Before bar-hopping and gallivanting around Phoenix galleries at First Friday, be sure to mark the Downtown Civic Space Park on your map of destinations. Besides offering a golf-course-worthy patch of green, the park has a bevy of First Friday to-do's. On the live entertainment side: Shoegaze rockers Former Friends of Young Americans are slotted to jam in the park, along with Emperors of Japan.
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At the historic A.E. England Building, on the park's perimeter, Artlink will host a closing reception for its current exhibition, Paco Velez: Asi Son Mis Dias/Borderline Survival, from 6 p.m. to 10p.m. Velez is set to perform during the reception. Also in the England Building, the Fair Trade Cafe serves up their "coffee with a conscience," a welcome respite for patrons breaking from their self-guided nighttime tours.