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Do the Symphony Stroll

Thursday, April 4th, 2013


Fifteen bars + three drinks + 15 jazz or classical musical bands = One fantastic Sunday afternoon.

And that afternoon is the Symphony Stroll.

For the third year, the Phoenix Symphony is hosting Symphony Stroll, where musicians will perform in 16 Downtown locations that are serving up delightful appetizers and drinks all to benefit the Phoenix Symphony Education Programs.

The good news is that this mini-gala of sorts isn’t $500 but instead a very reasonable $35 for Downtown Phoenix Insiders (tickets are regularly $50 in advance and $75 at the door).

To get the special rate, just enter DTPHX at checkout.

So, just what’s on tap?

Repeat Offenders at Angel’s Trumpet Ale House; Soul Solution at Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center; Jazz Express at Blue Hound; Foster Oden Trio at Bonjour Vietnam; Alexandra Birch at Corner Bakery Cafe; Paula Provo at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar; Foster Oden Trio Feat. Margo McKeon on the Hotel San Carlos Patio; Chuck E Baby & the All-Stars at Gypsy Bar; Ira Hill Trio at Kincaid’s; Stan Sorenson at Lustre Bar; Marty & Ethan Extravagonzo at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant; Sea Merchants at Seamus McCaffrey’s; Beth Lederman at Tilted Kilt; A Touch of Class at Tom’s Tavern; Valley of the Sun Chapter, American Theatre Organ Guild at Orpheum Theatre; Pete Pancrazi at ICON at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

If you go: Symphony Stroll

When: Sunday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: 16 locations in Downtown Phoenix

Cost: $35 for Downtown Phoenix Insiders with discount code DTPHX or $50 in advance or $75 at the door.

Tickets: Buy tickets here

For more information, click here.

Holidays in Downtown

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

You’ve caught snippets that certain jolly music is drifting through the air and, what’s this?  Store shelves inexplicably devoid of canned chicken broth and pumpkin pie filling?

holiday-logoIgnore the unseasonably warm temperatures, if you’ve been inside a store in the last few days or peaked at a calendar, it’s clear – the holidays are here.

As Downtown begins wrapping trees with twinkle lights and hanging the banners with care, there’s several events going on that are worth fitting into your busy holiday calendar.

Tree Lighting and Ice Rink Grand Opening

Ice skate on Central Avenue! This year the ice rink at CityScape will spill into the streets and Downtown is throwing a party to celebrate. Join us Nov. 24 from 2 – 8 p.m. for a tree lighting event featuring carolers, face painting, storytelling, cookies and hot chocolate for the little ones as well as a grand entrance by Santa to the horns of Bad Cactus Brass Band. Don’t miss photos with Santa, a figure skating show and the official tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. with Jimmy Eat World.

Spirits of the Season

A 6-week holiday cocktail competition, Spirits of the Season toasts the holidays the best way possible – with festive drinks! Skip the traffic after work or turn a Saturday into a self-guided walking tour and sample the concoctions from over 15 Downtown bars and restaurants. From the Snow Flake to the Fiery Night Martini these drinks aren’t your average mulled wine. The best part? You decide the winner. Voting will begin Nov. 24 and end Dec. 20 in the quest to crown the Most Spirited Holiday Cocktail of 2012.

PJs in the Park

Don your favorite holiday pajamas and board Downtown’s own Urban Polar Express – METRO Light Rail –  for a double feature holiday movie showing under the stars at Civic Space Park. Grab your friends and family and join us on Dec. 7 from 6 – 10 p.m. for a viewing of Polar Express and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Free hot chocolate, holiday treats and a special visit from Santa will make it a night to remember.

Festive Friday

Knock out the rest of your holiday shopping on your lunch hour. Sounds impossible, but with the Jolly Trolley doing all the driving and three outdoor markets bursting with unique gifts you’ll be done in plenty of time. Downtown’s sixth annual Festive Friday has expanded to three locations this year – including an Adams Street Mercado, an sidewalk sale at the Arizona Center and vendors at CityScape – and into an event that will see you right into happy hour. Shop from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Dec. 14 and return at 4 pm to get the gifts wrapped and enjoy a cocktail or two at an outdoor street fair.

