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Pulse 15 UP CLOSE Amanda Adkins paints a picture of her struggles with endometriosis

18 BEAT Debbie Pontikas explores her neighborhood on and off screen ON THE COVER: Jenny Hintze, photo by Claudia Johnstone, www.dasfotohaus.com.

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Brandy Hotchner of The Arizona Actors Academy

22 HIS STYLE

28 A CALLING TO CREATE

Meet Aaron Carter

Performing and visual artists share their passion and inspiration behind their work

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51 ART IN ACTION This season’s cant-miss cultural happenings

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November is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s the time when the weather finally cools down, the Phoenix’s art scene heats up and when my calendar gets filled with friends and family gatherings. You may notice that my last name has changed throughout Uptown Magazine. Well, last month, surrounded by loved ones, I got married and decided to take my husband’s last name, Leighton. So, you’re still flipping through pages edited by the same person, just with a new last name. This month, we tried something new with our inaugural arts issue! We’ve featured artists before but we’ve never really truly focused on the arts scene this much. Jenny Hintze of Phoenix Theatre (and upcoming Elf: The Musical) graced our cover, and she’s one of nine performing and visual artists you’ll get to know on page 28. On page 51, you’ll find a compilation of some of the most exciting, can’t-miss cultural happenings in the Valley, from benefits to plays to festivals and more. You’ll also notice that quite a few of our profiles are on artists. We truly tapped into the arts community, asking artists about their inspiration and why they do what they do. For even more art, turn to page 49 for the scoop on the Heard Museum’s exclusive exhibit that everyone is talking about. In line with the season, we are showcasing glam gowns on page 60 for your next gala (and turn to page 66 for festive makeup to finish the ensemble!). We are also featuring three new restaurants this month: The Macintosh (page 73), Rott ‘n Grapes RoRo (page 74), and Muse & Market (page 82). We hope you enjoy this month’s art issue and time spent with family and friends!

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THE PAIN IN PAINTING

Amanda Adkins shares her story on canvas inspired by disease, nature and the world that surrounds her Art imitates life and for Arizona native, and ambitious artist, Amanda Adkins that means changing her painting style as she evolves as an illustrator and advocate for women living with endometriosis. Long before graduating from Arizona State University in 2008 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in art education, Adkins

got bit by the creative bug. She recalls the beautiful artwork her older sister would bring home from art class as a young child, and she yearned to tap into the right side of her own brain. From there, Adkins began drawing and painting without any formal training until registering for ASU. Not long after graduation, her

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Pulse UP CLOSE paints. Her current body of work uses folklore and storytelling to represent states of being and elements of the corporeal body to illustrate themes of health and homeopathy, fertility and femininity, in scenes suggestive of the tense precarity of life. “Each painting is a diaristic allegory of a moment in my continued journey with a debilitating, chronic, under-researched and incurable disease called endometriosis,” Adkins reveals. Endometriosis is a painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus — the endometrium — grows outside and attaches itself to other major organs in a woman’s abdomen. Throughout Adkins’ art, she uses the crow as the storyteller, the disease and to represent herself at times. Hummingbirds are doctors and butterflies are nurses. Like the richly patterned and illuminated drawings that accompany early-European folkloric texts draw from local geography and visual culture, her compositions and palette are inspired by her own Phoenix environment. “The t​urquoises of stones and sky, the white of blanched bones, the magentas and deep reds of pomegranate fruits and blossoms, all are heavily saturated to heighten the sense of drama and vitality against an austere backdrop of natural wood grain,” she says.

Sharing Her Story

work had begun to be shown in galleries nationwide. In addition to displaying her talents in galleries, Adkins has a presence in the local community in the form of several murals throughout the Phoenix area.

Finding Inspiration Nature has always been an inspiration and influence for Adkins’ work. Using flora and fauna as representations of her own life, the animal enthusiast shares, “I love going on nature walks and finding things I can later use in my work somehow. I am also quite obsessed with folklore, fairy tales, and learning facts about different animals and how they were used in stories throughout history.” Beneath the layers of meaning in each piece Adkins creates, her work represents the connection one’s self has with the universe. Adkins’ painting style has evolved over the years as she has developed an understanding of what her work reflects. Gone are her days of using spray paint to create bright and colorful backgrounds followed by animal imagery on top with oil

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Originally diagnosed in 2001, Adkins had never painted about her health until 2016 when she decided to undergo a hysterectomy. “I used my art as a way to help me process the four surgeries I had undergone and the reflect the severe damage endometriosis has done,” she explains. Adkins found she couldn’t stop creating after just one painting focused on the disease. Not only were her emotions pouring out onto the canvas in front of her, but people were starting to respond to the message she was delivering through beautiful images. “My main goal with creating this work has been to raise awareness for other women who may not know what the disease is,” she says. Adkins’ body of work drew the attention of photographer and filmmaker June Lantzer. She was part of a short film titled Endometriosis: Artists who Advocate that can be viewed on YouTube and Lantzer’s website. Adkins considers her participation an accomplishment that she’s extremely proud of in addition to all of the women who contributed to share their stories. On November 10, Adkins will be showcasing her work at her studio during the Grand Avenue Arts Festival at 1301 Grand Ave., Phoenix, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The festival is along Grand Avenue and traditionally allows artists to open up their studios and galleries to the public. In addition to vendors, food trucks, and a fashion show, Adkins will be highlighting her latest collection and bringing awareness to endometriosis in the most beautiful way imaginable.


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LIVING THE ARCADIA LIFE Host Debbie Pontikas explores the trendy Phoenix neighborhood on and off screen

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When you love your job, going to work is easy. Debbie Pontikas is a successful realtor, and the co-host and co-creator of Arcadia Life TV where she combines her passions of real estate and supporting the local Arcadia community through innovative storytelling. After graduating with her MBA, Pontikas worked in the real estate investment industry in prestigious marketing roles before landing her most important title to date: mom of twin boys. As her kids got older, Pontikas got the itch to return to the work place and obtained her real estate license. Shortly after, her vision of Arcadia Life TV was brought to life. When Pontikas and her husband settled in Arcadia, it wasn’t the house that sealed the deal, it was the neighborhood. She wanted to show others what living in Arcadia was about, including all the perks she fell in love with — from the restaurants and parks to the shopping and overall energy of the coveted zip codes. “I knew that video was the ‘new’ way of communicating, and I wanted to find a way to incorporate video messages into my marketing. I had seen a local lender, Jeremy Lovett using video successfully and I asked to meet with him.” After the two spoke, Arcadia Life TV was born. Pontikas and Lovett co-host the show together. While she is out and about finding the next business to highlight, Lovett and his team do all the scheduling and production of the video. “It has really turned out better than I had ever hoped for, and it is truly one of my favorite things to do,” Pontikas says. The busy business owner, wife and mother stays focused and continues to grow her brand whether she is selling a dream home or interviewing the owners of the newest coffee shop in town for the latest episode of her thriving show. “One thing I want people to know is that my reputation is everything to me,” she explains. “My business is 100 percent referral based, so I want everyone to walk away with a positive experience.”

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To say that acting runs through her veins is an understatement. Brandy Hotchner grew up backstage, climbing over sets, hiding in costume racks and annoying actors. Her parents, both accomplished playwrights, had founded their own theater company in Denver and the theater was both her first playground and her daily taste of the bright lights of the stage. Despite a brief foray after college, Hotchner never seemed to beat the acting bug. “I have pursued greatness in acting, seeking out the last living luminaries of America’s greatest actors and teachers with a fervor that never felt like ambition,” Hotchner says. “To put it simply, one lifetime is just not enough for me. Every actor that I have worked with shares a similar drive and love.” Hotchner trained in Shakespeare and the classics at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She was mentored by luminaries such as Arthur Penn, Ellyn Burston, Vivian Nathan (founding member of The Actors Studio), Sandra Seacat and, of course, her longtime mentor and coach, Barbara Poitier. Nights were spent on stage at the prestigious Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, Playwrights Horizons, Circle in the Square and at the infamous New York Theater Workshop. She has appeared in 11 independent films and has directed original works for the Ensemble Studio Theater. In 2008, after settling in Phoenix, Hotchner followed in her parents’ footsteps and opened The Arizona Actors Academy (AZAA), which is dedicated to the legacy of American Method Acting and Classical Acting, such as Shakespeare. Her programs are comprehensive, covering all traditional areas of classical acting training, while allowing true individual exploration and growth at a pace students set for themselves. From beginners to masters, all levels are welcome for classes covering improv, acting for film/TV and more. “What really makes AZAA special is our acting community, which now reaches around the globe,” Hotchner says. “The artists who live and thrive here (in Phoenix) have a unique grit and determination. I don’t think I could have built anything like Arizona Actors Academy anywhere else.”

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SHOWING COUTURE Aaron Carter’s unique background influences his fashion outlook

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Personal style is a pillar of most professions, but no more so than for realtors. Aaron Carter takes this to heart. Influenced by his time growing up in Honolulu and later New York City, one of his trademarks is his fashion-forward take on smart couture and a preference for the perfect fit. “Style is born from grooming, confidence, attitude and scent,” Carter says. “All of these aspects are considered in my effort to portray and embody professionalism.” In addition to his eclectic East Coast and West Coast influences, his personal style has also been shaped by his time as a professional off-Broadway dancer. When he went for auditions in New York, his agents insisted that he dress the part if he wanted the part. Years later, he still takes that advice to heart, blending his Aloha spirit, New York tenacity, and corporate experience. “I approach personal style the same as I do my listings,” he says “They are all unique and deserve to be styled and represented, accordingly.”

How does your job as a realtor affect how you dress? I’ll dress sharp enough to land a high-priced listing yet wear the same outfit to meet a first-time homebuyer looking at small condo. A client at any price point should receive excellence in real estate. To achieve this balance, I practice what I preach and buy pieces at all price points. What accessories are you most known for? Colorful socks to remember my father and bring his spirit into my day-to-day. His largerthan-life and very bold personality helped me remember that I can do anything I put heart and mind to. What has been one of your favorite shopping experiences? I was recently in Rome and if money was no object, I’d shop at Rinascente on the 2nd and 3rd floor for that bon vivant lifestyle! It’s impressive to see so many quality men’s fashion brands in one place.

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Amanda Hayden is a busy mom and business owner who often opts for edgy, sophisticated pieces, and a room full of handbags is the perfect way for the fashionista to stock her closet with a few new purses. Hayden is a committee member for The Old Bags Luncheon, a fundraiser aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty for homeless families, where guests can bid on new and gently used purses. Hayden’s signature event look is a big derby hat coordinated with a group of friends paired with stylish wedges, ideal for the garden party setting. Thanks to the philanthropist’s refined taste and Australian roots, she favors Aussie brand Scanlan Theodore for its sleek lines and vintage Oscar de la Renta for the designer’s old-world glamour. Weekends call for tennis attire and dressed down denim. Although she leaves the riskier trendsetting to her daughter, Hayden shares, “It’s more about the quality of the garment than the trend for me – however I’ll add some ‘of the moment’ accessories like booties or logo belts.” Whether she dons a little black dress or a textured moto jacket, Hayden always wears something that is versatile and represents her true self.

