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Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 4:24 pm | Updated: 2:22 am, Sun Mar 13, 2011.

Rarely — and perhaps unfairly — is downtown Mesa credited as a must-do entertainment destination, but this Friday night the city’s walkable square mile is the place to be in the E.V.

The community’s monthly 2nd Friday Night Out block party (named a 2010 Best of Phoenix winner by “Phoenix New Times”) cranks up at 6 p.m. with about 60 art and vendor booths, three live bands, an all-girl art show inside Evermore Nevermore, and street performances of songs from “The Man of La Mancha” by Mesa Encore Theatre. Thanks to a “Green” theme, you’ll also find info on recycling and xeriscaping, green beer at watering holes along Main Street, and a green chocolate fountain at De La Cruz Bistro.  

At the same time, Amococo, the ginormous inflatable labyrinth touring the Southwest for the first time from Europe, opens over at Mesa Arts Center. Aside from touring the “luminarium,” as it’s called, you can check out art on loan from the private collection of actor Cheech Marin and catch outdoor acts by aerial dancers and other street performers.

The block party is free. Amococo tickets are $5 per person and include admission to the Mesa Contemporary Arts galleries and discounts and deals at merchants and restaurants up and down Main Street. To avoid waiting longer than necessary in line to tour the maze, call MAC or visit its website to book your Amococo tickets (and time slot) before you arrive.

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DETAILS >> Amococo is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $5. (480) 644-6500 or 2nd Friday Night Out is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday along Main Street in downtown Mesa. Free. (602) 318-5689 or

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