Niki D'Andrea, Author at PHOENIX magazine - Page 2 of 17

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Radio Free Europa challenges the adage “Truth is stranger than fiction.” The online play, penned by local playwright Ashley Naftule, is loosely based on a late-night call-in radio show called Coast to Coast AM that was hosted by a guy named Art Bell out of his living room in Nevada starting in the 1970s. Bell didn’t screen his callers or try to poke holes in their bizarre stories or theories. Originally slated for the stage...

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In the 1920s, “break a leg” was a way to wish theater people good luck in auditions and performances. But in the 2020s, it might as well be “break the internet,” especially since companies have had to cancel or postpone productions or move their performances to live streams in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Thankfully for thirsty theatergoers, there are a handful of local groups providing performing arts content they can enjoy from the...

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Every Tuesday and Wednesday after 3 p.m., Whyld Ass Grill owner Keith Wyatt sets several quarts of soup outside the door of his vegan restaurant in Phoenix for anyone to take. It’s a gesture of gastronomic goodwill from someone who knows what it’s like to struggle. Wyatt had barely reopened after recovering from flooding when he shuttered amid coronavirus concerns. Since the pandemic, he’s had to lay off 85 percent of the staff at his...

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Do you know your Corey Haim films from your Corey Feldman flicks? Are you hip to the fact that the Seattle Mariners are the only MLB team to never play in a World Series? Maybe you’re the person friends call to settle arguments about whether or not the guitar solo in “Freebird” is longer than the guitar solo in “Stairway to Heaven” (it is)? Even if you don’t know anything other than you’re bored and...

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Before late musician Chester Bennington found fame singing for nu metal band Linkin Park, he fronted Phoenix rock band Grey Daze (1992-1998). His bandmate, longtime best friend and Club Tattoo business partner, drummer Sean Dowdell, bankrolled the rerecording of Grey Daze songs using Bennington’s remastered vocal tracks into an album called Amends (scheduled for release June 26). Dowdell gave us some details. How does Grey Daze’s sound compare to Linkin Park? Our influences were Jane’s...

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To paraphrase Shakespeare, if the songs of the fathers are to be laid upon the children, at least they’re good tunes when it comes to the kids of two founding members of The Allman Brothers Band. Devon Allman (son of guitarist and singer Gregg Allman) and Duane Betts (son of guitarist and singer Dickey Betts) formed The Allman Betts Band and will bring their jam band genes, Allman Brothers covers and original Southern-fried rock songs...

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Some Phoenix basketball fans remember Bridget Pettis as a member of the Phoenix Mercury’s inaugural squad in 1997, and some may know her now as an assistant coach for the Chicago Sky. What most people may not know is Pettis has a passion for planting trees, growing community gardens and feeding the hungry in the food deserts of Phoenix. She recently founded the nonprofit grassroots organization Project Roots AZ to educate people about food and empower...

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This year’s Birds Nest Concert Series at the Waste Management Phoenix Open looks a little like an eclectic European summer music festival – American rappers scheduled between country superstars before a Norwegian DJ headliner. But the sonic variety is part of the appeal for the four-day fête, which draws fans from all over the world to the big tent at TPC Scottsdale. Here’s the word on the Birds. Miranda Lambert The country chanteuse kicks off...

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After a 20-year career as a golf professional that included a role on the Golf Channel reality show Big Break Mexico, Phoenix resident Rob West recently released his debut country music album, Arizona. West describes his music as “mainstream country with an old-school flair” and he’s performed all over the U.S. in the past seven years, including a gig opening for John Michael Montgomery. Some might think it’s a stretch from swinging a long iron...

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On December 14, resident shock rocker Alice Cooper hosts his 18th Christmas Pudding show at Celebrity Theatre with guests including Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and Mark Slaughter, proving once again that yüle is the heaviest holiday ever. Get primed for Cooper’s annual audio anvil with these horrifyingly heavy Christmas songs. “Kidnap the Sandy Claws” – Korn Korn’s cover of this song from Danny Elfman’s The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack gets an extra dose of...

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The Arizona State Fair has hosted concerts at Veterans Memorial Coliseum since the 1960s, including such vaunted performers as Willie Nelson (1976), The Police (1980), Johnny Cash (1982) and Neil Young (1988). This year’s 14-show concert series features brooding Brits, country boys and hammer pants. Here are our picks for acts that can help you wrap up a long day of roller coasters and deep-fried snacks on sticks. Country Concerts Various Dates Billy Currington, Trace...

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