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60 Cuisine Talking with Tomaso Maggiore, executive chef and owner of Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant


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82 New In Town

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Andy Gordon’s chance for change

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Dupuytren’s contracture is a painful, progressive condition that can make it difficult or impossible to straighten the affected fingers. Caused by thickened connective tissue under the palm of the hand, Dupuytren’s contracture is most common in men over the age of 50. While traditional treatments have offered temporary relief of symptoms in the past, symptoms typically tend to return and require repeated treatment over time. Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice has pioneered a

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ur annual Man Issue is back and better than ever! We’re celebrating all things men this month. As you flip through the pages, you’ll see that we’ve pretty much covered everything, including men’s grooming products (pg. 72), man cave decor (pg. 68), drinks, dude food and much more. You might notice that our cover story (pg. 32) is a bit different this month. Instead of highlighting one awesome man in the area, we took it up a notch and are focusing on four fantastic musicians otherwise known as local indie rock group, Vinyl Station. Do they look familiar? It’s possible that you recognize the band from their performances all across the Valley or from Rob Thomas’ latest tour. Read all about how they formed the band, who their musical influences are, why their sound can’t be defined in just a few words and what’s up next for them. Notice the men’s influence on this month’s issue doesn’t just stop there. We’re featuring tons of men throughout – from one local photographer making it big through social media to men who are giving back to the community in a big way. In addition, you’ll also notice our feature, dads doing it all (pg. 36), in honor of Father’s Day. These seven stellar dads really are balancing everything: family, work and philanthropy. (Speaking of Father’s Day, a speical shout-out to my funny, fashionable and fun-loving dad!)

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It has been said that sometimes great adversities show you who you really are, and what you are meant to do. That is something that Andy Gordon can agree with. continued… JUNE 2016 |



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up close Gordon has worked as a lawyer for almost his entire career, minus a two-year stint working under Janet Napolitano in Washington D.C. However, it’s not his career that is pushing him to give back. At age 60, Gordon was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer, just twelve years after he lost his first wife to the very same cancer – which is a one in 14 million possibility. “That’s really something to think about – a one in 14 million chance, and we have both been faced with the same cancer,” said Gordon. Today, it’s this fight that keeps him going. In addition to being a lawyer, Gordon is also a board member and president elect for The Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) and a member of Team In Training, which is a marathon, half marathon, triathlon, cycling and hiking event and training program within LLS, so you can fundraise while you train. Since being involved with the organization, Gordon has raised over $47,000 for LLS through Team In Training Arizona. He is also a cyclist and has signed up to do America’s Most Beautiful Bike ride in Lake Tahoe this year, for the third time. “Every day that I’m alive is a good day,” Gordon says. Thanks in part to his treatment involving stem cell transplantation, he is living a richer, fuller life. “One of the things I do with LLS is talk to people who have just been diagnosed,” explains. “It’s important for them to hear from someone going through this that life is not over, and you have your full life in front of you.” One of the most widely recognized local nonprofit campaigns by LLS has officially kicked off – Man & Woman of The Year – which is a friendly competition between up-and-coming community leaders to raise the most money for charity. For 10 weeks following the kick-off of the campaign, each candidate has committed to raise funds for blood cancer research. The candidates are vying for the Man & Woman of The Year title, with proceeds benefiting LLS and directly funding lifesaving blood cancer research, financial assistance to cover patient expenses for

transportation, medication and testing, free educational materials and events for patients and their families. Since launching in 2014, the Man & Woman of the Year campaign has raised over $1.3 million dollars for its causes. “At the end of the day, it’s about finding cures,” said Gordon. “We are trying to find a cure for a cancer that has no cure – that’s something that everyone can get behind.” LLS is the world’s largest voluntary UPTOWN |


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health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. To learn more about the LLS, visit For more information about Team in Training, visit


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SOCIAL MEDIA SNAPSHOT A local photographer’s rise to Instagram fame BY KELLY POTTS PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN


ake DeBruyckere, who was born and raised in the Valley, has always considered photography as a hobby. But when the popular photo sharing app Instagram came around, photography became his career. When he was younger, DeBruyckere would hike in the desert with his dad and grandpa, and he knew that the unique landscape of Arizona was worth sharing. Known as the handle @jaquib, DeBruyckere now has over 22,000 followers on Instagram, and started #thedesertisbeautifultoo, a hashtag tagged by others thousands of times. When traveling, DeBruyckere (www. constantly shares photos from his journeys, and one photo he posted gained him national recognition. “All the photos on my Instagram are shot with my iPhone,” DeBruyckere says. “I posted a photo of San Francisco, and used #shotwithaniphone, and then I got an email from Apple asking to use the photo! It was a pretty surreal moment.” The photo has been used for Apple's "Shot on an iPhone6s" World Gallery, which included international posters, billboards and print advertorial. The photo has also been used on the back cover of a recent National Geographic magazine.


What is your favorite thing to do in Arizona? I love to go to the movies, or go out and hike. A lot of my outside work activities revolve around taking photos! Where are some of your favorite hangouts around the Valley? We have some pretty great food options here! I love The Henry, The Vig or Melt Ice Cream. Where are some of the most photogenic vacations you have taken? San Francisco has to be my favorite. You have the beach scene, city set and, of course, great hiking spots.



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GENTRY GETS GENEROUS One doctor’s dedication to early detection BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN


he average age of the diagnosis of Autism in Arizona is just under five years old, which is considered to be very late in the world of Autism and early intervention. Dr. Joe Gentry (, who has spent eight years in the Valley as a child psychologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children with Autism, found that many of the children who are diagnosed late are those who are economically disadvantaged and don’t have access to insurance or medical care. “Unfortunately, Arizona hasn’t yet figured out a good way to identify young children with developmental delays and autism until they are older, and therefore miss a critical period of early intervention,” Gentry explains. So, he and his wife, Sarah Gentry, decided to take action and start The Gentry Foundation: a nonprofit dedicated to raise money and awareness to get pediatricians more information about early symptom detection, conduct mass infant and toddler screenings in Arizona, and to pay for high quality evaluations so these children get the services they need years earlier. 


What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I enjoy mountain biking, running and listening to live music. As a family, my wife and two young daughters love simply relaxing with our family and friends around the pool and going to the beach. What advice do you have for others who are starting their own foundation? Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are so many awesome people who have already worked so hard to do good in this area, and they really want to help, especially when the cause is a good one.



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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in Hair Restoration— PRP Therapy Dr Rochlin is now performing PRP therapy as a proactive therapeutic option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss. PRP is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions. Recent scientific research and technology provides the medical community with new understandings of wound and tissue healing. As a result of these scientific studies, we recognize PRP is an all-natural medical procedure performed in physicians offices for scalp, skin, and hair stimulation.

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cKenna Bruner was always a fashionista in the spotlight growing up – from appearing in commercials to modeling in Los Angeles. But, fashion didn’t become a career until one day in 2014 when her husband turned to her and suggested that she start a fashion blog. And, that very next day, The Bubbly Blonde (www. was born. Now, over 21,000 followers on Instagram (@thebubblyblondemwb) later, The Bubbly Blonde is still on the rise. Bruner, who describes her overall style as “preppy chic with a flirty, fresh and fun slant,” gets many items sent to her from sponsoring stores, but it’s up to her to style the looks and intermix her personal flair. For each post she also has to do her hair and make up, book a photographer and make sure she gets the winning shot – sometimes photographing more than one look during a shoot. She also never posts anything that she doesn’t actually wear. “If something shows up the blog, just know that it’s an item I like and believe in,” she says.

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What is your secret to gaining so many Instagram followers? Tagging and hash tagging! I have been regrammed by many companies over the last year, which has definitely helped with new followers. I also had a 10 second video (describing a pink dress) go viral in a matter of days. It’s exhilarating and shocking when something like that happens! What do you enjoy doing in your free time? My husband and I love to go to the movies, try new restaurants and spend time with family and friends. We also enjoy taking our adorable dog to play at the dog park! Are you a jewelry, shoes or purse person? Shoes and purses are definitely my downfall! Every Tuesday on Instagram I feature “ShoesDay Tuesday,” which is always a fun blog to put together!




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lthough he is known for his dedication to food and the local community, Miracle Mile Deli Vice President Josh Garcia is also a stylish man. “I like the T-shirt and jeans look when I am not at work,” says Garcia. “Professionally, I wear the same uniform every day. However, I do love a good tie and I wish I could wear them in the work place, but not a lot of people like ties being dipped in their pastrami sandwiches.” The father of two, who makes comfort a priority, also makes it a point to maintain a professional look. “When I am at work, it’s all business and you have to look good and feel good to set the positive tone for my staff and customers,” he explains. You can often find Garcia in 7 For All Mankind or AG Jeans, a Travis Matthews shirt and a great pair of shoes. “Good shoes are not only for women,” says Garcia. “They can easily make or break a man’s outfit in my opinion.”

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet? I have a really cool black button down from English Laundry that has some great embroidery on it and is just a fun shirt. I enjoy wearing that as a swap from my work outfit when I’m not working. What is one item of clothing your wife would probably like to see you get rid of? I have some T-shirts that have holes in them because they've probably been washed too many times and need to be thrown away. Unfortunately, those are the most comfortable shirts! (it's a guy thing I think) What do you and your family enjoy doing in your free time? We like doing things outdoors. We play tennis and T-Ball, go swimming and enjoy the McCormick Railroad Park or Mini-Golf. If it's Indoors, we like the Children's Museum of Phoenix, Arizona Science Center or going to the movies to see an animated film.


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1. Lee Ansel, Bullocks Wilshire outfit.

8. George Susich, Tasso Elba outfit. 9. Paul Morell, Versache outfit.

2. Jim Kitchel, outfit from Jos. A. Bank and Nantucket Reds.

10. Jim McNair, Jones New York outfit.

3. John Flicker, outfit from Jos. A. Bank.

11. Tony Cusenze, Joseph Abboud suit.

4. Mike Higgins, Brooks Brothers outfit.

12. Stuart Graff, Robert Graham outfit.

5. Steve Taddie, Kroon outfit.

13. Rob Chambers, Boglioli outfit

6. Tom Beck, Versache outfit. 7. Chuck Munson, Canali outfit.



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1. George Redhetter, Armani tuxedo

7. Bryan Gottfredson, Joseph Abboud tuxedo.

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8. Kirk Baxter, Henry Grethel tuxedo.

3. Matt Larkin, Peter Millar suit.

9. Iain Hamp, Calvin Klein tuxedo.

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11. Jason Burns, Versini suit.

