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St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire
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This Irish-American band incorporates instrumentals, vocals and step-dancing into their performances, which draw on the rich cultural traditions of Ireland.
From leprechaun beards to shamrock hats, a few simple crafts can turn you from a spectator into a participant at a St. Patrick's Day parade or party.
“Revitalization” has become a buzzword for cities plagued with malnourished downtowns, a classification that fit Chandler more than a decade ago. Now, a little more than three years after it finished several construction projects and recruited businesses, the city is starting to see its efforts come to fruition.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — You've heard of flash mobs? Behold the Mass mob.
Classical landscapes interrupted by flying lemons. Silk camisoles carved from wood. Justin Bieber’s famous face painted into Renaissance-era art portraits. All this and more will be on display this fall at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.
Solas, "Irish America's most influential band," according to NPR's "The Thistle & Shamrock," presents “Shamrock City: A Multi-media Stage Show,” 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Zumba Fitness instructors worldwide are not only using a Latin-heavy song lineup in their classes, they're also creating new fans for artists such as Pitbull, Daddy Yankee and Don Omar.
Welcome to the "Max and Dave Show," a campaign-style swing around the country featuring two of the most powerful members of Congress rallying support for their effort to overhaul the nation's tax laws — and, just maybe, change the way Washington works.
If you’re interested in either Irish culture or boxing, you’re going to want to check out The Irish Cultural Center’s “Boxing Writers and Movie Night.” On Thursday, April 25, Jay Tunney, son of heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney, will discuss his new book “The Prizefighter and the Playwright,” a story about his father’s friendship with Irish author George Bernard Shaw.
WASHINGTON — This may be the year Congress decides what to do about the millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. And this may be the week when a bipartisan group of senators makes public details of the overhaul plan it has been negotiating for months.
The worn boxing gloves and yellowed punching bags tell only part of the story.
Sure, you know to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, but how well-versed are you in the history and culture of Ireland?
A list of America’s most popular dog breeds
The American Kennel Club has been tracking the popularity of purebred dogs for 128 years as the number of recognized breeds grew from nine to 177. A list of the country’s most popular dog breeds by the decade, according to data released by the AKC:
— 1880s: Top five breeds (English setters, Irish setters, pointers, Irish water spaniels and Gordon setters) were all working gun dogs, which helped hunters retrieve game.
— 1890s: The Saint Bernard takes the No. 1. spot, becoming the only giant breed to reach the top but never return.
— 1900s: The collie debuts at No. 1. The Boston terrier becomes the first small companion dog to reach No. 2.
— 1910s: The Boston terrier becomes the top dog and remains the only American breed to reach that spot.
— 1920s: The German shepherd takes over at No. 1 in 1925.
— 1930s: Boston terriers reclaim the top spot, and cocker spaniels begin their impressive climb. In the 1930s, the decade of the Great Depression, all top 10 breeds are small or medium-sized companion dogs.
— 1940s: Cocker spaniels (American and English, all colors) begin their reign. Influences included My Own Brucie, who won dozens of best-of-show titles and a likeness on the cover of Life Magazine.
— 1950s: The beagle becomes the nation’s top breed for most of the decade. Charles Schultz’s Snoopy makes his first appearance in national newspapers on Oct. 4, 1950.
— 1960s: Poodles take over as No. 1 in 1960 and stay there until 1982.
— 1970s: Poodles have the top spot locked up but in a harbinger of things to come, the Labrador retriever makes the top 10 for the first time.
— 1980s: Cocker spaniels return to the top.
— 1990s: Labrador retrievers take over and hold tight through at least 2012. Hollywood’s fascination with pocket pups is having an effect, as the decade marks the first appearance of the Yorkshire terrier, and the Pomeranian returns to the top 10 for the first time since the 1930s.
— 2000s: The Labrador retriever is overwhelmingly No. 1.
The new season of PBS's "Downton Abbey" on PBS's "Masterpiece" (9 p.m. EST Sunday and continuing Sunday nights through Feb. 17; check local listings) introduces several new characters, but the highest-profile actor joining the cast, if only for the first two hours, is undoubtedly Shirley MacLaine.
Marilyn Monroe. The Rolling Stones. And Bond — James Bond. What do they have in common?
Edward Rutherford has been writing historical sagas for more than 20 years but I just discovered him this summer with “New York, the Novel (2009).” After a passionate reading, I wanted heartily to recommend but hesitated — would most readers consider it “old news?” However, when Hurricane Sandy recently ravaged the East Coast, I felt compelled to do the review as it certainly wrote another chapter in the history of this amazing American city from 1664 to the year 2009.
In his second movie, the Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has mangled together a comic, self-aware revenge flick that's half Guy Ritchie, half Charlie Kaufman.
Fifteen dogs attended Sue Subkow's first Halloween party in 2005. Half wore costumes, half were naked and all went home in about an hour.
Whether you want to explore a classy art festival or cheer at the ostrich, or even Chihuahua races, the East Valley has it! Let’s take advantage of our Arizona paradise and dance outdoors to live music, indulge during a cook-off, put on our boots for the rodeo and Old West Days, or run foot races.
Performing Arts 2012-13 season preview
Performing Arts 2012-13 season preview
When considering iconic fictional couples, there are only a few who immediately come to mind whose relationship has stood the test of time. Romeo & Juliet, Lois & Clark, Rhett & Scarlett, Fred & Wilma, Homer & Marge and even Peter & Mary Jane are all partners who, when matched together by just their first names, embody a picture of romantic affinity in our collective pop cultural consciousness.
"I'm quite new to this whole press package," admits British actor Tom Weston-Jones, conducting an interview on a bustling street with buses and foot traffic zipping by rather than talking indoors, where a party's noise level is not much better.