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LIFE ON THE HOT LINE What it’s like behind the kitchen door at one of the Valley’s top restaurants





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Advantages of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery In skilled, experienced hands, spine surgery accomplished with microsurgical techniques and image guidance is gentler on the patient and results in a faster, smoother recovery.

“I hope my story gives others hope.” Roxanne Lopez, patient For six years, Roxanne suffered from increasingly debilitating back pain. She received no relief from several physicians’ injection therapies and systemic medications that her stomach couldn’t tolerate. “I work in custodial services for a school district, and when the pain started shooting down my legs, I knew I had to find a specialist who could find a solution,” says Roxanne. A teacher highly recommended Dr. Yusupov. “She said he was great, and she was right,” says Roxanne. “In November of 2012, he performed surgery through just four tiny incisions, and my recovery was fast. I am back at work, going to the gym regularly, and I just started a Zumba class. “Dr. Yusupov is a smart, caring doctor, and I recommend him to anyone with back problems. I wish I had known about him years ago.” Scan the tag to learn more about Dr. Yusupov from those who have experienced the results of his work.

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arly on, Dr. Igor Yusupov of Arizona Brain & Spine Center recognized the distinct, evidence-based advantages of minimally invasive spine surgeries and achieved specialized training to bring these procedures to his patients. Today, he remains on the leading edge of advanced optics and instrumentation, which continue to expand the horizons of spine surgery. He is recognized as a proficient innovator in techniques that use small portals rather than open incisions. His procedures are muscle and tissue sparing, yield less pain, shorten recovery time, and reduce scarring.

What does this actually mean? Dr. Yusupov explains, “The spine does not function in a vacuum. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery come from the preservation of surrounding normal tissue, including the supporting muscles and ligaments. Using tiny incisions and slender instrumentation eliminates the need to cause trauma to these tissues, reducing blood loss and postoperative pain, while promoting a significantly faster recovery with fewer potential complications. “We are not doing less. We are accomplishing exactly what needs to be done by going straight to the source in the most efficient, highly defined way with magnified visualization. This also can reduce a patient’s time under anesthesia.”

Igor Yusupov, MD Neurosurgeon/Spine Surgeon

As with any surgical intervention, Dr. Yusupov stresses that accurate and comprehensive diagnostics and patient education are keys to ultimate success. “When patients come back for follow-up exams, I’m always amazed at the difference a minimally invasive approach can make in getting them comfortably back to life,” notes Dr. Yusupov.

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CULTURE What an ‘i.d.e.a.’––an innovative children’s museum delights



GEMS The perfect jewelry gifts for graduates

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BEAUTY Dare to be bare with IPL hair reduction

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RELATIONSHIPS Bridging the distance in a relationship



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WHEELS The Tesla model S

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Bowled Over by Cuteness People love their pets—and, perhaps even more so in the North Valley, judging from the sizable number of photo entries in our first Cutest Pet Contest. Adoring pet owners submitted nearly 100 heartwarming photos on North 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 32.


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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 50. Switching gears, we catch up with 10 Valley teens, each of whom was recently honored by more than 600 local civic and community leaders at an event. Then we catch up with 12 local moms to find out what they’d do with 10 uninterrupted minutes to themselves—their answers will surprise you. Next we take you behind the kitchen door at one of the Valley’s top restaurants. Of course, there’s more, so sit back and enjoy! MATTHEW TOREN Publisher




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The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast funds local youth scholarships when you stop by for fresh pancakes, sausage, coffee, and orange juice—a great way to start off a Saturday morning! Kiwanis Club of Carefree.


Get ready to loosen your belts at the Fifth Annual Arizona BBQ Festival, an event you don’t want to miss. It’s absolutely packed with fun—a new expanded Redneck Games Arena, Super Macho Mechanical Bull Riding, great rockin’ bands, and plenty of finger-lickin’ BBQ. Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.



Get revved up for Arizona Bike Week’s Cyclefest— five full days of rumbling motorcycle rides, daredevil stunt shows, and thundering concerts. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.

Arizona stars of the culinary scene will gather for a high-energy and upscale celebration of food and wine at the third annual AZ Wine & Dine, hosted by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association. Scottsdale Quarter, 15279 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale.

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Prepare for a night of soulful songs at the Urban Music Fest, featuring major R&B artists like Keith Sweat and 112. Presented by UrbanAZ, this is a great chance to see some of R&B’s greatest artists. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix.


Lace up your racing shoes for the annual Run the Runway event. Participants can race alongside favorite team mascots like Sun Devil Sparky on the Scottsdale Airport runway, with tons of fun for kids and adults after the races. Scottsdale Airport, 15000 N. Airport Dr., Scottsdale.



Festival invites you to its 36th anniversary that boasts luxurious dinners, fun cocktail parties, and the signature Great Arizona Picnic. Get a taste of good eats from over a hundred restaurants and an earful of good tunes from plenty of live bands. Opens at The Casablanca Lounge, 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale.

9-12 The Mounted Shooters of America invite you to giddy on up for four days of fantastic time-traveling shows full of feats hearkening back to the Wild Wild West. The whole family will ooh and ah over barrel racing, pole bending, and snapping off shots at target balloons. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.


Pet lovers rejoice! Finally, an art walk made for pet lovers—the First Annual Bone Appetit ArtWalk. Find yummy treats for the four-legged guests and beautiful art for the two-legged. Main Street west of Scottsdale Road.

11-13 Magic Bird’s Carefree Days Festival is a three-day art and crafts, entertainment, and food. This is the first-ever Carefree Days that will celebrate spring at the Carefree Desert Gardens Sundial Circle and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., Carefree.



Dust off your golf clubs for the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament, featuring a putting contest and a Best Ball style tournament as well as complementary pictures of the golf groups. Tatum Ranch Golf Club, 29888 N. Tatum Dr., Cave Creek.