6. Michael Gottfredson, Metropolitan View tuxedo.

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VINYL Meet the local indie rock band on the rise

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or most of the members of local indie rock band Vinyl Station, being part of a musical group means living out a lifelong dream, exactly where they thought they would end up. As is the case for drummer Roy Cameron, who doesn’t see music as a career, but rather a way of life. “My parents are both musicians, I grew up around it,” he says. “I had a strong liking for the drums very early on, I was obsessed with the sound of it and my parents bought me a set when I was young.” JUNE 2016 |



The Band Vinyl Station is made up of four men: Matthew Thornton on vocals and guitar, Brendon Cottrell also on vocals and guitar, Alex Kyhn who plays bass and Roy Cameron on drums. All of the members of the band come from different, musical backgrounds and while they didn’t know one another until recently, they are sure they were meant to be. “As with other local bands, you play with a bunch of people as you go,” Thornton says. “However, it become really obvious really quickly that it was right with us, everything came into focus for us and we are really happy.” The band was originally formed back in 2010 with a few different members and it hasn’t been that long since these four came together. The most recent member of the group, Roy Cameron, has only been a part of Vinyl Station for about a year but according to the other members, the dynamic fit almost instantaneously. “He fit in right away with the energy and precise yet organic timing,” Thornton explains. According to Kyhn, “We haven’t played that much together as a full band but now that we are finally playing together as much as we can, as a four piece, it is really working and we are excited about where it’s going.”

The Sound Vinyl Station, who released their first full length album, “The Evening Sin,” in 2012, is very proud of where the band has been. The group is even more excited about where it stands today and how it is moving forward, having just finished a second dynamic and ambitious album, “Still Open Eyes, which is on sale now. For fans, new and old, it is always an adventure when turning on Vinyl Station. When it comes to discussing the band’s musical mentors, the sounds are pretty much the same among the foursome. “Roy and I grew up obsessed with U2. We are the oldest ones and the iconic band is definitely who we style some of our music after,” Thornton explains. “Personally, I am also really influenced a lot by Peter Gabriel, Radiohead and those kinds of sounds musically as well.”

As for the others in the band, musical influences that have helped along the way include David Gray, Coldplay, Ryan Adams and Tom Petty, just to name a few. While described as an indie rock group, Vinyl Station isn’t so set on labels; they are simply happy just continuing to make music their way. “We believe in playing our music honestly,” Kyhn says. “I know that describing the band that way doesn’t really speak to the type of sound we have but I think

“We believe in playing our music honestly,” Kyhn says. “I know that describing the band that way doesn’t really speak to the type of sound we have but I think everything we are doing is a conglomeration of being as honest as we can with who we are and sticking to that every time we play.” everything we are doing is a conglomeration of being as honest as we can with who we are and sticking to that every time we play.” Another benefit the band sees is that since they don’t get played on the radio right now, they don’t really have to pick one song over another when it comes to styles and types to focus on. “We get to honestly listen to our fans and listen to how we are feeling at the time,” Thornton explains. “Our lyrics are our own, our live shows can get pretty energetic and then slow down and then speed up again, and that is how we like it.” While the group has now put out two UPTOWN |


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albums, they are always looking forward to greener pastures and what is coming next. “I am looking forward to working on our sounds with everybody and moving forward,” Thornton says. “I really want to write the next album with the group and am very excited to get everyone’s input on putting it together.” Right now, the group is working on their next album, writing and hoping to begin recording in the near future. There is no set release date but for Vinyl Station, the possibilities are endless, in part thanks to their dedicated fan base. “There is so much out there to listen to today and we don’t know why anyone would choose us over someone else, but it is nice that people do and it is nice that people are affected,” Thornton explains.

The Tours Although right now the band isn’t touring, they most recently toured with Rob Thomas, hitting more than 65 cities. “It was a great experience and we’d like to get back out there this summer. Hopefully that will come together and we can get back out there and start touring all over the country,” Cottrell says. Vinyl Station is currently taking time off here in the Valley until their next tour to not only work on their new album and perform locally, but also to focus on other group and individual projects. “We will still connect and record demos, practice once a week or so,” Thornton says. “Sometimes we just make sure we find time to hang out and get dinner or drinks.” In the mean time, Vinyl Station’s management team is working planning an upcoming tour, with the overall goal to headline their own tour in the not-so-distant future. Until that happens, the foursome says they are happy continuing down this path of musical awesomeness, playing both originals and covers in local venues like Comerica Theater, Crescent Ballroom, The Vig, Valley Bar and hitting the road in cities across the U.S., meeting their electrifying fans along the way. To view Vinyl Station’s local performance calendar, listen to their latest album or learn more about the band, visit

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Seven men committed to their careers, the community and, most importantly, their kids

A father is a role model, provider and caretaker who imparts wisdom and knowledge. He’s often the hero in a child’s world, able to fix and do things with strength and purpose like nobody else. Beyond being present as Dad, his role may also span the likes of executive and entrepreneur or coach and community advocate. Or, perhaps, a little bit of all of the above. Here, we introduce seven men who are truly dads doing it all, making a difference at work, in the community and at home.



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OCCUPATION: President and owner, Cactus Flower Florists CHILDREN: Landon Tate (3) and Cayden John (6)

What do you do during the day? My day starts with waking our sleeping kiddos (or being woken up by them with kisses), making breakfast and lunches for school, and dropping off one of our boys at school. After that, the business defines the direction of my work day. With five retail stores, three companies and 100 employees, there is never a shortage of things to be done. There are different “hats” that I need to wear throughout the day – manager, flower buyer, IT guy, accounting, HR and driver – each one is rewarding in its own way. My day ends with a T-ball game or practice then dinner as a family and my favorite part: story time. Repeat the next day. How did you choose your career? My career chose me at the tender age of four. In 1972, my mother started Cactus Flower Florists when she opened North Scottsdale’s first flower shop. I quite literally grew up in the flower business and did everything from watering plants and helping customers to donning holiday costumes for deliveries. Eventually, I became a delivery driver in high school and managed one of our Tempe shops while I was at ASU. My parents always encouraged me to try working in another industry, but I kept finding ways to nurture the flower business. Today, I have the pleasure and the honor of working alongside my mom, dad and sister in our blooming family business. Which philanthropic organizations are you involved in? The flower business lends itself to engaging the

community and supporting local charities. I have served as a member and in leadership roles for the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club, EC70, Entrepreneur’s Organization, Scottsdale Leadership and, most recently, the Scottsdale Charros. Why are these organizations important to you? Having the opportunity to be in an organization of like-minded business people gives me the chance to share business ideas and challenges and create lifelong friendships all while giving back to my Scottsdale community where I was born and raised. What is the most challenging part about being a dad? Do you know that feeling when you get a flashback of your youth and some of the situations that you found yourself in? With two boys, I JUNE 2016 |



can already see a couple steps ahead of them and need to make the decision to either step in or step back. Most often, I choose to step back and let them learn firsthand because I believe that every experience helps build the foundation of who you are in the future. What is the most rewarding part about being a dad? Watching two small humans slowly develop into great young men. I couldn’t be more proud of my two boys. What has fatherhood taught you? Family first. My boys and my wife are the center of my universe. Fatherhood has taught me to be a better man. Not perfect, but they are cool with that. Describe being a dad in three words. Laughter, love, family.

DR. STEVEN HANSEN OCCUPATION: President and CEO, Arizona Humane Society (AHS) CHILDREN: Graham (17) and Allison (20)

What do you do during the day? I get to experience first-hand the day-to-day lifesaving work that our passionate staff and volunteers commit themselves to each and every day of the year. I interact with staff, donors, board members, volunteers and partners to discuss current AHS programs and processes in an effort to plan future strategic initiatives, funding needs and plans designed to sustain AHS for another 60 years while also continuing to transform Maricopa County into one of the best places to be a pet. How did you choose your career? I always had a strong interest in the health and welfare of animals and distinctly remember visiting my local animal shelter as a kid in order to retrieve my Brittany Spaniel, Brandy, who had gone missing. This interest drove my academic path and led to a career in animal welfare. What is your favorite part about your career? I love working with animals and people and making a difference in both of their lives. One thing that really drew me to AHS is the organization’s belief that people are also really important. There’s always someone on the other side. The human-animal bond and that relationship between the pet and person is what it’s all about. This is critical for our organization as we strive to offer resources to pet owners in need so they can keep their pets in their homes despite any hardships they may be facing. Which philanthropic organizations are you involved in? I am passionate about and spend my time and

energy on the AHS as well as the Morris Animal Foundation, American College of Animal Welfare and Maricopa County’s Alliance for Companion Animals. These organizations are also committed to bettering the lives of animals and people. How do you balance work, community involvement and being a dad? For me, the key to balance is not to separate work and personal life but instead to incorporate them together. I see daily life as a stream that doesn’t separate but instead works in concert. This allows me to be flexible with both family and work life. What is the most challenging part about being a dad? The most challenging part about being a parent is trying to prepare your children for the UPTOWN |


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opportunities and challenges that life presents while allowing them to make their own decisions. What advice do you have for future fathers? Enjoy every phase of your kids’ lives because they change so quickly. What has fatherhood taught you? Be patient, have faith and ask questions. Describe being a dad in three words. Exhausting, exhilarating, priceless. What is your family motto or saying? Attitude is everything. What values do you want to instill in your children? Aim very high and pursue your dreams with determination and hard work. Make sure you have fun along the way.


OCCUPATION: Fire captain/paramedic, City of Scottsdale Fire Department; owner, Brian Joseph Enterprises CHILDREN: Brandon (7), Carson (stepson, 9) and Hannah (stepdaughter, 11)

What do you do during the day? I am on shift for 10 days per month, working 48-hour shifts. On the days I’m not working, I spend time with my family (fiancee, son and future stepchildren), exercise and run my consulting business, where I serve as a medical insurance appeals writer for air ambulance flights. The end of the day usually finishes with helping my son with homework and making sure the needs of my family are being met. How did you choose your career? I believe my career chose me. I started college at Northern Arizona University with the intent on being an attorney or teacher, but I began taking some life support classes and fell in love with it. Shortly after, I started as a volunteer firefighter. That led to working as a firefighter/paramedic for Rural-Metro Fire Department in Scottsdale, and ultimately led me to where I am now. During my off-duty time, I was given the opportunity to use my knowledge of emergency paramedicine to author air ambulance appeals. This prompted me to launch Brian Joseph Enterprises. What is your favorite part about your career? Each day is different, challenging and teaches me new things. When someone calls 911, my crew and I have the opportunity to bring some type of order to their moment of chaos, regardless of the type of emergency. What is one of your fondest memories with your children? When my son met my now fiancee and her two kids. This was something that she

and I stressed about, but when they met they seemed as if they had been lifelong friends. Watching that relationship develop has been amazing and reinforces the importance of family, problem-solving and compromise. What is the most rewarding part about being a dad? Getting to teach my kids things about the world and watching them learn. Getting to participate in their lives is by far the most rewarding part about being a dad. What advice do you have for future fathers? Remember that you’re not perfect and that no matter what you’re doing, your children are watching and learning from you. Be honest with yourself; know what you’re capable of and what you are not. Surround yourself with JUNE 2016 |



people who help fill in the gaps when it comes to parenting. The old adage “it takes a village” is so very true. Describe being a dad in three words. Unpredictable, rewarding and honorable. What is your family motto or saying? No family mottos or saying, but we do have a secret handshake. I’d teach it to you, but that would defeat the purpose of it being a secret. What values do you want to instill in your children? To be accountable, compassionate, understanding, dependable, dedicated and honorable. That it’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s okay to have failed attempts at things. I believe that we learn best from the mistakes that we have made.


