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Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:24:42 +0000How to make a sick kid feel a little bit better by making room for joy
88.7 The Pulse and Room For Joy are teaming up for our fight for the kids 2018 fundraising drive.
Room For Joy began creating rooms for chronically ill children in 2005. Their mission is to enhance the healing process by providing fun, imaginative, medically appropriate room makeovers. They focus on children’s individual needs, wishes, and medical conditions.
You can help!
Donate today at roomforjoy.org.
You can also sign up for updates on Room For Joy’s work and check out the amazing makeovers that have already been done!
Let’s make this fundraiser a knockout! Donate today!
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Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:58 +0000It’s almost the weekend and you have no plans but we will change that
Things are hoping to cool down soon in The Valley of the Sun and there are more and more events to check out every weekend. Here are a few of the fun happenings around town.
Attention animal and art lovers! The Furry Friends and Fine Art Festival is this weekend! It returns to Shemer Art Center near 5th street and Camelback in Phoenix. Highlights include paw readings and pet adoptions by the Arizona Humane Society and Woofs, Wiggles & Wags. Artists will showcase animal-themed paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics and more. Live music, business vendors, entertainment, and snacks from Black Cat Coffee and Short Leash Hot Dogs will make it a day to remember. The all ages event goes from 8 a.m to 2 p.m this Saturday September 15th. Admission is just $5 per person or $10 per family.
Where can you find “The World’s First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band?” They are performing this weekend at the 7th annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest in downtown Chandler! The band appeared on season 10 of “America’s Got Talent.”
If you go, expect to enjoy a day of tacos, adult beverages, entertainment, and activities. The Rockin’ Taco Street Fest will return to the Dr. A.J Chandler Park from Noon to 9 p.m this Saturday, September 15th.
Over the years, the festival has grown from 200 guests to over 10,000 eager taco-eating fans. Each of the more than 20 vendors will offer at least one taco for $2. It doesn’t just stop there though. There’s more than just tacos, there’s churros, elote, kettle corn, snow cones, ice cream, and more! There’s even taco, burrito, and elote eating contests for $100 cash prizes. So what do you wash it all down with? There’s aqua frescas, horchata, and lemonade plus adult beverages. Just for fun you’ll be entertained by Lucha Libre Voz wrestling, a custom lowrider car show, and performances from Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli. A kids’ zone features bouncers, pinatas, and more! If this sounds fun to you, the 7th Annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest is this Saturday, September 15 in downtwn Chandler at Dr AJ Chandler Park from Noon to 9pm. Entry is only $10.
The promoters of Messy Fest want you to know that life is too short to play clean. Set for Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m, Messy Fest promises a great time for a great cause. Ideal for kids?! Yes, but not just kids. It’s for anyone and everyone that enjoys fun and wants to get messy without worrying about the cleanup.
The outdoor event will feature all things cluttered, chaotic and untidy with massive mud pits, food fights, grape stomps, ice cream slides, paint wars, slime pits, toddler fun zone, slip and slide, and more messy fun! You can bet that they have a giant rinse zone so you can keep your car clean. Plus the fire department will be on hand to rinse everyone off. If you go, we highly recommend water shoes. Messy Fest will be held this Saturday, September 15th from 8 a.m.to 1 p.m. at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek. Cost is $20 per person, or $5 to be a spectator.
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Thu, 13 Sep 2018 22:16:36 +0000Taco Bell, Del Taco, Chipotle, Qdoba and Baja Fresh battle for best tacoOf all the best mexican food restaurants you can think of, which one would be your favorite?Harris Poll asked people that same question!Guess who the winner was? Taco Bell!The survey was based on three factors, familiarity, quality, and future consideration.Taco Bell beat Chipotle to take the top spot. Chipotle won last year.Respondents also could have voted for Mexican chains Qdoba, Baja Fresh and Del Taco.
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Tue, 11 Sep 2018 19:00:13 +0000The Predator Movie Review
It’s time for another movie review presented by our good friends over at FatCats Gilbert on the southwest corner of Greenfield and Baseline! FatCats Gilbert is the best place to see all of the latest box office hits like A Simple Favor, The Predator, and The Nun! To see all showtimes and to purchase tickets, you can click right HERE!
While this wasn’t one of my most anticipated movies of the year, I was definitely looking forward to it. I love the original Predator film from 1987, but I don’t particularly care for either of the sequels or either of the Alien v. Predator movies, so this isn’t a franchise I’m seriously invested in. I am, however, a pretty big fan of Shane Black. I think that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys are two of the most underappreciated movies of this century. He also directed Iron Man 3, which definitely has flaws, but is still a very competently made blockbuster. I was excited to see what he could do with a franchise that he has been with since the beginning!
The Predator is directed by Shane Black and stars Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes and Jacob Tremblay. When Predators take out Quinn McKenna’s military squad, it becomes his responsibility to defend Earth from this threat from outer space. Of course, the government needs its piece of the pie, and McKenna brings his family into the picture when he sends a vital piece of Predator equipment to his home, so the biggest Predator to date is now shredding through suburban areas in search of its lost weapon.
