Anderson Cooper: Dialogue is key to improving race relations

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Journalist Anderson Cooper said at a discussion for ASU’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy that race in America is still a pertinent issue, and creating dialogue among different people will get the nation closer to a better state. Read story

A Tailored Place: Roosevelt boutique closing its fabulous doors

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VOX Curvy Couture, known for celebrating all individuals and encouraging every woman to be extraordinary, will be closing its doors May 3, after a sale this Friday. Read story

New south Phoenix Park-and-Ride facility connects commuters with downtown

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The Phoenix Public Transit Department unveiled a new Park-and-Ride bus stop in south Phoenix Saturday. The stop will open Monday and feature 205 shade-covered parking spots. Read story

ASU and local restaurant partner to create experience combining food and art

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Welcome Chicken + Donuts, in partnership with the ASU Art Museum, will host a dinner event Monday evening at 16th Street and Buckeye Road. The six-course meal will pair art of the table with a visual exhibit featuring local cuisine and artistry. Read story

Underground dining club visits Phoenix to host private experience

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Underground dining club PlaceInvaders “invaded” a historic home in Phoenix’s Coronado District this weekend, offering diners a unique Phoenix experience in the pop-up dining fad. Read story

Budget cuts to Arizona arts commission impact arts organizations, small and large

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As a result of the state budget established in March, the grants that the Arizona Commission on the Arts distributes to arts organizations like Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and Rising Youth Theatre will be put on hiatus, discontinued or reduced. Read story

Four people arrested during march from capitol building for fifth anniversary of SB 1070

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Four people were arrested for refusing to move from sitting in the street outside the Fourth Avenue Jail while protesting a bill that in Arizona requires those living in the U.S. without documents over the age of 14 to carry registration. Read story

Devilishly Healthy: Boutique fitness boom brings specialized, personal workouts

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Boutique fitness studios are blossoming in downtown Phoenix, from the upbeat high-energy exercise at Orangetheory Fitness to the contemporary gear at Urban Fit. Even large gyms such as the Lincoln Family YMCA are growing. Read story

Valley Bar to bring live music, hot dogs and parlor games to Central Avenue

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Valley Bar, a new music venue from the owners of Crescent Ballroom, features a menu prepared by Short Leash Hot Dogs and a lounge named after former Arizona Governor Rose Mofford. Read story

Large donations, grants to Phoenix museums give new resources, diverse arts experiences

The Phoenix Art Museum is one of two downtown museums that received donations that officials hope will lead to larger and more diverse exhibitions.

Two of Phoenix’s longstanding arts establishments — the Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum — each received some of their largest donations and grants in their histories. Read story