10 Graphic Novels to Read This Summer

Ryan Scott
There is a very wide selection of graphic novels out there to choose from.

Marvel Studios, Fox, and Sony are all delivering to fans more blockbuster movies based on comic books this summer, not to mention the numerous TV shows that are either running or in development. Mainstream audiences love these movies and shows, with Marvel's films consistently dominating at the box office and AMC's The Walking Dead pulling in huge ratings numbers. But many of the film and TV fans haven't delved into the material that the shows or movies are based on. Why not take the time and read some of the graphic novels featuring the characters that have inspired these films and TV shows?

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10 Best Gay Bars in Metro Phoenix

Katie Johnson
Savannah Steves performs at Ice Pics Video Bar.
Time to let your rainbow flag fly. Whether you're gay, straight, lesbian, or transgender, the Valley has a growing number of places for drag queens to shake it, karaoke lovers to sing it, and soaking wet go-go dancers to, well, show it. Here are our 10 favorite gay bars in metro Phoenix.

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10 Things to Know About Arizona United Soccer Club

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The 2014 starting line up for Arizona United SC.

Arizona United Soccer Club is making comeback that will go down in Arizona soccer history. From finishing at the bottom of the pack during the soccer team's inaugural season last year as the Phoenix FC Wolves to changes in ownership and a complete turnaround of operations and players, the sophomore squad has proven that soccer in Arizona can be successful.

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10 Best Drag Shows in Metro Phoenix

Janessa Hilliard
Celia Putty primps backstage at Kobalt Bar.

More campy than classy and more theatrical than trendy, what was once an underground club staple for the gay and lesbian crowd has become a multi-night affair drawing crowds of every persuasion. At first blush our fair -- er, beige -- city may not seem like a hot spot for hairsprayed wigs and luscious lashes coupled with (fake) T and (real) A, but if you know where to look -- and we do -- you'll find plenty of places doubling as a drag queen's paradise.

We criss-crossed the Valley and found 10 of our favorites, one for every night of the week -- and then some.

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10 Young-Adult Books to Read This Summer

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Give YA a chance. You won't regret it.
Young-adult books have gotten a bad rap, if you ask us. Yes, sometimes YA fiction lives up to all of its negative stereotypes with angsty teenagers trying to figure out what makes them special, dejected kids trying to find their place in the world, and star-crossed, mildly masochistic lovers (ahem, Bella and Edward) fighting all odds to be with each other.

But sometimes YA books transcend the stigma of their genre and speak to themes and issues that any adult can relate to. Because, if we're honest, feelings of loneliness and helplessness, confusion and doubt of one's worth, and the magic of falling in love don't end after one has reached full-blown adulthood, whatever that is.

We're sure there are countless books that fit the bill, including obvious ones like the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series that we are skipping because everyone should have read those already, but here are 10 young-adult books that every grownup should read, in no particular order.

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10 TV Shows That Should Be Canceled

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We should probably just go right ahead and put it out there. We like TV. We like TV a lot, perhaps a little too much at times. But lately, it is getting harder and harder to find a show we want to continue watching after one season.

Some of you may share our pain, and as the news comes out that shows are either being cancelled or renewed, it becomes hard to justify continuing to watch many of them. Some of the shows on our list were once great, but some were never great. As exemplified by the finally over CBS hit So I Married a Bass Player But Then She Died and I Got Back Together with my Ex (you might know it as How I Met Your Mother), some shows really do overstay their welcome.

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10 Cool Things We Saw at Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market in Scottsdale

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Katie Johnson
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale Scottsdale, September 20.
The Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market returned to WestWorld of Scottsdale on Saturday, May 3, and we feel pretty certain of one thing: We didn't bring nearly enough cash.

That's not to say that market items were overpriced. Truth be told, with the exception of a few furniture pieces that cost more than your car, vendors were fair and free to bargain. But with over 170 booths selling vintage, re-purposed, or handmade furnishings and fashion, budgeted shoppers ultimately had to make though choices among the countless salvaged treasures. Here are 10 of the coolest ones we saw.

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10 Must-See Plays in Metro Phoenix This Spring

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

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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