Arts & Culture
Free food • Live music • Fun for kids • Unique shopping
Now in its sixth year, the Certified Local Fall Festival celebrates Arizona’s locally owned businesses with a bang this Saturday, November 13!
This family-friendly street festival drew more than 5,000 attendees last year with 60+ members participating. We hope you’ll count yourself as one of the attendees for this year’s festival!
Entertainment is provided by some of Arizona’s best musicians and bands. Many booths will also have fun activities!
Local breweries and vineyards provide drinks in the Beer & Wine Garden; many local vendors will also be offering non-alcoholic drinks.
A raffle and silent auction raise funds for Local First Arizona and the first 500 attendees receive gift bags!
A bouncing castle will keep the young ones entertained while kids of all ages can scale the rock climbing wall.
If You Go: Certified Local Fall Festival
Where? Duck and Decanter grounds, 1651 E. Camelback Rd. in Uptown (map)
When: Saturday, November 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: 602.274.5429 • duckanddecanter.com
This past April, PechaKucha, an event designed as a sounding board for these creative minds lost in the desert sand, arrived in town for the first time. Encouraged by the success of that night, a second event is this Friday evening at Bragg’s Pie Factory.
PechaKucha, pronounced “peh-chak cha” is Japanese for “chit-chat,” meaning the sound of busy conversation going on in a room. Devised in Tokyo in 2003 by architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein as a means for designers to show their work, PechaKucha Nights has become a global phenomenon, with events taking place in 326 cities around the world today.
To keep the momentum, a very efficient shotgun-style presentation format called “20×20” was created. That’s 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide; a total of six minutes, forty seconds. Stand up, tell the world what you got, and then sit the hell down. This format demands that presenters be precise, concise and engage audiences with only their most compelling work and ideas. No prolonged speeches, no endless PowerPoint slides and no bullet points!
PechaKucha PHX is an event where creatives of all disciplines can share their latest projects, newest curiosities, insights, aspirations and flashes of brilliance — to show what they’ve done, are doing or are psyched-up about doing next.
For additional information, including speaker profiles, visit the PechaKucha PHX website at pknphx.com.
If You Go: PechaKucha Night Phoenix 2
When: Friday, November 12, 2010. Food and drink: 5:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Where: Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 Grand Ave.
Tickets: $10, includes food and drinks during the event (yes, that means beer and wine). Advance sales ONLY at pknphx.com/attend/.
Two back-to-back shows are coming to The Rhythm Room next week that you shouldn’t miss.
If you love beach-pop music, then Tuesday is your day. Best Coast, a three-piece indie pop band from Los Angeles made up of Bethany Cosentino (singer, songwriter), Bobb Bruno (multi-instrumentalist) and Ali Koehler (drummer), fits the perfect “let’s grab a towel and go to the beach” image.
Their first track and single off of Crazy for You, “Boyfriend,” proves a fun intro to the 13-track CD that will have you humming to yourself, “I wish he was my boyfriend.” (We won’t judge you.)
Sonny Smith, Kelley Stoltz, Tahlia Harbour and Ryan Browne make up the calm, busted-up beach sound of Sonny & the Sunsets — a perfect pairing with Best Coast. Surprise, surprise, they are also from California. Download “Too Young to Burn” for a listen.
For the more mild listeners, if your iPod is filled with Sigur Ros and Arcade Fire, perhaps, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s is your choice. The eight-piece Indiana band has released five records since 2006 and has toured nonstop the whole time. Like fine wine, they’ve only gotten better with age.
Richard Edwards and Andy Fry decided to recruit a cellist, pianist, trumpet player, two drummers and electric bass and create a band with one of the longest names in the game right now. Buzzard, their latest album, has been doing just that — buzzing with good reviews and thumbs up.
So, you could sit at home and watch episodes of boring prime time TV, or you could go to a rockin’ show or two. Just saying, your choice.
Both shows are $15 at the door and start at 7:30 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd. in Midtown.
Can you imagine signing to a record label, recording and selling three records and touring a handful of times all before hitting age 20? Downtown-based singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews can attest to all that and more.
Just a week away from turning 20, Andrews is extremely modest about her music career even though she’s graced the cover of Phoenix New Times and is buddy-buddies with Jimmy Eat World. You know, just your typical teenage life.
A born-and-raised desert rat, Andrews started singing Billboard hits at 5.
“I suppose music has always been in me,” she says.
At 14, she started playing shows, and three years later convinced her mother she was ready to hit the road.
