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DAVID ELLEFSON

It’s ‘Life or Deth’ once again for Megadeth’s bassist

THE ‘MONSTER WITHIN’

Shinedown defies odds and scores 14th No. 1

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ON THE COVER

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The Mastros bring the meats to the Valley

on the cover: The Mastros—from left, Jeff, Dennis and Mike Cover photo courtesy Carl Schultz


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THE ENTERTAINER! MAGAZINE JULY 2019

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FAMILY ATMOSPHERE

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Vito’s considers its guests and employees ‘family’

production manager Courtney Oldham

CONTENTS UPFRONT

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Top 25 • The Mastro Family • David Ellefson • Jimmy Eat World • Melissa Etheridge

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circulation director Aaron Kolodny

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contributing writers

Alison Bailin Batz, Dave Clark, Shane Crowe, Connor Dziawura, Samantha Fuoco, Sherry Jackson, Laura Latzko, Randy Montgomery, Brianna Moore, Eric Newman, Taylor O’Connor, Bridgette Redman, Katie Sawyer, Octavio Serrano, Madeleine Williamsons

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Hip Hop International • Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences • Shinedown • Apollo 50th Anniversary Events • Mummies of the World • Tiffany Haddish

TRAVEL

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The Buzz on Camping • Tahoe South

ARTS

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PROJECT J.O.Y.

Arnel Pineda’s mission is to help his home country

Arts Calendar • Daniel Sloss • Cory McCloskey/“The Pajama Game” • The Bacon Brothers • Hebert Washington • Feraz Oze

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Dining Calendar • Happy Hour Guide • Vito’s

BEER AND WINE

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Kimberly Carrillo, Pablo Robles

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Beer and Wine Calendar • Great Beer Pairings: Tres Tempe • Beer Directory • Beertender: ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho • Cider Corps/Myke’s Pizza

CASINOS

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Casino Entertainment Calendar • Sinbad • Arnel Pineda of Journey

SPORTS

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Sports Calendar • Luke Weaver and Nick Ahmed/Topgolf

FAMILY

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Teammates come out in droves to support Luke Weaver and Nick Ahmed MUSIC

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Family Calendar • Phoenix Zoo’s Winter in July

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Live Music Calendar • The Alarm • Howard Jones

NIGHTLIFE

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IN CLOSING You’re Not Gonna Believe This

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PHX » CITY » LOCAL » PRIDE » DO » SEE appetites to Civic Space Park for the return of Food Truck Fridays. Enjoy gourmet entrees from a variety of local food trucks. Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, visitphoenix.com, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., free admission.

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“Mummies of the World”

TO SEPTEMBER 2 The largest collection of mummies will creep out the Valley until September 2. Come see around 40 real mummies from all corners of the world including ancient Egypt, South America and Europe, and uncover 4,500 years of history at the Arizona Science Center. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.716.2000, azscience.org, various times, $13-$18, children 2 years old and under are free.

“Spamilton”

TO AUGUST 11 From the mind of Broadway satirist Gerard Alessandrini comes a celebration and spoof of everyone’s favorite historical hip-hop musical “Hamilton.” Join the Phoenix Theatre Company as it roasts and pays homage to Lin Manuel-Miranda’s hit musical. The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.2151, phoenixtheatre. com, various times, $38 to $88.

Pride Gaming Night

JULY 3 Snakes & Lattes Tempe is hosting

Pride Gaming Night for those in the LGBTQ+ community. The board-game-focused restaurant invites new and old friends to join the fun and try one of their over 1,000 games or guests can bring their own! Game gurus will be available for those who don’t quite know the ropes. Snakes & Lattes, 20 W. Sixth Street, Tempe, 480.361.6644, snakesandlattes.com, 7 to 10 p.m., No Cover Charge

Moonlight Magic

JULY 3 Moonlight Magic is an eclectic band that plays styles ranging from lounge to surf to ska to bossa nova, and the infinite combinations thereof. Enjoy their performance at Valley Bar free of charge. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.368.3121, valleybarphx.org, 9 p.m. free in the Rose Room.

