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Pulse 17 UP CLOSE Jacqui Sabo and her skates

20 BEAT Stefanie Lerner’s journey to the top

22 BEAT Phoenix Chamber Music Society’s Nokuthula Ngwenyama ON THE COVER: Jim Lyon, photo by Mark Morgan, www.markmorganphotography.org

Features

Diana Elizabeth sets trends around the world

26 HIS STYLE Behind the bar with Phil Clark

30  JIM LYON

28 NOTICED

The real estate mogul makes his mark on Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Fashionable women spotted at events

50 GET CULTURED Must-visit museums and performing arts centers

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SKATING TO THE TOP Jacqui Sabo’s central role in developing today’s Phoenix

To think, we have “that girl on the skates” to thank for much of Downtown and Central Phoenix as we know it today. But, that is getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s start at the beginning. Jacqui Sabo is a Valley native, born in the late 1950s to

Native American and Irish Catholic parents. She was one of five children living in the home, but also had four older half siblings, which made for a packed house, car and holidays. “I grew up in organized chaos,” explains Sabo, noting her whimsical mother made sure the children had instruments and

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Pulse UP CLOSE music in the home, while her father instilled the more “blue-collar” work ethic. As a child, Sabo spent her spare time playing the trumpet, sailing across town on her roller skates and helping her father in his business. “My father worked with boat manufacturers to sell their products nationwide,” says Sabo, whose father’s work would move the family to Indiana when she was 9 years old. “Thankfully, Indiana had The Roller Dome, a massive indoor skating park.” Within a few months, Sabo was pair skating and fox trotting on her eight wheels. She even earned Girl Scout badges for her skating prowess. By the time she was in her late teens, Sabo was recruited to perform professionally, where she was given light-up “fire wheels.” The fire wheels would serve her well, first in college at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, where she worked part time skating up and down a long hall helping to clean a massive (think 1970s massive) school computer system. “The Valley would come to know my fire wheels, too,” Sabo says. “I moved back [to the Valley] in 1982 to be with extended family and took a job at United Bank on Central and Osborn.” Without a car, Sabo skated from her bright pink studio apartment behind Durant’s to work and back daily – often stopping by the back door of the landmark restaurant to sneak leftovers from the staff. “Without fail, I would hear people asking ‘did you see that girl on the skates?’ Incredulous I was tooling along Central in light-up skates dressed professionally with purse in hand,” Sabo says. “Everyone from the chefs to frequent diners Barry Goldwater to Bruce Babbitt would laugh ‘oh, that just Jacqui.’” She would also find her wheels came in handy at her next gig – commercial leasing. “While my primary role was to sell space in the iconic First American Title building – then the Arizona Title Building – on Monroe Street and 1st Avenue, I needed to know the entire area to be effective in the then-boy’s club industry,” Sabo explains. So, she spent her nights skating from 7th Street to 7th Avenue, and from the railroad tracks south of Jackson Street to Roosevelt Street. “I knew those 40 blocks better than I knew myself – and much better than all of those non-skating men.” She would spend a dozen years helping to lease the space along those 40 blocks, eventually running into a woman who shared her vision of growing the area in a special way. “That woman was Bette DeGraw, dean of the College of Extended Education at Arizona State University,” Sabo says. “My knowledge of those 40 blocks led Dr. DeGraw to bring me on in 1986 to help develop the first extended college campus downtown, which we opened at the Mercado in 1989,” she says. Sabo was intrigued by more than just the development of the campus, but of how the materials inside the building – from furniture to desks to shelving – had to work together to make the university successful. Inspired, she left commercial real estate in 1993 and went into the development of collaborative and sustainable

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workspaces, where she has helped shaped the interiors of both local and regional businesses headquartered across the Valley as well as public and private enterprises. Today, Sabo serves on the executive leadership team at Faciliteq, one of the most successful providers of innovative workspace solutions in the country whose clients include American Airlines, Best Western and Avnet. She’s also added activities beyond skating and trumpet playing to her repertoire, including volunteering with Better than Ever, a cancer prevention movement program through University of Arizona Cancer Center, and serving as a docent at the Musical Instrument Museum. “And yes, I still have the skates with fire wheels – you can still see me riding around Central Phoenix, where I still live all these years later,” Sabo says.


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ENCORE PERFORMANCE Stefanie Lerner produces her way to the top

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Stefanie Lerner gets to play dress up every day – and gets paid for it. “My job is to ‘dress up’ everything from local resorts for Halloween to entire cities for the Super Bowl,” she explains. It all started when she began volunteering with her college admissions office – the focus just so happened to be producing events to encourage prospective students to enroll. She was so adept at the work that after graduation, she stayed on with the school another year to help produce large-scale recruitment events. “Then, I produced events nationwide for other firms before starting my own at 25 years old,” Lerner says. “But then I fell in love with Jeff.” “Jeff” was Jeff Lowy, owner of Phoenix’s Encore Creative. So, Lerner sold her Denver-based firm and moved to the Valley in 2002. “We agreed working together would be a mistake,” she says. “That lasted six months.” Over the next decade, the couple got married and grew Encore into one of the most successful event production companies nationwide, working on everything from NFL pre-game VIP parties to Super Bowl festivities to college bowl game events to the Final Four to VIP events for partners like Waste Management and local philanthropies. Eventually, however, Lowy was ready to take a step back and Lerner took on the role of CEO in 2014. Today, she leads Encore in producing 500-plus events worldwide annually. “Right now, we are working on a Star Wars event,” Lerner says. “Sounds pretty basic, right? But, the event is set high atop a mountain that is only accessible via gondola. So, everything we create, from a holographic Yoda to a Death Star, has to be somehow transported via sky ride!” And, of course, what is fall without some Halloween parties? “Halloween is one of our favorite times of year!” she exclaims. “We do the big Talking Stick Resort Halloween production as well as some ghoulishly fun projects for private businesses and even individuals across the Valley as well.”

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A POET OF SOUND

Nokuthula Ngwenyama makes history with Phoenix Chamber Music Society

BY SUE BREDING / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

She travels the world to places where people speak different languages, yet when she takes the stage, there’s never a language barrier. That’s because Nokuthula Ngwenyama communicates in the “universal language of mankind” – music. Music is the first language this internationally renowned violin and viola instrumentalist and composer learned. “I could read and write notes before words, which makes it my primary written expressive language,” Ngwenyama explains. “I was 4 [years old] when I started moving magnet notes around a grand staff!” Her parents gave her a Zulu name meaning “mother of peace.” Peaceful sounds of string music, executed with deep expressiveness, is what she brings to settings including the Louvre, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the White House. “Thank heavens for music lovers in my family who encouraged me with lessons and training,” she exclaims. Ngwenyama recently became the Phoenix Chamber Music Society’s first composer in residence. Since 1961 (and now in its 58th season), the music society has been bringing small groups of diverse and renowned musicians to the Valley to perform chamber music, which is a type of classical music that is composed for small groups of instruments and ensembles. “I’m responsible for writing one work to be premiered this upcoming season,” the artist says. “I’m working on a viola quintet called Primal Message for myself and the Dover Quartet.   Ngwenyama is also currently curating Composer’s Choice for the Phoenix Chamber Music Society and Arizona State University Kerr Cultural Center’s co-presentation of a first-ever program in March of 2018. The show will feature works of 21st century composers in film, television and beyond for an intimate chamber setting. Above all, Ngwenyama strives to bring honesty to her performances, noting music means solace and purpose to her personally. “Music, quite simply, makes you happier,” she says.

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Phil Clark of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails shares his recipe for stylistic success

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Phil Clark’s best-selling Junglebird, a sultry blend of Grey Goose Vodka, Plantation Pineapple Rum, Cointreau, lime, brown sugar syrup and Campari-infused ice, drinks like a dream. Its effect is not unlike that of Clark himself, who exudes an inquisitive air and deep understanding of stylistic eminence. “Great cocktails, like perfect outfits, are always more than the sum of their parts,” he says. “You have to understand the components of each element, and how they complement or detract from one another.” Since slipping behind the bar at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails in July, Clark has maintained a masculine wardrobe, toeing the line between rugged and urbane. His daily uniform consists of snuggly fitted dark hues with careful attention paid to his lower-body wear (a pair of suede Rufskin leggings have his heart). Accessories are minimal – with his self-evident body art and full beard, which he entrusts to @DonJuanCuts at Roosevelt Barbershop, there’s really no need. “I like to think that the best style is the one that reflects your confident vision of yourself,” he explains. “If you have that, everything else will fall into place.”

What does a person’s drink of choice reveal about his or her personality? More than anything, their level of adventurousness or risk-taking. In my estimation, vodka sodas and light beer are for patrons who want absolute control over their experience, and they want it to be replicable wherever they go, forever. Classic cocktails and great wine, on the other hand, are for epicureans, those who are seeking out exquisitely rendered versions of familiar things. The best cocktail you’ve ever mixed: Hopefully, the next one. And the worst: Moscow mules – don’t be boring.

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JET-SETTER TURNED TRENDSETTER Diana Elizabeth’s trendy, timeless style follows her wherever she goes

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Few are as well-traveled, or as welldressed, as photographer and lifestyle blogger Diana Elizabeth. A flip through the California native’s passport reveals stamps from Thailand, China, France, Switzerland, London, and Ireland. A scroll through her picturesque blog reveals the style tips she’s picked up along the way. “International traveling forces me to be decisive,” she says. “Anything that can’t be worn more than once, unless it’s a layering piece, doesn’t make it [into] my luggage unless I plan on leaving it behind in the beginning of my trip.” When she’s settled in her beautifully curated, HGTV-worthy Central Phoenix home, the fashionista gravitates toward tailored, sophisticated neutrals in black, white and blush tones (bright colors are typically reserved for her travels). Flawless makeup and whimsical statement pieces from Anthropologie round out her daily look. Her style is completely accessible at www.dianaelizabethblog.com, a platform she credits with strengthening her fashion audacity. “Blogging has absolutely influenced my wardrobe in a positive way,” she affirms. “It has encouraged me to take chances on trends, and I consider it another form of creativity I can share with others.”

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Jim Lyon continues the work of his grandfather and father as the chairman of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty board

Searching for the perfect place to call home? During your quest, take note of the “for sale” sign outside. One may be attached to luxury, modern condos in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. Others will sit on sprawling estates overlooking vistas in Carefree, Flagstaff, Scottsdale and Tucson. All of these properties are undeniably beautiful but vastly different to fit diverse needs. So what could they possibly all have in common? Their “for sale” sign bears the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty name.

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Family Ties “Our​ ​​philosophy​ ​is​ ​the​ ​same​ ​one​ ​my​ ​father​ ​ and​ ​grandfather​ ​came​ ​up​ ​with, which is our name – Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty – is synonymous with fine properties.” Jim Lyon is the third generation Lyon to lead the family business. His grandfather founded it in 1947 under the name Russ Lyon Realty Company. In 1968, his father took over and in 2008, Lyon was passed the baton. From grandfather to father to son, the company has built a legacy of trust and long-lasting relationships that extend across decades. An Arizona native, Lyon pursued his studies of economics and political science in Wildcat territory at University of Arizona. He was never pressured to follow in the footsteps of the men in his family, but his relationship with real estate quickly bloomed after college. He went into commercial real estate before exploring the residential side of things at Russ Lyon Realty Company. Over time and after serving in numerous managerial roles, Lyon knew he was ready to take on his dad’s job as well as expand the business. Growing up, Lyon recalls how emotionally invested his grandfather and father were in their company and their passion for its success. Russ Lyon Realty Company boomed instantly, but according to Lyon, his two predecessors practiced humility – a tradition Lyon chose to continue on. “What I really admired is how humble they both were when it came to talking about the success of the company,” he explains. In 2004, Lyon left the family business to franchise the Russ Lyon name by opening offices in Northern Arizona. He brought with him his childhood friend and business partner, Todd Gillenwater. The duo divided – Gillenwater was the designated broker in Sedona and Lyon in Flagstaff – and conquered. After expanding Arizona’s literal cooler cities, Lyon moved back to Phoenix in 2008 to become chairman and buy out his father who was ready to enjoy retirement. “Chairman​ ​of​ ​the​ ​board​ ​is​ ​just​ ​a​ ​name​ ​ on​ ​a​ ​badge," Lyon admits. "​​​I​ ​work​ ​side​ ​by​ ​ side​ ​with my​ ​other​ ​partners,​ ​our​ ​designated​ ​ broker,​ ​the​ ​president,​ ​and​ ​all​ ​the​ ​managers​ ​ to provide​ ​the​ ​best​ ​for​ ​our​ ​agents​ ​and​, ​ultimately,​ ​for​ ​our​ ​clients."

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Since taking over, his primary focus has been expansion via recruiting, opening offices and refining pre-existing services like title and insurance. He also combined Russ Lyon Realty Company with the local Sotheby’s franchise, Equitable Sotheby’s, to create Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. “We have always had the same core values and philosophy [as Sotheby's], but now we have 11 offices statewide. In addition to that, Sotheby’s background and resources allow us to market our properties worldwide,” Lyon states. The company name is not only synonymous with fine properties, but philanthropy as well. Lyon and his business partner decided to create a platform for their agents to give back, which helps harness the human potential in every office, and make a


mark in the Valley community. This became known as the Russ Lyon | Charitable Foundation, which was founded in 2014. “We know we have the manpower and resources to give back, so through our Volunteer Corps (V-Corps), we have helped at food banks, blood drives, done clean water distributions, litter pick-ups and education sponsorship,” Lyon continues, “In our 70 years of business, Russ Lyon has never been more proactive in making a difference.”

