Tempe Artist Clarita Lulić on Marriage and Its Influence on Her Work

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Mikey Estes
Clarita Lulić embracing the likeness of her husband in her Tempe studio on ASU campus.

What happens in the studio, shouldn't always stay in the studio. Studio Visit Q+A is a weekly series that profiles artists in their studios. We ask them questions, they provide answers, and then we have a nice discussion about their work. This week: Current ASU MFA student Clarita Lulić.

Originally hailing from the UK, Clarita Lulić is an emerging artist that mainly works with photography. Over her time spent studying at ASU, her practice has come to encompass sculpture, as well. Her current body of work, which will be featured in her MFA thesis exhibition at Gallery 100 next month, fittingly titled "The Good Hurt," deals with the relationship between husband and wife. Using her own relationship as a site of exploration, Lulić uses humor as a means to investigate the often private intricacies of personal relationships, specifically marriage -- a contract between two people.

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Phoenix Author Kevin Wayne Williams on How The Walking Dead Inspired His Zombie Novel

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Williams spent months of research and practice to get the voice of his 9-year-old heroine down.
"In 2004, I died in a scuba accident," Kevin Wayne Williams says nonchalantly over the phone.

"My last memory is going unconscious 20 feet from the top, so whether [my heart] clinically stopped or not, it's tough to say," the long-time Phoenix resident goes on to explain. "If I had died that day, it wouldn't have been a problem, and there was a part of me that realized that itself was a problem."

That accident was the catalyst for Williams to leave his career as an executive in Silicon Valley during the early 2000s and becoming an author, after "fleeing the country" and owning a hotel on the Caribbean island of Bonaire for a short time.

Now, Williams' first novel, Everything I Know About Zombies, I Learned in Kindergarten, has been named as a Horror (Adult Fiction) and Multicultural (Adult Fiction) finalist for Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.


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Kristin Bauer on Using Text, Psychology, and Silent Films as Inspiration

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Mikey Estes
Kristin Bauer in her Tempe home that she shares with husband and artist Emmett Potter.

What happens in the studio, shouldn't always stay in the studio. Studio Visit Q+A is a new weekly series that profiles artists in their studios. We ask them questions, they provide answers, and then we have a nice discussion about their work. This week: Tempe artist Kristin Bauer.

Tempe-based artist Kristin Bauer has been exhibiting her work locally and nationally for over a decade now. After graduating from ASU, she started her career off with solo shows at Modified Arts and was living off of selling her paintings. Her work took a detour in 2010 after working towards a master's degree to enable her to practice as an art therapist. That experience completely changed her creative output. "It's almost like a different person made it," Bauer says of her previous work.

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Ron Funches on Cute Butts, His Favorite Comic Books, and Being Nice to People

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Ron Funches performs Thursday, April 2, through Saturday, April 3, at Tempe Improv.

It must be hard to hold a grudge against Ron Funches.

Scratch that. We'd imagine it's downright impossible. Thanks to the stand-up comedian's infectious giggle and his laidback delivery, Funches is as warm in his demeanor as he is in his career. As he puts it, he's "like a big stuffed bear."

For almost nine years, the Portland native has been generating a following through his stand-up, appearing on programs like The Conan O'Brian Show, Chelsea Lately, and @midnight, while seizing smaller reoccurring roles on Fox's New Girl, and Comedy Central's Kroll Show (may it rest in peace).


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Lisa Chow of Desert Dance Theatre on the Arizona Première of South of Gold Mountain

Categories: Dance, Interviews

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Scene from H.T. Chen & Dancers' South of Gold Mountain.
Lisa Chow, artistic director for Desert Dance Theatre, performs this week in the Arizona première of South of Gold Mountain, a multi-media modern dance work exploring the lives of Chinese immigrants in the American South during the post-Civil War era.

H.T. Chen & Dancers, a New York City-based company that blends contemporary dance with traditional Asian aesthetics, performs South of Gold Mountain Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, at Tempe Center for the Arts. Chow notes that it's part of a program that also includes work from the H.T. Chen & Dancers repertory and a community dance featuring local performers.


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Phoenix Print Studios Brings Letterpress, Community to Tempe

Categories: Interviews

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Evie Carpenter
Jeryl Jones (left) and Cindy Iverson opened Phoenix Print Studios just two weeks ago in Tempe.
In a relatively nondescript complex of half empty office spaces on Baseline Road, two women are creating art on machines that haven't changed for hundreds of years.

Cindy Iverson and Jeryl Jones opened Phoenix Print Studios just a few weeks ago in Tempe, but they have been letterpress printing and teaching others how to letterpress for years.


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WWE's Stardust on WrestleMania, Battling Goldust, and Obtaining the "Ivory Enterprise"

Categories: Interviews, Sports

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WWE's Stardust will touch down at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday.
The WWE superstar known as Stardust is what you'd call a colorful character, even by professional wrestling standards. Adorned in star-shaped face paint and his special "mevlar" bodysuit and gloves, he's eccentric, enigmatic, and a bit other-worldly whenever he makes an appearance on such WWE television shows as Raw and Smackdown. He's also quite entertaining.

A space oddity of sorts who's just to the left of Mars, Stardust is a bizarre being who's obsessed with the cosmos and fills his interviews with references to astronomy, comic books, and other unusual subject matter. Since debuting last summer, the character (portrayed by wrestler Cody Rhodes) has also sought such objects as the "Cosmic Key" or the "Ivory Enterprise."


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Lindsay Kinkade on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

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Lindsay Kinkade weighs in on the state of the arts in metro Phoenix.
When Jackalope Ranch issued a 10-question survey asking Phoenicians (and anyone with an opinion of Phoenix) to sound of on the state of the arts in the Valley of the Sun, dozens provided insights on what's happening in the city's creative realm. We'll present a selection of survey responses here over the next three weeks. Up today is Lindsay Kinkade of Design RePublic.

What are three words that describe the arts in Arizona?
grassroots, growing, participatory

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Carley Conder on Breaking Ground Dance and Festival and 10 Tiny Dances

Categories: Interviews

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Carley Conder of Conder/dance.

Carley Conder is a pivotal player in the Phoenix dance scene. Her company, Conder/dance, has raised the bar for local choreography. The dance and film festival that she spearheaded, Breaking Ground, enters its eighth year this weekend, and will feature art from 32 artists, choreographers, and filmmakers. Jackalope Ranch caught up with Conder to learn more about what to expect from this year's event.


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Greg Esser on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

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Greg Esser weighs in on the state of the arts in metro Phoenix.
When Jackalope Ranch issued a 10-question survey asking Phoenicians (and anyone with an opinion of Phoenix) to sound of on the state of the arts in the Valley of the Sun, dozens provided insights on what's happening in the city's creative realm. We'll present a selection of survey responses here over the next three weeks. Up today is artist Greg Esser of ASU and Roosevelt Row CDC.

What are three words that describe the arts in Arizona?
diverse, inclusionary, participatory

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