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Looking for Something Unique in Downtown Phoenix this Friday Night?

[Source: Habitat Metro]

Still thinking about what to do this Friday or Saturday evening?  Come visit Habitat Metro‘s new acquisition—the Lexington Hotel at Portland Street and Central Avenue.  And, check out our “pop-up” restaurant – Cycle.

In addition to great food and fun drinks, visit the studios of our in-residence artists – Kyle Jordre and Jenny Ignaszewski.  A whole new way to see First Fridays in Downtown Phoenix…tim sprague

What is Cycle:

Don’t Blink! Cycle is a new restaurant with an expiration date. New chefs, menus and food trucks will “cycle” through the short life of the restaurant. Cycle will only be open at the Lexington Hotel ’til Fall when the entire property undergoes a 6-month renovation.

When is it open?

Cycle’s grand opening will be held on First Friday, April 1, 2011. As usual, the chef, menu and drinks will be announced the week of via Twitter and Facebook. No peeking. We will surprise you.

What is a pop-up restaurant?

The first of it’s kind in Phoenix, Cycle is intentionally a short-lived restaurant with no resident chef. The menu rotates often with new chefs and food trucks on a regular basis. These mini-restaurants exists for only a handful of days, so don’t blink!

Who’s the chef?

Depends on the cycle! Cycle has scheduled the city’s top chefs and gourmet food trucks who will bring their short-lived menu to the restaurant. Check the website for full schedule.

What type of food?

Could be anything! Depends on the chef or food truck during that particular Cycle. Check the online schedule for menus and details for each night of service.

Price point?

Depends on the rotating chef’s menu. Always expect prices as casual as our space!

Where’s the schedule of chefs/menus/food trucks?

Online at CyclePhoenix.com, or on twitter @CyclePhoenix and on Facebook.com/CyclePhoenix.

What are the hours?

Check the online schedule for featured meals, chefs and food trucks. First Friday, April 1 and Saturday April 2, Happy Hour from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Dining from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Of course, the bar is open till 2:00 pm.

About the Lexington.

With construction beginning in Fall 2011, the Lexington Hotel will undergo a dramatic renovation, reopening in early 2012. The new hotel will become a cultural icon and hangout for Downtown Phoenix residents with dining, art galleries and events, also making it a world-class destination for travelers to “go where the locals go.”

Note:

Tim Sprague is Managing Member of Habitat Metro, LLC.  He is also member of the DVC Steering Committee.  Tim can be reached at tsprague@habitatmetro.com

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
Chrisal.valencia@asu.edu
http://www.facebook.com/civicspace

Michelle Ponce
Events Coordinator/Volunteer
C (602) 281-0697
tacubando@yahoo.com

“A Bunch of Crock: A Lesson in Futility” Continues at Bragg’s Pie Factory in downtown Phoenix

“A Bunch of Crock: An Exercise in Futility,” Safwat Saleem’s visually irreverant, and textually probing, installation continues through January First Friday.

This is your last chance to see this amazing, humorous KickStarter funded exhibit that pulls no punches in exposing the many faces of racism.

Pick up your quirky piece of collector’s paraphernalia while you’re there (button, bumper sticker)!

Open First Friday from 6 to 11 pm.

www.abunchofcrock.com

Bragg’s Pie Factory
1301 W Grand Ave

First Friday Picks in Downtown Phoenix

[Source: PHXated.com]

Tomorrow is First Friday once again, and while the Phoestival street fair remains on hiatus, there is still a lot going on around downtown Phoenix:

After Hours Gallery

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You all remember the Haiti Earthquake disaster and the resulting devastation. Photographer Rodney Rascona was there on the scene and he’s brought back some amazing images — both heart breaking and inspirational.

The show is called THE PINK DOOR PHOTOGRAPHS. You’ll be moved by these personal and uplifting images that capture the incredible spirit of the Haiti people.

These are contrasted in the same show with EVELYN’S STORY — a visual portrait of a surviving mother and her children, on the streets, in one 24-hour period.

PLUS, this amazing series of photos was selected a winner of the 2010 International Photographer Awards in the Deeper Perspectives category. Only 3 out of 15,000 submissions earned this recognition — and when you see the show, you’ll see why.


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Kitchen Sink Studios

The crew from Kitchen Sink Studioswill be featuring the work of local artist Kathy Taylor in their gallery space. And to help you keep cool, they’ll be selling old time sodas from the Soda Pop Shop for a small donation to our gallery. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. KSS is located just a block south of Roosevelt on Third Street.


Coe House

The cool cats at Coe House be hanging out all night with tunes by DJ MoLo and Bryan Mok & Chanelle Richardson (aka The Epileptic Photographers). Artwork by Jon Ashcroft and photos by Jason Garcia will be hanging on the walls. They’ll have a few things to sip, but feel free to bring your own to throw in the fridge or cooler. Stop by Cibo or Local Breeze just up the block for some good grub before heading over!

