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In anticipation of the 15th annual Canyon Arts Festival on Jan. 23, 2015, the Gold Canyon Arts Council seeks original submissions for the event poster. Artists may use the media of their choice to create a work that reflects one of the following:
"Guardians of the Galaxy” (PG-13) is the 10th film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also probably the silliest. The good news is that director James Gunn’s film is silly in all the right ways. It’s never insultingly silly like “Batman & Robin” or unknowingly silly like “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Rather, “Guardians of the Galaxy” basks in its silliness and has a blast with its outlandish premise. Since the film never takes itself too seriously, the audience is ironically able to take it more seriously than most straight-faced science fiction epics. In a summer of dark, gritty blockbusters, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the life of the party.
Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled.
On July 2, director Scott Derrickson adds “Deliver Us From Evil” to his cache of creepy horror films including “Sinister” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” Based on the real-life experiences of former-NYPD-officer-now-demonologist Ralph Sarchie, the film stars, along with plenty of demonic possessions, a rich cast including Eric Bana as the pessimistic, skeptic cop Sarchie, Joel McHale as his joke-cracking partner and Edgar Ramirez as Mendoza, an undercover priest. GetOut had the chance to talk with Eric Bana and Joel McHale about the upcoming film.
Tempe’s indie bookseller is hosting several events this summer that piqued our interest, but we’ve circled these three in red:
Steven Raichlen: The star of PBS’ “Primal Grill” signs copies of his new cookbook, “Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys,” in which he focuses on the creation of favorite dishes in creative and unique ways — blowtorch oatmeal, fire-eater chicken wings, black kale Caesar and down east lobster rolls, anyone?
DETAILS >> 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19. Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive. Free; seating opens at 6 p.m. and is first-come, first-served. (480) 730-0205 or ChangingHands.com.
Food writing class with Amy Silverman: If, like Julia Child, you love to eat and love writing about it even more, this food writing class with the editor of Phoenix New Times’ award-winning food blog Chow Bella will be a luscious treat. During the two-hour class, Silverman will give you a toolbox full of tips on everything from social media updates on your dining experiences, to writing a food blog and how to write long-form magazine stories about your favorite dish.
DETAILS >> 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive. $25; includes snacks; pre-registration required. (480) 730-0205 or ChangingHands.com.
Diana Gabaldon: This New York Times bestselling author just released “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” — the eighth installment in her “Outlander” historical fiction series, which is slated to become a STARZ network television drama . Changing Hands brings Gabaldon (pictured) to Mesa next week for a presentation and book signing.
DETAILS >> Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25. Dobson High School Auditorium, 1501 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa. Two tickets to the event are free with the purchase of the book; kids 4 and younger are free. (480) 730-0205 or ChangingHands.com.
One common trait shared by the best thrillers across every medium is the establishment of an unnerving environment and ambiance that rests just below the surface of the action on screen. It's the feeling of uneasy strangeness evoked by places like Twin Peaks, Washington or Eerie, Indiana that appear normal when first introduced yet always feel just a little bit off.
The riveting family drama “Alone Yet Not Alone” will open Friday, June 13, at just two theaters in the Valley: Harkins Superstition Springs at Power Road and U.S. Highway 60 and AMC Mesa Grand at Stapley Drive and the 60.
George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” is an American classic, but, for many of us, knowledge of the work begins and ends with a fuzzy recording of “Summertime.”
NEW YORK — Times Square is a lot of things — a sensory-overload, horribly crowded, eye-popping and deeply exciting. One thing it has never seemed to be is a place to go for food.
It would be easy to go full-geek and rip into the new X-movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, for straying so significantly from its source material; but this “Xemplary” film is so much fun that I’m forced to forgive its many offenses. This movie is a first-rate super-drama and an optic blast of eye-candy (not to mention it is also fantastically funny.)
Every year in the spring, Tempe arts school New School for the Arts & Academics (NSAA) throws a big event to raise money for the school. The students showcase their talents through various types of performances such as dance, drama, and music and their visual art skills by selling various items they’ve made such as pottery, buttons, bobble-heads, etc. In addition to this marvelous display of talents, the students and faculty run activities like this year’s dunk tank, carnival games, and a rather impressive raffle. These kids have some serious talent!
NEW YORK — When the creative minds at MTV get together, Susanne Daniels must seem like the adult in the room.
Summer’s here and it’s time for some fun in the sun. But how do you make sure your kids don’t encounter an educational backslide? Many teachers and parents refer to this phenomenon as the “Summer Brain Drain.”
If you had told me that one day I would love a small British film about a man driving alone in a car, talking on the phone for ninety minutes (with half of the conversation involving the details of a construction project), I would have said you’ve had one to many pints. But somehow, miraculously, the new film, Locke, pulls off this cinematic gimmick and is actually one of the best films so far this year.
NEW YORK — U.K.-born and bred Cat Deeley has found a place in Hollywood, thanks to hosting the Fox dance competition show, "So You Think You Can Dance," which will launch its 11th season next month.
NEW YORK — More exotic creatures thrive in the shadows of summer blockbusters. Here are 10 of the most anticipated indie films due this summer, nary a caped superhero or city-crushing monster among them.
A dark, Tony-nominated drama about a blind woman named Suzy who finds herself in the middle of a drug deal gone awry is playing at Mesa Encore Theatre’s intimate Black Box on Brown playhouse.
You can't really watch the film “Bears” with any expectation of plot or even a plethora of factoids for your kids to spout off randomly in the car. There are a few of those for sure (did you know that a bear's sense of smell is seven times stronger than a blood hound's?) but the film's purpose is evoke as many “awwwwwws” and “squeeeees” from the titular animals’ escapades as humanly possible.
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LOS ANGELES — With several films set to debut this year, including such disparate turns as a taxidermist villainess, mysterious amnesiac and an actress-turned-princess, Nicole Kidman will again become a familiar face in theaters.
Students at Red Mountain High School in Mesa took a shot at reemphasizing the harm caused by tobacco with a robot they designed themselves.
It’s often called, “The greatest story ever told,” and it’s taken straight from the Bible in an annual production with a stage and cast of near biblical proportions, as befitting the story. The Easter Pageant of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is performed in the huge grassy bowl in front of the Visitor’s Center of the Mesa Arizona Temple, 525 East Main St. It never fails to be a moving, memorable and uplifting experience that brings people back year after year.