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2011 Stories by Becky Bartkowski

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  • Dance Magic Dance

    published December 29, 2011

    Between a Fox News commentator’s assertion that The Muppets is brainwashing children to revile big business and a crew of Phoenix... More >>

  • Wearable Art

    published December 29, 2011

    Anyone who’s attempted to clean out a closet has fallen prey to it: clothing calling up memories that save it from the dumpster or... More >>

  • Wonder-Wall

    published December 22, 2011

    Snow globes symbolize a sort of sweetness and hope that comes with Christmastime. Never mind that Richard Gere uses one as a murder weapon in... More >>

  • Chain Reaction

    published December 22, 2011

    If topics such as DNA nanoforms, synthetic proteins, and neutralizing rocket fuel byproducts are of great interest to you (or you’re just... More >>

  • Bright Now

    published December 22, 2011

    With bumper-to-bumper traffic and road-ragers reigning supreme on Arizona pavement, the thought of taking a drive seems more like a surefire... More >>

  • Double Vision

    published December 15, 2011

    Flashy shoes. Boobs. Identical twins. Things that come in pairs seem to be natural attention grabbers. While The Sklar Brothers don’t... More >>

  • Smash-Dance

    published December 15, 2011

    Ballet often comes off more stuffy than captivating, with mental images of crankily prancing, poorly fed girls overshadowing the verve and... More >>

  • Rug Runners

    published December 8, 2011

    Followers of The Dude and his abiding, "whatever man" ways no longer need to cross state lines to celebrate The Coen Brothers’ quotable... More >>

  • Raw Hamburger

    published December 8, 2011

    Aggressively off timing, persistent throat clearing, alternating brutal and non sequitur punch lines drawling from a frowning mouth. With... More >>

  • Black Friday

    published December 8, 2011

    Slip into your favorite little black dress for an evening that will celebrate the iconic, ever-chic fashion statement. The cocktail party includes... More >>

  • Glad-Banding

    published December 8, 2011

    Everyone has their favorite holiday song, whether it’s the classic, jovial “Frosty the Snowman,” or the jazzy, bittersweet... More >>

  • Have Your Cake

    published December 1, 2011

    Avid bakers and aspiring Betty Crockers prepping for holiday bake-athons will get a scientific breakdown of kitchen chemistry when Urban Cookies... More >>

  • American Beauty

    published December 1, 2011

    Not many fashion shows have the potential to thwart cultural expectations, but during Native Style: Where Fashion is Heard there’s a good... More >>

  • Intelligent Design

    published December 1, 2011

    Google an image of architect Fay Jones’ masterpiece Thorncrown Chapel. The non-denominational Arkansas house of worship is one of the... More >>

  • Jam Session

    published December 1, 2011

    A recent study by finance website Bundle found that Scottsdale residents are some serious shopaholics, spending more money on average per month... More >>

  • Return of the Joker

    published November 24, 2011

    When asked about her thoughts on the timely, tricky topic of the scarcity of women in comedy often and famously addressed by funny ladies... More >>

  • Secret Circle

    published November 24, 2011

    Bad-ass ladies in killer jumpsuits are easy to come by. Toss some espionage into the mix, and the result is usually entertaining. Think ISIS... More >>

  • Drive-Thru

    published November 24, 2011

    If your life simply isn't complete without Click and Clack’s rabble-rousing, cackle fest of automobile advice that is NPR’s Car... More >>

  • Dark Wave

    published November 17, 2011

    This is no Swan Lake redux. When Stephen Petronio Dance Company performs Underland at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts prim,... More >>

  • Holiday in the Sun

    published November 17, 2011

    Nary a sleigh glides through our dry desert streets. Same goes for appearances of snowflakes (rare and mythical), frosted window panes (huh?),... More >>

  • Home Depot

    published November 10, 2011

    Despite Jay-Z and Nas’ consistent shout-outs to the projects, those who haven’t counted low-income, densely populated high-rises as... More >>

  • Culture Vultures

    published November 10, 2011

    Televised artistic battles have reigned supreme on networks like Bravo since Project Runway's first stitch was sewn. Fierce competition,... More >>

  • Seamless

    published November 10, 2011

    Picture this: the Palace of Versailles in the early ‘70s. The crème de la crème of French and American designers, including... More >>

  • Purple Drank

    published November 3, 2011

    If we’ve learned anything from I Love Lucy, it’s that making wine isn’t a fancy pants excursion Although the Winemaker... More >>

  • Match Point

    published November 3, 2011

    Horses, hats, and bottles of bubbly. Brits know what they’re doing when it comes to partying during polo matches. Get a crash course in... More >>

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