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“It’s that time of year when politicians everywhere live on a food stamp budget for a week and then whine and moan about how hard it was. Guess what? I am not on food stamps, but my family has less than that to spend on food. We eat healthy and do just fine. $29-$47 a week per person for food would be a luxury.”
Ashley Vargas lives for the looks of astonishment on her audience’s faces when she performs her nightly show.
A few observations from a columnist who, despite summer having officially begun just this past week, might have been out in the sun too long:
Prescott; Tucson; Williams
ORLANDO, Fla. — If there's ever been a summer to visit a theme park — or two, or three — this is it.
The same jury that convicted Jodi Arias of murder one week ago took less than three hours Wednesday to determine that the former waitress is eligible for the death penalty in the stabbing death of her one-time lover.
The jury has rendered its verdict — Jodi Arias is guilty of first-degree murder — but the trial is far from finished.
Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday in the gruesome killing of her one-time boyfriend in Arizona after a four-month trial that captured headlines with lurid tales of sex, lies, religion and a salacious relationship that ended in a blood bath.
It has become a real-life soap opera watched by people around the world and dozens of fanatics who camp out on a Phoenix sidewalk in the middle of the night to get into the show. One seat even sold for $200.
NEW YORK — At the beginning of each tourist season, the entrepreneurs who pitch the thrill rides, hot dogs, sideshows and souvenirs at gritty Coney Island gather along its famous boardwalk to pray for two things: good weather and large crowds.
It’s no surprise that Chelsea Bain has been attending NASCAR races since she was 5 years old. Her dad, Emmett “Buddy” Jobe, brought NASCAR to Phoenix International Raceway in 1987. Now, Bain is more involved in NASCAR than she ever has been, but not as a spectator — as a rockin’ country musician.
"Oz the Great and Powerful" aims for nostalgia in older viewers who grew up on "The Wizard of Oz" and still hold the classic dear while simultaneously enchanting a newer, younger audience. It never really accomplishes either successfully.
A month from now the East Valley’s biggest bash — the seven-week long Arizona Renaissance Festival — kicks off in Apache Junction. This Friday, you can ignite the jovial flame at “The Bard’s New Yeare” celebration sponsored by Mesa Arts Center in conjunction with Downtown Mesa’s 2nd Friday “Ye Olde Main Street Renaissance Faire.”
Christmas is a time for keeping long-standing family traditions. The Zoppé Family has been keeping theirs for almost 200 years.
An East Valley holiday tradition, this Italian family circus brings its one-ring show to Chandler, where you’ll see acrobats, equestrians, canines and clowns put on a show suited for all ages.
Giovanni Zoppe, a sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino in the Zoppe Italian Family Circus, walks a tight rope during a performance, Friday, December 30, 2011 in Chandler. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Check this deal. Take four people out to an evening movie; buy each a ticket, a small popcorn and a small drink for a total of $24. Where? Well, you are about to find out. The costly holidays are upon us, so let’s save some money on movies.
As a kid on his way home from elementary school, Neil Goldberg would pull tinsel and forgotten ornaments off discarded Christmas trees put out on the curb in his New York City neighborhood.
Even people without coffee tables enjoy coffee table books as gifts, especially if they’re thoughtfully chosen rather than hastily snatched from a store shelf at the last minute.
Martin Taylor’s email is said in jest, but sums up life in his Chandler family’s home very well: “Sorry we haven’t been in touch. It’s a circus around here.”
From left, Jasmyn Napier and the Taylor children, Aubrey, Ian, Elia and Liam show off their various talents while training for the opening of Circus Americana at Herberger Theater in December. [Submitted photo]
Elia, 17, is a trained ballerina with the Royal Academy of Dance and performs on the tightrope. [Submitted photo]
Martin and Barbara Taylor are performers. [Submitted photos]
Performing Arts 2012-13 season preview
Little hands grab at Lego pieces: a red brick here, a wheel there, a spoke, some yellow bricks with eyes.