Arizona Cacophony Society Announces Phoenix Idiotarod 2014

Categories: Coming Soon, Fun

Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
A Star Wars-themed cart from Phoenix Idiotarod 2013.
Mischief-makers of the Valley, get your shopping carts ready. Oh, and you might want to fire up your brain cells as well and start conjuring up crazy ideas, too. That's because the Arizona Cacophony Society has set a date for the next Phoenix Idiotarod. And it's a little over a month away.

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Spanish Fly in Scottsdale to Become Boondocks

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Voice Places
Spanish Fly has flown away.
It's said that the average lifespan of most new clubs or nightlife establishment is about three to five years. In the case of Scottsdale's Spanish Fly, however, it didn't even last that long.

The Old Town swimming pool spot, which originally opened in 2011, closed last month and is in the process of becoming a neighborhood bar and eatery known as Boondocks.

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Phoenix Bike Share to Launch in Early 2014

Courtesy of Grid Bikes

Phoenix's bike share program now has a name: Grid Bikes (styled Gr:D). The bright green bikes are emblazoned with a smiley face and instructions to "Ride Happy!"

Mayor Greg Stanton unveiled the name and logo last Monday at the National Association of City Transportation Officials Phoenix conference at Hotel Palomar.

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The Castle on Main Wedding and Event Venue to Open Friday in Monsterland's Old Space

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Monsterland No More: The Castle on Main in Mesa.
A year ago at this time, the old Monsterland in Mesa was abuzz with all sorts of freaky and frightening activity. These days, however, the scene at the location that formerly housed the now-defunct haunted attraction is just as lively, although things are a bit more bright and cheery than before.

The Castle on Main, a medieval-themed wedding and events venue, has taken over the downtown Mesa space that once was home to Monsterland and will hold its grand opening on Friday evening. And there's nary any ghouls or goblins inside the place.

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Vernon Avenue Pocket Park to Open in Phoenix This Fall

Janessa Hilliard
Future site of the Vernon Avenue Pocket Park, just east of Central Avenue in Midtown.

Editor's note: This post has been modified from its original version to reflect that the Vernon Avenue Pocket Park will open in fall of 2013, instead of March 2014.

Like many Phoenicians, Christiaan Blok and Laryn Callaway-Blok, the husband-and-wife team behind Shine Coffee, grew tired of seeing the dirt lot near their business remain a dirt lot, day after day. Unlike your average Phoenicians, the two decided to do something about it.

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Scandalesque Announces Plans to Open The Empress in Downtown Phoenix

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Benjamin Leatherman
Downtown Phoenix's Palazzo, which the organizers of Scandalesque reportedly plan to transform in the Empress.
Scandalesque's Christy Zandlo and Julianna Curtis probably won't have much in the way of free time over the next several weeks. During that time, the co-founders of the local burlesque troupe have routines to rehearse, dance workshops to oversee, and a few upcoming performances to plan (including The M Show, their two-girl tribute to Marilyn Monroe at FilmBar on Friday). And then there's the biggest task on their plate: Opening Scandalesque's new performance venue within the next month or two.

On the evening of Friday, August 30, Zandlo announced on Facebook that the troupe is planning to open The Empress, a "drop dead gorgeous burlesque and live music theater" in downtown Phoenix sometime in October. Here's the kicker: Its location is the current home of infamous gothic-themed nightspot Palazzo, which will transform into its new identity in the coming weeks.

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ZapCon Announces 2014 Dates

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Gamers get in some playing time at the inaugural ZapCon in April.
Joystick Jedi and old-school gamers of Arizona, rejoice: ZapCon, the classic arcade and pinball convention, will return to downtown Phoenix for a second round next year. Better start practicing your moves.

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TopGolf Entertainment Center to Open in Scottsdale in 2014

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TopGolf Riverwalk
Driving range + bar + lounge = TopGolf

Get excited, golfers, people who hang out with golfers, or date golfers, or, well, you get the idea. Because TopGolf, the driving range meets bar/lounge golf entertainment center, is coming to the Valley. The 12th TopGolf location, called TopGolf at Riverwalk, breaks ground on July 19 and is expected to open by spring 2014.

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Eclectic Monkey Emporium in Downtown Mesa to Undergo Major Changes

Jessica Dollin
The windows at Eclectic Monkey Emporium have been blacked out for the renovation.
Eclectic Monkey Emporium on Main Street in Mesa is keeping its name but changing just about everything else. Mum's the word right now, but big things are in store for the business, which is as interesting as its name suggests. Owner Glenn Blackmore plans to transform the Emporium into a speakeasy/venue/artists studio/vintage shop.

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Artcade Lounge Finds a Home in Downtown Phoenix and Will Open Later This Year

Courtesy of Artcade Lounge
Invading a downtown Phoenix space in the months ahead.
Local gamers, start digging through couch cushions and hoarding every quarter possible. You're gonna need 'em a couple of months from now when the Artcade Lounge opens its doors in downtown Phoenix

Ariel Bracamonte and Nico Paredes, the pair behind the popular Artcade Show earlier this year (which featured vintage games used as canvases for local artists), announced Wednesday that they've found a location for a similarly themed arcade/nightspot concept. And by happenstance, it's the exact same spot where the Artcade exhibition took place.

See Also:
- The Artcade Show Opens Tonight at Parazol Studios in Downtown Phoenix
- Five of Our Favorite Arcade Games From ZapCon
- Ten Favorite Arcades in Metro Phoenix

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