A Joyful Sound

Arizona Musicfest season stages four months of performances for a good cause. By Kenneth LaFave   It was once known as “the little festival that could.” Now it’s the cultural flashpoint of the North Valley. What else would you call a performance series that has gone from 7,000 attendees in 2013 to more than 21,000 last year? Or one that grew from a few winter performances into a fall-to-spring season o ...

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Spirit of the West

Exhibition features extensive collection of western film graphic arts   By Julie Carlson Photos courtesy of Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West   Throughout history, Native Americans have been portrayed inaccurately in the media. A new exhibit at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West challenges those perceptions and misconceptions by bringing a new understanding to Native Ame ...

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The Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society delves into Arizona’s past

Uncovering History  The Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society delves into Arizona’s past. By Julie Carlson Do you have an interest in learning more about archaeology? Would you like to improve your knowledge and skills in the field? The Arizona Archaeological Society was founded in 1964 as an independent, non-profit, state-wide volunteer organization to serve as a bond between profe ...

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David Ira Goldstein brings The Diary of Anne Frank to town

Haunting Return  David Ira Goldstein brings The Diary of Anne Frank to town.  By David M. Brown David Ira Goldstein always wanted to stage The Diary of Anne Frank. After wrapping a 26-year run as artistic director at the Arizona Theatre Company in June 2017, he opened a production of the show at the Geva Theater Center in Rochester, New York. Now he’s returning to the ATC as artistic director emeritus with ...

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The Cave Creek Museum preserves the North Valley’s history

Desert Life  The Cave Creek Museum preserves the North Valley’s history. By Julie Carlson The Cave Creek Museum's mission is to collect, interpret, and preserve Cave Creek and Carefree's history. Open to visitors from October through May, the museum began as an historical society in 1968. Located at the base of Black Mountain, it boasts 80 active volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of life in the ...

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The Arizona Jewish Historical Society preserves the rich heritage of our state’s diverse history

Cultural Institution The Arizona Jewish Historical Society preserves the rich heritage of our state’s diverse history. By Julie Carlson The Arizona Jewish Historical Society has been preserving and educating guests about Arizona's Jewish heritage and communities since 1981. The society’s archives currently maintain over 50,000 primary source documents, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia related to the ...

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Heritage Square: Historic Phoenix site is a striking reminder of the city’s vibrant Victorian past.

Heritage Square Historic Phoenix site is a striking reminder of the city’s vibrant Victorian past. By Julie Carlson Heritage Square is the oldest remaining residential block in Phoenix. It consists of 10 fully restored Victorian buildings dating back to the 1800s. Owned by the city of Phoenix, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is managed by the Heritage Square Foundation, a 501 c-3 ...

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Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park  With thousands of species on display, there’s always something exciting to see. Learn, explore, and play at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park. For the last three decades, the Litchfield Park attraction has thrilled visitors of all ages with their diversity of exotic and endangered animals. The menagerie has also grown in size and recently added new ...

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Explore Irish history, music, art, literature, and language at the Irish Cultural Center

Irish Cultural Center Explore Irish history, music, art, literature, and language. By Julie Carlson   Do you enjoy researching your genealogy or celebrating St. Patrick's Day? Do you know that Arizona has a long and storied Irish history? At the last census there were over 500,000 people in Arizona with some Irish ancestry. An Irishman named Hugo O’Conor founded Tucson. Nicknamed Captain Red, he was as ...

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The rich history of the American West is on display at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Western Heritage The rich history of the American West is on display at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. By Julie Carlson Perfectly situated amid the adobe style boutiques and galleries of Old Town Scottsdale is Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. The 43,000-square foot, two-story building opened its doors in January 2015 and has retained its goal of preserving the history of th ...

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Local organizations rally together to feed pets in need

P.E.T. Pantry Local organizations rally together to feed dogs and cats in need. By Julie Carlson If you’re a pet lover, you know a pet becomes part of the family. They’re usually our best buds. They provide laughter, joy, tears, and comfort to soothe our pain. They love us unconditionally. But what happens to a pet when someone falls on hard times? It’s difficult enough to put food on the table for an indiv ...

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Native Trails spotlights Native American culture

Native Trails Educational series brings attention to Native American culture, creativity, and history. By Julie Carlson Do you know where the Grand Canyon is located? In a recent survey by Intrepid Travel, a small adventure company with destinations across the globe, 57 percent of the survey respondents had no idea that the Grand Canyon is in Arizona. Not only is the Grand Canyon a breathtaking landmark and ...

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ProMusica Arizona makes music in the North Valley

Community orchestra group ProMusica Arizona makes harmonious music in the North Valley and beyond. By Julie Carlson The melodic tones of a flute mixed with the solemn strings on a violin and powerful percussion, float dreamlike through the air toward your seat. The sounds of an orchestra, along with the harmonious voices of a choir, carry a range of emotions to the listener. One such orchestra and choral gr ...

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The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts celebrates 40 years

Performance Art Celebrate with the stars during the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 40th anniversary. By Julie Carlson Influential Afro-Cuban jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Chucho Valdes will perform a concert at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts as part of its 40th-anniversary celebration. Scottsdale’s arts community has a lot to celebrate this year. Nestled within the vibrant park ...

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