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The Arts Dept. – Western ArtWalk strolls into town
Lights Up – Blue Bike: Wallace & Ladmo for the 21st Century
Street Scene – Phoenix's Super Stereo is #2 with students nationwide
Rotations – Jimmy Webb retrospective recasts some gold
Rock Poetry 101 – Great lines from unsung heroes
New Calendar News – Latest, greatest upcoming events


Western ArtWalk strolls into town

The 22nd annual Western ArtWalk will return Scottsdale to “West’s Most Western Town” status on Thurs., Oct. 20, from 7 to 9 pm. The event will be hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with Downtown Scottsdale and sponsored in part by Arizona Collector’s Guide.

Western ArtWalk ImageThe curious will find plenty of live country music and cool guitar picking spread across eight blocks of the Scottsdale Arts District, with featured artists Wildfire and Mary Hoffman sponsored in part by True West Magazine. Free restaurant samplings, fun prize giveaways and other special doings can be found along the ArtWalk route as well.

The Western ArtWalk also signals the opening of the third annual Scottsdale Drawing Event focusing on several Main Street galleries. More details forthcoming…

The Scottsdale Arts District can be found just west of Scottsdale Rd. along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. For more information about the 22nd annual celebration, visit

Image: Thom Ross, "Patient Gunmen" acrylic on canvas  32" x 38, Wilde Meyer Gallery
[High-resolution available upon request]


Blue Bike: Wallace & Ladmo for the 21st Century

24 years ago Boyd got a Ladmo Bag and Steve is still jealous.
Boyd Branch and Steve Wilcox are the creators of "The Blue Bike Kid Show for Kids", a new Phoenix-based children’s show that aims to be the "Wallace & Ladmo" of the 21st century. "We want kids to have that experience, to have a show that belongs to them the way 'Wallace & Ladmo' belonged to us," says Boyd, referring to the classic children's TV show that ran in Phoenix from 1954 to 1989."It's something that just doesn't exist right now."
The Blue Bike Kid Show follows the science-factually absurd adventures of famed inventor Nikola Tesla's time-traveling assistants. Sent to the future to inspire the spirit of invention in the children of the 21st century, the show will teach children about science and technology. "We want to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators", says Steve.Blue Bike "That's one difference between our show and 'Wallace & Ladmo.'"
Another difference is the way entertainment is produced and distributed in the 21st century. Where "Wallace & Ladmo" had a local TV station behind them, Blue Bike’s creators have only themselves – and they wouldn't have it any other way. “It's possible now to self-produce a show, distribute it yourself online and promote it through social networking sites," says Boyd. “This is what makes it possible for us to have a local show, while the networks have to program nationally.”

Blue Bike will also be appearing at several local events throughout the year with their ‘Time-O-Portation’ photo-booth and full show. To find out more about their upcoming shows or to book them for your own event contact them at

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Phoenix’s Super Stereo is #2 with students nationwide

Local indie band tops MTV charts for 11 weeks, and still climbing

Electropop dance act Super Stereo shot out of central Phoenix-based independent label Fervor Records about a year ago, and hit the ground running. During that time, they?ve become one of the most beloved bands in the Southwest and beyond. Their “Life Passed Me By” music video has stayed in the top 5 charts on MTVu (the university specific music video network) for 11 weeks in a row, and recently climbed to #2. Thanks in no small part to their loyal fans for continuously spreading the word, their infectious pop has become a straight-up epidemic.

As they prep for Summer tours along the West Coast, they have a few local appearances where you can catch their big beats and harmonies. The band will be playing SPLASH, the outdoor pool-party concert series at the Lexington Hotel in downtown Phoenix in late August.

Super StereoAnd as they broke ground with their genre-defining debut CD release This Is Futurepop, they are continuing to do so on a neighborhood level. On July 9, they hosted the first-ever all-ages show at the infamous Yucca Tap Room, joined by Neba, Snake! Snake! Snakes! and Sister Cities.

If you can?t make it out to one of their shows, give the video a spin on and see what all the fuss is about. Learn more about Super Stereo on their official site and join SuperU for exclusive content.





Jimmy Webb retrospective recasts some gold

One of the truly great American singer-songwriters, Jimmy Webb has penned some timeless gems dating back to the ‘60s. On his latest release Just Across the River (E1 Music), he recasts several of his greatest tunes, performing them as duets with an array of big stars. There’s Billy Joel on “Wichita Lineman,” Glen Campbell on a joint remake of “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and Linda Ronstadt on “All I Know”…all worthy efforts while not drop-dead compelling nor eclipses of the original hit versions.
Jimmy WebbThere may be enough new or unexpected on the album to get a few new fans listening. For instance, he’s got Willie Nelson singing “If You See Me Getting Smaller,” which was originally written by Webb for Waylon Jennings about his “outlaw” touring days with Willie. Or, there’s the pairing with Lucinda Williams for “Galveston”, which brings out a grittier meaning to the song. It’s also great to see one of Webb’s lesser-known masterpieces included – “P.F. Sloan” (an ode to another nearly forgotten songwriting legend) – with no less than Jackson Browne joining Jimmy in the singing of it; but you’d be all the richer for digging up the original 1969 version, replete with its Nixon era paranoia.
About the time this CD came out Jimmy Webb did a fascinating interview about it on NPR and he came across as fun-loving, warm, human and humble, yet brilliant. Similarly, his big heart and unique smarts also shine through in his liner note anecdotes, perhaps the biggest highlight of Just Across the River. For more than 40 years, this man’s had amazing stories to tell. The original tellings of those musical tales are worth their weight in gold, though, and I’d rather send you looking for them amonst the used vinyl vaults. – henschen


“Yes, you who must leave everything
That you cannot control;
It begins with your family,
But soon it comes ‘round to your soul.
Well, I’ve been where you’re hanging
I think I can see how you’re pinned.
When you’re not feeling holy,
Your loneliness says that you’ve sinned.”
– Leonard Cohen, “Sisters of Mercy” from Songs of Leonard Cohen (Columbia)


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