What is your must-have fashion piece? A black slip dress with lace accents. Wear it at a resort with flip-flops, to brunch with sandals, or for a night out with heels and a little jacket! What is your No. 1 style tip? Keep it simple and if you find something that looks amazing, buy it in multiples and wear it every chance you get. There is no better feeling than the feeling of confidence! What will we see you wearing at The Old Bags Luncheon this year? I’m throwing in some color this year with a wide-brimmed red hat with lots of floral accents as the focus of my outfit!

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BY CHELSEA YOUNG AND GABBY LEIGHTON PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

Whether realized on a blank canvas or a sprawling stage, art lives in many different forms – collages and sculptures, song and dance, and even film. In honor of our first annual arts issue, we got to know the people behind the art, from a pianist to an actor to a country crooner. Taking us into their creative spaces, these performing and visual artists share what it is that inspires them to create, and, above all, live an artistic life.

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Althea Sassman Torn paper collage artist at ArtAlthea

Tell us about your artistic background. Raised in the Midwest, my love of art led me to Arizona State University, but it was my love of the Southwest that kept me in Arizona. My career began in graphic design and art direction at local agencies. Eventually, I set up a studio to explore my personal creativity full time. How did you choose collaging? I developed a fascination with paper textures from fancy invitations and promotional materials. Also, having discovered so many beautiful organic papers available today, creating collages seems to be a natural calling. It encourages me to be loose and more abstract. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? After a painting workshop with a favorite artist, I shared a couple of my very first collages with her. Not only was she impressed, she encouraged me to sell them. She gave me the confidence to understand that I was talented enough to show my work publicly. What is your biggest artistic inspiration? I am particularly inspired by the colors, patterns and textures of our Sonoran Desert. The Southwest provides such extraordinary beauty and strength through its vast vegetation, diverse landscape and unique wildlife. What are currently working on? My largest commission piece that includes details from a family who lived in Italy for four years: ticket stubs, wine labels, handwritten notes and maps of their travels. The artwork creates a triptych so that eventually a section can be passed down to each of their three children. Where can we see your work? I do art festivals around the state, but my favorite show happens this month in Carefree at the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour Nov. 16-18 and 23-25, where my original artwork and prints will be on display. Uptown November '18

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Jenny Hintze Actor at Phoenix Theatre Tell us about your artistic background. Since I was 6 years old, I’ve studied dance, music and acting. I received my bachelor’s degree in music performance from Arizona State University. I have worked throughout the Valley and have enjoyed being a part of the Phoenix arts community. How did you choose acting? I don’t actually remember ever making a conscious choice to do theater. My mom enrolled me in dance classes at Diversified Dance Center in Scottsdale when I was about 6 years old and that was my introduction to the arts. From there, I joined my school choir and eventually found my way to the stage. I fell in love with the theater, and I have been doing it ever since. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? Portraying Eponine in Les Misérables is hands down my favorite role I have ever played. It is such a beautiful piece with a stunning score. Most rewarding aspect of your job: When the audience applauds for you because you crushed it! Theater provides a perfect way to bring people together for a shared experience, and when you can feel that connection with the audience, it is everything. Who in your field do you look up to? My parents bought me a ticket to see In the Heights in New York for my birthday. I fell in love with the show, the choreography, the score, and with Lin Manuel-Miranda. I have admired his work and accomplishments ever since. What are you currently working on? I recently performed at Phoenix Theatre’s Applause! Gala celebrating its 99th season, and now I’m rehearsing for Elf: The Musical. Where can we see you around town? This holiday season, I will be appearing as Jovie in Phoenix Theatre’s production of Elf: The Musical from Nov. 14 to Dec. 30.

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RenĂŠ Paul Mousseux Producer, stunt coordinator and stuntman at RPM Productions and RPM Stunts

Tell us about your artistic background. I began my entertainment career in marine natural history film freelancing for National Geographic and the BBC as a fixer, shark wrangler, and assistant cameraman. Not getting the creative release in that realm, I moved to Hollywood to become a stuntman. After almost two decades of fighting, falling and being set on fire, my transition into producing feature films was a natural progression. How did you choose film? Being a part of making action for film and TV enticed me to do more on the creative side. I really enjoy taking a story from a piece of paper to orchestrating a team to bring that idea to life, and, through creative collaboration, making a product that can bring out a wide variety of emotions from viewers. Most rewarding aspect of your job: The nature of the film business is one of extreme highs and lows. We tend to become emotionally involved with the projects and sometimes expectations aren’t always met thorough the process. But, the reward comes when the final edit is complete and you get to see the hard work from everyone involved spill onto the screen. Who in your field do you look up to? The two filmmakers I highly regard would be Clint Eastwood and Francis Ford Coppola. They both have taken huge risks throughout their careers in order to tell stories that they believe in and done whatever it takes to have their visions come to life. Why do you do what you do? Because I fell in love with the process of creating something that, when done correctly, can be around for generations to enjoy. What are currently working on? I am currently working on season four of Lucifer and producing The Dead Remember, an urban legend horror film set in the high desert of Arizona. Uptown November '18

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Jaty Edwards Singer and songwriter Tell us about your artistic background. I started singing in my church choir and got the itch to perform watching my mom’s cousins play in a band. I made my first tips at the airport in Dallas at age 3 pretending to play my toy guitar, and that’s when my grandma bought me a real guitar and enrolled me in guitar lessons at age 4. I’ve been playing ever since. How did you choose country music? I grew up in Irving, Texas, where honky-tonks and live country music were the norm. I fell in love with the sound of the fiddle and steel guitar and the storytelling of the music. It reminds me of home, how I was raised, and who I am. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? I once had someone tell me that watching my band play helped them cope during a difficult time. That’s when I realized I can make a difference in someone’s life, even if just for a couple hours, with the music I play and the energy I bring. Who is your biggest artistic inspiration? There are three. George Strait is Texas and was hard not to look up to growing up in Dallas. Garth Brooks changed the game, making country music cool to people that didn’t like country music. And Dwight Yoakam because when I was young, he was the coolest cowboy out there. Why do you do what you do? Because it’s who I am. It’s when I feel most like myself, up on the stage playing and singing for people. What are you currently working on? I am in the studio putting together my debut EP, which should be ready by the end of this year. Where can we hear you? You can find me all over the Valley from private events to local bars, including GWIN, Handlebar J, Whiskey Row Gilbert, and Bourbon Jacks.

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Dadra Hunt Metal sculptor at dhSeadragon Distinctive Designs

Tell us about your artistic background. I create unique, highly detailed metal wildlife sculptures and one-of-a-kind custom pet portraits. From sheets of steel, my hands cut, shape, layer, weld and paint each work of art. The results are distinctive statement pieces with extremely realistic features and mesmerizing expressions. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? I arrived at my “aha” moment with the creation of a metal portrait of my dog, Olive. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? My metal wildlife sculptures and pet portraits are how I translate feelings, ideas and stories into tangible works of art. I love seeing the faces emerge from the raw metal. Each piece is a reflection of my own spirit. What is your biggest artistic inspiration? I have a deep appreciation for nature and wildlife. With animals, I am constantly inspired by their beauty, grace and strength. I try to depict not only their shapes but also their personalities. Why do you do what you do? For the smiles! My motto is “making the world a brighter place one smile at a time.” My art helps me to achieve this goal. What are you currently working on? A couple baby orcas, a buffalo, a baby deer, some hummingbirds, and possibly a new pet portrait. There have also been some discussions about a wild horse project. Stay tuned! Where can we see your work? Two of my first adventures in metal art – a couple of abstract horses – are outside the visitor center at Shaw Butte. My art can also be seen at the Boulders Resort & Spa, The Gallery at el Pedregal, and, most recently, On The Edge Gallery. This month, I will be sharing smiles at the very cool Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour. Uptown November '18

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Zherlin Ndudi Principal dancer at Phoenix

Ballet and instructor at Master Ballet Academy Tell us about your artistic background. I began my ballet studies in Ukraine. Shortly thereafter, I competed in international competitions where I won top prizes. After that, I became an international guest artist performing in galas around the world and with companies such as Orlando Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Kiev National Ballet, Donetsk Ballet and Miami City Ballet. How did you choose ballet? At age 7, my mother decided I needed an activity to keep me out of trouble. Ballet was the activity she chose to teach me discipline. It worked and gave me an appreciation for the arts that I would have otherwise never had. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? I was the recipient of the best dancer award for my country and had the honor of being recognized by the former president of Ukraine. Another fond memory was performing the principal role from the great ballet Don Quixote in America for the first time. Most rewarding aspect of your job: Having your hard work recognized. As dancers, we work tirelessly in the studio day after day. When a performance is over and the audience stands up and yells “bravo,” it is the greatest feeling. What is your biggest artistic inspiration? I am simply inspired at what the human body can do and find new ways to move and improve every day.  Why do you do what you do? I love entertaining people with my art. And I love practicing, performing and perfecting my body through movement. Where can we see you perform? This holiday season, you can see me dance the lead role in Phoenix Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker at the Orpheum Theatre. You can even take a class with me at our home studio, Master Ballet Academy.

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Madison Penney Principal dancer at Phoenix

Ballet and student at Master Ballet Academy Tell us about your artistic background. I started dancing at age 5, learning jazz, contemporary and tap. At 8 years old, I began ballet training under Irena Wozniak and Slawomir Wozniak at Master Ballet Academy. I’ve also trained internationally in Portugal and Monaco. How did you choose ballet? I started dancing because my sister was a dancer. Around the same time, I saw a video of former Phoenix Ballet dancer Juliet Doherty. I knew then I wanted to try ballet. I came to Master Ballet Academy and fell in love with it. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? Performing in galas around the world and winning the Youth American Grand Prix finals. Most rewarding aspect of your job: Seeing my hard work pay off by dancing for people all over the world in productions, galas and at competitions. I also feel a great sense of reward when the audience claps and cheers, and when I’m told people enjoyed my performance.   What is your biggest artistic inspiration? My teachers inspire me to work hard and keep doing what I love. My most inspirational teachers have been Irena Wozniak, Slawomir Woznaik and Krista King-Doherty. Why do you do what you? I dance ballet because I love it, and it is what I want to do forever. It is my passion. What are you currently working on? I am training to go to China to compete in the Beijing International Ballet Competition for Dance Schools, and I am an international scholar with Royal Ballet. Where can we see you perform? I am getting ready for The Nutcracker with Phoenix Ballet, where I will dance roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz Queen of the Flowers. Uptown November '18

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Christopher Cano Head of music and director at

Arizona Opera’s Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio Tell us about your artistic background. I trained primarily as a solo pianist throughout my life, and I became a vocal coach primarily by chance. A serendipitous encounter with a prominent vocal coach in New York City 19 years ago planted the seed and changed the direction of my professional path. How did you choose opera? I like to think it was fate. My father bought me my first operatic recordings of Puccini’s Turandot, La Bohème and Madame Butterfly when I was a kid. While he wasn’t a musician, he exposed me to all sorts of music, and, ultimately, working with voices seemed like the right fit. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? Playing for my wife, Jennifer Johnson Cano, for her New York recital debut in 2011. She is my muse and my inspiration. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? Watching others realize their full artistic and musical potential. To be a part of their artistic growth and discovery is priceless. What are you currently working on? Our new McDougall Arizona Opera RED Series is especially exciting and we are heading into our second production of the season, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. Where can we see you? Though I’m typically behind the scenes overseeing all the vocal training and musical preparation, this season I will be featured in two Arizona Opera performances with members of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio. On Dec. 19, we will be presenting an evening of favorite opera scenes where all studio artists will be featured in some of opera’s greatest moments. On April 25, 2019, I will be musically directing a fully staged production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte from the piano.