OCCUPATION: Management consultant; founder, Kids Activity Market CHILDREN: Emma (13)

What do you do during the day? As an entrepreneur and consultant, I work on a variety of projects every day ranging from strategic planning, leadership coaching and technology initiatives, and lately, a new nonprofit Kids Activity Market (KAM), which I launched earlier this year. Which philanthropic organizations are you involved in? Over the years I have played an active role in Shoebox Ministry, Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement. My current philanthropic passion is KAM, where we help match parents to activity providers, keeping kids busy outside of school. Can you tell us about KAM? KAM’s mission is to engage children in activities that build personal connections and human collaboration using nonelectronic mediums such as sports, crafts and leadership activities. We align families with activities that best fit their children’s extracurricular needs. Our nonprofit coordinates with activity providers to give scholarships to kids whose families otherwise could not afford these activities. How do you balance work, community involvement and being a dad? Family is the highest value in my life so I find myself constantly making choices based on what is most in alignment with my family. Although we are a small family of two, as a full-time single dad I have been fortunate to surround myself with others who also share my passion for parenting and understand that it does take a community to raise a happy, healthy, successful daughter.

What is one of your fondest memories with your child? One of my fondest memories is the summer after Emma’s fourth grade school year when we went to New York City for almost six weeks with my mother. The three of us had the opportunity to explore museums, walk the city, take trains to the Jersey Shore, Washington D.C. and many other historical stops. The memories and education were great for us all. What is the most rewarding part about being a dad? The most rewarding part about being a dad is that I am her real-life superhero. She looks up to me and relies on me and my wisdom, insight and experience to keep her safe and secure, happy and healthy, laughing and learning. Every day I have the opportunity UPTOWN |


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to listen and learn from her as it is her innocence and quest for knowledge and understanding that teaches me. What advice do you have for future fathers? Don’t miss a single day. Take this opportunity to make a difference in their lives. Being a father is easy, however making a difference takes time, dedication and the willingness to be vulnerable. I have made a lot of mistakes over the last 14 years, but I keep showing up, day after day, and it does work out exactly like it is supposed to. What has fatherhood taught you? More than anything, fatherhood has taught me to listen first and think before I speak. Describe being a dad in three words. Love, love and more love.

JONATHAN LANE OCCUPATION: Owner and director of hoppiness, O.H.S.O. Eatery + Brewery + Distillery CHILDREN: Owen Henry (10)

What do you do during the day? Depending on the day, I am running a restaurant, delivering beer or spirits, or doing paperwork. You name it, I’ve probably done it at one time or another, whether it is building, developing, maintaining or operating a restaurant, brewery or distillery. How did you choose your career? It chose me. I was raised for a period by a single mom and spent a lot of time at a local pub after school doing homework, eating, cleaning, etc. I also love people and I am social, so it was better than any of the desk jobs I ever had. What is your favorite part about your career? The community and people I meet and become involved with. Which philanthropic organizations are you involved in? We work a lot with rescues and pet organizations, which are helping bring a wonderful animal to a healthy state and hopefully bringing a family, a child or an individual a comforting friend that helps them through life. We also help out the local middle school, and these were the years that I feel helped shape my full understanding of community. How do you balance work, community involvement and being a dad? It hasn’t been easy; my son slept at O.H.S.O. a lot as a little one. He ate there, he did his homework there – he practically lived there during our first 1 1/2 years of business. We work hard and we play hard. We have missed many things over the years, but I’ve only missed one of his baseball games ever; it’s his

favorite sport. I also try to create quality time no matter what we are doing, whether it is driving to school, playing a board game or taking the dogs for a walk. What are your favorite activities to do with your child? We love going to Arizona Diamondbacks games or playing a board game. We get to talk, and he tells me about his day or things that went on or the new friend he met, and so on. What is the most challenging part about being a dad? Every day the challenge changes, and it’s important to understand that your child is looking up to you and will slowly become you in a different way, so it’s about helping him become the best little you that you can. What is the most rewarding part about being a dad? Watching him JUNE 2016 |



become his own little man. What advice do you have for future fathers? Be patient, enjoy the little things and be thankful for all those that help shape him or her. What has fatherhood taught you? That it takes more than just me to raise a good little guy. Thank you to all the teachers, women and men who have and are helping my child grow. Describe being a dad in three words. Fun, fun, fun. What is your family motto or saying? Edgar A. Guest’s poem, “It Couldn’t Be Done.” What values do you want to instill in your child? To be involved in his community, to be happy and to enjoy every moment on this planet.


OCCUPATION: Partner, Gordon & Rees CHILDREN: Triplets Danielle, Miles and August (8 months)

What do you do during the day? My days currently consist of copious amounts of baby formula, spit up and poopy diapers. Our house looks like a scene from “Raising Arizona.” In our abundant spare time, my wife Molly and I try to practice a little law. How did you choose your career? I took a class in college called “Intro to American Law.” During the first lecture on the first day of class, the professor held up the front page of the local newspaper (for the youngsters out there, a “newspaper” is how we used to keep up with what’s happening in the world) and pointed out that every story featured there was either directly, or one-step indirectly, related to the law. I was fascinated by that concept, and I decided right then that law school was my next step. Which philanthropic organizations are you involved in? I am in the Thunderbirds and I sit on the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Board. In both capacities, I have participated in giving out the money that we have raised to numerous deserving, hardworking organizations that are making tremendous contributions to all segments of our community. I am humbled to have that opportunity. How do you balance work, community involvement and being a dad? I don’t have it balanced yet, but I’m working on it! How has it been thus far being a new dad – and to triplets? It has been the most incredible experience of my life. Watching my wife transform into a

maternal super-heroine and watching the babies’ personalities start to develop has been absolutely amazing. What did you do to prepare for fatherhood? I think I subconsciously watched my own late father and father-inlaw, as well as the many other wonderful fathers that I am blessed to know among my family and friends, and I’ve tried to emulate them. If I can be half the dad that they have been, I will be in good shape. What is one of your fondest memories you have so far with your children? The delivery room, without question. With three babies on the way, it felt like there were 100 people in there! What is the most challenging part about being a dad? Worrying about being good enough to not mess them up! UPTOWN |


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What is the most rewarding part about being a dad? Watching them grow and thrive. What has fatherhood taught you? That my wife is a super human. Describe being a dad in three words. Love, love and love. What is your family motto or saying? Invictus (that’s for you, Chief!). What values do you want to instill in your children? I want them to be considerate of other people’s circumstances, I want them to engage in all aspects of their community, even when it’s not comfortable, and I want them to be fearless in going after their goals. Do you have any traditions you are passing on to your children? Love, faith and family.


OCCUPATION: Assistant program director/ afternoon on-air personality, 94.5 KOOL-FM CHILDREN: Sofia (12) and Mia (17)

What do you do during the day? I get to play radio! I am on the air from 3-7 p.m. on 94.5 KOOL-FM. Before my shift, I am also the assistant program director, so I help with a lot of day-to-day items like copywriting and assisting the promotions department with generating ideas for the station that may grow ratings or revenue. How did you choose your career? There were two things that I had an incredible passion for as a kid: sports and music. I went to the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse to be a physical education teacher, and that turned into mass communications and radio. What is your favorite part about your career? There are many things, such as being able to walk into the studio each day and play music – much less the music I love and grew up listening to! Also, venturing out in the public and meeting our listeners and talking with them is amazing. There is a certain sense of completion when I get to shake hands with the listeners. I also love the community work we do as a station. Which philanthropic organizations are you involved in? I am getting involved in the Special Olympics Arizona. This charity is particularly special to me as my sister is handicapped. I have also worked with the Foundation for Blind Children and the Purple Society, which is a local organization for pediatric cancer. How do you balance work, community involvement and being a dad? Work is not a Monday to Friday, 9-5 job. I work six days a week, sometimes seven,

and the hours are long. I love my job. From being on the air to participating in various charity events or hosting fundraisers with the support of my family is priceless. I try to instill my daughters with the value of hard work and giving back to others. They have never questioned a fundraiser or why they are involved. They know how important it is to give back and I am very lucky to have kids with such giving spirits. What is the most challenging part about being a dad? I am the only male in the house. My biggest challenge is not being shut out because it is conversation for the “ladies” of the house. So, maybe staying relevant is a challenge. What is the most rewarding part about being a dad? Watching my children grow up. Seeing how smart JUNE 2016 |



and beautiful they are and how they are going to give back in the things they do. My wife has been a major part of that. We have been a great team. It’s been tough at times, but we are blessed to have such wonderful children. What has fatherhood taught you? Patience. Humility. Pride. Drive. Describe being a dad in three words. Role model (wait, is that two words already?), love and awesome! Do you have any traditions you are passing on to your children? Besides an annual trip to Disneyland, we participate in Pat’s Run every year. I believe having balance is key. We’re blessed to be able to take amazing trips, but we’re equally as blessed to be able to give back.

Workout facilities, pet salons, shaded balconies, and rooftop gathering places are some of the perks in LivURBN communities.


hat gives a neighborhood its mojo? It’s a combination of location, architectural appeal, connectivity, and hipness. Urban dwellers today are drawn to pedestrian-vibrant places that offer not only convenience by way of accessibility to transit corridors, but also feature the latest in technology and green living. Residents who embrace the urbanism movement are gravitating to properties introduced by LivURBN, a company that ‘gets’ that people wish to live steps away from their favorite local coffee shop and restaurants, or where they can take in the best view of the city, or cut their commute time to work.

FINDING YOUR BEAT Neighborhoods where cool meets connectivity BY K. IAN MACGONNEGAL

Curious urbanites are exploring LivURBN neighborhoods via or 602-225-2242, or 480-773-2183

Choosing Cool Neighborhoods LivURBN is as passionate about creating exceptional modern living opportunities as they believe in respecting the character and heritage of the neighborhoods it chooses to build in. Whether it is CONTOUR, the bold condominium experience on Campbell Avenue in the heart of The Biltmore area on Campbell Ave. or The Mason on 14th Street and Bethany Home Road, people are finding ownership options that fit their vision of urban living right down to the 2-car garage and roof deck.

