Previous week’s games
12/03/2010 SUNS 105, Pacers 97
12/05/2010 SUNS 125, Wizards 108
12/07/2010 Blazers 106, SUNS 99
12/08/2010 Grizzles 104, SUNS 98
Upcoming week’s games
12/10/2010 SUNS vs Blazers, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
12/15/2010 SUNS vs Timberwolves, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
So, the Phoenix Suns are at home facing off against an NBA foe at US Airways Center and you were unable to score tickets. Bummer, right? Not entirely. Thereare plenty of places around the arena were you can watch the game while enjoying great food and drink in a fantastic atmosphere.
Majerle’s Sports Grill, located on 2nd Street and Washington inside the historic Fry building (the oldest commercial building in Downtown Phoenix), is always a solid choice. Owned by and named after Suns legend and current assistant coach Dan Majerle, Majerle’s Sports Grill offers a great variety of food and beverages served by a friendly staff.
Majerle’s has been serving the Downtown area since 1992 and has built quite the reputation. The winner of multiple awards, including “Best Pre/Post Game Spot” from the Phoenix New Times, Majerle’s is certainly the place to be on game nights. Any seat in the house will guarantee you a great view of the game with the large selection of televisions placed throughout the bar.
Whether you’re looking to grab dinner while watching the game or just have a few drinks, Majerle’s is the place for you. If you are eating, I recommend the ham and swiss panini. It’s delicious!
The Duce is the new kid on block. Located just two blocks south of US Airways Center in a historic brick warehouse, The Duce is nothing like anything you’ve seen in the Valley before.
If you’re looking for somewhere with the in-arena atmosphere to watch the game, the Duce may be just the place for you. With a set of old bleachers from St. Mary’s High School and a large movie theater-style screen on which to project the game, the Duce makes you feel as if you’re actually inside the Purple Palace.
If you happen to get thirsty or hungry while watching Planet Orange take the court, the Duce has you covered with a fine assortment of food and drinks to keep everyone satisfied. Oh, and the food is served out of a shiny silver airstream trailer. Where else are going to find something that cool and unique?
I know what you’re thinking: “The Duce is located two blocks south of the train tracks? I’m not going all there way over there!” No worries, the Duce has got you covered! Just give them a call and they’ll send “Old School,” their 1968 school bus, on over to pick you up. And if school busses aren’t your thing and you would prefer to drive, the Duce also offer free valet parking. Yes, FREE valet parking.
You haven’t any excuses, Phoenicians. Get out, watch the game, and have a good time.
Since its recent opening, CityScape has brought many businesses to Downtown Phoenix, and about a month ago, a new independent shop found its home in the mixed-use facility.
Workbench is a store where woodworkers, architects, metalworkers, graphic designers and other local artists collaborate to produce functional art, according to CityScape.
The store sells products ranging from dining room tables and chairs, to wall art and plant arrangements, and will also custom design one-of-a-kind pieces for customers seeking specific products.
Designer and woodworker Lew Gallo, who previously co-owned Haus Modern Living, a local home furnishings and décor boutique that closed in January, is the creator of Workbench.
“He found people that had a like-minded kind of vision for design and just rounded us up; we were all equally motivated, so we just jumped in and did it,” says architect and Phoenix native Christoph Kaiser.
Kaiser, who is the co-owner and co-founder of the Phoenix-based architecture firm Plus Minus Studio along with fellow Workbench contributor Hayes McNeil, said he joined the Workbench team as a way to give his products more exposure, but also because it’s just a great thing to be a part of.
“We’re pulling multiple people together under one roof, and it’s kind of exciting to do that anyway, just as a project,” he explains.
Kaiser mentions that there are few places people in the Valley can go to find handmade furniture, and many of the stores that were similar to Workbench have closed recently. But CityScape was eager to bring in more tenants, and thus made it an attractive place to open the shop.
In addition to Workbench’s unique, handmade and eco-friendly products, Kaiser adds that buying from local retailers is better for the state’s economy.
“These days, there’s just so much mass-produced stuff,” Kaiser continues. “There’s something to be said about having a story behind an object and having something that has a little bit more of the human touch.”
Many of these handmade products are built from reclaimed materials, which Kaiser says are easy to find in the designer community because architects, woodworkers and artists tend to have “piles of junk” in their sheds, workshops and back yards.
“If there’s something out there that can be used in [some] way, then why kill another tree or have something else produced?” Kaiser asks.
Workbench Ornament Day — Thursday, December 9
To reach out to the public and introduce the designers, Workbench is hosting an Ornament Day event tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Based on the theme of the 12 Days of Christmas, 12 different designers will each sell 12 different ornaments they’ve created, and customers will be able to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while shopping.
Workbench is located at 50 W. Jefferson St. in CityScape. Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
By now, most readers have probably heard about the 26 Blocks exhibit that has been making its way around town this year (and is now being shown at CityScape). If you haven’t, you can find out more about the project here: 26blocks.com.
