10 Memoirs Every 20-Something Woman Should Read

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Not sure where your life is headed? Unsure which decisions are the right ones to make? Wondering if things could possibly get any more chaotic than they are now? Welcome to the roller coaster ride of reality checks that is your 20s.

While we can't give you directions on how to get through the "defining decade," we can recommend some autobiographical accounts of women who have been there, done that, and lived to write about it. Make room on your reading list, because here are 10 memoirs every 20-something woman should read.

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Aziz Ansari Is Coming to Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix

Categories: Comedy, News

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The cast and crew of NBC's Parks and Recreation recently finished shooting its final season. Which is a bummer. The final season will air two back-to-back episodes at a time. Which means it'll go by super fast. And NBC canceled pretty much all its new comedies. Which makes a post-P 'n' R world look all the more grim.

But ah, a glimmer of hope.

Aziz Ansari has announced a brief tour for January and February of 2014. And Phoenix is one of just six stops.

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Four Chambers Literary Magazine Is a Pleasant, Thought-Provoking Read

Categories: Literary, Review

Lynn Trimble
Four Chambers issues spotted at Stinkweeds on Small Business Saturday last month.
Shoving your nose in a favorite bit of reading material is a beloved coping mechanism this time of year, so we're tickled with the timing of the latest issue of Four Chambers, released in October.

The Four Chambers folk, who are based in Phoenix, describe their work as an "independent community literary magazine." They're all about raising the visibility of literary arts and increasing community engagement with the local literary scene.

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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

Categories: Events

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Good news for those getting short on funds. Turns out, going out on the town can be on the house -- if you know where to look, that is. From a movie screening of a holiday favorite to a book reading and signing about Malcolm X and a monthly meet-up for the movers and shakers in Phoenix, here are our top picks for free events this week in the Valley.

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Super Bowl 2015: Alternative Lodging Options in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Fun, Sports

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We can't guarantee wildflowers in late January, but we're sure the White Tank Mountains will still be gorgeous.
If you happen to be football fans and procrastinators, we have some bad news: pretty much every hotel and resort in the greater Phoenix area is already booked or is about one or two rooms away from being booked for the weekend of February 1, 2015. Sorry. But what do you expect when the Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium and the Waste Management Phoenix Open are happening on the same weekend?

Anyway, go ahead and let the idea of pillow mints and tiny shampoo bottles go, and prepare yourself for something a little more adventurous. Here are our suggestions for alternative lodging for Super Bowl weekend. We're pretty sure these options will be cheaper than the more traditional hotel route and we can pretty much guarantee you'll come away with at least one story to write home about.

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Ballet Arizona Struggles to Find The Nutcracker Sweet Spot This Holiday Season

Categories: Dance, Review

Lynn Trimble
Marzipan scene in the Ballet Arizona production of The Nutcracker.
Those attending this year's opening night performance of Ballet Arizona's The Nutcracker, choreographed by artistic director Ib Andersen, must have thought they'd been treated to a two-for-one special.

The ballet we witnessed during the first act bore little resemblance to the ballet we watched during the second -- leaving us eager to ask: Will the real Nutcracker please stand up?

There is no "real" production of The Nutcracker, of course. It's been performed countless ways by all sorts of companies through the years. It premiered in Russia in 1892, choreographed by Marius Petipa, who commissioned Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky to write the music.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Categories: Events

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Meet Me Downtown

If you like to do fun-runs but think they're too expensive, Meet Me Downtown. If you wish you had more folks to exercise with, Meet Me Downtown. If you'd enjoy walking or running a three- to five-mile course through Phoenix, Meet Me Downtown. If you want to do it every single week, Meet Me Downtown.

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10 Best Places to Take a Selfie in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Top Ten List

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We've got things to do, places to go, people to see. But first, let's just take a selfie.

Whether you're the king of social media or the queen of your own universe, chances are you like to snap the occasional self-portrait on your smartphone. But when the bathroom mirror backdrop gets old and the Instagram filters feel like they can only carry you so far, how do you step up your selfie game? Here to help you get more likes and some local recognition are the 10 best places in metro Phoenix to take a selfie.

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Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest vs. Marvel Experience: A Head-to-Head Guide for Geeks

Categories: Events, Geekery

Hero Ventures
Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and other Marvel heroes are about to invade Scottsdale.
Christmas is coming early for local nerds and comic book junkies. Over the next two weekends, a pair of geek-oriented mega-events are launching at either end of the Valley: the inaugural Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest in Glendale followed by the Marvel Experience in North Scottsdale. And both are going to be can't-miss attractions for anyone who's a fan of comic books and superheroes.

While each is a different sort of event (one's a fan gathering and the other is akin to a massive high-tech traveling theme park and cutting-edge interactive experience) and comparing the two is admittedly an apples and oranges sort of thing, similarities abound. Both are rooted in comics and centered on fandom, will attract scores of geeks, and offer the chance to don another identity. And, oddly enough, there's the fact that both will take place in domed structures (Fan Fest is at University of Phoenix Stadium while the Marvel Experience will occur in a series of seven enormous inflatable domes set up at Salt River Fields).

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10 Dating Slang Terms You Need to Know

Categories: Fun

Flickr / Geraint Rowland
This couple is clearly in the midst of a classic "cuffing season" move.

For as long as people have been dating, there's been slang created about dating and relationships. Considering that slang changes at the speed of social media, we thought it was due time to issue a refresher on some of today's dating terms.

You probably know some of these, but there's a good chance you don't know all of them. Here are 10 of our favorite dating slang terms that you might not know so well.

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