Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Poetry Slam - 11/29-30/12 - Mesa Arts Center

In my daily travels to and from events, I have the opportunity to meet people, organizations, and companies on the ride or the journey.  Whether it be by circumstance or coincidence, I often learn about more great things going on in the community beyond my current view.  I had the great fortune of meeting an individual representing G Road Organization.  Because their focus is on empowerment of young people, I have a soft place in my heart for these type of supporting organizations.  This Thursday (11/29) and Friday (11/30), they are holding a Poetry Program Event.  The details are shared below.

Event: Phonetic Spit's City Wide Slam is Thursday and Friday at the Mesa Arts Center.  Thursday are the Preliminary Bouts that begin at 5:30 pm.  Friday is the Final Stage Championship beginning at 5:15 pm.

G Road is a non-profit organization based out of Phoenix, Arizona that supports individuals as they build character and develop sustainable values through programs, events, and services that are designed to help them and their communities reach their full potential. G Road connects people with their passions and uses their platform to encourage and teach these useful values: Responsibility, Integrity, Community, Respect, Compassion, and Awareness.
Mission:  To build character and sustainable values through sports, arts, education and community outreach.

Vision:  To see positive development and unity amongst communities as individuals are motivated to take steps to reach their full potential.

Goal for event: To creates a safe space to empower young people to establish their voice and use it to become driven and contributing citizens of the world using the art of spoken word poetry in an effort to combat illiteracy and silence.  Also, to create awareness and growth.


Monday, November 19, 2012

From the Apocalypse to New Age of Aquarius

There are many organizations and charities that need assistance year round.  Those same organizations and charities support many creative avenues that can benefit several in the community from children to adults. One of those organizations is the Arizona Consortium for the Arts, Inc. They are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, community organization. The consortium's vision is to establish a multicultural, multidisciplinary arts center with an open door policy. Their programs seek to help nurture and support under-served and economically disadvantaged populations through the promotion of the arts.  They are dedicated to creating a connection with our diverse community through artistic, cultural and educational events.

You might be asking what this event "Apocalypse to Aquarius" is all about.  Since December 21, 2012 is recognized as ushering in the New Age of Aquarius and the passing of the Apocalyptic end via the Mayan Calendar, what a better way to celebrate December than with a party.  In addition to this idea, it is also commonly know that during certain holidays that birthdays some times get lost in the mix of all the commercial marketing and publicity and the hustle and bustle of the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.  With all these things in mind, what a better way to celebrate with a purpose, enjoy December Birthday's and then support a cornerstone organization in the Arizona community than with a fun filled artistic costume party.

The theme of the costume party is the New Age of Aquarius and will be decorated to fit the 60's and 70's with great music provided by DJ Donovan Hypes.  The event will be hosted by the newest location established for the artistic community, The A.R.C. (artistic resource center) 4635 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, Arizona 85015.  Thanks to Monarch Media for supporting the event along with several designers and other artists coming out from the community there will be lots to have fun with.
So you want to support the artist community, you have a birthday to celebrate in December and want to get your groove back with a hippie in style dancing flare, check this event out and make a difference at the same time.

Event Details:
December Birthday Celebrations - Costume party (costume is not required)
12-01-2012, Saturday, 7 pm - 12 am

Designers - Fashion

Benefiting Arizona Consortium for the Arts,
To celebrate December Birthdays and to welcome in the New Age of Aquarius for the Year 2013 - Celebrating all Artists (Film, Fashion, Music, Arts, Entertainment), those that appreciate Artists, and everyone who has a birthday in December. Creating a fun, colorful event for all.
Ticket Price
$15.00 per person (in Advance)
$20.00 per person (at the Door)

Ticket cover includes:
Drinks (Beer & Wine, non-alcoholic drinks)
Birthday Cake
Artist rooms for showcasing - interested parties send email to for more information.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Benefit Fundraiser for the East Valley Boys and Girls Clubs!!

Friday, November 9th, Hard Rock Cafe, Phoenix, AZ - 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Joe Draper at The Hard Rock Cafe!! Benefit Fundraiser for the East Valley Boys and Girls Clubs!!
Message from Joe Draper - "I'd like to invite everyone to my first headlining weekend show at the Hard Rock Cafe! It's a free, all-ages, post-Suns game party. We're also doing this concert in support of the Boys and Girls Club. Please come down, support a good cause and enjoy the evening with us!"