National Independents Week 2014 in Arizona was one of our busiest yet! Local First Arizona and many of our members held events state-wide to celebrate July 4th and National Independents Week. Here in Phoenix, 68 city-dwellers from all corners of Valley braved the heat to experience some downtown culture the Independent way: with great food, great people, great civic projects and with great art!
We started with dinner at Pizza People Pub, a food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar-restaurant, where we had all the best of their diverse and delicious menu. Three salads to chose from, chicken wings, pizzas, veggies and hummus, and we mustn't forget the macaroni and cheese, which was a crowd favorite. Pizza People Pub did not disappoint with the adult libations - cocktails, beer and wine were enjoyed while everyone got to know each other.
Our guest speaker at Pizza People Pub, Phillip Weddle of Weddle and Gilmore, is the lead architect on the Hance Park Master Plan for massive improvements spearheaded by Hance Park Conservacny. Phillip talked about how the improvement plan for Hance is an important example of how participating in public policy can bring about change. He spoke about why these improvements to Hance Park are so important to the downtown core area and why we still need to make sure our support for the project is heard by our governing officials. Our group listened and asked questions on the project- it was great to hear from someone so close to the project just how important our input really is. At the close of his talk, everyone was ready to get to the Phoenix art Museum, so we paid our tabs and walked over. Cheers to MaryBeth and Tim Scanlon and Tom Jetland, owners of Pizza People Pub, as well as Phillip Weddle, for getting our celebration off to the right start!
Once we arrived to the Phoenix Art Museum, we were greeted by Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design and one of the lead coordinators of the Hollywood Costume Exhibit. As our groups trickled in, she gave introductions to the exhibit that had traveled from London to be in Phoenix from March 26-July 26th. With over 100 costumes from Hollywood films on display, many of which never before displayed in public, it was a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of how characters are created through costume and how actors "become" the characters when they put the carefully constructed costumes on. The exhibit was massively engrossing and nearly everyone in our group was seeing it for the first time.
"I am so glad you got us out to see this before the exhibit left," said one of our guests as we were leaving. "I had this on my calendar for ages and I nearly missed it! This exhibit is amazing!" We couldn't agree more and what a way to close out a show - with 68 of our good friends and some amazing community leaders. Thanks to all who made this a wonderful night - we hope to see you at our upcoming Localist events!
July 26th: Get a private meet and greet with Mike Doyle, author of Beautiful LEGO, and receive a 2-month membership to Heard Museum for only $20. See BUILD! Exhibit as many times as you want - RSVP now!
August 11th: Beer School with Borderland Brewing Co in Tucson! Meet the brewmasters, tour the brewery, and most importantly, taste the brews. This is a unique opportunity to meet the makers of beers that grip you even before you taste them: Noche Dulce Moonlight Vanilla Perter, Horchata Cream Ale, Prickly Pear Wheat, Ol' Loco Citrus IPA - who's thirsty? Join us - RSVP HERE!