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2012 recipient of the coveted Leonard Bernstein Award and a superstar of the organ, Cameron Carpenter is smashing stereotypes for both organists and organ music, generating a level of acclaim, exposure, and controversy unprecedented for an organist. He is the first organist ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for a solo album.



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Bowled Over by Cuteness People love their pets—and, perhaps even more so in the East Valley, judging from the sizable number of photo entries in our fi rst Cutest Pet Contest. Adoring pet owners submitted a plethora of heartwarming photos on East Valley Magazine’s Facebook page of their pets playing, posing, lying around, getting dirty, getting wet, or simply looking super-cute. Frankly, we are bowled over by all the cuteness. Sure, we have our favorites, but it’s not up to us to decide the winner. You get to pick the pet that’ll get the star treatment, including a professional photo shoot and a spot on our August/September cover, along with a feature story and cool loot. To vote for your favorites, just follow the directions on page 34.


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Now on to our cover story on hometown country music sensation Dierks Bentley. Since packing up his ’94 Chevy pickup and heading for Nashville at the age of 19, he’s grown into one of the most respected award-winning country singer/songwriters around. But more than two decades and seven successful records later, the 38-year-old hasn’t strayed far from his Valley roots and history—he met his wife in eighth grade at Ingleside Middle School in Phoenix, and they still have family and friends in the Valley. It’s this strong Valley connection that prompted him to head home last year to headline the Granite Mountain Hotshots’ benefit concert. He also has another reason to come back home more frequently: the recent opening of his bar/ restaurant—Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in downtown Scottsdale. Read more about it and about Bentley’s new album, Riser, on page 44.


Switching gears, we drop in on a global event that landed in Tempe recently to challenge entrepreneurs to bring innovative ideas and concepts to fruition. Then we catch up with two local moms who’re creating national buzz with their fresh, modern nursery design. Next up, local fashionista Jami Lindberg heads to popular East Valley spots to showcase stylish threads around town. Of course, there’s more, so sit back and enjoy! Cheers!




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ENTERTAINMENT The Jacqueline Foster Orchestra —Photos by Gillian Tomimbang Photography




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Enjoy family-friendly fun at the Gilbert Global Village Festival as you learn more about the cultural traditions of other countries. Noon to 6 p.m. Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Dr., Gilbert. gilbertaz.gov


Egg hunts, displays, and interactive fun are just a small part of the festivities when you spend the day at the Family Easter Celebration from 9 a.m. to noon. There are minimal fees for some activities and for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Snedigar Sportsplex, 4500 S. Alma School Rd. (south of Ocotillo Road), Chandler. chandleraz.gov


Celebrate craft distilleries at the First Annual Chandler Craft Spirits Festival. There will be a bartender cocktail competition and more! Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, downtown Chandler. chandlercraftspiritsfestival.com


The musical Once tells the story of a young Dublin musician and the beautiful young woman he meets as he pursues his dream. Runs through May 4. ASU Gammage,1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. asugammage.com


9 to 5: The Musical is playing, now through May 17. Don’t miss it! Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. haletheatrearizona.com


Support families in the East Valley in the Chandler Compadres Golf Tournament. Visit the website to register. Whirlwind Golf Club, 5692 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. chandlercompadres.org


Two nights of R&B with Keith Sweat, 112, and more. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N 32nd St., Phoenix. celebritytheatre.com


Enjoy an amazing weekend of Jazz at the 15th Annual Chandler Jazz Festival. Runs from the 4th to the 5th. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, downtown Chandler. chandleraz.gov


Buy raffle tickets, eat yummy food, play Bunco, and most importantly, raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at the 10th Annual Bunco for Breast Cancer Tournament. Visit the website to register. Macayo’s Depot Cantina, 300 South Ash Ave., Tempe. bcrfcure.org/part _comm_bfbcarizona


Get your pic taken with the Easter Bunny



Swim, bike, and run with your girlfriends at the Athleta Esprit de She Tempe Triathalon, followed by drinks, music, and more. Register by visiting the website. Tempe Beach Park, 80 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. espritdeshe.com



Enjoy a free classical concert performed by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. (Donations are appreciated but not required.) Seating is on a first come, first served basis—no tickets required. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. chandlercenter.org

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the day in 1862 when 4,000 Mexican soldiers held off twice as many French and allied troops who were trying to reestablish their presence in the New World. Celebrate the day at the Cinco de Mayo Festival & Chihuahua Races. Music, vendors, Chihuahua adoptions, and more round out the fun during this free event. 100 E. Commonwealth (Chandler Downtown Public Library Courtyard), Chandler. chandleraz.gov


Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a great night of music during Gilbert’s Concerts in the Park. 7 to 9 pm. Parking is free. Check the website for details. Freestone Park Amphitheatre 1045 E. Juniper Rd., Gilbert. gilbertaz.gov/concerts/


Journey and Steve Miller Band are live at Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Ave., Phoenix. Call (602) 389-5811 or e-mail ginadhaddey@livenation.com for more information.


The Miracle Worker tells the true story of Annie Sullivan, the woman who taught Helen Keller to communicate. Runs through July 5. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. haletheatrearizona.com


The Full Monty runs through June 15. Expect adult language and mature content in this show about unemployed steelworkers who come up with a way to make quick cash after they see how much their wives enjoy the entertainment during a girls night out. Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St., Mesa. mesaartscenter.com


FLASH Mob for MS One 12-Year-Old’s Mission to Raise Awareness and FUNds By Diane Meehl

Get out your tissues. Last year, when Karlyn Curwin of Queen Creek told her mom what she really wanted for her 11th Birthday, it took 37-year-old Julie Curwin by surprise. “When I asked Karlyn what she wanted, I honestly expected to hear things like an iPhone or a laptop or a puppy,” Julie says. “Her answer was “All I want for my birthday is to throw a flash mob to raise awareness for MS.” Julie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) when she was just 22. Throughout her 14-year ordeal, she’s kept pace with working and raising a family with the help of what she calls “the most supportive husband and children I could ever ask for.” She’s coped with numbing limbs, blindness in one eye, seizures, being partially paralyzed, vertigo, multiple hospitalizations, and a range of other symptoms and setbacks.

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Karlyn and her little brother, 9-year-old Dawson, have grown up watching their mom navigate those challenges with courage. “I’ve seen what multiple sclerosis can do to someone, and I know what it’s like to watch someone suffer,” Karlyn says. “Raising awareness means so much to me because finding a cure would mean the world to my family and to others with MS.” So how did Karlyn get the idea for a flash mob—a pretty ambitious undertaking? Karlyn says she noticed that people dancing on YouTube seemed to garner a lot of attention. With the help of family members, she choreographed the dance moves, chose the Tempe Marketplace for the venue, and promoted the event across social media and word of mouth. In April of 2013, the big day arrived. “There were about 80 people dancing, 40 to 50 people supporting us, and others eating lunch watching cheerfully,” Karlyn says. “Before the flash mob, people were hopeful we’d raise awareness. During the flash mob, people were dancing like there was no tomorrow. After the flash mob, I was stuck in a sea of hugs for 10 minutes, and dancers were already excited for next year.” Now, “next year” has arrived. On April 26, the second annual Flash Mob for MS will be held at Tempe Marketplace at 1 p.m. “Karlyn actually chose the venue,” Julie says. “Tempe Marketplace was very supportive and easy to work with not only for last year’s event but they were completely open to having us again this year.” So what’s Karlyn’s dream now for the Flash Mob? “My goal is to increase the amount of dancers, to gather donations for the MS Society—which also supports the event—and altogether create a world with one less disease,” Karlyn says. “A world with a little more hope. A world that lacks the suffering of one sickness. My goal is to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.” I warned you about the tissue! Want to bust a move and raise awareness for MS, cheer at the April 26 event, or offer financial support? Visit and learn the dance steps here: facebook.com/wildwalkersforms






Lorde Comerica Theater Though still a teenager, Lorde is establishing herself as a musical force. The New Zealand-born singer/songwriter, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, released many firsts back to back: the EP The Love Club ; a number-one single “Royals”; and her debut album, Pure Heroine . She comes to Phoenix on her U.S. tour on April 17. To purchase tickets, visit livenation.com.



30 Gavin DeGraw Celebrity Theatre Singer, songwriter, and musician Gavin DeGraw will be making his way to Phoenix. His 2003 debut album, Chariot , sold over a million copies and generated three hit singles. Beloved by fans for his earthy charm, DeGraw has toured the globe performing sold-out headlining shows and is now promoting his new album Make a Move. Visit celebritytheatre.com for tickets.




Journey, Steve Miller Band, and Tower of Power Ak-Chin Pavilion Journey and the Steve Miller Band are joining forces on a summer tour that stops in Phoenix. Fans of all ages will hum to “Don’t Stop Believin” and will be transported back in time with old favorites like Journey’s “Open Arms” and the Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker,” “Take the Money and Run,” and “Rock’n Me.” Visit ticketmaster.com for tickets.



Captain America: The Winter Soldier This film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and stars Chris Evans. Evans plays Steve Rogers, a World War II veteran who was enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum and frozen in suspended animation, and is now adjusting to the modern world.





Rio 2


This 3-D computeranimated musical adventure-comedy is set in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro and features the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, and Jake T. Austin. The story sees Blu, Jewel, and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in the city of Rio de Janeiro for a journey to the Amazon rainforest.

Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler reunite in the movie Blended . Sandler and Barrymore play Jim and Lauren, two people who have a disastrous first date and vow never to see each other again—that is, until they realize that they mistakenly swapped credit cards and meet once again to exchange them. Fate brings them together again when they check the same resort on a family trip.

By Kristin Caliendo







Mad Men AMC

Californication Showtime

The acclaimed period drama Mad Men will return Sunday, April 13 on AMC for its final season. The show is set in the 1960s and depicts the personal lives of advertisers working on Madison Avenue. The drama series has won 15 Emmys and four Golden Globes.

David Duchovny plays New Yorker Hank Moody, a troubled novelist who moves to California and suffers from writer’s block, in this American comedy-drama television series created by Tom Kapinos. Californication regularly pushes the envelope with sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. Showtime will end its run after the seventh season, set to launch this April.

