Tag: things to do in Phoenix

MIM to Unveil Updated Hip Hop Exhibit

October 24, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

The Musical Instrument Museum is one of the coolest places in the Valley. With exhibits that feature music from all over the world, there’s a lot to learn when your there. On Saturday, November 3, the MIM will be unveiling its new and improved hip hop exhibit with an all day event.

From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., you can immerse yourself in Hip-Hop culture through rhythmic sounds, beats, and B-boy movements. Hosted by Johnny Castro, co-founder of ILL-PHONIX (a collective of MCs, musicians, and artists), member of Furious Styles Crew, and instructor of Hip-Hop at Paradise Valley Community College, the day will be filled with fun.

Often called the Jimi Hendrix of DJing, Qbert will be performing. For a list of all the activities, click here.

2012 INFOCUS Photography Exhibition and Silent Auction

September 26, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Any lover of photography is going to love this. From September 28 to October 4, the Phoenix Art Museum will be home to the INFOCUS Photography Exhibition. The exhibit will feature a silent auction on Oct. 4, from 5:30 – 9 p.m.

This is an annual fundraising event that will feature more than 50 signed limited-edition prints and books for sale by some of the best photographers from Arizona and the United States. All proceeds will go directly to INFOCUS, a non-profit that benefits photography through education, exhibits, and publications.

Raffle tickets will also be available for $20. With them, you will have the opportunity to win prizes, like photographs by Debra Bloomfield, Mark Klett, Alex Webb and Dr. John P. Schaefer.

Image via Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, “Two boys with striped shirts”

Wine And Spirits Festival At The Biltmore

August 20, 2012 | 12:15 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Labor Day Weekend: A time for relaxation. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the upcoming three-day weekend, you should head over to the Arizona Biltmore August 31 through September 3. Enjoy cocktails and wine, culinary activities, and a Grand Tasting with guest chefs.

There will be cooking demonstrations, mixology and wine seminars, a Historical Dinner Tour of the Arizona Biltmore, Champagne Brunch, and much more.

Culinary masters include Brendan Collins, Executive Chef, Waterloo & City, the top-rated British gastropub in Culver City, California; and Shannon Swindle, Pastry Chef, Craft, the Los Angeles restaurant of award-winning chef Tom Colicchio.

Enjoy cocktails and demonstrations from top mixologist Adian Demarest, the cocktail innovator extraordinaire and owner of Neat, in Glendale, California, as well as a judge for The San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Wine & Spirits Festival.

Let’s take a look at the festival’s complete schedule:

Friday, August 31
Meet the Chefs Reception, 6:00 – 8:00 pm:  A casual cocktail and wine reception, featuring Double Gold winners, where guests can meet and mingle with the chefs participating in the festival and a guest mixologist will prepare special cocktails.  $25 per person.


8th Annual Zoowalk For Autism Research

August 16, 2012 | 1:30 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Gather friends, family, and co-workers for the 8th Annual Zoowalk For Autism Research on Saturday, October 6. Enjoy all the scenery that the Phoenix Zoo has to offer while making a difference.

This year’s ZooWalk is dedicated to raising funds for a 1-year multi-treatment study for children and adults with autism. All funds will go to the ASU Autism and Aspergers Research Program. The tickets will cost $25 per adult, $15 per teen, and kids under 12 years of age will get in for free. Registration begins at 6:30 am, the walk starts whenever you register.

ASU’s Autism/Asperger’s Research Program’s focus is primarily on biomedical issues, including nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, and bacterial/yeast overgrowths in the gut.

For more information, click here.

Opening This Friday At Modified

August 14, 2012 | 11:31 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Downtown Phoenix is the hub of the Valley art scene. First Friday attracts thousands of people every month to walk the streets of Roosevelt Row. Modified Arts gallery is one of the most popular destinations. Opening this Friday, Modified proudly presents new works by Saskia Jordá and Christ Oatey.

