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If you’re new to the Sonoran desert or just want to learn more about it, you might enjoy this informational hike at Usery Mountain Park. After a question-and-answer session, you’ll take a brief quarter-mile stroll along the Desert Hawk Trail. Water and closed-toe shoes are recommended.
Here is a great collection of books that delve into comics' secret behind the scene stories, filled with real-life heroes, villains, hijinks and heartbreak - perfect gifts for the pop culture history buff on your list.
Everyone had reservations when it was announced Peter Jackson would be splitting up “The Hobbit” into a trilogy. Do we really need three separate movies? Can’t this 300-page book be done in one movie? Isn’t this just a ploy to milk a franchise and make an extra couple billion dollars? When “An Unexpected Journey” finally came out last December, we all found that these initial concerns were pretty much spot-on.
As the year draws to a close, new awards and Top 10 lists are springing up right and left, many of them singing the praises of the technically brilliant but emotionally flat “Gravity.” While it’s no doubt a must-see experience for any cinephile, the same could be said of an equally immersive but far richer film, “The Great Beauty.” For nearly two and a half hours, this Fellini-esque epic transports us right to the heart of Rome’s vibrant nightlife and high society as we follow an aging journalist who begins to see the world around him from a new perspective.
Not your grandpa’s a cappella singers, this Grammy award-winning group melds perfect harmony with funky rhythms in a unique blend of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop as they perform music from their Christmas album along with original selections.
A cinematic sparring match unlike any other in recent memory, “Some Velvet Morning” offers an unflinching glimpse into the lives of an alluring prostitute, Velvet (Alice Eve), and her domineering lover, Fred (Stanley Tucci). Over the course of 83 minutes, we eavesdrop on this toxic pair as they engage in an impassioned war of words – chatting, groping, yelling and sobbing, all within the confines of her upscale townhouse. Written and directed by Tony-nominated playwright Neil LaBute, this low-budget chamber piece has been flying under the radar since its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, but will surely blindside audiences this winter with nuanced performances and a certain shocking plot twist. Ahead of its Valley release at Harkins Shea 14 in Scottsdale this weekend, GetOut spoke with LaBute about the film, his French influences, and experience collaborating with Tucci and Eve.
Ring in the season with Christmas songs “just like ABBA would have recorded them.” Dinner service beings at 6 p.m.
The quest for the perfect stocking stuffer ends now — if you’ve got a movie lover on your list.
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"To the art of working well, a civilized race would add the art of playing well," philosopher George Santayana said.
Local celeb chef Stephanie Petersen (Chef Tess) signs her new cookbook “The Meals in a Jar Handbook” and hosts a one-hour class on how to build the meals she writes about.
Pope Francis has preached the plight of the world’s immigrants. He wants the wealthier nations to take in these “poor, hungry” illegal immigrants who come from not only different religions and cultures but different languages, too. He and the Catholic Church are not alone in advocating unrestricted illegal immigration. The Mormon Church, Evangelical and other Protestant churches preach the merits of accepting these illegal immigrants, too.
The Chandler Symphony Orchestra once again will ring in the holiday season with a series of performances, starting today.
Let's all stop being coy and fess up, shall we? The truth is, even those of us who work with cookbooks, write about cookbooks, collect cookbooks — heck, even write cookbooks ourselves — don't actually cook from cookbooks. At least not nearly as frequently as we'd like to/promise ourselves we will/tell others we do.
The Sonoran Desert Chorale and Sonoran Brass Quintet perform John Rutter’s “Gloria,” Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” and Jeffrey Van’s “Child of Peace” along with popular Christmas tunes like “Ding, Dong Merrily on High” and “Sing We Now Of Christmas.” There’s also an audience sing-along.
The Higley Center for the Performing Arts has a slate of holiday performances set up for December, highlighted by a show this Friday by a Grammy-award winning group.
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A Belgian drama with bluegrass music may seem like an unlikely combo, but director Felix van Groeningen pulls it off spectacularly in his heart-wrenching new film “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” which is already garnering whispers of Academy Award recognition. While other foreign-language Oscar hopefuls such as “Wadjda” and “The Hunt” have come and gone from theaters (with others such as “Gloria” and “The Past” not making their way to Phoenix until early 2014), “Broken Circle” is arriving this month, opening at Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale this Friday, Dec. 6.
The Grammy Award winner and daughter of the late Nat King Cole performs selections from the American Songbook. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Scottsdale Cultural Council.
The popular rock band known for hits “What About Now,” “Home” and “Waiting for Superman” perform in Chandler. Jared and the Mill open the concert.
Beginning next year, several students at Coronado Elementary School will take their first steps toward learning the most widely spoken language in the world while learning more about the origin country’s culture.
Coronado Elementary School teaching intern Xiaoya Zhang shows students how to use a jian zi during a culture club meeting on Nov. 19, 2013 [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
Coronado Elementary School student Ally Lambrigger learns how to use a Chinese yo-yo alongside first-grade teacher Alice Fan during a culture club meeting on Nov. 19, 2013. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
Coronado Elementary School teaching intern Xiaoya Zhang leads a Tai Chi class during a culture club meeting on Nov. 19, 2013. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
Coronado Elementary School first-grade teacher Alice Fan teaches students how to make a jian zi during a culture club meeting on Nov. 19, 2013. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]