24: Live Another Day FOX Kiefer Sutherland and the writers from the original show return with a 12-episode storyline of another eventful day in the life of Jack Bauer. This thrilling series reunites the Emmy Award-winning team of executive producer Howard Gordon star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland. The series was set and shot in London and will begin with a two-hour premiere on May 5.






The Crown Kings Writer Lynette Carrington dishes on the band with a special Arizona flair. The Crown Kings have been rocking Arizona since 1998 with their own brand of original music and hot covers. Whether playing a bar gig or a special event, these boys are the life of the party. Through various lineup incarnations over the years, the band has never lost sight of how to mesh with an audience and show them all a good time. “We play everything from Grand Funk Railroad to Finger Eleven,” says Casey Killian, the lead singer and the band’s original founding member. “What we try to do is just solid dance music, so we play to the largest demographic in the room. We try to turn everybody on that way.” Killian describes what they play as “good rock dance” music and a good mix of country, too. Their name is a roundabout homage to Arizona, paying tribute to the tiny, outof-the-way town of the same name that is famous (or infamous) for its storied Crown King Saloon. “Naming kids is way easier than naming a band,” Killian says. “We all suggested names that went from the sublime to the ridiculous. Then, I started thinking, there’s Chicago, there’s Boston—all these bands that made cities famous, and I said, 24


‘Why not Crown King?’” Killian went with Crown King, since it’s the type of rustic place that reflected their original music. Killian is the lone survivor from the original 1998 band lineup. The Crown Kings now include Jason Williams on bass, Mark Christensen on lead guitar, Jimi Taft on drums, and Duff y King, also on guitar. “He’s the second ‘King’ we’ve had in the band. How crazy is that?” Killian says. Fans always fuel The Crown Kings at their shows. “It’s a lot of dancing and a lot of sweat,” Killian says. “Our fans have a great time. It’s usually a very high-energy gig, and the band never sits still. People get pulled into that, and everyone is moving and having a good time. We’re weekend warriors, and so we don’t do this full time, but we’ve been doing it a long time. We try to take a weekend off a month, but we’ve been lucky enough to get some fairly decent gigs around town and events, which is great. The Crown Kings book regular gigs at Harold’s in Cave Creek, the coolest and one of the oldest Honky Tonk bars in the state; Nabers in Chandler; Margaritaville in Glendale; Cocomo Joe’s (also in Cave Creek); and


“Naming kids is way easier than naming a band.”

The Bird Cage Saloon in Whiskey Row in Prescott. “We don’t chase the money. We just like working with good people,” says Killian. The Crown Kings do it all, from corporate events and weddings to quinceaneras and bar gigs. “We get hired for different events like NASCAR and commercials, and we’ve been lucky enough to open up for Bret Michaels and the Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” Killian says. The band has also been featured on 93.3 KDKB, Fox 10 in the Morning, and 100.7 KSLX. Although they’ve been at it for many years, the band is going to keep going because they love what they do. “We never really thought we’d been doing it this long, but every year January rolls around and we’ve been booked well into the year!” Killian says. “I think we’ll do it as long as it’s fun.” To learn more about the band, visit crownkings.com.

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Designing Duo East Valley friends offer fresh, modern nursery design Jennifer O’Dowd and Joanna Gick, both interior designers, felt an immediate connection when they first met five years ago while working at the same design house. They quickly became friends. In 2010, they took the plunge and formed J & J Design Group. It was a scary time to start a business—the housing market hadn’t recovered yet, but the pair knew that if they could make it through the challenging economic times, they could make it through anything. However, even when the economy stabilized, the East Valley duo found that being business owners isn’t easy. They often answer e-mails or text each other at 3 in the morning in an effort to stay on top of the business side of things. Fortunately, they have a large circle of friends and mentors who have helped them grow their business the “smart” way. One of the best pieces of advice they’ve received was the admonition that every business hits snags and that they shouldn’t let those snags define their business. When they inevitably hit those snags, they’ve kept that advice in mind and pushed through the challenges. O’Dowd says, “It’s gotten us where we are today—every single snag has taught us a valuable lesson and [provided] an opportunity to grow.” Part of that growth includes the August 2013 expansion of the J & J Design Group to include an online retail space. After they 26


won several contests at Project Nursery (projectnursery.com) for their creative and unique nurseries, people began contacting them for the sources of some of the items they featured. The retail space is set up to allow customers to shop by room so people can recreate J & J’s nurseries, an idea Gick came up with. She says that the online store “was the next logical step” for their business and adds that the retail space allows customers to buy paint samples and tutorials for specific projects so that customers don’t have to guess about any of the details. J & J Design Group now contributes to Project Nursery on a monthly basis, and they’ve recently received n a t i o n a l a t t e nt i o n . O’Dowd explains how it happened: “A reporter from the Wall Street Journal found us through Project Nurser y. She was looking for rooms to feature in their Home Luxury Section. While scrolling through countless pictures of nurseries, the reporter landed on a nursery of ours—Jo’s son Doran’s nursery—and was so excited because it was so different than

most of the nurseries out there.” While Jennifer and Joanna have a lot in common, they bring very different things to J & J Design Group—perhaps that’s why the nursery on Project Nursery stood out from the rest. “Jo loves punchy, vibrant, fun colors; modern furniture; and thinking outside the box, while I love clean, classic, tailored design, incorporating a bit of rustic throughout. There is definitely a little bit of each of us in each of our designs,” Jennifer says. “We know when we are working on a project and get stuck in a rut, the other one will give a suggestion that takes the design to a new level.”

By Anissa Stringer Photos by John Woodcock Photography

Anissa Stringer is an aspiring fiction writer from the East Valley and especially enjoys writing for middle school and young-adult audiences. That supportive, can-do attitude makes J & J Design Group stronger. Both partners often provide opinions when meeting clients for the first time, which allows them to readily achieve their clients’ visions. There’s nothing they love more than hearing someone say, “Th is is better than I ever imagined! You totally get me!” You can check out some of the extraordinary spaces Jennifer and Joanna have created by visiting the J & J Design Group showroom (located at 4158 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale) or by visiting their website and retail space at jandjdesigngroup.com. You can also follow them on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and other social platforms.

ARIZONANS ASKED TO GIVE THIS APRIL ON STATEWIDE DAY OF GIVING The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits (Alliance) and Arizona Grantmakers Forum (AGF) are pleased to announce the return of Arizona’s statewide day of giving, for a second year. Presented by FirstBank, Arizona Gives Day is scheduled for April 9. The 24-hour online giving initiative encourages Arizonans to recognize and financially support the efforts of various nonprofits from across the state. In addition to fund-raising, Arizona Gives Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the state’s nonprofit sector and educate communities on the benefits of online giving.


JENNIFER AND JOANNA SHARE SOME OF THEIR VALLEY FAVORITES: Favorite place for home décor items: Home Goods (there are several locations throughout the Valley) and, for old treasures that just need a facelift: vintage shops. Our Phoenix favorites are Modern Manor, Twigs and Twine, and Charlie’s House. Favorite place to shop for kids’ stuff: Etsy—especially for unique pillows and art prints. “This is truly a hot spot for getting one-of-a-kind items.” Favorite place to dream up ideas: The Arizona Design Center (on North Dobson) is a great place, especially for wallpaper and fabric. Favorite place to celebrate another success: We love Postino! We’re addicted to their bruschetta!

“After seeing the success of this event last year, we are excited to have this event return in Arizona and raise more than before,” says Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. “We hope to have as many as 10,000 Arizonans support our nonprofit community that day, raising much-needed dollars for these worthwhile organizations.” According to Marissa Theisen, president and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, the impact of individual donors on the state’s many nonprofit organizations will be felt for years to come. “These funds will help organizations change lives, build leaders, and champion so many good causes,” Theisen said. How to Give: Beginning at midnight on April 9 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online and pledge their financial support to the nonprofit of their choice. Donors will select the recipient of their online donation—there will be an estimated 800 or more to choose from—and the donation will go directly to their chosen organization. Or if you want to give now, simply visit azgives.org and click “schedule my donation.”




By Julie Carlson

Plan an average visit of between one and a half and two hours.


What an ‘i.d.e.a.’! An innovative children’s museum in Mesa melds imagination, design, experience, and art into an experience for the entire family. There’s something for everyone at the i.d.e.a. Museum. Th is innovative institution in Mesa is for the kid in all of us—from age 3 to 103—and it isn’t just crayons and finger paint, although you can play with those, too. Adult visitors have been delightfully surprised to see beautiful pieces of art by local artists sharing wall space with renowned artists like Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. “We are here for your child and the child within you,” executive director Sunnee O’Rork says. “We have the highest interaction between adults and children within the country, according to Reach Advisors [a strategy, research, and predictive analytics firm].” Originally called the Arizona Museum for Youth (AMY), it was founded in 1980 by Jack and John Whiteman through a partnership between the city of Mesa and the museum’s board of directors. Earlier this year, the museum received an interior face-lift and was rebranded as the i.d.e.a. Museum, which stands for “imagination, design, experience, and art.” The AMY and its board of directors felt that the facility was in need of a change. “People were confused about what we were— 28


a preschool museum or an Arizona museum for children,” O’Rork says. “We wanted a solid brand and new logo to make that distinction to define our mission and establish a clear direction to take us to the next level of curiosity, collaboration, participation, and experience.” The entire process took about three years via conducting research, developing a marketing strategy, and designing a logo. The $500,000 project, Imagine for the Future, was funded by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the AMY Friends Board, and the city of Mesa. In February, the museum reopened its doors. The 20,000-foot space features two art galleries, interactive exhibition spaces, classrooms, an atrium, and a gift shop. Currently, the i.d.e.a. Museum is showcasing The Art of the Robot, in which robots are represented by artists from all over the country through paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other media. “This amazing exhibition shows local, regional, and nationally known artists who have expressed their own ideas about robots in a variety of ways with diverse materials,” O’Rork says. “The visitor can try their hand at creating a robot all while



Admission is for everyone age 1 and up and includes entry into the entire museum.



learning about the art and science of them.” Other enjoyable activities include a robot obstacle course and painting robots with watercolors. Art of the Robot runs through May 25, featuring Art of the Robot Family Day on May 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artville is another i.d.e.a. neighborhood: a larger-than-life town where babies and toddlers can explore art through engaging educational resources such as LEGOS, soft blocks, and puppets. There’s even a Performing Arts Center, a kitchen, and a train. And in the HUB, visitors can create their own art through sound, body movements, and recycling; make their own eyeglasses to explore sight; solve problems in the Cafe Odyssey or Career Lounge, or just have fun drawing in 11 different interactive exhibitions. Another section houses the very cool Black Light Room, with themes that change annually. This year, visitors can enjoy a beautifully painted mural of a lake and a shimmering moon, reminiscent of a campsite. The museum also has a gift store, The Shop, where you can purchase a variety of items that include cups that incorporate the new logo, clothing, train-conductor hats, and fun activities in the science center. Grab a bite to eat at the Snackery, or bring your own lunch and eat in the Atrium. The i.d.e.a. Museum also hosts numerous classes for visitors of all ages. These classes promote education, development, and self-expression. The i.d.e.a. Museum BASH is a special event planned for April 12, featuring celebrities and Radio Disney.

