Breaking Ground Festival 2015 Seeks Dancers, Choreographers

Andrew Pielage
A scene from the 2014 Breaking Ground Festival.
If you've been looking for an opportunity to show off your new dance moves, this might just be your chance.

The eighth annual Breaking Ground Festival is set to take place Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, at Tempe Center for the Arts. Though the show is still quite a few months away, program coordinators are already looking for local artist to contribute new and existing works.

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Phoenix Named Among Top American Cities for Culture

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Melissa Fossum
A scene from September First Friday.

While Phoenicians hardly need convincing that their city has culture, it never hurts to hear it from someone else.

That's why we were excited to see that not only is our Southwest metropolis being recognized for its artistic and intellectual endeavors, it's being ranked among the best. On Friday, August 22, Business Insider shared a report by real estate website Property Shark that ranked the top 20 cities for culture in the U.S.

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Mad One Announces Sticker Phiends 6 for Saturday, October 11

Mad One
Goodbyes are never easy.

So when street artist Mike "Mad One" Neely packed his bags and left for Portland a few years back, we took it pretty hard. Fortunately, the former Phoenix-based artist must have sensed our withdrawal because he's just announced that he's coming back for a one-night-only Sticker Phiends show.

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Icon Sports and Social Club Fall 2014 Registration Now Open

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Andy Smith via Flickr
Looking to make new friends? Maybe meet some singles?

Icon Sports Club might be able to help with that. The adult intramural social club is inviting men and women 21 and over to step up to the plate, onto field, and near the net as it accepts new players for the fall season.

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Bornean Orangutan Born at Phoenix Zoo

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Courtesy of the Phoenix Zoo
Apologies to all you newborn parents, but the cutest baby in metro Phoenix right now currently resides at the Phoenix Zoo.

And yeah, okay, he's technically an orangutan.

On Tuesday, September 2, Bornean orangutans Bess and Michael welcomed their second offspring. The yet-unnamed male was delivered that afternoon in good health under the supervision of the zoo staff.

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Tickets to Lisa Starry's A Vampire Tale on Sale Now

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Scorpius Dance Theatre
Some people have pumpkin patches, others have trick-or-treating, but for the downtown arts scene, the fall tradition is Lisa Starry's A Vampire Tale. The Scorpius Dance Theatre production returns to Phoenix Theatre for its 11th season, and due to popularity, the company is encouraging dance fans to snap up tickets early.

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10 Joan Rivers Quotes to Live By

Underbelly Limited via Wikimedia Commons
Joan Rivers offered us many worrds to laugh at and live by.
Comedian Joan Rivers has died. The 81-year-old performer, writer, and television personality passed away on Thursday, September 4, after suffering complications from throat surgery the week prior.

She will be remembered for her numerous contributions to the entertainment world. From her appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to hosting her owns shows such as The Late Show, Fashion Police, and decades of stand-up specials, Joan Rivers was not only pop culture icon but a pioneer for Female entertainers

Here are 10 quotes that confirm what many of us already knew: She was a genius, a brassy, ballsy genius.

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Phoenix's 720 Gallery to Host Fundraiser for Bassim Al-Shaker

Courtesy 720 Gallery
"Intersections" by Nuna Dow will be on view at 720 Gallery Friday, September 5.

720 Gallery is closing its doors. But before it does, the downtown art venue is hosting one last exhibition and a fundraiser to benefit Bassim Al-Shaker, a local artist who lost several paintings and personal effects when his studio was robbed last month.

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Registration Now Open for Craft Culture's Dream Rock Retreat in Sedona

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Ventola Photography
Craft Culture is back.
As any crafty entrepreneur can tell you, it takes more than glue and glitter to make your business plan sparkle.

Fortunately for DIY-ers looking to do more for their product or service-based business, Craft Culture is hosting the Dream Rock Retreat in 2015 from Wednesday, February 4, through Friday, February 6, at L'Auberge de Sedona Resort and Spa in Sedona.

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Daniel Mills' Sprawlr Seeks Story Submissions

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Katrina Montgomery
Daniel Mills is behind Sprawlr.
ASU alum Daniel Mills thinks Arizona could do with a new image.

Which is why the Big Brain finalist is gearing up to put out Sprawlr, an online publication that sets a new spin on the way we see the Copper State. The digital publication will feature stories, essays, and other nonfiction works relating to life in Arizona. And right now, he's looking for contributors to help make that happen.

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