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Moonlight Movie at Steele Indian School Park on Saturday

Phoenicians are invited bring their family, friends, a blanket and a snack to join Councilman Tom Simplot for the first 2011 Moonlight Movie in the Park at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road.

The evening’s presentation will be Disney-Pixar’s UP.

For more information, contact the District 4 office at 602-262-7447 or

FilmBar set to open in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Kellie Hwang, The Arizona Republic]

Just you and a roomful of adults, some wine and a great film. It’s the new way to watch movies in the Valley.

The newest 21-and-older theater to hit the scene is FilmBar, in downtown Phoenix. The 4,000 square-foot, single-auditorium art-house theater shows indie flicks, and features a separate bar and lounge.

Kelly Aubey of Phoenix is the man behind the project.

“I’ve lived here on and off since 1971, and as I’m getting older, I’m becoming one of those people that gripes about there being nothing to do in this city,” Aubey said. “I realized that me sitting there griping is part of the problem, and it was imperative I did something.”

FilmBar is the third beer-and-a-movie theater to come to the Valley since Scottsdale’s UltraStar Cinemas opened in November, with beer-and-wine service in six premium auditoriums. In December, iPic Theaters in Scottsdale Quarter followed, offering a flashy experience with signature cocktails, suede theater seats, a lounge and restaurant.

FilmBar, which serves only beer and wine, is decidedly different. It’s in a 1966 building last used as an artist collective.

Although remodeling was extensive, Aubey kept many elements intact to give a retro vibe, including an aqua blue tiled wall on the outside and rugged rock pillars on the exterior.

The retro feel is blended with Moroccan touches.

“I’ve lived in Iran and Paris, and the combination of the two reminds me of Morocco,” Aubey said. “The lounge especially has that skinny-tie, ’60s feel with Moroccan decor . . . I really want the theater to reflect my life and my travels.”

Silver and copper lanterns with punched-out designs, and colorful star-shaped lanterns made from stained glass hang in the lounge, above the bar and in the auditorium. In the lounge, guests can relax on the dark red benches or on circular ottomans with red, black and gold star designs.

The walls are painted moss green and sky blue, and the brick wall behind the bar is stained a rust color, that will eventually loop video.

“The TVs will feature multi-media works from local artists, so people can see the great work that is going on here,” Aubey said. “Around the theater, there will be paintings and tapestries from local artists, too, and I want to encourage people to send their stuff in.”

The bar will be open until 2 a.m. on weekends, even when there are no films showing. The long, rectangular bar is topped with stamped-out, gold metal sheeting and the front is covered in floral embossed red leather.

The 60-seat theater features vintage emerald green chairs and a 16-feet by 9-feet screen. In the back row, there are several high-top tables that will have waiter service. Guests can bring their drinks in from the bar, but can’t order from their seats because Aubey doesn’t want patrons to be distracted during the film

Film Bar will show primarily independent films, including many that never make it to Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale or Harkins Valley Art Theatre in Tempe. Aubey hired Steve Weiss, director of No Festival Required Independent Cinema, to be his film partner.

They’re opening with “The Red Chapel,” a 2009 Danish documentary about a group of comedians that travels to North Korea for a cultural exchange, in hopes of bringing humor to a country with one of the world’s most notorious regimes.

“It’s an educational celebration of what’s possible,” Aubey said. “There’s a hidden message in that right now the economy is still difficult here and times are tough, but at the same time we’re having this cultural rebirth downtown.”


What: A new 21-and-older movie theater and bar in Phoenix with wine and beer for sale, a lounge and auditorium that screens indie flicks and Valley films.

When: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. for Thursday opening. Hours are 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, noon-2 a.m. Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday.

Where: 815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix.

Admission: $8 for a movie ticket, no cover for bar.


CO+HOOTS hosts a series of January events in Downtown Phoenix

Have you heard about downtown Phoenix’s newest office and community space? It’s called CO+HOOTS, a place where people can come together to share office space and ideas. Independent workers who used to work from home or crowd coffee shops with their laptops are now seeking office-like spaces where they can focus, collaborate and be more productive.

