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2014 Stories by Glenn BurnSilver

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  • Summertime Sadness

    published May 1, 2014

    A strong friendship should be able to overcome any obstacles, especially distance and cultural differences. Sometimes, something ever-lasting... More >>

  • Well-Read

    published May 1, 2014

    In Fahrenheit 451, books get a bad rap as items capable of corrupting the mind and stirring unrest. In reality, many books are capable of doing... More >>

  • Park Place

    published April 24, 2014

    The weather’s slowly warming up and before we know what happened -- wham! Another burning summer is here. So, before it gets too hot to... More >>

  • Being Bookish

    published April 24, 2014

    Holy paperback, Batman! Yes, that time has come. Time to clear off the coffee table, empty out the closet and reorganize the laundry room,... More >>

  • Stuck in the Middle Ages

    published April 17, 2014

    Geoffrey Chaucer was England’s greatest poet, a celebrated author best known for The Canterbury Tales, but also for promoting the English... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Surreal Still Life

    published April 3, 2014

    Linda Ingraham has a long history of exhibiting her work in the Valley. Her last major solo exhibit (Mesa, 2013) featured an unusual array of... More >>

  • Fit to Print

    published March 27, 2014

    The nice thing about art, as compared to, say, some music, is that one can travel back in time and typically find modern relevance in older... More >>

  • Borderline

    published March 27, 2014

    Immigration is a hot-button issue in the Southwest -- and in Arizona in particular. With hundreds of miles of borderland, crossing into America... 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 >>

  • Group On View

    published February 27, 2014

    The Valley is home to an abundance of Native American art, and one of the best places for viewing more contemporary artists is the 1Spot... More >>

  • Fluttering By

    published February 27, 2014

    In the song “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” Elton John sings, “Butterflies are free to fly, fly away/fly away, bye... 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 >>

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