So Scottsdale February 2022

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High Notes Six local musicians share what makes them sing

Concert for a Cure American Idol star Katharine McPhee joins a star-studded lineup to battle cancer at Celebrity Fight Night

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Contents Escape the real-world hustle by booking an appointment with your favorite Scottsdale color expert and master stylist, Rodney Gentry. Kick back and relax in Rodney’s private salon suite while he works magic on your hair, taking the utmost care with your beauty and your health. Look gorgeous and feel fabulous this spring!

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Features 50 CONCERT FOR A CURE American Idol star Katharine McPhee joins a star-studded lineup to battle cancer at Celebrity Fight Night

56 HIGH NOTES Six local musicians share what makes them sing

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Fine hair has plenty of benefits. It’s quick to dry and style, doesn’t shed as much as thicker hair and looks stunning when bobbed. However, fine hair is also more prone to breakage. That’s why Rodney Gentry at Sachi Studios advises paying particular attention to your hair care routine when you have fine hair. “With fine hair, the strands have a smaller diameter, which means they are more vulnerable to damage. As such, it’s important to care for your hair the right way. Avoid any unnecessary heat treatments and go easy on the amount of product you use, as you’ll simply weight the hair down.” There are plenty of ways in which those with fine hair can add volume. Dry shampoo can work wonders, as can volumizing powder. Curling the hair without heat – by using a curling donut, for example – can also deliver impressive results. It’s important to use shampoos, conditioners and hair masques designed specifically for fine hair, according to Rodney Gentry. “Using products that have been made with fine hair in mind should maximize protection for your hair while also not weighing it down. This becomes even more important when coloring the hair, as coloring can make the hair dryer and thus more prone to breakage.” Rodney Gentry advises using heat protector spray religiously before blow-drying or curling, while also minimizing washing to preserve the intensity of the color for as long as possible. Dry shampoo is a double win in this respect, as it keeps roots from becoming too oily between washes while also adding volume. Fine hair can look incredible when colored and styled professionally. Why not book an appointment Rodney Gentry to find out for yourself? Full-service designer and hair color specialist Rodney Gentry can be reached at Sachi Studios in Scottsdale, AZ. Call 480.639.2000 to make an appointment or visit for more information.

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Contents Now 63 HOT TICKET A romantic staycation at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

64 LOWDOWN News to know

68 DO Great upcoming events

70 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

74 EVENT Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala C







Pulse 39 UP CLOSE Melissa-Rupoli-Katz’s nonprofit helps dogs battling cancer

42 BEAT Decorated equestrian Sarah Esqueda rides high

44 BEAT Nico Doniele Scegiel shares her passion for food and health

46 HIS STYLE Meet Caleb Goodale

48 HER STYLE Meet Christy George


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Contents Style 77 MUST-HAVE A gold and diamond ring

78 ALLURE Perfume poetry

80 DWELL Sleep sanctuary

82 SHOP Purse power

84 SHOP A splash of color

86 FASHION Be my valentine

Luxe 95 INDULGE Crystal magic

96 WHEELS 2022 Cadillac CT4 V-Series Blackwing

98 WANT Love is in the air at Carneros Resort & Spa

100 HAUTE PROPERTY Modern desert hideaway

102 PLACES Snow day at North Lake Tahoe


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Contents Welcome to the February issue of So Scottsdale. I’ll be filling in for a few months while the editor-in-chief is on leave. I’m excited to serve the readership of this publication, and I can’t wait for you to dive into this issue. Let’s start with the cover. Our cover star and American Idol contestant Katharine McPhee (page 50) has such a fascinating story. From her early days on Idol to her many charitable endeavors, it’s easy to see why so many have developed “McPheever.” See her at the annual Celebrity Fight Night on March 12. Can’t make Celebrity Fight Night? Then consider attending a local concert. We’ve profiled six different Valley musicians starting on page 56. Learn more about them and consider checking out a show. I’m a die-hard music fan myself, and I enjoyed reading more about these talented local pros who are beyond dedicated to their craft. Speaking of music, the Innings Festival is also returning this month. Read more about this baseball and music festival and other February events on page 70 in Calendar. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we’ve featured a variety of ways you and your significant other can celebrate each other. Look forward to reading about red wines (page 104), a romantic staycation package at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (page 63) and a luxe resort in the heart of wine country in Napa Valley (page 98). My personal favorite feature is a round-up of a plethora of chocolate dishes (page 108). From LON’s signature cowboy candy bar to the unbelievably decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie at Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen, there’s guaranteed to be something that makes your mouth water. I wish I could try all of these desserts. We’ve also featured two lavish gifts including a striking crystal vase (page 95) and a stunning gold and diamond ring (page 77) that I’m sure would make perfect gifts for just about anyone. If you’re searching for even more gift ideas, don’t miss our Shop pages. Find purses (page 82), colorful fashion clothing and accessories (page 84), perfumes in gorgeous bottles (page 78) and even products that can help you sleep more soundly (page 80). I hope you enjoy this issue. Have a fabulous February.

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Valentine’s Day Runway Ready February is a month of love and here are a few things I know YOU will love for Valentine’s Day. Who doesn’t love private jets, amazing adventures, romantic restaurants and fine champagne! This month I am taking you to Volanti Restaurant where you can dine overlooking the McDowell Mountains and Scottsdale’s exclusive private airport runway. But first let’s get runway ready…

Start your day at Uglow Face and Body with their Jet facial … get it? But seriously, this was the coolest facial I have ever had. A very cool jet stream of air delivers not just the benefits of lymphatic drainage and exfoliation but also an infusion of plant stem cells, hyaluronic acid and other vital beautifying ingredients. Because of the jet stream this all reaches to a depth of 4.5 millimeters into the skin. Ask for lead esthetician McCalla. She is a wonder. I really did leave glowing and you will too.

Runway ready … it’s time to meet my Valentine at Volanti Restaurant. We met at the bar for a cocktail … then as a great surprise to him a young woman approached and said “your flight is ready sir, I can escort you both to the runway now”. What?!?! My Valentine was surprised and thrilled that we were about to board a, yes, wait for it … a V. Day bright red helicopter for a tour of the valley. Talk about over the top! The birds eye view was thrilling. I felt like someone blew us a bubble and let us float over the entire valley.

Disembarking was just as special and a bottle of the finest champagne accompanied by a three-course scrumptious dinner awaited us back at Volanti. Sipping our bubbles we waved goodbye to our pilot from the dining deck. Surely a Valentine’s Day not to be forgotten. Volanti Restaurant can arrange the perfect Valentine’s experience for you too. Book soon for February’s romantic holiday, but keep this secret something in mind for birthdays and Father’s Day too! www.

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befriend other furry companions throughout her life. Since moving to Paradise Valley in 2005, she and her husband, Peter Katz, have welcomed dogs into their home, too, including Koko and, for nearly nine years now, Zeus. The couple adopted Zeus, originally named Gus, from Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue (DLRR), a volunteer-operated nonprofit that finds loving, lifelong homes for displaced Labrador retrievers. Zeus was severely abused before landing in the nonprofit’s shelter. On adoption day, Rupoli-Katz recalls him being in bad shape, saying, “Zeus did not trust anyone, disliked riding in the car and was very skittish and shaky. It took him three to four months to feel comfortable and trust us.” From skeptical to playful, Zeus performed a complete 180-degree turn since moving in with Rupoli-Katz and her husband. “He is the perfect dog; he is a mama’s boy and loves everyone he meets,” says Rupoli-Katz. Zeus is well-traveled now, too, despite still not loving car rides (though, he manages much better now). He’s been to Flagstaff, Telluride, Colorado, Malibu, California and Toronto with his parents on family vacations. In 2017, Rupoli-Katz received gut-wrenching news. Zeus, who was around age six, was diagnosed with anal sac adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer. Fortunately, it was


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caught early enough to treat. Rupoli-Katz was also financially able to schedule her dog’s surgery and scans immediately, which exceeded $4,000. The rollercoaster of a ride experience got her thinking one day while driving Zeus to his post-op appointment. “Zeus had done well and was cancer-free, but I wanted to help other dogs, their families and rescue organizations going through similar odds. After researching canine cancer, I found that there was not a lot of financial assistance available. And so began the Zeus Oncology Fund,” she says. In 2018, Rupoli-Katz began raising funds for DLRR and treating dogs with cancer within the shelter first. But she wanted to extend her helping hand to dogs beyond the state’s border. She patented Zeus Oncology Fund (ZOF) and applied for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status with the help of her attorney friend. In December of 2019, ZOF became an official nonprofit. RupoliKatz says, “It was the best Christmas present because I knew we were going to make a difference in so many lives.” Committed to financially assisting rescue dogs with cancer treatment through grants, ZOF has helped 85 rescue dogs across 27 states. Five dogs are currently in treatment or scheduled for upcoming surgery. Rupoli-Katz wears most hats within ZOF, like most startup founders do. She is joined by her husband, Peter Katz, who raises awareness and funds for the nonprofit, and her secretary, who assists with administrative details. A small but mighty team, indeed. Beyond financially assisting families and their pets, ZOF is a community of support. Rupoli-Katz keeps the nonprofit’s Instagram account (@zeusoncologyfund) updated with information about new grant recipients and post-op updates. “Once you are a part of our organization, you are ZOF family for life. We experience the highs and lows of your dog’s journey together. It can be really difficult sometimes, but our small community of cancer dog families support one another during the entire progress,” she says. As for Zeus, he continues to push forward flawlessly. More recently, he had a suspicious growth removed that pathology concluded was melanoma. Since this second surgery, he’s doing well and remains cancer-free. “We truly live in a place of gratitude every day with Zeus because he really beat the odds and continues to thrive in his senior years. He is true to his namesake in that way—a warrior,” Rupoli-Katz says. In addition to ZOF, Rupoli-Katz is an active member within the Valley for dog- and human-related causes. She’s been a DLRR volunteer since 2013 and served as the board of directors’ president in 2019. Over the years, she has also proudly supported The Arizona Humane Society, 2nd Chance Dog Rescue, Paint For A Cure, Parkinson’s Foundation and Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels. “It has always been important for me to serve my community,” she says. “The impact you can make when you have a cause you are passionate about is life-changing for both you and the charity you serve.” To learn more about Zeus Oncology Fund, visit





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At only 24, Sarah Esqueda has earned a slew of victories that any accomplished equestrian would be envious of. She just won her 40th national title. In 2016, Esqueda won 12 national championships during her last year showing at Youth Nationals. Esqueda’s love of horses stemmed from a special gift from her grandparents, a Shetland pony named Kokomo. Today she breeds, trains and shows Arabians with Highland Pride Arabians and is part of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, a nonprofit that hosts the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. With a deep and seemingly primal love for horses, Esqueda’s life has always been centered around equestrian sport. She has been riding Arabian horses since she was six years old. Arabians are her favorite to ride. “Arabians’ wide-set eyes, dished face, large nostrils, broad chest and high tail carriage are a few of the standout characteristics that make them recognizable from other breeds,” Esqueda says. “They are also known for their versatility and being people-oriented, making them excellent horses for children and adults.” Since 1955, the annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has set the tone in the Arabian horse world. It’s the largest Arabian horse show in the world. The show has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2,400. Top owners, trainers and breeders from around the globe fly in. In 2022, Esqueda will be showing at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, a couple of regional shows and at the U.S Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She currently has one foal that will be born in March and plans on breeding more horses in 2022. Like riding, Esqueda’s passion for Scottsdale runs deep. Growing up in Whittier, California, Esqueda frequented Scottsdale to compete and fell in love with the city the first time she visited. “It felt like home to me at such a young age,” she says. “One week after graduating high school I was living here in an apartment with my dog to be closer to my horses.”


