A Night Out w/ Dugaldo Estrada
It's safe to say that this 29-year-old has a few nicknames and more than a few things keeping him busy.
Originally from Southern California, Estrada spent most of his adult life in San Fransisco and three months studying abroad in Madrid. He moved to downtown Phoenix in 2007 and has been spreading his worldly presence and dynamic creativity ever since.
Estrada taught us how to Duggie in Downtown Phoenix for our latest wingman venture. Read about it after the jump.
Arriving at roughly 11 p.m., I was greeted by a party full of Estrada's closest friends, dressed in wigs and funky clothing and a corner of the room occupied by professional photography
Estrada and Seth Anderson
equipment. Duggie tells me he's having what he calls an "art party," a gathering of close friends invited to drink, play dress up and have their photo taken.
The Company: Aside from Candice Binde and Chavellie Rodriguez, I was introduced to a handful of new faces (ahhh, new faces), including Dugaldo's amazing other half of 7 years, Robert Salcido, Indie Arthouse member Michelle Ponce and local blogger, Seth Anderson.
After enough drinks, dress up and flashing lights, our collective buzz decides a dance party is the next necessity in our evening and only a short walk away to Bar Smith for The Scenario.
Spotted on the rooftop between flailing limbs were a few local faves and Scenario regulars, including Ariel Perez and girlfriend Alexandra Campbell of new after-hours organization, The Official, and local DJ/nightlifer, Julio Foolio.
Nicole Smith Duggie, Chavellie and a flailing limb at The Scenario.
Favorite Spots: Bar Smith and Charlie's gets the Duggie seal of approval as well as his Wednesday night favorite, Gallo Blanco to watch Flamenco dancing.
After Bar Smith, Estrada, Salcido and I are the only three left standing. As we walk back to their apartment, they tell me stories of their past about growing up in the same town and their plans for the future.
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