CO+HOOTS says this in a description about themselves:

Central Phoenix is quite unique. It is home to a range of independent artists, photographers, designers, web designers, writers, etc. who benefit from working together and are willing to grow through this model of collaboration but don’t have the space to do so in a professional manner.

If you haven’t heard about them, or had an opportunity to check out their awesome space, now’s your chance.  Even if you are not seeking office space of your own, CO+HOOTS hosts a variety of events each month for the broader community. Here is January’s line-up:

Phoenix Night Owls

Jan 13, 8pm – Midnight

The focus of this meetup is working on YOUR OWN business. We’re all busy small business owners, entrepreneurs, and startup people – Carve out this 4+ hours to co-labor on your own website, marketing, and business processes. We will help each other out, or at minimum keep each other on task. No client work here!

Burn the midnight oil with us… okay 8pm to Midnight, maybe later.

Cost: Free – Please RSVP here

Twitter: @phxnightowls

Movie Night

Jan. 19, 8pm

CO+HOOTS hosts our first movie night of 2011. A night to get together with friends and watch a movie after the crazy wild New Year we all had. We’ll pop some popcorn. You bring some snacks. Grab a chair and enjoy the movie. We’ll kick off our first movie with “Donnie Darko.”

Cost: Free, Just show up! Movie starts promptly at 8:00 p.m.

RSVP here:

Word Camp Phoenix

Jan 27, 6pm-8pm
Jan 28, 9am-4pm

The point of WordPress is to provide a powerful, flexible, scalable and easy to learn website tool that anyone can access for free.

The point of WordCamps is to celebrate this open tool by teaching people how to use WordPress, how to bend it to their will, and even how to leverage it as a business- and to do it all for about the price of lunch.

More info

Twitter: @phxwordcamp

Moonlight Movie in the Park: Wizard of Oz on October 16th

District 4 Councilperson Tom Simplot‘s Moonlight Movies in the Park program is back on October 16th!
In partnership with Cox Communications, they will be showing the all-time classic, “Wizard of Oz.”  The movie will be shown at the Steele Indian School Park amphitheater at sundown.  Steele Indian School Park is located at 300 E Indian School Rd (map).
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Community Cinema at Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix on October 9th!

Downtown Phoenix’s Civic Space Park is re-launching Community Cinema on the second Saturdays of every month!

On October 9th, the Civic Space Park will be collaborating with the local organizations to present Community Cinema. The park, at Central and Van Buren, will hold a free screening of the new film Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian at 5:30 p.m. This premiere will mark the re-launch of Community Cinema in the park, taking place every Second Saturday of the month.

Following the film, viewers are invited to a Coffee Talk inside Fair Trade Café to discuss topics and ideas explored in the movie. On the Fair Trade patio, music will be provided by Ethan 103. With all band members reigning from Native backgrounds, this musical group breaks the traditional mold by providing a modern punk rock sound.


Who: Civic Space Park Collaboration

Where: Civic Space Park – 424 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004

When: Saturday, October 9, 2010 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m.

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Steve Weiss to program downtown Phoenix’s FilmBar

The DVC’s own Steve Weiss, has been hired as film programmer at FilmBar Phoenix.

FilmBar Phoenix is an independent theater opening this November at 815 N. Second St. in downtown Phoenix.  It will be a 21-and-over venue that will serve beer and wine as well as espresso from Cartel Coffee Lab.

Steve Weiss, the director of No Festival Required Independent Cinema has programmed indie screenings for nearly a decade. He has mainly worked with traditional art venues such as the Phoenix Art Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Detroit Film Center and local art-spaces Modified Arts, Paper Heart, Chyro Arts, Space 55 and most recently, the Metro Arts Theater. No Festival Required has received three New Times Best of Phoenix awards.

Steve will continue working with other venues.  He has also obtained a mobile video/sound system that enables him to offer on-site video projection to groups and private parties and realize his dream of bringing truly independent film to outlying Arizona towns.

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