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2012 Stories by Jose Gonzalez

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  • Odd Future

    published December 20, 2012

    Predictions of the end times are always a tricky undertaking. Everyone from Nostradamus to Bible-thumping yahoos have whiffed out. Reacting to... More >>

  • Dust to Dust

    published December 20, 2012

    The Valley of the Sun conjures up images of palm trees, golf courses, and seemingly endless asphalt. But Brazilian-based Mexican artist... More >>

  • Family Affair

    published December 13, 2012

    It’s a given that any beloved pop culture property probably will take a spin (successfully or not) on Broadway. The Addams Family, the... More >>

  • Yuletube

    published December 13, 2012

    While Mayanist scholars dispute whether December 21, the last day of a 5125-year cycle of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, is a harbinger... More >>

  • Santa Swarm

    published December 6, 2012

    With Christmas just weeks away, we imagine that Jolly ol’ Saint Nick is feeling the pressure of his workshop pushed to its limits. Kris... More >>

  • Fight Night

    published November 29, 2012

    If the barrage of holiday commercials insisting that diamonds are forever and that true love is best expressed with a luxury car festooned with... More >>

  • Pole Position

    published November 29, 2012

    Most of us know about Festivus from the Seinfeld episode where the celebration “for the rest of us” is the favored way to celebrate... More >>

  • Let It Glow

    published November 22, 2012

    Our holiday weather doesn’t get all that frightful, but even without snow the Valley’s premier winter wonderland experience,... More >>

  • Short Cuts

    published November 15, 2012

    The short film isn’t just a fun-sized snack to whet your appetite for a feature-length meal. It can be the expertly delivered one-inch... More >>

  • A Watchful Spy

    published November 1, 2012

    Halloween is over, but if you’re still looking for chills and thrills, you might head over to Biltmore Fashion Park. The posh-leaning... More >>

  • Stone Age of Enlighenment

    published November 1, 2012

    Paleolithic dieting (or noshing on animal protein and edible plants that would have been available to prehistoric man) has caught fire in the... More >>

  • Freaks and Geeks

    published October 25, 2012

    ASU Homecoming is this week, and amidst the jocks, cheerleader types, and party animals, you’ll find studious folks itching to join the... More >>

  • Patch Works

    published October 25, 2012

    It’s the time of year where people’s allegiance to that overgrown orange squash reaches a fever pitch. The Great Pumpkin Festival... More >>

  • Folks Implosion

    published October 18, 2012

    While flower power idealism changed the world in the 1960s, that’s not to say that hippies have had it easy since. The Last of the... More >>

  • Cheers for Fears

    published October 11, 2012

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt dropped the ultimate gem -- “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” -- but what about those... More >>

  • Costume Party

    published September 27, 2012

    How many times have you put off your Halloween costume and end up throwing on some zombie makeup or cat ears (or both) at the last minute?... More >>

  • Garden Variety

    published September 20, 2012

    We may not witness the traditional signs of autumn here, but we sure as hell know when summer is over. When our nighttime temps drop and the... More >>

  • Laugh Track

    published September 6, 2012

    Rappers might have furthered the multi-pronged hustle of stepping out of music to pursue careeers in TV and film, but comedian Anjelah Johnson... More >>

  • Far East Movements

    published August 30, 2012

    While the wily and costume-centric action-adventure films and television shows imported from Japan and Hong Kong (a.k.a. tokusatsu) may... More >>

  • Hero Clique

    published August 23, 2012

    Superhero costuming has come a long way since the days of clothespinning a towel to your back as a cape. The cadre of cosplayers known as the... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published August 16, 2012

    With all of the distractions at the movie theater -- people jawing on phones, crying toddlers, noisy snack scarfings -- it’s a joy to... More >>

  • Tribute Track

    published August 16, 2012

    Usually motocross is all about individuals ripping through dirt and vying for hard-fought glory. On Saturday, August 18, Arizona’s... More >>

  • Mash Pit

    published August 9, 2012

    The Avengers kicked on-screen ass earlier this summer, but if you’re the kind of sadist who’d love to pummel Captain America, Iron... More >>

  • The Century Club

    published August 2, 2012

    Big Lie About Phoenix number one is that the city has no history. You only have to spend a few minutes around hip valley historian Marshall... More >>

  • Rated Arrrgh

    published July 26, 2012

    It’s pretty lame that the music and film industries have hijacked the word “pirate” to wag fingers. There’s no way that... More >>

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