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Get Your Trick On in downtown Phoenix

As we mentioned previously, Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and we are always looking for fun ways of celebrating! We covered a selection of family fare yesterday.  This post contains events for the ‘kids at heart’ out there:

Friday, October 29

2nd Annual Zombie Walk

There are plenty of urban legends, like the one that suggests if there was no more room in hell, the dead would walk the Earth. Well, we’ve started an urban legend in the heart of the urban core and you’re invited to walk it in your best zombie get up, bandages and blood a plus.

Led by Arizona’s official Ghostbusters (including car, proton packs and more), Zombie walkers will parade, or walk straight legged, throughout downtown entertaining or terrorizing a few folks strolling around the Arizona Center, Hyatt Regency and U.S. Airway Center.

Details HERE.

Costume Concert at Ghost Lounge

Featuring Dry River Yacht Club, Fatigo, Strange Young Things, Costume Contest, and more.

Details HERE.

Saturday, October 30

Monster’s Ball at Alwun House

The Monster’s Ball features costumed revelry, prizes, art, music, dance and live stage performance. As you pass Shelob, you enter sealing your fete for live under worldly dance mix by hellishly hot DJ-MX. Ritualistic performances, savory edibles and spine chilling libations.

A full night of dark scintillating cabaret performances: introducing Merrill Leffmannas temptress chanteuse, SPELL with the conquest of Insanity, Romantasy vaudevillian tantalizations. Show climaxes with the she-devil burlesque troupe, Provocatease!

Find out more at alwunhouse.org.

Sunday, October 31

The Halloween Monster Ride

Imagine skeletons, goblins, witches, devils and vampires (more Bela Lugosi than Twilight) all on bikes, riding through the streets of North Central. Where will you be?

The ride is slated for Sunday, October 31st. Yes, Hallow’s Eve will be the day of the ride. It is wise to travel in packs on Halloween to prevent a gang of Zombies from trying to eat you alive and anyone from attempting to bag snatch your candy.

All you need to do is pump up those tires, dust off the dirt from our last ride and pull out that last minute costume. Discussion over.

We realize this may be the day you want to take your kids out for treats…perfect, you’ll get twice the exercise. We know that football is going on as well…fantastic, you can watch at any of the venues. We have heard you have work early…awesome, looks like you’ll have to tell the boss you ate too much candy and had trick-or-treaters til midnight.

We will start at Gallagher’s and leave around 12:00.

Details HERE.

Freaky Tiki at Hula’s Modern Tiki

Get Your Freak On! Scare the heck out of us and your friends on the freakiest night of the year. Bones will kreek and grass skirts will catch the moonlight as Hula’s kicks off our their first Halloween party ever.

Details HERE.

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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.

Phoenix’s Garfield neighborhood subject of premiere video, Nov. 13

Garfield street with downtown Phoenix in background

The public is invited to attend the premiere viewing of the video, “Civic Engagement & Revitalization in Phoenix’s Garfield Neighborhood.”

  • Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008
  • Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Place: Alwun House, 1912 bungalow at 1204 E. Roosevelt
  • Free; light refreshments will be served

A two year project by Marilyn Dantico, professor of Political Science at ASU, the video documents a small fragment of Garfield residents’ 22 years of concerted effort to drive its neighborhood revitalization and community building efforts.  Both the Department of Political Science and School of Geographical Sciences collaborated on this project, funded by the Arizona Humanities Council.  Dr. Dantico and students attempted to capture the tenacity of residents that created today’s safer and rehabilitated downtown historic neighborhood.  As a result of these resident efforts, Garfield was selected as Arizona’s first U.S. Department of Justice “Weed and Seed” site.  This program reinforced existing collaborative strategies with the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department and Police Department.

In between vintage housing footage, are spliced the remarks by Terry Goddard (former Mayor, current Arizona Attorney General), Jerome Miller (Director Neighborhood Services Department), Kate Krietor (Deputy NSD Director), and Roberto Frietz (Garfield Neighborhood Initiative Area Team Leader).  For more information about the project, click here.

3 must-see Phoenix galleries on First Friday, Nov. 7

[Source: Richard Ruelas, Arizona Republic] — Check out this guide to downtown Phoenix’s First Friday art scene:

The Alwun House.   This downtown-arts pioneer opened in 1971, 18 years before the first Art Detour (big brother to First Fridays).  A mile or so east of Roosevelt Row, it’s an unabashedly hippieish gallery in a historical house, complete with outdoor stages for live entertainment as well as resident pets (doves, rabbits and a sweetheart of a Doberman). Details: The Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., 602-253-7887, website.

Bentley Projects.  This cavernous brick building once was a linen laundry, and the owners didn’t plaster over that historical character in creating this high-end gallery packed with large-scale works by nationally known artists.  This isn’t for bargain shoppers; instead, it’s the kind of gallery that rich collectors fly out to in order to buy pieces priced in the five- to six-figure range. However, it’s a friendly place with enough diverse, quality work to compare favorably with an art museum. Call first to make sure it’s open. Details: Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St., 602-340-9200, website.

Garfield Galleria.  You can spend an entire evening and not see everything at this single building bursting with more than two dozen galleries and studios.  This is real something-for-everyone territory, whether you’re looking for fine art, homey crafts, student work, risque alternative art or flashy jewelry.  Details: Garfield Galleria, 316 W. McDowell Road, 602-349-3049, website.

[Editor’s Note: Here’s one more!  “Lost Vegas: Color Photography 1985-2007 by Steve Weiss/Candid Landscapes” opens First Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Details: The Lodge, 1231 SW Grand Ave. (corner 13th Ave. and Grand), 602-265-9524, website.]

The city of Phoenix runs free shuttles that stop at gallery areas, including Grand Avenue and Roosevelt Row.  If you’re not a good urban parker or just don’t want the hassle of finding a street spot, drop your car off at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., and hop onboard.  Once you explore one area, wave down a shuttle to take you back to the library. Then hop on a different shuttle to head to another area.  For a shuttle map and more information about First Fridays, call 602-256-7539 or visit their website.

Art spaces humanize downtown says DV 2004 report

Excerpt from”Downtown Voices: Creating a Sustainable Downtown,” August 2004: “Downtown Phoenix has a wide spectrum of arts activities, from large non-profits like the Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix Art Museum, and Phoenix Center for the Arts to medium-sized projects such as Valley Youth Theater, Black Theater Troupe, Museo Chicano, Icehouse, and Great Arizona Puppet Theater to the multitude of small-scale, grass roots projects like Modified Arts, Thought Crime, Paulina Miller Gallery, Trunk Space, Alwun House, and Paper Heart Gallery. 

Within the context of these multiple spaces you have official arts-related non-profit institutions, independent arts-related businesses, and the artists whose works are integral to the success of both.  Many of these smaller entities help create the dynamic, street level, pedestrian-friendly infill that is so desperately needed in and around downtown.”