Top Five Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week

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Nina Gruber
If Bob Ross were alive today, he'd be painting happy little trees all over the place in ecstatic fervor for all the arts and culture happenings in Phoenix. To help you see the forest for the trees, here's a recap of the top arts and culture stories of the week.

8 Reasons Hiking in Phoenix Is Awesome

As the heat wave rolls on and we start to question our commitment to 120-degree weather, let's take a moment to remember the amazing things about Phoenix and the state of Arizona as a whole. We may not be Boulder, Portland, or Seattle, but we have incredible outdoor activities at our fingertips.

Here are some reasons why it is so wonderful to hike in and around Phoenix.

-Nina Gruber


Monsterland in Mesa Won't Re-Open

Grab a shovel and heap some extra dirt onto the grave of Monsterland -- it turns out the horror-themed Mesa venue apparently won't be resurrected. Nope, despite previous proclamations to the contrary, it seems the defunct haunted attraction and event space, which closed in January, will stay dead and buried, as owner Kevin Wynn reportedly has other plans.

Here's the full story on Monsterland.

-Benjamin Leatherman


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Courtesy of the designers Candace Halcro, Louie Gong, Dustin Quinn Martin, and Autumn Dawn Gomez
Paul Frank Collaborates with Native American Designers for Fall 2013 Collection

Jessica R. Metcalfe complains. It comes with the territory, being a prominent watchdog blogger and scholar who covers and studies how Native American imagery is appropriated for fashion.

She calls designers and companies out on her blog, Beyond Buckskin, when they misuse Native imagery (think: headdresses on the Victoria's Secret runway, "Navajo" print panties at Urban Outfitters). Sometimes they apologize; sometimes they don't. She complains, and usually that's it.

But when Metcalfe (who is Turtle Mountain Chippewa) lodged a complaint against family-friendly clothing and accessories company Paul Frank Industries in September 2012, the brand's response surprised her.

-Becky Bartkowski

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