Well summer (break) is officially upon us, and with that brings great news! Winter clothing must go and many local shops are having sales for you to stock up on some goodies you missed out on these past few months.
Here are a few of the best deals and events going on throughout the month of May:
(West side of CityScape)
- College Night on May 2nd: 10% off regular priced merchandise and 30% off of sale merchandise with a valid student i.d.
(1st Street south of McDowell Road)
- Mother’s Day Trunk Show featuring Melissa Zaki on May 10th.
- Golden Coupons will be sent out in celebration of Rachel Malloy’s 30th birthday to anyone on the emailing list mid-May.
(7th Avenue south of Camelback Road)
- Mother’s Day Sale on May 10th: 20% off of your purchase.
- All month 30% off any one item in the emailed newsletter.
(Bethany Home Road west of 16th Street)
- Through May 6th – Spend $50 and receive 20% off and all pants and jeans are 30% off.
- New sales will be emailed out each Sunday evening.
— New Location: 4206 N 7th Ave —
- Reopening at their new location on May 8th at 10 a.m.
Some news items don’t need translation. That’s why DPJ launched the From the Wire series, so we could serve the destinations here by posting information and announcements – in their own words.
KIMPTON’S HOTEL PALOMAR PHOENIX AT CITYSCAPE OPENS THIS SUMMER;
BRINGS NEW ENERGY TO DOWNTOWN
New boutique hotel will usher in creative, personalized experience to the heart of the city
Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape will open its doors on June 5, 2012 in the heart of downtown Phoenix, marking the completion of the highly-anticipated development project, CityScape Phoenix. The hotel, just steps from major sports arenas, entertainment venues and cultural attractions, will add 242 spacious and contemporary guest rooms and suites and more than 10,000 square feet of stylish, flexible meeting space to the city’s lineup and will bring even more energy to the downtown Phoenix area.
Situated at the heart of CityScape, a $500 million mixed-used development of shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and offices, the completion of Hotel Palomar Phoenix will be the final step in the six-year process undertaken by Phoenix-based RED Development in partnership with the City of Phoenix.
“We’re excited to introduce Kimpton’s signature hospitality to this new and vibrant downtown Phoenix,” said Jim Hollister, general manager of Hotel Palomar Phoenix. “We think it’s a perfect complement to the energy of the area and we know our guests will enjoy the warm welcome, modern amenities, and a sleek and artful aesthetic of the hotel, not to mention the easy access to incredible entertainment venues, restaurants and bars and shops.”
Inspired by the contemporary vibe of the surrounding urban landscape, Hotel Palomar Phoenix is the second hotel in the Greater Phoenix area for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which entered the market in 2005 with the FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Located in the mixed-use development of CityScape, the newly built Hotel Palomar Phoenix enjoys a prime location across from Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks) and US Airways Center (event hub and home of the Phoenix Suns), proximity to the light rail and much more.
Entering from the ground-floor entrance, Hotel Palomar Phoenix guests will leave the world behind as they ascend to the second-floor living room lobby. There, they can relax in the casual, conversational seating beside the fireplace – an ideal atmosphere for working, lounging and enjoying Kimpton’s signature daily hosted wine hour.
The destination’s interior design scheme – from the public and event spaces to the guest rooms and suites – embodies a relaxed sophistication that is modern while reflecting Arizona’s casual approach. While the overall feel is stylish and laid-back, the hotel’s desert-infused color palette features a nod to the energetic undercurrent of its CityScape and downtown Phoenix surroundings with its pops of orange, its signature accent color. Design and décor elements that use bright spots of color, lines that create a sense of movement and light-hearted artistic touches also help to bring the hotel’s ‘Art in Motion’ theme to life.
Adjacent to the hotel lobby, The Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails features contemporary American gastro lounge cuisine for lunch, dinner and late-night bites, and a blazing cocktail program that raises the bar for drink culture in the city’s urban core. Additionally, guests will be drawn to the hotel’s third-floor terrace with its open-air swimming pool and al fresco Lustre Bar, which provides a spectacular perch above the bustle of the city, perfect for admiring views of the downtown.
Hotel Palomar Phoenix’s third floor also includes a stretch of more than 10,000 square feet of art-infused meeting space across 10 event rooms, each offering picture windows that usher light in and capture city and mountain views. Event rooms range from the 3,100-square-foot Dreamcatcher Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 250 guests, to the 600-square-foot Rangoli Board Room, designed for up to 10 guests. State-of-the-art connectivity provided through wireless Internet access and comprehensive multi-media and audio-visual support make meetings and events hassle-free.
