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  • Character actress Betsy Palmer dies at 88

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Betsy Palmer, the veteran character actress who achieved lasting, though not necessarily sought-after, fame as the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film "Friday the 13th," has died at age 88. Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospice care center in Connecticut, her longtime manager, Brad Lemack, told The Associated Press on Sunday. Palmer had appeared in films, on Broadway and in TV shows for decades before she took the role of Mrs. Voorhees in the campy 1980 movie in which young camp counselors suddenly begin meeting their bloody demise. The back story was that she was the mother of Jason Voorhees, who had died at the camp years before. He would come to life in several sequels that Palmer passed on. She would say in later years that she only took the role in that first film because she wanted the money to buy a new car. Palmer had appeared in numerous TV shows dating to the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. Among them were such classic dramas as "Kraft Theatre," ''Playhouse 90" and "Studio One." Her film credits included "Mr. Roberts" with Henry Fonda, "The Long Gray Line" with Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara, "Queen Bee" with Joan Crawford, and "The Tin Star" with Fonda and Anthony Perkins. Other TV credits included "Knot's Landing," ''The Love Boat," ''Newhart," ''Just Shoot Me" and "Murder, She Wrote." She also appeared in several Broadway plays, including "Same Time, Next Year" and "Cactus Flower." Palmer is survived by her daughter, Melissa Merendino.

  • Wickenburg offers music camp for kids

    The Wickenburg Children’s Cultural Organization will host its sixth annual summer music camp July 6 through July 10.This program is open to children ages 7 through 18 regardless of their level of music experience.The program includes instruction and hands-on experience with violin, piano, guitar, and keyboards.The voice class will continue this year.Band is also scheduled to continue.A field trip to the Musical Instrument Museum is the highlight of the week and included in the fee schedule.

  • Strike up the band

    The Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts Drum and Bugle Corps will feature a unique stage show of marching arts on June 5 and 6 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway.The Academy CenterStage 2015 show will begin both nights at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on June 6 at 2 p.m. Attendees will witness a Broadway-style, choreographed programs with musicians and dancers ranging in age from 16 to 21.The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps usually performs in football stadiums, but their new show has been especially adapted for the stage.The performance, which features solo dancers and new percussion and drumline productions, is enhanced with the help of vibrant lighting, video and staging. The performance will also have a tuba section, special performances by The Academy staff and marching drills on stage.The non-profit arts organization from Tempe, Academy Drum and Bugle Corps is comprised of 150 youth performers. The young adults audition each year for a spot in Arizona’s only drum and bugle corps.The academy will travel over 11,000 miles to compete more than 24 times with its drum and bugle corps this summer. The group’s tour will travel to cities like Denver, San Antonio, Atlanta and Allentown, Pa. The academy’s tour will conclude on Aug. 8 at the 2015 Drum Corps International World Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Rock faces the Big One in ‘San Andreas’ thriller

Los Angeles • Dwayne Johnson has played his share of outsized heroes over the years. His characters have taken down crazed criminals and evil empires. He’s crushed an army of fire ants with his chin. He’s even flexed his way out of a plaster cast.

  • icon Posted: May 29

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Mel Brooks' hilarious take on the Frankenstein story hits the stage

It’s (a)live, on stage! Young Frankenstein is moving from the big screen to the big stage during Fountain Hills Theater’s summer 2015 season. Mel Brooks' classic tale of Victor Frankenstein’s grandson, Frederick, who finds himself in a world of trouble after creating a monster of his own, will be hitting the stage June 19 through July 5. It is a monstrous musical that is scary funny, and fun for the whole family. Tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for youth and seniors, with a $3 handling fee for all ticket purchases. For show times and tickets, visit, or call 480-837-9661.

  • icon Updated: 11:36 am

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Wingstop spreads its wings in Glendale

Wingstop has landed in Glendale. The wing concept, with more than 750 locations around the globe, recently opened at 6702 W. Camelback Road, Suites 103 and 104, operated under the ownership of Charles Loflin.

  • icon Updated: May 27

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