The Bad and The Beautiful Fuses Contemporary and Modern Dance at Herberger Theater

Categories: Dance, Review

Tim Fuller
Center Dance Ensemble performs Night of Moonlit Wild at Herberger Dance Center in Phoenix.
We're used to seeing dancing vampires this time of year, thanks to A Vampire Tale choreographed by Lisa Starry for her Scorpius Dance Theatre. Now Valley audiences can also enjoy the première of a new Starry work titled Fade, which is part of The Bad and The Beautiful program for Center Dance Ensemble (CDE) of Phoenix.

Center Dance Ensemble opened its 2014-15 season Thursday, October 23, with a five-piece program that includes four world première dances, including Fade, in addition to the ballet Billy the Kid choreographed by CDE artistic director Frances Smith Cohen.

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J.B. Snyder's The Allery Opens in Downtown Phoenix With Multi-Artist Show

Mackenzie McCreary
The Allery is located at 911 N. 4th St. right off of Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix.
Muralist J.B. Snyder has been teasing us all week. His vague social media posts on Instagram and Facebook seem to say one thing: Snyder will be opening The Allery to the public tonight at 7 p.m. with a multi-artist show entitled "Opening Day."

The Allery is set to be an art gallery and collective studio hosted in a converted house typical of the surrounding Roosevelt Row arts district, according to the Facebook event posting for the show.

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5 Awesome 2014 Halloween Sneakers

Categories: Fashion

Courtesy of Nike

Every year, the biggest names in sneakers put out iconic colorways of their signature shoes, just in time for Halloween. Some may be a simple combination of black and orange while others feature ornate designs related to the annual day celebrating ghouls, goblins, and candy.

Here are our five favorite releases of the 2014 Halloween sneaker rush.

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7 Dia de Los Muertos Events in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Events

Ryan Wolf
From the East Valley to the West Valley, central and beyond, altars, sugar skulls, live music, and processions will be popping up all over metro Phoenix to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos. Here are seven events to look out for over the next couple weekends.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Categories: Events

John Groseclose
Will Hightower, Kim Richard, and Andy Cahoon star in Seminar.


Writers are fun people (trust us), but we might be at our best one on one. In Theresa Rebeck's play Seminar, five writers convene in a Manhattan apartment. One is renowned author Leonard, a teacher whom each of the others has paid $5000 to, no surprise, verbally abuse them for 10 weeks in the guise of instruction. Because you're safely this side of the proscenium, the inevitable mind games, insecurity, sexual acting out, and don't-bring-the-kids profanity are entertaining, especially because this Actors Theatre production is helmed by director Ron May.

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The Hungry Woman at ASU's Lyceum Theatre Is Interesting, Lacks Subtlety

Categories: Review, Theater

Tim Trumble, courtesy of ASU Herberger Institute for Design and Arts
The Hungry Woman at ASU will continue October 23 through 26.

Cherrie Moraga's The Hungry Woman debuted on the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts' mainstage last weekend. The play, set in a post-Revolutionary, futuristic Phoenix, is a modernized retelling of the tragedy of Medea. Native and Mexican themes and folklore are integrated into the story, which also explores issues of homophobia and gender inequality. While the play presented an interesting perspective and was certainly thought-provoking, many elements of this particular production failed to reinforce the text.

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Movement Source to Present Danse Macabre at Crescent Ballroom

Categories: Dance, Events

Paul Markow Photography
The Movement Source Dance Company prepares to unleash its undead side.
The Movement Source Dance Company returns for a second year with The Danse Macabre, an hourlong mash-up of dance, music, and illusion in the spirit of Halloween.

It's being performed at both Willo North Gallery and Crescent Ballroom, thanks to some decidedly undead hustle by Mary Anne Fernandez-Herding, founder and director of the dance group.

"I heard the Crescent Ballroom wanted to offer more than music so I went and talked to them," she says. "They've got nice raked seating so you can see the dance, and it's an intimate venue."

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10 Awful Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples

Categories: Fun, Top Ten List

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Classic costumes, like this zombie couple, are a safe way to go for costumes with your significant other, but some should just be avoided.

We're not opposed to dressing up in couples' costumes, but every year, there are some couples who insist on wearing terrible costumes together. Personally, we think it's best to play it safe if you're going to be a couple, and just be police officers or lumberjacks or something more generic.

Here are 10 costumes that you and your boo probably shouldn't try out for Halloween this year (or any year, for that matter). Bonus points to any couple who goes as Spider-Man and zombie Gwen Stacy or Elsa and Olaf (because no one wants to be Anna).

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Birdman and Listen Up Philip Open Oscar Season (PODCAST)

Categories: Film and TV

Alison Rosa
Michael Keaton and Edward Norton put up their dukes in Birdman.

It's awards season and the hyped movies are starting to land in theaters. On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we talk about Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, and Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip, and carve out some time to recommend Nothing Bad Can Happen and Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. All four of those films have received high praise and some have been hit with some pretty damning criticism, including the description that Iñárritu is a "pretentious fraud," leveled by film critic Scott Tobias of The Dissolve. Amy Nicholson of the LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, dive into what stirs critics use loaded words like those when reviewing a movie. Ahh, must be Oscar season.

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Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal's Who Is Dayani Cristal? to Screen in Phoenix

Gael Garcia Bernal stars in Marc Silver's award-winning documentary about economic migration to the United States from Central America.

An average of 200 migrant men, women, and children are found dead each year in the stretch of Sonoran Desert known colloquially as "the Corridor of Death." The Pima County Medical Examiner's Office is faced with the somewhat daunting task of identifying these souls and reuniting them with their families.

Director Marc Silver, along with actor Gael Garcia Bernal, were intrigued by what stories these dead travelers could tell. "I remember seeing an image of a Border Patrol agent holding a skull in a vast empty landscape," Silver says in the press materials for the film. "I thought that following the investigation into an unidentified person would be a fascinating and poetic way of exploring this vital global issue. I literally asked myself, 'What can a skull in an empty desert tell you about the world?'"

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