I try to go into most movies without expectations, but I had to be prepared in some way for what I was getting into with The Predator. I think that a lot of it hits, and I think that a lot of it misses, and that’s about exactly what I thought we’d get with this new Predator movie. It’s definitely funnier than I expected it to be. Shane Black is extremely smart and witty, so I can typically count on him to deliver the laughs. He does just that, almost to the point where I would consider this a comedy. Yes, it has plenty of graphic action and sci-fi themes, but the comedy seems to be the heart of this movie, and it worked to a certain extent. The cast was perfect for the tone that Shane Black brought to the film. I don’t think that Boyd Holbrook is necessarily known for his comedic chops, but he does have a few great moments that cracked me up. The film’s most seasoned vet of the comedy world is probably Keegan-Michael Key, who is definitely playing a character, but his commitment to the role and his willingness to say just about anything really worked. I thought that the entire team worked, especially when they’re all put together to make an even greater whole.
Black also did a good job with the action and the gore. It’s absolutely an R-rated movie, and that R isn’t just for language. There is some really gory action in this film, and I thought the action worked well with the comedic tone. You aren’t going to get the kind of action you’d see in John Wick or Atomic Blonde, but it completely embraces the idea of suspension of disbelief, and it found a way to satisfy my action craving that way. The Predator looked great, it was scary, it had some excellent kills, and I loved that the movie was able to build on the mythology of the Predator race. If you go out and see this movie over the weekend, you’ll probably be able to see a sequel coming from a mile away, and even though I don’t think that The Predator earned a sequel from a narrative standpoint, I’m definitely not opposed to getting more of this action and comedy.
Fun aside, the story is a jumbled, inconsistent mess. I’m probably not going to catch this one again in theaters, but I could go over more holes in its story than a block of Swiss cheese. A lot of transitions feel extremely rough, and it’s lacking a lot of causality that lets action rise and build. Shane Black is a better storyteller than he proves to be in The Predator, and suffice it to say that I was let down by the movie’s plot. The story itself isn’t awful, but it’s mistimed, jumbled, and feels like it’s missing key scenes. Maybe certain sequences were cut for time purposes, and maybe we’ll see them in some sort of director’s cut, but purely based on what I saw, I wouldn’t advise going to see The Predator if weak storytelling bothers you. I also felt that it was inconsistent from a tonal perspective. The comedy works, but when it tries to bounce back and have a serious moment between two characters, it doesn’t work. It either feels forced or cartoony, and I couldn’t tell if the movie intended for me to not take those scenes seriously or it intended for me to laugh at them. Finally, I had a few issues with character arcs in the film. The most notable arc that feels amiss is the villain’s. I won’t say who the villain is just in case you’ve stayed away from marketing, but it took me a while to realize that this person was an antagonist as compared to another jokey side character.
Overall, The Predator isn’t a great movie, and I don’t necessarily think it’s that good, but it excels in a few areas that I hoped it would have. It has great comedy, a trademark of Shane Black’s work, and it has great action, which is hopefully a reason you’re considering seeing the movie if you’re considering it at all. If you’re reading this, I’d imagine you’re at least considering it. The Predator did a great job of taking me back to 80s R-rated action, and I think it captured the spirit of the time period of the original movie. It’s extremely entertaining, and I need that sometimes. I don’t always need to walk out of the theater with a new outlook on life. Sometimes this is all I want, but even when a movie is fun, I do look for strong plot elements, and The Predator is really lacking them. There isn’t a great balance in tone or ideology, so the plot follows the same inconsistency with holes and moments that completely miss what I assume was the intended mark. I’m going to give The Predator a 5.2/10.
Will you be seeing The Predator? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!
Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:15:12 +0000Amazon to sell live, full-sized Christmas trees online this year
You could say Amazon.com Inc. is branching out.
For the first time, the e-commerce giant will sell live, full-sized Christmas trees this year, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Amazon told the AP that the trees will be shipped in a box within 10 days of being cut down, and should survive the trip just fine.
The trees will go on sale starting in November, and some will be eligible for free shipping through Amazon Prime. Wreaths, garlands and seasonal plants will also be available for online orders.
The convenience will cost you though: A 7-foot Fraser fir from a farm in North Carolina will run about $115, the AP said. As of 2016, the average tree nationwide cost about $75, and last year a 6- to 7-foot Fraser fir cost about $42 at Lowe’s. But then again, you don’t have to lug Amazon’s tree home and get your hands covered in sap.
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Fri, 07 Sep 2018 20:57:46 +0000Mac Miller passes away from apparent drug overdose
Rapper Mac Miller has died of an apparent overdose, TMZ reports.
He was discovered Friday, September 7th, 2018 at his San Fernando Valley home and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 26-year-old rapper reportedly struggled with substance abuse in the wake of his split from Ariana Grande.
Miller wrecked his G-Wagon after crashing it into a power pole in Los Angeles just this May. He was subsequently arrested for a DUI after he fled the scene. He eventually blew two times the legal limit when police found him at his home.