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Alex Laing Principal clarinet at The Phoenix Symphony

Tell us about your artistic background. I did my undergraduate training in clarinet performance at Northwestern University, received a master’s degree in orchestral performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and got an artist’s diploma from the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam. I’ve also done multiple fellowships. How did you choose orchestral music? The music I play was the music that was all around me as a kid, mostly because of my parents and especially my father. I also remember my first teacher telling me that if I could do something besides music for a living and be happy, I should. Thinking about it in those terms made things pretty clear for me. What’s your greatest memory associated with your work? Playing Balm in Gilead in the Grand Hall of the Supreme Court as part of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence ceremonies last year. I dedicated that performance to my late father with my mom, wife and daughter in the audience. Most rewarding aspect of your job: I love it when a plan comes together. We prepare for our individual parts long before the first rehearsal, and when we finally get to the performances and I’m in the zone with my part, and the ensemble is in the zone with itself, it’s like being a part of a school of fish or a flock of birds. What are you currently working on? I started and direct The Leading Tone, a nonprofit project that explores how teaching artistry can impact the after-school space. On Jan. 5 and 6, 2019, I’m playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall.  Where can we see you around town? Just about everywhere The Phoenix Symphony performs: in schools for our Classroom Concerts and through our B-Sharp Music Wellness programs at places like Circle the City. Uptown November '18

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Fashion & Fame

It’s a fashionable crowd to say the last including the firsttime appearance by Ralph Lauren model and the world’s most famous professional player, Nacho Figueras.

Arizona’s Most Beautiful Event

Six matches over two days including Saturday’s matches of AZ Polo Club vs. Italy Polo Team, Palm Beach vs. Santa Ynez Wine Country, Aspen Valley Polo Club vs. Centtrip Wales Polo Team, Polo Azteca vs. Work To Ride. And on Sunday, a Battle Of The Sexes, where an all-male team will take on an all-female team, and then The International featuring the best players from the weekend playing each other for the highest goal match of the event!

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periods of play creating one of the most unusual, and beautiful, sounds and scenes in the world of polo? The F.A.B Tent featuring fashion, art and beauty? Or a new Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tent? Or shopping with some amazing new vendors? How about Hall Pass, the country’s most unusual pop-up sports bar? Or the expanded 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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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

BY GABBY LEIGHTON

Converted from a historic vintage auto dealership, The Van Buren Phoenix is a go-to downtown venue that plays host to both local and national acts of all genres, and this month’s lineup will not disappoint. Good Charlotte is among the many acts taking the stage in November. The American rock band that became popular in the early 2000s makes a stop in Phoenix to promote their new album, Generation Rx, on the album-titled 2018 North American Tour. On November 23, brothers Joel Madden (vocalist) and Benji Madden (guitarist/vocalist) will hit the stage with drummer Dean Butterwroth, guitarist Billy Martin and bassist Paul Thomas, bringing the punk energy and exciting sounds that the band is known for. Opening acts include Sleeping with Sirens and Knuckle Puck. Doors open at 6 p.m.; 7 p.m. show time. $40. www.thevanburenphx.com. Uptown November '18

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SEASON’S GREETINGS Three ways to get in the holiday spirit

COCKTAIL CHEER

SUGARPLUM SHOWTIME

Nothing says the holidays like The Nutcracker. Arizona Biltmore hosts a day to remember with Sugarplum Fair & the Royal Queen’s Tea. Guests will enjoy a scene from The Nutcracker Ballet, presented by the children of Ahwatukee Foothills, accompanied by a royal tea experience. In addition to the show and three-course tea, there will be photo ops with the Mouse King and the Nutcracker along with a Royal Queen and Clara meet-and-greet, and holiday cookie decorating. Children ages 3-8, $50; adults, $85. www.arizonabiltmore.com.

HIT THE ICE

CitySkate, Arizona’s largest real outdoor ice rink that takes over Central Avenue, will return for the eighth year in a row to downtown at CityScape Phoenix. The rink will be open Nov. 21 through Jan. 6, 2019. The grand opening celebration, held Nov. 23, will feature a vintage market, a professional figure skating routine, Santa arriving via the Solar Express, a tree lighting ceremony and Downtown Phoenix history tours. New this year, Walter Productions in partnership with CityScape will bring to life a public art installation inspired by a Christmas tree. Skate session times can be found online, www.cityskate.com.

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Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails will transform into something entirely new as the over-the-top winter wonderland, Miracle comes to town. The beloved Christmasthemed pop-up bar, launched in 2014 in New York City, is opening at the eatery beginning Nov. 23 through Dec. 31. With Miracle comes a new cocktail menu boasting 12 seasonally themed libations and shots served in a festive setting complete with tens of thousands of Christmas lights, hundreds of Elf on a Shelf dolls and ceilings swirling with icicles, garlands and more. The pop-up will be open 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun. through Thurs. and 11 a.m.- 1 a.m. Fri. and Sat. www.bluehoundkitchen.com.


DRINK DUO

Two local companies, Babbo Italian Eatery and SanTan Brewing and Distilling, are partnering up for a craft cocktail collaboration. Babbo recently launched several new cocktails featuring SanTan’s award-winning handcrafted whiskey and vodkas. The drinks include The Metropolitan (SanTan Kaffir Lime Vodka, pomegranate syrup and a splash of triple sec with a cherry); Arizona Mule (SanTan Vodka, Prickly Pear Cactus syrup, fresh squeezed lime, ginger beer and a lime wheel); AZ Old Fashioned (SanTan Sacred Stave Whiskey, simple syrup, agave nectar, orange juice and a cherry); and Green Tea Martini (SanTan Sacred Stave Whiskey, Peach Schnapps, sweet and sour and a splash of sprite with a lime wheel). www.babboitalian.com.

A LIGHTER NOTE

In a response to customer requests, local neighborhood hangout Arcadia Tavern recently added healthier options (including gluten-free fare) and weekend breakfast to its offerings. The menu revision includes three new salads, housemade chicken salad, crispy Brussels sprouts and more. The weekend brunch, served Saturday and Sunday during football season from 9 a.m. to noon, features items like a yogurt parfait and breakfast burrito (plus more!) and a $5 build-your-own bloody mary bar. www.arcadiatavern.com.

HIGH-RISE LIVING

Luxury condo community, Edison Midtown, is now open. Located downtown, the buildings showcase views of Phoenix’s signature city skyline, Valley mountains, and the vitality of Central Avenue. Homes are on the third to seventh floors, with single-level living and above-ground parking. Phase 1 of the development offers two-bedroom and two bedroom/den options featuring soft contemporary design, split floorplans, oversized windows, hard wood floors, 10-foot-ceilings, spacious kitchens with extra cabinetry, an outdoor grill area, courtyard with fire features, dog washing station and Zen space. Highlights include a dramatic 30-foot grand entryway, two large pools that flow into one another and a state-of-the-art 2,000-square-foot gym. The luxury condos start in the mid-$300,000s. www.liveatedison.com.

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LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS

Dec. 1-23 & 26-31, Desert Botanical Garden Desert Botanical Garden will set their grounds aglow for this Southwest tradition. Over 8,000 luminary bags and thousands of strings of lights will be spread throughout the park, lighting up the desert night. Expect gorgeous views, amazing nightlife appearances and incredible local music groups. Hot cocoa and cider will be available for purchase during this season-inspired installation. 5:30-9:30 pm. Adults, $25; children (ages 3-12), $10; Children under 3, free. www.dbg.org. BY BRITTANY MARONEY

Witness 36 of the sport’s best players as they chip it out on the greens and in the sand for 72 holes. It’s a week of sun, fores and cheers as the PGA’s best tee off in hopes of winning it all. The Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers Lounge is new this year as an upgraded ticket experience providing fans a VIP viewing area with food and beverage for purchase ($1 Birdie Beers, anyone?). Tee times and ticket prices vary. www.pgatour.com.

Portraits of Courage: Traveling Exhibit of Works by President George W. Bush Through Nov. 30, Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park Who knew he was such a painter? Former President Bush’s personal collection goes on display as part of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative. Portraits of Courage brings together 66 portraits and a mural of members of the United States military who have served our Nation with honor since 9/11 — and whom he has come to know personally. The collection is

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rife with humanity and respect, a must-see for any patriot or fine art lover. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $12; Seniors 65 and older, $10; Ages 7-17, $8; Children 6 and under, Military and Veterans and Arizona Historical Society Members, Free. www.bushcenter.org.

Fashion designs from Arizona Costume Institute that reflect these changes are currently on display for this multi-media installation. Featured designers include Gucci, Yeohlee, Iris van Herpen and more. Included with general admission (Adults, $23). www.phxart.org.

Ultracontemporary Through March 24, Phoenix Art Museum Just like many other industries in the world, fashion is undergoing fundamental changes as a result of a groundswell of global social shifts and technology-driven disruptions.

27th Annual Charles Schwab Cup Championship Nov 7-11, Phoenix Country Club It’s time to tee off at the 27th Annual Charles Schwab Cup. This stunning finale to the Champion’s Tour is a must-attend tournament for golfers and golf lovers, alike.

The Second City Guide to the Symphony Nov. 9-11, Symphony Hall Are you ready to laugh at the symphony? In this delightfully lighthearted blend of hilarious sketch comedy and beautiful music, you’ll be shocked at how much fun the symphony truly is! Fall in love with masters such as Mozart and Mahler, alongside hilarious original orchestral songs. Don’t miss out as Chicago’s legendary comedy troupe Second City joins The Phoenix Symphony, taking a satirical but loving look at the players, the composers, the personalities of the symphony. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www. phoenixsymphony.org. Twenty One Pilots Nov. 9, Talking Stick Resort Arena Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots return to the stage with new beats from their current album, Trench. After hitting the mainstream with their 2015 album, Blurryface which hit No. 1 and made the band an unorthodox pop-rap-reggae-prog-screamo sensation, this incredible duo is ready to turn up the amplifiers and rock the Downtown Phoenix music and sports venue. 7 p.m. Prices vary. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.


