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What The Fork? Podcast Uploads a New Afterlife

The local (and loveable) podcasting duo of Jared Duran and Jason Keil launched What The Fork? podcast to document their love of the NBC television show The Good Place along with their growing bromance. But, after three seasons, Keil and Duran pressed pause on The Good Place while they waited for the fourth season to hit streaming for fans and picked up a new program to discuss in the interim.

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All Is Forgiven

Serene Dominic’s ‘All Is Forgiven?’ Offers a Musical Mob Podcast

Few can match the creative output of Serene Dominic. A musician and writer, Dominic has now added podcasting to his ever-growing body of work with All Is Forgiven?, the musical. The narrative tells the tale of a mob foot soldier who finds himself making the jump from the Bronx to Sunnyslope, Arizona after entering the Witness Protection Program. I had a chance to chat with Serene D himself about All Is Forgiven?, the making of the show, and what’s next for the mastermind behind the project… 

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Tastemaker’s Ten: Ryan B. Clark

Ryan B. Clark is a novelist, blogger, co-founder of Hookworm Records, and notorious music fan originally from Tucson and currently based out the Phoenix area… with some road stops between there and here. Clark’s love of Arizona music also has made him a tireless scene supporter and you can check out his regular Spotify playlists featuring artists from the area. So, of course, we had to ask him to assemble his Tastemaker’s Ten to share the 10 songs he thinks everyone should hear! And now you can too…

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YabYum Seven: Jen Urso

Jen Urso is a Phoenix-based multidisciplinary artist whose output — no matter the medium — is layered and compelling. Continually challenging herself, the processes she engages in to create work are intricate, intense, and often laborious. We caught up with her to find out more about her past and present, as well as what’s in store for the future, and of course, how COVID-19 is affecting the creative process…

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#OnlyIntermission: Performers Take a Precautionary Pause

The days weigh heavy. Compounding. Each, somehow, heavier than the last. Saturated in monotony. Accompanied by a novel loneliness that can only come from seclusion at an epic level. Days, weeks, months without social gathering. An oddly unsettling guilt for having taken weekly family brunches, happy hours with friends, and live communal entertainment for granted for so long. This is the new normal in the time of COVID-19. This is our new normal…

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YabYum Seven: Paul Balazs

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a 34-year-old Phoenician from Ohio with a passion for music and art. I sing, play the guitar, bass, piano, drums and more, but I am mostly seen playing guitar and singing with The Psychedelephants. I have been getting back into visual and graphic art again since it has always been something I enjoy and love doing. I am writing a film noir graphic novel, and a soundtrack by The Psychedelephants to go with it, called Hazel…

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‘La Cage Aux Folles’ Graces Arizona Broadway Theatre

La Cage Aux Folles is an endearing staple in the Broadway lexicon. With a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. It had its first run on the Great White Way in 1983-1987, winning 6 Tony Awards including Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical. Its subsequent Broadway revivals in 2004 and 2010 won several Tony Awards, including a Best Revival Tony for both…

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YabYum Seven: Austin Davis

My name is Austin Davis and I’m a 19 year old poet and student activist studying creative writing at ASU. My first book of poetry, Cloudy Days, Still Nights, was published by Moran Press in 2018. My second collection of poetry, Second Civil War, was also published by Moran Press in 2018. Second Civil War is a call to action for my generation to stand up for what they believe in and fight hate and injustice. The poems in this book touch on issues from gun violence to racism to immigration to the nature of modern capitalism, among many others…

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‘Kinky Boots’ Sashays Through The Phoenix Theatre Company

by Rebecca Rudnyk

Kinky Boots is based on an independent British film, which was inspired by the true story of Steve Pateman who found a niche market in an attempt tried to save his family’s failing shoe business. Although it had a somewhat rocky start, Kinky Boots defied the odds, ultimately winning 6 Tony Awards in 2013, including Best Score (for pop icon Cyndi Lauper, the first female to win an individual Tony in the category) and the top spot, Best Musical. The show closed in April of this year, after more than 2,500 performances on Broadway…

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