Alwun House kicks off its 39th season
Not far from the bustle of Roosevelt Row is one of the original Downtown arts spaces, the Alwun House. Tucked away on 12th and Roosevelt streets, the historic home opens the fall season this First Friday, September 3, with an art-jazz performance of Aebi-Coulson Jazz + The Beautiful Show on its garden stage. Linda Cushma flirts on the edge of interactive dance and runway fashion in this performance art show. Inside, artist Jenny Ignaszewski’s solo exhibit of paintings and portraits will “reflect a whimsical and charismatic outsider aesthetic.” Not to be missed!
Alwun House is located at 1204 E. Roosevelt St. in Garfield. The First Friday opening party is $3. Light refreshments will be provided.
Arizona Theatre Company 2010-11 season tickets on sale next week
The renovations on the Herberger Theater Center are nearly complete, and a full lineup of performances extending through spring 2011 are set to go on sale next Tuesday, September 7. This season’s performances include “Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical” (October), “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (November), “Romeo and Juliet” (November), “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” (December-January), “Ten Chimneys” (February-March), “Lost in Yonkers” (March-April) and “The Mystery of Irma Yep” (May). Tickets start at $30 depending on performance and seat location.
The Herberger Theater Center is located at 222 E. Monroe St. in the Downtown District — light rail station at 3rd St and Washington/Jefferson. For full ticket and show information, see the Arizona Theatre Company’s website.
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!
This post was inspirited by the Roosevelt Row newsletter. To be kept up to date on what is going on in and around Roosevelt Row, click here to sign up for their newsletter. For a whole smattering of Downtown Phoenix events, see DPJ’s calendar page.
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.