Basically, it is a multimedia exhibit featuring 26 of Phoenix’s best photographers, 26 of Phoenix’s best writers and 26city blocks, along with one of the city’s best sculptors.
Buoyed by the success of the exhibit, the 26 Blocks team is taking the project to the next level. On First Friday, December 3, they are launching a FREE Mr. Meeble, live art by Dumperfoo, a beer garden benefiting Ear Candy Charity and an iPad raffle!application of 26 Blocks at CityScape. This free, all-ages event will feature a street party, live music featuring
To help cover the costs of the launch, 26 Block is seeking support from the community. They are looking to collect 300 donations of $26 each for the 26 Blocks iPad app launch party before midnight tonight. In return, 26 Blocks will put every donor name on the iPad app. If they receive 400 donations, they will include a link from your name on the iPad app to your website! It’s 100% tax-free and you can gift a friend’s name.
If they collect 299 donations or less, your $26 donation will still enjoy 100% tax-free status and you will still get that warm fuzzy feeling knowing your $26 is making the 26 Blocks free music & art celebration for Phoenix possible… but no names will be on the iPad app.
If you can’t make a donation, no worries; you can still come out and celebrate the launch of the app on Friday night!
Previous week’s games
11/26/2010 SUNS 116, Clippers 108
11/28/2010 Nuggets 138, SUNS 133
12/02/2010 SUNS 107, Warriors 101
Upcoming week’s games
12/03/2010 SUNS vs Pacers, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
12/05/2010 SUNS vs Wizards, 6 p.m., My45
12/07/2010 SUNS @ Blazers, 8 p.m., My45
12/08/2010 SUNS vs Grizzlies, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
Next Friday, December 10, the Phoenix Suns will host their third annual tweetup presented by Discount Tire when the team faces off against the visiting Portland Trailblazers.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years and are unaware, a tweetup is an event where people from the popular social networking site Twitter meet up for a gathering.
Fans that purchase tickets to the tweetup get great seats (in group section with other tweeps!) at a discounted price and a free T-shirt. The event will also allow fans to enter US Airways Center early to watch the Suns warm up as well as be part of a “Twitter tailgate” in which fans are able to get food and drink specials at discount prices.
Throughout the game, Twitter contests will give fans the opportunity to win some sweet Suns prizes. The fun doesn’t stop there though, because after the game, fans attending the tweetup will get to join JMZ creator and Suns forward Jared Dudley for a private Q&A session.
After attending last year’s tweetup, I definitely recommend this to all Suns fans. It’s a great chance to meet other Suns fans (some that travel from out of state to make the game) and get the rare opportunity to ask an NBA player your very own question.
While Jared Dudley is the scheduled guest for this year’s Q&A, you never know who else may show up. During last year’s tweetup, former Sun Amar’e Stoudemire was the post-game guest, but surprise appearances were made by Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, broadcaster and Suns legend Eddie Johnson and Dudley. While we don’t know for sure, I’d be shocked if there wasn’t another Suns-related speaker talking to fans after the game.
If there is one Suns game you’re going to attend this year, this is the one. I’ll be there, so come hang out and say hi to your favorite Suns blogger.
For more information regarding the Phoenix Suns third annual tweetup, including ticket purchasing, please visit Suns.com.
The skinny on ‘Skinny’
Be on the lookout for the next issue of the DPJ magazine (out in January), as I will have an exclusive interview with one of the new faces on Planet Orange, Hakim Warrick.
Need something to keep you warm these next couple days? Try one of these great shows to keep the blood pumping.
Stinkweeds is hosting a Frances’ Indie Crafeteria with Bisbee band Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl and Lauren Farrah. Check out some potential Christmas gifts (your favorite DPJ bloggers accept Stinkweeds giftcards, wink) while jamming out to some tunes.
Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl couple Amy and Derrick Ross grew up in Phoenix and ended up in the funky hills of Bisbee after packing up their van and pointing to it on a map (no, really). They have three albums full of lush sound despite only being equipped with a guitar and keyboard.
The event takes place in the Stinkweeds parking lot on the northwest corner of Central and Camelback from 6 to 10 p.m., and it’s FREE!
Haven’t checked out CityScape yet? (Seriously, where have you been?!)
Beer gardens, DJs and live art will make this block party the place to be in Downtown. Oh and one last thing, you could win a free Apple iPad in a raffle. All the proceeds go to Ear Candy Charity. You’ll notice all the fun at Central and Washington.
Still not convinced to come out this weekend?
Four Phoenix bands are showcasing their talents at the Hard Rock Café (3 S. 2nd St.) Saturday night for $5. The Common Wall Media Xmas Party features What Laura Says; Snake, Snake, Snakes; Gospel Claws and Dead Wildlife bringing in the holiday spirit in a whole new way.
What Laura Says is a quintet that found each other in 2005, but they have gradually risen on the Phoenix radar (the Valley Metro commercial featuring the band is probably helping, too). Their ’70s Led Zeppelin-like sound mixed with folk makes for a good on-the-road soundtrack.
So come on, take a break from end-of-the-year stresses and enjoy the music.