Upcoming Events, Articles, and News at Phoenix
Things are different in the desert. The sky is bigger. The stars are brighter. The sunsets stop you in your tracks. It’s a feeling that can’t be conjured, landscaped or kindled with twinkling bulbs. John Ford knew that. So did Frank Lloyd Wright. Come to Greater Phoenix and you’ll understand, too.
America’s sixth-largest city still has real cowboys and rugged mountains and the kind of cactus most people see only in cartoons. Phoenix is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, and its history is a testament to the spirit of puebloans, ranchers, miners and visionaries.
Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: Resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls. Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and inspiring patio views. Golf courses that beckon players the year round. Shopping centers as stylish and eclectic as the fashions they house.
This is Greater Phoenix — Arizona’s urban heart and America’s sunniest metropolis.
Shrouded by mountains on three sides and covered by a canopy of near-perpetual blue sky, Phoenix and its neighboring communities are home to more courses than you could hope to play in one visit. Many of the Greater Phoenix courses were designed by the greats, and most don’t have merely one signature hole, but many. Some courses occupy desert canyons where civilization feels a world away, while others are part of opulent resorts where golfers can indulge themselves with a post-round spa treatment.
Arts & Culture
Greater Phoenix is a hub for some of the best museums, art galleries and theaters in the Southwest.
The Heard Museum shows the art, artifacts and history of Southwestern people, from Native Americans to Hispanic cultures. If you prefer more modern art, check out Phoenix Art Museum, which hosts national travelling exhibits, and their collections come from all over the world. Their fashion and photography galleries are known throughout the region.
The Sonoran Desert is best seen at the Desert Botanical Garden, and the talents of Frank Lloyd Wright are showcased at Taliesin West, which is open for tours year-round.
For family fun, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix can’t be beat, and the Arizona Science Center has something for every age. Make sure to see the Dorrance Planetarium while you’re there.
The Musical Instrument Museum is the newest addition to the area, and showcases instruments from around the world as well as collectibles from musical superstars. The Experience Room lets you play rare instruments from all different cultures, and there’s always a concert coming up at the Music Theater.
Sports & Sporting Events
There’s always a game happening in Phoenix, which is home to five professional teams - and the fans that support them.
The Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) play in Chase Field, while the Phoenix Suns (NBA) and Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) run the court in US Airways Center, and with both venues downtown, getting around is easy. The Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) play at University of Phoenix Stadium and Jobing.com Arena respectively, and they are neighbors in the West Valley.
The NASCAR series comes to town twice a year, with the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in February and the Kobalt Tools 500 in November. Fans pour into Phoenix International Raceway to catch a glimpse of their favorite driver.
The Fiesta Bowl is played at the beginning of every January as part of the BCS series. The surrounding festivities include a parade and block party at Tempe Town Lake every New Year’s Eve.
Recreation, Adventure & Things to do
No matter what time of year you visit Phoenix, you'll find plenty to do. The outdoors invite activities from desert jeep tours, hiking, biking or horseback riding along scenic desert trails, to floating into the clouds in a hot-air balloon or glider.
As Seen in the New York Times
By MICHAEL TULIPAN
Published: January 26, 2010
Reviving Phoenix Through Art
BOARDED-UP buildings and empty lots in the shadow of office towers hardly seemed a promising foundation for an arts district in rapidly growing Phoenix. But once-neglected and dangerous Roosevelt Row, on the north side of downtown, turned out to be an irresistible lure for artists looking for cheap spaces in which to live and work. Galleries, restaurants and a farmers’ market soon followed. Today, Roosevelt Row is the city’s cutting-edge art destination, full of galleries like Perihelion Arts (610 East Roosevelt Street, No. 137; 602-334-6299) and Eye Lounge (419 East Roosevelt Street; 602-430-1490), which showcase contemporary, often challenging art and performances. The area is also a popular draw during Phoenix’s monthly First Fridays art walk (artlinkphoenix.com).
The area’s transformation was perhaps best encapsulated by Michael Carbajal, a former boxing champion and local celebrity who grew up on the hardscrabble streets of Roosevelt Row and is now a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. On a recent night’s visit to the bar at the year-old Asian tapas hot spot Sens (705 North First Street, No. 120; 602-340-9777; sensake.com) Mr. Carbajal spoke about the changes in the neighborhood. “It was rough,” he said, before dropping a shot of sake into his beer and gesturing to the sleek surroundings. “I like it better now. I can come here.”