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After Nico Doniele Scegiel found that eating healthier foods seemed to help her various health ailments, she decided she wanted to share her knowledge with the world. So she opened organic restaurant Santé in North Scottsdale. Via her restaurant, she seeks to guide others looking to achieve less stress and anxiety through diet, nutrition and mindfulness. Here’s how she got here: Scegiel was surrounded by food throughout her childhood thanks to her mother—an award-winning executive chef who instilled a love for food and cooking in her. “My passion for the food industry stuck with me as I grew up,” she says. “But I struggled with depression and crippling anxiety and was put on antidepressants.” She entered the professional world as a hairstylist. While living in Paris and Milan, Italy, Scegiel turned to alcohol and excessive caffeine—a mainstay of her industry—to self-medicate. “I was a mess, and it pushed me into a destructive, vicious cycle resulting in horrible digestion issues,” she says. After years in and out of doctor’s offices with no relief in sight, Scegiel turned to alternative healing, energy, meditation and nutrition. She received her health coaching certification from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, took a nutrition science course online from Stanford University and has a certification as a psychological fitness specialist from The Human Potential Institute. Today she is at the helm of Santé-a full-service restaurant and a grab and gourmet marketplace that features a menu with global flair in a contemporary and biophilic environment. Diners can look forward to flavorful plates like kelp noodle salad, maple dijon broccolini and raw chilled zucchini lasagna. She draws inspiration from her mother to touch more people’s lives through food in her coaching and restaurant endeavors. “I create a greater impact through sourcing, education and choices I make like employing regenerative ranches and organic local farms,” she says. After living in California, Scegiel is happy to be surrounded by the health-conscious community in Scottsdale, where she was raised. “Scottsdale is beautiful, clean and friendly,” she says. “I am grateful to call it my home again.”


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Trainer Caleb Goodale’s athletic wardrobe mixes style with comfort


Caleb Goodale is as active as they come. As an employee at StretchLab (his official title is “flexologist”) and a collegiate athletic trainer, Goodale prefers to wear outfits that are both functional and flexible. Given the nature of his jobs, you will often find him in polished athleisurewear. His style has evolved from nonexistent to intentional and proud. As a teen, he wore cargos. As an adult, he wears jeans, boots and has a skin fade haircut. “I’ve never been a fan of fully-fledged runway fashion. Those styles are typically more than I fancy for my looks,” he says. “I’ve always just loved contrasting color and selecting styles with a masculine edge or at least my interpretation of it.” His signature casual look often comes from an unlikely source. “Anyone who knows me knows I would rather spend hours in Goodwill than any other store,” he says. “I love finding the hidden gems and have always had great luck with finds from Lululemon, Nike shoes and once, a downfeather, fur-lined Ralph Lauren winter coat.” His most prized item of clothing? A 1960s Adidas Olympic bomber jacket, a true gem, that his grandmother gave him. “I absolutely love it,” he says.

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THE GLOW-GETTER When it comes to fashion, Christy George sticks to the basics


As the owner of Bronzmopolitan Spray Tan Bar in North Scottsdale, Christy George is a professional when it comes to dishing out the perfect golden glow. “No outfit or style is complete without a little glow on your skin,” she says. To complete her own personal wardrobe, George relies mostly on timeless, classic basics. Think a little black dress, jeans, classic band T-shirts and her favorite denim jackets. Born and raised in the Valley, George’s style has evolved through the years and has been inspired by her travels and social media influencers. “I absolutely love seeing a specific look and thinking, ‘I can do that, but with my own little spin on it,’” she says. “Mixing textures and prints keeps it fun and pulls me out of my old, safe ways. Plaids and corduroy. Prints and neutrals. Classic little black dress and a denim jacket and combat boots.” Despite her constantly changing looks, one thing remains the same: her affinity for neutrals. “I love all the warm beige, tan, bronze, copper and rust colors” she says. She also takes style cues from her clientele. Being surrounded by trendy Scottsdale women daily influences George’s wardrobe. “I’m always up to date on the latest trends thanks to my clients. Before their special occasions, I love hearing what they will be wearing,” she says.

Who has influenced your style? When I was younger, I was inspired by Britney Spears. Her style was everything: low cut jeans, crop tops, crimped hair, boxer brief short shorts. As for style icons over the years, I’d be a fool to not mention Princess Diana and Madonna. What is your most prized possession? My Louis Vuitton purse that my husband saved up for and surprised me with when we first started dating fresh out of high school. It meant so much to me then and still does today. Where do you like to shop? Rockin Street Wear. I love the band T-shirts and vibe there, and the owners are amazing. I also love Target and Zara because I always find something.


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Katharine McPhee joins a star-studded lineup in the battle to end cancer at Celebrity Fight Night

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atharine McPhee’s star power has been evident since she took to the screen in 2006 as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol – a run replete with awe-inspiring performances that gave rise to the term “McPheever” among fans. This month, McPhee will perform at one of the Valley’s most anticipated charity events, Celebrity Fight Night, when it takes place on March 12 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa with the goal of raising millions in the battle against cancer. It's certain to be another stand-out moment in McPhee’s illustrious career, a career that was kickstarted at a young age at the encouragement of her family. “My mom and my grandfather on my dad’s side were both singing teachers, so music was always around the house from a young age,” McPhee says. “I can’t even remember questioning what I wanted to do with my future – it was always performing.” McPhee studied musical theater at Boston Conservatory before earning one of her first major roles in 2005, starring as the titular Annie Oakley in a production of Annie Get Your Gun held at the 5-Star Theatricals theater in Thousand Oaks, California. She was nominated for a Los Angeles Stage Ovation Award for her performance. Also in 2005, McPhee’s family persuaded her to attend an audition that would change the course of her life as she knew it. At the time, American Idol had just solidified its ranking as the most-watched show on U.S. television, and after rocking her audition with a Billie Holiday song, McPhee quickly became an audience favorite. To this day, the fifth season that aired in 2006 remains the highest-rated in the show’s run. This was arguably in no small part thanks to McPhee, who regularly stunned the nearly 30 million viewers per episode with her clear, soaring vocals. After placing second with an emotional performance of her coronation song, My Destiny, McPhee earned a record deal and went on to release numerous singles that placed on the Billboard Hot 100. Her self-titled debut album went gold in 2008. “American Idol definitely gave me


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“My mom and my grandfather on my dad’s side were both singing teachers, so music was always around the house from a young age,” McPhee says. “I can’t even remember questioning what I wanted to do with my future – it was always performing.” a fast-forward to a lot of opportunities,” she says. “It’s also where I met Steven Spielberg and what ultimately got me my breakout role on Smash.” In the award-winning musical drama that ran on NBC from 2012 to 2013, McPhee plays a naive young performer who eventually becomes a contender for the lead role in a Broadway musical inspired by the life of Marilyn Monroe. McPhee’s very own Broadway debut came in 2018, when she took to the stage as the lead in the hit musical Waitress. She later went on to originate the role in London’s West End. The most recent entry in McPhee’s acting career – which also includes

appearances in popular TV series such as Community, Scorpion, CSI: NY and Family Guy – is as an aspiring singer in the Netflix original series Country Comfort, which won a Primetime Emmy Award.

A HELPING HAND Such a storied career has provided McPhee with the perfect platform to give back. Just months after participating on American Idol, she founded McPhee Outreach in 2006. The organization provides support to a wide variety of charities working to make a difference in the lives of children across the globe. McPhee Outreach was born from her realization that inspiring change doesn’t have to start with a huge, publicized act of charity – but it has to start somewhere. Over the years, McPhee Outreach has helped nonprofit buildOn construct schools in Burkina Faso—a country in West Africa— to combat illiteracy and break the cycle of poverty, raised money for Hurricane Sandy relief and partnered with Malaria No More. McPhee even visited Ghana to distribute malaria vaccines and mosquito nets. Another program her organization teamed up with was The Lollipop Theater Network’s Rhythm of Hope program, which provides music outreach to children hospitalized in Southern California. McPhee has also put her own musical talents to use for a number of good causes, including earthquake relief. In 2010, she joined forces with stars like Jennifer Hudson and Randy Jackson to remake We Are the World, with proceeds supporting Haiti’s rebuilding efforts following a devastating earthquake that took place on Jan. 12, 2010. McPhee is also a prominent voice in the fight against AIDS, breast cancer and childhood hunger. As a singer, actor and activist, McPhee prides herself on wearing many different hats. And after becoming a new mother in 2021, she’s become all the more vocal about the importance of mental health, especially for new parents. For last year’s World Mental Health Day, she co-hosted a Zumba class to not only help spread the joys of community and inclusivity, but also address how essential it is to reach out to loved ones and professionals when you need help. This is something McPhee has experienced firsthand in her struggle with bulimia, which began at age 17.

For McPhee, seeking professional help – from the same psychiatrist she worked with when she participated in a rehabilitation program after her successful American Idol audition – was essential when thoughts of disordered eating arose during her pregnancy for the first time in years. Another constant source of comfort for her throughout the years is music. “Music has always been a healing instrument in my life,” McPhee says. “The most influential album I owned was Rachmaninoff: The Symphonies. I listened to it going to bed every night throughout high school and college, and it created a lot of peace for me.”

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT One of the Valley’s signature events, the annual Celebrity Fight Night unites a host of powerhouse musicians in support of a good cause, raising millions of dollars in a single night – and a grand total over $90 million since it was founded by Jimmy Walker in 1994. This year also marks the beginning of a new era – the foundation merged with Gateway for Cancer Research last May, and after its tireless work to combat neurological diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia, the event has now set its sights on ending cancer. “Sadly, I don’t think anyone can say that they haven’t been touched by cancer somehow,” says McPhee, who is eager to continue the celebration of the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. The legendary boxer and philanthropist was honored as the event’s featured guest for 20 years before his passing in 2016 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. The black-tie event – which will include a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner and plenty of unforgettable live performances – will see the return of Reba McEntire as emcee and 16-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster as musical director. In addition to his years-long commitment to Celebrity Fight Night, Foster also plays a special role in McPhee’s life. After meeting while McPhee was a competitor on American Idol, the two began a yearslong friendship that eventually evolved into much more. McPhee and Foster married in 2019 and welcomed their first son, Rennie, in February of 2021. Not just partners in life, the duo are

also frequent partners on stage. Last year, they reached the semi-finals of season six of The Masked Singer, with McPhee on vocals and Foster on piano. McPhee is also involved in her husband’s nonprofit, the David Foster Foundation, which has provided financial support to over 1,300 Canadian families with children in need of organ transplants while increasing awareness about the importance of becoming a registered organ donor. Today, McPhee’s family serves as one of her main driving forces. “My son constantly inspires me. I used to be more motivated by my career – and I still have that desire – but now I wake up every day thinking about him and our little family,” she says.

