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solar panels
A recent project led by ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination melds data, essays and fiction in presenting how cities and communities may be changed by a stronger move to renewables — including solar energy. And the project is captured in a book called "Cities of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures."
Jun. 18, 2021
Murdered Sonoran Reporter
In their new book, "Surviving Mexico: Resistance and Resilience among Journalists in the Twenty-first Century," University of Arizona journalism professors Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly document the challenges of being a journalist in Mexico.
Jun. 18, 2021
Bob Mackie
Legendary designer Bob Mackie is being honored June 17 with a lifetime achievement award at the Sedona International Film Festival. The Show spoke with Mackie about his career, including how a performer and designer connect.
Jun. 17, 2021
Atascosa Lookout
For several years, ecologist Jack Dash and photographer Luke Swenson have been chronicling the specific site of Atascosa Highlands as part of their project to conduct the first comprehensive survey of the flora and fauna — and how those have been affected by climate change, border wall construction and other factors.
Jun. 15, 2021
Tracks In Wax Record Store in Phoenix
June 12 is Record Store Day, an international celebration of all things vinyl. First launched in 2007, the event was spread out over three dates in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year, store owners are welcoming back customers without capacity limits.
Jun. 12, 2021
Nicholas Galanin Never Forget Indian Land sign
Each spring, the desert outside of Palm Springs, California, is activated with massive, experimental, international contemporary art installations. It’s called Desert X. And this year, one exhibition caught headlines around the globe.
Jun. 11, 2021
stacey gordon
Stacey Gordon is a Valley-based puppeteer who runs the Phoenix puppetry arts studio Puppet Pie and also portrays the character Julia on Sesame Street. She recently bought an ice cream truck that she’s converting into a puppetry arts venue that she can take on the road, and she plans for it to be ready to roll this summer.
Jun. 10, 2021
Phoenix City Hall
Over the next year, Phoenix plans to spend $5 million to help the arts community hurt by the pandemic. It’s nearly double what Phoenix provided in arts and culture grants last year via federal coronavirus relief funds.
Jun. 9, 2021
Melanie Yazzie Red Nation Rising
In Western lore, the “border town” was a lawless outpost on the fringe of society, serving as the buffer against the unknown — across the border into Mexico. But Melanie Yazzie's work focuses on a different kind of border town.
Jun. 9, 2021
hector viramontes
Hector Viramontes never meant to become a painter. But in the course of studying graphic design, he decided to lean into his artwork and make a career out of it. Now, he’s etching out a place for himself in the Phoenix art scene and pulling from some unlikely inspirations in the process: Skate culture and abstract expressionism.
Jun. 8, 2021
madison latham and matt hoie
Journalist Amy Silverman has dedicated much of her career to writing about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also has been a catalyst in curating live storytelling here in the Valley. Now, she’s bringing those two things together as part of her project for a visiting fellowship at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard.
Jun. 4, 2021
Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
Scottsdale plans to revamp its civic center with a modern design meant to attract events and tourists while providing residents with a daily destination.
Jun. 3, 2021
theater stage curtain
Theaters and performing art centers hit hard by the coronavirus are now looking to a brighter fall. The state’s largest theater company, the Arizona Theatre Company, just announced their 2021 season starting in the fall, and its themes are appropriate for the pandemic year we’re emerging from.
Jun. 3, 2021
Mark Synnott The Third Pole
Hiking Mount Everest has become one of the more common bucket list items in recent decades, with nearly 800 people on average trying to reach the summit annually. But because there’s a limited amount of time for reasonable weather, the paths can get extremely crowded. In 2019, accomplished hiker Mark Synnott saw the tragedy that can lead to.
Jun. 2, 2021
Phoenix Pride 2018
Phoenix Pride has announced a lineup of events to celebrate Pride month in June.
Jun. 1, 2021
Naomi Davis Taza A Coat of Yellow Paint
Fourteen years ago, when Naomi Davis started her blog “Love Taza," the word “influencer” didn’t exist. At least not when it came to social media. In fact, the phrase “social media” might not have meant much to anyone at that time either. But in the last decade-plus, Davis’ blog has become something of an empire in the mom-blogging, influencer space, growing a business with the now multi-billion-dollar industry.
Jun. 1, 2021
Tovrea Castle
Sightseers interested in touring the historic Tovrea Castle in east Phoenix will need some luck on their side. After a successful first run in the spring, the Tovrea Carraro Society is running another lottery to tour the landmark that resembles a wedding cake.
May. 29, 2021
tv camera
More than a decade ago, then 10-year-old Ben Mohler was selected to appear on a program called “Our Little Genius” to be an expert on dinosaurs. But rather than result in taking home cash and home appliances, Ben’s experience introduced him to behind-the-scenes manipulation by producers and led to him having a very different view of the world.
May. 28, 2021
“Another Avenue” is a master’s thesis project by ASU student Ryan Krebs. He shot the documentary over two weeks this winter while walking up and down Central Avenue. It’s an intimate portrait of an ever-changing landscape.
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May. 22, 2021
cactus leather bag
Fast fashion is known to be unsustainable and detrimental to the environment. Armed with this knowledge, Arizona State University fashion graduate Remington Reble is exploring a truly green alternative: cactus leather.
May. 21, 2021


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