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Jimmy Peggie
A movie premiering March 31 aims to highlight Arizona’s arts scene — specifically, its experimental arts scene.
Mar. 31, 2021
singer on stage
After being canceled last year, Chandler’s Jazz Festival will return next month. But it will look different.
Mar. 26, 2021
Ayanna Thompson Blackface book
The history of blackface, the behavior by which white people paint their faces and sometimes their bodies to imitate people of color, has a long and persistent history. In a new book, Ayanna Thompson, regents professor of English at Arizona State University, explores its painful history and the wounds it can reopen.
Mar. 26, 2021
cullen murphy
The years of the Trump administration led some Americans to wonder about just how much the country was changing. Do occurrences like the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol indicate a true downturn in the U.S.? Does it resemble the fall of ancient Rome?
Mar. 26, 2021
stormy nesbit
If you shop at Forever 21, you may well see clothes designed by Stormy Nesbit. A Phoenix-based graphic designer and illustrator, Nesbit has a collection for sale there. She also creates prints and other artworks.
Mar. 26, 2021
Lauren Redniss Oak Flat
Receiving a MacArthur Foundation Genius grant immediately puts the recipient on a new creative track, with opportunities to expand upon previous ideas or utilize the support to innovate. Lauren Redniss was given her grant in 2016 and has gone on to write several books — including her most recent one, "Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West."
Mar. 25, 2021
boxes of food
It’s an overcast Saturday at the Talking Stick Resort Arena as cars pull up to volunteers wearing masks and orange vests. They open their trunks and load them up with boxes of food, as rock music blares from a speaker. It’s a food drive for people who work in the live-event industry — or at least people who used to.
Mar. 24, 2021
Nicole Walker Processed Meats
In her new book "Processed Meats: Essays on Food, Flesh, and Navigating Disaster," Flagstaff-based writer Nicole Walker opens up her personal life to explore — in part — how we exist as individuals and communities.
Mar. 24, 2021
Mega Ran Raheen Jarbo Dream Master book
Rapper Raheem Jarbo — also known as Mega Ran — has a new autobiography called "Dream Master: a Memoir: From the Stoop to the Stage to the Stars." Jarbo joined The Show to talk about it.
Mar. 23, 2021
Ken Koshio
Ken Koshio, a Japanese artist who hikes up Piestewa Peak every morning to greet the sun with a musical performance, has drawn quite the following. Koshio says Piestewa Peak was a natural place to go after Camelback Mountain closed last year due to the pandemic.
More Arizona Arts, Entertainment News
Mar. 22, 2021
Saguaro cacti
The March issue of Arizona Highways magazine is devoted to images and words about the saguaro cactus. The Show spoke with Editor Robert Stieve for more about why the publication put that particular cactus in the spotlight.
Mar. 19, 2021
Gods at Play Tom Callahan
Sports can be a great way to escape from the stresses of day-to-day life. The games, and the people who play them, can be the source of inspiration at times. Longtime sportswriter Tom Callahan has seen that firsthand, and has written a book chronicling some of those stories.
Mar. 19, 2021
The Replacements Dead Man's Pop book
At the 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony on March 14, Tucson native Bob Mehr won in the category of Best Album Notes for his work on a four album box set released by Minnesota alt-rockers, The Replacements. The Show spoke with Mehr for more about what it is like to write meaningful album notes in 2021, compared to in the past.
Mar. 18, 2021
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
For the first time, the Ballet Theatre of Phoenix will offer a pre-professional program for dancers this fall.
Mar. 10, 2021


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