On the higher floors, 242 well-appointed guest rooms, including 16 suites, are washed in warm, earthy shades of Arizona and accented by small, thoughtful bursts of color. Whimsy finds its place with signature artwork such as Phoenix artist John Randall Nelson’s acrylic on canvas featuring a vibrant blue face of a long-horned steer or the green felt bird sculpture perched on the bedroom wall. All rooms offer a wide range of modern amenities including 37-inch flat-screen TVs , complimentary wireless Internet access, an honor bar with locally inspired and organic items, custom Etro designer bath products, in-room yoga and On Demand fitness classes, and Kimpton’s signature animal print robes.
Jeff Moloznik, general manager of CityScape, has seen the city’s excitement grow as Hotel Palomar Phoenix nears completion.
“I can’t overemphasize the profound impact this hotel will have on CityScape, our retailers and the downtown traffic generators like US Airways, Chase Field and the Convention Center,” Moloznik said. “Palomar will ignite a 24-hour energy into CityScape and offer hotel guests a never-before-experienced proximity to the area’s sporting, cultural and music venues along with dining, nightlife, shopping and entertainment – all within steps of their hotel room door.”
Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape was designed by global architecture and design firm Callison. Interiors have been created by Los Angeles-based KNA Design and the project is being built by Hunt Construction Group. Hotel Palomar Phoenix is located at 2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Ariz. 85004. To learn more, visit www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com.
The D-backs open a four-game series in Miami on Friday, kicking off a 10-game east coast road trip. Maybe the change of scenery will lead to increased productivity. The D-backs have lost three straight series at home and finished the home stand with only three victories in 10 tries. The negatives and question marks clearly outweigh the positives from the recent series. Pitching, hitting, injuries and even base running can all be blamed for the losses. The team will need to get back to fundamentals in order to get back on the right track. Getting healthy wouldn’t hurt either.
Reasons for optimism
A few players have stepped up recently giving fans reason for optimism moving forward. Wade Miley made a spot start on Monday night against the Phillies, filling in for injured starter Daniel Hudson. Miley got the win, allowing only two hits in six shutout innings. Miley will likely make at least one more start while Hudson is out and would be a potential replacement for Josh Collmenter if his early season struggles continue. Justin Upton has continued to play through a nagging thumb injury that’s at least partially to blame for his relatively slow start. Upton finally tallied his first homer of the season this week and appears to be getting healthier each day. The D-backs clearly need his bat to warm up, especially while Chris Young is out of the lineup.
Kubel proving to be valuable addition
When the D-backs announced the signing of Jason Kubel in the off season, skeptics questioned if the move was a mistake. The D-backs already appeared to be set at outfield prior to making the move and signing Kubel likely meant sending Gerardo Parra, fresh off his first Gold Glove season, to a platoon role. It appeared as though the organization had made a decision to sacrifice some defense for an increase in offensive potential. So far, Kubel has exceeded expectations defensively. He leads the majors with five outfield assists and has also started to produce offensively after a slow start. Kubel is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak.
D-backs bit by the injury bug
The increase in outfield depth came into play way sooner than anticipated when Chris Young landed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. Depth at starting pitcher has been tested as well with Daniel Hudson on the DL. Last season the D-backs were lucky to stay relatively healthy throughout the season. With the exception of losing Stephen Drew partway through the season. If April is any indication, this season will be a different story.
We have to admit it. Some of us tend to support the local martini makers more than we do local artists.
Yet, while a bartender may concoct a drink in a myriad of different ways, artists consistently amaze us with what they create. Inspired by an infinite number of moments and memories, they distill these impressions into an expression that is uniquely theirs.
The creations of the artists below (plus here and here) can be yours for the bidding at tomorrow night’s Martinis & Masterpieces. Be sure to register for the event before 5 p.m. TODAY, as you will not be able to purchase tickets at the door.
Averian Chee grew up on the Navajo reservation in a small valley called Nazlini. It was there that he began to appreciate the abundant colors of the lush landscapes that surrounded his home.
Right: Self-Portait – Sheep Herder
Frank Ybarra grew up in a family that was proud of its Mexican roots but was fully assimilated into U.S. culture. Ybarra’s colorful neo-Cubist works are cartographic icons of the U.S. Southwest, indicators of place and vehicles of memory.
Right: Backyard Pachanga
Her boutique salon, Mercantile is where Thibault most often paints, sometimes between hair clients. She often associates her work as a stylist and as a painter as only slightly varied from each other.
“I started exploring the use of cement as a substitute for clay. Building the structures in a much lighter way and then applying the cement by either coating or light weight castings. ‘Stackhouse’ is an example of that explorative process.”
