David Zyla on Personal Style, Ditching Fashion Trends, and How to Win at Shopping

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Get your style on with David Zyla Thursday, March 5, at Frances.
At 5 years old, David Zyla told his mother, who was getting dressed for a night out with his father, to wear a different necklace than the one she had on. He then told his dad to switch ties.

"You can mix patterns?" his dad asked.

"Of course," Zyla said.

That was the first time Zyla remembers styling someone else. Years later, his client base stretches far beyond his parents. Zyla's made a name for himself as an Emmy award-winning stylist for movies, television, and people like Hillary Clinton, Neil Patrick Harris, and Susan Lucci.

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Melissa Dunmore on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

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Performing artist Melissa Dunmore weighs in on what's happening in Phoenix's art scene.

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 poet, performer, and writer Melissa Dunmore of Phoenix's Mujeres del Sol.

1. What are three words that describe the arts in Arizona?
Cultural, visible, and amassing.

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Phoenix Playwright Beth May's Poetry Album, The Family Arsonist, Explores Bipolar Disorder and Feminism

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Beth May's second spoken work album, The Family Arsonist, is out now.
Beth May has a way with words. And having just graduated from Arizona State University's screenwriting program, there's no telling where or in what medium those words might land her.

At 23, May has already sold her first screenplay, a possible movie adaptation of her end-of-days play, Earthlings, which she wrote, co-directed, and debuted at Binary Theatre Company in April 2014. But it's not just plot lines that are propelling her career forward. May is also making a name for herself as a poet, having just released her second spoken word album, The Family Arsonist.

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Marissa Meyer on the Lunar Chronicles, NaNoWriMo, and Why She Loves YA Books

Julia Scott
Marissa Meyer will bring her Lunar Chronicles world to Phoenix during the Lunar Ball on February 2.
For author Marissa Meyer, it all started with Sailor Moon. Through that lunar soldier, she found a spark within herself that eventually ignited into a passion for writing young-adult fiction, fantasy, and science fiction.

With the release of Fairest: Levana's Story, her newest installment in the New York Times bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Meyer returns to Changing Hands on Monday, February 2, for a Lunar Ball complete with costumes, dancing, and of course a talk and book signing with Meyer.

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Water Logged: Scottsdale Public Art and New Times to Present Storytelling Event on Feb. 27

Categories: Events, Literary

Sarah Hurwitz
Water Logged is coming to Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Public Art and New Times are teaming up for a spoken word event -- and the premise is all wet.

Presented in conjunction with public art celebration Canal Convergence at the Soleri Bridge and Plaza, Water Logged includes stories centered on water and canals from Michael Grady, Tania Katan, Laurie Notaro, Kim Porter, and Tom Zoellner.

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Four Chambers and Phoenix Art Museum Want Your Poetry, Prose

Lynn Trimble
Jurassic Age by Sui Jianguo, who is considered a key artist in the Chinese pop movement.
Four Chambers, a Phoenix-based literary magazine and small press, has partnered with Phoenix Art Museum to "assemble a small collection of poetry and prose responding to exhibits and collections within the Phoenix Art Museum."

There's a lot to respond to these days, with a total of seven exhibits currently on view -- exploring everything from migrant lives to images of the Buddha. Even love, death, and fashion are fair game.

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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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Sprawlr, a Digital Magazine For All Things Arizona, Launches December 15

Categories: Literary

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Sprawlr fuses Arizona-centric stories and non-fiction in a fresh online format.

We here at Jackalope Ranch have been following Sprawlr for the past few months. We're excited to announce that the eagerly anticipated digital magazine will finally launch on Monday, December 15.

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Phoenix to Host Individual World Poetry Slam October 8-11

Red Greg
Phoenix is about to get a whole lot Slam-mier.

Seventy-two competitive slam poets walk into a coffee shop in Phoenix. This is not a joke. There will be no punchline.

The Arizona Humanities Council will play host to the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, a four-day event that pits "presentative poets" against one another. The competition itself exists as a series of timed bouts, each judged by five randomly selected audience members. The top 12 competitors will move on to the final round on Saturday, October 11, hosted at Marquee Theatre.

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HomeBase Poetry to Host Show with Poetry Slam Champion Ed Mabrey at New Location

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Ed Mabrey's performing in Phoenix.
HomeBase Poetry has a new home base.

The local organization, which has been hosting poetry open mics on the first Sunday of the month for more than five years, has left the downtown Phoenix Renaissance Hotel and moved north to the Sheraton Crescent off Dunlap Avenue and the Black Canyon Freeway.

On Sunday, October 5, HomeBase will be kicking things off at its new performance venue with special guest and three-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Ed Mabrey.

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