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Contents Pulse 33 UP CLOSE Barry Chasse is building a legacy in business and throughout the Scottsdale community
36 BEAT Sleepovers get a memorable makeover with Dana Maciag’s creatively crafted teepees
38 BEAT Katie Kyleen Sabbaghian shares her innovative way of healing people around the world
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82 DO Musts this month
84 CALENDAR Noteworthy events
88 EVENT Raise a Glass for St. Jude
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92 OUT VIP animal encounters
94 OUT Artistic experiences
96 CULTURE Daniel Funkhouser’s hybrid art
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42 HER STYLE Meet Allison Lambert
44 NOTICED Women on the scene
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This marks our first-ever arts issue, something that I – a longtime lover of the arts (and former triple threat during my earlier years) – am excited to debut. With fall exhibits underway, art festivals taking place, and classic holiday performances on the horizon, we wanted to share all of that with you, and more. Our feature (page 48) spotlights nine visual and performing artists, from ballet dancers (as seen on the cover) and a sculptor to a clarinetist and even a country musician. It takes a certain je ne sais quoi to live a creative life, and these men and women are living out their respective callings. Get the scoop on where you can see their work or performances, and dive into plenty of other artful amusements, such as the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and a new electric guitar exhibit at Musical Instrument Museum, with our top picks of can’t-miss cultural events on page 99. Want to get in on the art action yourself? Check out places where you can craft, paint and partake in all things DIY (page 94). Other ways to exercise your artistic side: snapping a photo of Scottsdale Public Art’s newest sculpture (page 78), exploring art along the water at the expanded Canal Convergence (page 77), taking in a rare Henri Matisse exhibit at Heard Museum (page 78), brushing up on all things midcentury modern during Hotel Valley Ho’s new architecture tour (page 80), and making your Pinterest boards come to life at the Pinners Conference + Expo (page 84). Scottsdale may be known for its golf courses, expansive resorts and big-time car shows, but the contents of this issue are proof that it is also an artistic hub. I truly believe in the importance of the arts, and I’m glad to see that so many people here feel the same. This month, help keep the arts alive by doing something different – check out an exhibit you normally wouldn’t see, attend your first musical, or take your kids to the ballet. Get crafty, get creative and get going! ll the best, A Chelsea Young Editor-in-Chief email@example.com Instagram: @young_chelsea onnect with us! C Facebook: @soscottsdalemagazine Instagram: @so_scottsdale_magazine
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Rewind to 1991. Barry Chasse had just graduated from Arizona State University and was hired on full time by the small construction company he interned for during school ... for $6 an hour. “My fabulous salary might make people laugh now, but back then I was thrilled just to have a real job after college,” says
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Pulse UP CLOSE Arizona, steadily rising the ranks at the firm. He did, however, make a little time for a social life when a colleague offered to set him up with a friend of his, a girl named Rikki. The only problem? The colleague’s plans to introduce them happened to be at an Arizona Cardinals game they would all be attending. “I not only had an unkempt beard at the time, but had been tailgating all day in the heat, wearing, of all things, old swim trunks and flip-flops,” Chasse says. “After the game, I handed Rikki a beer and tried my best to make small talk, but didn’t exactly give off the George Clooney vibe.” Thankfully, Rikki gave him a second chance, meeting him at an Arizona Cardinals charity event. Chasse – this time shaved and suited up – redeemed himself. After dating for two years, they married at McCormick Ranch’s wedding pavilion in Scottsdale in 1996. “For all intents and purposes, I had started to build my adult life with Rikki. So, it was time to really build the business side at a faster clip,” says Chasse, who, over the next 10 years, would be named the senior vice president of the firm while growing it into the largest division nationwide. During this same time, which was around 2005, a client asked Chasse to join him at a Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale board meeting, eager to bring him into the fold. “I was a father to two little girls – Rylee, who was three at the time, and Sydney, who had just turned one,” Chasse says. “So the mission of the club, which is to provide a positive, safe and fun environment for youth of all ages, pulled at my ‘new dad’ heartstrings in a major way. I was in.” And while Chasse quickly found his place within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, he began to question his place at his firm. “In church one Sunday, a pastor said that everyone was created to make a difference. It really resonated with me, driving me to take the ultimate chance by starting my own business, one focused on building – literally and figuratively – to make a difference in the lives of my team, my clients and my community,” Chasse says. There was just one problem. He opened Chasse Building Team in 2007, just in time for the recession. “Talk about timing! Thankfully, 17 years in the industry earned me a solid reputation, and we were able to take on smaller jobs while waiting out the worst of it,” Chasse says. “And hey, it gave me more time to volunteer.”
Giving Back And volunteer he did, taking on the role of chair for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s annual end-of-year giving campaign, then-called Angels for Kids, and eventually signing on as chairman of the board for the entire organization. “Our firm also worked with the club to build their administrative building next door to the Virginia G. Piper branch near Shea Boulevard and 105th Street, as well as their massive
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on-site teen center over the past 10 years,” says Chasse, also known in Scottsdale for building Overture at Kierland (a 55-plus active community), Cicero Preparatory Academy and Cheyenne Traditional School, among others. Since weathering the storm of the recession, Chasse Building Team has grown to an award-winning, 125-person business with projects not only in the nonprofit and education space, but also in the retail, multifamily housing and industrial sectors. Altogether, Chasse and his team oversee more than $200 million in construction projects across Arizona annually. To date, they’ve also given back more than $3 million to charitable causes, including, of course, donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs, but also to more than 100 other organizations in need. So, what’s next for Chasse? Mentoring a new generation of Boys & Girls Clubs volunteers. “As a past board chairman and current member of the executive council, I am really proud to see our young guns – the associate board – taking such an active role in helping raise funds for the club,” Chasse says. “In fact, they are hosting Live & Local this month at Desert Ridge, and the entire Valley is invited.” A 21-and-over event, Live & Local will take place Nov. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature live music; small bites from more than 20 local restaurants; and fabulous beer, wine and cocktail samplings. Tickets start at $150 per person and are available at www.bgcs.org. To learn more about Chasse Building team and its projects, visit www.chasse.us.
"Who Did Your Hair?" Scottsdale’s Hair Color Guru, Rod Gentry, is the go-to expert for coloring your tresses
Hair color is tricky. Ensuring the perfect shade, finishing the process with hair that is still healthy, creating the perfect look—there are not many who can do it all or who are known as the go-to expert in color. But now Scottsdale has a color guru. Rod Gentry, one of the industry’s color experts, has relocated from Chicago— where he spent 24 years working in the field—to Scottsdale.
HIS WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE WILL ALLOW THEM TO ACHIEVE THE LOOK THEY WANT; AND THAT THE COLOR WILL BE PERFECT, EVERY TIME. His clients know four main things about Rod: They’ll receive undivided, personalized attention at their appointment (no double booking!); he’ll use only the top and best products to ensure their hair stays healthy; his wealth of knowledge and expertise will allow them to achieve the look they want; and that the color will be perfect, every time. Rod approaches hair color differently than others, first working with a client to determine the look they want, and then taking into account the client’s complexion and lifestyle to make sure that the end result will be something that is both flattering and workable. One of his main focuses is always on the health of the hair, and so he uses only high-end, enzyme-based
developers (rather than peroxide-based ones) so that hair is left in a better condition, and extremely shiny. He also always finishes a color process with a conditioning treatment as part of the color service. “You can have long hair and great color, but if it’s damaged, it won’t look as good,” he explains. He relentlessly pursues education to stay at the top of his field, traveling worldwide to learn about the newest innovative techniques, products and knowledge, training in such places as London and New York. “I really think that education is the key to success,” he explains. Rod’s services include single process color, highlights, color gloss, color paneling, ombre, extended conditioning, color correction, color removal and more, as well as cuttingedge haircuts. “I guarantee my work. Period,” he says.
Full-service designer and hair color specialist Rodney Gentry can be reached at StainD in Sachi Studios, 10201 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85253. Call 480.639.2000 to make an appointment or visit www.rodneygentry.com for further information.
Sleepovers get a memorable makeover with Dana Maciag’s creatively crafted teepees
Gone are the days of zip-up sleeping bags and spending the night on uncomfortable floors. Thanks to Dana Maciag, the mompreneur behind AZ Sleepy Teepee (www.azsleepyteepee.com) and Kid Murals by Dana (www.kidmuralsbydana.com), kids can slumber in their own themed mini teepees complete with twinkle lights, fake campfires, and personalized crafts and pillows. The Scottsdale native, who taught first grade for six years, is no stranger to over-the-top party planning or owning her own business. After painting a mural of storybook characters at her school’s library, parents began commissioning her to decorate their children’s bedrooms. Kid Murals by Dana was born, and, since then, she’s brought life to empty walls at Chase Field, Desert Ridge Marketplace, and countless rooms throughout the Valley. With seven years of entrepreneurship under her belt, Maciag launched AZ Sleepy Teepee in March of this year. The company offers six teepee themes, including glitter and glam, dreamy desert, safari jungle, and campin’ camo (shown here). “With my creative nature, I put a lot of thought and handmade products into this company. My mother-inlaw sews the teepee covers and pillows, and I create the banners and craft kits,” Maciag says. “We take pride in our designs and themes, making them unique and fun for both boys and girls.” Maciag notes that the best part of what she does is seeing the joyous reactions of parents and kids to the personalized sleepover setups. Meeting other successful moms keeps Maciag inspired and she shares, “It truly takes another mom to understand how crazy life can get with kids and a business. I love hearing their stories, what they have overcome, how they have grown, and how they manage to balance life.” Between her two businesses and three children, Maciag doesn’t have much spare time, but when she finds herself with a free weekend, she enjoys spending it with her family and exercising her creativity. “You’ll probably find me being artsy and creative in my own home,” Maciag says. “I’m always trying to find a new space to decorate or paint.”
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Katie Kyleen Sabbaghian shares her innovative way of healing people around the world
BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE
Katie Kyleen Sabbaghian’s transformational journey began more than 10 years ago while living in the Middle East. After being diagnosed with a cancer-causing virus, she set out on a quest for an alternative cure beyond scientific medicine. During her search to find answers, she developed a technique – which she calls Gateway Healing – that completely healed her body, becoming virus- and cancer-free. After this profound experience, Sabbaghian dove deeper into spiritual work. In 2011, she took a leap of faith and moved to Arizona. By 2012, she founded her company, Arizona Spiritual Events (www.arizonaspiritualevents.com), where she works with individuals that have physical, emotional or mental blockages in their lives. Sabbaghian, who is one of the leading spiritual psychologists in the Valley, has based her practice on the belief that every problem has an energetic solution. With a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology from Delphi University, she helps her clients work through circumstances including financial woes, relationship issues, loss of purpose, and physical illnesses. “After giving countless amounts of therapy sessions and healings, I’ve come to realize that anything can be transformed,” Sabbaghian says. During times of hardship, people often turn to physical solutions like medicine, exercise, retail therapy, or food, but Sabbaghian offers a different solution. “Most of the time, if you release the problem from an energetic level, it goes away. What makes Gateway Healing unique is that it is an alternative solution to real-world problems, stress and emotional well-being.” Sabbaghian leads workshops on spiritual healing around the world in places such as Dubai, London, Egypt and Germany, and she’s also paid her craft forward by certifying others to be practitioners like her. “I started performing Gateway Healing in my local community, and over the years, it has become an international healing modality,” Sabbaghian says. With a demanding travel schedule of teaching and speaking at events, Sabbaghian starts every day with meditation and believes in the power of prayer to rejuvenate herself so she can be of service to others. “After a healing session, you can see the relief in a person’s eyes – it’s the look of releasing many pounds of negativity and pain,” Sabbaghian says. “Helping someone change one negative thought about themselves and lightening their burden makes me feel so fulfilled.”
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Pulse HIS STYLE
FASHION ADVISOR Ryan McKenon adds some stylish flair to the world of finance
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The finance industry may not be known for bold men’s fashion, but Edward Jones financial advisor Ryan McKenon is changing the standard with his clean, dapper style. After spending the earlier part of his life traveling and expanding his world view, the travel-savvy money manager takes style inspiration from other cultures and his international adventures. Although McKenon says that finance can be viewed as “your dad’s career,” he tries to bring a modern, professional style to the office. Staying true to suits and ties, while not being typecast by what everyone else wears, he likes to incorporate tailored Bonobos gingham and plaid shirts into his work attire. When he’s not helping his clients financially plan for their futures, McKenon can be found ditching the sports coat and rolling up his sleeves to catch a ball game downtown or spend the afternoon at the dog park. Weekends call for brands like Mack Weldon thanks to the clothing’s relaxed fit and athleisure sensibility. McKenon’s style advice is simple: “Stay true to who you are. I think a guy stands out and exudes confidence when he is comfortable in what he is wearing.”
What is your most prized fashion item? My R.M. Williams boots from when I lived in Australia. The color matches everything, yet they’re sleek enough to wear to a wedding and casual enough to walk around Old Town. What would someone say if they looked at your closet? I hope they would say it’s clean but would probably comment on how many coats and jackets I own for living in Phoenix. What is your must-have accessory? A watch. Not only so I don’t have to check my phone for the time, but it also adds a professional touch to my look.
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Pulse HER STYLE
Allison Lambert curates a look, and a company, influenced by her love of fashion and horses
BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY
As the owner and publisher of National Horseman magazine, Allison Lambert is a longtime lover of fashion and equestrian-inspired elegance. With a sophisticated and trendy look, Lambert has mastered the art of incorporating fresh statement pieces in her ensembles to always appear polished and put-together. Whether she’s styling her new online marketplace, Stylish Equestrian (www.stylishequestrian.com) – a curated collection blending her passion for horses, fashion and design – or traveling across the country for a celebrity photo shoot, Lambert makes sure to always dress accordingly. “There are two things I can’t live without: an amazing pair of Louboutin shoes and a statement bag to go with them,” Lambert says. “I always say, ‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.’” Being immersed in the retail world, it’s no surprise Lambert appreciates quality clothing brands. A few of her favorites include Veronica Beard, Alice + Olivia, and L’Agence. She also loves to support local boutique Intermix, nothing they have all of her favorite brands under one roof. Between juggling her career and travel schedule, the busy wife and mother is redefining the look of “working mom” one chic outfit at a time. “Fashion is empowering, and I believe your style should emanate the success you want to achieve,” Lambert says.
What is your most prized possession and why? My first classic Chanel handbag that my mom bought me for my 30th birthday. How does your career inspire your style? Whether in the office or traveling to horse shows, I always try to live by Coco Chanel’s mantra, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” What would someone say if they looked at your closet? After the initial shock, they’d say, “Wow. You’re one lucky girl with a whole lot of red soles.”
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Whether realized on a blank canvas or a sprawling stage, art lives in many different forms â€“ collages and sculptures, song and dance, and even film. In honor of our first annual arts issue, we got to know the people behind the art, from a pianist to an actor to a country crooner. Taking us into their creative spaces, these performing and visual artists share what it is that inspires them to create, and, above all, live an artistic life.
BY CHELSEA YOUNG AND GABBY LEIGHTON PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE
So Scottsdale! November â€˜18
Althea Sassman Torn paper collage artist at ArtAlthea
Tell us about your artistic background. Raised in the Midwest, my love of art led me to Arizona State University, but it was my love of the Southwest that kept me in Arizona. My career began in graphic design and art direction at local agencies. Eventually, I set up a studio to explore my personal creativity full time. How did you choose collaging? I developed a fascination with paper textures from fancy invitations and promotional materials. Also, having discovered so many beautiful organic papers available today, creating collages seems to be a natural calling. It encourages me to be loose and more abstract. Whatâ€™s your greatest memory associated with your work? After a painting workshop with a favorite artist, I shared a couple of my very first collages with her. Not only was she impressed, she encouraged me to sell them. She gave me the confidence to understand that I was talented enough to show my work publicly. What is your biggest artistic inspiration? I am particularly inspired by the colors, patterns and textures of our Sonoran Desert. The Southwest provides such extraordinary beauty and strength through its vast vegetation, diverse landscape and unique wildlife. What are currently working on? My largest commission piece that includes details from a family who lived in Italy for four years: ticket stubs, wine labels, handwritten notes and maps of their travels. The artwork creates a triptych so that eventually a section can be passed down to each of their three children. Where can we see your work? I do art festivals around the state, but my favorite show happens this month in Carefree at the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour Nov. 16-18 and 23-25, where my original artwork and prints will be on display. So Scottsdale! November â€˜18
Jenny Hintze Actor at Phoenix Theatre Tell us about your artistic background. Since I was 6 years old, I’ve studied dance, music and acting. I received my bachelor’s degree in music performance from Arizona State University. I have worked throughout the Valley and have enjoyed being a part of the Phoenix arts community. How did you choose acting? I don’t actually remember ever making a conscious choice to do theater. My mom enrolled me in dance classes at Diversified Dance Center in Scottsdale when I was about 6 years old and that was my introduction to the arts. From there, I joined my school choir and eventually found my way to the stage. I fell in love with the theater, and I have been doing it ever since. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? Portraying Eponine in Les Misérables is hands down my favorite role I have ever played. It is such a beautiful piece with a stunning score. Most rewarding aspect of your job: When the audience applauds for you because you crushed it! Theater provides a perfect way to bring people together for a shared experience, and when you can feel that connection with the audience, it is everything. Who in your field do you look up to? My parents bought me a ticket to see In the Heights in New York for my birthday. I fell in love with the show, the choreography, the score, and with Lin Manuel-Miranda. I have admired his work and accomplishments ever since. What are you currently working on? I recently performed at Phoenix Theatre’s Applause! Gala celebrating its 99th season, and now I’m rehearsing for Elf: The Musical. Where can we see you around town? This holiday season, I will be appearing as Jovie in Phoenix Theatre’s production of Elf: The Musical from Nov. 14 to Dec. 30.
