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  • Rock Band 2 Outrocks Guitar Hero: World Tour

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    Rock Band 2 Outrocks Guitar Hero: World Tour

    The Guitar Hero series has finally hit a sour note. The fake rock rampart -- which started out as a goofy way to live vicariously through Jimi Hendrix, and ended up being the most improbable cultural phenomenon since the spawn of Billy Ray Cyrus -...

    by Chris Ward on November 6, 2008
  • View of the Harbor at Herberger Theater Is Saved by Its Cast

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    View of the Harbor at Herberger Theater Is Saved by Its Cast

    In the whiny author's notes printed in the program for Richard Dresser's A View of the Harbor, the playwright carps about how hard it is to write plays. Because this commentary is punctuated with several sour jabs at theater critics, I was hoping I'd...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 6, 2008
  • Fashion

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    Fashion

    SEE YOU ON THE RUNWAY Scottsdale's got style year-round, from the shiny-shirted boys at the clubs to the girls holding Sprinkles cupcakes. (Have you ever seen a woman in these parts actually take a bite? We think not!) If you happen to be reading th...

    on November 6, 2008
  • Food

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    Food

    BREAKFAST CLUB ? ORANGE TABLE ? SCRATCH PASTRIES After a hard night's partying at the clubs, Scottsdale's young and pretty refuel on pancakes and coffee at The Breakfast Club, while the bohemian crowd indulges in killer corned beef hash at The Or...

    on November 6, 2008
  • Nightlife

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    Nightlife

    SCENE One of the trendiest places to see and be seen undoubtedly is the W Scottsdale, an utterly opulent destination catering to a well-heeled crowd, or anyone else who can gain access through the purple velvet ropes guarding the front door of the ...

    on November 6, 2008
  • Art

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    Art

    ART ONE Kraig Foote, who runs this student gallery showcasing the works of high school and college-age artists, believes art really is for everybody -- not just the elite. Here, you can score an affordable, gallery-worthy piece by budding artists, ...

    on November 6, 2008
  • Shopping

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    Shopping

    IN THE MIX If L.A.'s Fred Segal came to Scottsdale, he'd head straight for The Mix. This Segal-inspired group of shops has a lot more bling than Segal, but the idea's the same: Wander from store to store without realizing you've hit several boutiq...

    on November 6, 2008
  • In Dead Space, No One Can Hear You Sob Like a Pansy

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    In Dead Space, No One Can Hear You Sob Like a Pansy

    Some people want to get scared on Halloween. Others only want to get "scared." It's easy to tell which kind of person you are. Did you pay full price to see Saw V, only to peek through your fingers and giggle your way through the movie? Are you pr...

    by Chris Ward on October 30, 2008
  • Anna Deavere Smith’s The Arizona Project Spotlights Sandra Day O’Connor and a Generation of Overlooked Women

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    Anna Deavere Smiths The Arizona Project Spotlights Sandra Day OConnor and a Generation of Overlooked Women

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio appears in Anna Deavere Smith's new play, but don't ask her to tell you how he comes off. "He's in there, that's all I'm saying," Smith says firmly. "You'll just have to come to the production to see how he shows up." Local t...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 30, 2008
  • SMoCA’S Flip a Strip Design Competition Has No Foundation

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    SMoCAS Flip a Strip Design Competition Has No Foundation

    I made an unfortunate assumption when I recently wrote about Flip a Strip, a design competition sponsored by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in which entrants were asked to give facelifts to one of three rundown strip malls in metropolitan ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 30, 2008
  • Fright Nights

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    Fright Nights

    Life's been pretty damn scary lately. Between the double-fisted drama of the ber-contentious race for the White House and the roller coaster stock market, we've been hoping this is all just some titanically bad nightmare everyone's gonna wake up fro...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on October 30, 2008
  • Whatever Lucasarts’ Fracture Is Breaking, It Ain’t New Ground

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    Whatever Lucasarts Fracture Is Breaking, It Aint New Ground

    One of the oft-repeated historical curiosities about the Maya is that they conceived the wheel yet never found a practical application for it. Mayan kids had wheeled toys and Mayan calendars were imagined as wheels . . . yet when it came to hauling s...

    by Gary Hodges on October 23, 2008
  • Night Frights

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    Night Frights

    Life's been pretty damn scary lately. Between the double-fisted drama of the ber-contentious race for the White House and the roller coaster stock market, we've been hoping this is all just some titanically bad nightmare everyone's gonna wake up fro...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on October 23, 2008
  • Marriage Play Spices Up a Worn-Out Relationship with Battle Sequences and Admissions of Infidelity

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    Marriage Play Spices Up a Worn-Out Relationship with Battle Sequences and Admissions of Infidelity

    Like most real-life marriages, Theater Artists Studio's Marriage Play is lopsided. The company's production of Edward Albee's comic drama is expertly directed by Kathleen Butler, a chum and frequent collaborator of Albee's who originated the female r...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 23, 2008
  • One Size Fits All in “One for All, and All for One: The Jumpsuit” at Phoenix Art Museum

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    One Size Fits All in One for All, and All for One: The Jumpsuit at Phoenix Art Museum

    "So . . . jumpsuits, eh?" Combined with a look of slight confusion, that's the reaction I've gotten when I've told people I'm writing a review about jumpsuits. "All for One and One for All: The Jumpsuit" at the Phoenix Art Museum may sound lik...

    by Lilia Menconi on October 16, 2008
  • Gotta Catch ‘Em All: The Link Between OCD and Video Games

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    Gotta Catch Em All: The Link Between OCD and Video Games

    It's with a heavy heart we deliver the following news: Pac-Man Fever is a legitimate mental illness. Earlier this year, a study by the Philadelphia Research Center of Mental Illness found "an alarming rate of OCD" in kids who played '80s video ga...

    by Chris Ward on October 16, 2008
  • Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum Was There for Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, the NBA, and This Year's State Fair

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    Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum Was There for Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, the NBA, and This Year's State Fair

    To anyone who didn't grow up here, the Coliseum probably looks like another of Phoenix's outdated, oddly shaped architectural mishaps. A stack of giant Pringles chips surrounded by tattered outbuildings and acres of parking lot, perhaps. Or a saddle...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 16, 2008
  • A Two-Point Plan to Save Gaming News

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    A Two-Point Plan to Save Gaming News

    Recently, I wrote on joystickdivision.com about a link between one of gaming's biggest PR companies, TriplePoint PR, and a small gaming news and review site founded by TriplePoint's general manager and founder, Richard Kain. Though the site -- GameCy...

    by Gary Hodges on October 9, 2008
  • Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy Packs a Punch You Won’t Want to Miss

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    Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy Packs a Punch You Wont Want to Miss

    To describe what makes Mark Schultz's Everything Will Be Different such a magnificent piece of writing is to give away the tricks that are at the very core of its achievement. To simply detail its plot is to diminish this unique and perverse little p...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 9, 2008
  • “Lowriders and Tattoos” at Mesa Arts Center Is an Audiovisual Attack That Hurts So Good

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    Lowriders and Tattoos at Mesa Arts Center Is an Audiovisual Attack That Hurts So Good

    It's difficult to enter "Lowriders and Tattoos" at Mesa Contemporary Arts without preconceptions. Let's be honest: Both cultural phenomena carry a negative stigma, even in a country where Hispanic culture is blossoming and, according to exhibit cu...

    by Wynter Holden on October 2, 2008
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