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Downtown's First Friday (Dec. 3)

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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 December 3 ...

For a full-size image, click on the image (or right here). More First Friday hints and details after the jump ...

On the Map:

- A Bunch of Crock @ Bragg's Pie Factory
Safwat Saleem's a graphic designer, computer programmer, filmmaker and an artist. He calls his visual art show, "A Bunch of Crock," an expression of the humor he finds in manipulative political campaign messages and political data. Basically, he'll use satire and profanity to make people laugh at the ridiculous statements currently made by political figures. The show's only up for one night at Bragg's Pie Factory, 1301 W Grand Avenue in Phoenix. Doors open at 6 p.m.. Read more about Saleem's effort here.

- WPE and Mourning Fyre @ Holgas (or the lot right next to Holgas)
There's nothing like a hot show on a cold night, and MourningFyre promises to light more than a few torches at the lot next to Holgas, 822 N. 4th St., from 6 to 10 p.m.. You can also expect a few DJs, including Decarbonated Road Soda and Spyder. Check out the event's Facebook page for more details.

-Sisters of Another Mother @ First Studio Check out the new, old, small and large work of local painters Kristina Kollasch and Jenny Ignaszewski. The two will be showing their own artwork and a handful of collaborative pieces. The reception's at First Studio, 631 N. First Ave., is from 7 to 11 p.m., and will feature musical guests, The Shammys.

- Full Slam Tilt! @ Sweets and Beats
Photographer Rikki Lee's all about pinball machines, and she's found quite the collection -- namely that of Marky Hellspite, a local punk musician. Lee photographed Hellspite's vintage machines and their characters and machinery. The opening reception for the show begins at 7 p.m., and we're told there will be baked goods for early birds. Check out the event's page for more details.

- A Mural Party @ St. Francis
It's about time that mural on the second floor of St. Francis, 111 E. Camelback Road, gets some love. Artists Hector Ruiz and DOSE have different, yet complementary styles -- bold colors in street-style writing collide with intricate drawings and animal anatomies. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, a proponent of graffiti removal on the streets, is expected to be attending. Frankly, we're more excited about the art, a chance to get to chat with the artists, and free cocktails and appetizers. The reception is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. check out more details on the St. Francis facebook page.

- Crafeteria @ Medlock Plaza
We'd have to be hot-glued to our office desks not to make it to the Crafeteria, an indie craft fair held in the parking lot of Medlock Plaza (Camelback Road and Central, behind Smeeks, Frances and Stinkweeds) from 6 to 10 p.m..

More than 40 local vendors of all things handmade (soap, knits, paper goods, jewelry, accessories, etc.) will be selling their creations and geeking out about the tables across the lot. More event details here.

- Willo North Gallery is hosting "Grace and Gravitas" with work from Lawrence McLaughlin and Eric Cox . The opening festivities start at 6 p.m.. Willo North Gallery is on the southeast corner of Thomas Road and 7th Avenue 

Other Useful Information:

- For prime-time people watching, check out the live music and art at Revolver Records on Roosevelt Street, near Bikini Lounge on Grand Avenue and all over the CityScape ice rink.

- For prime-time art viewing, go early (galleries usually open around 5 p.m.) and peace out before the skinny jeans and bongos make their mass appearance.

- For food/drinks: Check out happy hour at St. Francis on Central Avenue and Camelback Road, hot spicy soup on Sens at 705 N 1st Street, or kickass coffee at Jobot, 918 N 5th Street (they're open until midnight).  

- For parking:  The Phoenix Art Museum has great parking (and great art, go figure) 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.). Or if you can nab a spot, check out the free street parking on Grand Avenue ...

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

Happy Friday!

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