Come enjoy the 33rd Annual Duet Cabaret and its fabulous food and lively jazz music. The event will feature accomplished jazz artist Dmitri Matheny as well as an auction whose proceeds go toward providing free-of-charge health and aging services. Montelucia Resort and Spa, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale.




Gallop on down to the Southwest Classic Horse Show to see the elite breeds of the horse world competing in all kinds of categories. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.


The Arts Education Showcase will dazzle you with it visualart exhibitions, music, dance, and theater performances by community students. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale.


Bring your purring princesses (as long as they don’t throw fits in public) and friendly Fidos to the Phoenix Pet Expo for a day of exciting exhibits, fabulous prize giveaways, beauty and behavior tips, and adoption opportunities. Who knows? You might just come home with another furry friend! WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.


Get in touch with your artistic side at the Sailboat Sunset Painting Event where everything—paints, brushes, easels—is supplied. All you have to bring is some artistic enthusiasm and plenty of friends. Terroir Wine Pub, 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale.


Step right up for Sarlot and Eyed’s Carnival of Illusion, where they take you around the world in 80 minutes, making stops of old world beauty, curiosity, and danger along the way—a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. ASU Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale.

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The Fiat of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl: Spikes & Spokes kicks off April 12 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. That’s when one of the world’s most popular sports meets the rolling thunder of motorcycles, food trucks, and entertainment by Whiskey Quicker and The Keltic Cowboys. As hundreds of the hottest bikes in Arizona growl along the field, the nationally ranked team from Arizona State University will take on the defending college champions from Brigham Young University. Rugby is a game in which the players don’t use helmets, shoulder pads, or any other manner of bodily protection. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with rugby action starting at 1:10 p.m. Rugby fans who arrive on motorcycle will receive free general admission. Tickets start at just $12 and they are now on sale at NORTHVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014



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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 YelichO’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


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 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 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.







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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.



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Californication Showtime

24: Live Another Day FOX

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.

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.




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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. 28



“People were confused about what we were—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 defi ne 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

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a variety of ways with diverse materials,” O’Rork says. “The visitor can try their hand at creating a robot all while 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.

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




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MillionDollar Win Writer Lynette Carrington sits down with Scottsdale’s Ryan Andersen, who nabbed big money in the “Doritos Crash the Super Bowl Challenge.” Ryan Andersen is a hardworking photographer and videographer who has been perfecting his craft for years and is happily working for himself. But recently, much in Andersen’s world changed when he submitted a commercial that he and a group of talented friends made for the 2014 “Doritos Crash the Super Bowl” contest and emerged victorious. Andersen’s commercial, titled “Time Machine,” features Los Angeles actor Daved Wilkins; Andersen’s own towheaded cutiepie son, Gavin Andersen; and veteran Valley actor Jim Coates. “It was co-written by me, my producer Raj Suri, and our actor, Daved Wilkins. It was a collaborative effort. When it was all said and done, we each had our own little stamp on it,” Andersen says of the script. In the commercial, a little boy (Gavin) devises a way to con people out of their Doritos. He lures a man (Wilkins) into his cardboard time machine, which will only run on the crunchy snack. After emptying all his Doritos through a designated slot, the man is “taken for a journey,” complete with special sound effects and time-travel motion sup-


“DORITOS CRASH THE SUPER BOWL” COMMERCIAL. plied by the boy. Just as an elderly neighbor rushes out to shoo the boy off his lawn, the ingly. We just all figured it out as a team, and duped time traveler emerges to find the elwe’re happy with the result we came up with” derly neighbor and assumes that he has now Since the win, a few interesting opporbeen transported to the future. tunities have been presented to Andersen. Gavin brought in the cute factor. “Before “Without going into too many details, I did I cast him, I told him I wanted to make a have a major national kids’ network give me commercial, and I asked him if he could do a nod—they want to work with me, and they it, and he said, yeah, he wanted to do it. I told basically gave me a key to their door,” Anderhim two or three weeks before we even shot sen says. “I’m currently talking with a direcit, ‘Hey, just so you know, if daddy thinks tor agent in New York who is thinking about you can’t pull this off, we’re going to practice, representing me.” and if you’re not doing what I want you to, Andersen continues to be motivated and I’m going to have to get someone else.’ I had knows that his win in the Doritos competito tell a 6-year-old that I’d fire him if I had tion has served as a triumph against naysayers to,” recalls Andersen. “He came through. He who told him odds weren’t in his favor, but he made me proud.” has no intention of giving up his photography The prize was awarded to Andersen on business. “I can sit and truly create and work Good Morning America, and Andersen says on something that I really want to work on that the winnings will be split among the that will invest in myself and propel myself to team. “I’m the front guy for it, so the main that next level in my career,” he says. check goes to me,” Andersen says. “We had it Learn more about Andersen’s work at all split up into different percentages, and the people who helped out were all paid accord-

This was the fourth time Andersen tried for the grand prize.

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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.



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,

‘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 NORTHVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014



By Alison Bailin Batz

Young Leaders


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale announces its 2014 Branch Youths of the Year The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is pleased to announce its 2014 Branch Youths of the Year, each of whom was honored by more than 600 local civic and community leaders at Celebrate Youth. The event took place at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort on Saturday, March 22. “The Youth of the Year program is a premier character and leadership initiative that has been in existence for more than 60 years,” says Janet Caldarelli, co-chair of Celebrate Youth. “Recipients of the award are chosen based on each finalist’s demonstration of moral character, life goals, leadership, poise, public-speaking ability. and service to the club, community, and family.”

