Dave Chappelle Is Coming to Phoenix

Categories: Comedy, News

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Dave Chappelle's coming to Comerica Theatre.

The man, the myth, the legend Dave Chappelle is coming to Phoenix.

Live Nation announced on Thursday, March 5, that the comedian, who visited the Valley on the final stop of the 2013 Oddball Comedy Tour, will return for one night only this month.

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6 Must-See Art Shows During First Friday in Phoenix on March 6

Categories: Visual Art

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Courtesy of Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery
You never know who you might find hanging around during the "Mutant Piñata" show.
As we're all gearing up to gorge on art during Art Detour, it's worth noting that making the First Friday rounds is a fabulous way to knock some prime exhibits off your weekend art to-do list. There's a long list of things we're eager to see, but these are the exhibitions that caught our eye for Friday Friday art adventures.

8th Annual "Mutant Piñata Show"

Leave the piñata poles and baseball bats at home for this one. It's true that all manner of piñatas will be hanging from the rafters at Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery during First Friday, but there's no candy or money to be gained here. Instead, the piñata fare is part of a beloved annual tradition that engages artists and community members in making piñatas more than a bit off the beaten path to your local party store.

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Here's Why Fox's Empire Rules (PODCAST)

Categories: Film and TV

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Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard star in Empire.

There are five reasons why Fox's Empire has become a breakout hit, and on this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we run down why the show, introduced as a mid-season replacement, has surged to nearly 14 million viewers an episode by its eighth week.


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5 Must-See Movies in Metro Phoenix This March

Categories: Film and TV

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A familiar pair of slippers is back in theaters this month.

In between Spring Training games and getting outside as much as possible before it becomes melt-your-face-off hot, there are some great movies to catch this March. There's a bit of Disney magic, some good old-fashioned action, and a festival for the rest-of-y'all. (Okay, everyone can enjoy the festival, we just enjoy a good rhyme.)

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James B. Hunt on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Interviews

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James B. Hunt as captured by the Google Street View car five months ago.

When Jackalope Ranch issued a 10-question survey asking Phoenicians (and anyone with an opinion of Phoenix) to sound of on the state of the arts in the Valley of the Sun, dozens provided insights on what's happening in the city's creative realm. We'll present a selection of survey responses here over the next three weeks. Up today is artist James B. Hunt, a.k.a. NXOEED. He's known for hiding things (namely, his art).


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Big Brain Awards 2015: Nominate Emerging Phoenix Creatives for Cash Prizes

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Whom will you nominate for the 2015 Big Brain Awards?

We dig you, Phoenix.

That's why every spring we hunt for emerging creatives doing exceptional things in metro Phoenix and award the best and brightest with Big Brain Awards and cash prizes. They're gems, these up-and-coming sculptors, dancers, musicians, and chefs. It's what makes them Big Brains.

For the 2015 awards, we've created a new category, music, to recognize creative types working to make Phoenix sound better. Big Brain nominations are open now through Monday, March 16, for Valley residents who deserve to win $500 in the following categories: visual art, performing art, design, culinary art, and music.


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David Zyla on Personal Style, Ditching Fashion Trends, and How to Win at Shopping

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Get your style on with David Zyla Thursday, March 5, at Frances.
At 5 years old, David Zyla told his mother, who was getting dressed for a night out with his father, to wear a different necklace than the one she had on. He then told his dad to switch ties.

"You can mix patterns?" his dad asked.

"Of course," Zyla said.

That was the first time Zyla remembers styling someone else. Years later, his client base stretches far beyond his parents. Zyla's made a name for himself as an Emmy award-winning stylist for movies, television, and people like Hillary Clinton, Neil Patrick Harris, and Susan Lucci.


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Here's Your Guide to Art Detour 27 in Phoenix

Categories: Events, Visual Art

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Artlink chose artwork by local artist John Randall Nelson for Art Detour materials this year.
It's never fun when the number of good choices we're faced with outpaces the amount of time we have to enjoy them. But that's often the case during First and Third Friday in metro Phoenix, when there's never enough time to explore every exhibit and arts-related event taking place in downtown Phoenix.

Art Detour, an annual showcase of arts and culture now in its 27th year, gives us all an entire weekend to check out local galleries, art studios, and pop-ups -- plus an eclectic assortment of retail spaces, bars, and dining venues.

This year's shindig takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8. Participants include 32 galleries, 16 art studios, 19 art spaces, 24 bars and dining establishments, four retailers, and four events described as "pop-ups & activities."


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Phoenix Artist Mimi Jardine on the Meaning of Feminism, Preserving Trash as Art

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Mimi Jardine in her home studio with one of her schnauzers.

What happens in the studio shouldn't always stay in the studio. Studio Visit is a weekly series that profiles artists in their studios. We ask them questions, they provide answers, and then we have a nice discussion about their work. This week: Mimi Jardine, current president of Eye Lounge and operator of The Office of Environmental Responsibility.

Mimi Jardine's studio practice, which incorporates litter and found objects, is not only good for the environment, but it also makes for good art. With her presidency at Eye Lounge and the debut of the Mobile Remittance Unit for her Office of Environmental Responsibility project, she's been a prevalent force in the arts here in Phoenix. It's hard to believe that, prior to moving to Phoenix, she wasn't making and exhibiting work for about 20 years. We sat down in her home studio and chatted about where she started, how she got to where she is now, and what's next for her.

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Melissa Dunmore on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

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Performing artist Melissa Dunmore weighs in on what's happening in Phoenix's art scene.

When Jackalope Ranch issued a 10-question survey asking Phoenicians (and anyone with an opinion of Phoenix) to sound of on the state of the arts in the Valley of the Sun, dozens provided insights on what's happening in the city's creative realm. We'll present a selection of survey responses here over the next three weeks. Up today is poet, performer, and writer Melissa Dunmore of Phoenix's Mujeres del Sol.

1. What are three words that describe the arts in Arizona?
Cultural, visible, and amassing.


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