Local comic attempts to take over Valley's comedy scene, one stage at a time
Photo by David Kreienbrink
It’s Monday night at the Turf Irish Pub, which is located in the center of Phoenix, on 1st Street just south of Roosevelt. The place is about half full, which for a Monday night is considered a packed house. The patrons are a mishmash of demographics. Some are lawyers and bankers; others are ASU students, and there are even a few out- of-towners from Chicago this night, just looking for a place to grab a drink.
These factors contribute to what makes the Turf unanimously toted as the toughest room in the Valley amongst Phoenix's comedians.
The host of the Turf’s weekly open mic is current Paradise Valley Community College student, Jake Edward Tomlinson, better known in the Phoenix comedy scene as Jake Edward.
For the 'cos'
Reality television turns fantasy
role-playing into hyped drama
Six never-ending months of crafting and planning. Two long hours spent on hair and make-up. You finally manage to wrestle into the rest of your ensemble. The wig that took a week's worth of altering and cutting fits just like it was meant to. The gloves—thankfully—fit like gloves. The detail work on the armor is perfect.
During the final touches, the memories of construction return in a flood: How nightmarish it was to sew into four layers of vinyl, the numerous cuts and burns acquired fashioning the armor, the seven blueprints you made for the prop that took four attempts to get right. But that's all right because in the end, as you take one last long look into the mirror at yourself, the accomplishment you feel makes it all worth it.
You look exactly as you'd planned. A perfect clone of Cloud from Final Fantasy VII, the character you've always wanted to portray.
You are a cosplayer.
Getting by with a little help
Digital games improve cognition
Dave Wimb wakes up every day to the same routine. He gets himself a cup of coffee, has a cigarette, and then does what needs to be done around the house, all while he watches his grandkids.
“I’m a house hubby,” Wimb says with a chuckle.
At age 58, the former truck driver doesn’t look his age, with his reddish blond hair , a mustache of the same color, and an average build. But his looks don’t tell all. Five years ago, Wimb had a brain aneurism that ruptured.
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Writing group for elderly captures memories, stimulates minds
Some hours he’s a poker dealer; other times he’s opening Facebook pages. His most high-profile role might be bartender at the raucous weekly happy hour. On Sunday he leads a writing group
Paradise Valley Community College psychology major Joshua McLaughlin, 26, is an activities assistant at the Brookdale Senior Living community tucked off of Tatum Boulevard just north of the Paradise Valley Mall. With a booming voice that cuts through a room and an easy laugh, McLaughlin can’t walk far through a corridor of Brookdale without stopping to greet a resident.
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Recognizing signs of suicide
key to prevention
It was an early afternoon at the start of winter that marked the third consecutive time that Angelica had canceled lunch plans with me. She was always on time and made sure to let me know ahead of time when she was unable to make it. But this time was different. Angelica did not show up. No phone call, no text message, and just an empty chair waiting across from me. I began to notice changes in Angelica’s behavior as the weeks went on. We went from seeing each other very often, to seeing each other only once or twice a week. She became distant and always seemed to have an excuse for her absences. She transformed from her typically lively and exuberant self into a quiet and almost repressed person. I wondered how depressed my friend might be and whether she was at risk for suicide. I wanted to help her.
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$900,000 project creates
airy new space for ceramics program
Photo by Scott Shumaker
Eight years ago this month, a fire in the Paradise Valley Community College art studio set off the building’s sprinkler system and brought fire fighters rushing to the scene. The small blaze, ignited by hot ashes from a ceramics project smoldering in a trash can, destroyed student artwork and caused expensive smoke and water damage in the M Building, where the studio was located. Nearly eight years to the day after this incident, the college has unveiled a free-standing ceramics lab in the D Building that will help prevent accidents like this in the future.
145 seconds with the bulls
PVCC editor runs with bulls
Thump! Thump! Thump! That was the sound my heart was making as the announcer was counting down the seconds until the first wave of six bulls was released. All I could think about were the last words my father said to me in his very stern, raspy voice, “You know you could die, right?”
Five, four, three, two, one. BANG! Off goes the shotgun. Everyone takes off, not looking back at the sound of the first wave of bulls breaking through the gate.
Overcoming chemical dependance
is up to you
The birth of a child can change a person’s perspective. Keith Simpson was no exception. A man who had dedicated the last 14 years of his life to living for nobody but himself, stood outside of the hospital room in Phoenix where his son lay in an incubator, clinging to life. Simpson looked in at his newborn child Shane. He had always wanted a son.
“I was scared, and I started making deals with God,” Simpson says.
He started praying, like many before him and many have since. He told God he’d give up the heroin, alcohol and violence and start living right if only God would make his little boy healthy.
Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue
celebrates its 100th adoption
After an extensive amount of online research, and a session with a few rabbits to test for allergies, my boyfriend Josh Riddle and I adopted Echo and Keiki, Brambley Hedge Rescue bunnies numbers 99 and 100 on Friday, Oct. 25.
Tucked away on a corner near Cave Creek and Greenway, five exercise pens sit in a small room in the back of the Brambley Hedge Thrift Store. Safely inside these pens, lie five patient, happy rabbits searching for forever homes. The aroma of hay fills the air as the bunnies chew quietly. Steve Guida, a volunteer of 12 years for Brambley Hedge, carefully sets up a larger pen for rabbit meetings. The potential adopters wait in anticipation of the first encounter with their new family member.
Show spotlights rising talent
in modeling, design
All is still in the darkness. Then lights flash on, illuminating the words “Phoenix Fashion Week” at the center of the runway. The track begins to play intensely and the first model walks out; cameras flash; curiosity builds in anticipation of the next design. A tall pair of heels struts across the floor as beads dangling from shorts and a blouse swing violently.
This is the eye-catching ensemble by emerging designer Stephanie Gentry. She was one of 12 emerging designers featured at the 9th annual Phoenix Fashion Week, Oct. 1-5, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. The leading fashion event in Arizona supports the development of emerging designers around the globe and aspiring models in the locale. This year the event sponsored 40 emerging models competing for the title No7 Cosmetics and Skincare Model of the Year.
In early work, literary superstar McCarthy pens
love letter to the Southwest written in blood
Book Review: Blood Meridian (1985)
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Random House
In the haunting 1985 novel, “Blood Meridian, or Evening Redness in the West,” Cormac McCarthy immortalizes a moment in Arizona history: the 1850 takeover of the Colorado River crossing in Yuma by a private militia.
The novel is so powerful that the phrase “was the subject of a novel by Cormac McCarthy” will probably forever attach itself to this episode. But the novel does much more than dramatize a remarkable bit of local history. The unique sights and sensations of the Southwest become the backdrop to an epic drama told with astounding skill and rhythm. Before he wrote “No Country for Old Men,” and “The Road,” McCarthy created a masterpiece that will be especially powerful to people who know and appreciate the Southwest.