Marissa Masters Age: 18 Grade: Senior High School: Saguaro High School Branch: Rose Lane Branch in Scottsdale Future Plans: Attend NAU to study physical therapy Club Programs of Passion: Keystone Club, Leaders in Training, Europe Excursion Program, and What’s Hip

Kristofferson Walker Age: 19 Grade: Senior High School: Seligman High School Branch: Peach Springs Branch on the Hualapai Indian Community Future Plans: Attend UNLV to study athletic training Club Programs of Passion: Keystone Club, Leaders in Training, SMART Moves, and Money Matters

RECIPIENTS Alaza Loring Age: 17 Grade: Senior High School: Salt River High School Branch: Lehi Branch on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Future Plans: Attend ASU, where she will decide between a career in journalism and teaching Club Programs of Passion: Leaders in Training, SMART Girls, SMART Moves, and Torch Club


Dani Haboush Age: 16 Grade: Junior High School: Cactus Shadows High School Branch: Vestar Branch in Desert Ridge Future Plans: Attend UA to pursue a dream job in fashion marketing Club Programs of Passion: Keystone Club, Leaders in Training, and What’s Hip


Lane Yazzie Age: 16 Grade: Junior High School: Salt River High School Branch: Red Mountain Branch on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Future Plans: Attend New York University to earn degree in nursing Club Programs of Passion: Keystone Club, Money Matters,and Passport to Manhood

Melissa Ervin Age: 17 Grade: Junior High School: Fountain Hills High School Branch: Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch in Fountain Hills Future Plans: Attend the American International University in London and eventually earn a position as an executive with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Club Programs of Passion: Keystone Club, Leaders in Training, My Club My Life Teen Reporting, and Career Preparation Programs

THE Leonel Reyes Age: 17 Grade: Junior High School: Arcadia High School Branch: Paiute Outreach Services in Scottsdale Future Plans: Attend ASU and become an aerospace engineer Club Programs of Passion: Keystone Club, Leaders in Training, Passport to Manhood, and Torch Club

Ashley Thompson Age: 16 Grade: Junior High School: Desert Mountain High School Branch: Virginia G. Piper Branch in North Scottsdale Future Plans: Attend Stanford to earn a degree in child psychology Club Programs of Passion: Keystone Club, Leaders in Training, Money Matters, and What’s Hip

Dalia Jimenez Age: 18 Grade: Senior High School: Coronado High School Branch: Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch in Arcadia Future Plans: Undecided on ASU or Grand Canyon, but definitely plans to study mechanical engineering Club Programs of Passion: Keystone Club, SMART Girls, What’s Hip, and Europe Excursion Program

Alexa Jenouri Age: 17 Grade: Senior High School: Cactus Shadows High School Branch: Thunderbirds Branch in North Scottsdale Future Plans: Attend Duke University to pursue a job in international public relations and marketing Club Programs of Passion: Keystone Club, Leaders in Training, Europe Excursion Program, and Money Matters

Writer Alison Bailin Batz has a lot to say on all things local. Just try to stop her @ NORTHVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014



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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 last-quarter 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




GADZOOKS ENCHILADAS & SOUP (602) 279-5080 Leeann: The outside of the building said “Redefining the Enchilada.” Excuse me! Who do you think you are? How can one redefine what is already without flaw or error? Let me tell you, Arizona, I ate my words, along with about three enchiladas. They have done what they said. Gadzooks in downtown Phoenix is the most delicious enchilada you will ever encounter in your life. The fillings for your delicious Mexican food creation include options like jack potatoes, spicy cornbread, spinach, and mushrooms—the list goes on and on. This is enchilada on flavor steroids. Indulge accordingly Matthew: The first time walking in, you’ll feel like an outsider. That’s because you are. You’re not one of them yet. That’s because you don’t find Gadzooks… Gadzooks finds you—when you’re ready. It’s a spiritual enchilada experience. Spiritulada? Seriously, it’s the chipotle model for enchiladas with some fun twists on toppings. Try the pickled onion, scratch-made crema, handmade guac, and my personal favorite, the jalapeño ranch. I highly recommend it!

CHEM-DRY Leeann: I have a toddler. My toddler has arts and crafts supplies. Sometimes, the result is magical memories, and sometimes the result is pandemonium. The latter is sometimes expressed through crayon or marker drawings on walls, floors, and anywhere else draw-on-able he can reach. My son has a beautiful rug in his room, and decided it would make a swell canvas for his marker—HIS BLACK MARKER! And when they say “washable,” they lie. Remember that, parents! So I needed to drop the rug off somewhere immediately and have it dealt with. Enter Chem-Dry. Their prices are great, and they have locations all over the Valley. Here’s my one gripe: The location I chose had a snarky employee who handled my account, and I don’t dig snarky. But if you want your rug done right, Chem-Dry comes through. Matthew: Chem-Dry is a mixed bag. The Glendale location quoted my wife $39, while the Phoenix location quoted her $65. It’s a chain, but the pricing isn’t consistent as the techniques vary location to location. That was frustrating. We ended up choosing the Phoenix location because they use an “immersion” technique. We figured that might be better to get rid of the marker stains. My wife didn’t have a good experience with their customer service. She found one of the employees really rude. However, I have to say the rug came back fluffy, smelling great, and free of any spots. They nailed the cleaning.

MR. VAC & SEW (602) 971-7960 Leeann: We love our Dyson vacuum. That’s another review for another day. So when it stopped dispensing its usual magical level of cleaning power, I was perturbed. I took it to Mr. Vac & Sew, off Bell Road and the 51. I’d heard good things about their repair services, so I gave it a shot. It’s $29 when you drop it off to have the machine evaluated, and that fee goes toward your service charge. They ended up restoring the vacuum to its former glory for around $120! Huzzah! Matthew: My wife is kind of a cleaning fanatic. Usually this works out well for the family, but when you have a busted vacuum cleaner, things go south—fast. Mr. Vac & Sew absolutely fixed the machine, and it’s performing like new. The prices are okay. Definitely not cheap, but I have to say that the job was done correctly. I’d definitely go back!

