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The coronavirus pandemic has impacted live sports in many ways, from keeping fans out of stadium seats for most of 2020, to changing the way teams and venues host events in 2021. For this year's football season, Arizona State University has made some changes for convenience that have also impacted fan safety.
Sep. 4, 2021
theater stage curtain
Black Theatre Troupe kicks off its season Sept. 10 with a performance of "Sistas: The Musical." And it’s an important year for the company — its 50th anniversary season. It was supposed to happen last year, but the pandemic forced Black Theatre Troupe to cancel its performances.
Sep. 3, 2021
A pipe spills water pumped from an underground aquifer
In his new book, "Water: A Biography," Giulio Boccaletti attempts to tell the history of water from ancient times to the present and how influential it has been — and continues to be.
Sep. 2, 2021
illustration of sports betting
Sept. 9 marks the first day that sports betting will be legal in the state. But last week, the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe filed suit, along with race track operators Turf Paradise, to stop the new gaming law from taking effect and prevent any sports betting transactions from taking place in Arizona.
Aug. 30, 2021
theater stage curtain
Like many organizations, Valley Youth Theatre has pivoted to virtual classes and performances due to the pandemic. And despite hoping for an autumnal return to the stage, Bobb Cooper, longtime artistic director, said those plans are likely to be delayed due to the delta variant.
Aug. 30, 2021
ASU Gammage
Live events are coming back to the valley despite rise in cases. And venues are taking the steps necessary to continue performances safely.
Aug. 27, 2021
Rachel Lynett
A Minnesota playwright, producer and teaching artist has won Arizona Theatre Company’s 2021 National Latinx Playwrights Award. Rachel Lynett’s winning play, “Black Mexican,” opens with a student questioning whether a professor is Cuban.
Aug. 27, 2021
Animaniacs Hulu
If you're a millennial, you probably recall the popular '90s cartoon "Animaniacs," which followed the slapstick adventures of siblings Yakko, Wakko and Dot. Now, Animaniacs Live! is coming to Phoenix Aug. 28, with the original voice actors reprising their roles to take to the stage in song.
Aug. 26, 2021
anne brown
Even before the pandemic hit, suicide among teens hit record highs. Then, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this summer that the problem was getting worse. Now, a new animated series is tackling the issue head-on.
Aug. 26, 2021
Arizona Coyotes
The Arizona Coyotes will be looking for a new home after this upcoming season after Glendale chose not to renew the operating agreement. But where will they play, not just after this season, but beyond that?
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Aug. 25, 2021
Michael Powell Canyon Dreams
In 2019, the New York Times’ Michael Powell had the book "Canyon Dreams" published. It told the story of the Chinle High men’s basketball team and illustrated how important the sport was to the community and the broader Navajo Nation. Now it’s being called the inspiration for the upcoming Netflix program, "Rez Ball."
Aug. 24, 2021
The company that owns the Westgate Entertainment District says it supports Glendale’s decision to not renew the Arizona Coyotes’ lease of Gila River Arena.
Aug. 20, 2021
Larry Fitzgerald
His retirement from football has been speculated for several years, but Arizona Cardinals veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald told radio listeners Friday that he “doesn’t have the urge” to play football prior to the upcoming NFL season.
Aug. 20, 2021
Tucson skyline
"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign," as the old song goes — and in Tucson, that’s especially true at the Ignite Sign Art Museum. Jude Cook and his wife own and operate the museum. He learned sign painting in 1972 right out of high school and opened his own sign company in 1976.
Aug. 20, 2021
Arizona Coyotes
The upcoming season will be the Arizona Coyotes' final one at Gila River Arena. The city of Glendale announced Thursday that it will not renew its agreement with the franchise beyond the 2021-22 season. The city tweeted it wants to focus on “larger, more impactful events and uses” for the arena.
Aug. 19, 2021
jummy salami
Fashion designer Jummy Salami was raised in Nigeria, where she remembers sewing from a young age. In her home country, she was a businesswoman. But here, she didn’t have a permit to work. So she got a sewing machine and started playing with it again.
Aug. 19, 2021
A key compromise in Arizona’s new gaming compact sets aside sports book licenses for professional team owners and venues like TPC Scottsdale. Now state officials say the number of tribes qualified for a license outnumbers those available.
Aug. 18, 2021
Arizona Humanities is reminding arts and cultural institutions the final deadline for American Rescue Plan grants is fast approaching.
Aug. 17, 2021
Zachary Justin drew from his outdoor environs in the Gila River Indian Community for the Roosevelt Row mural that features saguaros, birds, mountains and Indigenous symbols with a color palette that is heavy on blues, purples and magentas.
Aug. 16, 2021
DH Lawrence Close Up Kiss
Most high school and college English Lit. students are familiar with D.H. Lawrence, known as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. In addition to his writing, Lawrence was also an accomplished painter, and today, some of his paintings are on display in Scottsdale.
Aug. 16, 2021


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