Santa Claus

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    December 23, 2013

    10 Albums Santa Didn't Bring Me In Time To Be Cool

    Santa Claus and I have had a tenuous musical history. There have been some good years, for sure, especially in 1986 when he brought me Christian Death's "Only Theatre of Pain" on vinyl. I'm sure Kris Kringle, viewing from his magic snow globe, loved seeing my sheer delight as I relished the irony o ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    The Terrible Things Your Christmas Music Is Saying About You

    Look, I should probably start with myself. The only Christmas music I listen to every year comes on Bing Crosby's White Christmas, featuring the Andrews Sisters and Carol Richards. From that an FBI profiler would be able to judge that I'm a white male, late 20s-early 30s, with a large collection of ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013
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    September 17, 2013

    10 Arizona Towns With the Worst Names

    You know who sucks at naming towns? A lot of people who have set up shop in Arizona.Check out the 10 worst names for Arizona towns -- including towns like Santa Claus, Arizona, and Nothing, Arizona -- below:

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Vial of Sound - Crescent Ballroom - 4/13/2013

    Vial of Sound @ Crescent Ballroom, 4/13/2013 Obviously, I was not at Coachella. But I don't get what the big deal about it is, so I didn't care. Besides, something great happens when a bunch of local talent comes together. Sure, music scenes have their pitfalls, their petty grudges, the recycled re ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 24, 2013
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    December 6, 2012
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    November 28, 2012

    Club Candids: World of Beer

    Getting drunk with Santa Claus would be pretty awesome when you think about it. St. Nick is already pretty generous with gifts if you've been nice, but just imagine what he would get you when you've been nice and kept the IPAs flowing? We can't guarantee you that World of Beer's very own Claus will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Forget the S.S. Coachella; Now There's a Music Festival on a Plane

    Someone has taken concert creativity to a whole new level. I can't decide if they're an idiot or a genius, but their idea is definitely ridiculous; so much so that I'm set on believing it's just not cool. An announcement was made yesterday that the first in-flight music festival will take place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Christmas Songs That Don't Suck: Part IV

    ​Folks, it's just a few days more until that jolly old elf slides down your chimneys, so we at Up On the Sun have been loading you up with a ton o' tunes to get you through the season. For instance: Are you in a grinchy mood? Check out our recent run-through of eight classic un-Christmas songs. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Is Santa a Pervert? Four Songs That Say "Yes"

    ​Sometimes I'm astounded by the music parents let their children listen to. I know personally. At 9 years old, I knew all of the lyrics to Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," much to my father's pride and horror. But I tend to think Christmas music is the worst of it all. The holiday has so many s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Santarchy Invades Scottsdale on December 17

    ​ Bar owners of Old Town Scottsdale take warning: There's a good chance your establishment will be invaded by sea of red-suited revelers sometime during the evening hours of Saturday, December 17. Here's a tip on how to deal with the situation: Refrain from ringing up Scottsdale's finest and ins ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011
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    April 29, 2011

    Meat Puppets Debut "Orange" Video (Spoiler Alert: It's Freaky)

    ​The Meat Puppets released a new album, Lollipop, back in April, and  Pitchfork TV has debuted a video for their song "Orange," a particularly driving psych-rock with Cris Kirkwood's heavy bass leading the charge, from the record. The stop-motion animated video is damn twisted, too. Chock fu ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2010

    Humbug is Here

    A Christmas Carol no more, m’lady

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Cookie Showdown: And the Winner Is . . .

