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Phoenix Taco » 2011 » April

Phoenix Goddess ~ El Mac

7th Ave & McDowell

An old piece by El Mac, tucked away on the back of  a historic apartment complex built in 1927.

Photos by Candace Porth

Chadwick Uptain on The Bee’s Knees

16th St. & McDowell

Grand Opening of The Open Source Project

This Friday launches the grand opening of The Open Source Project (McClintock & University), a new coffee bar/art gallery/music venue that will radically alter the arts community in Tempe. The event will feature music and live painting from names like Colton Brock, J.J. Horner, Lalo Cota, Ryan Gentry, and much more.

Creators Ryan Gentry and Michael Witham intend for this space to bridge a gap between artists, at all points in their careers, to foster a common dialogue.

“The Open Source Project is the epicenter of creation in Tempe, Arizona. Monthly and Nightly events focus on creating and developing human capital. This incubator promotes economic competitiveness, collaboration and innovation. People promote new ideas, methods, business, applications, lifestyles, and avant-garde fields.”

VIDEO UPDATE: Fragments of Happiness ~ The Quincy

‘Fragments of Happiness’ by JB Snyder from Brent Henderson on Vimeo.

UPDATE: I just came across this awesome video. Check it.

JB Snyder’s work at The Quincy (1321 E. McDowell Rd.) this weekend with “Fragments of Happiness” for Art Detour.

Dose Fly Id ~ TedxScottsdale

TEDxScottsdale, (x= independently organized TED event) was held at ASU SkySong last week. A number of speakers gave lectures around the central theme of Urban Sustainability in the desert. What’s really awesome is that DOSE, one of the most prolific writers in Phoenix gave his own lecture on how graffiti, SB1070, and drugs contribute to the cultural sustainability of our cities.

HMPH ~ Sola Coffee Bar

Check out and purchase works from HMPH hanging right now in Scottsdale at Sola Coffee Bar (7124 E 5th Avenue).

Disposable Hero ~ Ash Ave

This little guy was spotted next to Wet Paint Art Supply before StickerPhiends. He made a second appearance later that night as the show was ending. Disposable Hero, one of the many artists featured is said to be the culprit. Photos courtesy of MadOne and Wet Paint.

The Next Movement ~ 5 & 6 Gallery

Arizona based photographer Sol.Exposure, the official photographer for The Roots, has teamed up with Dumperfoo to create The Next Movement, a giant installation that will run for a month at 5 and 6 Gallery, opening May 6th. The exhibit is a collaboration featuring Sol.Exposure’s prints of members Black Thought and Questlove, taken over a period of three years with Dumperfoo’s brushstrokes on top. Not only is it a showcase of these two artists’ works, but it’s a tribute to two of hip-hops greatest figures.


Taqueria La Hacienda #1 ~ Buckeye & 1st Ave

Between 1st Ave and 7th St. on Buckeye is Taqueria La Hacienda #1, the kind of taco truck PhoenixTaco has been searching for. I immediately knew this place is legit when I walked up and no one asked, “Can I help you?” or “What would you like?” They just stared at me as if I was some dumb gringo. I ordered un taco de pollo, taco de cabeza, and taco de cerdo. I enjoyed the pollo the most, but each taco was supreme and easily trumped any other I have eaten in Phoenix. It should be noted that the employees speak little English, and it would help to brush up on your taco truck etiquette. Check out this great post over at LATaco called Tacos 101 with Bill Esparza ~ Part 1 “History and Etiquette. Taqueria La Hacienda opens every day at 8 a.m. and stays open until at least midnight. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until 2 a.m.