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Julie Carlson is a local freelance writer and an aspiring screenwriter.




Startup Weekend Adam Toren on the global network of up-and-coming innovators who want to raise the bar for client experience. Startup Weekend is an event that is held over a single weekend to bring together all sorts of entrepreneurs and then challenges them to come up with an idea and assemble a team. The teams then build a product demo, create a business model, and finally present what they built to a judges’ panel. Innovative ideas are thus brought to the table through a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs who want to bring their passion to both individuals and the community. I was one of the judges at the most recent Startup Weekend, held in Tempe Feb. 21–23, and I was overwhelmed by the talent of our entrepreneurial community. This particular event featured seven would-be startups taking their first steps together, with the top three receiving prizes. It was truly impressive to see what each of these teams was able to do in just 54 hours. Here are the top three startups that presented their ideas, followed by the rest of the teams listed in no particular order.

PLATO / This idea was the winner of the night. The team proposed to move the recording of university experiments from paper to online. Their product promised increases in efficiency, sharing, and archiving.

THINKSYNC / This idea came in second place with its innovative approach to threading a conversation around an idea by using audio instead of text. By utilizing the appeal and ease of use of mobile apps, an individual or a group of individuals can have a valuable conversation around a topic.

Award-winning author and co-publisher of East Valley Magazine, Adam Toren is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and mentor.



By Adam Toren

HOW YOU SEE ME / This idea came in third place with an idea that has a high viral coefficient similar to Hot or Not (from back in the day). The concept involves sending anonymous surveys to one’s friends and acquaintances so that they can provide feedback to you anonymously. The sender sees the results but cannot see whom the ratings came from. The ideaM tested very well with young kids, who generally have a desire to know what others think about them. It also has small-business and possible entrepreneurial applications.

NOW BOARDING / Now boarding is the Hotel Tonight for flights. The team had an interesting approach of offering recommendations for last-minute flights, with the goal of giving the traveler an experience that may not have been otherwise considered. Their app showed flights filtered by selected details, ordered by cost, and categorized around cities.

FORKR / This idea standardizes health reports for businesses. If a diner is going to a burrito place and would like to know what their latest health inspection results were, Forkr has them.

relationSHIPPED / This idea helps strengthen personal relationships by providing unique experiences on a monthly subscription basis. I really liked this idea because it was well thought out and a lot of great ideas were implemented in their presentation. A box is sent out monthly containing products and instructions for a client and a significant other to perform. Painting, cooking—you name it. A clever addition was to provide a teaser for next month to help with customer retention.

CINDY’S BIG NIGHT / This idea features advanced technology to bring shoes into the 21st century. Can 3-D scanning and 3-D printing create a shoe that fits your individual foot? Absolutely, it can! This team actually created scans of a foot during Startup Weekend. My wife would have loved the idea, but taking down the other teams was a difficult task!

The beauty of Startup Weekend is that anyone can put one on. Google for Entrepreneurs is proud to officially power Startup Weekend around the world and the organization provides the resources and contacts to help facilitate an event. This well-organized global movement brings the best and brightest upcoming ideas front and center. If you’re interested in this entrepreneurial challenge, check out their website at startupweekend.org.

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By Julie Carlson

MORE BOOKS TO TRY No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State By Glenn Greenwald

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS By John Green The Fault in Our Stars is an emotional novel.The main character, Hazel Grace Lancaster, is a teen with cancer. But Hazel soon learns from fellow teen Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor in her support group, that cancer shouldn’t define her. There’s more to Hazel than being a cancer patient, and Augustus and her friends help Hazel to fulfill some of her dreams while she still has a life to live. The Fault in Our Stars is heartfelt and inspiring. Every character is well developed and likable as well as relatable and realistic, and readers will become invested in Hazel and Augustus’s story from the first page. The novel is a welcome break from the often oversaturated fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal romance YA books on the market. The Fault in Our Stars is also soon to become a major motion picture.


THE HUSBAND’S SECRET By Liane Moriarty Cecilia Fitzpatrick, the main character of The Husband’s Secret , appears to have it all–a stable home life with three children, a loving marriage, and comforting friends. But when she finds a sealed envelope addressed to her in her husband’s handwriting among old receipts in the attic, Cecilia’s world is turned upside down. At first, she wants to laugh about what she reads on the envelope, and she casts it aside. But the more Cecilia thinks about the letter, the more concerned she becomes, especially since the message on it reads Open only in the event of my death. As readers go along with Cecilia, they too become eager for her to tear open that envelope. And once she does, everything that she holds dear is threatened. Even though the novel drags in some places, for the most part, it’s well paced and an interesting read.


TIMEBOUND By Rysa Walker Timebound is the first novel in debut author Rysa Walker’s Chronos Files series. It was awarded the 2013 YA & Grand Prize Winner for the Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel award. It’s a thrilling tale about Kate PierceKeller, who discovers from her grandmother that she can travel through time. It’s a genetic ability and one Kate is not so willing to accept. At first, she thinks her grandmother, whom she barely knows, is a little eccentric, especially after she gives Kate an odd medallion to help her time-travel. But this new power causes Kate to investigate a murder in 1893 and the effects it has on her life in the past and present day. She journeys to the event to put a stop to the crime so that she can have a future. Timebound is an adventurous story and will leave readers anxious to read the second book in the series.

From the reporter who broke the story, No Place to Hide is a groundbreaking look at the NSA surveillance scandal and provides an in-depth look into the events that triggered a debate over national security and information privacy.

The Painter By Peter Heller A savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter follows a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart and the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life.

The Magpies By Mark Edwards A terrifying psychological thriller about a young couple moving into their first home together only to find that the monsters are not of the supernatural sort but the folks they live next door to.


By Steve Kates

Moon and Mars


Turn your eyes to the skies during April and May for a stunning double feature! Our Arizona skies are fi lled with amazing objects and events in April, including two amazing sights for you and your family to enjoy. I call April 2014 the Month of Moon and Mars, as we get to see a total eclipse of the moon and another close passage of Mars. Sky watchers—get set, as these two astronomical events will be an amazing sight. In Arizona, we get to witness our first total lunar eclipse since December 2011 as the moon puts on this rare event for us. The moon moves into the Earth’s umbral shadow at 10:58 p.m. local Arizona time on the night of the 14th. You will notice that the left edge of the moon will slowly darken. Get out those cameras, as the best is yet to come! Totality begins for us at 12:07 a.m. on the 15th, and the moon stays deep in the Earth’s shadow for the next 78 minutes. This is the time that the moon may turn a deep orange color, as the Earth blocks out most of the sunlight that the moon gets. This amazing Chinese lantern in the sky is at maximum eclipse at 12:46 a.m., with the totality ending at 1:25 a.m. and the partial phases ending at 2:33 a.m. on the morning of the 15th. This all happens when the sun, Earth, and moon line up exactly at the same time, with the Earth as a barrier to sunlight on the moon. The April full moon is known as the Full Pink or Full Grass moon. The moon will ride low in the constellation of Virgo and be some three degrees away from the planet Mars. Mars will shine bright, as it passed opposition on April 8. Mars will be some 57,406,300 miles from us on this date, close enough to see the northern polar cap on Mars through your telescope. It will be summer in the northern hemisphere on Mars. Meanwhile, the May skies also offer up some great visual treats, with the planet Saturn returning to opposition on the night of May 10. Saturn will ride low in the southeastern sky at sunset in Libra. Those with small telescopes will get to see the rings open wide, making them easy to see. The moon in May is at first quarter on May 6, the Full Flower moon on the 14th, the lastquarter moon on the 21st, and the new moon on the 28th. Enjoy!


The fourth planet from the sun, Mars comes close to Earth every few years but never closer than about 35 million miles away. There are great weather extremes on Mars; winds are estimated to reach 350 mph during dust storms, and temperatures can drop to -225 degrees at night.

The sixth planet from the sun and second largest in the solar system, Saturn is named for the Roman god of agriculture. Saturn has upward of 62 satellites and is around 850 million miles from Earth. It’s made up of gases and would float in an ocean—if you had one big enough!

LUNAR ECLIPSE A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. One can last for up to an hour and a half. There will be 230 lunar eclipses in the 21st century.

A radio and television personality, Steve Kates (aka Dr. Sky®) has been engaged in the science of astronomy for over 30 years. Tune in to the Dr. Sky Show on News Talk 92.3 FM, KTAR, on Saturday mornings at 3 a.m. for the full sky tour, or visit drsky.com.







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Now, it’s up to you to pick the pet that’ll get the star treatment, including a professional photo shoot and a spot on our August/September cover, along with a feature story and a fabulous prize package.


Our first Cutest Pet Contest yielded a robust field of dogs and cats—not to mention other adorable animals. Adoring pet owners submitted heartwarming photos on East Valley Magazine’s Facebook page of their pets playing, posing, lying around, getting dirty, getting wet, or simply looking super-cute.




Bonus Contest!

Check out our Facebook page during the month of April for the East Valley Cutest Pet Caption Contest. Where we’ll be randomly asking readers to caption pet contestant photos for a chance to win gift cards, tickets, and prizes from local merchants. Make sure to “like”

Facebook.com/eastvalleymagazine and watch for more info on how to join in the captioning fun.

