If news headlines are any indication, Hillary vs. Donald is the biggest prizefight in the nation’s eye right now. But for the geeky pop culture set there’s a more important, epic, life-altering battle that’s been ongoing for decades. Movie sagas have been made, fan bases divided and friendships lost. The question still remains: Which franchise is better, Star Wars or Star Trek?
For 25 years, Arizona Musicfest has regaled Valley audiences with a wide variety of musical performances, from Broadway and bluegrass to classical and jazz. This year’s festival, which started on January 29 and runs through March 11, features 18 concerts at several North Scottsdale and Phoenix venues. Some concerts are already sold out, and others are selling fast.
If you follow us on Instagram, you know we are die-hard devotees of Press Coffee here at the mag. You've seen our latte runs, paeans to cappuccino art and Press cup-strewn meeting tables. In December, we posted a picture of delicate little waffles sandwiching cardamom-infused caramel that barista Elizabeth Bayer made for us.
Heavy metal band Slipknot and hip-hip duo Insane Clown Posse popularized the creepy white mask as a gimmick to draw crowds. While the 12 or so percent of Americans suffering from coulrophobia (fear of clowns) likely steer clear of these bands, 51-year-old singer Michael Geier hopped on the literal clown bandwagon when he donned a circus-worthy look for Atlanta-based band Greasepaint back in 1999.
If you're a fan of films in which masked maniacs murder people in decrepit mansions, the 1927 silent humor-horror film “The Cat and the Canary” will make you jump for terrified joy. And local eclectic ensemble RPM Orchestra will tickle your ears and tingle your spine with a live musical score.
The sitcom trope of “annoying next-door neighbor” is often the character audiences love to hate. Bewitched had busybody Gladys Kravitz, Everybody Loves Raymond introduced sharp-tongued mother-in-law Marie Barone, and perpetual do-gooder Ned Flanders was the butt of Homer’s jokes on The Simpsons.
Phoenix-based rock band Prehab's newest album, Light Up the Sky, boasts some truly illuminating moments. It also stumbles on a couple songs, but show me a studio album by a single band that doesn't contain at least one meh moment, and I'll show you where Jimmy Hoffa's hiding out with D.B. Cooper and Elvis Presley.
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