Steve Rannazzisi Wants You to Know He Is Not Actually Kevin MacArthur from The League

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

Jason Merritt
Steve Rannazzisi will be at Stand Up Live this weekend.

Steve Rannazzisi is not Kevin MacArthur from FX's The League. He's certainly not the complete opposite, but he's definitely not the character he portrays on television's top fantasy football-themed comedy series.

"I'm not that different from Kevin, but some of the fans of The League have trouble differentiating," Rannazzisi says. "They don't always realize that's not me. They'll call me 'Brian' while I'm on stage or yell out 'Shiva.'"

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No, There Isn't a Banksy at The Lost Leaf in Phoenix

Categories: News, Visual Art

Paul Horner
The fake Banksy
So, have you heard anything recently about that alleged Banksy piece that suddenly appeared over at The Lost Leaf? Probably so, since news of the alleged creation by the enigmatic street artist has been all over social media and the talk of Roosevelt Row.

If you're not up on the latest gossip, here's the skinny: Sometime this past weekend, Banksy supposedly adorned the Fifth Street drinkery with one of his signature stencil works, which featured a rat wielding a broom along with the words, "Paul Horner, I come for you."

Here's the kicker: It's a complete and total hoax, courtesy of the guy namechecked in the alleged art work.

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2015 Oscars: The Winners, Awkward Moments, and Losers (PODCAST)

Categories: Film and TV

Screenshot from Oscars red-carpet coverage on ABC
Things got a little awkward between Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson.

There was an awkward moment between Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson and her mom, Melanie Griffith, on the red carpet before the Oscars on Sunday. But the world got to see Johnson's impressive talent for pretending uncomfortable situations don't seem to bother her (see also: Fifty Shades of Grey). It was an eventful Oscars, and that was only the start. Your Voice Film Club hosts Amy Nicholson, Alan Scherstuhl, and Stephanie Zacharek break down the 2015 Oscars winners and losers, while Amy and Stephanie unveil their all-time favorite Oscar dresses.

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Phoenix Playwright Beth May's Poetry Album, The Family Arsonist, Explores Bipolar Disorder and Feminism

Image courtesy Beth May
Beth May's second spoken work album, The Family Arsonist, is out now.
Beth May has a way with words. And having just graduated from Arizona State University's screenwriting program, there's no telling where or in what medium those words might land her.

At 23, May has already sold her first screenplay, a possible movie adaptation of her end-of-days play, Earthlings, which she wrote, co-directed, and debuted at Binary Theatre Company in April 2014. But it's not just plot lines that are propelling her career forward. May is also making a name for herself as a poet, having just released her second spoken word album, The Family Arsonist.

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Antique Sugar Is Moving to Downtown Phoenix

Categories: News, Shopping

Katie Johnson
Antique Sugar will move to 801 North Second Street.
Goodbye, Melrose Curve. Hello, Roosevelt Arts District.

After five years, one of Seventh Avenue's sweetest vintage shops, Antique Sugar, is packing up its bags and setting up shop in downtown Phoenix. The retro retailer will be relocating to a newly renovated 1950s office building that it's set to share with a barcade and architectural firm at 801 North Second Street.

Antique Sugar's new digs will offer nearly 2,000 square feet of store space, giving shoppers access to a large inventory of vintage threads and accessories for men and women.

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3 Free Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Categories: Events

"NYC 1993″ at New Museum by Pepón Osorio via Facebook
What's in your wallet? We're guessing not much. And hey, even if there is, chances are you'd like to keep it. Lucky for those low on funds and looking for a good time, Phoenix has a fair amount of free events happening all the time. From discussions with distinguished artists and cultured community bike rides to social gatherings for startup businesses, here are our top three picks this week for complimentary recreation around town.

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5 Cool Things We Saw at February's Third Friday in Downtown Phoenix

Rossitza Todorova
One of our favorites from "Onloaded: Alexis Duque" at the Hot Box Gallery in the Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market.
When in doubt, start your First and Third Friday art adventures with the trio of shipping containers turned gallery spaces at the Roosevelt Row A.R.T.S. Market, where interesting work and opportunities to talk with a diverse assortment of artists abound. That's our take home from this month's Third Friday, where Halt and Hot Box galleries continued to serve up fun and interesting fare.

Modest but energetic crowds infused spaces that were harder to navigate during First Friday, when crowds sometimes streamed through spaces like parades of ants rather than pausing to engage with the arts and culture that has made these events, and the Roosevelt Row arts district, such a draw.

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Canal Convergence to Mix Visual and Performance Art at Scottsdale Waterfront

Categories: Events, Public Art

Courtesy of Scottsdale Public Art
Saskia Jorda's rendering for her Migration installation for Canal Convergence in Scottsdale.
California has its beaches. New Jersey has its boardwalks. Arizona has its canals. For Scottsdale, one particular canal section has been elevated to near celebrity status -- serving for several years now as the site of a multi-day arts and culture extravaganza called Canal Convergence.

Scottsdale's third annual Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light takes place Thursday, February 26, to Sunday, March 1, along the Scottsdale Waterfront, where folks who attend can experience visual and performance art including large-scale art installations, interactive artworks, dance performances, and live music.

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5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Categories: Events

Photo by Scott Garfield, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Steve Carell stars in Foxcatcher, screening at Phoenix's FilmBar this week.


To remain unspoiled by the ending of Foxcatcher, avoid the real-life story of chemical fortune heir and fanatical athletics booster John du Pont and the wrestling Schultz brothers. Why fanatical? Well, if somebody has a doctorate in natural science from Villanova and founded the Delaware Museum of Natural History single-handedly but also hangs around with swimmers and wrestlers all the time . . . okay, du Pont could have been some kind of genius polymath, but the film demonstrates why we chose "fanatical."

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Podcast: Kevin Costner Eases White America Into the Present with McFarland, USA

Categories: Film and TV

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Disney's McFarland, USA.

Kevin Costner eases white America into the now with McFarland, USA, we hear about the Berlin Film Festival's highs (Queen of Earth) and lows (Knight of Cups), and dip into the lukewarm waters of a second Hot Tub Time Machine movie. Also, there's much praise for teen comedy The DUFF and Wild Tales, a movie filled with stories of humans acting badly. We also hear about the plight of Fluffy, the cat owned by film director Alex Ross Perry. Your hosts (Amy Nicholson, Alan Scherstuhl, and Stephanie Zacharek) are joined by film critic Jordan Hoffman for this week's feature-length pod.

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