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CONTENTS FEATURES 48 E TERNAL GLAM New York fashion designer and now part-time Scottsdale resident Morton Myles designed classic clothes for women from the 1950s through the 1980s. From the moment he gained fashion-celebrity status in 1961, when Jacqueline Kennedy appeared on the cover of Look magazine in one of his dresses, to today, his creations have stood the test of time. 54 1 00 YEARS OF DRAMA The sixth-oldest continuously operating theater in the country, The Phoenix Theatre Company celebrates its centennial season this year. The organization has been a center of cultural life in Arizona for all 100 years and has served as a launching pad for many successful artists. Organizers plan a party to remember at the theater’s October 19 gala. 60 L EGENDS OF THE CLIMB Kristen Sandquist and Kevin Cherilla scale mountains to help people with physical limitations. They began their adventure in 2009, when they led visually impaired hikers to the top of Kilimanjaro. Their success inspired them to create K2 Adventures Foundation, an Arizona nonprofit organization whose goal is to help individuals find the greater version of themselves.



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MARKETING DIRECTOR Perrine Adams DESIGN David Imes PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE Mary Winters EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE Chace Mortimer-Davy CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jennifer Dokes Bruce Farr Leigh Farr Michelle Glicksman Michelle Jacoby Janie Magruder CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Ellen Barnes Tina Celle EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY Courtesy Organizations CONNECT WITH US 910 E. Osborn Road, Suite C Phoenix, AZ 85014 602-445-7168 Email Twitter Instagram Facebook Copyright 2019 by ON Media. All rights reserved. No part of this publication can be reprinted or reproduced without the publisher’s permission. The Red Book Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials. Statements and opinions printed in The Red Book Magazine are those of the authors and not necessarily of The Red Book Magazine.



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STYLE 20 Black-Tie Fashion for Him 22 Black-Tie Fashion for Her 24 Seasonal Flair for Home Entertaining SOCIETY 27 Nonprofit Fundraising Events PERSONALITY 38 G abriel and Isaac Fortoul’s nature-infused paintings, murals, sculptures and installations bring beauty and creativity to Phoenix’s urban landscape. 43 C eCe Cole is known for her signature use of simple, everyday materials. She also creates an experience that touches the culture, business and education scenes. CALENDAR 66

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THIS IS ‘ME’ 80 T he Essence of Arizona Cardinals Running Back David Johnson


ON THE COVER Fashion by Morton Myles, styled by Carole Cotton. Jewelry from stylist’s personal collection. Hair and makeup by Lillian Fogel. Model: Gabrielle, The Agency Arizona. Photographed by Ellen Barnes at the Arizona Science Center


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hen we first met New York fashion designer Morton Myles last spring, we knew immediately we wanted to feature the part-time Scottsdale resident in this fall arts issue. Design and art, after all, go hand in hand. In “Eternal Glam,” p. 48, Perrine Adams delves into the evolution of his career, which spanned the decades of the ’50s through the ’80s, and highlights the timelessness of the clothing he created for the feminine body. Fashion, it’s been said, is of the moment. Style is forever. This is evident in the early ’60s Morton Myles dress on our cover: It retains its fresh aesthetic. Much like the clothing he designed, at 90, Myles is as relevant and engaging as he must have been in his heyday. Some things never grow old. In January 1920, Phoenix Players made its debut with A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shirley Christy’s School of Music on Central Avenue. After cycling through several venues and at least three names, this season, The Phoenix Theatre Company celebrates its centennial anniversary. In “100 Years of Drama,” p. 54, Janie Magruder retraces the Company’s history, including the community members who banded together to support it and the many notables who got their start in theater here. The Valley has fresh faces on its arts Morton Myles adjusts model’s strands of pearls

scene as well. The Fortoul Brothers are making their mark on the urban landscape with their vast murals and distinctive large-scale installations. See “Everyday Visionaries,” p. 38. Relative newcomer CeCe Cole arrived in the Valley in May 2018. In addition to an exhibition at Bentley Gallery, she has created, a business venture that is a professional approach to her art practice. See “‘Cole’laboration,” p. 43. Visionaries of another sort, Kristen Sandquist and Kevin Cherilla scale mountains to help people with physical limitations. See “Legends of the Climb,” p. 60. Their creation, the K2 Foundation, is a work of art on another realm. Cindy Miller Managing Editor


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A TOAST TO THE CHEF ocal food hero Vincent Guerithault, award-winning chef and owner of

Vincent on Camelback, celebrates his 50-year milestone of creating culinary sensations with a special “Toast and Roast” dinner event on October 11. The event will be held at the restaurant on Camelback Road in Phoenix. Guerithault is known for combining classic French cooking with Southwestern ingredients, creating an entirely new cuisine. He has received numerous awards, among them the James Beard award as “America’s Best Chef: Southwest.” The roster of celebrity roasters for the celebratory dinner includes former Senator Jon Kyl, businessman and sports executive Jerry Colangelo, Dr. Robert Spetzler, restaurateur Mark Tarbell, former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, and author and businessman Harvey Mackay, among others. The menu will feature signature



Gilbert, Arizona-based tequila honors both its namesake and its co-founder each time someone takes a sip. Señor Rio Tequila

celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Cinco de Mayo 2019. In honor of the milestone, the company added an Extra Añejo tequila in a limitededition bottle and coffee tequila to its product line. The first bottles of

dishes from Vincent’s 50-year career.

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Deborah Medina Gach and her late husband Jonathan Gach.


Gach was introduced to the tequila recipe she now owns when her father shared a bottle of the family recipe with her and Jonathan in Mexico when father and daughter were reunited after a separation of 30 years. The distillery handcrafts each of its boutique, award-winning tequilas in small batches made from 100 percent weber blue agaves in Jalisco, Mexico. The new additions to the Señor Rio product line are a fitting tribute to a company named in honor of Gach’s father, Señor Rio, whose likeness appears on the stopper of every bottle. In remembrance of co-founder Jonathan Gach, a portion of the proceeds of bottles sold in May 2019 were donated to Stand Up to Cancer to support cancer research programs. Señor Rio will donate a portion of its proceeds on its anniversary every year to help fight cancer and honor Jonathan. “Sharing tequila is sharing life,” Deborah Medina Gach says. “Each bottle of Blanco, Reposado and Añejo now contains that message. These beautiful bottles are not meant to be hurried. Take your time sipping this fine tequila with your family and close friends while sharing your life stories and creating memories.” Señor Rio is sold exclusively at Total Wine & More stores nationwide.


