James Turrell to Receive National Medal of Arts

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Florian Holzherr
Congrats to James Turrell.
It looks like some pretty big congrats are in order for one of Arizona's own. On Tuesday, July 22, The National Endowment for the Arts announced that President Barack Obama would be awarding the National Medals of Arts as well as the National Humanities Medals on Monday, July 28, to a select group of artists throughout the United States, including Flagstaff-based artist James Turrell.


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Local First Arizona Accepting Members for Localist Loyalty Program

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Flickr via Dave Wasson
For those who claim corporate counterculture, buy from brick-and-mortar businesses, and do their spending stateside, we have some news for you: you may just be localist.

And while showing local love has always had its benefits for the community, Local First is making sure some of the rewards return directly to the consumer with its ongoing Localist membership program.


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Scottsdale Public Art Calls for Library Gallery Installation Proposals

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Dru Bloomfield via Flickr
If you've checked out the colorful kid-catered installation that is Camp Dreamtree, you know one thing about the Scottsdale Civic Center Library: their gallery is anything but by the book. And while the installation created by local artists Roy Wasson Valle and Koryn Woodward Wasson has done well to inspire the imagination indoors, Scottsdale Public Art (SPA), in partnership with Scottsdale Public Library, is looking for some new inspiration for next summer's installation.


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Phoenix Suns Dancers to Hold Classes and Auditions for 2014-15 Season

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Jim Louvau
A scene from the 2013 Suns Dancers auditions.
Time to shake what your mama gave you.

The Phoenix Suns Dancers are hosting an open auditions on Saturday, August 9, for the 2014-15 season. Leading up to the auditions, the Suns Dancers will host a series of optional but highly recommended prep classes to teach interested performers a variety of dance routines for the big day.


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Phoenix's Madison Clarke to Compete at New Balance High School Tennis Championship

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Courtesy of Xavier College Prepatory
Madison Clarke will compete in the first-ever New Balance High School Tennis Championships.
This week teen tennis stars will have the chance to take their net-side skills to the national level, including Phoenix's own Madison Clarke.

The Xavier College Preparatory junior will be joining 127 other young promising athletes representing 33 states as they compete for the title of the first-ever New Balance High School Tennis Championship presented by the United States Tennis Association (UTSA), Monday, July 21, through Thursday, July 24, at Harvard University's Beren Tennis Center.

For those who have followed Clarke's high school athletic career, her spot in the national championship may not come as much of a surprise. The Phoenix native has won the American Family Insurance Arizona high school girls tennis player of the year award for two years running and consecutive state championships for the Xavier team, including the state singles title at the 2014 Arizona State Tennis Tournament.


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Demolition of WPA Civic Building at Arizona State Fairgrounds on Temporary Hold

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Katie Johnson
The Civic Building, which served as headquarters for the WPA in 1938, is not out of the woods yet.
Phoenix preservationists acted fast on Monday, July 14, when they noticed construction fencing pop up around the historic Civic Building on the Arizona State Fairgrounds at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road.


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Alison King to Host Creative Mornings Lecture at Phoenix Art Museum July 18

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Image courtesy of Alison King
Arizona's many reputations have certainly shifted over the years, but one fact remains intact: it's a mecca for Midcentury Modern design.

Just ask home-based historian Alison King. The mastermind behind ModernPhoenix.net will be making a special appearance at Phoenix Art Museum on Friday, July 18, as part of Creative Mornings Phoenix's current series, Heritage.

In this Creative Mornings presentation, King, who's hosted her fair share of design talks in the Valley at events including Phoenix Design Week, Modern Phoenix Week, and Pecha Kucha, will discuss Arizona as a mid-century marvel.


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Ink Master's Kyle Dunbar Sets Up Temporary Shop at Scottsdale's Old Town Ink

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Image courtesy Kyle Dunbar
Tattoo artist Kyle Dunbar will be working at Old Town Ink now through Thursday, July 17.
Kyle Dunbar is no stranger to the tatted and TV-watching crowd. Thanks to his two-season run on Spike TV's Master Ink, the self-taught Michigan tattoo artist has acquired quite the following for his bold imagery and signature realism. Now that Dunbar has departed from the show, that following is coming full circle as he works his way across the country to meet and mark the fans who favor his work.

And wouldn't you know, some of those fans are in Scottsdale, Arizona.


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Sanctuary in Scottsdale to Host Satori Meditation Retreat October 5-8

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Moyan Brenn via Flickr
Bang a gong, Arizona.

One of Scottsdale's favorite secluded resorts and home to one the 10 best spas in Metro Phoenix, Sanctuary is holding its first-ever meditation retreat this fall. The four-day Satori Meditation Retreat led by master meditator Sarah McLean will take place from Sunday, October 5, through Wednesday, October 8.

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Arizona Sidewinders Tiara P. and Angie Baker Join 2014 ArenaBowl Dance Team

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Courtesy of Arizona Rattlers
Catch Arizona Sidewinders dancer Tiara P. at the ArenaBowl.
It seems a few cheers are in order.

And not just from the girls who do it professionally. The Arizona Rattlers' dance team, the Sidewinders, are saying bon voyage to two of their own who were selected to participate in the American Football League (AFL) 2014 NET10 Wireless Dream Team.

On Wednesday, July 9, it was announced that Sidewinders dance team director Angie Baker would be taking over as director and choreographer for the AFL Dream Team at the ArenaBowl XXVII. Baker, who had previously served as the Dream Team director back in 2011 at ArenaBowl XXIV and as a dancer at ArenaBowl XXI, is one of two Sidewinders to secure a coveted position with the national dance troupe. The other is Tiara P. (Dance team members typically do not use their last names.)

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