Shortly after the crash, ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande posted a statement about their former relationship, citing that she had “cared for him and tried to support his sobriety.” After their breakup, Ariana made it clear … his substance abuse had been a deal breaker in their 2-year relationship.(Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
He was not dating anyone before his passing, according to Who’s Dated Who.
His most recent album, Swimming, was just released on August 3.
His upcoming tour was set to start October 27.
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Thu, 06 Sep 2018 20:31:43 +0000Burt Reynolds 70s and 80s iconic Hollywood actor has passed away
Born in 1936 in Lansing, Michigan, Burt Reynolds lived a full life.
Early on he had a stint in the US Army, later became a police chief, and was a star athlete.
He began his Hollywood career in the 1960’s starring in various television westerns.
Rumor has it, in 1968 he auditioned for Rosemary’s Baby, but director Roman Polanski chose John Cassavetes for the part.
Reynolds broke into the mainstream as one of the most well-known actors of the 1970’s.
Marlon Brando, Henry Fonda and James Stewart passed on Lewis Medlock’s role in Deliverance (1972). Reynolds never would have had the chance to play him. The other actors declined the part after they heard about the risks of the Chattooga River.
In 1977, the film Smokey and the Bandit made Burt Reynolds an international movie star. That same year, Burt was offered the role of Han Solo in the original Star Wars motion picture. He passed on it.
In 1983, he turned down an opportunity to be a part of the movie Terms of Endearment and the role went to Jack Nicholson. It earned Nicholson an Oscar. Reynolds claimed that was one of his biggest career mistakes.
Can you imagine what Die Hard (1988) would have been like with Burt Reynolds? It almost happened, but he declined the part which went to Bruce Willis.
Between 1978 and 1992, Burt Reynolds was the number one top money-making star at the box office, according to Quigley Publications.
Fun fact – Can you believe Reynolds once paid over $12,000 for a custom hairpiece?
Ultimately in 2010, Reynolds underwent quintuple heart bypass surgery. Eight years later, on September 6, 2018, he died from a heart attack at 82.
Reynolds was quoted saying [on the 1970s] “It was an astounding kind of time and I’ve often said to people, “If I met you between ’73 and ’78, I’m sorry, I don’t remember three or four of those years. You’re on such a fast track and you’re up in such heady air you can’t breathe, how the hell are you gonna smell the flowers if you can’t breathe anyway? That’s why it’s wonderful to happen now, when you don’t expect it and if you live through it and come out the other side, you are so much more appreciative. I think, not to sound too serious as you get older, I think you’re a better person for it.”
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Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:44:31 +0000Latest fashion trends met with controversy eye opening to say the least
Some social media users have voiced their displeasure with fashion lately.
Two trending styles are confusing them.
One is inside out jeans, from the brand known as Unravel Project. They call them new “Inside Out Effect” jeans. They appear visibly inside-out, on purpose. Everything from the buttons to the pockets being the wrong way round. The right-hand pocket reads: “To create something new you must first destroy“ in small block lettering.
What’s even more alarming is the price! A pair will set you back over $475!
Another bizarre fashion trend is crop tops for men.
ASOS offers the white cropped vest top for guys for about $13.
Needless to say, having abs of steel or being skinny would help if you are a dude brave enough to wear this.
Wherever you stand on the men’s crop top debate – take solace in knowing that it’s available in three different sizes: small, medium and large, though I’m almost certain it will appear somewhat small on just about anyone who is audacious enough to wear it.
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Tue, 04 Sep 2018 16:34:41 +0000Colin Kaepernick controversial former NFL star leads new Nike ad campaign
Some people are destroying their Nike shoes! It’s all part of a protest to whom the company hired to be the face of their latest advertising campaign.
One former NFL star is back in the spotlight to promote the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” ad campaign. It’s former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick.
The superstar athlete hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL since the 2016 season. Back then he raised controversy over kneeling for the National Anthem. It was to raise awareness about police brutality against African-Americans and other racial injustices. Many other players joined Kaepernick. He has become a symbol of the dividing lines over race in America.
Nike’s decision has been heavily criticized by right-wing customers. Some posted videos to social media of them burning and cutting up their Nike attire.
This is not the first time members of the public have protested against brands by destroying the goods they had previously purchased.
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Sun, 02 Sep 2018 04:58:46 +0000“100 Songs You Should Know” presented by 88.7 The Pulse all Labor Day Weekend
88.7 The Pulse is ready to increase your music I.Q this Labor Day weekend with 100 Songs That You Should Know! From Friday, September 1st and continuing through Midnight, Labor Day, Monday September 3rd, The Pulse will be playing some of the most important songs in music history. Each unveils a story that has affected popular culture in some way. Do you think you can name them all?
The Pulse and EVIT (The East Valley Institute of Technology) radio students will join in with “behind the music” segments. Enjoy your three days off work and/or school, and join us by the pool, in your car, at home, with friends, on the go with our smartphone app, 887 The Pulse, even online at pulseradio.fm, as we play the 100 Songs You Should Know throughout Labor Day Weekend!
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