Here’s how to vote: 1. “Like” us on Facebook.com/eastvalleymagazine 2. Click on the Cutest Pet Icon here 3. Scroll down to the pictures of the pets to find your favorite. To log a vote, click on the green box next to your favorite pet. You may vote once every 12 hours. 4. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 1




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Did you know about the newest luxury baby boutique located on Market Street in DC Ranch? If only the best will do for your little one, then this is the store for you. From apparel and accessories to cribs and strollers, BabyLux has a large selection of unique one-of-akind items and only the latest trends for every occasion. BabyLux is more than a retail experience and offers many resources to new mommies from lactation coaching classes, kindermusik, and much more. Expect beautiful products and unique products lines including the Alexa crib, a BabyLux exclusive direct from Italy that adds elegance and panache to a little girl’s nursery. BabyLux, 20789 N. Pima Rd., Suite 125 Scottsdale. (866) 686-4636. babyluxonline.com EASTVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014



By Nicole Royse

Spring at the ASU Art Museum An exciting exhibition showcasing multiple media awaits you in Tempe. In the heart of downtown Tempe and on the beautiful Arizona State University campus sits the ASU Art Museum, a vital part of the ASU Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts. It’s a wonderful museum to visit for a family day of exploring an amazing variety of contemporary art. A key aspect of the museum’s focus is to keep the art relevant to life today by offering a diverse selection of work while engaging the community. The museum is currently featuring several exciting exhibitions showcasing painting, sculptures, video, and various other types of media housed in five galleries in a fantastic three-story space. The museum also recently held its Spring 2014 Season Opening Reception, debuting several interesting and diverse exhibitions.

Nicole Royse is an artist and the associate curator at the MonOrchid gallery. To see her work, visit nicoleroyse.com.

• The Top Gallery features a stunning exhibition—MUCK: Accumulations, Accretions and Aggregations, curated by Peter Held, which focuses on a vast selection of ceramic sculpture that’s technically and visually pushing the envelope. One such piece, Matt Wedel’s Flower Tree, depicts a large treelike form bearing numerous flowers dripping with color. This notable group of contemporary artists also includes Susan Beiner, Nathan Craven, Michael Fujita, David Hicks, Annabeth Rosen, and Meghan Smythe. One will walk away with a new appreciation for ceramic sculpture and what these artists are able to achieve with clay and glaze. • Echoes of Japan, curated by Jean Makin and Shiloh Blair McMurtrey, concentrates on American and European female artists who traveled to Japan to learn and practice the art of printmaking during the late 19th century. The work from this skilled group of artists is elegant and small in scale but impressive. You will be enchanted by the beautiful selection of prints hidden away in the museum’s multipurpose room. • Moctezuma’s Revenge, curated by Julio César Morales, is an engaging solo exhibition of Mexican-American artist Eduardo Sarabia. A combination of large-scale paintings, sculpture, and video installations fills the gallery walls. The highlights of this exhibition are Sarabia’s hand-painted ceramic vases and the striking oil paintings that combine photorealism and abstraction, particularly City in the Clouds. There are more than 40 works of art on view, all of which reflect on the artist’s frequent trips to Arizona and present a commentary on the struggles of the Mexican community. The museum is free to the public. It is open 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and is closed Sundays and Mondays. Visit their website at asuartmuseum.asu.edu for more information about these exhibitions or the museum. The ASU Art Museum is within short walking distance to Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe, which features great shopping and dining.




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The Insuppressible Allen R. English Tombstone’s greatest lawyer: At his best when in his cups. No sooner had a prospector’s pick struck pay dirt in some remote canyon in old Arizona when a town sprang up nearby, followed by a host of new arrivals anxious to help separate some poor sucker from his poke sack. They called it “mining the miners.” Among the fi rst were the whiskey peddlers, soiled doves, and land speculators. Hot on their tails were the lawyers. Disputes over mining claims and real-estate properties required the presence of the much-maligned frontier lawyers. Litigation became the single most lucrative business in the mining camp, and some of those early lawyers were the best money could buy. They weren’t always welcome. One prospector quipped, “We didn’t need laws until the lawyers got here.” In the boomtown of Tombstone, the lawyers occupied a row of low-slung adobe offices on 4th Street, located conveniently between the saloons on Allen Street and the courthouse on Tough Nut. The area was somewhat affectionately referred to as Rotten Row. Local punsters declared that none of their lawyers could “pass the bar” without first stopping in to belly up. During its heyday, Tombstone was never wanting for good attorneys, and none was more capable or better liked than the irrepressible Allen R. English, an East Coasteducated attorney from an aristocratic Mar yland family. He displayed signs of brilliance early, graduating

from law school while still a teen. He drifted west, arriving in Tombstone in 1880 at the age of 20 and took a job working as a hardrock miner. He made the nightly rounds of the honky-tonks along Allen Street, where he met prominent attorney Markus Aurelius Smith. Smith recognized English’s talent and took him in as a junior partner, grooming his protégé well both in the practice of law and the night life. English, dressed in a cutaway coat and striped trousers, was blessed with a magnificent crown of hair, a sweeping mustache, a neatly trimmed Van Dyke beard, and a deep, sonorous voice. Standing over six-feet tall, he moved around the courtroom with the grace of a ballet dancer. Blessed with charm, formidable wit, and a great sense of humor, the so-called Courtroom Colossus quickly became one of the most popular men in Cochise County. English could hold a jury spellbound with whispered emotion or with a voice ringing with resonance, or he could launch into a speech of fire and brimstone that would have done a Southern Baptist preacher proud. He could maneuver a jury by flattery, cajolery, crying, or begging. He took great liberties with both judge and jury. For example, when pleading a case, he might pause, lean over the jury box, address one of the jurors he knew, and say, “Jim! Give me a chew of tobacco!” One time, Judge Alfred Lockwood, father of future Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorna Lockwood, sentenced him to 30 days for contempt. English unleashed a 15-minute torrent of eloquence that included Shakespeare, Latin and Greek poets, and the Almighty. Judge Lockwood, tears streaming

Arizona’s official state historian, Marshall Trimble, is a cowboy singer, a humorist, and a storyteller.



Tombstone prospered from about 1877 to 1890, during which the town's mines produced

$40 to $85 million

in silver bullion, the largest productive silver district in Arizona.

By Marshall Trimble

TOMBSTONE WAS FOUNDED IN 1877 BY A PROSPECTOR NAMED ED SCHIEFFELIN. ED WAS STAYING AT WHAT WAS THEN CALLED CAMP HUACHUCA (WA-CHU-KA) AS PART OF A SCOUTING EXPEDITION AGAINST THE CHIRICAHUA (CHIR-I-COW COW-UH) APACHES. down his cheek, could barely contain his laughter. “All right, Mr. English, I’ll reduce it to 15 days,” he said. As English was escorted out of the courtroom, he turned to the audience and declared, “See, I got him to cut it in half!” English proved such a nuisance that he was released after serving just three days. Even when in the most bibulous condition, his florid command of the English language, stinging wit, and courtroom antics kept opposing lawyers in a state of consternation and spectators in hysterics. It’s no wonder folks traveled for miles to see him perform before judge and jury. At times, strong liquor seemed to improve his ability to try a case. Once, he was defending a gunslinger named Wily Morgan on a murder charge while also nursing a painful hangover. The court recessed for lunch just before the closing arguments, so English went to his favorite watering hole for more of the hair of the dog that bit him. By the time court was ready to convene, he was passed out on the barroom floor. Someone brought a wagon to the front door, and English was stretched out in back and hauled to the courthouse and carted up the backstairs. He arrived just in time for the closing arguments. He opened his eyes, slowly stood up, focused on the jury, and went into the most masterful piece of oratory folks in those parts had ever heard. When it was over, the jury returned a verdict of innocent. When friends and admirers rushed up to offer congratulations, they quickly realized that English had no idea what had just transpired. Always a friend of the oppressed, Allen R. English was a colossal pain in the posterior to prosecuting attorneys. When someone once called him outspoken, a weary prosecutor remarked, “He may be outmaneuvered, outsmarted, and out-thought, but he is never outspoken.”

At its peak,

TOMBSTONE is said to have been the fastest growing city between St. Louis and San Francisco. There were over 100 saloons, numerous restaurants, a large red-light district, an even larger Chinese population, schools, churches, newspapers, and one of the first public swimming pools in Arizona (which is still used today). *

Facts courtesy of tombstoneweb.com EASTVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014



Spring Cleaning Shay Moser inspires you to purge, donate, and polish with a side of play. While spring cleaning has come to be synonymous with the fi rst warm days of the year, we Arizonans look at it differently. Perhaps you like to organize before escaping the heat to the West Coast for spring break. Or your New Year’s fitness resolutions are paying off, and you’re ready to clear out your closet. I used to want to do the dirty work while the kids were at school; otherwise, I couldn’t toss broken toys without a tantrum erupting. Now that my children are 8 and 10, I can use their help. And as long as I add fun and foolishness with a treat afterward, it’s a breeze to get them to participate.


Still, spring cleaning doesn’t beat a bicycle ride in the neighborhood, a mountain hike, or just about anything that gets you into the delightful outdoor air. But after day in and day out of kids and pets (not to mention my husband) trekking in desert dust, playground sand, wood chips, and who only knows what else all over the house, it’s a necessary task. Here are some ways to subtract the tediousness from and add teamwork to spring cleaning:

TURN YOUR TRASH INTO YOUR TREASURES The possibilities are endless, especially with Pinterest! Here are a few ideas:


Nothing helps the time pass more quickly and puts everyone in a good mood than some upbeat music.


Shay Moser is a Gilbert mom, writer, and business owner, and she’s passionate about the East Valley. Follow her @ShayMoser.


• Make thumbtacks pretty with buttons from old clothes. • Turn outgrown T-shirts into cleaning cloths, or to make a decorative keepsake wreath.

• Plant your succulents in the bed of an old toy truck. On Scooby Doo, the gang always splits up to search for the villains. At our house, we find ’em and put them in their place. Set the timer for 10 minutes, separate, and put everything where it belongs. Assign everyone his or her own room and divide up the other rooms before starting. Beware of what may be Where to Give hiding under the couch!