Each LivURBN community is thoughtfully embedded in the local fabric of a neighborhood

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feet—provide easy access to restaurants, shops, biking, hiking and jogging trails. Prices starting at $475,000, residences at The Mason not only fit seamlessly into the surrounding neighborhood because of their Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architectural characteristics, they give homebuyers the flexibility to choose from 2- and 3-bedroom options, each featuring open kitchen and living areas, walk in closets, a 2-car garage and multiple outdoor/balcony space on each unit and roof decks on most floorplans.

Buyers, who are able to select from a number of distinctive and open floor plans at either property, are finding LivURBN’s attention-to-detail, craftsmanship and pro-active approach to the newest in home technology, security and adaptability refreshing. Those attributes also underscore the company’s philosophy that a dwelling is more than simply a place to live, but rather a place

“OUR RESIDENTS ARE INTERESTED IN CRAFTING THEIR OWN LIFESTYLE.” to thrive. Adept at rewriting the books on urban living, LivURBN illustrates its abilities in ways that are clearly resonating with owners.

New for the Uptown Area Personal rooftop terraces and urban walkability are just a few reasons buyers are adding The Mason to their short list. New for the ‘Uptown’ area these residences—available in three floor plans ranging in size from 1,756 – 1,913 square

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Designed with the interior look and feel of a single-family home, The Mason residences give owners the convenience of a lock- and-leave lifestyle. Crafted using state-of-the-art materials, these expertly built homes are highly energy efficient thanks to high ‘R’ value exterior wall and roof insulation, thermal glass windows and a split HVAC system. Designerchosen color palettes, nine-foot ceilings, a community pool and private entrance off Bethany Home Road combine to create homes that are in high demand.

What’s Next? CONTOUR! CONTOUR on Campbell Ave. This enclave of new urban condominiums is reigniting a neighborhood whose rich past is being complemented by a lifestyle located at the intersection of vibrant Phoenician life, culture and gastronomy. Throwing conventional thinking to the


CONTOUR’S FAVORITE SPOTS: • Pizzeria Bianco • Helton Brewing Company • Madison Improvement Club • Whole Foods Contour on Campbell Ave 2300 E Campbell Ave. Breaking Ground Soon - Now Selling Sales Gallery: 1702 E. Highland Ave, #105 Call Sean or Lori: 602-225-2242 Visit:

side, these inspired residences aren’t built for any one demographic. They are built around the idea of having a colorful tapestry of residents. Offered in several floor plans ranging in size from 1,000 – 1,700 square feet square feet, one is sure to match your lifestyle. Owners in this architecturally inspired community enjoy access to a resort-style pool, dog salon, outdoor fireplace gathering area, fitness studio, rooftop terrace and gated, underground parking.

A “Your Space” Option In selecting a 1-bedroom or a 2-bedroom condominium at CONTOUR on Campbell Ave., you can choose a Social Kitchen or Chef’s Kitchen, and every floor plan has a “Your Space” option—a room that is ready for your interpretation and interests whether that be a home office, dining area or yoga room. Priced from mid-$300s to

the low-$600s. It is apparent from the very first glimpse at the architectural plans how forward thinking prevailed throughout the design process, from the use of post-tensioned concrete and exterior façade, to smart home technology in each dwelling. Keenly aware of what living environments resonate with owners LivURBN continues to unveil projects like The Mason and CONTOUR on Campbell Ave. By choosing to build in cool neighborhoods, using innovative design and creating “I-love-living-here” lifestyle, it’s no wonder the company is landing on the smart phone screens of interested buyers.

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The historic Coronado neighborhood is home to some of the region’s best musicians. What better way to show off the work of these creative artists that reside here than to have a concert series? This particular photograph was taken Sun., Apr. 17 at 1:15 p.m. during part four of the Coronado Porch Concerts on 13th Street in Phoenix. PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

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Get in the Zone

Members of all four locations of the Village Health Club & Spa were recently introduced to a new state-of-the-art personal fitness wearable system to assist them in their quest to achieve their health and fitness goals. At the center of the MYZONE™ system is the MZ-3 Physical Activity Belt. The MZ-3 is a next-generation heart rate monitor used to provide members with instant, accurate effort feedback — from anywhere. The activity tiles show calories burned, heart rate and MYZONE™ Effort Points (MEPs) accumulated for the session. This personal feedback allows members to put in optimum effort to obtain maximum results. Furthermore, this data is recorded within the user’s online personal activity report, accessible either through the MYZONE™ website or the smartphone app. More information about MYZONE and the Village Health Clubs & Spas can be found at

Calling all Comic-Con Fans!

Whether you’re attending the 2016 Phoenix Comic-Con or just looking for a night out filled with fun, head to Bitter & Twisted’s “8-Bitters” party, featuring a custom warp zone cocktail menu, including special discounts for Comic-Con attendees or cosplay guests (anyone dressed up as their favorite comic or video game character). Additionally, there will be prizes for the best cosplay and live DJ music all night. The party also also celebrates its latest video game-themed Book o’ Cocktails, introducing 21 innovative new cocktail creations. UPTOWN |


Yoga for Youngins

The Madison Improvement Club recently announced its summer yoga series for kids. Starting June 2, the boutique cycling and yoga studio is offering two yoga classes a week for mini yogis to get their practice on. Children ages 8-12 can attend classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. ($10 drop-in rate) to explore new poses, meet friends and discover the art of yoga.

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Shake Shack

You already know that this spot is popular for its burgers, but now you get to try a new combination on the menu: bacon cheddarShack burger (available for a limited time). This all-natural Angus beef hamburger (Single, $6.89; Double, $9.69) is topped with smoked Niman Ranch bacon and Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese sauce. For dessert, check out the blueberry pie oh my, featuring vanilla frozen custard blended with a slice of delicious Shack-made blueberry pie and topped with whipped cream. The pie, available from June 3 to July 4, is available as both a concrete and shake.

News Bites

Celebrate summer with these new menu additions to your favorite neighborhood eateries.

St. Francis

This restaurant, known for wood-fired cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, is taking a refreshing twist on its new menus for the summer. The additions are packed with some of the summer’s brightest and most flavorful local vegetables. Some of our lunchtime favorites are the carrot ginger soup, fire roasted eggplant dip, roasted carrot and avocado salad, and both the wood roasted summer squash and heirloom tomato veggie dishes.

Shopping Society

This summer, Phoenix welcomes Anya Lust Secret Lingerie Society: a series of monthly, in-person shopping experiences, mixing shopping, socializing, sipping and nibbling in an intimate, fun, women-only setting. Enjoy the opportunity to shop, receive personal styling and enjoy the company of occasional special guests such as boudoir photographers and relationship experts. Attendance requires membership. Once accepted, members will receive confidential details of each meeting, held in rotating, secret locations throughout the Phoenix area. JUNE 2016 |




Bite Night

3rd Annual Beta Dance Festival

June 11, 6 p.m. Calling all foodies! Get ready for an evening filled with culinary delights, refreshments, live entertainment and tons of fundraising opportunities. Head to The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa for a 21 and over evening featuring a silent and live auction. The event, which raises both funding and awareness for the ALS Association Arizona Chapter, will showcase some of the hottest chefs and eateries in the Valley. Get your taste buds ready for a party! $150.

June 11, 7 p.m. Put your dancing shoes on and get ready to boogie! The Phoenix Center for the Arts presents the third annual beta – an evening filled with new and exciting dance choreography. Local dancers will submit innovative dance works to perform at Phoenix for the Arts’ Third Street Theater. These up and coming performers come together to showcase their talent and bring life to the Phoenix dance scene. $15.

Contemporary Forum 2016 Summer Film Festival: “F for Fake”

Central Phoenix Women 10th Anniversary Celebration June 23, 11:30 a.m. Join Central Phoenix Women for a celebratory luncheon at The Camby Hotel to commemorate 10 years in the Valley. The organization’s members are women who have established themselves professionally and demonstrated their commitment to the community. The goal of the group is for individuals to enhance their leadership by connecting with like-minded women. The featured speaker for this particular luncheon is Lisa Atkins, Arizona State Land Commissioner. $75.

June 15, 6:30 p.m. The Phoenix Art Museum kicks off the Summer Film Festival with Orson Welles’ free-form documentary about fakery and the notorious art forger Elmyr de Hory and his biographer, Clifford Irving. Hory, a Hungarian-born painter and art forger, is said to have sold over a thousand forgeries to reputable art galleries all over the world. Welles directed, co-wrote and starred in the film, which was initially released in 1974. The film is PG-rated and runs for 89 minutes. Free.

33rd Annual Phoenix Volleyball Festival June 24-27, times vary More than 7,000 players, ages 12-18, from more than 700 teams will gather at the Phoenix Convention Center and duke it out on the court to find out who will end up on top. These volleyball teams, which hail from more than 25 states, will play across 80 courts. Prepare yourself to see volleys, spikes and these teams serve it up! $8-10.

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June 26, 5:30 p.m. Enjoy your Sunday funday at The Camby Hotel. Guests will gather for an evening to indulge your palate, explore wines and connect with others to benefit BAG IT! Proceeds from this philanthropy assist over 3,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families in Maricope County each year. The night begins with champagne and appetizers, a silent auction and a chance to spin the Wheel of Wonder, where you will pay to spin and win a prize. The cocktail hour then leads into a dinner featuring three wine-paired courses and a live auction. $150.

do acclaimed wines from various, notable California winemakers. The evening spotlights Sequoia Grove, featuring Cambium Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemakers will be there to discuss the ins and outs of their vintages, followed by after-dinner drinks and cigars. If light- to medium-bodied wines are your preferred vino, then this month's Winemaker Dinner will have you in good spirits. $120. FIRST FRIDAYS: NATIVE + YOU June 3, Heard Museum What better way to spend your Friday evening than at Heard Museums's First Fridays: Native + You. The Museum offers free admission to the galleries every Friday of each month. This month's theme is “Home on the Range,” with several family-focused activities. The AZ Storytellers return to the Heard to share exciting tales of living in the Grand Canyon State. 6-10 p.m. Free. PHOENIX COMICON June 3-5, Phoenix Convention Center It is that time of year again, where action figures, anime and graphic novel characters sweep the streets of our beloved state. Valley residents and visitors alike will don their best costumes this month at the famed Phoenix Comicon. Attendees will enjoy meet and greets with big names in the comic book industry, shop the latest releases in comic books, party with other avid comic book fans and did I mention the dressing up part? Come celebrate the signature popular culture event of the southwest. For times and ticket prices, visit:


The Earth – An HD Odyssey June 3-4, Symphony Hall

Are you ready to experience a truly out-of-this-world concert? One that activates all your senses and will easily become one for the books? Take an intergalactic space adventure with The Phoenix Symphony’s The Earth – An HD Odyssey. The multi-sensory event showcases classical favorites with an arresting multi-media presentation. The Phoenix Symphony’s performance of John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Strauss’ epic Also sprach Zarathustra featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Glass’ The Secret Agent, is complemented by striking and majestic high definition images taken from NASA missions in Earth’s orbit. Takeoff is at 7:30 p.m. $18-$79.