Calling Arcadia Home Lyon admits that selling real estate in Arizona is easy when you're a born and raised here – he knows the Valley like the back of his hand. He currently resides with his wife, Robin and their two sons, Ben and Jon, in Arcadia. “I have enjoyed witnessing the growth of the Valley, and all that comes with it. I live in a family friendly neighborhood where friends that I grew up with are raising their families, so it’s a close-knit community,” he

explains. “It’s been a great place to raise a family.” Will Ben and Jon be the fourth generationers to lead the family business? While it might seem as though history is repeating itself (both of the chairman’s sons go to the same public schools he went to growing up) Lyon says that their futures are completely up to them. “I want my sons to find their own path and follow their passions. If it is meant to be that they follow in my footsteps, then it will be,” he explains. When he isn’t with his real estate family, Lyon can be found spending quality time with Robin, Ben and Jon. It doesn’t matter what they are doing – fly fishing, traveling the world or planning for their next big adventure – as long as they are doing it together. “Exercise is also very important to me, so I do a lot of hiking on Piestewa Peak and Camelback. I also love swimming and golfing. Oh, and I couldn’t forget hanging out with my

best friend, Randy Warner,” Lyon says. From 1947 to 2017, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has a distinct history associated with it and a loyal reputation in the state of Arizona. As the company continues to grow, Lyon promises to stay on the cutting edge by keeping up with the changes in the real estate industry and advancements in technology. He is also making it his mission to keep the company’s tenets, originally set in motion by his grandfather in the late ’40s, as the pulse of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, blending professional, trustworthy real estate with a personal touch. “The best advice my grandfather and father gave me was very simple: return calls as soon as you can and never be late to a meeting. If you know you are going to be late, let the other party known immediately,” Lyon smiles. To learn more about Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, visit www. russlyon.com.

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L O W D O W N / D O / C A L E N D A R / E V E N T / O U T / C U LT U R E

PHOTO BY JOSÉ MUÑOZ

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos, otherwise known as the day of the dead, at Dia De Los Muertos PHX Festival. Cultural Coalition hosts this authentic celebration taking place 1 to 7 p.m., October 29 at Steele Indian School Park. The Mexican holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. The unique festival, filed with bright colors, costumes and masks, will entertain attendees with an artist’s market, children’s activity area, tasty bites and music, dance and theater performances. The festival, which is free to attend, culminates with a candlelight procession. www.diadelosmuertosphx.com.

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OPEN THIS MONTH!

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CAMBY

Gadzooks This all-new Gadzooks boasts the same gourmet menu of bold, from-scratch Mexican favorites as the original midtown Phoenix location, highlighted by an infinitely customizable selection of enchiladas, made with cooked-to-order tortillas. The new location is housed inside a custom-built 2,100-square-foot space (which seats 70) with an expansive alfresco dining patio and a dedicated drive-thru to-go window. www.gazdooksaz.com.

IT’S TIPSY TEA TIME Tenpoint TenPoint Barre Studio recently opened its fifth Valley location at the historic Crown on 7th. TenPoint5 is based on the philosophy that the human mind is the strongest “muscle” in the body — and that peak physique is achieved only by the belief that true transformation happens after fatigue. It incorporates classic ballet, core, pilates and yoga strengthening techniques, blending resistance training with stretching. www.tenpoint5.com.

Press Coffee Press Coffee Roasters is bringing specialty coffee to the Biltmore business corridor, opening its sixth location at the Biltmore Center II building mid-October. The cafe will be open to the public as well as provide coffee service to office workers. The 2,500-square-foot cafe, which will have seating inside and outside, will serve espresso drinks, pour overs and cold brew. www.presscoffee. com.

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Late last month, The Camby hotel launched its afternoon tea program at The Bees Knees. Never mind the pinkies up: Tipsy Tea Party is a modern twist on the tradition, where a lively atmosphere features tea served in quirky cups alongside elevated sweet-andsavory bites. Taking place every Friday and Saturday from 2-5 p.m., tipsy tea options will include chilled tea-infused cocktails like Havana Rising with white rum, vodka, lemon juice, and green tea simple syrup; hot tea-infused cocktails like the Spiced Pear Toddy with bourbon, lemon juice, demerara simple syrup, spiced pear liqueur, and earl grey tea; and tea-infused

champagne cocktails like Eastern Orchestra with Chambord, Moet Ice Imperial, lemon juice, and orchid oolong simple syrup. Tea mocktails and straight tea are also available. Afternoon nibbles come courtesy of Executive Chef Dushyant Singh, forgoing formal finger fare with a lively menu of unique spins on the tea sandwich (think savory mango crab avocado sliders and truffle deviled eggs with potato chip dust) and sweet bites such as French macaroons and pistachio cream pie that will wow. $40 includes every dish from the prix fixe menu, a choice of tea cocktail and a finale of sweet treats. www.artizenaz.com.


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ARIZONA BILTMORE’S WINEMAKER DINNERS RETURN

The series offers an epicurean adventure that combines innovative gourmet dining and acclaimed wines. To kick off its 28th season, the resort welcomes locals to indulge in vino from Antinori Wine Company Thursday, October 5. In addition to the carefully paired menu, a representative from the winery will share the tales of harvesting the most celebrated wines. The dinners are hosted at Wright’s at the Biltmore and reservations are required. Reception, 6:30pm; dinner, 7:00pm. $120. www.arizonabiltmore.com.

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SPOOKY SHOWTIME

From October 26 to November 4, 2017, Scorpius Dance Theatre presents A Vampire Tale. The yearly haunt is celebrating a return to its roots at the Phoenix Theatre’s Hardes Theatre, the original birthplace of the production. Additionally, for the first time in the show’s history, the vampires will rise from their coffins during the day with two special matinee shows. A Vampire Tale, in its 14th season, indulges audiences with all the trimmings: dark and sexy drama, quirky and comedic episodes, and visually stunning dance and aerial feats. Starting at $25. www.scorpiusdance.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF ARIZONA BILTMORE

A NEW SPACE AT PCH

Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) opened its new 42,000-square-foot Emergency Department (ED) and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center last month, dramatically increasing the Hospital’s emergency and trauma care capacity while meeting the demands of Arizona’s burgeoning pediatric population. The new ED and Trauma Center – Arizona’s only American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and one of only a few in the nation – has the capacity to accommodate 100,000 patients each year. The ED and Trauma Center also offers 75 private exam rooms, more than tripling the current capacity, and increases the number of trauma bays from four to nine. Moreover, the ED and Trauma Center is located directly below the helipad, placing patients just seconds away from trauma and resuscitation bays, operating rooms, critical imaging and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. www. phoenixchildrens.org.

A SUPERB SUPPER CLUB

Mountain Shadows recently kicked off its Sunday Supper Club – where the only requisite for membership is to show up and enjoy – in the resort’s upscale signature restaurant, Hearth ‘61. One Sunday a month, Executive Chef Charles Wiley crafts a delicious four-course meal thoughtfully paired with beverages in partnership with one of the restaurant’s artisan suppliers, a winery or distillery. This month’s meal, taking place October 15 at 6 p.m, will feature Prisoner Winery. Reservations are required. $74 per person. 480.624.5458. Uptown October '17

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GREAT EVENTS IN OCTOBER BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE

19th Annual Key to the Cure Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m. registration Head to Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park for a private event of fashion, fare and giving back. Enjoy a lively party with champagne cocktails and tasty bites followed by a runway show, highlighting fall trends, presented by Saks Fifth Avenue. The event will raise funds and awareness for cancer research at local nonprofit, TGen. TGen’s mission is to develop earlier diagnostics and smarter treatments for Valley patients battling with cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and other complex diseases. Individual tickets, $150. www.tgen.org. Mayor’s Arts Awards Oct. 12, 6:30–9 p.m. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Phoenix Center for the Arts invites you to talk art in the park – the Margaret T. Hance Park Urban Plaza, to be exact. The evening celebrates outstanding leaders in a multitude of art disciplines, including visual arts, dance and choreography, literary arts, among others and will announce the winner of the second annual Lou and Evelyn Grubb Community Innovator Award. Funds raised from the event will enable Phoenix Center for the Arts to provide free art workshops tailored to the needs of veterans and their families. Artist ticket, $25; general admission, $75; general admission with comemorative poster, $100. phoenixcenterforthearts.org. Night of Hope Gala Oct. 14, 6–11 p.m. Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels’ fifth Annual Night of Hope Gala will take place at the extravagant Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. The evening is a celebration of the bravery and innocence of childhood cancer warriors and includes dinner, cocktails, mystery boxes, auctions, live entertainment and dancing. Last year’s event raised over $240,000, and this year’s affair is expected to raise even more. All proceeds will support the organization’s mission of bringing dignity and comfort into the harsh world of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Individual tickets, $250. www.amandahoperainbowangels.org. Feeding Matters 5th Annual Community Luncheon Oct. 17, 11 a.m. Claim your spot at the table for a delicious lunch at the Arizona Biltmore. The fifth annual event opens its doors to locals and visitors alike. Enjoy an afternoon of inspiring stories and networking opportunities with guests, table captains and community leaders. Learn about Feeding Matters’ mission – which is to further advances in pediatric feeding disorders by accelerating identification, igniting research, and promoting collaborative care for children and families – and vision as you meet children and families achieving success because of the work of the organization. Free. www. feedingmatters.org. Applause! Gala Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m. Don your chicest cocktail attire at Phoenix Theatre’s Applause! Gala. Enjoy an evening of show-stopping performances featuring original musical tributes celebrating this year’s honorees, which includes Michael Barnard; Judd and Billie Jo Herberger; Dr. Oliver and Sharon Harper; Dr. P. David Adelson; Jill and George Garcia; and Nan Howlett. The celebration also features a hosted cocktail reception, a Greek feast followed by decadent desserts, and dancing under the stars. The event supports Phoenix Theatre’s programs, services, education and outreach programs. Individual tickets, $500. www.phoenixtheatre.com. Night of Gold Oct. 28, 6 p.m. Experience the wonder and awe of the roaring ’20s at the Night of Gold Ball. This annual affair, hosted by HonorHealth Foundation, will take place at the Arizona Biltmore. The 1920s-themed event will be draped in gold from floor to ceiling and feature live music, dancing, delicious food, an exclusive auction and much more! Proceeds from the event will support the programs and services of HonorHealth Desert Mission, which offers a variety of integrated programs to the community including a food bank, neighborhood renewal, healthcare and early childhood education. Individual tickets, $550. www.honorhealth.com.

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ASYLUM: RESURRECTION

Oct. 13&14, Phoenix Center for the Arts It’s Friday the 13th and the CaZo Asylum is back for a third time with a new breed of creepy characters sure to send shivers up your spine. This powerful group will transport you to a spooky world within the locked gates of the CaZo Asylum for a frightening, comedic and dramatic tale of love, jealousy, madness and delusion, all told through the power of dance. Show times vary. Students, $15; general admission, $20; VIP, $35. www.cazodance.com.

PHOTO BY STEPHANIE TIPPI HART

BY BRITTANY MARONEY

The Shins With Very Special Guests Spoon Oct. 3, Comerica Theatre Indie rock band The Shins, is teaming up with Austin rock band Spoon for a co-headlined tour to promote both of their new albums. The bands are combining forces to get back on the road and jam in support of their respective releases. The Shins’ fifth album, Heartworms, was released in March, with Spoon’s Hot Thoughts following just a week later. James Mercer of The Shins continues to juggle multiple instruments, creating a sound unique to the band. 7 pm. Starting at $39.50. www. comericatheatre.com. The Flaming Lips and Mac Demarco Oct. 5, Cresent Ballroom This garage rock band from San

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Francisco is taking the neo-psychedelic rock scene by storm. Known for their one-of-a-kind live shows (with exciting features like puppets, video animation and colored smoke shows), this is one performance you don’t want to miss. With a unique blend of punk sounds and distinctive vocals, the group delivers its surrealist performances with songs from its most recent 2013 album, The Terror as well as EP, Peace Sword. With three years of constant performances under the band’s belt, it has truly perfected its live shows. 7 p.m. $40-$50. www. comericatheatre.com. Arizona State Fair Oct. 6-29, Arizona State Fair & Coliseum Don’t miss Arizona’s largest festival and the third largest fair in the country. With over one

million guests in attendance each year, this annual event will feature unique fair food, animal attractions, rides, games, contests and more! There will also be a lineup of A-list musical talent, including live performances by rapper Snoop Dogg, rock band Gin Blossoms and country music singer and songwriter Billy Currington. 6-10 p.m. Adults, $10; children 5-13 & Seniors 55+, $5; children under 5, free. Artlinkphoenix.com Dinosaurs in the Desert Oct. 6- Apr. 30, Phoenix Zoo Centuries ago, prehistoric dinosaurs ruled the earth. Take a trip back in time to witness the massive creatures that once inhabited this land in this self-guided, unforgettable exhibition. Sure to astound children and adults alike, get ready to go back to the true

land of the lost. On October 6 through 8, don’t miss the grand opening celebration (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) for the exhibit featuring an interactive fossil dig, meet and greets, photo-ops, face painting, music, games and more exciting dinosaur-centered activities. Times vary. General admission, $14.95$24.95; additional cost for exhibit, $4-$5. www.phoenixzoo.org. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Film Concert Series Oct. 6-8, Phoenix Symphony Hall Phoenix Symphony Hall celebrates its 70th anniversary by inviting Phoenix-area muggles to enjoy the incredible cinematic feature that started it all, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in concert. For the first time ever, patrons of this historic venue can enjoy the full movie version of J.K. Rowling’s infamous book in high definition on a 40-foot screen above the orchestra, accompanied The Phoenix Symphony performing John William’s unforgettable score. The magical presentation will be a true wonder for book lovers and movie goers alike. Times vary. Starting at $30. www.phoenixsymphony.org. PoeFest Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-12, 27-28 & 31, Hotel San Carlos In its ninth year, PoeFest is sure to chill audiences to their very bones, bringing a month of madness and terror. With a live re-enactment of Edgar Allan Poe’s Maison de Sante asylum to start the month of activities and ending in a Poefest Séance, this spooky event is perfect for those ready to kick Halloween off early. Each Wedneday and Thursday will bring new fun, with events like writing contests, seances, and even a look-alike contest. PoeFest’s final


GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S

GREATEST POLO PARTY

Oh, The Fashion.