Once the timer goes off, get together in each room to dissect dressers, closets, toy bins, and below the bed. Make it a race for your kids to try on every article of clothing before each song ends. Make one pile for clothes to keep, another to toss, and a third to donate. Do the same with toys, asking which ones they’d like to give away. Undecided? If your child hasn’t played with a toy in three months, it’s a safe bet that it can go. To ease any uncertainty, put these toys in a bag out of sight for a week to make sure it isn’t missed.



Delegate cleaning tasks to the kids. WebMD offers age-appropriate chores for children. A few fun jobs are letting them spray down the backyard patio, tables, and chairs and bathing the dog (with your help getting the pet in and out of the tub). For you, start with the top of each room–– like dusting ceiling fans and curtain rods––and work your way to the baseboards. This team approach to spring cleaning not only helps you but is also a great way to instill a sense of collaboration, responsibility, hard work, and accomplishment! 42


Away Your Goods

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Photos by Gillian Tomimbang, gilliantomimbang.com

Heather Sanders is a local home-style expert with an affinity for livable spaces and budget-friendly designs. See more of her work at restylegroup.com.

<< Whatever your style or budget, here are a few things you can do to start on a room of your own. Clear the clutter

A Room of Her Own Interior designer Heather Sanders helps an East Valley mom create a tranquil master bedroom. I can speak personally to the fact that the master bedroom is usually the last room in the home to be decorated. We tend to focus on our public spaces first, leaving the bedroom as an uninspired afterthought. After all, at least that room has a door to hide our projects, piles, and laundry. However, we spend the most hours in our bedrooms, and whether married or not, they should be retreats, safe havens, and sanctuaries. You want to wake up and feel refreshed and energized by your space as well as relaxed in the evening. We all need privacy and escape from busy schedules, work, and to-do lists. Arguably then, the bedroom should be at the top of your list for a refresh. And because it’s separate from the rest of the home, it’s the room that can uniquely reflect your taste most. Jen, a busy East Valley mom of three, knew she needed a space of her own and tackled her room first. She came to our first meeting prepped with pictures and ideas of her dream space. Her style: traditional with a twist of glamour. Her needs: a full-room refresh with a sitting area for sipping wine with her husband. The finished room is a tranquil blend of mixed metals, fresh linens, and varied wood finishes with many treasured photos of her family. It is very Jen.

There is nothing worse than starting or ending your day amongst excess stuff. If it’s not useful, beautiful, or meaningful, it needs another home.

Refresh the bed

Showcase your bed as the center of the room. Bedding is one element to splurge on. It also sets the tone for the décor. Buy the best-quality sheets you can afford and a comforter or duvet that fits your style. All-white linens can give you the five-star-hotel look, and they can be paired with almost anything.

Let there be light

If you can bear to be without a ceiling fan, install a gorgeous chandelier over your bed or replace your bedside lamps with something new and fun.

Take a seat

Find a space in your room for a chair. Every girl needs a quiet place to read, surf her laptop, or just be still. Add a small side table, stool, or ottoman for extra storage and comfort. End the day in your special retreat instead of in front of the television.

Make it meaningful

Lots of pretties in your room are great, but even better are meaningful items from your travels, collections, and photos that inspire happy memories. EASTVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014


By Sondra Barr



At the age of 19, Dierks Bentley packed up his ’94 Chevy truck and headed for Nashville, looking to make a name in country music. Along for the cross-country trek was his dad. The duo listened to the tunes of Camel Country (KMLE) and KNIX. It was the sort of father-son bonding experience that country music songs are made of, and that set the stage for a sustained career as one of country music’s golden boys. The change, the drive, and the chance Bentley took for Music City were just the beginning. Since signing on with Capitol Records in 2003, he has grown into one of the most respected award-winning country singer/songwriters. But more than two decades and seven successful albums later, the 38-year-old hasn’t strayed from his desert roots. While Bentley still resides in Nashville, he visits Phoenix often to see his mom and his wife’s family. He also drops in to his bar, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Old Town Scottsdale, for the burgers, party atmosphere, and music that reflects the current sound of country—modern and more aggressive for the younger crowd. Bentley joined forces with the Riot Hospitality Group’s partners—Ryan Hibbert, Mike Tryan, Jon Wright, and Justin Cohen—to bring Whiskey Row to the Valley, and he’s excited about expanding the concept and taking it nationwide. In the meantime, he enjoys making it back to Arizona for the occasional show at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row or to visit family and friends. “I love Nashville. I could go on and on about how great the city is, but we miss the desert climate,” says Bentley, who compares the 30-degree weather in Nashville at the time of his interview with North Valley Magazine to Arizona’s 70-degree temperatures. “The last time I was out there, I would just wake up every morning, walk outside, and watch the sunrise through the saguaro cactuses. I probably appreciate it more than if I was living there. It’s great to have a bar now and have another excuse to go back and spend

more time there.” Bentley has adapted well to his musical achievements, a growing family, and loss, not to mention traveling as a musician. The singer’s seventh studio album, Riser, landed the number-one spot on Billboard’s Country Albums chart only a week after its debut this past February. The album’s 12 songs explore the highs and lows of the singer’s past two years, including the birth of his third child and first son and the passing of his father. “The song that’s out right now on the radio, ‘I Hold On,’ talks about my truck and that road trip we took together,” Bentley says, adding that he still drives the same Chevy pickup. The song describes what he keeps that his dad passed on to him—“just little things like that truck, and also ideas like faith, love, and freedom. No matter how old you get, when someone passes away, there’s a lot of grief that goes along with it. I was lucky. My dad was 80 years old. He had a long life, and I had a lot of time with him. A lot of folks suffer much bigger losses. Losing a parent, that’s kind of a natural thing. But I went through a lot of sadness.” It was his dad who had a hand in Bentley’s passion for country music. “He kind of planted the seed a little bit ’cause we used to listen to country radio on the way to school and stuff,” Bentley says. “But I had to go through my own musical phase as I grew up. I played a lot of rock music.” His first Valley concert experience was Bon Jovi and Skid Row at Compton Terrace, a now-defunct event venue. Still, Bentley’s ups and downs and the evolution of his music spurred him to name the album Riser, after the song on the collection that talks about struggles, getting up off the ground, and being a fighter. “To me, you just don’t know what’s around the corner,” he says. “I didn’t know when I started making this record that he’d [Bentley’s father] pass away, and then we would have a son, so it’s a really relevant

“I love Nashville. I could go on and on about how great the city is, but we miss the desert climate.” EASTVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014


“To me, you just don’t know what’s around the corner.” song for me. The album revolves around it.” In the last couple of years, all of Bentley’s albums have had their own personalities, from the commercial country record Feel that Fire to the acousticdriven bluegrass sounds on Up on the Ridge, which hardly had electric guitar or drums. “That had my friends in the bluegrass community all over it,” he says. “Then we came back with Home, which is a different album than this one. I try to keep it fresh.” Riser is the country star’s most meaningful album yet. In it, he has substituted some of his rowdy style for lyrics with greater depth and sprawling musical arrangements. “When I make a record, I’m just trying to find great songs, whether I wrote them or someone else wrote them,” Bentley says. “Not just songs that are going to be hits—songs that I can really sing and sink my teeth into.” The song that’s perhaps the most personal on the album, “Damn These Dreams,” is about Bentley’s being on the road as a musician and having a family at the same time. Bentley met his wife, Cassidy, in eighth grade at Ingleside Middle School in Phoenix. “I always had a crush on her and dated her best friend, and it could’ve been her, but I wasn’t ready,” he says. “We kept in touch, and I’d see her in summers and at different weddings. She was in San Francisco in advertising, and I was obviously in Nashville. We tried to make it work at different times—it just didn’t. It was never the right time, and then she came to a Las Vegas show that I played in February 2005. I was single. She was just a really special girl that I’d always really liked, and she walked in, and I said, ‘Whoa, my gosh, this is happening.’” At that February 2005 show, the two got engaged, and Bentley and Cassidy went to Mexico and eloped the following December. “It’s really cool that she’s from Arizona and we have this history, and our families are there. Our roots are there. For holidays, we go back. And to have that in common is just really cool.” Bentley likes the schools in Nashville but looks to a time when he and Cassidy can send the kids to Arizona schools. “We’re kind of locked in,” he says. “I do love Nashville, but I definitely see down the road...the desert is in my blood. It’s good to visit Flagstaff to get out of the heat, but I’d take that over cold weather any day of the week.” One of the last times he was up north was for Dierks Bentley’s Country Cares Concert to benefit the Granite Mountain Hotshots, which sold out of 46






“No matter how old you get, when someone passes away, there’s a lot of grief that goes along with it.”

the more than 6,000 tickets for the July event in Prescott Valley. “We saw the news, and I was heartbroken like everyone else,” Bentley says. “I got a call from a friend of mine who works at KAFF Country in Flagstaff. She asked if it was possible if we could come to the show. She got together with Camel Country, and we did it on that Monday night. That show was so meaningful to me. Usually when you go out there, you’re just trying to raise hell and make those people have the best times of their lives, but that night had a totally different meaning. The music had to play a different role, a healing role. I didn’t know what we were going to do when we got out there, what the vibe was going to be. After I started watching some of the opening acts, I realized it was OK to let go. I thought, we need to do what we do and let people blow off steam. It’s neat to see what music can do.” Bentley looks back on the blind faith he had as a young boy from Arizona hoping to make it big in Music City, carrying stickers and the PA system that he’d set up at bars in the back of his truck. “When I look back now, it’s just a lot of gratitude. I don’t even want to look back. It’s scary. I just want to look ahead at the next goal—what are we trying to accomplish now, how are we going to keep moving forward, how do we keep growing our fan base, keep the integrity of the music, and keep us sounding like us?” EASTVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014





Better Ball Position

There were 11 five-putts and 193 four-putts on the PGA Tour in 2013.