And her role as a new mother has also informed how she strives to give back. One of her most recent passion projects is making sure new moms are able to meet their baby’s needs under any and all circumstances. “As well as contributing to bigger organizations, I like to make small impacts. Sometimes, making little impacts on those directly around you feels the most significant,” say McPhee. “It’s something you can do in a way that’s not known to everyone – it won’t get you that pat on the back from the outside world, but it feels the most rewarding.” To learn more and purchase tickets, visit So Scottsdale! February ‘22






Music is an art form that knows no boundaries. The Valley’s music scene serves as a tight-knit community for listeners and artists alike, all drawn to music’s ability to unite people from all walks of life while stirring up raw emotions, evoking fond memories and providing an instant mood boost. This month, meet six local musicians who inspire those around them to share their culture, create change and get up and dance.


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Camille Sledge

Solo artist and lead vocalist, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra Singer-songwriter Camille Sledge comes from a rich musical tradition. Her parents – Bernard Young, Ph.D., an art education professor at Arizona State University, and singer Debbie Sledge of iconic music group Sister Sledge – have long encouraged her to pursue her passions. “My mother always made sure I followed my heart and created music that had a true message, that wasn’t rooted in a contrived attempt to become a ‘pop artist,’” says Sledge, who also credits her father for teaching her to take pride in her roots, a theme that forms the backbone of her music today. In addition to collaborations with Sister Sledge featuring Sledgendary, including Free, a song set to release this month, Sledge ( is the lead vocalist for Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra. The 16-piece orchestra showcases classic Afrobeat music alongside original material that combines protest lyrics with elements of funk, jazz, big band and traditional African rhythms. And her most recent solo album, Streetlights and Lullabies, is the first installment in a seven-part, multi-genre album project that embodies what Sledge calls “the message of the Black woman.” Sledge has also harnessed the joy of music in another of her passion projects – School of HipHop PHX (www.schoolofhiphop. net). Through workshops and camps, the nonprofit works to make art education accessible to young artists, using elements of hip hop and instrumentation to teach dance, public speaking, engineering, visual arts and financial literacy. The chance to work with the next generation has left Sledge with a wealth of proud mentor moments. “I remember crying after seeing a very shy young girl open up at the end of our five-day summer camp. She’d never gone near a microphone before, and the most beautiful singing came out of her – she had us stunned!” In both her community work and music, Sledge’s goal remains the same – to leave a lasting impact on society. “I hope people will go beyond the songs I’ve written to begin some uncomfortable conversations,” she says. “I like to see movement and agitation in the community, created when people rethink their worldviews – and do so with love.”

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Kira Brown & Scotty Johnson Singer-songwriter and guitar, Honeygirl

The duo behind Honeygirl – a band that blends elements of country, rock and pop into a genre they call Sonoran country music – Kira Brown and Scotty Johnson are familiar faces in the Valley’s music scene. Growing up, Brown always admired her musically-talented family members and wished one day to be on stage herself, but she knew she lacked the confidence. It wasn’t until age 23 that she started taking singing lessons in secret, eventually entering a handful of karaoke contests. Johnson and Brown first connected in 2009 at The Vig Arcadia, where Johnson was performing with another local sensation, Elvis Before Noon. “I didn’t even realize he was a professional musician at first – and surprisingly, he’s in one of my favorite bands!” Brown says. “When I met Scotty, he encouraged me to get out there and perform and write songs. To this day, I still get nervous – for the first three years, I was so scared every time I got on stage that my teeth would chatter! – but every performance has been a learning experience.” Years later, the couple is still going strong, performing as a band under the name Honeygirl ( at a variety of local venues, including a monthly gig at Old Town Tavern. For Johnson, a veteran musician who’s had a diverse career since he first picked up the guitar at age 13, the thrill of a live performance never gets old. “My favorite part is the feeling of being just about to lose control, like you’re about to drive off a cliff,” says Johnson, whose impressive resume also features Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers and Gin Blossoms, perhaps best known for the 1993 hit single Hey Jealousy. Brown says, “My passion for music has grown into a passion for the community we’ve built and the fun we have as a band. I want to be the best singer and songwriter I can be, but the bottom line is that I want to be surrounded by great people, great musicians and great music – and I am. We are so blessed.”


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Casey Killian

Songwriter and lead singer, The Crown Kings As the lead vocalist of Phoenix-based band The Crown Kings, songwriter Casey Killian has been the life of the party for over two decades. After four years in the Marine Corps – where Killian and his fellow servicemen were typically found jamming together when they weren’t fixing planes or cleaning rifles – Killian worked in security in San Diego, California, using his free time to refine his craft under the guidance of other talented musicians. When the first of his three sons was born, Killian relocated to the Valley, where he performed solo at open mics before establishing a band that played original material at small venues and private parties. “After a few years, we incorporated several cover songs and learned that we could actually make money! Soon after, The Crown Kings were born – we’ve played under that name now for over 20 years and counting,” he says. While the band is known for high-energy covers of rock, soul and country classics from the ’70s onwards, The Crown Kings’ (www. original music features dynamic lyrics with a Southern flair. Killian, a writer of poems and short stories since childhood, first discovered music as a creative outlet after his mother insisted he take guitar lessons. “My instructor at the time was terminally stoned and taught me the same lesson every week. And I was a terrible student, so I took advantage of that and never practiced. To this day, I have a solid understanding of about four chords,” Killian says. In his solo music, as well as his work with The Crown Kings and as half of an acoustic duo, Killian hopes his music will provide listeners with an escape from the pressures of everyday life. “The human experience is replete with overwhelming emotion, tragedy, elation and everything in between,” he says. “I have the chance to write something that resonates with 100 different people for 100 different reasons, to help someone forget their troubles for a bit, to inspire a younger generation to create music – and play music that keeps butts out of seats and feet moving. Who wouldn’t want this job?”

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Stanley Serrano Solo artist

Ever since he started singing at age 3, Stanley Serrano has been a firm believer in music’s power to unite people across boundaries. Much of his passion stems from a childhood spent in the church, a community that has empowered generations of young musicians. “My mom always tells this story that at 6 months old I would hum church songs before I could even speak,” says Serrano, whose parents – who met in Los Angeles after they immigrated from El Salvador – had a similarly strong influence on his life. “I was raised in a Christian home and was very restricted as far as what kind of music I was allowed to listen to. This has brought some setbacks, but it also forced me to be more creative and instinctual in developing my voice,” he says. Serrano gained notoriety in the Christian Latino community after recording two albums with his younger brother at age 8. He later embarked on a journey from California to Arizona, where the multi-instrumentalist has been refining his craft for nearly two decades. After a rewarding career playing bass for musicians like Annette Moreno and Tercer Cielo, Serrano ( is grateful for the chance to be behind the microphone again. He recently performed his new Sting tribute show, the Desert Rose Project, at the Musical Instrument Museum. “The amount of love, respect and joy from everyone gathered became an instant highlight reel of my life,” he says. “The support from the Phoenix audience and my fellow musicians electrified that night.” With weekly gigs across the Valley – as a solo artist, frontman of the Stanley Serrano Trio or accompanied by a full band – Serrano wants his performances of covers and original music to play a part in sparking acts of compassion. “If I’ve seen a group of people from all walks of life sit and enjoy music together, it’s possible to live alongside one another peacefully,” he says. “Spread more love. Spread more joy. No matter what, be the best human you can be.”


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Kim Weston

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Although she shares the same name as the famous 1960s Motown artist from Michigan who worked with Marvin Gaye among others, Arizona-based singer-songwriter Kim Weston has a soulful jazz sound and style all her own. She’s spent years performing all over the Grand Canyon state with her jazz band and wedding duo at private events, restaurants and bars. Last August, she performed an original set at the Chandler Center for the Arts — her first time curating a show featuring all her own music. “Arizona has a very exciting community of musicians with incredible talent,” she says. “Every night of the week my friends and colleagues are doing something interesting somewhere, and I am excited to be a part of a future of which I have been eagerly waiting to create and enjoy.” Her dream is to be the next Melody Gardot, an American jazz singer, touring on big stages and selling out shows. Weston’s affinity for music first appeared at age 9, when she began taking violin lessons — but her relationship with music was instilled practically at birth. “Although I lost my dad early in life, I remember a guitar in his hand for most interactions,” she says. “I have lots of pictures of him playing to me when I was little, and I truly think my soul connects to life in the same way his did, through music.” After high school, Weston started a family and began writing poetry as her creative outlet. She has penned hundreds of poems and short stories over the decades, and today she pairs most of them with melodies and turns them into songs. “Songwriters are poets,” she says. “Lyrics are poetry that come to life through marrying melodies, rhythms and feel to further express with more texture. So many of my favorite musicians — Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Lana Del Rey and Leonard Cohen — have their poetry published alongside their recording careers.” Weston is busy putting together a new show for 2022, drawing upon inspiration from the Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell album River: The Joni Letters. “It’s the perfect pairing of Joni’s poetry and Herbie’s jazz interpretation,” she says. “I have been wanting to do this for a few years now and am thrilled to be at the place where I feel comfortable leading this venture.”

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Enjoy a romantic getaway without having to leave the Valley. Luxe staycation destination Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa, is offering a Romance in Paradise package that caters exclusively to couples. The package includes posh lodging at your choice of either a mountain or spa casita or suite so you can cozy up together at the chic Paradise Valley hotel. Rooms feature plush robes and a goose-down feather bed to help make your stay relaxing. The package also includes dinner (up to $150 plus tax and tip for a total of $195) for two at on-site fine-dining restaurant elements. When you retire to your room, look forward to chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of Champagne along with a rose-petal turndown to complete a truly romantic experience. Package rates for one night for two people start at $1,306. So Scottsdale! February ‘22







Sushi Roku in Scottsdale has just unveiled a new sushi box exclusively available for pickup or delivery. After hearing from many customers that they’d like to-go options, Sushi Roku came up with this gourmet feast that showcases a handful of its most popular signature items. The Signature Box features the white lotus roll, your choice of salmon or tuna poke over rice or mixed greens, two pieces of hanabi and edamame. The Signature Box costs $34. www.


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Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home in Scottsdale, Taliesin West, has debuted two new tours of the World Heritage Site. If guests book the A New Light: Wright & Chihuly tour, they can expect to learn about the similarities of the works of both Wright and acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly. Chihuly’s work is currently on

display throughout Taliesin. This tour is available until May 31. Adult tickets cost $49 per person. Offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until May 31, Chihuly Nights gives visitors the chance to see five of Chihuly’s installations lit up at night. Chihuly Nights is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $35 per adult.


Maple & Ash has launched a happy hour that the Scottsdale restaurant has dubbed “Tower Hour.” From Monday to Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the bar and lounge, guests can enjoy $15 Tito’s Martinis and $10 glasses of bubbles, rose and house red wine. For $2, they can enjoy raw and fire-roasted oysters. Guests also can snag a mini seafood tower—one of the restaurant’s signature offerings—for $40. Reservations are encouraged.





