7 Coolest Designs from Jodorowsky's Dune

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This is the start of one very weird list.
We're about halfway through the two-week run of Jodorowsky's Dune at Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale, so time is running out for you to go check out the funny, thought-provoking, and painfully frustrating documentary about experimental filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's ill-fated attempt to make the book Dune into a movie. Obviously, this movie has something for sci-fi geeks and art house film nerds, but the story is interesting and peppered with appearances by Salvador DalĂ­, Orson Welles, and Mick Jagger.

One of the best parts of the film is being immersed in the completely hashed-out art and design elements of Jodorowsky's planned film, and we have seven examples that you just have to see.

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Scottsdale's Theatre Artists Studio Revives And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

Mark Gluckman
From left, Dee Rich and Maureen Dias pause between past and future in And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little.
The setup: Many of the best off-Broadway theaters are clubs of a kind: like-minded artists who've come together to form a company that produces the kind of work they value, to joyfully challenge their skills, to share the results with audiences in a meaningful way. If you've spent years doing and/or watching theater in the Phoenix area, it's natural to be suspicious of any arts enterprise that people purchase memberships or pay dues or fees to participate in (especially if you've been a child actor or stage parent), but exploitation is not the nature of Theatre Artists Studio -- it's more New York-style in its mission and operations -- and its members' devotion is what makes the shows so darn good. The directors cast the member actors quite a bit; that's part of the point. But the company also works routinely with theater artists who aren't members, and the cross-pollination is good for everybody.

The Studio also brings us interesting plays we don't get to see often, and its current offering, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, presented here as a longish one-act, is the second best-known play by Paul Zindel, who won a Pulitzer for The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. The man sure could write a quirky, memorable title. Zindel, raised by hardworking women after his father left the family, also had a firm grasp on the pain, humor, and absurdity of female-led families (and human behavior in general) and the way that intimate, complex conflicts play out.

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3 Easy Ways Guys Can Up Their Dating Game

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Nerd Wallet's recent conclusion that Phoenix is a great city for single women (debatable). While there were many not-so-fabulous comments to follow, there was one comment in particular that stuck with me.

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Meet Phoenix's 2014 Big Brain Award Finalists

Scott Biersack
The Big Brains are here.

We've profiled the 15 up-and-coming creatives who are finalists in the categories of performing art, culinary art, visual art, design, and urban vision.

We'll announce the five winners (one in each category) at Artopia, an evening of food, drink, and art, at Bentley Projects on Friday, April 25. Tickets are available now

In the meantime, meet your 2014 Big Brain Award finalists.

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Uber-Style Cleaning Service Handybook Launches in Phoenix

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Between the upcoming launch of the Grid Bike Share program and the arrival of the IV vitamin bar trend, it seems like life in the Valley couldn't get much more convenient.

Cue Handybook. The new on-demand cleaning service, which launched in Phoenix on Monday, April 14, is setting out to revolutionize the way you handle household chores.

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In Megan Kaslly's Perfect World, Everyone Would Rock Vintage

Andie Flores
Megan Kaslly rocks a palm tree jumpsuit from Topshop.

Megan Kaslly frequented a lot of thrift stores growing up. The 24-year-old, who was born and raised near Seventh Avenue, knows a thing or two about the best spots around town to pick up funky vintage.

She's also got some big plans for the future of Phoenix fashion.

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Grid Bike Share Launch Postponed in Phoenix

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No green bike share rides for you just yet.
Bad news for folks looking to jump on the bike share train in Phoenix: The Grid Bike Share program launch has been postponed until after this summer. While the program was initially slotted to launch in April 2014 during Valley Bike Month, the release had to be pushed back due to issues with the bikes electronic components.

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Kristopher Pourzal: 2014 Big Brain Awards Finalist, Performing Art (VIDEO)

Janessa Hilliard
Kristopher Pourzal, a dance student at ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

You submitted nominations for awards given to the Valley's emerging creatives, and the results are in. Introducing our 2014 Big Brain finalists.

Leading up to the Big Brain Award announcement and Artopia on April 25, Jackalope Ranch and Chow Bella will introduce the finalists. Up today: Kristopher Pourzal.

Kristopher Pourzal has an expressive personality. He talks with his hands, deliberate motions to illustrate his stories while gazing out the floor-to-ceiling windows at the Nelson Fine Arts Center. The large practice room is empty, save for a grand piano and a handful of chairs lined against the wall where Pourzal sits, barefoot, dressed in light layers for optimal movement.

When he dances, which he will shortly, the room remains silent save for his sharp breathing. He stares ahead, always ahead, even while rolling on the floor. Even when his arms and legs seem to flail and move separately from his body. When he finishes, the space seems to deflate of energy. He walks the lengths of it, hands on his hips, and catches his breath.

When he dances, he says, "those are the moments when I understand why I'm here, in a meta sense."

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Italian Film Festival USA Coming to Tempe April 26

Gianni Fiorito
Sarah Felberbaum on the set of Andrea Molaioli's Il Gioiellino.

Time to brush up on your italiano.

The Italian Film Festival USA recently added Tempe, Arizona, to its 11-stop schedule. This year marks the 10th edition of the fest, which brings contemporary Italian films stateside to cities including Boulder, Colorado, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Don't worry; there will be subtitles.

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Phoenix and Tempe Are Great for Millennials, According to Niche Ink

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Melissa Fossum
A scene from the PHX AM After Party hosted by Cowtown Skateboards in April.
If you were born somewhere between the late 1980s and the early 2000s and are currently living in metro Phoenix, good news: You're doing at least one thing right.

That's according to Niche Ink, the satellite website of Niche.com that specializes in helping people make major life decisions such as where to live, where to start a family, and where to go to college.

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