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In wide release: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil—Not really evil, exactly. In her live-action star vehicle from 2014, the horned sorceress from Sleeping Beauty, here played by Angelina Jolie, got both a backstory and a whitewash. She placed the curse of perpetual sleep on poor innocent Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), sure, but she was driven to it when Aurora’s jerk father did her wrong, and she later repented her spite and became the girl’s doting godmother....

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I admittedly don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I’m certainly a sucker for a good selfie opportunity. That’s why I decided to check out Candytopia, an interactive art installation that would make Willy Wonka jealous. The spectacularly sweet pop-up, which features candy-coated art, a massive marshmallow pit and confetti cannons, just landed at Scottsdale Quarter. Candytopia allows you to roam from room to room, where you’ll find everything from the Mona Lisa made...

I love a good, original costume idea. No shade to those who are planning on dressing up as scantily clad nurses or shirtless firemen, but I’m more impressed with those who think outside the box during the spookiest time of year.  Here are some ideas that are sure to win you a costume contest while paying homage to your favorite state: A last-minute costume: Saguaro Cactus We’ve all been there! Halloween can sometimes sneak up...

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Afraid of not having any Halloween plans? Fret not! Here is a list of fun, spooky events happening in the Valley. What: Halloween in Fair Verona: A Romeo & Juliet Masquerade Ball Where: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix When: Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. Cost: $15 for advance tickets Where else could you don a mask and your best Victorian gown (costumes are mandatory!) while listening to local DJs? Crescent Ballroom will also...

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Dia de los Muertos returns to Downtown Phoenix in festival form this November. Also known as “Day of the Dead,” the Mexican holiday honors the dearly departed through a series of traditions and celebrations. The sixth annual Dia de los Muertos Festival is coming to Phoenix as an outdoor, family-friendly event hosted by St. Mary’s Basilica on November 3. Here are a few ways to celebrate the holiday at the festival. Devoted Doll Face Painting ...

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It’s that time of year again – the temperatures are cooling, the leaves are changing, and it’s OK to order a hot coffee without judgement because the temperature in Phoenix has finally dipped below 100 degrees. Put on your favorite cozy sweater and take a day trip to check out these five vibrant fall foliage scenes around Arizona. Flagstaff Start the day early, and venture two and a half hours north  of Phoenix to Flagstaff....

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Halloween is almost here, and there’s no better way to celebrate spooky season than picking out a pumpkin. Here are a few local spots to find the perfect one. Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch This is the first year Halloween Town will haunt the Phoenix Premium Outlets. Through October 31, patrons can pick pumpkins and then participate in face painting, arts and crafts, carnival games, rides and more. 4976 Premium Outlets Way, Chandler, 480-859-4477, halloweentownaz.com Justice...

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Fall is finally here and Chandler is celebrating in a big way, with the fourth annual Arizona Harvest Fest and Open Air Market at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park on Saturday, November 10. The free, family-friendly festival will feature more than 150 merchants purveying products that range from holiday gifts to home décor. Peruse furniture, clothing, art and jewelry while listening to a live soundtrack provided by local bands including D. on Darox & the Melody...

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Peoria Film Festival—This weekend, through Sunday, October 13, marks the second annual edition of the west side fest, a presentation of Phoenix Film Festival. With the exception of a “Family Film Day” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at nearby Huntington University and an afterparty Saturday evening across the street from the multiplex, all of the Peoria festival’s events are conveniently located at one venue: Harkins Arrowhead 18. Features this year include: The Cat and the...

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The weekend is upon us, and, if you’re still looking for something fun to do in the Valley, look no further than Four Peaks Oktoberfest, which is being held at Tempe Beach Park (80 W. Rio Salado Parkway) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11–13. Yes, the beer is the primary attraction at this free-entry, Bavarian-inspired event, but there’s so much more to experience, with plenty of choices for the whole family. Here are a...

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Despite Phoenix stubbornly refusing to ever give us anything other than year-round green trees and clear skies, I’ve still found ways to feel like I’m living in an autumnal wonderland.  Here are four things to add to your fall 2019 bucket list: 1. Drink spiced apple cold brew from Dark Hall Coffee As soon as I heard this drink existed and was not just something I dreamed about, I almost immediately raced over to Dark Hall...

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In case you couldn’t tell from all the spooky memes and Hocus Pocus posts on social media, Halloween season is already in full swing. With that in mind: One of the most fun ways for people of all ages to celebrate is by visiting a haunted house.  Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just someone who enjoys some semi-scary fun, there’s a haunted house somewhere in the Valley sure to suit you. Here are some...

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Fans of psychological thrillers like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will find much to enjoy in Girl in the Rearview Mirror (William Morrow, $26.99), Arizona State University alumna Kelsey Rae Dimberg’s debut novel. Though she currently resides in Milwaukee, Dimberg’s tale of political intrigue, betrayal and corruption is steeped in its Phoenix setting, and you’ll feel the heat radiating off the page. Dimberg follows the travails of Finn Hunt, a recent college...

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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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The 8th Annual Jetaway Music Festival returns to the W Scottsdale this November 8, featuring performances from Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist Nelly, EDM DJ trio Cheat Codes, country star Dylan Scott and more. “This year, we are evolving our event to give everyone in the Valley something special,” says Jetaway co-founder Dillan Micus. All proceeds from the 21+ festival benefit Folds of Honor, a charity “providing educational support to spouses and children of America’s fallen...

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