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Hundreds of dedicated classic car owners and thousands of auto enthusiasts will fill the streets of downtown Chandler during the 11th annual Classic Car & Hot Rod Show on Saturday, Feb. 22. In addition to the cars, there will be arts and crafts, car-related vendors, food booths and a beer garden with live entertainment by local bands.
From an adventure within the bowels of titanoboa, the world’s largest snake, to a step-by-step procedure on how to shrink a human head, Arizona Science Center’s newest exhibit, “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” has it all.
Hartford, Conn. - Former pitcher Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he is battling cancer.
Now that the holiday spending is over, the bills are coming in.
Bidding on the huge variety of vehicles, from custom Karmann Gia’s to celebrity Simon Cowell’s Bugatti Veyron, may be out of reach but browsing Arizona’s premier automobile auction and its plethora of merchandise booths is fun for car lovers of all ages.
Several thousand seasoned collectors, families and kids are expected to attend the 42nd annual Flagg Gem and Mineral Show set for Jan. 3-5 in the west parking lot of Mesa Community College at Dobson Road and Southern Avenue.
LOS ANGELES — In a world of on-demand video and movies shrunken to the size of smartphone screens, home-entertainment releases need something special to stand out. The following box sets offer more than movies for every cinephile on your holiday list.
It’s a place where cultures clash but also where sports and comic memorabilia collectors can converge.
This photo provided by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment shows the Blu-ray box set of the Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
This photo provided by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment shows the Blu-ray box set of The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
This photo provided by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment shows the Blu-ray box set of the James Dean Ultimate Collector's Edition. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
NEW YORK — The holidays bring out the inner-coffee table book obsessive in gift buyers. They're easy, weighty and satisfying to give. You've done your job with your pricey treat.
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.
It’s been 75 years since Dorothy clicked her sparkling ruby heels together and wished to go home, and now you can see her dazzling red kicks and the zany world of Oz like never before.
Tucson — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wrongly paid out at least $67,000 to Pima Community College in Tucson last year because the college did not promptly notify the agency when student veterans quit school or flunked out, according to newly released records.
Gary Kinnaman's collection of war items is on display at the Gilbert Historical Museum in Gilbert, shown Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
“I was always interested in the Civl War, but we lived in Arizona, so I never had any opportunity to see any of that until I became an adult,” says Kinnaman. “It was just a compelling time in American history, with the Emancipation Proclamation, the nation at war with itself, the assassination of the president — the first ever. There’s just a lot to capture and hold your interest.” [More on next slide ...]
Another emotional grouping is a series of letters exchanged among the War Department, the mother, and friends of a B-17 pilot who crashed into the English Channel and died on his 35th mission — the final one before he was to be discharged — and the soldier himself. His uniform is also on display. [More on next slide ...]
“I have a World War II U-boat patrol report — it’s a daily report typed out on the U-boat and signed each day by the captain — signed by Wilhelm Canaris, who became the head of the German Abvehr, which was the German spy agency. He became disillusioned with Hitler and was eventually executed for being part of the Valkyrie plot, which was made into a movie with Tom Cruise a few years ago,” says Kinnaman, pictured.
From the same period is a more controversial item: a Nazi flag. “[It] troubles people, until they realize it’s been signed by the 25 American service members who captured that flag,” Kinnaman says. [More on next slide ...]
Kinnaman’s Civil War display is compact but comprehensive. There’s the Lincoln signature, serving as postage in the upper-right corner of an envelope. Those bullets that sailed into a head-on collision. A dull-looking serrated saw used in field-hospital amputations. Binoculars and a signal lantern. A .44-caliber revolver and several diminuitive boot pistols. [More on next slide ...]
If you go
What: See artifacts and documents — including weapons, uniforms, medals and famous signatures — from the Civil War and World Wars I and II in the exhibit “Documenting War: The Kinnaman Collection.”
When: On display 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through the end of the year. Call ahead to make sure a docent is available to let you into the exhibit.
Where: Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Road
Cost: Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for kids ages 5-12.
Information: (480) 926-1577 or GilbertHistoricalMuseum.org
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By Mandy Zajac, Tribune
“I can’t believe I’m in the same room in Gilbert, Arizona, with Abraham Lincoln’s signature and Thomas Jefferson’s signature. It’s crazy,” says museum volunteer Cathy Schnaze.
She manned the exhibition the day I looked around, noting weighty items such as the signatures of Patrick Henry, James Madison, Robert E. Lee, George S. Patton, Winston Churchill and even Adolf Hitler, and more everyday things, like a ceramic gingerbeer (like rootbeer) bottle from the Civil War era or a tiny, weathered Catholic Mass book found in the hand of dead French soldier during World War I.
The items, somewhere between 200 and 300 in number, are only a fraction of what Gilbert’s Gary Kinnaman, retired senior pastor of Word of Grace Church, has collected over the years. [More on next slide ...]
But amid the helmets, medals, buttons, bullets and swords what may be most novel is Kinnaman’s Civil War memorabilia. Artifacts from the era aren’t something you see an abundance of in Arizona, where statehood wasn’t reached until almost 50 years after the war between North and South ended.
“The closest thing is probably the Indian War museum (Fort Verde State Historic Park) up at Camp Verde, at Fort Verde, because most of those guys were veterans of the Civil War, and there was a lot of overlap of equipment and uniforms,” says Kinnaman. “The national guard has an Arizona Military Museum, and there are a handful of Civil War items there.” [More on next slide ...]