“Souls” Installation Screenings

JULY 3 AND JULY 6 The Phoenix Art Museum is screening “Souls,” a visual exhibition that explores mortality, blackness and Afro-futurism. The exhibition features photography and film installations that depict the aforementioned themes through the death of a star. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.666.7104, phxart. org, various times, free with general admission

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JULY 4 Celebrate Independence Day with Revolutionary War re-enactments, live music, games, water slides and a myriad of vendors! This four-hour event also features a fireworks show. There will be lots to see and do so arrive early and bring plenty of water. Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center Street, Mesa, 480.644.2069, azcelebrationoffreedom. org, 6 to 10 p.m., free.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies

JULY 5 TO JULY 7 The Arizona Diamondbacks face one of their foes, the Colorado Rockies as the season approaches the halfway point. July 5 enjoy a fireworks spectacular, while the first 20,000 fans on July 6 can expect to receive a reusable bag, courtesy MLB Network. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.462.6500, dbacks.com, various times, tickets start at $12.

Food Truck Friday

FRIDAYS IN JULY Downtown Phoenix residents are encouraged to bring their

Party with a Purpose

FRIDAYS IN JULY Dance your face off and do some good while you’re at it! All profits from Party with a Purpose will be donated to a different humanitarian organization each month. Prepare for a party and hangover you can feel good about. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.368.3121, valleybarphx.org, 10 p.m., recommended $3 donation.

Earn Your Booze

SATURDAYS IN JULY For those who love physical fitness, comes the ultimate test: Earn Your Booze. Choose from yoga, CrossFit, cardio and more to see if you have what it takes. The event features a DJ to keep participants pumped up in order to perform through the pain. When the workout is done, sit up at the bar and have a drink. You earned it. Hotel Palomar’s Lustre Rooftop Bar, CityScape, 2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.258.0231, lustrerooftopbar. com, 10 a.m., free.

Flamenco por la Vida

SATURDAYS IN JULY Flamenco por la Vida is a celebration of dance, community and music centered around the historic artform from Spain — flamenco. Grab your partner and show off your moves or simply stop by to witness the beauty of the dance. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, 602.716.2222, crescentphx.com, 6 p.m., free.

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Monday, July 29 | 7 p.m. | $35.50–$40.50 The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has amassed a body of work that explores song structure, atmosphere, minimalism, and the authority of her voice. “Like a deep breath on a subway car, or a private meditation amid a bustling city street, her songs exude an elegant calm, but they do not often stay still.” —Pitchfork

Upcoming Concerts Songwriters in the Round Featuring Brian Chartrand, Walt Richardson, and Eric Ramsey July 6 Huntertones July 10 Paris Chansons July 13 & 14 Cha Wa July 16 Mandy Harvey July 20 Ranky Tanky July 21 Stanley Clarke July 28 And many more!

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Shawn Mendes

JULY 9 Supporting the release of his third studio album, Shawn Mendes has embarked on a global arena tour with Alessia Cara. The two will stop at Gila River Arena on July 9. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, 623.772.3800, gilariverarena.com, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $55

“The Three Wishes”

JULY 10 TO JULY 21 The Arizona Puppet Theater presents “The Three Wishes,” the classic European folktale of a woodcutter and his wife who are offered three wishes. Bring the whole family for masterful puppetry and a classic tale. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham Street, Phoenix, 602.262.2050, azpuppets. org, various times, $8 to $12.

RoRo Comedy Show

JULY 10 AND JULY 24 Rott n’ Grapes on Roosevelt Row and Gene Moore will host local comedians this month. Sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the laughs. Rott n’ Grapes RoRo, 1001 N. Third Avenue, Phoenix, 602.346.0068, rottngrapes. com, 7:30 p.m., free admission.

Dueling Pianos

JULY 12 The Desert Botanical Garden invites members and guests to witness two pianos and voices duel in Dorrance Hall amid beautiful desert landscaping. The performance will include a clap and sing along portion so warm up

those pipes and get ready for an evening of fun, nature and music. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg. org, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., $25 for members, $30 for public.

JOJO Coffeehouse Premiers “It’s a Talk Show” with Kerri Gallagher

JULY 13 JOJO Coffeehouse is hosting and filming a live podcast, “It’s a Talk Show” with award-winning comic Kerri Gallagher. The talk showstyle comedy podcast will include a new panel of guests monthly and audience participation. Come to JOJO Coffeehouse on the second Saturday of each month for a fresh, live comedy podcast. JOJO Coffeehouse, 3712 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale, 480.907.6100, jojocoffeehouse.com, 1 to 3 p.m., free admission.

Trapfest Phoenix 2019

JULY 13 Relentless Beats & Crowd Surf present Trapfest Phoenix 2019, a festival featuring DJs and producers like Flosstradamus, 4B and Atliens. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, 480.659.1641, thevanburenphx.com, 9 p.m., $44 to $59, 18 and older.

