Copper State Poetry Slam 2014 offers a varied representation of local slam-poetry talents

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The 2014 Copper State Poetry Slam, taking place July 26 to 27 at the Playhouse on the Park, will bring slam teams from across the state together to duel it out with passion and verse. Read story

Foundation gives Roosevelt Row CDC $90,000 grant to revamp shipping containers for artists

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After seeing the success of initial shipping containers used as art galleries during First Friday art walks, ArtPlace America decided to grant Roosevelt Row CDC $90,000 to design and create three more repurposed shipping containers. Roosevelt Row hopes the containers are a viable answer for the rising workplace costs for artists. Read story

Commemorative mural ceremony marks start of Civil Rights Act 50th anniversary events

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Phoenix’s celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 kicked off Friday with the unveiling of a mural at downtown’s Burton Barr Central Library. The event recognized the artist and the historical figures and events featured in the mural. Read story

U.S. vs. Belgium: Five places in downtown Phoenix to watch the big World Cup game

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Downtown Devil offers five downtown Phoenix venues to watch the U.S. take on Belgium in the World Cup. Read story

Curtain Critic: 'Beta' treats its viewers to expertly performed and curated dances

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“Beta,” a new dance show that premiered Saturday at Phoenix Center for the Arts, is a welcome addition to the Phoenix arts community. Fourteen pieces were performed, each with professional care and execution. Read story

Inaugural dance show 'Beta' premieres Saturday at Phoenix Center for the Arts

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Beta, a dance show at Phoenix Center for the Arts, will premiere this Saturday. The show will consist of 14 original pieces submitted by the dancers and choreographers in styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop. Read story

Four Chambers Press publication a welcome boost to the downtown Phoenix literary scene

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Four Chambers Press has filled the community’s need for a compilation of local literature. It has already published one issue, released in December of last year, and plans on releasing the next issue in October. Read story

Roosevelt Row 'Vampire Hours' hope to sustain businesses during hot summer months

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In an effort to assist summertime business and have downtown visitors evade the summer heat, the new “Vampire Hours” initiative in Roosevelt Row will shift operating hours of some businesses and keep many of them open until at least 9 p.m. The initiative started on June 6 and will run until Sept. 1. Read story

Curtain Critic: 'View From the Tracks' offers innovative concept with potential for more

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“View From the Tracks: the Light Rail Plays” took one of the most basic elements of theater — the stage itself — and moved it out of a building and into the world. The performance, which consisted of eight short plays, took place at the Roosevelt and Camelback light rail stations and on the light rail train itself. Read story

Vice president for Roosevelt Row CDC board invited to Seattle to speak about arts district

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Greg Esser, the vice president for the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation board, spoke about the preservation and promotion of the Roosevelt Row Artists’ District at a community forum in Seattle on Tuesday, May 20. Read story