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  • Varekai descends from the sky into Phoenix

    A dormant volcano, a mystical forest and an ancient prophecy -- The adventure of Icarus begins.Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world -- a world where something is possible. A world called Varekai, a Cirque du Soleil production.The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of pure and undiluted possibility, begins an inspired incantation to a life rediscovered and to a newly found wonder in the mysteries of the world and the mind.The word Varekai (pronounced ver·ay·’kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. Directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai.Varekai, Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena touring production, will perform in Phoenix at the Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center) from Feb. 18-22 for seven performances only.Tickets are available at or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $40-$100 (subject to change).

  • Surprise movie theater screens 'United States of Football' with NFL player Q&A

    The Carmike Cinemas Surprise IMAX entertainment complex, 13649 N. Litchfield Road, Surprise, is teaming up with former NFL players the P.A.S.T. Retired Players Organization and the 13th Man Foundation to host a youth sports education event including a movie screening of DigiNext’s "The United States of Football" at 7 p.m. Jan. 27.This special event is designed to raise awareness about very important issues affecting young athletes, such as concussions, safety, substance abuse and related areas. Additionally, football fans who purchase a limited number of VIP Tickets will have the opportunity to also attend a VIP meet-and-greet with several former football greats.All attendees will see a hard-hitting film that addresses some of the issues and concerns surrounding the sport. Following the movie a special sports education seminar and live Q&A with former NFL players and experts will take place at the theater."The United States of Football" movie, which features Mike Ditka, Bob Costas, Jim Brown, Ricky Williams, Kurt Warner and many others, takes an intimate first-hand look into the lives of former NFL players and also examines football coaching and training from Pee Wees to the pros. The documentary also explores a heatedly debated topic: should youth participate in football? The film examines the steps that can be taken to protect players and ensure both the excitement and integrity of the great game of football.Former NFL Players participating in the Jan. 27 event include: Christian Okoye (The Nigerian Nightmare) - Kansas City Chiefs 

  • Sun City Grand Music Club presents ‘Stars And Stripes Forever’

    Sun City Grand Music Club members will bring back the great days of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby or any of those extraordinary and dedicated showmen who traveled overseas to entertain our troops through song, dance and stories.Members will salute the men and women who have honorably served our country at performances Jan. 30 and 31.  This show will raise funds to help veterans deal with some of the trauma they have suffered. The profits will go to Soldier’s Best Friend, a charity that works to provide service dogs for veterans. It has been shown that having a service dog helps with PTSD.For information, contact Anne Scott at 623-214-1205. Tickets are $10 for reserved floor and tiered seating. Cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m., with the performance at 7 both days. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Activities Desk in Sonoran Plaza. Sonoran Plaza Ballroom is at 19753 N. Remington, Surprise.

Depp indulges inner clown in charmless ‘Mortdecai’

Los Angeles (AP) • Any film credited with its own “mustache wrangler” really should have been much more fun than Johnny Depp’s latest misfiring action-comedy.

  • icon Posted: January 23

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