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When local folk indie-rock band Jared & The Mill came to an end earlier this year, it was not like other band breakups. To start, it wasn’t really a breakup, but more like an evolution into the band’s next phase — Wheelwright. Fronted by lead singer Jared Kolesar, Wheelwright opens up new musical avenues for him and the original Mill members.
Jul. 26, 2021
olypmic team patch
Arizona has 18 athletes competing in the summer Olympics, hailing from Flagstaff to Tucson and Phoenix to Globe. Arizona athletes will compete in a dozen sports.
Jul. 24, 2021
reefer madness actors
The 1936 film “Reefer Madness" is a black and white flick that paints marijuana as a drug that’s as dangerous as heroin and cocaine, and that promises a “hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence” as a result of smoking marijuana. Now the cult classic has been adapted for the stage as a musical.
Jul. 23, 2021
Todd Miller Build Bridges Not Walls book
How different would it be if we didn’t have borders between nations and walls were uncommon, rather than on the rise? Todd Miller explores those concepts and others in his book "Build Bridges Not Walls: A Journey to a World Without Borders."
Jul. 21, 2021
Phoenix Suns Arena exterior NBA Finals 2021
Suns Arena in downtown Phoenix is being renamed the Footprint Center after an Arizona company that plans to serve food and drink in packaging made with plant fibers.
Jul. 16, 2021
The Arizona sun behind a palm tree
President Joe Biden has brought the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Agreement, and there are efforts to reduce carbon emissions in an effort to slow climate change. But climate scientist Kimberly Nicholas says we all have a part to play in that.
Jul. 16, 2021
July 15 is the birthday of one of Arizona’s greatest music icons — Tucson native Linda Ronstadt turns 75 today.
Jul. 15, 2021
Hyram Yarbro Selfless skincare
For Generation Z, Hyram Yarbro is the authority on all things skincare. Now, he’s out with his own skincare line — Selfless by Hyram — and he’s also from Arizona.
Jul. 15, 2021
Phoenix Suns Gorilla the Valley flag
A top Phoenix Suns executive said Wednesday that the tean has leveraged its deep postseason run to raise future attendance and revenue.
Jul. 14, 2021
Andy Slavitt Preventable book
Arizona and the rest of the U.S. continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19 as concerns grow about the power of the delta variant. But the availability and effectiveness of vaccines make our current circumstances dramatically different from 16 months ago.
Jul. 14, 2021
It’s that time of year again — Shark Week is back. It’s taking over the Discovery Channel this week, and believe it or not, there is an Arizona connection this year.
Jul. 13, 2021
Cameron Kotecki, Dan Higgins and Eva Hamilton
“Skinwalker” opens on screens this weekend. It’s a new movie from Valley-based filmmaker Robert Conway and is based on the Navajo legend of a malevolent spirit embodying people. The film is finally getting its debut after being shot last summer.
Jul. 12, 2021
aaron allen marner
Aaron Allen Marner was working as a bartender in Phoenix’s Melrose District when the pandemic hit and bars were suddenly shut down. Facing isolation and time, he dove into painting. And what came out of that dive has transformed his life.
Jul. 12, 2021
Medical marijuana at Giving Tree
Arizona voters approved legalizing marijuana for recreational use in last November’s election. But with pot newly legalized, there may be some awkward conversations or situations related to it. That’s where Lizzie Post comes in.
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Jul. 9, 2021
"Appleseed," by Matt Bell
Arizona State University English professor Matt Bell is about to release a new novel that is genre-hopping, hugely ambitious and critically acclaimed. “Appleseed” is an epic, speculative, environmental novel that takes place across three story lines over 1,000 years.
Jul. 6, 2021
As musicians return to in-person concerts, bands and orchestras must protect themselves from virus-laden aerosols that could be expelled while playing some instruments. A new airflow study proposes some unusual arrangements.
Jul. 2, 2021
Mark Harris, author of Mike Nichols: A Life
More than 50 years ago, an unexpected blockbuster was released in theatres, and after its run, "The Graduate" was — at the time — the third highest-grossing film in history. Its director was Mike Nichols, who had several successful runs in film, theatre and was a stage performer and comedian himself. Author Mark Harris has written a biography about Nichols called "Mike Nichols: A Life."
Jul. 2, 2021
T.J. Newman Falling book
Phoenix native T.J. Newman was a flight attendant working a red-eye when she realized just how vulnerable they all were at the hands of the pilot — and just how vulnerable the pilot was with all of their lives in his hands. It sparked the idea for a nail-biting thriller.
Jul. 2, 2021
Monica Aissa Martinez is a visual artist who captures much of her work in the realm of anatomy and biology. And it ranges from human-size down to the tiniest microbes.
Jul. 1, 2021
Phoenix Art Museum sign
The Phoenix Art Museum is once again in search of a director and CEO. Tim Rodgers, who had longstanding ties to the Valley, was named to the position 14 months ago but announced earlier this month he was leaving Phoenix to become director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
Jun. 30, 2021


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