Downtown Digest: 11/13 – 11/19


“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

Central City Village Planning Committee

  • Monday, Nov. 13
  • 6 p.m.
  • Emerson Court, 1817 North 7th St.

There will be information regarding a potential board opening for the Planning Committee, along with a presentation from the Planning and Development Department. On the agenda for the future will be some downtown height zoning changes.

City Lights Glow Yoga

  • Thursday, Nov. 16
  • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave.

DeSoto Central Market is hosting yoga after dark with a live DJ outside on the patio. Bring a mat, a water bottle and neon apparel. A $10 ticket (available at the door) includes glow sticks and a drink coupon for the after party. Reach nirvana, then drink back the calories you burned to get there.

Live, Write: Writers of Color

  • Friday, Nov. 17
  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Fillmore Coffee Co., 600 N. 4th St.

Phoenix Poetry Series presents an encore performance from Live, Write: Writers of Color, featuring prose readings by founder Venita Blackburn, Greg Moore, Rosalyn Leigh, and Nova Baize with a piece co-read by actor Lamar Overton. DJ Mygodcomplex will provide supplementary sounds.

Phoenix Pizza Festival

  • Saturday, Nov. 18
  • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Hance Park, 1242 N. 3rd St.

It’s not just pizza. Along with 15 vendors selling cheesy slices (from $2-4), this event will feature live music from Celebration Guns, Some Dark Hollow, People Who Could Fly and The Haymarket Squares. There’s a kid’s zone and lawn games, or craft beer and wine if you’re feeling feistier. General admission is $10 with advance purchase required. This could be a dealbreaker: The event’s FAQ section says “All crusts must be eaten.” Crust-eaters only, folks.

Eighth Annual Pie Social

  • Sunday, Nov. 19
  • 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Hance Park, 1242 N. Central Ave.

This dessert-centered community get-together presented by the Phoenix New Times and Roosevelt Row CDC will also have live music, collaging, poem writing, kid-friendly activities and more. For $15, you can buy five pie-tasting tickets to sample creations by local celebrity chefs and an array of community bakers. Or, you can bake and bring two of your own pies for five tickets. Culinary soundtrack provided by the Hi-Dreams DJ Collective, folk artist Tobie Milford and The Foster Family Band. Hunger provided by you.