Luminarias Downtown

You see the soft glow of candle-lit paper lanterns throughout the Southwest during the holidays and this year, for the first time, you’ll see it in Downtown. On Dec. 24 multiple Downtown businesses and public spaces will be decorated with luminarias – also known as farolitos – to celebrate the season. We welcome Downtown residents, visitors and families to discover our city by observing the luminarias on a self-guided walking tour starting at 5:30 p.m.

Downtown’s First Friday Guide

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

As the monthly fun that is First Friday rolls around for November, we spent some time with a Sharpie and our events guide to cobble together a handy map of what’s going down November 2 and where you can catch all the action.

Click on the picture (or here) to see a full-size, printable version.


Happy First Friday, Downtowners!

¡Viva La Vida! – Día De Los Muertos Festival at ALAC

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

dia-de-los-muertosThe Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC) is proud to announce the celebration of the ¡Viva La Vida! Día de Los Muertos Inaugural Festival on November 2, 2012 from 3p.m. – 10p.m on Adams St. in front of ALAC.

The inaugural festival will showcase beautifully created altars and an art exhibit by local artists as well as an opening reception to meet the artists in La Galería 147. The tapestry of color, calacas, paper mache masks, and papel picado displays will adorn La Galería 147 and Adams St.

Live art demonstrations, food, live entertainment, traditional music and dance by local performers, children’s activities and community altars will be installed to honor the loss of loved ones. The program also includes Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, District 7, who will present awards for the Best Creative Altar, the Best Dressed Katrina and the Best Dressed Calaca.

The best part – it’s free!

Be ready to soak in some culture with fun, family entertainment and don’t forget your costumes. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment by Maryvale Mariachi, South Mountain Baile Folklórico, Singer Cesar Chavez Duran, guitar-driven vocal duo – Dos Manos, ASU Theater “Bocon” and Guadalupe Yaqui Cultural Organization Dancers.

For more information: or call ALAC, 602.254-9817.

Cuatro de Mayo Street Celebration

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Cuatro De MayoSalsa dancing in the street, performance art and video projection onto the walls of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.

This isn’t your typical Cinco de Mayo celebration – this is Cuatro de Mayo and it’s all about arts and culture.

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo and First Friday, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and the Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center (ALAC) will bring together art, dancing, games and a celebration of Mexican culture at the Cuatro de Mayo Street Celebration on Adams Street between 1st and 2nd streets from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The evening’s entertainment includes a performance from Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli at 6:30 p.m., an hour-long, free salsa lesson from Anthony Estrada and Audrey Atkerson at 8 p.m. and open-to-all salsa dancing in the street to DJ VRoc until 11 p.m.

But dancing isn’t the only feature.

In conjunction with the 2nd Annual Latina Art Exhibition and Festival at ALAC, art will spill out of the gallery and into Adams Street. Look for a digital art projection from local artist Carlos Rivas onto the walls of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix starting at dusk, chalk and sidewalk art, and live, outdoor painting sessions from local artists.

The fun kicks off at 4 p.m. with a Pop-Up Park from the Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors. Skip the traffic and start your First Friday revelry early with CornBag, basketball, board games and Frisbee all to the kicking jams of DJ Sean Watson.

This family friendly event will feature food and drink specials from Steve’s Greenhouse Grill and Networks Bar & Grill.

Concerts, Theater, Festivals, Oh My!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

What a week in Downtown Phoenix!

Bryan_AdamsFirst up is Bryan Adams, who brings his Bare Bones Tour to the intimate setting of the Orpheum Theater tonight.  You’ll be singing along to classics like “Summer of ’69,” “Cuts Like a Knife,” and one of the best love songs of the 90s,  ”(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.”

Next, The Arizona Latino Arts and Culture Center and New Carpa Theater bring  “The Eagle and the Serpent: A History of Mexico Abridged” to their new stage, recreating Mexico’s tumultuous history from 30,000 BC to the present. With characters like Montezuma and Sinaloa Drug Kingpin “El Chapo,” this production is sure to be both entertaining and moving. 

Also, don’t forget that this weekend brings First Friday, and the galleries are stocked and ready for those craving art. You can also find great First Friday activities at Heritage Square Park, Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural CenterPhoenix Children’s Museum, Arizona Science Center, and even our own Ambassador Information Center at the 101 North Building.

