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  • The Fred Harvey Standard Is Long Gone, but the Architecture of Mary Colter Remains

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    The Fred Harvey Standard Is Long Gone, but the Architecture of Mary Colter Remains

    Hands down, the worst restaurant meal I've ever been served was at El Tovar, the resort at the Grand Canyon. I was disappointed, because the El Tovar is, of course, a Fred Harvey resort. Or at least it used to be, before the Harvey company sold it an...

    by Robrt L. Pela on April 8, 2010
  • Arizona Theatre Company's The Glass Menagerie Builds a Story Around Story Building

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    Arizona Theatre Company's The Glass Menagerie Builds a Story Around Story Building

    I hesitate to describe the staging tricks that make Arizona Theatre Company's production of The Glass Menagerie so magnificent, for fear that detailing the ways in which director Juliette Carrillo has illuminated this graceful old warhorse will dimin...

    by Robrt L. Pela on April 1, 2010
  • William LeGoullon's "Intermission" Gives Drive-In Movie Theaters Their Final Curtain at Eye Lounge

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    William LeGoullon's "Intermission" Gives Drive-In Movie Theaters Their Final Curtain at Eye Lounge

    In the 1950s, there were over 4,000 drive-in movie theaters in America. Since the glory days of outdoor cinema, that number has dwindled to about 400, most of which are falling apart. Local photographer William LeGoullon explored the natural passage ...

    by Wynter Holden on March 25, 2010
  • Is Paradise Gardens a Genuine Beadle Design or Just Suffering From Beadle Mania?

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    Is Paradise Gardens a Genuine Beadle Design or Just Suffering From Beadle Mania?

    It sounds like the title of a Nancy Drew potboiler, but the mystery of Paradise Gardens is really just another story about some cool old houses and how they survived a half-century in a teardown town. The mystery is whether or not these houses, built...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 25, 2010
  • In Indivisible, Steven J. Scally, the Valley's Most Underrated Actor, Shines

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    In Indivisible, Steven J. Scally, the Valley's Most Underrated Actor, Shines

    It's a pity there aren't more play scripts like Taylor Doherty's Indivisible. If there were, one might have the opportunity to watch Steven J. Scally perform in a fine drama more often. Scally, perhaps the single most underrated actor in town, is ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 18, 2010
  • No Vacancy at Log Cabin Motel

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    No Vacancy at Log Cabin Motel

    Editor's note: This is the second piece in an occasional series about Van Buren Street. Read the first installment here. They're mostly scary crap-holes now, but the motels on Van Buren Street were once destination spots for weary travelers. These...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 18, 2010
  • Saint Misbehavin'

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    Saint Misbehavin'

    You needn't bother trying to get hold of Brian O'Carroll on St. Patrick's Day, because he's gonna be a wee bit occupied. The bearded guitarist and frontman for local Celtic rock outfit The Biffos will be busy bounding around town with his bandmates d...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on March 11, 2010
  • "Leaving My Father's House" at the Icehouse Is Not to be Missed

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    "Leaving My Father's House" at the Icehouse Is Not to be Missed

    For centuries, fairy tales have held both adults and children in their magical sway. In actuality, these fanciful tales are basically mini-morality plays, spun to illustrate prevailing societal mores embraced by those rapt audiences. Through them, li...

    by Kathleen Vanesian on March 11, 2010
  • QuickPHX: Art

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    QuickPHX: Art

    Big City Dreamer Artist Catherine Slye wasn't always in love with Phoenix. She grew up in Wisconsin, later moving to Vermont and Washington, D.C., before relocating to her husband's downtown Phoenix condo in 2007. "I begged him to sell the property...

    on March 4, 2010
  • QuickPHX: Food

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    QuickPHX: Food

    Heaven Sent Even before it opened its doors on Labor Day weekend 2009, St. Francis was the talk of Central Phoenix. People driving past the early-'50s Harold Ekman building couldn't help noticing the high-style renovation that Wendell Burnett Arc...

