July 17 is Third Friday which means another free concert at the Downtown Civic Space Park at Central Avenue and Van Buren Street.
The show, featuring Gospel Claws and Dry River Yacht Club, begins at 7:30pm.
Didn’t matter if you were young, old, hip or a little nerdy, the 2009 Singles Night with the DBacks had someone for every lonely single. Fox Sports roamed the crowd the entire night looking for people to show on TV, there was a bingo contest which included items such as “socks and sandals” and “tramp stamp” and plenty of tequila tasting (one per ticket, which, well, could have been better).
Over 200 people attended and the Diamond Club, sponsored by Miller Lite, was packed. Catherine Herman of the DBacks proclaimed it one of their most popular events and she certainly wasn’t exaggerating.
Congrats to Katie Charland and her male counterpart for winning concert tickets on Fox Sports prior to the game. Was it a love match? Perhaps we’ll find out next year.
Antiques Roadshow is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center August 1, 2009 and Eight, AZ PBS is partnering with The Downtown Phoenix Journal to send members of the local community to the event – for free.
Enter to win a pair of guaranteed admission tickets to the show at the Phoenix Convention Center where you will be able to meet appraisers from the nation’s leading auction houses and discover your potential treasure.
The drawing will run until Friday, July 24.
To enter, visit www.azpbs.org/antiques
During the day, Cindy McBride works in a dental office, but off hours, she is the Diamondbacks’ biggest fan.
McBride has hand-made flags for almost every Diamondbacks player and pom-pom routines for various moments in the games. She waves the banners enthusiastically as each player steps up to bat, dances between innings and yells encouragingly to the team.
“We watch her [McBride] from here and she gets us all excited,” said Marcia, a worker at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. “She’s a great person.”
McBride has been a fixture at every Diamondbacks game since 2002. She lugs her bundle of flags up to the 300-level seats before every game, greeting workers and friends along the way.
Around row 320, McBride unpacks her bags and lays out the contents according the day’s batting order. Sometimes she even dresses up as a disco duck on disco night or an American Indian when the team plays the Braves.
“This is why I’m always the last to leave the stadium,” McBride said with a laugh, pointing to her pile of gear.
Her 62 years and occasional hip difficulties don’t stop her from dancing across the aisle and rooting for the players.
“Even during the 111 game loss in 2004, I was up there cheering for them in spite of everything,” she said.
McBride crafted the flags to fit each player’s personality: Stephen Drew’s flag emulates the ten commandments since he is Christian; Chris Young’s is a half circle since he covers so much area as a center fielder; Felipe Lopez’s flag shows how he is “just hot.” And when the players leave the team, they can take their flag with them.
“I don’t just sit and start throwing stuff together,” McBride said. “I envision them like the player.”
She has met most of the players and knows much of the Chase Field staff by name. McBride makes a point to talk to those she knows are going through a hard time, and often offers life advice to fans that chat with her. They can even help her wield the flags, but only if they are very careful and say please.
Many people think the team pays for the flags, McBride said, but she pays for the material and season tickets herself. When the Diamondbacks changed their colors, the team offered to pay for new fabric. But McBride declined, wanting to ensure the design power remained in her hands. She once even had an extra part-time job that helped pay for the flag supplies.
“They are made for a reason,” McBride said. “It’s not a toy. I have to take care of these and I wave them hard.”
Images by Paul Valach
Are you single? Did you graduate from college? Are you between the ages of 24 and 36? Do you have $35? Do you know what business casual dress means? Are you free on Friday, July 17?
If you faithfully said yes to all of the above, there’s this thing called speed dating, you see, and it’s coming to downtown Phoenix. Coach and Willie’s, down in the shadow of the arena, is holding the event for smart, well-dressed, interesting people (I strike out on all three).
So, what does $35 get you? Well, to start, there’s 20-30 three-minute “dates” where you hastily ask the usual boring questions, then cut to the chase: “Baby, do I light your fire, or what?” If so, put a check mark next to his or her name and move on down the line. If not, well, do the same. At the end of the event, there’s an after party where you can find those check marked names, or you can basically do the same thing you would at any other bar: hit on the single people.
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