On August 17, from 6-9.m. marks the opening reception of  “Random Interference.” Phoenix-based Jordá uses an interdisciplinary form and works with yarn, felt, and fabric to produce amazing sculptures, wall works, and installations. Oatey, who hails from Los Angeles, constructs site-specific installations that address architecture and spacial issues. Through the use of texture, materials, contrasting opposing elements, he art becomes detailed studies of objects and their construction.

The exhibit will be showing from August 17 to September 14.

Modified Arts | 407 East Roosevelt Street | Phoenix, AZ 85004

COOK For Human Rights

August 13, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Sunday, November 4 will be a day to help your fellow man and woman. The Human Rights Campaign Arizona will bring together local restaurants for the very first annual COOK Phoenix, a tasting event and cooking competition that will take place at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. The event will also include a silent auction and live entertainment from local acts.

Local restaurants will be offering small items from their menu for people to sample. Each guest will vote on their favorites and one winner will be chosen for the prestigious “People Choice” award. A panel of judges will also sample and vote, to grant the “Judges’ Choice” award.

A celebrity chef will also be in attendance to perform cooking demonstrations. The celebrity is still to be determined, but we can only guess who it will be.

There are a variety of ticket prices:

General Admission: $25, includes admission to the event, unlimited food tastings and an annual HRC membership.

VIP Admission: $100, includes admission to the event, unlimited food tastings, and complimentary non-alcohol/alcohol beverages all day, and an annual HRC membership.

VIP Admission for Federal Club Members: $75, includes admission to the event, unlimited food tastings and complimentary non-alcohol/alcohol beverages all day. You must be a current HRC Federal Club member for this discounted rate.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.



Chew On This!

August 13, 2012 | 11:28 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

The Arizona Science Center and Chipotle Mexican Grill are cooking up something green: sustainability, that is. An upcoming film and lecture series called Chew On This! will teach guests about food and the broader impact that food has on our health, the environment and society as a whole.

Taking place at the Arizona Science Center, the series will answer important questions like, “What foods are showing up on your dinner plate, and how did they get there? What’s the difference between organic and conventionally produced fruits and veggies? How does eating “out-of-season” increase our carbon footprint? What do bees really do for the food industry?”

THe series will begin on August 18, with a showing of the documentary FRESH, and will include appearances by guest lecturers Carole De Cosmo from Arizona Farm and Ranch Experience and Avondale Farmers Market, and Derek Slife and Christopher Wharton from Chow Locally.

Perfect for all ages, these events are designed to be fun and creative while teaching valuable and important lessons. For a complete schedule of the series, click here.

Opening Reception: “Practically Everything”

July 17, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Our favorite gallery, downtown Phoenix’s Modified Arts, will be hosting its latest opening reception this Friday, July 20 called “Practically Everything.”

The gallery will feature the work of six emerging artists, “who explore the paradoxical nature of photography.” In a nutshell, how the camera can simultaneously describe and transform its subject. Curated by Bucky Miller, other participating artists include Christian Widmer, Cory Fitzgerald, Dana Buhl, Michael Lundgren, Michael Max McLeod, and Bucky Miller.

Going from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, this showing will be open through August 11.

Bastille Day At The MIM

July 12, 2012 | 1:04 PM | Uncategorized | By Maxfield Barker

We all know that summer is home to American holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, but we mustn’t forget about our French friends. Without their help over two hundred years ago, the United States probably would have never existed. That’s why on Saturday, July 14, the Musical Instrument Museum wants to help celebrate Bastille Day.

Formally known as La Fete Nationale (The National Celebration), Bastille Day commemorates the brave French men and woman that stormed Bastille fortress-prison. That event singlehandedly started the French Revolution. This Saturday, the MIM will be honoring all things French with a day of live music, culture, and food. This event is hosted in conjunction with the Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy the French culture with French-themed food in the Café, live entertainment, an educational talk, and a highlight of the French music exhibit. Bon appetit.