Hugh Jackman

JULY 14 “The Showman” from Down Under is bringing his many talents to the stage for a variety show featuring songs from his films, Broadway and other magical moments accompanied by an orchestra. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, 623.772.3800, gilariverarena. com, 7 p.m., tickets start at $45.

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Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social

JULY 14 An old-fashioned ice cream social is partnered with guided tours of The Rosson House Museum, focused on Phoenicians at the turn of the century. Run over to The Bungalow for a personalized ice cream sundae and a game of croquet. Costumes are encouraged. The Rosson House Museum, 113 N. Sixth Street, Phoenix, 602.262.5070, heritagesquarephx. org, 1 p.m., $15.

KNIX Birthday Bash

JULY 15 Dust off those cowboy boots and get ready to celebrate the birthday of the Valley’s premier country station. The KNIX Birthday Bash see Jon Pardi, Midland and the legendary Tim McGraw hitting the stage. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, knixcountry. iheart.com, 7 p.m., sold out.

Queen with Adam Lambert

JULY 16 Queen with Adam Lambert return to the stage on the heels of movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” and its accolades. “American Idol” alum is formidable as a frontman, joined by Roger Taylor and Brian May. Completing the tour lineup are long-term collaborator Spike Edney on keyboards, Neil Fairclough on bass and Tyler Warren on percussion. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.7800, talkingstickresortarena. com, 8 p.m., sold out.

21 Savage

JULY 16 Atlanta Rapper 21 Savage is touring his second studio album “I am > I was” with supporting act DaBaby. Savage will be bringing his nonchalant swagger to Comerica Theater. How much fun will it be? A lot. Comerica Theater, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, comericatheatre. com, 8 p.m., tickets start at $30.

Full Moon Festival

JULY 20 The Pressroom is bringing back its Full Moon Festival, just in time for the Thunder Moon and the monsoon season. Enjoy the sound of thunderous 808s and a mixture of art, culture and fun. The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison Street, Phoenix, 602.396.7136, thepressroomaz.com, 8 p.m., $20, 18 and older.

History Underground: Obscure Anecdotes of Phoenix Events

JULY 21 Enjoy a brew and indulge in Phoenix’s history with Marshall Shore, the so-called “hipstorian.” Shore will touch on notorious Arizonan Winnie Ruth Judd and the “Trunk Murders.” Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.368.3121, valleybarphx.com, 7 p.m., $5.

Slow Art and Mindfulness

JULY 25 Slow Art and Mindfulness is a guided meditation event that seeks to help participants create a deeper understanding of the Phoenix Art Museum’s pieces. Relax, reflect and take the slow and thoughtful look at art that provides meaningful insight. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.666.7104, phxart.org, noon, free with general admission.


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MIKE MASTRO, JAKE MASTRO, JEFF MASTRO, SCOTT TROILO, DENNIS MASTRO

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he North Valley has New Jersey and classical music to thank for the emergence of its culinary scene 40 years ago. Dennis Mastro — the patriarch of the Mastro family, those behind Steak 44, Mastro’s and Dominick’s — is a New Jersey native. “While in college, I worked at a radio station as a late-night disc jockey playing

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classical music,” Dennis says. Dennis eventually purchased a piece of the station. He sold advertising primarily to restaurants, which helped him mine his second love: the restaurants themselves. So much so, he and his family, which eventually included four children with wife Jane, moved to Las Vegas in the 1970s so he could immerse himself in an industry hotspot. The Mastro family has been heavy hitters in the restaurant business since. Its Steak 44 was recently named one of OpenTable’s 2019 List of the 100 Best

Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out. It was joined in the list by sister restaurant, Steak 48 in Houston.

WHERE’S THEIR BEEF? Dennis admits learning the restaurant business in Vegas was great, but raising kids was hard. “So, we made our way to Scottsdale in 1976, eventually opening our first concept — What’s Your Beef — in 1978,” Dennis says. The steakhouse became a legendary hotspot throughout the 1970s and ’80s. Its success inspired the family to open Barnacle Bill’s, which combined two restaurant concepts under one roof, and Marco Polo, a mainstay of the culinary scene for decades, soon after. During this time, Mastro’s son Mike showed an interest in joining the family business, as did the family’s unofficial “adopted” son, Scotty Troilo, who met them in 1978 at 19 when he applied for a job at What’s Your Beef. “Scotty has been with our family since nearly day one,” says Dennis, who made Troilo and Mike partners by 1985. Dennis also had Troilo lead the charge in Maloney’s.