Think Pretty Woman meets the Phoenix Open. Dress up. Dress down. But you will be looking all around, especially at the “World’s Longest Catwalk” Fashion Show

Arizona’s Most Beautiful Event. Six matches over two days including teams from Aspen Valley, Monte Carlo, Santa Barbara, St. Moritz, Wales and Arizona. Saturday is the big party with four games including The Women’s Sunset Polo Match. Sunday is a more traditional polo atmosphere including the Scottsdale Maserati Sunday Brunch.

Barrett-Jackson Preview & Horsepower Showcase. Nearly 200 of the most amazing Lamborghinis, Ferraris and collector cars you’ll ever see.

Bottled Blonde Polo Lounge: Field-side DJs & Dancing. The Bird’s Nest of Polo.

The Canine Couture.

A dog fashion show like no other!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW NEW IN 2017?

How about the Phoenix Opera singing and Southwest Shakespeare Company acting during periods of play creating one of the most unusual, and beautiful, sounds and scenes in the world of polo? Or a new field-side beach bar tent with sand? Or an acclaimed chef’s pop-up restaurant featuring fried chicken and champagne? Or Steak 44, Neiman Marcus and Barrett-Jackson teaming up for a new VIP Tent? Or shopping with some amazing new vendors? or the Scottsdale Maserati Sunday Brunch? There’s nothing like your first time at the USA’s most attended polo event. Or experiencing it all over again.

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night concludes in The Rosson House Museum at Hertiage Square with performances of The Raven every twenty minutes. Don’t miss this spooky good time. 8-9:30 p.m. $7. phoenix.standuplive.com. Mac and Cheese Fest Oct. 7, Scottsdale Waterfront Is there anything better then ooey, gooey macaroni and cheese? If your answer is no, head down to the Scottsdale Waterfront for the debut Mac and Cheese Fest – the first and only festival in the Valley dedicated to mac and cheese. Eat your way through the top 30 cheesiest dishes as local chefs compete for the “Golden Noodle” trophy This is comfort food, done right. Noon-7 pm. Starting at $15. www.macandcheesefestaz.com. Uncorked: PHX Wine Festival October 7, Civic Space Park Uncorked Wine Festival is back and bigger than ever. Over 100 global wine varieties, gourmet food trucks, lawn games and live music, will be featured at this much-loved annual wine tasting. With portions of the proceeds benefiting The Phoenix Community Alliance, this event is the perfect place to enjoy beautiful weather and a glass of your favorite exclusive vino while giving back. The event is 21 and older. Noon-4 p.m. General admission, $55; VIP, $65. www.phoenixcommunityalliance.com. Four Peaks Octoberfest Oct. 13-15, Tempe Beach Park Four Peaks brings Oktoberfest to the Valley with its 45th annual Bavarian-style celebration. For three days, patrons can taste the ultimate variety of local and national brews, while enjoying live music, keg tappings, karaoke, wine samplings, and carnival rides. Snack on a Johnsonville brat while enjoying the Spaten 4v4 Soccer Tournament, where 100 teams will compete on small fields with no goalies, resulting in lightening-speed action. There will be fun activities for kids and adults alike, so bring the whole family. Times vary. Free. www. fourpeaksoktoberfest.com. The Original Phoenix Greek Festival Oct. 13-15, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Experience the rich history and culture that is the Phoenix Greek Festival in its 57th year. Taste the flavors of authentically prepared dishes, browse a variety of Greek made items including artwork

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HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

PHOTO COURTESY OF PHOENIX THEATRE

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Through Nov. 12, Phoenix Theatre This viciously funny and devastatingly heartbreaking show will bring an electrifying glamrock score and high-voltage performance to the stage. The 1998 musical, written by John Cameron Mitchell with music and lyrics by Stephen Trast, will bring a thrillingly progressive and thoroughly entertaining show about a rock ’n’ roll band fronted by a transgender German singer. Show times and prices vary. www.phoenixtheatre.com.

and jewelry, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the community dancers. Six groups will perform dances multiple times each day with dance lessons offered daily. Festival goers will be captivated by the unique variety of traditions that come from all of the various regions of Greece. Friday, 5 p.m.10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 pm. $3. www.phoenixgreekfestival.org. Best of Phoenix A’fare Oct.13-14, Arizona Biltmore Over 40 local restaurants present unlimited samples of their best dishes. Indulge at the make-yourown mule bar and taste bites from vendors such as The Great Australian Bakery, Flourish, San Francisco Chocolate Factory and more. Guests will also enjoy 12 complimentary drinks at the various bars throughout the venue,

and imaginations of all. 9-11 a.m. Free. www.nativeconnections.org. No Kid Hungry Dinner Oct.16, Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe One of Phoenix’s biggest restauranteurs, Sam Fox of Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC), gives back with this first-ever three-course sit-down dinner, benefiting No Kid Hungry. In addition to a cocktail hour with passed bites and the three-course dinner with live music, guests will also have the opportunity to bid on unique auction items to end childhood hunger in Arizona and beyond. 6 p.m. Individual tickets, $150. www.nokidhungry.com. Andre Rieu Oct.19, Comerica Theatre The Dutch violinist and conductor comes to Phoenix, joined by his great waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra (which he is best known for). Together, they have been exposing thousands of theatre goers to classical and waltz music, around the world. Expect a night of grandeur and melodious relaxation, as one of the greatest music genres comes alive on stage. 8 pm. Starting at $42. www.comericatheatre.com.

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Rainbows Festival Oct. 21-22, Heritage Square Park Taking place in historic Heritage Square Park, the annual Rainbows Festival is a celebration of the unique and diverse population of LGBTQ Phoenix community. This festival, produced by Phoenix Pride, draws a crowd of over 25,000 and will feature over 150 exhibitors. The two-day event will feature two stages showcasing live music and fun-filled entertainment, with tons of food options to snack on. So, get ready to show your pride at the second largest LBGTQ event in the Valley. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. www.phoenixpride.org.

Native American Connections Parade October 14, Beginning at North 3rd Street and East Oak Street In its 35th year, the Native Americans Connection Parade brings together the various tribes that thrive in the Phoenix area. With over 100 different groups presenting, this year’s theme is “the Colors of Nature’s Beauty.” See authentic dress, experience the music of the individual tribes and witness the dances that have been in families for generations. This parade will capture the hearts

Luke Bryan: Huntin’, Fishin & Lovin’ Every Day Tour Oct. 26, Ak-Chin Pavilion The American country singer-songwriter will visit the Valley to share new tracks from his latest album, Light it up. His soulful lyrics and down-home style will be sure to warm your heart. Joined by special guests, Brett Eldridge and Granger Smith, this is a concert for the die-hard country fan in all of us. Kick up your boots and say “yeehaw” as you sing along to new and old favorites. 7 p.m. Starting at $31.25. www.ak-chinpavilion.com.


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GET LOST AT LOST LAKE FESTIVAL A dynamic debut festival that commemorates Phoenix’s rich culture

San Francisco has Outside Lands. Tennessee is home to Bonnaroo. Now, the Valley has its own celebration: Lost Lake Festival. Superfly – a company that designs full-bodied cultural experiences – has partnered with top cultural leaders in the Valley’s creative and artisan community to bring to Phoenix, and Phoenix only, this one-of-a-kind event. From musical performances to elevated local culinary bites and beverages to bar games and art, Lost Lake Festival is sure to make jaws drop. Coming out of the gate strong, the first-year festival brings an impressive lineup of musicians to the desert. There will be over 40 musical acts spanning across the three days. Performers taking the inaugural stage include The Killers, Chance the Rapper, ODESZA, Haim, BROODS, Ludacris, Major Lazer, The Roots, and many, many more. Festivalgoers will also get to experience Superfly’s signature act, SuperJam, which brings together artists and musicians to perform an out-of-thisworld collaboration. What’s a festival without mouthwatering foods? Lost Lake Festival is just as much about food as it is live entertainment. Attendees will experience “Phoenix Flavors,” a journey through the Valley’s culinary landscape led by local chef and restaurateur, Chris Bianco. Chef Bianco has helped open independent and artisanal pizzerias around the country, including his local legend, Pizzeria Bianco. In addition to noshing on flavors of Phoenix, festivalgoers will also enjoy the event’s killer lava pit showcasing some of the best barbecue the Valley has to offer, a brew park full of craft beers and oversized, backyard style games in The Lost Playground. Let your inner child relish in nostalgic games that are bigger and

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better than ever before! We’re talking mega twister, humongous cornhole and more. The agave plant is native to the Southwestern region. And because Lost Lake Festival celebrates Phoenix’s rich and dynamic culture, Nectar of the Gods pays homage to the indigenous species. Attendees will sample different tequilas, including anejo, reposado, blanco and mezcal, while also getting a rich history of the desert dwelling plant. The festival grounds will also be adorned with Valley art. Phoenix favorites and emerging artists will showcase their masterpieces all three days and be around to talk shop. The Lost Lake Marketplace will have local vendors selling their creations.

IF YOU GO... What: Lost Lake Festival When: Oct. 20–22, times vary Where: Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix Tickets: Single day pass, $89.50; single day VIP, $224.50; 3-day pass, $239.50; 3-day VIP, $574.50. Information: www. lostlakefestival.com.


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THE MAGIC OF MUSIC Audrey’s Angels spreads joy to the elderly community through songs

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IF YOU GO... What: Mad for the Music When: November 4, 6 p.m. Where: The Camby Hotel, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix Tickets: $175 Information: www. audreysangels.org.

This year, Audrey’s Angels presents its annual fundraising gala with a new look: Mad for the Music. With a fun theme and new, elegant venue, the gala is expected to be better than ever. Guests will don cocktail attire to this memorable evening, with proceeds benefitting the live music programming of Audrey’s Angels, a nonprofit founded by Bob and Audrey Alderson in 2001 to enhance the lives of senior citizens. The nonprofit’s Music Angels branch, which began with serving one home weekly, consists of volunteer musicians who deliver weekly live music enrichment programs to elderly and disabled adults in Phoenix. These volunteers engage, play their instruments and sing on each visit. “The residents were transformed

for that hour,” explains Audrey’s Angels Executive Director Linda Alderson. “Live music has tremendous therapeutic benefits, and The Aldersons could see it was improving residents’ lives. Audrey’s Angels now serves 160 homes in Maricopa County.” Guests can expect a hosted cocktail hour and passed appetizers, along with toe-tapping, mood-boosting music from the moment they walk through the door. Festivities will continue with an indulgent dinner with signature touches in companion with the event’s theme. Additionally, there will be raffles as well as a silent and live auction. Some sneak peek items up for grabs include Kendra Scott jewelry, 2018 Barrett-Jackson passes, golf packages and a chocolate experience from X0 Confections.

“Our patrons will enjoy a dynamic evening in which they can experience the excitement and mood elevating experience that live music creates from the moment they arrive,” says Jolene Newton, gala co-chair and board member. To further enhance the theme, this year’s gala will welcome local artist Randall Hedden, who is renowned for his performance art creations. Hedden will create a piece of art right in front of the guests’ eyes and then donate the artwork to the live auction to raise funds for Audrey’s Angels. Lastly, Audrey’s Angels Co-founder Audrey Alderson, auctioneer Jennie Heal and an eldercare facility representative will sit down to discuss the meaning, importance and impact of the organization’s services.

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THE OLDER, THE BETTER

Barrel-aged cocktails creating a stir in Phoenix Making the perfect barrel-aged cocktail, the process by which pre-mixed drinks are expertly placed in customized barrels for weeks or months to change the cocktail’s character and flavor, is perhaps the hottest drink trend of the past several years. Here are four local venues doing it right:

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Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ While Bobby-Q – which opened last month on 32nd Street and Camelback Road – is known for its barbequed meats and beer, the restaurant is also making a splash with its barrel-aged Old Fashioned ($12). The cocktail starts with Redemption Rye whiskey for that classic spicy yet smooth and warming flavor. Bobby-Q stirs in a barrel-smoked maple syrup that’s been aged inside twice-charred bourbon barrels to impart that pleasantly smoky aftertaste. Also made with Peychaud’s Bitters versus the traditional Angostura Bitters to create a lighter, balanced cocktail, it’s garnished with fresh orange twist and imported Italian Fabbri Amarena wild cherries that have been houseaged in Redemption Rye whiskey for 48 hours. www.bobby-q.net. Grassroots Kitchen & Tap Grassroots Kitchen & Tap features three barrel-aged cocktails at any given time – a Sazerac, a Manhattan and a Negroni – aged in cask barrels that infuse oak, caramel and even vanilla notes into each cocktail. This month, try the Negroni, which features Tanqueray London Dry Gin, Campari, sweet Vermouth and orange peel. The Negroni ($11) is notorious for either being loved or hated for its distinct taste – it’s quite bitter – but by aging the cocktail, that bitterness is softened on the palate. www. grassrootsaz.com. Tarbell’s Tarbell’s has a full menu of barrel-aged cocktails, each matured in oak, but for various periods of time based on the drink make up. For example, the “Perfect Manhattan” is made with Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon, Carpano, Berto Dry Vermouth, both orange and walnut bitters and only needs to age for a month, as does the scotch-based Rob Roy, while the Negroni, made with Caskwerks Tea Gin, rosé vermouth and Campari is aged for up to three months to infuse the right flavor profiles. Our favorite for the fall – the Penicillin ($16), is made with a base of powerhouse spirits Johnny Walker Red Label, Laphroaig 10-Year Scotch Whisky but then softened with ginger honey and lemon juice. The aging process really brings out the honey flavor in a special way. www.tarbells.com. The Gladly Using an American oak barrel with a grade-four char inside, which denotes the degree to which the wood has been burnt inside the barrel, The Gladly creates libations for each season with deep, smooth flavor over several weeks, giving the drinks time to absorb the natural flavors of the wood. The aging process is continuous; a steady transition from batch to batch that ensures the barrel never runs dry. The fall barrel-aged cocktail is Beginner’s Luck ($12), which is made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Sibona Amaro (a spicy Italian spirit), cherry liqueur and Angostura Bitters. www.thegladly. com.

