On Monday, August 17 at 1:30 p.m., head over to the Heard Museum for another great film, part of the museum’s weekly Movie Mondays program.
The museum will show Our Nationhood. Canadian First Nation filmmaker and artist Alanis Obomsawin chronicles the determination and tenacity of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq people to use and manage the natural resources of their traditional lands.
The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors age 65 or older, $5 for students with a valid student ID and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6, Heard Museum members and American Indians receive free admission.
For more information, call 602.252.8848 or visit www.heard.org.
Downtown denizens are mixing business with pleasure at a weekend event that will introduce ASU students to the benefits of an urban lifestyle.
The City of Phoenix, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Artlink, Inc. and ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus are partnering on a special trolley tour to encourage and engage student leaders to take advantage of the variety of amenities offered in the city’s core.
The tour, which showcases entertainment venues, restaurants, boutiques, and cultural attractions in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 15 at Taylor Place residence hall, 120 E. Taylor Place. Three trolley cars will pick up approximately 60 community assistants, student engagement supervisors and workers and residential college peer leaders for a fun-filled evening of art, commerce and culture.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said the tour will be comparable to a treasure hunt.
Please join me in welcoming our ASU students to downtown Phoenix for our 2009 tour. Our new students will experience an emerging downtown in the heart of this city on the rise,” Gordon said. “We have so many hidden treasures that won’t stay hidden for much longer. I thank ASU, Artlink, Inc. and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership for shining a light on Downtown Phoenix.”
Student leaders selected for the tour have extensive exposure to the ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus student community and were invited because of their ability to promote the area. Tour stops include the Arizona Science Center Dorrance Planetarium, Arizona Center, Roosevelt Row and several restaurants and boutiques.
“The idea is to introduce student leaders what Phoenix has to offer,” said Terry Madeksza, director of operations for the Downtown Phoenix Partnership. “We want to expose them to all of our entertainment, retail, dining and cultural opportunities, which are all within walking distance of where they’ll live.”
The tour will also expose students to ASU’s Sun Card “Use it Here” program, a new business incentive program. Members can simply show their Sun Card at participating businesses and venues for discounts on products and services. Participating vendors will display placards that say, “Use it Here” with ASU’s mascot, “Sparky,” holding a Sun Card. Faculty and staff will be encouraged to load dollars onto their cards and use them at participating vendors in the downtown area.
Artlink President Sloane Burwell said her organization couldn’t be happier to participate in what will hopefully be a time-honored tradition.
“It’s a natural, organic partnership. For the last 20 years Artlink has been a vital part of bringing people downtown and we’ve contributed to the development of our city,” Burwell said. “Working with ASU in this way is like introducing the next generation of leaders to our neighborhoods.”
The Downtown Phoenix campus is embedded in the heart of the city. The colleges and schools on the campus directly interact with more than 500 agencies to provide internships, research, partnerships, programs and clinical practices. Funded by a voter-approved $223 million bond, the campus will comprise nine buildings that cover approximately 20 acres, accommodate 15,000 students, employ 1,800 faculty and staff and generate about $948 million in construction costs and occupy more than 1.5 million square feet by its projected build-out in 2020. The campus will have an annual operational economic impact of $570 million not only producing the intellectual assets for the city, state, nation and the world, but also proving to be an economic force as well.
The Lunchtime Speaker Series at the Carnegie Center, 1101 W. Washington St., features a different speaker every month for free to the public.
On Thursday, August 20, Dr. Jay Craváth will present “The Instrument as a Time Capsule.” Craváth is a composer, writer and scholar in the field of music and American Indian studies. He crafts programs from these interests into discussions that include stories, musical performance and dance. His publications include North American Indian Music and Songs for Ancient Days.