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> HOME/CELEBRATIONS How to Plan an Easy Mother’s Day Brunch!

LOCAL SHOUT OUTS The Petite Party Studio

Grimaldi’s Scottsdale Quarter Twisted Scones/Brunch in a box: Elizabeth’s Moments of Joy

Party planner Jamila Watson on celebrating the special mom in your life Mother’s Day is right around the corner! It’s always been a day that I cherish, and not just because I’m a mom. I’ve always admired mothers even as a young child—the hugs, the great advice, the caring words, and the unfailing commitment to their family! That’s why taking the time to celebrate your mother (or a special woman in your life) with a Mother’s Day brunch will show how much you care!

Jamila Watson runs, a children’s party-and-event entertainment company.


THE MENU: If you plan to have your brunch at home, start out by making a signature dish. I recommend asking the guest of honor what her favorite meal is and then adding side dishes to complement it. If you are selecting the menu yourself, I suggest going for a light, healthy menu that includes a nice spinach salad with fresh strawberries, quiche, fruit, a signature drink, and my favorite scones by Elizabeth’s Moments of Joy! She even has a Brunch in a Box selection that includes her twisted scones! 44


Before planning, decide what type of brunch you’d like to have. If you choose to plan an intimate gathering, your guest list can include your mother and immediate family members. You could hold the brunch at your home or backyard, or reserve a private dining area at your favorite restaurant. I love Grimaldi’s at Scottsdale Quarter! If you are in the mood for a large soiree, why not extend your guest list to include your entire family and your mother’s close friends? You can rent out a banquet hall or a room at your local community center. And planning a Mother’s Day brunch for your “mommy” friends is a neat idea and a great way to catch up.

THE GIFT: Mother’s day is about celebrating the great memories of time spent with your mother. Creating your own photo book of you and your family some of the great milestones in your life makes such a memorable gift and one that your mother will cherish forever! Photo books are very easy to design and can be created on sites like Shutterfly, Walgreens, and Costco.

THE SPECIAL TOUCHES: If you’re going for more of a casual setting, why not add some simple spring touches to your décor? Mason jars are very popular, and they’re very easy to find at your local craft store. I purchase my daisy-cut Mason jar lids from Petite Party Studio and top off with striped paper straws from the same store. Find out your mother’s favorite flowers, and use them as a centerpiece on your dining table along with some decorative candles and lanterns to create a festive mood.

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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). *

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Turn West Design Introduces John MacLeod Leather

Longtime woodworker and wood-carver John MacLeod became involved with Cowboy Action Shooting in the late 1990s. As he became increasingly involved with the sport, he developed a love of unique leather goods. As a result, MacLeod embarked on creating unique belts and holsters that depicted the true feel of the old West. As the response to his creations grew, he began creating scabbards, knife sheaths, spur straps, wrist cuffs, chaps, chinks, and more. It wasn’t long before his shooting friends began asking MacLeod to make leatherworks for them, too. Born was the concept and reality of John MacLeod Leather.

Soon, attention from galleries led MacLeod to turn his considerable talents to the creation of Native American-style pieces, with their emphasis on artistry and color. “It gave me a chance to work with different types of leather such as soft leathers from deer, elk, and buffalo, and beads, horsehair, trade cloth, and paints and pigments,” MacLeod says. His work is true to the Native American culture and Wild West that so many are captivated by,

MacLeod uses traditional methods and materials to create one-of-a-kind Native American-inspired artifacts, including ceremonial war shirts, shields, shield covers, horse masks, and dresses. All of his work is sewn, beaded, and painted by hand. Depending on its complexity, an item can take from two and a half to four weeks to complete. Recently, a local area furniture and design store received the honor to showcase and sell unique pieces from John MacLeod Leather. Located in Cave Creek, Turn West Design is proud to display the works that encapsulate the uniqueness of our Native American culture and provide a venue to acquire these pieces for display in your own home.

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Photos by Christine Mosby Photography

10 Minutes Out for Mom! Kristin Caliendo on what mothers want most on their special day. With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, many North Valley families start focusing their energy on ways to shower Mother with gratitude. In a world of hectic schedules, most of us moms are faced with juggling the roles of modern motherhood. We are ready to roll with whatever comes along, often forgetting to take care of our own basic needs. In order to be everything to everybody, we cut back in some areas of our own lives. Whether that is sleep, exercise, relaxation, fun, or any combination thereof, something has to give. With that in mind, I had the pleasure of chatting with 12 North Valley mothers about what they’d do with 10 uninterrupted minutes to themselves. Here’s what they had to say:

Stacey Reid

Lisa Eiklor

Tami Blakely

Cave Creek Greyson (6) and Tatum (24 months)

North Phoenix Elarika (7)

Scottsdale/Rio Verde Taylor (19) and Blake (13)

“Having two very active and very loud boys, 10 minutes of absolute quiet is hard to come by. Between the toddler tantrums, sibling squabbles, and boisterous play, there is simply not a lot of time to squeeze in phone calls. I keep up with friends and family via social media, e-mails, and text messaging, but the thing I love and miss the most is a simple phone conversation with my best friend back in Canada. I would definitely take that time to give her a call to share a milestone, air some mommy grievances, or simply catch up on our all-too-busy lives. That would be great.”

“Playing my favorite tunes and cranking it up on my headphones while on the treadmill would be motivating and relaxing at the same time. Being able to lose yourself in the music while also gaining the benefits of a great workout would be awesome!”

“I would spend 10 minutes with my animals being outdoors, whether that be riding my horses or running with my dogs. Being able to lose track of time and space while out in nature keeps me sane.”