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DANCING THROUGH LIFE

Ballet Arizona’s Jillian Barrell talks her upcoming Swan Lake performance and more

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Though 28-year-old Ballet Arizona dancer Jillian Barrell can’t pinpoint a specific moment when her love of ballet dancing began, it’s clear from her dedication to the craft and growth within the company that she was born to be on stage. “I think my love for dancing sort of grew as I grew,” Barrell says. “I suppose it’s still growing as I continue to grow and a person and as a dancer.” Barrell came from a small ballet school in Delaware, only thinking of the sport as a hobby until her senior year of high school. Once she began thinking about the bigger picture, she jumped right into the prospect of a ballet career, sending her resume and a video out and going on countless open auditions. Her future started when she got a personal call and offer for a contract from Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen. Since then, she has had countless opporunities to work with the legend. “He [Andersen] cares a lot about us and we have fun in the studio. So, it’s really rewarding work. He is able to see these things in dancing that not everyone can see,” she says. Since joining the company at age 18, Barrell she has performed many soloist and pincipal roles. She also originated the title role in Ib Andersen’s Cinderella, danced the role of Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and appeared in Andersen’s original ballet’s play, Mosiak. “I’ve grown and changed a lot since I’ve been here,” Barrell says. “I imagine that the artistic staff and perhaps some audience members may feel as though they have literally watched me grow up!” This month, October 26 through 29, Barrell will be dancing the roles of Odette and Odile in Ballet Arizona’s Swan Lake, a legendary story of romance, sorcery and betrayal that revolves around the tragic Swan Queen Odette and her lover, Prince Siegfried. This quintessential ballet, which is known to be quite a challenge, is, at its heart, a struggle of good and evil. “On top of some challenging steps, it is very stylized, which can be tricky,” she explains. “But it’s also fun because we play both the white swan and the black swan. We get to be two completely different characters in one ballet. I like getting to play around with that acting – trying to convey each swan in a unique way.” As far as her future goes, Barrell will take things jump by jump – one of her favorite ways to move on stage. Her current ballet goals are short term, with specific ballets she would love to dance in. But, when the dance shoes come off, she isn’t sure where the music of life will take her. “I’m spoiled by this job,” she says. “Someone is paying me to do what I love! So now I don’t think I would be able to do a job that I wasn’t totally passionate about and in love with.”

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When was the last time you explored the area’s rich cultural centers? If it’s been a while – or even if not – now is a great time to get reacquainted since October ushers in a plethora of new exhibits and special events at the Valley’s top museums and performing arts centers. Whether you love musicals, prefer the quiet contemplation of a museum, or are simply into learning something new, we’ve got the scoop on the upcoming 2017-2018 season here.

WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST The Venue: Since opening in 2015, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has weaved a tale of the 19 Western states through art, artifacts and depictions of early trailblazers. Located in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale, it celebrates the West’s culture with rotating exhibits that feature art and rare historic artifacts on loan from some of the world’s best collectors and institutions. The museum became a Smithsonian

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Above: The foyer at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West.

Affiliate in 2015, and has been named “Best Western Museum” in the nation for two consecutive years by True West magazine. The contemporary, 43,000-square-foot building is an architectural gem with an environmentally conscious design. In fact, the sculpture courtyard’s “weeping wall” collects rainwater from the roof and the condensation from the museum’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to provide water to the museum’s desert landscaping. Beyond the galleries and picturesque courtyard, there are interactive exhibits, a museum store, and a theater/auditorium that hosts special performances, programs and events. Both the theater and the sculpture courtyard can even be rented for private events. Deepen your Western knowledge at the Loloma Learning Center and Research Library, located south of the museum’s main building.


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Available to peruse by appointment on Mondays only, it houses a private research library that contains hundreds of volumes on topics related to the American West, as well as the bordering provinces of Canada and states of Mexico. www. scottsdalemuseumwest.org.

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The exterior of ASU Gammage at Arizona State University's Tempe campus.

HIGHLIGHTS: ASU Gammage Beyond Select dates Oct. 7, 2017-April 28, 2018 This special performance series goes beyond the typical theater experience by bringing world-class artists into the community through workshops, master classes and discussions. From exploring the Cuban rhythms of Havana to blending classical ballet with Harlem culture, the works presented in Beyond reflect the multifaceted, diverse viewpoints of artists from around the globe. For most shows, attendees will also be invited to a post-performance after-party with the artists. $20.

Cinderella Dec. 19-24 Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific. The family-friendly production will feature an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and fan-favorite moments such as the pumpkin, the glass slipper and the masked ball, plus some surprising new twists. Times vary. Tickets start at $30.

Hamilton Jan. 30-Feb. 25, 2018 This award-winning musical will make a debut times two – its ASU Gammage run will be its first time in the Valley as well as at a college campus. Hamilton tells the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s righthand man during the Revolutionary War and was the nation’s first Treasury Secretary. The score blends hiphop, jazz, blues, rap, rhythm and blues, and Broadway. Times and prices not available at press time.

The Venue: For more than 50 years, ASU Gammage has been an Arizona icon, and, in fact, it’s the only public building in the state designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Located at Arizona State University, the 75,000-square-foot venue boasts elegant architecture, unbelievable acoustics, and a diversity of repertoire, including operas, musicals and symphonies. The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a showstopper – it’s made up of 27 different shades of terracotta, no right angles (but lots of circles), and 3,000 seats, with an outdoor promenade that overlooks South Mountain and the Valley. The likes of Bruce Springsteen and the Joffrey Ballet have graced the stage, though what really put ASU Gammage on the map was the creation of a collapsible, 80-ton orchestra shell, which gave the venue the capability to host Broadway shows. Now, it’s one of the world’s largest university-based presenters of performing arts and one of the top Broadway touring houses in the country. This season also marks ASU Gammage’s largest season subscription in history (season tickets are sold out, though individual show tickets are available). Additionally, the performing arts center also offers community programs such as master classes and a camp for young students. www.asugammage.com.

HEARD MUSEUM The Venue: What started out as a small museum founded in 1929 has grown in size and stature as a space dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art. The museum was modeled to fit in with the Spanish-style homes in the surrounding Phoenix neighborhood and has now expanded to be eight times the size of its original structure. Heard Museum, which has more than 450 volunteers who provide tours, collaborates with American Indian artists and tribal communities to give

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THE ROSSON HOUSE MUSEUM AT HERITAGE SQUARE The Venue: Get a glimpse into Phoenix’s vibrant Victorian past at Heritage Square. Located on Block 14 of the original townsite of Phoenix, the square dates back to the 1800s and includes the Rosson House Museum as well as an array of restaurants, an event space, and a museum gift shop. At 12 rooms and 4,2000 square feet, the home was built for $7,500 (making it one of the most expensive houses in Phoenix at that time). The Queen Anne Victorian construction takes design influences from Eastlake, Asian, Italian and French architecture. Though the space retains very few of its original furnishings, it does have original bricks and roofing tiles, parquet floors, a staircase, pressed tin ceilings, door and window hardware, and many original windows. After changing hands many times, the City of Phoenix purchased the home in 1974. The Heritage Square Foundation was created to be in charge of the restoration of the Rosson House, and, as a nonprofit, they still manage, maintain and preserve the museum and collection today, working in partnership with the city. The home was restored to its original condition in the late 1970s and opened as a museum in 1980. Admission to the Rosson House Museum is by guided tour only, and it is open for tours Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4

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visitors a first-person perspective about the art of the American Indian people, especially those from the Southwest. Drawing on its extensive collection as well as loaned artwork, the museum presents a mix of long-term and changing exhibitions ranging from collected ancestral artifacts and historic drawings more than a century old to contemporary paintings, jewelry and sculptures. Several of the most captivating areas of the museum are located outdoors. The campus, which has both indoor and outdoor spaces, houses the Scott L. Libby, Jr. Amphitheater for large music and dance performances, as well as the Steele Auditorium, used for performances, lectures, films, theatrical presentations, private dinners and meetings. Additionally, the campus has a gift shop and Courtyard Café, serving up seasonally inspired homemade fare. www.heard.org.

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p.m. During the nearly one-hour tour, docents will lead you through the first two floors and all 12 rooms of the home, sharing the stories of the residents who lived there, the history of territorial Arizona, and fun facts about Victorian America. VIP tours generally also include access to the attic as well. www.heritagesquarephx.org.

MESA ARTS CENTER The Venue: Opened in 2015, Mesa Arts Center anchors the arts and cultural district in downtown Mesa. The facility is the largest comprehensive arts campus in the Southwest – it's comprised of four buildings totaling 212,775 square feet – and the only center in Arizona offering extensive professional performing arts, visual arts and arts education programming. The architecturally stunning facility is home to four theaters, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (which has five art galleries), and 14 state-of-the-art visual and performing arts studios and classrooms. Altogether, the venue attracts world-class touring shows, including Broadway, music, dance and family entertainment; innovative exhibits (there are currently four on view for free); educational classes; workshops; and four major festivals as well as a free lunchtime concert series in the fall and spring. The complex itself is thoughtfully modeled after the Sonoran Desert, with jagged angles, sloping roofs and regional colors that reflect a rich Southwest environment. At the heart of it, the 700-foot Shadow Walk provides a place for group gatherings, performances and quiet reflection in the shade. www. mesaartscenter.com.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM The Venue: At 200,000 square feet, the expansive Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is one of a kind, as the world’s only global instrument museum. Its spacious galleries house more than 6,500 instruments – from a collection of nearly 16,000 – from over 200 countries and territories. Wireless hotspots around the museum provide loops of streamed music through state-of-the-art audio and video technologies that immerse you in the sounds of musical


The Rosson House Museum and seasonal highlights (left).

Upcoming highlights at MIM: Savion Glover, Oct. 11 (top right) and Experience Scandinavia, Dec. 2-3 (bottom right).

HIGHLIGHTS: Victorian Secrets: The Unmentionable Tour Oct. 6-Dec. 29 Take a slightly scandalous tour of the Rosson House Museum (on first and third Fridays at 5 p.m.) and learn the down and dirty details about Victorian life. This tour is for adults only, includes a visit to spaces most visitors don’t get to see, and concludes with refreshments at Nobuo at Teeter House. $25.

Rosson House Restored Select dates beginning Nov. 10 Each month, on the second and fourth Fridays at 5 p.m., learn about the architecture and history of the Rosson House from when it was built in 1895, through the years it was a boarding house, and what was discovered during the restoration. The tour, which is supported by an educational grant from BNSF Railway, concludes with refreshments at Nobuo at Teeter House. $25.

Holiday Tea & Tour Select dates in December Relax with an afternoon of delectable goodies and tea in the 1901 Stevens Bungalow, which will be transformed into a Victorian-style tea room, followed by a tour of the Rosson House Museum decorated at its holiday finest – the entire home will be decked in festive Christmas trees and lights from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. Times vary. $25.

instruments. As you approach each display, you’ll hear music and see the instruments being played in their original contexts. The explorations don’t end there – get an insider’s view of how instruments work, learn about the instrument-building process, and even create your own music in the Experience Gallery. In the Artist Gallery, peruse the instruments of world-renowned musicians as well as view video footage of concerts, photographs, costumes and other special items. Highlights include the Steinway piano on which John Lennon composed Imagine and one of Eric Clapton’s Gibson ES-345 guitars from the 1960s. The museum also includes a cafe with fare that often reflects special exhibits or events, a museum store, and a 300-seat music theater that hosts concerts. True to its musical focus, even patterns in the Venetian plaster walls, Italian porcelain floor tile, and the stainless-steel balcony railings allude to the variety and rhythms of musical composition. www.mim.org.

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SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS The Venue: Since 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has been considered one of the premier performing arts halls in the Western U.S., showcasing a variety of dance, music, theater, comedy and film. Each year, the center is host to more than 1,000 performances, educational programs and festivals including the annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival. The complex, located near the grassy, 21-acre Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, is comprised of the 853seat Virginia G. Piper Theater, the 137-seat Stage 2, and neighboring Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, which can hold up to 1,800 people. Education and outreach is at the core of the center’s programming, reaching nearly 20,000 children and adults each year through school and family matinee performances, teacher training, master classes, lectures, workshops, in-school artist residencies, and outreach with community partners. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, Oct. 4 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; other seasonal highlights at the center listed below.

SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The Venue: Situated near Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is comprised of four galleries showcasing nine to 12 rotating exhibits per year and works from a permanent collection, along with a fifth functional art installation and space for community engagement called SMoCA Lounge. Since 1999, SMoCA has spotlighted contemporary and modern art, architecture and design through a variety of artistic programming including lectures, readings, performances, docent-led tours, workshops and classes. The minimalist building, a renovation of a former movie theater, is, of course, artful in its construction; its eggplant and gray color palette is reminiscent of the dusky shadows left by the sun on the McDowell Mountains. Perhaps the museum’s crown jewel is the James Turrell Skyspace, Knight Rise, housed within the sculpture garden. The Skyspace invites visitors to observe the sky through an opening in the ceiling – it’s especially captivating at sunset, when the framed sky is awash in color. Free all day and night on Thursdays; free after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. www.smoca.org.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Nov. 4, 8 p.m. The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) is renowned for its imaginative programming, and it performs 100 concerts annually throughout Russia and tours overseas. MSSO will showcase an all-Russian program featuring the winner of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Dmitry Masleev, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1. $69$109.

Rita Rudner Nov. 11, 8 p.m. Get ready for a night full of laughter with this Las Vegas favorite known for her witty one-liners. Rudner, who has been voted Las Vegas’ Comedian of the Year nine years in a row, has sold 1.5 million tickets and become the longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas in addition to starring in three HBO specials and writing five books. $49-$79.

Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 27 and Feb. 24, 2018, 8 p.m. This special series will feature two of Broadway’s leading ladies, Kelli O’Hara (Jan. 27) and Megan Hilty (Feb. 24). Hosted by multi-talented pianist and comedian Seth Rudetsky, these cabaret-style concerts will mix popular songs with candid showbiz stories. Both shows, $59-$89.


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A snapshot from Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts (right) and a selection from Marking the Infinite at SMoCA with seasonal highlights (left).

HIGHLIGHTS: Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia Through Jan. 21, 2018 Miami-based collectors Debra and Dennis Scholl have lent a collection of 70 works, many of which are being seen publicly for the first time, featuring nine contemporary women artists from remote aboriginal areas. The exhibit features some of the most acclaimed artists in Australia, all of whom have works in the Australian National Museum’s collection.

Fall 2017 Opening Party Oct. 13, 7-9 p.m. This reception kicks off the opening of SMoCA’s fall exhibits. Those who attend will be among the first to see the exhibits, with the opportunity to mix and mingle with artists, collectors and curators as well as enjoy a cash bar. Free (and museum admission is also free).

Repositioning Paolo Soleri: The City Is Nature Oct. 14, 2017-Jan. 28, 2018 This exhibition will be the first and only retrospective and monographic exhibition since Soleri’s death in 2013 and represents the largest collection of his work presented in North America since 1971. It will bring together elements from his built and unbuilt residences, bridges, dams, cities and transportation systems as well as ceramic and bronze artisan crafts, fabric designs and silkscreens.

HERBERGER THEATER The Venue: Over the last 28 years, 4.2 million patrons have enjoyed more than 15,000 performances at Herberger Theater, a nonprofit organization that aims to foster the growth of the arts in Phoenix. Opened in 1989 and fully renovated in 2010, Herberger Theater offers three theater venues, two art galleries, a lounge and outdoor plaza, and rentable event space for a variety of community uses. Using its wide range of spaces, Herberger hosts performances by its resident performing arts organizations: Arizona Theatre Company, Center Dance Ensemble and iTheatre Collaborative, as well as welcoming other companies to use the space, including Valley Youth Theatre and Arizona Broadway Theatre. Additionally,

the center’s art galleries – one located on the second level of the main building and the other across the street from the theater at the Arizona Center – feature Arizona artists’ work with a portion of artwork sales benefiting the theater and its youth outreach programs. Those sales, combined with the theater’s annual fundraising efforts (such as Stand Up for Downtown Theater and its festival of arts, which is Nov. 4), support its youth outreach programs, designed to give Arizona youth opportunities to excel, learn and heal through experiences with the arts. www.herbergertheater.org.

TOVREA CASTLE AT CARRARO HEIGHTS The Venue: You’ve probably seen Tovrea Castle while driving along the highway and wondered what the story is behind the beautiful four-story, 5,000-square-foot landmark in the distance. You’re not alone – the property has intrigued Valley residents for more than 80 years. In 1928, Alessio Carraro bought 277 acres of the 320-acre property – originally known as Warner Heights – in hopes of building a boutique hotel and selling home sites, with the castle as the centerpiece. The site never opened as a hotel, even though it was completed in 1930. E.A. and Della Tovrea bought 44 of the 277 acres from Carraro in 1931, including the castle, just as the depression hit Phoenix, and Della lived in the castle until her death in 1969. The City of Phoenix bought and restored the castle through a series of bond elections in the 1990s from the Tovrea family. The castle and grounds opened for tours in March 2012 after extensive refurbishing thanks to Tovrea Carraro Society, the nonprofit that operates the castle.

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The property is only available to visitors by tour, which are led by guides and consist of a tram ride to explore the cactus gardens before arriving at the castle’s main floor and basement. Tours are in high demand and sell out months in advance. While regular tours are sold out through May 2018, tickets for the June 2018 Twilight Tours go on sale Oct. 6 at 1 a.m. Fall 2018 tickets will be available Dec. 11 at 1 a.m. www.tovreacastletours.com.

Tempe Center for the Arts along the Tempe Town Lake waterfront.

TEMPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS The Venue: Along the edge of Tempe Town Lake, the architecturally stunning Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) is a striking venue situated among a 17-acre art park developed by Design Workshop, a Tempe landscape architecture firm. The venue itself – designed by Tempebased Architekton and award-winning Barton Myers Associates of Los Angeles – celebrates its 10th anniversary season in 2017-2018, which kicked off last month with a performance by Arizona native and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. TCA houses a state-of-the-art, 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat studio theater, and a 3,500-square-foot gallery. Beyond its performance spaces, its Lakeside room overlooks the lake, with views of the Papago and Camelback mountains, and is available for meetings, banquets and special events.  The center is home to a variety of Valley talent, including Tempe Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Wind Symphony, Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series, Childsplay, CONDER/dance, Desert Dance Theatre and Stray Cat Theatre. Seasonal highlights include international street dance sensation Lil Buck (Nov. 11); edgy, versatile and fresh all-female Flor de Toloache (Feb. 3); and VoicePlay, a group of five men who recreate the sound of an entire musical production using nothing but their voices (Feb. 9). Disrupt FEST, the TCA’s signature festival mashup of live music and theater, will expand to two nights this year (April 13-14).

PHOENIX ART MUSEUM The Venue: Phoenix Art Museum has provided access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona for more than 50 years and, at 285,000 square feet, is the largest art museum in the Southwestern U.S. The

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original three-story building was designed by Michigan architect Alden B. Dow, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Since opening in 1959, the building has undergone multiple expansions and renovations, now housing multiple wings, a cafe, office spaces, a theater, a sculpture garden, classroom facilities, and multiple galleries. In addition to its annual calendar of critically acclaimed national and international special, short-term exhibitions, Phoenix Art Museum showcases its permanent collection of more than 18,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, photography, and fashion design. The museum also hosts festivals, a comprehensive film program, live performances and educational programs. www.phxart.org.

THE PHOENIX POLICE MUSEUM The Venue: Other than the uniform and the fact that the police department puts bad guys behind bars, what do you really know about it? The Phoenix Police Museum began as a small exhibit at the Historic City Hall showing a temporary six-month display and then moved to Barrister Place where it was solely run on volunteers and donations, before landing at its current location of Historic City Hall (which was the home of the police department from 1928 to 1975). The museum has been educating the community about the history of the Phoenix Police Department, while promoting and preserving its history, since 1993. Free to experience, it has interesting and exciting exhibits including department badges from throughout the years, uniform patches from around the world, and an area about the Special Assignments Unit (SWAT), as well as information on the landmark Supreme Court case, Arizona v. Miranda. Additional highlights include a dress-up area for children to try on real Phoenix police uniforms, a Sept. 11 remembrance display, and a memorial room dedicated to Phoenix police officers who have died in the line of duty. This fall, the museum will open a new exhibit, Crime Scene Investigation, which will show a mock-up of a crime scene with the various investigative tools that are used to find and recover evidence. The exhibit is suitable for all ages and is not graphic in nature. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.phoenixpolicemuseum.org.


Children's Museum of Phoenix (right) and Phoenix Art Museum with exhibit highlights (left).

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX

HIGHLIGHTS: Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet Through Feb. 18, 2018 Located in the Art of Asia Gallery, explore photojournalist Marissa Roth’s literal and impressionistic views of Tibetan Buddhist practice and devotion, using Kodachrome film during her travels in 2007 and 2010.

Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism Oct. 14, 2017-Jan. 28, 2018 Composed of more than 70 works, including the premiere of a three-story, site-specific work created exclusively for Phoenix Art Museum, this exhibit will cover more than 20 years of Sheila Pepe's large-scale, ephemeral installations as well as sculptures made out of domestic and industrial fibrous materials.

The Logic of the Copy: Four Decades of Photography in Print Dec. 2, 2017-Apr. 22, 2018 This exhibit brings together artists working with print photographs, beginning in 1960 and ending at the turn of the 21st century when the adoption of digital images transformed photography.

The Venue: Originally founded in 1998 as the Phoenix Family Museum by a small group of Valley volunteers, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix provides a playful learning landscape for adults and children alike. The permanent location opened in 2008 at the restored and renovated Monroe School, bringing a new name to the three-floor building comprised of imaginative play spaces that house more than 300 hands-on experiences. The museum might look like all fun and games, but each exhibit has an educational component. Using motor skills, children are invited to take risks, practice perseverance, build cultural understanding, and explore each interactive exhibit. This month, the museum will open a new working garden where kids can plant seeds, water the garden, and learn about gardening and water conservation with the museum’s “Garden Guru,” plus harvest fruits and veggies when ready. As an added bonus, the museum practices a “Common Sense Green” environmental initiative to help children think and learn about the ecosystem. The museum uses non-toxic materials, instead choosing earth-friendly and sustainable options. Beyond that, hands-on activities with recycled materials and select programs promote environmental consciousness at home. The museum, which will be closed for its annual Spruce Up Oct. 23 through Oct. 30, is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org.

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SAVE THE DATE!

NOVEMBER 4 & 5, 2017 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. THE SHEMER ARIZONA ARTS FESTIVAL (formerly Sunday @ Shemer) – One of Arizona’s premier art festivals, this year being held in partnership with the Camelback Studio Tour! • Artist Booths • Arts & Cultural Organizations • Food & Beverage Vendors

• Demonstrating Artists • Sculpture Garden Tours • Live Music

• Kids Art Zone • Silent Auction • FREE ADMISSION!

For more information, call (602) 262-4727 or email info@shemerartcenter.org 5005 E Camelback Rd | Phoenix, AZ | shemerartcenter.org


Style

D W E L L / S H O P / FA S H I O N / A L L U R E

BY CHELSEA YOUNG

There’s nothing quite like an on-trend hat to complete your fall ensemble, whether you’re heading to a festival or jet-setting for the weekend. Top off your seasonal look with the Requiem fedora by Gigi Burris featuring color-blocked, wool felt in a striking combo of rich Bordeaux and brilliant sky blue. With a velour finish, the wide-brim hat is soft to the touch, with luxurious sateen trim and metallic hardware. Burris, who found inspiration at Old World mercerie shops while studying at Parsons Paris, crafts her Requiem collection through a special handmade technique called hand-blocking. $360 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.

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Style SHOP

BY GABBY RICHMAN / ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

GO GRAPHIC

Trade in your plain black bag for bold styles that stand out

Madras woven leather chain bag, Prada, $2,850 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Giant multicolored pixels tote, Anya Hindmarch, $1,595 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Small leopard print fur bucket bag, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, $590 at Barneys New York, www.barneys.com. Black pouch with space and floral designs, Dolce & Gabbana, $545 at Zappos Luxury, www. luxury.zappos.com. Blue City Steamer MM, $4,250 at Louis Vuitton, 480.946.1700.

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BY GABBY RICHMAN / ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

Style

SHOP

SEASONAL STATEMENTS

Anti-minimalism makes a comeback with accessories that wow

Bead-wrapped hoop earrings, $32 at Madewell, www. madewell.com. Marlowe long pendant necklace in Bordeaux tiger’s eye, $140 at Kendra Scott, 480.525.9265. Leather watch with blue face, Shinola, $650 at Zappos, www.zappos.com. Labradorite, diamond and 14-karat rose gold marquis ring, Jacquie Aiche, $1,955 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Tortoise and gold open cuff, Michael Kors, $185 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.

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NECKLACE: Long gold pendant, Chanel, $1,495.95. DRESS: Forest green quilted mini, Chanel, $545. BRACELET: Gold cuff, Chanel, $1,495. BAG: Multicolored beaded clutch, Mary Frances, $125.95. SHOES: Suede platform sandals with patent trim, Gucci, $265.95. All from To Be Continued Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

Earth-toned ensembles for out-of-thisworld elegance

BY CHELSEA YOUNG / PHOTOS BY MARK MORGAN / HAIR AND MAKEUP BY KELLI LESLIE, KELLILESLIEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM STYLING: STACEY RICHMAN / MODEL: FORD/RBA / LOCATION: THE VIG MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN, 10199 E. BELL ROAD, SCOTTSDALE; 480.935.2949; WWW.THEVIG.US.

