Downtown Digest: 8/28 – 9/3


“Downtown Digest” is your weekly preview from Downtown Devil. Here, we’ll share information about community meetings, arts and culture events, and more. If you have suggestions for upcoming Downtown Digests, please let us know by emailing

WillfromBrazil- Acoustic Fusion

  • Tuesday, Aug. 29
  • 9 – 11:30 p.m.
  • The Lost Leaf, 914 N. 5th St.

Related to: The Lost Leaf, Brazilian music, nightlife

For “an evening of Brazilian-infused Funk, Soul and Motown along with originals, classic Bossa Nova, Chorinho” and more, join William de Carvalho and Newton DePontes at The Lost Leaf, an intimate venue with a full selection of wine and beer. The show is free and open to attendees 21 and over.

City Council meeting

  • Wednesday, Aug. 30
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.

Related to: Bus service in Phoenix, Burton Barr Library, President Trump protests

This week’s City Council meeting figures to be eventful, though there will be little discussion of downtown-specific issues. This will be the first public opportunity for the city to address the controversy from the Phoenix Police Department’s use of tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray on protesters at President Trump’s rally at the Phoenix Convention Center last Tuesday. The council will also be hearing an update on the city’s bus service. The council sent a letter to the provider of the service, First Transit Inc., in May demanding improvements. Finally, the council will officially approve the contract of the construction provider responsible for repairing storm damages Burton Barr Central Library suffered over the summer.

RELATED: Trump protest ends in tear gas

Diversity Dialogues: Media coverage of mixed-race Arizonans

  • Wednesday, Aug. 30
  • 12 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Arizona Republic, 200 E. Van Buren St.

Related to: Arizona Republic, journalism, race issues

In the latest installment of the Republic’s Diversity Dialogue series, panelists will discuss how news organizations cover multiracial and multiethnic Arizonans. On the panel: Devin Del Palacio, Tolleson Union High School District governing board vice president; Xena Baza, president of Students Identifying Multiracial/Biracial at ASU; Kelly Jackson, associate professor at ASU’s School of Social Work; Dominique Nguyen, chief scientific officer at a cancer support network; Sujey Vega, assistant professor at ASU’s School of Social Transformation; and Dr. Brandon Yoo, associate professor at ASU’s School of Social and Family Dynamics. Pizza and water will be provided, and limited parking space is available in the Arizona Republic garage at Second and Taylor streets. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The event is free.

Saboten Con 2017

  • Friday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 4
  • Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, 340 N. 3rd St.

Related to: Japanese pop culture, anime, manga

Saboten Con, named after the Japanese word for “cactus” — “saboten” — to reflect the convention’s emphasis on Japanese culture and its roots in Arizona, is the state’s largest anime convention. It will include vendors, shows, exhibits, masquerades, cafes and themed dance parties. Convention passes start at $50, or you can choose to purchase day passes for $15 online.

Create Junior: 3D Printing

  • Sunday, Sept. 3
  • 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St.

Related to: Arizona Science Center, families, technology, science

The Create Junior program aims to get 8- to 12-year-olds interested in technology and engineering. Classes are the first and third Sunday of every month. Kids will get a hands-on introduction to 3D equipment, learn to use design software and create their own objects. Pre-registration is required, and limited space is available. The class fee is $35.