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RenĂŠ Paul Mousseux Producer, stunt coordinator and stuntman at RPM Productions and RPM Stunts
Tell us about your artistic background. I began my entertainment career in marine natural history film freelancing for National Geographic and the BBC as a fixer, shark wrangler, and assistant cameraman. Not getting the creative release in that realm, I moved to Hollywood to become a stuntman. After almost two decades of fighting, falling and being set on fire, my transition into producing feature films was a natural progression. How did you choose film? Being a part of making action for film and TV enticed me to do more on the creative side. I really enjoy taking a story from a piece of paper to orchestrating a team to bring that idea to life, and, through creative collaboration, making a product that can bring out a wide variety of emotions from viewers. Most rewarding aspect of your job: The nature of the film business is one of extreme highs and lows. We tend to become emotionally involved with the projects and sometimes expectations arenâ€™t always met thorough the process. But, the reward comes when the final edit is complete and you get to see the hard work from everyone involved spill onto the screen. Who in your field do you look up to? The two filmmakers I highly regard would be Clint Eastwood and Francis Ford Coppola. They both have taken huge risks throughout their careers in order to tell stories that they believe in and done whatever it takes to have their visions come to life. Why do you do what you do? Because I fell in love with the process of creating something that, when done correctly, can be around for generations to enjoy. What are currently working on? I am currently working on season four of Lucifer and producing The Dead Remember, an urban legend horror film set in the high desert of Arizona. So Scottsdale! November â€˜18
Jaty Edwards Singer and songwriter Tell us about your artistic background. I started singing in my church choir and got the itch to perform watching my mom’s cousins play in a band. I made my first tips at the airport in Dallas at age 3 pretending to play my toy guitar, and that’s when my grandma bought me a real guitar and enrolled me in guitar lessons at age 4. I’ve been playing ever since. How did you choose country music? I grew up in Irving, Texas, where honky-tonks and live country music were the norm. I fell in love with the sound of the fiddle and steel guitar and the storytelling of the music. It reminds me of home, how I was raised, and who I am. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? I once had someone tell me that watching my band play helped them cope during a difficult time. That’s when I realized I can make a difference in someone’s life, even if just for a couple hours, with the music I play and the energy I bring. Who is your biggest artistic inspiration? There are three. George Strait is Texas and was hard not to look up to growing up in Dallas. Garth Brooks changed the game, making country music cool to people that didn’t like country music. And Dwight Yoakam because when I was young, he was the coolest cowboy out there. Why do you do what you do? Because it’s who I am. It’s when I feel most like myself, up on the stage playing and singing for people. What are you currently working on? I am in the studio putting together my debut EP, which should be ready by the end of this year. Where can we hear you? You can find me all over the Valley from private events to local bars, including GWIN, Handlebar J, Whiskey Row Gilbert, and Bourbon Jacks.
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Dadra Hunt Metal sculptor at dhSeadragon Distinctive Designs
Tell us about your artistic background. I create unique, highly detailed metal wildlife sculptures and one-of-a-kind custom pet portraits. From sheets of steel, my hands cut, shape, layer, weld and paint each work of art. The results are distinctive statement pieces with extremely realistic features and mesmerizing expressions. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? I arrived at my “aha” moment with the creation of a metal portrait of my dog, Olive. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? My metal wildlife sculptures and pet portraits are how I translate feelings, ideas and stories into tangible works of art. I love seeing the faces emerge from the raw metal. Each piece is a reflection of my own spirit. What is your biggest artistic inspiration? I have a deep appreciation for nature and wildlife. With animals, I am constantly inspired by their beauty, grace and strength. I try to depict not only their shapes but also their personalities. Why do you do what you do? For the smiles! My motto is “making the world a brighter place one smile at a time.” My art helps me to achieve this goal. What are you currently working on? A couple baby orcas, a buffalo, a baby deer, some hummingbirds, and possibly a new pet portrait. There have also been some discussions about a wild horse project. Stay tuned! Where can we see your work? Two of my first adventures in metal art – a couple of abstract horses – are outside the visitor center at Shaw Butte. My art can also be seen at the Boulders Resort & Spa, The Gallery at el Pedregal, and, most recently, On The Edge Gallery. This month, I will be sharing smiles at the very cool Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour. So Scottsdale! November ‘18
Zherlin Ndudi Principal dancer at Phoenix
Ballet and instructor at Master Ballet Academy Tell us about your artistic background. I began my ballet studies in Ukraine. Shortly thereafter, I competed in international competitions where I won top prizes. After that, I became an international guest artist performing in galas around the world and with companies such as Orlando Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Kiev National Ballet, Donetsk Ballet and Miami City Ballet. How did you choose ballet? At age 7, my mother decided I needed an activity to keep me out of trouble. Ballet was the activity she chose to teach me discipline. It worked and gave me an appreciation for the arts that I would have otherwise never had. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? I was the recipient of the best dancer award for my country and had the honor of being recognized by the former president of Ukraine. Another fond memory was performing the principal role from the great ballet Don Quixote in America for the first time. Most rewarding aspect of your job: Having your hard work recognized. As dancers, we work tirelessly in the studio day after day. When a performance is over and the audience stands up and yells “bravo,” it is the greatest feeling. What is your biggest artistic inspiration? I am simply inspired at what the human body can do and find new ways to move and improve every day. Why do you do what you do? I love entertaining people with my art. And I love practicing, performing and perfecting my body through movement. Where can we see you perform? This holiday season, you can see me dance the lead role in Phoenix Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker at the Orpheum Theatre. You can even take a class with me at our home studio, Master Ballet Academy.
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Madison Penney Principal dancer at Phoenix
Ballet and student at Master Ballet Academy Tell us about your artistic background. I started dancing at age 5, learning jazz, contemporary and tap. At 8 years old, I began ballet training under Irena Wozniak and Slawomir Wozniak at Master Ballet Academy. I’ve also trained internationally in Portugal and Monaco. How did you choose ballet? I started dancing because my sister was a dancer. Around the same time, I saw a video of former Phoenix Ballet dancer Juliet Doherty. I knew then I wanted to try ballet. I came to Master Ballet Academy and fell in love with it. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? Performing in galas around the world and winning the Youth American Grand Prix finals. Most rewarding aspect of your job: Seeing my hard work pay off by dancing for people all over the world in productions, galas and at competitions. I also feel a great sense of reward when the audience claps and cheers, and when I’m told people enjoyed my performance. What is your biggest artistic inspiration? My teachers inspire me to work hard and keep doing what I love. My most inspirational teachers have been Irena Wozniak, Slawomir Woznaik and Krista King-Doherty. Why do you do what you? I dance ballet because I love it, and it is what I want to do forever. It is my passion. What are you currently working on? I am training to go to China to compete in the Beijing International Ballet Competition for Dance Schools, and I am an international scholar with Royal Ballet. Where can we see you perform? I am getting ready for The Nutcracker with Phoenix Ballet, where I will dance roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz Queen of the Flowers. So Scottsdale! November ‘18
Christopher Cano Head of music and director at
Arizona Opera’s Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio Tell us about your artistic background. I trained primarily as a solo pianist throughout my life, and I became a vocal coach primarily by chance. A serendipitous encounter with a prominent vocal coach in New York City 19 years ago planted the seed and changed the direction of my professional path. How did you choose opera? I like to think it was fate. My father bought me my first operatic recordings of Puccini’s Turandot, La Bohème and Madame Butterfly when I was a kid. While he wasn’t a musician, he exposed me to all sorts of music, and, ultimately, working with voices seemed like the right fit. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? Playing for my wife, Jennifer Johnson Cano, for her New York recital debut in 2011. She is my muse and my inspiration. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? Watching others realize their full artistic and musical potential. To be a part of their artistic growth and discovery is priceless. What are you currently working on? Our new McDougall Arizona Opera RED Series is especially exciting and we are heading into our second production of the season, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. Where can we see you? Though I’m typically behind the scenes overseeing all the vocal training and musical preparation, this season I will be featured in two Arizona Opera performances with members of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio. On Dec. 19, we will be presenting an evening of favorite opera scenes where all studio artists will be featured in some of opera’s greatest moments. On April 25, 2019, I will be musically directing a fully staged production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte from the piano.
So Scottsdale! November ‘18
Alex Laing Principal clarinet at The Phoenix Symphony
Tell us about your artistic background. I did my undergraduate training in clarinet performance at Northwestern University, received a master’s degree in orchestral performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and got an artist’s diploma from the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam. I’ve also done multiple fellowships. How did you choose orchestral music? The music I play was the music that was all around me as a kid, mostly because of my parents and especially my father. I also remember my first teacher telling me that if I could do something besides music for a living and be happy, I should. Thinking about it in those terms made things pretty clear for me. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? Playing Balm in Gilead in the Grand Hall of the Supreme Court as part of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence ceremonies last year. I dedicated that performance to my late father with my mom, wife and daughter in the audience. Most rewarding aspect of your job: I love it when a plan comes together. We prepare for our individual parts long before the first rehearsal, and when we finally get to the performances and I’m in the zone with my part, and the ensemble is in the zone with itself, it’s like being a part of a school of fish or a flock of birds. What are you currently working on? I started and direct The Leading Tone, a nonprofit project that explores how teaching artistry can impact the after-school space. On Jan. 5 and 6, 2019, I’m playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall. Where can we see you around town? Just about everywhere The Phoenix Symphony performs: in schools for our Classroom Concerts and through our B-Sharp Music Wellness programs at places like Circle the City. So Scottsdale! November ‘18
There’s no doubt that Scottsdale and Paradise Valley have the most sought-after real estate in the Valley of the Sun. Whether you’re ready to sell, purchase your first home, or are a seasoned homebuyer, the area has experienced real estate agents well-qualified for the task. From honing in on the fine details of selling and purchasing to helping you close the deal, each realtor is an expert in the field. Here, meet the best in the business – the Valley’s Real Estate Superstars.
THE DYNAMIC DUO
Kathy Reisdorf and Cindy Metz with Reisdorf Metz & Partners at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Meet Kathy Reisdorf and Cindy Metz: the industry’s dynamic duo. With over twenty-five combined years of experience, plus a wealth of professional awards and honors adorning their office walls — most recently adding the “Top Teams in Real Estate in 2017” from Phoenix Business Journal to the collection — these influential realtors are living proof that two is, in fact, better than one. Prior to real estate, Reisdorf excelled in the corporate world. After working with Fortune 500 companies, she became a realtor as a way to still stay involved in her children’s activities. Reisdorf brings a portfolio of experience in problem-solving, negotiation, relationship building and marketing to the field. Though she comes from a healthcare and hospitality background, real estate runs in Metz’s family. Her mother was a realtor who taught Metz early in life to start investing in real estate. At the ripe age of 21, she bought her first property. Since then, Metz has been an integral part in helping Valley residents buy and sell their homes. Her willingness to listen and a positive attitude not only meets clients’ needs but exceeds them. Together, Reisdorf and Metz are unstoppable. Their depth of knowledge of the real estate market and collective experience is the reason why they have such a faithful following. More than seventyfive percent of their business is driven by repeat clients and referrals. “Communication is essential, and we devote a great deal of time answering our clients’ questions and addressing their concerns. Having their best interests at heart is our number one priority,” Reisdorf comments. “We don’t just sell a house and move on, we build relationships,” Metz adds. This dynamic duo leads by example, not only for the collaborative group of full-time agents that comprise their successful practice but for all agents, Valley-based and beyond. “Our intention is to consistently raise the bar and set new standards for customer care in the ever-evolving world of real estate,” Reisdorf says. “Our entire team has an exceptional work ethic. We seamlessly support one another which yields excellent results,” Metz smiles. “We are grateful to work in an industry that we are passionate about every single day,” Reisdorf adds. To contact Kathy Reisdorf, call 480.797.4977; to contact Cindy Metz, call 602.803.2293 or visit www.reisdorfmetzpartners.com
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Christine Espinoza with RE/MAX Fine Properties Christine Espinoza considered growing up to be a Solid Gold Dancer or a professional tennis player. But because her dad was a real estate broker, she was introduced to the industry early in life and later determined that real estate would be her career path. “My dad let me play with his MLS books and contracts when I was young. I set up my desk, enlisted my little brother as my assistant and made pretend calls to clients,” she reminisces. She became a licensed realtor right out of college. For the next fifteen years, she sharpened her skills working at her dad’s real estate companies. “Growing up around the business, I learned a lot just through osmosis, but having my father as my mentor propelled me on the fast track to learning the many aspects of the real estate industry,” she admits. Espinoza brings a lifetime of experience to RE/MAX Fine Properties. Her public engagement is her competitive edge. She reaches people everywhere through social media, posting listings and video tours. She gives viewers the inside scoop of her Scottsdale market by steaming interviews with the people and businesses that comprise the area. “This has enabled me to give a behind the scenes look into the community while simultaneously supporting local businesses and charities.” Speaking of charities, Espinoza is the founder of one called Platform Scottsdale. The nonprofit organization connects, promotes and inspires local women. Espinoza and the Board of Directors engage with organizations throughout the Valley by volunteering, hosting social hours and signature events. Espinoza recently partnered with Helene Cass who leads the #1 real estate team in the McDowell Mountain Ranch community of North Scottsdale. Together they’ve combined forces by utilizing Helene’s long standing neighborhood success with Christine’s innovative marketing approach & community involvement. “I am on the planning committee for neighborhood events and am a sponsor at my sons’ schools. I’m able to do fun things with my boys while networking for my business, which is a win-win,” Espinoza adds. Real estate may be in her bloodline, but Espinoza is responsible for making a name for herself in the business community. She was voted one of Arizona Business Magazine’s “50 Most Influential Women in Business.” “I build relationships with my clients and that extends well beyond the sale or purchase of their home,” she smiles. To contact Christine Espinoza, call 602.989.7492 or visit www.christinesellsscottsdale.com
FORE ARIZONA HOMES
Allan MacDonald with The MacDonald Team at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Glasgow, Scotland: a city characterized by stunning Victorian architecture, rich culture and, unfortunately, overcast weather. The latter encouraged Scotlander Allan MacDonald to move to Scottsdale fifteen years ago — he was living in the U.S. ten years prior to moving to Arizona. The abundance of golf courses here also captured MacDonald’s heart. Especially since he played at the collegiate level before going pro. “Little did I know that golf would lead me to my real estate career.” After relocating to Scottsdale, MacDonald became passionate to learn about his wife’s career in real estate. He decided to combine his newfound passion for real estate with his in-depth understanding of the game, thus becoming the Valley’s own luxury home and golf property expert. He began his career in 2004 with DMB, the developer of DC Ranch and Silverleaf. He’s been with RLSIR since the inception of his own team in 2011. MacDonald and his team of agents help clients buy or sell luxury estates and golf properties in the Northeast Valley. His worldly travels as a professional golfer have afforded him a comprehensive understanding of many cultures, allowing him to read people very well. “By understanding people intricately I’m able to identify their needs and work with them closely to ensure we accomplish exactly what they need,” he adds. Take one peak at the sterling client testimonies on The MacDonald Team’s website and you’ll be convinced that this team is truly here ‘fore’ all your real estate needs. MacDonald is a hole in one type of realtor, having earned professional honors like Top Producer at RLSIR and ranking in Phoenix Business Journal’s “Top Agent List.” “I have combined my passion for homes and lifetime of golf experiences to create something I truly love to do,” MacDonald adds, “I get to meet new people and create lifelong relationships.” If he isn’t in his office, hosting an opening house or meeting with clients, MacDonald can be spotted on the greens improving his game. “I play in golf tournaments competitively as an amateur now. I’m only as good as my next shot on the course...and off the course,” he smiles. To contact Allan MacDonald, call 480.220.9724 or visit ForeAZHomes.com
THE JE NE SAIS QUOI FACTOR