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n early August, Cartier reopened its boutique in Scottsdale Fashion Square. Following significant

renovations since first opening in 2008, the boutique features a new entrance within the mall’s transformed luxury wing. “We are thrilled to reopen our Scottsdale boutique with a newly redesigned, light-filled space, paying tribute to the spirit of Arizona,” says Mercedes Abramo, president and CEO of Cartier North America. “Cartier has been a part of this community for 20 years, and we look forward to welcoming familiar friends and new faces into the boutique for many years to come.” Designed by architect Bruno Moinard, the 4,033-square-foot boutique incorporates the new, expansive design that debuted in North America in 2018. Touches of inspiration from the serene Arizona landscape, including the Grand Canyon, welcome guests into the open-concept design. The boutique incorporates textural details to represent the region, as well as mirrors and elements of discovery and conversation, including local art, iconography, decorative objects and indigenous greenery. The façade features white, textured stone and glass to play upon the light and airy redesign, while inside, chandeliers provide a warm, natural feel along with fabrics in earth tones. The updated boutique includes dedicated men’s and women’s watch and jewelry salons, a private VIP salon, a diamond salon and additional spaces. The range of Cartier creations will be available.




he Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff was established in 1894 by wealthy Bostonian Percival Lowell. Through the years,

the Observatory has been home to many discoveries, including the first detection of the expanding nature of the universe, the discovery of Pluto, moon mapping for the Apollo program, the rings of Uranus, the atmosphere of Pluto and more. In 2014, it opened the Putnam Collection Center, which will ultimately house the Observatory’s vast collection of documents and artifacts. On October 5, a new observation deck will debut. The Giovale Open Deck Observatory features six sophisticated telescopes dedicated to public observing and outreach. It will also have interactive exhibits that will leave visitors feeling more connected to the night sky and all the wonders it holds. The facility is named in honor of longtime Lowell supporters/advisors Ginger and John Giovale, who made a lead gift for the project. The Observatory is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit



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1. Pink gold with tiger’s eye and malachite bracelet, $2,150, BVLGARI, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 2. Chanel No. 5 mixed media art piece by NELSON DE LA NUEZ, $1,995, MY SISTER’S ATTIC, Lincoln Village Shopping Center, 3. C heryl ikat boiled wool coat by PAX PHILOMENA, $295, 4. C orridor bar cabinet by BDI, $2,399, COPENHAGEN, 5. S teel frame and saddle leather Aria chair by ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ, $14,000, PARIS-MILAN HOME, Scottsdale, 6. Multicolored pumpkin by MACKENZIE-CHILDS, $250, CORNELIA PARK, Biltmore Fashion Square, 7. Handwoven buffalo leather and hardwood frame Westport woven chair, $7,640, BUFFALO COLLECTION, Scottsdale,


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Spring 2019 Fundraisers

COMPASSION WITH FASHION The Arizona Humane Society held its annual luncheon March 31 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa. The event drew 1,100 pet lovers to raise funds to help the Valley’s most vulnerable homeless animals. The luncheon raised a record-breaking $1.3 million. Sisters Ann Siner and Tess Loo of Eco-Chic Consignments co-chaired the mid-day occasion. FALL 2019 / 27

SOCIETY Spring 2019 Fundraisers

MARCH 9 FRESH START GALA Fresh Start Women’s Foundation The elegant black-tie affair to support programs and services at the Jewell McFarland Lewis Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center raised more than $1.4 million. The 600 guests enjoyed fashions presented on raised platforms by Margaret Merritt and the Neiman Marcus team. Cindy Watts received the 2019 Founders’ Award for her commitment to helping others thrive. Fresh Start board member Andrea Katsenes chaired the evening, which concluded with guests dancing to live music by The Hamptons. 1

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1. Katie Mueller, Amy Videan and Jacquie Dorrance 2. John J. Pappas, Andrea Katsenes, Pamela Overton Risoleo and Jim Risoleo 3. Jan Lewis and Gena Bonsall 4. Mike and Cindy Watts 5. Kendra Miller and Kelly Goldowski 6. Rex Collins, Marlene Klotz-Collins, and Pat and Earl Petznick



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SOCIETY Spring 2019 Fundraisers

MARCH 30 CHILDREN HELPING CHILDREN FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON PANDA Nearly 1,100 guests attended the 20th annual Children Helping Children Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Phoenician. The fundraiser for the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center, known as PANDA, grossed $2.9 million for childhood cancer research and the PANDA endowment at the Steele Children’s Research Center in Tucson. The show featured 59 young models dressed in spring fashions provided by Saks Fifth Avenue. Angela Isackson, Jackie Ceran, Sandy Hobbs, Jennifer Thinnes and Jordan Ragland chaired the luncheon. 1 2 3



1. Sami MacDonald 2. Abriel Bentley, patient model 3. Laura Louis and Kristi Spiekerman 4. PANDA founders Robyn DeBell and Penny Gunning with Dr. Fayez Ghishan, Steele Children’s Research Center director 5. Alexis Ghishan and Micheline Etkin 6. Angela Isacksen, Jackie Ceran, Sandy Hobbs, Jennifer Thinnes and Jordan Ragland




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SOCIETY Spring 2019 Fundraisers

MARCH 30 WISH BALL Make-A-Wish Arizona Make-A-Wish Arizona raised more than $3 million at its sold-out Wish Ball on March 30. The event at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn and Spa will help grant more than 300 future wishes to Arizona children with critical illnesses. More than 1,000 guests attended the gala, themed Wishes in Bloom. Long-time supporters Renee and Bob Parsons pledged a $1 million donation. Stephanie Linnenkamp and Amy Walters co-chaired the evening affair. 1 2 3



1. Bob and Renee Parsons with Wish Kids 2. Hunter and Stephanie Halvorson 3. Adam and Nichole Stine 4. Jay Petkunas, Morgan Manning, and Elizabeth and Kaleim Manij 5. Andrew and Amy Walters and Stephanie and Brent Linnenkamp 6. Wish kid Isabel at the podium




SOCIETY Spring 2019 Fundraisers

APRIL 12 VINO CON STELLE Gateway for Cancer Research The third annual Vino con Stelle at the Gemini Hangar in Scottsdale was hosted by philanthropists Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson and Richard J Stephenson. At the event, Gateway announced a $1.5 million grant to fund a first-ofits-kind pediatric brain cancer study at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Actress, TV personality and cancer survivor Brooke Burke served as emcee, and Michael Bolton entertained guests, with additional performances by vocal artists The Tenors and Sheléa.






1. Steve Schnall, Phoenix Children’s Hospital; Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson; and Richard J Stephenson 2. Sheléa 3. Brooke Burke 4. Michael Bolton with The Tenors

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SOCIETY Spring 2019 Fundraisers

APRIL 28 CHILDHELP WINGS FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON Childhelp The 13th annual luncheon to benefit Childhelp raised $240,000 to fund crucial Childhelp programs and services in Arizona. The event at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia featured local celebrities on the runway with their children, modeling fashion trends from Saks, alice + olivia and Baby Lux. Tiffany Quayle received the Childhelp Heart of an Angel Award for her longtime love of and dedication to the Childhelp mission. Jennifer Archuleta and Alexis Earnhardt co-chaired the occasion. 1 2 3



1. Children in attendance 2. Jacqui, Arabella and Paul Kruger 3. Alexis and Bull Earnhardt 4. Joey and Ivy Cioli with their children 5. Shurlin Rawls, Carol Hebets, Rosevelt Rawls and Jeff Rawls 6. Mckenna Wesley






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SOCIETY Spring 2019 Fundraisers MAY 18 THE BIG EVENT Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix The Connect volunteer group for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix hosted its 10th Annual Big Event at the Bentley Project’s Warehouse 215. Almost 300 guests attended, raising more than $95,000 for the Clubs. Guests enjoyed an evening of live entertainment and food from some of Phoenix’s best local restaurants. Highlighting the event was an inspiring story from Joshua Robinson, the BGCMP Bob and Renee Parsons Branch Youth of the Year.

