Top Five 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.

Zara Coming to Scottsdale Fashion Square

Be still our hearts. Spanish mega-retailer Zara is setting up shop at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Much like competitors H&M and Uniqlo, the fast-fashion chain has hit it big with style-conscious shoppers worldwide, gaining fans for its low prices and on-trend items.

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Apart from Fashion Square tweeting that the store's coming soon, specifics about Zara's opening are scant. Our call and e-mail to the store's PR folks haven't been returned yet.

We'll keep you posted with updates as we get them. In the meantime: Who freakin' cares? We're getting a Zara, people!

--Becky Bartkowski


Deadliest Catch Producer Matt Fahey Talks about His Dream Job, Being Diagnosed with Cancer, and What's on His Reading List

Matt Fahey is no stranger to intense challenges, risk, and life-threatening situations. As a producer and camera operator for Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, he's battled many storms and has willingly gone back for more.

We talked with Fahey about how he ended up in film production, why he pursued getting on Deadliest Catch, and his biggest challenge yet -- battling Stage III B colorectal cancer or, as he candidly refers to it, ass cancer.

Fahey grew up in Tucson, where, he joked, he learned his "disdain" for Phoenix, thanks in part to the U of A and ASU rivalry. Fahey currently lives in Flagstaff, which he says he enjoys. Check out the complete story here.

--Darryle Royal


Legendary Comedy Club Tempe Improv to Reopen Its Doors in April

Landmark local comedy club Tempe Improv, which closed last summer after decades of hosting hundreds of superstar stand-ups, is making a return. The legendary laugh establishment, located near University Drive and Rural Road in Tempe, is scheduled to reopen its doors in mid-April.

It's just the latest development in the recent drama-filled history of the Improv, and it has a couple of surprising wrinkles.

Check out the full story here.

--Benjamin Leatherman



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