10 Must-See Plays in Metro Phoenix This Spring

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Sam Miller
Emily Giauque Evans goes out there as a youngster but comes back a star, in Dames at Sea.
In our groundhog-free city, the astronomically defined season of spring can still be rather delightful, even if the weather doesn't feel that much different from autumn or even winter. Skies are blue, everything smells good (well, better than usual, anyway), and our typically understated vegetation is at its greenest, fluffiest pre-brushfire peak.

When all is fresh and new, and cats and dogs are having lots of sex, it's a great time to look at the rest of the theater season and scope out what you want to nail (other than the shows you already picked out months ago). So here we go, from equinox to solstice, in order of opening dates. Click on the theater links in the headings for tickets and more info:


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10 Favorite Tourist Attractions in Metro Phoenix

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Andrew Pielage

After having lived in a place for a while, it's easy to get caught up in routine and forget about exploring the places that make our cities destinations.

Putting on your tourist cap should be fun. And that's why we've gathered up our 10 favorite tourist attractions in (and around) Phoenix that are fun for visitors -- and locals, too.

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10 Places to Party for Spring Break in Metro Phoenix

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Benjamin Leatherman
Being at El Santo is basically like being in Mexico without being in Mexico.

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, we're aware that it's been in the low 80s lately and there is a greater chance of Aaron Carter and Hilary Duff getting back together than there is of Phoenix getting any snow. Get on our level. We're not talking about Christmas; we're talking spring break.

But, before you go jetting off to San Diego or cruising down to Rocky Point, don't underestimate staying right here in town to celebrate your scholastic break. There is plenty to do, and we've wrangled up the 10 best places in Phoenix to party this spring break.

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Laurie Notaro's 10 Rules for Writing a Book (WARNING: Violence Ahead)

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Laurie Notaro has a few rules when it comes to writing a book.
I am living in 1927, in London, Scotland, Paris, and Florida. I ride in Rolls-Royces, wear the jewels from the ancient crown of Poland and Catherine the Great, I am married, divorced, widowed, divorced, I have millions and I have pretty close to nothing. I am a silent screen actress, a beauty contest winner, the heir to a coffee fortune, the richest woman in England. My father was offered the Viceroyship of India and the throne of Albania (which he wisely refused). I stay at Claridge's when in London but in Florida, my mother makes my clothes. I have a new York accent, an English inflection, and an Alabama drawl.

I am writing a book. I am 50 characters and I have six weeks to finish telling their story. I'll make it, but only if my world is kept in precise, perfect order and the rest of the world can stay quiet.

These are the rules for writing a book:

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10 Super Bowl 2014 Parties in Metro Phoenix

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Whether your interests lie in the Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl, or Super Bowl XLVIII, chances are you'll want to have something planned for the quasi-holiday that is Super Bowl Sunday, when the Settle Seahawks go head to head with the Denver Broncos .

That's why we've rounded up plenty of options for this list of 10 Super Bowl parties in metro Phoenix.


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10 Best Sex Scenes of 2013 (NSFW)

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Netflix
This past year was a hot one. When it came to drawing the lines between cinema, erotica, and straight-up pornography, 2013 taught us that in the end that it's really just one big clusterfuck -- no pun intended.

From movies to television and the big screen to privacy of your own laptop, here are the 10 best sex scenes of the year.


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The 10 Best Things I Saw in Metro Phoenix in 2013

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Andrew Pielage
Let's look back on 2013, starting with Ib Andersen's Topia.

2013, it's been real -- and really, really busy. That was especially true when trying to take in as much art, culture, comedy, architecture, and anything else I could get my eyes on this past year in Phoenix. In no particular order, here are the best things I saw.

Topia at Desert Botanical Garden
Sitting in a parking lot during Arizona's early summer sounds plenty unappealing, but during Ballet Arizona's Topia, that initial setting dissatisfaction fell by the wayside quicker than the sun set behind the dancers. With the Papago Buttes as its backdrop, the corps of dancers took to the 80-foot-long stage installed in Desert Botanical Garden's parking lot and performed artistic director Ib Andersen's Beethoven-soundtracked choreography for the second year in a row. Unfortunately, the show didn't make it onto the company's 2013-14 performance schedule, but here's hoping they'll remount the site-specific work in 2015.


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The 10 Best Plays I Saw in Metro Phoenix in 2013

Laura Durant
Devon Nickel (kneeling) and some of the horse-actors of Equus
The setup: It's that time of year to look back and remember what the most amazing and marvelous experiences of 2013 were. (You don't have to, but it's our job.)

I am filled with a sense of personal development when I realize that at least three times this year I concluded I'd seen one of the best plays ever, ever, ever, and all three times it was a musical. (It's far more likely that musicals are getting better than that I've learned anything. If anyone wants a tip, though, they all featured live music.)

So turn the page and let's go!


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10 Best Spas in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
New Year's resolutions call for a new you. And we can't think of a better way to unload year's worth of stress and strain than the source of some high class TLC: the spa.

When shelling out big bucks to get your mind and body in balance, it pays to know which spas give out the special treatment. Fortunately we know a few -- make that 10.

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10 Best Neighborhoods in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
Home is where the heart is.

It's also where you'll find the best location, architecture, views, school district and mortgage rates to fit your lifestyle. Because contrary to how the saying goes, not all mi casas are su casas.

With so many avenues to explore, so to speak, it helps to have an inside scoop on the city's most up and/or coming suburbs. Here to do the neighborly thing is Jackalope Ranch with our 10 best recommendations for real estate in the Valley.


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