Daily Archives: July 3, 2009

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Phoenix Friday Nights highlights area’s vibrant nightlife

[Source: Clintus, Phoenix MetroBlog] — Phoenix Friday Nights (#pfn) has been going on now since January of 09 and has gained much success over the past few months.  From their “About” page: “Committed to highlighting Phoenix’s vibrant nightlife, focusing on the arts, culture, food, and just plain fun that await in our burgeoning desert metropolis.  Through participation in and partnerships with local businesses, arts organizations, and unique events in downtown Phoenix.”  Both the East and West valley groups do things a bit differently but fun is still a side effect of the evening.

Tyson Crosbie, the one that got it all started, says that he broke off from yet another popular Friday night get together; Phoenix Friday Coffee (#pfc).  “Austin Baker is passionate about coffee and started a Friday after work meetup to visit the local coffee shops.  I started going and loved the community that built up.  I saw that the groups were getting bigger than the venue and attempted to create an additional PFC coffee meetup on Friday.  This caused a lot of tension in the community and a lot of confusion on Friday and so Phoenix Friday Nights was born.  It had a similar call to action: Go out on Friday with friends and have a good time, but a different venue and geography.  It was a place to meetup at local downtown businesses: Restaurants, Bars, Coffee, etc. as a starting point for the night.”

To read the full article, click on Friday Nights in the Valley of the Sun

Find more First Friday galleries, smaller crowds north of downtown Phoenix

[Source: Jennifer McClellan, Arizona Republic] — The off-the-beat locations of the galleries between Thomas and Camelback roads mean not as many people visit as at the Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue areas of the art walk.  But for those looking for a specific type of art, the northern galleries are easily accessed by using the light rail or free First Friday shuttle.

Practical Art, just off the Central/Camelback light-rail stop, deals in “usable and functional” art, owner Jane Reddin said.  Each month, the gallery features a different Arizona artist trying to break into the art scene.  Reddin said she tries to make her gallery accessible to everyone, and never charges a fee to see the operative artwork…

Exposed Studio and Gallery, a stop on the north route of the free shuttles, shows a variety of provocative artwork.  “We show erotic artwork that other galleries are afraid to show,” said owner Gregg Edelman.   “Everything here is one-of-a-kind…”

Cuervo Studio and Gallery, on Thomas Road a few blocks from a north-route shuttle stop, specializes in Latino artwork… Artist-in-residence Martin Moreno creates sculptures and other art inspired by his community while running the studio with his wife, Sylvia Hernandez-Moreno.  Along with exhibiting artwork by local and national artists, Cuervo offers public art classes.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Downtown Phoenix hospital talks revived

[Source: Angela Gonzales, Phoenix Business Journal] — University of Arizona and Maricopa Integrated Health System officials have resumed talks to create a clinical partnership that could lead to a new hospital on the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus.  UA has been looking for a hospital partner ever since Banner Health in January 2008 walked away from its plan to build a hospital on the campus.  For years, UA has sent its medical school students from Tucson for clinical rotations at MIHS’ Maricopa Medical Center, but the most recent discussions are to create a formal agreement.

Betsey Bayless, CEO of MIHS, confirmed those discussions were taking place.  She will be meeting with the MIHS board later this month to determine if members want her to move forward with negotiations.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Out until 2 a.m.? Toast new Phoenix light rail hours

[Source: Sean Holstege and Megan Finnerty, Arizona Republic] — Valley residents and business owners will get their wish for late-night, light-rail service today when Metro starts running weekend trains until the early-morning hours.  For Friday- and Saturday-night revelers and other late travelers, the shift means that the last trains will pull out of the end-of-line stations about 3:15 a.m. rather than 12:15 a.m.  Night owls can catch a train along the 20-mile route until about 3:30 a.m.  The last trains run only about halfway down the line.  The final weekend trains running the entire length leave at about 2 a.m.

Patrons, business owners and civic promoters see the longer hours as an opportunity for downtown Phoenix and Tempe’s Mill Avenue to prove they can achieve the kind of exciting nightlife other big cities have.  Bar and restaurant patrons will have less of a reason to go home early and less of a need to appoint a designated driver, unless they’re using park-and-ride lots.  Those needs hinder the area’s ability to generate business and street life, some patrons say.  “I think they should have done this in the first place,” said Josh Agustin, 33, bar manager at Pasta Bar, one of downtown Phoenix’s newest restaurants.  “The lack of light rail is the biggest complaint I hear.  I think that a lot of people leave the downtown early because of light rail (hours).  Now, people will come in later.”

Metro spokeswoman Hillary Foose said the service also will help late-night workers and downtown concertgoers by giving them another way to get home.   “People are overwhelmingly excited about it,” Foose said.  “(Still) it’s hard to say what reception this late-night service will receive.”

To help promote the change, Kimber Lanning, director of non-profit Local First Arizona, is working with downtown music destinations to offer discounts for concerts and other incentives for riding light rail.  Various bar and restaurant owners are planning similar promotions.  Local First Arizona promotes doing business with companies based in the state.  Metro plans to run extended weekend hours indefinitely but has enough federal money to pay for only the first year of extra service, which costs an estimated $250,000.  The Regional Public Transportation Authority hiked fares sharply on Wednesday because of rising costs and declining municipal sales-tax revenue, which helps finance the system.   [Note: To read the full article, click here.]