For a musician, the song is often recalled most easily with instrument in hand, which conjures history when played in the manner of the day. The rolling gourd rattle before a Mohave Bird song carries the vocal. A banjo’s four-bar intro brings the audience to quiet and readies the dancers. Musical instruments in Arizona are as diverse as the immigrants who traveled through and settled in our state. Craváth, a multi-instrumentalist, discusses and demonstrates how instruments have been an integral part of the musical experience, from assisting with oral memory of pieces, to providing a time capsule opened when the song is played. Among the instruments demonstrated are the balalaika, dulcimer, harp guitar, Hohokam bone flute and mandola.
Light refreshments will be served but attendees should bring their own lunches. Free parking will be available.
For more information, call 602.926.3368 or email email@example.com.
Fair Trade Café, everyone’s favorite easygoing, organic coffeehouse at Roosevelt Square, is opening its second location at Civic Park on Friday, August 21. DPJ gives you a video sneak preview of the new digs below. Opening day festivities will include live music and entertainment and lots of coffee sipping. Here’s hoping they haul a few frittatas down 1st Avenue, too.
Something seriously funky is rattling a small studio on 7th Street just north of McDowell Road. Here, groups of youthful, bendy urbanites are dancing and stretching their way through “Rhythmic Funkamentals,” which combines yoga with funk choreography. This is a regular occurrence at SuTRA Midtown Yoga, which is redefining the stuffy, pretentious vibe most yoga studios throw off.
“We began exploring the concept for SuTRA back in 2006. It seemed the cost of health and fitness was getting more and more expensive and many studios were simply trying to make a buck and provide nothing more than a social hot spot,” says owner Matthew Fritz. “We noticed a gap. We noticed the need to build a community. We noticed that students desired an environment that could bring to joy, fun and freedom with alternative forms of exercise. This gave birth to the concept of ‘Yoga Fusions’ and fabulously fun fitness! Fusing various forms of movement into yoga and exercise — such as martial arts, dance, and fitness — cater to the health-minded without the need to conform.”
Indeed, this Sheridan Square studio has created a niche, along with other modish, independent-minded businesses such as Lisa G Café and Wine Bar, MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain and Drip Coffee Lounge. The fresh mindset of businesses here made for the perfect spot for SuTRA.
“Coronado and the Midtown area have always felt like a neighborhood to us,” says Fritz. “We have been residents of Coronado for over six years, and although it has been exciting to watch the outlying areas evolve and grow, there has always been a strong neighborly community thriving behind the high-speed traffic of 7th Street.
That sense of community seems to be building. Fritz is quick to point out that participants don’t need experience in yoga or dance to enjoy themselves. They can quickly drop their guard and enjoy a fun, healthful experience.
The “fusion” approach branches yoga into some uncharted territories, including ballet, tango, kung fu, Pilates and various musical styles such as reggae, funk, soul, rock and more. SuTRA even offers a unique style of massage that combines tranquility with good old therapeutic pain relief.
“The word ‘sutra’ in Sanskrit literally translates to ‘the thread the binds,’ and this was our intention: to provide a setting that is safe, comfortable and free of judgment, where forward-thinking, inventive personalities could enjoy yoga the way it has always been meant to be enjoyed — with liberation,” says Fritz. “We opened SuTRA to be more than just another yoga studio — SuTRA represents creative expression through lifestyle, mindset, attitude and movement; without ego, without drama and without rules.”
“Without rules” could be an understatement at times. Friday evenings at the studio are an ever-revolving mix of events, while “community jukebox” Saturdays are an adventure in spontaneity and free thinking.
“This class is our gift back to the community so everyone has the opportunity to experience the joys of yoga and the benefits of fitness,” Fritz says. However, there is a catch. In true SuTRA fashion, we have added our own little twist — we don’t reveal the class style until students arrive. Sometimes the best way to be introduced to a new experience is when you’re not able to plan for it.”
For more information on SuTRA Midtown Yoga, head over to 2317 N. 7th Street, or call 602.253.9525. The studio is also available to book any “no shoes” events you may have in mind.
All photos by Ali Jalili