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Canyon on ThirdCanyon on ThirdCanyon on Third/pdf/Canyon%20on%20Third_%20Press%20Release.pdf<p>PHOENIX (July 8, 2019) — The Phoenix Convention Center is the premier host of fan activities for Major Events such as the NFL Experience for Super Bowl XLIX, the Playoff Fan Central for College Football Playoffs and the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest among numerous conventions, concerts, tradeshows and expos. These large events have utilized our entire campus including Third Street for event activities. The Phoenix Convention Center is excited to now offer <em>Canyon on Third</em>,<em> </em>a unique outdoor event space,<em> </em>for all conventions, special events and venue activities.  </p><p>The 80,000 SF outdoor event space located on Third Street, between Washington and Monroe streets, is within walking distance to downtown Phoenix's trendy restaurants, shopping and sports facilities offering a lively experience in a vibrant destination. Flanked by the Convention Center's North and West buildings, the space provides attendees with an open-air experience. <em>Canyon on Third</em> offers flexibility that allows event organizers the opportunity to create unique one-of-a-kind activities that will leave a positive impression on attendees for years to come.  For more information, visit</p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p><strong>About the Phoenix Convention Center & Venues:</strong></p><p>The award-winning Phoenix Convention Center is located on the METRO Light Rail line, just a short ride from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.  A focal point in the heart of downtown Phoenix, our venues are within walking distance of more than 3,500 hotel rooms, entertainment venues, world-class shopping and restaurants.  Established in 1969 as a department of the city of Phoenix, the Phoenix Convention Center is a critical economic enterprise for the state and local economy.  The Phoenix Convention Center & Venues include the Phoenix Convention Center, Symphony Hall, Orpheum Theatre and five parking garages.​<br></p>7/9/2019 9:26:29 PM2019-07-08T07:00:00Z
Bianca Del Rio - Tour Bianca Del Rio - Tour Bianca Del Rio Tour/pdf/Bianca%20Del%20Rio%20-%20Tour%20Announce.pdf<p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">​After global sold-out tours, <strong><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica">comedy queen and </font></font><em><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica">RuPaul’s Drag Race </font></font></em><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica">champion Bianca Del Rio </font></font></strong>announces <strong><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica">North American dates </font></font></strong>for her <strong><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica">brand new comedy show </font></font><em><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica">It’s Jester Joke</font></font></em></strong>. The self-proclaimed "clown in a gown" tells tales of her worldwide adventures and the outrageous circus that is her life in her comical "tell it like it is" voice, covering life from politics to travel, family and social media. Bianca’s <strong><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica">"It’s Jester Joke" Tour </font></font></strong>will span the continent this fall bringing her irreverent, side-splitting comedy to over 40 cities, including <strong><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica">the first ever drag queen performance at NYC’s legendary Carnegie Hall, </font></font></strong>in what will be <strong><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica">the biggest ever solo drag show tour in North America. </font></font></strong></span></p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica"> </font></font></strong><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica"></font></font><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><strong>Tickets for Bianca Del Rio’s "It’s Jester Joke" Tour are on-sale via AmEx presale Wednesday, February 13 at 10am local time </strong></font></font>and <strong><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica">general on sale Friday, February 15 at 12 Noon local time. Tickets at </font></font><a href=""><font color="#0000ff" face="Arial,Helvetica"><font color="#0000ff" face="Arial,Helvetica"><font color="#0000ff" face="Arial,Helvetica"> </font></font></font></a><font color="#0000ff" face="Arial,Helvetica"><font color="#0000ff" face="Arial,Helvetica"></font></font></strong></span></p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><font color="#0000ff" face="Arial,Helvetica"><font