Monthly Archives: May 2009

June First Friday


While I could probably waste a good hour commenting on the guy that called 911 because McDonald’s forgot the orange juice on his order, I’ll take the high road.

One week to go before the June 5th First Friday event in downtown Phoenix. I’ll have a booth set-up somewhere down there amidst the vibrant chaos. Here’s some info I lifted directly from their site…

First Fridays is a free monthly artwalk organized by
Artlink, Inc., a volunteer-run non-profit arts organization. Now over twenty-years-old, the First Fridays event has grown into one of the largest free monthly artwalks in the United States and it continues to grow and evolve. More than 10,000 people come to downtown Phoenix to experience and enjoy First Fridays.Roosevelt Row CDC hosts street closure opportunities every month as part of First Fridays to provide space for more than 100 artists and vendors to participate.First Fridays occurs rain or shine. The dates for (the rest of) 2009 are listed below.

June 5, 2009
July 3, 2009 (Fourth of July Weekend)
August 7, 2009
September 4, 2009
October 2, 2009
November 6, 2009
December 4, 2009


Roosevelt Row is a dynamic, walkable urban mixed-use area with a significant concentration of artists and other creative professionals. With increasing density, this is an area that is becoming more pedestrian-friendly and supportive of small local independent businesses that give downtown Phoenix character. Roosevelt Street is an east-west corridor that connects the historic neighborhoods between Grand Avenue and 16th Street. The corridor also connects Copper Square, Chase Field, U.S. Airways Center, major cultural institutions, the new downtown ASU campus and the biomedical campus.Roosevelt Row is also home to artist live/work spaces, gallery spaces and studio spaces. Roosevelt Row is a pedestrian friendly street that connects the arts and downtown Phoenix historic neighborhoods including Garfield, Evans Churchill, F.Q. Story, Willo, the Roosevelt Action Association and Grand Avenue.


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Playing for Change


“Playing for Change” is an incredible movement to connect the world through music and a perfect fit for Azjamon World View.

“The act of playing music with people of different cultures, religions, economics and politics is a powerful statement. It shows that we can find ways of working together and sharing our experiences with one another in a positive way. Music has the power to break down the walls between cultures, to raise the level of human understanding.”
~ Mark Johnson, founder, Playing for Change

Among the amazing ensemble videos they have produced, this one should show you what its all about…

“Stand by Me”


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Just thinking

I was thinking about some things this morning. I was thinking about work, our summer trip to Grandma’s, Brett Favre‘s stupid comeback, doing the laundry, planning my next trip to Africa,  press access to Summerfest, writing my book, getting more into acrylics, sketching, printmaking, how much I don’t mind the heat, tanning, how I want to drive up the coast to the Bay area, staying at Asilomar, visiting the Big Sur Spirit Garden , taking Aubrey to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, taking Avery to a Giants game, taking all of us to Golden Gate Park, what I’ll be doing in 5 years, when would be a good time to drop off the grid, how I have to get a Jeep first. Just thinking.

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…and “Dream of the Return”

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Last Train Home – Pat Metheny Group

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