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1. Charlie Marusiak, Stevie Ortega, Kevin Marusiak, Emily Marusiak, Natalie Marusiak, Alexia Panagiotakopoulos, Alexi Panagiotakopoulos and Sara Ortega 2. Andrew Leger and Laura Clark 3. Pete and Azure Wieghaus 4. Priscilla Lopez and David Casanova 5. Melissa and Mark DiGianfilippo





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David Hockney, Yosemite II, October 16th 2011. iPad drawing printed on four sheets of paper (46 3/8 x 34 7/8” each), mounted on four sheets of Dibond. Edition 1 of 12; 92 3/4” x 69 3/4” overall. © David Hockney. Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt. Collection The David Hockney Foundation



EVERYDAY VISIONARIES The Fortoul Brothers highlight the magic of the ordinary in their multimedia art


Text by LEIGH FARR ❖ Photos by TINA CELLE

ver since Gabriel and Isaac Fortoul settled in Arizona five years ago, their nature-infused paintings, murals, sculptures and large-scale installations have lent beauty and creativity to Phoenix’s urban landscape. The duo’s strikingly vivid works adorn the exteriors of the city’s schools, businesses and light-rail cars, infusing quotidian life with elements of magic and positive energy. Having commissioned works around the globe in places like Japan, Greece, South America, France and Mexico, the Fortoul Brothers create timeless art that viewers can connect with regardless of cultural differences or geographic location. “For us it’s about doing work that is universal, that can be appreciated by people from any part of the earth,” Gabriel says. “We minimize the details and strengthen the lines so that they’re bold and really project what we’re looking to move forward.”

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Large-scale mural by Gabriel and Isaac Fortoul in their central Phoenix warehouse studio


Isaac Fortoul creates vivid drawings in ink

ARTISTIC MERGER The brothers were born in Union City, New Jersey, to Columbian parents who both worked as artists.

pair plans to celebrate their collaboration with Valley Metro with an exhibition and reception. “We are taking this opportunity to transform the light-

Gabriel and Isaac, now 42 and 39, were encouraged to

rail stop into a living and breathing sculpture. We’re really

pursue their creative passions. Isaac pursued a degree

excited about that,” Gabriel says.

in graphic design, while Gabriel sought a career in

The brothers are currently focusing their efforts on a

finance. Having maintained a strong interest in art, they

300-by-35-foot piece of terrazzo floor art and a wall mural

presented solo exhibitions in New York City and moved

at Sky Harbor International Airport slated for completion

to Phoenix in 2014 to launch their collaborative journey

in 2022. In addition, they have launched a clothing line

as the Fortoul Brothers.

available at Phoenix General and Practical Art.

“We wanted to go somewhere new and isolate ourselves so we could focus on our work,” Gabriel says. “Arizona is


definitely a fascinating and magical place.”

While many artists draw inspiration from other artists,

Since moving to the desert, they have expanded their

the Fortoul Brothers find their muse in the natural world.

focus on ink, acrylic and watercolor paintings to embrace

“As much as we admire many different artists, we want

vast murals and large-scale mixed-media installations.

to make sure we’re doing something that is uninfluenced

They have been commissioned to create works across the

by the past and open ourselves up to nature and Mother

Valley, including a Central Avenue mural spearheaded by

Earth and find inspiration through that which we consider

the Heard Museum, a garden-themed mural at Garfield

being the most amazing artwork that has ever been,”

Elementary School and large sneaker sculptures for the

Gabriel says.

Phoenix Suns’ “The Sole of PHX” project. This November, the duo celebrates their collaboration

They strive to produce transformative art infused with positive imagery and energy. “Our goal is to change

with Valley Metro to rebrand the light rail as the

somebody’s outlook on a particular topic from negative

ArtsLine. In addition to producing art to wrap light-rail

to positive and open up their eyes to other people, other

cars, they have been selected to design a light-rail stop

cultures and the essentials of life and why it’s important

for the South Central extension due to open in 2023. The

to take care of this planet. ❖ FALL 2019 / 41

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‘Cole’laboration Artistic newcomer in the Valley is focused on taking care of business Text by JENNIFER DOKES ❖ Photo by TINA CELLE

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Cece Cole, Projection Studies, 2018. Ada Gallery, Richmond VA. Mixed media installation. Dimensions Variable. “Projections Studies” is an ongoing exploration of materials, architecture and the effects of light, shadow and color



rtist Cece Cole has made it her business to present opportunities for people to see things differently. If her arts practice removes stereotypes, cool. If it opens healthy dialogue through education and enlightenment, great. If it changes hearts and minds in ways that help and heal, well, it doesn’t get much better than that. All that said, the operative word here is “business.” Cole, known for her installation projects and pattern designs, is all about taking care of business in ways that fundamentally change how art and artists figure into all aspects of the kind of society we want to build. Artists’ unique contributions to myriad projects and transformational ideas across multiple disciplines are undervalued, Cole says, and that must change. No one can earn a living on just exposure and gratitude. “We keep perpetuating this stereotype that artists are doing work for the love of it, that it’s not a business and we don’t expect to be paid,” Cole says. “I want to challenge that paradigm. . . . I think there are a lot of us who think differently.” Cole thinks differently and deeply, which is why she found success in academia as a student, professor and artist-in-residence in places like Iowa, Virginia and Louisiana. She also feels deeply for people and places, which is why there is such strong purpose behind everything she does, be it film production designer, community advocate wielding the power of creative placemaking in public places, or designer of products that combine her interests in art, athletics and wellness. The Louisiana native is a Phoenix newcomer, but she already has made her mark here. Eight months after her May 2018 arrival, with four dogs, a cat and husband Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts, her work was shown at Bentley Gallery. The exhibition, “In, On and Of Paper,” showcased artists who pushed artistically what could be done with paper. Cole’s installation, featuring her signature use of simple, everyday materials, filled a gallery room

Cece Cole, Sketch for Double Yay, 2019. Paper and spray paint. 44 x 30 inches. The title “Double Yay” is a play on texting language, punctuation and how we interpret messages

with disparate elements that come together to create an experience. Cole is deep into another major

resources I’ve collected over the years.” Under the umbrella of, Cole this fall is teaching an art class with the Mosaic Elder Refugee

installation project of sorts –

Program and will facilitate a collaborative project that She’s intent on creating

will exhibit locally following the 10-week course. New art

an experience that touches the arts, culture, business and

projects include Cole’s collaboration on a national limited-

education scenes in Phoenix and beyond.

edition series with Ron Johnson, CEO and co-founder of is a collaborative business venture that

The Abstract Athlete, and a local series of design pieces

assembles creative capital in her professional network to

with Scott Mills of Ironwood Studios for the Sunnyslope

address needs of whoever else recognizes the intrinsic,

Open Studio Tour in October.

unique perspective and experience of artists. The

Beth Ames Swartz, an icon in the Arizona arts

venture is the sum of many parts – the product of the

community who was featured in the Bentley Gallery show

fundamental components of Cole’s 25 years of arts and

with Cole, appreciates her new friend’s artistic work. She

education experience.

also shares her thinking about raising the stature of artists.

