You are cordially invited to attend a community forum to express your views and hear those of other Phoenix residents on the future of the Arizona State Fairgrounds, including its historic buildings. This community forum, hosted by Arizona state representative Ken Clark, Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods president G.G. George, Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission chair Bill Scheel, and Arizona Preservation Foundation president Jim McPherson, will be held at the Encanto Park Club House, 2605 N. 15th Avenue, on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
News from the City of Phoenix:
A new exhibition of artwork called “Reimagined Trash” opens Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at both the Gallery @ City Hall and Arizona Science Center. The artwork offers new perspectives on re-using materials and items recycled at the city’s 27th Avenue Solid Waste Management Facility. In 2016, Christine Lee and Ann Morton were named artists in residence for a new collaboration between the city of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program and Reimagine Phoenix – a city of Phoenix Public Works Department waste diversion initiative. The two artists worked on-site for six months, studying ways to turn recycled materials into resources for new ideas and objects. What they have come up with will surprise Phoenix residents!
The city of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, in partnership with Reimagine Phoenix and Arizona Science Center, is celebrating the artwork of Ann Morton and Christine Lee at both locations with a reception on Monday, March 6, 2017, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., with trolley transportation provided between both locations.
The exhibitions will be on view until August 25, 2017.
About Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985, works to foster a sense of cultural identity, celebrate diversity and ensure an outstanding quality of community life. The public art program was established in 1986 to improve the design of the city’s buildings, spaces and infrastructure. The office is advised by a 23-member Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission. For more information on the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637. Follow the office on Facebook: facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture and Twitter @phxarts_culture.
About Arizona Science Center
The mission of Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate and engage curious minds through science. The center, located at 600 E. Washington St. in downtown Phoenix, features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, the state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium and the five-story Irene P. Flinn Giant Screen Theater. CREATE at Arizona Science Center®, adjacent to the main building, is the newest addition. This 6,500 square foot community makerspace provides workshops, including 3D printing, laser cutting, woodworking and sewing. The center also offers programs for all ages, including: Camp Innovation, Teen Science Scene, Professional Development and Learning for Educators, and adults-only Science With A Twist. For further details, visit azscience.org.
Its that time of year again. The Devour Culinary Classic is February 26th through March 5th.
The Devour Culinary Classic is the region’s premier annual event hosted by Phoenix Art Museum, Local First Arizona and the Devour Phoenix Restaurant Coalition. Now offering a week-long series at multiple venues in Phoenix, the events showcase the fine food and drink restaurants, producers and purveyors of Arizona while furthering metro Phoenix as a dining destination worthy of international prestige.
An event for every taste, the series culminates into the ultimate two-day Devour Culinary Classic featuring culinary curators and purveyors who support the Arizona food, wine and restaurant industries. Attendees have the chance to partake in innovative culinary demonstrations, meet top chefs and restaurateurs as well as taste an enormous array of culinary excellence from the region’s best chefs, restaurants, local food artisans, brewers, and vintners.
In 2017, the Devour Culinary Classic will celebrate its eighth annual event with over 100 of Arizona’s best culinary personalities from restaurant owners and chefs to food producers, wine makers, distillers and craft brewers who will come together to create an incredibly unique culinary experience for 4,000 lucky guests. Attendees can expect the utmost in lively food experiences: partake in innovative culinary demonstrations and taste workshops, meet the makers of your favorite edibles and drinkables and taste an enormous array of culinary excellence from the region’s best.
And since Devour is put on by our besties at Local First Arizona, of course we want to make sure you know about it!
Do you have an event that you’d like us to announce in our newsletter under the community news section? We are always looking for interesting news. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Emerging Leaders and DeSoto Central Market bring you this year’s 7 Chef Series event, “Rock Out!” Enjoy 80’s rock-inspired menu items prepared by more than fifteen of the Valley’s top chefs and mixologists, and rock out to live music and entertainment all night!
Proceeds from the 7 Chef Series Rock Out! benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Condition Critical campaign to build a new Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center.
Rock Out! takes place on Saturday, October 15th from 7pm-10pm at DeSoto Central Market, with an “Encore” After Party to follow. Tickets include all you can eat food and cocktail tastings, two drink tickets, music from DJ Mr. Phoenix, a live 80’s cover band and one raffle ticket for a chance to win some incredible prizes- including your very own Fender electric guitar!
So, basically, I’m gonna have to go run about 10 miles and swim another 3 to off-set the calories I’m gonna inhale at this event.
But what a great time to start enjoying the beautiful Phoenix evening weather.
And, of course, the question is: if you could name a dish after a 90s rock song, what would it be? Frankly, I’m stumped. I can’t think of what combination of foods would warrant being named after “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears.
We like to drop by every year. The Local First Fall Festival has food, gifts, services and a beer garden.
You had me at beer garden.
