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Phoenix New Times presents
Bar Flies

Monthly
Valley Bar
130 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ


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Valley Bar

Valley Bar is located in a notable downtown building constructed in 1949 on Central Avenue just north of Adams which was once the home The Hub art galleries, Sub Cultural Arts Center (where Sound Garden and Bad Brains played their stage), famed Bickoff's Deli and the Theater Triad.

Our interior decor by Patch & Clark Design is done up in a color palette full of soft yellows, cool greys, and bright whites which serves to remind you that this is sunlit Arizona. Valley Bar is something that chooses to celebrate what Phoenix life was and is by bringing this space a unique Arizona feel.

Amy Silverman
Amy Silverman is the co-curator of Bar Flies and managing editor of New Times, where she's worked for almost 20 years. Amy co-teaches the workshop Mothers Who Write at Changing Hands Bookstore. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life as well as in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and salon.com. She is a commentator for KJZZ, the local NPR affiliate, where she tells stories mostly about her daughter Sophie, who has Down syndrome; she also blogs about Sophie at www.girlinapartyhat.com. Her book about Sophie is scheduled to be published by Woodbine House in 2016.


Katie Johnson
Katie Johnson is a writer and storyteller living in Phoenix. With her degree in creative writing, she has contributed to New Times and The Guardian in New York. She currently works in advertising as the copywriter for Moses. In addition to performing and curating for Bar Flies, Katie also has told stories for SMoCA's Lit Lounge, Space 55's He Said / She Said and a Bitch in Time, R. Pela Contemporary's Love Letters, and Chow Bella's Eating Christmas. For daily observations, puns, and jokes in progress, follow her on Twitter @Katie_B_Johnson.

The Audio Ranch
Jason P. Woodbury is a radio host, music journalist, and record store geek. He co-hosts the freeform radio program The Audio Ranch on KWSS 93.9 with Arizona music archivist John Dixon, and regularly contributes to Aquarium Drunkard, New Times, AZCentral, Relix, Tucson Weekly, and other outlets. He has worked for the Phoenix-based record store chain Zia Records for most of a decade and currently manages social media for the company, which affords him opportunities to search for country and new age LPs in Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas. For snack and pop culture musings, follow him on Twitter @Jasonpwoodbury.

Kevin Vaughn-Brubaker
Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker is the public art manager for Scottsdale Public Art, teaches English Literature for Ashford University, works on game mechanics and content for Iconica, is an installation artist and curator, is in local indie rock band There Is Danger, and blogs at wildreaches.blogspot.com.