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For the past few years, the Phoenix comedy scene has become one of city’s best-kept secret where on any given night you can see a slew of comedy shows in bars, music venues or even houses. Now fast-forward to 2019, the comedy scene in Phoenix is taking off in a catastrophic way with established shows, such as Anwar Newton and Michael Turner’s This Week Sucks, Tonight and Courtney Wahlstrom’s and Dana Whissen’s The Bro Show, both moving their operations to the Valley’s largest comedic venue, Stand Up Live…Read More →

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by Rebecca Rudnyk

Spamilton: An American Parody is one of the newest shows by Gerard Alessandrini, creator of the nearly 40 year old off-Broadway staple, Forbidden Broadway. A comedic review of Hamilton, its creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the impact both have made on Broadway, it opened in New York in 2016 to critical acclaim — including a Tweet of approval from Miranda — extending its originally-planned run of 18 performances to over 500 before closing in early 2018. Additional productions have popped up in cities also hosting Hamilton, including Chicago, London and Los Angeles…Read More →

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by Mitchell Hillman

The location may have changed from Central to 7th Street, but the vibe is still chill, the service is still great, and the food is fantastic as ever at Hula’s Modern Tiki. They call themselves “A Modern Twist on an American Classic” and the homage to mid-century modern Tiki bar culture isn’t as clearly defined in the new spot as it was in the Central location — but it doesn’t take anything away from the spectacular dishes they serve night and day…Read More →

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by Rebecca Rudnyk

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is a new musical based on the beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl. A story that was woven into the everlasting fabric of our zeitgeist by the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder’s portrayal of the odd-but-intriguing candy man left a lasting impression on an entire generation of young people. A warmth and nostalgia that, although some have tried, has never been fully replicated…Read More →

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by Carly Schorman

Okay, so you have a lot of talent or a following or a special skill and you’re ready to cast off the tawdry shackles of your “day job” to embrace the American entrepreneurial dream. Maybe? But before you tender that letter of resignation, I suggest to take a tip from a business owner and really think through the pros + cons of self-employment before you barrel your way into living your best life, only to find yourself longing for lunch breaks and dental benefits…Read More →

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It’s a tragic, recurring cycle. Every generation loses artistic visionaries too soon, and the mourning of that loss embeds itself into the fabric of popular culture. Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent, died suddenly in 1996 at the age of 35, leaving a gaping wound in the theatre-loving community upon which he had already generously bestowed his talent and vision. Although he was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize, as well as several of the most coveted Tony, Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards, he passed before seeing his greatest success open on Broadway, and its subsequent meteoric rise…Read More →

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Jenny Odom, a.k.a. iggyart. I live in a little town in Northern Florida. I make art and run a small art and music space…Read More →

Jordan Peele’s Us Comes to Phoenix’s Filmbar and Mitchell Hillman has the review (and reasons you should see the movie) right here | YYM+A | music. art. culture. desert. zen. Read More →

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by Jacob Unterreiner

When people call America a melting pot, they’re usually referencing a vague, romanticized idea of diversity which is celebrated only in theory. However, if the melting pot analogy holds any water at all (pun intended), it is because of people like Ruben Wan…Read More →

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YabYum Theatre Critic Rebecca Rudnyk joined hosts Anna and Bonnie with some show tunes and local music sing-alongs on this edition of The YabYum Hour. Hear all about some of Rebecca’s favorite musicals from both past and present as well as the vibrant theater community that Phoenix has to offer by checking out this Radio Phoenix broadcast…Read More →

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by Dale I. Rasmussen

How do we define “loyalty?”

When confronted by others whose viewpoints we find toxic or offensive, just how important is steadfast resolve to our own values? Are there prices for “being right” that are too high to pay, and if so, where is that threshold? At what point does fidelity to our responsibilities to God or country mutate into obstinate, self-serving pride?

These questions, which haunt us in 2019 America form the spine of a story first told nearly 2,500 years ago in Sophocles’ Antigone, and this shockingly contemporary work is being told anew in Now and Then Creative Company’s final show of their second season, directed by Cody Goulder…Read More →

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On my endless journey of searching Phoenix metro for the truly unsung, I came upon a flyer for the mononymous ¡Dale!. Marketed as an underground QTPOC (Queer Transgendered People Of Color) after-hours party featuring DJs, live performances, and two locally-prolific drag queens, the convincing point for me was the inclusion of headliner Quay Dash: a no-nonsense wordsmith rapper from The Bronx, NYC. ¡Dale! isn’t your run-of-the-mill, mainstream “queer” event. Instead of making it palpable for the lowest common heteronormative denominator, it separates itself by solely and consistently booking queer performers and artists of color. I would later learn from a speech by organizer and DJ La Siento, this would be the last edition of the event in its current form as he announced his move to New York…Read More →