Grand Avenue Tours, Pothole Gardening, and One Good Super Bowl Commercial

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Grand Avenue Tours, Pothole Gardening, and One Good Super Bowl Commercial

1. Grand Avenue (De)Tours Art Detour -- the weekend of art openings and studio tours in Phoenix -- is scheduled for March 17 and 18, and members of the Grand Avenue Merchants Association are looking for a few people to give walking tours of the Downtown district.

Beatrice Moore, who owns Grand Avenue's Bragg's Pie Factory and Kooky Krafts, writes there will probably be two tours on Saturday and one on Sunday, and that those interested in giving tours should have a basic knowledge of the area's art spaces. (She's also willing to give you a lesson or two.) Contact Moore at for more information.

2. The Pothole Gardener East Londoner Steve Wheen began pothole scape-ing as part of a school project. Where potholes exist in his neighborhood's bike lanes, sidewalks, and streets, Wheen plants miniature gardens and small worlds he hopes also carry a message.

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"Part art project, part labour of love, part experiment, part mission to highlight how s*** our roads are," he writes. "The pictures and gardens are supposed to put smiles on peoples faces and alert them to potholes!"

Follow his progress on The Pothole Gardner blog.

3. Clint for President We sat down to watch the Super Bowl to catch the commercials. And with a pen and paper in hand, we waited for the good ones to play so we could compile some sort of summary for those who missed it (or foolishly skipped them on TiVo).

A few hours, interceptions, and a failed Hail Mary later, we had one thing written down -- "Clint Eastwood." Here's why:

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