For proof that art lovers are about more than schmoozing and sipping cheap wine from plastic glasses, one need look no further than Art Detour, the free, self-guided tour of downtown artist studios, galleries, and art-friendly businesses. Now in its 21st year, the Phoenix tradition, which typically draws upwards of 10,000 patrons, has bridged the wide gap between artists and suburb dwellers who think art should match their throw pillows. This year, both art fans and the artless will find the Detour even more accessible, thanks to light rail and a new, improved shuttle system.
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.
Every weekend during the month of March, arts events will be hosted in downtown Phoenix and surrounding neighborhoods, along with events, exhibitions, and performances on other days throughout the month. In recognition of the local arts community and these public festivals, Mayor Phil Gordon has proclaimed March as “Phoenix Arts Month” and invites everyone to attend and celebrate.
Historic Home Tours are always very interesting and a lot of fun. The upcoming Coronado Home Tour should be no exception. Coronado is one of the most intriguing Historic neighborhoods in the Downtown Phoenix area. In addition to some great restaurants in restored 1920’s buildings and other cool spaces, the neighborhood is home to a wide variety of 1920’s housing stock including brick bungalows, spanish style bungalows, little neighborhood store front buildings and old church buildings, converted into “loft like” spaces.
Just a few weeks ago, Arizona captured the international sports spotlight with the Cardinals Superbowl appearance and now this coming week we get to be in the spotlight again, this time by hosting the NBA All-Star Game and associated events.
If you have been wanting to move to the Coronado Historic District, this charming Craftsman bungalow might just be what you have been waiting for. A rare, 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath floor plan with hardwood floors that has been tastefully remodeled.