Scottsdale Tattoo Artist Aaron "Bubba" Irwin to Compete on Spike TV's Ink Master Season 4

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Aaron "Bubba" Irwin will appear on Ink Master.
Unless you're really into the local tattoo artist scene, you've probably never heard of Old Town Ink co-owner Aaron "Bubba" Irwin. But Irwin's notoriety will likely grow this month, after the season four première of Spike TV's Ink Master at 10 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, in which Irwin is a contestant.

Irwin says some of his customers turned him on to the show and, after watching an episode one day, he saw a link advertising open auditions for the show. Irwin drove out to California and did an interview, which didn't result in him being casted. It wasn't until he went to Vegas for the following season's auditions that he landed the role.

"I've never really cared about fame or anything like that," Irwin says. "I guess it's cool to see myself on TV. There's already a commercial out and on There's a video with clips of us tattooing so I think that's pretty cool."

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Ballet Arizona's Raychel Diane Weiner Cast in Starz Dance Drama Flesh and Bone

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Ballet Arizona dancer Raychel Diane Weiner has been with the company since 2012.
Big things are afoot for Raychel Diane Weiner.

The Ballet Arizona company dancer was recently cast in Flesh and Bone, an upcoming Starz dance drama created, written, and produced by Moira Walley-Beckett, who produced and wrote for Breaking Bad. Not much has been revealed about the show -- except that it'll be dark and gritty. And based on its creator's recent work, "gritty" could very much be an understatement.

Weiner recently talked with Jackalope Ranch about the show, which is set to première in 2015, her last dance with Ballet Arizona, and the one time she was on All That.

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Old Brick House Vintage Market to Open in Downtown Mesa February 13

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Good news, Mesa, and anyone looking for an East Valley alternative to Phoenix's Melrose District: You're getting a new addition to the downtown scene. That's thanks to Old Brick House Vintage Market, which opens this week at 37 West Main Street.

Kalli Gleave, one of the main creators of the new shop, has been in the vintage business for about two years. She started by holding little markets in her front yard until they became too big and she had to start looking into commercial spaces to rent for her shows.

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Whitney Cummings on Boyfriend Screwups, Her Next Special, and Ruining Valentine's Day

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Whitney Cummings is at Stand Up Live February 14 through 16.

"It's like we're kittens in lion costumes." That's how Whitney Cummings describes the one part vulnerability to two parts adrenaline that is stand-up comedy. Like any good comedian, she brings her personal experiences to the stage, specifically the unspoken good, bad, and ugly of relationships.

As Cummings wraps up her latest comedy tour in preparation for her upcoming special, the writer, actress, and co-creator of CBS' 2 Broke Girls spoke with Jackalope Ranch about love, laughter, and her latest dating pet peeves.

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Artists Jamie Pettis and Jack Fowler Team Up for "Love Is OK" in Phoenix

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Phoenix resident and Oklahoma City native Jamie Pettis brings her portrait-centric collection of vibrantly colored art to Grand Avenue's {9} The Gallery for an opening First Friday, February 7, from 7 to 11 p.m. She brings with her longtime OKC friend and fellow artist, Jack Fowler, whose work ranges from portraits to landscapes to sculptures, and basically anything else he feels like experimenting with. The show, "Love Is OK," will remain on view for a month.

Pettis and Fowler talked to Jackalope Ranch about what inspires them, why they love the Oklahoma art scene and are excited about Phoenix's, and how they know making art is their true calling.

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Jason Abrams of HGTV's Scoring the Deal Talks Season 2 and Going International

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Jason Abrams talking with clients
HGTV's Scoring the Deal stars real estate partners Jason Abrams and Kristen Cook and the show's second season première airs tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

The show features Abrams and Cook of Scottsdale's Abrams International as they help professional athletes find their dream homes, and there's usually a significant time constraint for the athlete. This season will feature NFL star Kyle Arrington of the Patriots, NFL rookie EJ Manuel, who was picked up by Buffalo as the first-round draft pick for quarterbacks, NBA players Rudy Gay and CJ Watson, MLB's Jerry Hairston Jr., Brandon McCarthy, and legend David Wells, among others, including WNBA star Brittany Jackson.

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Bob Saget on Cuddling with John Stamos and Why He Isn't as Filthy as You Think

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As Danny Tanner on the family-friendly Full House and the host of YouTube predecessor America's Funniest Home Videos, Bob Saget spent much of the 1980s and '90s as America's dad -- a fun-loving 30-something with a knowing look and a smile. These days, the same 12-year-old girls who watched him weeknights on ABC have grown up, settling into seats at adult comedy clubs around the country, blushing while the quintessential single dad of their television youth turns blue in the face with line after line of naughty comedy.

Since his departure from the small screen, he's raised his own daughters, written a memoir -- the forthcoming Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian, due in April from HarperCollins -- and starred in two comedy specials, including the Grammy-nominated That's What I'm Talking About, featuring conversations about what's in his pants and, more often than not, what the audience is packing. He returns to the Valley to do much of the same this weekend, honing new material with four shows at Stand Up Live in downtown Phoenix.

The 57-year-old comedian called us from his home in Los Angeles to discuss at length his father, Dave Coulier's flatulence, and why Saget isn't as filthy as they want you to think he is.

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Twigs and Twine Restoration Now Open in Phoenix's Melrose District

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Darryle Royal

There's a new kid on the block, and the Melrose District's most recent addition to its well-known arsenal of vintage, refurbished and antique shops goes by the name Twigs and Twine Custom Restoration and Design.

Mark and Jill Roberts are the creative husband-and-wife duo behind the venture, which was operated out of the Roberts' home and eventually vendor spaces along Melrose's Seventh Avenue before becoming a full-fledged brick-and-mortar shop. Twigs and Twine opened its doors less than a month ago to much fanfare, and to celebrate its grand opening, the Roberts are hosting an open house Friday, January 24, from to 8:30 p.m. and will be serving up hors d'oeuvres and wine.

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Author Gretchen Rubin on Her Latest Book, Happier at Home

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Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin's follow-up to her bestselling book The Happiness Project was 2012's Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life, which chronicled her attempt to delve further into the realm of happiness, specifically in areas at home.

The paperback version of Happier at Home was released in December 2013, and Rubin will visit Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe Friday, January 17, to talk about the book and sign copies. Earlier this week Rubin talked with Jackalope Ranch about what inspired her to write about happiness, exploring other storytelling media, and how her books are all related -- even the ones on Winston Churchill and JFK.

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Phoenix-Born Actress Kaitlyn Dever on Short Term 12

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Kaitlyn Dever in Short Term 12
By Kiko Martinez

She may not have fully understood what it meant to be an actress when she was only 5 years old, but somehow Kaitlyn Dever instinctively knew it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

Born in Phoenix in 1996, Dever moved to Dallas and later to Los Angeles to pursue her career on screen. Since moving to L.A. in 2007, Dever has starred on such TV shows as Justified and Last Man Standing. She also worked with Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood on the biopic J. Edgar. In the critically acclaimed 2013 film Short Term 12, Dever, 17, plays Jayden, a troubled teenager living in a group home who confides in one of the staff members about her family problems.

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