Phoenix Art Museum Director James Ballinger Announces Intention to Retire

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Courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum
James Ballinger will retire from his director position at Phoenix Art Museum.

Longtime Phoenix Art Museum director James Ballinger has announced plans to retire, according to a museum press release issued Thursday, April 17.

He has requested that the museum's board of trustees begin searching for his replacement. Once that replacement has been selected, Ballinger will retire.

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Grid Bike Share Launch Postponed in Phoenix

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No green bike share rides for you just yet.
Bad news for folks looking to jump on the bike share train in Phoenix: The Grid Bike Share program launch has been postponed until after this summer. While the program was initially slotted to launch in April 2014 during Valley Bike Month, the release had to be pushed back due to issues with the bikes electronic components.


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Inside The Drip Room: Scottsdale's First Foray into the Multi-Layered World of IV Vitamins

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Janessa Hilliard
Hip & healthy-conscious: a non-traditional IV hanger at The Drip Room, a new intravenous vitamin clinic in Scottsdale.

Her lips are pursed tightly together in premonition. She looks to her right, away from her left arm outstretched on the plush, white lounge chair. She squints slightly, smiles briefly, and refuses to watch as a tiny needle is injected into her vein just below the inner crease of her elbow. It's over in mere moments, akin to the prick that comes with a blood draw or an intravenous drip. It is an intravenous drip, in fact, but this isn't a hospital or even a traditional doctor's office, and certainly not a blood bank.

"Now I'll read my book," the woman says, gesturing to the iPad across her lap. "They have iPads here, too. Or sometimes I'll watch TV."

She looks up at Dr. Brent Cameron, a curly-haired naturopathic physician, who is monitoring her from across the room.

"I can already taste it in the back of my mouth," she says.

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WWE Legend Ultimate Warrior Dies in Scottsdale

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The late Ultimate Warrior (left) battles Goldust in 1996.
Pro wrestling legend James Hellwig, better known to WWE fans as the Ultimate Warrior, passed away suddenly last night in Scottsdale. He was 54 years old.

Hellwig, a longtime resident of Paradise Valley, was escorting his wife to their car last night in the parking lot of the Gainey Suites Hotel at approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, when he collapsed.


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Artlink Seeks Volunteers for Phoenix Art Events

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Jessica Obert
Artlink presented the Art d'Core Gala at Crescent Ballroom as an Art Detour pre-party.

Artlink needs a hand.

The downtown Phoenix arts organization, which presents mega-artwalk Art Detour each year, issued a call for volunteers to help out with arty events like First Friday.

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Hazel & Violet, Galleries to Leave Fourth and McKinley Intersection in Downtown Phoenix

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Becky Bartkowski
The building currently houses galleries and shops.

Major changes are coming to Fourth and McKinley streets in Phoenix's arts district.

Scottsdale-based Tilton Development Company recently purchased the building on the intersection's southwest corner. It's currently home to Hazel & Violet, Seven13sk8, Goings Galleria, Gallery:SUHU, S&S Floral Wholesale, 720 Gallery, and Brush Party.

Plans to demolish the building, which formerly housed .anti_space, mean that all the businesses will move out before the end of 2014.

"I'm excited," says Hazel & Violet owner Nancy Hill of the move. "Why not? What's the alternative?"

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Jeff Slim, Averian Chee, and Randy Kemp Mural Unveiled at Stepping Stone Place in Phoenix

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Mural at Stepping Stone Place by Averian Chee, Randy Kemp and Jeff Slim.

Contemporary murals are having quite the year in Phoenix.

On Friday, March 28, a who's who of Phoenix, including big wigs from Bank of America, Valley of the Sun United Way, Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Kate Gallego joined Native American Connections to open the Stepping Stone Place, a permanent, supportive housing project for the formerly homeless -- including those with HIV/AIDS or a permanent disability. Near the end of the lengthy lineup of community speakers, native artists Jeff Slim, Averian Chee, and Randy Kemp were lauded for their collaborative community mural, which was unveiled in the lobby of the building.

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Phoenix Approves Hance Park Redesign Over the Next Decade

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A view of Margaret T. Hance Park as it looks today.

On Thursday, March 27, Phoenicians gathered under a cloud-streaked sky in the downtown sector. Some sprawled amongst the grass, others chased their children while still more stood, beer in hand, facing the stage. It wasn't a rock concert or a festival -- not yet anyway. That would be March 28.

Last night was about the park. The physical place where they all were, certainly, and also the potential the greenery has to become more than a glorified lawn. After months of committee and community meetings, the City of Phoenix, the Parks and Recreation Department, and the Hance Park Conservancy unveiled the finalized plans for the redesigned Margaret T. Hance Park to residents at a three-hour event.

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Lisa Sette Gallery to Leave Scottsdale for Midtown Phoenix This Summer

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A rendering of the future home of Lisa Sette Gallery.
After 28 years on Marshall Way, Lisa Sette is leaving Scottsdale for midtown Phoenix.

Lisa Sette Gallery will host one last show -- "Domesticated," featuring paintings by Carrie Marill, opening Thursday, April 3, in Scottsdale -- before packing up and moving this summer to a renovated Al Beadle building near Second Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix.


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2014 Arizona Governor's Art Award Winners Announced in Mesa

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Winners of the 2014 Arizona Governor's Art Awards were announced Tuesday, March 25, during a ceremony held at Mesa Arts Center.

Presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor, the awards honor both individuals and businesses who have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture in Arizona.


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