Cecilia Mosby Samantha Theaumont Phoenix Andrin (4) and Daniel (2)

Sarah Garcia-Kovach Phoenix Olive (4 months) “Recharge my batteries? In 10 minutes? Give me 20 for a hot bath and a glass of pinot noir.” 48


“Anything is possible, one stroke at a time”—this is a one of the great quotes that I live by! With two little ones and a full-time job from home, I can quickly become overwhelmed! I find that my inner peace comes out with 10-minute mini-sessions of Zentangle! Zentangle is easy to learn, relaxing, and a fun way to create beautiful images by simply drawing structured patterns!

North Phoenix Ava (8), Kate (5), and Drew (3) “What I would do to recharge might change depending on the kind of day I’m having, but it would be one of these: Sit down with whatever book I’m reading and a glass of wine (but I would need more than the 10 min for that one) or make one phone call to catch up with a friend without the constant tap on the arm by one of my kids. But the most realistic thing would be to simply sit and do nothing at all and just take a deep breath to clear my mind.”

Theresa Green

Marissa Anderson

North Phoenix Lauren (5), Sydney (3), and Zachary (newborn)

North Phoenix Joey (5) and Bobby (20 months)

“A hot shower is one of the easiest ways for me to recharge my battery, especially with a brandnew baby!”

Noel Petersen Phoenix Monroe (1) “Wow, 10 minutes doesn’t really seem long enough to recharge— however, I would take any time I could get to just sit on my patio with a glass of wine and my iPad and Internet shop or surf Pinterest.”

“A comfy chair, a really good glass of wine, and whatever music I wanted.”

Tara Hanson North Phoenix Lincoln (24 months). Currently expecting baby number two. “With 10 minutes, I would most likely go walk around Aviano Park—get some fresh air and recharge.”

Kristi Hartmann Cave Creek Kaden (6) and Konner (5) “For me, I would love to spend 10 minutes in a hot bubble bath. I miss the good ol’ days of being able to unwind with a good book in the bath with zero interruption.”

Rayna Berg Cave Creek Jake (6) and Brandon (4)

Kristin Caliendo Addison (6) and Leif (3) “As a mother, a writer, and an entrepreneur, I am perpetually in motion. I try to take a daily reprieve to meditate and clear my head. Having just 10 minutes of quiet time for myself seems to restore my patience and helps me to better manage my time.”

“I actually feel that I have a pretty good balance of family time, couple time, and me time. When the kids are in school (my 4½ year old is only in school part-time), I get my errands done and my workouts and try to make time to meet friends as well. My husband and I make date nights a priority, whether it is just the two of us or with other couples. However, what I miss is the ability to just sit down and read a book without it taking me three months to finish it! That is one thing I would love to do if I had 10 minutes of uninterrupted time—I would sit with my book and read!” NORTHVALLEYMAGAZINE.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.” NORTHVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM 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 acoustic-driven 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 52






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

the Granite Mountain Hotshots, which sold out of 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?” NORTHVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014


> BETTER/HAIR 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.




Seasonal Style Stylista Nadine Bubeck on five spring trends to sport and one to skip. Spring is in the air. The weather’s getting warmer, the birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and styles are changing. It’s my favorite time of the year when it comes to fashion—a time when you can bid farewell to your long sleeves, layers, and closed-toed shoes. And so, here goes nothing: my top five picks for spring 2014 trends.



Celebs are already being spotted rocking the mid-drift, and as intimidating as it seems, the look, when worn correctly, is super-fun. Here’s the catch: not all mid-drifts have to be skin tight. Bearing your belly button can be tasteful and sexy at the same time.

I’m honestly sick of bold neons. It’s time that us ladies embraced our femininity. This year, I’m loving lilac. Pair with soothing hues of white.

LACE AND FLOWER PRINTS I’m not a big girly-girl, but I do believe in feeling feminine and dressing pretty. That’s why I think lace and flowers never go out of style. Plus, they scream spring.

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FRINGE I’m head over heels over this haute look. You’ll love how fringe sways in the wind as you walk. Very boho.

BRIGHT COLORS Anything goes: coral, red, green, or blue. The key is going for a simple pop. Maybe invest in a colorful tote? A bold belt? Whatever floats your boat—just don’t overdo it. Oh, and I thought I’d include the spring style I’m against this year: wide-legged pants. Granted, this is just my opinion, but I think the look doesn’t do any body type justice. Skip them. NORTHVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014




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Jewelry: Classic Graduation Gift Jewelry expert Scott Bohall on the perfect jewelry gifts for graduates. In 2014, there is much more meaning attached to graduation gifts. Even in the jewelry industry, the year of graduation inscribed on a tiny cheap charm was good during the ’80s. A watch was good in the ’90s. In 1981, my parents gave me luggage as a graduation gift. Were they really happy to be rid of me? So what’s hot now? There are great ways to have something lasting that is also not going to break the bank, especially if you’re also paying for college. For a young lady, pendants get lost less often than earrings and have less wear and tear than a ring. A simple diamond, pearl, sapphire, or favorite color seems to be outselling a birth-

Scott Bohall is a member of the Arizona Jewelers Association. The owner of Treasures Jewelers, he travels the world to find exceptional gems.

stone or something with a shape like a heart. If you go for a ring, best to not pick a gem that is often glued in place the way a pearl is—best to have a durable stone like a diamond, a ruby, a sapphire, or maybe spinel. If you choose a watch, it’s better to not have any fake gems that fall off or gold plating that rubs off. For a young man, the hot items are made from stainless steel or tungsten carbide steel. Silver would come in second to steel, but both metals have tons of choices for chains, bracelets, pendants, and watches. For rings, the downside of silver is the tarnish factor and the downside of steel is not being able to size the ring when the young man grows. To be creative, many of our customers want to add something that’s unique to their child—a piece of meteorite for a pendant if she is going to study geology, an Arizona amethyst if he is going to leave the state and wants to be reminded of home, a baseball pendant made of turquoise for the kid who’s getting a baseball scholarship and loves the color blue. If there is no special meaning attached to the gift, engraving the item in some way can make it special. We just engraved a small plate on a jewelry box that someone brought in so that a young lady could put her first diamond ring into it and remember mom and dad. My youngest leaves the nest this summer—and yes, he’ll get jewelry! NORTHVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014


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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 electricshock needle literally burns hair follicles one at a time. Advances in laser technology have spawned a new solution to an age-old 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.