NovemBEER Festival Nov. 9, Downtown Phoenix Who needs Octoberfest when you have NovemBEER? If you love brews, don’t miss the NovemBEER Festival in Downtown Phoenix. Attendees can expect nearly 50 breweries serving up over 100 different beer options, including some brand-new brews you haven’t seen at other festivals. Get 30 samples (2-ounce pours) with each general admission ticket. No matter what your taste is, expect plenty of frosty brews to imbibe. There will also be musical entertainment as well as food for purchase. 1-5 p.m. Prices vary. www.novembeer.com. Bentley’s Scottsdale Polo Championship Nov. 10-11, WestWorld of Scottsdale After a record-breaking 2017, this year’s eighth annual Horses and Horsepower event is sure to be the talk of the town yet again. Tongues are already wagging about the first-time appearance of Ralph Lauren model and world-famous polo player Nacho Figueras and the return of Ashley Busch, longtime polo player, model, global brand ambassador for the USPA, and wife of NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch. Attendees will enjoy six polo matches with teams from Italy, Santa Ynez Wine Country, Miami, and Wales. They can also expect musical performances by The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Theatre, a bagpipes performance by Ford Dudley, the Phoenix Opera and the Phoenix Boys Choir. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.thepoloparty.com. Arcadia Children’s Business Fair Nov. 10, Arcadia Neighborhood Park Young entreprenuers will test their business potential and creativity at this third annual event. Children in kingergarden through eighth grade will set up booths to launch their startups, featuring businesses offering everything from 3D printed figurines to handcrafted jewelry and delicious treats. Customers will shop at the booths while the panel of judges evaluate the entreprenuers on a variety of criteria. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. www.childrensbusinessfair.org. Native American Heritage Festival Nov. 10, Fletcher Library Lawn Culture, traditions and honor will combine at the Annual Native American Heritage Festival. Spend the day awed by the beauty and splendor of Native American culture, featuring the 18th Annual Veterans

as over 15 of the top Valley pizza makers come together for a day filled with tons combinations of delicious dough, awesome cheesiness and spectacular sauce . Festivalgoers will feast on pizza samples ($2-$4 per sample) as well as half and whole pies. Guests can expect live music, lots of local businesses to meet, and an interactive kids craft zone. It’s a perfect day to relax on the lawn, enjoy a slice, sip on a cold local beer and play some games. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. pm. General admission, $10. www.phoenix.pizza.

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN

Nov. 23-25, The Phoenix Symphony Hall Relive the magic of your favorite wizard with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages will fall in love with the thrilling tale all over again. Accompanied by live music from the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, concertgoers will be enthralled as Harry soars across the big screen. Friday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow. The event will feature colorful regalia, dancing, music, Native arts and crafts, kids activities, art demos and food trucks. Celebrate Native American heritage and honor the contributions of all U.S. veterans, across this great land. 11 a.m.-10 pm. Free admission and free parking. www.asuevent.asu.edu. Dog’s Day in the Garden Nov. 17, Desert Botanical Garden The Garden has gone to the dogs! It’s cool enough for the pup and time to take advantage of this special opportunity to bring the whole

family (dogs included) to the garden. Go for a walk on garden trails, meet other dog lovers, heel for family photo, learn about local dog-related nonprofits, shop and enjoy samples with your pup. Don’t miss the doga (dog yoga) class on the lawn and other hands-on, canine-themed activities. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $4 per dog (with proceeds benefiting the Arizona Humane Society) plus garden admission. www.dbg.org. Phoenix Pizza Festival Nov. 17, Margaret T. Hance Park Mamma Mia, it’s time for some pizza pie! Pizza lovers will unite

Redneck Run Nov. 17, Rio Salado Habitat Area Let out your inner redneck at this year’s 5K or 10K Plunger Relay. The event will be a day fun in the sun with a redneck theme at the beautiful Rio Salado Habitat Area. Known as one of the most unique runs in the Valley, each relay is performed with an actual toilet plunger. Try your hand at the plunger decorating booth or run the race and earn your own recycled finisher medal. The real question is, are you ready to take the plunge? 7:30-10:30 am. $25$35. www.redneckrunaz.com. Downtown Donut Fest Nov. 18, Margaret T. Hance Park They say you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy donuts! Get ready for a sweet day as donuts make their big debut in the inaugural Donut Fest at Margaret T. Hance Park. Festivalgoers can devour delicious donuts from over 20 of the best local confectionary shops as well as other sweet treats. A kids’ zone and the Phoenix sunshine will be the icing on the donut. Beverages such as craft beer, wine, and mimosas ($6), water ($3) and soda ($2) will all be available for cash only. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $8 entry. www.downtowndonutfest.com. Fleetwood Mac Nov. 28, Talking Stick Resort Arena British-American rock band, Fleetwood Mac will take to the Talking Stick Arena main stage as part of their North America tour. The band, which formed in 1967, sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands. Featuring the newly announced lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, this show will be one for the history books. 8 p.m. Show times and prices vary. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.

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GREAT UPCOMING EVENTS BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE

Promise Ball Gala Nov. 10, The Phoenician When we all work together, we shine. JDRF believes this to be true too, which is why they are hosting Together We Shine Promise Ball Gala. JDRF – a global organization that funds Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research – invites you to help them work toward a world without diabetes. The gala features a silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner and an after-party with America’s favorite dance band, Liquid Blue. The evening honors Jessica Gabbay who was diagnosed with T1D at only 20 months old. Gabbay, now 16, is an active teenager who isn’t ruled by her diabetes. 6 p.m. $500. www.jdrf.org. ACI Luncheon & Lecture Nov. 14, Phoenix Art Museum Join Booth Moore, style and fashion news director of the Hollywood Reporter, for a conversation about women in fashion. The lecture draws from her book, American Runway: 75 Years of Fashion and the Front Row. Through interviews and her own experiences at fashion weeks, Booth brings the industry’s origins to life. She unpacks the contributions of women like Eleanor Lambert, Eleanor Roosevelt and others who helped make feminism a fashion statement before feminist T-shirts were a trend seen on runways around the world. Following the lunch and presentation is a book signing. 11:30 a.m. $43 ($33 for museum members). www.arizonacostumeinstitute.org. Breathtaking Holiday Evening Nov. 14, Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale The Women’s Board of Phoenix – When In Need Grandmas Serve (WINGS) – is pleased to announce their exclusive, first annual cocktail event, Breathing Holiday Evening. Guests are invited to purchase limited-edition holiday wreaths or tree tags during the evening, which will be donated to specialty programs. Donations raised go directly to PCH. So what are you waiting for? Spread your WINGS this holiday season by reminiscing with PCH and the grannies of the Women’s Board. 5:30 p.m. Request an invitation by calling 602.933.4483 or visiting www.phoenixchildrensfoundation.org. Old Bags Luncheon Nov. 15, Arizona Biltmore What’s old is new again at the annual Old Bags Luncheon. Enjoy an afternoon out with your girlfriends bidding on new and gently used designer handbags, running the gamut of everyday totes, leather satchels and blinged-out clutches. After the silent auction, enjoy lunch in the Biltmore’s extravagant Paradise Gardens followed by a Neiman Marcus fashion show presentation featuring German luxury women’s designer clothing company, Escada. The best part about this stylish rendezvous is that it benefits the homeless women, children and families served by Homeward Bound. 10:30 a.m. $300. www.homewardboundaz.org. Shemer Honors Merrill Mahaffey Nov. 16, Shemer Art Center The Shemer Honors, a dinner gala, recognizes the successes of local artist every year. This year’s honoree is Merrill Mahaffey, an avid outdoorsman who paints modern interpretations of Western landscapes. He’s considered one of the leading Western artists of our time, with his work appearing in famed institutions like The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and others. Taking place on the lawn at the Shemer Art Center, this special evening will feature a cocktail and art reception and a formal dinner with a video presentation and interview with Mahaffey himself. 6-10 p.m. $225. www.shemerartcenter.org. Passport to a Cure Gala Dec. 7, The Camby Hotel Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) of Arizona’s Passport to a Cure Gala will transport guests to the city that never sleeps with a “New York State of Mind” themed event. Settle into a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres before enjoying a seated dinner, auctions and live entertainment. This year’s honorary chairman is Bryan Jeffries who has been in the Fire/EMS service since 1991. Jeffries, who serves as a Captain/ Paramedic for the City of Mesa, will be joined by famed auctioneer Letitia Frye. Proceeds from this gala will support MDA’s mission to help individuals and families living with muscular dystrophy and related diseases through research breakthroughs, special services and support. 6:30 p.m. $300. www.mdapassport.com.

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PHEAST ON THIS

Phoenix Public Market’s inaugural farm-to-fork extravaganza

BY GABBY LEIGHTON

IF YOU GO… What: PHX Pheast When: Nov. 11, 5-9 p.m. Where: Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix Tickets: Individual tickets, $75 Information: www.phxpheast.org

Downtown Farmers Market, aka the OpenAir Market at the Phoenix Public Market, is hosting a new event this month. In addition to providing locals with an opportunity to buy fresh, healthy foods, the weekly farmers market features a variety of vendors, workshops and demonstrations as well as supports the venue’s nonprofit organization, Community Food Connections. “It’s important to remember beyond the fun of meeting your growers at the market or enjoying a sweet peach at the peak of its season, the sustainability of a community depends on having a local food source and it’s our responsibility to support our local food system,” explains Sara Matlin, event director and marketing manager of Phoenix Public Market. Ticket sales from the new event, PHX Pheast, will go toward Community Food Connections and the local growers

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at the weekly farmers market by reducing their weekly market fees while the venue increases the resources it offers to Arizona farmers. “PHX Pheast is a chance to slow down and highlight each one of our local farmers, the farmers that make a farmers market like ours so unique,” Matlin says. “It’s an opportunity to really celebrate our local growers, their farms and the foods they produce.”  The event will close down Pierce Street, transforming the street for a night filled with fun and flavor. Twelve local chefs will be paired with 12 local growers, each highlighting the variety of growing techniques and seasonal bounty with market bites that they’ll be passing out. Guests will be invited to move from booth to booth, enjoying market bites by the teams. Some chefs in attendance include

chef Michael Babcock of Welcome Diner, chef Danielle Leoni of The Breadfruit and Rum Bar, and chef Dough Robson of Gallo Blanco, among many others. “Many of our featured chefs already have wonderful relationships with our growers, shop the market regularly and feature market ingredients on their restaurant menus,” Matlin shares. “It’s been a natural process pairing chefs and farmers who are ready to take on the challenge to impress guests and highlight the season’s best.” The local love doesn’t stop there. While eventgoers enjoy live music from Valley acts, they will have the opportunity to sip on local beers, distinctive handmade Arizona wines from Cellar 433, and a craft cocktail that features Phoenix-based Iconic Cocktail Co. Tickets get guests all of their food samples and two drinks. Additional drink tickets can be purchased at the event.


