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This week: Jazz at the Nash, Bike ‘Prom,’ First Friday

Jazz at The Nash

Jazz Appreciation month kicks off April 1 and the Nash has a number of events scheduled throughout the month. The first in this series of events is “Exploring the Jazz Masters of the Tenor Saxophone.” Taught by ASU jazz instructor Dr. Jeffrey Libman, this class is aimed toward those who want to learn more about jazz. The event will include guided discussion as well as listening to recordings of jazz. Instruments are not required.

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, April 1, $25

The Maine

Local band The Maine will be taking of the Marquee Theatre on Friday. The band has entered the alternative music scene with a force since they began in 2007. Their debut EP, “The Way We Talk”, reached the number six spot on the iTunes Top 100 Alternative Chart. Their new album, American Candy, was just released this week. Friday’s show is the start of their tour for their new album before they head off around the country for the summer. The tour also feature Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and the Technicolors.

Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, April 3, $20

Movies in the Park

Bring a blanket or chair and spread out on the lawn at Biltmore Fashion Park to catch a movie. This week’s movie is Eat, Pray Love. The park shows movies outside in the springtime with weather permitting. Movies are shown in their original format. The screening starts at 7:30. If you can’t make this week’s screening, the movies go through the end of April on every Friday showing a variety of classic films.

Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, April 3, Free

First Friday

This monthly self guided tour showcases the businesses that inhabit Roosevelt Row and the surrounding area. Art galleries are open for visitors to check out. If it’s your first time to First Friday, Artlink Phoenix hosts a First Friday Trolley Tour, which takes participants around Roosevelt Row as well as Grand Avenue. There is also live music, food trucks, and vendors posted along Roosevelt Row.

Roosevelt Row, Downtown Phoenix, April 3, Free

Bike “Prom”

Valley Bike Month kicks off with Phoenix Spokes People Bike Prom. If your high school prom wasn’t the best or you just want an excuse to get dressed up, this event is for you. Participants will meet at Civic Space Park at 6p.m. before biking over to the Phoenix Ale Brewery. There will be snacks and desserts in addition to alcohol to purchase. There will be a prom king and queen as well as awards for best dressed and best dancers.

Phoenix Ale Brewery, 3002 E. Washington St., Phoenix, April 4, $15 solo/ $20 couple

Fiesta Bowl Block Party in Tempe, AZ

The 27th Annual Fiesta Bowl Block Party in Tempe, AZ


Mill Avenue District in Tempe, Arizona.

Photo Credit: Flickr, planetc1


This year’s Fiesta Bowl Block Party is all about new traditions, new additions, and celebrating the New Year.

This year marks the 27th Annual Fiesta Bowl Block Party, Arizona’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration. Attendees can expect to see headlining band Jimmy Eat World and opening band The Maine take the main stage, university bands marching through downtown, nonstop entertainment, the two fireworks displays kicking off 2011 and much more.

More than 100,000 locals and visiting college football fanatics annually attend the Fiesta Bowl Block Party, a family friendly event.

Because the Block Party had to relocate last year to the Mill Avenue District between Rio Salado and University, Rich Ripley, Fiesta Bowl Block Party’s event coordinator, said the relocation hasn’t and won’t hinder the success of the Block Party.

In fact, the relocation of the event has allowed them to put entertainment on every corner in downtown Tempe, and the light rail provides easy access to the Block Party.


Mill Ave. Bridge in Tempe, AZ.

Photo Credit: Flickr, twak


So what was the real challenge this year, according to Ripley?

“Our challenge every year is how to keep the event fresh for the people that attend,” Ripley said. “Some of the new things this year are a stage for Scandelesque, an outdoor sports club, [and] the video dance display. We also keep old favorites that people love like Dueling Pianos and the Craig Davis Magic Show.”

The multimedia displays are a new addition to the Block Party this year. They will add a sound and light experience never seen before.

“We have basically taken a dance club and put it into the middle of an intersection,” Ripley said. “We have had [it] at the Block Party for 7 or 8 years.  We decided to move it to the Center of the Party and make it fun for everyone who attends.”

As for a new tradition added to the event, it started last year – the confetti blast at midnight.

“Our midnight tradition now is our confetti blast with the fireworks in the sky,” Ripley said. “People love it and we have made it a tradition. It is quite amazing to be in the middle of that.”

27th Annual Fiesta Bowl Block Party:
December 31, 2010
5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Please visit Fiesta Bowl Block Party’s website for more information.