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WED 19
Luis Prado realized a "lifelong dream" back in September when his Into the Bean coffee shop opened up across the street from Mesa Community College at 1710 West Southern Avenue. But in the competitive java house market he's in, Prado knows he's got to offer something different: hookups. Okay, we're not talking about a meat-market-style coffee shop here, just a bit friendlier confines where the lighting is just right and "the conversation flows," Prado says. "It's just a lot more friendly environment," he adds. And that goes for exhibiting artists, as well, including Tony Jackson, who'll debut his newest acrylic works in his show "Innerverse" beginning Wednesday, January 19. "The coffee shop doesn't make any money off the artist," Prado says. "We want the art to be as affordable as possible, and we don't want the artist to have to jack up his prices." Live jazz and free hors d'oeuvres will accompany Jackson's opening, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 480-890-0579 or see www.intothebean.com.

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