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Movie Review — “Atomic Blonde
Actress Charlize Theron commands your attention whenever she is on the screen. It’s more than just her stunning beauty however; Theron has always had a unique, mysterious quality about her. It would seem that by this time in her career, considering her extensive filmography, that she should have tackled, punched, kicked her way through a cool, hard-hitting, spy film.

Movie Review — “Dunkirk
In the chaos and confusion during an evacuation of more than 300,000 British and Allied Forces from the shores of France in director Christopher Nolan's World War II film "Dunkirk", one soldier tells another, "Survival is not fair". Indeed, with the shores of England so close, safety for the Allied Forces was still far from being achieved. 

Movie Review — “Spider-Man: Homecoming
It was the summer of 2002: "Spider-Man" was swinging into theaters under the steady guidance of Sam Raimi. The result was impressive, a comic-book movie that would further define the blueprint of the superhero film.

Movie Review — “Baby Driver
What's your favorite driving song? Do you like something heavy and loud? Do you like something with some rhythm? I'm partial to soul and funk music, "Jungle Boogie" by Kool and the Gang or "Gonna Have A Funky Good Time" by James Brown. Regardless of how cool I may think my driving music is, it will never be as cool as the songs, and just about everything else, in director Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver".

Movie Review — “It Comes At Night
In John Conrad's cynical, politically influenced work "Under Western Eyes", the author takes steps in describing themes of terrorism, the degradation of character, and the suffering experienced by ordinary people caught in the wave of political influence.

Movie Review — “47 Meters Down
It's been more than 40 years since the release of "Jaws", and people are still afraid to go in the water.

Movie Review — “The Mummy
The legendary Boris Karloff portrayed many iconic characters throughout his long career: The Monster in "Frankenstein" and "The Mummy" are undoubtedly two of the most recognizable.

Movie Review — “Wonder Woman
While walking into the anticipated screening of director Patty Jenkins' film "Wonder Woman", two women were walking a few steps in front of me and one of them proudly said, "We finally have a superhero we can call our own".

Movie Review — “Chuck
Do you recognize the name Chuck Wepner? What if I told you that Chuck Wepner was a boxer who went the distance in the ring with Muhammad Ali when "The Greatest" was in his prime, in the first fight after Ali defeated George Foreman in Zaire in "The Rumble in the Jungle".

Movie Review — “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Have you ever made a mixtape? Those of us from the cassette days probably understand this concept best. It can be a complicated process depending on the kind of theme you want the music to have

Movie Review — “An Evening with Werner Herzog: A Cinematic Master
A few weeks ago, I got a call from a fellow film critic friend letting me know that director Werner Herzog was going to be in town doing a discussion at Arizona State University. I didn't know anything else but that Werner Herzog was coming, and I immediately knew I was going.

Movie Review — “After the Storm
There is a moment in director Hirokazu Koreeda’s quiet and affective character study film “After the Storm” when you’ll wonder if you should continue to support the main character Ryota and his quest for betterment.

Movie Review — “CAR DOGS
ASU makes a spark in the independent film community: An interview with director Adam Collis

Movie Review — “Beauty and the Beast
“Tale as old as time”. In 1946, French artist, playwright, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau brought a classic of storytelling to stunning, visionary life. “Beauty and the Beast” has since been retold and reimagined, though it wasn’t until 1991 that a film would come close to matching the magical quality of Cocteau’s film. Disney animation crafted a children’s musical that would become a beloved staple for a generation of young people.

Movie Review — “Kong
Kong is king!! And since 1939, Kong has been one of the iconic movie monsters. Nearly 80 years, which included numerous films, and the giant ape has gone from a stop-motion puppet to a spectacle of computer-generated effects.

Movie Review — “A Cure for Wellness
Director Gore Verbinski has crafted quite an interesting career. After striking genre gold with the remake of the Japanese horror film “Ringu”, orchestrating one of Disney’s most successful franchises with “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and continuing collaboration with Johnny Depp on the animated film “Rango” and the reboot of “The Lone Ranger, it seems like Verbinski is poised to do whatever he wants to do with his next film.

Movie Review — “John Wick: Chapter 2
The modern action film, with all the digital flash and flair, gunfire and explosions, isn’t much different from the action films of the past. Look all the way back to the classic western film and you’ll see that the themes are all very similar. How many times has the lone-hero-seeking-revenge been done?

Movie Review — “Split
M. Night Shyamalan is on a career upswing, and “Split” is somewhat of a return to an earlier form for the director of the standout fright film “The Sixth Sense” and the superhero influenced “Unbreakable”. Shyamalan was, and still is, unfortunately type casted as a director known for surprising, shocking twist endings.

Movie Review — “Paterson
The late, great Leonard Cohen once said, “Poetry is the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”. Cohen is one of the great poets, both in music and literature. If there were a list of great poets in filmmaking, Jim Jarmsuch would be near the top of the list.

Movie Review — “Silence
What does it mean to have faith? This question means something different to every person and is categorized and signified by numerous factors beyond the simple aspect of religious designation.

Movie Review — “Fences
I know someone who I would consider a great talker. They can tell stories with such flare and emotion that it feels like you are in that exact moment. They can inspire a group of people with meaningful and honest messages of encouragement.

Movie Review — “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
It’s only been five years since the last Harry Potter film was in theaters. Talk to any Potter fan and it might as well be a lifetime.

Movie Review — “Arrival
“E.T.”, “Independence Day”, “The War of the Worlds”, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “First Encounter of the Third Kind”; these are all films that have portrayed contact with alien beings from outer space in different ways.

Movie Review — “Doctor Strange
What makes a good superhero? The kind of powers they possess? The kind of origin story they have? Perhaps how cool they look in their costume?

Movie Review — “Birth of a Nation
It’s been 150 years since the abolishment of slavery. Take a quick look at the headlines populating social media feeds or the top story on the nightly news, and it doesn’t take much to realize that society still has a long way to go. Racism, discrimination, intolerance: these are words that have taken political precedent just a month out of an election for our nation.

Movie Review — “Queen of Katwe
For a few years as a teenager, I played chess almost every day. I read books, studied strategy, and tried to play different people as often as I could. Chess was a fun game but also a way to help me focus on being patient and also brought an understanding of what motivated people.

