Welcome To Phoenix

Are you new to downtown? Rediscovering this fantastic place again? This compilation of Phoenix highlights is intended to provide an introduction to the wonderful cultural activities and organizations in Arizona's capital city. Come on downtown!


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From their debut album, “The Evening Sun,” Vinyl Station’s “That Man” was filmed in and around Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix by Cory Davis. Vinyl Station played the show on December 18, 2013.

Some serious updating of our #welcometophx page is coming soon! There is so much to share. 

See images of Roosevelt Row in the flickr community photo group. Take a peek, join the group, share your photos, and help tell the stories of Roosevelt Row. We’ll see you at First Friday or sooner!

Photo by the Downtown Devil

Join Marshall Shore, our local HIPstorian, as he shares his unique take on Arizona history by exploring the 20th century fashion, architecture, and other design that shaped our state. As the “Unofficial Arizona HIPstorian,”  he uses storytelling magic, found film footage, old photographs, ephemera, and artifacts to bring our state’s heritage to life in entertaining and educational presentations.

"Creativity in PHX" is a short film from the Phoenix Stories Project featuring CO+HOOTS co-working space as an example for starting creative communities in Phoenix. The Phoenix Stories Project is a collaborative effort between Parazol Studios, Anna F. Miller Productions, and CO+HOOTS.


PHX Tonight’s goal is to “make your social life cooler.” This curated roundup of the best of Phoenix is a real find for seasoned Phoenicians and newbies alike. In every season, Justine Craft finds the best kept secrets and stitches together a most glorious weekend plan. Follow her lead on your Friday night, Saturday, or Sunday. Or all three!

When The Torch Theatre began in 2007, we sought to help improvisors hone their craft and spread the word about longform improv in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s become so much more than that. It’s a community for our local musicians, actors, poets, dancers, comedians, writers and creative artists of all kinds can find a home to nurture their love of self-expression and collaboration.

Justin Thomas Smith, “Love” (Official Video)

One of the most eventful spur of the moment shoots I have had. We shot this in downtown Phoenix with very little time to plan and prepare ourselves for the shoot. Had an amazing time. (:s,

Phoenix Mercury


The Phoenix Mercury is a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, playing in the Western Conference in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the league’s inaugural 1997 season began; it is one of the eight original franchises. (Source: Wikipedia)


CO-OPhx is an organization of inspired individuals whose mission is to foster meaningful connections and build community in Phoenix through fashion, art, and food. Although each event is unique, they are connected by sustainable, creative, and philanthropic components. It is through our cooperative concept that attendees, business collaborators, and CO-OPhx organizers become an integral part of the magic. For more information, visit http://coophx.co/

Janet Echelman’s Her Secret Is Patience, 2009. “This project makes visible to the human eye the patterns of desert winds. During the day, sunlight projects patterned shadow drawings onto the ground and pedestrians on their daily paths. At night, the colored illumination gradually changes color through the seasons. The large three-dimensional multi-layered form is created by a combination of hand and machine knotting of recyclable high-tenacity colored polyester that is replaced in new color variations at intervals.”

Shemer Art Center & Museum

The Shemer Art Center and Museum, located at 5005 E. Camelback Rd., is a community resource for a diverse selection of art classes and workshops paired with a museum and exhibition space for local artists. Classes are available to the community in mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and jewelry design and casting.

Phoenix’s Warehouse District

The Downtown Phoenix Journal visits with Michael Levine, the outspoken visionary behind several rehabbed historic buildings in Phoenix’s Warehouse District, including Bentley Projects, the Duce, and Levine Machine.

Jacqueline Dunford, “Sir Duke” (Official Video)

Numerous movies, television shows, and music videos have been filmed in Phoenix. In this music video Jacqueline Dunford covers “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder along Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix.

Phoenix Fridas

The Phoenix Fridas is an art collective founded in 2004 by Kathy Cano-Murillo, the Crafty Chica. Inspired by craft groups springing up all over the country at the time, Kathy invited her friends to come together as a fun way to celebrate and indulge in the Chicano craft experience. Her goal is to promote and motivate Latinas to join in the art and craft movement.

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