By Benjamin Leatherman
By Robrt L. Pela
By Katrina Montgomery
By Robrt L. Pela
By Kathleen Vanesian
By New Times
By Ray Stern
By Eric Tsetsi
GRAND AVENUE RETAILERS
Hermano’s Liquor & Market
1340 Grand Ave.
Many art-walk attendees have found liquid refreshment at this double-drive-through booze barn, where soft drinks are abundant, as is harder stuff, ranging from the ever-popular Sparks to 40-ouncers of Schlitz. Regular Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-midnight; and Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Art Detour: Open Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m-2 a.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.-midnight.
The Laughing Giraffe
1023 Grand Ave., Studio B
Vegan cuisine doesn’t always have to be bland blobs of soy, as Justin Baumgartner proves with his line of tasty organic and raw snacks, whipped up by the chef at his kitchen inside the La Melgosa building. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 6-11 p.m., and by appointment. Art Detour: An exhibition of glass adult novelty toys, and J.J. Horner’s surrealist paintings, Friday, 6-11 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (with DJs David Diagonal, Joe “Bear” Chatman, and Korrupt spinning both days).
The Red Door Vintage Boutique
1229 Grand Ave.
This secondhand ultra-retro retail store in the rear of The Red Door is crowded with wild wigs, devious dresses, haute couture handbags, and other awesome accessories. Regular Hours:First and Third Fridays, 7 p.m.-midnight. Art Detour: Open Friday, 7 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 1-10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
GRAND AVENUE EATERIES & NIGHTLIFE
Arizona Derby Dames Bake Sale
Southeast corner of 3rd and Roosevelt streets; and
1500 Grand Ave. (outside Perihelion Arts)
When they aren’t busy bashing each other at various Valley skating rinks, the Arizona Derby Dames raise funds by selling scrumptious homemade brownies, cupcakes, and other sugary treats at two locations. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 7 p.m.-midnight. Art Detour:Open Friday, 7 p.m.-midnight.
1502 Grand Ave.
The landmark dive bar on Grand Avenue holds more than just tiki kitsch and dirt-cheap beer, as fading depictions of topless maidens and tribal masks share space with work from such hip painters as Steve Yazzie and Isaac Fortoul, as well as bizarrely humorous bathroom decor by brushhead Michael Little. Regular Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Art Detour: New paintings by local artists, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. (with DJ Shane Kennedy spinning Friday-Saturday at 9 p.m.).
Counter Culture Cafe
750 Grand Ave. (at The Paper Heart)
After getting unceremoniously booted from their previous digs, espresso entrepreneurs Monique and Andres Yuhnke have set up shop inside The Paper Heart and continue to serve up a serious selection of flavorful coffees, teas, lattes, smoothies, and other beverages, as well as sandwiches, salads, pita pizzas, and appetizers fit for noshing. Regular Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Art Detour: Full menu available Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
1747 Grand Ave.
While the wait staff at this breakfast and lunch spot probably won’t extend the offer to kiss their grits (à la TV’s Alice, which was partially filmed here), they’ll eagerly dish up great greasy-spoon staples such as loaded farmers’ omelets, juicy chicken-fried steaks, and beefy burgers. Regular Hours: Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Sunday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Art Detour: Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The Paisley Violin
1028 Grand Ave.
Gina and Derrick Suarez’s quirky bistro isn’t just a place to find delicious Mediterranean and Euro-style eats, as there’s an ample stage for live-music acts such as Haiku Rd. and plenty of wall space for such artists as painters Tiffinie Greer and Steve Helfritch. Regular Hours: Monday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m.-midnight; Saturday, 9 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Art Detour: New classical nude sketches by Eric Hodgkins and cookout feasts, Friday, 6 a.m.-1 a.m. (with folk artist Sara McCalister at 8 p.m.); Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 a.m. (with indie-folkers The Via Maris at noon, rockers The Hung Dynasty at 2 p.m., and The Dorsets at 4 p.m.); and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (with acoustic troubadour Brandon Stanley at noon and roots-rockers Instant Hobo at 2 p.m.).
ELSEWHERE ART SPACES
Arizona Testing Laboratories
817 W. Madison St.
Man battles machine in David Therrien’s warehouse gallery, as he offers experimental technology-based works symbolizing a collision of art and science, be they photography, machine art, robotics, or paintings. Regular Hours: By appointment only. Art Detour: “Eyes Wide Open” touring installation featuring hundreds of Army boots symbolizing soldiers lost in the Iraq War, as well as drawings and illustrations by Maryanna Hoggatt and abstract paintings by Stacie Uhinck, Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Art & Soul
1602 E. Culver St.
Marcia Losh uses a majority of the space inside her vintage cottage to construct representational and abstract stained-glass windows, but also provides ample room for solo shows by such local artists as jewelry creator Nancy Neumann, doll-maker Marge McCue, and illustrator Jane Rathbun. Regular Hours: Occasional First Fridays, 6-10 p.m., and by appointment. Art Detour: New work by a dozen artists, including photographs by Losh and paintings by Judy Wargula, Polly Coward, and Paula Ellis, Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.