Arts & Entertainment


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Satisfying science fiction

Oblivion does two things well enough to make a very enjoyable alien invasion movie. It has truly beautiful special effects, not the blazing ray guns and exploding space ships that we might want, but lovely landscapes of a stricken earth – it was filmed in stricken Iceland – and a really cool pod craft, which is sort of a future equivalent of an attack helicopter.

Side Street Strutters perform

Disneyland feature performers for more than two decades and national big band sensation, the Side Street Strutters bring their new production of “Shiny Stockings, featuring Meloney Collins” the Payson High School Auditorium in Payson, Arizona at 7 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2013.

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Rocking the cradle of creativity

Artists of the Rim gallery opening

Step into the new home of the Artists of the Rim Gallery in Swiss Village and inspiration washes over you. It is the same for the members of the cooperative that operate the gallery, founded by 18 local artists in August 2006.

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Dixieland jazz band: Musicians offer a blast from the past

A part of the past floats into the room every time Dixieland jazz bands like Dr. Jass & The Heartbeats perform in the Rim Country. Imagine scenes from the 1920s: flappers — the young and unconventional women —burning up the dance floor with the guys dressed in skimmers, bowlers, silk top hats and bow ties.

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Classic cars and classic songs this weekend

Little G.T.O., you’re really lookin’ fine, Three deuces and a four-speed and a 389. Listen to her tachin’ up now, listen to her why-ee-eye-ine, C’mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out G.T.O. This weekend at Payson’s beautiful Green Valley Park, nearly 250 classic GTOs, other “muscle” and sports cars, old-time trucks, roadsters and high performance, souped-up vehicles will be on display at the 20th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show.

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Remembering Annette Funicello

Who’s the leader of the club That’s made for you and me? M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E Hey there, hi there, ho there, You’re as welcome as can be. M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E

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Make some memories at Fishing Fest

Some of my fondest memories of my pre-teen, middle school years are those lazy summer afternoons when my buddies and I would grab our fishing poles, hop on our bicycles and head on down to the Fox River.

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At The Movies-Olympus has fallen

A superior action film

The action heroes of yesteryear have had their innings already in 2013, now a younger hero has arrived.

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Where the rabbit joined the Easter parade

It’s probably easy for most of us to comprehend how Jesus is associated with Easter.

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At The Movies-The Icredible Burt Wonderstone

A funny film, you will enjoy

This is the first comedy in a while that I could watch without cringing at the extreme off-color jokes or pointless nudity or horrible language or some offensive combination of all of the above.

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Great weather gets parks popping

Can you imagine having better weather than what we’ve had in the Rim Country for the last two weeks, which has coincidently perfectly coincided with our school district’s spring vacation? I can’t.

At The Movies-Snitch

Johnson good in lead role

What would you do if you could get out of jail by telling on other criminals?

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Duo helps lead resurgence of Rim music

How successful a musical collaboration is might be judged by how productive it is. If so, then Cinnamon Twist — Anne James and Jennifer Baltz — is quite a successful collaboration.

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Showcase a chance to support neighbors

Most of us, at one time or another, have likely attended a fund-raising event, where most of the money raised was derived from the many silent auction items present.

At The Movies-Oz the Great and Powerful

An entertaining prequel

“Oz The Great and Powerful” is an entertaining prequel to the immortal classic “The Wizard of Oz.”