It’s time for screendom’s 2014 Top 10 race, and our longtime film guy shares his picks

By M.V. Moorhead Time again for the film critics’ annual self-indulgence (as opposed to all those weekly self-indulgences): The Top 10 List. Here are 10 movies that, at this writing, I’m willing to admit I really liked and found memorable… Jodorowsky’s Dune—The mad director narrates us his abortive ‘70s-era film version of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi […]

MCC play a family holiday treat

Mesa Community College’s Theatre & Film Arts Department is presenting Susan Zeder’s signature play, Mother Hicks, directed by Debra K. Stevens, this holiday season. The award-winning play performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 11 and 12, with matinees on Dec. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m., in the MCC Theatre located on the south […]

Choir, drama students team up

Goodwill of Arizona and Marcos de Niza High School’s Choir and Drama Program have teamed up for the second year in a row, providing an opportunity to empty those overstuffed closets and garages while helping underprivileged families at the same time. The event is scheduled 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Goodwill collection […]

Cassette tapes enjoying a comeback, thanks to Tempe group

By Chase Kamp While the music industry continues to suffer from drooping annual sales figures, the resurgence of the vinyl record format has provided a beacon of hope. MP3s are still king, but fans young and old are buying LPs again for big album art, pristine audio quality and old-fashioned nostalgia. The lowly cassette tape […]

‘Orangemen’ peel a slice of inspiration from Blue Man Group

‘Orangemen’ peel a slice of inspiration from Blue Man Group

M.V. Moorhead Photo by Billy Hardiman Orange is the new Blue. At least it is at Corona del Sol. The Percussion Ensemble from the high school’s powerhouse music department has decided, in recent performances, to style themselves after Blue Man Group, the popular percussion/pantomime theatrical troupe. But, this being Corona del Sol, Blue won’t do—the […]

Ukelele moving up the charts among music aficionados

Ukelele moving up the charts among music aficionados

By Chelsea Martin An appalling thought it is to imagine a world without music. While some may argue that we’d be better off without the distractions music can create, most defend it and spend their lives submerged in beautifully and precisely constructed sounds that waft through the air. Jon Paul Escobedo and Merri Lewter, longtime […]

Search under way for relics of bygone eras

Search under way for relics of bygone eras

by Chase Kamp If one could put Tempe on a turntable and drop the needle, the sound would contain the charge of ‘90s alternative rock, the bombast of big band jazz and the rugged croon of country. Tempe History Museum is seeking submissions for a November retrospective on local music called “The Tempe Sound,” hoping […]

Harvard-Yale match a ‘60s metaphor to 2014 politics

Review by M.V. Moorhead So now we know—if we care—that the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will face each other in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. I hope everybody enjoys the day. If, like me, you’re mostly indifferent to football, you’ll enjoy the quiet streets, sparsely populated movie theaters and short waits at […]

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