Arts & Culture Bars & Nightlife Featured Food, Restaurants & Dining Music & Events Fara Illich May 27, 2010

Ready to show your true colors? Then this is your weekend. Along with some all-American tunes, Downtown Phoenix offers you some pretty surprising ways to see things in red, white and blue.
memorial_dayThe Red
Nothing says “three-day weekend” like a Sunday brunch with a ripe, red Bloody Mary (or two). The Sunday Brunch Buffet at Steve’s Greenhouse Grill offers made-to-order omelets and a Belgian waffle station from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The White
Few places are more romantic than the Arizona Center at night. The reason? The spectacular use of light, especially the small white lights strung across the palm trees in the courtyard. Bring your honey here for a chance to get up-close and personal under the stars.
The Blue
The musicians I grew up with cut their teeth on the blues: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck. I still love the blues, and if you share that passion, drop by Fat Cats. This small, Downtown club features live blues bands and affordable drinks. Plus, there’s no cover charge. Fat Cats is located at 915 W. Grand Avenue.
And the Whole Shebang
For the true red, white and blue experience, get tickets to see the Phoenix Symphony’s Patriotic Pops performance. You’ll hear the usual suspects, like rousing marches by John Phillips Sousa, plus some unexpected selections, like the score for Victory at Sea. Performances are this Friday and Saturday at Symphony Hall.