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Tempe City Hall
The Arizona Coyotes, and any other professional sports group hoping to build a new home and entertainment district in Tempe, have until early September to submit a bid.
Aug. 11, 2021
watercolor painting chill cello amsellem
Watercolors are notoriously finicky when it comes to artistic mediums. They bleed, they smear, they’re tough to control. And for David Amsellem, they’ve become a mountain to climb for the last several decades as he’s learned how to master them.
Aug. 11, 2021
The Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park
The August issue of Arizona Highways is devoted to Arizona's three national parks and some of the state's other scenic spots, too.
Aug. 10, 2021
Chris Matthews This Country book
Political commentator Chris Matthews has been around for some of the most politically divisive eras in the past few decades. He reflects on that and more in his new book, "This Country: My Life in Politics and History."
Aug. 10, 2021
ASU Art Museum
Museums everywhere were closed during the pandemic and America’s year of racial reckoning. Now, as they are reopening, some — including the ASU Art Museum — are reimagining what a museum is and how they can reach everybody.
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Aug. 9, 2021
Phoenix Suns Gorilla the Valley flag
After losing the NBA Finals last month, the Phoenix Suns are beginning Las Vegas Summer League play Sunday. While star players like Devin Booker and Chris Paul won’t be playing, Summer League is a way for teams to develop young talent.
Aug. 7, 2021
Port of Mars board game
Incredible images from NASA’s Perseverance rover have many on Earth imaging a human colony on Mars. ASU associate professor Lance Gharavi is taking things a step further with a game.
Aug. 6, 2021
Jason Sudeikis in Ted Lasso
The Apple TV+ program "Ted Lasso" featured an unexpected Tempe shoutout in its season two premiere: a discussion about Tempe-based band Gin Blossoms. The Show spoke with lead singer Robin Wilson and asked how he felt about the "Ted Lasso" mention.
Aug. 5, 2021
Olympic rings
The Tokyo Olympics are coming to an end this Sunday. The games have been marked by COVID-19 cases, with most venues empty without crowds. And for us here in the U.S., we'll also remember these games as the moment mental health took center stage. To cap off the games, The Show spoke with the BBC’s sports reporter Maz Farookhi.
Aug. 5, 2021
Jazz, blues and bluegrass are unique to American musical history, but their roots reach back centuries to Western Africa. Pascal Bokar and his Afro Blue Grazz Band have a series of upcoming concerts in the Valley that merge those influences and include a discussion about the influence of West Africa on the evolution of American culture and musical traditions as part of the Jazz Culture & Social Justice Project.
Aug. 4, 2021
Based on Balls Diamondbacks Chase Field ball machine sculpture
If you’ve ever been down to Chase Field for a Diamondbacks game, you’ve probably seen George Rhoads' work. Rhoads is the builder of "Based on Balls" — the complex 10-by-40-foot kinetic sculpture featuring balls traveling around a maze of tracks, culminating in the sounds of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” while little metal replicas of baseball spectators do the wave.
Aug. 4, 2021
ASU UA football game
The realm of major college athletics has become even more competitive as schools need to figure out the new rules around student-athletes being able to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness. And in college football — the true money machine in amateur athletics — consolidation is speeding up and could lead to even more changes to the landscape.
Aug. 4, 2021
The Engagement by Sasha Issenberg
Thirty years ago, same-sex marriage was far from a reality. Sasha Issenberg has written the definitive history of it in his new book, "The Engagement: America's Quarter-Century Struggle over Same-Sex Marriage."
Aug. 3, 2021
Jen Urso Remarkable Presence COVID-19 artwork
When the tightest restrictions of the pandemic were in place, loved ones often weren’t allowed to visit sick relatives or friends in their last days. Artist Jen Urso closely observed how that reality prevented the vital human connection and the sharing of emotions and life stories. In response, she created Remarkable Presence, a project that combines obituaries and pop-up paper suitcases.
Aug. 3, 2021
Olympic rings
The Grand Canyon State was well-represented in Tokyo this year. Here's how Arizona athletes finished at the Olympics Games.
Aug. 2, 2021
David Holthouse Hulu Sasquatch documentary
Writer and documentary filmmaker David Holthouse has covered a lot of dangerous, interesting stories — including during a stint at Phoenix New Times in the 1990s. His latest project is a Hulu documentary series called "Sasquatch."
Jul. 30, 2021
Mega Ran
Last spring, The Show introduced listeners to Valley nerdcore rapper Raheem “Mega Ran” Jarbo. Now, Mega Ran has had the opportunity to create his first-ever videogame soundtrack — "Incarno."
Jul. 29, 2021
Wheelwright
When local folk indie-rock band Jared & The Mill came to an end earlier this year, it was not like other band breakups. To start, it wasn’t really a breakup, but more like an evolution into the band’s next phase — Wheelwright. Fronted by lead singer Jared Kolesar, Wheelwright opens up new musical avenues for him and the original Mill members.
Jul. 26, 2021
olypmic team patch
Arizona has 18 athletes competing in the summer Olympics, hailing from Flagstaff to Tucson and Phoenix to Globe. Arizona athletes will compete in a dozen sports.
Jul. 24, 2021
reefer madness actors
The 1936 film “Reefer Madness" is a black and white flick that paints marijuana as a drug that’s as dangerous as heroin and cocaine, and that promises a “hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence” as a result of smoking marijuana. Now the cult classic has been adapted for the stage as a musical.
Jul. 23, 2021

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