Downtown Digest: Week of 9/25 -10/1


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City Council Policy Session

  • Tuesday, Sept. 26
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • City Council Chambers, 200 W. Washington St.

RELATED TO: Subcommittee moves light rail expansion forward

Stop by this week’s City Council policy session to hear about the future of light rail in downtown Phoenix. Two new stops near CityScape are being proposed, which will serve as transfer points for commuters traveling west.

Movies in the Park: Selena

  • Friday, Sept. 29
  • 7 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
  • Phoenix Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave.

The free, family-friendly “Movies in the Park” series hosted by ASU’s Programming and Activities Board has been met with widespread community interest. This week: “Selena,” an autobiographical film about the Mexican-American musical icon who met a tragic early death. Bring friends and a blanket to sit on.

Pancakes and Booze Art Show

  • Friday, Sept. 29
  • 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • The Duce, 525 S. Central Ave.

This event, which has been successful in venues around the world, will feature over a hundred artists, a live DJ, body painting and more. The pancakes (and a variety of toppings) are free; the booze is for sale at the bar. “Expect to see more artwork in one place than you’ve ever seen before,” organizer Tom Kirlin said. Attendees can pay $10 cash at the door or buy “line jumper” tickets for $12 online — these allow you to skip the queue that accumulates outside the venue after it reaches full capacity.

Ghastly, K?d and Fight Clvb

  • Saturday, Sept. 30
  • 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St.

Relentless Beats will host these EDM artists for a night of house, trap and dubstep billed as a “Goldrush Expedition” event in anticipation of the Goldrush Music Festival in November. Floor tickets start at $22.

Modern Day Slavery: A Panel Discussion on Mass Incarceration

  • Sunday, Oct. 1
  • 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Beus Center for Law and Society, 111 E. Taylor St. (Room 140)

Panelists at this event, hosted by local nonprofit Valley Justice, will discuss prison policy and racism with students and community members. Organizers on the Facebook event page ask “anyone interested” to attend, as they seek to “broaden the conversation rather than preach a specific message.” The event is free — you can register online here.