Allison Cahill & Partners Luxury Properties at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Arizona Properties The French use the phrase ‘je ne sais quoi’ to describe something that you can’t quite put your finger on. It translates to ‘I don’t know what’. Allison Cahill is so good at helping clients buy and sell their homes that it defies description. Indeed, she brings the je ne sais quoi factor to real estate. I’m not the best person to give you a crash course on French. Cahill, who possesses master’s degrees in secondary education and French, is your gal. She taught French and English to high schoolers before attending law school at Loyola University of Chicago. She then worked as an attorney, specializing in asset protection, in the Windy City for a number of years before doing real estate full time. “I fell into real estate when I wanted to invest after our real estate market crashed. I bought several investment properties. Soon thereafter, friends started to ask me to help them with investing and selling their homes,” she explains However, real estate runs in her blood. Her father worked in land acquisition and would bring Cahill from parcel to parcel of land when she was younger. The times spent with her dad are some of her most treasured memories — ones that enticed her to pave her own path in the business. Luxury properties and income producing investment properties are Cahill’s M.O. She asks detail-oriented questions in order to effectively nail down exactly what clients want when buying and selling a personal residence. And when it comes to negotiating contracts her background in law does all the talking — literally! “I love negotiating,” she smiles. “I am in the car for hours each day showing homes, so I take that time to listen to podcasts and audiobooks on negotiating from some of the top authors and universities.” Couple that with her passion for marketing, and you’ve hit the real estate agent jackpot. Cahill stages each property herself, utilizing the latest trends in interior design. Her listings, complete with beautiful videos and hi-res imagery, transports you from the page to the space itself. When she isn’t around the negotiation table or posting editorialinspired listings, you can find this mom of two hiking, traveling and giving back to her local community. “I am very passionate about Phoenix Children’s Hospital [and] the research and advancement in treatment for childhood cancer,” Cahill adds, “A portion of all profits from my sales go to PCH.” To contact Allison Cahill, Esq., call 215.262.7066 or visit www.allisoncahill.com
TWO POWERHOUSES JOIN FORCES Mike Domer of Walt Danley Christie’s International Real Estate
Superlative is defined as the highest quality or degree measurable. With more than 40 years of experience and ranked in the top 1% of all realtors nationwide, Mike Domer is superlative at what he does. Originally from Ohio, Domer and his family have called the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley community home since 1978. With highbrow estates and lush golf courses abound — he’s an avid golfer — Domer turned his focus to luxury residential real estate. Domer personally sells over $50 million in homes annually. He sold the highest priced home in Arizona history at $17.5 million just this year. An even more startling achievement is that over the last nine years, 50 percent of all the Scottsdale homes sold above $8 million were sold by Domer. His impressive stats have garnered him titles like the #1 RE/MAX agent in Arizona in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Additionally, this year he earned the title as the #1 producing RE/MAX agent in the entire United States. Domer’s sweeping triumphs recently caught the attention of Arizona’s most successful luxury real estate firm and, as of last month, Walt Danley Christie’s International Real Estate and Mike Domer joined forces. “I have always admired and had the greatest respect for Mike Domer. He is a class act and an exceptionally high performer,” Walt Danley explains. “He understands the luxury home market like few other people anywhere in the country. We believe the combination of Walt Danley Christie’s International Real Estate and the Mike Domer Group is a natural, a perfectly synergistic combination of the two leading players in the luxury home market. We are delighted that a professional of Mike Domer’s rare caliber has chosen to join the Walt Danley team at our new North Scottsdale office.” “Like the Christie’s brand itself, the name Walt Danley — and I’d like to think Mike Domer as well — symbolize the highest standards, the finest service and the wisest representation imaginable in the field of real estate. That is precisely why I wanted to join Walt and his outstanding team. I admire their success. I love their energy. I respect their values and I like the way they do business.” Domer adds, “Frankly, Walt Danley Christie’s International is the only firm to which I had even considered moving.” To contact Mike Domer, call 480.861.8883 or visit www.mikedomer.com
THE HOUSE HUNTER EXPERT
Jane Blacker with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty House hunting is no easy feat. You see what’s out there, weeding out the ones that miss the mark, until you find the one. With so many options and things to consider when buying a home, how exactly do you find the right one? By enlisting the expert help of Jane Blacker. With over thirty-four years of experience, Blacker will match your needs to the house of your dreams. “By really getting to know my clients and their lifestyles, I help find them the right location and type of home that fits their needs. I sometimes know as soon as we preview a home that the buyer will love it!” Her area of expertise: residential properties for buyers and sellers. Blacker can get you wherever you want to be at a price in which you are comfortable. From modest townhomes to luxury abodes, this real estate matchmaker does it all. Her passion for people encouraged her to start a career in real estate in 1984. Back then, she was living in Hong Kong and joined Victoria Properties. Her innate ability to find people exactly what they were looking for quickly had her move up the chain of command. Blacker eventually became an owner within the company, expanding it to a team of more than forty. Hailing from the United Kingdom, Blacker has lived and worked all over the world, mostly throughout Asia. In 2000, she made Arizona her forever home. With an impressive track record of repeat clients and referrals and plenty of international experience, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (RLSIR) was thrilled to bring her on board in 2001 to help families relocate to the Valley of the Sun. As a transplant herself, there is no better realtor fit for the job. Giving back to the community is another passion for this realtor. Blacker is a board member of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce and Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. She’s also a committee member of the Russ Lyon Foundation, which donates time and money every business quarter to local charities in need. Most recently, Blacker and other foundation members sponsored World War II and Korean War veterans of Honor Flight Arizona to fly to Baltimore to visit their memorials. In addition to helping her human family, Blacker is an animal welfare advocate. “I am passionate about my rescued cocker spaniel, Miss Daisy, who gives me unconditional love every day,” she smiles. To contact Jane Blacker, call 480.283.3009 or visit www.janelblacker.com
Kelly Griffin Porter with RE/MAX Fine Properties Almost every buyer is driven by the three Ls: location, location, location. The Rs — results, results, results — are just as important though. You want a realtor who delivers results at the drop of a hat. Because moving is an especially stressful life event, a realtor who provides comfort in a time of chaos is indispensable. You want Kelly Griffin Porter. “A friend thought I would be great at real estate, so I went for it! I figured I could help my family at first but when I started to tell friends that I was licensed, more and more opportunities presented themselves to me,” Porter explains. Her career as a realtor began in 2010. Porter started off with a small real estate company before joining a startup with a wellknown broker. Then RE/MAX, an internationally-acclaimed real estate company that operates in over 100 countries, added Porter to their team of successful agents. “I’ve been with RE/MAX for just over three years now. Working with such reputable brand is a blessing,” she admits. Porter has accumulated countless honors since joining the company, including the 100% Club Award — earning the recognition twice — and the Big Impact Award. She was also named “Top 81 RE/MAX Agent in Arizona” in 2017. Her passion for success and helping others achieve their own personal success positioned her into a leadership role. As a team leader, Porter has assembled a full team of agents — including Kelly Hennessy, Aly Reiswig, Kristi Pfeilsticker, Dawn Rensch, and her daughter Dallas Griffin — who all operate under her. Strong communicator and negotiator: check and check. Problem solver: check. Knowledgeable about the building industry: check. Porter meets all the requirements that buyers and sellers have when looking for a realtor. “Selling and moving is a very stressful time for people. I’m grateful that I can remain calm, finding solutions to problems as they arise, and help people make the life change a little easier.” As the previous publisher of Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, Porter even has connections to the elites, or the crème de la crème, of home design. So in addition to providing results, her listings turn heads. “I work with buyers and sellers to develop an approach that fits their needs best, ensuring that each person who comes to my office is receiving the attention they deserve.” To contact Kelly Griffin Porter, call 480.712.7980 or visit www.griffinporterhomes.com.
AMBITIOUS, ACCOMPLISHED, ADMIRED
Marnie Rosenthal with Team Marnie Luxury Real Estate at Launch Real Estate The epitome of a modern day renaissance woman, Marnie Rosenthal with Team Marnie Luxury Real Estate, is an award winning “Top 100 Producing Real Estate Realtor”, Philanthropist and former Sales Engineer. Rosenthal says “I love my community. In all things I do, I believe my actions speak louder than words.” Whether buying, selling or leasing, Rosenthal is a results-driven professional who, for over 12 years, has moved large volumes of property in the Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Fountain Hills areas of Arizona. Born and raised in Illinois, Marnie’s Midwest stellar work ethic, broad network of resources and fluency in Spanish, allows her to stay knowledgable of leading edge technological advances in real estate, changing regulations and new trends of the day. Marnie uses her analytical experience and creative, thoughtful marketing to set her listings apart and negotiate terms and prices that optimize her client’s investments. Her expert use of the evolving world of social media, aids in distinguishing herself as a perennial top producer and a social media pioneer. More than a profession, real estate is her true passion. Rosenthal advises her Clients that, “We are a Team.” She serves them with her personal motto...Respectful, Reliable and Resourceful. Rosenthal surrounds herself with the most professional and capable experts in the business, creating a team that exudes service and authenticity. Year after year, her expectations for her clients to receive superior service are why she is so well known, respected and highly sought out in the real estate market. Marnie Rosenthal is an industrious champion for her community and a tireless advocate for her Clients. To contact Marnie Rosenthal and Team Marnie Luxury Real Estate, call 480-298-2971 or visit www.TeamMarnie.com.
Lisa Roberts emphasizes integrity in all things Lisa Roberts, with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, has been selling residential real estate for seven years and is among the top 75 of more than 57,000 licensed agents in Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business and psychology. Just one year into her real estate career, Roberts closed more than 85 transactions and had $4.8 million in sales. Since then, the New York native, who has lived in Scottsdale for 17 years, has doubled her volume sold each year. To date, she’s closed more than 300 transactions and had upward of $200 million in sales, specializing in luxury homes. “I live and breathe real estate and do whatever it takes to represent my clients,” says Roberts, who is also a tour director of the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors’ (SAAR) Scottsdale Luxury Home Tour. “To represent my clients in the most important financial transaction they will ever make is something I do not take lightly.” And the proof is evident. Lisa received national recognition by Realtor Magazine as 30 Under 30 and has been named 40 Under 40 in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by the SEVRAR and SAAR. She is also a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, named one of top 35 realtors in the Phoenix Business Journal in 2016, and named one of the top 16 women in Arizona for units sold in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Even with these honors, at the core of who she is, Roberts is humble and kind-hearted, believing there is more to life than prestige. The mom of two volunteers at Vista de Camino Food Bank; serves as a Christmas Angel for children, families and seniors during the holidays; and gives to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. It’s this mindset that is integral to her work – and to her success. “If you work hard and follow the rules, and are honest and caring, your goals can be achieved no matter what your circumstances,” Roberts says. “I am involved in the integrity of the real estate business daily. I uphold my values and value my integrity during every transaction I enter into. Seeing these attributes come to fruition with each sale or purchase brings Roberts a sense of joy and accomplishment, often in the simplest of ways. “I see my job as helping others with what may be the biggest investment of their life,” Roberts says. “To me, a big hug and a thank you is what makes my job rewarding.” “Luxury is not a price point, its a service” Contact Lisa Roberts at 480.232.3291 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
REAL ESTATE MENTOR AND LIFELONG LEARNER
Kristin Graziano with Kristin Graziano Group at HomeSmart Growing up, Kristin Graziano aspired to be a teacher. Today, and for the past fifteen years, she has been a top-tier realtor in the Valley. But because she mentors a group of agents who operate under her, she managed to achieve her childhood dream too. “Having a team has allowed me to embody a trainer/teacher/ mentor type of role, which I love,” she says. Real estate is in her core. Both her grandparents were realtors and her dad for a period of time. Despite the family’s business pedigree, Graziano always had a liking to real estate. In high school, she would tour open houses whenever possible just for fun. Now she’s the one hosting tours. “I truly love what I do. I get to help navigate people through one of their biggest transactions. It’s so unbelievably rewarding to see the joy on people’s faces when they buy or sell a home,” she explains. Graziano and her team specialize in residential real estate around the Valley. With a wealth of experience in older homes, she sets realistic expectations for buyers interested in homes that are a bit over the hill in age. “Buying an older home is very different from a newer home. Education with clients is key to understanding all that comes with owning an older property.” As a wife and mother of three young daughters, family is everything to this realtor. That’s why she is adamant about fostering meaningful and long-term connections with her clients. It’s not uncommon that Graziano will send small gifts or event invites to clients as a means to keep in touch. “My team and I are genuinely interested in our clients as people, not transactions. Because we get to know them so well while working together, they become extensions to our own families,” she says. This real estate mentor is a lifelong learner. In addition to brushing up on market trends, she’ll study other topics of interest like sustainability and improving the food system. “I volunteer with a group of parents in Scottsdale to work on a nutrition initiative. We are trying to replace sugar-loaded, behavior altering foods and drinks with healthier options in schools. I am also on the Scottsdale Association of Realtors’ Sustainability Committee, and I love being a part of this team.” To contact Kristin Graziano, call 480.229.6569 or visit www.kggsellsaz.com
Raul Siqueiros and Jack Luciano with The Agency Distinguished golf courses and resorts combine with the majestic desert landscape, making Arizona a truly exceptional place to live. For those in the market for something more highbrow, luxury high-rise condos and large properties are plentiful here. You just need the right realtors for the job. Enter: Raul Siqueiros and Jack Luciano. As realtors and managing partners of The Agency in Arizona, Siqueiros and Luciano have nearly thirty combined years of experience in luxury real estate. The duo’s shared passion for architecture is what ultimately pushed them to pursue this niche in real estate. “My passions for architecture and strategic marketing made my choice [to pursue this field] an obvious one,” Siqueiros admits. “I understand world-class finishes and have been fortunate to consult with some of Arizona’s most prestigious builders and designers,” Luciano adds. Siqueiros — a born and bred Phoenician — and Luciano — a Boston native who’s called Arizona home for two decades now — have represented high-end clients and some of the most breathtaking properties in the Valley. From the Biltmore to Paradise Valley to Scottsdale, they know luxe living like the back of their hands. “Luxury is not just a number to us, but an inclusive of the best in class and architectural significance,” Siqueiros says. Relationship building comes naturally to these two. The realtors take the time to listen to their clients’ goals before developing personalized plans to meet (and exceed) those goals. They also analyze a property’s demographics and psychographics, using their findings to curate one-of-a-kind listings. By merging minds and honing in on the small details, Siqueiros and Luciano connect buyers and sellers to homes they love. Working with prominent clients requires a level of discretion, which both men respect. When it comes to giving back to the community, however, Siqueiros and Luciano aren’t so great at keeping low profiles. “We both support several nonprofits throughout the Valley, volunteering our time and making financial contributions to organizations like the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, Fresh Start, Xico, Inc. and Homeward Bound,” Luciano says. When they aren’t on the job or volunteering, both can be found spending time with their families. Siqueiros keeps himself grounded and motivated while in the company of his loved ones. Luciano, who is a bit of an adrenaline junkie, enjoys seeking out new adventures with his family and Boston terrier, Bud. To contact Raul Siqueiros, call 480.560.1744; to contact Jack Luciano, call 602.690.2188 or visit www.theagencyre.com
A COMMUNITY MARKET LEADER Lisa Tessler of The Tessler Group at Platinum Living Realty
Where there’s a will there’s a way. Lisa Tessler, associate broker of The Tessler Group at Platinum Living Realty, is the type to rise to the occasion in her personal and professional life. Originally from Chicago, Tessler moved to Arizona with her family in 1992. In addition to raising four wonderfully unique kids — three boys and one girl — and working multiple jobs, she was studying to become a nurse. After working as an RN for years, and when her kids were fully grown, she decided to pursue real estate. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of her life. “As a former RN, I understand the stress associated with change and I know how challenging a move can be. By shunning the ‘big box’ realty structure, I’m able to focus on a client’s needs while also providing them support during the entire process,” she says. Her city girl disposition (her persistence) comes in handy when helping buyers and sellers close the deal. Her area of expertise spans many niches, including luxury, relocation, urban lifestyle, investment and military. With nearly 15 years of experience, Tessler handles all types of transactions with ease and grace. Evidenced by her countless accolades — including the likes of #1 Name in Real Estate by Phoenix Business Journal and Platinum Living Realty making their “Top Ten Companies” list — she excels at what she does. “As a community market leader, I love to educate my clients on the marketplace. It’s important to establish relationships built on a foundation of trust and loyalty so that we, my clients and I, are on the same page and all their needs are met,” Tessler explains. Tessler has always been a natural at conversing with individuals from all walks of life. Aside from helping her clients, Tessler, who grew up in the foster system, is a pillar of strength for Valley children in need. “I have a knack for helping kids that are less fortunate and may need some extra guidance or even some words of encouragement.” In her spare time, she volunteers at organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network. “I am very grateful to have an amazing family, supportive husband, my faith and a career I love. Even though I had a difficult beginning, I went the extra mile and never took no for answer, which got me to where I am today,” she affirms. To contact Lisa Tessler, call 480.459.6940 or visit www.lisatessler.searchhousesinscottsdale.com.