Movie Review — “The Magnificent Seven
In 1960, veteran director John Sturges was tasked with taking some of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood and collaborating on an updated remake of an Akira Kurosawa film called “Seven Samurai”. That film would become the classic western “The Magnificent Seven”.

Movie Review — “Blair Witch
It’s not too often that you get a film that changes the landscape of possibilities for a genre. “The Blair Witch Project” had that effect on horror.

Movie Review — “Sully
The summer saw its fair amount of superheroes. Viewers watched extraordinary mutants fighting an ancient enemy in “X-Men: Apocalypse”, they were introduced to a group bad guys with amazing skills fighting a threat to the world in “Suicide Squad”, and they even saw the return of super agent Jason Bourne again performing acts that would get any normal human seriously injured.

Movie Review — “Hands of Stone
Ask any true boxing fan to list their top ten greatest boxers of all time and it's a safe bet that Roberto Durán will end up on many of the lists. Roberto Durán Samaniego is Panamanian icon, a symbol at one point during his professional boxing career of freedom for the people.

Movie Review — “Hell or High Water
I have two younger brothers. From the outside, one might watch the antics of three grown siblings insulting each other and describe the behavior as dysfunctional, and with the type of cringe-inducing comments that we would make, it would be very easy.

Movie Review — “Suicide Squad
It’s fun to cheer for the bad guy. Don’t get me wrong, watching Spider-Man swing into action to fight Doc Ock or reading about The Green Lantern meeting archenemy Sinestro always makes it fun to have a hero to cheer behind.

Movie Review — “Star Trek: Beyond
“Space, the final frontier”. Gene Roddenberry’s contribution to science fiction in the form of “Star Trek” made a cultural impact that has spawned numerous television shows, film adaptations, conventions, and undoubtedly some of the most loyal fans of any genre property.

Movie Review — “Ghostbusters
“Awful”. “Terrible”. “Disappointed”. These were the overwhelming sentiments from social media and entertainment sites concerning the trailer for the rebooted “Ghostbusters” film well before it was set to arrive in theaters.

Movie Review — “The Purge: Election Year
Turn to any television network over the next few months and the height for political dissension in America will be at its most aggressive levels.

Movie Review — “Finding Dory
When I was in the third grade, I wandered away from my parents in a department store. Fearing they had left without me, I went into the parking lot to look for them.

Movie Review — “The Conjuring 2
Director Bryan Singer is one of the early creators responsible for the superhero movement in filmmaking, an explosion that currently floods the market.

Movie Review — “X-Men: Apocalypse
Director Bryan Singer is one of the early creators responsible for the superhero movement in filmmaking, an explosion that currently floods the market.

Movie Review — “The Nice Guys
The beginning musical notes and title font of director Shane Black’s crime-noir-comedy “The Nice Guys” lets the viewer know we are taking a trip back to the 1970s.

Movie Review — “Captain America: Civil War
A splash page in comic book terms is a full page, sometimes two page, illustration that is meant to set the mood and grab the reader's attention.

Movie Review — “Being Charlie
Director Rob Reiner has a few memorable, some may argue classic, films underneath his creative belt. Reiner is the director behind “This Is Spinal Tap”, “Stand by Me”, “The Princess Bride”, “When Harry Met Sally…”, “Misery”, and “A Few Good Men”. 

Movie Review — “Green Room
We’ve all heard the saying “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time”. Many have probably fallen into this situation at least once in their life.

Movie Review — “The Jungle Book
The Walt Disney produced animated film "The Jungle Book" was a staple of my childhood, a film that still finds considerable viewings in my home with my family today

Movie Review — “Midnight Special
I assure you this is not the new “Credence Clearwater Revival” biopic. Nope, this is a story about a kid who has extraordinary powers. “Midnight Special” is an unusual film by director Jeff Nichols; however, along with the strange aspects it also comes with a significant amount of heart and sincerity that makes it completely affective.

Movie Review — “The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1
“The Divergent Series” has been moving along since its lackluster introduction two years ago. Based on the successful young adult novels, told through three books by author Veronica Roth, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1” has taken the route of other final installment films, like “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, by splitting their finale into two films.

Movie Review — “Eddie The Eagle
The 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary made an overnight superstar out of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, a British ski jumper well out of his league but undeterred in his efforts to become an Olympian.

Movie Review — “Risen
In my college religion class, the instructor once showed representations of biblical stories and characters in mainstream media.

Movie Review — “Deadpool
He wears a mask, but he’s not Batman. He wears a red suit, but he’s not Spiderman. He has regenerative powers, but he’s not Wolverine.

Movie Review — “Hail, Caesar!
The Coen Brothers film catalog is a mix of stories of people searching and struggling to find their place and purpose in this world.

Movie Review — “Ip Man 3
The concluding third installment of the popular “Ip Man” series hits theaters with the impressive Donnie Yen again playing the title character.

Movie Review — “Mojave
Director William Monahan, well-known screenwriter for Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed”, takes us on a trip into the isolated and narcissistic world of a Hollywood star in his film “Mojave”.

Movie Review — “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
On September 11th, 2012 a group of heavily armed militants from Libya attacked a United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Best Films of 2015
Top 10

Movie Review — “In the Heart of the Sea
Ambition has led many people into foolhardy battles with nature, and it’s no surprise that nature has a pretty good winning percentage. Ron Howard’s film “In the Heart of the Sea”...

Movie Review — “Krampus
It’s December. That means the twinkle lights are up, the merry music is on a continuous loop, and holly jolly glad tidings are greeting you around every corner.

Movie Review — “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
War has been depicted in many ways throughout film history, but what all the best portrayals have in common are an emphasis on displaying the acts of war with unflinching focus on the frailty of human life and the courage of those willing to fight for what they believe in.

Movie Review — “Spectre
Daniel Craig returns to the role of British spy James Bond for the fourth time in the twenty-fourth installment of the long running franchise.

Movie Review — “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Zombies are everywhere. With the continued popularity of “The Walking Dead” television show putting zombies in the living room on a weekly basis, this subgenre of horror is seemingly unstoppable.

Movie Review — “Room
Young children can make the most simple and meaningless objects come to creative life, their imagination transforming the ordinary into something extraordinary.

Movie Review — “Partisan
In director Ariel Kleiman’s introducing shot for his first feature “Partisan,” a man moves across a quiet, desperate landscape salvaging pieces of discarded lives that have left the small community that once existed there.

