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2006 Stories by Robrt L. Pela

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  • Minutewomen

    published April 20, 2006

    The Bird observed all kinds of weirdness when it attended the massive march for immigration reform on Grand Avenue: white guys (from the news... More >>

  • Go On, Just Shoot 'Em

    published April 13, 2006

    The Bird cruised over the pro-migrant march along Grand Avenue, half expecting to see KFYI-AM 550 squawk-jock Brian James'... More >>

  • No Wigs Required

    published April 13, 2006

    Their slogan "We make crack seem boring" may be only half true, but Male Pattern Radness certainly isn't your average pop-rock duo. Billing... More >>

  • Single-File, Please!

    published April 6, 2006

    After Diff'rent Strokes was canceled, The Bird gave up on sitcoms as a diversion. Fortunately, this squawker lives in Phoenix, where... More >>

  • Clued In

    published April 6, 2006

    There might be something that David Ira Goldstein loves more than theater: Perhaps his wife; possibly his cats; maybe a good game of golf. But... More >>

  • Laura Durant

    published April 6, 2006

    Laura Durant is a triple threat of a different kind: a film and stage actor who also markets and photographs local theater productions. When she... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published April 6, 2006

    Jesus Christ Superstar: Who in the world does He think He is? He'll tell you -- in song! -- if you'll get yourself down to Desert... More >>

  • Axing Jacquelynn

    published March 30, 2006

    Good help's hard to find, it seems, particularly at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. Now, The Bird's always considered... More >>

  • Revenge of the Grown-Up Nerds

    published March 30, 2006

    Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis might be just another couple of writers cashing in on the Harry Potter craze with their new young adult novel, The... More >>

  • Judging Andy

    published March 23, 2006

    This just in from the How Stupid Is Andy Thomas Department: Everybody's favorite local race-baiter had a pile of angry... More >>

  • Over the Hill

    published March 23, 2006

    It's a humid summer day in 1976, and my sister and her kids and I are going someplace in her big blue Plymouth. I'm up front with Sis; the kids... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published March 23, 2006

    Natives: Arizona Jewish Theatre Company artistic director Janet Arnold stars in Janet Neipris's contemporary comedy as Viola, a... More >>

  • Salvage Queen

    published March 23, 2006

    Janet De Berge Lange, 59, grew up in Arizona -- a fact that's evident in her popular assemblage art, which often includes bits of old neon signs... More >>

  • Baa-aaaaaad News

    published March 16, 2006

    Firefighters! You gotta love 'em. They save lives, they put out fires, they make a nice pot of chili. And one of them tried to bone a sheep, too.... More >>

  • Have Glue Gun, Will Travel

    published March 16, 2006

    Her fans include Helena Bonham Carter and film director Tim Burton, and her line of funky Chicano folk art has been featured in better boutiques... More >>

  • Howl of Sanity

    published March 9, 2006

    The Bird's nesting better at night knowing that, while local politicians wrangle over how and why to secure the Arizona-Mexico border,... More >>

  • Erector Set

    published March 9, 2006

    Michael Frayn's better plays tend to be overshadowed by his best-known work: the superlative backstage farce Noises Off, or any of his... More >>

  • Backstage Pass

    published March 9, 2006

    Nicolas Glaser was one among a handful of A-list stage actors who called Phoenix home in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Like most of the rest of... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published March 9, 2006

    Deathtrap: Theater Works is trotting out this frankly done-to-death perennial, one that's better remembered for the excellent film... More >>

  • Load of Crappioppoli

    published March 2, 2006

    The only thing The Bird hates more than a bag of seeds and stems (see the recent column on bong... More >>

  • Big Eeeewww!

    published February 23, 2006

    The Bird likes nothing better than watching what Hollywood does with real-life catastrophes and miscreants. Whether it's softly lighted and... More >>

  • Popular Mechanics

    published February 23, 2006

    Unlike most of us, award-winning photographer Timothy Archibald isn't content just wondering what a giant mechanical two-headed penis machine... More >>

  • And Then There's Bea

    published February 23, 2006

    Okay, so you never miss an episode of The Golden Girls. It's telecast pretty much constantly -- the Lifetime network airs about a dozen... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published February 23, 2006

    Kimberly Akimbo: David Lindsay Abaire's cautionary tale about a teenager with a rare condition that causes her body to age faster... More >>

  • Head Games

    published February 16, 2006

    "You know, when I get high, I always get horny for white women," Tommy Chong told The Bird just last week. Yes, that Tommy... More >>

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