Jaclyn Roessel of Phoenix's Heard Museum: 100 Creatives

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Nanibaa Beck
Meet Jaclyn Roessel.
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: 42. Jaclyn Roessel.

It's hard to define Jaclyn Roessel's creative life with one word. But if she had to pick, she might choose "explorer."

"I am constantly exploring my existence as a modern asdzaan Diné (Navajo woman)," Jaclyn Roessel says. "And all I do whether as a blogger, museum professional, podcast host, greeting card [company] owner, philanthropist, photographer, or advocate is fueled by the power of my culture and the strength my family provides me."


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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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This week talk isn't just cheap, it's free. From discussions about diversified dwelling in the Valley to lectures on high-end looks from the '90s and conversations on contemporary versus traditional gardening, there's plenty of opportunities to run your mouth without running out of funds. Here are our top three picks for free events in metro Phoenix.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Art Unraveled returns for its 11th year.

Now presenting your guide to arty events in Phoenix this week. Have at 'em.

Art Unraveled

Arizona artists, get ready to converse over canvas. The 11th annual Art Unraveled comes to Phoenix with more than 125 day and evening workshops in all manner of media including painting, jewelry, metals, books, fibers, and sculpting. This convention of creatives will feature local and international artists sharing their right-minded talents with other skilled creators.

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10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Top Ten List

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Katie Johnson
There are plenty of reasons to love Phoenix in the summer, many of which begin and end at the pool. From wave pools to whirpools, water slides to waterfalls, lazy rivers to high-energy dance parties, the Valley offers a top-notch selection of outdoor oasis. Step out of your plastic kiddie pool and slather on the sunscreen, because we're about to dive into the 10 best pools in metro Phoenix.


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Hell City Tattoo Expo Returns to Arizona Biltmore August 15-17

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Jeremiah Toller
There was plenty of ink to be seen at the 2013 Hell City Tattoo Fest.
Hell City? Hell yes.

One of Phoenix's most popular body art expos is returning to the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, Friday, August 15, through Sunday, August 17, for an all-inclusive weekend of ink, piercings, and perhaps a few other forms of body modification you didn't even know were possible.


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Orange Theatre's Blood Wedding Gallops Through Completed Version at ASU Tempe's Lyceum

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Katrina Donaldson is the Bride in Orange Theatre's Blood Wedding.
The setup: Orange Theatre's industrially flavored, iconoclastic mounting of Lorca's Blood Wedding is similar in many ways to the roughly two-thirds complete work-in-progress version we got to see last winter. The company develops a play in several periods spanning about a year, and viewing multiple iterations reveals some of the decision-making that goes into the creation of art.

If that alone doesn't sound like fun (and if so, understandably -- a lot of people prefer not to witness the making of sausage, either), you're in luck, because the show is still densely packed with complex characters who strut and romp through a Home Depot-y wonderland, managing to symbolize concepts like lust and vengeance while also representing real people.

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WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan Stops Robbery of His Phoenix Home

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Benjamin Leatherman
The WWE's Daniel Bryan (left) and Brie Bella with their dog Jolie at a press conference this afternoon about the attempted robbery at their Phoenix home.
Despite the fact he's been out of action the past couple months from an injury, WWE superstar and Phoenix resident Daniel Bryan is still a badass.

On Thursday evening, the 33-year-old professional wrestler (whose real name is Brian Danielson) put the smackdown on the attempted burglary of his Arcadia home, including chasing after the two robbers involved on foot and subduing one of them. And he did it with a wrestling move, no less, specifically a rear naked choke, better known as a sleeper hold.


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Omar "RoxRite" Delgado Macias on B-Boy Culture's Positive Impact Worldwide

Categories: Dance, Interviews

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Omar "RoxRite" Delgado Macias in Singapore in 2013.
Omar Delgado Macias' career as a b-boy dancer has taken him a few place. As a matter of fact, the performer known as "RoxRite" has battled and busted out his slick moves and fancy footwork on six different continents and in dozens of cities around the globe, such as Tokyo, Moscow, Johannesburg, and Sydney.

And in many of those locations, the world-renowned b-boy has beaten the best of the best to claim first place victories, which is something he's become famous for over most of the last two decades. As of this writing, Macias has notched at total of 85 tournament wins during his 19-year career -- including winning the prestigious Red Bull BC One world championships in 2011 -- and he's made it a major goal to eventually hit 100.

In the meantime, however, Macias is busy spreading knowledge and awareness of b-boy culture around the world and getting others involved in the art form. And he'll be doing just that this weekend in Phoenix.


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Karina Longworth on Old Hollywood: Voice Film Club Podcast

Categories: Film and TV

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Longworth is this week's special guest.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice interview film critic and author Karina Longworth, who's just launched a fascinating new podcast on the history of Hollywood called You Must Remember This.

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Mesa Designer Ashley Cooper: 100 Creatives

Categories: 100 Creatives

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Courtesy of Ashley Cooper.
Meet the designer.

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: 43. Ashley Cooper.

Late nights and early mornings are business as usual for Ashley Cooper.

The Mesa-based textile designer, illustrator, and blogger runs an eponymous design studio and is in the midst of launching a stationery line in addition to working on greeting cards, commissioned illustrations, web banners for companies like Brickyard Buffalo, and a "top secret project" she says she's excited about but can't provide details -- yet.

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