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‘Feeding the Furies’ to be presented onstage in Cave Creek
The late great Joan Rivers once remarked, “I succeeded by saying, out loud, what everyone else is thinking.”

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Have you ever seen a poodle dressed up in a tutu? No, I didn’t think so. My girlfriend Liz has a toy poodle named Mitzi who she likes to dress up like a doll in all manner of strange little outfits.

Celebrating 40 years of the best of the arts
CAREFREE – Sonoran Arts League, a dynamic group of over 470 artists and volunteers, is celebrating four decades as the premier art organization supporting the arts, artists, and art education.

Local Soroptimist International presents awards
SCOTTSDALE – The Soroptimist International Saguaro Foothills local club recently gave out $5,500 at their annual Awards Ceremony.

Local student wins DAR history essay contest
ANTHEM – Local sixth-grader Spencer John Hochstein won the Ocotillo Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution History Essay Contest for 2014-2015.

Local Chamber of Commerce celebrating 50th anniversary
CAREFREE – The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 50 years of support for local businesses.

Sonoran Festival of Arts to be held this weekend Event will highlight Sonoran Arts League 40th anniversary
CAREFREE – The Sonoran Arts League is partnering with Vermillion Promotions March 20-22 to bring three days of art, wine, music, and specialty foods to Easy Street in Carefree.

Kiwanis Concert Series presents ‘Assisted Living, The Musical’
CAREFREE – This year’s Kiwanis Concert Series is concluding with ‘Assisted Living, The Musical,’ on Saturday, March 28, 6 p.m.

Starlight holding casting call for L’il Abner
PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater is holding auditions for L’il Abner.

Greater Phoenix Chamber announces IMPACT Award recipients
PHOENIX – The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has selected eight Valley companies as recipients of its 28th annual IMPACT Awards.

Phoenix City Council approves updated Planphx
PHOENIX – The Phoenix City Council approved the draft PlanPHX General Plan during its March 4 Formal meeting. The General Plan Update is a long-term vision for the city of Phoenix shaped by residents and business and property owners from throughout the city. 

Calling cuts difficult, Ducey says he wants to work with universities, regents
NORTH VALLEY – Days after Arizona Board of Regents Chairman Mark Killian threatened to sue over funding cuts, Gov. Doug Ducey said March 16 he is proud of the budget and wants to work with regents and university officials.

Carefree Village Center plans to be presented
CAREFREE – Plans for the revitalization of the Carefree Village Center are continuing. A community open house to present preliminary recommendations for the plans will be held on Thursday, March 26, 5-8 p.m.

Council challengers win Cave Creek recall election
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek special recall election was held on Tuesday, March 11. The recalled councilmembers were unseated in the election. The challengers will take office this month.

Lawmaker, students push bill to make copper an official Arizona state symbol
PHOENIX – What started as a class project by an Oro Valley school students and could wind up making copper an official state symbol.

Domestic dispute ends without injuries
PHOENIX – A domestic dispute in north Phoenix on Sunday, March 15, ended without injuries to anyone involved.


Movie Review — “Focus
A jigsaw puzzle can be put together in many different ways. Some start with the edges, while others focus on distinguishable objects. In the end, it's a pleasant process of time spent in a non-too-complicated exercise.

Movie Review — “McFarland USA
The spy movie is defined by the James Bond film series. Whenever the world is in some kind of beyond ridiculous circumstance of peril, James Bond is called in to handle the situation with that cool and calm British demeanor.

Movie Review — “Kingsman: The Secret Service
The spy movie is defined by the James Bond film series. Whenever the world is in some kind of beyond ridiculous circumstance of peril, James Bond is called in to handle the situation with that cool and calm British demeanor.

Movie Review — “Selma
Selma, Alabama is the location of the events in director Ava DuVerney’s exceptional and confident film about a small, in the vast continuing struggle, yet significant moment in the civil rights movement.

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.