Phoenix Artist Mimi Jardine: 100 Creatives

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Courtesy of Mimi Jardine
Meet the artist.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 11. Mimi Jardine.

One woman's trash is another's art project.

At least that's the case for Mimi Jardine. The Phoenix artist recently won a Good 'N Plenty Award from Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to fund her project, The Mobile Remittance Unit, a faux government office that collects and processes litter, cleaning up communities and raising awareness about single-use plastics.

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Downtown Mesa Debuts Flash Park Friday on September 19

Categories: Events, News

Courtesy Erica Snyder/Downtown Mesa Association
The mini "flash" parks debuted in Mesa last May.

Downtown Mesa is bringing the park to the people. An outdoors-inspired affair, Flash Park Friday hits the streets this week, with miniature parks taking over vacant parking spaces and sidewalks, promising a night of reprieve from an otherwise sweltering September.

The central event and activities will take place on Main Street between Robson and Center streets, while grassy oases will roll out in front of Main Street-area shops. Patrons can relax and sprawl out from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Third Friday of every month -- pets and kiddos in tow.

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Viva Bike Arizona Aims to "Change the Conversation" About Bicycling Statewide

Categories: Bicycle Culture

Image courtesy of Ryan Guzy
Tempe policymakers ride together at a ride earlier this year organized by Viva Bike Arizona

Valley-wide, bikes are finally becoming a part of the landscape. With density and accessibility becoming a must-have for competitive cities around the world, Phoenix area bicyclists are increasingly seeking to exert their power and make their respective environments ideal for riding in all conditions.

Following the creation and continued growth of such bicycling activist nonprofits as Tempe Bicycle Action Group (TBAG) and Phoenix Spokes People (PSP), Tempe resident and longtime cyclist Ryan Guzy saw a need to insert bikes into the statewide conversation on a more directly political level. An outgrowth of the "Tempe Bike People" Facebook group, the new Viva Bike Arizona political action committee was born.

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Ian Loughlin of Chandler's Disciple Tattoo on Realism and Gangster Unicorn Tattoos

Josh Chesler
Loughlin's black and grey realism work is some of the best in the Valley.

When Ian Loughlin's brother bought him a tattoo kit and asked for a tattoo, he probably didn't expect it to lead to a career.

"I was just doing graffiti and drawing at the time, and I was getting tattooed myself a lot, so my brother just asked me to tattoo him," says Loughlin, now one of the Valley's top artists at Disciple Tattoo in Chandler. "The kit came with some fake skin to practice tattooing on, but I wanted to really learn how to tattoo before I tattooed my brother."

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Icon Sports and Social Club Fall 2014 Registration Now Open

Categories: Morning Buzz

Andy Smith via Flickr
Looking to make new friends? Maybe meet some singles?

Icon Sports Club might be able to help with that. The adult intramural social club is inviting men and women 21 and over to step up to the plate, onto field, and near the net as it accepts new players for the fall season.

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Phoenix Designer Timothy Brennan: 100 Creatives

Categories: 100 Creatives

Zach Ishmael
Meet the designer.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 12. Timothy Brennan.

Before work, there's work to do.

That's how Phoenix designer and Lavidge art director Timothy Brennan starts his days. The 32-year-old says he's usually awake by 5:15 a.m. to tackle passion projects, freelance work, or hard deadlines.

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P.H.I.L. Talks Debut at Downtown Phoenix's Space 55 on Friday, September 12

Categories: Events

In between comedy events and live theater: the first installment of the PHIL presentation series.

Valley residents -- a lot of Valley residents -- have already been talking about this. They've been talking about it at TEDx events everywhere from Scottsdale to Arizona State. They give bi-yearly presentations on it during Ignite Phoenix or Seed Spot Demo Days and meet-ups downtown. They call it innovation or inspiration, hosting a series of short speeches in a grand auditorium that fosters a buzz, swapping ideas on social media and sharing stories through slideshow sets.

A new spin-off of these information events, the P.H.I.L. Talks -- which stands, appropriately, for Phoenicians Have Ideas Live -- takes the stage on Friday, September 12, at eclectic downtown performance venue Space 55.

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10 Things Found Only in Bachelor Pads

Categories: Fun, Top Ten List

Empty beer cans aren't the only telltale sign of an all-male household, but they're a good start.

It shouldn't shock anyone that men and women might prefer to live in significantly different situations, but the truth is a lot of guys will clean up their lives (or at least their homes) when they get into at least a semi-serious relationship. You might think your boyfriend or husband leaves your home a dirty mess now, but just ask him about his place before he got together with you. Not every guy lives in a pigsty, but there are some things that can be found in most bachelor pads and generally not any other adult's home.

Here are 10 things that you probably won't see anywhere a woman's living.

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Manhattan Short Film Festival Selections to Screen at Phoenix Art Museum

Sam Chou
Watch Crime and ten other short films showing at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Be a part of the world's first global film festival when the Manhattan Short Film Festival screens its 10 finalists at the Phoenix Art Museum on Wednesday, October 1. With screenings taking place in 47 countries over the span of 10 days, the MSFF is massive. However, the real reason you should go is because the festival is also known for getting the best of the best short films from around the world and you get to help decide who's the winner.

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Bornean Orangutan Born at Phoenix Zoo

Categories: Fun, Morning Buzz

Courtesy of the Phoenix Zoo
Apologies to all you newborn parents, but the cutest baby in metro Phoenix right now currently resides at the Phoenix Zoo.

And yeah, okay, he's technically an orangutan.

On Tuesday, September 2, Bornean orangutans Bess and Michael welcomed their second offspring. The yet-unnamed male was delivered that afternoon in good health under the supervision of the zoo staff.

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