Omar "RoxRite" Delgado Macias on B-Boy Culture's Positive Impact Worldwide

Categories: Dance, Interviews

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Omar "RoxRite" Delgado Macias in Singapore in 2013.
Omar Delgado Macias' career as a b-boy dancer has taken him a few place. As a matter of fact, the performer known as "RoxRite" has battled and busted out his slick moves and fancy footwork on six different continents and in dozens of cities around the globe, such as Tokyo, Moscow, Johannesburg, and Sydney.

And in many of those locations, the world-renowned b-boy has beaten the best of the best to claim first place victories, which is something he's become famous for over most of the last two decades. As of this writing, Macias has notched at total of 85 tournament wins during his 19-year career -- including winning the prestigious Red Bull BC One world championships in 2011 -- and he's made it a major goal to eventually hit 100.

In the meantime, however, Macias is busy spreading knowledge and awareness of b-boy culture around the world and getting others involved in the art form. And he'll be doing just that this weekend in Phoenix.


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Wrestling Legend Bill Goldberg on What It Takes to Be a Real Man These Days

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Bill Goldberg is scheduled to appear at Clickjab Wrestling Fan Fest on Saturday, July 19, in Phoenix.
Bill Goldberg is what you'd call a "man's man." He spent the early part of the 1990s smashing bodies in the NFL before transforming into a professional wrestler and doing much the same, mowing down opponents and becoming a legend in both the WWE and its now-defunct competitor, World Championship Wrestling.

And since leaving the ring a decade ago, the grappler formerly known as "The Man" has parlayed his fame into following many of his multifaceted passions in life (most of which are of a masculine nature) such as starring in action-packed films like The Longest Yard and Half Past Dead 2, serving as an MMA color commentator, opening his own gym, and hosting such cable TV shows as Garage Mahal and Biker Build-Off, owing to his love of muscle cars, automotive culture, and racing.


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Comics Artist and Mesa Native Mike Mayhew on The Star Wars

Categories: Comics, Interviews

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A glimpse at Mayhew's artistic contribution to The Star Wars.

As big as the Star Wars expanded universe is, few people can say that they have actually had the opportunity to work on a project related to the beloved sci-fi franchise. Even fewer still can say that they got to work on bringing George Lucas' original vision to life. Comics artist Mike Mayhew, who was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, was one of those few lucky individuals who had the chance to do just that. Mayhew recently wrapped up his work on The Star Wars, a special eight-issue run of comics from Dark Horse. The series was written based on the original draft of Lucas' script for Star Wars, which underwent massive rewrites in order to make it to the big screen.


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Tempe Author Elizabeth Maria Naranjo on Why Young-Adult Books Are for Everyone

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Elizabeth Maria Naranjo is a petite woman with long, black hair that today she's pulled back, save for a few wisps that frame her face. She's personable, but not bubbly, and passionate without being overbearing. She alternates between sips of water and coffee and she is, as she'll later admit, understandably nervous -- this is her first face-to-face interview to promote her first book, The Fourth Wall.

The 235-page piece follows a young girl, Marin, who adopts lucid dreaming (a dream in which one is keenly aware he or she is actively dreaming) as a way to escape reality after her mother's death. She creates a safe haven, devoid of memory and sadness, but the dream becomes a nightmare, and something inside of it doesn't want her to wake up.

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Chris Claremont on X-Men: Days of Future Past and Kickstarting the Superhero Movie Trend

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Chris Claremont (right) discusses the X-Men with a fan at Phoenix Comicon 2014.
Chris Claremont has a yen for spinning epic yarns, either in comic book form or when talking with fans. And both can be equally astounding. His contributions as a writer for Marvel Comics are the stuff of legend, specifically to the X-Men canon. And the tales he imparts in interviews and at conventions, like the recent Phoenix Comicon, are larger than life, dynamic, and filled with action, drama, and humor.


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Ally Glowacki on "Dog Days of Summer" at Night Gallery in Tempe

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"The Face of God" by Ally Glowacki
Normally, when we hear that an artist makes pictures of dogs, we have to stop ourselves from scoffing. But painter Ally Glowacki, who recently graduated from ASU's MFA program, has us re-thinking our canine imagery prejudice. In her latest solo exhibition, "Dog Days of Summer", currently on view at Tempe's Night Gallery, Glowacki presents a series of dog portraits that convey an unexpected depth.


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Comedian Annabelle Gurwitch on Aging Not-So-Gracefully and Performing at The Most of Lit Lounge

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Annabelle Gurwitch on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" in April.

Comedian and author Annabelle Gurwitch has a habit of turning the negative into positive -- or, at the very least, a lucrative book deal. When Woody Allen fired her from the cast of his off-Broadway New York production, Writers Block, in 2003, she created Fired, a collection of essays about getting canned from Tim Allen, Felicity Huffman, and David Cross to name a few. When her 50th birthday was fast approaching, she penned I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 a comedic call to action for the middle-aged that has made the New York Times bestseller list.

Her penchant for performing caught the attention of Tania Katan, the entertainer at the helm of SMoCA's Lit Lounge series and the second annual The Most of Lit Lounge event held on Thursday, June 26 at the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

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Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre on Obvious Child

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Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate's film Obvious Child rethinks the rom-com.

Yes, Obvious Child is a romantic comedy. And, yes, it includes an abortion.

But describing it as an "abortion rom-com" sells short what a thoughtful story director Gillian Robespierre has crafted.

Jenny Slate portrays 20-something stand-up comedian Donna Stern, who was "dumped up with" and recently lost her job as a bookstore clerk. At a bar after a rough stand-up set, she meets Max (Jake Lacy), a guy who's sweet but a bit straitlaced for her taste. Paul Simon's "Obvious Child" soundtracks their drunken one-night stand. Donna gets pregnant. And she decides to have an abortion.

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William Eubank on The Signal's Unexpected Anime Influences

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Director and writer William Eubank's highly-stylized aesthetic is reason enough to see this flick.
In William Eubank's new sci-fi thriller The Signal, three friends are driving across the country when they have an online run-in with a creepy, enigmatic hacker named Nomad. When they chase after the hacker's IP address, they find something very unexpected. It's hard to talk about the film without giving too much of it away, which Eubank says made marketing the The Signal a little tricky.

He talked with Jackalope Ranch about the new film, which he called a labor of love from the entire cast and crew.


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Kumail Nanjiani Spent 14 Hours Filming Silicon Valley's Hand Job Joke

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Kumail Nanjiani (right) will be performing with his Silicon Valley co-stars at Stand Up Live.
If you saw the season finale of HBO's Silicon Valley, then you definitely know the joke we're talking about.

The Mike Judge show is about a group of friends and housemates struggling to launch a successful tech startup called Pied Piper without being squashed by a giant Google-like organization called Hooli. And the ridiculous, mathematically centered penis joke arrives as the five guys are sitting in a hotel room prepping for a tech conference presentation that could change their lives. It's crunch time, but instead of working on the task at hand they become consumed with developing an equation for how to give every member of the 400-person audience a hand job during their slotted 10-minute presentation time.

With that stellar ending to the show's first season, new shows in the works, and some hilarious new and old characters on Portlandia, the future is looking bright for comedian, writer, and actor Kumail Nanjiani, who will be performing in Phoenix this Friday with two of his Silicon Valley co-stars, T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch.


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