John Liffiton recalls walking alone through the snow-covered remnants of a former concentration camp called Terezin several years ago. Located near Prague, it bears a sign reading “Arbeit Macht Frei” (German for “work makes free”) over an arched entryway. That experience inspired Liffiton to found Genocide Awareness Week in 2013 at Scottsdale Community College, where he’s been an English professor for more than a decade.It's a tough but important topic, especially during the present age marked by hate-filled rhetoric and actions.More than 1,000 people attended that first year, Liffiton says. In 2017, the event drew more than 2,500 people for various talks and workshops, plus several thousand more for related exhibitions. Genocide Awareness Week addresses not only the Holocaust, but also genocide in other places and time periods – including our own. This year, the event runs from Monday, April 9, to Saturday, April 14. Members of the public can attend … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About Genocide Awareness Week 2018
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Harold Holland and Lillian Barnes were teenagers when they met and fell in love in rural Kentucky. They had five children together, but after 12 years of marriage, their relationship fell apart — they divorced in 1968.Now, 50 years later, they are proof that love never dies. Next week they will marry again. Holland is 83; Barnes is 79.“I saw them a couple months ago, and I’m telling you, it’s like puppy love. They call each other honey, sugar, baby all these pet names,” said the couple’s grandson Joshua Holland, 34. “They light up when they see each other, they’re like two teenagers in love. They hold hands, they joke with each other.”Both Holland and Barnes married other people after their divorce, but they stayed in touch with each other, mostly about their children. They were cordial at graduations, birthdays and weddings.“I wouldn’t call it close friends, but we got along,” said Holland, who is the founder … [Read more...] about This Kentucky couple divorced 50 years ago. Next week, they’re getting married again.
Looking to make your Cinco de Mayo a little more interesting? This week you can choose to have your Cinco on the May 6 at the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival or choose to spend it with rosé and '90s heart throb Mario Lopez. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.The award-winning local company pays tribute to the legend at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street. Tickets are $25 to $159, and performances continue through May 6. Visit the Ballet Arizona website. Amy YoungRuPaul’s Drag RaceRuPaul’s Drag Race, and no one is complaining. For a place to view the race, visit Kobalt Bar, 3110 North Central Avenue, #125, on Thursday, May 3.Aside from karaoke and cocktail specials, Kobalt is known for its video lounge — meaning there are numerous speakers and TV screens so you can see Miz Cracker’s flawless makeup and hear everything Eureka has to say (not that you’d have any trouble).See if … [Read more...] about The Best Things to Do in Phoenix This Week
It is most fitting that the film that helped propel the industry to a record-breaking 2009 is also one of the most talked-about movies in recent memory. James Cameron’s Avatar certainly did not disappoint fans and is truly a major entertainment vehicle for the masses. Moreover, the film is an event that just might change the way the industry looks at 3D in the near term. The New York Times recently compared Avatar and how it will impact the future of filmmaking to The Jazz Singer and the role it played in the movies’ transition from the silent to the talking age.2009 will be remembered for many things including the election of the first black President of the United States. But those of us in the movie industry will remember 2009 for setting a record domestic box-office take of $10.61 billion, more than an 8% increase over 2008 and the first time the domestic mark of $10 billion was broken. Admissions also climbed nearly 4% but fell short of the record 1.6 billion set in … [Read more...] about A year for the record books
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura was on the phone and wanted him to write the screenplay for "G.I. Joe." And he had essentially six weeks to do it.Flash forward: "Joe" opened Friday from Paramount, Spyglass and Hasbro, directed by Stephen Sommers from the script Beattie managed to write. The film topped the weekend boxoffice with $56.2 million. How did he pull it off in such short shrift?Beattie, who'd written "Derailed" for di Bonaventura, told him he'd love to write "Joe" -- "But you know I'm on strike in six weeks." Lorenzo: "That's plenty of time. Don't worry about it."Beattie: "You're crazy. I love that. Let's do it." So he dove in head first. "For the first three weeks," he recalled, "I really didn't write very much at all. I just was concentrating on structure."With a little luck, he added, the strike would end before "Joe" started shooting and he could then polish scenes during production. "That six-week period was all about finding a strong structure so I could layer a good and … [Read more...] about Good news: You’re hired. Bad news: Write it in six weeks