During her many years of painting, Parmasto has taken her collectors on a journey of Post Soviet abstract expressionism, color field and gesture exploration, natural impressionism, fantasy and non-objectivism.
Right: Autumn Blush
Expressing the mass confusion of jumbled information in his head and flooding its way onto the canvas, John Babbitt creates a mirror image of who he is. The goal is to create a balance from the confusion and mess of emotion to end the flood of chaos.
Right: Kung Fu Crane and Chicken
McLaughlin maintains studio-residences in France and the United States. He keeps a workshop in the Loire Valley in France, a studio in Palo Alto, California and another on two acres of desert in Phoenix, Arizona.
Right: Femme Sirene
As a driving force in the Chicano art scene, Covarrubias helped found Movimiento Artistico del Rio Salado (MARS) Art Space and ARIZTLAN, a statewide organization of Hispanic artists and writers. Many of his murals decorate walls and buildings throughout the Valley.
Right: You will have to see what he creates live at the event…
If you go
Event: Martinis & Masterpieces
Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $50 each until 5 p.m., April 26 (tickets will not be sold at the door)
Benefiting: Arts & Business Council
Participating Artists: Emily Costello, Christopher Gerlings, Carolyn Lavender, Deborah McMillion Nering, Zach Stelling, Anthony Peters, Lara Plecas, Tom Stephenson, Gina McComas, Kurt VonBehrman, Chris Swanberg, Lee Hazel, Averian Chee, Frank Ybarra, Ellen Wagener, Jim Covarrubius, Larry McLaughlin, Laura Voight, Sal Cosenza, Anne Parmasto, Shauna Thibault and Johnathan Babbitt.
Sponsored by: Phoenix Motor Company, Fuze, Org.Gen, and Plaza Executive Suites. In-kind sponsors include New Times, Davidson & Belluso, SW Scenic Group, Crescent Crown Distributing, Stoli and Hendricks, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Party People, Fry’s, Monkey Brain Promotions, O.H.S.O., Rubios, Picazzo’s, Ticoz, Sidebar, Hanny’s, Tilted Kilt, Bar One, Tequila Cruz, Arizona Iceman, Airpark Signs and Framin Works.
Monday night at the Crescent, Givers and Grouplove came to Downtown Phoenix fresh off of the second weekend of Coachella 2012. However, the energy on stage and in the crowd betrayed the fact that Coachella had ended at all – Hannah Hooper even said to a beaming-with-pride PHX crowd, “So we just got done with this crazy thing called Coachella…but seriously guys, it’s places and shows like this that we love.”
Atmosphere: Like a music festival’s after-party. Hot, sweaty, and I hadn’t yet seen the venue as packed and energetic as it was last night. There were undeniably a small group of die hard fans that had been to Coachella (probably both weekends) and seen both Givers and Grouplove there. The crowd was also much younger than the Crescent’s norm — the show was 16+, and I’d say the age range capped off at about 25. Except for the 40-something guy dancing his long, curly hair off in front of me. The young crowd fed off the energy from the bands, with most kids dancing or at least singing along the whole show. Givers were the most animated band I’d seen on the Crescent’s stage so far — until Grouplove came on.
Opening Song: Although they took the stage not to their own song, but to the intro of Kanye West and company’s track “Monster,” Grouplove started their set off with “Lovely Cup.”
Closing Song: After re-taking the stage for the encore, they played the radio-friendly “Tongue Tied,” which lead singer Christian Zucconi transitioned seamlessly into a short rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and finally finishing with “Colours.”
Favorite Song: Slow. Hooper’s vocals were hauntingly, painfully beautiful, and drummer Ryan Rabin absolutely killed the drum solo, entrancing the crowd and eliciting a well-deserved cheer at the end.
What the band wore: Givers wore an assortment of plaid button downs, v-necks, and screen-printed T-shirts. Grouplove were more classic hippy than hipster with their fashion, with Zucconi in a flow-y floral button down, and Hooper in a breathy green patterned dress and kick-ass studded black short boots. Rabin took the prize for most unique, however, in a tank top, black leggings, and tall, patterned socks with — I think — bears on them. (It looked like the bear from California’s state flag, but it was too hard for me to tell.)
What the crowd wore: Lots of tank tops all around, on both the guys and girls. I spotted quite a few Coachella wristbands still on the wrists of the crowd as they waved their hands and danced.
Band’s Drink of Choice for the Evening: Nothing. I can’t even remember seeing them take a sip of water the whole set.
Blogger’s Drink of Choice for the Evening: Stella Artois.