Downtown Digest: 10/30 – 11/5

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“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 news@downtowndevil.com.

GET LIT: Rupi Kaur, Instagram Poets and the Politics of Craft

  • Thursday, Nov. 2
  • 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave.

Join Four Chambers Press for what promises to be an engaging discussion about what defines a writer in the 21st century. After her start on social media, Rupi Kaur became an internationally bestselling author with her poetry book “Milk and Honey.” Her success brings up such literary existential questions as: “What do we mean when we say someone is or isn’t a ‘real’ poet?” and “Is Kaur’s poetry actually good? Who gets to define ‘good’? Who gets to define poetry?”, among others listed on the Facebook event page. Space is limited at this monthly event, and interest is high–arrive early to make sure you get a seat.

Masked AZ: Cultural Arts Masquerade

  • Friday, Nov. 3
  • 6 p.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Unexpected Art Gallery, 734 W. Polk St.

With proceeds benefiting the Cultural Arts Coalition, Masked AZ’s mission is “connecting the characters of community through art and commerce.” The event will feature a fashion show, glassblowing, graffiti mural painting and more, “blending the creative tribes of the Greater Phoenix area.” Vendors will include dispensaries, merchants, breweries and food trucks. Presale tickets are available for $10 online.

Railroad Fest 2017

  • Friday, Nov. 3
  • 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • 510 E. Lincoln St

This event celebrates the historic Warehouse District, and the “trainyards that helped establish Phoenix” south of Chase Field. Steve Ansel & The Jackson St. Band will provide a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack for art, beer, vendors and games like Supersized Beer Pong. Presale tickets are $20, and will increase to $25 the day of the event. They’re available for purchase online here.

The Arizona Fall Fest

  • Saturday, Nov. 4
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Hance Park, 1242 N. Central Ave.

It’s finally cooling down, and Hance Park is heating up with live music, hundreds of vendors, local cuisine and beer and wine gardens. Representatives from the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Coyotes and Cardinals will be in attendance at this annual event. The fest raises money for Local First Arizona, a coalition with business, agriculture and sustainability programs across the state. You can RSVP online here.

Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts

  • Saturday, Nov. 4
  • 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St.

This daylong, family-friendly celebration has a little bit of everything–from live music to pet adoptions to wine tastings. You can eat and drink, admire visual art, or enjoy a dance performance, and there’s activities for the kids as well. Proceeds benefit the Herberger’s Arts Education and Outreach Programs, reaching youth ages 3 to 19. Festival admission is free.

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