Arizona State Library Now Offers Digital Versions of 500-Plus Books About Arizona

Categories: Books, News

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Reading Arizona offers digital copies of hundreds of books about Arizona.

Believe it or not, things got pretty wild at the Arizona Library Association conference, held November 13 and 14.

During the event, the Arizona State Library launched Reading Arizona, a new ebook platform which allows members to "check out" digital copies of hundreds of state-centric published works.

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Grid Bike Share to Launch in Phoenix November 25

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Courtesy Grid Bikes
Grid BIke Share launches Tuesday, November 25.

Gird Bikes is finally launching in Phoenix on Tuesday, November 25. The bike share program was first announced back in July 2013 and then officially unveiled by city of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton back in October 2013. And though it was originally set to launch earlier in 2014, its release was delayed due to to vendor issues.

But now the lime green bikes have been given the green light. Founding members and Grid ambassadors have already begun testing out the new rides this week while the rest of the Grid team has been setting up bike stations throughout the Phoenix area.

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Amada Cruz Named Phoenix Art Museum Director

Categories: News, Visual Art

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Amada Cruz will replace Jim Ballinger at Phoenix Art Museum.

Amada Cruz will be Phoenix Art Museum's new director, the museum's board of trustees announced in a press release on Monday, November 17.

Cruz will take on the role on February 1, 2015, replacing longtime director James Ballinger, who announced in April 2014 his intention to retire after nearly 40 years with the museum.

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Phoenix Art Museum Board Rescinds Offer to Hire New Contemporary Art Curator

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Phoenix Art Museum is in a state of flux.
UPDATE: Jennifer Sudul Edwards is the applicant whose curator job offer was rescinded.

Phoenix Art Museum will be without a curator of contemporary art for a bit longer.

The museum's human resources department was in the process of hiring an applicant to take on the curatorship, confirms museum public relations manager Stephanie Lieb. That applicant was Jennifer Sudul Edwards, who has worked at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. However, the museum's board of trustees took back the offer. Its decision to do so was announced in a November 10 memo sent by HR on behalf of Jim Patterson, chairman of the museum's board of trustees, to the museum's staffers and its 11 support organizations.

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Graduate Hotel Now Open in Tempe; Here's a Look Inside

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Katie Johnson
There are many things to love about the Graduate lobby, but this little area may be our favorite.
Put away the blowup mattress and clear that couch, because your out-of-town guests have a new place to stay in Tempe. Graduate Hotel opened its doors two weeks ago, and while the complete remodel of what was once the Twin Palms is still in progress (management expects the finishing touches will be complete before the end of the year), guests have already begun filling the 140-room establishment.


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Arizona Has Set 4 Guinness World Records. Here's How

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Jonathan McNamara
Artistic Tattoo's Hollis Cantrell broke the world record for most tattoos given in 24 hours back in 2008.
There are a lot of things that factor into which state you choose to call home: cost of living, job availability, and let's not forget the neighborhoods, whether they're up-and-coming, Midcentury Modern, or super expensive.

But if you follow real estate blog, Estately, you're probably also in tune to which cities have the most douchebags, whose residents are most likely to survive the zombie apocalypse, and the Guinness World Records held by each state.


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Kimpton Hotel Coming to Downtown Tempe

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The new hotel and office tower were announced this week.
UPDATE: Monti's is closing November 17.

A Kimpton Hotel is coming to downtown Tempe, according to a report from Phoenix Business Journal.

The 16-story, 247-room hotel will join the Hayden House (home to Monti's) at the southwest corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. It will be part of a mixed-use complex that will include restaurants and retail space. A 15-story office tower will be built just west of the hotel.


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{9} The Gallery Hosting Emergency Fundraiser to Avoid Closure

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Jeremiah Toller
Things are not looking good for {9} The Gallery.

The Grand Avenue arts venue that operates as a gallery, coffee shop, and community events space could be closing up shop in the near future. That is, unless owner Laura Dragon gets the necessary funds to keep it in business. Dragon has been late in paying her rent since January and did not pay her rent for the months of August, September, and October. While she now has the proper funds to pay off the past three months, she doesn't have enough to the cover the total cost of late and legal fees, which she says were brought to her attention when she was served with papers from her landlord's attorney, J. Mark Heldenbrand, on Friday, October 24.

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J.B. Snyder's The Allery Opens in Downtown Phoenix With Multi-Artist Show

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Mackenzie McCreary
The Allery is located at 911 N. 4th St. right off of Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix.
Muralist J.B. Snyder has been teasing us all week. His vague social media posts on Instagram and Facebook seem to say one thing: Snyder will be opening The Allery to the public tonight at 7 p.m. with a multi-artist show entitled "Opening Day."

The Allery is set to be an art gallery and collective studio hosted in a converted house typical of the surrounding Roosevelt Row arts district, according to the Facebook event posting for the show.


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Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82

Categories: Fashion, News

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Matti Hillig
Oscar de la Renta photographed during a visit to Spain.
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at 82.

The Dominican-American designer was known for his evening wear, worn by First Ladies and leading ladies alike. He recently made headlines for designing Amal Clooney's wedding dress.

De la Renta studied under Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo. He started his eponymous label in 1965 and was among the handful of New York-based fashion designers who helped bring American fashion to global, particularly European, recognition.


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