    ​The Chow Bella team came out in force for our latest food showdown, this time a battle of holiday cookie recipes. Thank goodness somebody showed up with a gallon of milk! I had an entire plate filled with all kinds of baked treats, and somehow I had to taste through them all and pick a winne ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010


    Take in some “holiday” flicks

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    November 25, 2010

    There's A Light

    Actually, there’s a bunch of them at this big parade

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: Santarchy, Joe Strummer, and Roller Girls

    Jonathan McNamaraThe annual Santarchy affair will fill the streets of Scottsdale with kooky Kris Kringle clones on Saturday.​When Clement Clarke Moore first penned The Night Before Christmas in 1823 (and thus, gave birth to many of the conceptions associated with Jolly Old Saint Nick), the Victori ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009
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    December 10, 2009

    Cookie Monster

    Tempe Town Lake celebrates birthday with a gigantic baked good

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Piping Hot Udon at Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe

    ​Am I an honorary Phoenician now that eating hot soup and drinking hot tea in the middle of summer doesn't faze me? No matter -- the promise of a steaming bowl of noodles come fall still thrills me to the core. I can't tell you what kind of mood I was in until I sat down to this simple, comf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Photo Enforcement in Arizona Makes Wall Street Journal

    Speed cameras are blossoming all over the country, the Wall Street Journal has discovered in an overview article today that covers revenues, counter-methods and the anger felt by some ticket getters.Those subjects are nothing new for readers of New Times, but it's refreshing to see another take from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Celebrate Santa's "Bad" Side Tonight In Tempe

    Billy Bob Thornton as Willie T. Stokes, the model for Bad Santas everywhere. Everyone deserves to be a little dirty, even jolly old Saint Nick. In fact, we're sure he's probably in major need of a stiff shot and a lap dance right about know, especially since he's likely hip-deep in elves and p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Tonight: Holiday Stroll at SouthBridge

    There's no snow for a sleigh ride, but how about a carriage ride and some Christmas carols? The shops and restaurants along Stetson Drive will do their best to get visitors in the holiday spirit at a free event tonight, the first-annual Holiday Stroll at SouthBridge.  For the kids, there w ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Scratching for Santa

    Deejays go up on the rooftop to wait for the sleigh

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Curtains: Miracle on 34th Street at Theater Works

       Kelly Leeth and Fred Bornhoeft are adorable in Miracle on 34th Street. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he was heard mildly cursing into his body mic during a quick backstage costume change last Saturday night in Peoria. But he shouldn't feel bad. Seriously, actor Fred Born ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    Posse Galore

    Pussy girls give new meaning to the term “stocking stuffers”

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    November 29, 2007

    The Ghosts of Kitschmas Past

    Seventh Avenue boutique brings out the vintage goodies

  • Calendar

    August 9, 2007

    Kick Out the Jammies

    Pillow-fight for your right to party at The Sets

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2006
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    December 6, 2006

    Sky High

    Either the wine went to my head, or that was really Santa dropping in to say hello From the looks of the prepackaged beer pong sets they're selling now at BevMo, you'd think beer fanatics have all the fun. But this kooky event I just stumbled upon tells me wine lovers can be weirdos, too: Satu ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 19, 2006

    Mondo Resolutions . . .

    When new Choos aren't enough

  • Music

    December 22, 2005

    Holiday Dysfunction

    Donning gay apparel, and other traumas

  • Calendar

    December 8, 2005
  • Culture

    December 23, 2004

    Just Claus

    You better not pout

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Merry Christmas, Beeyotch!

    Forget caroling. Here's a few hip-hop jammy-jams to warm your Yule log

  • Film

    November 11, 2004

    Well Trained

    The Polar Express breathes life into holiday characters

  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Hokey for the Holidays

    Christmas CDs are as unpredictable as the seasons, but a few find character of their own -- somehow

  • Film

    December 12, 2002

    Beat It

    Only band fans need stand in the Drumline

  • Film

    October 31, 2002

    Ho Ho Huh?

    Once more, Tim Allen drops a lump of coal down the chimney in Santa Clause 2

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Song for Xmas

    The trailer-park Grinch revisits his year of misery

  • Dining

    December 18, 1997
  • News

    December 26, 1996
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    December 19, 1996

    Santa Gets Down

    Twelve Yuletide carols that'll put a lump of soul in your stocking

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    November 30, 1995
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    November 23, 1995
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    November 16, 1995
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    December 15, 1994
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    December 1, 1994
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