The MIM | 4725 East Mayo Boulevard  |  Phoenix, AZ 85050   

Country Music Day at the MIM

June 27, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Country music plays a huge role in Arizonan culture. If you have ever been to the Country Thunder music festival in Florence, AZ, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. On Saturday, June 30, the Musical Instrument Museum will be paying homage to the sounds of the southwest with its first ever Country Music Day. Yee-haw.

Arizona’s own country band, Chevellon, will be performing hit songs from the 1950s live at 11:30 a.m. MIM curator Cullen Strawn will be leading a gallery talk on MIM exhibits devoted to country music greats such as Marty Robbins, Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, Toby Keith, and others at 1 p.m.

At 2 p.m., Pick & Holler is playing music from America’s past and keeping alive the sounds that have brought people together for centuries.

If you think this just an adult affair, think again. Kids and adults can enjoy the bolo tie drop-in craft activity from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In this class devoted to Arizona’s official state tie, guests will learn about the history of the shoestring necktie and will make their own…..with a musical theme, of course.

To top it all off, the MIM Café will cook some southwest inspired dishes like sweet potato soup, pork ribs with grits, greens, and cornbread, and pecan pie.

All events are free with normal admission to the museum.

MIM | 4725 East Mayo Boulevard | Phoenix, Arizona 85050  

JW Marriott Recognized As Top Golf Resort Destination

May 7, 2012 | 4:00 PM | News | By Maxfield Barker

It may not be the best in the world but it certainly is the best in the Valley (and the best in our hearts). The JW Marriott at Desert Ridge has recently been named one of the top golf resorts in the world. Conde Nast Travelers and readers have named this luxurious resort one of the top 5 in Arizona and like we’ve already mentioned, one of the best in the world. How do they do it?

Results are derived from a reader’s choice survey consisting of eight criteria questions: course design and access, golf staff and services, guestrooms, service, food/dining, location, overall design, and activities/facilities. The Marriotts’ Wildfire Golf Club was selected as a top finalist for its two scenic 18-hole courses designed by PGA legends, Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo. The Wildfire Golf Club has been known to test the skill level of all golfers, while providing some of Arizona’s most breathtaking views and atmosphere. No wonder the Valley is one most popular spots for golf.

The Marriott is the largest luxury resort in Arizona and features 950 newly remodeled guest rooms which includes 81 suites, 240,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, 10 dining experiences, an award-winning spa, and much, much more.

If you’re looking for a stay-cation this summer, why not the Marriott?

JW Marriott | 5350 East Marriott Drive | Phoenix, AZ

Rise With the Phoenician this Earth Day

April 17, 2012 | 4:30 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Once again the Phoenician resort will partner with Metta Yoga to host the fifth installment of their Rising Phoenician complimentary yoga outdoor yoga class. Open to the public, this class takes place on Sunday, April 22 at 10 a.m. Start your Sunday off right with a downward dog pose. Become one with nature on the day that counts for it, Earth Day.

The event will feature two 40 minute sessions taught by Amy Shapiro and Karin McAreavy. Everyone who participates will receive a 20 percent savings on spa services booked for the same day at the resort’s Centre for Well-Being. A silent auction with voluntary donations will immediately follow. Donations will benefit Free Arts of Arizona, a charity that heals abused and homeless children through artistic expression.  There’s plenty more going on so do yourself a favor and celebrate Earth Day by becoming one with nature and helping out a good cause.

The Phoenician | 6000 East Camelback Road | Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

2012 Great Cajun Cookoff

April 11, 2012 | 2:30 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

You don’t have to be in New Orleans to enjoy some delicious home-cooked Cajun food. The sixth annual Great Cajun Cook-off and Food Fest will be happening this Sunday, April 15 at the Lath House Pavilion at Heritage and Science Park in downtown Phoenix.

This casual and family-oriented event is perfect for everyone. It will feature an amateur Cajun cook0ff and a Food Fest with food from the best Cajun and Southern Restaurants around town. Gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, BBQ, bread pudding, greens and much, much more will be the cuisine of the day.

Enjoy food and drink from Abita Beer, Beauregard Food Co., Circle H BBQ, Copper State Coffee, Flavors of Louisiana, Jamburritos, and New Orleans Sno Balls.

