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The Team America song, “Pearl Harbor,” probably said it best when the lyrics asked, “Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies?” Unfortunately the answer is that the infamous director’s films continue to make a crap-ton of money, despite how god-awful bad most of them are; and when it comes to the amount of moola his latest flick, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is likely to make, I’m certain it will be no exception.
During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Sameer Sarmast leaves the house each day with his wallet, his keys and... dates.
The library may not be the first thing that comes to mind when the kids get cabin fever, but based on these library events — which are only a fraction of the programming offered by your local lending institution — there’s plenty of fun, engaging and interactive ways to while away the blazing summer hours. Most libraries have limited space, so be sure to register beforehand to reserve a spot.
Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s
This fun and funky club, targeting kids in grades 3-5, combines math principles with zany activities like “Bouncy Dice Explosion,” “Glow-in-the-dark Geometry” and “Toilet Paper Olympics,” designed to get your tween fired up about the sum of all things.
DETAILS >> 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 23. Chandler Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. Free; registration required. (480) 782-2828 or Chandlerlibrary.org.
Rich Ihle Reptile Adventures
Perry Library hosts local snake man Rich Ihle, who brings eight different reptiles from around the world to discuss with the kids. He chats about each reptile, how they live, what they eat and their defense mechanisms. Rich will have a large python that kids can pet, so things could get a little slithery.
DETAILS >> 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert. Free. (602) 652-3000 or Mcldaz.org.
Zoo to You
It’s hard to muster up courage for the zoo when it’s 110 degrees in the shade, but fear not — the Phoenix Zoo is coming to Chandler’s Sunset Library with a free, hands-on educational presentation with live animals. Ticket prices for similar programs at the zoo can run as high as $25 a person, making this event — designed for kids 5 and older — a real bargain. It is expected to fill up quickly, and tickets are required. The free tickets become available at Sunset Library’s info desk Saturday, June 21. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, but families are limited to six tickets per household, so if you need several tickets, plan on picking them up Saturday morning — there’s a good chance tickets will be “sold out” by the end of the day.
DETAILS >> 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road. Free; pick up your tickets Saturday, June 21. (480) 782-2800 or Chandlerlibrary.org.
Magician Eric Giliam
Local magic phenom Eric Giliam showcases his award-winning illusion skills in this all-ages show. Tickets to see this Valley performer run in the $15-$20 range, so don’t pass up this opportunity to enjoy a fun, free, kid-centered show by a quality entertainer.
DETAILS >> 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 27. Chandler Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive, Chandler. Free; admission is first-come, first-served; doors open 45 minutes before the show. (480) 782-2800 or ChandlerLibrary.org
‘The Little Red Hen’
Normally you’d have to drive to downtown Phoenix to catch a puppet show from the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, but this Chandler Library event brings them to you. Kids ages 3-11 will be treated to a sing-along performance about the independently minded chicken who pursues a goal in spite of her flaky friends. The participatory performance will have kids laughing and clapping while teaching them a moral about helping others.
DETAILS >> 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 26. Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800 or ChandlerLibrary.org.
Okay, so maybe “My eyes abhorred you” is a little harsh for the title of my review for Jersey Boys, the new film by director Clint Eastwood, based on the rise and fall of the sixties musical group, The Four Seasons; but dang it, it was just too good of a tagline to waste. The film is actually more boring than abhorrent, but it’s certainly easier to listen to than it is to watch.
TripAdvisor honored the Orpheum Theatre with a 2014 Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide, recognizes hospitality excellence in establishments that consistently receive outstanding TripAdvisor traveler reviews.
RIO DE JANEIRO — World Cup visitors, welcome to Brazil, land of soccer, sun and sky-high prices.
Tourists enjoy the sunset on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. It’s not just the hotels and flights that will break wallets. Demand leading up to a big event like the World Cup naturally raises prices. But, since costs already were high to begin with, tourists should prepare to dig deep into their wallets and not be too miffed to receive goods or services of inferior quality. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
No one can blame Gareth Edwards for admittedly feeling nervous when asked to helm a remake of the biggest monster movie of all time. Sure, the only other film he had directed happened to be 2010's "Monsters." But this time, it was Godzilla.
Prophecy loves signs from the heavens, and they will deliver Tuesday night with a moonlight spectacle.
It's that time again - but not for Arizona.
TUCSON — Nicknamed "Old Pueblo," Tucson is a city with many faces. It's a college town. It's an artist town. It's even still a Wild West town. Every February, southern Arizona's biggest city, located 115 miles (185 kilometers) below Phoenix, keeps schools open on President's Day but closes them later in the week for the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.
Arizona voters could decide if they want to perennially revisit anything they adopt at the ballot.
This undated image released by Visit Tucson shows bicyclers riding down Mt. Lemmon highway in Tucson, Ariz. It’s a popular gathering place at sunset thanks to its scenic beauty, one of a number of things to see and do in the Tucson area. (AP Photo/Visit Tucson)
This undated image released by Visit Tucson shows Gates Pass in the Tucson Mountains, west of Tucson, Ariz. It’s a popular gathering place at sunset thanks to its scenic beauty, one of a number of things to see and do in the Tucson area. (AP Photo/Visit Tucson)
Train enthusiasts have an opportunity to learn about the history of Arizona railways as the Arizona Railway Museum will celebrate its 30th anniversary on March 1 at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler.
ISLA MUJERES, Mexico — A half-hour ferry ride from the nonstop party that is Cancun sits an island seductively named Isla Mujeres, or Island of Women.
Slugs and snails are ravenous plant eaters that leave behind slimy trails of destruction as they glide through nurseries and lawns, farm fields and gardens. Remedies abound, but prevention is an effective way to start.
It was almost three decades ago when Ratt crawled out of the cellar and into our collective consciousness thanks to a fledging network called MTV. The song “Round and Round” vaulted the group to multi-platinum status, radio and video domination and, along with the likes of Motley Crue, Poison, and W.A.S.P., helped pioneer Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip sound of the 1980s.
In a year so rich with captivating cinema, it feels almost criminal to try and narrow it down to a mere 10 favorites.
For most scribes who have toiled in the movie industry, portraying Hollywood as a healing paradise is roughly equivalent to regaling a lobster of the soothing properties of a boiling pot of water.
If the old-timey clothing and equipment at this weekend’s Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off don’t take you back in time, the food surely ought to.
MONTE CARLO, Monaco — Just before noon on a brilliant Riviera day, two columns of guards line up smartly in front of the Prince's Palace, gold braid glinting on their full dress uniforms, vivid blue helmets rivaling the azure sky.