Daily Archives: August 25, 2010

Modified Arts energizes downtown Phoenix

[Source: Sarah Spencer, Phoenix Arts and Crafts Examiner]

Modified Arts on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix is rooted in the indie spirit of Downtown Phoenix. It calls attention to the community through art shows and musical performances from all over the world. The new directors, husband-and-wife team Kim Larkin and Adam Murray, bring a fresh approach to art and performance in the downtown area.

Larkin and Murray took over Modified Arts in late 2009 from Kimber Lanning. Larkin earned an art history degree from the University of Utah and has experience running art galleries, while Murray supports the audio end of Modified with his audio engineering degree and passion for new music and media.

The freshly remodeled space opened in January 2010, and now hosts national and international art and musical shows. In order to preserve the history in the making, a new website archives past performances and interviews. Current exhibition information can also be found online: modifiedarts.org.

The space will continue to shape the downtown Phoenix art scene. Says Larkin, “We want to make Modified a sophisticated contemporary arts experience with visual art, performance, and music that fits well in the space, while not taking away that raw DIY energy that exists on Roosevelt Row.”

Visit Modified Arts: 407 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (map) or at www.modified.org

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The Downtown Phoenix Public Market gets some ASU love

ASU’s State Press Magazine has a new blogger focused on downtown Phoenix.  Here is her firat post of the new academic year.

[Source: Chelsea Brown, State Press Magazine]

Photo by Chelsea Brown

As you may or may not know, right across the street from the Cronkite building on the Arizona State University Downtown campus is an awesome public market — the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, to be exact.

The market includes two different stores, the Urban Grocery and Wine Bar, and also Royal at the Market coffee shop. Urban carries various fresh veggies and fruit, as well as various packaged snacks, canned foods, and dorm room essentials. Did I mention that they carry amazing ice cream too? Well, they do! Oh, and don’t forget to check out Urban’s daily sandwich/salads/soup specials. Might I recommend the veggie sandwich, and the soup of the day.

Also, if you’re in a rush and just feel like picking up a cup of coffee and a pastry before class, I highly suggest stopping by Royal at the Market (Royal for short). The baristas at Royal seriously know how to make great lattes, drip and pour over coffees, as well as any kind of tea you could possibly want, and will always greet you with a smile or a simple hello when you walk through the door.

For those of you feeling adventurous (even you Tempe campus dwellers), the market is located at 14 E. Pierce St., (corner of Central Avenue and Pierce Street), closest to the [ASU Downtown Campus] light rail stop, and is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Note that the market is not open on Mondays.) Currently, Royal’s hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for Wednesdays when they’re open until 8 p.m. for the farmers market. Also, the market does take Sun Dollars, and usually if you ask for a student discount at Royal they will give you one.

On a lasting note, if you’re in the downtown area on any Wednesday afternoon or Saturday morning, the market hosts a open air farmers market where you can find fresh veggies, packaged goods and some delicious treats. (Did someone say Boba tea? Mmm.) Wednesday hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (1 p.m. starting in October.)

Thanks for reading, and check back next Thursday for a new post about a sweet downtown place!

Downtown Dispatch is dedicated to all things downtown Phoenix. If you’re looking for a new place to eat, you’ve found your guide. If you’re looking for a new boutique to shop at, I’ve got what you’re looking for. If you just want to find that perfect cup of coffee, I can tell you where to go. Welcome to the blog of Chelsea Brown, a Journalism senior, caffeine addict and self-proclaimed foodie who loves blogging and taking photographs. Reach me at cebrown4@asu.edu.

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