“This is a professional approach to meet my art

“She has a sophistication that I think we need here,”

practice,” Cole says. “It’s an expansion of my installation.

Swartz says. “In the last analysis, people like to be around

It is absolutely an extension of what I do in the studio.

positive people. I think she’s really delightful and positive,

But also it just taps into all these other skills and

and we just need that energy here.” ❖



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Spring dresses by Morton Myles for Young Elegante designed with fabrics adapted from paintings by (left to right) Julian Stanczak, Victor Vasarely, Richard Anuszkiewicz and Bridget Riley


eternal glam

Text by PERRINE ADAMS ❖ Photos courtesy MORTON MYLES and by ELLEN BARNES

Master of the feminine look, Morton Myles’ designs continue to make women beautiful


alk about eternal style. Morton Myles, a retired New York fashion designer who maintains a home in Scottsdale, excelled at cultivating elegant style over trends, designing classic feminine clothes that didn’t disappear in one season.

A dapper man with a wide smile, Myles collects friends from all over

the world. This spring in his Scottsdale home he hosted a first-class

party to celebrate his 90th birthday. As a tribute to his everlasting style, many guests in attendance wore a Morton Myles design. THE JACKIE DRESS Myles gained instant fashion celebrity-status in 1961, when Jacqueline The dress that everybody wanted after it debuted on the February 1961 cover of Look magazine

Kennedy appeared on the cover of Look magazine in his robin’s-egg blue sleeveless linen dress for a family photo with President Kennedy, Caroline and newborn John-John. The dress was later donated by Mrs. Kennedy as her favorite daytime dress to the Kennedy Memorial Library and became part of the permanent collection. This started the concept of couture looks in ready-to-wear at an affordable price, and Myles stayed with this concept throughout a three-plus decade career. FALL 2019 / 49

Stephen) as an anonymous house designer. His anonymity ended soon after Diana Vreeland had brought a young senator’s wife to his design studio to purchase his designs–the young woman was Jacqueline Kennedy. Myles recalls that Mrs. Kennedy wore the blue linen dress on Good Friday following President Kennedy’s inauguration, and photographs of her in Palm Beach appeared in newspapers worldwide. When she wore the same dress again to pose for a Look magazine cover with her children, people started seeking out this young unknown designer. MAKING WOMEN BEAUTIFUL In 1964, he created Young Elegante, America’s first boutique collection of couture dresses at reasonable prices. Myles’ designs gave this new dress manufacturer a new fashion identity–high fashion, fine expensive fabrics at lower than expected prices. By the time he was 25, he had his name on the label “Young Elegante by Morton Myles,” and he designed under his own name from that time forward. FASHION-FORWARD EDUCATION

Bergdorf Goodman, I. Magnin, Bonwit Teller,

Undoubtedly, fashion was Myles’ interest from

Sakowitz (Houston), B. Altman Fifth Avenue,

an early age, although until his 35th birthday, his

Bullocks, Wanamakers, Philidelphia, Foleys,

parents cultivated hopes of him becoming a doctor.

Jordan Marsh, Marshall Fields and hundreds of

The plan was for him to study medicine at New

fashion boutiques around the country were very

York University. He enrolled in the fashion design

loyal customers during Myles’ extensive career.

program at the Fashion Institute of Technology

“Making women beautiful” could sum up

instead. When he earned his bachelor’s degree, he

Myles’ creative philosophy. Clothes should, as he

left his beloved Manhattan for Paris.

explained in The Morning Call in 1985, “enhance

There, he was accepted at the École

the body and should not only cover defects but

Guerre-Lavigne, today called ESMOD, the

should do something for the psyche.” He added that

internationally esteemed school of couture

his dress is “the sincerest form of flattery a woman

dressmaking and design.

can wear.”

After graduation, he was employed as a sketcher by Jacques Fath, considered one of the three


dominant influences on postwar haute couture, the

In the early 1960s, art was a major source of

others being Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain.

inspiration for Myles, Optical art specifically.

When he decided to return to Manhattan, Fath

He designed a series of spring dresses for Young

introduced him to the influential people in New

Elegant with optical illusion fabrics directly

York’s fashion world.

adapted from paintings by Op art leaders Julian

His first design position on Seventh Avenue was for Herbert Sondheim (father of songwriter


Stanczak, Victor Vasarely, Richard Anuszkiewicz and Bridget Riley.

An original Morton Myles dress from the early 1960s

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LEFT: Navy blue velvet suit with hot pants embroidered with gold metallic stars. The blouse is made of navy and gold metallic jersey. The invention of pantyhose made the hot pants possible and popular. RIGHT: Black cashmere knit sweater over matching camisole with bright multicolor mixed feather oversized shawl collar and black crepe pants


became the new area of interest. Myles

In that same era, a new accessory

focused attention on this erogenous zone

in Scottsdale filled with antiques from all

revolutionized the fashion industry. The

with deeply draped cowls or revealing

over the world. Collecting antiques has

first pair of pantyhose was introduced in


always been one of his passions. African

1959, allowing designers to enlarge their

He designed for the career woman said

Today home is a charming townhouse

art, masks, ornamental figures and

collections with shorter dresses and shorts.

Myles to The Morning Call in 1985. “She’s

cubism paintings coexist in a museum-

By the 1970s and 1980s, pantyhose were a

the woman who’s making an investment

like display. Each item is placed to be in

staple in every teen and woman’s wardrobe

in looking tremendous. She’s the woman

harmony with what is beside it, above or in

and made hot pants possible and popular.

who has moved to a new area of dressing,

front of it.

the one who needs finer clothing for her

When not in Scottsdale, Myles divides


job environment. The woman we used

his time between Prescott, Arizona, and

In the early 1980s, beads outline the

to design for is becoming as rare as the

London. In addition to traveling and

necklines and shoulders of Myles’ gowns.

dinosaur. You know, the one who’d spend

collecting antiques, Myles supports the arts

Jackets are touched with fine details

the day having her hair and nails done,

in the Valley. He particularly likes to support

such as embroidery and feathers. The

then lunch at a fine restaurant, then

Ballet Arizona and the Arizona Opera.

significance of such glitz, Myles suggested

shop for several hours before going home

in Capital Magazine in 1983, is to give the

or somewhere to meet her husband or

Myles design? Shopping at local vintage

outfit a finished look without the excessive

someone for cocktails.”

stores may turn up exquisite pieces signed

addition of other jewels. Glitz and glitter,

Wondering if you can still buy a Morton

by Morton Myles. You may uncover an

yes, but in moderation. Myles always kept


evening dress or jacket with beaded

the sparkle in control to avoid garish looks.

