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Arts & Culture Bars & Nightlife Family Featured Food, Restaurants & Dining Fara Illich October 1, 2010

An amazing weekend in Downtown Phoenix kicks off with tonight’s abundant First Friday events. In case you haven’t already mapped out a plan, here are some options:
First Friday at Civic Space Park
snakesnakesnakesTonight’s lineup features great organizations, businesses and artists including Neighborhood Ministries, Barrio Bikes, Fair Trade Cafe, The Haymarket Squares, and Snake! Snake! Snakes! (pictured, left) There will also be a new exhibit opening in the Artlink A.E. England Gallery featuring paintings from ASU Assistant Professor Forrest Solis. 6:30-9:30 p.m. This event is free.
First Friday Latino Style at Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center
View the current collection of more than 40 Latino artists, including live painting demonstrations and the best in Latin jazz. Plus, check out New Carpa Theater’s “The Eagle & the Serpent: A History of Mexico Abridged.” Admission into the gallery is free but tickets for the play are $17.50 for adults, $15 for students/seniors, $10 for children 12-under.
First Friday at CityScape
Downtown’s new entertainment district has cooked up an impressive First Friday event of its own starting with a free concert by Peppermint James from 4:30-6:30 p.m., leading right into Designer District’s Grand Opening and Fall Runway Show at 7 p.m. There’s also art, with 26 Blocks debuting in the CityScape lobby plus lots of new public art that was installed on the grounds this week.
First Friday at Heritage & Science Park
Rainbow_FestivalTour the Rosson House, check out works from local artists, and pop in on new Downtown restaurant Nobuo at Teeter House. With the Rainbows Festival going on Saturday and Sunday, Heritage Square should be an exciting place to be all weekend.
Herberger Theater Center Grand Re-Opening
Be one of the first people to see the new-look theater! This party includes entertainment, cuisine and tours of the theater. 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the VIP event are $100. If you can’t make tonight’s event you can come see the theater during Saturday’s Festival of the Arts, a full day of live family friendly entertainment and food. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5.
Pinalicious, the Musical at Valley Youth Theater
Based on the book Pinkalicious, about a little girl whose love for all things pink gets out of control when she herself turns pink! Runs Oct. 1-17 at 7:30- p.m. Tickets are $18.
And don’t forget about First Friday staples like Target Free First Friday’s at Phoenix Children’s Museum and Adult’s Night Out at Arizona Science Center.