It’s that time of year: Valentine’s Day has come back to taunt the lonely once again. If you don’t have a significant other, don’t fret. You can chalk the entire “holiday” up to a capitalist marketing scheme deployed by greeting card manufacturers and chocolate vendors and blissfully (née bitterly) ignore it until February 15 rolls around, thanks to a cache of activities for members of the Lonely Hearts club happening around the Valley. We are lonely no more!
Forget white-gloved bellhops or the overly enthusiastic, suck-up lobby attendants of Amy Schumer skits, the first to greet you upon arrival at FOUND:RE Phoenix is a lot more casual than those at some stuffy Scottsdale resorts or old-school Downtown high rises: a naked Burt Reynolds in a golden wig on a bearskin rug.
It's not you, it's us.
You were really, really hot, we'll admit, perhaps more so than any summer we can remember. And sure, you had your perks – we'll miss the lighter traffic on our morning commutes, and the weekend escapes to cool, breezy hikes up north were downright pleasant, and, of course, the heavily-discounted deals on local resort staycations made us feel like high rollers. But no amount of trips to AC-blasted grocery stores or $11 poolside piña coladas or reclining seat movie theaters could truly make us compatible (besides, your blockbusters this year stunk).
OK, fine. It is you. You're clingy and persistent; overbearing and stifling. We always had to do what you wanted. Did you ever consider that sometimes we didn't feel like hibernating inside just to maintain a normal body temperature? Netflix and chill took on a new, very un-sexy meaning with you.
Although music-centric eat-and-drink spots seem to be universal and plentiful, the few that grace Phoenix with their tunes are unique and far between. From dueling pianos and impromptu stage crashers to the traditional sound of the Wurlitzer organ, the “piano bars” and restaurants across the Valley won’t leave you flat.
Local fashion designer and retailer Carine Wang describes herself as a “tough cookie.” At 15, she learned sewing and pattern-making, and at 20, she left her native Singapore to attend the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, then affiliated with New York City’s Parsons School of Design.
Coloring books are not just for kids anymore. Adults are forming coloring meet-ups and clubs to practice the fine art of coloring, which has been touted to promote relaxation, mindfulness and ease stress.
If you’re looking for something new to do this month, pop over to Practical Art, a retail and gallery space on Central Avenue in Phoenix. This Downtown venue houses the work of more than 130 local artists and hosts community events and shows by local artists. Here are a couple of events Practical Art will be showcasing during the month of May.
When spring temperatures start hovering around 85 degrees, Valley residents dig through drawers and prowl through closets for their shorts, tank tops, sundresses and sandals from years gone by. You know the drill. You try them on, tug at the tight waistband, notice the ripped hemline and look in the mirror and say, “Why did I ever think this (fill in the blank) was a good idea?”
On April 5, you’ll get a chance to “invest in Arizona” by giving to any of the 800 nonprofit organizations participating in Arizona Gives Day, hosted by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum and presented by FirstBank. Since its founding in 2013, Arizona Gives Day has raised close to $4.5 million for Arizona nonprofits.
Once the stuff of science-fiction movies, virtual reality is finally making its way into the real world. A company in the Netherlands recently announced the unveiling of a permanent virtual reality (VR) movie theater. Six Flags is building a virtual roller coaster, and the Oculus Rift gaming system is nearly ready for consumer rollout.
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