Downtown Digest: Holocaust remembrance, Chinese festival and Bach

Margaret T. Hance Park (Jade Carter/DD)

Hello downtown Phoenix people! It’s your guide to local happenings and things to do, T.J. Triolo. I’ve got a fresh round of events for you this week now that it’s the beginning of February! This time of year is the perfect time to do things outside, and I’ve got some outdoor events for you here to take advantage of the nice weather.

The Road to Babi Yar
Tuesday Feb. 4
Starts at 7 p.m.
Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
122 E. Culver St.
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is showing “The Road to Babi Yar,” a documentary about the first 100 days of the Nazi occupation of Ukraine. Although this is a horrifying event, it is a period of time that I believe we cannot forget. The world should do all it can to prevent another such atrocity from happening, and although this may be a serious event, I think it’s very important. This event is free.

Arizona Bach Festival
Friday Feb. 7
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Central United Methodist Church
1875 N. Central Ave.
When I read “Bach,” I can’t help but think of one of my favorite TV shows on Netflix in which a chicken’s clucking is mistaken for the composer’s name. What can I say? I like puns and plays on words a lot. This performance is a series taking place around the Phoenix area, and on Friday the Central United Methodist Church plays host to the latest performance, which will feature “Brandenburg Concertos 1, 2 & 3” and “Cantatas 52 & 174.” Tickets cost $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

Motoring Through Time & Heritage Festival
Saturday Feb. 8
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Heritage Square
113 N. Sixth St.
Motoring Through Time is more than just a car show; it has food trucks, activities for kids, vendors and music too! Personally, I’d go just to look at the classic cars myself. I’ve been before and took a lot of pictures when I went. There are often some pretty unique vehicles here, including a 1970s Honda Civic I saw two years ago and took pictures of. What can I say? I like interesting and weird cars.

Project PHX 5K Walk/Run
Saturday Feb. 8
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Talking Stick Resort Arena
201 E. Jefferson St.
This 5K is raising funds for mental health, which is something that I think can be improved a lot! Mental wellness is important, and you won’t enjoy life as much if you aren’t feeling great. Exercise is also a great way to feel better mentally, so why not make this day twice as good for you and exercise while benefiting your health mentally too? I know exercise certainly makes me a lot less stressed! Entry costs $55-$75.

Phoenix Chinese Week Culture and Cuisine Festival
Friday Sept. 7-Sunday Sept. 9
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Margaret T. Hance Park
1202 N. Third St.
I remember going to this festival as a kid probably around eight years ago. It was a lot of fun; this festival features Chinese cultural performances, food and vendors onsite. Performances include a variety of types, such as music, dancing and martial arts. This year is the Year of the Rat, so come celebrate! And yes, rats are a good reason to celebrate. They’re actually very smart and make nice pets. Take it from someone who’s had more than a dozen of them thanks to accidentally taking home a pregnant one from the pet store. Admission is free.

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