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A rite of spring

Gutsy, girly and green

There can be no better way to indulge one’s fervor

Brainy and brawny She-Hulk (a.k.a. Jennifer Walters), the concoction of Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee and John Buscemi, has undergone many transformations since her debut in 1980. Once just the feminine counterpart of her cousin, the Incredible Hulk, She-Hulk has shed the Jekyll-andHyde routine and the tattered clothing. She now has fulltime superhuman status, a high-profile legal career in the Superhuman Law Division of a New York firm and a classier outfit to complement her verdant complexion. She’s latest transformation is from comic superheroine to protagonist of a long-form fiction novel, thanks to the collaboration of Marvel with Hyperion Books and writer Marta Acosta. Acosta is the author of a successful string of highly original vampire novels that defy clear categorization. Her newest endeavor, The She-Hulk Diaries, will also employ this beguiling combination of sci-fi, romance, horror, humor and action/adventure. According to publisher, Hyperion, the book will be available in paperback on June 18, 2013. The She-Hulk Diaries ISBN 9781401311018; 256 pages

for the season than to visit the Spring Butterfly Exhibit at the Marshall Pavilion of the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG), now in its 11th year. The fully-enclosed, 36 by 80 feet garden habitat enables the viewer to experience a virtual lepidopteran kaleidoscope. As ever, DBG volunteers (the “flight crew”) will be on hand to help visitors identify butterfly species and the plants that sustain them. The Discovery Station allows even closer inspection of these marvels of the insect world. The exhibit opens on March 2 and continues to May 12 Location: 1202 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix 85008 Hours: 9:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. daily Cost: $3.50 with paid DBG admission: adults, $18; seniors (60+), $15; students (13-18), $10; children (3-12), $8; children under 3 and members, free Info: 480-941-1225 or visit

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Beatlemania lives!

In Esperando a los Bitles, super-fan Ricardo Calderón realizes a dream – a trip to Liverpool, England, birthplace of the Beatles


Latino Perspectives Magazine

¡ March 2013!

A new documentary looks at the phenomenon of obsessive fandom, specifically Beatles fans in present-day Mexico. The fact that the Beatles never even performed in Mexico just seems to make their mania that much more intense. The film, Esperando a los Bitles, gives viewers a look at the often amusing excesses of fanaticism, but it does not mock them. Co-director, Diego Graue, says he wanted to take an anthropological approach to the subjects of Bitles. Indeed, the over-the-top behavior of the central figure, Ricardo Calderón – beatlemaniac extraordinaire, fan club president and rabid collector of Beatles memorabilia – reveals his devotion to be a source of joy and liberation in his life. The Mexican Beatles tribute band, Grupo Aleph, is also featured. Esperando a los Bitles will be shown at the Phoenix College Latino Film Festival on March 22, 7 p.m., on the PC campus. Diego Graue, will be present for a Q&A, along with Beatles authority, ASU’s Mike Shellan. Find out more at

Clockwise from top left: Photo by Adam Rodriguez courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden; Hyperion Books; Diego Graue/Filmaciones de la Ciudad


Latino Perspectives Magazine March 2013  

Magazine focused on the Arizona Latino Market

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