Plastic Monsters of Phoenix: 100 Creatives

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Courtesy of Plastic Monsters
Meet the creative team.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 3. Plastic Monsters.

Plastic Monsters are a package deal.

Alex Benson, Justin Humbert, and Scott Chaffee founded the Phoenix-based "collaborative, fluid video team." You can't have one without the others, and the trio of friends is always on the hunt for new collaborators. "Each of our projects ropes in our various other creative friends from all different fields -- design, illustration, sculpture, comedy. . ." Benson says. "So it's an ever-changing gaggle of passionate creatives making fun videos."

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10 Coolest Skaters at Arizona Derby Dames' Opening Bout

Categories: Sports

Melissa Fossum
Arizona Derby Dames

Roller derby isn't for the faint of heart. Ask any skater, and you're sure to be met with a string of stories about broken bones and hospital visits. What keeps the skaters going, in spite of the risks? Roller derby is a blast.

Arizona Derby Dames, the state's only banked track all-female roller derby league, kicked off its 10th season on Saturday, September 16, with a double header bout between the Coffin Draggers and the Schoolyard Scrappers, as well as the Bombshells and the Brutal Beauties. Both games were quite competitive and entertaining, as the Coffin Draggers and Bombshells triumphed.

After the game, we caught up with a number of skaters to discuss hip checking and camaraderie, and we captured it on video. Since AZDD doesn't have another bout for a month, we're taking a look at the league's 10 coolest skaters.

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10 Things We Learned at Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

Evie Carpenter
Is it just us, or is Junk in the Trunk getting a little intense?

The bi-annual Vintage Market made its return on Saturday, September 20, at WestWorld of Scottsdale and was well-received by junk fiends and hoarder of handmade home furnishings.

It was almost too well-received. There were long line, lots of crowding. And parking? Parking was bananas. For those haven't ventured out to Junk in the Trunk just yet and those who have but now find themselves sitting on the floor with a have-empty bottle of vodka and $2,000 worth newly-purchased antiques, here are 10 valuable lessons you can take with you to the next Junk in the Trunk market happening Saturday, May 2, 2015.

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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

Categories: Events

Westgate Entertainment District
Adios, summer. Hello, free fall.

This season forget the insulting prices and take advantage of the complimentary offerings.
From community fitness classes to writing workshops and happy hour with business-minded creatives, here are our top picks for free events this week.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Steve Valev
Valev's The Web & The Wild is on view at Burton Barr Central Library.

"Quinn's Wandering: Of Books and Cities'"

Central Gallery, an art space located inside downtown Phoenix's Burton Barr Central Library, continues to host an exhibition of multimedia works this month. The two-month long display features the art of architect and designer Steve Valev. The artist, who earned a master's degree in architecture from Arizona State University, has called the Valley home for more than two decades.

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10 Best Pet Stores in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Top Ten List

Katie Johnson
Step inside Puff and Fluff Grooming and you're likely to meet unofficial co-owners Ruby and Rosey.
Whether they're four-legged or feathered, man's best friend deserves the best treatment. Depending on pet owner income and eccentricity, pet pampering can range anywhere from doggy day spas to gilded bird cages and organic catnip. For the animal-lover looking to spoil their one and only, we've rounded up the 10 best pet stores in metro Phoenix.

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ASU International Artist Residency Program at Combine Studios Receives $144K

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a.dombrowski via Flickr
Mo' money, mo' art.

At least that's how things go for the The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The federal program that supports 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums across the country has just awarded a $144,000 grant to the ASU Art Museum.

ASU will apply the newly acquired funds to its three-year-old International Artist Residency Program at Combine Studios in downtown Phoenix.

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Phoenix Artist Maggie Keane's Wrapture Stolen from The Hive Gallery

Categories: News

Maggie Keane
Maggie Kean's Wrapture has been reported stolen.
The opening reception for The Hive gallery's "All Coronado Art Show 2014" doesn't start until 7 p.m. tonight.

But already a piece is missing.

After opening up shop around 8 a.m. this morning, gallery owners Steve and Julia Fournier noticed that a single piece of art had been removed from their annual show. After searching property, they immediately contacted artist Maggie Keane to let her know that her only work in the community exhibition, Wrapture, was nowhere to be found.

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Tempe Artist Amy Radcliffe: 100 Creatives

Categories: 100 Creatives

Lori Radcliffe
Meet the creative.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 4. Amy Radcliffe.

Amy Radcliffe's creative pursuits aren't confined by media. The Tempe-based artist has gained an Instagram following for her quick captures of daily life (her handle's @amyrad), while her colorful portrait paintings have her busy with commissioned work. She takes to traditional canvas, letterpress paper, and pixels, constantly envisioning new projects.

"I'm always working on random pieces, mostly commissioned paintings, which are a blast, but the next big thing on the horizon involves a tattoo machine I'm currently saving up to purchase," the 25-year-old says. "I'm right in the middle of a letterpress piece that I'm particularly stoked about, hand-setting type for an old letter written by John Steinbeck."

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Phoenix Comedian Matt Storrs on Intelligent Humor and Baking Cookies

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

Josh Chesler
When he's not performing, Storrs enjoys baking, having uncomfortable conversations, and practicing new material on his friends.

When Matt Storrs was asked in middle school about what he wanted to be when he grew up, the teacher probably didn't expect him to answer "comedian."

Growing up, Storrs watched stand-up specials on channels like Comedy Central while other kids were watching cartoons. As a teenager, he'd take drama classes to further his comedic skill set. Early on in college, he was given a chance to take his comedy routine to the next level.

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