STEM CELL TREATMENT FOR DIABETIC NEUROPATHY

Dr. Richard Jacoby, DPM of Extremity Health Center THE DOCTORS AND staff at Extremity Health Centers offer a combined 40+ years of experience in podiatric medicine to residents who live in and around the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. Under the medical direction of podiatrist Richard P. Jacoby, DPM, the practice provides diagnosis and treatment for stubborn, chronic foot and ankle pain and comprehensive and successful treatment of diabetic neuropathy. After graduating from college, Dr. Jacoby attended Villanova University before receiving his doctorate of podiatric medicine at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. He has participated in and taught thousands of hours of Continuing Medical Education over the past few decades. Additionally, he is a past president of the Arizona Podiatry Association and the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons and co-authored the book “Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health,” correlating a relationship between sugar and inflammation. Extremity Health Center offers a variety of on-site extremity diagnosis and medical services, including surgery that are available for a wide range of issues, including foot and heel pain, bunions, ankle fractures and sprains, varicose veins, foot and ankle arthritis, diabetic foot, plantar fasciitis, toenail fungus and peripheral neuropathy and neuroma. Dr. Jacoby’s specialty is working with diabetic patients and he has a proven formula to resolve diabetic neuropathy. “What I’ve found is that the progression of most neuropathies is aggressive, insidious and invasive throughout the body.” “Stem cells from umbilical cord blood are the best product out there today, especially for neuropathy,” says Dr.

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Jacoby of the most effect treatment he uses. “ Stem cells are miraculous in that they actively seek out inflammatory tissues and repair and restore tissue, tendon, tissue, bone, nerve or muscle. Stem cells also work in the repair of foot and ankle fractures and Achilles tendonitis. “Stem cells are the biggest paradigm shift in medicine since the germ theory and it’s absolutely true,” Dr. Jacoby explains of stem cell use in diabetic neuropathy. “Patients will get off their medicine, and in most cases will avoid surgery.” Dr. Jacoby uses the Dellon procedure for decompressing peripheral neuropathy. He has utilized the surgical procedure successfully on thousands of patients and none of them have needed a subsequent amputation. He says, “Dr. Dellon perfected the Dellon technique and did the research back in the 80s. I adopted his technique and trained with him 20 years ago.” There have been 100,000 amputations annually due to diabetic neuropathy since the implementation of the Dellon procedure and Dr. Jacoby says that adds up to two million avoidable amputations. “It’s a national disgrace,” he says. It is his belief that the FDA pushes medications that don’t work, which in turn, create situations where amputations are done. The Dellon procedure utilizing stem cells could save thousands of people from avoidable amputations. “Stem cells are the fountain of youth and I’ve used them myself for a severe herniated disc,” finishes Dr. Jacoby. “I was back playing tennis in three days and haven’t needed another injection since.”

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CRAZY FOR CRUST Local places for the perfect pie

If you’re short on time this holiday season or want to avoid making an even bigger mess in the kitchen, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to buy unique pies, perfect for entertaining or impressing your family and friends.

BY MANDY HOLMES

The Bakery Phx The Bakery Phx started 10 years ago at local farmers markets and has since maintained a loyal following thanks to their small batch handmade bars, cookies, pastries, and pies. With an all butter crust and scratch-prepared fillings including blueberry, cherry, key lime and banana cream ($24), it’s no wonder the banana variation was selected by the culinary director of Shake Shack to use in their concrete shakes around the Valley! www.thebakeryphx.com. Mama Toledo’s Mamma Toledo makes fresh pies daily at her pie and coffee shop including the distinctive Orange Ginger Cream, Maple Custard and Brown Sugar Peach in addition to traditional favorites like apple, pumpkin, and cherry ($22$26). Sweet pies aren’t the only thing on her menu – the central Phoenix spot offers four varieties of savory potpies including pork green chili and vegan red curry vegetable, breakfast hand pies, chocolate eclairs, cheesecakes and gourmet waffles with real maple syrup. www.mammatoledos.com. Pie Snob Offering an assortment of flavorful pies, tarts and cheesecakes for any occasion, Pie Snob has come to be one of the most popular dessert destinations for pie connoisseurs where it’s OK to act snobby about pie. With weekly rotating flavors and a knockout lineup for Thanksgiving, notable November pie options include Green Chili Apple, Pecan Bourbon, Pumpkin Praline, and Chocolate Pecan ($24$30). www.piesnob.com. Switch Switch is a neighborhood joint that produces food from the heart, and tells the story of American comfort cuisine. Known for their savory, mouthwatering Chicken Pot Pie ($18) made with puff pastry, peas, carrots, mashed potatoes, corn, jack cheese, and killer gravy, the casual-yet-sophisticated eatery features local urban art creating an inviting atmosphere that captures the soul of midtown Phoenix. www.switchofarizona.com. Beckett’s Table Located in the heart of Arcadia, Beckett's Table is an extension of chef Justin Beckett's own home kitchen with a sophisticated spin. The Fig & Pecan Pie ($29) is a true customer favorite and has been on the menu since the restaurant opened. Chef Beckett upgrades this classic pie with the addition of poached figs to add richness and umami and the crust is made by turning pecans into flour which create the perfect texture. No pie would be complete without ice cream and Beckett’s custom citrus cream cheese ice cream ($9/pint) rounds out the sweetness and creates a perfect bite that will leave you craving more. www.beckettstable.com.

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Now

CULTURE

YUA: HENRI MATISSE AND THE INNER ARCTIC SPIRIT A unique exploration of Inuit-inspired art and artifacts BY BRITTANY MARONEY

Art, history and culture collide at one of the most groundbreaking artistic exhibitions the Heard Museum has ever welcomed. Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit is a singular opportunity for the public to experience the 20th-century French modern master Henri Matisse’s surprising artistic and spiritual connection to the Indigenous people of the Arctic. Opened Oct. 29th, Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit is set to run until Feb. 3, 2019. Drawn to the concept of Yua, a Yup’ik word that represents the spiritual interconnectedness of all living things, Matisse became interested in both the physical forms and spiritual concerns of the Inuit. This immersion into Native Alaskan culture later inspired his series of 39 individual portraits, depicting the faces of Inuit men and women. In addition to original works by Matisse, the exhibition also features Yup’ik masks, cultural objects, archival photographs, films and ephemera totaling more than 150 pieces. “We’re thrilled and very proud to have organized Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit and to be the sole venue for it,” says David Roche, Director and CEO of the Heard Museum. “We think this is a special moment for Phoenix and will help draw attention to the amazing work that is being done in our cultural sector. For our visitors, we’re guaranteeing an experience that they can’t have anywhere else but here at the Heard Museum.” The exhibit features an outstanding group of historic Yup’ik (a term for Native Alaskan people, that translates to “the real people”) masks, that have long been considered icons of American Indian art. Known for their sculptural qualities, psychological complexity and other-worldly beauty, the masks were originally used in historically significant performances and ceremonial rituals, representing 2,000 years of traiditon. “Of historic importance is that we’re reuniting these Native Alaskan masks, that due to a variety of circumstances, have been separated by time and great distances,” Roche explains. “This is the first time in more than a century that most of these masks are being seen together. It’s a hugely emotional experience to see them as they were originally intended to be seen.” The Heard Museum is located at 2301 North Central Ave., Phoenix, and open Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission for adults is $18 and annual memberships start at $60. Visit www.heard.org for more information.

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The season’s can’t-miss cultural happenings

BY MANDY HOLMES

Once November arrives, the temperature cools down but the Valley’s fall arts season heats up with high-profile galas, museum exhibitions, gallery openings, concerts, dance performances, and film fests. Here are 14 of the best ways to get swept up in the season’s art rotation, from holiday-ready performances to soirees that give back to the arts.

Above: On Your Feet!, photo by Matthew Murphy. Left: Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour artist Ann Marie Graves.

Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour As Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour, Hidden in the Hills is the signature event of the nonprofit Sonoran Arts League. This year’s circuit features 174 artists at 44 studio locations throughout the scenic desert foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale. The free, self-guided tour offers art enthusiasts a rare chance to observe artists at work in their private studios, which are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 23-25. Download a map online. www.hiddeninthehills.org. Uptown November '18

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Scottsdale International Film Festival The 18th annual Scottsdale International Film Festival is expanding its dates from five to 10 days in length, taking place on Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 11. The renowned festival will feature more than 50 films with a range of compelling characters, storylines and themes. The festival kicks off at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with an opening night reception Nov. 2 at 6:15 p.m. featuring Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tara Hitchcock as emcee followed by a highly anticipated screening of Roma from Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron at 7:15 p.m. An extraordinary repertoire of films will show throughout the rest of the festival at Harkins Shea 14 theater. The complete 2018 film schedule and tickets are available at www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com.

Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths The Southwestern U.S. premiere of work by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, one of the most celebrated contemporary artists in the world, is landing at Phoenix Art Museum Nov. 3 through April 14, 2019. Guests can experience three multisensory works that explore the themes of Nordic identity, melancholia, repetition and popular culture – including one of Kjartansson’s best-known pieces, The Visitors. Named after ABBA’s final album, The Visitors is an immersive installation that’s considered one of the best video installations of all time. On Nov. 3 at 9 p.m., take part in a latenight art experience, The afterpARTy, immediately following The pARTy in the Garden annual gala. See The Visitors and enjoy an open bar, food, live music, dancing, and exclusive after-hours access to the museum. www.phxart.org.

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The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon From earliest imagination to musical revolution, the untold story of the electric guitar comes to life in The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon. This exclusive exhibition opens Nov. 9 at the Musical Instrument Museum, featuring more than 80 of the world’s rarest amplifiers and electric guitars. It will include those played and popularized by groundbreaking artists like Alvino Rey and Charlie Christian as well as guitars played by the next generations of influential musicians such as Pete Townshend of The Who and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. The exhibit encompasses the history of the electric guitar from its most experimental period of the 1930s and ’40s, and gives a glimpse into the instrument’s influence on genres that defined American music. Be sure to check out the opening weekend festivities at www.mim.org.


Snow Queen Center Dance Ensemble will bring Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale to life with its rendition of Snow Queen, set to a score by Sergei Prokofiev. The beloved winter adventure dreams up a mystical world of sprites, gypsies and ice maidens, with the young Gerda seeking to rescue Kai from the Snow Queen’s crystal palace. Center Dance Ensemble’s principal dancers will be joined by more than 160 children who auditioned to dance in one of the holiday season’s favorite, magical tales. Performances days and times vary starting Dec. 1. www.centerdance.com.

Beaux Arts Gala

Opposite page, left to right: Roma, Scottsdale Film Festival; Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors, courtesy of the artist. This page, top to bottom: Bo Diddley’s “The Bad Dude,” courtesy of MIM; Snow Queen.

As a prominent influence in the art community, Scottsdale Artists’ School (SAS) teaches the fundamentals of fine art to artists and aspiring artists of all ages and skill levels. The 35th anniversary celebration of SAS, Beaux Arts, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 with a theme of “Dream Big” in tribute to the honorary chair and one of the school’s original founders, Maxine Johnstone. The soiree will include a live auction, a raffle, libations, dinner, and the opportunity to purchase original works of art, including sculptures and paintings, through a specially curated silent auction. This evening of entertainment and art will raise funds for the school’s programs. Learn more and purchase tickets online at www.scottsdaleartschool.org.