Movie Review — “Everest
There are many things in nature that display the inadequacy of humans. Still, the daunting Mt. Everest seems to be on a completely different level altogether. Just thinking about the massive size of a mountain that sits five and half miles above sea level is amazing.

Movie Review — “The Transporter Refueled
There may be a new driver, but the fourth film in the rebooted “Transporter” series still focuses on high-speed car chases and fist-fighting extravagance.

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. 

Movie Review — “The Maze Runner
“Never go beyond the walls.”  A rule inherently made to be broken by the young men confined behind massive, mechanical walls in director Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult novel “The Maze Runner.”

Movie Review — “The Drop
The moment the familiar voice-over narration introduces “The Drop,” it’s obvious what kind of film will follow.

Movie Review — “As Above, So Below
In 2005, director Robert Rodriquez transformed author Frank Miller’s neo-noir graphic novel “Sin City” into a stunning, cutting-edge film. Rodriguez, making a living comic book, utilized a groundbreaking mix of digital style and animated renderings.

Movie Review — “A Dame To Kill For
In 2005, director Robert Rodriquez transformed author Frank Miller’s neo-noir graphic novel “Sin City” into a stunning, cutting-edge film. Rodriguez, making a living comic book, utilized a groundbreaking mix of digital style and animated renderings.

Movie Review — “The Giver
The beloved Lois Lowry novel “The Giver” was a self-interpretive experience for readers. Discovery of individualized emotional conditions and thought provoking open-ended questions were two major components in bringing the reader into the dystopian world.

Movie Review — “ Box: Transformers: Age of Extinction
It was clear that there were plenty of different explosions Michael Bay could generate in 165 minutes. The fourth incarnation, which forwent the cast from the past three films, introduced a world where the Transformers were hunted as fugitives and were forced into hiding.

Movie Review — “22 Jumpe Street
Sequels, especially to great first films, are difficult to accomplish effectively. Creating new conflicts, coming up with fresh comedy, or allowing the characters to change are all reasons for failed second films.

Movie Review — “Edge of Tomorrow
“Edge of Tomorrow” is a smartly designed and skillfully constructed science fiction thriller, with good performances from the two leads.

Movie Review — “Maleficent
The 1959 Disney animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” is given a makeover with a new leading lady, the villainous Maleficent.

Movie Review — “The Amazing Spider-Man 2
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” ushered in the beginning of the summer movie season where big budget popcorn flicks saturate the box office.

Movie Review — “Transcendence
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Sabotage
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Veronica Mars
It started with a video that appeared on a crowd funding website just under a year ago: A proposal to produce an official “Veronica Mars” movie—with all the major cast and show creator involved—if enough money could be raised.

‘Aristocats’ auditions open
Musical Theatre of Anthem will hold auditions for its upcoming musical production, “Disney’s Aristocats KIDS” on April 5. All children ages 6-9 who audition will be cast.

Upscale Singers bring Cave Creek ‘Back to Broadway’
The Upscale Singers’ 10th annual spring musical review, “Back to Broadway,” will be coming to the Cave Creek area for 3 days in April.

Concert trumpets next show
April brings a shower of piano and trumpet favorites at the Pinnacle Concert’s Series’ “Trumpet Invasion,” with Gershwin, Joplin, Piazolla, Heifitz, Bernstein and Rossini by pianist Rich Ridenour and his son, Brandon Ridenour, on trumpet.

Musicfest continues youth events
The Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians events will continue into April with competitions and concerts.

Movie Review — “The Grand Budapest Hotel
There is a particular quality that you get from a Wes Anderson film. Quirky, unique, distracting—however you want to describe Anderson’s style, it’s unlike anything you are likely to experience in the movie theater.

Movie Review — “300: Rise of an Empire
Gerard Butler led the assault as King Leonidas in director Zack Snyder’s adaptation of the graphic novel “300.” The sequel, which runs along the same timeline as the first film, introduces the Greek hero Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) into the battle against the Persians.

Movie Review — “Pompeii
There was a substantial amount of visually extravagance in Paul W.S. Anderson’s sword and sandal disaster film “Pompeii." Apart from that, the rest of the film was a mix of other films seen before—and executed better than—“Pompeii.”

Movie Review — “Labor Day
The story surrounds a mother and son who unwillingly give refuge to a fugitive man. With an excellent cast that headlines the noteworthy performances of Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, Reitman’s film seemed prime for excellence.

Movie Review — Top 13 from 2013
This week, Monte Yazzie picks his top 13 favorite movies from 2013, giving readers a to-watch lineup for the new year. See which films catch your interest.

Movie Review — “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
In a second, introductory installment to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth saga, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is now in theaters.

Movie Review — “Thor: The Dark World”
“Thor: The Dark World” continued the journey of the thunder god, who had been busy defending his homeland and fighting evil in the nine realms. Director Alan Taylor offered a pleasant looking atmosphere but, unfortunately, made a mediocre film that ultimately did little more than serve the purpose of setting up the return of the assembly.

DFT presents ‘Dreamcoat’ play
Before there was “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Cats” or “Phantom of the Opera,” there was “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”—Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first certified mega-hit.

Upscale Singers herald scholarship auditions
Junior and senior high school students—public or private—who love to sing and also live in the Cave Creek or Anthem/New River school district are invited to call the Upscale Singers by Oct. 11 to set up an audition appointment.

Unexpected storytelling magic
‘There is magic in our world, in every sunrise, fluttering leaf, the tiniest and most brilliant meadow flowers. I paint what takes my breath away.”

Movie Review — “Rush”
Rivalry can promote the best competition, bringing the best and worst qualities out of contenders.

Movie Review — “The Chronicles of Riddick”
Title character Richard B. Riddick brought a brutish, yet fun, quality to the science-fiction action franchise with “The Chronicles of Riddick.”

Movie Review — “Short Term 12”
“Short Term 12” developed into an emotionally compelling film that dodged the over-sensationalized aspects of similar dramas for a focused and genuine perspective.

Movie Review — “The World’s End”
“The World’s End” is the culminating film in director Edgar Wright’s comically tinged, mayhem laden Cornetto Trilogy, which includes “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead.”

