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With a week left ‘til Christmas, many have their shopping done and the presents neatly wrapped under the tree. The rest of us are still trying to find stocking-stuffers, a hostess gift for this weekend’s holiday party and a unique present for the wine aficionado who has everything. Fear not — we found five local ways to cross the last items off your list.
“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 Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a summit to help local businesses reach out to government and large corporate organizations.
Catch a free concert from Soul Country at Veteran’s Oasis Park. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, folding chairs and food. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held indoors at the Environmental Education Center.
Spend a day at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa where Mom, Dad and the munchkins can work on crafts, play in the laser arcade, race slot cars, write letters to and get pictures with Santa, goof off with remote control trucks, ride a wildlife carousel, and have a snow fight (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) without ever leaving the store.
Ride the rails at the at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, where you can enjoy Christmas light displays, cups of hot chocolate and a visit with Santa.
NEW THIS WEEK
Reindeer-schmeindeer. Santa’s pets aren’t nearly as popular in the Valley this time of year as the scaley, slithering creatures at Phoenix Herpetological Society. The non-profit throws open its doors for holiday tours, which often sell out.
Police say a 15-year-old boy riding a scooter has died after he was hit by a truck in Chandler Monday night.
Those crazy Regressives keep trying new avenues to convince us that “trickle down” economics actually “works” and their latest scam is the “Fair Tax,” a misnomer if there ever was one!
A series of free wellness workshops conducted by a chiropractic care doctor will take place at Red Mountain Library in Mesa over the next two months.
What are the benefits of all organic hair care and products?
Tucked into the Forum at Gilbert Ranch on the northwest corner of Val Vista and Williams Field Road in Gilbert is Isabel’s Amor, a new mom-and-pop restaurant serving homemade Mexican food and craft cocktails.
A Denny’s location in Mesa will celebrate the conclusion of a recent remodeling project by offering many patrons a free meal on Dec. 18.
What kind of challenges may a company come up against?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Cardinals care only about stacking up wins as they push for a playoff berth in the rugged NFC. Needing a few extra minutes is no problem at all.
Every day of our lives, we make assumptions. We assume that the people we encounter regularly will behave in the manner to which we are accustomed. We assume that if we take care of our cars, they will get us to where we want to go. In fact, we need to make assumptions to bring order to our world. But in some parts of our life — such as investing — assumptions can prove dangerous.
The folk music icon know for songs like “Crazy,” “Stardust,” “On the Road Again” and “Good Hearted Woman” performs.
Police say a 15-year-old Marcos De Niza High School student has been arrested after starting a fire at school Thursday morning.
Local classical crossover trio Simply Three hosts a free concert in support of their first holiday album, performing Christmas favorites including including “Jingle Bells,” “The Christmas Song,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Greensleeves.”
A Chandler business is taking the plunge into the world of Bitcoin.
There’s a new coffee joint in downtown Gilbert, and it’s getting acquainted with the neighborhood by pouring up free java.
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.
Never made the trek up Pass Mountain to Wind Cave, one of the East Valley’s most popular hiking destinations?
Get out and burn off those Christmas calories at this annual fitness run/walk featuring a 12K, 6K and 1.2K with carolers at each kilometer, a pet village and a Christmas bazaar.