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The Firehouse Builds Toward Its Future With This Weekend's Share Fire Festival

Michael 23 is kind of what you'd call a survivor. Over the past several years, the enigmatic artist provocateur and co-founder of The Firehouse has endured personal tragedies, professional setbacks, financial hardships, stressful legal battles, and other such emotionally draining drama.

Like anyone who's faced such situations, he's acquired loads of wisdom and patience as a result. Both have become almost de rigueur for Michael 23 and others behind the scenes at the downtown Phoenix performance space, art gallery, and music venue, especially given some of the issues its been through in recent years.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.