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Brody’s Pet Dragon Brings Imagination Alive

Brody_dragon_648x444Bagpipes fill the Egyptian Theatre as kilt-clad men proceed down the aisles. They carry a crate with them toward the front of the theater where Brody, wearing fur and a horned Viking helmet of his own, is standing. As the lid is lifted, the auditorium hushes. Inside waits a dragon.

“What child asks for a dragon?” said Brody’s mom, Kim. “I’m like ‘don’t you want to go to Disney?’ But no, ‘I want a dragon.’”

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Naro Transforms Pain into Music

Naro_oboe_648x444Naro didn’t have music forced upon him. He wasn’t required to attend piano or violin lessons from an early age. In fact, he didn’t pick up an instrument until middle school, when he began learning to play the flute. But when he did, he discovered a love.

Fast forward a few years. Naro is now 16. He’s a sophomore in high school. And he has just been diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma. He sits up in bed, listening to the harsh and tinny sounds of the hospital. Somewhere down the hall, a cart with a loose wheel rolls across the tile. Metal tools and instruments clang together on a tray. In his head, Naro makes a little music.

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Collectors Tours draw art enthusiasts to downtown galleries
photo courtesy of Willo North Gallery

Within its first year, Artlink Phoenix’s series of Collectors Tours has seen increased community interest, a new tour date and expanded partnerships with downtown galleries and the Phoenix Art Museum.

The Collectors Tours was created last year to offer a more intimate experience than First Fridays – for $35 attendees receive a guided trolley tour of three downtown Phoenix galleries and participate in discussions with featured artists and gallery curators. The next tour is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, exactly one year after the inaugural tour. It will be the fifth in the series.

“It’s one thing to buy art because it looks nice. It’s another thing altogether to buy art following a conversation with the artists themselves,” Artlink Phoenix President Catrina Kahler said.

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Planning committee re-envisions Hance Park
Photo courtesy of Alexis Macklin/DD
Photo courtesy of Alexis Macklin/DD

Interactive water features, community gardens, food concession stands, improved bike paths and an amphitheater for outdoor concerts were among the ideas proposed by community members Sept. 25 for the redesign of Phoenix’s Margaret T. Hance Park.

More than 60 Phoenix residents met at Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center to discuss priorities for a new Hance Park Master Plan, which could make the park a destination for the downtown community and visitors.

Wednesday’s workshop was the last of a weeklong series of meetings that brought community members and the park’s team of designers and architects together. Beginning next week, the design team will use the suggestions from these meetings to draft the master plan, which is set to be completed in March of 2014.

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kimbarnesRead my interview with Kim Barnes

Kim Barnes is the author of In the Kingdom of Men, named a best book of 2012 by San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, and The Oregonian. She is a recipient of the PEN/Jerard Award in nonfiction for her first memoir, In the Wilderness, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including The New York Times, WSJ online, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Oprah, Good Housekeeping, Fourth Genre, and the Pushcart Prize anthology.

larrywoiwodeRead my interview with Larry Woiwode

Larry Woiwode’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, Harpers, GQ, The New York Times, Paris Review, Partisan Review, and others, along with two dozen stories in The New Yorker. His work has been translated into a dozen languages and is included in four volumes of Best American Short Stories. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Lannan Fellow, and a U. S. State Department Traveling Artist. He is poet laureate of North Dakota.