IT’S HARD WORK, NOT LUCK
Lisa Lucky with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Luck is finding a parking spot at the mall on Black Friday or winning the lottery. It isn’t earned by hard work and integrity; rather, it’s a game of chance. Lisa Lucky, an associate broker with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, doesn’t have a sterling list of professional accolades simply by good fortune. It’s her tenacity that’s secured her spot in the top 1% of RLSIR’s agents since 2006. “Garnering this recognition within RLSIR is definitely a point of pride within my career, especially since I’m surrounded by excellent colleagues,” she says. After working in sales and franchise marketing, Lucky managed her father’s cosmetic surgery practice for a decade. She initially turned to real estate because of the flexibility. As a parent, a flexible schedule is a must. She fell in love with the job shortly after getting licensed. Her career took flight in 1999, starting off at Pinnacle Peak Realty and then to Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in 2003. Having lived in Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas as a youth, Lucky brings Southern hospitality to the field. Her gentle disposition combined with her organization and negotiation skills pack a powerful punch when helping clients buy and sell residential properties in North Scottsdale. “Having happy clients is a great feeling, and I work hard each day to bring smiles to their faces,” Lucky says. Lucky’s husband of more than 25-years of marriage became her full-time real estate partner in 2005. Ever since then and well before, the duo has taken both their personal and professional lives by storm. Their daughter Laura joins them, bringing her marketing expertise to the team. “Laura brings a fresh perspective to our team and has been instrumental in integrating new marketing and promotional strategies for our clients,” Lucky, a proud mom, says. As a resident of the Troon Village in North Scottsdale, Lucky knows a thing or two (or five) about the area in which she helps clients find or sell a home. Connecting with clients however they wish to communicate, this seasoned realtor and her team close the deal while listening to and addressing the needs of their clients every step of the way. Titles like “Top 250 Agent in the Nation” and “Top Women in Real Estate” aren’t achieved with luck. It’s Lucky’s fervor for the job and experience that makes the world of real estate the lucky one here. To contact Lisa Lucky, call 602.320.8415 or visit www.lisalucky.com
EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY SPECIALIST Josie Pakula with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty
Meet Chicago native, horse-loving nurse turned real estate agent Josie Pakula. After earning her master’s in nursing (plus an MBA), Pakula spent eleven years in the United States Army, first as a combat medic and then an officer in the Army Nurse Corp (airborne). She returned to civilian life as a pediatric trauma nurse at Children’s Memorial in the Windy City. The grueling shifts and fast-paced nature of the job led to burn out, enticing Pakula to try something new. “I went into pharmaceutical sales and absolutely hated it. I decided to stay home with my kids for the next thirteen years, but then in 2010 I had the itch to work again to basically support my horse habit,” she confesses. “A good friend recommended real estate and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.” In 1997, the Pakula family moved to Scottsdale and has since called Arizona home. Conveniently living close to WestWorld — a facility home to some of the most prestigious horse shows in the country — Pakula decided to marry her career as a realtor to her passion for horses, making her the equestrian property specialist. “My expertise and passion is more than a marketing slogan [or job title]. It is a commitment that substantially increases the probability of creating a successful outcome.” With Pakula in your corner, successful outcomes are the only outcomes. Her in-depth knowledge of the equestrian property market and equine industry combined with her enthusiasm for real estate, dedication to client satisfaction and stellar marketing efforts have earned her some of the top honors and recognitions in the field. She was ranked in the top 1% of all agents nationwide and was named one of the “Top Women in Real Estate” this year. Pakula doesn’t horse around when it comes to helping clients buy and sell properties. Her honest, hardworking approach has enabled her to build long-term relationships with clients where they also benefit from her affiliation with countless elite equestrian networking groups. “Everything I do is totally relational not transactional. There is nothing better to me than meeting new people and their horses,” she smiles. Does the equestrian property specialist have horses? Absolutely, three to be exact — Gunny, Owen and Janis. A fourth horse will be joining the family in March 2019. To contact Josie Pakula, call 480.223.3633 or visit www.AZHomeAndHorse.com
A HEART FOR HELPING OTHERS Jeff Fisher with RE/MAX Fine Properties
Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Jeff Fisher can attest to this statement. As a peopleperson, helping others enrich their lives is the driving force behind everything he does. It just so happens that helping others is what he does for a living. After putting down roots in Arizona forty years ago, Fisher, committed to serving others, worked as the Planning and Zoning Director for the City of Scottsdale for twenty years. “I find fulfillment in interacting with and helping others better their lives, which led to a natural transition to a career in real estate where I have the opportunity to use my municipal expertise to assist individuals and families,” Fisher explains. Since joining RE/MAX Fine Properties in 2014, he has assisted all kinds of families — including baby boomers, professional athletes, newlyweds and beyond — achieve the American dream of homeownership. His thorough, respectful and honest approach with clients fosters relationships that exceed well past the real estate transaction. Staying connected is key in this industry. You can find Fisher utilizing sites like PropertySimple and social media platforms to spread his reach even further. “Where ninety-seven percent of all home buyers and sellers start their search on the internet, a strong social media presence is invaluable,” he adds. When he isn’t helping Valley families with their real estate needs, Fisher is spending time with his own family and Bob, his bulldog. This outdoor enthusiast likes to explore his own backyard by way of skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the spring and summer months. As an advocate for animals — because, Bob — Fisher is heavily involved in pet rescues and pet charities. He also supports Giveback Homes. “Giveback Homes is a community of real estate professionals who are committed to creating social change by helping build homes for deserving families around the globe. We work together to organize fundraising events, mobilize teams of volunteer homebuilders and we inspire others to take action for social good.” To contact Jeff Fisher, call 602.531.0435 or visit www.arizonasrealty.com
THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE
Kelly Tiff with Tiff Luxury Group at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Third time’s a charm, right? Kelly Tiff is a firm believer in this sentiment since it got her to where she is today as a successful realtor. “At first, I wanted to be the marketing director for a team of agents. I interviewed with three top agents and each of them told me I would be a great realtor. After hearing that for the third time, I decided to pursue real estate in 2004,” she smiles. Tiff, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, always dreamt about escaping the cold for somewhere with year-round sunshine. She made her dream a reality and moved to Arizona in 1999. Another dream of hers was to sell the Valley’s top-shelf houses. Tiff, true to her Midwest work ethic, rolled up her sleeves and sold her first house for one million dollars. Ever since then, she’s been recognized as one of the top luxury real estate agents in the Valley. Having worked for some of the most prestigious brokerages in the state — she currently works at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage — Tiff and luxury real estate go together like peanut butter and jelly. This tech-savvy realtor’s online presence is twofold. In fact, ninety percent of her clients find her online. “I connect with my clients right away via telephone or email and start communicating about what exactly they are looking for and their time frame,” she explains. Since highbrow homes are her forte, Tiff typically works with clients that own several properties across the United States and outside of the country. She’s tasked with finding them another home here in the Valley, which is one of her favorite aspects of the job. “I love the hunt! I truly listen to what my clients are looking for, and I know the inventory well.” Aside from houses, Tiff has a passion for cars and clothes. Because a lot of her clients are car collectors, you’ll often hear her talking shop with fellow enthusiasts. “I love cars, especially really fast and expensive ones,” she chuckles. With an knack for putting outfits together, she also runs her own online boutique and acts as a fashion consultant for startup businesses. From organizing live show demonstrations to buying unique pieces to setting up grand openings, she does it all. To contact Kelly Tiff, call 480.560.4218 or visit www.tiffluxurygroup.com
HAIRSTYLIST TURNED REALTOR Chrissie Cline of The S4 Team at My Home Group
From the desert landscape to the dynamic food scene to the cotton candy sunsets, Chrissie Cline loves everything about her home state. Moreover, her community of loved ones are here. “I love everything about Arizona, and I will always have a connection here with family and friends,” Cline says. She began her professional career as a hairstylist. After 18 years of transforming hair don’ts to do’s, Cline was ready for a change. Real estate piqued her interest for a few reasons: she could still be a business owner and the opportunities associated with the field were abundant. She traded in her cutting shears for MLS books and contracts and attended Arizona School of Real Estate and Business. “When I got into real estate my first transaction was with a hair client, buy and sell!” With eleven years of experience under her belt — ten years spent at Keller Williams Realty and one year at her current agency, My Home Group — Cline is a real estate whiz. She helps buyers and sellers find the right home, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter, at the right price. Negotiating contracts, arranging financing, overseeing home inspections and handling all the paperwork, Cline makes the process as seamless and stress-free as possible for her clients. Her favorite part about the job? Cultivating friendships. “It’s not about the sale, it’s about building lifelong relationships,” Cline states. When it comes to unique, real estate stories, this realtor has a memory bank full of them. Take for instance Walt, a ghost who was discovered by a potential buyer/medium at one of her open houses. An older client, age ninety-four, once gave her excellent relationship advice. Oh, and one of her sellers turned out to be a world-renowned rock star. Cline is also the proud creator of the first Scottsdale Luxury Home and Lifestyle Tour, which gives people the opportunity to tour luxury properties around the Valley. It runs from October to April out of the S4 Team’s office in Old Town Scottsdale. Proceeds benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Cline’s decision to pursue real estate has proven to be successful and fulfilling. Now, her eldest son is making a mark in the industry. “My two amazing sons, ages twenty-four and six, are my pride, joy and motivation. My oldest is also in real estate,” she smiles. To contact Chrissie Cline, call 602.550.5750 or visit www.chrissiecline.com
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BENEFITTING PHOENIX CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL On Thursday, November 29th, The Hills Salon & Spa will host their second annual anniversary party with 20% of the proceeds raised going to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The Hills Salon & Spa is nearly 4,000 square feet with a glamorous atmosphere and chandeliers around every corner. They offer a variety of beauty, spa, and med spa services such as The Sculptor Artisan heat sculpting treatment, which uses a groundbreaking technology. As the latest in body sculpting and skin tightening, the treatment boasts dramatic body fat loss and skin tightening. Lose inches in one session! The red carpet event is from 6 to 9 p.m., and the first 50 people in line will get a free facial voucher. Skip the line and RSVP for the VIP list to receive five extra raffle tickets and a guaranteed free facial when buying a VIP ticket to the event for $40. The VIP lounge will include a photo booth, private seating and many more hidden treasures you won’t want to miss! The party will include live music, drinks by Roxx Vodka and Codigo Tequila, delicious offerings from local restaurants, cake by SugarJam, raffle prizes, swag bags, 10% off boutique and salon products, and gift card specials. The Hills Salon & Spa also donates services to Phoenix Children’s Hospital by way of cuts, washes and styles twice a month on site at the hospital. Join us for a fun-filled evening of giving back, dining, music, shopping and so much more! See you on the red carpet!
For more information, visit www.thehillssalonspa.com or www.facebook.com/hillssalonandspa, or call 480.585.3787
L O W D O W N / D O / C A L E N D A R / E V E N T / O U T / C U LT U R E
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Formerly a weekend-long event in the spring, Canal Convergence is now a 10-day artistic autumn adventure bringing together the elements of water, art and light in a whimsical presentation along the Scottsdale Waterfront. From Nov. 9 to 18, wander the waterfront to view 10 large-scale, illuminated art installations by local, national and international artists. Many of the installations are interactive and the largest one, Arizona!, spans more than 600 feet long. Presented by Scottsdale Public Art, the event will also include artist talks, yoga on the lawn, a nighttime bike ride, live painting demos, music, and dance performances. Kick off the festivities at the launch party Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. Taking place at Soleri Plaza, it will include live music, a guided preview of the artwork, and a fire show at the Floatus installation. Hours vary. Canal Convergence is free; the launch party is $50 per person and includes two drinks. www.canalconvergence.com. So Scottsdale! November â€˜18
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A new critter just arrived at the corner of Marshall Way and Indian School Road – a 26-foot-high, 20,000-pound jackrabbit dubbed OneEyed Jack, that is. Commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art, the white-painted steel sculpture is the creation of local artist John Randall Nelson. The sculpture’s eye-catching design blends the Southwestern influence of an iconic desert animal with the aesthetic of nearby contemporary art galleries – with the hope that the eye-catching entryway feature will encourage the public’s exploration of the businesses along Downtown Scottsdale’s Marshall Way. At night, a soft LED glow will illuminate the piece, which is a permanent artwork, for all to see.
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The second annual Kierland POP festival will usher in a series of interactive arts experiences Nov. 16-17 at Kierland Commons and The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The weekend will kick off with a charity night benefiting Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance’s Veterans Art Therapy
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Program (Nov. 16, 6-9 p.m.; $50). Following that, on Nov. 17, families and friends can enjoy a free community art festival with artist presentations, culinary demos and live music; an inaugural Brew Skies 5K run/walk benefiting Fresh Start Women’s Foundation;
an Arts & Crafts Beer Garden; and a pop-up experience of the annual Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. Additionally, the resort and Kierland Commons’ tenants will host special promotions throughout the experience. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.kierlandpop.com.
MASTERPIECES BY MATISSE
An exhibit showcasing rare works by 20th-century painter Henri Matisse recently opened at Heard Museum and will run through Feb. 3, 2019. Titled Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit, the exhibit is a groundbreaking exploration of the artistic and spiritual connection between Matisse and the Indigenous people of the Arctic. Though Matisse is revered for his approach to color, in these works, he depicts the faces of Inuit men and women in 39 striking blackand-white portraits. It’s also the first and only opportunity to see an exhibit pairing the rarely seen collection of portraits by Matisse with the Yup’ik (Native Alaskan) masks that inspired the works. www.matisse.heard.org.
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Pumpkin spice anything is widely known and loved – as is the famous butter cake at Mastro’s. This month, you can get a taste of both with the eatery’s newest dessert addition: Pumpkin Butter Cake ($17). To make it, the signature warm butter cake gets an infusion of real pumpkin and seasonal hard spices. Then, it’s topped and baked with pumpkin pie-spiced cream cheese and finished with caramelized raw sugar. As if that isn’t enough, it’s served with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and homemade whipped cream. www.mastrosrestaurants.com.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the area’s best midcentury modern architecture with Hotel Valley Ho’s newly launched Insider Mid-Century Tour of Scottsdale. The expert-led tour will showcase buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and other notable Valley architects. In addition to a driving tour, stops include the Garden Apartment District; the Price House, which is the largest Arizona home built by Wright; and lunch at Postino Highland, which is in a midcentury building that was previously a bank. The full six-hour tour is $1,400, plus $25 per person for lunch (includes a glass of wine); the mini three-hour tour is $700 (lunch not offered). Tours accommodate two to 10 people, and each booking includes a donation to the Price House to help preserve Wright’s legacy. Tours must be booked in advance by calling the hotel concierge at 480.376.2600.
TOASTING 10 YEARS
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Just in time for its 10th anniversary, LDV Winery has spread its wine-loving wings into an expanded space at Scottsdale’s SouthBridge center. In addition to a new tasting room, the winery is celebrating its 10-year milestone with new wines, an expanded menu, and special monthly events like painting wine glasses and pet portraits. A grand opening will take place Nov. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. followed by light bites, a celebratory toast, and 10 percent off all bottle purchases. www.ldvwinery.com.
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This Thanksgiving, leave the cooking to the pros (no, really!) with Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s Thanksgiving dining experience curated by executive chef Beau MacMillan. On Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22), guests will have two dining options: a four-course, fixed-price menu at the resort’s signature eatery, Elements, for $105 per person, or a plentiful buffet at The Views ballroom for $95 per person. Elements will offer a selection of appetizers and salads followed by entrees including a traditional turkey dinner, butternut squash and ricotta ravioli, spice-crusted seabass, and roasted vegetable Wellington. For dessert, dive into indulgences like pumpkin cheesecake and sweet potato pie. Elements, noon-8 p.m.; buffet, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices exclude beverages, tax and gratuity; pricing varies for children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480.607.2300.
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GREAT EVENTS THIS MONTH BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE
Spirit of Friendship Gala Nov. 9, Monterra at WestWorld of Scottsdale Don your best Kentucky Derby-inspired outfit at this 15th annual gala that will feature classic cocktails, a gourmet dinner, auctions, live entertainment, and an after-party. Additionally, Arizona’s first Champion of the Year will be crowned, honoring an individual who raised the most funds throughout a 10-week period across the state. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Best Buddies and its mission to create one-onone-friendships and opportunities for employment and leadership for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 6 p.m. $500. www.bestbuddies.org. Promise Ball Gala Nov. 10, The Phoenician When we all work together, we shine. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation believes this to be true, too, which sets the theme for its annual gala – Together We Shine. The gala will include a silent auction, a cocktail hour, dinner and an after-party with a lively band. The evening will honor Jessica Gabbay, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) at only 20 months old. Gabbay, now 16, is an active teenager committed to making a difference for those living with T1D. 6 p.m. $500. www.jdrf.org. Live & Local Nov. 11, Desert Ridge Marketplace Celebrate Arizona food, music and spirits at the sixth annual Live & Local, which will feature samples from more than 20 local restaurants including The Thumb, Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge, The Capital Grille, OHSO Brewery + Distillery, and Grimaldi’s as well as craft cocktails by some of the Valley’s leading mixologists. A portfolio of wines and beers will be on order, too. Living up to its name, Live & Local will feautre plenty of live music with entertainment by DJ Miss Mixx, Nate Nathan & The McDaddy-Os, and 76th Street. Proceeds will benefit youth development initiatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. 6-9 p.m. $150. www.bgcs.org. Signature Chefs Auction Nov. 11, Talking Stick Resort Join the 10th annual gathering of local culinary talent in support of March of Dimes. Participating chefs will include Tom Freimuth of Talking Stick Resort, Matthew Taylor of Mora Italian, Brett Vibber of Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, and Alan “Skip” Hause of Gertrude’s, who is this year’s honorary chef. You’ll have the chance to sample the chefs’ creations during a 90-minute tasting experience before taking your seats for the live auction and Fund the Mission, during which dessert will be served. Funds raised will benefit March of Dimes’ research, education and support of helping babies who are born prematurely. 4:30 p.m. $275. www.signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org. Phoenix Heart Ball Nov. 17, The Phoenician The 59th annual Phoenix Heart Ball will bring together the American Heart Association’s most influential leaders to celebrate raising funds and promoting the lifesaving work of the organization. Chaired by Carolyn Jackson, the Heart Ball’s theme is “Driven Hearts” and the colors are racing red with accents of black and chrome. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, auctions, and live entertainment. Proceeds raised from this black-tie affair will help support cutting-edge research, lifesaving prevention, education programs, and advocacy for improved health. 6:30 p.m. $750. www.heart.org. Slider Throwdown Nov. 18, Kierland Commons Help a great cause by eating as many sliders as you can from some of the Valley’s best food trucks – including Aioli Burger, Shake Shack, and Two Fat Guys Grilled Cheese – who will vie for the title of Best Slider. The trucks will offer hungry attendees creative spins on sliders, and local burger experts will decide who takes home the award. Plus, the public can vote for the People’s Choice Award. Entertainment will be provided by Rock Lobster, a high-energy cover band playing hits of the ’80s and beyond. Proceeds raised will benefit Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Noon-3 p.m. $35 (includes three nonalcoholic drinks). www.affcf.org.
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Your tax credit gift to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale directly helps local kids today and is building a brighter tomorrow for everyone. We now qualify for the Foster Care Tax Credit along with the Charitable Organization Tax Credit.
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PINNERS CONFERENCE + EXPO
Nov. 9-10, WestWorld of Scottsdale Pinterest will come to life at the Pinners Conference + Expo, the only Pinterest-based conference connecting consumers, brands and influencers. The conference will include 100 classes and shopping with more than 300 local and national brands. Top bloggers and teachers will present creative classes on topics such as beauty and fashion, DIY and crafts, lifestyle and learning, food arts, home and decor, quilting and sewing, party planning, photography, and health and fitness. The “V.I.Pinner” pass will include a VIP and blogger party, swag and prizes, a two-day class pass, early shopping, and an in-show VIP room. Times vary. Tickets start at $8; VIP, $129. www.az.pinnersconference.com.
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COSMIC PLAYGROUND Through Jan. 13, 2019, Arizona Science Center As new exhibit, Cosmic Playground will inspire and delight space-lovers with the likes of a tunnel of stars and a Milky Way ball pit. Guests can explore the galaxy in a unique, all-ages play space made almost entirely of household packing tape as well as participate in space-themed activities while immersed in cosmic light, sound and motion. There will also be daily spaced-themed activities. 10 a.m.5 p.m. $3.95-$4.95 plus cost of admission. www.azscience.org.
