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For artists whose income has been decimated over the last nine months, many continue to level up with renewed thinking at a time of year that’s usually extremely busy for them whether it’s jam sessions, exhibitions, in-person performances or even seasonal workshops.
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Dec. 6, 2020
Matthew Yglesias One Billion Americans
There are roughly 330 million people living in the United States, but Matthew Yglesias says adding a whole lot more would be a whole lot better for the country. Yglesias is author of the new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."
Nov. 30, 2020
My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend
An anonymous group of donors is putting up $250,000 to keep the Arizona Theatre Company going in 2021. The theatre has launched a “Bring Us Back to Live” campaign in hopes of matching donor monies with individual contributions.
Nov. 15, 2020
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The city of Tempe says it made the difficult decision out of an abundance of caution as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arizona.
Nov. 13, 2020
Phoenix Film Festival poster
The Phoenix Film Festival’s 20th anniversary kicks off Nov. 12 — about eight months after it was supposed to open. It was, of course, shut down by the pandemic in the spring. As usual, the festival has a huge variety of movies. Fans of the festival will actually go to the theater to watch the films, instead of a digital from-home component that other events have tried. But there are some changes.
Nov. 12, 2020
butter movie
Nov. 6 is the opening of the 20th Scottsdale International Film Festival. While COVID-19 has forced the festival to change its approach, fans will still get a chance to “attend” by purchasing passes online to stream the festival virtually. Kicking off the festival is a movie about “Butter” — not the kind you put on your toast, but a lonely, obese teenage boy who lives in Scottsdale.
Nov. 6, 2020
Cory Doctorow
Science fiction explores numerous themes, but the two most common generally involve dystopia or utopia. An increasingly divided nation might have been in search of ideas that are more hopeful, but sci-fi has increasingly focused on the darker, edgier aspects. Best-selling author Cory Doctorow has decided to go the other way.
Nov. 5, 2020
A Good Map of All Things by Alberto Rios
Five months into the pandemic — and with his new novel "A Good Map of All Things" being published — Arizona’s original poet laureate, Alberto Ríos says the quiet has been useful in his writing.
Oct. 29, 2020
Jonathan Alter
Jimmy Carter's presidency is probably best remembered for the Iran hostage situation and a gas shortage, and his post-presidency has been praised for his passion and activism on behalf of a number of causes. In the new book, 'His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life,' best-selling author Jonathan Alter covers Carter’s early days growing up on a farm all the way to the present.
Oct. 22, 2020
Jewell Parker Rhodes Ghost Boys
A 2018 young adult novel about a Black child shot by police is getting renewed attention today, as protests over racial injustice and police misconduct continue. In the book, "Ghost Boys," a 12-year old boy is shot by police and, as a ghost, sees what happens in and to his community in the aftermath of that shooting.
Oct. 20, 2020
movie slate
The economy has been hit hard on all fronts this year as the pandemic has caused skyrocketing unemployment and upended many industries. But one relative success story within this is in the Phoenix film industry. Phoenix Film Commissioner Phil Bradstock said despite COVID-19, it was a big year for film in the city.
Oct. 19, 2020
Tom Zoellner Arizona trail border
Author Tom Zoellner is being called a modern day Woodie Guthrie in reviews for his new book “The National Road.” In it, the former Arizona resident takes to the road in search of something elusive, something a lot of us don’t seem to think exists anymore: The thing that connects us all.
Oct. 15, 2020
ASU art museum
What role do the arts play in society? How do they respond to or shape our culture and current events? Those are the kinds of questions Deborah Cullinant thinks about, and will be bringing to a new position at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
Oct. 12, 2020
Creatives continue to struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic. For those in the performing and visual arts, they’re turning to new methods to keep audiences safe, but also engaged.
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Oct. 11, 2020
Arizona Theatre Company will bring live theater back to Tucson and Phoenix soon. Its artistic team is eyeing the new year for a new beginning. Arizona Theatre Company will limit patrons to approximately 25% of theater capacity for a January rollout in Tucson and a February premiere in Phoenix.
Oct. 10, 2020
in flux exhibit
Six Phoenix-area cities are participating in a public art program, whose title maybe seems a little more apt this year than in its previous eight cycles. "In Flux" started in Scottsdale in 2010, as a way to program empty storefronts in the city. It’s since expanded, and this year also includes Phoenix, Tempe, Peoria, Glendale and Chandler.
Oct. 5, 2020
Benjamin Lorr The Secret Life of Groceries
COVID-19 categorized grocery employees as essential as panicked consumers cleared store shelves. In his new book "The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket," Benjamin Lorr looks into what makes the whole system possible — pandemic or not.
Oct. 1, 2020
Established writers and those aspiring to become one met recently for the 16th-annual Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference. The series of events presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University celebrated writers and readers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Mar. 2, 2020
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Welcome to Word, a podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region hosted by KJZZ's Tom Maxedon
Feb. 1, 2019

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