Performed in English
  • October 9, Thursday at 7 PM: La Calaca Cabaret-Performed in English
  • October 10, Friday at 8 PM: El Grito de una Máscara: Los de En medio II-Performed in Spanish
  • October 11, Saturday at 2 & 8 PM: Vaselina/Grease- Performed in Spanish with Engish super-titles
  • October 12, Sunday at 2 PM: The Women of Juarez-Performed in English

For more information about ALAC, click here.