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2014 Stories by Melissa Fossum

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  • Paperless Trail

    published March 6, 2014

    When discussing Mexican travels, the first places to come to mind are usually border towns and touristy vacation beach spots. But Mexico is a... More >>

  • The 10 Best Looks from Phoenix Fashion Week's Spring Show at Arizona Center

    published Mar 31, 2014

    Phoenix Fashion Week paired four local shops and one label with five stylists for its Spring Into Fashion showcase. The Arizona Center courtyard was full of fashionistas eager to catch a glimpse at s... More >>

  • Seasonably Cool

    published March 20, 2014

    The Japanese Friendship Garden is one of the most relaxing hidden gems in the city -- short of a few visible skyscrapers, it’s easy to... More >>

  • Game On

    published March 20, 2014

    What if real life emulated a video game? The extra lives and quests to beat up bad guys sound fun, but anyone who has played Kinect for more... More >>

  • Feline Groovy

    published January 30, 2014

    The Cat in the Hat may be an enduring children’s story, but the plot has mixed messages. The cat is a total jerk, shows up uninvited,... More >>

  • Legen-Wait-For-It-Dary

    published March 13, 2014

    Labyrinth always steals the spotlight for 1980s fantasy epics. Neverending Story also has its merits, but it doesn’t have Tim Curry... More >>

  • Just Add Water

    published March 6, 2014

    If you’re fond of time travel, tea parties, and imaginary 19th century-style technology, look no further than the Wild Wild West... More >>

  • Dave Hause - Rhythm Room - 3/4/14

    published Mar 05, 2014

    Dave Hause Rhythm Room Tuesday, March 4, 2014 "Don't tell the Internet, but there is no Loved Ones." Sorry, Dave, the secret's out. Dave Hause, frontman of melodic punk band The Loved Ones, perfo... More >>

  • Trottin' Scoundrels

    published February 13, 2014

    You’d be hard pressed to find many people who don't like horses. Little girls beg to own a pony, and some adult men get into the... More >>

  • Date Line

    published February 13, 2014

    Valentine’s Day blows for everyone. If you’re single, it feels like the whole world is plotting against you, and if you’re in... More >>

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    The Lawrence Arms - Pub Rock - 2/14/14

    published Feb 15, 2014

    The Lawrence Arms Pub Rock 2/14/14 It's safe to say that I had a better Valentine's Day than the majority of the Valley. Unlike most of you, I didn't have to deal with either setting sky-high expe... More >>

  • Welcome to Good Burgers

    published February 6, 2014

    Welcome Diner quickly won over the hearts of folks searching for comfort food in downtown Phoenix. It has a little something for everyone: Meat... More >>

  • Queer Eye

    published January 16, 2014

    Gay cinema is pretty closely associated with films like To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything and Blue is the Warmest Color. Not that... More >>

  • Desperado LGBT Film Festival Closes This Weekend

    published Jan 24, 2014

    For some, the first things that come to mind when thinking of gay cinema are films like Brokeback Mountain and Blue Is the Warmest Color. While these flicks have their merits, they barely scratch the... More >>

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    Volcano Choir - Crescent Ballroom - 1/17/14 (VIDEO)

    published Jan 18, 2014

    Volcano Choir Crescent Ballroom 1/17/14 Volcano Choir gave Phoenix a bit of a treat last night -- the first stop on the band's short west coast tour. Their Crescent Ballroom concert on Friday night... More >>

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    Treasure Mammal - The Trunk Space - 1/16/14

    published Jan 17, 2014

    Treasure Mammal is one of those bands that you have to see live to fully understand. Words can only go so far to describe the performance art, interpretive dance, and random nods to pop culture that m... More >>

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    The Best Concerts I Saw in Arizona in 2013

    published Jan 14, 2014

    I'm sure you're burnt out on reading best of 2013 lists by now, but taking an extra two weeks to wrap up the best shows of the year list was productive. For one, it's tough to compare a small, intima... More >>

  • The 2014 Coachella Lineup Has Been Announced -- and It's Good!

    published Jan 09, 2014

    Let me speak on behalf of everyone by saying, "Whoa, the 2014 Coachella lineup came out early." The news is still pretty fresh -- Coachella sent out the lineup e-mail a little after 9 Wednesday night,... More >>

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    The Whisperlights' Long Distance Relationship Is Over

    published Jan 08, 2014

    After five years of fun and memorable shows, The Whisperlights are calling it quits. Like all veterans of long-distance relationships, the band members tried to make it work by getting together once a... More >>

  • Cloak and Dragger

    published January 2, 2014

    Anyone who has watched RuPaul’s Drag Race for more than 10 minutes can vouch for the magic of drag. Seeing a burly, masculine man... More >>

  • Phoenix Chamber-Pop Band The Whisperlights to Play One Final Show

    published January 9, 2014

    After five years of fun, memorable shows, The Whisperlights are calling it quits. Like most people in long-distance relationships, the band... More >>

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    Why I Put a Band Called Chumped Ahead of Yeezus for the Best Album of 2013

    published Jan 07, 2014

    If you have a lot of music critic buddies, you've probably noticed that they're just now getting back to their usual neurotic selves. That's because they're finally done with year-end lists. Going fro... More >>

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    The Whisperlights Announce Breakup and Final Show at Crescent Ballroom

    published Jan 03, 2014

    After five years of fun and memorable shows, The Whisperlights are calling it quits. Like many in long-distance relationships, the band members tried to make it work by getting together once a year o... More >>

  • Paul Elliott Captures Phoenix's Drag Scene with "This D**k Walks Into a Bar" at Eye Lounge

    published Jan 02, 2014

    Anyone who has watched RuPaul's Drag Race for at least 10 minutes can vouch for the magic of drag. Seeing a burly man (eyebrows optional) transform into a gorgeous woman is more entertaining than you... More >>

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