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PARIS — Food nourishes the tiny Rue du Nil from the dim light of morning — when the first deliveries start going out to Paris' most sought-after restaurants — until well after midnight, when the young chef who transformed an unchic side street into a culinary destination finally closes up.
Arizona made national news again, but it was not necessarily in a good way. My sister back in Indiana called me last week. She was watching the news and wanted to know what on Earth was happening in Arizona. When SB 1062 passed both chambers of the legislature, a friend from high school who connects with me via Facebook wrote, “Chalk up another one for religion.”
For years Cathi Herrod and her Center for Arizona Policy have flexed their political muscles and pushed through legislation that represented what she calls “fundamental principles,” often those espoused in the Bible.
Wherever I go in the country, or the world for that matter, if there is a music-related site I take the trouble to visit it. When I was in Rio de Janeiro, I made a beeline for Garota de Ipanema Café and Bar, where the great bossa nova song “The Girl From Ipanema” was written. Last year, while in Nashville, I visited the new Johnny Cash Museum and in New York strolled by the Brill Buildings, where folks like Carole King (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”) and Ellie Greenwich (“Da Doo Ron Ron”) wrote the songs we remember from the 1960s.
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More than 78 million strong, baby boomers are reaching retirement age (65) at a record pace — 10,000 per day, to be exact, according to the Pew Research Center — and living years longer than previous generations. By the time all the boomers will have turned 65 in 2030, 18 percent of the nation’s population will be at least that age, according to the research center’s projections. Compare that to the population makeup just four years ago, when a little more than 10 percent of Americans were ages 65 and older.
February is designated as “Black History Month” and celebrates a population of individuals that share a unique and important heritage. History has not always been kind to African Americans and, as with other minority groups, has left out important contributions by its members.
The synagogue is a place with many doors. People enter for a wide range of reasons: to learn, to socialize, to make a contribution to the community, to develop values in our children, to celebrate the seasons of life, to mourn losses of many kinds. However they enter, we welcome them into a caring community.
More Americans than ever feel our federal government has been permanently taken over by special interests and collectivists.
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” We’re hearing this wonderful admonition a lot these days. Apparently, the original source is an old Chinese proverb, one more importation from America’s trading partners and it’s a good one.
ATLANTA — Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America.
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today the 2014 promotional schedule, which includes six bobbleheads and more than a dozen additional promotional items and special theme nights throughout the season.
Bert and Ernie jump rope and munch apples and carrots, and Cookie Monster has his namesake treat once a week, not every day. Can a Muppets mini-makeover improve kids’ health, too?
I have been listening to the music of the incomparable Pete Seeger since his death last week at the age of 94. There is plenty to listen to, Seeger wrote, performed and recorded music for more than 70 years. Realistically, I knew that his life had to end sometime, but there was something about Seeger that seemed endless and eternal. Though his voice had weakened with age, he was on stage last summer at Farm Aid, leading a sing-along of “The Hammer Song.”
Ronald Reagan’s famous quote, “We declared war on poverty and poverty won,” has come in for some harsh criticism lately. For example, Linda Valdez of The Arizona Republic recently excoriated the Gipper for his “cynicism,” pointing out that a “great nation does more than make jokes at the expense of the poor.”
It’s pretty ironic that a comedy called “That Awkward Moment” is radically lacking in awkward moments. The film isn’t without some potentially uncomfortable setups like walking in on two people having sex, realizing you’ve just had sex with a hooker, and showing up to a fancy party in a racy outfit. “That Awkward Moment” never goes all the way with its awkward humor, though. Scenes often feel incomplete, as if the director yelled, “cut,” before getting to the punch line. As a result, the film fails to deliver any genuine awkward humor or humor in general.
The following Ahwatukee musicians impressed at the recent Arizona Musicfest Young Performers Recital.
African American male rappers have long endorsed products in commercials. Google “A Brief History of Rappers in Soda Commercials” and “20 Best Rap Commercials of All Time.” There’s nothing inherently problematic aesthetically, creatively, or politically about non-black rapping. I am curious about the television ads and viral YouTube videos that use hip-hop solely to entertain primarily through a comedic end. Such creations beg critical exploration.
After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last June, I was forced to cut back on reviewing movies every week. In between chemo treatments and sleeping for days on end, I’ve made an effort to see as many new releases as possible. Now at the start of a promising new year, I am happy to announce that I am virtually cancer free. Even better, I have a lot of truly great films from yesteryear to talk about.
Often called the master of the Native American flute, R. Carlos Nakai will perform as part of The Carlos Nakai Trio on Jan. 24 during the Higley Center for the Performing Arts World of Music Series. The Trio will perform arrangements that were created by playing together without written music.
DrugFreeAz.org has hired Thalia Williams as program director. In her role, Williams is responsible for the planning and implementation of DrugFreeAz.org’s programs and services and developing and managing program grants and budgets.
New York • Hollywood may be hoping for a little less drama in 2014.