It’s Friday night in downtown Phoenix. So, what is there to do?
That’s exactly what Tyson Crosbie wanted to find out when he started Phoenix Friday Nights (PFN), a weekly social gathering focused on community building in the downtown Phoenix area.
“I’m new to Phoenix so that’s why I started it,” Crosbie said. “I wanted to learn more about what was downtown myself.” Crosbie hopes to change the view of Phoenix as a place that is “dead after dark.”
PFN also focuses on supporting local businesses and the economy downtown. Crosbie hopes more businesses will learn about PFN and utilize it. But PFN was created to do more than just that. “We like supporting local businesses but really on Friday what you need is to just have a break from work, and relax and socialize,” Crosbie said.
Crosbie started PFN about eight months ago after discovering a group on Twitter called Phoenix Friday Coffee (PFC), created by Sunny Thaper and Austin Baker, that goes out for coffee every Friday night.
Crosbie liked the idea of PFC but it mostly took place in Chandler, which was inconvenient for him since he lived in downtown Phoenix. He tried to do PFC downtown at the same time but after it led to confusion, Crosbie changed the name to Phoenix Friday Nights and started planning his own events.
Past PFN events include trips to restaurants, bars and art galleries. PFN always does an event for First Fridays but these events vary. “We might go to the museum or we might highlight a specific artist and go to their gallery,” Crosbie said.
The events are generally open but will sometimes require an RSVP if the event is held in a place with limited space. Crosbie said there are about three or four people who regularly attend events but that the rest of the group, which averages about 25 people, rotates out.
Crosbie does most of the event planning but welcomes the ideas of others. “Now that I have a form on the Web site, the last few events have been suggested by participants of PFN, which I appreciate greatly,” Crosbie said.
The best way for people to find out what is going on each week is to visit the website, where events are usually posted on Monday afternoons. PFN also uses Twitter, Facebook, and a nationwide rating Web site called Yelp.
This Friday PFN will begin the night at Carly’s Bistro for dinner from 5 to 7:30pm. Then they will head to the Eye Lounge where they have been invited for a private viewing of Eliza Gregory’s new artwork. The night will conclude with drinks at The Roosevelt.
Get dressed up in black or white attire and come to the MonOrchid Arts Fete at the MonOrchid art space on Saturday, April 25 for a night of art, fashion and dancing.
An exhibition preview and pre-sale will be held from 6pm to 7pm and costs $40 to attend. Wine, beer and light appetizers will be available. A celebration of art, fashion and dancing will be held from 7pm to 1am and costs $20. Spoken Boutique will present a fashion runway show at 8:30pm and music will be presented by Radio Phoenix, featuring Mr. Meeble. There will be wine, beer and other beverages.
The event will benefit the MonOrchid art space, Roosevelt Row’s micro loan fund and a local food bank, so be sure to bring a canned food item.
MonOrchid is located at 214 E. Roosevelt St.
To RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be available at will call and at the door.
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Like wine? How about some art? When you put the two together, plus a dash of charitable goodness, you get the VinArte: The Art of Wine fundraiser, taking place this Saturday at the Phoenix Art Museum‘s Sculpture Garden. Vitners from around the world — over 60 in all — will be pouring tasters from 6-9 p.m. Arcadia Farms will be crafting exquisite gnosh to accompany the vino. A silent auction to benefit The Men’s Art Council will also take place, offering top-tier wines, dinners at excellent Valley hotspots and other items too secret to share. Take a stroll under the stars, enjoy a nice merlot and then win a dinner… what could be better?
The Art of Wine fundraiser is Saturday, April 25, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $50. For more info and to purchase tickets, head over to www.mensartscouncil.com/va/tasting_about.php.
Looks like the Civic Space is going to be a success, as hundreds of students, residents and curious visitors stopped by to celebrate the grand opening on April 16. There were giveaways, contests and a concert for the lucky attendees.
Phil Gordon spoke to the audience amid applause and support from the midday crowd.
See below for images.
Pictures courtesy of Evan Wyloge.
Come celebrate Phoenix’s first “Third Friday Concert Series” on Friday, April 17 at the new Downtown Civic Space park. The free concert will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature Turn Back, O Man and The Matthew Reveles Band.
Every third Friday of each month through 2009, local bands of various music genres will perform at the park.
Civic Space, opening Thursday, is bordered by Central and First avenues, and Van Buren and Fillmore streets. The nearest light rail station is at Central Avenue and Van Buren Street.