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AZCENTRAL WINE & FOOD EXPERIENCE Nov. 3 -4, Monterra at WestWorld of Scottsdale Join local foodies and wine aficionados for a savory culinary exploration showcasing food from local and national chefs and winemakers. Plus, guests can explore The Martha Stewart Experience featuring the lifestyle leader’s newest products. A new addition this year is The Grateful House, where guests can make their own goods while learning dessert-decorating techniques. 1-4 p.m. $65-$180. www.wineandfood.azcentral.com.
GRACE RENEE GALLERY TRUNK SHOW Nov. 8-10, Grace Renee Gallery Grace Renee Gallery, a new contemporary fine art gallery locatd in Carefree’s historic Spanish Village Plaza, will celebrate its grand opening with exclusive trunk shows. The gallery will welcome renowned jewelry designer Laura Bicego, the owner of Nanis Italian Jewels, for a special showing of her newest collection of elegant, handmade jewelry. VIP reception, Nov. 8, 6-10 p.m.; trunk shows Nov. 9-10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.gracereneegallery.com.
CHILES & CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Nov. 9-11, Desert Botanical Garden For a sweet and spicy weekend, look no further than the Chiles & Chocolate Festival. Sample and shop your way through Arizona’s top chile and chocolate vendors offering gourmet chocolates, zesty sauces, fire-roasted chiles, and other delights. There will also be live performances, including Latin, Brazilian and Spanish dance in the courtyard. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Included with garden admission or membership. www.dbg.org. A MCNIGHT TO REMEMBER – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST GALA Nov. 10, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Get ready to waltz through an enchanted evening as you savor a gourmet dinner, bid on silent and live auction packages, and vie at the chance to win a fabulous vacation. The party will continue at The Enchanted After Party hosted by the Red Shoe Society, where guests can enjoy music, dancing, entertainment and late-night desserts. The evening will benefit Ronald McDonald House’s mission of helping families in need. 6-9 p.m. $300. www.rmhccnaz.org. MONSTER FISH: IN SEARCH OF THE LAST RIVER GIANTS Nov. 10-May 5,2019, OdySea Aquarium Dive beneath the surface of the world’s rivers in this new exhibit, which takes visitors on a trip around the world with Zeb Hogan, host of the Nat Geo Wild Series Monster Fish, in search of bizarre species of freshwater fish. The interactive exhibit will include five life-size sculptures of monster fish as well as videos and hands-on activities for audiences of all ages. Included with admission. www.odyseaaquarium.com. THE ART OF FEARLESSLY DOING BUSINESS IV Nov. 15, Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery As the fourth installment of a yearly series, this special evening will showcase artist Michelle Micalizzi’s multimedia paintings inspired by her conversations with business leaders on how they have overcome their fears to take the leap into entrepreneurship. The original work and sketches will be on view, and select proceeds will benefit Phoenix Art Museum. 6-9 p.m. Free. www.cyndycarstens.com.
With over 30 years of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgical experience, Dr Wolin and his staff not only Talk the Talk… they also Walk the Walk. Listen to what his patients have to say about their care and surgical results… (Verified independent interview) Just a few months ago I got a good closeup view of my lips in the mirror. I was horrified. How could I possibly have gotten so many wrinkles in not only my lips but also in the areas surrounding my mouth? I never even smoked cigarettes..I immediately decided that I would try and remedy the situation. I went to a local spa where I was told that a temporary filler combined with a standard skin peel would solve my problems. After undergoing multiple injections, it was evident that the solution to my problem not in a little jar of magical potions nor in a minuscule injection of temporary filler. The problem could only be solved by a combination of permanent volumizing as well as resurfacing my skin. I had heard of Dr wolin and his greater than 25 year experience using Fat Transfer techniques to revolumize and smooth wrinkles around the mouth. I also found that he was using a fantastic chemical peel resurfacing technique called “ The Croton Oil Peel” which produced amazing smoothing of the skin without the downtime associated with Laser Resurfacing. In just 45 minutes, under local anesthesia, I have been able to reclaim my deflated and wrinkled mouth…My results were amazing…natural and permanent.
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The Holidays are right around the corner. See if you are a candidate for this revolutionary approach. Your lips will thank you with every smile… Call our office at 480.945.8440 and find out if you are a candidate. Visit Dr Wolin’s website at www.andrewwolinmd.com to view his patient¹s unbiased comments on their care and surgery. Dr. Andrew Wolin has been a leader in the plastic surgical community of Scottsdale since 1985, and his extensive years of experience benefit each patient. His top-notch reputation as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and for cutting-edge procedures draws patients from near and far. Dr. Wolin is the Medical Director of the Wolin Plastic Surgery Center. His practice offers a full-range of face and body procedures, including facelifts, browlifts, nose surgery, facial fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, fat transfers, fotofacials™, laser skin resurfacing, ear surgery, breast augmentations, breast implant/exchanges, breast reductions, breast lifts, arm lifts, bodylifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, and Coolsculpting to freeze away your unwanted fat. Dr Wolin also offers the newest technology in Permanent Hair Restoration, NeoGraft for men and women. Dr. Wolin is located at 8415 North Pima Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale 85258. You can call 480.945.8440 or visit www.andrewwolinmd.com to set up a consultation to learn more about these incredible procedures.
PET-A-PALOOZA DAY OF THE DOG Nov. 17-18, Old Town Scottsdale The Day of the Dog is taking over Old Town Scottsdale at this festival’s first-ever stop in the U.S. Bring your dog to sample treats, food, accessories and toys. Other activities include Scottsdale’s first omelet bar for dogs and on-site rescue organizations with adoptable dogs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.petapaloozawest.com.
BENTLEY SCOTTSDALE POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Nov. 10-11, WestWorld of Scottsdale This year, The Polo Party will host six polo matches with a first-time appearance by worldfamous polo player and Ralph Lauren model Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, who will represent the reigning Aspen Valley Polo Team as they battle the Centtrip Wales Polo Team. Plus, see model Ashley Busch and other fan favorites including Work to Ride, the first all AfricanAmerican high school polo champions in U.S. history featured on 60 Minutes, HBO and ESPN. The Polo Party will also include new performances from The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix Opera, and Phoenix Boys Choir; the World’s Farthest Rugby Sevens Match (an event first); a new pop-up sports bar; The World’s “Longest” Fashion Show; and a preview of the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. In addition, guests can round out the festivities with a Sunday brunch by M Culinary. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 10:45 a.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices vary. www.thepoloparty.com.
STERLING AWARDS Nov. 16, Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort For 33 years, the Sterling Awards has embodied the spirit of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce by celebrating those who have demonstrated excellence, innovation and community stewardship. The awards span four categories – microbusiness, small business, big business and nonprofit – and will be announced at the luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Member, $95; nonmember, $115. www.scottsdalechamber.com.
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PHOENIX PIZZA FESTIVAL Nov. 17, Margaret T. Hance Park Pizza lovers will unite at this festival dedicated to all things pizza. Approximately 15 pizzamakers will offer slices for $2-$4 as well as whole and half pizzas. There will also be craft beer and wine vendors for an additional cost (cash only) and live music. The event will benefit Downtown Phoenix, Inc., a group dedicated to the continued revitalization of Downtown Phoenix. Advance, $10; at the gate, $12; ages 5 and under, free. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. www.phoenix.pizza.
MAC AND CHEESE FEST Nov. 17-18, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick This festival has expanded to two days and a bigger location, featuring $2 tastes of creative mac and cheese from 35 of Valley restaurants along with local brews at the beer garden. There will also be yard games. VIP tickets include a private entrance and area as well as four drink tickets and five tokens for mac and cheese samples. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission, $15; beer garden, $20; VIP, $75. www.macandcheesefestaz.com.
DOWNTOWN DONUT FESTIVAL Nov. 18, Margaret T. Hance Park Devour $1 doughnuts from more than 15 local doughnut shops at this new festival. Mimosa bars, craft beer, wine-tasting stations, live music, a shopping marketplace, and yard games will be the icing on the doughnuts. The event will benefit Downtown Phoenix, Inc. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. General admission, $8; ages 5 and under, free. www.downtowndonutfest.com. SCOTTSDAZZLE Nov. 24-Jan. 1, 2019, Downtown Scottsdale This holiday celebration kicks off Nov. 24 with a tree lighting and singalong at Soleri Bridge (7-9 p.m.). Signature events will include a Feliz Navidad Fiesta (Dec. 1, noon-4 p.m.); a Santa Wine Around and Ale Trail (Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m.); and a Java Jingle Crawl with tastings at coffee shops (Dec. 22, 8-11 a.m.). Most events are free. Times vary. www.scottsdazzle.com. 2018 WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT LUNCHEON Nov. 27, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Join the YWCA at this luncheon featuring a presentation from Lindsay Wagner, an award-winning actress, author and advocate. Through this dynamic series, the YWCA seeks to inspire women and empower them to pursue their personal and career dreams. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Member, $65; nonmember, $75. www.ywcaaz.org. DANCING FOR ARIZONA’S CHILDREN Dec. 1, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Community leaders will perform with a professional dancer to raise funds for children living in out-ofhome care. All funds will go toward Arizona’s Children Association’s “Strengthening Families” Fund, which supports foster care, adoption, kinship, and family education and support services. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults, $125; youth, $75. www.arizonaschildren.org.
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CHEERS FOR CHILDREN Help impact lives at the second annual Raise a Glass for St. Jude
BY MANDY HOLMES
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is not only in the practice of providing lifesaving treatment to its pediatric patients, it also doesn’t bill their families for treatment. The ability to carry out this mission is in part thanks to events such as Raise a Glass for St. Jude, the hospital’s second annual food and wine pairing event taking place Nov. 9 at The Clayton House. Through this event, St. Jude hopes to raise more than $140,000 for the children and families it serves. The elegant evening will feature food and wine pairings from exclusive West Coast wineries, a silent auction, a live auction led by auctioneer Jennie Heal, a Kendra Scott jewelry pull, live music by Groove of Gilbert, and dancing. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear about the impact St. Jude has in the community from a local patient family. “One of my favorite parts of being involved with St. Jude is hearing the stories of gratitude and hope from the patient families upon learning that their child will be cared for by such a talented medical team,” says Brian Poe, a committee member for the event. “So is witnessing the relief they feel upon learning that they will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all they should have to worry about is helping their child live.” Since 1962, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been paving the way for an enhanced understanding and treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments
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created at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the research hospital opened more than 50 years ago. Because the majority of St. Jude’s capital comes from fundraising events like Raise a Glass, the organization has the freedom to focus on what matters most – helping kids regardless of their families’ financial situations. Proceeds from the evening will help generate the lifesaving funds needed and ensure St. Jude families are never charged for care or expenses.
IF YOU GO… What: Raise a Glass for St. Jude When: Nov. 9, 6-10 p.m. Where: The Clayton House, 3719 N. 75th St., Scottsdale Tickets: Individual, $175; table of 10, $1,750 Information: www. stjude.org/raiseaglass
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Country music star Lee Brice headlines a night of culinary, casino and concert fun
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IF YOU GO… What: 7th Annual Weekend Jetaway Culinary Casino Classic When: Nov. 9, 6-9 p.m. Where: W Hotel, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale Tickets: $150 Information: www. azweekendjetaway.com
Grammy-nominated, best-selling country artist Lee Brice will headline the 7th Annual Weekend Jetaway Culinary Casino Classic, singing all of his biggest hits – including Drinking Class, Hard 2 Love, I Drive Your Truck, and I Don’t Dance – and all in the name of two great causes. “Brice is a huge supporter of Folds of Honor, one of our two charitable partners this year,” says Weekend Jetaway founder Dillan Micus, noting the organization provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members. “We are also supporting kids in need through the event, similarly partnering to support The Challenge Foundation, which helps kids in Phoenix gain access to educational opportunities and brighter futures.”
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While Brice – a former college athlete who got his start by writing hit songs for Tim McGraw, The Eli Young Band, Garth Brooks and others – certainly ups the excitement, he is just one of the attractions of the evening, which will take place on the rooftop of the W Hotel. Weekend Jetaway will also feature culinary creations from local restaurants like PNPK Craft Slider + Wine Bar, Taco Guild, Bourbon & Bones, Sol Cocina, Chula Seafood, Sushi Roku, Z Tejas, High & Rye, and Nitro Ice Cream; a photo booth; and a game of chance with one very big prize. “During the event, guests will take part in a casino-style dice game, with the lucky winner taking home the grand prize – a luxurious, all-inclusive, first-class vacation on their own private jet,” Micus says. “The
trip will include round-trip airfare on the jet for four, two fabulous rooms at a luxury Las Vegas hotel, show tickets, bottle service at a nightclub, and dinner for four.” There will also be an impressive beer, wine, cocktail and spirit lineup, courtesy of Hensley Beverage Company and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, including Effen Vodka, Maker’s Mark, Stella Artois, Four Peaks, and many more. Given Brice is headlining the event, the theme is “cowboy chic,” meaning everything from designer jeans and rhinestone-studded boots to cocktail attire with Western flair are on trend for the evening. Overall, Weekend Jetaway is sure to wow both in fun and in visuals, as the rooftop festivities will glow over the city lights of Downtown Scottsdale below.
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VIP animal experiences for your nature-loving side Do you love all things furry, feathered and with fins? Then look no further than some of Arizona’s wildlife attractions to take advantage of unique custom tour packages and animal encounter experiences.
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
Out of Africa Wildlife Park Just an over an hour north of the Valley, Out of Africa (www.outofafricapark.com) is a wildlife park and preserve featuring animals from across the globe including lions and tigers and bears (oh my!). They also have snakes, monkeys, a rhinoceros, camels, giraffes and hundreds of other species. The park is set up so the animals – many of them rescued from homes or from abuse – can live much like they would in the wild. There are several tour options, ranging from bus tours to more authentic safari options, but nothing is as spectacular as the VIP Behind-the-Scenes Tour ($175). This three-hour, reservation-only experience is limited to small groups, taking guests deep into the park’s Serengeti preserve on a specialty vehicle to learn about and interact with the animals; you’ll even get to feed a tiger. Tourgoers are able to walk into some of the noncarnivorous enclosures before enjoying a private, shaded lunch surrounded by snakes and reptiles – all available for holding and touching – and getting reserved seating for some of the day’s main stage shows. OdySea Aquarium As the largest aquarium in the Southwest, OdySea (www.odyseaaquarium.com) features more than 65 exhibits, 500 species and over 30,000 animals. Taking advantage of one or more of their enhanced park tickets, however, makes the 200,000-square-foot space feel intimate. There are three main VIP experiences: SeaTREK helmet diving ($59.95 plus admission), a Shark Behind-the-Scenes Tour ($9.95 plus cost of admission), and a Penguin Encounter ($49.95 plus admission). For wannabe divers, the SeaTREK experience is an immersive, underwater adventure in one of OdySea’s largest exhibits and the only one of its kind available indoors. For land lovers, the penguin program brings a small group of guests into the exhibit to play with the penguins, as well as teach participants about their lifecycle, favorite foods and even dating rituals. The tour also allows for ample photos, all taken by a professional photographer. Phoenix Zoo The Phoenix Zoo (www.phoenixzoo.org), which is the largest privately owned, nonprofit zoo in the country, is home to more than 3,000 animals on its 125 acres in the Valley. Without a little help, it is nearly impossible to navigate it all in a day. Taking advantage of the Backstage Adventures tour ($99) is a must, both to help determine the high points of the park and to get a little one-on-one time with animals and their keepers. The tour gives an insider’s glimpse into several of the animal habitats directly with zookeepers. While the animals you will see vary by day, there are opportunities to get up close and personal with elephants, reptiles, African painted dogs, and cheetahs. For those looking for something even more immersive, consider the Premium Adventure Tour ($300), a 90-minute, fully customizable group experience.
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TIME TO DIY Let your artistic aspirations soar
Are you a rising Renoir? Or, perhaps, a potential Picasso? If so, it’s time to crank up your creative side at crafty studios around town that pair all things artsy with personal instruction and lots of fun – the option to bring along wine (and sustenance) at a few places doesn’t hurt either.
BY MANDY HOLMES
AR Workshop New to Scottsdale, AR Workshop (www. arworkshop.com) offers hands-on classes where participants create custom, charming decor. Guests are led through workshops to make items like framed or plank wood signs, serving trays, chalkboard art, centerpiece boxes, canvas pillows, and totes. Designed for any skill level, the Pinterest-inspired projects come to life with the help of available instructors, and all materials are provided to ensure gift-worthy results. Carrie Curran Art Studios This studio (www.carriecurranart.com), owned by artist Carrie Curran and her daughter, offers adult classes like Van Gogh Vino and Paint Your Pet where participants can bring drinks and/or appetizers to enjoy while working on their masterpieces. The studio provides all art supplies and aprons as well as glasses, corkscrews and ice buckets for wine. There are also plenty of art offerings for children, including a family art class, after-school sessions, and even workshops on school holidays – such as Veterans Day, observed on Nov. 12. Stencil A full-service DIY craft studio, Stencil (www. stencilstudios.com) is home to more than 100 projects waiting to be built, assembled, painted and stained. The studio welcomes all ages and skill levels, both in scheduled classes such as designing your own T-shirt or creating a bath bomb, as well as seasonal pop-up events. Select the “reserve a seat” option to work on any craft you’d like at the time of your choice – Stencil will provide tutorials, tools and materials, and the staff is always ready to assist. The studio is a popular destination for date night, baby and bridal showers, girls’ nights, and bachelorette parties. After 4 p.m., it’s bring your own beverage (and snacks!). Wine & Design Wine & Design (www.wineanddesign.com) is the perfect place to unwind and have fun with paint-and-sip parties. From birthday celebrations to work events, Wine & Design has you covered when it comes to creating memories and masterpieces. Bring your friends or significant other to enjoy a glass of wine (you can bring a bottle) while taking a class – there are a variety offered throughout the week taught by local artists. Or, enjoy a Pop-In & Paint class if you want to work on your own creation. All supplies are provided. Even better, Wine & Design also partners with Project ALS to give back and make painting purposeful. Bead World Scottsdale’s Bead World (www.beadworldinc. com) offers more than 20 classes each month from beginning bead-stringing to advanced pendant wire-wrapping to keep customers up to date on the latest in beading technology and styles. All materials are included, and classes use pre-assembled kits to keep crafters organized. The popular Plan Your Own Adventure bead parties allow you to rent Bead World’s on-site classroom and utilize workshop tools such as basic beading kits and bead mats.