TEACHER APPRECIATION MONTH June 1-30, Heard Museum June is teacher appreciation month; so, don't forget to thank those teachers whom have left imprints on your heart and mind. The Heard Museum celebrates academia by giving thanks to K-12 teachers with special discounts and field trip ideas like free museum tours for Valley schools. The museum’s educational programming meets Arizona State Standards for American Indian culture and history instruction, which is great place for children to learn about the rich artistic expressions of Native peoples. Teachers can spend the day enjoying the Heard’s exhibit galleries, take one of several public tours to gain a deeper perspective into the exhibits and have lunch or a snack at the Courtyard Cafe or the Coffee Cantina. Regular Museum hours. $9 with valid school I.D.

BRAD PAISLEY June 2, Ak-Chin Pavilion Brad Paisley is a highly-acclaimed country singer and songwriter. He has sold over 12 million albums and is the recipient of countless awards from Grammys to American Music awards. He has earned country music's crowning achievement: becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Paisley will be joined on stage with guest performers Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae. Don't miss out on one of the nation's most notable country musicians. 7:30 p.m. $32-$175. 26TH SEASON OF WINEMAKER DINNERS June 2, 6:30 p.m. Wrights at the Arizona Biltmore is in its 26th Season of Winemaker Dinners: an innovative four-course dinner series designed around UPTOWN |


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MUSIC IN THE GARDEN SPRING CONCERT SERIES June 3-24, Desert Botanical Garden Desert Botanical Garden concludes their Garden Spring Concert Series this month. The series includes some of the best musical performers that the Valley has to offer. See favorites from years past and bands making their debut on the Ullman Terrace stage. 7-9 p.m. $25. Here are this month's performers: June 3, Run Boy Run: Run Boy Run touches on classical, jazz and folk to create a unique sound. The band is a Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest winner and has been a guest on Prairie Home Companion. June 10, A Touch of Class: A Touch of Class plays throughout the Valley and is pleased to make their Garden debut this spring. Formed in 2012, their extensive repertoire includes jazz, funk, smooth jazz, dance music and R&B. June 17, Turning Point: The renowned jazz group Turning Point brings their own style to contemporary jazz. Internationally recognized for their talent, Turning Point has opened for many jazz greats, including Earth Wind and Fire, The Commodores, James Brown and Brian Bromberg. June 24, Sistahs Too: Sistahs Too band members Lila Sherman, Rochelle Raya (Arizona Blues Hall of Famer), guitarist James “Sweetfinger” Robertson and a tight rhythm section deliver a show full of energy.

do MICHAEL MCDONALD June 7, Celebrity Theatre That soulful baritone voice is his trademark. Without hesitation, when “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” plays, you know that voice is the one-and-only Michael McDonald. McDonald's music career spans more than 40 years. His early career included singing with Steely Dan. He joined The Doobie Brothers in 1976 and remained an integral member until 1982, after which he released the first of eight solo albums. During his career, he has collaborated with a number of other artists, including Van Halen, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin and the likes. Do not miss out as one of the music industry's most acclaimed musicians take a Valley stage. 7:30 p.m. $50-$90. SUMMER SPLASH TUESDAYS June 7-July 28, Desert Ridge Marketplace “Schools out for the summer!” That's right, Alice Cooper, it is! What better way to start the summer than by swan diving right into it? Desert Ridge Summer Splash Tuesdays is a great way for kids to escape the summer heat with fun prizes and thrilling games and activities near the shopping center’s popular splash pad. Children can make their summer memorable by meeting their favorite characters ranging from Captain America, Batman and Superman, to fairy princesses such as Elsa, Anna, Belle and Ariel. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. AVENUE Q June 8-July 10, Phoenix Theatre There’s more fuzz to love when Phoenix Theatre's badly-behaved puppet friends return! Staged in the intimacy of the Hormel Theatre, this R-rated, laugh-out-loud look at life after college packs more purposeful punch and candid heart than ever before. Be there when Phoenix Theatre favorites take the stage to bring this still fresh, fast-paced and exuberant musical to life and once again, explore “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?” Mature audiences only. $81. DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID June 10-26, Herberger Theater Center Valley Youth Theatre presents the Disney classic, “The Little Mermaid,” at Herberger Theatre Center this month. The performance is a hauntingly beautiful love story about a beautiful mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find her true love. This musical will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including "Kiss the Girl," "Part of Your World," and the Oscar-winning triumph, "Under the Sea." 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $16.50-$34.50. MIGHTY MUD MANIA June 11, Chaparral Park It's time to get down and dirty with Mother Nature. Mighty Mud Mania offers all nongermophobes various obstacle courses where getting a little dirt on your clothes is an understatement. A course for 7-12 year olds, “The Original Mud Obstacle Course,” features mud pits where kids have to jump and crawl

Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote June 19, Phoenix Art Musuem

Cervantes’ eccentric hero Don Quixote leaves on journey full of adventures with his loyal squire Sancho Panza in search of his perfect woman. On the way he meets Kitri, the dazzling daughter of an innkeeper who he thinks might be his ideal love. The Bolshoi’s panache and excellence are combined in Fadeyechev’s critically acclaimed staging of this exalting performance with Leon Minkus’ famous score. Featuring brand new sets and costumes to accompany this colorful and technically challenging production, Don Quixote is quintessential Bolshoi, abounding with life and not to be missed! 2 p.m. $18.

through it, followed by ropes to swing in mud and slides to go down. The Extreme course is for older participants and includes similar features. Mighty Mud Mania offers non-muddy activities for those who prefer to maintain their cleanliness. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $10. www. ARIZONA BRIDAL SHOW June 12, Phoenix Convention Center Don’t miss America’s biggest and best bridal show. See the latest in wedding trends, plan your dream honeymoon, sample award winning cakes, preview Arizona’s top wedding venues, book your photographer and videographer, and audition DJs & bands. There will be a wedding dress giveaway each hour and $100,000 in coupons and prizes given away. Will you say yes to this event? 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $12 per day attendance. 9TH ANNUAL BLOOMSDAY CELEBRATION June 13, The Irish Cultural Center The Irish Cultural Center is please to announce its 9th Annual Bloomsday Celebration. This unique event commemorates Irish author James Joyce and his JUNE 2016 |



groundbreaking novel, “Ulysses,” featuring beer-tastings, wine and spirits, and food available. You’ll also enjoy readings from the novel, live Irish music by Seanachie, SHEELA-naGig and the Irish Cultural Center Academy Band. Take a trip to Ireland and enjoy the lively culture without having to the leave the Valley. 6:30-11 p.m. $25-$35. KENNY ROGERS: THE GAMBLER'S LAST DEAL June 26, Comerica Theatre For nearly six decades, Kenny Rogers has endeared music lovers around the globe with his amazing songs, heartfelt performances, distinctive voice, gift for storytelling and universal appeal. The Country Music Hall of Fame member and pop superstar performs from his extensive catalog that includes 24 number one hits including “The Gambler,” “Lucille,” "Coward of the County,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town," “Lady," "Islands in the Stream," and "She Believes In Me.” as The Gambler's Last Deal Tour is Rogers reflective look back on his musical journey. Join him! 7:30 p.m. $48-$85. www.



HIGH COUNTRY HAPPENINGS Three supercool reasons to escape the Valley’s summer heat

adrenaline junkies can get their fix by watching a stunt show of extreme sports (think backflips on BMX bikes). There’s also a family friendly section with games like horseshoe, Jenga, cornhole and bocce. Venture out on Friday evening to enjoy a wine dinner, with six wineries and six chefs plus an after-hours Western party, and if you want to make a weekend out of it, there is tent and RV camping onsite.


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urviving summertime in Phoenix just got a lot easier thanks to three one-of-akind events taking place throughout June in Arizona’s high country.

Illuminate Film Festival, June 1-5 If you’re interested in a festival that speaks to your mind, body and soul, then the Illuminate Film festival is your ticket to cinematic enlightenment. This four-day fest two hours north in Sedona focuses on “conscious cinema.” It features a variety of films and workshops that enlighten the public on health, healing, spirituality, nature, meditation and creative expression, seeking to showcase films that empower others to live kinder, wiser, more enlightened lives. Audiences are able to become fully engaged in the films, as many of the movies are followed by a Q&A panel with the filmmakers,

performers and directors. Not only will you leave refreshed from the cooler temps, but also from the films themselves.

Titled Earth Festival, June 16-18 The Tilted Earth Festival is heading into its third year in Cottonwood, about two hours north of Phoenix, where it will unite music lovers, foodies and outdoor enthusiasts in one place. With 13 northern Arizona wineries, two craft breweries and food trucks galore, this event won’t let your taste buds down! Art lovers can view artwork and merchandise from local artists while listening to live music, and



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Located at an altitude of 7,000 feet, the Flagstaff Blues & Brews festival is, quite literally, a cool festival just 2 ½ hours from Phoenix. The event celebrates soulful blues music and tasty brews, all while supporting youth arts programs throughout northern Arizona. Four years ago, this event was founded by a mother-anddaughter team who wanted to showcase rhythm and blues while giving back to the community, so they partnered with Restore Arts, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that strives to keep the arts alive in public schools. Tune into musicians ranging from local bands to artists from the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame and National Blues Hall of Fame, as well as Grammy Awardwinning artists and Blues Music Awardwinning artists. And, of course, festivalgoers can sip suds from local breweries that pair perfectly with the selection of food vendors.





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SUMMER SCREENINGS Family-friendly films

If You Go...

WHAT: City Lights Movie Nights WHEN: June 10, 6:30 p.m. WHERE: CityScape Phoenix, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix TICKETS: Free INFORMATION:



s summer approaches and temperatures rise, it gets increasingly difficult to spend time outside during the day, but what about those cooler evenings? Pack up your blankets and chairs for an evening out under the stars at CityScape Phoenix for the free outdoor movie series, City Lights Movie Nights On the second Friday of every month from now until August, guests are encouraged to come out and get comfortable for a feature film. This family friendly event welcomes people of all ages to the outdoor movie theater in Patriots Park. Each movie will draw close to 1,200 guests and include giveaways, special UPTOWN |


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themed contests and prizes. The movies begin at 6:30 p.m. and guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early to secure a spot. The feature film for June, held on June 10, is “Finding Nemo,” produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Get a refresher of the 2003 computer-animated comedydrama adventure film before the sequel, “Finding Dory,” is released just a week later. “Finding Nemo” takes the audience on a wild journey of an overprotective clownfish father named Marlin. He, along with a regal tang named Dory, searches for his abducted son Nemo all the way to Sydney Harbour.

