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Here's Your Guide to Art Detour 27 in Phoenix

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But for those with specific interests, we've got targeted suggestions:

If you want to do the mural scene. . .

You can't wait for Art Detour. You need to be on mural watch now, and ramp it up a notch come Thursday's official start of the four-day mural event dubbed Paint PHX, when mural artists are converging on Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, 16th Street and other parts of our fair city to assure we've all got plenty of fresh art to carry us through another year.

You can celebrate alongside mural artists and fellow fans of their work during the 5th Street Block Party that runs from 2 to 10 p.m. along 5th Street in Roosevelt Row, which features local music, live mural painting, a lowrider show, a skate demo by Apache Skateboards, and more.

Be sure to pop into the boxy green building at 222 East Roosevelt Street as well. Once home to Cole and Dana Reed's GreenHaus, it's now an empty shell -- but it's also home to hidden treasures. During Art Detour, you can pop in to see murals by Ted DeGrazia formerly covered by faux walls but since removed by new owners Baron Properties, who'll be demolishing the building to make way for housing.

If you want to party. . .

Start the night before at Phoenix Art Museum, where Friday, March 6's mash-up of visual and performing arts called Exploding Plastic Inevitable after Andy Warhol's 1966 multi-media extravaganza in New York City celebrates the opening of an "Andy Warhol: Portraits" exhibition. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and features "live interpretations inspired by Andy Warhol."

Participants include Wooden Indian, Four Chambers Press, Conder/dance, Liliana Gomez, Yai Cecream, DJentrification, Francisco Flores, Jar of Buttons, Tumble Tees, Palabra Collective, and more. Museum admission is free and the cost for touring the Warhol exhibition will be discounted to just $2 for this festive homage and nostalgic nod to Warhol's own EPI.

Come Saturday night, March 7, the pop-up park dubbed The Lot: What Should Go Here and the neighboring art space monOrchid are hosting a film screening we're told could involve "spontaneous singing and dancing." Presenters Artlink, No Festival Required, and Palm Pictures suggest bringing your own blanket or low-back chair along for their 8:30 p.m. screening of Stop Making Sense, the 1984 concert film of Talking Heads concert at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Impress your friends by reclining on your grooviest beach towel with a copy of David Byrne's How Music Works.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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