Movie Review — “Elysium”
Director Neill Blomkamp composed one of science fiction’s better films with his socially conscious, visually stunning 2009 film “District 9.” Blomkamp’s portrait of the future was bleak and grimy.

Movie Review — “R.I.P.D.”
Summer popcorn films offer the quality of enjoyable escapism, 90 minutes of getting lost in a not-too-serious film with a modicum of expectation.

Orchestra holding auditions in Anthem
North Valley Symphony Orchestra has announced audition dates for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

MOVIE REVIEW -Despicable Me 2 entertains both young and old
The onetime villain of all villains Gru (Steve Carell) and his league of comical minions are up to good, instead of no good, in Despicable Me 2.

MOVIE REVIEW -Pitt wards off zombies in thriller
World War Z, the long awaited and loosely based Max Brooks adaptation, should find classification as both zombie horror and disaster film.

MOVIE REVIEW -Superman remake explores development of Man of Steel
The slow, low angled movement of the camera through blades of grass in a Kansas field and the accompaniment of a far off, decaying planet with flying space ships resembles an art-house drama and a science fiction epic respectively.

MOVIE REVIEW -The Purge is high on suspense, short on plot development
The Purge delivers an intriguing and provoking synopsis. For 12 hours all crime in America, including murder, is legal.

Former Cave Creek councilwoman publishes 1st book
How many times, in today’s world, do we run across a stack of handwritten personal letters recounting ordinary events shared between people? 

MOVIE REVIEW -Chow claims spotlight in Hangover 3
Breaking the established form is usually a good thing with films that have consistently done the same thing. The first Hangover far exceeded expectations.

MOVIE REVIEW - Star Trek prospers under Abrams’ direction
The manipulation of the past and the future has played a key role in the reboot of the Star Trek Franchise.

MOVIE REVIEW - Visual extravagance distracts Great Gatsby audience
The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a work of literary art that is open to constant adaptation because of the timeless quality of the themes represented.

Musical Theatre of Anthem hosts summer camp
Musical Theatre of Anthem is conducting its Summer Performing Arts Institute, a two-week program for performers ages 6-19 being from July 22 – Aug. 2.  Students will learn vocal technique, musical theatre dance, acting, improv, tap, and theater etiquette. All levels are welcome, and students will be grouped by age and experience.

MOVIE REVIEW - Star Trek prospers under Abrams’ direction
The manipulation of the past and the future has played a key role in the reboot of the Star Trek Franchise.

MOVIE REVIEW - Visual extravagance distracts Great Gatsby audience
The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a work of literary art that is open to constant adaptation because of the timeless quality of the themes represented.

Musical Theatre of Anthem hosts summer camp
Musical Theatre of Anthem is conducting its Summer Performing Arts Institute, a two-week program for performers ages 6-19 being from July 22 – Aug. 2.  Students will learn vocal technique, musical theatre dance, acting, improv, tap, and theater etiquette. All levels are welcome, and students will be grouped by age and experience.

Starlight offers youth theater camp
Starlight Community Theater is offering two sessions of Camp Rising Star this summer from June 10 – 22 and then from July 15 - 27.

ProMusica highlights history with 10th anniversary show
Adam Stich said his job is a little like being a good chef. ProMusica Arizona’s artistic director explains that putting together a good show requires certain parts, much the way a balanced meal has the same requirements.

Desert Foothills Theater brings Aladdin to Cave Creek
Desert Foothills Theater’s production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. runs Friday through May 19 at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale.

Free concert series to take place every Friday night in May
Music in May, Anthem’s outdoor concert series returns for the 11th year to the ACC Community Park Amphitheater starting at 7 p.m. this Friday.

MOVIE REVIEW - New director gives Ironman 3 stylistic twist
The third installment of the Ironman franchise begins with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) recalling the events that have lead up to this moment, eliciting the decisions of his past and the effects on his current life.

MOVIE REVIEW - Painful script yields minimal gain for viewers
We all handle ambition differently. Some become motivated, some become intimidated, while others ignore the feeling altogether.

MOVIE REVIEW - Oblivion lacks creative ending
There is something to be appreciated about a film that isn’t a sequel when the summer blockbuster season looms so close.

Phoenix Film Festival returns for 13th annual celebration
The Phoenix Film Festival is planning a jam-packed schedule for the 13th annual Arizona mainstay aimed to delight film fanatics during the weeklong event set for Thursday – April 11 at The Scottsdale Harkins 101 Theaters.

MOVIE REVIEW - Oz, there’s no film like the original
The Wizard of Oz is a film that endures on the summits of film history, an iconic work of filmmaking magic that garners fond memories for film fans of all ages.

Musical Theatre of Anthem presents Little Shop of Horrors
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) will perform Little Shop of Horrors Feb. 28 – March 10 at their Anthem location.

Musical Theatre of Anthem presents Winnie the Pooh
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) showing of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS, the musical based on the characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film, will feature a cast of 50 youth when it debut Feb. 21.

A diverse, impressive group highlight top films of 2012
Cinema is always in a constant state of change; look no further than the films released in 2012 for examples. Technology, playing a major role in change, is allowing filmmakers to work cheaper and quicker than ever before. Documentaries and independent features abounded in 2012, most made with small budgets on affordable equipment. .

Starlight Theater brings Steel Magnolias to Anthem
Starlight Theater’s production of Steel Magnolias kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday in the Safeway Center, Suite B115 at 3655 W. Anthem Way in Anthem.

MOVIE REVIEW - Fairy tale flick falls flat
Some films have the unfortunate quality of sounding too good to be true. Take Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as a prime example of an attention-grabbing title that misses the potential of making something purely entertaining.

Desert Foothills debuts Hitchcock spoof
Desert Foothills Theater , a program of the Foothills Community Foundation, presents the Arizona Premiere of “Wrong Window,” a suspenseful and comedic play running Thursday through March 3 at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale.

MOVIE REVIEW - Director mixes styles for powerful story on slavery
There are few filmmakers that are given the creative freedom that Quentin Tarantino has when crafting a film. Whether it’s rewriting history or reinventing genre standards, Tarantino has proven wholly capable of doing just about anything he wants. With Django Unchained, Tarantino has made a Blaxploitation, spaghetti western, focused around the element of slavery.

