Top Five Most-Read Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week

If Bob Ross were alive today, he'd be painting happy little trees all over the place in ecstatic fervor for all the arts and culture happenings in Phoenix. To help you see the forest for the trees, here's a recap of the top arts and culture stories of the week.

Doctor Who and Torchwood's John Barrowman Talks Phoenix Comicon, the Face of Boe, and Chasing Down the Bionic Woman

John Barrowman is one of Phoenix Comicon 2013's biggest celebrity gets. That's because Whovians everywhere love his portrayal of the sexy and sassy Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood.

Jackalope Ranch had some burning questions for Barrowman, who's scheduled to appear from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 26, the Phoenix Convention Center. He responded with tales of chasing The Bionic Woman, his take on the Face of Boe, and 51st-century (non-existent) promiscuity.

Check out the full interview with John Barrowman.

--Heather Hoch

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week

The Five Worst Summer Fashion Trends of 2013

Sadder than a bangs-less Zooey Deschanel, here are the five worst fashion trends you'll see this summer.

5.) Overalls and Shortalls

Blossom Russo and Dorothy Jane Torkelson are allowed to be your fashion icons only if you are younger than 14 and the year is 1992. Got it?

See the full list of summer fashion fails here.

--Becky Bartkowski

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week
Benjamin Leatherman

Phoenix Comicon 2013: Our Complete Coverage

ZOMG! Did you go to Phoenix Comicon's "preview night" on Thursday evening and see that full-sized mockup of the Mos Eisley Cantina? What about that gruesome zombie created by the peeps from Making Monsters at the Chamber of Fear booth or the first night of the Phoenix Ultimate Geek Smackdown? No, huh?

We're covering all the action at Comicon proper, which officially kicked off on Friday and runs through Sunday afternoon.

See all our coverage to date here, and stay tuned for more slideshows etc.

--Benjamin Leatherman


Top Five Most-Read Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week
Photo by Becky Bartkowski

Phoenix Hostel Presents a Downtown Mural Tour Sunday, May 26

Phoenix is undergoing a beautification process. That's what Kate Saunders, Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center's volunteer coordinator, calls it.

"There's more commissioned art work, more bright colors and simple figures," Saunders says regarding the current state of Phoenix's ever-changing mural scene. That constant change inspired Saunders to plan and lead a mural tour on Sunday, May 26.

Check out the complete details here.

--Becky Bartkowski

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week
New Times

Changes at Bragg's Pie Factory Include Smaller Gallery Spaces and (Finally) Pie

At long last, there's pie again at Bragg's Pie Factory.

A new vegan cafe, Bragg's Factory Diner, has opened in the very spot out of which the Bragg family originally sold cakes and pies in the '40s and '50s.

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 15,000-square-foot cast-in-place concrete Pie Factory was erected in 1947 by the Bragg family. They ran a bakery out of the tiny, pie-wedge-shaped front store at 1301 Grand Avenue; in the cavernous space behind, the family baked pies and cakes and sold them to restaurants, groceries, and other bakeries.

Check out the full story here.

--Robrt L. Pela

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