Finally, a Movie with Liam Neeson That's as Good as Liam Neeson

Categories: Film and TV

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Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones.
Special guest Inkoo Kang, film critic at TheWrap and news editor at Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog, joins Alan Scherstuhl of the Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of the LAWeekly to discuss a variety of topics on this very big podcast, including: The Maze Runner, what it's like interviewing director Steve McQueen, Amy's highlights from the Toronto Film Festival, Kevin Smith's Tusk, and Matthew Crawley, err, Dan Stevens' role in two movies out now -- A Walk Among the Tombstones and The Guest. Alan makes an anti-recommendation for Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? and Inkoo heartily endorses season 2 of Masters of Sex on Showtime.

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Phoenix Fashion Designer Cody Nathaniel Johnson: 100 Creatives

Categories: 100 Creatives

Alexis Mancio
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: 5. Cody Nathaniel Johnson.

Though Cody Nathaniel Johnson's fashion designs look ultra-modern, his approach is steeped in tradition.

When he was a kid growing up on the Tohono O'odham reservation, Johnson's aunts Ruby Thomas and Dorina Garcia taught him how to hand sew horsehair baskets using a small needle, a thimble, and a single stand of horsehair. Looking back, the 26-year-old designer says the experience "taught me a lot of patience and craftsmanship that I put into my work all the time."

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What Dating a Spy Taught Me About Long-Distance Relationships

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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.

I've dated all types of men: butchers, bakers, candlestick makers.

Okay fine, I've technically dated no one in those professions, but I have covered quite a few of the careers in between. Depending on the guy and his job (or sometimes lack thereof) there can be relationship pros and cons.

Dating a musician means heartfelt serenades and horny groupies ready to snag your place. Dating a chef means free food and free added weight gain. Dating an accountant can mean great income and not-so-great conversation.

When I dated a spy, the situation was no different. It had its ups and downs, but toward the end of the relationship the latter greatly outnumbered the former.

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Mystery Box Short Film Challenge to Test Local Filmmakers and Storytellers

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One team films during the last Mystery Box Challenge.
Filmmakers: If you're looking to compete in a film challenge but you don't want to be limited to just 48 hours, IFP/Phoenix has just the event for you. See, unlike many local film challenges that force teams to entirely conceptualize, film, and edit pieces in two days, the Mystery Box Short Film Challenge gives teams a full three weeks to craft a five-minute short film. Pretty luxurious, right?

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Downtown Mesa to Unveil "Main Street Art Love" on September 19

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Downtown Mesa is about to bump up its artsy image.

The East Valley city has teamed with local artists and businesses to build "Main Street Art Love," a series of unique planters along Main Street. The up-cycled planters, which will bring additional desert foliage to the main drag, will make their debut on Friday, September 19, alongside the debut of Flash Park Fridays, converting unused pedestrian and parking spaces into temporary grassy areas for communal recreation.

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Tempe Author Elizabeth Maria Naranjo: 100 Creatives

Categories: 100 Creatives

Evie Carpenter
Meet the author.

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: 6. Elizabeth Maria Naranjo.

Elizabeth Maria Naranjo's days revolve around reading, writing, and arithmetic.

The Tempe author tackles all of the above throughout the course of an average day, which starts out with taking her kids to school, then brewing coffee and putting on some music. After that, she begins bookmarking stories, essays, and blog posts for later reading, racking up at least 500 (count 'em) words in fiction writing, and then drafting or editing a piece of nonfiction, like an essay or blog post.

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Kathleen Madigan on Why She Admires Joan Rivers, Doesn't Fight With Lewis Black, and Could've Predicted the Ferguson Tragedy

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

Natalie Brasington
Kathleen Madigan is scheduled to perform on Friday, September 19, at Talking Stick Resort.
Stand-up comic Kathleen Madigan has never been shy about skewering herself. In fact, she can be both candid and clever when joking about her drinking habits, gambling habits, lack of ambition in the gym, Irish-Catholic upbringing, or perpetual singlehood while onstage or in her most recent special, the hilarious Netflix special from last year, Madigan Again.

The comedienne also gets especially snarky when riffing on pop culture and topical issues, except when it comes to certain current events of a tragic nature.

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Anthony Diaz of Glendale's Knucklehead Tattoo on Biomechanical Tattoos and Wacom Tablets

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Anthony Diaz of Knucklehead Tattoo & Piercing takes on another detailed biomechanical piece.

Anthony Diaz realized when he was just a little kid that he wanted to be some kind of artist, but he didn't really consider tattooing until his coworkers started asking him for tattoos.

"Ever since I was little, I was always drawing," Diaz says. "I always wanted to do art, but I went to a mechanics school. While I was there, the other guys would see me drawing on my papers and started asking me to do tattoos on them."

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Beth Cato on The Clockwork Dagger, Her Debut Steampunk/Fantasy Novel

Categories: Books, Interviews

Evie Carpenter
Author Beth Cato shows off a little bit of the fashion of the steampunk world she created within The Clockwork Dagger.

You wouldn't expect to find a magical healer, spies, assassins, and a quirky young gremlin in Buckeye, Arizona. But that's exactly where debut novelist Beth Cato created the fantastical steampunk world of her book, The Clockwork Dagger.

In Cato's take on Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, Octavia Leander, a powerful "medician" who uses her magical powers to heal others in her war-torn world, thought the airship she was traveling on was just transporting her to her first mission. When she discovers the airship is full of those plotting a deadly conspiracy, a cabin-mate with too many secrets, and a handsome steward who may be one of the Queen's spies or assassins known as the Clockwork Daggers, Octavia must fight to save herself, the ones she cares about, and possibly her entire world.

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Heavy Pedal and Fix-Set to Host Summer Bike Games in Tempe on September 27

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If you display spoke cards like a badge of honor, this event is for you.
Celebrate the last of summer's cruel and unrelenting heat by getting on your bike and going to Clark Park at the end of this month. There you'll be joined by other hip local cycling enthusiasts looking to claim victory over their cohorts in feats of bike prowess. Plus, there will totally be PBR and stuff, because of course.

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