Jonathan Adler Store Opens Today at Phoenix's Biltmore Fashion Park

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Courtesy of Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler is known to visit Arizona every once in a while, but as of Friday, August 22, he's here to stay.

Well, his aesthetic is anyway. Today the New York-based modern home furnishings designer opens a boutique that's his fourth largest and 27th overall at Phoenix's Biltmore Fashion Park.

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Bassim Al-Shaker's Phoenix Studio Robbed; 10 Paintings Stolen

Categories: News, Visual Art

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Courtesy of ASU/Bassim Al Shaker
This is one of the 10 paintings that was stolen from Bassim Al Shaker's studio.

Bassim Al-Shaker's Phoenix art studio was robbed on the morning of Monday, August 18.

Ten paintings were stolen from Al-Shaker's space at Fourth and McKinley streets in the former location of Nancy Hill's Hazel & Violet. He's been painting there since July. The studio is a quick walk from his residence at Combine Studios, where the Iraqi-born creative formerly worked as an international artist in residence through ASU Art Museum.

Al-Shaker is reportedly devastated.

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Mary Stephens Leaves Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center

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Becky Bartkowski
Mary Stephens sits in the common room at Phoenix Hostel.

Mary Stephens announced via Facebook on Sunday, August 17, that she had left Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center as of August 15 to focus on other projects.

The Phoenix native, who won a Big Brain Award earlier this year, had owned the 25-bed hostel since 2010, when she bought it from her mother.

Without Stephens at the helm, the future of the hostel isn't quite clear.

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Announces 2014 Good 'N Plenty Award Finalists

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Amy Gochoel
One of these finalists will take one of these home August 29.
Corpse puppets? Shakespearean bikes rides? Eagle Scouts wearing Human Rights Campaign badges instead of their American flag ones?

These are just a few of the projects proposed by the finalists of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's Good 'N Plenty Award. This community-generated award isn't like other arts awards, though. It's meant to fund a project that's fun and original but addresses a concern or interest of an individual's community.


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Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

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Lauren Bacall was famed for "The Look," shown here.

Actress Lauren Bacall has died. She had a massive stroke on Tuesday, August 12, in New York City, according to TMZ. She was 89.

The Golden Age of Hollywood film star was known for her husky voice and "The Look," Bacall's way of posing for stills in which she'd put her chin to her chest and look up toward the camera.

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Robin Williams Dead at 63

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Courtesy of HBO

Robin Williams has died of an apparent suicide, according to multiple news outlets including Entertainment Weekly and TMZ.

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Phoenix Police Arrest 3 in Connection With Robbery of WWE Wrestler Daniel Bryan's Home

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Benjamin Leatherman
Phoenix Police Sergeant Tommy Thompson (left) with the WWE's Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella at a press conference on July 25.
The Phoenix Police Department has reportedly wrestled up a few more suspects in the recent burglary of WWE superstar Daniel Bryan's home.

According to Sergeant Tommy Thompson, a department spokesman, police arrested three individuals on Wednesday who are believed to be involved with a break-in last month at the pro wrestler's residence in Arcadia.


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Retro TV Brings Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, and MST3K to the Phoenix Airwaves

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Tom Baker's making a Phoenix TV comeback.
You might've noticed some of your old favorites on TV last weekend as you were scrolling through the channels, and the good news is it's here to stay. Retro TV has officially launched in Phoenix, and that means you can watch shows like classic Doctor Who, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, and more.

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Artist Cecil Balmond to Design New Shade Structure at Mesa Arts Center

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Courtesy of Cecil Balmond and Mesa Contemporary Arts
Balmond's new design will provide more shade while complementing existing designs at MAC
Ten years old might sound way too young to have a facelift, but it isn't if you're Mesa Arts Center. This week, MAC announced that internationally renowned artist and designer Cecil Balmond has been selected to create a shade structure that will connect the Mesa Arts Center's North Plaza with Main Street in downtown Mesa.


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WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan Stops Robbery of His Phoenix Home

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Benjamin Leatherman
The WWE's Daniel Bryan (left) and Brie Bella with their dog Jolie at a press conference this afternoon about the attempted robbery at their Phoenix home.
Despite the fact he's been out of action the past couple months from an injury, WWE superstar and Phoenix resident Daniel Bryan is still a badass.

On Thursday evening, the 33-year-old professional wrestler (whose real name is Brian Danielson) put the smackdown on the attempted burglary of his Arcadia home, including chasing after the two robbers involved on foot and subduing one of them. And he did it with a wrestling move, no less, specifically a rear naked choke, better known as a sleeper hold.


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