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Top Five Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week

If Bob Ross were alive today, he'd be painting happy little trees all over the place in ecstatic fervor for all the arts and culture happenings in Phoenix. To help you see the forest for the trees, here's a recap of the top arts and culture stories of the week.

Laurie Notaro's Existential Showdown on Yelp

All I really wanted to do was order a pizza.

That's all I wanted to do.

I didn't want to get into a sparring match with anonymous Internet assholes, I didn't want to argue about libel laws and I certainly didn't want to enter a debate concerning my entire existence.

Then again, that's what happens when you enter the arena of Roman-inspired public games called Yelp, and before you know it people who only venture outside to go someplace and then come right back to review it are calling for your head on a flagpole.

Read Laurie Notaro's full story.

--Laurie Notaro

Jeff Hardy on TNA's Bound for Glory, Overcoming Personal Demons, and Whether He'll Ever Return to WWE

Jeff Hardy is currently on a road to redemption.

Three years ago, the ultra-quirky daredevil professional wrestler (who's legendary for his high-flying and risk-taking exploits inside the ring for both World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action) was mired in a maelstrom of legal and personal issues, including charges of drug possession and allegations of hardcore substance abuse. Hardy's future was none too bright after he left behind a multimillion-dollar gig working for WWE and was possibly looking at spending years in prison.

Thankfully, Hardy settled his legal drama, recovered from his issues, and once again became one of the biggest stars in the wrestling biz. Later this month, he's scheduled to battle Austin Aries for the TNA's world heavyweight title here in the Valley at the promotion's biggest pay-per-view event of the year, Bound For Glory, which takes place on Sunday, October 14, at the Grand Canyon University Arena.

Despite his nickname of "The Charismatic Enigma," Hardy was remarkablly candid during a recent interview with Jackalope Ranch concerning his troubled past, as well as his feelings about the big title match, his artistic endeavors, and whether or not he'll return to WWE next year.

Read the full interview with Jeff Hardy.

--Benjamin Leatherman

How to Make a Jan Brewer Halloween Mask in Less Than Five Minutes (VIDEO)

Courtesy of Seattle-based blogger, musician and humorist Marianne Spellman comes an instructional on a very Halloween-friendly character: The 22nd and current Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer.

Check out how you can make a spot-on, sadly realistic Jan Brewer Halloween (or any day of the year) mask.

--Claire Lawton

Chaos Theory 13: Randy Slack Decides Not to Accept Suzanne Falk's Painting -- Is it Censorship? (NSFW)

Randy Slack doesn't like to be called a curator, but for the last 13 years he's invited members of the arts community to participate in his art show, Chaos Theory. The event has grown -- bigger and faster than Slack ever imagined -- and this year, more than 60 artists are on the bill for a one-night show in downtown Phoenix.

While Chaos Theory is known to showcase all levels of work by artists in all formats, Slack still keeps a close eye on what goes up on the walls and what doesn't make the cut. This week, he learned the hard way that curatorial decisions cause quite the ripple, thanks to social media.

Read the full story here.

--Claire Lawton

Saint 22 to Close at the End of October

Two years after Kelly Hale, Glen Purvis, Kathy Apodoca, and Rick Wood opened up shop on 15th Avenue and Thomas Road, they announced they'll be "saying goodbye" to Saint 22.

The home decor and knitting supply store was known for its bright awning and wide selection of yarns and eclectic must-haves. Saint, as Hale and Purvis described to us last year, stood for Simple Accessories Inspired Necessities 4 Today and the 22 was for Hale's sister (drawn in the Saint 22 logo by Kersten Easthope), who died at the age of 22.

Find out why Kelly Hale, Glen Purvis, Kathy Apodoca, and Rick Wood are closing up shop.

--Claire Lawton

Don't forget to check out Jackalope Ranch's continuing series, 100 Creatives.

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