It happens this year on November 5th and they are expanding. In previous years, they located in the little strip of land at Portland and Central. This year, they are taking over Margaret T. Hance Park.
So, I think that means they will expand their footprint a bit. It will be nice to have a little more space between the vendors so I can stop at more without worrying that I’m in anybody’s way.
From what we hear, the organizers are now taking applications for vendors. Check in with the Local First Festival here.
Enjoy an Arizona Capitol Tour on the 13th of this month, along with a panel discussion of folks who have been in office in past decades.
Now more than ever, we need folks of all backgrounds and stripes to learn about our system of government. You’ll meet lawmakers, see where the sausage is made and learn how you can get involved.
Our friend Matthew Steinkamp of Sundawg Media tells me about his new project, which will be at the Phoenix Film Festival. It is called “Play – A Documentary. See a list of screenings at this link, and pick up a pair of tickets here.
The documentary will be at our local film festival, and hopefully more around the country.
Phoenix seems to be generating its own home-grown film industry. Earlier in the year, we hosted the premier of Durant’s Never Closes at our January Get Your PHX. We are so proud of our local film makers.
What makes us particularly impressed with this film is that it is a crowdsourced film about music, passion and education. With so many critiques of education in Arizona, its nice to see a film that honors arts education.
Congratulations to the whole crew.
Phoenix’s Historic Downtown Baptist Church is getting the long overdue resurrection is so desperately needs. The church, affectionately dubbed “The Monroe Abbey”, is transforming into a new hub of bustling active space for downtowners and visitors to enjoy.
“This was finished in 1929, just before the depression. It was a big church; 1,400 or more were here for services. It was designed for chorale singing and mass choirs,” former Arizona Attorney General and First Baptist Church advocate, Terry Goddard, explains.
In 1968 The First Baptist Congregation held its final church service at the 3rd Avenue Church, and relocated to its new facilities on Glendale Avenue, leaving the building vacant.
In 1982 the Church is added to the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1984,the sanctuary went up in flames and burned for two days, causing the roof to collapse completely.
In 1992 the Church is declared a hazard and was set for demolition. Saved from the wrecking ball by Terry Goddard and other local heroes.
Although the fire left the church in disrepair, the open-air cathedral has had a renaissance of nature over the last twenty years with an unruly “secret garden”, zillions of birds, and about thousands bees making the space their home.
Architects at Jones Studio along with Patry Building Co are taking on the heavy lifting to transform the Abbey into a multi-tenant, mixed-use space while keeping both the integrity of the structure and working the majestic beauty of the natural growth into the development.
The new four-story space will be activated with a black box theatre, restaurant, office space, gallery and even a speakeasy. There’s even enough space in the center courtyard for performances and events.
Join us on April 21st for tours inside the palatial property with Katherine Patry as well as a special update on the Welnick Bros. development just down the street.
As always, please RSVP below.
Thanks again to Tim Bishop, Ryan Jerrell and Jessica Brining for hosting a beautiful event at DIG IT Urban Garden. The weather was perfect, the lighting was elegant and everybody had a great time.
March is looking to be another great event. Satisfy your curiosity this month as we explore Phoenix’s finest oddities shop, Curious Nature, at their new home on Camelback and Central.
Oddities, curiosities and eclectic collections fill every inch of space at Curious Nature making it one of the most interesting shops you’ll ever step into. Specimen jars and jawbones line the display shelves while walls hold pinned moths, butterflies, and mounted animal heads. Owner Mason Conway modeled the shop after history’s iconic cabinet of curiosity, (also called “wonder rooms”), where extraordinary objects tell a visual story of the wonders of the natural world.
Conway has always been a fan of the Victorian Era and began collecting at a young age, “Collecting natural specimens was a very popular hobby at that time, and I was looking for a new career path. The opportunity to open the shop presented itself, so I jumped at the chance.”
Conway’s contacts in the collectors world affords him opportunities to bring in great pieces by local artists like Heather Grimes Dream Wings jewelry collection, which works with 100% harm-free wings, bones and snakeskins to create incredible necklaces sold in store.
Mason’s passion for sharing his knowledge with others encouraged him to launch his own business. With the new space, Conway’s now able to expand the class sizes for etymology and taxidermy, which sells out quickly! Next up is a class on Taxidermy with rats in early April.
As Conway puts it, “I just wanted to share the things I love with Phoenix. I love teaching and I love learning. This is a great opportunity to share my interest in the beauty of science and nature in a unique way. It’s like a museum, but you can take it home with you. I encourage people to pick things up and touch them.”
Meet Mason and the crew of Curious Nature this March with us and enjoy tours and small bites till 7:30PM. As always, RSVP below.
Date: Thursday, March 24th
Time: 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Host: Curious Nature: 5032 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 85012
Note: Free to attend, free raffle ticket at entry!
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