Downtown Digest: Lunch Concert, Tai-chi and cuddling dogs

(Downtown Devil)

Hello downtown Phoenix! It’s your favorite guide to what’s happening this week, T.J. Triolo. Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I’ve got cute events that’ll give you something to do no matter what your relationship status is. But hey, all you really need on Valentine’s Day is chocolate anyway.

Brown Bag Lunch Recital
Thursday Feb. 13
Starts at 12:15 p.m.
Arizona Opera Center
1636 N. Central Ave.
If you’re sick of browsing social media on your phone during your lunch break, try going to a free 30-minute concert instead. The Arizona Opera Center is hosting Brown Bag Lunch Recitals on the second Thursday of each month, so bring your lunch and enjoy some classic opera music. It might be just what you need before going back to work, so let the opera sounds soothe you into a work mood! This event is free.

Bark in the Park: Valentine’s Edition
Friday Feb. 14
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Civic Space Park
424 N. Central Ave.
Every Friday is Food Truck Friday at Civic Space Park, and this time the Arizona Humane Society has decided to join in on the fun by bringing puppies to cuddle and take selfies with. Puppies are certainly better than chocolate on Valentine’s Day. In fact, they can make any day a lot better. I just hope they have Labrador puppies. They’re some of the most adorable creatures on the planet. This event is free.

An Iliad by Southwest Shakespeare Company
Saturday Feb. 15
2-3:45 p.m.
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
You’ve probably heard of the Iliad, the famous poem by the Greek poet Homer. This version has a special aspect: The entire show is performed by one person. He impersonates all the major characters in the story, so this is a unique performance! I used to act in plays, and I can’t imagine playing all the major characters in one. That would involve a lot of quick costume changes and probably way more lines than I’d care to memorize. This event is free.

Sunday Feb. 16
10-11 a.m.
Japanese Friendship Garden
1125 N. Third Ave.
Tai-chi is a series of meditative movements from China used to release tension. There’s no better place for that than a relaxing garden with tranquil scenery. With a koi pond, waterfall and aesthetically arranged plants, rocks and other natural features, this place paves the path to peace in your mind. I love using alliteration! This class will teach you how to do tai-chi properly in pristine surroundings. Okay, I’m done now. This event costs $25 general admission, $20 for garden members.

Arizona Cocktail Weekend: Top Bars
Sunday Feb. 16
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Croft Downtown
22 E. Buchanan St.
Arizona Cocktail Weekend is bringing pop-up versions of some of the top bars in the world to Phoenix. More than 30 samples of cocktails will be available, and you don’t even need to go to different places to sample them all. This indulges my inner laziness when it comes to going to multiple places. The less places I have to go to for food and drinks, the better! Tickets cost $50-$100.

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