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Phoenix Festival of the Arts

Elf: The Musical

Phoenix Festival of the Arts returns for a weekend-long celebration of art, music and culinary delights Dec. 7-9 at Margaret T. Hance Park. This fun event takes a big leap forward in its seventh year with 187 arts and craft vendors and a lineup of live music and entertainment taking place on three stages with performances by bands, solo artists, dancers, choral groups, spoken word artists and comedians. There will also be art demonstrations and a hands-on community art project organized by acclaimed local muralist Hugo Medina, allowing the local community to paint and create alongside professional local artists. Plus, a family zone will provide free face painting and a teen art show. Admission is free and dogs are welcome. www.phoenixfestivalofthearts.org.

Look no further than Phoenix Theatre for a little holly jolly fun this holiday season when Elf: The Musical takes the stage Nov. 14-Dec. 30. Based on the fun-loving holiday film, the musical is a hilarious Christmas adventure that follows Buddy the elf on a quest to find his true identity. A theatrically rich show, Elf: The Musical is Phoenix Theatre’s biggest production in its nearly 100 years in the Valley, and it is sure to delight audiences of all ages. www.phoenixtheatre.com.

A Christmas Carol The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is coming to Tempe Center for the Arts this holiday season from Dec. 3 to 23. Put on by Scottsdale Musical Theater Company (SMTC), this musical version of A Christmas Carol will feature music by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid​and ​Beauty and the Beast) set to the tune of a live orchestra. Plus, it will also feature TV, film and Broadway star ​ Charles Shaughnessy​– known for his roles on The Nanny and Days of Our Lives – as Scrooge. This marks Shaughnessy’s second return to the Valley this year; in July, he played Julian Marsh in SMTC’s production of 42nd Street. Tickets are $42-$58 for adults; children 10 and under are $25. Purchase tickets at online at www.scottsdalemusicaltheater.com​.

Scottsdale Arts Gala The Scottsdale Arts Gala (formerly known as the ARTrageous Benefit Gala) provides an alluring event of immersive art experiences, sophisticated culinary offerings, unique objects and adventures for auction, and a performance in support of Scottsdale Arts’ programs. Held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 1, the gala will give guests an exclusive preview of a re-imagined Scottsdale Arts campus. Perhaps most notable, the evening will include an extra-special guest: Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Morrison (star of Fox’s Glee and Broadway’s Hairspray) during this night to remember. Concert tickets are $150; tickets for the entire event are $500. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

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Singin’ in the Rain in Concert Here’s one way to guarantee rain in Arizona! With a live on-stage orchestra, this performance of the happy-go-lucky musical Singin’ in the Rain is presented by the American Theatre Guild. Filled with a downpour of unforgettable songs, Singin’ in the Rain is one of the top movie musicals of all time, weaving the story of silent screen star Don Lockwood and leading lady Lina Lamont. Be swept back in time during the musical’s run at Orpheum Theatre Nov. 30-Dec. 2. www.americantheatreguild.com.

On Your Feet! The rhythm is gonna get you “on your feet” at this musical about Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s journey to America from humble beginnings in Cuba. Taking place at ASU Gammage Nov. 6-11, the show features award-winning choreography and songs that will have you singing along. On Your Feet! tells the true story of a talented couple who, in the face of adversity, broke through barriers to become a successful crossover sensation. www.asugammage.com.

Opposite page, left to right: Charles Shaughnessy in 42nd Street; Phoenix Theatre exterior. This page, left to right: Matthew Morrison, photo by Nathan Johnson; artwork at ArtFest of Scottsdale.

ArtFest of Scottsdale On Nov. 17 and 18, Scottsdale’s Civic Center Plaza will be transformed into an arts festival featuring more than 120 juried artists from around the country. The annual event honors the artists’ community with fine art, jewelry, handmade crafts, local authors, and live music as well as hands-on children’s activities and gourmet food. Admission and parking are free, and dogs are welcome. www.888artfest.com.

Andrea Bocelli in Concert For the first time since 2015, legendary Grammy-nominated singer Andrea Bocelli will be making a stop in Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Sunday, Dec. 2. As one of the most recognizable voices in the world, the Italian singer, songwriter and record producer has been delighting audiences with his romantic undertones for more than 20 years. www.talkingstickresortarena.com. Uptown November '18

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Style

S H O P / FA S H I O N / A L LU R E / DW E L L

BY CHELSEA YOUNG

It’s the time of year to bundle up, especially if upcoming holiday travels are whisking you away to cooler climes. Fresh off of Saks Fifth Avenue’s It List – a curated selection of seasonal must-haves – is the A.L.C. Grant Faux Fur Jacket in light lavender. Deemed statement outerwear by Saks’ stylists, the cropped coat offers an on-trend, streamlined silhouette with a feminine, of-the-moment color and soft faux fur. The cozy jacket is complete with a folder-over collar, welt pockets, and a concealed hook-and-eye closure. $595 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue.com.

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Style SHOP

BY NEYDA MELINA

MOD IN MUSTARD The fashionable yellow hue that’s perfect for fall

Transparent round sunglasses, Linda Farrow, $895 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Drop stone earrings, $58 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com. Floral high-low dress, Borgo de Nor, $995 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Tie-front velvet utility jacket, Cinq a Sept, $595 at Neiman Marcus. Knotted pointedtoe flats, BC Footwear, $69.95 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Leather bucket bag, Furla, $378 at Bloomingdale’s, www. bloomingdales.com

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BY NEYDA MELINA

Style

SHOP

SPACE COWBOY Say yeehaw to futuristic Wild West wear

Straight-leg fringe jeans, Helmut Lang, $450 at Barneys New York, www.barneys. com. Sequin fringe denim jacket, Romance Was Born, $1,100 at Bergdorf Goodman, www. bergdorfgoodman. com. Studded leather flap belt, Isabel Marant, $460 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Long-sleeve buttondown, Balmain, $895 at ModeSens, www. modesens.com. Etched crossbody with tassels, Saint Laurent $7,500 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Glitter leather cowboy booties, Miu Miu, $1,200 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com.

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BY CHELSEA YOUNG PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE HAIR AND MAKEUP: LORRI GREGORY, SALON TWO BY TWO; 623.521.5934; WWW.SALONTWOBYTWO.COM STYLING: STACEY RICHMAN MODEL: FORD/RBA LOCATION: ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER, 600 E. WASHINGTON ST., PHOENIX; 602.716.2000; WWW.AZSCIENCE.ORG

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Black tulle gown with rose-colored sequined daisy motif, $445 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.

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Green organza gown with red, black and purple pleather dots, $1,499 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.

Black and floral sequined dupioni silk gown with halter, $1,211 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.

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Purple sequined tulle gown with deep V-neck, $1,007 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.

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Red silk velvet gown with crystal embellishments and boat neck, $1,263 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.

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Pink sequined tulle gown with T-length sleeves, $1,278 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.

Platinum silk gown with ruffled neckline, $1,263 at Danese Creations, 602.955.1313.

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Style ALLURE

BY JALIA PETTIS

GLAM SQUAD

Festive products to help you stand out this season

Liquid lipstick set, $20 at Stila Cosmetics, www. stilacosmetics.com. Matte gel pot eyeliner, Inglot, $17 at Beautylish, www. beautylish.com. Limited-edition mother-of-pearl highlighter, Givenchy, $47 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Eyeshadow palette in The Vintage Vamp, Charlotte Tilbury, $53 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Limited-edition Holidaze contour palette, Smashbox, $39 at Sephora, www.sephora.com. Shimmery gold nail polish, Nars, $20 at Macy’s, www.macys. com.

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BY NEYDA MELINA

Style

DWELL

LESS IS MORE

Bring serenity to your space with minimalistic pieces

Floating tiered tray, Alessi, $645 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Equal Shapes with Silver wall art, Dawn Sweitzer, $855 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, www. mgbwhome.com. Marble tic-tactoe set, $298 at Jonathan Adler, www. jonathanadler.com. Sofa hugger table with marble top, Regina Andrew Design, $597 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Nada wall clock, Jonsson Clocks, $89 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Pendant LED chandelier with glass bulbs, Bower for West Elm, $499 at West Elm, www. westelm.com.

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Expert Tax Evaluation for Today’s Complex Economy Joseph Rose, CPA

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oday’s tax code is a mine field of information and rules. If you are a business owner, the tax code can be even that much trickier to navigate. With the help of a proactive CPA like the president of Rose Tax Consulting, Joseph Rose, affluent individuals and business owners can make highlyinformed important decisions that will place them in the best possible tax position. Rose received a BSBA in accounting from the University of Arizona and serves both the Valley and Tucson. Rose is also a certified tax strategist. Fewer than 300 specialists in 52 states have been awarded this specialized designation from the American Institute of Certified Tax Planners.

Rose has been working in the world of taxes for 25 years and had his CPA designation for most of this time. He has encountered just about every type of tax situation imaginable and relishes the chance to work with his clients in developing a proactive and informed approach with strategies for challenging tax situations. “I just love puzzles and tax code is a big puzzle,” Rose says. Rose offers advanced strategic tax planning to select clientele that are forwardthinking in their business formation and tax approach. “We only work with high-income affluent tax payers, usually business owners, to mitigate their taxes by substantial amounts depending upon their unique situation,” Rose

explains. “The more complex their tax situation is, the more goodies the tax code might have for them!” Conducting a thorough discovery is key as the law restricts Rose from recommending certain tax strategies without first doing intensive due diligence with a potential client. A client intake process starts with a discovery session that will include getting copies of taxes and a preliminary Q&A session with Rose Tax Consulting to see where additional credits and other tax opportunities may exist. “I go through their tax situation and match it up with tax strategies that might be available to them then discuss things in their tax situation that might be of concern under the new tax laws,” Rose says referring to the substantial changes in the new tax laws as of January 2018. Rose shared a recent case where he was able to achieve a massive 80 percent reduction in taxes for the client. This was accomplished through a process of reorganization, income splitting, retirement solutions and proper structuring which allowed the client to maximize their profit. This “found” money allowed the client to meet the expansion needs of their business without the need for financing. Rose’s newest best-selling book “The Great Tax Escape Book: Strategies for Early Planning and a Lower Tax Bill” is available through Amazon.com. “I don’t believe anyone should pay a dime more in taxes than the law requires,” Rose finishes. Rose Tax Consulting is located at 6424 E. Greenway Pkwy., Suite 100, Scottsdale. Call 480.210.2623 or visit www.RoseVFO.com for additional information.


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

Transform your living space into that of a luxe library, or even a curated gallery, with RH Modern’s Latticework Shelving. No ordinary bookshelf, the fashionable-yet-functional unit reads more objet d’art than a means to storing well-loved books and coveted trinkets. The postmodern pièce de résistance, designed by Jonathan Browning, features an antique Chinese lattice design paired with a symmetrical aesthetic that draws attention to its center – a rectangular focal point perfectly poised to display prized artwork. Crafted of brass-plated stainless steel, the polished frame supports clear tempered glass shelves with a metal base showcasing a lacquered black finish. $2,546 at RH Modern, www.rhmodern.com.

