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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
James Sallis and his book Sarah Jane
While Jame Sallis's most recent work "Sarah Jane" might not pass as an Arizonan novel, as it isn't set here, the novelist is both highly-regarded and a longtime Valley resident whose talents are acclaimed nationally and internationally.
Dec. 29, 2020
Iconic red rock formations in Sedona, Arizona
The upcoming 27th-annual Sedona Film Festival has been postponed from February to June next year because of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Arizona. But the postponement may have been for the better.
Dec. 16, 2020
Debkanya Mitra Malcolm poster
Arizona Theatre Company announced last week that it was canceling its 2020-21 season because of the spike in COVID-19 cases. That isn’t stopping the troupe from being involved — through its ATC Teen program — with the national project "#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence."
Dec. 15, 2020
theater stage curtain
Arizona Theatre Company’s artistic director Sean Daniels on Monday announced they are pushing back the start of their 2021 indoor season until later in the year than previously announced.
Dec. 7, 2020
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
mill ave
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

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