Golf pro Scott Sackett discusses mastering the zero-path baseline for straighter golf shots. A lot of playing great golf is about how you manage your game when you aren’t at your best. You can do this by finding your zeropath baseline while you’re playing. First, what is path? Club path is defined in TrackMan terms as the movement of the golf club for the last few inches before impact and the first few inches following impact. Club path is responsible for curving the golf ball in the air. Your zero-path baseline is found using ball position. In order to understand where your zero path is, it’s important to grasp how club path is affected when you move the ball position around in your stance. As the ball moves forward, the club path will tend to want to move to the left, and as the ball moves back, the club path will want to move more to the right. Next, let’s look at your current ball fl ight. If your ball is curving excessively left to right, your path is more than likely too far to the left. Moving the ball back will help your path move more down the target line. If your ball is curving excessively right to left, your path is more than likely too far to the right. Moving the ball forward will help your path move more down the target line. It’s simple: Whatever the ball position is where you see the least amount of curvature in the golf ball is your zero-path baseline. Th is is assuming a face angle of zero and center contact for a right-handed player. Th is is something you’ll have to experiment with on the range during practice. Start with a 6 iron in the middle of your stance, and find out which way your ball is curving. If it’s curving excessively left to right, move the ball back; if it’s too much right to left, move the ball forward. It’s important to understand that this isn’t a permanent fi x to faulty swing mechanics and that your zero-path baseline will more than likely not be the same with each club. This is meant as a quick way to straighten your ball fl ight mid-round instead of trying to make swing changes.

Scott Sackett, a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999, was recently voted as one of Golf Digest’s best teachers in Arizona for the fifth year in a row. Reach him via scottsackett.com or youtube.com/scottsackettgolf.



Only twice since


have fewer people finished under par on the par 3s.

Tiger Woods missed

11 putts between three and four feet in 2013. That ranked him 158 out of 180 players. *Stats according to Golf Digest



Bridging the Distance

Lea Haben is a local relationship columnist, a radio and TV personality, and the publisher of smartfem.com.

Will a new baby bring a couple closer? Relationship expert Lea Haben thinks not.

DON’T BURDEN THE BABY Dear Lea, My husband and I have been married for about f ive yea rs a nd have a 2-year-old. We’ve had a rough couple of years, as my husband had an affair for about a year. I’ve forgiven him and we had counseling—but I still feel a bit resentful. I gave up a lucrative legal career to stay home with our little girl. My husband is a little critical of my weight gain and says I have changed a lot. We had talked about having two children and me staying home and going back to work after the kids go back to school. I’d like to have our second child now, as my husband has become really distant lately and I think a baby will help us come closer as a family.

Dear Resentful, It sounds as if you and your husband need a bit more counseling. A new baby will add more stress to the already strained relationship. Not everyone is meant to be a stay-at-home mother; in fact, some mothers are better parents because they have other interests and a career outside the home. It sounds as if you and your husband have lots more to talk about before you bring another little life into the world. Perhaps you can somehow utilize your law degree on a part-time basis. Going from an interesting legal career to a full-time mom can change you a lot. Perhaps you can return to your law practice once or twice a week so that you can maintain your career but also still enjoy your time as a mom. Let me know how it all turns out. Good luck!

CAN BAD SLEEP MAKE YOUR MARITAL FIGHTS WORSE? A study out of UC Berkeley published in May 2013 in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal found that couples are more likely to fight after having a bad night’s sleep.

A pretty wife, a happy life? An October 2013 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests that an attractive wife leads to a more satisfying marriage.

Marital happiness predicted by your initial gut reaction? A study published in the November 2013 Science journal indicates that newlyweds’ gut feelings about their relationship can accurately predict their likelihood of marital happiness in the long run. EASTVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014



Future-Forward Auto writer Greg Rubenstein takes a spin in the 2014 Tesla model S. Among the half-dozen true electric vehicles ready to grace your garage, only one is capable of delivering enough range and performance to be considered more than a battery-powered curiosity. That single exception is the Tesla model S. Based in Palo Alto, California, Tesla started electric-car production in 2008 with the Roadster, a sports car that was more proof of concept than useful means of transportation. Roadster production ceased in 2012, giving way to the model S—an exceptionally funto-drive four-door sedan capable of comfortably carrying four adults. Besides the video-game-like gauges and center-display cluster, the most striking feature of the front console is an enormous 17-inch touchscreen display. Capable of showing and controlling various multifunction features, the screen is elegant and highly responsive, giving the model S a future-forward feel as sophisticated as the drivetrain. That drivetrain on the up-optioned test vehicle is a 416-horsepower, 443 foot-pound of torque electric motor powered by an 85-kW-h

battery pack. This upgraded battery pack is good for an EPA-rated 265 mile range, while the standard 85-kW-h battery is also good for 265 miles and the base 60-kW-h battery is good for 208 miles. With all that torque available at all times—hallmark of the electric motor—standing starts are spectacular, going 0-60 in just a tick or two over four seconds. Acceleration while cruising is just as grin inspiring: step on it at 60 mph, and speed is added immediately, with thrust similar to a 500+ horsepower AMG-enhanced Mercedes-Benz. The model S is not simply a straight-line stunner, as its driving dynamics are also highly engaging. With variable settings controlled via the massive touchscreen, ride height, suspension tuning, “throttle” response, and even regenerative braking can be adjusted to match driver preference. Turn the braking option to max, and you’ll hardly ever need to even touch the brake pedal—the electric motor uses braking action to put juice back into the battery pack. Set the ride to full plush for comfortable in-town or freeway cruis-




1. This Tesla boasts a smart and sexy exterior style.


2. The inside has high-end fit and finish, both beautiful and ergonomically designed.


3. From the suede headliner to wood, leather, and soft-touch polymer surfaces, the interior is finely appointed.


Driving the S is nothing short of amazing. 50


By Greg Rubenstein



ing or alter the settings to sporty parameters, and you’ll have an exceptionally responsive feel equal to the best high-performance luxury sedans. It’s a truly remarkable system that must be testdriven to fully appreciate its flexible character. The model S’s biggest hurdle is filling the battery pack with power. Most model S owners will opt for a home-based charging system supplemented by one of the publicly available charging stations found in many mall, grocery-store, and municipal parking lots. The home systems vary from a few hundred to several thousand dollars in setup cost (plus the cost of electricity), while most public stations are free. There are other options for long-distance driving, including one of 75 Tesla Supercharger stations capable of providing half a charge in as little as 20 minutes (for free) or $80 battery swaps that can be done in 90 seconds (details of that program are still being worked out). Base price for the model S with 60-kW-h battery pack is $63,570. The 85-kW-h model starts at $73,570, and the tested P85 performance version is $87,070 before options. All pricing includes a $7,500 federal tax credit. Loaded with options including 21-inch wheels, all-glass panoramic roof, leather sport seats, high-fidelity sound system, and high-power home charging station, this model S came in at $125,220. The Tesla model S is a testament to automotive ingenuity. It’s state of the art and delivers an amazing experience that’s all the more satisfying because it simply works and drives exceptionally well. Those wanting to either make a statement to their peers or just the satisfaction of owning a really cool car, take note: the waiting period is about one to three months. Get your order in now.

Greg Rubenstein is a freelance automotive journalist and deputy editor for iZoom.com, an auto-enthusiast website. He’s been writing about and racing cars for 25 years.

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Mother’s Day gifts Day celebrated on April 22 Sedona rock color County where the Jerome historic landmarks are Remark from a butterfingers Collaborative website The lady’s Luis Gonzalez hit 224 of them, ___s Just a _______ on the landscape (looks really small) _________ Dhabi The Petrie-Rogers gallery in Tucson displays this type of art You will find many examples of this feature in the Imperial Valley Bridle parts Airline’s home base “Age of Aquarius” musical “Finding ________,” a fishy animated movie Standings stat Young horses or certain guns Classic lodge at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (2 words) Nancy Drew’s boyfriend Business promotion

38 First syllable of record holder for most saves for the D-backs (goes with 39 across) 39 Rest of last name of 38 across

DOWN 1 Arizona military installation that served as the base for the Buffalo Soldiers (2 words) 2 Historic Hopi village in Navajo County (2 words) 3 Dumbo is one 4 ________ Harbor airport 5 Surroundings 6 Speedy waters you might find on the Colorado River 7 Raises, for example, a flag 10 The feeling that the Grand Canyon creates 11 Northwestern state, abbr. 13 Cry uncontrollably 17 Strong joe 21 An ________ ball (bad shot in a Suns game) 24 The way I said 25 Historic dam 26 Winnie the Pooh was one 28 Zero as a score 29 Below-ground water source 31 Digital watch display, for example 32 Ford Explorer, e.g. 34 Early afternoon 35 Total up





Laser Hair Reduction

HOW DOES IT WORK? A concentrated beam of light is aimed at hair (under the skin). The light is absorbed by the pigment, or melanin, and damages the follicle enough to retard future growth. It’s this reason why the hair being treated must be medium brown to black. Soft brown, dark blonde, blonde, white, or gray hair is untreatable. The energy will not recognize the hair and pass right through it. This is a biggie—be cautious of anyone who tells you different. WHAT AREAS CAN I LASER? Basically everywhere—well, except for eyebrows. COST FOR TREATMENT? Cost will vary depending on the area treated. Cost is determined by how many zaps are required to cover the treated area. Most offices will work with you if you have multiple areas to treat, and bundling is an option. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Dare To Be Bare Beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert explores IPL Hair Reduction. Itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikini weather will be here before you know it. Do you dare to be bare? is the question, and how to achieve it is an even bigger question. The conventional methods consist of razors, wax, or depilatory creams. It seems that everyone wants to throw away their razors and do away with shave bumps, ingrown hair, and stubble. For years, the suggested alternative was electrolysis, a laborious process whereby an electric-shock needle literally burns hair follicles one at a time. Advances in laser technology have spawned a new solution to an ageold problem: removal of unwanted hair. Legs, underarms, and bikini waxes are all popular treatment areas, but facial hair on women remains the number-one area for laser-hair removal. So it’s no wonder that laser hair reduction is one of the more popular cosmetic treatments, along with Botox. Beautiful fur-free bodies are increasingly becoming the standard throughout the country. Before subjecting your unwanted hair to the world of



lasers, it’s wise to educate yourself on the process so that you can determine if the treatment is right for you and, more importantly, if you trust the individual holding the laser.

