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Tonight’s First Friday Event @ Downtown Phoenix’s Civic Space Park POSTPONED

[Source: Civic Space Park]

Due to weather mitigations and a freeze warning, the First Friday event tonight has been postponed until Sunday, February 13th. Artlink will still be having their opening reception in the AE England Artlink Gallery.

We hope that you will all still be available for the new date as we believe the event will still be a great success! If not, we understand and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will have the updated flyers/times to you ASAP. In the mean time, please help us spread the word about the date change.

Feel free to contact Chrisal or Michelle with any questions. Thank you so much and stay warm out there!

Postponed until Sunday, February 13th, 2011


Best Regards,
Chrisal & Michelle

Chrisal Valencia
Community Events Coordinator
Civic Space Park Collaboration
O (602) 496-1268
C (602) 574-4057

Michelle Ponce
Events Coordinator/Volunteer
C (602) 281-0697

Another Chance to Learn About Downtown Phoenix’s Midcentury Marvels

midmarvbook Another Chance to Learn about Phoenixs MidCentury Marvels

From the City of Phoenix:

Barbara Stocklin, Phoenix historic preservation officer, and Don Ryden, architect/author, will discuss the coffee table-style book, featuring 251 pages showcasing the architects and architecture of the post-World War II building boom in Phoenix.

Architects Ralph Haver, Al Beadle, Bennie Gonzales and many others are featured with more than 400 colorful images, some rare, of buildings lost and those preserved for generations to come. Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence on the architecture of Phoenix also is highlighted.

Mid-century Marvels was produced by the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office and Ryden Architects, Inc. with funding provided by a Federal Historic Fund Certified Local Government Grant, The Arizona Heritage Fund and the Phoenix Historic Preservation Bond Fund.

Books can be purchased for $20 at the event, or the Historic Preservation Office, 200 W. Washington St., 17th floor. For more information, call 602-261-8699.


Richard H. Carmona, 17th Surgeon General (2002-06), to speak in downtown Phoenix

Prevention, Preparedness, Plagues and Politics: The Life of the Surgeon General


Speaker: Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS

Title: Prevention, Preparedness, Plagues & Politics: The Life of the Surgeon General

Location: University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, 600 E Van Buren, Room 2210, Phoenix AZ

Date: Thursday, January 6, 2011

Time: 12-1 pm

Live Webstream:

Get your Phoestivus on in Downtown Phoenix

[Source: Get Your Phx]

We are excited to bring you the First Annual Phoestivus Market on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010. (Not the usual day for Get Your PHX)

Get Your PHX, along with our 8 wonderful co-sponsors, hope that this will be the start of a new tradition in Arizona. Because, really? Who doesn’t like a gifts, food and chestnuts on a cool(ish) Arizona December evening?

We will be at the Phoenix Public Market at 14 East Pierce in Downtown Phoenix. (Map it)

We are very grateful for our event co-sponsors: CenPho.comCO+HOOTSDowntown Phoenix PartnershipGrand Avenue Merchant’s AssociationLocal First AZPhoenix Community AlliancePhoenix Public Market and Roosevelt Row.


Electric Light Parade returns to Uptown Phoenix for 24th straight year

[Source: City of Phoenix Press Release]

Dozens of entries with hundreds of thousands of lights will brighten the streets of central Phoenix Dec. 4 when the Fiesta of Light Electric Light Parade returns for the 24th straight year. Entries for the 2010 parade will be interpreting the theme “Through the Eyes of a Child.” The parade gets under way at 7 p.m. on Central Avenue at Montebello (just south of Bethany Home Road). The parade then heads south on Central to Camelback, where it will turn east to 7th Street, where it will turn south and end at Indian School Road.

Parade lovers also can come out to view the official parade judging from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 the main staging area at North Phoenix Baptist Church. During judging, all motorized entries are lit up for official review. Students from Arizona State University will be on hand with kids’ activities. Kids also can get a visit with Santa. Visitors to the judging can enter the staging area at the church at the parking lot entrance on Montebello Road just east of Central Avenue.

