Roosevelt Row Shipping Container Art Galleries in Downtown Phoenix to Move

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Rendering by John Douglas Architects created for Roosevelt Row CDC.
A trio of shipping containers located in the Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market will be making their way to a new home across the street, says Greg Esser, who spearheaded their initial purchase and placement by the Roosevelt Row CDC.

After April's Third Friday art walk, the containers will be closed up for what Esser calls a "summer hiatus." He's working now on getting permits from the City of Phoenix before moving forward with a plan that would bring to life the rendering pictured above on the lot between Eye Lounge and Modified Arts.

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5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Last Comic Standing winner Iliza Shlesinger performs in Tempe this weekend.

Iliza Shlesinger

There's a lot more to girls than sugar, spice and everything nice. There's Uggs, glitter, and pumpkin recipe Pinterest boards, too. Just ask Iliza Shlesinger, winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing and star of her own comedy specials War Paint and Freezing Hot. Whether she's discussing the weather or dishing on dating, Shlesinger leaves no stereotype untouched in the battle of the sexes.

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Jorge Ignacio Torres: 2015 Big Brain Awards Finalist, Visual Art

Katie Johnson
Jorge Ignacio Torres is always on the hunt for new and emerging talent.
You submitted nominations for the best and brightest emerging Valley creatives, and the results are in. Presenting the 2015 Big Brain finalists.

Leading up to the announcement of winners at Artopia on May 9, Jackalope Ranch, Chow Bella, and Up on the Sun will introduce the finalists. Up today is Jorge Ignacio Torres.

"I never want art to be an accessory."

Jorge Ignacio Torres stands in his well-lit downtown Phoenix workspace hovering intently over a young man with a pair of fine scissors. In the background, you can hear friends chatting on the turquoise couch in the middle of the room and the sound of rush-hour traffic filling the streets outside.

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7 Must-See Third Friday Shows in Phoenix on April 17

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Feathers are prominent in Laura Strohacker's new installation for the Hot Box Gallery.
It's all about variety this month as Third Friday April gives folks a chance to explore delicate wood burnings of moths inspired by ASU's entomology collection, acrylic paintings on watercolor paper inspired by tattoos mirroring traditional Japanese artwork, and an immersive world of plant-laden I.V. bags inspired by losing a young person to leukemia.

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ASU Artists Put Contemporary Twist on Traditional Materials in "New Art Arizona"

Lynn Trimble
Dissolution of the American Dream by Jonah Amadeus Skurky-Thomas.
A small house created with terracotta and porcelain sits crumbling in a courtyard at Shemer Art Center. It's the work of Jonah Amadeus Skurky-Thomas, one of five ASU master's of fine arts students featured in an exhibition titled "New Art Arizona." They're all recipients of this year's scholarship awards presented by Shemer Art Center and Arizona Artists Guild, a nonprofit for emerging and established artists working in various media.

The exhibition also includes works by Courtney Richter, Zachary John Valent, Dani Godreau, and Travis Rice. The common thread, according to guest curator Colleen Kelk Donohoe, is their innovative use of materials. Her curatorial statement for the show notes that "the artists in this exhibit all approach traditional materials with a contemporary twist, resulting in work that references both the rich history of craft and the innovation of contemporary art."

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10 Things You Should Never Sext

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If you've ever read the summaries of trashy romance novels on Amazon, then you know how tough it can be to write something both sexually provocative and not entirely silly.

Sexting isn't any different. It requires a balance of relatively blatant sexuality and cleverly crafted dialogue. The problem is that most people are generally terrible communicators, meaning they're even worse sexters. Here are 10 things you should never sext.

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Phoenix Urban Design Week 2015: Your Guide to This Year's Events

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Phoenix Urban Design Week 2015 is coming and will make you fall in love with Phoenix even more.
Building an entire city would be pretty rad. The one million people who bought the latest city-building video game, Cities: Skylines, in the past month probably agree. If only constructing a perfect metropolis in real life were as simple as a few mouse clicks. Of course, that's not the case. But the time and effort that go into creating a city like Phoenix give it history, community, and culture. And that's pretty rad, too.

Starting April 18, Phoenix Urban Design Week 2015 is going to amp up the love for the Valley by delving into what makes Phoenix the city it is -- and how it could change for the better.

With a full week of events ranging from tours of historic buildings to an ├╝ber-competitive Pinewood derby, it may be hard to decide what events you don't want to miss. Lucky for you, we've laid them all out in our guide to PUDW 2015.

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Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff Is Coming to Phoenix Comicon 2015

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Katee Sackhoff as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace from Battlestar Galactica.
If you happen to be a die-hard fan of Battlestar Galactica -- well, the phenomenally popular 2004 reimagining of the classic sci-fi television series, that is -- and live in Arizona, its safe to say you're anxiously counting the hours until Memorial Day weekend rolls around.

That's no frakkin' hyperbole, since that's the date of this year's Phoenix Comicon and the weekend you'll get to meet a few of the stars of the Battlestar Galactica revivial. And, as of this morning, that will include actress Katee Sackhoff.

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ZapCon 2015: A Field Guide to This Weekend's Event in Mesa

Benjamin Leatherman
You're living in the shade of a video arcade...
They certainly don't make video games like they used to way back when. While modern-day blockbuster titles like Assassin's Creed: Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Grand Theft Auto V pack high-tech thrills, lifelike graphics, and sophisticated A.I., there's a definite appeal to the games from the golden age of arcades in the 1980s or earlier, and not just because of the vintage or quaint nature of such things.

ZapCon, the two-day classic arcade and pinball convention, takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, and offers the chance take a trip to yesteryear and get your hands on more than 200 different quarter-munchers of a vintage nature, most of which are supplied by locals who collect and restore such games.

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Leonor Aispuro: 2015 Big Brain Awards Finalist, Design

Becky Bartkowski
Fashion designer Leonor Aispuro is a finalist in the 2015 Big Brain Awards.

You submitted nominations for the best and brightest emerging Valley creatives, and the results are in. Presenting the 2015 Big Brain finalists.

Leading up to the announcement of winners at Artopia on May 9, Jackalope Ranch, Chow Bella, and Up on the Sun will introduce the finalists. Up today is Leonor Aispuro.

Tears stream down Leonor Aispuro's face.

She's so lucky, she says, patting her eyes. Sitting behind the counter with her Pomeranian, Nosferatu, at downtown Phoenix fashion boutique Nostra Style House, she's dressed in a thrifted little black dress that looks anything but secondhand and wears simple gold jewelry and rich red lipstick and nails. A mannequin wears a sheer red dress the fashion designer has been constructing. A selection of her airy designs are for sale. Her name's in gold thread on each label.

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