Truly magical

Roland Sarlot is a self-taught magician who "loved magic as a kid" and learned his craft via "the road of hard knocks." He performs an intimate magic show titled "Carnival of Illusion" with partner Susan Eyed. Learn more about his inspirations and where you can enjoy the duo's family-friendly fare.

A yen for multicultural art?

Travel the world with friends and family without ever leaving Arizona -- thanks to festivals, museums and performing arts venues that offer the art, music and dance of diverse peoples and places, including India, China, Italy, Australia, Mexico, Ireland and more. And learn how you can enjoy a free "tour" of Japan today in Mesa!

Knaves, MTV & call for artists

Wenches outnumber knaves. MTV wants to broadcast your video in Times Square. Scottsdale is on the hunt for art from furniture to sculpture. Who knew there were so many ways to get involved in arts and culture? Check out these calls for performers/artists -- then spread the word to teachers, artists and friends who have a heart for art.

May the force be with(in) you

I am now going to officially eat crow, or my hat, or whatever it is that people eat in the name of contrition

What's your weekend style?

What's your weekend style? Festivals? Art exhibits? Multicultural music and dance? There's plenty to choose from throughout Arizona and the Valley -- from a costumed celebration of "Curious George" to an art exhibit featuring newspaper sculpture and costumes -- and much of it is free!

Sharing cultures, enriching communities

Think arts and culture for alone time, date night, get togethers with friends, and family adventures. And think Arizona Humanities Council when you're ready to make plans. Their online calendar, organized by five Arizona regions, features plenty of unique opportunities to enjoy the arts while upping your smarts.

Pottery painting at As You Wish

Since my children were little they have loved to paint. When Mylan was small,  Evan worked at a place that used giant computer paper...

The fine art of farce

Sardines. Boxer shorts. Rotary-dial phones. It all sounds rather sad -- until you put it all together with the cast and creative team of Phoenix Theatre's "Noises Off" -- the side-splitting opening to their 90th season, which elevates farce to fine art in a hilarious production directed by Matthew Wiener.

The good, the bad and the ugly

I was stunned and horrified. Could this be true? Was I living in some kind of Tipper Gore world of censorship without even knowing it. I wanted to race out and watch “Seven Pounds,” or “The boy in Striped Pajamas.”

Hey Voldemort, watch out for Yoda!

What would happen if Luke Skywalker met Harry Potter?

Family first, sewing second

Gilbert mom Jen Wilson's business, All Sewn Up was born from her love of sewing. Her goal: to offer moms affordably priced specialty items...

Accidental by design

Scottsdale designer Christina Invanhoe fell into her passion seemingly by chance, but she credits her opportunities and success to her faith. Tell me about Ivanhoe...

Pampering princesses across the Valley

Cindy Owens of Desert Ridge is a girly girl, a mom and the owner of girly boutique and birthday party venue Girly Girlz, with...

Puppet play: setting the stage for social skills

The crowd cheers. The actors take a bow. The curtain closes with a dramatic swish. But this isn’t the latest production at ASU Gammage—it’s...



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