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2012 Stories by Becky Bartkowski

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  • Battle Royal

    published June 14, 2012

    For someone who calls herself the Queen of Rap, Lil Kim sure doesn’t seem concerned with appearing regal or aloof. Case in point: On the... More >>

  • Roll Tide

    published June 14, 2012

    Guard your loins. A recent UCLA Nursing School study found that intense cycling can negatively affect men’s reproductive health, thanks... More >>

  • The Sporting Life

    published June 7, 2012

    A day of outdoor sporting sounds utterly English, and, while our minds drift toward the idyllic landscape of Downton Abbey and... More >>

  • Foursome to be Reckoned With

    published June 7, 2012

    For rock ‘n’ roll buffs, jetting to Memphis to tour Sun Records is a pilgrimage that makes the bucket list. Standing in rooms where... More >>

  • Lighter Fare

    published June 7, 2012

    The legends of La Llorona, hoof man, and skinwalkers long have lurked in the dark corners of desert dwellers’ dreams and run-amok... More >>

  • Radio Days

    published May 31, 2012

    Ira Glass’ nasally, comforting voice leisurely moving through our speakers on a Saturday afternoon means one thing: WBEZ Chicago’s... More >>

  • To The Pointe

    published May 31, 2012

    “See the music, hear the dance,” renowned choreographer George Balanchine once said. The co-founder and ballet master of the New... More >>

  • Space Jam

    published May 31, 2012

    Describing something as “twice in a lifetime” doesn’t have quite the romantic ring that “once in a lifetime”... More >>

  • Posh Spice

    published May 24, 2012

    Upon hearing the news that former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld will host a fashion show in Cannes with all-black clothing and... More >>

  • Homeschooling

    published May 24, 2012

    Eat your perfectly-shaped heart out, Martha. Arizona's Cheryl Najafi is about to give you a run for your (probably) ironed and flawlessly... More >>

  • Animal House

    published May 24, 2012

    Dorothy Gale contended that there's no place like home. But if we recall correctly her extended dream sequence that included a trip to Oz, it... More >>

  • Grounded for Life

    published May 17, 2012

    You could use a lot of descriptors for fashion industry heavy hitters such as Marc Jacobs and Marchesa. But, "humble"? That adjective probably... More >>

  • McHale Storm

    published May 17, 2012

    Not to scold, but -- good God -- if you aren't watching Dan Harmon's Community on NBC Thursdays, you are missing out on some of the... More >>

  • For Your Health

    published May 17, 2012

    If the deepest ethical question you’ve dealt with today revolved around whether to pick up that penny or leave it for another passerby,... More >>

  • Stretching Canvas

    published May 10, 2012

    While it seems like a flighty daydream that Vincent Van Gogh ever rolled out a mat and tried yoga, we'd like to think that if he'd spent more... More >>

  • Bears with Us

    published May 10, 2012

    The bears migrating to Phoenix this weekend are neither a super-hip, animal-named indie band that you are not cool enough to know about nor are... More >>

  • Wear It's At

    published May 10, 2012

    Melding sci-fi and fantasy conventions with historical reenactments, fashion competitions, and educational seminars, Costume-Con 30 will drape... More >>

  • Picture Imperfect

    published May 10, 2012

    They say all’s fair in the ultimately unglamorous realms of love and war. Love dulls and dissolves. War tallies death and injury. Neither... More >>

  • Hot Pants

    published May 3, 2012

    What to wear during Arizona’s torturous summers always proves difficult. It’s safe to rule out Uggs in any form (unless... More >>

  • Ask No Questions

    published May 3, 2012

    At this point in comedian turned podcaster Marc Maron’s career it’s more than plausible that the general public is more familiar... More >>

  • In The Navy

    published May 3, 2012

    Frank Sinatra was many things: serial husband, blue-eyed crooner, alleged mafia participant, and Oscar winner. But a fashion plate? That... More >>

  • May Flowers

    published May 3, 2012

    Creative types are bound to find inspiration in unsuspected places. Picasso looked to war and women, hile Van Gogh conveyed his troubled self... More >>

  • Starry Night

    published April 26, 2012

    School of Earth and Space Exploration haven’t left to party the summer away in god-knows-where. Instead, on Friday, April 27, the school... More >>

  • Altered States

    published April 26, 2012

    Not to rag on the hard-working educators who shaped our young, impressionable minds, but if they'd illuminated U.S. History half as amusingly... More >>

  • Funny People

    published April 19, 2012

    Our ‘90s Nickelodeon upbringing and particular affinity for Melissa Joan Hart’s Clarissa Explains It All will forever make... More >>

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