The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) has unveiled its newest exhibition, Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments. Inside the Target Gallery of this Phoenix museum, guests can find 80 exceptional instruments from around the globe. Highlights include an Amati violin likely made for a royal marriage, the oldest guitar still in existence, a shell trumpet from the Maya civilization and legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s Black Widow guitar. Learn more about these instruments with original video content displayed throughout the exhibition that features performances and interviews by museum curators and notable musicians. The exhibit is exclusive to The MIM and will be on display for most of 2022.


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VH Spa at Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho is offering a special Coffee + Cream seasonal menu that’s only available from February through April. The menu features two spa treatments. One is the Café Au Lait Facial. This facial starts with a fresh milk moisturizing mask and is followed by a hand treatment featuring heated mitts and a coffee scrub. This 60-minute service costs $135. The second service is the Try the Coffee CBD Scrub + Massage. The service starts with a body scrub that uses Cause + Medic’s CBD Coffee and Himalayan Salt Scrub and concludes with a massage incorporating CBD Massage Oil. This 90-minute treatment costs $185. Both treatments include access to the hotel’s two pools, a drink voucher to use anywhere on property, valet parking and fitness center access. A 20% gratuity applies to each treatment based on the original price. Reserve your spa service by calling 480421-7777.


StretchLab opened its fifth studio location in Paradise Valley in January of 2022. StretchLab offers its clients assisted stretching services to help them achieve greater motion and flexibility. The company offers both assisted and group stretching. A one-on-one 25-minute targeted assisted stretching session focuses on major muscle groups in one area. The 50-minute oneon-one stretch is comprehensive and targets the entire body. A 50-minute group stretching class is also available. The newest studio is located at 4740 E. Shea Blvd., Ste. 100, and has 10 beds.


Scottsdale Public Art will host the FIRST: Native American Artists of Arizona exhibition from now until March 30 at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. FIRST: Native American Artists of Arizona features work by artists who descend from the first Indigenous people of North America. Ron Carlos, a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, co-curated the exhibition, and his pottery will be displayed. The exhibition’s opening reception is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 11 at the Civic Center Public Gallery.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open Feb. 7-13, TPC Scottsdale Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the most popular events on the PGA Tour calendar, with more than 700,000 fans typically in attendance every year. From golfing events to live entertainment to motivational speakers and on-site vendors, it’s no wonder this event is nicknamed “The Greatest Show on Grass.” It’s also one of the greenest. For the past eight years, the Waste Management Phoenix Open has been recognized as the largest zero-waste sporting event in the world, diverting 100% of event waste from the landfill through recycling, composting, donation and energy conversion. Proceeds from the event benefit Arizona charities that support Valley youth including Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Child Crisis Arizona. For times and ticket prices, visit Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival Feb. 11-13, Downtown Scottsdale Award-winning festival producers Thunderbird Artists take the cake regarding local art events. And of their events, Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival is a must-do. For 11 years now, event spectators get to stroll the scenic banks of Scottsdale Waterfront while enjoying a grand selection of juried fine arts representing a variety styles including paintings, bronzes and glass. For an additional charge, festival-goers ages 21 and older can sample wine, microbrews and spirits in a take-home souvenir glass. There will also be live musicians and food vendors on-site. General admission, $3; Wine Tasting Ticket, $15 (cash only). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Childhelp Drive The Dream Gala Feb. 12, The Phoenician Childhelp’s 18th annual Drive the Dream Gala raises life-saving funds that promote the organization’s mission to provide physical, emotional and spiritual assistance to abused children and their families. While simultaneously helping the Valley’s most vulnerable, gala attendees will enjoy an USO-inspired evening. Gala highlights include an impressive lineup of entertainers, a delicious dinner, dancing and a live auction. 5:30 p.m. $1,000. Concours in the Hills Feb. 12, Fountain Park Head over to Fountain Park this month — home to the fountain that’s 560-feet tall — where Arizona's premier car show for high-performance, exotic, classic and collector cars will have more than 1,000 cars on display. From European to domestic to offroad and military, vehicles will be arranged by sections for ease of viewing. The total value of vehicles on display is estimated at over $100 million. Don’t miss out on spectacular makes and models that can’t be found anywhere else other than Concours in the Hills. Proceeds benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Children and pets are welcome. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free ($60 to exhibit a car). Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Feb. 17-27, WestWorld in Scottsdale The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show debuted in 1955 at the Arizona Biltmore, where 50 horses galloped on the hotel’s grounds. Now, 66 years and two venues later (Paradise Park and now WestWorld in Scottsdale), more than 2,400 horses from top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world gather together for 10 days for a chance to place in this prestigious show. Winning titles at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show comes with bragging rights within the equestrian community. The show benefits the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Youth for Troop. For times and ticket prices, visit Welcome Home Gala Feb. 19, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Housing equals health care. That’s why Save the Family helps more than 800 families address poverty, overcome homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency each year. The organization’s Welcome Home Gala raises funds that ensure a future of stable homes, safe children and strong families across the Valley. By attending this event, you can make the latter possible while also enjoying an evening of guest speakers, auctions led by “auction-tainer” Letitia Frye and an after-party featuring Arizona cover band, Rock Lobster. 6-9 p.m. $200.


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Feb. 10-13, Symphony Hall Ballet Arizona and The Phoenix Symphony have partnered to present one of the most legendary love stories of all time, Romeo & Juliet, over Valentine’s Day weekend. Set in 16th century Verona, Italy, the Shakespearean tale is about two passionate teenagers from feuding families who fall in love and face dire consequences. The ballet, choreographed by Ballet Arizona’s Artistic Director Ib Anderson, will feature regal ballroom scenes and swordplay that’s set to the tune of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s dramatic score. The Phoenix Symphony will perform the score in full. Six performances are scheduled. Audiences also can enjoy pre- and post-show chats with professional dancers and guest artists. Pre-show chats are on Feb. 10 at 6:15 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 6:45 p.m. A post-show chat is scheduled for Feb. 12 following the matinee performance. $25.


Gold Palette ArtWalk Feb. 3, Scottsdale Arts District The Scottsdale Gallery Association will host its annual Western Week themed Gold Palette ArtWalk on Feb. 3. This event is part of the City of Scottsdale’s Western Week, a week that pays homage to Scottsdale’s rich Western roots and culture. The Western Week themed Gold Palette ArtWalk highlights local and nationally acclaimed Western artists. Art enthusiasts also can listen to live country music from the Desert Dixie band. Attendees also can look forward to line dancing and Western-themed exhibitions and experiences inside of participating art galleries. The event is held in the Scottsdale Arts District. More specifically, the event is along Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and north of Indian School Road on Marshall Way to 5th Avenue. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. www. Parada del Sol Parade & Trail’s End Festival Feb. 5, Old Town Scottsdale More than 30,000 people head to Old Town Scottsdale to watch the annual Parada del Sol Parade, where nearly 150 parade entries will march down Scottsdale Road. This parade is also part of Old Town Scottsdale’s Western Week. Following the parade is the Trail’s End Festival. Festival-goers can look forward to a block party including live concerts, food, games and pony rides. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Street Eats Food Festival Feb. 5-6, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Food truck fans rejoice. More than 40 food trucks will head to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for the Street Eats Food Festival. Each food truck will offer a $2 sample in addition to other tasty eats. Specific food trucks scheduled to be at the festival include Chocolate Chip Cookie Company, the Frozen Penguin custom ice cream sandwich truck, Cutie’s Lemonade, Waffle Crush, International Truck of Tacos, Awesome Sauce Bowls and The Maine Lobster Lady. The event also features live music, lawn games, eating contests and a local vendor marketplace. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. General admission, $12; VIP, $65. Arizona Indian Festival Feb. 5-6, Scottsdale Civic Center Park Held in conjunction with Scottsdale’s Western Week, the


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Feb. 26-27, Tempe Beach Park The Innings Festival that celebrates both music and baseball is returning to Tempe Beach Park. Attendees can hear 20 rock, pop and alt-country artists on two different stages. Saturday headliners include the Foo Fighters, St. Vincent, Billy Strings and Dashboard Confessional. Sunday headliners include Tame Impala, The War on Drugs, Black Pumas, Fitz and The Tantrums and Matt & Kim. Attendees also can look forward to seeing baseball legends like Roger Clemens, Dave Stewart and Tim Raines, among others. Baseball fans can even practice in batting cages and speed pitch. Times vary. In-person two-day general admission, $159; Two-day platinum, $1,450.

Arizona Indian Festival seeks to raise awareness of Arizona’s indigenous communities via a festival. Arizona is made up of 22 tribes, and most of them will be at the festival. Attendees can look forward to eating traditional food, listening to storytellers and watching traditional dancing. Native American artisans will be selling handmade crafts including jewelry, rugs and pottery. The main stage features traditional dancing and singing. Tourism representatives also will be on hand to discuss traveling to Native Arizona. The event is held in Old Town Scottsdale on First Street and Brown Avenue. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free. An Evening of Hope Feb. 19, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa Animal-focused organization Heidi’s Village is hosting its Evening of Hope fundraiser. Heidi’s Village provides boarding, grooming and veterinary services to other animal welfare organizations in Arizona. From 6 to 7 p.m., guests can enjoy a cocktail reception in addition


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to silent and live auctions. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and will also include presentations followed by entertainment. Animal Planet’s “Cat Whisperer” Jackson Galaxy will give a keynote address. Guests are asked to dress in black, white or red or in their casual best. 6 p.m. $175. Arizona Cocktail Weekend Feb. 19-21, a variety of venues Held over President’s Day weekend, Arizona Cocktail Weekend is a celebration of all things cocktails. The weekend features three main events. On Feb. 19, attendees can sample a variety of cocktails from local restaurants at the Cocktail Carnival at the Walter Where? House. On. Feb 20, attendees can look forward to Top Bars at The Croft. At Top Bars, guests can enjoy drinks handcrafted by top mixologists hailing from the Valley, Arizona, the Southwest and even the world. On Feb. 21, guests can watch bartenders compete against one another at the Last Slinger Standing. Times vary. Prices for one event start at $55. www.

