Downtown Digest: CD art, China and cocktails


I’m back again! It’s your favorite guide to downtown Phoenix events, T.J. Triolo! I have some interesting events for you this week, including one in honor of Wednesday’s special day. (Try to guess what I’m talking about here; you only have one shot.) Here we go:

A Child’s Life in 1900 — Homeschool Days

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Heritage Square
  • 113 N. 6th St.

Wow, this one brings back memories. I was homeschooled for my entire elementary school and middle school education after kindergarten, and I actually went to one of these events years ago. If you have younger kids, this is a pretty fun event. Kids get to do chores that they would have done in 1900 if they lived in Phoenix at that time, but it’s not all work: They get to play games from that era too, along with a tour of the historic Rosson House. Admission is $5 per person four years and up; Kids under four get in free.

Love Is in the Air at Ren Square

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Renaissance Square
  • 2 N. Central Ave.
  • Starts at 8 a.m.

It’s a Valentine’s Day market! Have a special someone to shop for? This market will have what you need for gifts, including flowers and desserts. Or just buy the desserts for yourself… Oh, and the admission is free.

Play It Again! Art from DVDs/CDs

  • Thursday, Feb. 15
  • Handcrafted at Heritage Square
  • 602 E. Adams St.
  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

If the picture for this event is anything to go by, you can make mosaics here out of old CDs and DVDs you don’t use. Scratched one of your discs beyond repair? Turn it in to art! The discs will be used to decorate old plates or picture frames. Tickets start at $17 for the public and $15 for those with Heritage Square memberships.

Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival

  • Friday, Feb. 16 – Sunday Feb. 18
  • Margaret T. Hance Park
  • 1202 N. Third St.
  • Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Do you like Chinese food? What about Chinese culture? What about both? Then you’ll like this festival! It’s all dedicated to Chinese culture, including performances of traditional dances and vendors for both merchandise and food. There are also martial arts demonstrations (Take notes; maybe you can figure out how to beat up people much larger than you.) There is also information on Chinese history, and of course, the kids aren’t left out with activities geared toward them. Admission is free too!

The Cocktail Jam – Arizona Cocktail Weekend

  • Saturday, Feb. 17
  • The Van Buren
  • 401 W. Van Buren St.
  • Starts at 8 p.m.

This is a concert with alcohol also involved. The Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra will be performing. I don’t know anything really about Afrobeat music, but the orchestra’s website says they are made up of musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds. Cocktails are also available for purchase, with over 30 varieties on sale. Feel classy sipping cocktails while listening to classy music! Tickets cost $40 and include ten cocktail samples.

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