Beyond the Songs: ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ brings immersive tale to stage

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Scottsdale residents Leah and Sam Katz put it bluntly: They’re big fans of Simon and Garfunkel. So far bringing “Beyond Van Gogh” and “Beyond King Tut” to venues, they are celebrating their love of the legendary musical duo to the Orpheum with “The Simon & Garfunkel Story.” Called “immersive” as well, “The […]

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Hospice Is Hope: Grieving children, families find healing at New Song Center

By Lin Sue Flood When Melissa Alvarado’s oldest daughter, Gloria, died in May, she quickly realized her family needed professional support and to be around others who could fully grasp their pain. At New Song Center for Grieving Children, they discovered support groups and meaningful activities to help them find healing. Melissa, her husband and […]

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They’re Back!: Lovin’ Life Expos offer a wealth of info

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The Lovin’ Life After 50 Expo is returning to the Sundial Recreation Center in Sun City on Monday, Jan. 23, and the Mesa Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 25, with exhibitors ready to talk about tour and travel, retirement living, health care, financial matters, leisure and more.  Running from 9 a.m. to […]

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Hayworth’s Opinion: Sinema helps Congress stick it to taxpayers

By J.D. Hayworth If you thought the “Christmas rush” that you and other holiday shoppers faced was daunting, think again. In Washington, an allegedly “lame duck” Congress churned furiously through fetid swamp water in a “Christmas rush” of its own. Smelling jet fumes, the dirty birds in charge of both the House and Senate hatched […]

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News Briefs

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Liv Communities breaks ground in Norterra Liv Communities broke ground on a 55-and-older-qualified rental community in Norterra.  The upscale community, Liv+ Union Peak, 25400 N. 21st Avenue, Phoenix, will boast 145 units and will be ready for occupancy in late summer/early fall of 2024. “Building on our extensive background serving all ages […]

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January Casino Calendar

Project Presley 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 6, and Saturday, January 7 Casino Arizona, 524 N. 92nd Street, Scottsdale, tickets start at $15, 480-850-7777, casinoarizona.com Dynamite Draw 8 p.m. Friday, January 6 We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, 10438 Wekopa Way, Fort McDowell, free, 480-789-4957, wekopacasinoresort.com Rhythm Edition 8 p.m. Saturday, January 7 We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, 10438 Wekopa Way, […]

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Leibo At Large: Looking at 2023, here are some predictions

By David Leibowitz Come year’s end, newspaper columnists traditionally look backward, chewing over the past 365 days. “Year in review” columns bore me, because they’re too easy. Here, we look ahead, reviewing the year that has not yet happened. And 2023 promises to be an epic affair. How so? Jan. 5 — In an attempt […]

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Showing Their Respects: Aretha Franklin’s story told through theatrical concert

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Christina Sajous was a child in the Bronx, she and her mom listened to Aretha Franklin as they cleaned their apartment on Sunday mornings. Since that time, Franklin’s music has felt like home.  So, as an adult, she didn’t have to think twice when she was asked to direct “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.,” a […]

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‘The Most Amazing Gift’: Medium Theresa Caputo helps survivors find closure

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Theresa Caputo, who has been a practicing medium for over 20 years, loves nothing more than to help individuals find closure by delivering healing messages.   For Caputo, this isn’t just her job. It’s her life.  “I feel like I’m just doing what I was meant to do here in the physical […]

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Phoenix January Calendar

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 Happy New Year! MONDAY, JANUARY 2 New Year’s Day observed TUESDAY, JANUARY 3 Gentle Tai Chi—Qigong, 10:30 to 11:25 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 1 to 1:55 p.m. Fridays, Kaleidoscope Dance, 2848 S. Carriage Lane, Mesa, $14 drop-in, $48 for four classes, 602-345-0496, kaleidoscope-dance.com Gentle Tai Chi Sequences, 1 to 1:55 p.m. […]

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