Downtown Digest: Got the munchies? This week won’t disappoint

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It’s that time of the week again! I’m T.J. Triolo, your guide to events in downtown Phoenix. We’ve got a nice variety this week, with events for both your athletic and artsy sides. So without further ado, here’s this week’s Downtown Digest!

Bike to Work Day

  • Wednesday, April 18
  • Starts at 7 a.m.
  • CityScape, 1 E. Washington St.

Although the government may seem dysfunctional all too often, this time the state, city and county are coming together for a common cause: reducing air pollution. The public is welcome to join in on this 3-mile ride from the former location of Park Central Mall to CityScape. Or you could just ride to CityScape yourself if you don’t feel like riding about 30 blocks from the northwest. Afterward, there’s free breakfast at 8 a.m. Really, who doesn’t want free breakfast? The ride is free too.

Savor on Central

  • Thursday, April 19
  • Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m., dinner service starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • CityScape, 1 E. Washington Ave.

Here’s a fair warning: You’d better come hungry to this. It’s a seven-course dinner. Yes, I said seven courses. Blue Hound Kitchen, The Arrogant Butcher, Chico Malo, The Strand Urban Italian and Copper Blues are all contributing dishes to this dinner, which will take place on Central Avenue while it’s shut down for the event. For once, restaurants that normally compete with each other to be the best downtown eateries put aside their differences to offer an amazing meal. This one comes with a price, though; tickets are $150.

Cheba Hut’s 4/20 Event

  • Friday, April 20
  • Starts at 12 p.m.
  • Cheba Hut, 825 N. 7th St.

April 20 is a holiday for a… certain segment of the population that enjoys an herb you probably know by a variety of names. This event involves collectible Frisbee discs, delicious sandwiches (I just tried them about a week ago, and they are amazing), live music, games and glassblowers. Oh yeah, there’s also a full bar involved.

Ikenobo Ikebana Workshop

  • Saturday, April 21
  • Starts at 9:30 a.m.
  • Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 N. 3rd Ave.

Japanese flower arrangements are very calming to look at, and I’d imagine they’d be calming to make too. This event will teach you to make ikebana arrangements in the Ikenobo style, which dates back to the 1400s in Japan. So for all the history nerds, transport yourself to a different time and place and forget your worries for a while, and learn to make nice Japanese-style art. The event description says the workshop will enable you to “express personal feelings,” so create something unique to you! It costs $30.

Phoenix Improv Festival

  • April 19 – 21
  • Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St.

As a former actor, this sounds like a great time. One problem though: I have trouble improvising on the spot. I plan far too much in advance! This marks year 17 for the festival, with many different improv groups featured. It should provide some interesting weekend entertainment. The Thursday and Saturday 5 p.m. shows are $10, while Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. shows cost $20.

Contact the columnist at tjtriolo@asu.edu.

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