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  • Arizona Broadway back at Glendale library with Charlie Brown show

    Arizona Broadway Theatre returns with a heartwarming holiday favorite, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.This free performance, a part of ABT's Theatre for Young Audiences Program, is made possible by a grant from the City of Glendale Public Art Program. Tickets will be distributed to the first 240 people in line, beginning at 3 p.m. Dec. 14.The performane is not suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. It will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the library auditorium.For information, call 623-930-3537.

  • Christmas songs highlight Ghostlight production through Dec. 11

    Ghostlight Theatre will present “The Jimmy Jenkins Christmas Special” now through Dec. 11.Ghostlight Theatre is located in the Sun Dome Plaza near Safeway at 13541 W. Camino Del Sol, Sun City West.The show features 7 p.m. performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.The show takes place in New York in 1949.The Jimmy Jenkins Variety Hour is a classic show from the early days of television, a la Ed Sullivan or the Cavalcade of Stars. The show is about to go on hiatus for the holidays when Jimmy, the host, receives startling news — the show is being canceled Thinking quickly, Jimmy promises the network a Christmas Special to boost ratings and save the show!What follows is a hilarious “show within a show” as Jimmy and the cast scramble to put together something that will save their jobs.

  • Review: 'Man Down' waits too long to deliver worthy message

    "Man Down" carries a poignant message about American veterans' mental health needs, but you may give up on the movie before it gets there. Nothing is clear until the film's final moments, which hit with a gut punch just before the credits roll.Until then, the story is told through disjointed flashbacks that make it hard to know what's going on and who to root for. Director Dito Montiel bounces between boot camp, active duty in Afghanistan and life in post-apocalyptic America, with star Shia LaBeouf's haircut and beard scruff the only real indicator of where we are in time.LaBeouf's performance is powerful, maybe his best to date, but it's unduly burdened by an erratic story structure that doesn't engender empathy for his character.He plays Gabe, a Marine who enlisted with his lifelong best friend, Devin (Jai Courtney). When we first see the two men, they're dirty and bearded, not in uniform, brandishing guns in a bombed-out city as they desperately look for Gabe's son. Gabe carries a worn picture in his pocket of his wife, Natalie (Kate Mara), and their towheaded little boy, Jonathan (Charlie Shotwell, heartbreaking in the final scenes).Suddenly, uniformed, clean-shaven Gabe is in an office being questioned by a military counselor (Gary Oldman, disappointingly flat). The counselor is asking about "the incident," and Gabe is stoic.Then it's basic training at Camp Lejeune, where Gabe and Devin are new recruits being toughened up by an unrelenting drill sergeant. Natalie sweetly shaves Gabe's head as he prepares to ship out to Afghanistan.

Black American journey finally enshrined in national museum

When the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture opens this week alongside the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History, it will firmly — and finally — anchor the black experience in the nation's narrative.

  • icon Posted: September 25

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Arizona Biltmore providing Thanksgiving feasts

This Thanksgiving, the Arizona Biltmore will celebrate the holiday with a variety of feasts fit for families, friends and loved ones alike, with a special take-out menu for those on the go.

  • icon Posted: November 14

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