Rose Mofford's birthday can be celebrated with "The Rose" at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix.

Rose Mofford’s birthday can be celebrated with “The Rose” at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

Happy Change of Venue Friday. And happy birthday wishes to two people who have left their mark in Arizona.

First, props to former Arizona Governor Rose Mofford, who turns 94 today (1922-present). In honor of that great lady’s day, the marvelous Valley Bar (yes, the one in a downtown Phoenix basement) is offering a Rose-named drink special:

“Join us in celebrating Rose Mofford’s 94th Birthday. ‘The Rose’ cocktail will be on special for just $5 from 4pm til 8pm. We are going to play her favorite music and raise a toast to Rose at 7:00pm. If we are lucky, she might even stop by.”

All of the detail is here. And if you’re reading this, Rose, we look forward to seeing you.

And yesterday was Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday, as friend and journalist Jon Talton reminded us all on Facebook. Of course, Wright (1867-1959) established Taliesin West, “when he famously declared he would move the first time he could see another light in the distance.”

Optimistic fellow, that Frank.

Frank Lloyd Wright–designed living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota (1912–14)

Frank Lloyd Wright–designed living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota (1912–14).

Jon also reminded me that the Wright-designed ASU Grady Gammage Theatre was originally designed as the Baghdad Opera House.

I had forgotten that, and it led me back to a piece I had written in 2008. As the Middle East continues to be in turmoil, I still wonder about Wright’s stalled legacy there and the positive impact it might have meant to U.S. foreign relations.

Enough foreign policy chatter. Enjoy Rose Mofford’s birthday, especially—with or without a cocktail. And be sure to visit the David and Gladys Wright House the next time you’re in Phoenix.

Frank Lloyd Wright's David and Gladys Wright House, Phoenix, Ariz.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s David and Gladys Wright House, Phoenix, Ariz.

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