Movie Lineup June 10: “Finding Nemo” July 8: “How The Grinch” August 12: “Rio”



Tony Winters and water talks BY GABBY RICHMAN


solo exhibition by Tony Winters, “Desert River/City River” will be on display in the heart of Phoenix’s downtown Roosevelt Row Arts District in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from June 3rd to 26th. Winters (www.tonywintersfineart. com) is a painter and architect living in New York City. The award-winning landscape artist is a Hudson River Fellowship recipient who has had his paintings exhibited nationally and been featured in both online and print publications. Winters’ new collection of paintings presents the iconic water-landscapes surrounding Phoenix. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of pieces from “Desert River/City River” benefits Genesis City’s art program. The downtown Phoenix philanthropy’s mission is to empower thousands of formerly disengaged, poverty level youth to access education and jobs.

If You Go...

WHAT: VIP Reception & Panel for Tony Winter’s “Desert River/City River” WHEN: June 3, 5 p.m. WHERE: Shade Gallery at the monOrchid, 214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix TICKETS: Free INFORMATION:

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Winters will be in attendance to give a talk on his recent work and to start a larger conversation about the future of water in Arizona and beyond. Winters joins a panel of innovators in the field of water resources, conservation and development, focusing on the future of Phoenix and its water landscapes. Speakers include author and developer Grady Gammage, Jr., historian Dr. Jack August, George Martinez of Audubon Arizona, and Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club.



My mom actually inspired me to become a chef, she was my first love and food quickly became my second after much exposure to the culinary arts growing up. It was always amazing to me how different ingredients can make such extremely different tastes, I was fascinated by the chemistry of food and I still am today. WHAT GOES INTO TO KEEPING A RESTAURANT OPEN IN THE VALLEY FOR 40 YEARS?

The secret is nothing other than the undying passion for the business, there is no status-quo, every day is a different experience and new adventure. It’s important to always improve and cultivate your personal skillset to keep up with the competition and your customers ever-changing taste. Every year I travel to Sicily to source the latest and greatest recipes and I look at creating food as if it’s a piece of art, the only difference is that my piece of art happens to be on a plate.



In the kitchen with Tomaso Maggiore, executive chef and owner of Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant

The recipe by itself is very simple but the key is to add in the raw basil after you make the sauce instead of during the process and topping it off with high-quality EVOO after the sauce is made.



The Feast of the Seven Fishes, a special New Year’s Eve meal with many different types of seafood. It brings back wonderful memories of celebrating with my mother and grandmother back in Italy. Celebrating special holidays with traditional religious-oriented meals has always been a big part of my culture and upbringing and I love to share that with my restaurant guests every year. Tomaso’s Italian Restauarant, 3225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0836;



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entral Phoenix’s The Colony welcomes Honor Amongst Thieves to the neighborhood last month. The stylish craft cocktail lounge and speakeasy, located within a two-story space (above gastro-pub, Stock & Stable), features an extensive list of handcrafted drinks made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, as well as a compact menu of cheese and cured meat boards. “Specifically, we strive to provide a watering hole with not only great spirits and cocktails, but a place to call home for the fellow industry professionals and residents of Central Phoenix,” says Stephanie Teslar, renowned mixologist and beverage director at Honor Amongst Thieves. Among the list of wine, beer and craft cocktails hand-made by Teslar is the Dillinger Martini ($12), which is a fresh take on a Gibson Martini (typically garnished with a pickled onion in lieu of an olive or a citrus twist). The dry and rich mixer utilizes Opihr Gin to obtain an herbaceous flavor. “This cocktail is a true classic modernized with a new and unique gin featuring exotic botanicals as well as Spanish vermouth and our house seasoned and pickled onions.” Teslar explains. The Dillinger joins an array of riffs on classic cocktails as well as more traditional martinis. 5538 N. 7th St. #100, Phoenix; 602.313.1001.

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A Connoisseur of Color Rodney Gentry, stylist and color expert at Sachi Studios

Rodney Gentry is one of those people whose Midwestern charm and enthusiasm can’t help but rub off on you. And in his line of work, that’s certainly a plus. Gentry is possibly the Valley’s most adored hair stylist. His clients (some of them might better be described as fans) will happily travel across state lines in order to have him handle their tresses. Many of them simply trust nobody else with their hair. Having operated his own salon in Chicago before relocating to Scottsdale, Gentry brings big city expertise to the Valley, which he combines with his own unique passion for styling and coloring at Sachi Studios. Each client enjoys a truly personalized service. Gentry considers the condition and history of the hair before recommending a treatment program, style and (if desired) color. His focus is on nurturing hair back to full health at the same time as providing stunning styles and fabulous colors. “It’s my goal to make each client feel truly beautiful – and to leave them with a style that they can easily recreate themselves every day,” he says. Part of this comes down to the right products. Gentry only uses the very best brands available, not skimping when it comes to choosing those products that will bring about dramatic improvements in the hair’s condition. This applies to everything, from daily

Hair Color Expert Rodney Gentry and Hair Cutting Expert Olimpia Nandin

shampoos to the color treatments that he uses, which are enzyme-based rather than peroxide-based. This means they enhance the condition of the hair as well as give it a wonderfully vibrant color. Color is Gentry’s true passion. From full hair makeovers to the subtlest of highlights or lowlights, he works with his clients to select the colors that are right for their skin tone, the shape of their face and even their preferred color of clothing. “Every single person is unique in their coloring, which is why personalized consultation is so important,” he explains. “You really have to care about each and every client in order to bring out the best in their hair. There’s no one size fits all when it comes to beautiful hair!” Gentry also believes that it is important to stay abreast of trends. From the Oscars to the latest catwalk shows, he’s up to speed with seasonal styles and colors in order to enable each of his clients to achieve a touch of Hollywood glamour. From super straight blonde locks to superbly highlighted plaits with the tiniest of accessories woven in, Gentry is available to provide advice and guidance on how those in the Valley can look their very best this summer, both color-wise and style-wise. If you haven’t yet checked out Sachi Studios then you’re not giving your hair the love it deserves!

Full-service designer and hair color specialist Rodney Gentry can be reached at Sachi Studios in Scottsdale, AZ. Call 480.639.2000 to make an appointment or visit for further information.

Supercool Beat the heat at two resorts

It’s that time of year. Temperatures are hot, hot, hot – and only getting hotter. Luckily, there are a plethora of resorts (and their respective pools) to keep us cool. While many locals opt to escape to cooler climates during the summer, sometimes you simply can’t be gone for, oh, the next five months. With that we say, if you’re in town, you’re in luck! Two area resorts have spectacular specials and pools aplenty to help keep you and your crew way cool. The Camby


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JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa The playground of pools at the 316acre JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is like a water wonderland for everyone, especially the kids. With five pools – including a lazy river and an adults-only spa pool – plus two hot tubs, an 89-foot waterslide and a kids splash pad, there’s no shortage of H2O fun. Add to that the family focused activities and summer specials, and you may want to stay at your staycation longer than planned. Summer rates start at $159 per night. 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix; 480.293.5000;

Kidding Around This resort definitely keeps kiddos top of mind. On Fridays, young ones can become their own top chef with a pizza-making challenge, followed by roasting s’mores and gettin’ groovy at a Wii dance party. Every Saturday, enjoy poolside music paired with lots of water fun: a lazy river rubber duck race, water balloon toss and “Water Wars,” an interactive poolside game show. Cap off your Saturday night with a dive-in movie complete with nachos and a quesadilla bar.

On Sundays, kids can create picture frames as well as master the art of decorating cakes and cookies with a pastry chef.

Come to Life Packages Come to life (yes, really!) with two summer specials: the Come to Life Golf Package and Come to Life Spa Package, both offered through Sept. 15 with rates starting at $179 per night. While both packages grant you a $50 daily resort credit, waived resort fee and complimentary meals for kids under 12, the golf package includes unlimited golf for four golfers staying in the same room, 20 percent off spa treatments and access to the Family Escape Center, an activity area with tech fun and games galore. If the spa is more of your scene, the spa package gives you the ultimate gift in relaxation – one 50-minute spa treatment per day. That’s right, for each day of your staycation, you can be rubbed, scrubbed and pampered. You’ll also get discounts in retail shops and on additional spa services. After all, there’s nothing like the greens or a bit of spa time rejuvenation to soothe the soul.



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Fun Facts The resort has some pretty interesting tidbits regarding behind-the-scenes operations. Boost your know-how here: Gluten-free? No problem! The horticulture team harvests mesquite pods from the property’s mesquite trees and they’re ground into gluten-free mesquite flour to use in dishes such as the pancakes at Stonegrill. The resort harvests its own bees, which produce honey that is utilized throughout the restaurants in various recipes. There’s always a queen bee, right? Well, the resort has three: Honey Bee Bee, Beeyonce and Beeatrice. A 21,000-square-foot organic Chef’s Garden features approximately 10 varieties of vegetables per season and 10 different types of herbs – all used in the restaurant and banquet kitchens. You can even tour this popular garden and sample what’s currently growing while learning something, too! Revive Spa has a signature line of products that utilizes herbs from the Chef’s Garden, including lavender, rosemary, sweet marjoram, mint, sage, thyme and hyssop. Once the herbs are grown and picked, they are sent to Sedona where Body Bliss creates the spa’s products. Try the healing Turquoise Blue Sage Body Ritual ($235).

The real beauty of this moment is having the time to lose yourself in it. Your best summer yet awaits you at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Come to life and explore 316 acres of fun with five sparkling pools, lazy river and water slide, championship golf, award-winning spa, five restaurants, unlimited recreation and resort activities for every member of the family.

Come to Life Golf Package: rates starting at $179 plus a $50 resort credit, unlimited golf and free kids meals. Come to Life Spa Package: rates starting at $239 plus a $50 resort credit, one Swedish massage and free kids meals. Visit

Valid seven days a week through 9/15/16 based on availability. Packages are for up to two adults and three children (15 years and under) per guest room. Free golf offer is available from 3:00 pm on the day of arrival and after 11:00 am each day after.Complimentary meals for children 12 years of age and under are from the kid’s menu in Meritage and stonegrill.Credit may be applied toward Marriott managed outlets only. Limited number of rooms are available for this promotion. Tax is additional. Offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions. Blackout dates may apply. Advance reservations required. Other restrictions apply. Rates are per room, per night and based on availability at the time of reservations. ©2016 Marriott International.

