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Thoroughly Modern


Man of La Mancha Herberger Theater | Jan. 5-28 | 602.252.8497 Arizona Theatre Company brings a thrilling new production of the Tony Award-winning favorite about dreaming the impossible dream. This exciting new staging takes inspiration from the spontaneous, raw theatricality of flamenco performance – focusing on the passion and virtuosity of the performers and musicians as they tell the intertwined stories of Don Quixote and his creator, Miguel de Cervantes.

Barrett-Jackson 47th Annual Auction Westworld | Jan. 13-21 | 480.421.6694 Widely regarded as a barometer of the collector car industry, the auctions have evolved over the years into world-class automotive lifestyle events where thousands of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience. Witness auction action at its best, capture the car of your dreams, mingle with celebrities, and much more!

Arizona Cocktail Weekend Downtown Phoenix | Feb. 17-19 | 602.633.5357 As one of the hottest up-and-coming craft cocktail destinations, Phoenix is the perfect place for the AZCW 2018 festivities. Featuring everything from big parties to small intimate seminars for a weekend of endless cocktails, friends and unforgettable memories. Whether an industry professional or just curious about the local craft cocktail scene, there is something for everyone!

Dinosaurs in the Desert Phoenix Zoo | Through April 30 | 602.286.3800 As you embark on this self-guided expedition into the land of the lost, the dinosaurs will awaken your curiosity to the limitless beauty of nature that surrounds us all. The gorgeous colors and patterns of animals native to Arizona served as inspiration for the design of some of the creatures in this breathtaking exhibit.

Jun Kaneko Exhibit Desert Botanical Garden | Through May 13 | 480.941.1225 Experience the bold, monumental sculptures of Japanese American artist Jun Kaneko. Uncover Kaneko’s colorfully glazed ceramic and bronze forms in the rich backdrop of the Garden’s desert flora. Immerse yourself in imaginative color palettes, stand tall with the whimsical Tanuki raccoon-dogs and take a moment among the intimate installation of Kaneko’s iconic Dangos.

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games I


t’s time to go for the gold as we get ready to cheer on the world’s finest athletes in PyeongChang, South Korea! That’s right, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games begin February 9th and run through the 25th, bringing the nations together on ice and snow.

f you love the world of Don Draper and Mad Men – minus the cigarette smoke and misogyny – then you’re probably mooning over a mid-century modern aesthetic.

The architecture and design is typically defined as the 1950s and 60s period and brings with it an unmistakable mood. The war was over, the country was in a race to the stars, and Elvis was shaking things up. Home architecture and design reflected these futuristic and fun trends with clean lines, geometric patterns, plus colors that took their cues from nature. Some key elements found in mid-century homes were large windows and sliding doors, flat planes and sharp angles, and varying elevations between rooms by utilizing small steps or partial walls. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a home from the era and want to decorate accordingly, or you’re in love with the distinct design and hope to incorporate it into your existing 21st Century house, we’ve got you covered! The mid-century urban look has never been hotter and you’re sure to find everything from the ubiquitous Eames-style chair to a Sputnik-inspired light fixture in your favorite store or online. Here are a few tips to send you back in time: Color – Begin with a neutral shade then make your room pop with furniture and accents in the defining hues of avocado green, burnt orange or mustard yellow. Patterns – Wallpaper, rugs and pillows covered in geometric designs, modern deco or those inspired by the atomic age will strike that perfect note between the past century and this one. Be as bold or subtle as your tastes run! Furniture – How low can you go? Mid-century furniture makers went for low profile seating and tables with tapered legs and clean lines, often with an ergonomic nod to Scandinavian design. Accents – Here’s where it’s easy to put your personal stamp on the mid-century room. Use metal, ceramic, or glass to decorate, but be careful not to clutter. Remember to include natural materials like exposed wood, succulents and plenty of natural light where possible. Due to its ever-increasing popularity, you can find mid-20th Century furnishings in numerous home stores and amazing decorating ideas at specialty sites like, or For you puritans who want a truly authentic look, get out there and hit the thrift stores and antique shops. Or perhaps a favorite aunt has your next mid-century modern treasure stashed in her basement and she doesn’t even know it!



Although the Games began in 776 BC, there was a 1,500-year hiatus until the first modern event was held in Athens, Greece in 1896. A lot has changed since then and PyeongChang has worked hard to bring a new vision to the Games on a unique stage that will appeal to all generations of fans, while enticing new ones. Symbolism Host countries have always put their own creative stamp of pride on the Games with meaningful symbolism. PyeongChang has risen to the occasion with their mascot, Soohorang, an adorable white tiger who will introduce viewers to the festivities. The emblem designed specifically for the 2018 Games has its root in Hangul – the Korean alphabet. The characters represent a gathering place where the elements of heaven, earth, and humans are in harmony, as well as symbolizing snow and ice and the athlete’s stellar performances. The Events This year’s event will feature eight new medal events, making a total of 102 – the most of any previous Olympic Winter Games. Changes that are inspired to create a younger and progressive



sensibility include the snowboard Big Air competition, as well as more team sports, plus a first ever mixed doubles event in curling and mixed team event in alpine skiing. Time for the men and women to reach for those medals together! Tech Sports The official Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 app was launched in November, allowing fans to follow the torch on its historic relay around the globe. During the Games you can check the schedule to catch your favorites, see venue images, and receive up-to-the-minute news and results. Organizers say this event will be the most technologically advanced Games ever and the app will make fans around the world feel connected. It’s available in five languages and can be downloaded from Google Play or the iOS app store.

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Alpine Skiing Biathlon Bobsleigh Cross-Country Skiing Curling Figure Skating Freestyle Skiing Ice Hockey Luge Nordic Combined Skeleton Ski Jumping Snowboard Speed Skating

To follow the Games and cheer on your favorites Olympic athletes, follow or PyeongChang-2018. Go USA!

Skillet Chai Apple Crisp INGREDIENTS 2 tsp 1 tsp 1 tsp 1/2 tsp 1/3 c 1/3 c + 1 tbsp 1/4 c 1/4 c 1/4 tsp

Ground cinnamon Ground cardamom Ground ginger Ground allspice Old-fashioned oats Unbleached all-purpose flour, divided Sliced toasted almonds or chopped walnuts Packed light brown sugar Kosher salt

3 tbsp Melted butter or coconut oil 5 Medium baking apples, cored, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch slices (about 7 cups total) 2 to 4 tbsp Granulated sugar (use more for tart apples) Juice from one small lemon plus 1 tbsp water Vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream (optional)

DIRECTIONS Combine cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and allspice in small bowl; stir well. Combine oats, 1/3 cup flour, nuts, brown sugar, salt and all but 1 teaspoon spice mixture in medium bowl; stir in butter until combined. Place apples, granulated sugar, remaining 1 tablespoon flour, reserved teaspoon of spice mixture, lemon juice and water in large mixing bowl; stir to coat. Pour into a 10-inch cast iron or ovenproof skillet; cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until softened. Sprinkle oat mixture over apples. Bake at 375° F for 20 minutes or until filling is bubbling and topping is lightly toasted. Cool for 10 minutes. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Serves 8. Source:

Beth Rider | Scottsdale Mountain Lifestyle  
Beth Rider | Scottsdale Mountain Lifestyle