Arizona Jet Center Annual Hanger Party Feb. 26, Scottsdale Air Park Arizona Jet Center, in partnership with Sawyer Aviation and Highline Autos, is hosting its fifth annual hangar party. The Jet Center Foundation is a nonprofit that produces jet hanger events in an effort to raise money for various charities. Guests can enjoy an evening of fine art, live music, high fashion and tasty cuisine as they support four Valley charities. Attendees can mingle alongside an exclusive selection of private jets and a collection of exotic and historic vehicles. Ticket sales and donations support the following local charities: Wings of Humanity, an organization that provides no-cost medical air transport to children who wouldn’t have access to medical treatments; Donate Life AZ, a group that educates the public on the importance of organ donation; Kettey’s Exchange, an organization that helps women and children in domestic violence situations in securing counseling, housing, clothing and other essentials; Sol Dog Lodge, a place that provides boarding and training

The 2022 Honor Ball Feb. 26, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Roughly 800 guests will gather for the HonorHealth Foundation’s annual Honor Ball. This black-tie event features a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing to Impulse, a live orchestra based out of Beverly Hills, California. This year’s Honor Ball will honor philanthropist Howard Katz, who is dedicated to ensuring patients have access to quality healthcare and services regardless of economic status. Since its inception 45 years ago, the Honor Ball has raised more than $17.5 million for HonorHealth programs and services. Beneficiaries of this year’s fundraising include the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, Bob Bové Neuroscience Institute at Honor Health, the Ellen and Howard Katz Family Patient Assistance Endowment and the HonorHealth Research Institute. 6:30 p.m. $1,000. Italian Festival of Arizona Feb. 26-27, Heritage Square The Italian Association of Arizona is hosting the seventh annual Italian Festival of Arizona. The festival seeks to honor Italian culture. Attendees can look forward to live music, an art gallery, dancing, and of course, plenty of Italian food. New in 2022, the festival will feature an Italian marketplace that showcases products from Italy. Sat., 11:30 a.m.10:30 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $10. Spring Training Feb. 26-March 29, a variety of venues Major League Baseball’s Cactus League teams are slated to return to the Valley to play ball at a variety of venues throughout metro Phoenix during spring training. As of press time, spring training is scheduled to happen, but this might change. Visit for the latest updates. Prices vary. Persian New Year Festival March 5, Scottsdale Waterfront On March 5, the Scottsdale Waterfront will celebrate the Persian New Year with a lively festival. Look forward to Persian dancing, music food and local goods. Anticipate a tea house where you can try traditional Persian tea.



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A critical event by Childhelp that meets the needs of 8,500 abused and neglected Valley children annually


IF YOU GO… What: Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala When: Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m. (cocktails); 6:30 p.m. (program and dinner) Where: The Phoenician Tickets: $1,000 Information:

Since 1959, Childhelp has been helping the Valley’s most vulnerable: children. Founded by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp has provided physical, emotional and spiritual assistance to abused and neglected children and their families through a bevy of programs and services. These programs include residential treatment, therapeutic foster care and group homes. Because of this, Childhelp has become a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to child advocacy and care. The organization’s programs and services rely heavily on charitable gifts, which is why its signature event, the Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala, is so critical. Every dollar raised at this highly anticipated gala directly impacts a child in need. Taking place at Arizona’s premier


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luxury resort, The Phoenician, the 18th annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala promises not to disappoint. The resort’s ballroom will be decorated from floor to ceiling in an USO-inspired theme titled “Heroes – Then, Now and Forever.” “This year’s chairs Mike and Sheila Ingram, co-chairs Budd and Laurie Florkiewicz, and vice chairs Carol and Jim Hebets have been working around the clock to put together an inspiring tribute transporting guests to the ‘50s and ‘60s,” says Sara O’Meara, Childhelp co-founder and CEO. “The event will honor our organization’s early history and the many courageous heroes, including military troops and commanders, who have helped us along the way.” While simultaneously helping raise lifesaving funds for the Valley’s most

vulnerable, gala attendees will enjoy an unforgettable evening. From entertainers to dancing to a delicious dinner and an awards ceremony, there will be something for everyone to revel in. Plus, there will be celebrity supporters in attendance, including professional wrestler Mickie James, actress Jen Lilley and television presenter Kathy Lee Gifford, a Childhelp ambassador and this year’s event emcee. “We owe much of Childhelp’s success to our advocates in Hollywood for getting the word out about the silent epidemic of child abuse and raising awareness across the country. Additionally, we couldn’t have served more than 11 million children so far without the help of our outstanding supporters, volunteers and staff,” says Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp co-founder and president.

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JACKET: Black and white textured bomber jacket, Insight, $165. TOP: Red tank top, Last Tango, $45. BOTTOM: Black skinny scuba legging, Insight, $98. PURSE: Black and white stripped quilted purse, Bam Forever, $65. All from Paris Paris, www.


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JACKET: White, blue and pink tie dye scuba jacket, Insight, $165. NECKLACE: Sliver circle necklace, $65. TOP: White V-neck sleeveless silk blouse with tie elastic waist, Made in Italy, $98. PANTS: Light pink jeggings with embellishments on side of legs, Made in Italy, $98. All from Paris Paris, www.


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DRESS: Red twolayer ruching V-neck three quarter sleeve dress, Last Tango, $110. SCARF: Multicolored scarf, Blue Pacific, $68. Both from Paris Paris, www.

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TOP: Red V-neck three quarter sleeve top, Last Tango, $75, NECKLACE: Silver square necklace, $65. PANTS: Black jeggings with red and green stripes, Look Mode, $98. BAG: Black cross body bag with stripes, $60. All from Paris Paris, www.


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DRESS: Red bubble dress, Samuel Dong, $145. NECKLACE: Gold necklace with gray stone, $55. PURSE: White and red ace of hearts poker purse, Hello 3am, $55. All from Paris Paris, www.

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TOP: Animal print multi-colored silk blouse, Made in Italy, $98. NECKLACE: Black rope with circles necklace, $65. SCARF: Blue and pink scarf, Blue Pacific, $68. PANTS: Light blue Angie crop jeans, Flying Monkey, $65. All from Paris Paris, www.


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JACKET: Black long sleeve empire one button jacket, Eva Varro, $185. TOP: Red lace stretchy tank, M. Rena, $45. NECKLACE: Silver choker necklace with clear stone, $65. PANTS: Blue skinny stretch jeans, Lior, $125. PURSE: Red backpack purse, $75. All from Paris Paris,

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2022 CADILLAC CT4 V-SERIES BLACKWING Cadillac’s masterpiece performance sedan BY JIM PRUETER

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There’s no question that Cadillac utility vehicles — XT4, XT5, XT6 and the flagship Escalade — are the brand’s biggest draws as consumers flock to them and forego traditional sedans. So why has Cadillac released two new high-performance super sedans? It’s simple – it builds brand awareness and showroom traffic. Replacing the departed performance Cadillac ATS-V is the CT5-V Blackwing sedan with its massive 6.2-liter supercharged 668-horsepower V8, and its smaller sibling, the muscular 474-horsepower BMW M3-rivaling CT4-V Blackwing tested here, powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6. Both come standard with a Tremec-sourced six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching and “No Lift Shift”—meaning you don’t have to lift off the gas pedal when you’re accelerating hard through the gears–short, precise and positive shifting engagement. A 10-speed automatic is optional. Both Blackwings are rear-wheel-drive. The CT4-V Blackwing is “track ready,” fitted with adaptive


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dampers, an electronic limited-slip differential and Cadillac’s MagneRide 4.0 magnetorheological shock setup, a remarkable achievement. The six-piston Brembo® braking system with huge front and rear calipers behind 18-inch forged aluminum wheels at all four corners, wrapped in specially developed Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires—makes it a masterpiece of driving excellence. In track testing, we achieved a 0 to 60 mph time of just 3.8-seconds and covered the 1/4 mile in 12.3 seconds at 118 mph. Top speed, according to Cadillac, is 189 mph. Inside, the interior is very similar to the CT5, yet some $40,000 less expensive. There’s a standard 12-inch digital gauge cluster, specially bolstered front seats, touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging and 14-speaker AKG audio system. Overall, the CT4-V Blackwing is a thrilling performance sedan with tire-smoking speed and razor-sharp handling.

Base price: $59,990 Price as tested: $69,050 Fuel economy: 15/23 mpg city/ highway Enginetransmission: 3.6-L twin-turbocharged, 474-hp V6 paired with a 6-speed manual shift transmission Seating: 5 Fab features: Blistering performance with tire smoking acceleration Razor sharp handling Striking good looks


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Carneros Resort & Spa revvs up romance with Love is in the Air, Buyout packages


California’s Carneros Resort & Spa, which is nestled in Napa Valley’s famed Los Carneros growing region (home of award-winning sparkling wine, pinot noir and chardonnay), makes it all too easy to get lost in the romance of wine country. Situated on 28 acres, the resort is inspired by the local countryside and agrarian lifestyle of Napa. Think sun-washed farmhouse aesthetic with all the comforts of a luxury resort. Highlights include three on-site dining destinations – FARM at Carneros, Boom Fly Café and the Hilltop Dining Room – an upscale general store, a high-end fashion boutique and a newly refreshed Spa at Carneros. Among the most notable additions to the spa are two new signature programs. Guests are invited to choose their own intention (like say a calm mind or a happy heart) and experience a balancing wellness scrub, massage and finally a soak with a nourishing blend of botanicals handpicked based on one’s intention. Prior or post-treatment, guests may now savor the experience on the spa’s panoramic private outdoor deck while sipping specialty tea. The resort also boasts a new culinary garden that is used by


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chefs on property and features 50 varieties of organic herbs and vegetables. Diners also can enjoy fresh eggs from an on-site chicken coop. Amenities aside, here’s a closer look at Carneros lodging options. Carneros features 100 rooms, cottages, suites and private vacation homes combined. The cottages are of particular note. Each cottage has 420 square feet or more of living space and up to 800 square feet of outdoor living space in addition to a fireplace, indoor-outdoor shower and floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to the landscaped gardens. Inside, the cottages feature modernized furnishings and lighter color palettes to match the resort’s distinctive architecture. Now through the close of spring, Carneros is offering a “Love is in the Air” package so couples can enjoy the resort together. The package includes two nights in the cottage of your choice, a welcome bottle of local sparkling wine, daily breakfast for two at the Hilltop Dining Room and resort credit starting at $100 towards spa experiences, curated picnic baskets, dinner, cocktails and more. The package varies in price based on date and enhancements. For those looking for a lavish setting for a grand celebration—perhaps for an engagement party, anniversary gathering, couples’ trip or wedding—the resort is also offering the opportunity to buyout one of its neighborhoods. With 100 cottages located throughout 17 neighborhoods, the exclusive experience allows up to 20 guests to gather in a pristine setting for a multi-day party. Families and friends can enjoy their own private neighborhood for nightly live music, front yard picnics curated by the resort’s chef, backyard movie screenings, game nights and stargazing. Rates for this package start at $15,000 and vary based on date and enhancements. For more information or to book a package, visit www.



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With stunning views of Camelback Mountain and an abundance of outdoor space throughout the property, this Paradise Valley home is a private desert hideaway located in the heart of the Valley. The 3,402 square foot home features three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. The contemporary abode is located inside the exclusive and gated Colonia Miramonte community, just off Lincoln Drive and nearby many of the Valley’s top resorts. The entrance to the home is truly grand and features towering palm trees and a courtyard fountain. Step inside the home to find an elegant space filled with natural light, a striking fireplace, French oak wood floors and soaring ceilings. Custom-glass paneled doors surround the main living room and open up to a private patio. The outdoor space features plenty of greenery and a water feature coupled with breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain. Back inside the home, a chef’s kitchen overlooks the great room. The kitchen is outfitted with two ranges, concrete countertops, a Thermador gas range, a Miele cappuccino machine and a Sub-Zero glass cooler. The spacious primary bedroom features doors that open into a private courtyard featuring a cascading water feature. Open antique doors to find the main spa-style bathroom that comes complete with a soaking tub, a glass shower, dual vanities and a custom, spacious walk-in closet. Secondary bedrooms are just as spacious and elegant as the main bedroom. The home’s den features custom-built cabinetry and overflows with natural sunlight. The den could easily be transformed into a contemporary home office or a library. Additional outdoor amenities include a built-in Wolf grill, an outdoor fireplace and spacious seating areas that make entertaining a breeze. When residents want to have a fun night out, they can walk over to the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, home to Lincoln Steakhouse. 5434 E. Lincoln Drive, #58, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Listed for $3,750,000 with Wendy Walker of Wendy Walker Fine Properties; 602.888.4162 or wendy@



reast self-exams, Pap smears, PSA screenings, genetic tests, colonoscopies—everywhere you turn, it seems, new recommendations are coming out about screening tests for various cancers. The information overload and sometimes-contradicting guidelines have many people confused: Should I get screened? If so, why, when and how often? The answers aren’t simple, or always black and white, but knowing which screenings are recommended for which cancers, and understanding your risks, is the first step in making sense of the confusion—and arming yourself with information you need to know about catching cancer early, when more options are more likely available to treat it, or prevent it altogether. Given all the talk about cancer prevention these days, it may surprise you to know that screening tests have been developed for some but not all cancers, and a variety of considerations must be weighed by both doctor and patient when determining whether screening for a particular cancer type is warranted. Risk factors such as lifestyle habits, family history, comorbidities (other serious medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease) and environmental exposures all play pivotal roles in the decision-making process.

