March Madness is more than Sports!

Of course there’re a million events and a ton of people— when the rest of the nation is still buried in snow, and we look…. like this?? #NoContest

We think March is named as it is because it’s right about now that all those spring events come marchin’ in! And we thought the holidays were busy! Shoo-wee! We rustled open a paper (ahem, we mean we googled ‘March Events AZ’) and perused the listings of just what is in store for denizens of the valley, and drafted the following as some Noted Notables– why, and some even look to have Potent Potables! First up….

a386ed4b3db3e016a540f2f5486115b6_tc2h_tk9pIndispensable Dispensables |  Lee Berger’s paintings speak to our relationship with disposables in both subject and material, employing the imagery and debris of life, his life, along with the paint. These works posit a deep bond with our surroundings, and question whether we can release our attempt to control nature enough to let it nourish us. The show will be displayed at Practical Art through March, with the reception held this Friday, First Friday. (Find out about our other March events, here.)



Exploding Plastic Inevitable |  While you’re out and about on Central Ave for First Friday, don’t miss swinging in to Phoenix Art Musuem‘s celebration of the new “Andy Warhol: Portraits” exhibition ($2 First Friday only!). For full info, click here. All I had to hear was that Four Chambers Press will be doing readings and that, “Wooden Indian channels Velvet Underground”. Uh, yes, please! But don’t stay out too late, because the next day is…..


9160e993c9690198b064e070fa680c2a_5h9oArt Detour |  This is the 27th year of the celebration that invites the community to meet its artists and to explore the vibrant art spaces that are the resilient lil’ creosote blossoms in a strip-malled desert–check out the guide here, and be sure to come by Practical Art on Saturday to meet our summer kids class instructors from The Bergamot Institute, hear about the classes, and heck, maybe even sign up the kiddos for a slew of ’em! We’re also hosting the work of 120 local craft artisans, snacks, drinks, general merriment, and our exhibition by Lee Berger.


devouredDevoured |  Now in its 6th year, the Devoured Culinary Classic is the region’s premier annual culinary event presented by Local First Arizona, Devour Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum, and Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. It was launched as an effort to showcase the fine food & drink producers and purveyors of Arizona while furthering metro Phoenix as a dining destination worthy of international prestige. Practical Art is excited to have our own booth with a foodie favorite: Refresh Glass!


downloadSpring Training | Spring Training baseball under the warm Arizona sun has been a tradition for devoted fans since 1947. Today, 15 teams train in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere. The Cactus League is the premier destination for baseball lovers. So grab some friends, lawn tickets, and a blanket and enjoy one game or several games through out the month!


download (1)Phoenix Festival de Espana |  Phoenix Center for the Arts and Flamenco Por La Vida are proud to present the 2nd annual Phoenix Festival de España, a celebration of Spanish Arts and Culture. It’ll feature Flamenco workshops for youth and adults, delicious Spanish food, culinary demonstrations, presentations on Spanish culture, live performances, and more!
For dates, times, and info, click here!


Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 11.32.52 PMMcDowell Mountain Music Fest |  Oh, what? You thought March couldn’t possibly have ANY MORE IN STORE? Well, BLAMMO, BATMAN! The last weekend in March is McDowell Mountain Music Fest Weekend! Arizona’s only 100% non-profit music festival– right in the heart of downtown at Hance Park. Check out the killer line-up of both local and national acts here (and don’t forget to buy tickets!)!
And, of course, plenty more where that came from! (Ahem, google.)

So like my parents used to say, “Don’t tell me that you’re bored. If you say you’re bored one more time, I’ll find you something to do!” (Read: CHORES.) Instead of being bored or doing chores, why don’tcha pick something fun to do from this handy dandy list? And let the March Madness…. begin!


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