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Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announce Talking Stick Resort Arena
The Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announced today that US Airways Center — the home of the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Arizona Rattlers, as well as the Valley’s premier concert venue – is poised to take on a new name, Talking Stick Resort Arena, under an agreement reached between the two parties.
“Like Talking Stick Resort, this venue has become an iconic destination for entertainment in Arizona,” said President Diane Enos of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the owner and operator of Talking Stick Resort. “Thousands of families and individuals have created long-lasting memories at this venue which makes its new name, ‘Talking Stick Resort Arena,’ all the more meaningful. We have a shared commitment with the Phoenix Suns in building a sense of community in the Valley and we are honored to help them provide a place for so many people to gather and celebrate.”
The naming rights agreement for the downtown venue is a multi-year deal that builds substantially on the existing agreement between the two parties. The name change will be visible throughout the facility, with Talking Stick Resort Arena being prominent on the exterior of the building; on the underbelly of the center hung scoreboard; on the arena’s rooftop; and featured on the Suns and Mercury basketball courts. The Casino Arizona Pavilion – the arena’s main lobby area – will retain its name. Additional details on the provisions of the naming rights agreement will be released as the transition begins.
“We could not be more excited about our expanded relationship with Talking Stick Resort,” said Phoenix Suns President Jason Rowley. “Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona has been a trusted and valued partner of the Phoenix Suns for many years. This naming rights agreement brings our partnership to a new level and will have an astral impact on the visibility of their support for the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and the entire community.”
“This is an exciting day for Phoenix, and another example of what an incredible partner the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is for all of us,” said City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “We welcome the new name and look forward to the day when a Suns championship banner hangs from the rafters at Talking Stick Resort Arena.”
American Airlines, the current naming rights partner and owner of US Airways, has fulfilled all of its obligations and elected not to extend its naming rights agreement beyond the 2014-15 season. The facility’s naming transition to Talking Stick Resort Arena, from US Airways Center, is expected to be completed before the beginning of the 2015-16 Phoenix Suns season.
US Airways Center, which opened in 1992, has earned a reputation for excellence, having received a prestigious Prime Site Award from Facilities & Event Magazine as well as a Top 30 ranking for North American Arenas from Pollstar. It hosts an average of 130 events each year with a collective annual audience of one million people. Not only is the arena the home of the Phoenix Suns, but also the three-time WNBA world champion Phoenix Mercury. It is also the home field for five-time arena football world champions, the Arizona Rattlers.
In the past year, the arena has welcomed blockbuster acts such as Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga, adding to its long list of legendary performances from U2, George Strait and Garth Brooks as well as many others. Upcoming events include the UFC’s first-ever visit to Arizona in December, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Church with Dwight Yoakam, Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull, and Bette Midler. The arena also is known for its family content and is the host site each year for Disney on Ice, Marvel Adventure and Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
The Phoenix Suns operate and manage all aspects of US Airways Center under a long term agreement with the City of Phoenix, which owns the facility.
Talking Stick Resort is a AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort and a central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination. Talking Stick Resort is locally owned and proudly operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The 240,000 sq. ft. property offers culturally rich experiences and luxury accommodations throughout its 496 deluxe guest rooms, 11 restaurants and lounges, world-class spa, 650-seat showroom, 25,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, thriving cultural center and more than 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space.
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APS ELECTRIC LIGHT PARADE RETURNS TO CENTRAL PHOENIX DEC. 6
Dozens of entries with hundreds of thousands of lights will brighten the streets of central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 6 when the APS Electric Light Parade returns for the 28th straight year. Entries for the 2014 parade will interpret the theme “Holidays in Toyland.” Mickey Mouse will serve as grand marshal.
The parade starts at 7 p.m. on Central Avenue at Montebello (just south of Bethany Home Road), heads south to Camelback Road, where it turns east to 7th Street where it turns south to the end point at Indian School Road. Comprehensive event information is available at phoenix.gov/parks or by phone at 602-534-FEST.
“Tradition is what the holidays are all about, and this is the 28th straight year for this festive event that brings our community together to celebrate the season,” Mayor Greg Stanton said.
Parade lovers also can come out during judging on Friday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the event staging area at North Phoenix Baptist Church to see all motorized entries lit up for official review. Students from Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs will be on hand that night to present free kids’ activities, and children also can visit with Santa Claus. Visitors to the judging can enter the staging area at the church parking lot entrance on Montebello Road just east of Central Avenue.
The APS Electric Light Parade is produced by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. In addition to entry fees and the title sponsorship of APS, the following partners and sponsors also help to make the event possible: Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Safeway, IBEW #387, Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 99.9 KEZ, ABC15, Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs, Holiday Lights Decorating, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Keep Phoenix Beautiful, North Phoenix Baptist Church, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Arizona 811, Classic Party Rentals, Republic Services and United Rentals.