Cancer screenings are of increasing importance, especially as cancer diagnoses continue to rise. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between 2010 and 2020, 24 percent more new cancer cases will be diagnosed in men (rising to 1 million a year) and 21 percent more new cases will be diagnosed in women (rising to more than 900,000 a year). At the same time, though, National Cancer Institute figures show that survival rates are at an all-time high—with nearly 15.5 million survivors living in the United States in 2016. That number is projected to reach 20.3 million by 2026. Cancer-related deaths also continue to drop steadily, falling 26 percent between 1991 and 2015. Many experts attribute the improved outcomes to treatment advances, prevention awareness efforts—and screenings designed to detect cancer in the early stages, when interventions tend to have the most impact. When you come to CTCA for cancer screenings—for breast, colorectal or lung cancer—you’ll have access to tests that may help increase the accuracy of the screening tools provided. Our team has expertise with these tests and procedures, allowing us to work quickly and efficiently. If you’re diagnosed with cancer, a

multidisciplinary team of experts— which depending on your cancer type may include a medical oncologist, surgical oncologist, radiation oncologist and disease-specific experts such as a breast surgeon or a urologic oncologist—will review your case and develop a personalized plan based on your specific circumstances and needs. We only treat cancer at CTCA, which means our cancer experts are skilled at assessing risk associated with each person’s circumstances. We give you the pros and cons of the treatment options available to you, allowing you time to talk with your team of doctors and other experts about those options. Regular screenings are critical to reducing your cancer risk, allowing you to prevent cancer when possible, in the case of cervical cancer with the Pap smear or colorectal cancer with colonoscopies, or to help catch the disease in its earlier stages, when it is easier to treat. No matter where you get your screenings, make them a regular part of your wellness plan and keep your calendar up to date with reminders, if necessary. For more information visit Call 602-883-1463 today to schedule a screening.



Take in all North Lake Tahoe has to offer this winter


Straddling the Nevada and California border, Lake Tahoe boasts 27 beaches, 15 ski resorts, hundreds of miles of trails and idyllic communities with fine dining and après ski hotspots galore. Lake Tahoe is accessible via a 90-minute flight from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Given its sheer size, the lake and its surrounding area are divided into two distinct regions: Tahoe South and North Lake Tahoe. Those looking for casinos and a more raucous nightlife can find what they’re searching for at Tahoe South. However, travelers seeking elevated outdoor adventures with fewer crowds and an overall more peaceful vibe may prefer North Lake Tahoe. Blanketed by snow from December through late April – often into May – North Lake Tahoe is a winter wonderland. The region, comprised of 12 distinct villages, is home to the largest concentration of ski resorts in North America. Winter sports enthusiasts can visit Boreal Ski Resort, Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Donner Ski Ranch, Granlibakken Ski Area, Homewood Ski Resort, Mount Rose Ski Resort, Northstar at Tahoe Ski Resort, Palisades Tahoe, Soda Springs Ski Resort, Sugarbowl Ski Resort and Tahoe Donner Ski Resort. Though each resort has its own charms, Palisades and Northstar are of particular note. Home to the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, Palisades Tahoe (formerly known as Squaw Valley and more recently Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows until a 2021 rebranding), is the largest ski resort in the region. The resort features 6,000 total skiable acres, 34 lifts, five terrain parks and more than 270 trails across its two mountains in addition to 50 bars, restaurants and boutiques, many of which are locally owned and operated. Palisades offers skiing and snowboarding lessons – including private instruction – for all ages. Visitors also can partake in snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The resort also features a full child-focused zone and all-ages snow tubing, which is offered both during the day and on select nights with a colorful disco theme. During disco tubing, the trail is illuminated with LED lights and a DJ is spinning music to set the mood. Dining options abound both on the mountain and in the surrounding villages. These include 22 Bistro, which has views of the KT-22 range along with a spectacular cocktail menu and New American cuisine; Rocker, which is named for the game-changing ski design created by area legend and pro skier Shane McConkey. Rocker has more than a dozen regional beers on tap and sports and ski movies playing during all open hours; The Terrace Restaurant & Bar, which at 8,200 feet above sea level with


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floor-to-ceiling windows offers one of Palisades’ most breathtaking views; PlumpJack Café, widely regarded as one of Lake Tahoe’s premier dining destinations and known for its award-winning executive chef Jack Connell, farm-to-table organic menu and extensive wine list; and The Chalet at Alpine Meadows, an on-mountain Bavarian-style beer garden and restaurant that, in addition to regular dining options, offers a guided sunset snowshoe experience followed by a wine pairing dinner weekly during the winter months. For a more intimate winter adventure experience, Northstar has about 3,100 skiable acres with 100 trails, eight terrain parks and 20 lifts. The snow at the resort is known for being exceptionally pristine, and there are plenty of options for those who wish to book ski or snowboard instruction, both in a group and on their own. The terrain parks, areas where a more advanced skier or snowboarder can practice tricks, are especially well-designed and considered by many to be among the top 10 in North America. Expect challenging jumps, halfpipes, jibs, rails and kickers. Also noteworthy, Northstar is also home to The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. This luxury hotel is not only the first AAA Five Diamond resort in the region, but the only ski-in/ski-out destination in all of Lake Tahoe. The contemporary mountain retreat features slope-side ski-in, ski-out access each winter and extensive mountain concierge services who can book wine-pairing dinners, nighttime snow adventures, private experiences and more. The hotel features a total of 170 guest rooms and suites in addition to 23 private Ritz-Carlton Residences on property. Guests looking for opulent lodging can opt for the 1,900-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite with mountain vistas and a gas fireplace or a multi-room slope side residence with similarly mind-bending views, gourmet kitchens and ample outdoor living space. Guests who book rooms on the exclusive club level of the resort have access to a dedicated concierge team and a private lounge with a selection of wines, local beers, spirits, cordials, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and sweets. The resort is also home to Manzanita, Northstar’s premier fine dining experience, multiple bars and casual eateries and the 17,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa. The spa features 17 treatment rooms, relaxation areas complete with roaring fireplaces, a dry-heat lodge, an eucalyptus steam room and a heated outdoor lap pool overlooking the slopes. The spa menu features massages, facials, couples services, body treatments, manicures, pedicures and even a men’s spa treatment menu. Guests can even book a hot stone massage using stones plucked from Lake Tahoe. For more information, visit So Scottsdale! February ‘22




CHEERS TO LOVE The best varietals to pour for your amour

Pop the cork on romance this Valentine’s Day with these red hot red wines.

Gary Farrell Winery 2019 Pinot Noir Made in the dreamy Russian River Valley in California’s Sonoma County, the aromas of red currant and strawberry will hit you first, tempered just slightly by hints of tobacco. On the palate, expect to be similarly captivated with flavors of cola, jasmine, honeysuckle, fresh cherries and sweet baking spices. $45.

Booker 2018 Fracture This seductive blend is the perfect ironic purchase given that the heathiest relationships bend but never break. Named for the limestone that causes the land in its vineyard to literally fracture, this wine is velvety smooth with a balance between sweet and earth. Expect notes / of sweet beets, dark plums and even chocolate. $98.

2019 Aperture Bordeaux Red Blend If a trip to France’s oh-so-romantic wine country is not in the cards this year, why not bring wine country to you? This red blend, made in the classic Bordeaux style yet from Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, will do the trick with its elegant density, ripe fruit and structured tannins. $55.

2018 Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Meunier Why give flowers when you can give Flowers? Though Pinot Meunier is best known as one of the three varietals used in Champagne and sparkling wines, this savory and earthy expression of the grape stands impressively on its own. This surprising blend features layers of red berries, baking spices and even a touch of black tea. $100.

ONEHOPE Elway’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Yes, Elway refers to football legend John Elway, who founded 7Cellars in Napa Valley along with winemaker Rob Mondavi Jr.—making this a perfect bottle for those looking to impress men in their lives. Especially those who would rather be watching the Super Bowl during Valentine’s Day weekend than sipping wine with their sweeties. Aromatic, with clear notes of dried fruit and herbs, it offers a delightful balance of plum and black cherry. $77. Hamel Family Wines 2018 Isthmus An actual isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects to larger land masses despite the best attempts of the sea on both sides to divide them. Celebrate your success in forging a similarly strong tie that binds with this ruby red blend bursting with juicy black fruit, clove and a hint of cedar. $90. www.


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2018 J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Named to honor Jack L. Davies-credited with turning Schramsberg vineyard into the preeminent sparkling wine house in the United States--this Cabernet is perfect for a couple who collects wine together. It boasts bold black plum, vibrant blackberry and cocoa notes followed by baking spice and mocha. $130. Patrimony Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Potent and perfect for a proposal, there is a symphony of flavor in three acts here. It starts with chocolate before building to a combination of blackberries, violets, cedar and cigar box. Finally, a chorus of blueberries, dulce de leche and rose petals come together in perfect harmony. $275. www.