MOVIE REVIEW - Reinvented Bond hits mark in latest effort
50 years worth of films and James Bond is still the icon of secret agents, and to some the gold standard of spy films. However, the past two decades have seen the ups (Casino Royale) and downs (The World Is Not Enough) from the established chronicle.

Starlight takes crowd to Oz
Starlight Community Theater debuts their season with the Wizard of Oz starting at 7 p.m., Friday. The show runs through Nov.18.

ProMusica debuts season with patriotic performance
ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra launches its 10th season with a 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3 and a 4 p.m., Nov. 4 performance of America the Beautiful – Heritage and Heroes.

MOVIE REVIEW - Looper stands test of time travel
Rian Johnson has shown considerable promise as a director with his first two films; the youthful nourish tale Brick and the comedy crime caper The Brothers Bloom

Hidden in the Hills tour returns to North Valley
The Sonoran Arts League’s Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale, Arizona’s largest and most popular six-day art studio tour, is set to return to Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale once again this year.

Desert home, wildlife stir creativity of Hidden in Hills painter
Sandi Ciaramitaro will be showing her work in Studio 28 during the Hidden in the Hills tour.

Musical Theatre of Anthem debuts new show
Musical Theatre of Anthem will debut A Year with Frog and Toad on Oct. 25 at the MTA’s performance space, 42323 N. Vision Way in Anthem. Shows are in their new performance venue at 42323 N. Vision Way.

Hidden in the Hills tour returns to North Valley
The Sonoran Arts League’s Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale, Arizona’s largest and most popular six-day art studio tour, is set to return to Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale once again this year.

Anthem theater group earns recognition
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) was honored with six ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence (ZONI) at the awards ceremony on Sept. 17 at Tempe Center for the Arts.

MOVIE REVIEW - Horror flick doesn’t cover much new ground
The Exorcist is a horror film that has transcended into the realm of authority, with many films dealing with religious symbolism and the ritual of exorcism mimicking aspects from the movie.

MOVIE REVIEW - The Queen of Versailles
Documentary offers rich insight into life of overindulgence

MOVIE REVIEW - No reason to dread Dredd 3D
The comic series 2000 AD, which features the stoic, justice wielding Judge Dredd, has been around since the late 1970s.

Desert Foothills Theater debuts season with Aristocats
“Talented and really darn cute,” is the way director Mitchell Vantrease describes the cast for Desert Foothills Theater’s production of Disney Aristocats Kids.

ProMusica show celebrates historic women
Women’s Equality Day is on Sunday, a day celebrating the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote upon its passage on Aug. 26, 1920.

ProMusica releases schedule for upcoming season
ProMusica will kick off its 10th anniversary season with Kate Campbell Stevenson performing her one-woman show, Petticoats to Power Suits on Aug. 25 at Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center in Anthem.

MOVIE REVIEW ~ The Bourne Legacy
Bourne series takes different direction with new character

ProMusica auditions for adult chorale and orchestra
ProMusica is conducting auditions for its adult chorale and orchestra as well as its youth orchestra auditions for its upcoming tenth anniversary season.

MOVIE REVIEW ~ Savages
Savages is director Oliver Stone’s welcome return to the sordid and controversial form that defined his early career. 

ProMusica auditions for upcoming season
ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) will have adult chorale and orchestra auditions and youth orchestra auditions for its upcoming tenth anniversary season from 6 – 10 p.m., Aug. 10 and from 4 – 8 p.m., Aug. 11 at 34975 N. North Valley Parkway, Suite 152 in Tramonto.

MOVIE REVIEW ~ Spiderman pulls fans into web
Ten years. That’s how long it’s been since the first Spiderman film graced the screen, and thus spawned two sequels helmed by Sam Raimi. The Amazing Spiderman is a film reboot of the lucrative franchise last seen five years ago. 

MOVIE REVIEW ~ Brave offers moral lessons, strong female characters
Pixar achieves the magic of making well-developed, heartfelt films with endearing characters and imaginative storylines.

MOVIE REVIEW ~ Battleship sinks on big screen
When I first heard about Battleship last year I didn’t know that it was based on the board game I grew up playing at first. 

MOVIE REVIEW ~ Dark Shadows limps to finish line
This is the eighth collaboration between director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp; a relationship that spans more than 20 years.

MOVIE REVIEW ~ Fairy tale story doesn’t leave movie goers happily ever after
We all know the tale, it begins with the usual “Once Upon A Time” and whisks the audience away to a world of enchantment where good and evil endure in their purest forms.  

Musical Theatre of Anthem offers pair of workshops
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces two summer workshops for performers ages 6 – 19:  the Summer Performing Arts Institute and the new Triple Threat Performer Intensive Workshop.

MOVIE REVIEW ~ Trilogy works despite layoff between films
Trilogies are very hard to pull off successfully, especially ones that are done 15 years after the original and ten years after the sequel. In most cases characters become stagnant and plotlines too familiar and the magic that was found in the original begins to wear thin.

Cirque du Soleil soars into Valley
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale will host KOOZA, a Cirque du Soleil show, which debuted in 2007. Arizona is one of only four U.S. stops on this year’s tour.

ProMusica Arizona Welcomes New Artistic Director
ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) will head into its 10th season under new leadership as Adam Stich has been named Artistic Director for the organization.

Cirque du Soleil soars into Valley
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale will host KOOZA, a Cirque du Soleil show, which debuted in 2007. Arizona is one of only four U.S. stops on this year’s tour.

Musical Theatre of Anthem offers pair of workshops
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces two summer workshops for performers ages 6 – 19:  the Summer Performing Arts Institute and the new Triple Threat Performer Intensive Workshop.

MOVIE REVIEW ~ Trilogy works despite layoff between films
Trilogies are very hard to pull off successfully, especially ones that are done 15 years after the original and ten years after the sequel. In most cases characters become stagnant and plotlines too familiar and the magic that was found in the original begins to wear thin.

MOVIE REVIEW ~ Avengers team up for brilliance
While waiting at the concession stand I heard someone say, “I’ve waited for The Avengers for so long, what if it’s terrible?” From anyone else this probably wouldn’t have meant anything at all, but when it comes from costumed Captain America one should take note.

MTA presents Little Orphan Annie
Predicting that the sun will come out tomorrow isn’t typically worthy of a celebration or even a song for those of us that spend our summers in the Valley.