- Consider taking Light Rail to the event and avoiding traffic congestion. The parade route runs right next to the Light Rail stop on Central Avenue, just south of Camelback.
- The parade is a rain or shine event. Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
- Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.
- Crowds for this event have grown very large in recent years. If spectators arrive at the parade route within 45 minutes of the start, please respect the viewing positions of those that arrived earlier and take a position along the rear edge of the crowd.
- Spectators should try to minimize and gather any trash and litter generated during the parade to ease cleanup after the event.
- Coolers are permitted, though alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.
- Viewing spots along the parade route are first-come-first-served. Spectators often start arriving three or more hours before parade time to reserve spots.
- Parking is available on city streets around the parade route and also is on a first-come-first-served basis. Private lots near the parade area often offer parking for a fee.
Images courtesy of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.
Randy Slack is an artist, collector, surfer, and a renaissance connoisseur of nostalgia. His work captures elements from his own Phoenix past, and his slant on our shared pop culture memories: long-haired beachy girls, VW buses, and surfboards. While many of his images yearn for surf and sand, he is firmly rooted in his own Phoenix past. On Friday, December 5, for one night only, the Luhrs City Center will play host to the Randy Slack Retrospective: From the Luhrs Basement and Beyond, showcasing the ongoing life of this historic building and the growth of Randy’s life as an artist from his early days, nearly two decades ago, in its basement.
As Randy tells it, back in the mid-late 90′s the then owner of the Luhrs Building gave the boys in Three Car Pile Up (Randy Slack, David Dauncey and James Angel) a studio to work in the Luhrs basement, and a small gallery space to show their work in the Luhrs Annex. He was generous to them and for payment, just asked that they paint murals in the hall that led from the Annex to the main building.
The building has special meaning for Slack who grew up visiting it with his dad, Rick, who worked on the elevators. “I was invited by the Hansji Corp. to do the show, and at first I wasn’t going to. But the more I thought about it, well, that’s the bottom line for wanting to do this retrospective. I have so much personal history here. I grew up running after my dad in this place,” said Slack. “I remember thinking, when we had our studio, that as an artist I didn’t belong there. We were kids down in the basement painting and upstairs were all the lawyers and guys in suits.”
“Randy Slack Retrospective: from the Luhrs Basement and Beyond” will include some of Slack’s earliest work, created in the Luhrs studio, as well as his recent larger-scale pieces. When the Luhrs Annex was being demolished, the murals were brought to light. One section, which included Randy’s piece showing the skyline and Patriot’s Park, had been painted on some old wallpaper. Randy was able to peel it from the wall before it was destroyed. This mural, along with a large-scale installation piece called “My Grandmother’s Livingroom” and two dozen additional paintings spanning the last 20 years of his work will fill the raw storefront space in the bottom of the soon to be renovated Luhrs. This show will be a celebration of the raw, young energy that artists like Slack have infused into downtown over the last twenty years, and the rebirth of a wonderful example of historic downtown architecture.
“This is all going to be gone forever, the raw space, the window frames, the details,” said Slack about the storefront space. “What they’re doing (Hansji Corp.) is great. For Phoenix, we don’t have a lot of these old buildings. The idea behind the retrospective is to get the community together and celebrate what we have and what these guys have done. It’s not just about me, they’re inviting me as a conduit to the community…. I joke that I’ve become my dad and know all these people. It’s cool.”
If You Go:
What: Randy Slack Retrospective: From the Luhrs Basement and Beyond, one-night only pop-up gallery
When: Friday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: 11 W. Jefferson St.
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Alternative Black Friday at CityScape Phoenix
Sleep In, Avoid the Madness & Shop Local Vendors at the Vintage Market
This Black Friday avoid the crowds, sleep in, shop unique specialty gifts, sip mimosas and local beers all while shopping local vendors and listening to a DJ at CityScape Phoenix’s third annual “Alternative Black Friday”.
CityScape is hosting a vintage market with over 20 local vendors including Meat Market Vintage, Rare Scarf Vintage, Antique Sugar, Zinnias on Melrose and Grow-Op Boutique. This year, Alternative Black Friday is introducing the Handmade Marketplace, a local makers marketplace with vendors selling everything from jewelry and beauty products to coffee and crafts from vendors such as Strawberry Hedgehog and Lux Hardgoods among many others. Similar to a Paris flea market, they will be selling vintage clothes, antiques, jewelry, coffee, crafts and home goods and décor.
While you browse, enjoy the Mimosa Bar by The Corner as well as local beers and wine and listen to local DJs, all of which will be setup in Patriots Square.
Major Black Friday deals are also available at Urban Outfitters (open 7am to 10pm, offering additional 50 percent off redline sale items), Charming Charlie and Jos A. Bank (open 7am-10pm). Alternative Black Friday shoppers will also receive additional discounts when they use code “ABF” at Yogurt Time, Pizza Studio and V’s Barbershop.
