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CityScape Phoenix Home to Super Bowl XLIX Festivities & Parties
While a variety of the hottest celebrity parties will take over many of the CityScape restaurants and bars for private events, there will be an opportunity to get in on the action with open-to-the-public activities such as an autograph signing, outdoor ice skating, dining at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and enjoying Bud Light Hotel, Live @ the Living Room, which will have a DJ nightly.
“RED Development and CityScape Phoenix are thrilled to help bring Super Bowl Central to Downtown Phoenix through our partnerships with the NFL and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee,” says Jeff Moloznik, vice president of development for RED. “CityScape will be at the heart of all the excitement leading up to the big game and on Super Bowl Sunday.”
Opportunities at CityScape Phoenix that are open to the public include:
Autograph Signing at Patriots Park at CityScape Phoenix
Former players will be signing autographs for fans as part of Verizon Super Bowl Central.
- Free and open to the public.
- Wednesday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Feb. 1.
- Days and times are subject to change and yet to be determined.
Puppy Bowl Café
Animal Planet is taking over The Corner and hosting Puppy Bowl XI. Come watch the Ruff vs. Fluff action to find out which team will be victorious with puppies from the Arizona Humane Society.
- Times and date to be announced soon.
CitySkate at CityScape Phoenix
Take a spin on the Valley’s largest outdoor ice rink now through Feb. 2.
- Day Session: 11am – 1:30pm (Daily). Night Session: 4pm – 11pm (Sun.– Fri.),4pm – Midnight (Sat.). Hours may vary.
- Kids and Adults – $12 each
- Military, Kids Under 4, Seniors – $6 each
- College Students (with valid student ID) and groups of 10 or more – $10 each
- Visit www.cityskatephx.com to purchase tickets and for a list of hours. Admission includes skate rental and unlimited skating all day.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails will be open to the public throughout Super Bowl week for those looking to grab a bite, a craft cocktail and possibly spot some celebrities and football players.
- From Thursday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Jan. 31, the restaurant is offering a special three-course full dinner menu for $65++. Hours of operation will vary from the regular schedule: Lunch: 11am-3pm. Bar Menu: 3pm-5pm. Dinner: 5pm-11pm.
- Reservations are strongly recommended.
- For more information, visit http://www.bluehoundkitchen.com or call 602-258-0231.
- Address: 2 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Bud Light Hotel, Live @ the Living Room
LUSTRE Rooftop Garden will open Live @ the Living Room, a pop-up nightlife hotspot, offering beer, cocktails and light fare with a guest DJ spinning nightly. The pop-up lounge will be located in the living room area adjacent to Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.
- Friday, Jan. 30 through Saturday, Jan. 31
- Open 4pm – 2am.
- Open to the public.
- For more information, visit http://www.bluehoundkitchen.com/ or call 602-258-0231.
- Address: 2 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix
Celebrity and VIP private parties at CityScape include:
Thursday, Jan. 29 – Sunday, Feb. 1
NFL guests will attend this private event.
Located at Stand Up Live
Thursday, Jan. 29 – Sunday, Feb. 1
Alumni and Hall of Fame players will attend this private event.
Bud Light House of Whatever
Friday, Jan. 30 – Sunday, Feb. 1
Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape transforms into “Bud Light House of Whatever” for three days of private parties, concerts and #UpForWhatever activities.
Image provided by CityScape
Super Bowl XLIX rolls into Phoenix in just under two weeks and with it comes one of the biggest parties in the world. The best part: that party is being thrown right in the heart of our awesome downtown.
According to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, the city is ready to welcome “a million of our closest friends” to enjoy our vibrant culture and beautiful weather.
Football fans from the northwest, the northeast, and everywhere in between “will visit the heart of downtown Phoenix for family-friendly fun and excitement,” says Stanton. They will experience the flourishing cultural, food, arts and entertainment scenes that we are lucky enough to be immersed in every day.
While the two best teams in the NFL will take to the gridiron on Super Bowl Sunday, it has also taken a championship-level team of people to put together this high-profile event. Through close coordination between The City of Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix Inc., the NFL, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, and many others, downtown Phoenix will be ready to shine when things officially kick off over the January 23rd Pro Bowl weekend and throughout the week leading up to the Super Bowl on February 1st.