Did we mention crawfish will be served by the plate full? Don’t forget your bib and we’ll see you there.

Heritage Park | 115 North Sixth Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85004 

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A Smashing Open for SmashBurger

April 11, 2012 | 12:30 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

The nation’s fastest growing “better burger” chain, Smashburger, will be premiering its newest Valley location this week. The new restaurant will be located at the Desert Ridge Marketplace, close to the AMC Theatres. A a sneak peak luncheon for media and VIPs only took place yesterday. Last night,  aVIP party kicked  off with  ribbon cutting ceremony with the North Phoenix chamber of Commerce.

Each Phoenix Smashburger features a regional menu created with regional flavors and tastes. For us in the Valley, behold the Arizona Smashburger. One-hundred percent certified Angus beef topped with habanero cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, chipotle mayo and fresh jalapeños on a chipotle bun. To go along with the heat of the Valley, this burger has got a kick to it.

But get ready! The official opening of the new location is TODAY!  If they’re not near you, though, there are plenty of locations around town for you to enjoy.

Smashburger | 21001 North Tatum Blvd. | Phoenix, Arizona 85050

Hungry For A Job?

April 11, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

The economy has definitely seen better days. For many it has been difficult to very find work but Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group has come to the rescue. This Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m.,  make your way over to the Esplanade Center on Camelback, next door to the Starbucks, where Del Frisco’s will host a job fair and to hire 150 personable, determined and professional individuals for positions in the front and back of house.

Del Frisco’s offers benefits rarely seen in the restaurant industry. It includes a compensation package, 401k retirement savings, full, medical, dental, and vision, domestic partner coverage and management eligibility upon hire (managers will receive additional benefits like long and short-term disability insurance and life insurance.) Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group owns and operates 31, soon to be 32, restaurants nationwide, perfect for those of you not particularly attached to the Valley.

Esplanade | 2415 E Camelback Road | Phoenix, AZ 85016

Gold Medalist Visits Changing Hands Bookstore

April 3, 2012 | 4:30 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

July 27 marks the opening date for the 2012 Olympic Games taking place in London. To get you in the spirit of these prestigious games, we highly recommend you read the new, tell-all memoir by international swimming start Amanda Beard. Called In the Water They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir tells the story of coming of age in the Olympic spotlight, the demons battled along the way, a newfound happiness that is her greatest victory.

Over her years of competing against the world’s best, Amanda Beard has claimed two gold medals, four silver, and 1 bronze. Amanda recently came in second in the 200-meter breaststroke in the U.S. National Championships and is hoping to make the U.S. team again, to compete in her fifth Olympic games in London this summer.

Beard will be in Arizona promoting the book this month. On April 9, she will be in Tucson at the University of Arizona’s The Student Memorial Union bookstore at 4:00 p.m. She will also be in Tempe the following day, at Changing Hands Bookstore.

Action! On the Phoenix Film Festival

March 27, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Lights, camera, action on the 12th annual Phoenix Film Festival, opening Thursday, March 29. Entertaining over 22,000 last year, the yearly event is a must for film lovers.

Here’s the scoop for ya, the opening night event kicks off with a cocktail party from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in the Party Pavillion that will feature food, drinks, music, and a silent auction. Tickets for the event start at $25 and can be purchased here. Afterwards, everyone will head over to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Cine Capri for a screening of the Opening Night Film and Sundance Film Festival hit, “Robot and Frank.” The star-studded cast includes Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Peter Sarsgaard, and Liv Tyler.

Films in this year’s festival lineup include: “FDR: American Badass,” “The Woman in the Fifth” starring Ethan Hawke, and “Queens of Country.” Tickets range in price from $12 for a single screening to $300 for a platinum pass. To purchase tickets, click here.

Can’t make it each night to the festival but want to support? Dine at The Melting Pot March thru April for the “Classic Combination Four-Course Fondue Raiser” menu, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Phoenix Film Foundation. The menu includes cheese fondue, salad, classic entrée meats, and pure chocolate fondue for a minimum of two at $32.50 each. For locations and more information, click here.