Curious how to get to Coe House (365 N 4th Ave)? If you’re light railing, it’s 4 blocks west of the Van Buren station. Driving? Parking is available along 4th Avenue (some spots are metered until 8 pm).


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26 Blocks at A.E. England

For the month of September the traveling exhibition 26 Blocks will be exhibited at the Artlink A. E. England Gallery. 26 Blocks is an art project that celebrates downtown Phoenix.

26 of metropolitan Phoenix’s most talented writers were paired with 26 of the City’s most celebrated photographers. Each pair collaborated to create their interpretation of one of 26 randomly selected city blocks in the downtown Phoenix area.

At a time when Arizona and Phoenix are in the national spotlight and our City is often portrayed as a hostile community facing boycotts from other cities and states, 26 Blocks promotes Phoenix in a highly positive way that encourages everyone to look at our incredible home from very different perspectives.


SuTRA Midtown Yoga – District Gallery

Sometimes We Cock Our Heads to The Side So They Think We Have Secrets to Tell is a series inspired by words never said. It focuses on the dreams, desires, and feelings that we let go of in order to maintain a well-crafted persona and the transparency of secrets for those who take the time to look.

Morgan McNally is a mixed media artist based out of Phoenix, Arizona. A former design student currently pursuing a BA in Museum Studies with a minor in painting, she has held residence at holgas and The Firehouse artist cooperatives, and is currently living and working out of her Garfield District studio.

Enjoy a LIVE ACOUSTIC SET by Grace Bolyard.

SuTRA Midtown Yoga – District Gallery is located at 2317 N. 7th Street


The Red Dress Tour (Caminando de Rojo)

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September’s tour will focus on the Roosevelt District, staring from the The Firehouse Gallery at 1015 N 1st St.

These bilingual tours aim to promote the idea of a walkable and connected downtown while introducing participants to their local arts community. And remember, wear something red!

More details here.

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First Friday Picks

Footprints SB1070 Exhibit Opens at Bragg’s Pie Factory

Footprints SB1070 exhibit, organized by the Calaca Cultural Center, will be opening this First Friday at Bragg’s Pie Factory. Check out protest posters, community-painted fence panels, paintings, political “heads”, and other statements against this draconian bill. Various poetry readings, performances and video will be scheduled thru Sept. 6 to 11 pm.

1301 W Grand Ave

Artists Reception for “Who’s in the House” at Tilt Gallery

Come see WHO is in the house at Tilt Gallery: an exhibition of selected prints. Opening reception Friday, August 6, 6 to 9 pm.

919 W Fillmore Street, www.tiltgallery.com

Spread the Weird Studio First Friday Open House

We will be giving tours of the new animation studio, showing some cartoons, hosting a fun craft workshop and we’ll also provide cold drinks with snack foods to munch on while mingling. Visit some neighborhood sites and then stop by to party with us.

906 N 5 St. More info here.

Retro Ranch Second Summer Anniversary Party

Your One Stop Vintage Shop on the Melrose Curve is having a party! Wear your Tiki Togs as your pursue their mid to late century furniture, clothing, accessories and art. there will be “Prizes! Booze & Food.” 21+ 7-10pm

4303 N. 7th Ave http://www.retroranch.net/

First Friday at Coe

The historic H.M. Coe House conveys a sense of the old Phoenix, before all the hustle and bustle. For a chill-out night away from the hubbub of First Friday, head to this iconic Phoenix home for a few drinks (you can bring your own as well!), great tunes and artwork and fascinating conversation.

Evan Wyloge’s minimalist paintings will be hanging from the walls, while DJ MoLo will be spinning a set or two of toe-tappin’ soul records. Archer Wave (Kenny Bump and Morgan Benavidez) will provide acoustic jams in the living room. 6-10pm

Coe House, 365 N 4th Ave

Artist creates downtown Phoenix First Friday mural, over and over again

Muralist Joe Pagac at work

[Source: Sadie Jo Smokey, Arizona Republic] — For First Fridays on Roosevelt Row, getting noticed is practically a mantra.  Artists and advertisers take the idea to new heights.  Depending on the month, models wearing portable LCD screens advertising products mingle with the crowd.  Vehicles touting an energy drink drive loops around the festivities.  Groups of people in matching outfits hand out fliers and samples.

