Daily Archives: December 1, 2008

Downtown Phoenix First Friday is Dec. 5

The fine folks over on Roosevelt Row ask, “Are you tired of frequenting the same spots in Roosevelt Row every First Friday?  It’s time to expand to the other areas of the Row with some hidden treasures.”  And here’s what they suggest:

  • Cross 7th St. and make your way over to the quaintest spot in downtown, the Welcome Diner at 10th St. and Roosevelt. Enjoy some local organic diner treats at this cozy spot from 5 to 10 p.m. every First Friday.  No one likes wandering around the Block Party on an empty stomach.
  • After you grab a bite to each, head over to The Alwun House at 12th St and Roosevelt.  Their annual Gift and Collectible Sale is opening this Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., and runs through Dec 23 (hours: Tue-Fri, Noon to 6 p.m).  This is a great chance to browse local artists hand crafted giftables at rock-bottom prices starting at as little as $5.  Visit with friends sipping complimentary spiced apple cider, tea, or coffee in the gardens and enjoy one of the oldest galleries in the Row.
  • It’s time to bring in the holiday season with Christmas at the Cathedral beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Center for the Arts.  Enjoy the music of Camille Saint-Saëns and Christmas Carols with the Cathedral Choir and Organ.  Tickets are $15 at the door, students and seniors are $10, and reserved seating is available in the first two rows of the Cathedral for $25.  Click here for reservations.

Gallery Openings this First Friday include:

  • Pravus Gallery opens Soft Serve this Friday featuring new work from seven different artists. Don’t miss local favorites Blinky, Josh Rhodes, J-Rod, Sent Rock, Betso, Josh Taylor, and Zoso.  The opening reception goes from 6 to 10 p.m.
  • If you haven’t stopped by one of Roosevelt Row’s finest new additions, this Friday is a perfect time to check out The Art of Light Gallery at 906 N. 6th St.  For just $1 a ticket, you can participate in a raffle for 4 original paintings with all proceeds going to the MS Arizona Chapter.  The raffle will run from 6 to 10 p.m. this Friday so make sure to peek in this great spot and contribute to this great cause.
  • Perihelion Arts presents Elbow Grease from the artist duo known as The Molten Brothers’ from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday.  The team utilizes their individual and collective skills to create an exciting show of work that explores political, social and pop-culture themes.  Don’t miss these exceptional, thought-provoking mixed media collaborations, including kinetic sculpture, painting, and drawing.
  • Just Breathe, a Wellness Sanctuary is expanding its gallery space with an eclectic group of fine local artists.  Enjoy ongoing exhibitions from artists and photographers, as well as new work from Sarah Kriehn, while soaking up the peaceful vibes.  Make sure to look into their weekly class, workshop, and massage schedule to keep down the stress during the holidays.

For more information about First Fridays, including shuttle information and a map, click here.

Dec. 3 Metro 1-10 West Downtown Community Group meeting cancelled

The December 3, 2008 meeting of the METRO I-10 West Downtown Community Working Group has been cancelled and rescheduled to January 28, 2009.  Considering that the Project Team does not have any new information to present at this time, they decided to cancel.  Next meeting details:

  • Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
  • Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Place: METRO Offices, 101 N. 1st Ave., #1300 (13th Floor)
  • RSVP: Rob Antoniak 602-385-1614 or e-mail
  • An agenda will be seen approximately one week before the meeting

Arizona Governor nominated for U.S. Homeland Security Secretary

[Source: Janet Napolitano, Governor] — A few moments ago I was honored to accept the nomination of President Elect Obama to become the Secretary of Homeland Security.  I intend to resign as Governor once my nomination is confirmed by the Senate.

Just a little over six years ago we embarked on an extraordinary mission to serve the people of Arizona.  One of the things of which I am most proud is the team that has worked with me.  Your efforts have been invaluable and your service unparalleled.  I am proud of all we have accomplished together.

Trust me when I tell you that I know the future to be both exciting and a little unsettling.  I recognize that my departure comes almost two years ahead of what some of you may have planned.  As we manage through the last months of my Administration, we will work with all of you to ensure the smoothest transition for you and your families, for Secretary Brewer and for all of Arizona.

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all you have done for me and for all Arizonans.

Governor Janet Napolitano

Viewpoint: Universities and downtowns — Phoenix’s big breakthrough

[Source: John Stuart Hall, Arizona State University, via Citiwire.net] — A lasting principle of urbanism: great universities are enriched, and cities advanced, when academic centers are located in city centers.  Sadly, many university governing boards took a different view in the last half of the 20th century, locating or moving campuses to auto-only-accessible outlying locations.  But a counter trend is now gaining strength. Arizona, one of the most spread-out of all states, offers a top example.  Arizona State University (ASU), originally founded as the Tempe Normal School for the Arizona Territory in 1885, has decided it’s imperative to have a major presence in the heart of newly-vibrant downtown Phoenix, one of America’s newest big cities.  [Note: To read the full commentary, click here.]

What can Phoenicians do to leave a Centennial legacy?

[Source: Robert Booker, Arizona Commission on the Arts] — The Arizona Centennial Legacy Project application is available online or for downloading on the Arizona Centennial website.   Individuals and organizations involved in Phoenix or Arizona arts, culture, and heritage efforts are eligible to apply.  You can also find a list of approved Legacy Projects.

Complete and successful applications include a three-page statement that addresses the following criteria:

  1. accurately portray a significant aspect of Arizona history
  2. be accessible to a large number of users/visitors
  3. demonstrate collaboration in the planning
  4. produce an enduring project that will live on after 2012
  5. include an educational component
  6. include an implementation plan

How foreclosures have swept metro Phoenix

foreclosures-metro-phoenix[Source: Arizona Republic] — More than 40,000 Valley homeowners have lost their homes to foreclosure in the past 18 months.  A combination of factors led to the surge.  Adjustable-rate mortgages have reset to higher interest rates.  Investors have walked away from bad purchases.  Job losses are mounting.

Today, the Arizona Republic offers new views of the problem plaguing the Valley’s housing market, with an analysis of these foreclosures.  Where do things go from here?  More help is coming for people struggling to hold onto their houses.  At the same time, the foreclosure boom has helped recent buyers find homes they can afford.