Downtown's First Friday (August 6)

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 August 6 ...

More recommendations, tips and a printable guide after the jump...

On the Map:
-- Footprints -- SB1070 at Braggs:
Angry art kicks ass. Case in point: Footprints--SB 1070 exhibit at Braggs Pie Factory, which features the creative works of the community that joined together to protest the new legislation. The exhibition is put together by the CALACA Cultural Center in Phoenix. The organization hopes to utilize the posters, music, video and collaborative pieces that were made for protest to highlight issues within the Latino arts and culture community.
-- Landmarks at Pravus:
It's about time we get some street art back in the gallery. This month, Pravus worked with artists Suchstyles, MAC, and Lalo Cota to connect with more street artists including Brez, Kaper, House, Enuf, and Champstyles. Together, they're presenting a sample of the history, current, and future street artists in Phoenix.
-- "Show us your cans" at Five15 Arts:
As highlighted in our Food Throughout Art History list, Five15 is asking This year's members exhibition is benefiting St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance. For every two cans/boxes of non-perishable food donated, Five15 will give a raffle ticket. And get ready, they're raffling off a selected art piece by one of Five15's members.

Off the Map:
-- Jackalope at Kooky Crafts:
What can we say? We're a little bias toward our own... Well that, and we think Amanda Williams does some wicked needle-felting.
-- Reality Reimagined reception at Modified Arts:
This is where crazy and creativity collide. The exhibit features dolls by Christy Puetz, cartoon strips by Jon Haddock and slightly bizarre self portraits by Carlos Contente. Check out our own, Wynter Holden's review here.
-- "The Grid: Here and Gone" at Trunk Space:
Tagline: Phoenix, How could you? A collection of pieces by local artists (including Aarron Abbott, Stephanie Carrico, Lisa Takata, Tommy Cannon and more) of historic phoenix buildings and landmarks that have been demolished and razed. The show's curated by Doug Towne and Marshall Shore.

Other useful tips:

-- Re-openings:
Like a breath of fresh air! Both the Duce and MADE closed for a few weeks; Blame vacations and renovations. But they're back open and ready to rock. (This just in, MADE is having a 50 percent off sale ... What are you doing still reading this? Get over there!)
-- After Party:
We hear there's a vegan dance party at Bikini Lounge ... not that we want to know what about dancing could possibly be vegan, but we're slightly interested. And it's reverse happy hour night at Moira Sushi, meaning $5 rolls and plenty of sake starting at 10:30 p.m.
-- Parking:
Phoenix Art Museum
has free parking and free event shuttles sponsored by Artlink, Inc. to various areas throughout downtown including Roosevelt Row. Route maps are available at the Museum. On-street parking is limited along Roosevelt Street between 1st Street and 7th Street (Note: meters downtown are still checked until 8 p.m.).

Happy Friday!

Don't forget to print out a field guide and take it with you!

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Claire Lawton
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