Summer Stage At MIM

At the MIM, the world’s premier museum of musical instruments from around the world, instruments don’t simply sit idly on display. They resound, they resonate, they drone, growl, sing, blare and reverberate as the context demands. In the three and a half years since it brought to the Valley the distinction of hosting the world’s largest and best musical instrument museum, the MIM has presented classical, jazz, rock, country, pop, world and probably several indefinable sorts of music in the intimacy of a 300-seat theater.

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A Life In Art

In comparison to its Spanish colonial counterparts in the Southwest and the aging august cities of the East Coast, Phoenix has always been considered a young city, poised at the precipice of becoming the next big thing. But the truth is, Phoenix has its own august institutions, of which Phoenix Art Museum, now celebrating nearly 55 years, is at the forefront. At the helm of the Museum, the largest fine arts institution in the Southwest, is James K. Ballinger.

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Palm Springs – Desert Reimagined

Over 350 days of sunshine a year, beautiful mountain views, golf courses galore, chic shopping, innovative restaurants and first-rate spas…sounds like the perfect vacation spot. And no, we are not talking about Scottsdale. While this description is certainly fitting for the Valley of the Sun, this top travel spot is a four-hour drive west on Interstate 10 or a quick, one-hour plane ride away.

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From Page To Screen

In 1939, two movies were released that would change the face of Hollywood forever. While Gone with the Wind defined the word “epic” for the screen, The Wizard of Oz showed that a fantasy movie geared at kids could make even adults feel forever young. Though these two films are different in almost every way, they have one thing in common – both were based on books

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Arcadia Reborn

As few as ten years ago, the Arcadia area of Phoenix was known for its charm, historical roots and happy community. Those things haven’t gone away, but have simply made room for a foodie revolution. As eclectic as it is endearing, the row of restaurants that Arcadia can now boast is both a visual and delicious haven for Valley diners, and the following are some of the our staff’s favorites.

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Mom’s The Word

Struggling to find that perfect present for Mother’s Day? Look no further. We’ve searched high and low to come up with ten gifts that put a spin on the traditional choices. From colorful rings to some quality time on a “spaliday,” we’ve got you covered.

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Pretty As A Picture

When a movie comes out most people can name a few of the actors, possibly the director and maybe a writer if it’s a household name. But one person who is crucial to the final film that plays on the big screen is often never mentioned: the Cinematographer. Nowadays this person is usually referred to as the Director of Photography (DP), but the job is the same has it has been since the early days of silent film.

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Dress up, Dress Down

When looking over the fashion selections for men this spring, the message is loud and clear – times have changed. Looks once reserved for women have found their way into the stylish men’s wardrobe. Color, bold patterns and floral prints are prominent. Accessories have taken on more importance, and footwear has expanded to rival that of any female fashionista’s shoe collection. From modern suiting that screams “in-charge” to activewear that is playful and sporty, every man can express himself.

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The Patient Experience

You have a choice. There are many things to consider when deciding where to go to have a mammogram, MRI or CT scan. It is important to take into account the obvious, state-of-the-art equipment and highly-trained physicians. But, what truly sets an imaging center apart from the rest? For many, it is the patient experience.

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Heart Ball Kick-Off

The 2014 Heart Ball Kick-Off Breakfast and Fashion Show took place on February 12 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel and Resort. This event brought together a group of dedicated women ready to make a difference. With only 282 days to go until the November ball, the occasion marks the start of the planning stage for one of the Valley’s premier charity events.

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Dennis Roland – Musical Legend

Dennis Rowland doesn’t remember it happening. But he lives with it every day. He remembers going to the westside Phoenix church as he often did, to give free vocal coaching to the choir there. A giveaway gig – a part of every musician’s life. He wasn’t feeling well, and he told the choir director, “I can’t sing today.”

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Beauty Myths Debunked

No matter how many times people say that true beauty comes from within (and it does), women all over the world will still spend an average of one hour each day working on their outer beauty. Mothers, siblings, friends and thousands of Youtube channels offer tips on ways to have the healthiest hair or the most radiant skin with more ideas popping up every year. The question is: are these tips myth or fact?

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All-Night Vigil

Russia, watch out. The Phoenix Chorale has drawn a bead on one of your most precious musical commodities, and it means business. No, we are not entering a new, musical Cold War with our erstwhile World War II ally. To the contrary, Americans – or at least its choral singers and fans of choral music – have rediscovered the deep beauty of a Russian masterpiece,…

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Girl Meets World

How does the daughter of a British dentist wind up touring America playing a Czech immigrant in a play set in Ireland? It’s actually not nearly as complicated as it sounds. “I think I’ve performed all my life,” explains Dani de Waal, who will play Girl at the Gammage this month in the touring version of Once. “As a child, I would do classes like children do – ballet, singing and such.

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Beautiful Places

People travel for a variety of reasons. There is no better way to spend a vacation than on a quest for beauty. Whether you find it in the mountains or by the coast, there is no denying that we live in a wonderful world. From a tropical paradise to a seaside town or an ancient landmark to a mountain passage, these beautiful places are worth a visit.

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Fashion Insider – Gustavo Tabares

“Trust me.” Those words usually trigger the red flag of doubt, but in the case of style advice, there is someone in the Valley who has built his reputation on just that, trust. “He is very honest, credible and genuine,” says Amy Videan, marketing director of Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park. “His clients count on his knowledge of not only fashion, but fit and construction.”

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