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Arizona native Daniel Funkhouser is a multifaceted artist who creates immersive installations and fine art. The latter usually showcases self-portraits with colorful mixed media elements. Funkhouser’s artistic journey began as a child who enjoyed drawing, but it was until high school that he took it seriously. He earned a bachelor’s degree in painting from Arizona State University and has since been exploring new materials and methods. Besides being an experimental artist, Funkhouser works as the preparator for Scottsdale Public Art. “Every day is different,” he says. “My tasks can include installing artwork in city offices, helping care for and maintain our permanent artworks throughout Scottsdale, designing and fabricating exhibition materials at our Civic Center Library gallery, and working on the ground with artists to create our annual light festival, Canal Convergence.” According to Funkhouser, his two major artistic threads – large immersive installations and fine art gallery works – share themes of childhood and growth, connected by a wild and saturated color palette. They also feature a playful use of materials such as acrylic, coroplast, laser cutters and LED lights. “I’m constantly challenging myself to create something different, which has resulted in a pretty varied oeuvre,” he says. When asked about his inspirations, the artist mentions the “Wild West” of the Internet as a main component. “I’m influenced by that time in my life – when the Internet was new, messy, weird and endlessly surprising,” he says. Classical art, especially Western and Eastern painting, is also often an inspiration for him. On the opposite spectrum, Funkhouser also finds his muse in “mass-produced kitsch culture like toys and games.” Most of Funkhouser’s gallery work is autobiographical and depicted in self-portraits. When starting a piece, he makes paint strokes on a canvas, photographs them, and manipulates the images to become vector graphics. He then laser cuts a paint stroke shape out of Plexiglas. “I like the contrast between traditional painting techniques and a modern technological process remixed together,” he says. “That Plexiglas segment is then merged with several larger segments, creating a dynamic symphony of contrasting ideas.” The result is a cross between a painting and a sculpture. With that, Funkhouser notes that it’s hard to define himself as either type of artist, noting that his form of hybrid art needs a name all its own. Funkhouser has exhibited his work around the Valley and has been commissioned to create temporary installations for different institutions. His new artistic space will be in the studios at Bentley Projects in Downtown Phoenix. You can follow him on Instagram at @funkhouserfever.
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The season’s can’t-miss cultural happenings
BY MANDY HOLMES
Once November arrives, the temperature cools down but the Valley’s fall arts season heats up with high-profile galas, museum exhibitions, gallery openings, concerts, dance performances, and film fests. Here are 14 of the best ways to get swept up in the season’s art rotation, from holiday-ready performances to soirees that give back to the arts.
Above: On Your Feet!, photo by Matthew Murphy. Left: Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour artist Ann Marie Graves.
Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour As Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour, Hidden in the Hills is the signature event of the nonprofit Sonoran Arts League. This year’s circuit features 174 artists at 44 studio locations throughout the scenic desert foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale. The free, self-guided tour offers art enthusiasts a rare chance to observe artists at work in their private studios, which are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 23-25. Download a map online. www.hiddeninthehills.org. So Scottsdale! November ‘18
Scottsdale International Film Festival The 18th annual Scottsdale International Film Festival is expanding its dates from five to 10 days in length, taking place on Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 11. The renowned festival will feature more than 50 films with a range of compelling characters, storylines and themes. The festival kicks off at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with an opening night reception Nov. 2 at 6:15 p.m. featuring Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tara Hitchcock as emcee followed by a highly anticipated screening of Roma from Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron at 7:15 p.m. An extraordinary repertoire of films will show throughout the rest of the festival at Harkins Shea 14 theater. The complete 2018 film schedule and tickets are available at www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com.
Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths The Southwestern U.S. premiere of work by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, one of the most celebrated contemporary artists in the world, is landing at Phoenix Art Museum Nov. 3 through April 14, 2019. Guests can experience three multisensory works that explore the themes of Nordic identity, melancholia, repetition and popular culture – including one of Kjartansson’s best-known pieces, The Visitors. Named after ABBA’s final album, The Visitors is an immersive installation that’s considered one of the best video installations of all time. On Nov. 3 at 9 p.m., take part in a latenight art experience, The afterpARTy, immediately following The pARTy in the Garden annual gala. See The Visitors and enjoy an open bar, food, live music, dancing, and exclusive after-hours access to the museum. www.phxart.org.
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The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon From earliest imagination to musical revolution, the untold story of the electric guitar comes to life in The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon. This exclusive exhibition opens Nov. 9 at the Musical Instrument Museum, featuring more than 80 of the world’s rarest amplifiers and electric guitars. It will include those played and popularized by groundbreaking artists like Alvino Rey and Charlie Christian as well as guitars played by the next generations of influential musicians such as Pete Townshend of The Who and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. The exhibit encompasses the history of the electric guitar from its most experimental period of the 1930s and ’40s, and gives a glimpse into the instrument’s influence on genres that defined American music. Be sure to check out the opening weekend festivities at www.mim.org.
Snow Queen Center Dance Ensemble will bring Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale to life with its rendition of Snow Queen, set to a score by Sergei Prokofiev. The beloved winter adventure dreams up a mystical world of sprites, gypsies and ice maidens, with the young Gerda seeking to rescue Kai from the Snow Queen’s crystal palace. Center Dance Ensemble’s principal dancers will be joined by more than 160 children who auditioned to dance in one of the holiday season’s favorite, magical tales. Performances days and times vary starting Dec. 1. www.centerdance.com.
Beaux Arts Gala
Opposite page, left to right: Roma, Scottsdale Film Festival; Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors, courtesy of the artist. This page, top to bottom: Bo Diddley’s “The Bad Dude,” courtesy of MIM; Snow Queen.
As a prominent influence in the art community, Scottsdale Artists’ School (SAS) teaches the fundamentals of fine art to artists and aspiring artists of all ages and skill levels. The 35th anniversary celebration of SAS, Beaux Arts, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 with a theme of “Dream Big” in tribute to the honorary chair and one of the school’s original founders, Maxine Johnstone. The soiree will include a live auction, a raffle, libations, dinner, and the opportunity to purchase original works of art, including sculptures and paintings, through a specially curated silent auction. This evening of entertainment and art will raise funds for the school’s programs. Learn more and purchase tickets online at www.scottsdaleartschool.org.
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Elf: The Musical
Phoenix Festival of the Arts returns for a weekend-long celebration of art, music and culinary delights Dec. 7-9 at Margaret T. Hance Park. This fun event takes a big leap forward in its seventh year with 187 arts and craft vendors and a lineup of live music and entertainment taking place on three stages with performances by bands, solo artists, dancers, choral groups, spoken word artists and comedians. There will also be art demonstrations and a hands-on community art project organized by acclaimed local muralist Hugo Medina, allowing the local community to paint and create alongside professional local artists. Plus, a family zone will provide free face painting and a teen art show. Admission is free and dogs are welcome. www.phoenixfestivalofthearts.org.
Look no further than Phoenix Theatre for a little holly jolly fun this holiday season when Elf: The Musical takes the stage Nov. 14-Dec. 30. Based on the fun-loving holiday film, the musical is a hilarious Christmas adventure that follows Buddy the elf on a quest to find his true identity. A theatrically rich show, Elf: The Musical is Phoenix Theatre’s biggest production in its nearly 100 years in the Valley, and it is sure to delight audiences of all ages. www.phoenixtheatre.com.
A Christmas Carol The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is coming to Tempe Center for the Arts this holiday season from Dec. 3 to 23. Put on by Scottsdale Musical Theater Company (SMTC), this musical version of A Christmas Carol will feature music by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaidand B eauty and the Beast) set to the tune of a live orchestra. Plus, it will also feature TV, film and Broadway star Charles Shaughnessy– known for his roles on The Nanny and Days of Our Lives – as Scrooge. This marks Shaughnessy’s second return to the Valley this year; in July, he played Julian Marsh in SMTC’s production of 42nd Street. Tickets are $42-$58 for adults; children 10 and under are $25. Purchase tickets at online at www.scottsdalemusicaltheater.com.
Scottsdale Arts Gala The Scottsdale Arts Gala (formerly known as the ARTrageous Benefit Gala) provides an alluring event of immersive art experiences, sophisticated culinary offerings, unique objects and adventures for auction, and a performance in support of Scottsdale Arts’ programs. Held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 1, the gala will give guests an exclusive preview of a re-imagined Scottsdale Arts campus. Perhaps most notable, the evening will include an extra-special guest: Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Morrison (star of Fox’s Glee and Broadway’s Hairspray) during this night to remember. Concert tickets are $150; tickets for the entire event are $500. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
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Singin’ in the Rain in Concert Here’s one way to guarantee rain in Arizona! With a live on-stage orchestra, this performance of the happy-go-lucky musical Singin’ in the Rain is presented by the American Theatre Guild. Filled with a downpour of unforgettable songs, Singin’ in the Rain is one of the top movie musicals of all time, weaving the story of silent screen star Don Lockwood and leading lady Lina Lamont. Be swept back in time during the musical’s run at Orpheum Theatre Nov. 30-Dec. 2. www.americantheatreguild.com.
On Your Feet! The rhythm is gonna get you “on your feet” at this musical about Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s journey to America from humble beginnings in Cuba. Taking place at ASU Gammage Nov. 6-11, the show features award-winning choreography and songs that will have you singing along. On Your Feet! tells the true story of a talented couple who, in the face of adversity, broke through barriers to become a successful crossover sensation. www.asugammage.com.
Opposite page, left to right: Charles Shaughnessy in 42nd Street; Phoenix Theatre exterior. This page, left to right: Matthew Morrison, photo by Nathan Johnson; artwork at ArtFest of Scottsdale.
ArtFest of Scottsdale On Nov. 17 and 18, Scottsdale’s Civic Center Plaza will be transformed into an arts festival featuring more than 120 juried artists from around the country. The annual event honors the artists’ community with fine art, jewelry, handmade crafts, local authors, and live music as well as hands-on children’s activities and gourmet food. Admission and parking are free, and dogs are welcome. www.888artfest.com.
Andrea Bocelli in Concert For the first time since 2015, legendary Grammy-nominated singer Andrea Bocelli will be making a stop in Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Sunday, Dec. 2. As one of the most recognizable voices in the world, the Italian singer, songwriter and record producer has been delighting audiences with his romantic undertones for more than 20 years. www.talkingstickresortarena.com. So Scottsdale! November ‘18
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Driving on the course, fun. Driving to the cleaners, not so fun.
Specializing in premier quality dry cleaning, with complimentary pick-up and delivery to your home or office for your convenience. Organic Dry Cleaners is a full-service dry cleaning company with locations in both Scottsdale and Phoenix. We pride ourselves on focusing on high quality pressing, being tough on stains, but eco-friendly, using only organic, non-toxic, dry cleaning solvents. Your garments will last longer and look exquisite!
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MOD IN MUSTARD The fashionable yellow hue that’s perfect for fall
Transparent round sunglasses, Linda Farrow, $895 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Drop stone earrings, $58 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com. Floral high-low dress, Borgo de Nor, $995 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Tie-front velvet utility jacket, Cinq a Sept, $595 at Neiman Marcus. Knotted pointedtoe flats, BC Footwear, $69.95 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Leather bucket bag, Furla, $378 at Bloomingdale’s, www. bloomingdales.com
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SPACE COWBOY Say yeehaw to futuristic Wild West wear
Straight-leg fringe jeans, Helmut Lang, $450 at Barneys New York, www.barneys. com. Sequin fringe denim jacket, Romance Was Born, $1,100 at Bergdorf Goodman, www. bergdorfgoodman. com. Studded leather flap belt, Isabel Marant, $460 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Long-sleeve buttondown, Balmain, $895 at ModeSens, www. modesens.com. Etched crossbody with tassels, Saint Laurent $7,500 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Glitter leather cowboy booties, Miu Miu, $1,200 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com.
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BY CHELSEA YOUNG PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE HAIR AND MAKEUP: LORRI GREGORY, SALON TWO BY TWO; 623.521.5934; WWW.SALONTWOBYTWO.COM STYLING: STACEY RICHMAN MODEL: FORD/RBA LOCATION: ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER, 600 E. WASHINGTON ST., PHOENIX; 602.716.2000; WWW.AZSCIENCE.ORG
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Black tulle gown with rose-colored sequined daisy motif, $445 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.
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Green organza gown with red, black and purple pleather dots, $1,499 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.
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Purple sequined tulle gown with deep V-neck, $1,007 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.
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Pink sequined tulle gown with T-length sleeves, $1,278 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.
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Black and floral sequined dupioni silk gown with halter, $1,211 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.
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Red silk velvet gown with crystal embellishments and boat neck, $1,263 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.
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Platinum silk gown with ruffled neckline, $1,263 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.
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Expert Tax Evaluation for Today’s Complex Economy Joseph Rose, CPA
oday’s tax code is a mine field of information and rules. If you are a business owner, the tax code can be even that much trickier to navigate. With the help of a proactive CPA like the president of Rose Tax Consulting, Joseph Rose, affluent individuals and business owners can make highlyinformed important decisions that will place them in the best possible tax position. Rose received a BSBA in accounting from the University of Arizona and serves both the Valley and Tucson. Rose is also a certified tax strategist. Fewer than 300 specialists in 52 states have been awarded this specialized designation from the American Institute of Certified Tax Planners.
Rose has been working in the world of taxes for 25 years and had his CPA designation for most of this time. He has encountered just about every type of tax situation imaginable and relishes the chance to work with his clients in developing a proactive and informed approach with strategies for challenging tax situations. “I just love puzzles and tax code is a big puzzle,” Rose says. Rose offers advanced strategic tax planning to select clientele that are forwardthinking in their business formation and tax approach. “We only work with high-income affluent tax payers, usually business owners, to mitigate their taxes by substantial amounts depending upon their unique situation,” Rose
explains. “The more complex their tax situation is, the more goodies the tax code might have for them!” Conducting a thorough discovery is key as the law restricts Rose from recommending certain tax strategies without first doing intensive due diligence with a potential client. A client intake process starts with a discovery session that will include getting copies of taxes and a preliminary Q&A session with Rose Tax Consulting to see where additional credits and other tax opportunities may exist. “I go through their tax situation and match it up with tax strategies that might be available to them then discuss things in their tax situation that might be of concern under the new tax laws,” Rose says referring to the substantial changes in the new tax laws as of January 2018. Rose shared a recent case where he was able to achieve a massive 80 percent reduction in taxes for the client. This was accomplished through a process of reorganization, income splitting, retirement solutions and proper structuring which allowed the client to maximize their profit. This “found” money allowed the client to meet the expansion needs of their business without the need for financing. Rose’s newest best-selling book “The Great Tax Escape Book: Strategies for Early Planning and a Lower Tax Bill” is available through Amazon.com. “I don’t believe anyone should pay a dime more in taxes than the law requires,” Rose finishes. Rose Tax Consulting is located at 6424 E. Greenway Pkwy., Suite 100, Scottsdale. Call 480.210.2623 or visit www.RoseVFO.com for additional information.
W H E E L S / H AU T E P R O P E R T Y / P L A C E S
BY CHELSEA YOUNG
Transform your living space into that of a luxe library, or even a curated gallery, with RH Modern’s Latticework Shelving. No ordinary bookshelf, the fashionable-yet-functional unit reads more objet d’art than a means to storing well-loved books and coveted trinkets. The postmodern pièce de résistance, designed by Jonathan Browning, features an antique Chinese lattice design paired with a symmetrical aesthetic that draws attention to its center – a rectangular focal point perfectly poised to display prized artwork. Crafted of brass-plated stainless steel, the polished frame supports clear tempered glass shelves with a metal base showcasing a lacquered black finish. $2,546 at RH Modern, www.rhmodern.com.
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2019 FORD MUSTANG BULLITT A limited-edition auto recalls the most famous car chase scene ever filmed BY JIM PRUETER
VITAL STATS: Base price: $46,595 Price as tested: $51,290 Engine: 5.0-L V-8
It was 50 years ago when, on the streets of San Francisco, Steve McQueen made film history starring as tough-guy police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt in the aptly named action thriller Bullitt. While I found the movie cinematically a bit tedious (I consider Papillon to be McQueen’s magnum opus), Bullitt’s 10-minute chase scene, exquisitely filmed with real cars and no special effects, has become the stuff of legend. The walkaway stars of the movie, with a cult following all their own, were the legendary Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT fastback driven by McQueen and the black 1968 Dodge Charger he chased. Marking the 50th anniversary of the film, Ford has reincarnated the cinematic Mustang as a limited-edition Bullitt with premium performance equipment and a slick, understated design. The 5.0-liter, V-8 engine delivers 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. This is the third time Ford has issued a special Bullitt edition; the first was in 2001, then in 2008 and 2009 as essentially identical models.
