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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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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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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Heard Museum to Host First Comprehensive Retrospective of American Indian Modernist George Morrison

Categories: Visual Art

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Spirit Path, New Day, Red Rock Variation: Lake Superior Landscape, 1990, acrylic and pastel on paper, 22 1/2 x 30 1/8 in. Collection Minnesota Museum of American Art. Museum Purchase. 99.04.02.03
Say what you will about modernists, they are magnets for attention in the art world. Chippewa artist George Morrison had a long and varied career that included forays into Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. With work that took the form of drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures, Morrison often explored the physical landscape in his art.

This fall, the Heard Museum will showcase Morrison's lifework in "Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison," a traveling exhibition organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art and Arts Midwest with the Plains Art Museum.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Categories: Events

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SMoCA patrons will throw down for art.
Phoenix, we planned your weekend for you. From rough-and-tumble(ish) art events and a statewide poetry slam to a hefty helping of The Simpsons, staying in isn't an option.

Arm Wrestling for Art

It's going down, Scottsdale.

In one corner, there's a bunch of arts patrons. In the other, we have what, um, yes, looks like more art patrons. On Friday, July 25, these two sides will fight until their dominant hands tire in a battle befitting a museum: Arm Wrestling for Art. What inspires them to exert such brute force? Couple things: First, the winner will go home with a piece of art by James "Dalek" Marshall, who recently freshened up Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art with bright murals. Second, proceeds from the event will go toward a pool of grant money that SMoCA will bestow upon local artists with cool, innovative ideas as part of its Good 'N Plenty program.

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Phoenix DinoCon Pre-Sale Tickets Sold Out -- But You Might Be Able to Get in Anyway

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Who knew Phoenix had some many dinosaur fans?

Arizona's original dinosaur fan convention DinoCon comes to Phoenix Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 2, from 3 to 9 p.m., and sadly it's not just these larger than life creatures that have gone extinct. Advanced tickets for the one-day convention have sold out online. But never fear, patrons of the prehistoric, because a limited number tickets will still be available at the door on the day of.

And we have a feeling this is one convention your not going to want to miss.


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Phoenix Photographer Abigail Lynch: 100 Creatives

Categories: 100 Creatives

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Meet the photographer.

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: 44. Abigail Lynch.

For photographer Abigail Lynch, a few extra hours in a day wouldn't hurt.

"Right now I'm working a lot," Lynch says, "five nine- to 10-hour days a week, but around it I usually manage to work in a decent meal, some excavation of the taverns of the Internet, website maintenance, picture making, and a cup of coffee periodically throughout the day."

The 23-year-old Phoenician is prepping for a solo show and in the beginning phases of developing a new group of work.

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Play Nintendo Tour Comes to Arrowhead Town Center in Glendale This Weekend

Categories: Video Games

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Pause for just a sec. This is important.
Nintendo fans of Arizona, put your 2DSes on pause for a second and listen up. We fully understand that Super Mario 3D Land is addictive as hell, but y'all might want to take a break from handheld gaming (or any other sort button-mashing activity, for that matter) over the next day or so. No, really.

Frankly, your thumbs are gonna need to rest up as much as possible if you plan to check out the Play Nintendo Tour when it stops at Arrowhead Town Center in Glendale this weekend, since you'll be using 'em plenty at the colorful three-day video gaming event.

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