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#Water Writes, a global public arts initiative spearheaded by the Estria Foundation, has enlisted community artists to paint the tenth of 12 water-themed murals on the south- facing wall of Valley Youth Theatre, located on the corner of Fillmore and First Street in Downtown Phoenix.
Each of the locations selected for #WaterWrites murals—California, Honolulu, Palestine, Philippines, El Salvador, Colombia, South Africa, British Columbia and Phoenix— are facing critical water issues. The Downtown Phoenix mural, “Water Is Life,” will incorporate imagery designed to inspire and educate—on the way in which water is delivered into Phoenix, the impacts of wasteful water policies, and sustainable energy alternatives.
Local community organizations, Black Mesa Water Coalition, Tonatierra, PUENTE, and the Phoenix Revitalization Corporation have worked together with a team of community artists, including Jeff Slim, Angel Diaz, and Averian Chee to create the mural image. Painting will begin on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. and the finished wall will be unveiled during First Friday on May 3 at 4 p.m.
“To get a mural of this caliber, with such a great story, is a big win for Downtown,” said Downtown Phoenix Partnership Vice President Terry Madeksza. “To have community artists using Valley Youth Theatre as their canvas makes the effort all the more special.”
Everyone is invited to attend the mural’s kickoff “paint party” on site at Valley Youth Theatre at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. The paint party will feature complimentary food and refreshments by Squash Blossom, live music, and an opportunity for attendees to paint a portion of the wall.
About The Downtown Phoenix Partnership
The Downtown Phoenix Partnership is a nonprofit organization made up of property owners located in Arizona’s Urban Heart, between Fillmore to south of Jackson Streets and Third Avenue to Seventh Street. The Partnership provides enhanced municipal services within this area including the management and marketing of Downtown Phoenix. For more information, visit DowntownPhoenix.com. The Partnership can be reached at (602) 254-8696.
About Black Mesa Water Coalition
Black Mesa Water Coalition is dedicated to preserving and protecting Mother Earth and the integrity of Indigenous Peoples’ cultures, with the vision of building sustainable and healthy communities. BMWC strives to empower young people while building sustainable communities. www.blackmesawatercoalition.org
About The Estria Foundation
Founded in 2010 by graffiti legend Estria Miyashiro, the Estria Foundation creates art in public spaces locally and globally with artists, educators, and activists in an effort to raise awareness and inspire action in the movement to resolve human and environmental issues. For more information visit www.estria.org
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SEVENTH URBAN WINE WALK IS SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Spring in Downtown Phoenix means two things: 1) The Diamondbacks begin their pursuit of an NL West championship and 2) The return of Urban Wine Walk, Downtown’s seasonal celebration of the grape.
Wine enthusiasts from all over the Valley—with palates ranging from rookie to refined—will pour into the streets April 20 from 1-6 p.m. to sample wine and snacks from 18 restaurants located in close proximity to METRO Light Rail as Urban Wine Walk makes its seventh appearance in Downtown Phoenix and the Central Corridor
Whether you’re passionate about food and wine or just looking for a good time, Wine Walk encourages urban adventurists to safely park-and-ride while soaking up some sunshine and our vibrant central city scene. With $4 all-day light rail pass in hand, Wine Walkers can pick a starting point and let their stomachs lead them from restaurant to restaurant to taste a wide variety of wines. Urban Wine Walk restaurants are strategically clustered to allow Walkers to maximize their experiences at each stop along light rail.
Participating restaurants will pour three featured wines from 1 to 6 p.m. but Wine Walkers will need to get to Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill early to get a gift. Commemorative Urban Wine Walk glasses will be handed out to the first 300 folks who purchase a wine sample at Tom’s, beginning at 1 p.m.
Participation is FREE and wine samples cost between $2 and $3.
In addition to Tom’s Tavern, featured Urban Wine Walk restaurants include 1130 The Restaurant, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, Bonjour Vietnam, Brick Pizzeria, Cheuvront, District American Kitchen, FEZ, Hula’s Modern Tiki, ICON, Kincaid’s, LUSTRE, Networks, Province, The Rose & Crown, Steve’s Greenhouse Grill, The Arrogant Butcher, The Duce and The Strand Urban Italian.