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Luxe HAUTE PROPERTY

SPOTLIGHT: SANTA BARBARA STYLE BY GABBY LEIGHTON / PHOTOS BY ERIK KRUK PHOTOGRAPHY

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Located on a private cul-de-sac lot at the base of Camelback Mountain is a charming Santa Barbara-meets-Andalusian-style home. The first thing visitors will see is the striking brown accents including the doors for the three-car garage, outlines of windows and small gate to the front house patio. From the lush grass to the hedges, trees and vines, the front patio feels like an oasis on its own, a place to hang out with friends and greet guests. Inside the four-bedroom (plus an office), four-bathroom home, the elegance continues with hickory wood floors and special touches throughout that include a custom-made and -designed double-sided fireplace in the living room and den as well as energy efficient wood-framed windows by Kolbe. The spacious kitchen is that of a dream home Pinterest board. It’s adorned with white cabinets and a navy island (both boasting gold hardware) as well as a subway tile backsplash and a fun accent of pattern behind the stove. The cozy den, equipped with a woodwork wall that includes a built-in bookshelf, is right off the formal dining area. There is also a butler’s pantry complete with a wine fridge, ample storage and a sink. The master suite continues the same amount of attention to detail as the rest of the home. The bedroom has access to a backyard patio and the bathroom features a soaker tub and a large shower with a seat and three shower heads. The master closet features plenty of built-ins for shoes, accessories and clothing as well as an island to store extras. The backyard’s amount of greenery evokes vibes of a fairytale or somewhere far away. Much of the back of the home is covered in well-groomed greens, with only spaces for windows and lighting fixtures. The rest of the area is made up of hedges, a covered patio and trees. The views of Camelback Mountain, Praying Monk and Echo Canyon are ones that cannot be missed. 5837 N. 46th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Listed for $1,725,000 with Shawna Warner of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; 602.743.7006; shawna.warner@russlyon.com.


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WHEELS

2019 FORD MUSTANG BULLITT A limited-edition auto recalls the most famous car chase scene ever filmed BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $46,595 Price as tested: $51,290 Engine: 5.0-L V-8

It was 50 years ago when, on the streets of San Francisco, Steve McQueen made film history starring as tough-guy police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt in the aptly named action thriller Bullitt. While I found the movie cinematically a bit tedious (I consider Papillon to be McQueen’s magnum opus), Bullitt’s 10-minute chase scene, exquisitely filmed with real cars and no special effects, has become the stuff of legend. The walkaway stars of the movie, with a cult following all their own, were the legendary Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT fastback driven by McQueen and the black 1968 Dodge Charger he chased. Marking the 50th anniversary of the film, Ford has reincarnated the cinematic Mustang as a limited-edition Bullitt with premium performance equipment and a slick, understated design. The 5.0-liter, V-8 engine delivers 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. This is the third time Ford has issued a special Bullitt edition; the first was in 2001, then in 2008 and 2009 as essentially identical models.

The colors offered are black and a fantastic dark Highland Green, just like the original movie car. Appointments include subtle chrome accents for the front windows and the unique black grille; classic heritage-inspired 19-inch aluminum wheels; red-painted Brembo brake calipers; and the NitroPlate quad-tip exhaust that delivers a rhythmic burble at idle and a sweet, melodic roar under full acceleration. Instead of Mustang badging, there are minimal Bullitt accents – on each doorsill, the steering wheel cap, instrument panel, and a circular faux gas cap. A leather-trimmed interior features green accent stitching on the dashboard, door panels, center console and seats. Of course, Ford also included the classic white cue ball shifter knob atop the six-speed manual shifter. Overall, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt is absolutely thrilling to drive, channeling the late actor’s prowess behind the wheel. The only thing missing is a dark blue turtleneck and brown tweed jacket.

Fuel economy: 15/25 mpg/city Seating: 4 Fab features: Exhaust notes that perfectly match the 1968 Bullitt Original Highland Green color Five Bullitt badge locations replace Mustang badging

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Taste DRINK

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

DELECTABLE DIGESTIFS After-dinner drinks that delight

Whether out on the town or hosting a soiree, multiple courses are the norm this time of year, often with an after-dinner drink selection rounding out the night, like these indulgent options.

S’more Lovin’ Camp Social Something you will need a little “s’more” of – this drink! It tastes like an actual campfire s’more, even down to the melty marshmallow goodness thanks to an actual charred marshmallow on top. It also features vanilla vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and comes in a martini glass that’s been dosed with chocolate syrup. $12. 6107 N. 7th St.; 480.750.0506; www. campsocial.com. The Godmother Rott n' Grapes RoRo This decadent drink is made with vodka and Amaretto and then garnished with an orange peel. It will have you wishing you had your own fairy godmother to wave her magic wand so the night never ends. $6. 1001 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix; 602.888.1667; www.rottngrapes. com. Strawberry Amaro Flip CRUjiente Tacos Forget about making dessert and sip on cocktail creator extraordinaire Laura Middleton's refined post-dinner treat, which features blanco tequila, Amaro, grapefruit juice and frothy goodness thanks to the whole egg that’s been whipped inside. There are also diced strawberries for dimension and tartness. It is light and sweet to the taste, yet balanced on the mouth. $12. 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.687.7777; www.crutacos.com. No. 53 Tuck Shop Three words: Aztec Chocolate Bitters. Exploding with cacao, peppers and spices, these bitters are almost dessert enough themselves. But, when combined with Whistle Pig’s 10-year Rye Whiskey, vanilla and grappa, a powerful spirit made from grapes (but not a wine), it takes on a spirited (literally!) life of its own. $16. 2245 N. 12 St., Phoenix; 602.354.2980; www.tuckinphx.com.

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The Gladly Manhattan The Gladly This Phoenix mainstay is making classic cocktails anything but dated. Their take on an old favorite, The Manhattan, pairs Four Roses Bourbon with sweet Vermouth and maple syrup. Tobacco bitters take it to the next level, really ramping up the maple notes. $12. 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.759.8132; www.thegladly.com. Carmel Apple Martini The Grand Imagine all the smells and flavors of an actual caramel apple, but nothing stuck to your teeth once done! The fall-themed cocktail starts with aromatic apple vodka and is mixed with rich Butterscotch Schnapps and then kissed with a generous helping of caramel syrup in a martini glass. It’s also garnished with a fresh apple slice. $12. 718. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.795.8552; www.thegrandaz.com. White Rabbit Sidebar Horchata, a popular Mexican drink made from almond with a milky, sweet flavor, is paired with White Chocolate Godiva Liqueur and Frangelico for a perfect blend of flavors. The drink also features vodka and is served in a glass with a vanilla-infused sugar rim. 701 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix; 602.254.1646; www.sidebarphx. com. Monkey Bite Tall Glass This new cocktail bar by (and next door to) Angels Trumpet Arcadia has several drinks worth a taste after a good meal. But, the one best suited for this time of year is the pear-infused Monkey Bite. It is a blend of Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, fortified wine, honey, ginger bitters and an infusion of spiced pears that is sweet, yet quite strong and oh-so-spirited. $12. 2339 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.698.1234; www. angelstrumpetalehouse.com.


Taste

DRINK / CHEERS / CUISINE / FOOD FILES / DINING GUIDE

BY GABBY LEIGHTON / PHOTO BY JENELLE BONIFIELD

After three years, Grassroots Kitchen & Tap recently rebranded as The Macintosh, head by Christopher Collins of Common Ground Culinary, the same chef and owner as the former tenant. While a few fan favorite items from Grassroots stuck around, The Macintosh’s modern comfort classics menu also boasts new options including the Crispy Chicken Sandwich ($12). The team at Common Ground has been working for several years to perfect their version of fried chicken, one of Collins’ favorite foods. The Macintosh brines the chicken in two different styles of brine and marinade (plus a few extra top-secret steps), which results in a tender and crispy fried chicken. A fresh-baked buttermilk Noble Bread bun acts as the base with the chicken, and is finished with The Macintosh’s homemade mustard-honey slaw, tomato and local pickles. 2119 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.368.8766; www.themacintoshaz.com. Uptown November '18

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THE BITTER TRUTH

Rott ‘n Grapes RoRo gets it right with a balanced bourbon-based cocktail

BY GABBY LEIGHTON / PHOTO BY JENELLE BONIFIELD

Until recently, Rott n’ Grapes has been known as a cozy neighborhood spot to grab some appetizers and a beer or glass of wine. Recently, however, the restaurant opened a new location, Rott n’ Grapes RoRo. The new spot is, in fact, not new it all, housed in a Mission Revival-style building that was constructed in 1925 at the historic Gold Spot Marketing Center. Along with new furniture and fixtures, there’s also a revitalized menu including new food and drink options. Unlike the Uptown location, the recently opened eatery serves up cocktails. Among the cocktails on the menu is The Bitter Truth ($11 or $9 during happy hour), a bourbon-based drink that Beverage Manager Jon Floe is particularly proud of. “Bourbon is one of my favorite liquors to drink, however many people get intimidated when they see it on the menu. Because of this, we wanted to make an approachable drink that both connoisseurs and newcomers would enjoy.” The Bitter Truth contains Campari, an herbaceous Italian liqueur, accompanied by a natural, small batch raspberry syrup. “Our executive team sat down for hours with a super-savvy mixologist expert to help us find the perfect balance of ingredients for what we wanted to achieve with this drink.” The cocktail hits all the right notes – a zest of freshness from the raspberry, a hint of bitterness enhanced by the flavors of orange and sweet cherry, complete with a smooth bourbon. The mixture is shaken, poured over ice and garnished with fresh rosemary. While you’ll find The Bitter Truth on the regular menu at RoRo, you can also order it at the location’s hidden, underground escape called The Onyx. The comfy, subdued lounge serves up cocktails, reserve wines, beers and spirits and requires a reservation within a hidden portal, which can be located on the restaurant’s website. 1001 N. 3rd Ave., #1, Phoenix; 602.346.0068; www.rottngrapes.com.

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CUISINE

CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Matt Pool, owner of Matt’s Big Breakfast Matt Pool has done it all in the restaurant industry, from bussing to pizza delivery to bartending to hosting and serving. Pool found his passion in making people happy through food and is the owner of Valley mainstay breakfast and lunch spot, Matt’s Big Breakfast. BY GABBY LEIGHTON / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

Why breakfast? I grew up in the Midwest going to little diners and mom-and-pops with my dad. When we opened in 2004, there weren’t a lot of places in town with good old-fashioned, scratch-made food around, especially breakfast, so we decided to try our hand at opening a spot with the type of food we liked to eat and hoped we’d find an audience for it. Favorite food memory: About five years ago, I took my son to my hometown of Kansas City to see the Royals in the World Series. It was his first trip there so we went straight from the airport to the legendary Arthur Bryant’s for barbecue. It is a bare-bones, smoky, old-school kind of place in a rough neighborhood but you would have thought my son was at Disneyland he was so happy. The appreciation he showed for the food and entire heritage of the place and its importance to Kansas City was awesome, and the barbecue world was pretty gratifying. What is your guilty pleasure? West Coast style IPAs of all varieties. Do you have a favorite thing to cook? Thanksgiving dinner. My wife and I host our family each year at our house and I really love the whole daylong process of the two of us making all of the great and familiar classics. It never fails that we always tell each other we will definitely make the same food more often than once a year but of course that never happens! When you’re not cooking, where would we find you? Either at one of my son’s school sporting events or The Wandering Tortoise or Helton Brewery. One of your main priorities is locally sourcing products. What are some of the local farms in the area you’ve taken an interest in? We have a terrific relationship with Bob McClendon and his family from McClendon Select. We have used his product since day one and are one of his original customers. He grows a huge variety of items and what he can’t grow himself he sources equally high-quality items from other farms for us. Matt’s Big Breakfast, (Biltmore location) 3118 E Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.840.3450; www.mattsbigbreakfast.com.