The native New Yorker maintained offices

handwork that is unmatched these days.

And then came the back-interest

on Seventh Avenue in New York until his

Save your understated styles for daytime.

creations. In the mid-1980s, the back

retirement from the design world in 1990.

Arizona nights are bright. ❖


Black matte jersey cocktail dress bare to the waist in back with balloon skirt gathered into a wide band at hem. The low back cut is emphasized with a flower inset

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100 Years of Drama The Phoenix Theatre Company celebrates its centennial Text by JANIE MAGRUDER ❖ Photos courtesy THE PHOENIX THEATRE COMPANY


2018 production photo from West Side Story

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Phoenix Players makes its debut with A Midsummer

“It’s going to be the party of the century,” says Vincent VanVleet, the Theatre’s managing

Night’s Dream at Shirley Christy’s School of Music

director for 21 years. “The Theatre is always

on Central Avenue. The city has 29,000 residents,

incredible fun, but we have some big plans this

11,000 streetcars and its first skyscraper, the

season. How’s that for a tease?”

seven-story Heard Building. It is January 1920. Act 100, Scene 1: The Phoenix Theatre

Here’s what we know: The Theatre’s 20192020 season was assembled by Michael Barnard,

Company stages the world premiere of

producing artistic director, as an homage to

Americano!, the true story of an Arizona

its good, long run. From The Sound of Music

Dreamer, at its stunning home in the Central Arts

and Hair to Spamilton and Kinky Boots, it’s all

District. The city has an estimated 1.6 million

there. On October 19, the Theatre will host its

people, a bazillion vehicles and the 40-story

fundraising Applause! Gala, and Americano!

Chase Tower. It is January 2020.

debuts January 29.

What a difference a century makes. In


present and golden future.

There are plenty more surprises in store,

celebrating its centennial, The Phoenix Theatre

as there always have been for the Theatre–a

Company, the sixth-oldest continuously operating

center of cultural life in Arizona for 100 years, a

theater in the country, plans to make the most

launching pad for many artists and a cultivator of

of its rollercoaster past, strategically planned

love for the arts.

Production photo from the early years


with the USO, entertaining troops at Williams

“From the start, the Theatre was supported,

and Luke Air Force bases. Unlike many theaters

promoted and run by community members with

forced to shut their doors because most male

leverage, resources and interest,” Barnard says.

actors had gone to war, the Theatre utilized

Phoenix Players, founded by Harry Behn and Maie Bartlett Heard and joined by Katherine

mostly female actors. It attracted notable performers such as Beverly

Wisner McCluskey and Walter Ben Hare,

Garland, Steve Allen and Andy Devine, and Nick

immersed itself in the community from Day One.

Nolte got his start there, too. When no one else

The troupe performed Shakespearean plays,

would, the Theatre screened a 1964 film by a

vaudeville sketches and dramas in parks, hotel

high school student working in its props room.

lobbies, even a beauty parlor, connecting with the

Firelight, by Steven Spielberg, is said to have

community’s movers and shakers to raise money

inspired his Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

and visibility. In 1924, Heard moved the horses and carriages

But the Theatre was growing out of its digs. Working with community members such as

from her family’s coach house on Central Avenue

Stephen Shadegg, Barry Goldwater and the Heard

and McDowell Road and donated it to the newly

Family, in 1951 the Theatre raised funds for a new

named Phoenix Little Theatre. To enhance the

building on land in the city’s developing arts and

patron experience, ice blocks atop electric fans

cultural center.

were brought in during the dusty summer months, and volunteers provided umbrellas and galoshes to


attendees and actors during the rainy season.

Nonprofits are not profitable, and the Theatre

The Theatre also offered space for special

was no exception. Thinking outside the box and

events and community celebrations, and created

digging deeper into its community roots, in 1982

programs for children, including the beloved

the Theatre cast popular television journalist

Cookie Company, as early as 1934.

Mary Jo West as Maria in The Sound of Music.

During World War II, the Theatre worked

The shows sold out and kept open the newly

FALL 2019 / 57

A 1950s audience

renamed Phoenix

began to think differently, invest


differently and make decisions

When Barnard joined the team in 1999, the Theatre

patrons wanted new works. “We’ve been very intentional

had a $750,000

in developing new audiences, and

budget, $500,000

the diversity of work we’re putting

in bills and $5,000

on stage is reflective of the

in the bank (and

community we live in,” he says.

was staging How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying). The Theatre’s board of directors, city officials,

The Theatre has launched dozens of careers, too. Nick Cartell, who grew up in Phoenix and started acting in middle

staff and other community members banded

school, worked around the Theatre during high

together to help it become financially solvent.

school. When he was cast by Barnard in Man of

Myriad symbiotic relationships blossomed

La Mancha, and later Children of Eden, Cartell’s

between the Theatre and other nonprofits that

education took off.

used its space and creativity for their own events. The passion of staff and patrons blazed. With VanVleet at the helm, the Theatre 58 / THE RED BOOK MAGAZINE

based on research that showed its

“I learned comic timing from Kristen Drathman. I learned to be a good leader from Rusty Ferracane. I learned how to connect with

Maja Langbein, Sandy Magruder and Nan Howlett

performers on stage and in their dressing rooms, to be gracious, to be kind, to be fun,” he says. “I got a big boost of confidence.” The Theatre was his entrée to Broadway, where he performed in Jesus Christ Superstar, among others, and he toured nationally for nearly two years with Les Miserables in the role of Jean Valjean. His father, Richard, has seen the show many times; unfortunately his mother Kathy died of ovarian cancer right before his casting. “But I know she’s on my shoulder, and she’s got the best seat in the house every night,” Cartell says. The Theatre is all about community–from producing special events for other arts organizations at no charge and hosting the Festival of New American Theatre to assist new artists to co-hosting summer camps for autistic children and fulfilling

Party of the Century

Make-A-Wish wishes. In 2008, Barnard launched

The Centennial Applause! Gala will celebrate the persistence,

Partners that Heal, an arts-based therapeutic program in which an improv troupe goes to hospitals and other places where children are in crisis due to physical illness or emotional abuse. The troupe engages children, parents and medical professionals with songs and games that reduce fear, stress and healing time in young patients. “It gives voice to a child who doesn’t have a voice in his or her family,” Barnard says. “We can change the life of a child who’s hooked into dialysis three hours a day.”

determination and heart displayed by the Theatre for 10 continuous decades in presenting Broadway-quality shows. The fun, including a stage show, live music and dancing under the stars, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, at the Theatre. Nan Howlett, Sandy Magruder and Maja Langbein are the gala’s co-chairs. “This year is truly special as we celebrate the Theatre’s 100th anniversary with celebrity guests, a remarkable performance created by the Theatre’s own [producing artistic director] Michael Barnard that will celebrate a century of performing arts, Steven Spielberg and some other fun surprises,” Howlett says.