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The colors offered are black and a fantastic dark Highland Green, just like the original movie car. Appointments include subtle chrome accents for the front windows and the unique black grille; classic heritage-inspired 19-inch aluminum wheels; red-painted Brembo brake calipers; and the NitroPlate quad-tip exhaust that delivers a rhythmic burble at idle and a sweet, melodic roar under full acceleration. Instead of Mustang badging, there are minimal Bullitt accents – on each doorsill, the steering wheel cap, instrument panel, and a circular faux gas cap. A leather-trimmed interior features green accent stitching on the dashboard, door panels, center console and seats. Of course, Ford also included the classic white cue ball shifter knob atop the six-speed manual shifter. Overall, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt is absolutely thrilling to drive, channeling the late actor’s prowess behind the wheel. The only thing missing is a dark blue turtleneck and brown tweed jacket.
Fuel economy: 15/25 mpg/city Seating: 4 Fab features: Exhaust notes that perfectly match the 1968 Bullitt Original Highland Green color Five Bullitt badge locations replace Mustang badging
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NOW ACCEPTING Fine Furniture, Antique & Art Consignments
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t cocktail parties, on the tee box and amongst the ladies who lunch, there’s a subtle whisper about an unusual design mecca — Consignment. The valley’s most savvy shoppers and discerning designers are regulars at Avery Lane Fine Consignments and they are rewarded with great deals on one-of-a-kind home décor. Avery Lane’s design style is “Paris Apartment” which is a curated aesthetic of items collected from a lifetime of international travels, inherited from generations or salvaged when the flat upstairs was vacated. And, their inventory is like a Parisian merry-go-round — constantly changing and revolving. Come check it out … sit for a spell … we’ll pour the champagne. Discover more at AveryLaneHome.com
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MUY BONITO MEXICO Oceanfront opulence awaits in Cabo San Lucas
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTOS BY GABRIELLA PICHARDO
Iconic explorer Jacques Cousteau nicknamed the Sea of Cortez “The Aquarium of the World” in homage to its striking beauty and abundant marine life including sea turtles, dolphins, whales, coral and sea lions. At the heart of the vibrant sea – and just a two-hour plane ride from Phoenix – lies Cabo San Lucas. With sandy white beaches, crystal blue water, and lavish resorts, Cabo San Lucas (often shortened to Cabo in the U.S.) is among the most sought-after vacation destinations in North America. It is part of the Baja region known as Los Cabos, which also includes San Jose del Cabo, and experiences nearly as many sunny days as Arizona, yet an even more moderate winter where temperatures often remain in the 70s and even 80s. Though it rarely gets frigidly cold in the Valley during the fall and winter months, thousands of residents will flock to Cabo for a little tropical escape. And this year, there is something new to explore: Le Blanc Resort Spa Los Cabos. Opened in April, it marks the second Le Blanc Resort, a AAA Five Diamond-awarded brand, in the country. Le Blanc Resort Spa Cancun is Cancun’s top-rated, all-inclusive resort and among the top all-inclusive hotels in the world, according to TripAdvisor. And much like its sister property, the adults-only Cabo property has spared no detail or expense in its accommodations, dining, spa and available tours and activities.
Transportation & Accommodations Worried about where to go and what to do once you get off the plane? Fear not, Le Blanc has you covered. The hotel’s booking team works with all guests in advance of their trip to book complimentary private transportation both to and from the airport to ensure safe and speedy travel to the resort. Once on property, enjoy one of the 374 rooms, each of which is a suite ranging from 760 to 1,400 square feet. Each one also boasts prime ocean views – many with patios and private terraces – as well as high-definition televisions equipped with Apple TV and Netflix. The suites have oversized bathrooms and soaking tubs with intoxicatingly lovely hand-cut soaps from local Mexican artisans. Other in-room amenities are similarly extravagant (even by Scottsdale standards) with everything from Chi blow dryers and flatirons to Bvlgari bath products. The resort even offers menus so guests can choose the type of bath salts, pillows and in-room aromatherapies they prefer. Every room also comes with something extra special: A personal butler assigned to only a few guests per day. He or she is on call for any and all of your needs for the duration of the stay.
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Food & Drink Le Blanc is an all-inclusive resort, and while this can sometimes conjure images of a 24-hour buffet and well cocktails, at Le Blanc it means something quite different. Guests have unlimited access to more than 10 bars and restaurants on property – plus 24-hour in-room dining and top-shelf beer, wine and cocktails. Of particular note on the dining side are Lumiere, serving a 10-course tasting menu; Mezze, serving Lebanese fare; Blanc Asia, serving Japanese, Thai and Chinese dishes; and Blanc Ocean, serving fresh seafood and Baja flavors. It should also be noted that each venue only serves Certified Angus Beef products as part of a global partnership with the meat producer. The bars are equally as impressive, ranging from Blanc Stage, a contemporary lounge that doubles as the best seat in the house to catch sports on TV, to Blanc Lobby, which features extensive mixology options and a piano player. For those serious about pairing good food with equally good drinks, Le Blanc only offers wines that have earned 80 points or more from Wine Spectator and boasts a seemingly endless list of top-shelf spirits including Jack Daniel’s, Johnnie Walker (Red and Black labels), Grey Goose, Stolichnaya, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Don Julio.
At the Spa The 29,000-square-foot spa oozes “wow” factor. Included in every guest’s stay is a water journey, which is inspired by Greco-Roman rituals and begins with a session in a cinnamon-infused sauna, followed by a full-body shower and a detox experience in a starlit steam room before a trip to an ice room. The journey ends with a relaxation session in one of the spa’s hydrotherapy pools. The spa also features hot and cold plunge pools, a sauna, an herbal steam room, chromotherapy, a relaxation lounge, and exotic and invigorating spa treatments like a pitaya wrap and a four-hand massage (experiences beyond the water journey are an additional cost). There is also an ample fitness center, which – in addition to dozens of state-of-the-art machines and weights – offers Pilates and spinning classes daily.
Nearby Activities Beyond simply luxuriating at the infinity pool, which overlooks the ocean and has cabanas, beach loungers and poolside service, getting out and exploring Cabo is turnkey for guests, as the resort takes care of all logistics. They offer several signature experiences: luxury sunset sails via catamaran, speedboat adventures, snorkeling, cultural tours of the region’s historic areas, shopping tours, and even dolphin encounters and swimming adventures (all available for an additional cost). There are also area experts on-site and available to help design, suggest and plan custom experiences for guests. For more information, visit www.leblancsparesorts.com.
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BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
DELECTABLE DIGESTIFS After-dinner drinks that delight
Whether out on the town or hosting a soiree, multiple courses are the norm this time of year, often with an after-dinner drink selection rounding out the night. Dive into these indulgent options to either aid in digestion or simply tickle your taste buds.
Flip Nog Bourbon Steak at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess As a play on eggnog, the Flip Nog pairs Amaro and Frangelico, which provide herbal notes and sweetness, with a whole whipped egg, giving it a creamy texture. The drink also features cognac and spicy grated nutmeg for a kick. $14. www.scottsdaleprincess.com. PHOTO BY AWE COLLECTIVE
The Salty Caramel Ocean Prime The Salty Caramel combines the tantalizing flavors of vanilla, smoked sea salt and caramel thanks to Ketel One Vodka, Giffard Vanille De Madagascar, and Bailey’s Irish Cream Salted Caramel Liqueur. A dollop of caramel and half-and-half are even added for extra richness. $13. www.ocean-prime.com. Jake’s Old Fashioned 32 Shea This Old-Fashioned crafted for after-dinner enjoyment is made with Cave Creek Bourbon and vanilla-cinnamon syrup, then garnished with an orange peel and a cinnamon stick. The locally distilled straight bourbon is known for hints of vanilla and caramel on the nose and a smooth finish. $11. www.32shea.com. Café Hermosa LON’s at The Hermosa Inn Cozy up to one of the nine fireplaces on-site and savor the creamy decadence of the Café Hermosa: a blend of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, Luxardo Amaretto, and the deep chocolate flavors of Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao. Roc2 Coffee is stirred in at the end, and it’s topped with cacao nibs. $12. www.hermosainn.com. Five Diamond Manhattan Thirsty Camel This dazzler features The Phoenician’s own hand-chosen
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Woodford Reserve Bourbon, floral and sweet Carpano Antica Vermouth, and Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters, which brings out the bold spiced notes of the bourbon, and there’s a tinge of sweetness from the garnishment of three Luxardo cherries. $20. www.thephoenician.com. Caramel Applejack Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Featuring the classic flavors of fall – apple and spice – this cocktail is comprised of Laird’s Straight AppleJack 86 brandy and Dorda Sea Salt Caramel Liqueur, which are shaken together with ice and served up in a photo-worthy cinnamon sugar-rimmed martini glass. $10. www.grimaldispizzeria.com. Winter’s Night Dram Discovery Lounge at Boulders Resort & Spa This handcrafted cocktail combines torched VSOP Cognac, aged Drambuie, and AZ Bitters Lab Mi Casa Bitters with smoked ice. It’s topped with vanilla porter and garnished with star anise. $14. www.theboulders.com. Chocolate Martini – Oaxacan Style R Bar at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Featuring a blend of Absolut vodkas, both vanilla and regular, this sweet treat is shaken with Dark Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and sweet cream, resulting in a martini that doubles as dessert. $12. www.camelbackinn.com. Williamsburg Shuffle Citizen Public House Dance your way through this flavforul drink, which blends pork shank-washed Canadian rye whisky, Dolin dry vermouth and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur with honey syrup for slight sweetness – all served up. $13. www.citizenpublichouse.com.
DRINK / CHEERS / CUISINE / FOOD FILES / DINING GUIDE
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS
Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. But at Ramen Hood, customizable Japanese ramen bowls, starting at $10.75, provide rich and hearty flavors to one and all. The concept allows guests to build their own savory ramen bowls, a welcoming dish for cooler days. First, select either traditional or gluten-free noodles. Then, choose from four broths – tonkotsu (pork), shoyu (soy), spicy miso and vegetarian – and add one or more proteins, including teriyaki chicken, pork, beef or tofu. Now comes the fun part: the toppings, of which there are 19 running the gamut from bean sprouts, broccoli and shishito peppers to soft-boiled eggs, bamboo shoots and naruto (a steamed fish cake with a distinct pink and white pattern). There are also ready-made chef’s specialties for ramen novices. Ramen Hood, 15807 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.275.8104; www.ramen-hood.com. So Scottsdale! November ‘18
Toast Sushi Roku’s 10-year anniversary with a menu staple, the Ginger Lychee Mojito
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO COURTESY OF SUSHI ROKU
Did you know 2018 marks 10 years since Sushi Roku opened its doors in Scottsdale? “We’ve thrived by offering guests a relaxing escape, even if just for a few hours, from the bustle of their busy lives,” says Guillermo Gutierrez, general manager at Sushi Roku. “And though we’ve constantly evolved to stay fresh for our guests year after year, one constant from almost the beginning has been our exceptionally refreshing Ginger Lychee Mojito.” Sushi Roku’s Ginger Lychee Mojito ($15) starts with Cruzan Rum, which has a neutral flavor, almost like vodka, given it has not been aged. “We don’t want it to overpower the other flavors, so we use this flavor profile by design,” Gutierrez says. Next, the rum is muddled with five mint leaves and two lychees, which come from tropical trees in China and taste like a cross between a pear and watermelon, but with some tartness. Then, three ingredients are added: simple syrup to play up the sweetness of the mint, lime juice to amp up the tartness of the lychee, and ginger to add an herbaceous note. “After adding ice and shaking and straining over ice in a rocks glass, we add a small float of Pyrat XO Rum, a distinctly spicy aged spirit, and garnish with a lychee,” Gutierrez says. The aged rum float – unlike the neutral rum used as the base – is meant to hit you first, giving off powerful vanilla and light cinnamon notes. Then, the tartness of the lychee and sweetness of the mint take over before the ginger leaves a clean, refreshing note at the end. Sushi Roku, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.2121; www.sushiroku. com.
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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Jayson Thompson of Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen Executive sous chef Jayson Thompson leads all things culinary at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, where he oversees the property’s concepts, including the award-winning Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen.
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS
When did you first jump into the kitchen? My mom’s family is from Sicily, so our lives revolved around making big Italian meals together. In addition, my uncle owned a small restaurant in California where I grew up, so when I wasn’t in the kitchen at home, I was in the kitchen there. How did you get your professional start as a chef? After graduation, I wanted to learn about world cuisines, so I enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena in the early 2000s. Toward the end, culinary icon James Corwell – one of only 68 certified master chefs nationwide – was looking for chefs to join him at a new hotel concept in Palm Springs, and I jumped at the opportunity. Tell us about your journey to Arizona. After working under Corwell and a few independent restaurants, I started at Nordstrom. No, not selling clothes! Nordstrom has three nationwide restaurant concepts: a cafe, a bistro and a high-end dining option. I worked on them all, eventually as executive chef. In 2013, I joined the Grand Hyatt in Kauai, where I cooked by day and caught my own fish by night – really! In 2016, the opportunity to stay with the Hyatt brand and join Andaz’s opening team here was offered to me. How would you describe the menu at Weft & Warp? Our concept is two-fold: use as many local ingredients as possible and showcase Arizona on every plate. While those remain our pillars, we now showcase all Sonoran Desert flavors, from Baja California to Sonora, Mexico. Think sauces like mole, ranchero and salsa verde and chimichurri-infused dishes. My favorite dish right now is our chorizo pork chop. What would we be surprised to know about you? I hate bananas. But I will cook with them as long as someone else does the taste tests! Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, 6114 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.368.1234; www.andazscottsdale.com.
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SAUCE IS BOSS
10 dishes with a spoonful of flavor-boosting additions
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
Shrimp & Grits
Pig & Pickle Inspired by a recipe from his Louisiana-born sous chef, chef Keenan Bosworth created this dish as a special but it proved to be so popular that it has become a permanent fixture. It’s comprised of buttery grits topped with shrimp and housemade andouille, all swimming in a rich Creole sauce. The sauce starts with celery, onion and green pepper before being slowly simmered with organic California tomatoes, shrimp stock, fresh garlic, and cayenne pepper, which evokes traditional Cajun flavors. $23. www.pigandpickle.com.
Caramelized Cauliflower with Tahini
Pita Jungle Aside from the signature hummus, this is Pita Jungle’s most popular starter – at all of its locations. Why? The sauce! It’s a twist on traditional tahini, which is made from sesame seeds, that features both cilantro and garlic. When combined with caramelized cauliflower and topped with pine nuts and caramelized onions, this rich, buttery sauce is equal parts earthy and rich. $13. www.pitajungle.com.
Le Canard a L’Orange
Voila French Bistro This classic French dish and sauce hit multiple points on the flavor compass – sweet, salty, fatty and spiced. Red wine vinegar and freshsqueezed orange juice are the base. Sugar is caramelized in the vinegar and orange juice, and then the sauce is reduced. Orange zest, salt, pepper, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves provide spicy notes. Finally, beef broth and butter are added to create a smooth finish. The sauce is spooned over the top of a roasted duck leg. $26. www.voilafrenchbistro.com.
Chicken Fried Steak
Be them savory, spicy or sweet, nothing quite adds to the flavor and visual appeal of a dish like a great sauce. And with the season of all things decadent and delicious upon us, there’s no better time than now to give in to your sauce-loving side.
Texaz Grill Nearly 950,000 of Texas Grill’s legendary chicken fried steaks have been sold to date, and this bad boy is covered in an American sauce classic: rich, thick gravy. Chef and owner Steve Freidkin makes it daily using drippings, peppered cream and a top-secret selection of his favorite Southern-inspired herbs and spices. The gravy is heaped on top of two fork-tender pieces of beef, which have been double-battered and fried. No doubt this is comfort food at its best. $16.95. www.texazgrill.com.
Tomaso’s Sicilian Meatballs with Truffle Mushroom Sauce The Sicilian Butcher A combination of ground veal, prime beef, pork, pine nuts, raisins, pecorino, garlic, and
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Mora Italian This polenta is cooked slowly for three hours and boasts a creamy, luxurious texture. But, famed chef Scott Conant – who developed the recipe – is just getting started. He then roasts mushrooms with garlic and thyme and combines them with a flavorful reduction of chicken jus and black truffles before adding it to the polenta and topping the dish with pieces of crispy smoked bacon. $16. www.moraitalian.com.
Artizen at The Camby Artizen tops its fluffy French toast with a bit of powdered sugar, marinated berries, a dollop of whipped cream, and, last but not least, a pour of homemade caramel that’s infused with Cave Creek Bourbon. This special substitute for maple syrup has all the sweetness of the more traditional French toast topper but with the rich, satisfying flavors of bourbon and caramel. $12. www.artizenaz.com.
fresh herbs make these meatballs. And while The Sicilian Butcher allows guests to choose from nine sauces – ranging from marinara to Parmesan cream to arrabiata – as well as several pasta pairings, try them with the truffle mushroom sauce and stuffed gnocchi. The wild mushrooms, heavy cream and generous use of truffles in the sauce make it one of the most luscious options bursting with decadent flavor. $16. www.thesicilianbutcher.com.
North Italia This dish does more than just look green – it makes anyone at the table who didn’t order it green with envy when it arrives. Daily fresh-made gigli pasta acts as the base (and can be substituted for gluten-free pasta upon request for $2.50 more), and all-white meat chicken serves as the protein. But the clear star of the plate is the stark green pesto sauce made with pine nuts, garlic, basil, Italian cheeses and olive oil. The distinctly salty, savory flavor of the pesto is amped up with an added portion of pine nuts as well as crispy capers that top off the dish. $17. www.northitaliarestaurant.com.