WHAT IS THE “OUCH FACTOR?” It’s certainly not described as a pleasurable experience, but if your provider has a cooling system, the process is considerably easier. Depending on a person’s pain tolerance, lasers can feel like a gentle pinch or the snap of a hot rubber band. Some areas tend to be more sensitive than others. Helpful Tip: Ask if your provider uses a Zimmer along with the laser. This device drastically reduces any risk of overheating the tissue and provides great comfort during the process. It’s designed to blow very cold, providing a numbing effect. HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED? Hair grows in three different cycles. Each cycle must be treated at least twice, resulting in an average of six total treatments. These treatments are typically four to five weeks apart. Keep in mind that this figure is based on averages. Women who are challenged with hormonal imbalances may require more treatments. Why? That’s another article in itself! IS THERE ANY DOWN TIME? There is no real down time with this treatment; however, it’s very important to protect the treated area with a minimum SPF30. ARE THERE ANY RISKS? Not all skin types are safe to treat. Be sure to offer as much information about your health history as possible. A thorough medical consultation is recommended to determine if you are a safe candidate. If one is not offered, run! Laser hair reduction is a welcome blessing. If done properly, it’s extremely safe and effective.

Jacqueline StarrHubert, ME, MMLT, is a medical esthetician/ laser technician, and makeup artist. She’s also the director of Scottsdale Ridge Medispa.

For those who are not good candidate for IPL: Vaniqa (pronounced “VAN-i-ka”) is a prescription cream applied to the skin for reducing unwanted facial hair in women ages 12 and older. Now is the time to prepare for bikini weather. Keep it simple, and stay savvy!

INSIDER SECRET: Many offices will throw in small areas such as underarms free when you’re looking to treat much larger areas such as legs.

An Image Is Defined by the Man Stylist Martin Weston on what’s trending for guys now. Are men just as particular about their hair as women? That’s a good question. Having worked for nearly 30 years in the beauty industry gives me the confidence to answer that question with a resounding yes! When I was young, my brothers and I were subjected to our biannual shearing from our mother. We couldn’t afford to go to a barber, so twice a year, our mother would sit us down one at a time and drape a towel around our shoulders. While getting haircuts, we’d pinch the towel together at the neck to keep the hair from going down our backs while she raked her clippers up and down and across our heads. I secretly loved the long hippie styles from the ’60s (I still do), and buzz cuts were definitely not in style during the early ’70s. I wanted to wear my hair in the long shag Keith Partridge wore on television. Instead, our back-to-school and winter-break haircuts left me mortified. Fortunately for men these days, a cut-and-style in the salon isn’t uncommon; in fact it’s become the norm. But popular men’s cuts pursue trends slower than women’s do. They evolve and morph purposefully, building a contemporary interpretation from last season’s favorite looks. While keeping your personal style moving forward, let’s look at some styles that are trending now.

Short Hair /

You only need to reach back into the early to mid-20th century to discover the suave cuts that have been resurrected. The underlying influence of one particular cut is the ’50’s quiff. Celebrities including David Beckham, Macklemore, Zayn Malik, and Bruno Mars are all wearing a vintage pompadour, but with a twist. The sides and back are cut a bit closer, with sideburns and a refined edging at the nape. Complemented by a low side part, the crown is disconnected and graduated longer toward the bang area. The increased length is texturized to maximize movement and fullness. This cut is ideal for hair with a medium to thick density or with a slight wave. Try a small amount of pomade or a strong-hold gel to keep your look cool and sophisticated. Style with a fine comb. Schedule an appointment with your stylist every two to four weeks for optimum results.

Mid-Length Hair /

John Mayer, Harry Styles, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Keith Urban, Bradley Cooper, Zac Efron, and Owen Wilson are just a few of the celebrities impacting how we wear our midlength hair. The look is one part grunge mixed with a heavy dose of messy hipster shag. Just as influential as the quiff but with a lot more attitude, this look is unrestricted, rough, kicked back, and relaxed. Textured ends reinforce this cut’s effortlessly sexy effect. Maintain your sides and back a bit longer, with the length of the crown swept forward. This look works best on hair with a medium density or with a slight wave. A button-size drop of defining paste or cream will help to separate the texture and define the wave. But don’t work too hard at this style—soft and touchable hair is the goal. Schedule an appointment with your stylist every six weeks for maintenance.

As a hairstylist, a salon educator, and an artist, local Martin Weston sees artistry everywhere. After working in the beauty industry for 30 years, he’s still passionate about creating amazing looks for his clients.

Long Hair /

Troy Polamalu, Gotye, Shawn White, Russell Brand, Clay Matthews, and Jared Leto express a rock-star attitude with their hair. Versatile and free spirited, men who opt for long hair run the gamut from young to old. Current looks are slightly layered on the ends, keeping the fullness at the bottom while minimizing heavy layers on the crown. Midneck to below the shoulders comprise ideal lengths for men who want to grow their hair out. Because longer hair has more weight, it’s important to remember your dreaded recession areas. Hair that’s too long may draw unwanted attention, especially to a receding hairline. For those men who are challenged in this area (me included), a few well-placed layers will add some needed volume. It’s vital to remember that when applying products to avoid any creams or lotions on the scalp as this will only weigh your hair down, resulting in a stringy appearance. Instead, focus your products from the mid-shafts to the ends for visual interest. Schedule an appointment with your stylist every eight weeks for regular trims to keep your hair long and healthy.




Race-Training Guide

By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty, the Fit Mom Diet Team Wardrobe and athletic shoes provided by Asics Photos by Stephanie Heymann, stephanieheymannphotography.com

Build your confidence and endurance to reach your running goals. Whether you are interesting in running a 5K or a halfmarathon, starting ahead of time with a well-rounded training program can help you achieve your goals. The Fit Mom Diet Team recently prepared for the Arizona P.F. Chang’s Rock ’n’ Roll half-marathon on behalf of Team Mazda. The eight weeks leading up to the race involved a series of running training sessions to help team members effectively achieve their goals. Determining what race is best for you is a matter of your current level of physical fitness as well as how long you're willing to train. If you’re new to running, consider starting with a lower-mileage race to build your confidence and your endurance. As you progress, consider longer races.

Kim and Shannon are the Fit Mom Diet Team. They’re nationally published health experts, and they also advocate locally on wellness at fitmomdiet.com.



The following three running training techniques will help you prepare for race day. Remember to intermingle days of rest with these training methods— allowing your body proper recovery time is imperative.

Speed Speed training consists of several runs that are one mile or less at race pace with slow jogs or walking in between for recovery. Speed training is designed to help you maintain a faster race pace, as it trains the physiological system to adapt to the additional stresses placed on it.

Strength Strength training for runners is often achieved through hill repeats. As the name implies, hill repeats are fast-paced efforts to run up hills. Typically performed at an individual’s 5K race pace, hill repeat training is often incorporated into a training regimen once a base mileage program has been established.

Endurance If you want to run a specific number of miles in a race, you have to make time to schedule runs that incorporate that many miles or more. Long runs are determined by your goals as well as level of ability. Most importantly, remember that the focus of long runs is distance, not speed.

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EAST VALLEY STYLE PLAY DATE AT THE PARK Models: Chandler residents Amy Wax and Julian Howald Shot at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler

Heading to the park with your kiddos doesn’t necessarily call for a Mickey Mouse T-shirt and mom jeans. Just check out Chandler mom Amy. Swapping your cartoon tee for a solid colored, lightweight three-quarter-length T-shirt takes your look from plain Jane to cool mom. And those gladiator sandals are oh, so trendy and yet very comfy for running all over the park. Now, let’s just touch on those denim shorts. Not all of us have the legs to pull these off—me, for example. Don’t fret—swap those shorts for simple denim capris, and you’ve got the right look for park play. You never know whom you’ll run into at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park‘s famous Playtopia. Playtopia boasts 2.5 acres of free playground and picnic fun. With several play zones and themes based on Chandler’s heritage, it’s certain to be hours of fun for kids of all ages. Playtopia is an ideal place for endless imaginative play.



Local stylista Jami Lindberg on what to wear this season. It’s spring—and, in my opinion, the very best time of year in Arizona! I love pulling out the white capris, cute wedges, and maxi dresses. After checking out the styles from the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 and, of course, the fabulous street style of its attendees, I was inspired to start planning out outfits for a variety of different occasions for this season.

Photos by Gillian Tomimbang Photography, gilliantomimbang.com

AFTERNOON OF SHOPPING Model: Maricopa resident Aarika Finch Shot at Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler

Straight from the spring runways are pretty pastels. The best thing about the pastel trend? You can pick your most flattering color and wear it with whatever silhouette flatters you. Oh, the places you’ll go at Chandler Fashion Center! For retail therapy in the East Valley, this is the place. Fashion fixations abound in the newest styles, and each visit is a chance to discover looks you’ll love. A quick shopping trip to the mall has our model donning simple white capris and this oh-so-happy pastel-coral top. The added gold shimmer heart amps the look from simple to stunning. Throw on a few shiny gold bracelets and gold hoop earrings, slip into your most comfortable flip-flops, and you’ve got yourself a comfortable glam shopping look. Jami Lindberg is a business owner, a self-professed style junkie, and a Chandler mom of two. Follow her at thesavvysocialista.com.



BUSINESS MEETING OVER COFFEE Models: Heidi FitzGerald of Gilbert, Rebecca Feely of Queen Creek and Jami Lindberg of Chandler Location: The Coffee Shop in Agritopia, 3000 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert

My home away from home, The Coffee Shop in Agritopia, is the perfect spot to meet a colleague when the office just won’t do or you work from home. They offer free Wi-Fi, the coffee is always superb, and the desserts...well, let’s just say they’re darn near perfect. Of course, they do offer a large menu and you can have a full meal there. In typical East Valley fashion, even business meetings are never too dressed up. For spring, bright, bold cobalt blue is in. A simple suit with the sleeves rolled up lends an approachable, fun look, or ditch the nylons and slip into a cute patterned skirt paired with a bright top. You really can’t go wrong as long as you keep it to black or white and the pop of color that you’re using.

