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New Chandler exhibit puts the ‘art’ in ‘artifacts’
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New Chandler exhibit puts the ‘art’ in ‘artifacts’

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By Kevin Reagan Staff Writer   Ann Morton had a nostalgic flashback when she looked through the Chandler Museum’s collections.  The Phoenix artist came across a vintage Camp Fire Girls dress and it made her think of her...
Cigarette machines now dispense mini-art objects
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Cigarette machines now dispense mini-art objects

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By Kayla Rutledge Contributor   Longtime cigarette vending machines are coming out of retirement across the globe to give people a healthier alternative to buying expensive art.  In lieu of a pack of cigarettes, the...
Area author Katrina Shawver named Road Scholar
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Area author Katrina Shawver named Road Scholar

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF   Ahwatukee journalist and author Katrina Shawver has racked up another honor in the wake of her book about an Ahwatukee man who escaped two Nazi death camps and made his way to America. Shawver has...
Depeche Mode tribute band on tap in Chandler
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Depeche Mode tribute band on tap in Chandler

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Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Staff Writer   Brent Meyer said Strangelove is more than a Depeche Mode tribute act.  “It’s a valentine to an artist whose body of work I, and we in the group collectively, adore,” said...
Christian band releases inspiring album
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Christian band releases inspiring album

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Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Staff Writer   Naming an album “Victorious” could be seen as a gutsy move, but Skillet lead singer John Cooper isn’t quite sure how he feels.  “I suppose maybe it is,” he said with a...
‘Book of Mormon’ returning a third time
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‘Book of Mormon’ returning a third time

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Laura Latzko Contributor   “The Book of Mormon” is known for its satirical look at the Mormon faith and society. It’s the characters’ journeys, though, that continue to attract audiences.  “The Book of Mormon”...
The Payson Book Festival hosts area authors
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The Payson Book Festival hosts area authors

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By Marie A. Fasano Guest Writer Area authors will be among some 90 Arizona writers who will be featured at the fifth annual Payson Book Festival. The festival — 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 20 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino on...
Something’s fishy about Chandler theater’s next musical
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Something’s fishy about Chandler theater’s next musical

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By COLLEEN SPARKS Contributor Children and teens swayed, slithered and danced in smooth movements to the song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” as they practiced portraying an evil sea witch, her tentacles and eels. They were...
Regional band conductor retires his baton
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Regional band conductor retires his baton

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By Coty Dolores Miranda Contributor When the 70 musicians in the Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band closed out their 2018-19 season with a free concert last week, they also bid farewell to the man who has directed them for five...
Nonprofit celebrates dementia patients’ minds
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Nonprofit celebrates dementia patients’ minds

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By Jordan Houston Staff Writer A local nonprofit is creating an outlet for people with cognitive impairments to express themselves through the arts. Oakwood Creative Care — a club that specializes in dementia care — displayed...