THE NEXT 100 The Theatre is in the middle of a capital campaign to build a 500-seat theater with a state-of-the-art orchestra pit and other amenities. It plans to attract more artists to develop new pieces and take Partners that Heal nationally, starting with a pilot at Children’s Hospital Colorado. It wants to create more world premieres, building on a belief that the nation’s fifth largest city deserves to be a leader in professional theater, a home for its longtime residents and for all the new citizens to come. “In 100 years, I’d love to see us become a marketplace where individuals looking to develop something new feel comfortable here to do that with the great staff and space of Phoenix Theatre,” Barnard says. ❖

“Theater brings us together. It helps us to laugh and connect, sometimes on difficult topics, while gaining new perspective,” Magruder adds. “This year’s Centennial Applause! Gala will do precisely this, bring together our community to recognize and reflect on the deep roots in the arts that we have in Phoenix and celebrate all that The Phoenix Theatre Company has done.” Barnard will take guests on an entertaining stroll through the Theatre’s history, highlighting some favorite shows and show tunes, and involve local artists, too, in paying tribute to the institution. “If you’ve ever seen Michael’s work, you know it will be a highly creative and entertaining performance, all in good fun, that celebrates the most memorable moments of the past 100 years,” Langbein says. For more gala information, visit

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Kristen Sandquist and Kevin Cherilla scale a mountain to help those with physical limitations Text by BRUCE FARR â?– Photos courtesy K2 FOUNDATION

Climb FALL 2019 / 61

of Kilimanjaro.” The story was about a dying writer and his wife, stranded in a camp at the base of the mountain. As the writer lies on a cot in Kilimanjaro’s shadow, he ruminates on his joys and failings, and on morality and the human condition. The first successful ascent of Kilimanjaro was recorded

K2 Adventures volunteers in Tanzania

in 1889, when a German geologist and an Austrian climber reached the summit

prior mountain-climbing experience was at home, in Phoenix, hiking up the

after two previously failed attempts. Today,

relatively benign slopes of Piestewa Peak

Kilimanjaro is a magnet for experienced

and Camelback Mountain. But that wasn’t

mountaineers and climbing novices alike,

all. Her main motivation for attempting

with more than 35,000 of them attempting

to summit one of the world’s most famous

to scale it annually. Only half reach their

peaks was to serve as a personal mountain-

goal, however; altitude sickness and the sheer

climbing guide for a blind young woman

physical demands of climbing nearly four

and man. And what’s more, the sightless

miles over difficult and treacherous volcanic

people in her charge were two of eight

terrain take their toll on thousands of would-

blind climbers in the same expedition

be alpinists.

who were pitting themselves against some pretty formidable odds to reach the top of



WORLD RECORD Sandquist, who is a career nonprofit


professional, met Cherilla, a veteran

Steeped in myth, Mt. Kilimanjaro, in

mountaineer and guide, when Cherilla was

Tanzania, on Africa’s east coast, is not only

putting together plans for the Kilimanjaro

the continent’s tallest peak, but also the

trek. Cherilla, who’s climbed five of what are

world’s highest free-standing mountain. Its

recognized as the world’s most challenging

summit, Uhuru Point, rises a dizzying 19,341

“seven summits,” realized he needed some

feet above sea level. The mountain stands,

fundraising help for the trip, so he turned

sentinel-like, above the densely forested

to Sandquist. The expedition, as Cherilla

the late spring of 2009, new business partners

plain below, and, through history, has lured

had planned it, would eventually include the

Kristen Sandquist and Kevin Cherilla set out

dreamers and sightseers, ramblers, trekkers

eight blind climbers and 16 sighted climbers

to achieve something only a select number of

and mountaineers from the world over.

to serve as their guides. Cherilla worked

people in the world can claim: to scale Africa’s legendary Mount Kilimanjaro. That accomplishment alone would

Kilimanjaro has rightly become the

on the expedition with the participation of

stuff of legend, stoking the imaginations

Foundation for Blind Children, an Arizona

of native Tanzanians and travelers

nonprofit organization serving the blind and

be impressive enough. But Sandquist

alike for thousands of years. Celebrated

visually impaired of all ages.

and Cherilla’s plans were even more

author Ernest Hemingway added to the

extraordinary, and for a number of

mountain’s mystique when, in 1936, he

largest team of blind climbers ever to reach

reasons. One was that Sandquist’s only

penned his famous short story, “The Snows

the summit of Kilimanjaro, with the goal of


“It was Kevin’s idea to assemble the

Kristen Sandquist and Kevin Cherilla

FALL 2019 / 63

breaking a record,” Sandquist

Sandquist says everyone in the

explains. “I was working to

group shed tears of joy. “One

help Kevin raise money for the

of the most thrilling days of my

climb, and one day he asked,

life was when 100 percent of

‘Why don’t you come along?’

our team stood on the summit.

He asked me to serve as a guide

It was truly magical to see all

for the expedition. I certainly

eight of [the blind climbers]

had never done anything like

standing there, as a team,

that in my life up until the time.”

knowing that they had broken the world record. . . . It made


me open my eyes to something

Kilimanjaro’s long history of

I had never seen before, which

dashing the hopes of so many

was the idea of taking a person

would-be climbers loomed

outside of their disability and

large in Sandquist’s mind as she

giving them an opportunity

busily prepared for the difficult

that no one else would ever

and complicated trek ahead. “At

give them.”

the risk of sounding politically incorrect, the idea scared the crap out of me,” Sandquist says

A K2 Adventures volunteer in Peru

matter-of-factly. One of the most frightening

BUILDING A GLOBAL FOUNDATION That eye-opening experience

break factor. Fortunately, Sandquist says,

on the mountain was hardly the

aspects of it was how short the time was

Mother Nature cooperated remarkably

end of Sandquist and Cherilla’s story. In fact,

before the group’s departure date. Sandquist

during the climb. “The temperatures

it was really just the beginning.

knew that in a brief time she had to do

throughout ranged from the 70s during the

her best to prepare herself physically and

day to the mid-20s at night,” she says. “It was

a transformative experience behind them,

mentally for the enormous challenges

perfect hiking weather. We were so lucky!”

Sandquist and Cherilla were inspired to

Shortly after their return home, with such

ahead. “I trained for a total of 52 days, when

Sandquist says she and everyone else

everyone else on the expedition had trained

learned something about themselves on

K2 Adventures Foundation, a nonprofit

for a year,” she says. “I hired a personal

the climb. She’d never had her tenacity or

that opened its doors that very same year,

trainer, and Kevin helped train me as well. I

endurance – physically or emotionally–

in 2009. (At the same time, they founded

also practiced yoga to help me get ready.”

challenged in that way, she says, so she

K2 Adventure Travel, a for-profit sister

mastered a few coping techniques to help get

organization to the foundation.)

