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  • 2013 - Lone Star Awards

    "Dam It!"

  • 2012 - Maggies: The Magazine Awards of Western Publishing, published August 18, 2011

    "Knocked Out"

  • 2012 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists, published October 20, 2011

    "Sons of Blood and Thunder"

2008 Stories by Steve Jansen

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  • Zen at Work

    published September 18, 2008

    One recent weekday morning, we checked out Randy Slack’s “Paperless Society” exhibit, which is meant to prompt pure Zen, as... More >>

  • Dawg Day Afternoon

    published September 18, 2008

    Toward the conclusion of the Arizona State Sun Devils’ 41-17 dismantling of the Stanford Cardinal on September 6 in Tempe, the gold-clad... More >>

  • The Complainiacs try out a new bassist, but is he punk enough to get you pissed?

    published September 4, 2008

    On a recent Monday night, I'm inside the downtown art collective The Firehouse, where The Complaniacs drummer Matt Spastic lives. The band is... More >>

  • Matthew C. Whitaker @ Burton Barr Central Library

    published September 4, 2008

    ASU prof and one of the smartest guys in town discusses his new book African American Icons of Sport: Triumph, Courage and Excellence,... More >>

  • Voodoo Gurus

    published September 4, 2008

    Mad Juana’s MySpace page boasts, “Imagine Django Reinhardt and Patti Smith fronting the Velvet Underground in a Bourbon Street dive,... More >>

  • Love Thy Conference Neighbor

    published September 4, 2008

    Kudos to the Pac-10 conference for scheduling meaningful division games in August and September, including last week's Oregon State-Stanford... More >>

  • Quik Fix

    published September 4, 2008

    There’s a reason we don’t hear too much anymore about ’80s rappers like Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, and EPMD. It’s because... More >>

  • End Game

    published September 4, 2008

    It’s been a letdown of a season for last year’s WNBA champions, the Phoenix Mercury. At the time of this writing, the Merc were in last... More >>

  • Foot Ox’s Teague Cullen works toward modest dreams in the Tempe music scene

    published August 28, 2008

    It's 3 p.m. on a Saturday and I'm sitting on the floor, Indian-style, across from Teague Cullen in a Mitchell Park home that he rents out with six... More >>

  • Icing on the Cupcake?

    published August 28, 2008

    With a football program of ASU’s caliber, a contest against the NAU Lumberjacks is a guaranteed notch in the win column. However, as we... More >>

  • Football-In-Mouth Disease

    published August 28, 2008

    Did you hear what those geezers on the Arizona Cardinals preseason broadcast were saying during the Kansas City Chiefs game on August 16? That... More >>

  • Freedom Writers

    published August 21, 2008

    The best music has often been created under the most oppressive conditions. Slave spirituals in the 1800s. Martha and the Vandellas’ Civil... More >>

  • Take a Hike

    published August 21, 2008

    HDTV. The Internet. Video games. Text messaging. They’re all distractions, man. For real, let it all go, head outside, and remember what life... More >>

  • Southern Discomfort

    published August 21, 2008

    Reading the press release for Dearly Departed, a play in the first week of its run at Chyro Arts Venue, comparisons to William... More >>

  • Shut Up and Play

    published August 21, 2008

    We’re tired of reading the preseason practice reports of college-football squads. They basically all say the same thing. Most teams feel... More >>

  • Camp Terminated

    published August 14, 2008

    While many ASU Sun Devils football fans lament the loss of Camp Tontozona – the team’s annual fall-practice home for the past 48... More >>

  • Bikini Lounge DJ Shane Kennedy offers no apologies for your lack of musical taste

    published August 7, 2008

    DJ Shane Kennedy stares intently at his laptop screen at Bikini Lounge, plotting his next play. It's Friday night, and the dimly lit, tiki-style... More >>

  • The Tucson Electric Fan Appreciation Society

    published August 7, 2008

    We did it. We listened attentively — and when our habitually short attention span kicked in, inattentively — to Electric Fan Sounds... More >>

  • Foot Ox

    published August 7, 2008

    Attend a number of Foot Ox concerts, and you'll normally see project founder Teague Cullen, by himself, frantically running through a repertoire... More >>

  • Down by Claw

    published August 7, 2008

    When we first heard about Sip & Spin – an event at the jazz-centric Kazimierz World Wine Bar where attendees can sip on fine wines while... More >>

  • Good Night, and Good Potluck

    published August 7, 2008

    Normally, when we hit up a potluck, we’re rudely greeted with the same tired-ass cuisine. Processed crap. Stale bread. Tubs of mayo topped... More >>

  • Playboy Meets World

    published August 7, 2008

    Ahem. Is this thing on? Okay, thank you for coming today. We’re here to tell you about Edward Weston. Weston was easily one of the... More >>

  • Rhythm Method

    published August 7, 2008

    What distinguishes the music of The Crystal Method from other IDM/breakbeat outfits? The band’s music has been copped for use in a grip of... More >>

  • Animals in Heat

    published August 7, 2008

    Starry Safari Nights, a summer-only event at the Phoenix Zoo that features water games and animal presentations, will see its seasonal end on... More >>

  • Theremin at Work

    published August 7, 2008

    Is there anything hotter than a gal playing the theremin? Not in many dudes’ books. Shit, she could have the personality of a kneecap and... More >>

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