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“It’s a beautiful day!”
That’s right, U2 is coming to town and this weekend CityScape Phoenix is throwing the unofficial welcoming of the band with the “It’s a Beautiful Day Block Party”.
During the two-night, pre-concert block party at Patriots Park at CityScape and LUSTRE Bar at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix, guests will enjoy live music by Brazen Heads and Keltic Cowboys, a U2 concert ticket giveaway and special party discounts from various CityScape tenants.
• It’s A Beautiful Day Block Party at CityScape Phoenix
• Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 from 4pm-8pm
• Live music by Brazen Heads and Keltic Cowboys
• Locations: Patriots Park at CityScape and LUSTRE Bar at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix
• A U2 concert ticket giveaway, drink specials
• MillerCoors Party Bus and Uber VIP Area for guests 21 and over
• Yakitori by Squid Ink Sushi
• FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Also, enjoy special block party discounts from CityScape Phoenix tenants including:
• Grabbagreen: Combo meal deal – 2 meals, 2 juices and 2 bars for $25.
• Copper Blues: Show your U2 concert ticket and wear any U2 gear to receive a penny pint.
• Lucky Strike: With a U2 ticket, get a 2 for 1 drink special at Happy Hour pricing. After the concert, receive a half-priced appetizer from the regular menu.
• Verizon: $5 off any power accessory. Coupon available via MBF app.
• The Corner: 20 percent off any regular menu items with U2 tickets and a $20 pizza and 2 draft local beers for those without tickets.
• V’s Barbershop: Haircut, straight razor shave, shampoo, shoulder massage, hot towel service for $39. Add a facial or face massage for an additional $20.
• Yogurt Time: 15 percent off total purchase.
• rePose Salon & Spa: 20 percent off a service of your choice at repose Salon and Spa.
David Krietor has served as CEO of the newly-formed Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (“DPI”) since April 8, 2013. In that time, he has begun work with community stakeholders to develop the downtown we want. “Your Downtown” shares his thoughts and DPI’s progress with the downtown community and beyond. Read the other chats here.
While the weather remained wildly unpredictable in other parts of the country these past few weeks (i.e., snow, hail, wind, twisters), Phoenicians enjoyed sunny skies and balmy temperatures enough to hold many Valley Bike Month, Phoenix Urban Design Week, and Earth Day events in the great outdoors. Even Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton led hundreds of cyclists around downtown on Bike to Work Day. Time to get your GRID on…
Home Sweet Home
According to the Arizona Republic, “For the first time, metro Phoenix is growing up more rapidly than out. A record number of high-rise, townhouse, and loft housing developments are shooting up in central Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, and selling out quickly. Condominium sales are climbing faster than regular home sales in the Valley, a reversal of the region’s growth pattern since the 1950s.” People seem to characterize downtown as “cool” or “hot.” For us longtime advocates this is a really exciting time.