Starlight’s run of Once Upon a Mattress continues
Everyone in Starlight Theater’s rendition of Once Upon a Mattress is losing sleep over the lack of a love life for the Prince.

Beauty and the Beast comes to Cactus Shadows
Desert Foothills Theater’s final show of the season, Beauty and the Beast, Jr., debuts at 7:30 p.m., May 18 on the main stage of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center.

MOVIE REVIEW ~ The Raven swoons in the theater
Edgar Allen Poe crafted tales with elements of the macabre woven into stories of mystery, which made Poe’s work an undeniable influence on literature and film.

Musical Theatre of Anthem offers pair of workshops
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces two summer workshops for performers ages 6 – 19:  the Summer Performing Arts Institute and the new Triple Threat Performer Intensive Workshop.

Starlight performs The Princess and The Pea
Starlight Community Theater’s performance of The Princess and The Pea debuts at 7 p.m., April 13 at Safeway Regency Center’s Suite B-19.

Desert Foothills Theater invites public to Picnic
Desert Foothills Theater continues its season with Picnic, performing April 12 - 22 in the intimate Black Box Theater of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center.

Bully packs a punch at Phoenix Film Festival
Amidst a cloud of speculation and controversy, the Phoenix Film Festival premiered Bully in front of a packed theater of eager viewers.

Pirates of Penzance land at Boulder Creek High School
ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) brings pirates, fair maidens, and a plot laden with misunderstandings, love, and humor to the stage in a concert version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. The ship lands on April 20, and continues through the weekend at Boulder Creek High School in Anthem.

Phoenix Film Festival preps for year 12
The 12th Annual Phoenix Film Festival is preparing a packed schedule poised to delight film fans during the event held at The Scottsdale Harkins 101 Theaters from March 29th through April 5th.

Musical Theater of Anthem finds permanent home
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) has announce that after four seasons of shows and continued growth, they have signed a lease on a commercial location in Anthem that will be transformed into their own theatre.

Carefree hosts culinary festival
The Culinary Festival of Chocolates, Confections and Fine Art will take place from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., March 30 – April 1, at Carefree Desert Gardens in Carefree.

Anthem Days celebration nears
Anthem invites everyone to experience Anthem Days, a two-day community festival set for 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., March 24 – 25. This family event, now in its 13th year, features a variety of family-fun, art, music, and food.

Cave Creek hosts annual art festival
Cave Creek will host the 11th annual Festival of Fine Art from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday – Sunday at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek.

Arizona Musicfest adds March show
Arizona Musicfest 2012 has added a 7:30 p.m., Saturday show “From A to Z – ABBA to Les MiZ- Broadway’s Best!” at North Scottsdale Christian.

Starlight’s Rapunzel continues run
Starlight Community Theater’s Rapunzel continues at 7 p.m., Friday at Boulder Creek High School’s Mini Auditorium.

Arizona Musicfest kicks off winter festival
Arizona Musicfest 2012, featuring classical, Broadway, jazz and pop music performances debuts this Friday.

Starlight cast ready to kill in Arsenic and Old Lace
It’s a show about murder, which prominently features a mentally unstable character, but the cast of Arsenic and Old Lace are sure Starlight Theater’s latest production in Anthem will leave audiences laughing.

Beauty and the Beast 3D showing worth a look
Whether you've seen it hundreds of times since its original release in 1991, or you're getting ready to share it with someone for the first time, make plans to see Beauty and the Beast in 3D at some point during its limited release.

ProMusica celebrates state’s centennial
The Arizona Centennial Foundation has recognized the PMAZ Celebrating Arizona's Centennial concert as an official event in recognition of 100 years of statehood. 

Anthem art gallery hosts latest exhibit
Anthem Art Gallery will have an opening reception from 7 – 9 p.m., Jan. 28 to give art fans an opportunity to meet Julie Carpenter and Becky Rabb, the featured artists currently on display.

ProMusica sets audition schedule for Pirates of Penzance
ProMusica Arizona will conduct auditions for their concert version production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Pirates of Penzance. Auditions will take place on Jan. 28 with rehearsals beginning Feb. 14. The show runs April 20-22.

Art show features Arizona’s best
The Arizona Fine Art EXPO, (EXPO) featuring more than 100 studios filled with artists working on their art, gets under way Jan. 19 and will run through April 1 at the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads in North Scottsdale.

ProMusica seeks new youth, adult talent
ProMusica Adult Chorale and Orchestra will be conduction auditions for new members from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Jan. 7 and from 1 – 4 p.m., Jan. 8, at 3334 W. Inspiration Drive in Anthem.

Carefree gallery offers visitors insight into artistic craft
The Cave Creek resident, who displays his work at the East Street Gallery in Carefree, said walking railroad tracks is one of his favorite places to find material.

Scorsese scores cinematic genius with Hugo
The story follows the title character Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield); an intelligent young man who manages the intricate and massive clocks in a Parisian train station and educates himself in the creation of artistic mechanisms.

May your days be merry and bright
Every year at this time, there are a few “must watch” movies for me and my family. We’ve already covered A Charlie Brown Christmas, and it won’t be long until we gather for Miracle on 34th Street (the original, of course), It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, and several others, including White Christmas.

Twilight provides a bloody good time
If you haven’t liked the last 3 Twilight Saga movies, there is no reason to think you would enjoy this one. 

Arthur Christmas is cute, but just too long
Kids love a good movie about Santa Claus delivering presents on Christmas Eve.

Twilight provides a bloody good time
If you haven’t liked the last 3 Twilight Saga movies, there is no reason to think you would enjoy this one. 

Music Man sells classic tale in North Scottsdale
Time, age and distance have been cast aside as concerns for those involved in Desert Foothills Theater’s production of “The Music Man,” which debuts for a seven-show run at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center.

Desert Foothills debuts season with Charlie Brown
Desert Foothills Theater opens the 2011-2012 season at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center with its production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”.

Concert benefits Cave Creek Education Foundation
The 3rd annual “Rock the District” is set for 5 – 8 p.m., Nov. 5 at El Pedregal at The Boulders.

Arthur Christmas is cute, but just too long
Kids love a good movie about Santa Claus delivering presents on Christmas Eve.

Desert Foothills debuts season with Charlie Brown
Desert Foothills Theater opens the 2011-2012 season at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center with its production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”.

