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With Travonn White it has always been taking the good with the bad.
The Desert Vista High School speech and debate team recently placed second at the 2014 National Speech and Debate Tournament.
The general consensus seems to be that this has been a disappointing summer movie season. That either means that the standards of moviegoers are going up or they’ve just become spoiled brats. Come on, people. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Godzilla” might not have been blockbuster masterpieces, but for what they were, they did provide perfectly solid entertainment. The same cannot be said about “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” Now that the latest from Michael Bay is in the mix, the summer movie season must be graded on a curve.
In efforts to give students more appreciation of other cultures, the Kyrene School District recently sent 30 students and parents to Europe through its Educational Travel Program.
This is the last weekend for families to see Valley Youth Theatre’s production of the Broadway musical “Peter Pan,” based on the children’s novel by J.M. Barrie about a little boy who never grows up. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you go.
It’s hard to believe that approximately 20 years ago, a home demo called “Shine” shot straight up the charts and launched a little-known group from Stockbridge, Ga., called Collective Soul. From there, it was all a blur.
It can be useless to look back, except when it’s useful. Ten years ago this month, a loved former president signed off and out to return to his Maker. He was our commander-in-chief between 1981-1989.
A very meaningful statue outside the Parish of St. Benedict in Ahwatukee Foothills was damaged recently, but the community has already stepped up to make sure it is replaced quickly.
Leah Henthorne, 13, was a mere spectator to one of Copperstar Repertory Company’s shows three years ago.
DreamWorks Animation has always been great at being timely, but hasn’t always been that great at being timeless. Some of their films have stricken a decent balance between timely and timeless, like “Shrek” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Several of their films, however, feel very much like products of the time that probably won’t hold up phenomenally in another 20 years. Chris Sanders’ “How to Train Your Dragon” was a different kind of film from DreamWorks, being one half action/adventure and another half heartwarming tale between a boy and animal. In some respects, it was like a few of their earlier 2-D animated features, but done a million times better. It was the first DreamWorks film since “The Prince of Egypt” that felt completely timeless with no pop culture references and little modern talk, even rivaling some of the best efforts from Disney and Pixar.
Although she’s had a few great reoccurring roles on TV shows like “Parks and Recreation,” Jenny Slate is a comedic actress who’s rarely been given a chance to shine on screen. After accidentally dropping the f-bomb, she was under utilized on “Saturday Night Live” and left after a season. Then she had some supporting roles in “The Lorax,” “This Means War,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip wrecked,” where none of the actors came out looking good. In “Obvious Child,” Slate is finally given a chance to show off her full range as both a comedian and actress, proving that she’s a star in the making capable of tremendous feats.
I’m thinking a lot about Father’s Day this year.
Dani Jones made a special trip just to have a chance to compete in the Dream Mile.
It has always been a childhood dream for Lainie Seretis, artistic director at Classic Image Dance, to direct a production that encompasses “West Side Story.”
I flipped on CNN and Anderson Cooper was interviewing the CEO of Starbucks. He said, “You were hired in 2008 because your company had begun to spiral downward. What did you do to turn things around?” Howard Schultz replied, “I implemented a transformation agenda.”
New York • The number of U.S. fathers home with their kids full-time is down, from a peak 2.2 million in 2010, the official end of the recession, to about 2 million in 2012, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
Most of us know the secret to amazing homemade cocktail sauce — spike some ketchup with horseradish, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce and you're good to go.
Some people take their principles to their grave. And for some baby boomers, that means planning for their funerals, or their parents’ funerals, in an eco-friendly way.
Question: What exactly is net neutrality and how does it affect me or my business?
We all know fire works wonders on meat and vegetables. But we often forget that it also can do amazing things for fruit.
From fighting to start in high school, to three stops in college, finally Patricia Bright continues to prove that she has a place in the basketball world.
When you were a kid, did you ever think, “I want to live to be 100 years old.” Yep, me too. Well, I am fortunate enough to know someone very special to me that is closing in on that giant milestone, my grandma. She is 99 1/2 years old, she will be turning 100 in December and I am hopeful that she makes it. I’ve been telling my boys how lucky they are to have a great grandmother and all the amazing changes she has seen in the world during her lifetime. Imagine growing up without electricity, indoor plumbing, a car, television, computers, iPhones, and more.
It’s always been my personal opinion that Walt Disney’s 1959 “Sleeping Beauty” should have been titled, “Maleficent.” After all, she gets more screen time than Princess Aurora, she’s a more interesting character, and she’s the one you want to dress up as for Halloween. So why does Sleeping Blandness get the title role? It’s nice to see Maleficent finally get top billing in a movie after all these years, even if the movie itself is only so-so.
LOS ANGELES — Sebastian Junger wants 84 minutes of moviegoers' time, especially civilian moviegoers.