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SAUCE IS BOSS

10 dishes with a spoonful of flavor-boosting additions

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Shrimp & Grits

Pig & Pickle Inspired by a recipe from his Louisiana-born sous chef, chef Keenan Bosworth created this dish as a special but it proved to be so popular that it has become a permanent fixture. It’s comprised of buttery grits topped with shrimp and housemade andouille, all swimming in a rich Creole sauce. The sauce starts with celery, onion and green pepper before being slowly simmered with organic California tomatoes, shrimp stock, fresh garlic, and cayenne pepper, which evokes traditional Cajun flavors. $23. www.pigandpickle.com.

Caramelized Cauliflower with Tahini

Pita Jungle Aside from the signature hummus, this is Pita Jungle’s most popular starter – at all of its locations. Why? The sauce! It’s a twist on traditional tahini, which is made from sesame seeds, that features both cilantro and garlic. When combined with caramelized cauliflower and topped with pine nuts and caramelized onions, this rich, buttery sauce is equal parts earthy and rich. $13. www.pitajungle.com.

Le Canard a L’Orange

Voila French Bistro This classic French dish and sauce hit multiple points on the flavor compass – sweet, salty, fatty and spiced. Red wine vinegar and freshsqueezed orange juice are the base. Sugar is caramelized in the vinegar and orange juice, and then the sauce is reduced. Orange zest, salt, pepper, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves provide spicy notes. Finally, beef broth and butter are added to create a smooth finish. The sauce is spooned over the top of a roasted duck leg. $26. www.voilafrenchbistro.com.

Chicken Fried Steak

Be them savory, spicy or sweet, nothing quite adds to the flavor and visual appeal of a dish like a great sauce. And with the season of all things decadent and delicious upon us, there’s no better time than now to give in to your sauce-loving side.

Texaz Grill Nearly 950,000 of Texaz Grill’s legendary chicken fried steaks have been sold to date, and this bad boy is covered in an American sauce classic: rich, thick gravy. Chef and owner Steve Freidkin makes it daily using drippings, peppered cream and a top-secret selection of his favorite Southern-inspired herbs and spices. The gravy is heaped on top of two fork-tender pieces of beef, which have been double-battered and fried. No doubt this is comfort food at its best. $16.95. www.texazgrill.com.

Tomaso’s Sicilian Meatballs with Truffle Mushroom Sauce The Sicilian Butcher A combination of ground veal, prime beef, pork, pine nuts, raisins, pecorino, garlic, and

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Polenta “Boscaiola”

Mora Italian This polenta is cooked slowly for three hours and boasts a creamy, luxurious texture. But, famed chef Scott Conant – who developed the recipe – is just getting started. He then roasts mushrooms with garlic and thyme and combines them with a flavorful reduction of chicken jus and black truffles before adding it to the polenta and topping the dish with pieces of crispy smoked bacon. $16. www.moraitalian.com.

French Toast

Artizen at The Camby Artizen tops its fluffy French toast with a bit of powdered sugar, marinated berries, a dollop of whipped cream, and, last but not least, a pour of homemade caramel that’s infused with Cave Creek Bourbon. This special substitute for maple syrup has all the sweetness of the more traditional French toast topper but with the rich, satisfying flavors of bourbon and caramel. $12. www.artizenaz.com.

Chicken Pesto

fresh herbs make these meatballs. And while The Sicilian Butcher allows guests to choose from nine sauces – ranging from marinara to Parmesan cream to arrabiata – as well as several pasta pairings, try them with the truffle mushroom sauce and stuffed gnocchi. The wild mushrooms, heavy cream and generous use of truffles in the sauce make it one of the most luscious options bursting with decadent flavor. $16. www.thesicilianbutcher.com.

North Italia This dish does more than just look green – it makes anyone at the table who didn’t order it green with envy when it arrives. Daily fresh-made gigli pasta acts as the base (and can be substituted for gluten-free pasta upon request for $2.50 more), and all-white meat chicken serves as the protein. But the clear star of the plate is the stark green pesto sauce made with pine nuts, garlic, basil, Italian cheeses and olive oil. The distinctly salty, savory flavor of the pesto is amped up with an added portion of pine nuts as well as crispy capers that top off the dish. $17. www.northitaliarestaurant.com.

Modelo-Braised Bison Enchiladas Gadzooks As a build-your-own concept, Gadzooks specializes in enchiladas drenched in rich, Mexicaninspired sauces. Try the braised bison version wrapped in 50/50 tortillas (half corn, half flour) and then top it with both green and red sauces, known as Christmas style, before adding shredded cheese and your choice of toppings. The combination of flavors in the two sauces – tomatillos, garlic, onions, herbs and more – will dance in your mouth, and if you’re feeling adventurous, top it with the habanero lava salsa for an added kick. $8.95. www.gadzooksaz.com.

Bolognese Fries

EVO You’ve certainly enjoyed cheese fries, and maybe even poutine, but until you’ve been to EVO, you’ve never had anything like this. This shareable starter (or main dish just for you – we won’t judge!) features fries made in-house daily that have been smothered in EVO’s rich Bolognese sauce, a tomato-based delight with veal, pork, beef, ragu and a host of herbs. It is then topped with mozzarella and basil before being baked until the cheese melts into ooey-gooey goodness. $8. www.evoscottsdale.com.

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Seen EVENTS

ROYAL PALMS 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Royal Palms Resort and Spa celebrated seven decades in the Valley with a 1940s-themed event featuring a jazz band, tastes of memorable dishes from T. Cook’s over the years, and a first look at new event spaces.

Smantha Sue and Marlene Srdic

BY ELIZABETH MARIE

Linday Esparza and Scot Sidener

Sara Titterington and Barbie Best

Rachel Hugo and Jessica Van Sky

Haley Balzano and Natalie Ryness

Dane and Tracy Als

Rhonda Verona and Gianna Gomez

Caroline Auza and Dennis Cliford

Landen and Stephanie Svage

Alex Daman and Nicole Heinz

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ONE-ON-ONE CARE WITH A PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Kristi and Dan Weldon

DR. MOLLY SHER PT, DPT

DR. BARBARA GOLDSWORTHY PT, DPT, ASTYM

PHYSICAL THERAPY | PILATES | MASSAGE ACCEPTING INSURANCE & CASH PATIENTS

602.956.1233 3333 E Camelback Rd. Suite 230 Phoenix, AZ 85018 www.tri-physicaltherapy.com

Halee Bastio and Sara Huddleson

Ryan and Mandi Eltanal

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LUNCH FOR LOVE

More than 500 guests gathered at the Arizona Biltmore for Child Crisis’ annual fundraising luncheon. At the inspirational afternoon, speakers shared stories detailing how the organization has impacted children’s lives.

Bobi Pierson and Tammy Crawford

BY ELIZABETH MARIE

Dorothy and Chris Thomas

Iliana Silva and Margy King

Taylor Axelson and Rachel Kahn

Vanessa Wlodyka and Robyn Broshears

Mary Bowen and Kelly Bowen

Michela Belluso and Rob Davidson

Stefanie Fisher and Lynette Holsapple

Lisa Simmons and Lamie Santa Cruze

Kelli Berry and Tarah Hamman

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MEET OUR

TASTE OF THE BILTMORE

CHICAGO DEEP DISH PIZZA

The 12th annual block party, held at National Bank of Arizona’s Biltmore Corporate Center, invited Phoenicians to enjoy bites from local restaurants.

BY ELIZABETH MARIE

602.977.2700 2121 E Highland Ave

(Just South of Camelback Rd)

www.halfmoonsportsgrill.com

off any small or $10 off $5 OFF SMALL any$5large Chicago Deep Dish Pizza! Limit Coupon per $10 OFF LARGE order. Dineonein only. DEEP DISH PIZZA present Coupon.Must Offer expires 11/30/18

Tim and Jessica Benedick

Pawsitive Vacation Pet Sitting The Privileged Pooch

Scottsdale • Paradise Valley • La Jolla

Ashley Yewell and Cassie Lindsey

We Redefine Petsitting

602.829.8402

Official Pet Sitter for The Hermosa Inn • Bonded and Insured Tricee Thomas and Cynthia Diehl

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REINVENTING THE MARKET

MasterChef winner Dino Luciano teams up with restaurateur Laura Pich for an innovative dining concept

BY BRITTANY MARONEY / PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH BARRY

Muse & Market is the latest addition to the lower Arcadia neighborhood, with an eclectic twist. The upscale casual counter service restaurant, coffeehouse and pastry bar offers an assorted breakfast and lunch menu. The restaurant is part of a larger experiment in neighborhood transformation through the adaptive re-use of office centers into a walkable and community-centered restaurant. The eatery is located in the same building as The Marilyn, a full-service, reimagined coworking space in Arcadia. “I love the location and building we are in because of its history and its future. I’ve lived just a few miles away for years and being a part of revitalizing the corridor and the community that surrounds it is a notion I wanted to be a part of,” says Laura Pich, GM and owner of Muse & Market. Originally, the space was created to serve its main market, tenants of The

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Marilyn with a daytime coffeehouse, pastry bar, breakfast, and lunch concept. But, Muse & Market will soon be launching a dinner service three nights a week, with MasterChef winner executive chef Dino Luciano at the helm in the kitchen. “Chef Dino and I had many goals and so much of that aligned when we first started discussing the opportunity that sometimes it seemed it was simply meant to be,” explains Pich, who is also the owner of The Well juice bar in Tempe. “Dino is incredibly talented as a chef and I still get excited to see him shine in the kitchen to show the world what he is capable of.” While the menu created entirely by Luciano features healthy vegan and vegetarian faire such as beet hummus and Eastern Roman papaya, diners can also find classic breakfast favorites including eggs Benedict, crepes and croque-monsieur. The menu’s inspiration comes greatly from the time Luciano spent cooking with his nonna (Italian for grandmother), and her influence on him while learning Sicilia’s best recipes. It also features items that are respective to Phoenix, and personal favorites. His favorite item on the menu? The Carrote Gravy. “Mostly used as a sidekick or stock ingredient, I wanted to respect the deeply rich flavor that a carrot has to offer. If properly prepared, a carrot mirrors the worth of gold,” he explains of his choice. “I can eat carrots all day, everyday. I’m pretty sure I’ll come back as a rabbit in my next life.” The intimate restaurant is open to the public six days a week and also offers the opportunity to host private events, from intimate get togethers to formal events. Muse & Market is open Tuesday through Friday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Located at 4602 E. Thomas Road, Suite 110, Phoenix; 602.218.6773; www.museandmarket.com.


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