color="#0000ff" face="Arial,Helvetica"><font color="#0000ff" face="Arial,Helvetica"> </font></font></font></strong><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3"></font><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Bianca Del Rio is the season six winner of the hit TV series <strong><em><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica">RuPaul’s Drag Race</font></font></em></strong>. The beloved entertainer once known as Roy Haylock emerged on the New Orleans nightclub circuit and has since become a drag superstar earning awards including NewNowNext’s Best New Television Personality, performing sold-out shows around the world, gaining critical acclaim from <em><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica">The New York Times</font></font></em>, penning a book, "Blame it on Bianca Del Rio", and amassing over 1.7M followers on Instagram. </span></p><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> <p>From her homebase in Los Angeles, Bianca Del Rio continues to tour the world captivating fans with her sharp wit, dismembering humor, and perceptive commentary in a brash, metro kick to the ego—everything and everyone is her target. Don’t miss your chance to see Bianca Del Rio in her fiercely funny new show in 2019. </p> </font><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica"></font></font></strong><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica"></font></font><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><strong>Watch Bianca’s Tour Video: </strong></font></font></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><strong></strong></font></font><a href=""><font color="#0000ff"><font color="#0000ff"> </font></font></a><font color="#0000ff"></font></span></p>2/13/2019 6:40:17 PM2019-02-13T07:00:00Z
Historic Orpheum Theatre Turns 90Historic Orpheum Theatre Turns 90Historic Orpheum Theatre Turns 90/pdf/Historic%20Orpheum%20Theatre%20Turns%2090.pdf<p>PHOENIX (Jan. 2, 2019) — Phoenix's historic Orpheum Theatre, deemed "Arizona's Most Beautiful Theater" by Architectural Digest turns 90 on Jan. 5, 2019.</p><p> </p><p>Opening in 1929 amid much fanfare, the Orpheum's Spanish-baroque architecture, ornate features and atmospheric setting attracted visitors from near and far. In 1929, the theater offered 1,800 seats and an early form of air conditioning, which made it a place for entertainment and refuge from the desert heat.  </p><p> </p><p>Designed by architects Lescher & Mahoney, the theatre was built for $750,000 by J. E. Rickards and Harry Nace.  The last major construction project in Phoenix before the Great Depression, Phoenix's Orpheum Theatre was the only theater between Los Angeles and Denver able to accommodate traveling vaudeville shows. Since opening, the venue welcomed some of the entertainment industry's most notable celebrities including Mae West, Henry Fonda and Lauren Bacall. </p><p> </p><p>The iconic venue continues to play an integral role in Arizona's arts and culture community. In recent years, notable celebrities to have graced its stage include Carol Channing, Jimmy Fallon, Lewis Black, Chris Botti, Kate Mulgrew, Barack Obama, David Feherty, Joe Jackson, Jerry Riopelle and many others. </p><p> </p><p>Throughout its existence, Phoenix's Orpheum Theatre changed names and ownership all while providing entertainment to various audiences in different capacities. Among its many uses, the venue had a long run serving as a Spanish language movie theater. By the 1980s, the theater needed major repairs and the city of Phoenix purchased the property and placed it on the National Register of Historic Places prior to embarking on a 12-year, $14 million restoration project.  Today the venue is downtown Phoenix's oldest operating theater which regularly hosts events for Theater League, Phoenix Opera and Phoenix Ballet in addition to hosting off-Broadway touring shows and Silent Sunday movies featuring music provided by the mighty Wurlitzer piper organ. </p><p> </p><p>The nonprofit support group, <em>Friends of the Orpheum Theatre</em>, hosts FREE public tours monthly and other events such as Downstairs at the Orpheum jazz concerts and Orpheum Ghost Tours to raise funding for school programs and venue upgrades. </p><p> </p><p>Owned and operated by the city of Phoenix, the venue is still making headlines today, in addition to the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Architectural Digest</span></a> (AD) recognition, the Orpheum has received recent awards from Trip Advisor, Phoenix New Times and Best Things Arizona. The theater has been featured on HGTV, FOX10, KJZZ, Univision, PHXTV and other notable news outlets. </p>1/4/2019 3:44:49 PM2019-01-02T07:00:00Z