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NECKLACE: Black leather and lucite, Monies, $925.95. DRESS: Blue shortsleeve leather, Louis Vuitton $895.95. BAG:Â Taurillon leather in blush, Louis Vuitton, $3,295.95. All from To Be Continued Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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TOP: Embellished black long-sleeve sheer woven, Figue, $279.95. SKIRT: Navy woven, Bamford, $195.95. BAG: Gold vintage mini, Chanel, $1,595.95. SHOES: Black-and-gold patent leather mules with gold tone detail, Gucci, $275.95. All from To Be Continued Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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BRACELETS: Gold studded cuff, $165.95; silverand-gold studded cuff, John Hardy, $2,495.95. DRESS: Green-and-brown embellished dress, Oscar de la Renta, $795.95. BAG: Distressed cream quilted patent leather, Chanel, $1,795.95. All from To Be Continued Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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NECKLACE: Silverand-gold layered, Chanel, $1,195.95. TOP:Â Moon and star print sleeveless silk, Chanel, $515.95. PANTS: Moon and star print silk wide leg, Chanel $1,095.95. All from To Be Continued Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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OUTFIT: Two-piece tunic pants set, Christian Dior, price upon request. BAG: Black crocodile embossed leather, Salvatore Ferragamo $425.95. SHOES: Nude patent leather pointed-toe heels, Christian Louboutin, $495.95. All from To Be Continued Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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DRESS: Kelly green long-sleeve beaded, Herve Leger, $895. SHOES: Pink pointed-toe satin heels, Christian Louboutin, $395.95. Both from To Be Continued Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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DRESS: Sleeveless navy cocktail with pearls, Prabal Gurung, $1,315. BRACELETS: Silver T-cuff with rhinestones, Henri Bendel, $65; silver and rhinestone bangle, Henri Bendel, $65. BAG: Quilted satin box clutch, Judith Leiber, $595.95. All from To Be Continued Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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Style ALLURE

BY LACI LEIGH STILWELL

LASH LOVE Make your peepers pop

A full face of eyeshadow, blush, lipstick and foundation can go a long way, but nothing completes a regimen like look-at-me lashes. And right now, long, luscious lashes are in more than ever. What’s the secret, you ask? We’ve got the lash lowdown: Start with a primer and end with flirty falsies, with a few other steps in between. Amplify your look with these must-haves that will take your lashes from drab to beyond fab.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara Complement your smoky shadow and liner with this kohl-pigmented, high-drama mascara. The formula builds bolder, thicker lashes in a super-saturated stroke, working lash by lash. Some mascaras need to be doubled up for duty, but not this one; it works well alone. With a thicker brush, it steadily combs through lashes, working from root to end while freeing lashes of flaking, smudging and clumping. $30 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.995.8000. Lancer Lash Serum Intense This just in: Lancer has created a breakthrough serum full of essential vitamins that promise lush, camera-ready lashes. The serum boosts the appearance of thin, sparse lashes naturally with high-performance conditioning agents and pumpkin seed extract. If used daily, the product works toward rebuilding lashes and improving their overall strength, intensifying the effects of mascara use and leaving you with a glam getup. $150 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Givenchy Base Mascara Perfecto Primer This multi-benefit primer is devised to dramatically increase lash volume. Its oneof-a-kind formula, enriched with natural ingredients like cotton nectar and soy proteins, works to

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improve lash health overnight as you sleep. Upon application, the black fibers of the brush separate and coat the lashes, while the softening white fibers elicit a smooth and sleek application. $29 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Lash Pop Lashes In The Pink Sometimes natural lashes fall short, and that’s where falsies come into play. Rock a natural style (like these) or go for a bold, dramatic pair – locally founded Lash Pop Lashes offers 10 styles, one for every occasion. Don’t let these cruelty-free, synthetic fiber, vegan showstoppers go to waste, as they can be reused up to 10 times with proper care! $5.99 at Lash Pop Lashes, www. lashpoplashes.com. NARS Eyelash Curler If you’re guilty of putting on mascara without using a curler first – stop, drop and curl. With its sleek and cushy design, the NARS curler allows for more control to create elongated and eye-opening lashes. To achieve max curl, place your lashes on the curler and give it a few light squeezes, a can’t-skip step if you’re seeking the perfect finish for your peepers. $20 at Blue Mercury, two locations; www.bluemercury.com.


BY GABBY RICHMAN / ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

Style

DWELL

FALL FEELS

Set the mood for autumn with jewel-toned treasures

Teal tufted sofa, $1,899 at Horchow, www.horchow.com. Red table lamp, $149 at Pottery Barn, 602.957.2297. Velvet maze print pillow, Plutus Cesire, $191.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, www. bedbathandbeyond. com. Upholstered barrel-back chair with metal fame, $2,230 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 480.444.5790. Handcrafted wool rug, $69$1,999 at west elm, 480.948.1950. Tufted ottoman, $399.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT HAIR COLOR WILL ENHANCE YOUR LOOK!

HAIR COLOR SPECIALIST Clyde is a highly skilled hair color specialist with a passion for creating perfect hair color. He is held in the highest regard for his exceptional work, from creating flawless highlights to dramatic color changes. His unique knowledge leaves you in complete confidence that you are in the best hands. Clyde will customize a personal formula that will enhance your natural color or create an entirely new look for you. His all over color, partial highlights and full highlights will help you to achieve luminous shine and brilliant color that is nondamaging and does not require a high level of commitment. Because his color line always leaves your hair in optimal condition with beautiful shine, you can change your hair color as often as you change your mind.

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Luxe

H AU T E P R O P E RT Y / P L A C E S / W H E E L S / WA N T

BY CHELSEA YOUNG

It’s finally prime time to park yourself on a patio, and, pretty soon, the warmth of a fire will be a welcome addition. Brown Jordan’s Kove fire table offers both style and functionality – as a table and fire pit in one – with a selection of four colors (bone is pictured). Power this modern-classic masterpiece with natural gas, liquid propane or clean-burning bioethanol fuel; the latter has no harmful emissions, smoke, soot or ash and can even be used indoors. Constructed from proprietary composite concrete, Kove is durable, yet lightweight (it’s just shy of 142 pounds), and has a convenient ledge that accommodates food and beverages. A bonus: Articulating feet and no hard utility connections make the fire table easy to move, whether that’s to a new spot in your backyard or a new location altogether. Price upon request, 480.998.1142; www.brownjordan.com. Uptown October '17

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Luxe HAUTE PROPERTY

SPOTLIGHT: A HOME WITH HISTORY BY GABBY RICHMAN / PHOTOS COURTESY OF DJ CORDERO PHOTOGRAPHY

Built in the 1920s, this home – situated on a tucked away street inside the walls of Phoenix Country Club – conjures visions of lush, storybook neighborhoods. The Spanish adobe-style dwelling, set on three-fourths of an acre, boasts charismatic touches both indoors and out. The 5,600-square-foot renovated home, with interior spaces by designer Georgia Bates, includes 6 bedrooms, 5 ½ bathrooms, a kitchen, an office, a guest suite, and family, living and dining rooms. The grounds, with patios and gardens

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designed by renowned landscape architect Steve Martino, contain numerous palms, mesquite and Palo Verde Trees that lend plenty of shade to the patios, outdoor fireplace, fountains and loggia. The original loggia on the south side of the house (once enclosed as part of a remodel by previous owners) has been restored, complete with rich wooden beams and arched adobe entries. Each room reveals its own unique bits of flair. For example, the naturally lit living space off the back of the house features original scored concrete floors, beamed

ceilings, and generous built-ins on either side of a wood-burning fireplace. From marble countertops to Spanish-inspired, hand-painted tiles, the bathrooms throughout the home scream character. Despite their differences in materials and patterns, they blend seamlessly with each other and the rooms in the abode, resulting in an eclectic yet tied together style. The kitchen (which was originally the carriage house) is marked by the twin custom steel arched doors. In this entertainer’s space, you will find a center island with walnut-finished birch wood cabinets, Silestone and granite counters, and a natural gas range with double ovens. It also features an island bar, a rusted metal-clad fireplace, and a custom bar area with concrete countertop, with a staircase behind the bar area that leads to the basement area. Off the west side of the kitchen is a home office space with a half-bath that looks into the back yard through French doors, a floor-to-ceiling pantry with an attached library ladder, as well as a laundry room that connects to the two-car garage and workshop. The east side of the kitchen has been serving as the family room, with television sofa and chairs. The master bedroom located upstairs, was originally the sleeping porch and has been completely remodeled to include an original beehive fireplace, floating closet, a multitude of windows, and an airy, spa-inspired bathroom with concrete counter tops and a custom glass-walled shower.  Upstairs you’ll also find three additional bedrooms – two connected by a Jack and Jill bathroom, and the third with an en suite – as well as a private au pair’s living space with separate entrance. 9 E. Country Club Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Listed for $1,795,000 with Don Mertes of The Historic Phoenix Group of Homesmart, 602.919.8471 or donmertes1@icloud.com.


Luxe

WHEELS

2017 CHEVROLET BOLT For most drivers, this all-electric vehicle is all you will ever need BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $37,495 (before federal tax credit)

When it comes to all-electric vehicles (EVs), most of the news has been about Tesla’s Model 3, which launched in the summer. But another EV that should be getting attention is the Chevrolet Bolt – General Motor’s electric game-changer vehicle. Chevy Bolt is significant because it’s the first EV that eliminates all the objections to buying and driving an EV. Range anxiety? Bolt can go 238 miles before needing a recharge. This driving range breaks new ground, with ample margin for emergencies. By comparison, Nissan Leaf’s range is 107 miles, and Volkswagen boasts a 125-mile range for the Golf EV. Too expensive? You can buy a Bolt for $29,995, after a federal tax credit of $7,500. Not enough power? The Bolt goes from zero to 60 mph in less than seven seconds, on par with a V-6 Chevy Camaro. Another huge advantage is that the Bolt will be inexpensive to operate. No oil changes, a brake pad replacement is virtually unnecessary because of regenerative braking, and you’ll never need to buy gasoline. At current residential electric rates, owners will pay about four cents per

mile to drive a Bolt. Gasoline-powered cars that get 30 mpg pay more than double that. I recently drove a Bolt EV, and the big surprise is that it’s nothing short of a superb experience with powerful acceleration, and a drive system that uses a single, high-capacity electric motor for propulsion. In fact, it might be one of the most fun driving experiences I’ve had in a very long time. It’s especially easy to maneuver in traffic, a snap to park, and there’s ample power for passing or getting up to highway speeds. The Bolt is a five-passenger, five-door hatchback that Chevy calls a wagon and comes in two trim levels: LT and Premier. Inside, it feels like it has a lot of space; it’s a bit narrow but not crowded. The interior isn’t as luxurious, but that’s more of a criticism of design rather build quality. The switchgear and touch points feel great and are ergonomically pleasing. Controls are intuitive and easy to use, and operating knobs have a nice rubber strip around them. Overall, I think the Bolt is the best mainstream EV yet, with a useful driving range, affordable purchase price, low operating cost, and an especially rewarding driving experience.

Price as tested: $42,855 Seating: 5 Engine: Single, high-capacity electric motor Horsepower: 200 Fuel economy: 128/110 mpg city/ highway Fab features: 238-mile driving range Powerful, linear engine performance Exceptional driving experience

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Luxe PLACES

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH Banff and Jasper offer a picturesque peek at the Canadian peaks

BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM / PHOTOS BY FAIRMONT HOTELS

The Canadian Rockies are magical, with breathtaking natural scenery and countless wow-factor moments. Banff and Jasper national parks, in Alberta, are both designated UNESCO World Heritage sites, filled with glacier-fed lakes, but also home to luxury hotels, small towns and impressive cuisine.

Exploring Banff Created in 1885, Banff National Park is one of the oldest parks in North America. One of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, it is known for rushing waterfalls and snow-capped mountain peaks that offer visitors a playground for skiing, mountain climbing, biking, and soaking in its thermal baths. The town of Banff is Canada’s highest, at 4,540 feet above sea level, but surrounded by even higher peaks. Unusual for most towns, Banff – with a permanent population of 9,500 residents – is entirely within the national park. In fact, no one can live there unless they work in Banff National Park. As you walk through Banff, it’s common to see deer, elk and even bison, while bighorn sheep graze along the roadsides. Because of the plentiful bison, you’ll find many restaurants featuring the local game. Stop downtown at The Bison and head upstairs to the dining room for beautiful mountain views and Chef David Cousineau’s bison carpaccio. For an entree, the Carmen Creek bison rib-eye steak is an incredible cut of meat, though bison isn’t the only local meat Chef Cousineau serves up. The gnocchi poutine is as Canadian as it gets, with 24-hour braised elk served over gnocchi with truffled gravy and cheese curds. Get a lay of the land by riding the Banff Gondola up to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Open in both summer and winter, the trip takes about 10 minutes and gives you an impressive view of the area.

Fairmont Banff Springs Fairmont Banff Springs is the town’s crown jewel. The Canadian Pacific Railway opened this “Castle in the Rockies” more than 125 years ago. When you arrive, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into another world. It’s a pleasant walk from the hotel into downtown Banff, but it’s hard to pull yourself away from the so-called castle. The Fairmont’s Willow Stream Spa is one such draw; the retreat boasts waterfalls and a mineral pool, offering an idyllic sanctuary. Be sure to also head outdoors where you can soak up the alpine air in the hot tub any time of the year. There’s something enchanting about enjoying a hot soak with snow gently falling around you, or soaking during the summer while listening to the quake of the aspen. There is a multitude of dining options at Fairmont Banff

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Springs. The Lookout Patio has to be one of the best patios in the world – sip a cocktail while you watch elk grazing below. Waldhaus Restaurant is a Bavarian eatery reminiscent of a German hunting lodge, where the seasonal menu always features Canadian beef along with German schnitzel and cheese fondue.

Jasper National Park Nearby, Jasper National Park is home to the town of Jasper, which is even smaller than Banff, with only 5,250 residents and also entirely inside the national park. Jasper National Park was established in 1907 and is the world’s second largest dark sky preserve, making this an incredible spot for stargazing. Head to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies; it stretches about 14 miles and is surrounded by 11,000-foot peaks. A great way to see the area, including nearby Pyramid Lake, is to book a tour with Sun Dog Tours, whose guides will also point out the local wildlife.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge An ideal place to stay while visiting is the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge situated on the shores of Lac Beauvert. This year-round resort offers golfing, hiking, horseback riding, ice skating, skiing or simply relaxing. You will stay in beautiful chalets or cabins connected to the main lodge by paths that wrap around the lake. At the heart of the lodge is the Great Hall, where you can enjoy the crackling fire and order drinks before dinner. There are a number of dining options, from The Moose’s Nook Chophouse, serving wild game and organic meats, to ORSO Trattoria, which has partnered with Twin Meadows Farms to bring a local twist to Northern Italian cuisine. Be sure to head to ORSO for a stunning breakfast buffet each morning.

Getting to Banff and Jasper The beauty of the national parks is that they are isolated. There are no direct flights into either town; the closest airport is Calgary, about 80 miles from Banff (though about 250 miles from Jasper), and airport shuttles are available. Another luxurious option for those traveling from May through October is to plan a train journey aboard Rocky Mountaineer, which travels from Seattle or Vancouver into either Banff or Jasper, with options for staying at the Fairmont properties. Just be sure to book well in advance. Truly, the Canadian Rockies are some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, no matter what time of the year you embark on your journey.

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Taste DRINK

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

GET IN THE SPIRIT This season’s brand-new beverage offerings

Each year, to take advantage of the cooler weather and as a precursor of the holiday season, elite beverage brands release limited-edition and seasonal offerings across the globe. Here are some of our favorites now available.