The epicenter of activity will take place at Verizon Super Bowl Central, an entertainment campus encompassing 12 city blocks of downtown, from Monroe St. to Jefferson St., and 1st Ave. to 5th St. The free, five-day event will feature football and Arizona-themed activities, The Grand Canyon Experience rock climbing wall, concerts, autograph sessions, food and beverages, along with the “Kick the Waste” sustainability initiative, one of the most comprehensive waste reduction programs in the history of Super Bowl festivities.
Beyond the borders of Super Bowl Central, downtown Phoenix will show off its unique local culture through TRUE DTPHX from January 23-24, a special event weekend filled with shopping and restaurant specials throughout its various districts and a music festival at Civic Space Park featuring local artists. Downtown will also play host to national TV broadcasts from networks including NBC Universal, the NFL Network, CNN, MSNBC and TV shows like ”The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” and the “Today” show.
From football, to music, to food, to culture, downtown Phoenix will offer endless options for fun surrounding the big game. You can find a complete listing here, but these are just a few of the highlights:
What: The official hub of activities for Super Bowl fans, spanning 12 blocks in downtown Phoenix and featuring football-themed attractions, concerts from local and national artists, NFL player autograph opportunities, food and drink specials from local restaurants and vendors and nightly fireworks displays.
When: January 28 to February 1
What: Part of Super Bowl Central, this climbing wall will be a replica of Arizona’s iconic Grand Canyon and measure 30 feet tall by 100 feet wide. It will feature 20 climbing positions and an 18-foot waterfall in the middle.
When: January 28 to February 1
What: An interactive football theme park located in the Phoenix Convention Center featuring games, displays, youth football clinics and autograph sessions.
When: January 24 to February 1
What: Held at U.S. Airways Arena, fans will have the opportunity to watch as players from the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are interviewed by media from around the world. Arizona Cardinals players Drew Stanton and Patrick Peterson will also be in attendance.
When: January 27
What: A weekend-long showcase of everything that makes downtown Phoenix unique. A selection of events include:
Roosevelt Row Sidewalk Sale: Local businesses, vendors and restaurants will bring their offerings out on to the sidewalks of this walkable arts district and surrounding areas, making it easy for shoppers to find unique items like art, jewelry, clothing and food.
DTPHX City Sampler: A self-guided culinary tour with $5 samples of food and drinks from many of downtown’s delicious restaurants and bars.
True DTPHX Music Festival: A free local music fest over two nights at Civic Space Park featuring multiple genres of music, interactive art displays, food trucks and beer from local breweries.
DeSoto Building Preview: Enjoy a sneak preview of the patio of the soon-to-be-open DeSoto Central Market with food trucks, music, games and arts vendors on January 24th.
When: January 23 to 24
Photography by Stephen G. Dreiseszun/Viewpoint Photographers
Super Bowl Central images courtesy of Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee
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Works by Leonardo da Vinci Will Be On Display in Arizona for the First Time Through New Phoenix Art Museum Exhibition
Shown alongside Leonardo’s Codex Leicester will be 31 works by acclaimed artists who demonstrate his practices of observation
Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation will open at Phoenix Art Museum on January 24, 2015. The exhibition is focused around the Codex Leicester—comprised of 18 double-page and double-sided sheets (72 pages total). This is the only manuscript by Leonardo in a private American collection and one of the world’s most important intellectual manuscripts.
Focused primarily on Leonardo’s study of water and the moon, the codex pages display his creative process, the way he reasoned through a concept, and how he influenced artists throughout centuries. Along with the Codex Leicester will be 31 additional artworks by artists ranging from Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet, to Ansel Adams and Bill Viola. Included will be paintings, photographs and a video installation, depicting a broad range of subject matter including water, waves, shells, peppers, milk, geysers, leaves, sand, oceans and the moon. The oldest of the accompanying artworks included will be Jacopo de’ Barbari’s massive View of Venice (1500), the first printed image to receive a copyright, and the most recent will be Devorah Sperber’s After the Mona Lisa 8 (2010), a work comprised of more than 1400 spools of thread. The exhibition as a whole will help visitors better understand how Leonardo da Vinci’s observational skills have continued to be practiced by modern-day artists. Leonardo’s in depth study, notes and illustrations on the movement of water are especially relevant to the people of Arizona.