The group departed for Tanzania in mid-

merge their respective expertise to create

June. “We were on the mountain for eight

her through the ordeal. “One thing I learned

The K2 Adventures Foundation’s website

days,” Sandquist says. “Throughout the

is that, without a doubt, our daily goal was to

describes its charter: “For nearly a decade, we

climb, I worked with the two blind people I

reach seven designated campsites. So, for me,

have been working to help individuals find the

was partnered with – Tanner and Cindy – in

every time we reached those sites at the end

greater version of themselves. Our mission is

shifts. I would do four hours with Cindy and

of the day, I knew we had been successful. It

to care for children, adults and families with

then get a break, while another sighted guide

was kind of how I looked at the trip. Every

special needs and/or life-changing medical

would take over for me.”

time we hit a campsite I said to myself, ‘You

and financial circumstances by providing

As unusual as it might be for a mountain-

know what? We did it.’ I knew that the next

services, support and funds that will be used

climbing expedition, the weather turned out

morning I would have to get up and do it all

for educational and medical enrichment.”

to be something that worked in the climbers’

over again, so I just took it day by day.”

favor. As countless other mountaineers

Finally reaching the pinnacle of

Sandquist explains that she and Cherilla had a simple, overarching goal in forming

who’ve attempted to summit Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro, of course, was the crowning

the nonprofit. “Kevin and I started the

know, weather conditions can be a make-or-

moment of the entire trip, one in which

foundation to serve individuals with


disabilities – period. And those people could

programs that assist disabled and terminally

their money is going to go to serve people with

be anywhere in the world, really. We didn’t

ill children in a variety of ways, providing

disabilities, and that can be anywhere in the

have a particular goal in mind as to where we

adaptive equipment for them, helping them

world,” she explains.

were going to help or serve that cause. When

participate in sports, arts and crafts, and even

we began traveling to Africa, we realized that

giving them the means to help them share the

so have the demands on Sandquist and

many of the people we were working with in

experience of cooking with their families.

Cherilla’s time and energy. This summer, the

this beautiful country had children who were

As the foundation’s work has expanded,

Internationally, with the support of the

pair undertook yet another seven-week trip to

suffering from disabilities, and getting no

foundation’s donors and sponsors, Sandquist

Africa, to bring their foundation’s work to the

aid or care whatsoever. So Kevin and I said,

notes, they have been able to perform an

Summit Happy Home, a private orphanage

‘we’re going to look out for these kids.’”

increasing number of charitable works,

they built in Arusha, Tanzania, as well as to

among them building a free-standing medical

the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind

Kilimanjaro climb, Sandquist and Cherilla’s

and dental clinic, repairing classrooms and

and St. Joseph’s Hospital, both of which are

determination has led to numerous charitable

bringing thousands of kilos of essential

in Moshi, Tanzania.

works aiding the blind and disabled in

supplies to needy communities in the global

Tanzania, and even farther afield, in Peru

countries they serve.

Over the past decade since that first

and Nepal. “And of course,” Sandquist adds,

To date, Sandquist is proud to say that K2

Sandquist takes the responsibility in stride. “The work is really more demanding than Kevin and I had ever imagined it would be,”

“we also have always focused a big part

Adventures Foundation has raised nearly

she says, “but it’s so rewarding, and we are

of our work here in the United States.” In

$1.5 million in behalf of their work with

so lucky because we have such an amazing

Arizona, in fact, K2 Adventures Foundation

the disabled. “The point is that people who

support staff of people who work with us. . .

operates a network of seven locally based

donate funds to the foundation need to know

they’re pretty incredible.” ❖



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OCT. 5 CopaBall Maricopa/Valleywise Health Foundation JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 6 p.m. OCT. 6 Dine and Defend Defenders of Children Tuck Shop, 6 p.m. OCT. 10 The Mayor’s Arts Awards Phoenix Center for the Arts Margaret T. Hance Park, 6 p.m. OCT. 12 The Pulse of the City Soiree Banner Health Foundation Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 6 p.m. The Orient MASKer Aide Ball MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids) Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 6 p.m. Bright Lights Shining Stars Gala Midwestern University, 6 p.m.

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OCT. 15 Leaders & Legends Celebration Luncheon College Success Arizona Arizona Biltmore, 11:30 a.m.

OCT. 25 Enchanted Trail/Sendero Encanto Audubon Arizona Rio Salado Audubon Center, 5:30 p.m.

OCT. 26 The Night of Hope Gala Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, 6 p.m.

OCT. 19 Night of Gold HonorHealth Foundation Arizona Biltmore, 6 p.m.

Buckles and Bangles UMOM New Day Centers The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

Spooktacular Soiree Madison Education Foundation Madison Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.

Badge Bash Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Inc. Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center, 6 p.m.

OCT. 27 Taste of Brunch Arthritis Foundation, Arizona Mountain Shadows Resort, 10 a.m.

Performing and Broadcast Arts Hall of Fame Herberger Theater Center, 6:30 p.m.

NOV. 1 Friendsgiving Community Luncheon United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona The Camby, 12 p.m.

Life is a Cabaret Arizona Theatre Company Temple of Music and Art, 5 p.m. Centennial Applause! Gala The Phoenix Theatre Company, 5:30 p.m. Monster Mash Vampire Masquerade The Centers for Habilitation, 6:30 p.m. OCT. 20 Dish It Out Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix High Street, 5 p.m. OCT. 23 Every Child Matters Luncheon Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona Arizona Biltmore, 11 a.m.

OCT. 26 Festival of the Arts Herberger Theater Center, 11:30 a.m. Wishes for Wildlife Liberty Wildlife, 5 p.m. Moondance Heard Museum, 6 p.m.

Evening of Trends – Desert Serenade Trends Charitable Fund Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 6 p.m. NOV. 2 Charity Polo Cup Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships Arizona Equine Rescue/Southwest Wildlife WestWorld of Scottsdale, final match

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NOV. 2 Dancing With Dignity Dignity Health Foundation East Valley Whirlwind Golf Resort, 5 p.m. Tree of Life Gala Audrey’s Angels Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas, 6 p.m. A McNight to Remember Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 6 p.m. The pARTy in the Garden Phoenix Art Museum, 6:30 p.m. NOV. 2 - 3 Arizona Arts Festival Shemer Art Center, 10 a.m.


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NOV. 4 Award for Excellence in Journalism Walter Cronkite School of Journalism Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, 11:30 a.m.

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12 The Pulse of the City Soiree NOV. 6 National Philanthropy Day/Leadership Awards Luncheon AFP – Association of Fundraising Professionals JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 11:30 a.m. NOV. 7 SNIFF The Arizona Pet Project The Clayton House, 6 p.m.