Despite the chill outside, Sel Restaurant is on fire thanks to its five course winter prix fixe menu offered throughout February. The first course – Beau Soleil Oysters – starts the dining experience off on an opulent yet whimsical note. Rather than serve the mild Atlantic Ocean delicacies on the half shell, chef Branden Levine combines the extracted fish with cauliflower, cream, fish sauce and egg yolks to create a savory sabayon – or frothy custard – then pairs it with sake- and oyster liqueur-infused beurre blanc sauce and tapioca pearls. The dish, which is topped with vibrant orange smoked trout roe and chives, was inspired by Thomas Keller’s famed oysters and pearls course at The French Laundry in Napa Valley, California. The prix fixe menu costs $110 per person with enhancements including caviar and wine pairings that are available for an additional charge. Sel Restaurant, 7044 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.949.6296; So Scottsdale! February ‘22




Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen offers a lighter twist on Arizona’s iconic Prickly Pear Margarita


Feb. 14 is not just Valentine’s Day in the Grand Canyon State. “All the way back in 1912 – 110 years ago – Feb. 14 also marked the day Arizona became a state,” says Chris Disney, managing partner of Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen. “And while we are an Italian eatery, we use our cocktail program to celebrate Arizona in a few ways.” The eatery uses local spirits and beers whenever possible. Specifically, guests can look forward to Copper City Bourbon, O.H.S.O.’s Arcadia brand vodkas, Lumberyard Hefeweizen and Mother Road Tower Station IPA. “We also have a signature cocktail that shines a light on one of our Sonoran Desert’s most beloved indigenous ingredients: the prickly pear,” says Disney. “A flowering plant that grows atop cactus shrubs across Arizona, prickly pears are equal parts visually appealing thanks to its pink hue as well as delicious, boasting a honey sweet taste with notes of melon and fig.” Picazzo’s Prickly Pear Margarita ($11) bursts with the native plant’s signature flavor profile thanks to a syrup made from The Perfect Purée Prickly Pear, a sustainable field-to-jar puree. The syrup is combined in a shaker with lime juice for acid and Tres Agaves Organic Margarita Mix, chosen because it lacks processed ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup. “Finally, we add Espolòn Reposado. Aged in new American oak barrels up to five months, it boasts notes of tropical fruit, vanilla and brown spices, imparting complex layers of flavor to the build,” says Disney. After a good shake with ice, the sweet, tart and slightly spicy result is strained into a rocks glass rimmed with salt and garnished with a slice of lime. Picazzo’s, 7325 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.990.2212; www.


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Israel Medina of Roaring Fork

Israel Medina is the executive chef at Roaring Fork, where he crafts bold American cuisine in the spirit of the Old West almost exclusively using an open wood flame grill or wood oven roasting.


What first got you into the kitchen? I am the oldest of three kids. Our mom raised us on her own in a small town near Lake Tahoe while working full time in the restaurant industry. Somehow, she managed a home cooked meal almost every night. Once I was old enough, I started helping her, which ignited my passion for food. How did you get your professional start? It wasn’t until I graduated in 2000 and moved to Arizona that I began really honing my craft. After line cook positions in Sedona, I joined North Italia, then part of Fox Restaurant Concepts. I stayed with Fox, primarily at North and Olive + Ivy, for nearly nine years, learning to break down fish, butcher and so much more. How did you come to Roaring Fork? Eventually, I moved to Kelly’s at Southbridge, where I was the executive chef, before overseeing culinary operations at DeSoto Central Market and then Salty Sow. We closed Salty amid COVID-19, but the parent company also owns Roaring Fork. They needed an executive chef, so it was kismet. What makes Roaring Fork special? Most folks know about our all-wood oven and grill. They may not know, however, that we use a proprietary combination of pecan, oak and mesquite to infuse our signature flavor. We also cut our steaks in house, have fish flown in daily and source locally from Mediterra Bakehouse, Grand Avenue Produce and others. If visiting for the first time, what dishes are musts? The green chili pork stew has perfect spice, and when paired with the buttered tortillas we source from Mama Lola’s, you will be in flavor heaven. Also, our “Big Ass” Burger is legendary, thanks in great part to grinding our patties in-house with chuck, filet and ribeye. What would readers be surprised to know about you? Growing up, I wanted to be a hip hop dancer. Instead, I dance while I cook while my wife and four kids film me and laugh. They do not think my moves are as cool as I do. Roaring Fork, 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.0795; www.roaringfork. com.

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Rich, indulgent desserts made even better by a healthy dose of chocolate BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

LON’s Signature Cowboy Candy Bar LON’s at the Hermosa Inn The ultimate homage to the Snicker’s bar, this guest favorite starts with salted caramel sauce, which is combined with Marcona almonds – in place of traditional peanuts – and enveloped in a candy shell made using chili pepper-infused ganache versus milk chocolate. A brown butter ice cream is then made, with an infusion of bourbon for good measure, and scooped alongside the bar, acting as a chilled, ultra-rich take on nougat. $13.

Tartufo Al Cioccolato

Marcellino Ristorante The main event here is the generously sized sphere of rich Italian chocolate gelato, which has a smoother and silkier texture than ice cream. The frozen treat is then rolled in crushed almonds and bittersweet dark chocolate bits, creating a dynamic combination of textures and flavors. The creamy creation is served with whipped cream, a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce and fresh seasonal berries. $18. www.

S’mores Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Hash Kitchen When marshmallows meet chocolate, “s’more” is never enough. One great example? These ultrafluffy pancakes. The batter is heaped with enough chocolate chips for an army before cooking. Once piping hot, they are topped with chocolate hazelnut spread followed by ample marshmallow fluff. Oh, but there is more to this rich dish. Before coming to the table, the dish is dusted with graham cracker crust and garnished with freshly toasted marshmallows. Insider tip: you can order it with double the spread for an even more indulgent treat. $13.

Chocolate Budino

Sure, oysters are great. But let’s get serious: chocolate is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Show your sweetie that you are serious about ramping up the romance this month with one of these decadent cocoa-packed creations.


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Campo Italian Bistro & Bar This popular pudding made with heavy cream and lots of egg yolks pays tribute to the classic Italian dessert. Budino is actually Italian for pudding. Despite this dessert’s European roots, there is also local love baked inside, courtesy of the primary chocolate agent: bars from Zak’s, an award-winning small-batch craft chocolatier in Scottsdale. Topped with whipped mascarpone, every spoonful is heavenly. $9. www.

Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie

Los Sombreros Creamy, dreamy and luscious, this popular dessert starts with Ibarra Chocolate, a beloved staple of popular south of the border brand Chocolatera de Jalisco of Guadalajara, and a hint of cinnamon. Together, they offer an even stronger take on chocolate while adding a hint of spice. Once combined, the ingredients are nestled in a homemade graham cracker and almond crust before being topped with slivered almonds and a drizzle of both chocolate and caramel. $10.

and champurrado cream – a South American delicacy and popular adult beverage made with Mexican chocolate, masa harina flour, milk, water, cinnamon and vanilla – on top. Oh, as if that is not enough, the cake is also paired with a vanilla ice cream that has been infused with whiskey, and the entire dish is garnished with hand-shaved chocolate curls. $12. www.

Chocolate Opera

Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion A variation of the classic layered French dessert that marries coffee and chocolate, the leading flavors here are the bitter Domori Chocolate complemented by the bold taste of Illy espresso. Rich cream and hints of hazelnut add balance, while biscuits round out the texture. Garnished with cream and shaved chocolate, the Chocolate Opera is a beautiful end to the tasting menu in both presentation and harmony of flavors and the perfect final course of Christopher’s winter tasting menu, which starts at $250 per person.

The Beloved Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen While it is billed simply as a cookie on the menu, it is so much more. It is actually ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookie dough loaded into a skillet and cooked until just baked. Once out of the oven, it gets heaped with either vanilla bean gelato or coconut ice cream and then drizzled with guest’s choice of chocolate sauce, salted caramel or raspberry sauce. The kicker: it is gluten-free and dairy-free, with the exception of the vanilla bean gelato, and $1 from each dessert is donated to Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. $8.95. www.

Tarbell’s A menu staple for years, this creamy, fluffy mousse melts in your mouth, thanks in part to the imported Belgian chocolate that serves as its base. Once the chocolate is whipped, it is paired with freshly made whipped cream and shaved chocolate. To enhance the romance factor and visual appeal, the mousse is spooned into a wine glass along with the whipped cream, providing a silky, sexy visual that looks as good as it tastes. $14.

Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Dream

Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North Like Picazzo’s, this beauty not only tastes good but does good. On the menu from Feb. 1 until 28 as part of the 8th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge with a portion of proceeds benefitting local girls, Proof Canteen has taken the Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie and used it as inspiration for the ultimate fudgy peppermint dream. Beyond the double chocolate brownie and Thin Mints, it also features peppermint cremeux, a smoother take on mousse, and brûléed marshmallows. $14.


Renata’s Hearth Sweet and a touch smoky, this dense and delicious chocolate cake is the star of the show. But let’s not overlook the stellar supporting players including overflowing golden caramel

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Morning Squeeze is a groovy brunch spot in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, where traditional breakfast favorites are made with fresh, organic, locally sourced ingredients. Stop in for the popular breakfast tacos filled with scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, salsa fresco and a choice of chorizo, bacon or sausage. For a liquid breakfast, try the bloody mary menu or a seasonal flavor. On the dog-friendly patio, your furry friends can enjoy brunch, too, with doggy biscuits and gravy or the pup cakes off the “tail wager” menu. 4233 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.945.4669;; $$ COMPILED BY GABBY LEIGHTON


KONA GRILL Kona Grill has a diverse menu to please a variety of tastes. Start with chicken satay, avocado egg rolls or chicken and shrimp lettuce wraps followed by sweet chili-glazed salmon, miso-sake sea bass, macadamia nut chicken or surf and turf. The extensive sushi menu offers rolls from traditional favorites to unique creations. Happy hour food and drink specials are available. At Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.429.1100; www.; $$ OBON SUSHI + BAR + RAMEN Known for its bold sushi offerings and hearty ramen, OBON’s menu encompasses a variety of Asian flavors including Korean bibimbap, poke bowls and papaya salad. The inventive cocktail list can provide the perfect complement to any dish. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Two Scottsdale locations: Scottsdale Quarter and The Grove at McCormick Ranch; www.; $$ RAMEN HOOD This build-your-own-bowl concept allows diners to get creative. Designed for total customization, pick from ramen toppings including traditional Japanese ingredients and familiar favorites, like naruto (steamed fish cakes), soft boiled eggs and togarashi. Gluten-free options available. 15807 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.275.8104;; $


FAMOUS 48 Famous 48 serves a diverse menu of all-American classics including a variety of drumettes or chicken wings, tacos, burgers, sliders, pizza and sandwiches, prepared with high quality and fresh ingredients. Famous 48 also serves craft cocktails and a wide selection of beer and wine. Daily specials are available. Guests can watch a game on one of the 36 flatscreen TVs indoors or on the patio. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and brunch available Saturday and Sunday from 10 3 p.m., closing at 10 p.m. Sunday. The Shops at Gainey Village, 8989 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.3614933;; $$ FNB FnB has enough accolades to fill its


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highly acclaimed wine cellar and for good reason. The superb seasonally inspired menu is curated by James Beard award-winning chef Charleen Badman, also known as the “veggie whisperer” for her ability to bring vegetables to life on a plate. The front of the house manager and beverage director is Pavle Milic, who has led FnB to an exclusive award for Outstanding Wine Program by the James Beard Foundation. Guests are invited to enjoy FnB’s worldly cuisine and wine pairings Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5 p.m. From 3 to 5 p.m. at the bar, special food and drink offerings are available. 7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.284.4777; www.; $$$ GRASSROOTS KITCHEN & TAP Grassroots Kitchen & Tap is a familyowned and operated restaurant with a

from-scratch menu of classic American cuisine with Southern influences. Menu favorites include the Harris Ranch braised short ribs and Southern shrimp and grits. Craft beers and wines are both available on tap. Social hour is 3 to 6 p.m. every day. 8120 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.699.0699;; $$ PARADISE VALLEY BURGER CO. Paradise Valley Burger Company slings traditional and specialty burgers, tacos and other sandwiches in a friendly, casual setting. The brulee burger and country fried burger have been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Also try the unique French toast fries as a side with your meal. Vegetarian options are available. 4001 E. Bell Road, Phoenix; 602.535.4930;; $$

