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Spider, pig romp at new Tempe arts center

Spider, pig romp at new Tempe arts center

Childsplay will christen the stage at the new Tempe Center for the Arts as it begins its 30th year of entertaining families. The new facility on the southwest edge of Tempe Town Lake houses Childsplay, its primary resident company, which will offer eight productions this season starting with Charlotte’s Web. Endearing pig Wilbur and his […]

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Back in prime time

Back in prime time

We last saw Jimmy Smits take the oath of office as Matt Santos, the first Hispanic president of the United States on CBS’s long-running drama The West Wing. This fall, Smits is back in Cane, playing the head of a wealthy South Florida Duques family pitted against a rival clan, with both holding competing interests […]

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From TV to trench coat

From TV to trench coat

Say hello to young, hip and sassy J.R. Cárdenas, who hosts ¡Hola, Arizona! from 9 – 9:30 a.m. Saturdays on Spanish-language TV station Azteca 41. The handsome actor describes the show as “entertainment based on the Hispanic community.” The first few shows covered the local F-1 racing factory and west Valley karate instructor “Macho” Camacho. […]

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She digs the accent

She digs the accent

Didn’t get enough of the Beyoncé experience when the sexy hip-hop singer performed at US Airways Center last month? Couldn’t afford to go? Lucky for you, Columbia Records, Music World Entertainment and MTV Tr3s has just released her new 8-song compilation EP/DVD, Irreemplazable (Irreplaceable), which contains the Spanish version of the title track plus Listen. […]

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Raising some green with chile verde

Raising some green with chile verde

This month you can eat your fill of green chile at four Valley Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill restaurants and support local Boys and Girls Clubs. The restaurants will donate one dollar when guests order items from a special Chile Fest menu to raise money for the nonprofit organization that promotes the development of community youth. Among […]

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Teatro trains light on crime in ‘Women of Juarez’

Back with an all-new cast and director, local theater company Teatro Bravo is staging the return of its most successful production, The Women of Juarez. Based on true crimes, Women of Juarez follows the story of a mother in search of her missing daughter in that border city, where hundreds of women have disappeared or […]

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Lost City Radio, by Daniel Alarcòn; 257 pp. HarperCollins; $24.95

Lost City Radio, by Daniel Alarcòn; 257 pp. HarperCollins; $24.95

Daniel Alarcòn’s captivating first novel is set in a nameless country – a stand-in for any Latin American state teetering between turmoil and regimented control where an uprising is only a well-planned gunshot away. In this anonymous country the survivors of the region’s most recent civil war are left to wonder the fate of “los […]

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Najera Nites: Looking to tilt

Najera Nites: Looking to tilt

By Marcos Najera This month I celebrate the birthday that makes me old enough to run for President. When I was a kid, I just knew I’d be on the 2008 ticket because it coincided with this birthday. Clearly, it’s not happening, unless I can grow three more chins and convince people I am Bill Richardson. That said, […]

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Past, present and future

Past, present and future

Commentary by Anita Mabante Leach History is traces of the past and how we look at them. — Professor Donald Higgins During the last century, the history of Latinos seems to have been hijacked, held hostage by those who write textbooks, popular literature, TV series and Hollywood movies. How did that happen? The late Professor Donald […]

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The big 3

The big 3

By Don Rodriguez The names Chicanos Por La Causa, Valle del Sol and Friendly House are virtually synonymous with the Latino community. The organizations’ mottos also hint at their roles: “Strengthening the economic and social vitality of Arizona,” “Inspiring positive change,” and “Building success and independence since 1920.” But ask anyone what the organizations do and […]