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Will it play in Peoria? The classic question, deriving from the vaudeville theater, asks whether a given act will appeal to middle American audiences. It originally referred to Peoria, Illinois, but it could just as easily be applied to its namesake city in Arizona. The programmers of the Peoria Film Festival will learn the answer to that question this weekend, with regard to the festival’s slate of features and shorts. The fourth edition of the...

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From Glendale to Gilbert, downtown neighborhoods across the Valley have flourished over the past decade, sprouting high with local restaurants, boutiques, theaters and that all-important “cultural density.” Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they need our love more than ever.