REIGN OF THAI At Reign of Thai, chefs Satsay and Sama feature traditional Thai dishes from their hometown and other regions throughout Thailand. They use fresh ingredients and create the sauces from scratch daily. Try the popular pad Thai, spicy basil chicken or the savory coconut soup. Closed Monday. 12032 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix; 602.328.9000; www.; $$


BOOTLEGGERS This casual tavern and smokehouse features craft barbecue and house-made moonshine cocktails. Starters include boot dumplings with pork belly, shrimp and a mango chipotle sauce; smoked chicken wings; and a bacon board. The menu also features burgers, sandwiches, smokehouse tacos, smoked prime rib and a barbecue sampler for two or four people. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with mimosa specials and its

famous bloody mary with a cheeseburger slider on top. 7217 E. 1st St., Scottsdale; 480.404.9984; www.; $$ STARLITE BBQ & WHISKEY BAR This cozy restaurant offers delicious barbecue smoked with Arizona pecan and mesquite woods. Appetizers include porky fries, crispy rock shrimp and mesquite grilled cauliflower. The wide selection of barbecue includes beef ribs, pork, brisket and meatloaf. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 7620 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale; 480.553.9330; www.starlitebbq. com; $$ THE THUMB The Thumb is a combination gas station and barbecue joint. Guests can stop by for gas, get a car wash and meander around the kitschy gift shop before popping over for some tasty barbecue. Try the hardwoodsmoked pulled pork with spicy house barbecue sauce or the famous breakfast brisket stack that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Breakfast served all day. 9393 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; 480.513.8186;; $$


NEW YORK BAGELS ‘N BIALYS New York Bagels ’N Bialys brings East Coast-style delicatessen fare to Scottsdale. Fresh bagels (and bialys, of course) are made from scratch daily in the kosher kitchen. In addition to over three dozen types of bagels and bialys to choose from, there are also hearty breakfast and lunch options. Try the potato pancakes, cheese blintzes or the New Yorker sandwich with corned beef or pastrami, swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing on rye bread. Three Scottsdale locations;; $-$$ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE James Beard Award-winning diner The Original Pancake House has been a Scottsdale breakfast mainstay since it opened its doors in 1988. Pancake lovers can rejoice at the wide selection of specialty pancakes such as the apple pancake glazed in cinnamon-sugar and the bacon pancakes filled with real bits of bacon. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 6840 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.946.4902;; $$


CARIBBEAN PALM Scottsdale jerk chicken fans, rejoice:

Caribbean Palms is the restaurant for you. The jerk spices on the chicken are raved about by guests and the menu also offers customary Caribbean plates such as braised oxtail, curried goat and rice and beans. Seafood also makes up a good portion of the island fare. 7049 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.4343;; $$ DRUNK MUNK The cleverly named Drunk Munk is a Tiki bar and Polynesian restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale. The island-inspired menu includes dishes like sweet coconut shrimp, specialty sushi rolls and the Munk’s big burger featuring caramelized pineapple. The cocktail menu will send you to the tropics and back with the shareable rum punches and mai tais. Happy hour daily from 3 to 7 p.m. and all night Sunday. Brunch Saturday and Sunday with $15 bottomless penny mimosas. 7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.699.8454;; $$ HULA’S MODERN TIKI Hula’s is known for colorful Tiki decor, island fare and tropical cocktails, such as the Hurricane featuring three rums, the Pink Bikini Martini with pineappleinfused vodka and watermelon liqueur and the restaurant’s famous mai tai. Menu standouts include Hawaiian ceviche, pot stickers and wings with spicy Asian barbecue sauce in addition to fresh fish plates, tacos and from the land offerings. Happy hour offered varying times daily. Brunch Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m. In Old Town Scottsdale and at High Street;; $$ LITTLE CAY This lively Latin Caribbean restaurant offers cuisine from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Central America and South America. Tapas include empanadas, sauteed shrimp and ham croquettes. Pressed sandwiches include the Cubano and jerk chicken, among others. Diners can also enjoy lamb curry stew, ropa vieja and mofongo. The menu also features Latin and Caribbean desserts, coffee and cocktails. At Paradise Village Gateway, 4912 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.534.4110;; $$


AGAVE DEL SCOTTSDALE At Agave del Scottsdale, dishes are made using authentic blends of spices and ingredients from various regions of Mexico. The wideranging menu features mole, ceviche,

enchiladas, seafood and steak options in addition to small plates. They also have a great selection of mezcal and signature cocktails to accompany any meal. Vegetarian options available. At Mercado on Hayden: 8390 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale; 480.248.6901;; $$ DILLA LIBRE Originally the United Luchadores/ Luncha Libre local food truck, Dilla Libre is the brand’s official brickand-mortar operation. In addition to more than a dozen gourmet, signature quesadillas (also available as bowls), the menu features street tacos, burritos and shareable bites. Signature cocktails, beer and wine are available. Happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. Closed Monday. 8018 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.5100;; $$ JALAPEÑO INFERNO This Mexican bistro offers filling and flavorful Southwestern dishes like green corn tamales; monster nachos; fajitas platters with steak, chicken, seafood and veggie options; and taco-enchilada combination platters. Lighter menu offerings include a spicy hatch chile bowl and a roasted poblano chile stuffed with grilled chicken and black beans. Libations include a wide range of margaritas, frozen black cherry sangria and the sparkling blackberry paloma. Two North Scottsdale locations: Pinnacle Peak and DC Ranch;; $$ RUSTY TACO Everything on the Rusty Taco menu is made with fresh ingredients that pack unforgettable flavors into several affordable dishes. From handmade street tacos and breakfast tacos, served all day long, to homemade sides like guacamole and queso. Rusty Taco is also known for its frozen margaritas made with fresh lime juice and cheap tequila. 9290 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale; 480.291.7020;; $-$$ SOFRITA Sofrita is a unique eatery in Fountain Hills featuring food influenced by Puerto Rico and Latin America. The restaurant is known for its seafood and fish tacos, mango salsa and fresh guacamole. Along with traditional items like tamales and black bean soup, there are also bruschetta boards and a variety of salads. Breakfast served all day. Vegan options available. Closed Monday. 1684 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills; 480.816.5316; www.; $$


BOURBON & BONES CHOPHOUSE & BAR A modern and upscale steakhouse located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Bourbon & Bones specializes in top-quality, wet- and dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood. And as stated in the restaurant’s name, the bar is stocked with more than 75 highend bourbons. The interior consists of studded leather and crystal lighting, perfect for an intimate evening. Enjoy the slow-roasted prime rib dinner every Sunday and Monday special. Happy hour in the bar Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. 4200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.629.4922;; $$$ EDDIE MERLOT’S Eddie Merlot’s is a premium chain of steakhouses that serves prime-aged steaks, seafood and an extensive wine list to complement the entrees. The posh dining room makes this restaurant an ideal setting for celebrating or a romantic night out. The restaurant sources high-quality fresh produce and makes many items from scratch. For the steak connoisseur, Eddie Merlot’s USDA prime beef is aged a minimum of 21 days to give exceptional flavor and richness. 23207 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.699.0480;; $$$$ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE Morton’s is a nationwide chain of steakhouses known for serving some of the best cuts of USDA prime-aged beef in the country. The recipes are so popular that they are published in Morton’s Steak Bible and Morton’s The Cookbook for home chefs to replicate. Don’t forget to add some surf to your turf by pairing your steak with seafood selections like the Alaskan king crab legs. Private dining rooms and catering are also available. Power Hour beverage and food specials in the bar Monday through Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close and all day on Sunday. At Kierland Commons, 15233 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.4440;; $$$-$$$$ PRESTON’S STEAKHOUSE Executive Chef Charles Schwerd honors his grandfather’s legacy in the meat industry and commitment to quality by serving certified USDA prime cuts of meat including the original recipe Delmonico steak, porterhouse, house-smoked prime rib and New York strip. Preston’s also offers fresh seafood in a variety of preparations including halibut, salmon and sea bass. 8700 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale; 480.629.5087;; $$$

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The Desert Foundation Auxiliary hosted its annual Desert Ball to honor and celebrate young women and their families in the local community. Attendees enjoyed dinner and dancing at The Phoenician in Scottsdale. The organization’s ball raises funds for organizations that focus on charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes.

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The Arizona Burn Foundation hosted its annual Festival of Trees Holiday Gala at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, where people mingled, dined and participated in a live auction. The Arizona Burn Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for burn survivors and their families by promoting burn prevention and fire safety advocacy and education. Ashley Wood and Pamela Davies


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Landmark Theatres takes center stage at Scottsdale Quarter


Sci-Fi fan? Rom-com connoisseur? Horror habitué? No matter what genre of film tickles your fancy, Landmark Theatres has your ticket. This theatre features eight total screens and is now open at Scottsdale Quarter, taking the place of iPic Scottsdale on the upper floor of the luxury entertainment center. The theatre, designed by TK Architects, is Landmark’s first theatre in Arizona, but not its first foray into the business. Founded in 1974, the brand has grown to more than 35 locations with 220 screens in 23 markets over the past near50 years as of press time. It boasts both award-winning historic theatres such as the Los Angeles’ Nuart Theatre, The Del Mar in Santa Cruz, California, and Denver’s Mayan Theatre. The brand also includes more contemporary theatres including its flagship locations The Landmark in Los Angeles, The Landmark at Merrick Park in Miami and The Landmark Theatre Greenwood Village in Denver’s Tech Center. The Scottsdale location is focused on providing viewers a mix of big-budget blockbusters, independent films, foreign films, documentaries and comedies. Movies


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shown will lean toward more adult fare given the upscale environment, though there will be some family content too. On occasion, it may also play restored classic films. Landmark invested in top-of-the-line NEC digital projectors and a 3D system by XpanD for the location, and each individual theatre has been outfitted with cutting-edge JBL speakers that use the latest iteration of Dolby digital sound. Landmark also provides closed caption readers and audio headsets for audience members with hearing loss. Beyond the technology, each of the guest seats reclines mechanically. Landmark kept the expansive full bar left by iPic in addition to the general look and feel of the gourmet concession stand spaces, with upgrades to the paint and lighting. The lounge area is also still in place, with flat-screen televisions playing sports and plush furniture throughout. While there will be no full-service in-theatre dining at the Scottsdale location, the gourmet concessions offered range from the standard popcorn and candy to ice cream sandwiches, hot dogs and baked goods such as cookies. A full bar will also be offered with a revolving list of seasonal cocktails. Beer and wine will be sold by the glass and bottle. Any alcoholic beverages other than those purchased on premise are prohibited. Outside of regular movie-going, each of the theatres is available for private rental. The theatre’s technology allows for a group to screen its own current release, big-screen gaming or to watch homemade DVDs or Blu-ray Discs. X-rated films of any kind are not allowed. The space may also be rented for business or social meetings outside of movie-watching and gaming as well. Landmark’s hours of operation vary based on movie showtimes, but the theater is open approximately from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Landmark Theatres, 15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.746.3929;

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