Hello Vélo Celebrates Bicycles in Phoenix with Free Beer, Music, and Food Trucks

Jeremiah Toller
If you like Tour de Fat, you should probably check out Hello Vélo this Sunday.
It's time to put those buns back on your saddles and get riding again, Phoenix. Well, if you need more inspiration than that, Phoenix Spokes People are throwing a "big bike party," according to organizer Libby Coyner, and the cycling is only half of the fun. Hello Vélo will be the first of its kind event in Phoenix, though if you're a fan of Tour de Fat in Tempe, it will likely be right up your alley.

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Josh Higgins on His Work for Obama, Inspiration, and Changing the World Through Design

Courtesy of Josh Higgins
Josh Higgins will be speaking about the moments that changes his life at the Method & Madness Conference Saturday, October 18.
It hit him on a Friday night and was delivered by Jimmy Fallon. Josh Higgins watched as the Late Night host began writing his famous thank you notes on air. "Thank you, Barack Obama..." Fallon said as the image with the word "Forward," white against a blue background with that famous Obama logo filling the "o," flashed up on the screen. The image that Higgins, as President Obama's design director for his 2012 campaign, and his team had created was displayed for the entire country to see. It was then that Higgins realized the scale of his work and the impact it was having on the country.

"What a trip," Higgins says.

Of course, he immediately called his roommate in to share the moment. Higgins says there are a couple moments that changed his "trajectory," as he calls it, in life, and he'll be talking about them on Saturday, October 18, at the Method + Madness conference during Phoenix Design Week.

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10 Texts You'll Get While Dating (And What They Really Mean)

Categories: Fun, Top Ten List

Jim Pennucci / Flickr
In a dating world of text messages and emails, not everything can be read at face value.

Sometimes, we don't text what we really mean. That's totally understandable, but there are some texts that pretty much never mean what they say, and have pretty strong connotations or impacts on your relationships with the opposite sex.

If you've dated in the age of texting, then odds are you've encountered at least a few of these. Here are 10 simple texts your date might use, along with translations.

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"Chaos Theory" Has Gone From Funky to Formulaic at Legend City Studios in Phoenix

Categories: Review, Visual Art

Lynn Trimble
Randy Slack's California Jamboree, 1985 is on view in "Chaos Theory 15."

The "Chaos Theory" exhibition at Legend City Studios opened on First Friday to big crowds and social media praise. But during its 15-year history, the event has gone from funky to formulaic.

About half of the 19 artists invited to show works in 2000 still participate and only nine of the 69 artists included this year are first-timers, says organizer Randy Slack, who founded "Chaos Theory" with James Angel and David Dauncey, fellow members of the 3CarPileUp artist collective.

They named the event for the mathematical principle that says small changes can produce big effects, and they were early adopters of the First Friday art walk. All deserve kudos for helping build what's become a full-fledged arts scene, but the time has come to stop celebrating the past 15 years and start creating the next 15.

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Josh Carter of 5th Estate Tattoo on His Grossest Tattooing Moment

Josh Chesler
Josh Carter of 5th Estate Tattoo has a very unique take on the Japanese style of tattooing.

Like many other 18-year-olds, Josh Carter had earned himself a scholarship to community college. And like many other community college students, Carter didn't know what he wanted to do with his life.

"I was at Pierce College [in California], just taking some random classes, and I met this girl who was a piercer," Carter says. "This was like 1996, so it was crazy to see an alt-girl with a bunch of tattoos and piercings."

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GreenHAUS to Close on Roosevelt Row in February 2015

Categories: News

Katrina Montgomery
greenHAUS is home to Lauren Lee's mural, Three Birds.
UPDATE: Same-sex marriage is now legal in Arizona. However, the Reeds' plans have not changed.

Dayna and Cole Reed announced on Friday, October 10, that they will relocate their Roosevelt Row boutique and gallery, greenHAUS, in early February 2015.

While the couple, who were legally married in New York in 2012, have chosen Portland as their next home, their decision isn't based on your typical cool-chaser reasoning. Their same-sex marriage isn't recognized in Arizona, and with a baby on the way the two were growing increasingly concerned about their parental rights, specifically that each of their names would not appear on their child's birth certificate.

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Wanda Sykes on Having Kids, Turning 50, and the Problem With Being Too Cool

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

Roger Erickson
There aren't many people who sound like Wanda Sykes.

Then again, there aren't many people like Wanda Sykes, period. The longtime comedian who's battled cancer, come out as gay, remarried and had children all while in the spotlight, safely stands in a category all her own.

But it's not just her personal life that has managed to go in all different directions. When it comes to her career, Sykes keeps her plate full as a writer, actor, producer, and first and foremost, a stand-up comedian. Between her many projects, we caught up with Sykes on the phone to discuss motherhood, comics who are too cool for school, and why she doesn't bother with labels.

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The 20 Scariest Horror Films of All Time

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Here's Johnny! -- with 20 movies that'll scare the living daylights out of you.
'Tis the season to stay up late and be kept up even later by watching ultra-creepy horror flicks to prepare for Halloween. It's hard to pick just 20 favorite films out of an entire genre dedicated to suspense and spooks. From the 1930s all the way until the 2000s, scary movies have spanned the history of filmmaking for a reason: They're addicting to watch, even though you might have to look away from time to time. You might miss some of the gorier details, but as long as you don't miss these 20 movies, you'll be in good shape.

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Doctor Who's Paul McGann and Colin Baker Coming to Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

Categories: Geekery

BBC America
Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor in the mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor."
A couple of doctors are going to make a house call to the first-ever Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest -- and if you happen to be wondering "Doctor who?" then you're on the right track.

Organizers announced on Tuesday, October 14, that Doctor Who actors Colin Baker and Paul McGann, who respectively played the sixth and eighth versions of the titular Time Lord on the long-running BBC science fiction show, will appear at the event, which is scheduled to take place from December 12 to December 14 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Whovians of the Valley, better start charging up your sonic screwdrivers.

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The Marvel Experience Is Coming to Scottsdale. Are You Ready?

Categories: Events, Geekery


If you have ever sat there in a movie theater or on your couch at home and wondered what it would be like to actually be in one of the Marvel movies you love so much, you're going to have the opportunity to do just that and more when the Marvel Experience debuts Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for its first-ever preview.

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