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Steven Spielberg
When you think of Steven Spielberg, Arizona might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But his newest yet-to-be-named movie will center on a young child and teen living in Phoenix during the late 1950s and early '60s.
Mar. 16, 2021
Jessica Wapner Wall Disease
Walls have separated individual houses, communities and, of course, nations for centuries. In her book "Wall Disease," reporter Jessica Wapner writes about how walls affect us internally and externally.
Mar. 15, 2021
theater stage curtain
Most arts organizations across Arizona have been impacted by the pandemic. Some qualified for federal assistance. But others did not. Now there may be help on the way. The Arizona House of Representatives recently passed HB 2755, a $5 million bill that will provide funds for the arts community.
Mar. 12, 2021
Camp Dreamtree materials
Spring Break 2020 was a real turning point. The pandemic shut down schools and life as we knew it. A year later, there’s cautious optimism that things might soon be back to normal. But for many, spring break still looks different. Knowing that, husband-and-wife team, and Valley-based artists, Roy Wasson Valle and Koryn Woodward Wasson created a camp experience that exists mostly in the mind.
Mar. 12, 2021
"Ball Boy"
Trying to make it as an NBA player is an extremely challenging proposition. And as many aspiring writers can tell you, getting a book published is just as daunting in its own way. Former Phoenix Suns forward Paul Shirley has accomplished both of those things.
Mar. 12, 2021
Ronald Rael
Ronald Rael is an architect and artist whose work draws attention to the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2019, he built a set of teeter-totters that hung in the balance on the border wall. He’s recently launched another project just across the border from Arizona in Nogales, Sonora.
Mar. 11, 2021
Ballerina
For the first time, the Ballet Theatre of Phoenix will offer a pre-professional program for dancers this fall.
Mar. 10, 2021
stack of books
There are two new additions to a "I Am" series of popular children’s books that teach kids about important figures in history. The Show talked with New York Times best-selling author Brad about how he picked Anne Frank and Benjamin Franklin to be the subjects of his newest books.
Mar. 10, 2021
The city of Peoria is seeking public comment on updating its arts master plan from the last one in 2009. The new version focuses on community engagement, ensuring accessibility and growth the city will likely experience in the next 10 years.
Mar. 9, 2021
nourish phoenix mural
Since 2015, United Healthcare Community Plans, which serves Medicaid members, has teamed up with local artist and muralist Lalo Cota to paint the sides of a handful of Valley schools. The latest mural is on the side of Nourish Phoenix, a south Phoenix food bank.
Mar. 8, 2021
Elaine Romero
Tributes often flow out for people who have accomplished great things but who have either passed away, or their time in the spotlight had finished decades before. Arizona Theatre Company is going against the grain with its RomeroFest, which features virtual performances of plays written by Elaine Romero, the troupe’s playwright-in-residence.
Mar. 4, 2021
JFA Jodie Foster's Army skate punk band 1986
In 1981, a group of Phoenix musicians from various punk bands coalesced to form Arizona’s contribution to the West Coast punk scene — Jodie Foster’s Army. The band has released numerous albums, and bootlegged cassettes of their shows from the early '80s continue to be traded by aficionados. The band celebrates their 40th anniversary this year.
Mar. 2, 2021
The Leon Polk Smith Exhibition
The Heard Museum is considered one of the premier places in the country to see exhibits related to Native American and Indigenous art and artists. Its current exhibition — a Heard original — focuses on Leon Polk Smith, a modernist who began his work in Oklahoma and was inspired and influenced by the culture he saw around him.
Mar. 1, 2021
The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University has hosted a marquee event for writers, aspiring authors and readers of all genres for nearly two decades. This year, the 17th-annual “Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference,” held in late February, connected people virtually.
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Feb. 28, 2021
The Cactus League Novel paperback cover
Despite health concerns, spring training is now commencing here in the Valley. Novelist Emily Nemens loves baseball and decided to put the diamond at the center of her first book "The Cactus League," and The Show spoke with her for more about it.
Feb. 17, 2021
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival 2019
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival will get under way for the 25th year this week. For the first time, the festival will be a virtual event.
Feb. 11, 2021
A new anthology project is seeking personal essays by Black Arizonans. "Indiscernibles" is part of an attempt to tell a largely unknown story about "The Great Migration," when millions of Blacks left the South for the North, Midwest and West during the 20th century.
Feb. 5, 2021
Sonora’s arts community is mourning the death of one of its best known painters. His death was not related to COVID-19, according to a family member.
Feb. 2, 2021
paint bucket
The first day of Black History Month is also the kick-off of a project in Phoenix meant to educate residents about some of the pioneers of the Black community.
Feb. 1, 2021
Americano!" production
The Phoenix Theatre Company’s original musical production “Americano!” is receiving renewed renown. The New York City-based Amas Musical Theatre has signed to co-produce a live workshop production of it later this fall.
Jan. 29, 2021

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