HAPPY HOUR WITH THE GIRLS Models: Kendall Downing of Ahwatukee, Davida Monts de Oca of Gilbert, and Chandler residents Roxanne Baldwin and Jami Lindberg. Location: The Living Room, 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler

Every once in a while, I get lucky and I’m able to sneak away for a little happy-hour time with my girlfriends. We all come from different areas of the East Valley, and a couple of us drive from work, one or two come from home, and yet another couple of us show up from school. But when we meet up, all of the day’s stresses melt away, especially at The Living Room, where we can relax over a delightful glass of wine or delish cocktail over ice. And I would be remiss if I did not mention the bruschetta boards that are to die for. The cozy yet glamorous feel of The Living Room, decorated by our very own East Valley Magazine columnist, Heather Sanders of The ReStyle Group, lends a luscious loungy feel that girls feel comfortable in. We can show up in a dressed-up pair of skinny jeans, a simple tailored blazer and wedges, or draped in a boho-chic dress and glam gladiators—anything goes there. I always prefer the most comfortable maxi-dress, patent-leather flip-flops, and a denim blazer, just in case it cools down. I feel dolled up yet still comfortable enough to chat and laugh the evening away with my besties.



COUPLES EVENING OUT Models: Gilbert residents Courtney Schein and Vanessa Stone Location: TQLA, Dana Park, 1840 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa

One of my favorite things about the spring is eating at places that have that an indoor/outdoor feel. TQLA does this spectacularly. Grab another couple for drinks and dinner, and you’re sure to have a delightful time at this East Valley hot spot. TQLA has tequilas on tap, and their menu is sure to make your mouth water. The patio seating has great fire pits, and the indoor seating has a modern feel. And the waitstaff is nothing but top notch! Stop in on Saturday evenings and dance your night away with live music. Perfect for this Mexican eatery is a little casual glam. Meeting couples out for dinner in the East Valley really is an anything-goes kinda look, but I prefer to doll up a bit. That’s why a chic pair of shorts paired with a lightweight top and wedges or heels is the way to go. Wedges and heels can make your legs look longer, and a lightweight top will hide any little extra around the waist—they’re my secret weapons!




Life on the Hot Line Local culinary star Chef Matthew Grunwald details what it’s like behind the kitchen door. Fulfilled, exhausted, burned—the life of a chef is one that requires just a bit of insanity for taste. As a group, we’ve an industry in which we live to serve people and make them feel amazing as they eat what we create. Outside my world of food television, I work in a restaurant—the best one in Arizona, if not the nation, in my opinion—Elements at Sanctuary. Waking up the morning after an intensely busy night of feeding almost 300 people can be grueling. Your body is aching, but for some reason, you cannot wait to do it all over again. Traveling to the nearest coffee shop and ordering four shots of straight-up espresso is what I do every morning so that I don’t fall asleep at the wheel on the way to work. I always accompany my morning coffee with one of my favorite food blogs, like Serious Eats. You see, food trends change daily, and to stay at the top of your game, researching what every top chef in every top food city is creating that day is necessary. The more you fill yourself with food knowledge, the greater sophistication you bring to the table when it comes to cooking. After guzzling down my coffee and zipping through the articles, I gear up for a morning run to get my blood pumping. This clears my mind and focuses my attention on what must be accomplished when I get to work. Fast forward to 3 p.m. I clock in, and it’s game time. I set up my station, heat my

Matthew Grunwald regularly whips up original recipes for a television audience on Arizona Midday and Valley Dish segments. 60


sauces, gather bundles of fresh herbs, fill the wells with ice, turn on the ovens, salamanders, broiler grills—I do whatever’s needed. Service starts at 5:30 p.m. Every move must be carefully calculated, and every step taken must have purpose. Patrons are seated no matter what, and it’s always a carefully orchestrated scramble to get prep done for the night. All products must be fresh and pristine. I have a huge sense of respect for food products because I see beyond what is just in my hands—I see the people that cultivated the product and dedicate their lives to producing the highestquality ingredients. A high level of respect is in order, and careful attention to knife work, cooking application, and storing of all products is something I take pride in. A hurry-up-and-wait mentality is what I live every night. By the time dinner service begins, I’m already heating it up on the hot line and waiting for the ticket printer to start yelling at me. The tickets don’t stop. That beep, beep, beep sound of yellow and white paper with orders printed in Times New Roman is so vividly implanted in my subconscious that I sometimes hear it outside work. This is where being fast is a good thing. You have to have one another’s back in the kitchen. Those of us on the line have a lot of fun while we work. All of us are intense, happy, stressed, and loving every minute of the high-adrenaline environment that we swim in every night. When 10 p.m. rolls around, we finish strong with the last few tables. You would think we were done, but no! It’s time to flip pans and take extra-careful precaution to put all of our prep away and label it accordingly. This takes a good 30 minutes, and by that time, cleaning is on the mind. Yes, we clean the whole kitchen head to toe on hands and knees. No one is going to take the upkeep and courtesy to keep your equipment in pristine condition except you. You are nothing without your tools and equipment, and all of it needs to look new every night. At this point, all of the front-of-the-house team members are resetting tables, and we have music blasting in the kitchen. No breaks, no stopping—we usually get out by the time

midnight is rolling around. Only now can I take a breather and remember that I have a bed to crash into at home. I love my job—I am a chef!

One of Chef Matthew Grunwald’s first jobs was dressing up as a lobster for Safeway at the DC Ranch Marketplace. Now he works in one of the most celebrated restaurants in town.

Chef Matt Grunwald’s Korean Barbecue Roasted Eggplant 3

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Chinese eggplants, split lengthwise and scored with a knife Extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle cup Korean Style barbecue sauce Tsp. kosher salt Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper

> PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 425ºF. Drizzle the eggplant with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the vegetable to a baking sheet, and roast in the oven three minutes to soften. Remove and brush each eggplant with the barbecue sauce. Roast an additional three minutes, and brush again with the barbecue sauce. Repeat this process once more until the eggplants are lacquered, soft, and slightly charred. Season to taste. Serve hot.


By Myles Mellor

30 Across ACROSS 1 Mother’s Day gifts 5 Day celebrated on April 22 8 Sedona rock color 9 County where the Jerome historic landmarks are 12 Remark from a butterfingers 14 Collaborative website 15 The lady’s 16 Luis Gonzalez hit 224 of them, ___s 18 Just a _______ on the landscape (looks really small) 19 _________ Dhabi 20 The Petrie-Rogers gallery in Tucson displays this type of art 22 You will find many examples of this feature in the Imperial Valley 23 Bridle parts

33 Classic lodge at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (2 words) 36 Nancy Drew’s boyfriend 37 Business promotion 38 First syllable of record holder for most saves for the D-backs (goes with 39 across) 39 Rest of last name of 38 across

5 Surroundings 6 Speedy waters you might find on the Colorado River 7 Raises, for example, a flag 10 The feeling that the Grand Canyon creates

31 Digital watch display, for example 32 Ford Explorer, e.g. 34 Early afternoon 35 Total up

11 Northwestern state, abbr. 13 Cry uncontrollably


17 Strong joe

27 “Age of Aquarius” musical

1 Arizona military installation that served as the base for the Buffalo Soldiers (2 words)

21 An ________ ball (bad shot in a Suns game)

28 “Finding ________,” a fishy animated movie

2 Historic Hopi village in Navajo County (2 words)

25 Historic dam

29 Standings stat

3 Dumbo is one

26 Winnie the Pooh was one

30 Young horses or certain guns

4 ________ Harbor airport

28 Zero as a score

25 Airline’s home base

29 Below-ground water source

24 The way I said




By M.D. Thalmann

MISGUIDED PRACTICAL JOKES A prank is only a good prank when it’s funny for everyone, or so I’ve been told—repeatedly. I always tend to pull pranks that are only funny to me and a handful of the other inmates on my ward, so I have experience in the area of misguided practical jokes. I may be able to save you some heartache by sharing a few of my botched attempts at humor.


M.D. Thalmann is a local writer and author. To see his work, visit mdthalmann.com.

TOP 12 PRANKS YOU SHOULD NOT TRY THIS APRIL FOOLS’ DAY Invite your parents or close friends over for dinner. Once they have all arrived, lead them to the dining room, where you have a mannequin sitting opposite your chair. Grab its wooden hand tenderly and tell your guests that you have invited them over to meet your new fiancé. Raise your glass in a toast and invite them to say a few words as well.

Try to sell your spouse’s car on Craigslist, He or she will have a blast wading through those e-mails and could possibly get kidnapped in the process, which will give you plenty of free time to prank the kids.

Get an air horn from a sporting goods store and walk around your coworkers’ desks, blaring it in their ears when they are on the phone or deep into an e-mail about kittens. Then yell, “Have you seen my keys?” (or “Happy Fourth of July” or something equally ridiculous) and run off.

Gather 12 to 15 rubber snakes from a Halloween surplus store and lock them in the room with someone you love while he or she is sleeping— drape them all over the bed and ceiling fan. Vaseline the inside door handle to make escape impossible, and then bang on the door like a maniac. It would be wise to capture this on video and see if you can’t get some money out of the deal.

Replace all the coffee with freshly ground potpourri.

Cover the floor in industrial-strength two-sided tape or flooring glue. This is also known as vandalism, or so I’ve been told—repeatedly.

Set all the clocks in the house an hour or so early so that your special someone gets a jump on traffic. Print up a bunch of signs and arrows that say “Estate Sale,” set them up on busy roads and intersections, and use them to route traffic to your ex’s house.


Do a factory reset of someone’s smartphone. It will take the person days to get all those apps back but will give him or her something to do while glued to the floor.

Replace key items from someone’s wardrobe with nearly identical but smaller-size garments. You can watch the person try to figure out what went wrong while squirming and shouting as he or she tries to get into those comfy old jeans that no longer fit.


Burn a CD that starts with 45 seconds of total silence and then add in two minutes of blaring horns and crashing noises. Put it in someone’s car with the volume all the way up, and watch from a safe distance as the driver throws potpourri coffee all over the upholstery. It’s hilarious.

Steal a bunch of detour signs and use them to route traffic in a circle near your home. Then set up a little stand selling maps for $10. No matter what you ultimately chose to do, be safe.



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East Valley Magazine  

April/May 2014

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April/May 2014