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Stu Braks: Finding the space between beats
“We dance to the rhythm of the cosmos before we’re born in our mother’s heartbeat...

Veterans honored at Nov. 11 memorial ceremony
The community honored veterans of the Vietnam War, World War II, and other wars at a Veterans Day ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial.

Next man up: Arians confident backup Stanton can take Cards from here
In a season marked by injuries and the loss of a key player to suspension, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has preached “next man up” as the team has raced to an 8-1 start.

Cave Creek Luminaria Run set for Dec. 6
As the sun sets on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 6, hundreds of runners, joggers, walkers, families, and friends will gather to participate in the 12th Annual Cave Creek Luminaria Run amidst the beautiful desert mountains and hills of the Cave Creek Regional Park.

FCF Partners in Education awards grants to teachers
The Foothills Community Foundation Partners in Education program recently awarded designated $17,200 to seven Teacher Vision Grant recipients.

Wastewater case ongoing; comment sessions scheduled
The EPCOR Water wastewater case is ongoing. Administrative Law Judge Dwight Nodes is presiding over the case. Arizona Corporation Commission staff, Residential Utilities Consumer Office staff, EPCOR staff, and ratepayers have offered evidence in this hearing.

Carefree Fine Art Festival opening Nov. 28
Magic Bird Festivals is presenting the third annual Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival, at the Carefree Desert Gardens, Friday, Nov. 28 – Sunday, Nov. 30.

Spectrum Retirement discusses planned Anthem facility
Spectrum Retirement Communities is proposing to bring a retirement facility to Anthem.

Cave Creek schools receive grants through CCUEF
The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation presented grants and equipments to schoolteachers in the Cave Creek Unified School District at the 2014 Grant Awards on Nov. 4.

Finding a way to save those who save others
A stressful job will take its toll on anyone. For firefighters, a day on the job could mean being called to the scene of a child drowning, a horrific car accident, a deadly fire.

Kiwanis Marketplace celebrates grand opening
The Kiwanis Marketplace is officially open for business. The grand opening party was held Nov. 10 at the store at 6535 E. Cave Creek Road.

MCSO investigating assault in Anthem
Two teenage boys suffered stab wounds in an assault that occurred on the night of Nov. 15.

Maintaining moderation over the holidays
Holiday season is just kicking off – as the weather begins to cool down, and extended family comes into town, you may be worried about the customary guilt that comes with indulging this time of year – but sources say hold that thought.

Swiftech Liquidators offering closeout deals
Does your home need a little TLC before the holidays? Swiftech Liquidators can help.

Foothills Food Bank offering holiday meals
Every year, the Foothills Food Bank helps make the holidays brighter for families in need.




Movie Review — “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s body of work can easily be described as serious and downtrodden but also in moments exceptional and striking. From his first impressive feature “Amores Perros” into further serious and grim pieces “21 Grams” and “Babel,” Iñárritu is always commenting on something.

Movie Review — “Fury
David Ayer understands how to make procedural films. Look no further than the “day-in-the-life” cop drama “End of Watch” for evidence. “Fury” examines a worn-out and broken group of soldiers, following them at the end of one battle right into another mission, just another day of work for these men.

Movie Review — “Gone Girl
David Fincher has made a career taking audiences to dark places with bad people. In the beginning moments of Gillian Flynn’s scripted adaptation of her popular novel “Gone Girl,” a man is gently caressing the head of a beautiful woman, the way two people in love would – however, the voice-over narration concerning the situation is a violent soliloquy of hatred. 

Movie Review — “The Maze Runner
“Never go beyond the walls.”  A rule inherently made to be broken by the young men confined behind massive, mechanical walls in director Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult novel “The Maze Runner.”

Movie Review — “The Drop
The moment the familiar voice-over narration introduces “The Drop,” it’s obvious what kind of film will follow.

Movie Review — “As Above, So Below
In 2005, director Robert Rodriquez transformed author Frank Miller’s neo-noir graphic novel “Sin City” into a stunning, cutting-edge film. Rodriguez, making a living comic book, utilized a groundbreaking mix of digital style and animated renderings.

Movie Review — “A Dame To Kill For
In 2005, director Robert Rodriquez transformed author Frank Miller’s neo-noir graphic novel “Sin City” into a stunning, cutting-edge film. Rodriguez, making a living comic book, utilized a groundbreaking mix of digital style and animated renderings.

Movie Review — “The Giver
The beloved Lois Lowry novel “The Giver” was a self-interpretive experience for readers. Discovery of individualized emotional conditions and thought provoking open-ended questions were two major components in bringing the reader into the dystopian world.

Movie Review — “ Box: Transformers: Age of Extinction
It was clear that there were plenty of different explosions Michael Bay could generate in 165 minutes. The fourth incarnation, which forwent the cast from the past three films, introduced a world where the Transformers were hunted as fugitives and were forced into hiding.

Movie Review — “22 Jumpe Street
Sequels, especially to great first films, are difficult to accomplish effectively. Creating new conflicts, coming up with fresh comedy, or allowing the characters to change are all reasons for failed second films.

Movie Review — “Edge of Tomorrow
“Edge of Tomorrow” is a smartly designed and skillfully constructed science fiction thriller, with good performances from the two leads.

Movie Review — “Maleficent
The 1959 Disney animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” is given a makeover with a new leading lady, the villainous Maleficent.

Movie Review — “The Amazing Spider-Man 2
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” ushered in the beginning of the summer movie season where big budget popcorn flicks saturate the box office.

Movie Review — “Transcendence
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Sabotage
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Veronica Mars
It started with a video that appeared on a crowd funding website just under a year ago: A proposal to produce an official “Veronica Mars” movie—with all the major cast and show creator involved—if enough money could be raised.

‘Aristocats’ auditions open
Musical Theatre of Anthem will hold auditions for its upcoming musical production, “Disney’s Aristocats KIDS” on April 5. All children ages 6-9 who audition will be cast.

Upscale Singers bring Cave Creek ‘Back to Broadway’
The Upscale Singers’ 10th annual spring musical review, “Back to Broadway,” will be coming to the Cave Creek area for 3 days in April.