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.
Have you got the itch to do something creative, but are not sure where to start? There are countless opportunities across the Valley of the Sun to learn how to cook, play an instrument, make art, write the great American novel or cut a rug on the dance floor.
Phoenix may not have the same “sports town” reputation as Chicago or L.A., but thanks to our gorgeous weather we have one thing other cities can’t offer baseball fans: spring training. Come March, the Phoenix metro area becomes home base for 15 teams including the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers.
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