Phoenix Comicon Announces December Fan Fest 2014

Benjamin Leatherman
Get excited, Comicon fans.
Ask and you shall receive.

For those who've wished that Comicon could happen more than once a year, your voices have been heard, loud and clear. After a suspenseful three-day countdown, organizers of the annual summer convention announced on Saturday, September 27, that they would be hosting a new sister event Friday, December 12, through Sunday, December 14, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

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Standard Wax and Bison Made Named Finalists in Martha Stewart's American Made Awards

Categories: Crafts, News

Courtesy of Standard Wax
The Chandler company's candles can be repurposed as pencil holders.
The Martha Stewart American Made Awards recognize makers across the country who create innovative and beautiful products. And this year, a few of the Valley's top creators have been recognized as finalists.

Samantha Irwin and Andrew King's Chandler-based Standard Wax and Sebastian Sandersius' Phoenix-based Bison Made were named finalists in the competition's craft and style categories, respectively. Other categories in the competition, which features up to 1,000 finalists, include food and design.

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In The Equalizer, Denzel Kills, Summarizes Hemingway, Kills Again (PODCAST)

Categories: Film and TV

Photo by Scott Garfield - © 2013 CTMG.
Denzel Washington in The Equalizer: "It's about a guy who is a knight in shining armor, except he lives in a world where knights don't exist anymore." He's talking about Don Quixote but he's really talking ABOUT HIMSELF.

As Bob McCall in The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays a regular Joe who turns into an eye-gouging, brain-drilling nightmare for Boston's Russian mob. At first Washington "toodles about a Home Depot-like store, helping customers, decked out in New Balance shoes and jeans so last-century you'll be looking for pleats," writes the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl. That's before he turns DIY crime-fighter in Antoine Fuqua's latest crowd-pleaser.

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Quincy Ross Featured in Esquire's Style Across America

Categories: Fashion

Jim Wright
Quincy Ross is featured in the September issue of Esquire.
Pick up the September issue of Esquire magazine and you might see a familiar face.

In a special editorial titled "Style Across America," the men's magazine traveled around the country to showcase the 22 men who are redefining fashion.

Arizona was featured twice on the list, first with Flagstaff-based astronomer Gerard Van Belle, and again with Phoenix's own Quincy Ross.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Categories: Events

Jim Louvau
See a slideshow of ARTELPHX's spring 2014 event.


Art meets hotel during ARTELPHX, but don't expect boring wall art and bland elevator music. The event brings performance and installation pieces from area artists to The Clarendon, where they're installed throughout the midtown hotel.

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Sutra Midtown to Open Second Yoga Studio in Downtown Phoenix

Categories: Morning Buzz

Photo courtesy Sutra Midtown
Looks like Roosevelt Row is getting a new yoga studio.

On Monday, September 22, Sutra Midtown owners Matthew and Rebecca Fritz announced their plans to open a second location in downtown Phoenix. Sutra Downtown will be located at 1029 North First Street, the former space of Terros Behavioral Health Services.

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Best of Phoenix 2014: The Game

Scott Biersack
Once upon a time, there was a city. It was not the largest city, or the smallest. It was not the richest or the poorest. But this city had a reputation, nonetheless. It was known throughout the land as dry and inhospitable -- heated to unimaginable temperatures for several months of the year, ruled by a witch of a governor and a cruel sheriff, a cultural wasteland. The people of this city knew the truth. Yes, upper management could be rough, and at first the landscape wasn't easy on the eyes, but past the strip malls and the cookie cutter subdivisions, a wonderful metropolis burgeoned: bartenders poured the craftiest of cocktails, world-class chefs cooked, there were sports teams to cheer for, boutiques to shop at, and clubs where you could dance the night away.

Once a year, the kind-hearted souls at the city's alternative newsweekly gathered the finest of what the place had to offer, presenting it in the hallowed pages of a book called the "Best of Phoenix." This year's edition features "Tales of the City" -- true stories told and legends explained.

Our chapter on sports begins with an essay by Arizona writer Michael Grady.

See also: Legend City: Best of Phoenix 2014

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Sunday Cycles in North Phoenix Is Moving Next Month

The new Sunday Cycles will be much more than a repair shop for Valley mountain bikers.
Listen up, mountain bike gearheads: One of your favorite NoPho bike shops is moving. Don't get your spandex all in a bunch, though. Sunday Cycles is moving just four miles south, which is actually four miles closer to some of the best trails on the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Best of all, owner Joe Berman promises a serious kickback area for post-ride relaxation and a larger than average selection of women's cycles at the new shop.

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Tilt Gallery Says Goodbye to Bees, Hello to New Scottsdale Location

Categories: News, Visual Art

S. Gayle Stevens via Tilt Gallery
S. Gayle Stevens showcases plates from "Disappearance," an exhibition highlighting the demise of the bee population.

A lot can change in a decade. Tilt Gallery, a Phoenix photography favorite, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this fall by letting go of one old space and saying hello to a brand new one.

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Single Is the New Black: More Than Half of American Adults Aren't Married

Jesus Solana via Flickr
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.

All the single ladies, all the singles ladies...

No, seriously.

For those who feel alone in being alone, we have some numbers that should cheer you up. Bloomberg has reported that more than half of Americans 16 and older are single (50.2 percent to be exact), per August 2014 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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