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2014 Stories by Glenn BurnSilver

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  • Doll Time

    published April 10, 2014

    Katsina dolls -- sometimes called kachina dolls by non-Hopis -- are a frequent sight around the Southwest. These dolls represent hundreds of... More >>

  • Mariachi Brothers Turn Classic Metal on Its Head

    published April 3, 2014

    Those able to picture Axl Rose adorned in an ornate, oversize sombrero or a bandanna-wearing Bret Michaels strumming a fat guitarrón or... More >>

  • Rebuild This City

    published April 3, 2014

    You’re out and about and yet another cloned strip mall clogs the view, raising the question: “Why do these malls need to exist... More >>

  • Soulful Sharon Jones Survives Cancer to Return to the Stage

    published March 20, 2014

    Sharon Jones is one tough woman. A former corrections officer and Wells Fargo security guard who once was told she was "too black, too fat, too... More >>

  • Ali In

    published March 20, 2014

    It’s hard to find anybody who doesn’t know something about Muhammad Ali, as the retired boxer still manages to keep a fairly high... More >>

  • Friends in Town

    published March 13, 2014

    Spring showers may bring flowers, but with mostly warm weather, the Valley comes alive with outdoor festivals around the same time. One of the... More >>

  • Light Bulb Moment

    published March 13, 2014

    It doesn’t take a genius to see that the mind holds infinite possibilities, from electric cars to cutting-edge medical breakthroughs, and... More >>

  • Move Over Elvis, It's Viva PHX: One Huge Night of Music Downtown

    published March 6, 2014

    Austin has South by Southwest, San Francisco has Outside Lands, Manchester, Tennessee has Bonnaroo, and locally, now there's Viva... More >>

  • Mavis Staples Boasts a Half Decade of Musical Gold

    published March 6, 2014

    Mavis Staples can be found in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's traveling "Women Who Rock" exhibit, currently on display at the Musical... More >>

  • Black Is The New Black

    published March 6, 2014

    Maria Poveka Martinez is a legendary potter from New Mexico. Maria, Black Pottery of San Ildefonso, a short film showing at the Heard Museum,... More >>

  • Wing It

    published March 6, 2014

    Living in Kenya, we never saw an ostrich with it’s head in the sand. That spells easy prey. The reality is that they can run close to 30... More >>

  • George Thorogood's Singular Career Hits 40

    published February 27, 2014

    Ask George Thorogood how he's doing, he'll likely answer, "Bad." Then, after leaving his interviewer wondering, he'll follow up with "bad to... More >>

  • Pat Metheny's Improvisation Continues to Define His Sound

    published February 20, 2014

    There are inherent advantages to being a jazz musician. Genre constraints are practically thrown out the window and almost anything is... More >>

  • Brown Out

    published February 20, 2014

    Does it seem right that in the middle of a desert exists the fifth largest metropolis in the United States? What of those golf courses and... More >>

  • Soul Singer Bettye LaVette's Career Reaches New Highs

    published February 13, 2014

    Bettye LaVette has been making gritty, powerful soul music for more than 50 years. If you haven't heard of her, that's not unusual. If you... More >>

  • Secret Life of Authors

    published February 13, 2014

    No Night & Day entry was ever adapted into an acclaimed film starring Queen Latifah, and, thus, we’ve got nothing on The Secret Life of... More >>

  • Brew Romance

    published February 13, 2014

    Arizona Beer Week has made a habit of starting strong. And the 14th annual Strong Beer Festival aims high -- in alcohol content, at least. At... More >>

  • Dweezil Zappa's Back on the Road, This Time Performing his Dad's Roxy & Elsewhere

    published February 6, 2014

    Frank Zappa needs no introduction . . . or does he? Though considered one the 20th century's greatest composers by critics, much... More >>

  • After Lineup Changes, The Motet Settles Into a Groove

    published January 30, 2014

    Those who have come to know The Motet as an Afro-centric band should be happy with the band's directional shift on its eponymous new album.... More >>

  • Chocolove

    published January 30, 2014

    Few things in this world are simultaneously as sweet, sensual, and alluring as chocolate. Once considered good enough for only Mayan and,... More >>

  • Y'all in the Family

    published January 30, 2014

    Every family has its issues, but most will seem slight when compared to Oklahoma’s dysfunctional Weston clan, the center of Tracy Letts'... More >>

  • Industrial Pioneers Skinny Puppy Follow an Old-School Approach

    published January 23, 2014

    On an already long list of distinctions, Skinny Puppy recently added a new one, and not one that makes the pioneering industrial band very... More >>

  • Spinning Wheel

    published January 23, 2014

    Attending a workshop at Arcosanti is usually as much about the setting as the course itself, but the two typically intersect in determined... More >>

  • Two for the Show

    published January 23, 2014

    In Arizona we get to enjoy a little fun in the sun while much of the country freezes. Having lunch outside on the lawn at a free concert is a... More >>

  • Styx Is Still Collecting Fans 15 Years into Second Act

    published January 16, 2014

    The key to any band's longevity is the ability to maintain a core sound while changing to lure new generations of fans. The Rolling Stones are... More >>

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