Modelo-Braised Bison Enchiladas Gadzooks As a build-your-own concept, Gadzooks specializes in enchiladas drenched in rich, Mexicaninspired sauces. Try the braised bison version wrapped in 50/50 tortillas (half corn, half flour) and then top it with both green and red sauces, known as Christmas style, before adding shredded cheese and your choice of toppings. The combination of flavors in the two sauces – tomatillos, garlic, onions, herbs and more – will dance in your mouth, and if you’re feeling adventurous, top it with the habanero lava salsa for an added kick. $8.95. www.gadzooksaz.com.
EVO You’ve certainly enjoyed cheese fries, and maybe even poutine, but until you’ve been to EVO, you’ve never had anything like this. This shareable starter (or main dish just for you – we won’t judge!) features fries made in-house daily that have been smothered in EVO’s rich Bolognese sauce, a tomato-based delight with veal, pork, beef, ragu and a host of herbs. It is then topped with mozzarella and basil before being baked until the cheese melts into ooey-gooey goodness. $8. www.evoscottsdale.com.
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This Texas-based chain is known for wood-fired cooking and bold American dishes with an infusion of Southwest flavors. Select meats are prepared by either wood-fired rotisserie, an open-flame grill, or wood oven roasting. The tortilla soup – layered with rotisserie chicken, avocado and tortilla strips – is a flavorful teaser to start the meal. The bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with White Falls Mill cheese grits and Mexican street corn is a popular entree. But the green chili mac and cheese seems to present itself on every table, and for good reason. Open nightly for dinner starting at 4 p.m. Happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m. 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.0795; www.roaringfork.com; $$
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EL CHORRO El Chorro’s chef brings Southwest flavors to comfort food classics like the twisted deviled eggs that are herbbreaded, flash-fried and topped with candied bacon and chipotle stuffing, or the honey-glazed bacon pork tenderloin with chipotle banana polenta. Happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m., Sunday brunch from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. 5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.948.5170; www. elchorro.com; $$$
NORI SUSHI & ASIAN KITCHEN At Nori, guests are treated to artful sushi and eclectic Asian dishes in a sophisticated setting. Extend your sushi repertoire with the loup de mer sashimi drizzled in miso, truffle oil and yuzu. For hot menu items, look no further than the Korean beef short ribs and the calamari tempura with Asian pesto. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Lunch specials Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two locations: Desert Ridge Marketplace and McDowell Mountain; www.noriaz.com; $$
DORIAN Inspired by the Oscar Wilde novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian is comfort and elegance among Victorian decor and antique chandeliers. The eclectic menu includes mini ravioli bites, baked acorn squash and braised short ribs. Breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon; happy hour at the bar from 4 to 6 p.m.; and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Open daily. 7419 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale; 480.907.5635; www.dorianscottsdale.com; $$
THE HERB BOX The Herb Box offers a fresh take on world cuisine. Whether dining for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch, dishes are inspired by Asian, Latin and European flavors. The pastries and desserts are all made in-house and should not be missed. Gluten-free and vegetarian friendly. Two locations in Scottsdale: DC Ranch and Southbridge; www.theherbbox.com; $$-$$$ ISABELLA’S KITCHEN Isabella’s Kitchen is styled after a country bistro for family and friends to enjoy traditional American Italian cuisine. This patio has beautiful views of the golf course and desert landscape where patrons can dine on a variety of bruschetta, salads, pastas and pizzas. Food and drink specials are offered Monday through Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 8623 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.502.3100; www.isabellaskitchen.com; $$ REHAB BURGER THERAPY Need a break from the daily grind? Check into Rehab Burger Therapy for some relaxing beach vibes and crazy burger concoctions like the spicy mac-n-cheese burger or a burger with peanut butter, grape jelly, bacon and Sriracha sauce. Happy hour from open until 6 p.m. daily and all day on Thursday. Open daily. 7210 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale; 480.621.5358; www. rehabburgertherapy.com; $$
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HAO RESTAURANT Hao is a neighborhood Chinese restaurant for dining in and takeout in Fountain Hills. Classic menu favorites include hot and sour soup, Mongolian beef, General Tso’s chicken, and walnut shrimp. Guests may also find other Asian dishes on the menu such as pad Thai, Korean bulgogi, and Vietnamese noodle soup. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 11849 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills; 480.816.8888; www. haofountainhills.com; $$
TANDOORI TIMES Enjoy a taste of authentic Indian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. They offer chicken, lamb and seafood dishes as well as vegetarian options. Try the savory lamb seekh kebab with an order of garlic and chili naan, all cooked in the tandoor, a Northern India clay oven. Live belly dancing on Friday and Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. Open Tuesday through Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner. Closed Monday. 8140 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.794.1404; www.tandooritimes.com; $$ THAI EXPRESS With more than 300 locations around the world, Thai Express is one of leading fast-casual franchises serving Thai cuisine. The menu offers traditional Thai and other Asian-inspired plates. Serving lunch and dinner from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Sunday, when they are open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Two locations in North Scottsdale: Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Highway 101 and Scottsdale Road and Mayo Boulevard; www.thaiexpressfood.com; $-$$
EGG N’ JOE Egg N’ Joe is a breakfast and lunch spot dedicated to helping people start their day deliciously full. Try the signature favorites like the classic German pancake, the Yukon French
toast with triple berry sauce, or the Valley of the Sun omelet filled with chipotle bacon, Jack and cheddar cheese, green onions, salsa, avocado and sour cream. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. At Silverstone Marketplace, 23271 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.265.9968; www.eggnjoe.com; $$ HASH KITCHEN Welcome to the home of Arizona’s largest bloody mary bar! Hash Kitchen encourages diners’ creativity to flow with more than 40 craft toppings such as bacon, chiles, meatballs and fried ravioli. Breakfast and brunch is served daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specialties include the breakfast lasagna and fluffy cannoli pancakes topped with sweetened ricotta and chocolate chip cream. Locations include: Scottsdale Horizon and The Shops at Gainey Village; www.hashkitchen.com; $$ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE James Beard Award-winning diner The Original Pancake House has been a Scottsdale breakfast mainstay since they opened their doors in 1988. Pancake lovers can rejoice at the wide selection of specialty pancakes such as the apple pancake glazed in cinnamon-sugar and the bacon pancakes filled with real bits of bacon. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 6840 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.946.4902; www.originalpancakehouse.com; $$ OVER EASY Since Over Easy opened in 2008, locals have continued to come back for traditional American breakfast and brunch items but also for chefinspired twists on the classics. Fluffy omelettes, blueberry pancakes, coldbrew coffee and fresh-squeezed juice will fulfill standard cravings. However, it’s the more inventive dishes, like the waffle dog with three sausage links on sticks dipped in vanilla waffle batter, that has earned them notoriety across multiple Food Network shows. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. 9375 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; www. eatatovereasy.com; $$ THE PLACE For those with a large appetite for breakfast and lunch, Mike & Rhonda’s is The Place to cure your hunger. They serve generous portions of breakfast classics like pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and steak and eggs. Traditional burgers, sandwiches, melts and salads make up the hearty lunch menu. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. 20775 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.284.4150; www.theplacearizona.com; $$
DEFALCO’S ITALIAN DELI & GROCERY This family-run deli is known for the fine Italian ingredients used in their hearty sandwiches and housemade pastas and pizzas. As a market, DeFalco’s is ideal for shopping for hard-to-find Italian imports and specialty sausages. Call ahead for takeout to skip the line. 2334 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.8660; www.defalcosdeli.com; $$ FAT OX Fat Ox is the newest contemporary Italian concept in chef Matt Carter’s family of restaurants. The eatery is well-designed with a wrap-around patio meant for a beautiful dining experience al fresco. The menu highlights housemade pastas that change seasonally, plus flavorful roasted meats. The full bar offers handcrafted, Italian-inspired cocktails; an extensive wine list; and internationally renowned craft beer. Aperitivo hour daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the bar and lounge. Dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m. 6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.307.6900; www. ilovefatox.com; $$$ HUMBLE PIE Humble Pie has earned its reputation as a neighborhood favorite for its artisan pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, salads and dessert in an upbeat, unpretentious atmosphere. Pizza favorites include the egg pizza with prosciutto, smoked mozzarella and organic egg and the S.O.P which is topped with their signature sausage, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and ricotta. Multiple locations throughout the Valley including Odysea in the Desert, Desert Ridge, Hilton Village and Kierland Village; www.humblepieusa.com; $$ THE SICILIAN BUTCHER This modern casual eatery specializes in craft meatballs and charcuterie. This butchery-inspired concept also serves fresh pastas made in-house daily and a variety of small plates. Gluten-free options available. Enjoy happy hour drink and food specials all day, every day. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 15530 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 602.775.5140; www.thesicilianbutcher.com; $$
BLANCO TACOS + TEQUILA Blanco serves Mexican dishes and cocktails in a bright, modern setting. Try the street-style carne asada tacos or the award-winning barbecue pork tacos with fresh sweet corn tomato
salsa. Pair their food with any of the ice-cold Mexican beers or from their collection of rare tequilas. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. There’s also a DJ every Friday and Saturday night. At The Borgata, 6166 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.305.6692; www.foxrc.com; $$ THE CANAL CLUB The Canal Club brings Cuban flair to Scottsdale, offering a fusion of American and Cuban cuisine and craft cocktails among the colors of a 1930s Havana aesthetic. Get island fever with the morning-time Caribbean Benedict – layered with plantains, poached eggs, smoked ham and jalapeno hollandaise – or their signature Cubano sandwich at lunch. Pick a rum punch or sangria to complement your meal. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At The Scott Resort & Spa, 4925 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.424.6095; www.thecanalclubaz.com; $$ PRADO With an old-world ambiance, Prado is as festive as it is chic. Guests are invited to luxuriate in the majestic views of Camelback Mountain on the outdoor patio while noshing on Spanish-style dishes like the Prado paella and chorizo medjool dates wrapped in bacon and stuffed with almond and blue cheese cream. Serving breakfast and dinner daily and lunch Monday through Saturday. Enjoy the Art of Breakfast for weekend brunch starting at 7 a.m. At Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.627.3004; www.montelucia.com; $$$
CHART HOUSE Enjoy an elegant seafood dinner with beautiful views of Camelback Lake. Chart House is known for its Wicked Tuna tacos, herb-seasoned and slowroasted prime rib, and fresh Alaskan king crab served with drawn butter. Their signature original hot chocolate lava cake is hard to pass up, too. Gluten-sensitive menu available. Open for dinner nightly. In McCormick Ranch, 7255 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.629.4922; www. chart-house.com; $$$-$$$$ MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB Ocean Club focuses on high-end seafood, steaks and sushi. Top-quality food, impeccable service and a social ambience make dining at Ocean Club special. The sushi menu was developed exclusively for Mastro’s and showcases signature plates with dec-
adent ingredients. Open nightly starting at 4 p.m. At Kierland Commons, 15045 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.443.8555; www.mastrosrestaurants.com; $$$ TOMMY BAHAMA RESTAURANT Embrace the island life while dining here, where Tommy Bahama’s vibrant theme is well-represented in their tropical concoctions, like the Tahitian limeade, and the lanai-style dining room. They are known for their worldfamous coconut shrimp with papayamango chutney and are proud partners of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, serving sustainable seafood. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Located at Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.505.3668; www.tommybahama.com; $$-$$$
BOURBON STEAK Bourbon Steak is a sophisticated steakhouse by award-winning chef Michael Mina. Guests can indulge in fine cuts of beef and poultry slowpoached in butter along with modern American sides like black truffle macaroni and cheese. Beef connoisseurs may be particularly interested in the selection of Japanese and American wagyu beef. Call on the in-house sommelier to find the best wine to pair with dinner. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5:30 p.m. At Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.629.4922; www. scottsdaleprincess.com; $$$-$$$$ HOUSTON’S Houston’s is a part of the Hillstone Restaurant Group that also operates Bandera in Old Town Scottsdale. They serve up familiar steakhouse plates like a USDA prime center-cut filet but also originals such as a kale and rotisserie chicken salad tossed in a roasted peanut vinaigrette and a Hawaiian rib-eye steak. At Hilton Village, 6113 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.922.7775; www.hillstone.com; $$$ J&G STEAKHOUSE Nestled inside The Phoenician, J&G Steakhouse serves fine dining classics interpreted by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Renowned chef de cuisine Jacques Qualin masterfully pairs awardwinning premium meats and fresh seafood with the finest local ingredients to provide a top-tier dining experience. 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.214.8000; www. jgsteakhousescottsdale.com; $$$$
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BIRDIEBEE FASHION SHOW
The Bella Twins, Brie and Nikki, returned to their hometown for a fashion show in partnership with Scottsdale Fashion Week to debut their Birdiebee line. The runway show, which took place at W Scottsdale’s Wet Pool Deck, featured both sisters modeling Birdiebee pieces. The evening also included live music, a red carpet arrival, and VIP packages.
Jenna Brocious and Kristen Hopkins
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Christie Luke and Candace Roberts
Mary Burkinshaw, Hailey Lunt and Ashley Koble
Daniela Peña and Diana Aguilar
Melanie Rocco and Jon Firpach
Melody Sánchez and Nick Daly
Thai Greenfield and Julie Kang
Matt and Stephanie Chico
Courtney and Stephen Gubernick
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RUNWAY TO REALITY
Hosted by Untold Stories Foundation and Nazila Couture Designs at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, this first annual fundraiser and fashion show helped raise funds for a shelter project for widows and orphans in Afghanistan.
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Jane Lee and Lynn Khalil
Michael and Carolina Gleason
Elizabeth Savant and Christine Diab
Valorie Martin and Gina Donnelly
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POWERHOUSE WOMEN EVENT
The Powerhouse Women Event brought women together for a day of inspiration and connection at Mountain Shadows. Attendees enjoyed mingling with fellow businesswomen and entrepreneurs, social media consultations, professional headshots, mimosas, lunch, prizes, and an impressive lineup of speakers including event founder Lindsey Schwartz and transformational coach Lori Harder.
Samantha Fair, Chip Eisenhofer and Katie Ault
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Matiana Mitchell and Tessa Kahoun
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Mandy Holmes and Jess Fisher
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COOKS & CHORDS
Held at Mayo Clinic, Cooks & Chords featured tastings from top Valley chefs paired with premium wine and beer as well as acoustic music, a raffle and a silent auction. Funds raised benefited the Arizona chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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Kay and Fred Fathe
Katie and Craig Horpedahl
Kadrina Marinov and Bill Schwam
Randall and Cathleen Schapiro
Charrid Simpson and Ken Conz
Elizabeth and Rudy Rodriguez
Pamela Schmidt and Victoria East
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BEHIND THE FLAMES SCOTTSDALE FIREFIGHTER CHARITIES DINNER
This 18th annual event celebrated Scottsdale firefighters and the charities they support at Dominick’s Steakhouse. The Scottsdale Firefighters Association presented the Scottsdale Firefighter of the Year Award and honored C.A.R.E. Award recipients Grant Woods, Pastor Warren Stewart and Jerry Colangelo.
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Kristi and Brian Culhane
Terrance Thornton and Lesley Deason
Jen and Brad Clawson
Lonnie Burton and Kristi Hadland
Haley and John Schuster
Denise and John Christensen
Barry and Farrah Graham
Mack Cornwell, Sheena Tracy and Andrew Varela
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Old-world cuisine meets new-world flair at KOVO Modern Mediterranean
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Growing up in Cyprus, Yianni Ioannou spent his days helping in his family’s local restaurant, quickly falling in love with both the industry and the bright spices of the Mediterranean. He also fell in love with the United States. So much so, he moved to Michigan in his early 20s. “That’s when I found something I didn’t love – long, cold winters,” Ioannou says. “So, I made my way to Arizona in 2005, initially to attend Arizona State University.” Phoenix’s 300 days of sunshine suited Ioannou, and he soon found himself busy working at a local Greek restaurant, eventually as general manager, before leaving to help open a burger concept in Tempe in recent years. “The ultimate dream has always been to open my own modern Mediterranean concept – a full-service dining experience with the flavors Cyprus, Italy, Greece, France, Spain and even the Middle East,” Ioannou says. “And now that’s a reality with KOVO Modern Mediterranean.” Nearly a year in the making, KOVO, located at the Paradise Village Gateway shopping center, features a wide selection of cuisine from the Mediterranean. In
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Greek, KOVO means “to carve.” As such, rotisserie meats are predominately displayed in the open kitchen and are served in many entrees. A gorgeous wood-fired oven produces savory pizzas and other wood-fired specialties. “Because we want to be a place for families, but also for couples and friends to come and relax, we have a major focus on shared plates like housemade hummus and tzatziki, grilled eggplant and halloumi cheese, homemade Greek sausage, and grilled octopus,” Ioannou says. The wine menu reflects Ioannou’s love of diverse regions with selections from New Zealand, Greece, France, Spain, Italy, South Africa, California and Oregon, while the beer menu features both local favorites like Papago Orange Blossom and Four Peaks Kiltlifter as well as regional and Italian selections. Rounding out the drink front, there are both classic cocktails – think Aperol spritzes and Manhattans – as well as modern twists like berry-infused mojitos and cucumber mules. The space seats 140-plus people and includes both a large outdoor patio and a wraparound indoor/outdoor bar. “Our 4,000-square-foot restaurant has a modern design to match the spirit of our menu, with a light-filled, open and airy feel,” Ioannou says. “Influences from the Mediterranean can be found in Moroccanstyle tiles, rich blue ocean-inspired accents, and artistic fixtures.” Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., KOVO offers $2 off several shared plates and all signature cocktails plus $4 drafts, well drinks and house wines. On Monday and Tuesday after 8 p.m., get a bruschetta board or pizza with a bottle of select wine for $20. KOVO opens at 11 a.m. daily, and a brunch menu will launch by the end of the year. KOVO Modern Mediterranean, 10625 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix; 602.237.5872; www.kovomedi.com.
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