Downtown's First Friday (April 1)

Art walks are more often about people watching and shenanigans and less about the actual art. We're here to guide you through both. Presenting our very own Field Guide -- an evolving guide to art walks around town.

From time to time, we'll introduce some of our favorite spots and dish out some insider information. If you have any tips or tricks, share 'em in the comments section.

Here's a peek at our guide to Downtown's First Friday for April 1 ...

More First Friday hints and details after the jump ... 

(Just a few) On the Map:

- S.O.S. @ monOrchid
Save Our States (S.O.S.) is a group traveling art exhibition with work from Arizona and California artists that explores the relationship between the neighboring states post-Prop 1070 in Arizona and 187 in California -- both targeting the rights and services of illegal immigrants. (California's proposition was determined unconstitutional after

The Alwun House, at 1204 E. Roosevelt St., will host an "introductory" to steampunk art and culture with work by Steve Gompf, Rand Lyons and Edward Schenk at 7 p.m. For more information, see the Alwun House website.

- Tumbleweed Bower @ The Icehouse
Mayme Kratz and her "Team Tumbleweed" have been busy installing her interactive piece -- a 15-foot tumbleweed cube -- in the Icehouse main entrance room.Read more about her project here.
An opening reception will be at The Icehouse, at 429 W. Jackson St., from 6 to 11 p.m., and Kratz will host a lecture at 7 p.m. Saturday. See the event's invite for more reception information.

Off the Map:

- New World Border @ The Hive No. 6 (The Bee's Knees)
The Hive, 2222 N. 16th St., will host a traveling exhibit of US artists' work in response to the US/Mexico border wall. Pieces from more than 30 artists will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. for more information, see the New World Border website.

- Curiouser and Curiouser @ The AZ Science Center
The interactive public artwork of local artists Mary Lucking and David Tinapple will be dedicated to the Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., at 4 p.m.. Curiouser and Curiouser, is a large, interactive telescope and microscope that allows guests to see each other on very small and large scales. Very Alice in Wonderland, indeed. For more information, check out the Science Center and the The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture websites.

(Hint: a majority of the shows that opened on Third Friday/Detour in March are still up! Check them out here.)

Other Useful Information:

- If you missed it, our seventh jackalope limited edition sticker, designed by Cindy Dach, will be making its debut tonight! (Find a few at each location marked with a star on the map.)

- To embrace the shenanigans, check out the live music and art at Revolver Records on Roosevelt Street, at Bliss ReBar, at Bikini Lounge on Grand Avenue and all over Heritage Square.

- To avoid the shenanigans (and a sunburn), go early, walk around, and take home a piece of art before the bongos and snow cones arrive.

-- The Phoenix Art Museum has great parking (and great art, go figure). On-street parking is limited along Roosevelt Street between First and Seventh streets (Note: meters downtown are still checked until 8 p.m.). Or if you can nab a spot, check out the free street parking on Grand Avenue ...

Happy Friday!

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