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Local Limelight: Finally time to shine
Courtesy of Silversun Pickups
Silversun Pickups spent six years touring without any original music, proving that this group has the raw talent necesary to make it big. Members of Los Angeles-based band Silversun Pickups don't really like to give their music a solid description.

"Schizophrenic. Yeah, that's how I'd describe it," says singer/guitarist Brian Aubert. "Big, warm, blankety guitar stuff. Obscure vocals and whatnot. Let's just go with schizophrenia."

The band, which includes Aubert, bassist Nikki Monninger, keyboardist Joe Lester and drummer Christopher Guanlao, breaks all the typical rules a band must follow to be successful.

On the cover: The other candidate
Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
On Nov. 7, millions of Arizonans will head to the polls to choose between current Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano and Republican challenger Len Munsil. Oh yeah, that Libertarian guy's on the ballot, too. And he just so happens to be planning the largest upset in Arizona's political history.

If you feel like talking to Gov. Janet Napolitano, you can call up her campaign offices, talk to Noah, her campaign manager, get directed to Janine, her communications director, and set up an interview.

To get a word in with Republican gubernatorial candidate Len Munsil, first speak with Daniel, who'll give you the phone number of Vernon, the media director, and you'll be speaking with the candidate in a few days.

If you want to talk to Barry Hess, he'll answer the phone.

The skinny on weight
First it was about cutting calories; then it was about cutting carbs.

Now, it's about cutting out unrealistic expectations.

From Dove's new "Campaign for Real Beauty" to The Association of Fashion Designers of Spain's recent ban on ultra-skinny models, the tide might finally be changing toward a more sensible view of what women's bodies should look like.

Brite's Bites: Fahrenheit's turns up the heat
It's getting hot in here. (In Fahrenheit's that is.)

The restaurant/sports bar, at 940 S. Gilbert Road in Gilbert, features an assortment of American food. Some of the fare features interesting twists.

I drove by Fahrenheit's while out on the town with my mom, Deby Brite. From the outside, the modern architecture in Gilbert's nicer neighborhood made Fahrenheit's look like a fancy restaurant. But the inside of the restaurant revealed a sports bar with three large televisions airing the Cardinals game.


The fall of Paul
Katie Lehman / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Theatre students Katrina Donaldson and Zachary Nelson rehearse a scene from “The Passing Man,” debuting at the Prism Theatre’s new location on October 1. In the sixth grade, Paul North was suspended from his Christian school for writing a short story that was "too bloody." Instead of the assigned book report, young North turned in his Rambo-inspired tale with a big, bloody knife drawn on the cover. Shocked, the school principal sent him home for two days.

But North wasn't upset; he was excited that his writing created such a stir.

On the runway: Flaming fashion
Photo courtesy of Laurie Nessel
This necklace made of blown-glass beads is from Nessel’s “Monster Collection.” The beads are meant to look like the skin of a lizard. Laurie Nessel works with temperatures that reach over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using a torch, she transforms glass rods into a molten flow and then back into solid form. But this time, the glass is in the shape of a bead or pendant.

But don't feel left out of the loop when it comes to Nessel's magic touch. With a bevy of glassworking classes and workshops offered around the Valley, anyone can learn to make their own glass jewelry.

Nessel, the lead glass instructor at the Mesa Arts Center, teaches beginning flame working. She instructs students how to manipulate glass with a torch to make beads and pendants to use for jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings.

Culture Shock: Take a dive
Deep sea diving in the middle of the desert?

You bet your splash there is.

The Instructional SCUBA Club at the Tempe campus offers free scuba lessons to students, faculty, staff and family members. Instruction comes in three parts: knowledge development classes where scuba students learn the basics of the sport, confined water dives in the pool at the Student Recreation Complex, and four open-water dives at any location.

Tech Check: Old-West workout
There's a certain kind of person who likes to get up in front of a crowd and ride a mechanical bull in a dive bar on a Friday night.

There's also a certain kind of person who likes to work out at home, away from the prying eyes and buff bodies at the gym.

If you fit both of these profiles, the Mechanical Core Muscle Trainer was created with you in mind.

Hammacher Schlemmer (hammacher.com), Manhattan's most wacky gadget creators, bring you this machine. Think part Bowflex, part rodeo. For a hefty $2,000, you can get this machine delivered to your front door.


All eyes on art
Jeremiah Armenta / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
(Left and below left) Derrick Kempf’s “Overlooking a Teenager” and (below) Howard Bernstein’s “Protective Warrior Spirit” are just a few of the artworks displayed in the “For Our Eyes” exhibit at ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus. Not every transition goes smoothly.

Studio art senior Jessica Shea wasn't too excited when she first learned that her nonprofit management classes would move to the downtown Phoenix campus this year.

'Lost' and found
Tim Trumble / Courtesy of Herberger College of Fine Arts
Hal Ley (Squirt), Amber Snow (Girl) and Kyle Wills (Alpha) in the ASU Herberger MainStage Theatre production of “The Lost Ones.” The characters in the play "The Lost Ones" have a difficult time with dialogue.

Squirt spits out clipped sentences when the threat of an adult becomes imminent, much like the ratta-tat-tat of semi-automatic gunfire that envelopes his world.

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