19 NOV. 7 Noche para los Ninos Kids in Focus Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park, 6 p.m.

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NOV. 8 Heroes Patriotic Luncheon Veterans Medical Leadership Council Arizona Biltmore, 11 a.m.

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NOV. 9 Beaux Arts Scottsdale Artists’ School, 5:30 p.m. Black and White Masquerade Ball K2 Adventures Foundation The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, 5:30 p.m. Dinner With Hamilton Sandra Day O’Connor Institute The Phoenician, 6 p.m. Promise Ball JDRF Desert Southwest Chapter JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 6 p.m. Roaring ’20s Gala Phoenix Boys Choir Hotel Valley Ho, 6 p.m. NOV. 10 Signature Chefs Auction March of Dimes Talking Stick Resort, 4 p.m. Live & Local Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Desert Ridge, 6 p.m. NOV. 12 Harvest Moon Feast C-CAP Careers through Culinary Arts Program Ocotillo Restaurant, 5 p.m. For continually updated information, visit

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THE SPORTING LIFE SEPT. 7 Live Like Kainoa Golf K2 Adventures Foundation Grayhawk Golf Club, 10:30 a.m. SEPT. 8 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb Salt River Firefighters Salt River Fields, 8 a.m.



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OCT. 19 Clays for a Cause Pearce Family Foundation Ben Avery Clay Target Center, 8 a.m.

NOV. 13 Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards Phoenix Indian Center Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 5 p.m.

OCT. 25 Teed Off at DV A New Leaf TopGolf Scottsdale, 1 p.m.

NOV. 15 Night of Champions Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation The Clayton House, 6 p.m.

OCT. 26 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer American Cancer Society Tempe Beach Park, 7 a.m. OCT. 27 Autism Speaks Walk Autism Speaks Tempe Beach Park, 8 a.m. NOV. 2 Scottsdale Walk to Defeat ALS ALS Association Arizona Chapter Salt River Fields, 8 a.m. NOV. 3 Desert Dash Make-A-Wish Arizona Phoenix Zoo, 7 a.m.

Shemer Honors Shemer Art Center and Museum Association Shemer Art Center, 6 p.m. NOV. 16 Fashion Paw Tea Scott Foundation Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, 11 a.m. Authors Luncheon Arizona Women’s Board JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 11 a.m. World Premiere Exhibition Arizona Science Center, 5 p.m. Holiday Dinner & Auction Xavier College Preparatory, 6 p.m. Champions in Education Night Arizona Council on Economic Education Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 6 p.m. For continually updated information, visit


NOV. 3 Step-N-Out 5K FUNdraiser TGen Scottsdale Sports Complex, 7:30 a.m. NOV. 4 Tournament of Hope Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona Moon Valley Country Club, 12 p.m.



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NOV. 16 Driving Out Domestic Violence Gala Chrysalis Ross Aviation, 6:30 p.m.

NOV. 8 Charity Golf Classic Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Talking Stick Golf Club, 11 a.m. NOV. 15 Driving Out Domestic Violence Golf Chrysalis Starfire Golf Club, 9 a.m.

Full Circle The Be Kind People Project Madison Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.

NiteFlite Million Dollar Shootout Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 8:30 a.m.

NOV. 20 Old Bags Luncheon Homeward Bound Arizona Biltmore, 10 a.m.

NOV. 16 Light Up The Night Walk Phoenix Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 5 p.m.

NOV. 22 65 Roses & Wine Gala Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Chateau Luxe, 5 p.m. NOV. 23 Schechterle Gala 100 Club of Arizona Phoenix Art Museum, 6 p.m. Heart Ball American Heart Association The Phoenician, 6:30 p.m.

NOV. 22 Konica Minolta Golf Classic National Kidney Foundation of Arizona Whirlwind Golf Resort, 9 a.m. NOV. 23 Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome Down Syndrome Network Arizona ASU Tempe Campus, time TBD

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CULTURE RE-THINK PORTRAITURE AND IDENTITY In this 18th iteration of a series of works by mid-career artists from the Southwest region of the United States and Mexico, artist Shizu Saldamando showcases her paintings, drawings and videos. Through these she presents a contemporary take on portraiture, focusing on oftenoverlooked communities. southwestNET: Shoizu Saldamando

Shizu Saldamando, “Grace and Ira, Golden Hour At and Despite Steele Indian School Park,” 2019, Mixed media on wood. Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles

Through Oct. 13 Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Things Noted From stage performances to exhibits, fall kicks off with fabulous things to do Text by MICHELLE GLICKSMAN ❖ Photos courtesy ORGANIZATIONS

LISTEN TO AN ICONIC MOVIE SCORE LIVE The Phoenix Symphony takes on Star Wars in this collaboration. The iconic movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back will be projected on the big screen above the orchestra, as the Symphony performs John Williams’ score live. Bring the movie to life further by attending in costume. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert Oct. 11 - 13 Symphony Hall

BE ENTHRALLED BY MASTERFUL CHOREOGRAPHY Get ready for the new and unexpected as Ballet Arizona kicks off its season with this show of contemporary works that push the boundaries of ballet, and features some of the most masterful choreographers of all time. Director’s Choice Sept. 26 - 29 Orpheum Theatre For more cultural events, visit


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CULTURE GET A PEEK INTO THE UNIQUE LIFE OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s life was anything but conventional. In this world premiere of composer Daron Hagen’s “Taliesin West Version” of Shining Brow (the Welsh translation of “Taliesin” and the name that Wright gave his homes in Wisconsin and Arizona), Arizona Opera explores Wright’s tumultuous life from 1903 to 1914—from an affair with a client’s wife, murders and a devastating fire at Taliesin—and his passion to rebuild his life.


Shining Brow Sept. 27 - 29 Herberger Theater

LET THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC INSPIRE YOU Internationally known pianist Bryan Wallick, who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1998, returns to Scottsdale to kick off the 2019-2020 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series. Wallick has performed on the most coveted stages around the world, and his performances are a beloved element of classical concerts. Bryan Wallick, Pianist Oct. 26 Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts

EXPLORE THE CREATIVE DESIGNS OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION This multimedia exhibition showcases more than 100 original drawings, photographs and magazines of ANTONIO, which represented the collaborative work of fashion visionaries Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos. View works created for publications and retailers such as Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, French Elle, Saks Fifth Avenue, and more, as well as drawings from Antonio’s Tales from The Thousand and One Nights. Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration Sept. 21 - Jan. 5, 2020 Phoenix Art Museum

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WATCH AS A MYSTERY UNFOLDS The Phoenix Theatre Company presents this tale of 15-year-old math prodigy Christopher Boone, who after being wrongly accused of murdering his neighbor’s dog, takes it upon himself to find the real killer. Set in Boone’s brain, this five-time Tony Award-winning show is told through a stunning mix of multimedia effects and staging. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Oct. 9 - Nov. 10 The Phoenix Theatre Company

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