Concert benefits Cave Creek Education Foundation
The 3rd annual “Rock the District” is set for 5 – 8 p.m., Nov. 5 at El Pedregal at The Boulders.

Scottsdale artist contributes to building Kenya hospital
Jeanne Bonine has a passion for inspiring art and healing lives. Both have a common denominator in Africa.

Anthem Art Gallery spotlights new display
The Anthem Art Gallery will display the work of curator Dawn Kirchner with an opening from 7 – 9 p.m. Saturday at 39905 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem.

Captain America entertains fans
Bravery is a concept inherent to the superhero; however, it’s not always accepted with eager willingness. In the case of Captain America, the responsibilities of being a superhero couldn’t find him fast enough.  

Scottsdale artists donates sculpture to Carefree Fire Station
The Rural-Metro Fire Station in Carefree was the recent recipient of Courage and Faith, a bronze sculpture commemorating the ten year anniversary of the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001.

Arts Council names new director
The Arts Council of the North Valley (ACNV), an organization committed to supporting the cultural and artist community of the region, announced Jon Meyer will be the Executive Director, as of Sept. 1.

Cactus Shadows hosts original multi-media performance
Nicholas Johnson’s “NOW!’” poses the universal question, “How fast do you have to be to catch the moment?” with 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows on Saturday at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center.

Cave Creek artists host studio tour
Cave Creek artists Judith Durr, a painter, and Roger Kull, a sculptor, will host a studio tour from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday in Cave Creek.

ProMusica presents patriotic concert
Events of the past ten years and especially the past few weeks remind us that freedom is not free. ProMusica Arizona's "Let Freedom Ring" concert

Desert Foothills group conducts theater workshop
The , set for 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., June 1 - 18 caters to young actors, dancers, vocalists, filmmakers, directors, musicians or costume, set and make-up designer.

Starlight brings Bye Bye Birdie to Anthem
On Saturday members of the cast gave a taste of what theater fans will have the opportunity to see June 9-12 at Boulder Creek High School in Anthem by performing a number of songs from the show.

Anthem restaurant displays local artists
Café Provence will have a reception from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Fast Five keeps series’ fans revved up
It’s hard work crafting a sequel, as countless films have demonstrated before. So one would have a hefty hesitancy wanting to watch the fifth installment in a franchise.

Celebration of Dance demonstrates variety of styles
The 12th annual Celebration of Dance will bring 26 dance numbers to Cave Creek spanning a spectrum of different styles.

Chickstock brings country acts to Cave Creek
3rd annual Chickstock Finals and Music Festival on Saturday

Carefree Art Festival comes to Easy Street
Carefree will host the Easy Street Art Festival from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday in downtown Carefree.

Avenue Q brings Valley grown-up fun with puppets
Looking for an awesome date night in the Valley? Got a quirky sense of humor and high tolerance for adult-themed content, partially acted out by puppets? If so, “Avenue Q” at Phoenix Theatre is the show for you.

Scottsdale artist shows talents at Anthem gallery
Diana Campanella is passionate about her art and said she is enthusiastic about her latest show, where she has 11 pieces on display at the Anthem Art Gallery through April 16 including a grand opening from 7 – 9 p.m. on March 26.

ProMusica show features wealth of talent
“The music is 200 years old, but listening to it reminds me of sitting and listening to a thunder storm.

Cactus Shadows debuts Hairspray
Upbeat catchy music, a timeless message of tolerance and acceptance and an enthusiastic cast is the formula Cactus Shadows Theater Director Andrew Capo is banking on when the school performs the musical Hairspray with a 7:30 p.m. debut on Thursday.

MOVIE REVIEW: The Things We Do For Love
Whether you celebrated, begrudgingly acknowledged, or despised Valentine’s Day, it’s hard to ignore one thing this time of year; love is in the air.

Black Canyon City brings horror movie to town
Last week Owen and Olly Marshall were reunited in of all places Black City.
Olly, 31, and Owen, 28, are putting together a horror movie called “Left Hand Billy’s Second Solution.”

ART OPENING
Barbara Bowman, an abstract painter from Cave Creek, is the featured artist for the newest display at the Anthem Art Gallery at The Caepe School. During the free opening event from 7 – 9 p.m.

Dixie Swim Club debuts in Scottsdale
While some people float in and out of each other’s lives other relationships stand the test of time.

Let the Oscar Race Begin
Clint Eastwood is the greatest story-teller making movies today.

ProMusica gets North Valley ready for season with Holiday Concert
ProMusica Arizona will perform “The Many Moods of Christmas” with concerts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Boulder Creek High School.

Movie Review: Foreign suspense thriller earns praise
Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is a talented computer hacker and an eccentric loner with a tortured past.

ProMusica gets North Valley ready for season with Holiday Concert
ProMusica Arizona will perform “The Many Moods of Christmas” with concerts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Boulder Creek High School.

Peter Pan brings Neverland to Anthem
It will be one of the biggest theater productions to ever take flight in Anthem.

Cave Creek artist headlines at Stagecoach Village show
Cave Creek resident Beth Zink attended last year’s Stagecoach Village Fine Art and Wine Festival as an art aficionado and came away impressed.

Cave Creek celebrates food, art, music during 2-day festival
Cave Creek has recently unveiled a new logo to go with its new motto, “Perfectly Uncivilized.”

Concert opens fall season at Cave Creek Museum
Cave Creek Museum will open the Fall 2010 season with a performance by a man that has been dubbed, “The Jimi Hendrix of the Native American Flute.”

ProMusica seeks singers, musicians
ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra is a volunteer community music organization of approximately 120 musicians committed to bringing music to the Phoenix North Valley.

Local teen wins prestigious scholarship
If 19-year old Zac Coffey has it his way the three locales will be stops on the way to a professional acting career.

Roberts returns better than ever
Let it be known to all who read this that I have not read the book upon which Eat Pray Love is based.

Musical Theatre of Anthem earns recognition
Awards include Outstanding Ensemble for The Wizard of Oz, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical...

Scottsdale Film Festival brings world’s best to Valley
The Scottsdale International Film Festival is coming up and you should make plans to attend (yes, you

ProMusica seeks singers, musicians
ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra is a volunteer community music organization of approximately 120 musicians committed to bringing music to the Phoenix North Valley.