Harkins Scottsdale 101 | 7000 East Mayo Boulevard | Phoenix, Arizona 85054  

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Wallace & Ladmo Back for a Laugh

March 21, 2012 | 4:30 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

It has been over ten years since The Wallace and Ladmo Show hit the stage in Arizona. The Wallace and Ladmo Show is a play based on the hit 1960s children’s television show. The play focuses on the TV show’s 1964 mock-rock band Hub Kapp and the Wheels. The show will be making a return to the stage in the Valley, running now through March 25.

Tempe resident and Arizona native Ben Tyler is the creative force behind the play, being the writer and director. From 1999 to 2001, the show sold out at theaters in the Valley, like the Herberger. Flash forward to 2012. The show was sanctioned as an Official Centennial Legacy Project and was funded in part by the Centennial Theatre Foundation, along with Desert Foothills Theater and Actor’s Theatre.

Tyler spent his childhood watching the popular children’s show. The original television program starred Bill Thompson as Wallace, Ladimir Kwiatkowski as Ladmo and featured Pat McMahon as Gerald. Today’s version will feature Bill Lowry as Wallace, who is actually the grandson of the original Wallace, Bill Thompson.

The Desert Foothills Theater’s production at Cactus Shadows fine Arts Center begins on the 15, for ticket information click here.

Experience Brazil in AZ

March 21, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

It’s that time again where the Musical Instrument Museum invites everyone to “Experience Brazil” by getting into the Samba spirit. On March 24, the MIM will hold live music performances, drum workshops, Brazilian cuisine, multimedia presentations, and tours of the Brazil exhibit. It’s only happening one day, so be sure to check it out.

Saturday, March 24 will be a day filled with vibrant costumes, energetic drumming, and our favorite, capoeira demonstrations. For those of who don’t know, capoeira is a form of Brazilian dance-fightings that involves acrobatics and break dancing-style techniques. The live music will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the main courtyard and will continue until 12:30 p.m. Performances will include Grupo Liberdade, a dance group that will perform with the SambAZ dancers.

It will be a whole day filled with Brazillian culture, so if you’re looking to step out of the norm this weekend, make your way to the MIM on Saturday. For tickets, click here.

The MIM | 4725 East Mayo Boulevard | Phoenix, Arizona 85050

Phoenix Suns Wives Drive Home the Books

March 16, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

The chances of you liking basketball or ice cream is pretty high. If either of those spark your interest, most likely it’s both, you should check out the Phoenix Suns Wives organization’s annual book drive this Sunday, March 18.


Phoenix+ Art at Modified Arts

March 14, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Modified Arts gallery in downtown Phoenix is one of the most popular art galleries in the area. It has always held it self apart and has been a staple of the Phoenix art scene for many years now. Over the years, Modified has been home to many different types of exhibits and shows. Phoenix+ is in a category all its own.

Phoenix+ is an experiment in social-curation, meaning anyone could be the curator. The exhibit called for artists, curators, and any art supporter to recommend someone else’s work. The experiment led to a wide range of contemporary works from local and regional artists, like Andrew Fallat, Eduardo L. Rivera, Jennifer Campbell, and Elysia Michaelsen, to name a few.

The exhibit opens March 16 and go until April 14. For more information click here.

Modified Arts | 407 East Roosevelt Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85004

There Hasn’t Been a Public Hanging in 20 Years!

March 12, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Artlink, the creative force behind downtown Phoenix’s monthly First Friday events, presents Art Detour 24. Artlink, the self-guided downtown Phoenix art tour, invites all Valley artists to submit their hangable works for presentation in a Public Hanging event at the A.E. England Gallery, March 16 – 18.

Art Detour 24 is a free, two-day, self-guided tour of artist galleries, studios, and other art venues in downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink in cooperation with participating venues. Art Detour draws thousands of enthusiastic arts supporters each year and expects to draw the same to this year’s event March 17-18. Download the official flyer by clicking here.

