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For most scribes who have toiled in the movie industry, portraying Hollywood as a healing paradise is roughly equivalent to regaling a lobster of the soothing properties of a boiling pot of water.
Underscoring deeply conflicted characters, who are on a mission to reconceive their unsatisfying circumstances, has become director David O. Russell's sweet spot. From his raw 1996 film, "Flirting with Disaster," to last year's acclaimed "Silver Linings Playbook," he effectively unravels the disarray.
Looking up at the headshots on the wall, Wanda Manville carefully goes over almost each photo, explaining the dancer’s name, background and where they are now. I suddenly realize that Manville, the 74-year-old owner and director of Tempe Dance Academy, has a genuine personal connection to each of the faces displayed on the wall.
As the year draws to a close, new awards and Top 10 lists are springing up right and left, many of them singing the praises of the technically brilliant but emotionally flat “Gravity.” While it’s no doubt a must-see experience for any cinephile, the same could be said of an equally immersive but far richer film, “The Great Beauty.” For nearly two and a half hours, this Fellini-esque epic transports us right to the heart of Rome’s vibrant nightlife and high society as we follow an aging journalist who begins to see the world around him from a new perspective.
Not your grandpa’s a cappella singers, this Grammy award-winning group melds perfect harmony with funky rhythms in a unique blend of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop as they perform music from their Christmas album along with original selections.
"To the art of working well, a civilized race would add the art of playing well," philosopher George Santayana said.
Let's all stop being coy and fess up, shall we? The truth is, even those of us who work with cookbooks, write about cookbooks, collect cookbooks — heck, even write cookbooks ourselves — don't actually cook from cookbooks. At least not nearly as frequently as we'd like to/promise ourselves we will/tell others we do.
The Grammy Award winner and daughter of the late Nat King Cole performs selections from the American Songbook. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Scottsdale Cultural Council.
Rita Coolidge has charted hits in almost every genre and won just about every music accolade possible, including two Grammy Awards.
This undated image provided by Promo Communications in Aspen, Colo., shows an installation from the exhibit titled "Rob Pruitt: An American Folk Artist," that ran from May 3, - July 14, 2013 at the Aspen Art Museum,. The museum hosts a steady rotation of exhibits of contemporary art from around the world, and offers free admission. Aspen is a posh and pricey destination during ski season but the museum is one of a number of free things to see and do locally. (AP Photo/Promo Communications)
Nearly a year ago, I hosted the first Downtown Development Summit at the Mesa Arts Center. We invited developers and financiers from Arizona and around the country to come see what downtown Mesa had to offer. We highlighted development opportunities and showcased available properties through downtown and along the light rail corridor.
KENOSHA, Wis. — When the auto plant here closed, this prosperous Wisconsin port city on Lake Michigan lost more than just its largest employer. Its sense of vitality seemed to drain away, and city leaders set out to find something that would inject life into the brick-storefront downtown while the economy went through a transition.
Arizona real estate titan and philanthropist Michael Pollack will celebrate 40 years in business by presenting a concert by Blood, Sweat and Tears, the American jazz-rock band popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Frustrated by the ease at which digital photos can be taken and doctored, some artists are kicking it old school: They've revived wet plate collodion photography, a medium invented and popular during the mid-1800s.
Since the Tribune has decided that I must join Facebook to participate in discussions here, I am rather limited to letters. Ms. Turley-Hanson’s censorship campaign does deserve an answer, so here it is.
ATLANTA — A couple miles east of downtown Atlanta on the fringe of a historic blue-collar neighborhood, Home grown serves up satisfying Southern fare in an eclectic atmosphere.
It's one thing to have a beautiful, comfy bed. But what if it also included a TV screen, game console and dimmable, color-changing lights?
Along with grainy woods, metallics and other textural elements, rock and mineral-themed decor is part of a fall trend toward nature and natural elements.
CHICAGO — Doug Sohn has made an art of the traditional Chicago-style hot dog, replete with mustard, onions, pickle relish, dill spear, tomatoes, celery salt and sport peppers. (No ketchup!)
Know how even if you live for skinnies and tunic tops you get the urge once in a while to slip into a sparkly dress and strappy heels? That’s kind of how the new “Hidden Realism” art show is striking us. Sure, we love our nearby favorites, but heading to Scottsdale to see these brain-trippingly realistic creations could really liven up date night.
RICHMOND, Va. — With terrain varying from the mountains to the coast, Virginia offers an array of fall colors for leaf-peepers. But before or after your drive along one of the state's many scenic byways, consider a fix of Southern city living with a visit to the state capital, Richmond. Located along Interstate 95, it's an easy stopping-off point. And whether you like the outdoors, art or history, there's plenty to do here — and you don't have to spend a dime.
Native American entertainers, demonstrators, artists and vendors fill downtown Chandler with performances, art and food from indigenous cultures across the Southwest.
So maybe the chance to taste the flaky spawn of a doughnut and croissant won't get you lining up at the crack of dawn. Maybe you're holding out for a burger nestled between fried ramen noodles. Or perhaps it's the elusive McRib that moves you.
WASHINGTON — Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution's collection of Jim Henson's Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too.