Sunday is Father’s Day, and surely many of you still haven’t chosen a present. Why not skip the inanimate object this year and take Dad out this Third Friday? With the handy-dandy light rail, getting from galleries to eats and drinks to Third Friday events is a breeze.
Whether Dad likes to party or take a quiet stroll through the city, Third Friday provides great opportunity for art viewing at your own pace, with live music and Phoenix’s nightlife just steps away.
Is Dad a fan of summer concerts? Have him prepped for a those blistering-hot amphitheater shows this summer by making a stop at Civic Space Park (light rail at Central Station) to see Dead West Radio rock the stage. The show starts at 7 p.m., and it’s free! Add to the experience by picking up a snack and a latte at Fair Trade Café in the park and perusing this month’s art show inside the A.E. England Building, attached to the park stage.
If rock isn’t Dad’s thing, Charlie Brand of Brooklyn-via-Phoenix band Miniature Tigers is making a rare stripped-down solo appearance (also free!) at the Heard Museum’s (light rail at Encanto Station) monthly NU event. Brand will be playing quieter versions of his band’s songs, most of which were conceived in a bedroom in Phoenix. Plus, he’s always good for some humorous (if slightly bizarre) between-song banter. The performance begins at 8 p.m., and the entire event (filled with art, museum exhibits, food and a lecture) runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Perhaps Dad would enjoy a quieter gallery setting. Modified Arts‘ (light rail at Roosevelt Station) newly renovated space looks brilliant at night, and the “Reality Reimagined” show debuts on Third Friday. The show, filled with international talent on a variety of mediums, promises “contemporary vision, sometimes irreverent, sometimes frank, and always compelling.” The gallery is open from 6 to 9 p.m.
A great way to wind down the night is with Eddie J. at The Duce (a short walk south of the Central/Washington or 1st Ave/Jefferson light rail stations). Eddie’s keytar stylings are unlike any other in Phoenix, and his baritone register can make any cover song a must-hear. Eddie jams at the Duce bar every Friday until 11 p.m., providing enough time for a perfect nightcap: An Old Fashioned or a Basil Gimlet handcrafted at the Duce’s vintage Chicago bar.
DPJ is teaming up with LightRailBlogger.com once again for the next installment of our “Explore Your Core: Light Rail” video series. This time we’re headed up to McDowell Station, home of the Phoenix Art Museum, Burton Barr Central Library and some tasty eat and drink spots.
We want to let you, the viewer, decide where we explore. So, what are some of your favorite destinations within walking distance of the light rail? Maybe you like hanging out in Cancer Survivors Park. Or, perhaps you can’t get enough of the shiny buffing at Los Olivos Hand Car Wash. You might enjoy a new relaxing weekend ritual at Giant Coffee. You tell us!
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From the Arizona Room is a weekly column examining the historic, reuse and infill structures in Downtown Phoenix. The inspiration for this column stems from the ever-expanding resources in Burton Barr Central Library’s Arizona Room (located on the fourth floor). For further information on this and other historic structures in the area, visit the Arizona Room during normal library hours.
817 N. 1st St. in Evans Churchill
This week is the third spot in our 1st Street miniseries, the Paulina Miller Gallery, near 1st and Garfield streets. The gallery space, one of Downtown’s hidden gems, is surprisingly cavernous inside, with polished concrete floors and high ceilings. Built in 1937, the Mission Revival-style building wasn’t always intended for commercial purposes.
Originally known as the Charles E. Palen House, the brick structure was built using a concrete foundation and a hefty slathering of stucco sheathing. The sand-colored stucco you see today is newer, but remains similar in color to the original (most likely an off-white color). Palen was a painter in Phoenix, and one of a few residents of the home.
The building’s most recognizable feature is the roof line’s stepped and curved parapet, which greets the 1st Street traffic. Additions on the north and east sides of the building were added years later, and the windows have been replaced several times. The tiled window awnings were not part of the original building structure.
Later, the Palen House was converted to commercial usage, most notably as the Merryman Funeral Home. The building pioneered the expansion of funeral homes out of the original Phoenix city core into neighborhoods. Obviously, many have since followed suit.
The Paulina Miller Gallery opened its doors in 2000, and will sadly close at the end of this month’s current exhibit. I urge you to make the building a stop on your Third Friday route this week. The building will continue to host special art shows and private social and corporate events in the interim until a new business takes occupancy.
Source: City of Phoenix Historical-Architectural Resource Survey of the Evans Churchill Area, April 1988; Historic Preservation Commission and Office Progress Report, 2006.
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Bragg’s Pie Factory is a pretty amazing place. Right in the heat of Grand Avenue’s eclectic art scene, this former confection creation station is now a very cool, very open and airy art space.
I rented the space for a modest sum to throw a party there for the Phoenix Fringe Festival’s closing night, and it couldn’t have gone better. There is currently a mutant pinata show going on (stop by, you can see it from the street!) and that made for a really fun vibe for the party. The owner, Beatrice (go visit her at Kooky Krafts up the street), was very accommodating and positive about the whole experience. Beatrice is an energy all her own on Grand Ave., really working to reuse and rehab the marvelous old buildings from Phoenix’s former main drag.
The building itself is a giant open front room with other, similarly large back rooms that house local businesses. The front room, the one we rented, is about a football field in size, stark white with polished concrete floors. It feels big when you’re in it, but we were able to use some select lighting (Xmas lights are your friend) to make the space somewhat intimate.
Rock on, Pie Factory, rock on.
Bragg’s Pie Factory is located at 1301 Grand Ave.
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Just another summer on the middle rack of the oven and I am continuing the search for places and sips and grub to at cool off my taste buds. I did take a moderate detour in my search when I heard about Giant Coffee, finally alive and buzzing. So, I slipped on my high-water jeans and, of course, ran barefoot up the street.
Upon locating Giant Coffee, tucked somewhat awkwardly behind Thai Hut and the entrance of Cancer Survivors Park, I was questioning what I would order that would replace all the fluids I sweated out getting there. Even though it is a coffee place, I was determined to order an “iced” anything. So, I slipped through the door into the cozy space and immediately felt at home. With Bunky Boutique jazzing up the north corner of the building, this place reeks of style. Plus, it never hurts that a friendly neighbor is behind the counter waiting to sling some righteous java.
It was suggested that I try the iced Honey Vanilla Latte. I couldn’t argue with that. Despite its unmanly-sounding title, it described sweetness, full flavor and icy goodness — all things that I was craving.
Once my latte was carefully constructed, I was unable to restrain myself from destroying it. It embodied everything I like about coffee drinks. Each sip was cool and delicious. The vanilla coursed through my veins. This drink was seemingly wrapped in sugary honey. This is the way to cool off in Downtown Phoenix.
Should you find yourself needing to check out the hype of Giant Coffee, then make sure you check out the Honey Vanilla Latte. It is seriously a welcomed assault on the taste buds. If you are lucky, you might even have my neighbor make it for you. Don’t know who she is? She is the nice one that makes stupendous lattes.
Giant Coffee is located at 1437 N. 1st St. in Evans Churchill (light rail station at Central/McDowell).