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1  Arizona / Arizona: Central / counterculture cafe: a cry for help! on: April 19, 2006 10:48:16 PM
please support counterculture cafe while you still can.  and don't forget about downstairs!

repost of counterculture cafe's myspace bulletin

Ok, so those of you who are regulars at CounterCulture Cafe may have already heard some rumors, and I think it's best that you get your information directly from the source.

We are indeed in dire straits and after having taken a building that had been vacant for years, and never a food and beverage outlet, we sanded floors, we painted walls, we built a coffeebar in what was once a bedroom and we took an easy to miss, out of the way place, established a clientele and built up a business from nothing.

Now our landlords are trying to muscle us out, keep our equipment, and hand over the business to someone with deeper pockets, someone more in line with their approach and their ethics. Maybe someone who will actually be happy with the strip mall they're planning on building behind the place (We most definitely are not! Phoenix has plenty of strip malls!!!)

I met with our landlords on Tuesday and they were trying their hardest to encourage us to walk away from the business, trying to convince me that they'd be doing us a huge favor. In fact they'd like to see us out by this Monday.

We're meeting with them again tomorrow to discuss alternative scenarios (yes, we are a couple weeks behind on rent.)

So here's where you come in.

We need your support, not your pity, and not your donations, but we need people to come in and buy product. Often times the place is packed, and many people have been surprised that we're not yet breaking even, and while we love all the great characters who frequent our establishment, the sad fact is that people hanging out does not pay our bills, it takes people buying product.

So if you appreciate the venue we've provided for artists, musicians, performers and benefits, if you appreciate having a place where you can drop in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and get something good to drink, something healthy to eat, take advantage of the free wifi, meet diverse people and engage in interesting coversations, then I urge you to come in and support the business, not tomorrow, not next week, but RIGHT NOW.

When I meet people out and about and CounterCulture comes up in conversation, too often the response I hear is "Oh wow, you own CounterCulture? I hear that place is really cool...I really should check it out sometime!" Well that time is now or never, because there's a good chance that come Monday morning, CounterCulture will be gone, only to be replaced in a month or two by something much more corporate, much more sterile, much more bland...I imagine the murals will be sandblasted, the furniture replaced, the walls painted beige and the live performances stopped. I imagine the vegan and vegetarian offerings will be gone, and I'm sure you won't be able to get a soy yerba mate latte to save your life.

Mony and I have done the best that we can do with the resources we have available. The demands of owning a 24 hour coffeehouse ultimately led to me losing my well paid dayjob last May, and it's been a struggle ever since. We're still scrambling to come up with an alternative scenario that will prevent us from being locked out, but at this point, we need your help, we need your support. Come, buy stuff, tell your friends, tell your neighbors, your classmates, your coworkers...don't let CounterCulture become another $tarbucks clone.

If you wish to contact me directly please feel free to email me at:


Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

much love and peace,


CounterCulture Cafe
2330 E. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 231-0762

2  Arizona / Arizona: Central / [revised] quilt, craft & sewing festival ~ january 26-28 on: December 30, 2005 12:36:16 AM
the phoenix quilt, craft & sewing festival will be at the state fairgrounds from january 26th through 28th (thursday - saturday).  hours are from 10 am to 5 pm.

admission is $8 $10, but you can use this coupon for $1 off. note: for some reason the coupon shows the admission cost at $10, but according to their website (and the az state fairgrounds website) the cost is $8.  i verified this with rusty barn (the promotion group) and the correct price is $10, but the ticket is good for all three days.  sorry for the confusion.

(ellen!  wasn't this our second date??  i looked it up: the gun show is on a different weekend this time.  bummer, huh?  ha ha!)
3  Arizona / Arizona: Central / september 17th meet up on: September 12, 2005 11:20:00 AM
i just wanted to start a new thread regarding the september 17th meet up, in case anyone missed it.

to make things easy, i vote we stick with the same plans chris made:

i'm so excited to see you all, especially bonnie!!  i miss ya, gal!
4  Arizona / Arizona: Central / july meet up on: July 28, 2005 12:00:04 AM
okay guys, here's the final-set-in-stone-no-do-overs-absolute-rock-solid-solid-gold plans for our july meet up!!

when and where?

this saturday, july 30th!

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am : meet at 3 roots for coffee
    3 roots opens at 9:00 am and is at 1020 south mill avenue in tempe, just across the street from the asu art museum.  in case you get lost, have questions about the food situation (etc), their phone number is 480/966.4949.
    (for map, see below)

where should i park?

here is the info from the museum's website: "Free parking is available in ASU Art Museum-marked spaces at the south end of the Tempe Center, located at the NE corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street. Please sign in at the museum lobby desk when parking in the reserved spaces.  Free parking is also available on weekends and after 7 p.m. weeknights in parking structure #3 on Myrtle Avenue."

wait a minute, how much is this going to set me back?

entry for the museum is free!  the only cost is whatever food or drinks you may purchase.

but who's going?!?

we've already got bonnie, chris, tina, illanna, carole, jenny (with family), and me!  plus my friends blue, shannon, and shannon's boyfriend brad too.  holy cow!

who else is in??

