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DINING: Buying locally, learning and eating

“A Handmade Shopping Event” is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at fresh52 Artisans & Farmers Market in Sansone Park Place, 9480 S. Eastern Ave. The event, which will focus on buying local, will include holiday wreaths, holiday gift...

ENTERTAINMENT: Smithson to join 'Viva Elvis'

“American Idol” contestant Carly Smithson will join the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis,” perhaps as early as Saturday. The Irish singer was a sixth-place finalist on the show’s spring of 2008 season, won by David Cook. She has since been...

ENTERTAINMENT: Cirque to be filmed in 3-D

James Cameron is turning his 3-D cameras on Cirque du Soleil, executive-producing a film that will collectively promote the company's resident titles on the Strip. The theatrical feature will be directed by Andrew Adamson, whose credits include “...

ENTERTAINMENT: Caliendo to wrap Monte Carlo run

Comic impressionist Frank Caliendo will pull the plug on his Monte Carlo residency next spring, cutting short what originally was touted as a 10-year deal after about 17 months. “(T)he demands of traveling from Phoenix and away from my family have...

DINING: This is Back-Up Friday for plumbers

It may be Black Friday to retailers, but the day after Thanksgiving is Back-Up Friday to plumbers, because it's one of the busiest days of the year for them, according to the wags at ARS/Rescue Rooter. And why would that be, you may ask? Because...

DINING: Local barbecue king on TV

Mike Mills, owner of the three valley locations of Memphis Championship Barbecue, will appear on “Food Feuds” on the Food Network. The episode, which is titled “Pork Feuds,” airs at 10 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 18), 1 a.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27...