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Finding the roots of the blues, from Memphis to the Tennessee Delta
Mesa’s beloved used bookseller not only offers pre-loved books and music, they also offer an eclectic lineup of activities. These two made us smile:
Fabulous Fourth of July Crafts
If you’re not one of those DIY folks with more supplies than Hobby Lobby, then your kids will love spending an hour cutting, gluing and creating a patriotic piece celebrating the United States of America. The best part is Bookmans cleans up the mess. These free events fill quickly, so arrive early to get a spot.
DETAILS >> 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 2. Bookmans Mesa, 1056 S. Country Club Drive. Free. (480) 835-0505 or Bookmans.com/stores/mesa.
Young at Heart YA Book Club for Adults
Let’s face it, the young adult (YA) genre has some pretty great stories — “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent,” “Harry Potter,” so it should come as no surprise that lots of adults like to read them too. If you’re one of them, you might enjoy this monthly book club sponsored by Literologie and Bookmans Mesa that meets every third Thursday to discuss a YA selection. The June meeting covers “Butter” by Erin Jade Lang.
DETAILS >> 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 19. Bookmans Mesa, 1056 S. Country Club Drivew. Free. (480) 835-0505 or Bookmans.com/stores/mesa.
St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church transforms into a mini “Greek Village” this weekend, offering imports, live music and costumed folk dancing from Greece, plus a Kids Fun Zone and, best of all, food: dolmathes, spanakopita, pastichio, baklava, kourabiedes, loukoumathes and more. They’re available for snacking on site or to take home. Get a full description of the dishes at the festival’s website, and like it on Facebook to get two free admission passes.
Cocktails? Check. Food trucks, music you can dance to, and giant Jenga? Check, check, check.
The music of Led Zeppelin will kick off the 2014-15 season at Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Zooey Deschanel is almost bubbling over with excitement: Her show "New Girl" is a hit, she just released a pop song with Prince, she's working on a movie with Bill Murray and Bruce Willis, and now she's sitting in a Tommy Hilfiger store filled with racks of dresses she helped design.
The iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-cultural, no-holds-barred comedy routines.
Take in some live music from this local band — a self-styled “eclectic attack of acoustic folk music, down-home country rock and original singer-songwriting” — while enjoying a bring-your-own picnic lunch outdoors at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Angie McCartney and daughter Ruth have been Beatles insiders from 1964 onwards, when Angie married Sir Paul McCartney’s father, Jim, in November of that year. Angie and Ruth McCartney are coming to Chandler March 21 and will share their walk down the long and winding road of the biggest music phenomenon that the world has ever seen.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — This gem of a city tucked in the Blue Ridge foothills of western North Carolina attracts artists, musicians, foodies, outdoor enthusiasts and a fair share of modern-day hippies, all lured by the beautiful setting and open-minded vibe. Its gorgeous historic buildings downtown, free music venues, Appalachian art center and lofty nearby peaks are all perfect for travelers looking to please their senses without spending a dime.
NEW YORK — Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds has been enjoying rock stardom from a relevantly sane place.
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.
You can hear some good ol’ down home music in Gilbert this weekend.
The Mesa folk rock band Murrieta, recently named one of Phoenix New Times’ Top 5 Must-See Shows of the Week, is quickly becoming a force to reckon with on the local indie rock scene.
The Higley Center for the Performing Arts has three performances scheduled in January featuring renowned entertainers from all over the globe.
Editor’s note: Mark Scarp has the week off. This column first appeared in the Tribune Dec. 30, 2012.
Once upon a turbulent era, there was a magical hub in the music universe high above the city, where great talents of the time cloistered in rustic, seedy harmony.
“Inside Llewyn Davis” is a new kind of project for the Coen brothers to take on. To an extent, the film is a musical of sorts along the lines of “Once.” In addition to being a love letter to old folk songs, it’s also one of the most brutally honest, if not disheartening, movies about the cruel nature of show business. While different territory for the masterful directing duo, “Inside Llewyn Davis” still has the Coen’s distinctive signature all over it. As with many of their films, they find the comedy in bleakness and the bleakness in comedy, resulting in a narrative that’s either saying a lot or saying nothing at all. However you view it, boy is it fascinating to watch.
The folk music icon know for songs like “Crazy,” “Stardust,” “On the Road Again” and “Good Hearted Woman” performs.
Perhaps no vocal group in America – other than the Beach Boys – have been as celebrated as The Manhattan Transfer. Over the last four decades, the quartet has racked up a dozen Grammy Awards, sold millions of albums and made Grammy Award history in 1981 when they became the first group in both pop and jazz categories in the same year.
At 72 years young, Dan Hicks remains the eternal hipster. Hicks first entered the music scene in the sixties with his seminal group, The Charlatans, and he remains an influential figure among musicians.
Following the general trend in home décor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional colors and styles.
NEW YORK — Today's travelers want to be comfortable, organized and connected. With those themes in mind, here are some gift ideas, starting with suggestions from three folks who travel for a living.
A child is born, a family is healed, and a sermon on forgiveness is delivered with sledgehammer subtlety in "Black Nativity," a bold but clumsy attempt to bring Langston Hughes' popular musical to life onscreen.
Crisp, fall air can be hard to come in the Valley, but Boyce Thompson Arboretum has it in spades at its annual festival where attendees are invited to enjoy the bright foliage of the Chinese Pistachio trees, listen to live folk music, sip hot cider and browse a variety of arts and crafts booths.