After the market, head over to Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, Breakfast Club or The Corner to enjoy brunch. While you’re there, lace up your skates and hit the ice at CityScape Phoenix’s CitySkate, which is offering half-price skating, including skate rental, for $6 from 11am to 1:30pm.
The first 300 shoppers will receive an exclusive Alternative Black Friday tote bag filled with goodies and coupons for CityScape merchants. Shoppers can enter to win a prize package by using hashtag #MyABF to tag their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook photos of their Alternative Black Friday experience.
CityScape Phoenix – Patriots Square
(Between First Avenue and First Street and between Washington and Jefferson streets)
FREE 2-hour parking with validation.
Event is free and open to the public. The cost of admission for skating on Alternative Black Friday is half-price for $6 per person and includes skate rental.
Photos courtesy of CityScape.
There’s a common story that unfolds in cities and towns again and again. Artists looking for cheap rent and spaces to work, move into neglected, transitional areas of town. Their presence and impact begins to transform the area and everything surrounding it. Once scary parts of town become trendy and desirable, and real estate prices begin to rise. The next thing you know, the artists are forced to move elsewhere to find affordable space. And so it goes.
As the vitality of our urban core grows and gathers strength, the desire to live and work here is increasing. How do we nurture growth and density, yet continue to support and embrace artists? One way, is to make sure that there is affordable space for them to continue to live and create in the very neighborhoods that they helped transform.
Artspace is a uniquely successful nonprofit real estate developer whose entire mission is dedicated to creating, fostering and preserving affordable spaces for artists and arts organizations. For three decades they’ve pioneered and built affordable housing for artists. They’ve seen how these projects have advanced public agendas, from job creation, to transit-oriented development, historic preservation and community stabilization and they’ve created a successful process for working with communities that includes a preliminary feasibility visit, an arts market survey, leading to the potential of predevelopment planning or customized consulting.
Because of Artspace’s very specific development experience, the City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, along with Downtown Phoenix, Inc., JP Morgan Chase, Arizona Community Foundation and Arizona Forward invited the Artspace team to Phoenix for a preliminary feasibility visit. On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, Wendy Holmes, Sr. Vice President, Consulting & Strategic Partnerships and and Stacey L. Mickelson, Vice President of Government Relations conducted focus groups with artists, representatives from arts organizations, and the public to learn about the specifics of our community, including the success of the locally-developed Oasis on Grand project in the Grand Avenue Arts District, and begin to suss out additional opportunities for creating sustainable, affordable spaces for artists and arts organization in downtown Phoenix.
“We are pleased that so many people from our arts community turned out for the ArtSpace presentations last week,” said Gail Browne, executive director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. “Clearly there is a great need for affordable live/work housing for artists in Phoenix.”
To date, Artspace has completed 36 projects in over 14 states, and they are in development on several more, including one in Mesa and another in Avondale. Many of their developments have been adaptive reuse projects. Some are combinations of old and new build elements, while others are all new builds. They are scattered in small and large cities throughout the country and many were built to accommodate artists and their families and include multiple two-and three-bedroom units.
“An Artspace project in Phoenix would provide affordable housing to the creative community, which is sorely needed,” said Diane Brossart, president & ceo of Arizona Forward, a nonprofit partner in bringing Artspace to Phoenix. “Artspace has a track record of creating sustainable projects across the country that stand the test of time – they are sustainable live/work environments that support the arts community.”
Most of the Artspace projects combine housing and studio or rehearsal space for artists with community spaces for performances and exhibitions, spaces for arts organizations, or spaces for small commercial enterprises. Holmes points out that “these businesses can be arts-related, or they can be simply arts-compatible.” One example she noted was a project with artist housing, studio spaces, and commercial spaces, including a daycare business. Not an arts business, but definitely arts-compatible.
This notion of a business being arts-compatible is worth thinking harder about as we plan how we want our downtown to grow. What elements work together and truly support the downtown we want, and which are at cross-purposes? And where do artists fit into the mix?
As the Roosevelt Row area has witnessed in recent months, there are strong feelings about what kind of development will be compatible with the lively artistic vibe of the area. Everyone who has invested in this neighborhood is passionate about what should be built on the shoulders of the artists who’ve spent a couple of decades making it their home. Will it nurture the artists in the area, or make it impossible for them to continue to live there? Whatever comes of the debate being waged over development on 2nd Street, the tensions and the passions are part of the growing pains of a city in the process of transforming itself, and not just in the Roosevelt Row Arts Distric, but in downtown overall.
As we temporarily activate empty lots, adaptively reuse historic structures, celebrate new highrise apartment complexes, and loudly proclaim our longing for mixed-use development, the unique experience and expertise of Artspace may be able to help us effectively create and develop affordable spaces that will keep artists working their magic in the heart of our city. As the process proceeds, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the progress and opportunities.