In November, promoter Charlie Levy, of Arizona’s Stateside Presents, tried a new tactic to garner attention: Levy hired Tucson-artist Joe Pagac to paint a mural on the western side of Eye Lounge, 419 E. Roosevelt St.  “What he’s doing is original artwork,” said Levy, who’s been staging concerts in the Phoenix area for 15 years, from bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley to electronica/experimental/folk rock artist Dosh.  “A billboard costs multiple thousands of dollars.  Joe’s charging me a very friendly rate.  And he’s helping to add to the (First Friday) scene,” Levy said.

The monthly First Friday art walk showcases more than 100 venues in downtown Phoenix.  It’s packed with artists and vendors selling their canvases, jewelry, incense and CDs, in addition to musical performances, fire-breathers, break-dancers, grass-roots political activists, food stands, and people of all ages and sizes taking in the sights, sounds, and smells.  [Note: Read the full article at Artist creates downtown Phoenix First Friday mural, over and over again.]

Downtown Phoenix Journal recap (02/08/10)

[Source: Si Robins, Downtown Phoenix Journal] — When DPJ’s Phoenix Suns blogger and I paid a visit to US Airways Center last week to interview guard Goran Dragic, we didn’t know what to expect.  The guy is in his early 20s and from Slovenia, and before arriving in Phoenix via the NBA Draft a year-and-a-half ago, he spoke very little English.  So, we weren’t sure he’d be able to give the DPJ crowd much insight on what he likes about Phoenix culture.  We were right, in some respects.  Dragic, who lives in a condo overlooking Tempe Town Lake, really only ventures into Downtown Phoenix for practice and games.  He spends the rest of his time perusing the East Valley.  It brings up a question that we at DPJ ask ourselves a lot: How do we get people from over there to come over here?  When I take a look at the content we featured this past week on the site, there are plenty of reasons to spark a trip Downtown for those that live in outlying areas.  I compiled a list of unique Grand Avenue locales worth checking out on a First Friday.  There’s a growing Scrabble night at Urban Beans for those looking for a mellow, fun school night out of the house.  And there is a whole plethora of nightlife fun, including the massive martini list at FEZ.  These are just a select few.  Keep telling your friends and family to venture Downtown.  There is something for everyone, and there’s a whole lot of it.

Viewpoint: downtown Phoenix businesses finally scoring

[Source: Arizona Republic editorial board] — A bit more than a year ago, downtown Phoenix business owners wondered out loud where all the Arizona State University students were.  There may have been more than 8,000 registered for classes downtown, they said, but they weren’t showing up in their shops and restaurants.  One year later… check that concern.  Parts of downtown, particularly the region north of the downtown ASU campus, are being overrun with Sun Devils.  Or perhaps it is simply young people in general. Whoever these kids are, they are beginning to swarm throughout central Phoenix in impressive numbers at last.

The most notable demonstration of the blossoming of the central city continues to be the First Friday events, of course.  On Nov. 5, the city closed off East Roosevelt from North Central Avenue to Seventh Street to traffic for the first time, allowing the throngs of attendees to overflow the streets without fear of automobiles.

The growing First Friday crowds and the widening ASU footprint have attracted entrepreneurs like Kyle Simone and Jeff Mann to open shops like their Phoenicia Association, a combination men’s clothier and art gallery.  The youth traffic persuaded restaurateur Wade Moises to open the popular PastaBAR at First Street and Pierce Street, in the same building with Sens Asian Tapas and the now popular Irish bar Turf.  [Note: Read the full article at Viewpoint: downtown Phoenix businesses finally scoring.]

Downtown Phoenix Journal weekly recap

Downtown Phoenix Journal logo[Source: Si Robins, Downtown Phoenix Journal] — It’s the Monday after First Friday, but DPJ is still reliving the good times we had this past weekend.  Shutting down Roosevelt Street from Central Avenue to 7th Street simply accommodated the ever-growing First Friday attendance last week.  But, Saturday and Sunday proved to draw the crowds to Central Phoenix as well.  DPJ was at the “When in AZ” benefit concert on Saturday and the CenPho.TV benefit concert on Sunday, and we have the tunes to prove it.  While we were at Stinkweeds, we snuck into some of our favorite boutiques.  You should check ’em out, too.  Need more of a call to action?  “The Bearded Truth” is searching for literary genius in Phoenix… perhaps we have the next Kerouac lurking somewhere Downtown?

Attend Phoenix’s First Friday, Oct. 2

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Phoenix First Friday (Photo source: Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau)

[Source: Roosevelt Row] — Join one of the largest free art walks in the U.S. on the first Friday of every month in downtown Phoenix.  And enjoy the luxury of a hassle free ride to First Friday on the Light Rail.  Finally, you can enjoy the evening without the stress of parking.  Just get off at the Central & Roosevelt stop and head to your favorite spots on the Row.  Don’t forget to head west to the great businesses and attractions in the avenues and along Central.   [Click here for Arizona Republic interactive map.]