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On the cover: A walk down memory ave
Photo illustration by Tiffany Tcheng/Katie Lehman / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Urban Outfitters, Starbucks and Hippie Gipsy by day. Hooters, the Library and the Big Bang by night.

These are several of the iconic locations that draw students to Mill Avenue.

But contrary to popular belief, it wasn't always the brew that brought visitors to this mecca of activity.

While some people might assume that Tempe is devoid of a rich culture and history, it turns out that Mill Avenue has been a hot spot of activity for decades - dating back all the way to the late 1870s.

In fact, Mill Avenue was established as a main gathering place for Tempe residents long before ASU became a university.

By taking a look at Mill Avenue's history, it's possible to get an idea of just how much Tempe's culture has evolved over the years.

Brite's Bites: Finding falafels
Meat eaters beware. This column is geared toward the veggie lovers, as I spent my week searching for the perfect falafel.

For those who don't know, falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern dish made up of spicy ground chickpeas (garbanzo beans) rolled into a ball and fried. Usually served in a pita with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions, falafels are a Middle Eastern delight.

Here's a rundown of the best and the worst falafels in and around Tempe.


Local Limelight: Greeley Estates wants your blood

Photo courtesy of the January Taxi Greeley Estates is looking for fresh blood.

That is, fresh blood for the American Red Cross.

The Phoenix band has teamed up with the American Red Cross to present the Music Saves Lives college tour at ASU.

Everyone who donates blood at the American Red Cross blood drives on campus will receive two free tickets to the Greeley Estates concert at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the ASU Arboretum (on the north side of Wells Fargo Arena near Lot 59).

Wet Paint hasn't dried up yet
Jeremiah Armenta / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Local artist Dubstar3000 displays a collaborative piece he did with artists Dumperfoo and Breeze. (Left) Dubstar3000 wearing a paper bag spray-painted with his signature symbol. He says he wants to call out to all those who are unplugged from society through his artwork. Scattered among the tubes of paint and stacks of LPs, "Big Lebowski"-themed bowling pins line the walls.

Welcome to Wet Paint Art Supply and Gallery.

The Tempe store and gallery is proudly displaying the final remnants from the summer's popular Final Friday "Big Lebowski" gallery show, based on the 1998 cult film.

In the know
When it comes to Arizona's history, I'm an expert.

OK, that's a lie.

But it would have almost been the truth back in elementary and middle school. As a kid attending public schools in this state, every year I learned something new (and state-mandated) about Arizona's history.

On the runway: The common denim-inator
Joseph Mannino / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Daniel Rios, owner of styling company Urban Couture, models jeans by Paper Denim & Cloth. Dungarees, clam diggers, pedal pushers or bell-bottoms.

It doesn't matter what style, just make sure you're stocked up on denim this fall.

The denim trend has been gaining momentum for the past five years. Now even denim neophytes are familiar with labels like Seven for all Mankind and Diesel.

Jenifer Mumford, one of the owners and the women's buyer at The Hub at Scottsdale Fashion Center (7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale), says denim has come a long way.


Culture Shock: Different Strokes
In a world of recycled creativity with a lack of opportunities for artists to thrive, the Internet has once again come to the rescue.

DeviantART.com is a Web site that gives artists that break they are searching for. Whether you are rummaging around for interesting art or looking to sell, deviantART will satisfy any need for online art.

After six years of business, the main theme behind deviantART's Web site is all in the name. It's a collaboration of all categories of art; from writing to painting to photography, these pieces of art are all atypical in nature.

Tech Check: Here comes the E-bride
As more and more of the millennial generation ties the knot, weddings are moving to the Web.

With Web sites like ewedding.com and theknot.com, future brides and grooms let their friends and families know how the couple met, who proposed and how happy they are to be together.

Not only are these sites a good way to keep guests updated on every last detail of the wedding - including "Oh, we got the perfect cake" and "My dress is stunning" - but the engaged couple can also let everyone know where to get them wedding presents with an online gift registry list.

A cult you'll want to join
Katie E. Lehman / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Theater student Sara Guzman displays her underground cult classic films with great pride. Guzmansí favorite director is David Lynch. The sayings "Say hello to my little friend" and "I've had it with all these motherfuckin' snakes on this motherfuckin' plane" may seem like they don't have a lot in common.

But what ties this well-known line from "Scarface" with the newer mantra from "Snakes on a Plane" isn't their cheesiness. It's the films' status as cult classics.

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