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


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. 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.

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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. 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!

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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,

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.

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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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Bridging the Distance

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

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!

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Cave Creek Auction plans grand opening in May Cave Creek Auction, which is relocating its headquarters to 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, will hold a grand opening on Saturday, May 17 at noon.


According to Cave Creek Auction founder John Bettencourt, the “High End Treasure Hunt Auction” will be held at its new location. The event will feature fine art and rare estate finds that include upscale artwork; bronzes; gold, silver, and diamond jewelry; antiques; an 1880s Wabash cabinet postal letter file; and vintage collectibles, among other unique items. One of the exceptional featured items is a no-reserve original Edward Hopper painting titled Waiting behind the Theater. Cave Creek Auction currently is accepting consignment items for inclusion in this and future auctions. The auction also will feature live simulcast bidding. The quality of offerings requires a minimum $500 credit card or $500 refundable cash deposit for a bidder card. During the high-energy auction event, consignors will enjoy beverages and appetizers. The public is invited to the grand-opening celebration and auction preview on May 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to Bettencourt, Cave Creek Auction, which works closely with Wild West Pawn that is located in the same complex, will provide select items for sale during the grand opening, and the pawn business will offer reduced prices for the day. Visit for all event details. Contact by e-mail. Questions can also be directed to (480) 525-1136 or (602) 419-5797.

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. “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 and click “schedule my donation.”




Better Ball Position Golf pro Scott Sackett discusses mastering the zero-path baseline for straighter golf shots.

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

A lot of playing great golf is about how you manage your game when you aren’t at your best. You can do t h is by f ind ing you r z ero-p at h 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. This 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.

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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 fun-to-drive fourdoor 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




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.


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By Greg Rubenstein

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 cruising 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 test-driven 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, an auto-enthusiast website. He’s been writing about and racing cars for 25 years. NORTHVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014


> TASTE/COOK Life on the Hot Line Local culinary star Chef Matthew Grunwald details what it’s like behind the kitchen door. Fulfi lled, 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. Dedication and passion are job requirements for any professional cook. Here’s an inside look at another aspect of my world. Waking up in 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 straightup 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, or something a bit more hard-hitting, like the Food and Wine section of The New York Times. 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

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table when it comes to cooking. Product knowledge is a must. Restaurant patrons are frequently captivated by the history of a product, how it came to America, and who the people were that established that certain food or dish. It’s a beautiful start to my day. After guzzling down my coffee and zipping through the articles, I gear up for a morning run to get my blood pumping (usually four to five miles depending on how many cookies I ate the night before from the pastry kitchen). This clears my mind and focuses my attention on what must be accomplished when I get to work. I know people say not to bring your work home with you, but I cannot help it—I continually strive to produce excellent work, and it gives me a certain sense of satisfaction when I can rock it out in the kitchen every night that I’m scheduled. My runner’s high sets a tone of intensity. Fast forward to 3 p.m. I clock in, and it’s game time. I set up my station, heat my sauces, gather bundles of fresh herbs, fi ll 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 who cultivated the product and who 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. It’s my thank-you to the farmers, producers, and purveyors that fuel our industry. 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. Just when you think that it’s going to let up, 10 more tables fire and 10 more walk in on hold.

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. 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. Th is is where being fast is a good thing. When I get orders in on my station, I need to be a team player to develop a play to put all of the food in the window at the same time. 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 fl ip pans and take extra-careful precaution to put all of our prep away and label it ac-

cordingly. Th is 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-thehouse team members are resetting tables, and we have music blasting in the kitchen. It motivates us to keep moving with purpose. 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!

NOW, YOU BE THE CHEF! Here’s a beautifully simple Korean vegetable dish that’s both a gourmet and a budgetfriendly dish. Cheers!

Chef Matt Grunwald’s Korean Barbecue Roasted Eggplant 3

¼ 2 1

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. NORTHVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM APRIL | MAY 2014



In the Raw Local Kelli Morgan catches up with raw-food chef and educator Haley Cloud.

Haley’s Pineapple Cream Pie Appliances: food processor and blender Prep Time: 10 minutes 2 1 ½ 1½ ¼ 2 1

cups shredded coconut cup dates, pitted pineapple, diced fine cups raw cashews cup virgin coconut oil Tbs. honey cup water

> In a food processor with an S blade, grind shredded coconut until fine. Add dates, and process until a crumble has formed. > Press into the bottom of a 9” spring form pie pan. Cover crust with pineapple. Blend remaining ingredients, pour them into the pie pan, and cover the pineapple. > Serve after it has cooled, or freeze to cut into perfect slices.

I first met Haley Cloud four years ago when a friend of mine hosted a raw-food party that turned out to be more than a fun girls’ night in. It was an educational experience that really opened my eyes! I had heard of a raw-food diet, but I didn’t know very much about it. My fi rst question was, “So, what does one eat?” Haley let us know that pretty much all the foods that grow in the ground or on trees fit into the diet: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, soaked beans, and some grains.

