Every year, thousands of bands vie for spots at official showcases at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin. But in the 30 years since it got started, it’s become bigger and bigger. Over 2,200 bands played on official showcases last year, which means it’s harder and harder for bands to get noticed. Is going to South by Southwest worth it for bands?
“There’s people that see the growth and how the beauty of south Scottsdale is starting to transform,” said south Scottsdale business owner Flicka Alvarado. “People are excited about it. Before people were just thinking about moving up north.”
The Arizona Corporation Commission has voted to approve a one-time distribution from a fund that helps telecommunications companies provide service in rural areas. That money will be used to help the state bring broadband service to currently unserved rural schools.
Arizona regulators have decided to stop paying for a long running legal fight against the state’s largest utility. But that doesn’t mean Commissioner Bob Burns is going to stop trying to get to the bottom of the issue.
The smash musical "Hamilton" brought Alexander Hamilton’s fame to Broadway — through hip hop. So where is the appropriate cross-section between historic people and pop culture? We talked about that with Dustin Gann, a lecturer in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU.
What’s going on in our brains? Dr. Robert Spetzler has been a pioneer in neurosurgery, performing on patients for decades at Phoenix’s Barrow Neurological Institute. He recently decided he would retire from the position as Barrow’s president and CEO.
The debate over state and federal funding of the arts has ramped up since November’s election as arts groups nationwide prepare to fight the Trump administration over funding of the National Endowment for the Arts. Almost 300 arts advocates are gathering at the state Capitol today as part of the Arizona State Capitol for Arts Congress.
In 2015, the Phoenix Police Department started doing an extra training on what they deemed "cultural-consciousness.” In the midst of that training, the consultant leading it canceled the contract. We speak with Marchelle Franklin, director of Community Affairs, and Sgt. Derek Elmore about what the Phoenix Police Department has done to address diversity and race relations since the program ended.