When light-rail construction scared off scores of shoppers, many struggling downtown merchants considered the $1.4 billion line more of a curse than a blessing. Light rail began running in December, and what a difference a few months has made. Last week, several downtown business owners lobbied a transit agency to make sure that their shops would sit near a future light-rail route.
Ed Montini muses on why he believes Phoenix deserves better than Brand “X.”
Is Downtown Phoenix going through an identity crisis – or just growing up? We here at The Journal would love to hear your thoughts.
Simply titled, “3,” this year during Artlink’s Art Detour Jordre Studio will be hosting a show of three diverse artists, Jennie Ignaszewski, Tyson Crosbie and Kyle Jordre (owner of Jordre Studio). The opening reception is being held on March 6, 2009 during First Friday, 6PM-10PM. The studio will also be open during regular Detour hours, Saturday, March 7, 10AM – 6PM; Sunday, March 8, noon – 6PM.
The Mutant Pinata Show will take place again this year at 1301 Grand Avenue, at the historic Bragg’s Pie Factory, and will be open for the March First Friday (March 6th from 6 – 12 PM); Art Detour Weekend (March 7th and 8th); as well as the March Third Friday (March 20th) and the April First and Third Fridays (April 3 and 17).
You can check out this quality outlet for all things vintage during normal operating hours on Wednesday thru Sunday or you can stop by on First Fridays, when the Hollywood Regency and it’s neighbors in the Wagon Wheel Building at 7th Ave & Montecito, turn host to belly dancers, flame throwers and a drum circle. I’m told the activities go on until Midnight sometimes.
The 8th Annual Melrose on 7th Ave Street Fair is upon us. Happening this coming Saturday, March 7th, the streets on 7th Ave will be blocked off from Indian School Rd to Campbell and you and your loved ones will be able to stroll freely up and down 7th Ave, checking out all the arts & crafts vendors, the very popular Vintage Car Show, featuring as many as 150 cars and trucks and pop in all of the store front businesses lining both sides of 7th Ave.
Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winning comedienne Lily Tomlin visits Downtown Phoenix this Saturday night, March 7th. The show starts at 8PM on stage at the beautiful Orpheum Theater. Tickets start at $161.
One of the components of the recently passed Stimulus Bill which probably contains the most significant potential to impact an individual person or couple, is the $8,000 Federal Tax Credit available to First-time homebuyers. This Tax Credit is available to anyone who does not currently own a home or who has not owned a home during the last 3 years. The Credit is a direct reduction of a person’s Tax liability and can even result in a Tax Refund if your Tax liability for the year is less than the amount of the Credit.
Groove to the jazzy sounds of the swing era as the greatest hits of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington are performed by our really BIG big band. “Bandleader” Lawrence Golan leads this evening of standards that promises to be a swingin’ night on the town!
Downtown Phoenix during First Fridays can be a little overwhelming, with hordes of people trying to get their monthly art fix in the span of four hours. So for people who want to enjoy their art and culture in a slightly more relaxed setting, there is Art Detour. The once-a-year, all-weekend event lets visitors take a self-guided tour through the art galleries and studios in central Phoenix.