George Takei Screens New Documentary Tonight at Harkins Shea 14 in Scottsdale

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Get ready to lose your Sulu-loving mind.

Actor, activist, social media star, and part-time Arizona resident George Takei and his husband Brad are hosting a special screening of the new documentary To Be Takei: A Star's Trek for Life, Liberty, and Love in Scottsdale tonight, August 26. The film, which is playing exclusively at Harkins Shea 14, will screen at 7 p.m. and conclude with a Q&A with the Takeis.

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Here Are the 2014 Emmy Winners

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Seth Meyers hosted the 2014 Emmys on August 25. It was a good night for good TV -- despite being an awards show on a Monday.

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Phoenix Artist Laura Spalding Best: 100 Creatives

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Meet the artist.
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: 22. Laura Spalding Best.

Laura Spalding Best lives for landscapes. But they're not your typical rolling hills and happy trees.

The ASU alum and painter is known for her portrayals of urban settings, incorporating such elements as utility poles, traffic signage, and streetscapes into her works. In 2014, Best has shown a solo exhibition, presented by Halt Gallery and titled "7th Street to 7th Avenue," at Hot Box Gallery, on which she painted an accompanying mural, Mirage.

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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Bored and broke? Stop making excuses and start saving money. From free films at the drive-in to public poetry receptions and breaking world records with facial hair, there's plenty of no-cost ways to have fun without funds. Here are our top three picks for free events in metro Phoenix this week.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Free National Parks Day

It's a nationwide birthday celebration, and you're invited. The National Parks Service marks its 98th birthday with a free entrance day for visitors of its parks and recreational areas across the country. Our Grand Canyon State is home to three, including its namesake. The Petrified Forest National Park and Saguaro National Park round out the trio when it comes to officially designated parks. Lucky for Arizonans, however, our state is also full of a variety of national monuments, historic areas, and protected areas -- all of which fall under the umbrella of this annual birthday freebie.

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10 Metro Phoenix Athletes to Follow on Instagram

There's been a lot of Instagram love for the artists and photographers in the Phoenix area, but for a city with four major sports teams and a wide variety of other athletes, it's time to venture into the realm of athletes worthy of a follow on Instagram.

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House of Comedy to Open at High Street in Phoenix September 4

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Silicon Valley's T.J. Miller will perform at the grand opening of Phoenix's House of Comedy on Thursday, September 4.
Laugh it up, Phoenix.

Another new comedy venue is coming to the North Valley. Comedy club owner and Arizona snow bird Rick Bronson is opening up House of Comedy at the up-and-coming High Street (formerly known as City North) in Phoenix. The club, set to open Thursday, September 4, is Bronson's third comedy venue, following locations in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Alberta, Canada.

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Jorge Torres of Phoenix's Palabra Collective: 100 Creatives

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Courtesy of Jorge Ignacio Torres
Meet the creative.
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: 23. Jorge Torres.

For Jorge Torres, art's not much without community.

The 32-year-old Coronado resident founded Palabra, a space that blends artistic endeavors with hair styling and works from a collective of artists that includes Yai Cecream and Tyson Krank. Palabra's two-year anniversary is this December. And this past year, Torres has opened a pop-up gallery under the same banner at Biltmore Fashion Park's UNION and moved and expanded its downtown location.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Nicole Belit plays Vera Stark at the Herberger.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Octavia Spencer, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2011 for The Help, recently went on record saying that there are still too few good film roles for black women. It's not that big a leap from 1930s Hollywood, the setting for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, whose Arizona première is on Friday, August 22.

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Jonathan Adler Store Opens Today at Phoenix's Biltmore Fashion Park

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Jonathan Adler is known to visit Arizona every once in a while, but as of Friday, August 22, he's here to stay.

Well, his aesthetic is anyway. Today the New York-based modern home furnishings designer opens a boutique that's his fourth largest and 27th overall at Phoenix's Biltmore Fashion Park.

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