Visitors to the 2010 parade are again encouraged to bring one canned food item along. APS volunteers will be collecting canned goods along the parade route just prior to the event’s start for donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank. Visitors also can leave their canned food donation in collection boxes on the parade route, one at Central Avenue and Camelback and the other at 7th


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Sustainability Forum at Downtown Phoenix’s Convention Center this Thursday

The Phoenix Convention Center invites you to join then at their Annual Sustainability Forum between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.

  • Meet and network with local businesses, professionals and industry experts Learn how to implement sustainable practices at your business or home
  • Visit exhibitor booths

This event is free and open to the public!

Discussion topics and exhibits include:

  • Why Local Matters – Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona
  • Green Careers – Dr. George Brooks, Southwest Green Magazine; Phil McNeely, City of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs; Mark Wilhelm, Green Ideas; Eric Frei, Waxie
  • Power of the Virtuous Cycle: Closing the Loop on Food Waste – Miguel Jardine, Vermisoxx
  • Green Lifestyles – Terry Gellenbeck, City of Phoenix Public Works, Steve Priebe, City of Phoenix Street Transportation, Tishin Donkersley, AZ Green Living Magazine
  • Holiday Menu – Jesus Cibrian, Executive Chef of Aventura Cartering


Sustainability Forum at the Phoenix Convention Center
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010
West Building Arcade 100 N. Third Street

For more information call Michael Campos at (602) 534-6451

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The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts Returns to Downtown on Saturday

[Source: Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts]

Be a part of the Phoenix’s only come as you wish you were, everyone welcomed, all-ages, pedestrian powered parade!!

March with us! Dance with us! Sing and celebrate Phoenix with us! Make a float! Don a costume! Bring your high school marching band. The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts is free and open to everyone! Come have fun with us!

Join the Office of the Mayor Phil Gordon, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, and PAPA, LLC as The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts celebrates it 5th season on November 13, 2010. Come celebrate the advent of fall with this signature, award wining event. This year, PAPA festivities take on the theme “Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow,” both a ‘shout out’ to the environmental consciousness of Downtown Phoenix and a nod to the recent expansion of the city’s infrastructure.

Let it Grow! Let it Grow! Let it Grow!

Lead this year by Bad Cactus Brass Band and Tucson’s Flam Chen performance troupe, PAPA inspires members of the community to march together in unique costumes and man powered floats that represent themselves, their family, their organization or their business. The night will close with a High energy performance by the valley’s own Dejentrification.

One of the parade coordinators, Dr. Rev Stephen Strange explains “The parade gets bigger every year. We just want to say thank you to everyone who comes out to allow PAPA to continue to grow. People talk about how the parade gives them a sense of pride in downtown Phoenix. We want everyone to be as creative as possible in showing ownership for this city.“

Headquartered at Fifth Street, between Roosevelt and Garfield Streets (parking is best just north of Roosevelt), PAPA kicks off with pre-procession events by professional artists and creative activities for kids and adults alike. New this year is the Roosevelt Row sponsored Pie Social, providing sweets and fun just prior to the procession.

At sundown, the community based, open to the public, free pedestrian and bike arts procession will begin, making a loop through the streets of Downtown Phoenix. To compete for awards in the costume, bike, group, “cute” and float contests. So bring the kids, some noise makers, pets on a leash and your neighbor who sews those fabulous dresses to enjoy a day of live music, dance, theatre, fine arts and a view of Downtown Phoenix from outside your car.

The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts celebrates the arts and culture that are a vital part of a metropolitan downtown. PAPA unites the arts with the greater community by providing an open to the public, mobile expression of downtown Phoenix life. The free, family friendly event is presented by Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, The Downtown Phoenix Partnership and the Production Agency for Participatory Arts, LLC. PAPA is a New Times Best of Phoenix winner.


Time: Saturday, November 13 · 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Location: 5th Street between Roosevelt and Garfield with procession through downtown Phoenix

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GERRYMANDERING: The Movie is Coming to the Valley on November 16

While this event isn’t directly related to downtown Pheonix spoecifically, its subject matter affects us all, regardless of where we live.

The Arizona Competitive Districts Coalition is working to expose power politics in Arizona’s decennial redistricting process. Join them for our kickoff event on November 16th featuring Jeff Reichert, acclaimed director of “Gerrymandering.”

