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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
FilmBar
The independent cinema, FilmBar, is closing its current location at the end of February after nine years. But FilmBar is not going away entirely. To learn more about FilmBar’s future, The Show spoke with the cinema’s owner Kelly Aubey.
Jan. 28, 2021
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation and partner arts organizations have selected Indigenous and Latino artists in Arizona to create art on a shipping container in downtown Phoenix. The project is called "UNCONTAINED," and the first of four artist’s work is now on display.
Jan. 25, 2021
The first of four emerging Latino and indigenous artists’ murals was unveiled last Friday in downtown Phoenix. As part of an outdoor project called UNCONTAINED, Navajo artist Jesse Yazzie was selected as the first to exhibit his work, "Triumph Over Tragedy."
Jan. 19, 2021
KJZZ's The Show
Danielle Geller was three years old when her family packed up their car and drove from Florida to her mother’s home of Window Rock, Arizona, where she was registered as a member of the Navajo Nation. But she grew up far from the desert.
Jan. 12, 2021
Immigration Visa application
Immigration to the U.S. has dropped dramatically during the Trump administration, with a lot of the attention focused on enforcement policies related to undocumented immigrants. But legal immigration has also seen huge limits, and those became even starker in 2020 because of the pandemic.
Jan. 5, 2021
riz ahmed
As 2020 winds down, The Show senior producer and independent film critic Kaely Monahan reflects on this year in film.
Dec. 30, 2020

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