The Public Hanging, part of Art Detour one of the Valley’s largest art events, allows artists to show off their work in an established gallery and exposed to the public. Any artist can submit their work and submissions must be no larger than 36″W X 36″H X 12″D. There is a $25 hanging fee, which goes to support First Fridays, gallery openings and more.

The Public Hanging, the first in 20 years, will be on display from March 16 to the 18th. Art Detour 24 celebrates Artlink’s 24th year of serving Arizonans with great local art. For more information or to submit your work click here.

A.E. England Gallery | 424 North Central Avenue | Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Grab a Burger with Grant Hill

March 9, 2012 | 1:30 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Listen up Suns fans. Grant Hill will be at Zipps Sport Grill tonight, March 9, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Hill will be there to visit with fans and will be signing autographs, all presented to you by Budweiser.

Prior to Hill’s arrival, the Suns Gorilla and Suns dancers will be there to interact with fans as well. Budweiser’s Bud Crew presents the event to promote their Bud Card. The card offers fans an opportunity to take advantage of drink specials around the Valley while earning points to redeem for prizes (sign us up). Zipps will offer $3.75 Bud, Bud Light, and Michelob Ultra mugs to fans that show their Bud Card during the appearance Friday night.

The event starts at 5:00 pm.

Zipps |  3647 East Indian School Road | Phoenix, AZ 85018

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Devour a Drink at the 3rd Annual Bartending Competition

March 6, 2012 | 4:30 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Don’t you love going to bars and seeing the bartender make a ridiculous drink in the blink of an eye, while spinning and juggling multiple bottles? Yeah, so do we, especially when it’s our drink. If you want to see some of the Valley’s best bartenders, Devour Phoenix presents the third annual Bartending Competition hosted at the Vig Uptown, Wednesday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m.

Twelve of the Valley’s best bartenders will going head to head to claim the title of Top Bartender. They’ll be using locally distilled Arroyo Vodka to create signature cocktails. You and an expert panel will be the judge. But the event is more than just a competition, it will celebrate locally distilled spirits and cocktail culture in Phoenix.

Tickets cost $10 and will be available at both Vig locations until they run out.

The Vig Uptown | 6015 North 16th Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85014

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The Weekend Guide

March 2, 2012 | 12:30 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Well fear not because we’re bring you an additional Weekend Roundup, devoted strictly to the awesome events going on around the Valley in the next couple of days.

Being the first weekend of the month, downtown Phoenix will once again be home to Artlink Phoenix’s First Friday Event. With a crowd that reaches well into the thousands, you won’t want to miss the 70+ art exhibits and showings, live music and performances, eccentric characters, and well, the overall awesomeness. The party starts at 6:00 p.m. on Roosevelt and 7th street. For more information click here.

Can’t get enough art? Check out the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Friday night as well, SMoCA will host an exhibit featuring artist/fashion designer Virgil Ortiz. The event will be part of SMoCA’s Nights and fashion week. Ortiz will be unveiling his first-ever thrust into video and animated art with a series called “The Translator.” Attendees will be invited to AZ88 for a special after party.

Starting today and going until Sunday, Thunderbird Artists’ presents the Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival. Enjoy the beautiful early March weather (only in AZ right?), while browsing 165 nationally acclaimed artists’ creations and listening to live music. Be sure to check out the wine tasting event, courtesy of the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce.

For all of you beer lovers out there, Tempe Beach Park will be home to the 24th Annual Great Arizona Beer Festival on Saturday. From 2-6 p.m., over 200 craft beers from more than 50 breweries across the state, country, and world will be showing off their best brews. It gets better when you learn that all of the proceeds will go to Sun Sounds of Arizona, a non-profit radio reading service helping people in the state with print disabilities.

Saturday night marks the grand opening celebration of Flight Lounge and Bistro. Located on Drinkwater Blvd. in Scottsdale, this new, contemporary spot is exactly what you need. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, because the night’s entertainment will be presented by Remedy and a live DJ set by Rob Wegner. For more information, click here.

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