Ardbeg An Oa Ardbeg has been among the top-rated malt Scotch whiskies in the world for more than 200 years. A smoky variation on traditional malt scotch while still approachable for novice aficionados, An Oa is Ardbeg’s first new offering in a decade. Silky with hints of creamy toffee, anise and even a hint of milk chocolate, this seductive scotch is pitch-perfect for fall and winter days (and especially nights). $76.99 at BevMo!, Total Wine & More and Fox Cigar Bar.

Ciroc French Vanilla Vodka Unlike most other vodkas, Ciroc is produced from grapes, versus corn or grains. It is also distilled five times before any flavor infusions, including this new release. To marry both the creamy French and rich vanilla bean flavors together without overpowering the vodka, a master distiller infuses the liquor with vanillas from all over the world, from Guatemala to Madagascar, and then lets it finish in a custom-made copper pot in Southern France, which produces a richer texture. $27.99 at BevMo! and Total Wine & More.

Crown Royal Salted Caramel Whisky In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth became the first reigning monarchs to visit Canada. To woo them, a Canadian spirits entrepreneur set out to craft a whisky suited for the royal couple as a gift – and after 600 blends, Crown Royal was born. Nearly 80 years later comes Crown Royal Salted Caramel. Available through Dec. 31, this limited-edition spirit is a blend of 50 different whiskies aged in charred oak barrels and then infused with luscious caramel and sea salts. $19.99 at BevMo! and Total Wine & More.

Glenmorangie Astar Initially released in 2008, Glenmorangie Astar Scotch whisky is back for a limited run now through the end of the year. A scotch entirely matured in bespoke oak, Astar’s extraordinary wood casks are hewn from hand-selected oak trees in the Ozark Mountains and meticulously crafted to exacting specifications to ensure they impart maximum flavor. The casks are so rare that it has taken all these years to re-create and build upon the initial release – and it does not disappoint. $110.99 at BevMo!, Total Wine & More and Fox Cigar Bar.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch – Wine Cask Earlier this year, Johnnie Walker announced Blenders’ Batch, a global experimental program highlighting the art of blending. Through it, Johnnie Walker is releasing limited-edition experimental whiskies to challenge convention and provide unparalleled insight into the skill and never-ending pursuit of flavor that drives Master Blender Dr. Jim Beveridge. This newest release is partially matured in wine casks for more than two years. It boasts notes of orchard fruit and red berries that enhance the malt flavors in an unexpectedly vibrant way. $39.99 at BevMo! and Total Wine & More.

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Taste

DRINK / CHEERS / CUISINE / FOOD FILES / DINING GUIDE

BY GABBY RICHMAN / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS

Base Pizzeria might be best known for its fresh, organic pizzas, appetizers and salads, but there’s something diners might be missing out on: the Italian restaurant’s chocolate pavlova ($14). With three Australian owners, it was a natural fit to add the quintessential Down Under dessert to the menu. The light, gluten-free treat (which often sells out quickly!) consists of crisp meringue with chocolate, whipped cream, dark chocolate shavings and a couple of top-secret ingredients. Base also offers an original pavlova smothered in berry compote and topped with fresh fruit. 3115 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix; 602.535.8914; www.basepizzeria.com.

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Taste CHEERS

TASTY TREASURE UnderTow struck gold with its new offerings

BY GABBY RICHMAN / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS

After a first successful year serving up exotic drinks in a tropical tiki environment, UnderTow is setting sail on a new journey. Located below Sip Coffee & Beer Garage, the 30-seater bar recently expanded its hours (open daily) and a now offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The biggest change is the revamp of UnderTow’s menu, which launched in September. The handwritten, hardbound menu brims 38 handcrafted cocktails, including some returning favorites and 25 all-new recipes. Telling the story of a young stowaway from Shanghai who hitches a ride to America aboard the UnderTow, the new menu features a mix of classic and modern twists on traditional tiki cocktails, and showcases exotic imported goods such as Asian citrus and teas, tropical orchid flowers and a globe-straddling collection of rums and other fine spirits. The clear showstopper is Mallory’s Treasure ($35), named in honor of UnderTow Captain, John Mallory. This cocktail takes inspiration from the classic OldFashioned, but gives it an island overhaul. Deep, rich and fragrant 18-year-old Agricole Rhum mingles with Japanese whisky, sherry, Italian amaro, palm sugar and orange bitters for the ultimate balanced sipper. “The addition of the earthy palm sugar and amaro help to make this cocktail sing the captain’s favorite tune!” exclaims UnderTow owner and creator of Mallory’s Treasure, Jason Asher. The drink is presented tableside in the captain’s treasure chest, while smoke bellows from the chest and the treasure sparkles. The crystal decanter is gently removed and the cocktail is slowly poured over the captain’s diamond ice cube inside one of his most precious crystal glasses. 3620 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.753.6504; www.undertowphx.com.

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CUISINE

CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Dom Ruggiero, executive chef of Chelsea’s Kitchen

BY GABBY RICHMAN / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

When did you know you wanted to be a chef? Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always enjoyed cooking with my family. When other kids were watching cartoons, I was watching the Food Network. It wasn’t until I got out of the military and was working a dead-end job in a cubicle that I finally decided to go for it and enroll in culinary school. How did you find your way to LGO Hospitality? It was about five years ago and I was working the saute station at FnB. I was having a blast and learning a ton, but I had just turned 30 and felt like it was time to grow up and get a chef job. I have always been a fan of LGO and Chelsea’s Kitchen so when I saw they were hiring, I made the jump. Good thing I did because this is where I would meet my future wife. If you weren’t a chef, you’d probably be: A police officer or a firefighter. Something where I could help people and still have a little excitement. In your free time, you’re typically: In the great outdoors. I love to go hunting, fishing and camping. What food is your guilty pleasure? It’s a toss-up between barbeque and LGO’s sea salt chocolate brownie with vanilla gelato. How have your skills in the Marine Corps helped you in the kitchen? The Marine Corps has taught me about hard work and discipline. It has also taught me how to remain cool in a stressful environment. Once you’ve been shot at, its pretty much smooth sailing from there… Favorite food memory: The Warrior Breakfast. Toward the end of Marine Corps boot camp, recruits go through what is known as the “Crucible,” a three-day training exercise designed to test you both mentally and physically. On the final day, after three grueling days with little to no food or sleep, you hike down the final mountain. Bag pipers are playing the Marine Corps Hymn in the background. And then you see it: an all you can eat breakfast buffet! Chelsea’s Kitchen, 5040 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.957.2555; www.chelseaskitchenaz.com.

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Taste FOOD FILES

TRICKY TREATS 10 sweets that will surely surprise

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Arrogant Butcher

The Treat: Warm Peanut Butter Cup, $7 The Trick: Here’s a melty, gooey Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup – with a twist! This sinfully tricky treat starts with a rich peanut butter mousse and is topped with a scoop of homemade chocolate ice cream in the center, giving the effect of an actual Reese’s cup, with the appearance of being inside out. A bonus: The chef makes his own peanut butter cookies to go with each “cup,” so the dessert also acts like a sweet dip for the cookies. 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 602.324.8502; www.foxrc.com.

Barrio Café

The Treat: Churros Rellenos de Cajeta de Cabra, $10 The Trick: Everyone loves churros – traditionally deep fried and portable. But these are a little different, in the best possible way. Rather than simply coating them with cinnamon and handing them to guests, Barrio fills them with cajeta – or caramelized goat milk – and tops them with two heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream and candied pecans. 2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.636.0240; www.barriocafe.com.

Camp Social

The Treat: S’mores, $10 The Trick: Sure, several Valley hot spots serve “elevated s’more” dishes, but not many give you the chance to fire them up yourself in a personal tableside cauldron. The marshmallows and graham crackers boast a little surprise as well – each are handcrafted daily by an on-site pastry chef. 6107 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.750.0506; www.campsocial.com.

Christopher’s & Crush Lounge

Camp Social

Do you miss going trick-or-treating now that you’re a grown-up? Well, miss it no more, as some local restaurants offer sweet treats, each with a deliciously tricky twist. Whether the tricks are played on the eyes, nose or taste buds, you can expect the unexpected when ordering dessert at the following 10 restaurants.

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The Treat: Chocolate Mousse Tower, $10 The Trick: The granddaddy of tricky desserts, this iconic tower of tastiness has been shocking and aweing guests for over a decade. This half-foot tall dessert, a literal tower of sweet and creamy goodness, not only defies gravity, but hides three different kinds of chocolate within. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.522.2344; www.christophersaz.com.

Gertrude’s

The Treat: Carrot Custard, $9 The Trick: It’s carrot cake – or is it? This deconstructed and playful twist on its more traditional cousin is a dessert tailor-made for fall, featuring chilled layers of homemade carrot custard, coconut creme and candied walnuts, each reminiscent of flavors found in carrot cake. But the chef also adds layers of waffle crisps for crunch and Thai tea gelée, which results in an added level of complexity and texture. At Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix; 480.719.8600; www.gertrudesrestaurant.net.


Roaring Fork

The Treat: Ancho Chile Torte, $8 The Trick: This gluten-free treat (a trick itself) has an unexpected element in each delicious bite – locally sourced, and very potent, ancho chili powder. The powder not only adds unexpected spice to the dessert, but it exponentially enhances the dark chocolate torte’s flavor. And that’s before it is topped with amaretto, cinnamon-infused whipped cream and fresh berries. 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.0795; www.roaringfork.com.

Salty Sow

The Treat: Bananas Foster Beignets, $7 The Trick: Everyone’s favorite Big Easy dessert has a secret center at Salty Sow: bananas! Topped with cane syrup, honey and nutmeg ice cream to enhance the sweetness of the banana, at first glance these may look like the traditional New Orleans favorite, but they have a taste all their own. 4801 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix; 602.795.9463; www.saltysow.com.

The Canal Club at The Scott

The Treat: Snowy Forest, $10 The Trick: This dish includes cocoa “soil” (powdered cocoa), arugula pearls, broken meringue, wild berry sorbet, flowers, and blood orange “snow” – they use a special process to make orange gelée look like snow – all arranged to look like an actual snowy forest, even smelling a bit floral. It tricks and tantalizes each of the senses from the time it arrives at the table to the time you finish the last bite. 4925 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.424.6095; www.thescottresort.com.

Christopher’s & Crush Lounge

La Hacienda

The Treat: Strawberry Tacos The Trick: It might look like you’re about to enjoy a traditional taco Tuesday when you see this plate, but this dish is actually a dreamy strawberry lime cheesecake topped with strawberry lime salsa and nestled into a white chocolate-dipped (and fried) tortilla. Oh, and the kick at the end is the hint of Patron XO the chef sneaks onto the plate as an added surprise. At Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.585.4848; www.scottsdaleprincess.com.

Le Macaron

The Treat: Ice Cream Macaron, $3.75 each The Trick: Usually, macarons are filled with a luscious cream or jelly, but these have a supercool surprise inside – rich, delicious ice cream. Thicker and frostier than traditional macaroons, they come in five flavors including traditional vanilla or strawberry as well as the more exotic options of mango, coffee and green tea. 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.948.1099; www.lemacaron-us.com.

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Taste DINING GUIDE

MORA ITALIAN

Mora Italian is alive with energy, even after the initial buzz of celebrity Chef Scott Conant’s opening and frequent appearances in the kitchen. The open space is comfortable and sleek, while still being approachable. Mora is perfect for a first date, anniversary celebration or family outing. The food is everything that you would expect from a celebrity chef; compelling, inventive and, above all else, soul-warming. Make sure to check out the bread cart, complete with bomba inspired by family recipes. 5651 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.795.9943; www.moraitalian.com; $$$

BY TARYN JEFFRIES

American

BUCK & RIDER A seafood and oyster bar in our little desert oasis? Buck & Rider has created a space likened to that of a beach house and is serving up the freshest seafood, hand-rolled sushi and raw bar items they can get their hands on. Their deviled crab dip sets the stage for the meal you’re about to have; a clever combination of flavors and textures. 4225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.346.0110; www. buckandrider.com; $$$ DELUX Gourmet burgers and sushi under one roof? It’s a happy truth at Delux as you can find both being created daily with high-quality ingredients like Niman Ranch beef. You’ll find your fries, whether in regular or sweet potato form, arrive in little mini shopping baskets. As far as sushi goes, you’ll see all the regular players as well as some creative Delux originals. 3146 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.522.2288; www.deluxburger. com; $$ ZINBURGER It seems as though everyone these days is doing gourmet burgers, and why not? Who doesn’t love a great burger? Zinburger is attempting to do those best, and with its high quality beef, creative combinations, modest prices and perfectly paired wine selections it should be high on your list. With 15 burger options, 21 toppings selections and the option to upgrade to Kobe beef, you’ll easily be able to create your perfect burger. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.424.9500; www.zinburgeraz. com; $$

Asian

CHERRYBLOSSOM NOODLE CAFÉ Don’t be fooled by the strip mall location, this little eatery is full of amazing noodle variations. From ramen to udon there are options for everyone. The restaurant even offers up some Italian dishes, most of which have a Japanese flair. Looking for a little spice? The udon suki hits all of the right notes and that slight heat sneaks up on you! 914 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.248.9090; www. cherryblossom-az.com; $$ MOTO SUSHI If you’re looking for a new experience, Moto Sushi offers a variety of dishes that are a fusion of cultures that will surprise and delight you. Start off with the Asian nachos, which is a

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clever concoction of crispy wontons, soybeans, salsa and guacamole. If you have a healthy appetite you can come in on Saturdays for Moto’s all you can eat sushi special. Like it a little hot? Go for the exit wound bowl, complete with Moto hell fire sauce. 6845 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.263.5444; www.mrmotorising.com; $$ SABAI MODERN THAI The owners of SaBai have created an environment in which you can enjoy your dinner without compromise of extra noise and interruption. The restaurant serves up traditional Thai dishes with a modern twist. The menu is extensive, giving diners varied choices from its 18 entree options ranging from rice, noodle, seafood and stir-fry based dishes. 4121 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.954.8774; www.sabaiaz. com, $$ THAI LONG-AN This small family-run restaurant is serving up authentic Thai dishes that will delight those familiar with the cuisine and surprise and excite those trying it for the first time. If you’re a newbie, keep in mind that all of the dishes are customizable as far as heat levels go, on a scale of one to five. You’ll find traditional appetizers, a variety of soups, spicy salads and seriously flavorful noodle dishes. Bring your appetite and sense of adventure. 4447 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix; 602.374.4430; www.thailongan.com; $$

Breakfast

ESSENCE BAKERY CAFÉ When you’re looking for the perfect pastries for a morning meeting or a rich, filling breakfast to start out your day, you should put this cafe at the top of your list. Essence’s almond croissant is perfectly decadent with the perfect level of sweetness surrounded by light, buttery and flaky layers. The kitschy decor is inviting and welcoming. 3830 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.296.4958; www. essencebakery.com; $$ OVER EASY Quirky and approachable, Over Easy serves up delicious breakfast dishes for every palate. Whether you are in the mood for something on the healthier side (the Mediterranean omelet) or you’re looking to indulge (caramelized banana & pecan brioche French toast), you will surely find your new favorite breakfast dish here. The Reese’s pancakes almost make you want to order off the kid’s menu. Great service and great food in a fun and funky environment. Can you think of a better way to start the day?


