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Phoenix Festival of the Arts kicks off today

The Phoenix Festival of the Arts is bringing three days of live arts, entertainment and vendors to Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix, on December 12-14. Admission to the three-day festival is free and events are family-friendly. The events will be running on Friday from 12-8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The festival is a great way for people to view, appreciate and purchase art from over 125 exhibitors, or even to get involved in the Phoenix arts community by participating in The Phoenix Mural, a community art project organized by artist Hugo Medina.

Hensley Beverage Company is presenting a beer and wine garden for the festival in addition to food truck vendors including Waldo’s BBQ, Short Leash Hot Dogs, Cold Stone Creamery, Satay Hut, 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, Mamma Toledo’s, Cactus Corn and more.

Other vendors include art vendors selling everything from photography to ceramics to jewelry, in addition to the live performances and entertainment.

On Friday from 3:15 to 8 p.m. mainstage entertainment will have Keli Rutledge, Scott Baker, Shaye Jennings and Lee Perreira performing in that order.

Saturday performances will run from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and will feature, in order, AZ Music Project- Variety Show, Phoenix Children’s Chorus, Levi Waskom, Flamenco del Sol- Spanish Olé, The Blue Goats, Adam Smith, Banana Gun and Captain Squeegee.

Shows on Sunday are running from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and artists are Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, Desert Sounds Mariachi, India Showcase, Donald Harrington, Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers and Japhy’s Descent, in order.

A new feature to the festival this year is Third Street Theater programming, a series of mini festivals occurring at the Phoenix Center for the Arts Third Street Theater.

Third Street Theater’s programming is on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15. Dance, Dance Saturday is taking place there from 1-4 p.m. and showcases young local dancers working with local dance companies to create a show. From 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, the film Netherbeast Incorporated, a hit at the Phoenix Film Festival, and the short film it was based upon, will be shown and a producer/writer will be in attendance.

Sunday’s Third Street Theater feature is Infuse-Open Mic, with sign-up at 5:30 p.m. and the event running from 6-9 p.m. Any artists looking to get some experience or express their creativity through performance is invited to come perform for other attendees of the festival. On Sunday from 2-5 p.m. the third annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts Poetry Slam is happening, where slam poets from all over Arizona come to show off their poetic skills and compete for cash prizes.

With an anticipated crowd of 10,000 or more parking is sure to be tight, and the festival is offering several park and ride locations throughout the Valley, a complete list of which is available on their website. There are also bike racks available and limited parking at the Phoenix Center for the Arts and 1st and 2nd Streets and the festival is easily accessible by light rail.

The Festival is sponsored by Lou & Evelyn Grubb, Arizona Community Foundation, APS, Hensley Beverage Company, City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation, Arizona Humanities and many more.

For more information, precise timing of performances and the location of park and ride spots, go to phoenixfestivalofthearts.org, or get additional information by emailing info@phoenixfestivalofthearts.org  or calling (602) 254-3100. More information can also be found on the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for Phoenix Festival of the Arts. 



Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Announces Board

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announces its Board of Directors for Super Bowl XLIX. The board of directors is comprised of business leaders that volunteer their time to drive the state’s efforts for Super Bowl XLIX.

The Host Committee is a private, non-profit Arizona corporation. The mandate of the Host Committee is to galvanize local stakeholders in a united approach to hosting the largest single-day sporting event by maximizing positive media exposure, fueling the economic engine of Arizona and leaving a lasting legacy long after the excitement of the Big Game. The board was assembled in 2013 to begin planning and to garner local corporate support and sponsors.

Board members include:
● Board Chair David Rousseau, president, SRP

● Brad Anderson, executive vice president, brokerage office services, CB Richard Ellis

● Michael Bidwill, president, Arizona Cardinals

● Jose Cardenas, senior vice president and general council, Arizona State University

● David Farca, president, ToH Design Studio

● Jim Grogan, chief operating officer, International Capital Investment Company

● Michael Haenel, executive vice president, Cassidy Turley

● Mike Kennedy, partner, Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. (chairman, Super Bowl XLII Host Committee in 2008)

● Dan Lewis, senior vice president, Sovereign Finance

● Jeffrey Lowe, president, MidFirst Bank

● Mary Martuscelli, regional president for the private client reserve, U.S. Bank

● Andrew McCain, vice president and CFO, Hensley Beverage Company

● Patrick McGinley, vice president of property management, Vestar

● Steve Moore, president and CEO, Greater Phoenix CVB

● Jodi Noble, partner, Deloitte

● Jay Parry, president and CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

● Earl Petznick Jr., president and CEO, Northside Hay Company

● Ken Van Winkle, managing partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

● KJ Wagner, president and CEO, Willis of Arizona, Inc.

● David Watson, co-founder and managing partner, mybody and president and managing partner, Revolution Tea

● John Zidich, CEO, Republic Media Publisher, The Arizona Republic

“We have an impressive group of business leaders working together to meet the fundraising goals for Super Bowl XLIX and to maximize the opportunity to build the Arizona brand in this unparalleled global spotlight,” said David Rousseau, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee chairman. “We want to promote Arizona as an ideal destination for businesses and tourists well beyond Super Bowl XLIX.”

Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled to be played at University Of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015, marking Arizona’s second Super Bowl in seven years. In Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 3, 2008, The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14. Arizona’s first big game, Super Bowl XXX, was held at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in 1996, with the Dallas Cowboys beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17.

For more information on the Board of Directors, please visit http://azsuperbowl.com/about-us/meet-the-team/


Fiesta Bowl has new leadership

The Fiesta Bowl has hired former Phoenix Coyotes CEO Mike Nealy as it executive director.

He replaces Robert Shelton, who resigned in January after spending 2 1/2 years trying to rebuild the bowl game in the wake of scandal. Shelton took over after John Junker resigned for taking part in an illegal campaign contribution scheme that ended with an eight-month federal prison sentence for him.

Nealy spent eight years as the Coyotes’ president and CEO, leading the franchise during a difficult four-year stretch without an owner.

He also worked as an executive with the Minnesota Wild for four years prior to joining the Coyotes.

In March, the Fiesta Bowl announced that Andy McCain, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Hensley Beverage Company, had been elected the 2014-15 Chairman of the Board.

McCain joined the Fiesta Bowl organization as a Board member in 2007. As Chairman of the Board, McCain will oversee the Fiesta Bowl organization, which operates the Tostitos® Fiesta Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings BowlTM and more than 40 related statewide events.

“It is an honor to be this year’s Chairman of the Fiesta Bowl,” McCain said. “I look forward to continuing the legacy started by our founders more than 40 years ago by hosting great games and events with unmatched hospitality, promoting Arizona and giving back to the community.”