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2007 Stories by Julie Peterson

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  • Screening of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas at Arizona Museum for Youth

    published December 27, 2007

    Everybody has a soft spot (pun intended) for the floppy, colorful characters in the "Jim Henson's Fantastic World" exhibit, a traveling show... More >>

  • The Wonder Year

    published December 13, 2007

    We were changed forever by Stevie Wonder's 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life. The romantic nostalgia that evoked our personal... More >>

  • Meet Puppets

    published December 13, 2007

    Everybody has a soft spot (pun intended) for the floppy, colorful characters in the "Jim Henson's Fantastic World" exhibit, a traveling show that... More >>

  • Ollie Jolly Christmas

    published November 29, 2007

    Mmm, December in the Valley: The distinctive aroma of brown cloud. Holiday shoppers bundled up in T-shirts and flip-flops. The rumble,... More >>

  • Eye of the Needle

    published November 29, 2007

    When we were kids, we'd stare closely at newspaper photos until we saw the uniform black-and-white dots pop out. Or approach the TV screen to... More >>

  • In Living Colores

    published November 29, 2007

    Had enough of Tiny Tim and that crazy Nutcracker? Get back to basics with American Pastorela: The Shepherds' Odyssey, presented... More >>

  • Let There Be Lights

    published November 22, 2007

    If your inner Cindy Lou Who is craving an electric parade, Santa's arrival, fireworks, and a massive tree, then donate a can of food for parking... More >>

  • All That Glitters Is Not Guilt

    published November 22, 2007

    Jesus was born, some other stuff happened, and we wound up with Sister, the feisty, habit-clad heroine of Late Nite Catechism, Late Nite... More >>

  • Heroine Addiction

    published November 15, 2007

    Amid feverish preparations for the Arizona Derby Dames League Championship, a few of the rollergirls speak to a cautiously adoring... More >>

  • Act Globally, Drink Locally

    published November 8, 2007

    Yes! in my backyard. That's the message behind the third annual Certified Local! Fall Festival, an activist fair highlighting local... More >>

  • Hell to the Chiefs

    published October 25, 2007

    Those show-biz types -- writers, performers, carnies -- they just plain make up a lot of stuff. Shameful! So when Citrus Valley Playhouse... More >>

  • Slay Belle

    published October 25, 2007

    If your Netflix queue is woefully lacking in Russian constructivist takes on American expressionist high-technophobic allegories, here's ASU... More >>

  • Okkervil River

    published August 30, 2007

    Okkervil River's new release, The Stage Names (Jagjaguwar), was created with an eye to fun and frivolity (per notes from songwriting... More >>

  • Recall of the Wild

    published August 30, 2007

    Tawni Shuler's childhood on a Wyoming farm laid the foundation for her way of seeing and painting. "It's very empty," says the artist,... More >>

  • Multitask Force

    published August 23, 2007

    "I picked it up, sat down on my couch, and didn't put it down until I finished." A pint of Cherry Garcia? No; Random House editor Michelle Frey is... More >>

  • Collage Professor

    published August 23, 2007

    Even world-class artists have to pay bills, especially if they choose to be grown-ups with families and stuff. David Borders served in the Army,... More >>

  • Back in the Days

    published August 16, 2007

    Book of Days may be many things, including "society's fear of the truth," according to director Jack White, but it’s not... More >>

  • One Giant Schlep for Fankind

    published August 16, 2007

    You know us. We gotta snark that SpaceFest 2007 features not only autograph opportunities with Apollo/Gemini astronauts Buzz Aldrin and... More >>

  • Party Animals

    published August 2, 2007

    May we channel your mom for a sec? You're hmmmty-hmm years old, and it's time to say goodbye to those slimy reptiles, filthy warthogs, and... More >>

  • Rated Arrrrr

    published July 26, 2007

    Humor is like beer. You could slam the same brew day after day -- but new flavors, though scary, can rock. Such are the pleasures of... More >>

  • Southern Discomfort

    published July 26, 2007

    Coupla weeks back, the Arizona Diamondbacks broadcast team coined the moniker "Bratstock" for a four-day series in Milwaukee. When Chipper... More >>

  • The American Devolution

    published July 19, 2007

    When U.S. Marine Jason Santa Maria returned to Iraq for a second tour of duty, his brother Chris "felt that the chance of losing him or of him... More >>

  • Sketch-22

    published July 19, 2007

    Give us a CrackBerry smartphone with notepad and camera, and we'll still be brainstorming on cocktail napkins, sketching in beach sand, and... More >>

  • Let's Do Lunch

    published July 12, 2007

    Herberger Theater Center's Lunch Time Theater series is, quite simply, full of win. You get a break with live entertainment for just $6. Dozens... More >>

  • Vive la Revolución!

    published June 28, 2007

    Do you avoid discussing Big Issues? Embarrassed about the size of your . . . well, you know. Hey, it happens to everyone, but there's... More >>

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