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Brandon Decker | Photo Courtesy Macallan Agency   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Everything from a country band featuring a member of the Gin Blossoms to American Songbook jazz is on tap this week. Honeygirl Trio Wednesday, July 28 at Copper Blues Scott Johnson of the Gin Blossoms and Kira Brown play contemporary, cool acoustic country as two-thirds of Honeygirl...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’re giving you details on three free shows (blues, folk and swing, oh my!), plus local retro rockers and a fast-picking guitarist from Austin.     Notes from Neptune  Friday, July 23 at Chandler Center for the Arts  Notes from Neptune plays it all with a touch of jazzy blues – classic rock, modern pop, Motown and more. This eclectic ensemble reinterprets songs by everybody...

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Snoop Dogg | photo by Jason Persse   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Our selections this week have global flavor, with Siberian swing and a sonic nod to Bastille Day alongside local artists and the incomparable Snoop Dogg. Red Elvises Tuesday, July 13 at Yucca Tap Room The pioneers of Siberian surf rock (yes, that’s a thing) bring their kooky...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Our roundup this week starts with some keen Gen Z pop rock, continues with contemporary blues rock, glam punk, and big-name country, and wraps up with local hip-hop. Veronica Everheart Wednesday, July 7 at The Rebel Lounge At just 18 years old, local sensation Veronica Everheart makes mature indie pop rock that belies her years....

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Ramón Ayala | Photo by Aaron Markham   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week features a Mexican music legend, locally grown dark disco and a pioneer of electronic DJ jams. Ramón Ayala Friday, July 2 at Celebrity Theatre Legendary Norteño music master Ramón Ayala has been singing and playing his accordion professionally since 1963. He’s backed by the band...

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Photo courtesy andywarpigs.com   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’ve got American roots music, reggae, rock and a tribute to late Phoenix punk musician Andy Warpigs. The Sugar Thieves Friday, June 25 at the Musical Instrument Museum Following the release of two new albums, Phoenix-based American roots music band The Sugar Thieves will bring their bluesy brand of...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week’s lineup includes a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, a big bass-heavy electro beat bash and a heap of hip-hop. Mark Zubia and Jesse Valenzuela Tuesday, June 15 at Old Town Tavern As far as Tempe rock royalty and heritage, it’s hard to imagine a better bill than Mark Zubia...

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If your Mondays need a little neo-surrealism, local artist Pete Petrisko (aka Media Petros) has a bizarre and colorful tale to tell you, in the form of a three-hour “sound art and storytelling audio drama podcast” broken up into six weekly 30-minute chapters. The series podcast, titled “That And How It All Happened,” is a multi-layered story inspired by pulp science fiction and the experimental radio series Columbia Workshop, which broadcast from 1936 to 1943....

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Traveling to an Arizona destination? There’s probably a song about it. “The Ballad of Boot Hill” by Johnny Cash The Man in Black shows his fascination with Arizona’s Wild West history in this poetic country song about the town of Tombstone, “where tumbleweeds tumble in search of a home,” “where the brave never cry,” and where “rope marks on the oak tree are now petrified.” “Flagstaff by Morning” by Joshua Kadison L.A.-based singer/songwriter Joshua Kadison...

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When it comes to nuns, none are more colorful than the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The “charity, protest and street performance organization” of drag queens facilitates all sorts of fun dialogue, and on Saturday, May 29, the Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will host a virtual “Interesting AF AZ” event on Facebook. Host Sister Mimosa Romero will be joined by Cody Wagner, author of the award-winning LGBTQ+ trilogy, The Gay Teen’s Guide to Defeating...

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Grab a seat around the virtual campfire for some storytelling on May 26. The latest installment of the Gather storytelling series, “Fast Friends,” explores the themes of speed and camaraderie (and multiple connotations of words) through a trio of tales. One of those tales will be told by guest host Marshall Shore, the “Hip Historian” who makes clashing patterns look cool and has spent years digging up the strangest gems about Phoenix to create a...

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What’s going on with your ballot? What new laws might make it less convenient for you to vote? Learn what’s happening in the Legislature that could impact your voting experience on May 13, when Arizona Humanities presents “Who Gets to Vote? A Discussion of Voting Rights Today” as part of the nonprofit organization’s Representation Matters conversation series. The free virtual events with experts in fields ranging from journalism to law spotlight the importance of representation...

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When writers Terry Greene Sterling and Jude Joffe-Block were researching their new book, they uncovered some interesting history about Phoenix. For example, Sterling says the book details how the word “Phoenix” was post-Civil War code for “rebirth of the South” to the Confederate refugees who founded the town. That tidbit is just the tip of the proverbial dust devils Sterling and Joffe-Block kick up in the book Driving While Brown: Sheriff Joe Arpaio versus the...

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A virtual fundraiser with live music, a theater performance, margarita demos, recipes, prize giveaways AND cats and dogs? Sounds like a fun way to spend a Wednesday evening to us. Lost Our Home (LOH) Pet Rescue calls this adorable beast bash Cinco de Meow-O Yappy Hour, and it’s streaming on Facebook Live from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 5. Local media celebrity Jan d’Atri hosts the event, the second annual fundraiser for LOH, a...

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Dr. Todd Bostwick | Photo courtesy State of Arizona Research Library   Hohokam farmers built the largest system of canals in the New World between 500 CE and 1450, making a network of canals in Arizona’s Salt River Valley totaling more than 1,000 miles. It was a marvel of organic engineering in the pre-industrial era that helped the ancient people sustain their crops and civilization. Archeologist Todd Bostwick has studied the Hohokam and Arizona’s ancient...

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