A Staycation for Foodies If you plan your trips around meals, then The Uptown Dine Around Escape package may be just for you. With this, not only do you get perks like an elegant, mountain view king room, two cocktails to enjoy poolside and complimentary valet parking, but you’ll also get dinner for two at select restaurants in the Biltmore area. Choose from The Gladly, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Christopher’s Restaurant & Crush Lounge or The Camby’s own eatery, Artizen. Rates start at $229 per night, or make it a double and stay two nights with The Double Take Escape, which includes all the same offerings for $299.

The 24-hour rooftop pool at one of the Valley’s newest properties, The Camby Hotel in the Biltmore, will be the hotspot for urbanites to chill this summer – complete with an expansive sundeck, lounge chairs and cabanas. The Rooftop Pool & Bar serves up frosty tropical beverages to lounge away the day. Or, if you’re the more active type, start up a game of poolside pingpong. Guests can dine on a scrumptious selection of burgers, tacos and sandwiches from a special rooftop menu. When the sun goes down, the entertainment continues with colorful, changing pool lights and films playing on the SkyWall starting at dusk on Saturday and Sunday nights, beginning June 10. Summer rates start at $159 per night. 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.468.0700;

Summertime Sounds Music lovers will especially enjoy the audio events taking place at this boutique hotel. Artizen, a restaurant featuring seasonal, upscale American cuisine – with a touch of the Southwest – will also dish out Artizen Live every Thursday and Friday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. On Saturdays, get your music fix both indoors and out. At the pool, a DJ keeps the party rockin’ from 3 to 6 p.m. starting June 10. The sounds continue on Saturday evenings starting at 8 p.m. at The Bees Knees, a classic cocktail bar buzzing with masterfully created concoctions. A special series called Unplugged,



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which will highlight local up-and-coming talent, sets the perfect backdrop for noshing on artisan appetizers and libations such as the Mexican Disappearing Mango, an agave cocktail with Arette blanco tequila, Ancho Reyes ancho chile liqueur, lime and mango.

Camby Cabanas A Camby Cabana rental ($59) includes: two plush lounge chairs, unlimited infused iced water, skewers of seasonal fresh fruit, two cocktails of your choice, cooling misters and cool towels. And depending on the occasion, there are a few ways you can enhance your cabana experience: For $20, rekindle your love with the Revelry Romance package. You’ll get a plate of chocolate-covered berries and a split of Champagne or wine. If you’re with your gal pals, for $30 turn your cabana into a Girls Cabana, with a basket of magazines to catch up on the latest trends, lunch for two from the Rooftop Pool & Bar menu – with options including a hummus, cucumber, tomato, and pita tray with fresh veggies – and four signature pool cocktails. Harness your inner Zen by adding $45 to your cabana rental to get a 30-minute in-cabana spa treatment. Or, for $65, opt for the Poolside Pamper, which includes a foot and leg massage followed by an invigorating foot scrub, an Artizen fresh juice of the day, a locally grown fresh vegetable and dip tray, and cooling, deliciously scented towels.

When every captivating moment is filled with quirky elegance and serious fun, you’ve arrived at The Camby, in the vibrant Biltmore Entertainment District. So, go ahead and stare. We understand that when irreverence meets sophistication, double takes ensue. Welcome to the refined revelry of summer, curated.

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Mark your territory with these macho items


(Clockwise from top) Electronic dartboard cabinet, Arachnid, $499.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 480.240.4409. LED marquee bar sign, $69.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Bar tool set, Marquis by Waterford, $89 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Leather bergere chair, Old Hickory Tannery, $3,899 at Wood bar cabinet, Java, $799.95 at Pier 1 Imports. UPTOWN |


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For the highly sophisticated man, let us introduce an equally sophisticated scent. Clive Christian’s No. 1 Perfume Spray for Men is recognized by the “Guinness Book of World Records” as the world’s most expensive perfume, crafted from the finest natural ingredients and essential oils. Housed within a luxurious painted gold bottle, the Oriental-inspired fragrance reveals notes of bergamot, cardamom, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, sandalwood and vanilla, lending a warm amber scent. This extraordinary essence welcomes you to the pinnacle of excellence in the art of fragrance. $865 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. JUNE 2016 |





Plunge-worthy products for a day at the pool


(Clockwise from top left ) Camouflage tote bag, $35-$45 at Slide sandal, Gucci, $175 at Nordstrom, Orange swim trunks, $39 at Short-sleeve rash guard, $39.99 each at Matte gunmetal sunglasses, Prada, $399 at Optics of Scottsdale, 480.991.0509. Scala sun hat, Dorfman Pacific, $45 at At-Ease, 480.947.3800. UPTOWN |


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(Clockwise from top left) Brown woven slip-on, M. Gemi, $228 at Black-and-navy check backpack, Burberry, $1,495 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Tegra-Lite Max medium expandable suitcase, Tumi, $895 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Blue passport wallet, $150 at Crocodile double-zip toiletry bag, Santiago Gonzalez, $1,775 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. SoundLink on-ear headphones, $249.95 at JUNE 2016 |




ELEVATED ESSENTIALS Everyday products for the discerning man



ach man has his own daily routine, using products that he considers vital to keep himself looking and feeling wellgroomed. But, just because these staples are used every day doesn’t mean they need to be average. It’s all about the experience and embracing life’s small pleasures, so men, take those basics and upgrade them to a luxurious replacement. Here are five worthy rivals for your collection.

Kiehl’s “Close-Shavers” Squadron Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream, White Eagle Want a smooth and clean shave? Grab your razor and never look back using Kiehl’s white eagle cream. Minimize the cuts, dryness and shave time – and maximize your skin’s overall appearance. Containing menthol and camphor, this rich formula creates an enjoyable and “cool” shave experience while giving you an extremely close shave. $16-$24 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Clarisonic Alpha Fit Men’s Cleaning System It’s time to throw those washcloths out and reward your skin with a healthier practice. Though the Clarisonic may be small, it is extremely powerful and works wonders on your face, neck and hands. With two available speed settings, it cleans and revitalizes the skin, removing impurities, sebum and surface-level pigmentation. Use this product prior to your shave and notice the impressive improvements. New skin, new you! $189 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash Bright and radiant skin paves the way for a bright and radiant life. Dab a nickel-size amount of this face wash onto your Clarisonic and your skin will instantly feel lighter, brighter and tighter. It illuminates the skin with radiantboosting vitamin C and extracts of licorice and lily while cleansing with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids, working its magic on your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture content. Say farewell to premature signs of aging with the antioxidant protection you’ll receive! $30 at MD Skin Lounge, 480.878.5213. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 The name says it all – intense is right. Allow your lips to experience the therapy that Jack Black balm has to offer. With shea butter and avocado oil as the main ingredients, it softens and hydrates any chapped or irritated lips. Unlike most balms, this formula is long-lasting and ultra-healing without leaving behind that greasy or sticky residue. $7.50 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Lush Cosmetics Dirty Springwash Shower Gel Feel as though you’re taking a refreshing dip in a mountain spring, and soak up cooling, tingly spearmint and menthol crystals with this shower gel. Glycerin and sea salt aide in softening hair and skin, and with its minty and somewhat citrusy scent, one could describe this shower gel as a little pick-me-up. If you’re trying to stay cool during the summer heat, lather on this cult classic and take on the day. $9.95-30.95 at Lush Cosmetics, 480.946.5874.



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haute property




tep into this Mediterranean-style abode and take in all this private property has to offer. The 6-bedroom, 7 1/2-bath home features 9,000 square feet of uniqueness sitting on just under 2 acres. The regal dwelling, located in the sought-after neighborhood of Arcadia, channels a sophisticated style using captivated craftsmanship. As you drive up, enjoy the curb appeal of a beautiful fountain leading you through the greenery and circular driveway, up to the front door. When you walk through the door, JUNE 2016 |



you’ll immediately be taken with the grand scale staircase greeting you. Then, continue through the home, which features an effortless flow and openness from room to room, perfect for entertaining. You’ll also see Gaggenau, Subzero, and Decor appliances. As you make your way outside, you’ll come upon a tennis court, mature landscaping and charming citrus trees. The backyard boasts several outdoor entertaining spaces, including a mosaic tile pool, Ramada, built in barbecue, outdoor fireplace and a plush grassy area. Additional backyard highlights include a misting system for those warmer days and a guest home. When you’re not entertaining friends and family or enjoying a summer day by the pool, pop over to Scottsdale Fashion Square or Biltmore Fashion Park, which are both just minutes away from the property, to indulge in some of the most luxurious shopping and delectable restaurants that the Valley has to offer. 6320 E. Mariposa St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Listed for $4,200,000 with The Gents, Raul Siqueiros and Jack Luciano, of Walt Danley Christie's International Realty, 480.824.1717 or TheGents@WaltDanley. com.

David Gustafson and Karen Donmoyer

Kaley Baer and Leslie Willis

Janeth Martinez and Iveth Lujan

SAARC’s 18th Annual Community Breakfast PHOTOS BY BEN ARNOLD

Guests gathered at the Arizona Biltmore’s Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom to raise funds for SARRC’s outreach, education and research programs and inform individuals about autism, which is now the most prevalent children developmental disorder in the United States, affecting one in every 68 children born today. Chelsea Kunde and Carol Romney

Hattie Linam and Jordan Monical

Julia Patrick and Denise Resnik

Teri Kelley and Stephanie Bermel

Nellie Nekouie and Denise Clemente

Amy Clark and Arielle Pelletier

Julia Tilley and Marissa Butler UPTOWN |

Karen and Mark Prygocki


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Lindsey Creighton and Jeanette Guzzetti

Mary Kog and Gretchen Kaiser


PANDA Fashion Show and Luncheon

2119 E. CAMELBACK RD. STE. A21 PHOENIX, AZ 85016 GRASSROOTSAZ.COM | 602.368.8766


Jennifer Karas and Katrina Schaefer

The 17th annual “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon took place at The Phoenician. The event was chaired by Sandy Hobbs, Kristi Spiekerman and Lara Polachek, and proceeds helped fund the PANDA Personalized Pediatric Medicine Project and endowment.

Think inside the box.