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Also included are oils and spices. I had envisioned that people on raw diets eat salads and drink juice all day, but Haley showed us how to make almost any food raw. She makes raw versions of lasagna, “sushi,” pizza, cookies, and even ice cream, and they really did taste amazing! Apparently, raw foodists who get creative value special appliances. Two they cannot live without are the Vitamix blender and the dehydrator. The Vitamix has an ultra-high powerful motor that grinds nuts, liquefies vegetables, and can even heat up soup! A dehydrator is the raw foodist’s oven and is used to make cookies, crackers, chips and homemade fruit leathers. We decided to have Haley teach us how to make her version of sushi. She took less than a minute to concoct a delicious raw “rice” out of jicama. Jicama is full of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. A nut mixture provided the substance and Asian flavor to the roll. We also had a wide assortment of fresh chopped vegetables to add to our sushi rolls. Not only was it fun to make, but it was also delicious and filling. Then it was time for dessert—always my favorite part. Haley showed us how to make pineapple cream pie that had us all licking our plates clean. The crust was a mixture of

dates and coconut combined in a food processor. She layered fresh pineapple over the crust and then poured the most amazing raw vegan cream over the pineapple. Into the freezer it went to set, and 30 minutes later, we had a delicious dessert. You may not be up for going totally raw, but who can argue that a diet that is predominately made up of raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts isn’t a lot healthier than what many of us typically eat? I frankly feel great when I eat tons of fresh fruit and a huge salad every day. And Haley said she used to weigh over 200 pounds and took 13 medications daily, but through a raw vegan diet, her body healed and she’s off her medicines. I now own all of Haley Cloud’s “un-cookbooks,” and I use them all the time. Many of her recipes have become daily staples in my house. I must say I love making her banana ice cream, and my daughter gets a kick out of having “ice cream” for breakfast! I bought a dehydrator and use it regularly to make delicious crackers, fruit leathers, and kale chips. If you and your friends are looking for a fun get-together, contact Haley about hosting your very own raw food party! She also hosts a seven-day detox program and a juice cleanse! Visit for more information.

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DINING OUT Each issue, we try out different restaurants and give you our unvarnished opinion about the experience on everything—the food, ambience, service, location, and sometimes even the bathrooms. You know what they say—“Never eat at a restaurant with a dirty bathroom!”

Orange Table 7373 E. Scottsdale Mall #6 Scottsdale (480) 424-6819

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Tucked away in the Scottsdale Mall near the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, nestled between a wig shop and an Indian restaurant and with absolutely no primary street signage, the Orange Table is easy to miss. Alas, enough folks know about this laid-back breakfast and lunch spot to make it bustle with steady activity, especially on weekends when there’s typically a wait for a patio table. The restaurant is kid and pet friendly (although rarely do you get one, not to mention both), and the space on their nicely shaded patio is at a premium during spring training season. The inside décor is light and bright with concrete floors, a cute sit-up breakfast bar, and paintings by local artists adorning the bright orange walls.

THOUGHTS ON… THE COCKTAILS Orange Table has a full-service bar with such offerings as organic margaritas, Micheladas (Modelo and a house-made bloody Mary concoction), Moscow mules, the delightful sounding breakfast in bed (fresh squeezed OJ, Sailor Jerry spiced rum, butterscotch schnapps, and a piece of bacon), and even a glutenfree bloody Mary. I don’t like to indulge in libations before 5 p.m.—even on the weekends—so no a.m. cocktails for me, but judging from the specialty drinks being downed at a number of tables, they must be darn good. 74


THE SERVICE We had the same waiter two Sundays in a row, and both times he was engaging and had an upbeat attitude, even when I asked him to turn up, and then down, the patio heater during a chilly and then not-so-chilly morning. The rest of the staff seemed just as attentive to diners, especially considering the hustle and bustle.

MUGS AND GLASSES Creamy lattes are served in large mugs that you can wrap your hands around for warmth on the rare occasions when it gets nippy on the patio. Meanwhile, thumbs up on the Orange Table’s glassware, which is substantial and fits well in your hand. Hey, it’s the little things that often elevate a dining experience.

Yes, she’s one of those people in restaurants with their smartphones, always taking photos of their food, like the ones you see here.

North Valley Magazine managing editor Sondra Barr goes out to eat—a lot. Follow her culinary journey across the Valley here and at Is there a restaurant you think she should check out? Let her know about it at


Green Flannel, $10.50 Corned beef, roasted green chilis, jalapeños, green bell peppers, and potatoes with two eggs and choice of toast Quite simply, wow. This dish is so good that we ordered two and subbed out our toast for blueberry pancakes—double– wow! As a rule, I’m not a morning eater, but this spicy dish has converted me to the breakfast crowd. Next time, I vow to pry myself away from this dish to order the jalapeño pecan cakes (yeah, I like it hot!).

A Latte and House-Blended Apricot Tea, $3.95 & $2.50 My morning drink of choice is a latte, and they do it up right—thick and creamy. Their house-blended apricot tea is also delightful and ever so refreshing on a warm afternoon after strolling the environs of the Scottsdale Mall.




Lamp Wood Oven Pizzeria 8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Scottsdale (480) 292-8773 Located at the intersection of Pinnacle Peak Road and Pima, the Lamp is one of a number of eateries in an upscale strip mall. The restaurant features an eye-catching red-glass-tiled wood-fired pizza oven that serves as the focal point to the small space, with an open food-preparation area. As a neighborhood pizza joint, the place would benefit from a slightly homier atmosphere with more comfortable seating all around, including in the small bar area. I’d prefer a more inviting greeting—when we walked in, it was like, “Whatever, sit where you want.” Maybe it was because we were wearing hiking attire, as we’d just dropped in after climbing Pinnacle Peak. Whatever, it’s a pizza joint. The weather was lovely, so we grabbed a table on their small side patio with a view of three other restaurants, all of which seemed to be a bit more happening.