5  Arizona / Arizona: Central / mark newport at asu art museum on: June 01, 2005 10:01:21 PM
June 25 - September 3, 2005

Artist Reception:
Friday, June 24, 7-9pm

For centuries, knitting has been associated with the feminine -- from medieval portraits of the Virgin Mary beatifically purling to Grandma's treasured knit afghans.   Arizona artist Mark Newport, however, views knitting and related domestic textile arts in quite a different way.  For him, they are symbols for understanding masculinity and brute strength -- and the unlikely means by which he is able to create the iconic wardrobes of the superhero.  Through methods traditionally associated with female cultural identity, Newport expresses his own ideas about male identity in American society in this, the very first museum solo exhibition of his work.

*images and full gallery guide essay online

Mark Newport was born in 1964 in Amsterdam, New York, and currently lives in Mesa, Arizona and works in Tempe, Arizona as a member of the faculty of the ASU School of Art. The artist did his undergraduate studies at Kansas City Art Institute ('86) and went on to earn an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ('91).

Arizona State University Art Museum
Tenth Street and Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287-2911
t. 480.965.2787
f. 480.965.5254
e. asuartmuseum@asu.edu
w. http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/home.html
6  UNITED STATES / Arizona / craftster challenge! on: April 30, 2005 12:26:23 PM
did you guys see that leah is having a craftster challenge every month?!  check it out: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=33520.0

who else is in?  let's show them that arizona is the best!!
7  Arizona / Arizona: Central / yes, we are meeting this saturday! (also a question) on: April 28, 2005 02:08:22 AM
sorry if some of you missed the previous thread since i was so vague in the subject line...

we craftsters *are* meeting up at 10 am this saturday, april 30th, at coffee talk in downtown mesa.

we've heard an "amen" from ellen, tina, and laura so far... and bonnie's a definite *maybe*.  Smiley  so how about all you other lovely ladies???

okay, and here's a question for the group:  i thought it would be fun to try out some other meeting places in the future.  i dig coffee talk, but i was thinking it would be fun just to mix things up.  obviously i don't want to make things inconvenient for anyone, and being close to fiber factory is nice...  i guess i just like variety.  but maybe it would be confusing or inconvenient to switch around.  what do the rest of you think?

hope to see ya'll on saturday!
8  Arizona / Arizona: Central / asu art museum short film festival this saturday! on: April 21, 2005 01:30:05 AM
this saturday night is the asu art museum's short film festival!  this event is really fun... just go early to get a decent spot:

SATURDAY  APRIL 23, 2005 - 8 p.m.
"Come with your lawn chairs and blankets, sit out under the stars and enjoy this free event...

Arizona State University Art Museum is proud to present a number of short films and videos by artists from around the world. For this evening, individuals are asked to bring a lawn chair, blanket or anything else and join us on the back plaza for this FREE EVENT."

more details here (including film synopsis-ess):  http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/filmfest/2005.htm

if anyone wants to meet up for this let me know.  Cheesy
9  Arizona / Arizona: Central / hey guys -- i miss you already! :) on: April 21, 2005 01:16:12 AM
this is such a long month, with *five* weekends and all....  anyone want to meet up on april 30th??
10  Arizona / Arizona: Central / art detour weekend on: February 28, 2005 11:22:18 PM
don't forget that this coming weekend is art detour! 

here's some details from the artlink website:

"More than 100 art studios, galleries and arts friendly businesses open their doors Friday night, Saturday all day and nighttime, too and Sunday for this self guided tour of downtown Phoenix artspaces. Maps available online and in the Central Library in February. Music, performers, paintings, sculptures, demonstrations, free shuttle buses and more."

"Art Detour is a self-guided tour with free shuttle service of artist studios, art spaces, and other art venues in Downtown Phoenix. This free 3-day event will be held:

Friday, March 4 from 5-10 pm
Saturday, March 5 from noon to 8 pm
Sunday, March 6 from noon-6 pm

Special Opening Artists' Reception:
Thursday, March 3, 6-9 pm at the Central Phoenix Library (located on the corner of Willetta and Central Avenue)

All participating venues are listed in the Art Detour brochure available at most First Friday Spaces and the Central Phoenix Library.

Shuttles will begin the journey from the library.

Art Detour draws an audience of well over 20,000 enthusiastic arts supporters from all over the nation."

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