Liz Bunn and Catherine Jacobson

Tarah and Jeff McKeever

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Michelle and Blake Carroll

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Bruce and Chris Arians

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Larry Fitzgerald Golf Classic Pairings Party BY DAVID APEJI

On the evening of the Larry Fitzgerald Charity Golf Classic, which benefitted the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, the football star held a pairings party at Dominick’s Steakhouse. Attendees enjoyed cocktails and appetizers at the event, which kicked off the tournament for golf participants and sponsors. Matt and Bridgette Anastasi

Chris Yano, David Khalaj and Oliver Badgio

Tye Jacobs and Amanda Moore

Denise Seomin and Lauren Stubbs

Leslie Hanson and Larry Fitzgerald

Jeff White and John Langbarn

Chris Vincent and Joe Scott UPTOWN |

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Lauren Smith, Jamie Wamsley and Leah Zirbel

Jen Pollock and Serene Vivadelli

Breena and KyIe Westfall

Ryan House’s 8th Annual Community Breakfast BY BEN ARNOLD

This event brought together more than 1,200 businesses and philanthropic leaders at the Arizona Biltmore to learn about the services Ryan House gives to Arizona’s most medically fragile children and their families. The fundraiser, held over breakfast, provided financial support to continue these muchneeded services. Rachel Wasserstrom and Dustin Baker

Lin Sue Cooney and Joal Watson

Lynette Carrington and Taylor More

Jean Cody and Stephanie Burgess

Paige Parsons and Amy Legere

Wendy Bates and Jen Petruzzella

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Herman and Pam Vander Heyden




HONEY DO Put Crown Royal’s newest limited-edition flavor on your list BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ



ver the past several years, Crown Royal Blended Canadian Whisky has taken great pride in developing new and innovative flavor profiles for the marketplace. Most recently, these include: Crown XO, Crown Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend, Crown Maple, Crown Regal Apple and Crown Northern Harvest Rye. In fact, “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016” just crowned the Harvest Rye as the “World Whisky of the Year for 2016.” On the heels of these successes, the award-winning whisky formally launched a new, limited-edition offering in May: Crown Royal Honey. “Crown Royal Honey, which is only available through the summer months for now, is an extraordinary blend of 50 of the finest whiskies, each of which has been hand-selected by the Crown master blender, and combined with the sweet taste of honey,” says Diageo Master of Whisky Tom Turner. “The result is a

“As is with all their whiskies, every drop of Crown Royal Honey is developed in the small town of Gimli in Manitoba, Canada from resilient natural ingredients. After all, negative 30-degree weather can be the norm here for weeks on end, and temperature swings 50 or more degrees overnight can be commonplace certain times of the year,” Turner says. “The hearty ingredients are carefully combined with very smooth water, which is naturally filtered through the limestone beneath Lake Winnipeg, and then matured in barrels over a series of years. The result is America’s top-selling whisky.” Currently available at Fry’s Food & Drug Stores, Total Wine & More, Walmart, CVS and BevMo!, Turner recommends sampling Crown Royal Honey on the rocks and also experimenting with it in several traditional drinks and classic summer cocktails at home or by the pool. Here are some best bets:

Crown Royal Honey Lemonade 1.5 ounces Crown Royal Honey 3 ounces fresh-squeezed lemonade Crown Royal Honey Iced Tea 1.5 ounces Crown Royal Honey 3 ounces iced tea Crown Royal HoneyCran 1.5 ounces Crown Royal Honey 4 ounces unsweetened cranberry juice

CLASSIC COCKTAILS Northern Honey Old Fashioned 1 ounce Crown Royal Honey ¾ ounce Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye 2 dashes bitters ½ teaspoon simple syrup Lemon twist

vibrantly delicious combination with a distinctly rich taste.” On the nose, it gives off an oaky aroma with slight brown spice notes. On the palate, it is easy to detect the real clover honey blended within. The mouthfeel is at first a bit tingly, but then finishes quite smooth. UPTOWN |


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Crown Royal Honey Smash 1 ½ ounces Crown Royal Honey ½ ounce simple syrup ½ lemon, quartered 5 mint sprigs Crown Royal Honey Ginger 1 ½ ounces Crown Royal Honey 3 ½ ounces ginger beer ½ ounce lemon juice

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dining guide


Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar, located at The Camby Hotel, serves up dishes made with locally sourced seasonal and regional ingredients. Among the inventive menu is the prime N.Y. steak made with a cilantro chimichurri, accompanied by parmesan potato purĂŠe and Maldon sea salt ($52). 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.522.6655;

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food files


ou may think of dude food as a quick, messy or hearty meal grabbed from a fast-food chain or less sophisticated spot, but dude food manifests itself everywhere – including in the kitchens of well respected chefs and refined restaurants. We’re not talking about just your average meatloaf dish or typical burger; These are one-of-a-kind options, exclusively at eateries, many of which include takes on comforting dishes mom made growing up or menu items that hold a heavy focus on meat playing center stage. We’ve located some of the most elevated manly meals guaranteed to fill your tummy and awaken your senses. Here are some of them:

The Attic Ale House The Attic Ale House’s Ivan Burger is world renowned thanks to a being named one of the top 10 burgers in the world by “Burger Guide.” But, we’re most


impressed with the “go big or go home” attitude of their I can’t believe huddy ate this burger. It’s more than just a burger – it’s a challenge. Gather the guys and give your best effort at tackling this epic creation. It’s essentially six of the Ivan burgers (1/2-pound choice burger, crisp spring greens, tomato, onion, chipotle mayo and your choice of cheese) with the extra addition of six fried eggs and 12 pieces of bacon. What’s more manly UPTOWN |


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North Mountain Brewing

than taking down a monster burger? 4247 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.955.1967; www.theatticalehouseaz. com; $$

Garage Wine and Tap Nothing says manly grub to me more than a wholesome and straightforward meat and potatoes meal. We love the prime ribeye served at Garage. The ribeye is sourced from Gold Canyon and is prepared in such a way that it is fork tender and perfectly marbled, giving that melt-in-your-mouth feel. It is topped with a cabernet demi and roasted, providing an extra layer of depth and richness. The mashed potatoes are creamy and just buttery enough to feel decadent without being completely sinful. Some seasonal vegetables are added to round out the plate, but we all know the focus is on that beautiful beef. This is the perfect comfort

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comforting dishes. If you’re looking to get a little messy, you have to try their famous meatball hero. This massive sandwich stars huge (in size and flavor) meatballs with a rich house made marinara sauce with the perfect combination of spices. The velvety melted mozzarella provides a touch of salty flavor to the sandwich and adheres perfectly to the other sandwich components. The sandwich filling seems to dwarf the fresh baked hoagie, so if you’re brave you can eat with your hands, but you might want to keep that knife and fork at the ready! 5029 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.954.2040;; $$

Windsor This neighborhood favorite has a robust wine, beer and cocktail selection that is O.H.S.O. Eatery + NanoBrewery

meal for any meat lover. 1534 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix; 602.265.4125;; $$

North Mountain Brewing Burgers and pizza have long been considered “dude food” and with good reason. They are both hearty, easy to eat and the flavor combinations are nearly endless. What happens when you combine the two? Flavor explosion delivered by way of this hamburger pizza! This unique pizza is built by layering local Arizona choice ground beef, white cheddar, pickles, lettuce, onion, tomato and shredded lettuce finished off with a blended sauce made of ketchup, mustard and mayonaise. You’re welcome to add avocado, bacon or a fried egg to your pizza to add to the experience. This pizza will make your taste buds dance; no buns required! 522 E. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix; 602.861.5999;; $$

O.H.S.O. Eatery + NanoBrewery O.H.S.O. is all about elevated pub fare and there is no greater representation of this than in their brisket mac. There is something comforting about a bowl of pasta interlaced with smooth, creamy and gooey cheese all on in its own. It gets

elevated when you add in smoked brisket, red pepper, a slightly spicy and tangy barbecue sauce, crispy onion strings, toasted bread crumbs and Boursin sauce. The grown-up toppings and flavors bring this dish from something to appease the kids to something that will satisfy the manliest of appetites. 4900 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.955.0358;; $$

Wally’s American Pub N Grill Wally’s is everything that you are looking for in a neighborhood pub; friendly, inviting, warm and with a menu full of JUNE 2016 |



ever-evolving and makes a great introduction to any dinner, but it is made even more remarkable with the sophisticated pub fare. Ribs often evoke a down-home backyard feel and one bite of Windsor’s New Orleans style pork ribs will quickly transport you to a bayou backyard with the unique combination of spices (is that cinnamon I taste?). The baby back ribs themselves are slow roasted and come bathed in a house barbecue sauce that you can sop up with the accompanying cheddar biscuits. Get in there and get a little messy. 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.1111;; $$

new in town


nown as the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria has an incredible following for its 45 Chicagoland locations. But, last month Lou Malnati’s opened its first out-of-Chicago location here in Phoenix. The restaurant, which has had a member of the Malnati family running the business since it started in 1971, decided on Phoenix due to the strong ex-pat presence in the Valley and the high shipping numbers from the mail order division, Tastes of Chicago. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the warm welcome we’ve received in Phoenix. We’ve heard from Chicagoans that have relocated to Phoenix that can’t wait to enjoy the taste of Chicago again but we’re amazed by the level of excitement from those who have never experienced it before,” says Marc Malnati, owner of Malnati Organization, Inc. The new home is right in the heart of Phoenix: the newly renovated Uptown Plaza. “Uptown Plaza is a great location in a very family-focused neighborhood and we can’t wait to give everyone a true taste of Chicago,” Malnati says. “Lou Malnati’s has always been rich in tradition and family values and we look forward to sharing that here in Phoenix and becoming involved in the community.”





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Speaking of tradition, Loui Malnati’s signature Chicago-style deep dish pizza is made from a proprietary recipe that has been handed down through four generations. The fresh mozzarella cheese will be delivered from the same small, Wisconsin dairy farm that has supplied Lou Malnati’s for more than 40 years and the Lou Malnati’s management team travels to California every year to meet with their tomato growers. In addition, the famous pizza dough will be made from scratch daily. “We are doing everything possible to ensure the product will taste just as it does is in Chicago, but we are particularly focused on our dough. We have spent a considerable amount of time finding a water filtration process that will replicate Chicago’s water in Phoenix,” Malnati explains. The newly renovated 8,300-squarefood indoor and outdoor space accommodates over 300 diners inside, on the patio and at the bar. “We work hard to ensure architecture and interior design of each Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria supports the uniqueness of its neighborhood. The Lou Malnati’s in Uptown Plaza mimics the retro and industrial feel of the area,” Malnati says. The eatery also gives off a neighborhood hangout vibe, really aiming to become a staple for people in the community. “Lou Malnati’s is more than a pizzeria, we hope the community comes to see us as a gathering places for friends, family and colleagues to meet together with great food,” Malnati explains. Uptown Plaza Shopping Center, 100 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix; 602.892.9998;

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Uptown Magazine June 2016

Uptown Magazine June 2016