Opinion

It’s the 1970’s. The only thing bigger than the hair and pants of cousins Lucha and Boli is their dream to create an all-female mariachi band―and their determination to blow away naysayers with their fantastic música. The only problem? Neither of them can play an instrument! Light-hearted and energetic, yet...
After the city of lights fell under the Axis of darkness, World War II’s legacy colored the lives of those in Paris, including the American veterans who decided to stay after helping to defeat the Nazis. “An American in Paris” first captivated audiences when it hit the screen in 1951. Now,...
It’s amazing what a cast of actors can do with a couple music stands and a treasure trove of creativity. “Night of the Chicken: Episode Two” is every bit as unique as its titular monster, and just as creative as Space 55 itself. Designed to look like an old-fashioned radio...
Sometimes, it’s hard to focus in your room. Even if you're surrounded by everything you like to have when working on homework and such, it’s hard to just sit down and work. So what do we poor, tired college students do? We find places that have free wifi, comfortable...
Hello downtown people! It’s T.J. Triolo, your guide to downtown Phoenix. As we get deeper into February, I have some more events that you’ll love. This is after all the season love, so go ahead, love these events and go to them! Chinese Culture & Cuisine Festival Friday Feb. 8–Sunday...
A young, sharply-dressed Latino man silences the posh restaurant, announcing that he will perform his live poem: “Date Me or Deport Me, Just Do It Despacito.” His dramatic flourish and breathy, passionate voice steal the show—but his date still leaves in the end. So begins playwright Guillermo Reyes’ new show,...
Ryan Boyd is a former columnist for the Downtown Devil and served as the Vice President of Policy for USGD while a student at Arizona State University. He currently sits on the boards of the Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Members Association and Urban Phoenix Project PAC. A cat does...
The Arizona Theatre Company began the new year with a brassy bang in "Music Man", whose star swindles a small town with a fake marching band. Trouble comes in the form of a local librarian, who threatens to shatter his scheme with the promise of something real. Director David Ivers...
Amphibious theater is not all it’s cracked up to be. B3 Productions’ “FrogWoman,” written by Chris Danowski, is filled to the brim with intriguing yet scattered plotlines that brighten the stage like colorful threads. Disappointingly, these threads never weave together into the vibrant tapestry one would expect. This leaves “FrogWoman” feeling...
With the holiday season approaching, many downtown Phoenicians may feel the urge to help their community by going to an area populated by the homeless and handing out items like clothing, food or water. While this act of giving is well-intentioned, it may not actually be helping those experiencing homelessness. Phoenix...