Curtain Critic: 'By the Way, Meet Vera Stark' asks powerful race and identity questions

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Through humor, drama and a dash of desperation, “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” illustrates a black woman in film who refuses to back down from her creative dream, even as it means taking roles that may support stereotypes. Thought-provoking and humorous, “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” presented by iTheatre Collaborative is well worth watching. Read story

Phoenix Center for the Arts to host screening of 'Woodstock' for festival's 45th anniversary

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Phoenix Center for the Arts will host a screening of “Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” the nearly four-hour concert documentary about the iconic Woodstock music festival. The festival turns 45 this weekend. Read story

Dinosaurs and pop culture soar to 'Jurassic' heights at second annual Phoenix DinoCon

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Dinosaurs attacked downtown Phoenix on Saturday — well, at least ones from popular culture — in the second annual Phoenix DinoCon, held at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. The event, which drew close to 400 attendees, had panels and booths that celebrated the dinosaur-lovers among us. Read story

Devil's Pass: 5 First Friday activities to praise the passing of July and arrival of August

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If you survived another month on the stovetop, you may want to celebrate by going out Friday, Aug. 1, for Phoenix’s First Fridays art-walk festivities. So before the kids are back to school and the art walk becomes the welcome madness that it is during the fall, take your time to enjoy this one in comparable calmness. Read story

Copper State Poetry Slam 2014 offers a varied representation of local slam-poetry talents

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The 2014 Copper State Poetry Slam, taking place July 26 to 27 at the Playhouse on the Park, will bring slam teams from across the state together to duel it out with passion and verse. Read story

Foundation gives Roosevelt Row CDC $90,000 grant to revamp shipping containers for artists

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After seeing the success of initial shipping containers used as art galleries during First Friday art walks, ArtPlace America decided to grant Roosevelt Row CDC $90,000 to design and create three more repurposed shipping containers. Roosevelt Row hopes the containers are a viable answer for the rising workplace costs for artists. Read story

Commemorative mural ceremony marks start of Civil Rights Act 50th anniversary events

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Phoenix’s celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 kicked off Friday with the unveiling of a mural at downtown’s Burton Barr Central Library. The event recognized the artist and the historical figures and events featured in the mural. Read story

U.S. vs. Belgium: Five places in downtown Phoenix to watch the big World Cup game

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Downtown Devil offers five downtown Phoenix venues to watch the U.S. take on Belgium in the World Cup. Read story

Curtain Critic: 'Beta' treats its viewers to expertly performed and curated dances

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“Beta,” a new dance show that premiered Saturday at Phoenix Center for the Arts, is a welcome addition to the Phoenix arts community. Fourteen pieces were performed, each with professional care and execution. Read story

Inaugural dance show 'Beta' premieres Saturday at Phoenix Center for the Arts

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Beta, a dance show at Phoenix Center for the Arts, will premiere this Saturday. The show will consist of 14 original pieces submitted by the dancers and choreographers in styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop. Read story