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Photo courtesy Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing   Revenge is a major motif in literature. Readers often delight in seeing their favorite protagonists vindicated – but how do writers use the idea of revenge to propel their stories forward and motivate their characters? How can that be done in a socially responsible way? Tempe-based writer Gionni Ponce will explore answers to these questions and more during a “Write Here, Write Now” workshop titled...

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Travel the world to hear the music of Johann Sebastian Bach this month – virtually, of course. Featuring concerts in Poland, Minnesota and New Mexico, the 2021 Arizona Bach Festival brings the Baroque composer’s works to digital devices with a trio of performances by renowned classical music artists. First up: organist Aaron David Miller, who injects his passionate organ recital with wit and commentary that displays his absolute unashamed adoration for the instrument. You might...

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The New Year brings new hope for a less socially distanced cultural landscape as coronavirus vaccines roll out, but 2021 is still fresh and full of precautions. For those still playing it as safe as possible, here are two virtual events and one socially distanced event for indulging in Valley culture and history. SHFT: PLAYBACK On January 6 (and every Wednesday), Tempe Center for the Arts’ Facebook page is alive with the sounds of music. The...

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With the suspension of large events and our favorite Valley venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. Here are five online events and socially distant activities to enjoy this weekend. 1. Enjoy (and support) the Grand Canyon from home. Be a trailblazer! Walk, jog, hike or bike anywhere to raise funds to preserve and protect Grand Canyon National Park and celebrate the National Park...

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It’s a bummer that most local stages remain silent and dark. But on the upside, local artistic troupes remain active and you can watch their work live – even while loudly unwrapping candy or drinking beer out of a cup without a lid. You can’t do that in a theater, now can you? Arizona Theatre Company Presents Alma Written by Arizona Theatre Company’s 2019 Latinx Playwright Award winner Benjamin Benne, Alma tells the story of...

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Summertime at the zoo might be a distant memory for many people right now, but wildlife parks, aquariums and zoos around Arizona still have staff on site caring for the animals – and plenty of animals on virtual display. Here are five animal encounters you can enjoy from anywhere. Zoom with Phoenix Zoo Animals Why bother with such pedestrian meeting distractions as cats running across keyboards or children jumping on furniture when you can have...

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Valley movie theaters are still shuttered, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still catch some cool indie cinema screenings. Here are five virtual film screenings and events from local organizations that should help keep your celluloid dreams alive. Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful No Festival Required presents this documentary about famous photographer Helmut Newton, whose work exploring the female form gave him a cult star status that endures long after his death in...

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With the suspension of large events and our favorite Valley venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. Here are five things to do in the Phoenix area this weekend – while still abiding by CDC guidelines. 1. Wander around Wonderspaces. This immersive art installation features 13 new artworks never before seen in Arizona, including a dragon made out of tea bags and a sewing...

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Nothing quite matches the sensory experience of walking through a museum, but a handful of local institutions offer online tours that come close, thanks to 3D imaging, photos and videos. Here are five Arizona museums you can explore from anywhere. Phoenix Art Museum The Phoenix Art Museum remains closed until further notice, but you can still explore the institution’s collections virtually and participate in events like The Whole Story: Part XII, a live storytelling show...

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Since Governor Doug Ducey ordered all gyms to close (again) through the end of July, home workouts are back in the quarantine circuit. Here are half a dozen regimens from local fitness gurus that can help make you stronger, faster and maybe even saner. BODI Nike Master Trainer Nikki Metzger was named Women’s Health magazine’s “Next Fitness Star” in 2015. After running a successful group fitness gym in Chicago, she followed her exercise entrepreneur dream...

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Distance learning has now also become social distancing learning, as many of us who used to frequently enjoy attending university classes in auditoriums, mixology demos in packed bars and cozy educational salons in people’s homes are now attending mostly to the internet. Thankfully, cyberspace holds more knowledge for us, in the form of virtual classes. Arizona Humane Society Virtual Classes and Kits All in-person dog training classes at the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) have been...

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Whether you’re an adult or a kid, being stuck at home when the weather’s nice, work is done and school’s out can be kind of a bummer. One can only binge so many Netflix shows or play so much Minecraft before starting to go a little stir-crazy. Thankfully, there are a handful of downloadable coloring books and activities from local organizations that can help keep kids of all ages occupied and satisfied. Taliesin West Floor...

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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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