For all things Urban Wine Walk, including maps and menus, visit downtownphoenix.com/winewalk
Recently the Downtown Phoenix Partnership hosted a tasting event to share the latest edition of their Downtown Phoenix Dining Guide, as if we needed any convincing that downtown has it going on in the dining department.
But after a tour of downtown hot spots via a five course meal and four mocktails, we’re glad they did because the Hamachi from Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails still haunts us.
With more than a dozen new restaurants opening in the last year, the Partnership updated the popular dining guide for a third year to help business crowds, politicos, arts and culture aficionados, and sports enthusiasts discover all the tasty sensations Phoenix has to offer.
“The dining dynamic in Downtown continues to evolve and it’s exciting to watch,” says David Roderique, President & CEO of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership. “I think it’s important to note that the dining momentum is a key element of our economic strength. Downtown is now recognized as a major destination for dining as we continue to make gains in our restaurant offerings with new openings.”
The Guide identifies where visitors and residents alike can find the best nibbles before or after a show, game, or during the business week for that power lunch. We’re hearing the piece is especially popular with conventioneers, and the Partnership’s visitor center can’t keep it on the shelves. And it just might help the downtowner think of a new place to try.
The Guide features more than 100 restaurants in the 90-square-block urban core, with coverage this year expanding to Greater Downtown, north to Portland Street, south to Lincoln Street, and west to 7th Avenue.
The 2012-2013 Downtown Phoenix Dining Guide can be downloaded or ordered online at www.downtownphoenix.com/diningguide.
Want to enjoy the Phoenix winter during the workweek, but can’t fit a frisbee into your briefcase or backpack?
Head over to CityScape where they and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership are hosting a lunchtime “Pop Up Park” at Patriots Square. Lunch-goers can soak up the sunshine and socialize with fun – and free – activities each weekday from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
You can check out games like Scrabble, Jenga, and cornhole, or take a loan out from the lending library where books and magazines are also available, courtesy of the Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors. Filling out the picnic experience are lawn chairs, blankets and, yes, Frisbees. DJs William Reed and Sean Watson will provide the soundtrack every Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Scheduled to run through the spring, it’s the perfect opportunity to take your sack lunch outside or stop by a nearby eatery for a bite to go.
If you go
What: Pop-up Park at CityScape
When: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Patriots Square (lending library is in the suite located east of Chipotle)
Who: Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors
Activities: Games, library books and magazines, DJ music
For more information: cityscapephoenix.com.
Eleven Downtown Phoenix restaurants are participating in the second annual Downtown Dine Around this Saturday.
While they’re serving up the bites and sips, we’re giving up the scoop.
Dine Around…what? Think of it as a progressive meal throughout Downtown with budget-friendly samples of favorite dishes prepared just for you.
What kind of yumminess is in store? Mouth-watering bites like baby back ribs served with bourbon BBQ sauce and Chipotle Mac n’ Cheese from Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill; roasted tomato goat cheese bruschetta from the Phoenix Public Market; signature egg rolls and Puff & Huff pork wontons from Sing High Chop Suey House; or the delish Shephard’s Pie and Fish ‘N Chips from Seamus McCaffrey’s, to name but a few.
When is this delectable Dine Around? Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where do I start? At any of the participating restaurants. Pick a spot, choose from the special Dine Around menu and have at it.
How does this benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank? Attendees are kindly asked to bring non-perishable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank. Donations can be dropped off at any of the participating restaurants.
How much does it cost? Menu items range from $2 to $3.
Which restaurants are participating?
• 1130 The Restaurant
• District American Kitchen and Wine Bar
• Ghost Lounge
• Phoenix Public Market
• Sam’s Cafe
• Seamus McCaffrey’s
• Sing High Chop Suey House
• Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
• Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill
• Z Pizza
What’s on the menu(s)? You can download a menu from DowntownPhoenix.com/dinearound. And be sure to RSVP (to help calculate staffing needs).
Any drinks on special? Yep, look closer at that menu. Craft beers, mojitos and margaritas abound.
How do I get there? Ride the Light Rail to and from Downtown Phoenix for only $3.50. Each Dine Around restaurant is in walking distance of a Light Rail Station. Biking and strolling are also encouraged.