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Arts & Culture Bars & Nightlife Food, Restaurants & Dining Music & Events Spotlight Fara Illich February 12, 2015

Celebrate Downtown Phoenix and the beginning of arts season with Artlink Inc. and Mayor Greg Stanton at the second annual Art d’Core Gala Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.
At this free festive affair, held at Crescent Ballroom over cocktails, the mayor will give his Celebrate Downtown Address, which is downtown’s hipper, more laid-back version of the State of the City.
In addition to a live performance by Phoenix Theatre, music, dancing and a speech by the mayor, it also kicks off Art Detour 27 — one of the biggest and longest-running art events in the city.
Developed by Beatrice Moore and Tony Zahn 27 years ago, Art Detour launched as a daytime community celebration of Phoenix creatives and the colorful places they work and live.
After March First Friday, the two-day tour — which runs March 7 and 8 — provides a rare glimpse inside working artists’ private studios, standing galleries, pop-up shops and unique art spaces.
Free guided trolley tours and maps of Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and other downtown locations will be provided.
Mark your calendars:
Art d’Core Gala is from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 21. Located at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, admission is free but please RSVP if you’d like to attend. Creative formal attire is encouraged.
March First Friday is 6 to 10 p.m. March 6. Located throughout downtown and central Phoenix, it’s typically one of the most popular First Fridays of the year.
Art Detour 27 is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7 and 8. This free weekend event offers art tours and programming appropriate for all ages, including a family-friendly “Kids’ Detour” at select venues.