THOUGHTS ON… > THE PATIO Extremely narrow and small, but two thumbs-ups for the Lamp even having a patio, which I don’t recall being there the first time I tried this spot out. As darkness started to fall, a negative was the lack of lighting. A suggestion would be to add some well-placed lighting so you can see. > THE WINEGLASSES For whatever reason, lately I’ve been noticing glassware. It could be because I’ve recently replaced all mine, but I digress. Anyway, I’m far from a wine snob, but for whatever reason, it bugs me to be served red wine in what equates to a water glass. However, it must be noted that they do feature decent wine in the $8-to $9-a-glass range and house wine for $6 a glass. > THE SERVICE Considering how slow the place was, I’d expect the service to be slightly better, especially since there was only one other full table on the patio. With that being said, our server was pleasant and pointed me in the right direction for the dishes to try. 76


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Grapes & Gorgonzola, $10 Mixed greens, red grapes, gorgonzola, toasted pine nuts and fresh basil, tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette, and finished with a drizzle of honey On the handful of occasions I’ve been to the Lamp, I’ve never ordered this salad. Usually, I head for the arugula and white bean salad, but I’m so glad the waiter pointed me in a new direction. This is a great, fresh combination with the ideal amount of each ingredient and finished off with just a hint of sweetness.

The Gem, $16 Italian sausage, natural casing pepperoni, ricotta, garlic, and oregano I’m a fan. The sauce was flavorful but still allowed the ricotta (oh, ricotta, how I love thee!) and meats to shine. According to the menu, Defalco’s Italian Deli prepares all the sausage used at the Lamp, so it’s not surprising that the sausage was excellent. Meanwhile, the crust was perfect in every regard—not too hard, not too soft, not too sweet, not too bland.

A Side of White Italian Anchovies, $4 There is nothing better than a side of white Italian anchovies to throw on your pizza. There, I admitted it. When I posted a picture of these beautiful, succulent, melt-in-your-mouth morsels of deliciousness, I was shocked by the response. Turns out, some people have an aversion to them. Not me. Hands down, these were the best I’ve ever consumed.

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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



HopDoddy 11055 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale (480) 348-2337


I already have m y next visit planned out—I’m going to order the primetime bu rger featuring Texas Akaushi beef, brie cheese , truffle aioli, arug ula, caramelized onions, and stea k sauce—it soun ds extraordinary!

The Goodnight, $7.50 Angus beef, Tillamook cheddar, hickory BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, sliced jalapeños, and sassy sauce This burger was so good, it made me forget all about the annoying line. HopDoddy’s beef comes from humanely raised cows that are hormone and antibiotic free. And according to their menu, they grind their meat in-house daily. You can taste the quality. Juicy and cooked perfectly to my medium-well specification, with just the right amount of caramelized onions and jalapeños to add a bite. This is one delicious burger and for a very reasonable price.

Kennebec Fries with Chili con Queso, $6.50 More awesomeness! You just can’t go wrong with crispy fries and a side of chili con queso to dip into. I didn’t share.

Four Peaks Sunbru, $5.50 Refreshing. Light. I’ll admit to having had two. 78


Joining the Valley burger joint ranks is HopDoddy, a small Lone Star state chain. It’s interesting to note that the first HopDoddy outside Texas took residence on the site of a former Lone Star Steakhouse located about a block or two north of Shea on Scottsdale Road. The space was completely remodeled and is now unrecognizable from the previously bland stucco building that once was. Now it’s a light, bright space with walls of glass, reclaimed wood, and a contemporary, urban, ecofriendly vibe that’s seems to be present in a lot of new restaurants lately.


THE SERVICE We’ve been to HopDoddy twice and both times, everyone—the dedicated door opener, the hostess, the order taker, the folks who drop off your order—has been so upbeat and friendly, it’s a bit of a shock—a pleasant one. THE ORDERING PROCESS The pleasant demeanor of the staff makes up for the annoying ordering process. Seems easy enough until it gets busy and a line starts forming smack dab in the middle of the restaurant. If there’s no table available, the line stops moving. The only plus is that the line forms next to the bar, so you can order a couple of drinks while you stand in line.

Oddly enough, though, the bar is not ideally set up to handle drink orders from the people standing in line. It felt like a cattle call—not something you want to think about before eating a burger. Once you get seated, the food comes quickly, but if you’ve already ordered drinks and need a fresh one, you have to flag down a server and start a new tab—definitely no bueno! Sit at the bar (if there’s room) to circumvent the line. THE SODAS AND SHAKES Kudos to HopDoddy for featuring Maine Root fairtrade certified organically sweetened sodas. It was refreshing to see a soda machine not branded

with Coke or Pepsi. Then there are the shakes. I didn’t order one, but I really, really wish I had after watching a couple of creamy-looking shakes being made while I was standing in line. I envision one of HopDoddy’s Nutella and chocolate pretzel shakes in my hand in the near future. THE NAME Driving by it the first time, I could’ve sworn the sign said HopDaddy, but it’s actually HopDoddy, with an o. According to the website, HopDoddy was created to express the perfect union of burgers and beer: handcrafted beer (hop) + Doddy, the nickname given to the native cow in Aberdeen, Scotland. Okay, then.





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

7 Raises, for example, a flag 10 The feeling that the Grand Canyon creates

39 Rest of last name of 38 across

11 Northwestern state, abbr.


27 “Age of Aquarius” musical 28 “Finding ________,” a fishy animated movie

2 Historic Hopi village in Navajo County (2 words)

29 Standings stat

3 Dumbo is one

30 Young horses or certain guns

4 ________ Harbor airport


6 Speedy waters you might find on the Colorado River

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

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

25 Airline’s home base

5 Surroundings


29 Below-ground water source 31 Digital watch display, for example 32 Ford Explorer, e.g. 34 Early afternoon 35 Total up

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

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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.


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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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