The true mark of a vibrant urban core isn’t the popularity of special events like ball games, conventions or even First Fridays. Rather, it is the events that fill the gaps in between these. It is the creation of a 24/7 culture where things are going on every day (and night) of the week. While I wouldn’t say that we have quire arrived there, we are a lot closer that it may appear.
Here are 10 of the less heralded activities that are occurring in Downtown Phoenix on an almost daily basis.
1. Live music
2. Movie Monday at Revolver Records
No-admission movie screenings with special deals every Monday at 8 p.m.
The Torch Theatre is one of Phoenix’s best-kept secrets. Shows vary through the week, but make sure to check out the Saturday night Cage Matches!
4. Phoenix Public Market
Every Wednesday and Saturday, the lot at McKinley Street and Central Avenue becomes our local farmers market.
5. Over-the-Hump Day, open mic
Local wordsmiths and folk musicians perform every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Conspire at 5th and Garfield streets.
6. The Downtown Phoenix fitness walk/jog
Get some exercise by walking or jogging around Downtown Phoenix. Start and end points are the Phoenix Public Market every Saturday at 7 a.m.
7. Community Yoga Project
Bring your own yoga mat, towel or blanket every Saturday at 10 a.m. at Civic Space Park.
8. GROWHOUSE Garden Days
Volunteer in the garden at Garfield and 6th streets every Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m.
9. Fair Trade Café Sunday brunch
The Fair Trade menu features challah baked French toast with choice of yummy toppings, rosemary country potatoes, baked egg casserole with veggies or green chilies and biscuits and gravy. Every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
10. Sunday Service
Every Sunday at SideBar, DJs spin until 2 a.m., accompanying Downtown’s best drink discounts.
We are certainly missing a lot of other events that occur on a weekly basis. If you would like to add anything to the list, please add a comment!
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Lucky Strike combines cocktails and upscale pub grub with lounge seating and glitzy bowling. It is open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday if you’d like to roll a game this weekend. Designer District sells an array of casual and contemporary designer fashion, helping individuals create a sense of fashion as opposed to buying individual “styles.”
Curious about what else is coming to CityScape? Below is a recent rendering of the project. Five Guys Burgers and Fries is set to open next on September 7, followed shortly thereafter by West of SoHo, Vitamin T and others.
After a wonderful week prior, the Arizona Diamondbacks reverted to their struggling ways this past week, losing five of their last six games. The D-backs won one of three in Washington only to return home and get swept by the Cincinnati Reds. The upcoming schedule shows no signs of letting up, as the team is due to face the Colorado Rockies beginning Friday through the weekend, followed by a trip to San Diego to face the Padres.
Special events this weekend include fireworks on Friday night, a special replica of the D-backs’ new spring training facility to the first 15,000 fans to Saturday’s game and a back-to-school backpack to the first 5,000 kids 12 and younger on Sunday.
|Last Week’s Games|
|Fri, 8/13||at Nationals||L 2-4|
|Sat, 8/14||at Nationals||W 9-2|
|Sun, 8/15||at Nationals||L 3-5|
|Tue, 8/17||Reds||L 2-6|
|Wed, 8/18||Reds||L 7-11|
|Thu, 8/19||Reds||L 5-9|
|This Week’s Games|
|Fri, 8/20||Rockies||6:40 p.m.||Fox Sports Arizona|
|Sat, 8/21||Rockies||5:10 p.m.||Fox Sports Arizona|
|Sun, 8/22||Rockies||1:10 p.m.||Fox Sports Arizona|
|Tue, 8/24||at Padres||7:05 p.m.||Fox Sports Arizona|
|Wed, 8/25||at Padres||7:05 p.m.||Fox Sports Arizona|
|Thu, 8/26||at Padres||3:35 p.m.||MLB.TV|
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Love history and need a refresher course? The New Carpa Theater may have your lesson. The New Carpa Theater Company is presenting “The Eagle & the Serpent: A History of Mexico Abridged,” an 80-minute play about the history of Mexico from 30,000 B.C. to present — with only five actors. The new play is directed by James E. Garcia and written by Arturo Martinez.
Tickets will be on sale soon at showup.com. The show opens Sept. 24 at Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center, 147 E. Adams St. in the Downtown District.
The Arizona Diamondbacks seem to be heating up, as the team won five of seven in the past week. During the week there had been speculation that a cancer in the clubhouse was removed and helped to rejuvenate the team. With the list pretty narrow, it is fairly easy to speculate who this might be. Between Conor Jackson, Chris Snyder and Dan Haren, if an elated response to a trade is any indication, then D-backs fans may know who to point the finger at.
The team clearly seems to be having more fun on the field, which always helps when winning. Taking both series in the past week should not be downplayed at all, considering the fact that the team faced a wild card contender and a National League leader last week. With pitching again being the story, run support behind pitches for strikes had helped the Diamondbacks immensely during the past week.
The week began with a series against the National League West-leading San Diego Padres, and the D-backs brought their A-game. The team won two of three by a narrow margin, holding the Padres at bay.
On Saturday, former outfielder Luis Gonzalez was honored, becoming the first Diamondback in the team’s history to have his number retired. The pregame ceremony was as memorable as the line to get into Chase Field, giving the D-backs their first sell-out crowd since Opening Day.
After the pregame ceremony, as the D-backs took the field, Gonzo ran with the team for what may very well be the last time in his career. Gonzalez serves in a management capacity in the Diamondbacks’ front office, and should be with the organization for a very long time to come. The D-backs went on to win that game, but lost a stinker on Sunday before heading to Milwaukee, where they nearly swept the Wild Card-contending Brewers.
During the stellar week, Stephen Drew earned his 250th RBI in his 600th game, becoming part of an elite group of D-backs, and being the quickest to do so. Chris Young also had an accomplishment of his own, as he became the first player in the Major Leagues in 2010 to become a 20-20 man with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases.
After struggling against the Washington Nationals, the D-backs will get another chance to face the team, as they begin the weekend in our nation’s capital. After the series, the team will return home to Chase Field for a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.
|Last Week’s Games|
|Fri, 8/6||Padres||W 2-1|
|Sat, 8/7||Padres||W 6-5|
|Sun, 8/8||Padres||L 1-10|
|Mon, 8/9||at Brewers||W 7-4|
|Tue, 8/10||at Brewers||W 2-1|
|Wed, 8/11||at Brewers||W 8-2|
|Thu, 8/12||at Brewers||L 4-8|
|This Week’s Games|
|Fri, 8/13||at Nationals||4:05 p.m.||Fox Sports Arizona|
|Sat, 8/14||at Nationals||4:05 p.m.||Fox Sports Arizona|
|Sun, 8/15||at Nationals||10:35 a.m.||Fox Sports Arizona|
|Tue, 8/17||Reds||6:40 p.m.||Fox Sports Arizona|
|Wed, 8/18||Reds||6:40 p.m.||Fox Sports Arizona|
|Thu, 8/19||Reds||6:40 p.m.||Fox Sports Arizona|