Arts & Culture
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
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Annual Ripe Awards Return, Expand in 2015
Third Annual Phoenix Culinary Excellence Award Opens to Public Nominations, Spirit Makers and Bartenders
The Ripe Awards return this July to honor five up-and-coming chefs and one spirit maker or bartender whose innovative creations demonstrate the unique culture of the Phoenix dining scene.
For the first time in the three-year history of the award, this year’s nominations are open to the public. Phoenix residents can visit the Ripe PHX website and nominate chefs, bartenders and spirit makers they believe capture the essence of Phoenix.
This year will also be the first for a special Ripe Award recognizing one up-and-coming spirit maker or bartender whose creations embody the best of Phoenix cocktails and spirits.
The Ripe awards recognize future leaders of Phoenix culinary culture for their passion and dedication to improving the local dining scene. Finalists and winners are selected by the Phoenix Art Museum and food/dining journalists from The Arizona Republic. Past winners include James Beard Award nominees and Valley restaurant owners.
Winners will be honored at a ceremonial tasting event on July 25 at the Phoenix Art Museum. Guests will be able to attend an award ceremony, sample winners’ creations, sip on locally made wines, and celebrate the best and brightest in the Phoenix food community. Tickets for this event can be purchased for $55.
Nominations can be submitted at www.RipePHX.com.
Images courtesy of the Ripe Awards.
DPJ is launching a new Placemaking editorial series in partnership with the Phoenix Metro Chapter of the AIA (American Institute of Architects). Together we will explore the buildings and structures of our city, look closer at what makes them special, and perhaps challenge those who want to contribute to our built environment to approach downtown development in a more thoughtful way.
“Quality architecture to me is when a building manages to move me. What on earth is it that moves me? One word for it is atmosphere.” – Peter Zumthor, Atmospheres
How do we create places that are meaningful? How does design impact our everyday lives? How do emotions and architecture intertwine to create memories? I’m curious to think about how architecture and urban design can set the stage for helping us form memories to last a lifetime in my hometown and a city that I love–Phoenix.
What’s interesting to me is the intertwining of architecture, urban design and feelings as we look back through our lives. As we sift through our memories, the feelings of a space may remain, while the physical details fade; we may remember loving the warmth of our grandmother’s kitchen, or the awesomeness of a cathedral, but not exactly why. However, this doesn’t mean that architecture is unimportant or a passive, innocent bystander.
Architecture and design are pushing and pulling us, shaping how our lives play out. If a restaurant is too loud, we may avoid dinner there with our grandparents. If it’s a warm, sunny day, we may seek a park shaded by trees on the weekend with the kids. If the only bike route to work involves cars speeding by at 50mph, we’ll most likely opt to hop into our own car as well.
These decisions impact what we eat, how we spend quality time with family, and our health. Even though we may not be fully aware–design matters. Physical space mixes and mingles with our emotions in ways we probably don’t even realize.
Space Impacts Emotions
In the morning, I take my son, Chase, to school. I leave down a narrow, deeply shaded hall, both of us waving as he sits in a tiny blue chair on the edge of the playground. He’s framed by the opening at the end of the hall as the sun hits his hair so that he glows. The look on his face is sometimes sad or concerned about being left, other times eager to run off with his friends. Every morning, I think about how beautiful the moment is. I want to remember.
Architecture mixed with life triggers emotions. I want to hold on to this moment so strongly because I love him. I want to hold on to this moment because I know soon he’ll be too embarrassed to be seen with me when I take him to school.
From a more intellectual perspective, what also triggers my desire is the visual image created by our surroundings. I notice the beauty in the moment because of the contrast between light and shadow, the building’s and the playground’s relationship to the sun, and how Chase is framed by an opening washed in light at the end of a shaded, long hall. What matters are the feelings and the emotion, but what sets it all up for me to notice and to feel that it matters are our surroundings–the architecture.
This is only one small example where architecture and emotion come together to engrain a lasting memory. What’s fantastic is that many architects and designers in the Valley are devoting their careers to creating architectural memories. I’m proud to be working alongside them to help make Phoenix beautiful.
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COME CELEBRATE 4TH ANNUAL “INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY AZ” AT CITYSCAPE
Free outdoor concert is one of 196 global celebrations taking place on April 30
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY CONCERT FEATURES THE BEST OF “REAL JAZZ”
Downtown Phoenix joins more than 196 global “International Jazz Day” celebrations on April 30, the date officially designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate jazz and the role it plays in uniting people in all corners of the world. The FREE outdoor concert at CityScape features world-renowned jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence, New Orleans jazz vocalist and Phoenix native Nayo Jones, and an all-star lineup of local, national and international jazz artists. This year’s concert includes a tribute to the centennial of Billy Strayhorn, a prolific composer and arraigner who is best known for his multi-year collaboration with Duke Ellington on songs like, “Take the ATrain,” “Satin Dolls,” and “Lush Life.”
- Azar Lawrence – world-renowned composer, arranger and saxophonist who has performed as a sideman to Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard and Woody
Shaw. He will be performing songs from his new CD The Seeker.
- Nayo Jones – Phoenix native and rising jazz vocalist star who has been signed by Universal Records. She performs in the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and is currently touring the country with Kermit Ruffins and wowing fans with her signature new-soul jazz style.
- Royce Murray – accomplished songwriter whose career includes collaborations with R&B icon Barry White; opening acts for Tony Monaco, Joey DeFrancesco and the legendary Jimmy Smith; and playing organ for ABC, CBS and NBC television soap operas.
- Dowell Davis – known as “D” to his fellow players, he has graced national and international stages with his drumming since 1983. He’s an accomplished artist who has played a variety of musical styles, and has an innate understanding of grooving.
- Carlos Rivas – International Latino jazz artist who has performed throughout the world. He is founder and director of Mex-Sal, one of Arizona’s most prestigious Latin groups.
- Kerry Campbell – Jazz saxophonist and former member of The Dramatics and famed band War. He has performed with jazz greats Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Joe Sample among others.
- William “Doc” Jones – Jazz saxophonist, keyboard artist, music educator, founder of NextStudent Academy, and proud father of Nayo Jones. His performances include stints with Aretha Franklin and The Temptations.
WHEN / WHERE: Wednesday, April 30, 4:00PM to 9:00PM, CityScape at 1 East Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
COST / PUBLIC CONTACT: “International Jazz Day” is FREE to the public, however donations are appreciated. VIP event seating is also available at Copper Blues with a $100 donation. Proceeds support the NextStudent Academy, a local 501(c)(3) organization that works with schools to make jazz music education and instruments available and accessible to students from kindergarten through college. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.nextstudentmusic.com or (602) 234-3397.