    on March 4, 2010
  • QuickPHX: Heart Felt

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    QuickPHX: Heart Felt

    With her sweet twist on taxidermy, Amanda Williams has turned the idea of a hunting trophy on its head. Instead of a gun, she wields a scary-long six-inch needle soldered to another equally long needle to turn piles of felted wool into a fox, a racco...

    by New Times on March 4, 2010
  • QuickPHX: Nightlife

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    QuickPHX: Nightlife

    Cherry on Top When it comes to sweet, Cherry Bomb's the sugar rush of Phoenix rock 'n' roll. A self-described "rebel child," Cherry Bomb defied her suburban Scottsdale upbringing by playing drums, joining local girl-band rockers The Green Lady Kille...

    on March 4, 2010
  • QuickPHX: Shopping

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    QuickPHX: Shopping

    Fashion Forward Vintage Fashion is nothing new -- no pun intended. But the good news for fans of vintage couture is that, after 10 years of appointment-only shopping, Vintage Fashion Inc. owner David Sheflin has moved his fabulous fashions into a st...

    on March 4, 2010
  • QuickPHX: Sweet

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    QuickPHX: Sweet

    QuickPHX: Candyland Shopping Art Food Nightlife Last page Sugar, Baby Have you noticed? From Camelback Road to Grand Avenue, someone's sprinkled Pixy Stix on our city. At the southern end of this sweet spot, Emily Spet...

    on March 4, 2010
  • Arizona Theater Company's [title of show] Appeals to More Than Thespians

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    Arizona Theater Company's [title of show] Appeals to More Than Thespians

    Theater queens are no doubt rejoicing that [title of show] is playing now at the Herberger. Others, though they may see and enjoy Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell's charming homage to musical theater, might -- even as they're laughing and tapping their fee...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 4, 2010
  • St. Patrick's Day Guide

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    St. Patrick's Day Guide

    You needn't bother trying to get hold of Brian O'Carroll on St. Patrick's Day, because he's gonna be a wee bit occupied. The bearded guitarist and frontman for local Celtic rock outfit The Biffos will be busy bounding around town with his bandmates d...

    on March 4, 2010
  • Torch Theatre's Improvised Bookclub Show Is New and Improv'd

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    Torch Theatre's Improvised Bookclub Show Is New and Improv'd

    The smell of freshly cut plywood is in the air as 15 audience members, seated in Space 55's brand-new seating area, buzz with anticipation for the beginning of the Improvised Bookclub. A few minutes later, Sam Haldiman, the emcee of tonight's Torc...

    by Steve Jansen on February 25, 2010
  • Tangelico and A Cube with a View Bring the Avant-Garde to Life

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    Tangelico and A Cube with a View Bring the Avant-Garde to Life

    A door slams. A man in a black unitard angrily stalks onto a bare stage, carrying a bar stool. He sets the stool down, then spends the next several minutes moving the stool from place to place and doing the sort of limbering and breathing exercises a...

    by Robrt L. Pela on February 18, 2010
  • In "No Better Place" at Bentley Gallery, Is Thomas Skomski Making Art about Death or Chronicling the Death of Art?

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    In "No Better Place" at Bentley Gallery, Is Thomas Skomski Making Art about Death or Chronicling the Death of Art?

    Scottsdale's galleries are proof positive that in a recession, art is one of the first luxuries to go. Longtime residents Victoria Boyce and Leslie Levy closed their doors in 2009 and went online. A dozen or so smaller galleries followed. One Scottsd...

    by Wynter Holden on February 11, 2010
  • Senator Linda Gray Seeks to End the Tax Break Benefiting Historical Homeowners, but Will She Change Her Mind When She Sees the Dilapidated, Unloved Homes?

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    Senator Linda Gray Seeks to End the Tax Break Benefiting Historical Homeowners, but Will She Change Her Mind When She Sees the Dilapidated, Unloved Homes?

    Ugly Trellis House is finally gone. This large, ramshackle 1920s bungalow, kitty-corner to my own, has been glowering at me ever since I moved into the neighborhood seven years ago. I could see its beauty, but I had to look hard, past the cheap, u...

    by Robrt L. Pela on February 11, 2010
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