Banned Plays to Present Force Continuum at Phoenix Center for the Arts September 2

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Mark you calendars, Phoenix.

On Tuesday, September 2, Mary Stephens is putting on a special Banned Plays reading of Kia Corthron's Force Continuum at Phoenix Center for the Arts. The play, which will be performed by Arizona State University alumni and staff as well as other members of the community, is being read for one night only in direct response to the recent turmoil following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.


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Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Set to Lose Accreditation in 2017

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Taliesin West faces possible closure in 2017.
It looks like the graduating class of 2017 may be the last for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's board of trustees has decided not to pursue independent incorporation for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, which, thanks to a recent 2012 policy by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), is now required to remain an accredited school. As a result, in two and a half years, the school's Master of Architecture program will come to an end.


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Arizona Art Tank Accepting Applications Through September 18

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Care to take your business venture outside the box? Then the Arizona Commission in the Arts might be interested in hearing from you.

The organization is bringing back Arizona Art Tank to invest in arts-based ventures that are "not business as usual but business unusual." These creative entrepreneurial ideas will ultimately be pitched in front of a live audience and a panel of judges for a chance to receive grant funding.

Previous winners of the Art Tank include Rising Youth Theatre, Prescott Center for the Arts, Arizona State University School of Art, Flagstaff Cultural Partners, and Phoenix Center for the Arts.


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George Takei Screens New Documentary Tonight at Harkins Shea 14 in Scottsdale

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Get ready to lose your Sulu-loving mind.

Actor, activist, social media star, and part-time Arizona resident George Takei and his husband Brad are hosting a special screening of the new documentary To Be Takei: A Star's Trek for Life, Liberty, and Love in Scottsdale tonight, August 26. The film, which is playing exclusively at Harkins Shea 14, will screen at 7 p.m. and conclude with a Q&A with the Takeis.


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House of Comedy to Open at High Street in Phoenix September 4

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Silicon Valley's T.J. Miller will perform at the grand opening of Phoenix's House of Comedy on Thursday, September 4.
Laugh it up, Phoenix.

Another new comedy venue is coming to the North Valley. Comedy club owner and Arizona snow bird Rick Bronson is opening up House of Comedy at the up-and-coming High Street (formerly known as City North) in Phoenix. The club, set to open Thursday, September 4, is Bronson's third comedy venue, following locations in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Alberta, Canada.


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Jester'Z Improv Comedy Has Moved to Mesa; Grand Opening Is September 20

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It's onward and eastward for Jester'Z Improv Comedy.

The family-friendly comedy club, established in 2001, said goodbye to its Papago Plaza location of 13 years with a final show on Saturday, July 26. But don't take the Scottsdale departure as a sign of bad things to come. If anything, Jester'Z is moving on to bigger and better things with a newly opened space at 1061 North Dobson Road, Suite 114, in Mesa.


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Scottsdale Public Art Calls for IN FLUX Cycle 5 Artists

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Reflections: Water Within by Moira Marti Geoffrion was featured at the Mesa Arts Center in the IN FLUX Cycle 3 Tour
Arizona may be spread out, but we're certainly not spread thin when it comes to public art.

Just ask Scottsdale Public Art (SPA). Since starting the IN FLUX initiative in 2010, the organization has been using temporary public art installations to connect the Valley arts community throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Glendale, and Gilbert.

Now as they prepare for IN FLUX Cycle 5, which will run from January through May of 2015, they're looking for new artists to bring their talents to the table.


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10 Best Shops for ASU Students in Tempe

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Did you think we'd make a back-to-school list and not include Tempe?

Come on.

There's nothing like a little retail therapy to get in the right mind for back-to-school season. Whether your interests lie in outfitting yourself with the latest tech gear or the season's best fall fashions, there are plenty of ways to get your fall semester off to the right start in Tempe.


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10 Best Shops for ASU Students in Downtown Phoenix

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Bunky Boutique sells clothes and accessories for both the ladies and the gents.
Class schedule? Check. Roommate? Check. Tearful goodbye to summer vacation? Check and check.

Cue the back-to-school shopping spree.

Whether you're in the market for a new ride around town, a stylish new wardrobe to make you stand out on campus, or the right supplies to keep you the safe favorite of the class, Jackalope Ranch has got you covered, with our ten favorite shops for ASU students in Phoenix.


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Arizona Long Form Improv Festival to Feature Veep's Dan Bakkedahl

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Dan Bakkedahl will headline the Arizona Long Form Improv Festival
This September comedy connoisseur Dave Thurston is paying tribute to a lesser-known style of improv: the long form. And he's doing so with the help of professional funnymen Dan Bakkedahl (The Heat, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Office, 30 Rock, Veep) and Rob Janas of Second City.


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