“I was ready to get out of Phoenix and play shows and see the West Coast,” Andrews recalls. Now, she can be considered a touring veteran.
“I think I’ve lost count,” Andrews says of how many tours she’s done. “I’m going to go with eight or nine times, leaning on 10.”
Andrews and New Mexico-based folksters Pioneers of Prime Time TV tour together frequently, mostly on the West Coast. This past summer, they funded their entire tour playing corners of touristy areas with an open guitar case on the ground. Armed with instruments and a six-input battery-operated amp, they played for families and anyone who would stop, listen and lend some change.
“Sometimes, you’d make 10 bucks and other times 100 bucks,” Andrews says of the experience.
Around the same time she started touring, River Jones, who quickly offered to record and release Andrews’ debut album, came a knocking.
“It was a recipe of an art gallery, a new song and a new label that needed an artist,” Andrews says of how she got signed.
So, what exactly makes Andrews different from other folk artists with a guitar in hand? It’s her beautiful, soul-filled voice. Move over, Jewel and Tori Amos. Andrews’ sound is mature beyond her years — particularly on her new third album on River Jones Music Label, For One I Knew.
“The new record was recorded in a plethora of different studios of friends of mine,” Andrews says. The album has actually been finished for quite some time — even before last year’s Painter’s Hands and a Seventh Son was released, she was already scheduling studio time to begin For One I Knew. New year, same thing: Album four is already being tracked.
The free show begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Stinkweeds is located at 12 W. Camelback Rd. in Uptown (light rail at Central/Camelback) — 602.248.9461
The grand opening of CityScape is shaping up to be a weekend-long festival of food, fashion and music.
National recording artist Macy Gray and – just announced – Third Eye Blind headline the weekend’s festivities.
Check the details below and mark your calendars accordingly.
WHAT: CityScape, a new mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Phoenix featuring office, retail, a hotel, and a redesigned Patriots Square.
WHEN: Thursday November 4th through Sunday, November 7th.
WHERE: CityScape, Downtown Phoenix (between Jefferson St and Washington St, from 1st Ave east to 1st St)
Thursday, Nov 4
5 – 7 p.m. – City of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon’s annual State of Downtown Event, with a special performance by the Phoenix Symphony and “Taste of Downtown” reception.
Friday, Nov 5
8 – 10 a.m. – “The World’s Largest Coffee Break” presented by CityScape tenants.
10 a.m. – Patriots Square Dedication with City of Phoenix Vice Mayor Michael Nowakowski
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – A Taste of CityScape featuring food and beverage samplings from CityScape tenants
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. – First Friday & Phoenix Suns Pregame Happy Hour featuring live music performed by The Walkens
9:30 – 11 p.m. – National recording artist Macy Gray LIVE in Concert, free to the public
Saturday, Nov. 6
10 a.m. – Yoga and Spin classes in the Park, presented by Gold’s Gym.
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. – CityScape Downtown Festival.
• Local live music all day and night live in the park and on the main stage,
• Cooking demos featuring CityScape tenants
• Fashion shows featuring CityScape tenants
• Performing arts groups
• Local sports teams demonstrations
• Comedy acts presented by Stand Up Live
9:30 p.m. – National recording artist Third Eye Blind LIVE in Concert, free to the public
Sunday, Nov 7
Noon – 5 p.m. – Neighborhood/Community Picnic and Cookout, presented by LGO Public House.
All-day family event featuring live local music throughout the day as well as an outdoor grilling station, special offers from CityScape tenants and balloon artists and face painters for kids. The first 250 people to arrive will receive a FREE CityScape lawn chair.
PARKING: Free parking is available at CityScape on Friday and Saturday until 4 p.m. and all day Sunday. (Standard rates apply on Friday and after 4 p.m. on Saturday.) The public is encouraged to ride the METRO Light Rail — Central/Washington station westbound or 1st Ave./Jefferson station eastbound.
Make a night of it
Shopping: Urban Outfitters, West of SoHo, Designer District and workbench are now open at CityScape.
Eats and Drinks: $4 beer and $6 cocktails are available along Central Avenue all night long, and Vitamin T is giving visitors a taste of what to expect when it opens on 1st Street next week. Grab a burger at Five Guys Burgers and Fries or sit down for a game and dinner at Lucky Strike, or try some of these places right around the corner from CityScape: ICON Lounge (50 W. Adams St. in the Wyndham Hotel), Hanny’s (40 N. 1st St.), Seamus McCaffrey’s (18 W. Monroe St.) or Ghost Lounge (202 N. Central Ave. in Hotel San Carlos).