Jeezum crow, its gonna be cold this weekend. Really cold. Like in the 30s.
So unless hypothermia is your bag baby, better throw on an extra sweater or down plenty of spirits when venturing out to tonight's freezing First Friday at the various and sundry art hotspots in and around the downtown arts district.
Speaking of cool, that's exactly how you could describe some of the art and music that will be available at the galleries and art spaces of Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, and elsewhere in downtown. The fly paintings of Jules Demetrius (pictured) will be at the Lost Leaf. Pigment pimp Brian Boner will have a new show up around the corner at eye lounge. And you'll definitely want to check out Heritage Square, where the folks behind music/culture Web-board The Shizz have booked a few local acts like Thee Jaguar Sharks and The Worrymen.
Oh yeah, in case you missed Arty Girl's earlier blogs, Stinkweeds is holding an awesome "Indie Crafeteria" party and the Phoenix Art Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
Afida's Hair Culture
116 East Roosevelt Street
DJ Tony Culture will be spinning reggae, dancehall, and old-school music starting at 8 p.m. Call 602-258-4992.
1204 East Roosevelt Street
In partnership with Art Awakenings, Alwun House offers its "Art & Gift Show" benefiting the non-profit organizations and offering handmade novelties, artworks, and other "reasonably priced" unique gifts. A tree lighting ceremony will also be helf, featuring drum circles, holiday food and spirits, dance, music, poetry, and other entertainment. 7 p.m. Call 602-253-7887.
901 North Fifth Street
Djentrification hits the turntables. 7 p.m. Call 602-237-5446.
419 East Roosevelt Street
The paintings of Brian Boner's "Random Patterns Guaranteed" will be shown in the East Gallery, while Christopher Jagmin's "Up in the Air" showcase of encaustic works will be displayed in the Project Room. 5 p.m. Call 602-430-1490.
113 North Sixth Street
The Shizz presents the first edition of its First Friday music series, with performances from The Worrymen, Thee Jaguar Sharks, and others. 6 p.m.
821 North Third Street
Radio Phoenix presents a First Friday showcase featuring Scorpion vs. Tarantula, Japhy's Descent, and others. 6 p.m. Call 602-475-8519.
918 North Fifth Street
Funk/R&B band Hot Birds and the Chili Sauce will perform outdoors. 7 p.m. Call 480-577-6455.
The Lost Leaf
914 North 5th Street
Urban artist and painter Jules Demetrius is the featured artist this month. 5 p.m. Call 602-258-0014.
407 East Roosevelt Street
Mixed-media artist Kate Timmerman holds a reception for her retrospective exhibition "Then and Now, 1998-2009," which features the various paintings, text abstractions, and other creations. (Click here for Steve Jansen's preview). 6 p.m. Call 602-462-5516.
905 North Fourth Street
The spot formerly known as Fate features DJ Proper Villain on the turntables. 8 p.m. Call 602-254-6424.
610 East Roosevelt Street
The "beautiful and hideous" paintings and ink drawings of Tuscon's Jesse Peper will be the feature exhibition. 6 p.m. Call 602-334-6299.
501 East Roosevelt Street
New works from Koryn Woodward Wasson, Roy Wasson Valle, and Jack Long will be shown. 6 p.m. Call 602-363-2552.
918 North Second Street
The musicians of Man About a Dog, Andrew Jackson Jihad, and Matt Arnold will jam outside the store. 7 p.m. Call 602-795-4980.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
100 West Roosevelt Street
The Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale offers a free rehearsal session open to the public. 6:30 p.m. Call 602-254-7126.
909 North Fifth Street
The DJs of Universatile Music will be on the wheels of steel on the porch while new art hangs in the gallery. 6 p.m.
Kooky Krafts Shop 1500 Grand Avenue Beatrice Moore and Tony Zahn's quirky boutique will be open for business. Call 602-252-3774.
1030 Grand Avenue
What's going on at the Paisley this month? Photographs by owner Derrick Suarez, as well as new works from Sue Morse with Naked Raku Pottery, that's what. Live music is also scheduled and the shop and spaces of Paisley Town will also be open for business. 5 p.m. Call 602-254-7843.
Sweets & Beats
1504 Grand Avenue
This combination candy shop and record store owned by Emily Spetrino-Murtaugh and her husband Liam celebrates offers up its sugary and sonic wares to the public. 5 p.m.
1506 Grand Avenue
The retro-looking robot drawings of Jon S. Borrette will be exhibited. 7 p.m. Call 602-256-6006.
ELSEWHERE IN DOWNTOWN/CENPHO:
1221 North Central Avenue
Patrons can peruse Barbara Kemp Cowlin's "Nooks and Crannies" series of paintings. 6 p.m. Call 602-256-3521.
After Hours Gallery
116 West McDowell Road
Help benefit autism research by buying up some of the arty skateboards on display during the "All Hands on Deck" showcase. (Click here for more info). 6 p.m. Call 602-710-2398.
130 East Washington Street
Electro, funk, and hip-hop music will be spun up by the DJs of Fuse Fridays. 9 p.m., $5 before midnight. Call 602-229-1265.
108 East Pierce Street
Reggae band Rasta Farmers offers some irie sounds during First Friday. 7 p.m. Call 602-267-1266.
Hob Nob's Coffee House
149 West McDowell Road
Partake in the folk rock of Ono Grindz while enjoying Hob Nob's selection of coffee, teas, and other high-octane beverages. 7 p.m. Call 602-253-9220.
606 North Fourth Avenue
Remember how New Times recruited a dozen or so artists to give some of our newsstands a new paint job? Said creations will be on display tonight at this downtown eatery during the opening reception for the "Phoenix Art & Soul Project" exhibit. (See Lilia Menconi's preview here.) 7p.m. Call 602-368-3613.
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Phoenix Art Museum
1625 North Central Avenue
PAM celebrates its diamond anniversary with a massive party featuring hot jazz from the Energy Trio, and even hotter spins from DJ Rani G. and dk.strickler. (Read Lilia Menconi's preview here.) 7 p.m. Call 602-257-1222.
4343 North Seventh Avenue
Jared Alan and DJ Goldzsmith will present plenty of hipster dance action at fausShow Friday Nights. 9 p.m. $7 cover. Call 602-264-1700.
18 West Monroe Street
After peeping paintings and pics all evening, stop by this downtown pub for a pint of Guinness and an earful of the Irish music from The Biffos. 9 p.m. Call 602-253-6081.
705 North 1st Street
Alt-rock band Hello Swindon perform at the pub. 9 p.m. Call 602-296-5043.