4730 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.468.3447; www.eatatovereasy. com; $$ SNOOZE AM EATERY The owners of this eatery hand-pick all of the ingredients that will be used in the dishes, ensuring that each diner has the ultimate breakfast experience. Treat yourself to pineapple upside down pancakes or linger over the chilaquiles benedict and make breakfast the most important meal of the day again. 2045 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 480.725.8000; www. snoozeeatery.com; $$ THE SMITH Breakfast, brunch and lunch are all they do at The Smith, and they do it so very well. If you love avocado toast, coconut chia or a full English breakfast, you’ll find them all here along with more traditional offerings. The salads and sandwiches are equally enticing, like the corny cow or green pig sandwiches. No matter which menu item you go for, the flavors are enhanced by the local products that are used. 3701 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0908; www.thesmithcafe.com; $$

Italian

DIECI Dieci serves as a melting pot of flavors, drawing influence from big cities across the country known for their stellar Italian cuisine. The menu is filled with traditional favorites with simple ingredients and artistic presentation. You’ll find a variety of salads, pizza and pasta dishes along with enticing entrees like chicken parm, shrimp scampi, bisteca marsala and more. Whatever you do, make sure to leave a bit of room for some zeppole. 2501 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.374.2110; www.dieciaz.com; $$$ GINO’S EAST The latest spot from the windy city to hit the Valley, Gino’s East, is bringing more of that beloved deep dish pizza to our great state. With the pizza “toppings” nestled deep into the heart of the pizza and topped with rich, flavorful sauce every bite is full of flavor and texture. Don’t let the wait throw you off, deep dish takes extra time and love, so settle in with an appetizer or two and prepare for a taste of Chicago without the humidity or snow! 3626 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.441.0704; www.ginoseast.com; $$ L’AMORE Expect to be greeted with a warm smile and welcoming interior at L’Amore. Fine dining with a fam-

ily atmosphere is more than just a catchy tagline here. The family-run restaurant treats every diner as if they were guests in their home, from the hospitality, setting and love in every dish. The chicken saltimbocca is a lovely introduction to the restaurant’s menu; the flavors are stellar and the quality shines through in each bite. 3159 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix; 602.381.3159; www.lamoreitalianrestaurant.com; $$ WINK 24 Wink 24 embodies everything that you would expect from an Italian eatery; great food and hospitable service. Fernanda Borletti, the owner of Wink 24, is a constant fixture in the dining room ensuring that everyone has enough to eat and is enjoying every bite. The wood fired pizzas are bubbly, cheesing and teeming with ingredients. Make sure to get a side of the chile morita, a spicy and smoky infused oil used for dipping or drizzling, that will intensify the flavors of any pizza on the menu. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.954.5278; www.wink24. net; $$

Mediterranean

GREEKTOWN This family-owned and -run restaurant is serving up some of the best tasting Greek food in the Valley. While its gyros and hummus are delightful, look outside of your comfort zone and try some truly outstanding traditional dishes. Dimitri’s leg or the mega spanakee are great interpretations of tried and true dishes. 8519 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.674.8881; www.greektownrestaurant.com; $$ ROTANA A great Mediterranean restaurant is far more than gyros and hummus, but this can often lead to a menu full of dishes some have never tried before. Rotana takes the mystery out of these dishes with complete descriptions along with full color photos so you can see how each dish is comprised and presented. Not sure about kibbeh or muhammara? Mystery solved! 830 E. Greenway Pkwy., Phoenix; 602.900.8007; www.rotanamediterranean.com; $$ ZOE’S KITCHEN Zoe’s Kitchen is offering up quick and healthy dinner option with a Mediterranean flair. Stop in after a long day and enjoy a southern favorite; the grilled pimento cheese sandwich. You’ll find classic sandwiches and salads as well as fresh and zesty hummus to start with. Zoe’s also offers heartier entrees like a chicken

pita pizza and kabob options. You’re sure to get a filling and healthy meal! 1641 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.263.9637; www.zoeskitchen.com; $

Mexican

ASI ES LA VIDA You’ve likely driven by this place number of times – the large colorful building with the parrot on the sign is hard to miss. Within those vibrant walls is some of the most authentic flavors of Mexico. Head in for dinner and enjoy the mellow live music along with masterfully crafted margaritas. The menu is very traditional and will expand your ideas of what makes a great Mexican meal. 3602 N. 24th St., Phoenix; 602.952.1255; www. asieslavidares taurant.com; $$ LOS REYES DE LA TORTA Thanks to Adam Richman of Man vs. Food, the whole world has been talking about the Torta del Ray here and with good reason. This sandwich is just one example of the quality items coming out of the kitchen at Los Reyes De La Torta. Huge portions with a side of fast and friendly service has made it a place you need to put in your regular rotation. 9230 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.870.2967; www.losreyesdelatortaaz.com; $ TICOZ LATIN KITCHEN Latin American influences abound in this lovely location, from the decor, attitude and menu. Expect spicy and spunky twists on your favorite dishes like enchiladas, salads and even burgers. The brunch menu is equally enticing with options like lobster eggs Benedict and I have it on good authority that the huevos rancheros is among the best in the Valley. 5114 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.200.0160; www. ticozaz.com; $$

Modern American

CULINARY DROPOUT: THE YARD While you could easily pop in and out for a quick meal, this is a place you will want to settle in and stay awhile. The restaurant is a bit quirky, but in the best sense of the word. There are a myriad of games to play while you wait for your meal or after you’ve already eaten. If you’re not the game-playing type, it’s a great spot for people watching as well. 5632 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.680.4040; www.culinarydropout.com; $$

RESTAURANT PROGRESS This could very well be the restaurant that you and your friends have been waiting to pop up in the Melrose district. The composition of the space, all designed by Chef TJ Culp, pays homage to the vintage feel of the neighborhood as well as to his grandmother. And then there’s the food. The menu is meticulously crafted, with limited offerings, ensuring focus and perfection. The roasted beet salad and poached egg are exquisite, but your best bet is to go with the “Leave it to the Chef” option where you will get three courses, selected by Chef Culp himself. 702 W. Montecito Ave., Phoenix; 602.441.0553; $$ STOCK & STABLE The Colony has seen an influx of restaurants, and residents couldn’t be happier. Among them is Stock & Stable, an American gastropub with Italian influences. The restaurant’s charcuterie, or salumi board, is one of the most impressive displays of carefully selected meats, cheeses, and accoutrements in the area. The salads and entrees feature locally sourced ingredients that radiate quality and freshness in every bite. The cocktail menu is equally impressive. Pop in for lunch, dinner, happy hour or brunch on the weekends to see what the hype is all about. 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001; www.stockandstable. com; $$

Seafood

ANGRY CRAB SHACK & BBQ Every now and then you want to visit a place with paper tablecloths, bibs and just let loose over dinner. At Angry Crab Shack & BBQ you won’t find any airs or pretense. You’re going to get messy, you’re going to eat really great seafood and you’re going to have a great time doing it. If you’re not into working for your meal, you can pay a little extra for already shelled items. To make thing deliciously interesting, opt for the trifecta of sauces! 2808 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.956.3088; www. angrycrabshack.com; $$ BLUEWATER GRILL Looking for consistently fresh seafood in the Valley? Bluewater Grill is meticulous in its standards and refuses to serve its customers anything but the best and freshest seafood. You can taste those standards in every bite from the miso glazed coho salmon to the San Francisco style cioppino. Stop by and get hooked! 1720 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.277.3474; www.bluewatergrill. com; $$

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

This sixth annual event in support of Teach for America welcomed guests to the FOUND:RE Hotel to learn more about the teachers, leaders, advocates and community supporters who are helping Arizona children have access to an excellent education. Attendees enjoyed a raffle and appetizers.

Jennifer Ho, Jillian Feltham and Justin O’Connell

BY ELIZABETH BARRY

Mallory Hutchison and Peter Boyle

Jillian Farland and Tristan Gandolfi

Lorna Romero, Robert Celaya and Morgan Carr

Cecilia Boyed and Sheela Prasad

Aarone Montgomery and Ryan Wright

Kerry Parker and Greg Micheaels

Maddie Houts and Veronica Aguilar

Katie Hooten, Glenn Wike and Adrianne Ward

Stephanie Allen and Brittany Vogl

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PROFILES OF SUCCESS LUNCHEON Valle del Sol hosted this Hispanic leadership awards event to recognize leaders in the Latino community.

Angelina Bravo and Melissa Chacon

Rosa Donzella and Jovany Medina

Kim Owens and Steven Gonzales

Marcos Garay and Pam Keefe

Ashley Newman and Jenna Steckelberg

Lauren and Josh Simons

Sam Vanover and Jaime Birzer

Kimi and Michael Atkin

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Desirae Outcalt and Marisa Calderon

ROCK THE GUAC

Guacamole lovers united at The Camby hotel for this second annual event, which included invenvtive guac, flamenco dancers and lucha libre matches.

BY ELIZABETH BARRY

Courtney Parsons and Alexis Kailas

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FRUIT TREE PROGRAM KICKOFF

The Urban Farm launched this season’s program at a half-day event featuring sessions on useful fruit tree care information.

BY DAVID APEJI

Christi and Reese Jones

Susanne Sanders and Eve Mabry-Golding

Janis Norton and Chris Pratch

Linda Wenniger and Maja Serve

Kerry Audisho and Jane Boyd

It has to be a Cornelis Hollander....

C O R N E L I S

H O L L A N D E R

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AWARD WINNING DESIGNER

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APPLAUSE! GALA VIP EVENT

Held at Phoenix Theatre, this exclusive event welcomed distinguished Applause! Gala honorees, board of directors members and Phoenix Theatre staff to a private bar that featured cocktails inspired by Mamma Mia!, as well as Greek-inspired fare. Guests also had the opportunity to watch the opening night performance of Mamma Mia!.

Lexie Bohnert, Josh Hagel and Donny Peper

BY ELIZABETH BARRY

Jennifer Pettit and Leslie Shell Benner

Matt and Allison Gilbreath

Marisa Butler and Cheryl Shonk

Jennifer Kush and Kimberly Abrams

Barbara Jean and Dr. P. David Adelson

Jim and Flower Manley

Megan Finnerty and Vincent Malouf

Christopher and Chris Selby

Justin and Jennifer Bowie

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End NEW IN TOWN

MISSION POSSIBLE Phoenix nonprofit gives back with new multipurpose cafe

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTOS BY DANA VOLLMER BROWN

On any given day, Phoenix Rescue Mission provides emergency overnight shelter for men as well as three meals per day for them through the community kitchen, clean clothing, hygiene items for men and women, spiritual care, vocational assessment, job placement and counseling. Each week, the nonprofit also provides food box distribution to families in need. “Our mission is to provide a new beginning for men, women and children in the community who are struggling with homelessness, addiction and trauma,” says Jay A. Cory, president and CEO of Phoenix Rescue Mission. “Many people who enter Phoenix Rescue Mission have little to no job experience. For this reason, the organization now takes a holistic approach to rehabilitation.” Rather than solely focusing on the sobriety of the clients, it also assists with job training through the vocational development program. Enter the Mission Possible Café, which opened October 2 in Downtown Phoenix. The new 4,000-square-foot eatery, owned and operated by Phoenix Rescue Mission, offers Southwestern-inspired

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cuisine with an emphasis on Mexican grilled items for breakfast and lunch. It will focus on strong customer service, as well as quality food at affordable prices. Think quick and casual for lunch or takeout dinner, plus specialty espressos, great drip coffee and light pastries in the morning. The vibe and design of the venue are light and bright, and the restaurant’s logo – which is painted prominently on one of the interior walls, was designed by students from Arizona State University. Inscribed on another wall is the phrase “Hope begins with a meal,” and for good reason. The most interesting element to the new venue (which is also the home to the nonprofit’s offices, classrooms, storage and meeting rooms) is that it employs seven full-time staff members, the other 10 “employees” will actually be clients of Phoenix Rescue Mission who are taking part in the organization’s vocational development program, an eight-month course designed to get people in need back on their feet. Students from Grand Canyon University’s hospitality program, who were once Phoenix Rescue Mission participants themselves, will also be involved by interning in the front of the house. The program begins with four months of classes, where men and women learn about food service and gain other practical skills. It concludes with four months of practical application when participants can work at the cafe. The goal? To prepare people for the workforce and to give them the ability to give back using service. “Each participant will learn food service operations, develop leadership skills, and be prepared for successful placement in management level positions in the food service industry,” Cory explains. Mission Possible Café is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at 1516 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix; 602.688.6240; www.missionpossiblecafe.com.


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