February 23, 2022 / Modified mar 3, 2022 11:30 a.m.

Return to "The Princess Bride" 35 years later, with actor Cary Elwes.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Adiba Nelson leads a roundtable discussion with three Black women artists, and "Stories That Soar!" tells of a boy's difficult journey to see his father.

Virtue denneau "Virtue" -- A sculpture by Lizz Denneau
Courtesy, Lizz Denneau

Arizona Spotlight

February 24, 2022

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  • Guest contributor Adiba Nelson to moderate a roundtable discussion with three Black women artists in Southern Arizona. Topics include challenging the status quo, telling the story of the African diaspora through the voices of their ancestors, and “freedom dreaming,” across a range of mediums including photography, painting and sculpture. Here to discuss with Adiba the concept of "Black Futures in Art" are Lizz Denneau, Elizabeth Burden, and Alanna Airitam.
black futures roundtable (L to R) Lizz Denneau, Adiba Nelson & Elizabeth Burden.
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Lizz Denneau Artist Lizz Denneau poses with her sculpture, "Inside"
Courtesy, Lizz Denneau
Mettre Denneau "Mettre Le Feu" -- a sculpture by Lizz Denneau
Courtesy, Lizz Denneau
Burden Art1 "Burden of Blackness: Lamentations" by Elizabeth Burden
Courtesy, Elizabeth Burden
Burden art2 "#HandsUpDon'tShoot" by Elizabeth Burden
Courtesy, Elizabeth Burden
Burden art3 "Box Stack 1" by Elizabeth Burden
Courtesy, Elizabeth Burden
Airitam art1 "How to Make a Country" by Alanna Airitam
Courtesy Alanna Airitam
Airitam art2 "White Privilege 1", "White Privilege 2", and "White Privilege 3" by Alanna Airitam, on display in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona Illustrated

Alanna Airitam, in a profile produced by Andrew Brown for Arizona Illustrated on PBS-6.

Cary Elwes Cary Elwes as Westley in the 1987 film "The Princess Bride."

elwes fox Promotional image for "An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes," which takes place at the Fox Theater in Tucson, Ariz. on March 4, 2022.

  • Literacy Connects presents a radio edition of “Stories That Soar!”. It's a Tucson non-profit that empowers students of all ages by bringing their stories to life in other mediums. To do this, they utilize the talents of professional actors and musicians. This time, this story is Jail, written by Mario, who was then a 3rd grader in the Tucson Unified School District. In August of 2021, “Stories That Soar!” was one of 14 literacy programs in the entire world to be recognized with an award from the Library of Congress. They were chosen as a "Best Practice Honoree", for promoting literacy using innovative methods. Interested student-age readers who'd like to take part in STS! can feed their stories to "The Magic Box Story Portal" now! And maybe, you will hear them on Arizona Spotlight one day.

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