First Friday

What's On Tap for Tonight's First Friday

Our favorite Friday of the month is upon us: First Friday.

As usual, both Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue will be packed with plenty of culture lovers and thrillseeking urbanites during the monthly art walk. And as always, we've assembled a list that details what the various galleries, restaurants, and art venues in and around downtown will be showing during the event, as well as which musicians will be getting their groove on. Click the link below for the complete rundown.

A couple of notes before you dive in: The free First Friday shuttle service hub has moved north a few blocks from the Burton Barr Central Library to the Phoenix Art Museum at Central Avenue and McDowell Road. (While you're there, be sure to catch the screening of The Heart Is a Drum Machine at 8 and 9:30 p.m.).

Also, all venues and galleries listed open to the public starting at 6 p.m. (unless specified otherwise). Be sure to call if you'd like more information.


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.

Carly's Bistro
128 East Roosevelt Street

The funky abstract paintings of Melanie Corradi are on display. Call 602-262-2759.

901 North Fifth Street

The walls of this downtown coffee house will feature the decorated vinyl of the "Stereographic Record Show" and the colorfully abstract paintings of J.J. Horner. Turntablists like Djentrification will provided the music starting at
8 p.m. Call 602-237-5446.

Drop In Gallery
917 North Fifth Street
Homless artist contribute their art work to the DIG's monthly First Friday show. Greasepaint Youth Theatre will present a special production, and a line-up of local bands perform, including A Technicolor Yawn and Hands on Fire. Call 602-257-4454.

Eye Lounge
419 East Roosevelt Street
Kaori Takamura offers up "The Shirt Shop" showcase, consisting of an array of her decorated plaster-cast shirts. (Click here for Wynter Holden's preview). Painter Lisa Marie Sipe and photographer Vivian Spiegleman will also have new work at the gallery. 5 p.m. Call 602-262-5584.

The Firehouse
1015 North First Street

The mixed media of Hans Hughs will hang in the gallery. Live entertainment on the outdoor stage includes Romantasy Cabaret at 9 p.m., and DJ Notah spinning New Wave and punk at 10 p.m. Call 602-300-7575.

Five 15 Arts
515 East Roosevelt Street

Mary Shindell's intricate "Satellite Drawings" and Nick Shindell's "SHARKS, man" paintings will be shown. (Click here for Lilia Menconi's preview). Call 602-216-0150.

The Free Street Band
Various locations along Roosevelt Row

The roving bagpipe band will be walking throughout the Evans Churchill Neighborhood starting at 7 p.m.

Hob Nob's
149 West McDowell Road
The folk rockers of Ono Grindz are scheduled to perfom. 8 p.m.

The Icehouse
429 West Jackson Street

Local Artist Steve Helffrich presents his "Infinity Hose and Other Things," which features light sculptures, plywood paintings, and other works that focus on the concept of infinity.

The Lost Leaf
914 Northth Street
Duo Vibrato will delight the patrons at the packed downtown drinkery with their combination of acoustic guitar and elegant chamber music. 8 p.m. Call 602-252-4168.

Modified Arts
407 East Roosevelt Street

This Roosevelt Row mainstay will offer "Love Letters," an exhibition of new work from a variety of ASU graduate students that stretches across sever differeny mediums, including paintings, ceramics, and printmaking. The members of The Big Bang Theory will provide improvisational jazz starting at 7 p.m. Call 602-462-5516.

905 North Fourth Street

DJ Iowatest, DJ Mendez, and various guests will be on the ones and twos starting at 8 p.m. Call 602-254-6424.

Perihelion Arts
610 East Roosevelt Street
An opening reception will be held for the "Installation Five Scion Art Tour: Self-Portrait" traveling show, which utilizes the works of such cutting-edge artists as Yoskay Yamamoto, Mark Mothersbaugh, David Choe, Todd Tourso, Too Tall Jahmal, Lisa Alisa, Logan Hicks, Eye One, Angela Boatwright, and Tessar Lo. D-JR will also spin. Call 602-334-6299.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 North Central Avenue

Screenings of the music documentary The Heart Is a Drum Machine will be held at 8 and 9:30 p.m., with a special reception featuring DJ William Fucking Reed and food from Carly's Bistro. (Read Jose Gonzalez's preview). If that doesn't suit your fancy, check out the museum's current exhbition of "Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor." (Nina Carapetyan's preview is available here). Call 602-257-1222.

501 East Roosevelt Street
More than a dozen creative types have provided work for Pravus' new show "The Panelists: Celebrating the Comic Book Panel," which celebrates the sequential art form. The line-up includes Mitch O'Connell, The Pizz, Anthony Ausgang, Luster Kaboom, Mark George, Kirk Ryden, Zoey Stevens, Joshua Ellingson, Russ Pope, and Jon Haddock. Call 602-363-2552.

The Ruby Room
717 South Central Avenue

A killer line-up of local rock and jazz bands perform, including Sonorous, the Love Me Nots, and 9th Street Shakedown. 9 p.m., $5.

Space 55
636 Pierce Street
Valley rock band Scorpion vs. Tarantula will rock out at Space 55. (Full disclosure: the band's guitarist is our copy editor Jay Bennett). 7:30 p.m.


Bragg's Pie Factory
1301 Grand Avenue

The "formal-gone-wild" abstract paintings of Sue Chenoweth's "Predator and Prey" will be on exhibited. Call 602-256-7769.

Chez Nous
915 Grand Avenue

Local band Elixir will play R&B and Motown-style jams all night. 9 p.m., $7. Call 602-266-7372.

The Chocolate Factory
1105 Grand Avenue

Peter Storch will present his "Still Learning" showcase, which features a number of painting by the artist. (full disclosure: he's also our art director). 7:30 p.m. Call 602-920-7560.

First Christian Church
6750 North Seventh Avenue

Local rock and indie bands Cold & Golden, Sam the Boy, Alaska and Me, Owl & Penny, Sound the City, and Out of Reverie will perform. 6 p.m., $7. Call 602-246-9206.

The Paisley Violin El Museo Cafe
1030 Grand Avenue

The figurative paintings of Tiffany Greer will be featured in the restaurant. Meanwhile, Blaine Long will perform lyrical folk music outside at 7:30 p.m., and DJ Gene Dorn will spin in the Green Room all night. Call 602-254-7843.

1113 Grand Avenue

Lee Berger will show off his geometrically abstract paintings and Azul will perform a set of electronic fusion music starting at 7 p.m. Call 602-252-7449.

Revolver Records
4214 North Seventh Avenue

Classic rock band Jolly Roger unleash some heavy sounds at the local indie music shop. 8 p.m. Call 602-795-4980.

Soul Invictus
1022 Grand Avenue

The gallery will feature the mixed media works of Tabatha Hutchins, Manny Moreno, Mario G., and Donovan Pribyl. Local bands Threefold Fate and The Relics will also perform in the Cabaret Room starting at 8 p.m.

Trunk Space
1506 Grand Avenue

Ryan Avery and Corey Busboom's joint "Do You See the Rose in the Trash?" show dominates the Grand Avenue retail space and music venue, featuring the former's silk-screened prints and the latter's D.I.Y. sound generating devices. (Click here for a preview). Call 602-256-6006.

Tilt Gallery
919 West Fillmore Street

The stunning black-and-white photographs of Jill Enfield's "The New American Project" series will take center stage. (Read Wynter Holden's preview here). Call 602-716-5667.