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“THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT!

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IT MUST BE EXPERIENCED.”

—Christine Walevska, “goddess of the cello”, watched Shen Yun 5 times

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Gilbert just growing and growing for foodies BY DAVID M. BROWN Tribune Contributor

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ilbert is cooking. For years, you could find some good food downtown – today’s thriving Heritage District – at places such as Joe’s Real

Restaurants flock to Gilbert beyond downtown … Page 21 BBQ, which marks 20 years this year, and The Farmhouse Restaurant, approaching its 30th anniversary next year. But a few years into the 21st century, things

started to blossom. Oregano’s Pizza and the upscale Liberty Market opened, followed soon by the arrival of Postino East in an once-moribund building that housed a series of shortlived restaurants before it was radically remodSee

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“Absolutely the No. 1 show in the world.” —Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet

“I just feel blessed. I come away with feeling

I have reviewed about 4,000 shows, none can compare to what I saw tonight.” —Richard Connema, renowned Broadway critic

This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You’ll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms— classical Chinese dance— along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.

“I was uplifted, I was filled with hope. The world is a better place

Prepare for an experience that will take your breath away.

—Richard Swett, former U.S. congressman

“There is a massive power in this

like a better human being for having experienced this magnificent event. It speaks not only to my intellect but to my heart.” —Omega Medina, former senior manager of Classical Awards for the Grammy Awards

that can embrace the world. It brings great hope. It is truly a touch of heaven.”

“Mesmerizing! I encourage everyone to see

—Daniel Herman, minister of culture of the Czech Republic

—Donna Karan, creator of DKNY

because of Shen Yun.”

All 2018 shows sold out!

and all of us to learn from.”

“There’s nothing like it. Everyone in the audience is going to go home and say, ‘You’ve got to see this show,’ and they’ll be sold out. So get to the ticket office right away.” —Lee Meriwether, actress

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hen Yun’s unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures—the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

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Mesa juggles downtown growth, livability

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The Brookings Institution is working with Mesa officials and business and community leaders to reinvigorate downtown without displacing people who already live there. BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY Tribune Staff Writer

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esa wants to reinvigorate the city’s downtown core by making the area a hub for business and innovation – and do it without displacing the residents who already call it home. Over the past few years, the Brookings Institution – the Washington D.C.-based think tank – evaluated Mesa’s potential as the site of

a future innovation district. The goal is to bring more prosperity to more Mesa residents, Mayor John Giles said. Brookings coined the term “innovation district” for “geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with startups, business incubators and accelerators.” “(Brookings) wrote the book, literally, on innovation districts,” Giles said. “It was a big deal they came to town and studied this and

came to the conclusion that … (Mesa) is a good fit and (has) an enviable amount of assets that fit nicely into this innovation district model.” The point of developing an innovation district, Giles said, is to provide current residents with additional employment and educational opportunities – not replace them with imported workers from other regions. See

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East Valley Tribune - Southeast February 11, 2018  
East Valley Tribune - Southeast February 11, 2018