There’s no question that Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the most intriguing people to ever live. Brilliant in the arts, sciences and engineering, he was driven by a deep sense of curiosity about the world around him, recording his observations on scores of paper sheets that were later gathered and bound as manuscripts, or codices. Leonardo’s active mind and working method are defined in this exhibition by three primary characteristics: curiosity, direct observation and thinking on paper. These characteristics are vital parts of the creative process and they pave the way toward great discoveries and inventions. “This exhibition of Leonardo’s Codex Leicester will be groundbreaking in its approach, bringing Leonardo into a broad artistic context that explores his continuing influence on artists into our own time,” said Jerry Smith, curator of American and European art to 1950 and art of the American West at Phoenix Art Museum.
Making Leonardo da Vinci and the Codex Leicester relevant for today’s audience is the goal of this exhibition. Visitors and academic institutions will participate in programs developed around ideas expressed by Leonardo in the Codex Leicester. “Leonardo was a true Renaissance master and we are able to celebrate his genius through the Codex Leicester,” said James K. Ballinger, The Sybil Harrington Director at Phoenix Art Museum. He added, “This will be the first time original work by the hand of Leonardo will be presented in Arizona, and we are pleased the Museum can create a platform for our community to better understand the challenges we face regarding water resources in the future. This is exactly the kind of project we should be presenting for our visitors.”
Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation will be on view at Phoenix Art Museum from January 24 to April 12, 2015. Support was made possible through the generosity of The Dorrance Family Foundation, SRP, J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation, Margaret T. Morris Foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Virginia M. Ullman Foundation, BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, Friends of European Art (a Museum support organization), Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Foundation, and The Phoenician.
Images Credit: Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519, Italian), Codex Leicester, c.1506-10 (detail). Ink on paper. Each double sheet 11 ¾” x 17 5/8” Image Courtesy ©bgC3.
Linton’s collection of black-and-white photos of people living on the streets returns downtown in a February exhibition at monOrchid’s Bokeh Gallery, and “I Have A Name” has expanded with ambitious plans for a mural on the monOrchid building.
The gallery show opens on February 6, with additional events on February 13 — when the local support organization Pineapple Triangle hosts an artisan market benefiting the mural project — and on February 20 (the closing reception).
Meanwhile, Linton is running an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the monOrchid’s exterior artwork, with the goal of spurring conversation about homelessness. “The ‘I Have A Name’ Project has teamed with prominent artists Brian Boner and Wayne Rainey to create this powerful and important mural,” Linton states in his fundraising description. “A west wall of the building will carry a message in humanity and compassion while the north facing wall shall list names of those lost to the street. The overall scope of this work intends to create a dialogue beyond the boundaries of this city and help motivate action that might end the human suffering that is homelessness.” Of the $15,695 goal, $10,000 is designated to pay for artist labor over several months.
“During this past year,” says Linton, “the Project…has supplied or helped facilitate many donations in clothing or hygiene kits to local shelters, and enjoys working with Justa Center and Central Arizona Shelter Services.” He continues, “We have provided shoes, socks, meals and water to our neighbors in need on the street.”
Linton describes another aspect of his organization’s charitable activities. “Recently, we sold tee shirts printed by TumbleTees, a local Phoenix company that hires formerly homeless teens, and used the proceeds to provide a meal to 50 homeless veterans at Christmas at MANA House.”
Although “I Have A Name” is not a non-profit 501c3 organization, its association with monOrchid’s Shade Projects allows tax-deductible charitable contributions. Linton explains, “The…project is essentially a one-man army, and while receiving donations that have allowed the exhibition to travel, our efforts remain self-funded.”
“Over these past months, I have dedicated nearly 1800 hours in expanding this message of compassion,” he adds. “I continue to take photographs and gather narratives weekly. It’s tragically dehumanizing to be on the street — on many occasions the most valuable thing I can offer is an ear.”