Back for the season is the Civic Space Park monthly event, featuring great organizations, businesses and artists including Neighborhood Ministries, Barrio Bikes, Fair Trade Cafe and live music from The Haymarket Squares and Snake! Snake! Snakes!  There will also be a new exhibit opening in the A.E. England Gallery featuring paintings from ASU Assistant Professor Forrest Solis. Visit Fair Trade Cafe’s Facebook fan page for more details.

Downtown gets pink (just in time for breast cancer awareness month).  Pinkalicious the musical starts up at the Valley Youth Theater this week, celebrating all things pink while showing that being yourself is the best of all.  Australian Pink Floyd, the best one out there, will be at the Dodge Theater on Friday night with The Big Pink Greatest Hits World Tour. 

RAINBOWOf course, if you’d rather celebrate all the colors of the rainbow, make sure to visit the Rainbows Festival happening at Heritage Square on Saturday and Sunday.

Last but certainly not least, Herberger Theater Center will show off its latest renovations during Saturday’s Festival of the Arts.  You’ll get to tour the revamped theater while enjoying food, music and short films from the Phoenix Film Foundation.  There’s an interactive children’s area too!  That’s a lot of entertainment for only $5!

I could keep going and going but that would spoil the rest of the discoveries waiting inside this week’s What’s Happening. Download your copy here and get in on the Downtown fun!

Downtown Grab Bag

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

When I was a kid, I used to love pulling presents from a grab bag. Or getting those mystery lollipops wrapped in question marks. If you’re like me, and have a soft spot for the unexpected, this is your week in Downtown Phoenix.

Face Your Fears at Arizona Science Center

snakesI know plenty of people who are fascinated by eight-legged critters and will rush over to see the spider exhibit from the ASU Spider Lab. I’ll be avoiding it like the terrified, overgrown child I really am. But, the rest of this event should make for spine-tingling fun, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From Pyrophobia (fear of fire) to Coulrophobia (fear of clowns; no joke), this event will help you face your fears or at least laugh them off for a while. If you’d like to overcome a fear of needles – or just do some good – The American Red Cross will be sponsoring a blood drive on site. Contact Brittany Conklin at to pre-register.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Churchill’s Fine Cigars – Open to the public this Thursday from 4-8 p.m., this charity event will benefit the 100 Club, which supports the families of police officers and firefighters. That’s a fine thing, but so are the Perdomo cigars you can taste for free. Nick Perdomo, the owner of Tabacalera Perdomo in Florida, makes some of the best Nicaraguan cigars in the country.Churchills_CigarsWEB

Third Fridays Latino Style – The Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center (ALAC) currently has an exhibition that focuses on urban Phoenix through the eyes of Hispanic artists. The exhibit, called “La Phoeniquera,” should be soul food for lovers of Phoenix history and culture. This Friday, from 6 pm to 10 pm, you can also catch live painting demonstrations and hear Latin music.

Fashion 4 A Cause – This live fashion show at the Wyndham Phoenix highlights a nonprofit group called Athletes 4 Awareness, which works to enlighten the community about health and fitness. Local clothing designers, hair stylists and barbers will display their cutting-edge skills. Tickets are $15 per person.

Live Fridays at Seamus McCaffreys – In case you’re wondering what’s surprising about this event, it’s the pairing of an Irish pub and a pop/funk/jazz trio, Nick Heward and The Elements of Style. The show starts at 9 p.m., and you can knock back a Guinness or two beforehand.

First Friday Sizzles at ALAC

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Some like it hot.

If you’re looking for some spice this First Friday, check out the menu of  events happening at the Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center [ALAC] on the evening of March 5:

quetzal6 p.m. — Pamela Carvajal Drapala reads her poem, ”Following My Heart’s Desire”

6:30 p.m. — Joey First performs

7 p.m. — Crafy Chica reads from her book, “Waking Up In the Land of Glitter,” and takes time to sign copies for fans

7:30 p.m. — Flavio Flutes performs Latin American folk music

8 p.m. — Bossa Nossa performs

9:30 p.m. — The evening’s headlining act is renowned Brazillian Samba singer/songwriter/violinist extraordinaire Quetzal Guerrero, who has been dubbed the “Latin Sting.” Watch a preview here.

“There’s not a sexier place to be on First Friday,” said Mario Mendia, ALAC Operations Chair. “There will be beautiful women, live painting, dancing, and an energy unique to the Latino arts culture.”

For more information visit the ALAC Web site.