Arizona Competitive Districts Coalition and Research Advisory Services, Inc. present:


with special guest: Jeff Reichert, Director of “Gerrymandering” who will do a brief presentation and answer questions about the movie!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 6:30pm

Arizona Historical Society, 1300 North College Avenue. Tempe, AZ  85281

Suggested donation: $10

Limited Seating, so please RSVP today to:

Want more information about the movie?  Visit the GERRYMANDERING Facebook page or

Five Reasons YOU should Gerrymandering, The Movie:

5.  When mapmakers have more of an impact on an election than a campaign or candidate, the system is broken.

4.  Arizona citizens should pick their representatives. They shouldn’t pick us.  Learn the things politicians don’t want you to know about the redistricting process.

3.  “Gerrymandering” will show you how redistricting affects all Arizonans, whether you vote or not.

2.  Think Arizona politics are dysfunctional? Learn how it got this way and what you can do to change it.

1.  “Gerrymandering” is the single most important movie you’ll see this whole year (with apologies to fans of the new Harry Potter movie).

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“Spills, Sins and Starbucks” at downtown Phoenix’s The Duce Thursday Nov 11

[From: Rogue Green]
November Rogue Green will bring us back to one of my favorite downtown Phoenix hang-outs – THE DUCE! With nothing like it in the city, Steve & Andi Rosenstein, the Duce owners, are a breath of fresh air for downtown Phoenix warehouse district with their visionary space, Midwestern work ethic and love for sustainability and values-driven business. These are people who know how to walk their talk.

This venue will serve as the perfect backdrop for our very exciting November event – a special presentation by my friend and colleague, green architect and best-selling author, Eric Corey Freed.

After seeing Eric’s new keynote presentation, “Spills, Sins and Starbucks: How Oil Has Negatively Altered Our Built Environment” at 2010 West Coast Green in San Francisco, I knew I needed to bring him and his insightful talk to Phoenix.

This will be a great chance to be in an intimate atmosphere with some of the best forward thinkers around.

The event is free to attend, but we will be collecting donations for our “For the Love of Bundt” fundraiser which took place last month, as we are still about $1000 shy from our goal.

The Duce is offering a special 15% discount on purchases from R&R Surplus on the evening of the event to help contribute to “For the Love of Bundt” as well. Time to stock up on Champion gear & warm hoodies!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Msss. Champion

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You can find more information on the Rogue Green blog or Facebook page.

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Pecha Kucha Night returns to downtown Phoenix on Friday

Downtown Phoenix has long been a hub for creatives of all types: artists,  architects,  graphic gurus, web ninjas, urban planners… and on and on. This past April, PechaKucha—an event designed as a sounding board for these creative minds lost in the desert sand—arrived in town for the first time.  Buoyed by the success of that event, a second event is happening this Friday evening at Bragg’s Pie Factory 1301 Grand Ave.

Pecha Kucha, pronounced “peh-chak cha” is Japanese for chit-chat. Meaning the sound of busy conversation going on in a room. Devised in Tokyo in 2003 by architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein as a means for designers to show their work, PechaKucha Nights has become a global phenomenon with events taking place in 326 cities around the world today.

To keep the momentum, a very efficient shotgun style presentation format called “20×20” was created. That’s 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide; a total of six minutes, forty seconds. Stand up, tell the world what you got, and then sit the hell down. This format demands that presenters be precise, concise, and engage audiences with only their most compelling work and ideas. No prolonged speeches, no endless PowerPoint slides, and no bullet points!

PechaKucha PHX is the one place designers of all disciplines can share their latest projects, newest curiosities, insights, aspirations and flashes of brilliance; to show what they’ve done, are doing, or are psyched-up about doing next.

For the second event, David White—who successfully brought us PKN Phx 1—has passed the role of City Organizer onto Jason Ayers. Jason brings his dedication, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to this event and promises to showcase the best and brightest in the Phoenix creative community.

For additional information, including speaker profiles, visit the PechaKucha PHX website at


What: Pecha Kucha Night Phoenix #2

When: Friday, Nov 12, 2010. Food & Drink: 5:30 pm. Show Starts: 7:00 pm

Where: Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 Grand Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007

Tickets: $10, includes food and drinks during the event (yes, that means beer and wine).  Advance sales ONLY.

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