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2012 Stories by Becky Bartkowski

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  • Heard Mentality

    published December 27, 2012

    The tree’s dying, and the menorah stands ignored on the mantel. The holidays are all but over, and it's likely those reserves of jolly... More >>

  • Block Buster

    published December 27, 2012

    When you’re still toting around a laptop you bought your freshman year of college, seeing a toddler play on a tablet like it’s no... More >>

  • World of Paint

    published December 20, 2012

    If Jackson Pollock hadn't fathered abstract expressionism, what would today's art world look like? That's a question Perrin McEwen has spent... More >>

  • Bowling Baller

    published December 20, 2012

    We have the dubious distinction of having met and been uncomfortably hit on by Jeff Dowd, who you might know better as "The Dude" or the dude... More >>

  • Junie-ism

    published December 13, 2012

    gets away or takes ballet surely has been a topic discussed during many a playground tussle. Regardless of regional differences in these... More >>

  • The Sweater Set

    published December 6, 2012

    Loving things that are stupid and ugly is the hipster M.O. Between this unrepentant group's cheeky celebration of Lisa Frank unicorn designs to... More >>

  • Nerd Herder

    published December 6, 2012

    When we were kids and went to Catholic Mass, one of our favorite things to do was nix the phrase, "Peace be with you," in favor of, "May the... More >>

  • Furry Friends

    published December 6, 2012

    Forget Yogi and Teddy Ruxpin. There's a different kind of bear coming to town: a Modern Bear. This variety of fuzzy men is known for its love... More >>

  • Make The Yuletide Gay

    published December 6, 2012

    Christmas with the average American family involves a tree, too many sweets, and a squabble or two. Toss in some Charlie Brown and a festive... More >>

  • Snow Tunes

    published November 29, 2012

    Our inner Scrooge hates this time of year. Radio stations blaring cheesy Christmas tunes, fatsos stuffing their faces with sugary cookies, and... More >>

  • Night Lights

    published November 29, 2012

    You know what? We're pissed. We're pissed that Stephenie Meyer and her vampire romantasy drivel have completely altered the perception of the... More >>

  • Cook's Tour

    published November 22, 2012

    The role of fat-then-skinny diet spokesperson has drawn into its calorie-counting clutches such illustrious plus-size players as sex-tape... More >>

  • Flapper Happy

    published November 22, 2012

    Fans of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (ourselves included) know that the show's 1920s-style wardrobe rivals in engrossing spectacle the... More >>

  • Northwest Passage

    published November 15, 2012

    Nabbing Native American imagery has gotten plenty of people in trouble. From No Doubt's recent music video gaffe to Urban Outfitters' "Navajo"... More >>

  • Stock Pile

    published November 15, 2012

    Midcentury Modern furniture, shrunken heads, and everything in between, that's what shoppers will find at indie, vintage, and handmade festival... More >>

  • In The Bag

    published November 8, 2012

    Those in need of a shopping fix will have a splurge-worthy opportunity when the 11th Annual Heard Museum Spanish Market returns to 2301 North... More >>

  • Pad Mini

    published November 8, 2012

    “Think big.” That’s the motto of optimists the world over. Sure, some stellar things fit into that category, like Sesame... More >>

  • Into The Mild

    published November 8, 2012

    Reading the bevy of freak-out tweets about cranes dangling, power outages, and blown-off building facades during hashtag Sandy brought us to a... More >>

  • Love Actually

    published November 1, 2012

    It's easy to pull for household names like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova when it comes to women's tennis. But, there are plenty of... More >>

  • Great Walls

    published November 1, 2012

    Phoenix's status as a tear-down city has made headlines of late, thanks to the narrowly escaped demo threats a Frank Lloyd Wright home faced... More >>

  • The Shopping Block

    published October 18, 2012

    Designers Monique Martinez-Sandoval and Jennifer Wood have made their mark on Etsy with custom-made wedding wear, delicate dresses, and... More >>

  • Team America

    published October 18, 2012

    With the frequency that pundits toss around the term “undecided voters” you’d think politically aware adults flip-flopped... More >>

  • Bead Cool

    published October 18, 2012

    Artist and Hochunk Nation of Wisconsin member Melanie Sainz draws inspiration for her beaded works from nature and her Native American... More >>

  • Wear The Wild Things

    published October 18, 2012

    The undeniable highlight of Phoenix Fashion Week 2012 was the three-day event's grand finale: a showstopping collection of pop culture-infused,... More >>

  • I See London

    published October 11, 2012

    We know that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is the latest in addictive reality programming from TLC. But ,we consider ourselves purists when... More >>

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