Arts & Culture
It’s a beautiful time of year, and the Phoenix Convention Center will delight out-of-state visitors. DPJ extends its own form of hospitality by providing a little Conventional Wisdom, some insight into what can be found/viewed/sipped/snacked on while visiting Downtown Phoenix.
November 10-14 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
Let DPJ be the first to welcome you to the neighborhood! Looking over your itinerary, we can’t help but notice you’re going to have some free time to explore the heart of our fair city.
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Arcadia Farms is a short walk or quick ride on the METRO light rail. Housed in two of Phoenix’s foremost cultural establishments, the Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona Science Center, respectively, these cafés have been striving to inspire the people of Central Phoenix to enjoy cuisine from local, organically grown, pesticide-free and hormone-free ingredients. Your patronage will help cultivate our sustainability by supporting local farmers and the restaurants that promote them.
Phoenix dinner options span across many regions and continents, and locally grown dinner options are on the rise in Downtown Phoenix, with even more options if you hop on the METRO light rail.
NINE|05, located at 4th and Garfield streets, offers what it refers to as “earth conscious” and ingredient-driven food of the modern Asian persuasion, a winning combination in our eyes. The outdoor seating option is ideal for the current patio-perfect weather; enjoy some crepes and kimchi in this casual atmosphere.
For those staying further uptown, the Mexico City-style Gallo Blanco Café & Bar will not disappoint. Nestled inside of Phoenix’s favorite boutique hotel, The Clarendon, this café is proud of it is locally sourced ingredients, and uses its website to promote the causes it cares about. With reasonable prices and portions, the Phoenix regulars here are more like addicts. Come for the tacos and stay for the rooftop sunset.
There will be two chances during your conference for all to participate in the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The market is located adjacent to the new Urban Grocery and Wine Bar on the southeast corner of Central Avenue and McKinley Street. Shop for fresh produce and community arts and crafts and listen to music. Don’t forget to stop into Royal at the Market for its signature Velvet Latte with white chocolate and a double shot of espresso. Spend some Downtown time meeting the locals who take sustainability to heart and come out to exchange ideas and goods twice per week, whether rain, shine or blistering heat. Visit on Wednesday 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
After a long week of saving the planet, Roosevelt Row would like locals and convention-goers alike to come together and celebrate with the Green Streets Festival. A grand finale to the convention, the festival is a free community event that will feature eco-friendly products, local arts, crafts, food, bands and more. Also taking place will be the Downtown Phoenix Pub Crawl and beer garden, featuring seasonal brews. The festivities commence Friday evening and continue well into Saturday with a neighborhood tree planting, Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale, an art-exclusive vendor block party and live music for all to enjoy.
RailLife.com’s quick METRO light rail tip: Light rail has increased hours on Friday and Saturday nights (technically Saturday and Sunday mornings), running until 2 a.m.
Check out RailLife.com for more light rail information.
METRO light rail has been a boon for Phoenix’s art scene. Many people are taking advantage of the rail system to get to and from Downtown Phoenix on First Fridays, without worrying about traffic or parking. In addition, several of Phoenix’s premier arts and culture venues and some of our best public art installations are along the route. This includes the 28 installations that are part of the light rail system itself.
This Saturday, November 14, Arizona Citizens for the Arts is highlighting these venues and installations by challenging teams of two or more people to “ride the rails” in search of Phoenix art treasures along the light rail line. The PHX ART Treasures coincides with Phoenix’s Green Week celebrations. It will take place on November 14 from 1-6 p.m.
“This unique event is intended to showcases the amazing array of arts and cultural opportunities in and around Phoenix METRO light rail,” says Brenda Sperduti, Executive Director of Arizona Citizens for the Arts, which will benefit from the proceeds of the event.
Arizona Citizens for the Arts is the nonprofit charitable arm of Arizona Action for the Arts. Its goal is to increases discussion and awareness of the importance and impact of the arts in achieving quality of life, educational excellence and economic health for all Arizonans and Arizona enterprises. It also presents the Governor’s Arts Awards annually with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor.
Registration for the event will start at 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo History Museum, 100 W. Washington in Downtown Phoenix (map). The “hunt” itself gets underway at 1:45. Participating teams will head out on a treasure/scavenger hunt to earn points toward cash prizes by deciphering trivia questions, finding clues and demonstrating artistic and creative talents along the light rail route. Teams begin returning to the starting location at 4:30 p.m. Scores will be tallied at 5 p.m., and announced at 6 p.m. The top three teams will win cash prizes of $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third.
Registration is $30 per person (children in grades K-8 are FREE) and $20 for students (student IDs required for 9th grade and up). Register two or more people online by November 10 and each will receive a $5 discount. In addition to the chance to win a cash prize, each registrant will receive:
- a METRO all-day ride pass ($3.50 value)
- free all-day parking in the Wells Fargo garage ($12 value)
- event t-shirt ($10 value)
- food, beverages and musical entertainment by local reggae/punk/surf band RAC from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Wells Fargo History Museum
- a swag bag with great stuff from sponsors and art venues
This is a great event for families, school groups, corporate team building, service groups and friends. It will help you discover the core of your city and explore the many arts and culture treasures it has to offer.
Lots of music rang throughout Downtown Phoenix neighborhoods this past weekend. Here are some clips from the When in AZ show at Civic Space Park from Saturday night and the CenPho.TV benefit at Stinkweeds on Sunday.
Take a look at Tucson-born painter Jesse Peper‘s work, and it’s a bit puzzling as to where to focus. You feel like you’re staring at a Tarot card, albeit a much larger, slightly more expensive one.
Peper, who has since ditched the desert to set up his studio in Denver, returns to Perihelion Arts this First Friday to display a set of 20 of his newest works. The theme? Take your pick: Peper lists surrealism, literature, anthropomorphic and totemic cultural creations and the “balance of the beautiful and the grotesque” among his many influences. And, yes, Tarot is in there, too. It’s something you’d both smile and shudder at. It’s like a scary acid trip.
Where religion meets spirituality meets the devil meets animal sacrifice, you can place Peper’s work. The idea, buried somewhere in that description, is to blend the beautiful with the hideous. We think he succeeds with flying colors (just check out the picture if you have your doubts).
Peper, who works in series of paintings (he also sketches in ink as well), has had successful shows in Florida, New York and his home turf of Colorado since his last visit to the Valley.
Perihelion Arts is located at 610 E. Roosevelt St. — light rail station at Central/Roosevelt. (602) 334.6299
By now most of us have heard the disheartening news that CenPhoTV‘s equipment was stolen a few weeks back. In the aftermath, it’s been inspiring to hear stories of generosity — offers of used equipment to keep the show up and running and benefit events at SuTRA Midtown Yoga. Now Stinkweeds, Uptown’s favorite indie record store, is pitching in its support with a benefit concert, with help from River Jones Music and SilverPlatter.
On Sunday, November 8, a $3 donation (proceeds going to CenPhoTV… duh) will get you a chill spot in Stinkweeds’ lovely little courtyard to see some pretty killer bands.
If you’ve been meaning to get out and buy a record, do so on Sunday. Bring your crisp $1 and $2 bills, or 12 quarters, and help the CenPhoTV folks procure a brand spankin’ new HD camcorder… those things aren’t cheap, you know.
Stinkweeds is located at 12 W. Camelback Rd. — light rail station at Central/Camelback. Show starts at 4 p.m.