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Arts & Culture Bars & Nightlife Family Featured Food, Restaurants & Dining Music & Events Fara Illich November 1, 2010

The wait is over.
This Thursday thru Sunday CityScape will roll out the red carpet and throw a big bash for Downtown Phoenix during its Block Party Weekend
Wondering what’s on tap? Think free food. Free concerts. Free fashion shows. Even a live performance by Macy Gray, the distinctive singer, songwriter and actress who earned five Grammy nominations, appeared in the first Spider-Man movie and even got punk’d by Ashton Kutcher.
That sounds like an eye-popping celebration for CityScape, the mixed-use development on Central and Washington that combines retail stores, office space and a high-rise hotel.  Here’s a quick rundown on scheduled events:
Macy_GrayThursday, November 4 – From 5 to 7 p.m. Mayor Phil Gordon gives his annual State of Downtown Address, with a special performance by The Phoenix Symphony and a “Taste of Downtown” reception.
Friday, November 5 – Highlights include free samples of food and beverage from CityScape restaurants (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.); CityScape’s inaugural participation in First Friday and a Phoenix Suns Pregame Happy Hour (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.); and Macy Gray live in performance (9:30 to 11 p.m.). Other musical guests include The Walkens and Paige Bryan.
3EBSaturday, November 6 – Live music all day and night, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., plus cooking demonstrations, fashion shows, performing arts groups and comedy acts, presented by Stand Up Live. Lineup headed up by Third Eye Blind, plus Eagle Heart, The Elevens and more.
Sunday, November 7 – It’s family day at CityScape. Balloon artists and face painters will keep kids busy and parents relieved, and the first 250 people to arrive will get their very own free CityScape lawn chair. Hungry for more? From noon to 5 p.m. LGO Public House will host a community picnic and cookout with outdoor grilling stations. Live bands will include the Bad Cactus Brass Band and Claude Mattox.
There are three light rail stops around CityScape, plus free parking Friday and Saturday until 4 p.m. and all day Sunday.