- 44 Monroe, Arizona’s tallest residential building, sells for $51M
- Building a vision for downtown living
- Roosevelt Row highlights downtown’s growing pains
- Shipping container housing in Baton Rouge? It’s happening in Phoenix
- APS buys Phoenix land for new downtown, midtown substations
- Banner Health’s new headquarters may give boost to midtown
- Big plans in works for Hance Park downtown
- Grand Avenue hosts street cleanup in hopes of revitalization
- New south Phoenix Park-and-Ride connects commuters with downtown
- Roosevelt Row shipping container art galleries in downtown to move
- Uber won’t confirm downtown “Global Command Center”
- Valley cities work to fight blight along stretches of Grand Avenue
- Girls in Tech national conference held downtown
- Innovation-focused companies fuel downtown, midtown growth
- Innovative, independent entrepreneurship grows downtown, in the Valley
- Phoenix High Tide announces 5 new downtown startups
- Phoenix on its way to becoming a tech hub
Each spring, the Phoenix New Times Big Brain Awards recognizes 15 emerging creative individuals in the areas of Culinary Art, Design, Music, Performing Art, and Visual Art. This year’s winners (one from each category) were announced on Saturday, May 9, at Monarch Theatre during Artopia, the New Times’ annual soiree of art, music, food, and drinks. In other downtown art related news…
- Creating architectural memories
- Downtown band, Black Bottom Lighters, celebrate release of first album
- Focus. Flash. Phoenix: Ineffable Artifacts
- Latina-owned ad agency christens downtown studio, gallery & culture lab
- Midtown museums benefit from recent large gifts
- New downtown exhibit, “El Sabor,” celebrates influence of Latin music
- Phoenix arts leaders celebrate 30 years of progress, look to future
- PHXFLAMEnco launches monthly arts and entertainment programs
- Steven Tepper talks about how ASU art students are changing downtown
- Third Friday becoming more than great works and art lovers out and about
New Food Spots
- DeSoto Central Market displays variety of cuisines, with more to come
- New Phoenix food truck focuses on French fries
- New life for old downtown church; plans include restaurants and the arts
- Short Leash hosts Pinewood Derby for adults in downtown
- Songbird re-opening pleases customers in century old downtown house
- Valley Bar, new music venue opening, hiring in downtown
- Vote for Ripe Awards up-and-coming chefs, spirit maker, and bartender
- Wednesday downtown open air market to move, expand to Thursdays
- County OKs contract to shelter homeless sleeping in lot
- Our homeless deserve more than a parking lot
- Phoenix fights blight with plastic windows
- Phoenix named among America’s least bike-friendly cities
- Two openly-gay pastors aim for inclusion downtown
Mark Your Calendars
- Urban Wine Walk, May 16
- Slide the City, May 16
- Creative Placemaking: Transforming Communities Through the Arts, May 20
Over at the ASU downtown Phoenix campus, student journalists with Cronkite News and the Cronkite Public Insight Network Bureau want to understand how the downtown Phoenix community sees itself. Through an online survey, they’re asking downtown stakeholders what they would like to see happen in our city. They’re asking how city leaders, business owners, community leaders, residents, and the media can best discuss the issues that concern everyone the most. If you have a connection to downtown Phoenix, feel free to share your thoughts here.
Featured image courtesy of Downtown Phoenix Inc.
With its deft characterizations and non-stop flow, the one-man show Buyer & Cellar (B&C) is far more than a funny riff on the quirks of a celebrity.
The entirely fictional story is set in a fantastic — but surprisingly real — location: the private shopping mall of actress-singer-composer Barbra Streisand. The Academy, Tony, Golden Globe and Grammy award-winning artist wrote My Passion for Design in 2010. Her book includes a description of the mall, built in the basement of her Malibu home and housing Streisand’s personal collections in settings including a doll shop and a boutique of antique clothing.
Fascinated with what he calls an “artificial utopia,” playwright Jonathan Tolins (The Twilight of the Golds, If Memory Serves, The Last Sunday in June, and Secrets of the Trade) spins the comical tale of a struggling actor hired to work as the mall’s sole employee.
“The set is very simple and classy, leaving a sort of blank slate for creative lighting, projections, and imaginative storytelling,” says actor Toby Yatso, the star of Phoenix Theatre’s production. “And there are only two props: an actual copy of My Passion for Design, and a cell phone in my pocket.”
Fresh from an athletic performance as Bert in Mary Poppins, Yatso teaches musical theater at Arizona State University, works as a member of the Megaw Actors Studio and an artist-in-residence at Phoenix Theatre (PT), and directs PT’s summer Musical Theatre Intensive program.
Buyer & Cellar is directed by Ron May, who himself stars in the upcoming Phoenix Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors running May 20 through June 14. May is founding artistic director for Tempe’s Stray Cat Theatre, and brings to B&C his considerable expertise with unusual shows like Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Pluto.
