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On Sept. 4, Mesa will host the “Open Data Roadshow,” along with Arizona State University and Code for America, at the Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Theater. The exposé will focus on the ways that everyone can benefit from increased transparency in local government.
Arizona State University. Mill Avenue. Arizona Mills and Tempe Marketplace. These are some of the places and institutions most associated with Tempe today. While ASU and Mill Avenue both have deep roots in our town’s history, there is much more history to this desert city than we see at first glance.
While the concepts differ, the three finalists for the redesigned City Center in Mesa all have one thing in common: a reinvigoration of the heart of Mesa.
Red Rocks Music Festival
A great deal of construction has gone on all over Mesa in the last few years but nowhere has it been more heavily focused than downtown.
Steven M. Wright, Director
The Mesa Arts Center announced on July 28 that it has selected the popular artist Cecil Balmond to design a special project for the city’s biggest downtown attraction. “The Cloud” will be a suspended shade sculpture connecting the center with Main Street.
Hear that? There it is again. It sounds like beat-up Ford trucks on dirt roads and boys in overalls going fishing. It sounds like front-porch stories and sticky Mississippi summers. It sounds like wistful if-onlys and lovely lullabies and bluegrass jigs. Oops, I must have left my latest Amos Lee album playing.
Mesa Arts Center announced on July 28 the selection of internationally acclaimed artist Cecil Balmond to design its 21st Century Café Society shade sculpture project. This work will provide permanent shade over a community gathering place and connect the Mesa Art Center campus (1 E. Main St.) with Main Street in downtown Mesa. Jurors chose Balmond’s winning concept from a group of three finalists who were invited to submit designs.
Free First Friday Nights
July 30, 2014
Parents will find few states that offer families as many schooling options as Arizona. A longtime leader in the national school choice movement, Arizona has an education marketplace with a school for nearly any income, interest or situation.
The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance has organized a gubernatorial forum featuring several Republican candidates for office on July 28.
The Arizona Event Center in Mesa is hosting The Great Indoor Beer and Wine Festival on Saturday, July 19 from 1 to 6 p.m.
Mesa quickly rebuffs online ‘boring’ image. Growing up in western Pennsylvania, our little town of Aliquippa, a one-steel-mill town that went 7 miles down the Ohio River, employed over 80 percent of all workers. Even in the late 1970s and ’80s, our downtown was more vibrant than Mesa’s. In the heat of the summer, when business was traditionally slow, the merchants came up with a three-day event called ”Rodeo Days.” Everybody dressed in cowboy outfits and all the merchants had special offers, free bus rides, music and lots of free food and beverages. It was a family affair and everyone had fun. Next to the Christmas holiday season, Rodeo Days was a crowd pleaser, brought fun traffic to downtown and increased sales tax revenues. It went on for over 20 years. We had restaurants, stores, movie theaters, nightclubs and taverns when the steel mill workers got off their shifts. There were great clothing stores and home furnishing stores, or anything you needed. Pittsburgh’s downtown had the largest department stores like Gimbels, great night life, professional sports and entertainment.
Gameday Futbol at SMG
District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh, will serve as the new chair of the Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors.
Leah Henthorne, 13, was a mere spectator to one of Copperstar Repertory Company’s shows three years ago.
A multitude of youth musicians will perform original compositions at the 2014 U.S. National Junior Original Concert in Mesa on Sunday.
A local dance company going strong for 35 years will look back with a live performance that honors one of its biggest supporters.
In-demand jazz trombone soloist Harry Watters and local 28-piece Salt River Brass will be joined on stage by Pat Sheridan and Sam Pilafian on tuba, Mike Kocour on piano, and Dan Bukvich on percussion, to perform songs from the Great American Songbook. The concert will be filmed for theatrical release.
DETAILS >> 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $12; free for children 2 and younger who sit on an adult’s lap, but you must pick up a ticket for such youngsters at will call. (480) 644-6500 or MesaArtsCenter.com.