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Suzie Black: Moving to the future
SCOTTSDALE – Not often a visitor to an exhibit or show of fine art gets the chance to see such variety in an artist’s work.

‘Duet Cabaret’ scheduled for Jan. 17
CAVE CREEK – The Desert Foothills Library and AZMusicfest invite the community to Duet Cabaret, a performance that celebrates the power of music on Saturday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m. at the library, located at 38443 N. School House Road, in Cave Creek.

Cave Creek special mail-in election moving forward
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council recall saga has been ongoing since early last year. Now, the candidates are set on the ballot, and the special election is scheduled for March 10.

Northbound I-17 guardrails repaired
NEW RIVER – The northbound I-17 near New River had brief lane closures Jan. 12 and 13 while Arizona Department of Transportation workers repaired guardrails along the side of the freeway.

New River Kiwanis awards hardworking students
NEW RIVER – New River Elementary is home to a lot of terrific kids!

Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Winter chills
Brrr! Have you been able to stay warm lately? The harsh winter blast of frigid cold (and I am talking about Phoenix) has been enough to send more than a few people over the edge.

Keeping your home secure
NORTH VALLEY –Feeling safe at home is a high priority – no one wants to be the victim of a crime. But what are the best ways to keep your home and belongings secure?

Magnet Recognition Program Site Visit
John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital has applied to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the prestigious designation of Magnet.  The Magnet designation recognizes excellence in nursing services.

Antique Appraisal Day to be held Jan. 17
CAVE CREEK – The New Year is a great time to sort through items in your attic, garage, or storage unit and decide what’s worth keeping.


Movie Review — “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s body of work can easily be described as serious and downtrodden but also in moments exceptional and striking. From his first impressive feature “Amores Perros” into further serious and grim pieces “21 Grams” and “Babel,” Iñárritu is always commenting on something.

Movie Review — “Fury
David Ayer understands how to make procedural films. Look no further than the “day-in-the-life” cop drama “End of Watch” for evidence. “Fury” examines a worn-out and broken group of soldiers, following them at the end of one battle right into another mission, just another day of work for these men.

Movie Review — “Gone Girl
David Fincher has made a career taking audiences to dark places with bad people. In the beginning moments of Gillian Flynn’s scripted adaptation of her popular novel “Gone Girl,” a man is gently caressing the head of a beautiful woman, the way two people in love would – however, the voice-over narration concerning the situation is a violent soliloquy of hatred.