On Wednesday, January 7, the Herberger Theater Center pays tribute to the burgeoning and much ballyhooed downtown arts scene with "Celebrating Visual Arts in Downtown Phoenix." If you're not a denizen of the frantic First Friday art walk scene, this exhibition should be a fitting introduction to the artists and galleries behind all the hype. The collection includes pieces from the Paulina Miller Gallery, downtown's oldest surviving commercial gallery; Modified Arts, the gallery owned by Kimber Lanning, who also owns Stinkweeds Records and founded Arizona Chain Reaction; eye lounge, the cooperative started by the Phoenix Arts Commission's Greg Esser and wife Cindy Dach, marketing director for Changing Hands Bookstore; and monOrchid, arts impresario Wayne Rainey's gallery. Beatrice Moore -- who, with her partner Tony Zahn, owns several buildings in downtown Phoenix, including her own Stop n' Look Gallery -- is baking a cake for the opening reception, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Activities include play "shorts" performed by collaborative creative teams brought together as part of "Artplay in a Day" and readings... More >>>