Demolition of Phoenix's WPA Civic Building Shelved; Hearing Delayed Until August 1

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Katie Johnson
Demolition of the WPA Building has been shelved and the hearing to decide the future of the structure delayed until August 1.

The fate of the historic WPA Civic Building in Phoenix may still be up in the air, but thanks to a last-minute meeting called by the Arizona Exposition and State Fair Board, the demolition has been once again delayed.

On Tuesday, July 22, the Arizona Exposition and State Fair Board called a meeting at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum to discuss the future of the historic 1938 building located on the Arizona State Fairgrounds at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road. The 4 p.m. meeting was held less then 24 hours before a scheduled 9:30 a.m. hearing on Wednesday, July 23, under presiding judge David O. Cunanan to discuss proposed outcomes for the building.


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Phoenix Bikes App Gives Free Tips and Tricks to Valley Cyclists

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Courtney Pedroza
Do you bike in Phoenix? Then this app is for you.
Let's face it: Phoenix and the surrounding cities aren't exactly the easiest to navigate in terms of cycling. Where one bike lane ends, swerving, speeding vehicular traffic begins. Even more bicycle-friendly places like Scottsdale and Tempe suffer from these infrastructural issues. However, figuring out the basics of biking in Phoenix just got a little easier, thanks to the Phoenix Bikes app.


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Arizona Humanities Announces Newly Elected Board Members

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Jaclyn Roessel, the 2013 Arizona Humanities Council Rising Star Award winner, and three others join the Arizona Humanities Board of Directors.
Arizona Humanities, the state chapter of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced its four newly elected board of directors members on Tuesday, July 15, including Jaclyn Roessel who won the 2013 Arizona Humanities Council Rising Star Award.

Arizona Humanities' goal is to help organizations that promote understanding of the humanities and to work with museums, libraries, and others to offer Arizona residents humanities programs, involving things like history, literature, and philosophy dealing with the human condition. With their past experience and backgrounds, Roessel, Andrea Ahmed, Reginald Adams Jr., and Carlos L. Velasco could be catalysts in furthering that goal.


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UNION at the Biltmore's Summer Sale Is This Weekend

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Janessa Hilliard
UNION's home to independent retailers in a section of Biltmore Fashion Park.

Attention shoppers:

If you're on the hunt for deep discounts and deals, UNION at the Biltmore is the place to be Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20.

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Phoenix's Exposed Studio & Gallery Is Closing

Categories: News, Visual Art

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Courtesy of Gregg Edelman
Exposed Studio & Gallery on Seventh Avenue.
When local art broker Gregg Edelman announced earlier this month that he was closing his space Exposed Studio & Gallery, it wasn't so much a goodbye as it was a "see you later" sort of thing.

That's only because the local art enterprise will still exist in virtual form and may eventually find a new home elsewhere in the Melrose district. Plus, Edelman plans on putting on art shows and participating in neighborhood events, like the Melrose on Seventh Avenue Street Fair.

By the end of this week, however, he'll be closing Exposed's longtime location along Seventh Avenue.


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Kristiana Colón Wins Arizona Theatre Company Latino Playwriting Award

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Kristiana Colón's Octagon is about eight young poets competing in a slam.
Arizona Theatre Company announced on Monday, July 7, that Kristiana Colón is the winner of its 2014 Latino Playwriting Award for her original work Octagon.

Based in Chicago, Colón is a playwright, poet, education, and member of Teatro Luna. She appeared on the fifth season of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and has published a collection of poems.


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Intermix Coming Soon to Scottsdale Quarter

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The Scottsdale location will open and offer a limited edition Arizona-themed sweatshirt.
Hold on to your Vogue-approved Birkenstocks, Scottsdale. Intermix is coming.

The Gap, Inc.-owned retailer is known for its laidback luxe stock of designers including Chloe, Proenza Scouler, and Stella McCartney. Intermix's first Arizona location will open Monday, July 14, at Scottsdale Quarter.


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Roosevelt Row Wins National ArtPlace Grant to Fund New Artist Spaces in Downtown Phoenix

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It's always nice when Phoenix gets recognized by a national art organization, but it's even nicer when the recognition comes with a little bit of dough. Earlier this week, Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation became one of 55 organizations chosen to receive a grant from ArtPlace, a well-supported association dedicated to supporting creative placemaking across the United States.

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The King to Bring Arcade Games, Cheap Drinks to Scottsdale in July

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Benjamin Leatherman
The Western is dead. Long live The King.
If you're a fan of The Little Woody's cozy game room and its various retro-style diversions, you'll likely dig The King after it opens next month in Scottsdale. Ditto for anyone that's down for some throwback arcade games or pinball mixed with dirt-cheap cocktails while clutched in the comfort of a neighborhood bar.

That's some of what The King will offer, says co-owner Tucker Woodbury, who describes it as a "fun and unpretentious haunt with many games and diversions."


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Peter Held to Retire as ASU Art Museum Ceramics Curator

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Peter Held has been with ASU Art Museum for 11 years.

ASU Art Museum announced on Wednesday, June 18, that longtime ceramics curator Peter Held will retire.

Held has been with the museum for 11 years and has curated more than 100 exhibitions through the Ceramics Research Center, which recently moved to Mill Avenue from its Tempe campus location. Held will retire at the end of June 2014.

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