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Last Friday, I had the privilege of sitting down with young, up-and-coming author/actress Jessica Hickam, one of Arizona’s own who has decided to make her way in L.A. The firstborn of three girls, Jessica grew up in Tucson and graduated from Arizona State University. While Hickam noted that she was afraid to “leave the nest,” she did and has been flying high ever since. I was able to chat about her recently published book, “The Revealed.”
I got the chance recently to chat with Thomas Carter, director of “When the Game Stands Tall.”
St. John Bosco Catholic School welcomed its students back for a new school year Wednesday morning.
It took all of two seconds for me to lose any enthusiasm for the “Expendables 3,” and an additional three seconds to realize how stupid the additional two-plus more hours of screen time would be. It came from on-screen text to inform the audience the train they’re seeing on screen is an “armored prison transport,” which is made quite clear once star Sylvester Stallone and his compatriots start shooting the heck out of that thing. What that reveals is a supercilious attitude of the audience's ability to decipher the action on screen – a habit the filmmakers fall back on repeatedly – and an overarching inability to do something interesting with staid material.
Summer vacation is now a thing of the past, as families across the Kyrene School District flooded their schools Monday morning for the first day of the 2014-15 school year.
Horizon Community Learning Center was buzzing Thursday evening during the school’s annual Meet the Teacher night.
Question: How can I tell if my computer has been infected by the Blackshades malware ring that the FBI just broke up?
The state's top health official is weighing new regulations to ensure that users of medical marijuana snacks and drinks know when to stop.
Books are doorways to adventure, trusted guides, and intimate friends — and there’s no better time to enjoy them than the blazing days of summer, especially if you’re an East Valley kid in need of air-conditioned entertainment.
Mom is busy.
The definition of family is a hot-button topic these days. Google the word, and you’ll get more thoughts on the subject than ants at a picnic, with people debating what family is, whether it still matters, and whether anyone really cares.
Calling it a serious threat to the state's death penalty, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation this afternoon that would have allowed more criminals to be executed.
This wouldn’t be about Sam Allen if the 71-year-old Mesa resident has his way. He doesn’t mind being part of it, but what follows wouldn’t focus as much on his efforts as much as it would the many people he works alongside during the week.
Arizona lawmakers are making another effort to keep new drivers from chatting on their phones and texting.
Miranda Lambert is a household name in country music, and after increasing fan demand, she will be returning to Country Thunder this year. The Explorer chatted with her to preview her headline performance on Saturday, April 12 at 9 p.m.
You can’t go shopping these days without seeing at least one little girl, tootling along behind her mother, humming songs from Disney’s “Frozen.” You could let it go, or you could tell her about Celtic Woman’s Emerald Tour, coming April 8 to ASU Gammage, where she’ll experience a singing, clogging, twirling performance of Irish world music that’ll send her dancing out the door.
At just 13, Ethan Bortnick has moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer, and a driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work.
The Ahwatukee Foothills News recently talked to Chiemi Karasawa, director of the new documentary, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.” The film offer’s a glimpse into the life of Stritch, a Broadway legend and clearly the most outgoing actress over 85 working today.
New drivers could lose their ability to operate a vehicle while chatting with or sending a message to their friends.
With the new year now in full swing, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce continues to work to identify the programs and services that can best serve our business community. Like most businesses, we move steadily forward in pursuit of our goals.
There’s an old saying in show business that was tailor-made for Englebert Humperdinck: a singer needs songs, but an entertainer just needs a stage.
Over the years there have been countless interpretations of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz,” including the 1939 Oscar-winning film starring Judy Garland. The latest stage adaptation, featuring original music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, plays Feb. 4-9 at ASU Gammage and includes all the beloved characters along with a few new songs and some high-tech theater magic.
When you think of the 1980s movie “Top Gun,” it’s easy to picture Tom Cruise wearing aviators and looking ever so handsome in his uniform. This image won’t be completely fulfilled in the All Puppet Players’ adaptation of the film, “Top Gun: Live, Abridged & Completely Underfunded.” It premieres Feb. 7 at Mesa Encore Theatre’s Block Box On Brown.
How does an ordinary guy who drives a cab in London end up with an extraordinary life — two wives, two flats and two teenage children who know nothing about each other? How does he keep his stories straight and manage his time? And what does he do when his son and daughter get acquainted in an online chat room and decide to meet?