- The “I Have A Name” project’s website and Facebook page
- Gallery show runs Feb. 6-20 at monOrchid’s Bokeh Gallery
- 214 E. Roosevelt St. in downtown Phoenix
- email@example.com or 602-253-0339
- The mural campaign for “I Have a Name” on Indiegogo
- Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS)
- 230 S. 12th Ave.; 602-256-6945
- Justa Center
- 1001 W. Jefferson; 602-254-6524
- MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) House
- 755 E. Willetta; 602-254-6785
- Part of Madison Street Veterans Association — Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) at 233 S. 11th Ave.
- TumbleTees t-shirts
David Krietor has served as CEO of the newly-formed Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (“DPI”) since April 8, 2013. In that time, he has begun work with community stakeholders to develop the downtown we want. “Your Downtown” shares his thoughts and DPI’s progress with the downtown community and beyond. Read the other chats here.
The winter holidays are behind us. You may have attended one of the numerous rollicking New Year’s Eve parties downtown, possibly even the inaugural Flannel Ball on Roosevelt Row. Now a new year is upon us, and it should be an amazing one for downtown Phoenix.
First of all, Downtown Phoenix Inc. has worked very hard over the last 18 months to be a collaborative junction between business, city government, and the community. As of January 1, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation, and Phoenix Community Alliance officially became affiliates of DPI with all of our employees working under one administrative umbrella. This will involve some staff reassignments to maximize effectiveness, foster synergy, and expand our reach, services, and connectivity. You’ll be hearing more about these changes over the next several weeks.
I want to thank DPI’s financial supporters whose ongoing commitment to downtown and our organization allows us to do our work: Alliance Bank, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Public Service, City of Phoenix, Freeport-McMoRan, Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lewis Roca Rothgerber, Local Initiatives Support Corp., Phoenix Suns, RED Development, and UnitedHealthcare.
You may have heard something called the NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl are coming to the Valley very, very soon. These events will bring one million visitors to Downtown Phoenix for Super Bowl Central and make our city the epicenter of public events and media outreach.
- Organizers plan broad experience for Super Bowl in Arizona
- Valley Metro offers pass, extended hours for Super Bowl
- Going to Phoenix for the Super Bowl? Here are some great travel ideas
- Fez restaurant moves to downtown
- Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel to award local entrepreneur a free restaurant
- Devoured Culinary Classic returns to Phoenix Art Museum, March 7-8
- Officials contemplate extension for transportation tax
- Parking is just one piece of the larger downtown planning puzzle
- Once-bleak downtown poised to add even more apartments
- “Containers on Grand” to bring new residential option to downtown
- Tuft and Needle, online mattress retailer, opens downtown showroom
- How downtown’s Seeds for Autism epitomizes the rise of purpose-driven business
- McDowell Mountain Music Festival announces 2015 lineup
- Use bike-sharing app for quick, inexpensive ride around Phoenix
Appreciate Our Art & History
- Phoenix rediscovers historic face worth saving
- Retail makeover planned for historic downtown grocery
- Plans scrapped for Roosevelt Row historic renovation and housing project
- Petition seeks adaptive reuse of vintage Roosevelt Row building and mural preservation
- Artists and arts related businesses urged to become Artlink Articipants
Help the Less Fortunate
- County may close Phoenix homeless shelters
- Cold weather causes crowded homeless shelters in downtown Phoenix
- Phoenix police aim to deter, track bike theft
- Phoenix resuscitates four-year-old initiative to foster police-resident dialogue
- Fire rips through noted downtown restaurant, La Tolteca
More and more people are realizing downtown Phoenix is full of hidden gems. It was great to read about the recent experience of Christopher Muther, Boston Globe reporter, of first trying to catch his bearings in our spread-out city and then finding enjoyable, enlivening hidden gems in and around downtown, particularly the Roosevelt Row Arts District.
Thank you, as always, for your ongoing interest and support of downtown Phoenix. Let’s hit one of the top 10 most Instagramed restaurants in Phoenix (five of which are in downtown).