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The performing-arts facility on the banks of Tempe Town Lake, which opened its doors in September 2007, is home to resident ensembles such as the T...
Jamming out to “Single Ladies” up in the club can be fun -- but just because he put a ring on it doesn’t mean that it’s time to go into hiding. The...
With Stefon Harris
The setup: The only 20th-century book for young readers that's sold more copies than Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is Charlotte's Web. Childsplay's current production of John Glore's stage ver... More »
The hole in the ozone layer might be shrinking and recycling programs may be on the rise, but there are still a lot of issues between humankind and planet Earth. It would take more than 90 minutes to get to them all, but that’s exactly how much... More »
Sherri Shepherd is a force of nature. In addition to co-hosting The View and starring as Angie Jordan in 30 Rock, Shepherd has created her own line of wigs and will release her second book this Spring... More »
You. You think you're sooo smart. Know what, genius? So are a bunch of other folks in town. Take in their theories as they pontificate on such subjects as superheros, hiking, and UFOs this February. I... More »
Later this month, a three-day contemporary dance and film festival will take place at Tempe Center for the Arts. Breaking Ground 2013 Festival will feature three days of dance performances and films... More »
Event Review: The Difference Between Sinking and Drowning
The show is a magnificent story of the universe testing us by providing challenges and choices. This life-long battle provides infinite options for one to take, but The difference between… is a journey. Once a heart dives head first down a particular path then finds itself submerged in an endless sea, it is left only two options. Either the heart sinks for a moment then continues to fight its way back to the surface and takes on the next adventure, or it drowns in the mental mindset of being a victim of the universe.
Talia’s impressive and extensive background in the dance industry, which includes behind-the-scenes work on SYTYCD assisting some of the industry’s top choreographers, ensures that this performance will keep audience members on the edge of their seats. The experience Talia has garnished through her travels, teaching and choreographing throughout Europe (FNF Dance Intensive) and the United States, gives her work a raw beauty that crosses boundaries. She is an explorer of truth and beauty.
The beauty of life lives inside moments that move you. This performance will move you, and you will be forever changed.
Come on this journey March 8, 2013.
Okay, so there's no such thing as a permanent carnival in our fair city, or even a really decent arcade where you can drop the kids off for a couple of hours of fun that's also educational. (Is there such a thing, anywhere?) But we do have our very own professional children's theater company, a rarity in a city of any size. Childsplay has been around for 31 years, during which it's presented hundreds of kid-friendly plays and musicals that thrill children while also enlightening them to the joys of live performance. Childsplay's cast of regulars — D. Scott Withers, Debra K. Stevens, Jon Gentry, and the remarkable Katie McFadzen among them — have introduced several generations of youngsters to theater and given their parents a pleasant break from the usual mall-trawling and trips to amusement parks.
This metallic Mont Saint-Michel, a neighborhood asset that doesn't even have a neighborhood, rises from the west end of Tempe Beach. Its parking, art gallery, and bar are primo, but the vibe, in particular, is unrivaled -- from the waterfront patio, where the fountain seems to disappear into Town Lake, to the countless cozy conversation areas in the undulating lobby, lit by the outdoor fireplace's glass niches and candy-hot neon signs identifying each part of the building. If you... More »
Is it possible that Childsplay has just completed its 32nd season? That (gasp!) Childsplay is practically middle-aged? It's true. Founded in 1977 by artistic director David Saar, the company started out playing to small groups at places like the Phoenix Zoo and rather quickly morphed into one of the best and best-known professional theater companies in the southwest. Creating plays and musicals for kids -- sometimes new and original works, like Saar's much-lauded The Yellow Boat --... More »
As the saying goes, less is more and Ignite Phoenix, the quarterly series of bite-size lectures, epitomizes the axiom. Modeled after the first Ignite event, held in Seattle in 2006, anyone can submit a presentation on anything -- as long as it can be completed within five minutes. The hallmark of Ignite Phoenix is the variety of subjects that have made it to the podium, including the picayune (a rant about the uselessness of stressing out) and the profound (a lecture about algae-based... More »
Okay, so there's no such thing as a permanent carnival in our fair city, or even a really decent arcade where you can drop the kids off for a couple of hours of fun that's also educational. (Is there such a thing, anywhere?) But we do have our very own professional children's theater company, a rarity in a city of any size. Childsplay has been around for 31 years, during which it's presented hundreds of kid-friendly plays and musicals that thrill children while also enlightening them to the... More »
From the outside, it looks like a spaceship, but the buzz around town is that the new Tempe Center for the Arts is out of this world. The building is so new that as of press time, there hadn't yet been a formal performance, and we couldn't find a parking spot for the family preview day. But we heard from folks who were there that they are truly impressed with the facilities -- both inside and out -- which feature small and large auditoriums, a sculpture garden, and plenty of space to... More »
Phoenix has so many theater companies, it's hard to know where to start. So take our advice, and start at birth (well, maybe around 4 or 5) with Childsplay. The Valley's professional children's company has been around for 30 years, serving up dozens of kid-friendly plays and musicals that never pander to their audiences. Which is why parents and children alike love the likes of Goodnight Moon, Seussical and this season's upcoming Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.... More »
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