Cave Creek celebrates food, art, music during 2-day festival
Cave Creek has recently unveiled a new logo to go with its new motto, “Perfectly Uncivilized.”

National photo event includes Cave Creek shoot
On July 18, 2009 the founder of the National Association for Photoshop Professionals drew 32,000 people from around the world.

Country legend’s tour stops in Cave Creek
Instead of looking for love in all the wrong places Johnny Lee is simply looking for a good crowd in Cave Creek this Saturday.

Artists work to aid Sonoran Desert
Western artists like Sharon Brening and the late Kenneth M. Freeman captured the spirit of the American West and the deserts of Arizona are prominently featured in many of their master paintings. Brening is passionate about preserving and protecting our desert landscapes for future generations, as was Freeman.

North Valley authors publish fiction thrillers
A pair of North Valley residents have recently published new books. For Anthem resident Lance Noel, “The Ghost of Lone Jack”, a historical fiction adventure aimed at young adult readers, was his first book. For New River’s James Frayne “The Strain Ten Corollary”, is his second book.

Starlight auditions for Oklahoma
Starlight Community Theater is holding open auditions for OKLAHOMA! From 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17 and July 18.

Former Valley artist performs in Cave Creek
Throughout the month of July, New York resident and artist, Jenna Wuensche will showcase a new art exhibit called “Life Lines” at Studio C4 Gallery at Cave Creek Coffee Company.

Schedule set for Cave Creek Film and Arts Festival
Cave Creek Film and Arts Festival is preparing for its 5th annual festival. Categories include Film, Visual Arts, Poetry, Original Song, Choreography, Photography and Short Story. Showcases will feature the top artists in each category with the winner announced at the Coyote Awards Ceremony from 5 – 6:30 p.m. on July 17 at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. The showcases and ceremony are free and open to the public.

Independent artist takes road less travelled
After a decade in the music industry Ari Hest decided he wanted to take his career in a
new direction.

Anthem gallery puts area artists on display
A Cave Creek photographer that hand-colors black and white photographs, an Anthem woman who creates handcrafted glass tableware and an Anthem acrylic painter are among the featured artists at the Anthem Art Gallery through
the month of June.

Artist displays work at Cave Creek Coffee
Cave Creek’s Logan Shirk will showcase the latest in modern artwork at Studio C4 at Cave Creek Coffee Company throughout the month of June.

Hollywood stars film comedy in Cave Creek
Queens of Country, an independent comedy starring Lizzy Caplan and Ron Livingston have spent the last month filming in Cave Creek and Carefree.

ProMusica pays tribute to Vets with patriotic performance
ProMusica Arizona’s “Sounds of America” concert will include a 7:30 p.m. May 15 performance as well as a 4 p.m. May 16 show at Boulder Creek High School.

Nationally touring comedian hosts weekly Cave Creek show
While he mainly performs corporate events and is currently preparing for a tour with a 90-minute show dubbed The Spouse Whisperer, in which he discusses why relationships work, why they don’t and how to make them better, he also is getting a new project off the ground right in his own backyard.

Anthem Art Gallery showcases new exhibit
Anthem artist Renee Palmer-Jones will showcase her latest contemporary oil paintings in a one-woman show at Anthem Art Gallery at The Caepe School.

Fiesta Days celebrate 32 years in Cave Creek
For 32 years the Fiesta Days Rodeo has been a celebration of the Western heritage of Cave Creek.

American painter highlights art show in Carefree
Cave Creek resident Judith Durr is passionate
about both her heritage as well as her art.

North Scottsdale becomes City of Angels
Michael Stewart, a veteran of eight Desert Foothills Theater productions, promises that upon seeing City of Angels at the Scottsdale theater .

Movie Reviewed: The Blind Side
When a film makes me want to read the book, I can think of nothing better. When the trailers for The Blind Side started circulating I rolled my eyes. Here is another “savior” film, remember Dangerous Minds, Michelle Phieffer stars as Louanne Johnson, an ex-marine and teacher that goes into the ghetto to inspire the “poor” teens to a better life.

Vietnam veteran to speak in Cave Creek

In military terminology collateral damage is damage that is unintended or incidental to the intended outcome.

Anthem artist shows work in Fine Art Expo
If the eyes are in fact the gateway to the soul Beth Hyatt-Rapp of Anthem figures one might as well take a good look and see what secrets can be obtained by peering through the gates.

Renowned performer on tap for Valentine’s show in Anthem
On Saturday D’Ambrosio, who’s performing resume includes roles in the Godfather III, an Emmy Award Nominated television show, a four-time Tony nominated Broadway show, two Grammy considerations and a National Theater Award nomination will put his skills on display for those from around the North Valley.

Arizona Musicfest kicks off five week run
Arizona Musicfest 2010 kicked off Monday with the first of 13 shows over a five week time frame, bringing international artists to venues in North Scottsdale and Carefree along with a performance in Sun City. The 19th annual event features Classical, Broadway and Jazz performances.

New River teen to compete in Phoenix pageant
Emiele Eardley of New River was recently selected to participate in Nationals' 2010 Miss Jr. Teen Phoenix pageant competition that will take place Feb. 6.

Community College hosts film festival
The Desperado Film Festival, a new event screening independent
gay and lesbian films from around the world, will take place Friday and Saturday at Paradise Valley Community College.

Off to see the Wizard
Last week’s weather in Arizona, including a tornado touching down in Scottsdale and tornado watches around the Valley including in Cave Creek, may have reminded some of weather associated with America’s Heartland.

Starlight presents Plaza Suite in Anthem
Starlight Community Theater, presents Plaza Suite, one of Broadway’s biggest hits by legendary playwright Neil Simon, Friday through Sunday at Boulder Creek High School.

Unnecessary Farce makes Arizona debut in North Valley
The show is called Unnecessary Farce, but if you talk to Carefree resident Roy Hunt, who plays the role of Agent Frank, in the play’s Arizona premiere this weekend you come to believe that if it isn’t necessary it’s at least a real good idea to check out the production.

Off to see the Wizard
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) will perform “The Wizard of Oz!”at 7 p.m. Jan. 29-30 and at 1 p.m. Jan. 30-31 at Boulder Creek High School’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available in advance for $10. Call (800) 595-4TIX (4849) for tickets.