Although Streisand is a cultural icon, B&C promises equal entertainment to devotees and new fans alike with no need for deep background knowledge, says May,”…no more than an audience has to have any kind of knowledge of, like, Danish royalty to enjoy Hamlet.”
“I suppose knowing about the ins and outs of Barbra’s life may give you a deeper appreciation of a handful of references, but there’s nothing that’s going to really leave anyone in the dark,” May explains. “It’s a comedy about our worship of celebrities – Barbra just happens to be the target.”
“She’s funny, she’s warm, she’s wildly quirky, she’s vulnerable, she’s demanding, she’s caring…” he says. “I actually liked her more after working on this show.” May adds, “If Barbra Streisand in real life is anything like the Barbra in this show, I totally want to be friends with her.”
“The script does a superb job of teaching as it goes,” agrees Yatso. “All you need to know is that Barbra Streisand is a force of nature in the entertainment industry, so that covers just about everyone in America.”
“I think our obsession with celebrities is twofold,” he continues, “…and the play touches on both halves – what makes her untouchable and what makes her perhaps like everybody else.”
Although Yatso’s six roles in B&C don’t take him strolling up and overhead around the proscenium arch as in Mary Poppins, they demand lighting-fast character changes. “Let it be known that I am not flipping in the air or tap-dancing on the ceiling in this one,” the six-and-a-half-foot-plus actor says with a laugh. “But I try to use my body expressively and creatively however and whenever possible.” He adds, “There’s a lot of body there, so make it count, right?”
“It’s actually a very physical show,” says May. “It’s just one guy creating a number of different worlds and characters and environments and situations, and all he has is his voice and his body.” The director explains, “All it takes is a little subtle shift of his physicality and you instantly know which character just showed up on stage. Those skills are a godsend in a show like this.”
“I have a lot of conversations ‘with myself,’” Yatso says. “Maybe it feels like playing Ping-Pong with yourself, but both sides really want to score the point…?”
“The challenge is really for Toby,” declares May. “He has to keep the ball up in the air for the whole 100 minutes. The amount of focus and concentration and energy that takes is pretty insane.” He continues, “My satisfaction honestly comes from watching him absolutely kill it night after night and audiences going wild over him.” May chuckles and adds, “I feel like a purring cat watching him.”
If you go:
Gin & Jazz at Heritage Square
Heritage Square is swinging into its 35th Anniversary with a Gin and Jazz Preservation Party, a flash back to the roaring twenties and includes swing dance lessons, live jazz band, antique cars, Prohibition – themed cocktails and local food trucks. Featuring a dance lesson with Arizona Lindy Hop and performance by the Sugar Thieves.
When: Saturday, May 2; 5pm—Ceremony and Champagne Toast; 7pm—Dance and Concert, Local Food Trucks
Attire: Period attire admired, not required
Tickets: $16 members; $19 non-members. Buy your tickets here.
Davisson Entertainment Announces Monthly Arts and Entertainment Event
Davisson Entertainment strives to provide an outlet for musicians, performers and artists each month with the goal encouraging collaboration and growth within the diverse artistic community that resides here in the Valley. Each month will highlight a specific artist, dancer, musician or theme.
Our inaugural event, PHXFLAMEnco part uno, will take place on May 1 in the historic Ice House venue in downtown Phoenix, doors open that evening at 6 o’clock. PHXFLAMEnco will focus on showcasing Arizona’s top Flamenco talent for a night of live dance, music and art with a decidedly Latin flavor. The festivities will also include fine food and refreshments, vendors, as well as a traditional ‘juerga flamenca’ reception after the final performance. Participating artists include: Flamenco Por La Vida, Un Corazon Flamenco, Inspiracion Flamenca, Yumi La Rosa, Chris and Lena Jacome, and Carlos Montafour.
The fundamental idea behind all our events will be to support local art and local artists.
Ticket Information: For $25 presale tickets call 602-252-8497. $30 tickets available at door.
Venue: The Ice House, 429 W Jackson St, Phoenix, AZ 85003