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2012 Stories by Becky Bartkowski

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  • Attention Shoppers

    published October 11, 2012

    When in need of a fashionable pick-me-up we have a handful of go-to places, both brick-and-mortar and in the digital realm, that we trust to... More >>

  • Marriage Act

    published October 11, 2012

    Not many an opera (that we know of, at least) is set in the high hills of Scotland, but Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor takes the... More >>

  • Borderline Disorder

    published September 27, 2012

    In the hotbed that is Arizona politics, there's always something new to protest. Recently, the "papers please" portion of Senate Bill 1070 was... More >>

  • Royal Pains

    published September 27, 2012

    The French rep for being snooty snobs is not entirely unfounded. In the world of high-end couturiers, Parisian designers have always held an... More >>

  • Date Night

    published September 20, 2012

    Comedian Mike Birbiglia has told his tale of sleepwalking all the way through a La Quinta second-story window on This American Life, as... More >>

  • For The Rest Of Us

    published September 20, 2012

    Jerry Seinfeld has so irreversibly permeated pop culture with his affection for life's "nothing" moments and mimicable intonations that it's... More >>

  • Gilded Rage

    published September 20, 2012

    Although Baz Luhrmann's highly anticipated film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carrie Mulligan, was... More >>

  • Market to Market

    published September 13, 2012

    The Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market was born from a garage and estate sale hunter’s mentality shared by three girlfriends -- Lindsey... More >>

  • Fight And Flight

    published September 13, 2012

    If anything, Ishmael Beah's life has revolved around luck – good and bad. Born in Sierra Leone, he was separated from his family when... More >>

  • Fall For It

    published September 6, 2012

    This year’s September issue of Vogue weighs in at a whopping 4 pounds 10 ounces thanks to its 916 pages of fall fashion -- 658 of... More >>

  • Throne for a Loop

    published September 6, 2012

    Southwest Shakespeare Company opening this season of performances with one of the Bard's earliest comedic works, Love’s Labour’s... More >>

  • Rebel Yell

    published September 6, 2012

    To find traces and embraces of teenage rebellion, the easiest in is through music. Since teens rose to cultural and societal relevance with... More >>

  • Drawn From Memory

    published September 6, 2012

    Through her series of Prismacolor pencil portraits for “Oh, The Faces I Know,” artist Jamie Pettis explores who she has been, is,... More >>

  • Hell on Wheels

    published August 30, 2012

    If Jerry Seinfeld's new web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has inspired you to learn a little more about the world of car... More >>

  • Foreign Exchange

    published August 30, 2012

    While Hispanic Heritage Month officially won't start until Saturday, September 15, Phoenix Art Museum's film festival Cine Latino will get a... More >>

  • Renew Girl

    published August 30, 2012

    Fashion designer Tiffe Fermaint always brings a certain edgy glamour to her work, whether it's a sartorially savvy lush white coat or a... More >>

  • Pet Peeve

    published August 30, 2012

    Comedian Bernadette Pauley’s online shop includes one item. It’s a white women's T-shirt that reads, “If you don’t... More >>

  • Get Bent

    published August 30, 2012

    A recent study from Spain’s Granada University revealed that after an intense workout downing a few beers results in better rehydration... More >>

  • Frankly, My Dear

    published August 23, 2012

    The work of Lisa Frank has had a special place in the backpacks and hearts of schoolgirls over the past few decades. Frank’s neon... More >>

  • Battle of the Sexes

    published August 23, 2012

    Nowhere is androgyny more embraced than in the world of fashion. Models like Agyness Deyn and Freja Beha and their boyish, lanky bodies and... More >>

  • Good Jeans

    published August 16, 2012

    Ask any woman what is her least favorite clothing item to shop for, and, we'd bet that 90-some-percent of the time, the answer is resolutely:... More >>

  • Double Team

    published August 16, 2012

    Valley artist favorites Mayme Kratz and Melinda Bergman will discuss their works on display in SMoCA's summer exhibition "Significant Forms,"... More >>

  • Script-Wrecked

    published August 16, 2012

    If you're of the opinion that reality TV is nothing but garbage that's poisoning the already-rotting minds of lazy couch potatoes, then it's... More >>

  • Stay Bold

    published August 16, 2012

    "I can't change," exasperatedly says Tracy Jordan, Tracy Morgan's self-parody character on 30 Rock. "I'm like a chameleon -- always a lizard."... More >>

  • The Odd Couple

    published August 9, 2012

    To write America, You Sexy Bitch, conservative bombshell Meghan McCain and liberal goof-off Michael Ian Black traveled around the country for a... More >>

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