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The Gilbert Education Foundation is organizing a charity gala in October to benefit the Gilbert Public Schools.
“The Equalizer” is a superhero movie without an actual superhero. Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall, a kindly man who spends his days greeting people with a smile at a home improvement store. By night, he roams the streets beating up/killing crooked cops, thugs, pimps and mob bosses. He might not have Batman’s costume, gadgets, car or money, but he just as easily could have tracked down the Joker and vanquished Bane in about a day. With his skill set, he’s basically Dexter, Sherlock Holmes, MacGyver and Liam Neeson in “Taken” rolled into one.
Recently, I got the chance to talk with Dan Stevens of “The Guest.”
Really Want to Dance With Wolves? Head to Beautiful & Remote Saguenay/Lac-Saint-Jean Region of Quebec
Gilbert Digital received three awards for its annual 20-minute documentary Digital State of the Town focused on the town’s accomplishments.
Seton Catholic's Cheer line entertains the crowd during halftime of the game between Seton Catholic and Cortez HS at Seton Catholic High School in Chandler on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
A new event is coming Sept. 19 to downtown Mesa in the form of Flash Park Friday, with the businesses lining Main Street offering “parks” on the sidewalk next to their storefront that are related to a monthly theme — the first being splash parks. Attendees of all ages will enjoy cooling off on a large water slide and playing in a pop-up splash park free of charge. Other activities ranging from a scavenger hunt to fishing for concert tickets and free giveaways add to the festivities. The event is also pet-friendly, so don’t hesitate to bring Fido along for the fun.
Legendary progressive pioneers Jethro Tull featuring Ian Anderson hits The Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 20, to perform the best of Jethro Tull and songs off Anderson’s latest album “Homo Erraticus.”
An internationally recognized theoretical physicist is making it his goal to give scientists their due recognition in the public eye.
Dobson High School’s band was named the second winner of the Fulton Homes Noon Salute program last week.
The envelope is open as we unveil Chandler's best! After more than a month of online polling and thousands of votes, here are the top picks for the best of what Chandler has to offer. Our readers decided what they like most about the city, from the best restaurants to grab a meal to the best place to get a new hairstyle, and these pages outline the readers’ choices for 2014. Some are well-known landmarks in Chandler, while others could be new to you. Please join us in congratulating the winners — and second- and third-place finishers — and stop in to visit them to see what makes those businesses, restaurants and places so special.
Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival
Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road
Typically the second weekend in March
This celebration of the large, feathered flightless wonders has drawn thousands of attendees for years — the event had its 27th occurrence in March — with the always-amusing ostrich races. But the festival is not just for the birds, as attractions such as carnival games and rides, a petting zoo, magic shows and plenty of food vendors keep families entertained for hours. The festival’s concert lineup usually features several national acts.
Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival
Dr. A. J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave.
Typically the fourth Saturday of March
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave.
First Saturday of December
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Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W. Chandler Blvd.
(480) 812-0152 or ShopChandlerFashionCenter.com
Nestled conveniently near the intersection of Loops 101 and 202, Chandler Fashion Center is the mecca of the southern end of the Valley for every retail need imaginable. From high-end designers such as Michael Kors to dining options like Benihana, the center features a cornucopia of retail, convenience, restaurant and entertainment options.
THIRD PLACE - TIE
Phoenix Premium Outlets
4976 Premium Outlets Way
(480) 639-1766 or PremiumOutlets.com/phoenix
The Shoppes at Casa Paloma
7131 W. Ray Road
(415) 448-8553 or TheShoppesAtCasaPaloma.com
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Applause was prompt and spirits were high Monday, Sept. 15, at Tempe Center for the Arts, where members and fans of the Arizona theater community honored nominees and recipients of the 24th annual AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence.
Author Jeb Rosebrook is one of Arizona’s biggest literary advocates and his new book, the first in nearly a half a century, finds him right where he left off — in fine form.
Rockin’ Taco Street Fest at El Palacio
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.”
The longtime funnyman has been making audiences laugh for nearly three decades, but that’s only a fraction of his repertoire. He’s also a film and television actor, co-owner of the Laugh Factory on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip, a philanthropist, chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition and a hardcore Republican who supported candidate Mitt Romney in the last presidential election.
When East Valley residents are looking for a brief getaway to decompress and escape the sweltering summer heat, they usually turn their eyes northward to the cooler climes of Prescott, Flagstaff or the Mogollon Rim. However, they’re doing themselves a disservice if they chose to ignore our neighbor to the south.
Gather around, everyone. It’s time to go over another checklist movie. So exactly how many action clichés does “The November Man” cram into 98 minutes? The ex-CIA agent who comes out of retirement to take on a personal mission, check. A beautiful love interest in over her head, check. A former pupil turned rival, check. Several chases both in cars and on foot, double check. Walking away from an explosion without looking back, check. Gratuitous female nudity, none of which is provided by any of the leading actresses, check. Tragic back stories, check. An assassin who isn’t very good at killing our main characters, check. Interrogation scenes, check. A fat, slimy scoundrel who hangs out in a strip club, check. Exotic backdrops, check. Russian bad guys, check. A daughter who only exists to get kidnapped at the last minute, check. Expendable characters that disappear with no explanation, check. A plot that doesn’t make a ton of sense, check.
As the home to Arizona State University, Tempe is a vibrant and progressive college town that is always on the move. Located at the center of the Valley and surrounded by five freeways and just minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Tempe is the perfect place to do business or for visitors to enjoy vacations.
Red Rocks Music Festival
It took almost eight years for a sequel to Frank Miller’s “300” to hit theaters. Then when “300: Rise of an Empire” finally came out five months ago, it quickly became clear that this sequel never needed to exist in the fist place. The best characters were all dead, the most interesting part of the story had been told, and there was really nothing left to do but throw the same flashy visuals at the audience. It’s taken even longer for Miller and Robert Rodriguez to get a sequel to 2005’s “Sin City” off the ground. Unlike “300: Rise of an Empire,” however, there’s still more than enough character, story, atmosphere to warrant another visit to Sin City.