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Independent Music Venues Struggle to Stay Afloat During Pandemic

Ninety percent of independent venues report they will close permanently in a few months without federal relief, according to a survey of NIVA members. Like music venues around the world, the Paramount ballroom has been forced to endure months of limited work, reduced revenue, and a forced transition to the digital world – no easy...

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Iceberg Lettuce to Pinecones: Here’s What Arizona Cities Drop on New Year’s Eve – And How to Watch This Year

New Year’s Eve will look different for many people this year, but some Arizona cities still plan to drop weird objects from giant heights. The end of 2020 is upon us, and it’s safe to say Arizona’s New Year’s Eve celebrations might look a little different this year. The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent social...

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LIVE BLOG: Tracking Coronavirus in Arizona

Here's the latest on what's happening with COVID-19 in Arizona.

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‘This Is a Calling to Me’: Why Bringing More Black Voices to Libraries, Bookstores, and Beyond Matters

The need for better representation has been highlighted by the recent wave of social justice movements across the country. One Saturday morning, a mother and father take their daughter to the public library for the first time.  The young girl walks around her parents to look at the librarian at the front desk, gazing at...

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Modern Marvel: New Comics Make Underrepresented Native Communities the Heroes

‘We are still here, so it’s important to stand up.’ Asgard, Wakanda, Xandar, and other intergalactic empires are well-known to comic book fans, but a new comic is hoping to bring readers back to Earth to learn about Indigenous heroes. Penned by Native American artists and writers, “Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1” was released Nov....

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Virtual Happy Hours, Drive-In Movies, and Other Pandemic-Era Holiday Party Ideas

Workplace gift exchanges and holiday potlucks of years past have been replaced with online mixology classes and small, outdoor gatherings.

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Hundreds of Navajo Elders Need Firewood Ahead of Winter and Chizh for Cheii Is Here to Help

Volunteers are working to provide 900 loads of firewood to Navajo elders this year. As winter approaches, volunteers with Chizh for Cheii are preparing to deliver firewood to elders on the Navajo Nation reservation, where nearly 90% of homes rely on wood for heat. The nonprofit organization, whose name means “firewood for Grandpa” in English,...