Author Archive: Phoenix Michael

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Two Circuses Come to Tucson

Two Circuses Come to Tucson

January 9, 2013 |

Even in these days of rapid-fire innovation (or perhaps especially so during them), not everything needs to be “new and improved.” The groundbreaking and experimentally fast film speed – 48 frame per second shots – with which director Peter Jackson created his recent “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” certainly generated box office buzz and without […]

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Festivus Yes! Bagels No!

Festivus Yes! Bagels No!

December 17, 2012 |

The wry and undeniably hilarious nine-year run of U.S. television sitcom Seinfeld, and its subsequent eternal perpetuity in nonstop syndication, has provided Americans with numerous tropes to toss about in jest: soup nazi, man hands, puffy shirt. Funny, all. Most enduring however, due to its stubborn unwillingness to slip quietly into comedy rerun archives, has […]

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Simple Gifts: Local Holiday Shopping

Simple Gifts: Local Holiday Shopping

December 1, 2012 |

Time is money, Benjamin Franklin once wrote, and his words ring truer during our modern era of information overload and relentless scheduling than ever before. Feeling pressed or stressed to get all of the holiday shopping done? Let Zocalo be your guide! Read now; thank us later. Remember the “book”? Among the many inventions to […]

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Con Job, Saturday-Sunday, November 3 and 4

Con Job, Saturday-Sunday, November 3 and 4

October 30, 2012 |

It was Frank Miller’s 1986 four-issue limited series The Dark Knight Returns that helped propel comic books from the bedrooms of children into a full-blown adult pastime. A picture, after all, is worth a thousand words… so why should the medium of visual storytelling be limited to juvenile fantasies? Miller’s dystopian take on Batman, alongside […]

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Fostering Growth

Fostering Growth

October 15, 2012 |

Newcomers to the Sonoran Desert bioregion, when transplanting themselves from the moister climes of California and Oregon, may expect to find a wind-swept sand dune wasteland devoid of significant vegetation. Not so. With Arizona holding the title of third most biodiverse state in the nation, the variety of plant life here doesn’t disappoint. Sorry, San […]

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Out Of This World

Out Of This World

September 14, 2012 |

Seen from the outside, a superhero’s headquarters only hints at the universe-protecting hardware held within. Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and Batman’s Batcave were elegant in design, built into their environments and hiding secrets only their respective crime-fighting architects could unlock. The storefront exterior of R-Galaxy at 2420 N. Campbell Ave. similarly camouflages a trove of […]

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Sentinels Centennial

Sentinels Centennial

September 11, 2012 |

Established by our very first state legislature in 1912, the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB) at Grande Ave. and Speedway Blvd. recently celebrated its 100th birthday with an appropriately enthusiastic level of fanfare and festivities. A sense of excitement is palpable as ASDB’s 2012-2013 student body, whether blind, visually impaired, […]

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