Maloney’s opened in 1991 and became one of the most successful pubs in Arizona — at one time boasting nine locations — for 25 years. “But even after all of this, into the mid-1990s, we still hadn’t made our way into the high-end steakhouse business,” says Mike, who spent copious years studying the well-known “chain” steakhouses popping up in the area. “Finally, in 1999, we made the jump, opening the fi rst Mastro’s Steakhouse on Pinnacle Peak and Pima.” The high-end menu and wine program made headlines across and beyond the Valley. “Most locals don’t know this, but we actually opened our second Mastro’s in Beverly Hills,” says Mike, who helped develop Mastro’s City Hall and Ocean Club for Scottsdale in the early 2000s.

THE PUZZLE IS COMPLETE By then, the final piece of the puzzle also fell into place: Jeff Mastro. Initially a successful attorney in Phoenix, Jeff often helped his family with legal work. “The bug got me just as it got all of them. I soon found myself standing side


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by side with my dad, Mike and Scotty as a full partner,” Jeff says. Then things really got interesting. The family opened Mastro concepts across California before selling 90% of the brand in 2007 and the remaining 10% in 2012. The sale price was reportedly $180 million. “We never planned to get out of the business, just to start looking at new ways to spread our wings,” Mike says. “The first move post sale was one of the most special to our family — opening Dominick’s Steakhouse at Scottsdale Quarter in 2011.” Named after Dennis’ father, Dominick Mastro, the ultra-lux steak and seafood venue boasts one of the most popular — and opulent — bars. “But we were far from done, next came Steak 44 in 2014,” Jeff says. “We beat out hundreds of others who wanted to re-imagine the space. Turns out, the landlord making the decision worked next door to the Beverly Hills Mastro’s, and was a fan.” Lauded since its inception for its open kitchen, Instagram-worthy wall of cleavers, cutting-edge cocktails and — of course — their steaks, Steak 44 marked a new era for the Mastro family. In recent years, they expanded the brand to Houston and Chicago, though calling those locales Steak 48, and then late last year opened Ocean 44. Restaurants are the Mastro family’s passion, just like giving back. “We started really focusing on giving back in the early 2000s, with The Foundation for Blind Children as our initial partner. My godson was

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born blind, so the cause was a personal passion of ours,” Mike says. And while the family hasn’t kept exact track of its fundraising work to date, they estimate they’ve raised and donated several million dollars for those in need across Arizona. “We quickly expanded our reach, both

by hosting signature events — some of which raised nearly a million dollars in a single night — for the foundation as well as Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Foundation, Tony La Russa and Brock Osweiler’s Dinner of Champions and many more.”

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egadeth bassist David Ellefson isn’t one to just sit around. So when his band was taking time between albums, the Scottsdale resident decided to write a book. “More Life with Deth” is slated to hit stores July 16 via Jawbone Press. A companion LP, “Sleeping Giants,”

will be released August 30 on Combat Records. Co-written with Ellefson’s business partner, Thom Hazaert, “More Life with Deth” is the follow-up to “My Life with Deth” and delves deeper into the later stages of Ellefson’s career, as well as a thorough exploration of the earliest days of Megadeth. “I literally wrote the whole framework of the book in about a week,” says Ellefson, calling from Nashville where he was working on

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Megadeth’s new album. “It took another few months to embellish it. I modeled it after the Kiss book ‘Nothing to Lose,' about the early days of Kiss. It’s about the first three records, about Gene (Simmons) and Paul (Stanley) meeting and the founding of the band.” Writing “More Life with Deth” brought him back to 1984 when Megadeth was signed, and it started working on “Killing is My Business … And Business is Good!” The recent Apple commercial featuring animals backed by heavy metal music is Megadeth’s song “Last Rites/Loved to Death.” “I was surprised they didn’t use something from the last album, which won the Grammy, rather than a song one, side-A track on an album that came out in ’85 and the song was written in ’84,” Ellefson says. “More Life with Deth” covers two of Ellefson’s “sweet spots” — the era of him leaving Minnesota and the early years of Megadeth, and the first three albums to current day. Ellefson says he’s excited about covering the time since he returned to Megadeth in 2010. “Cool things developed from that season of my life,” he says. “I’ve been doing so much work and planting so many seeds — that analogy comes from growing up on a farm — for the future crop and the crop is just a steady harvest. It’s a really

cool cycle to be in. “It wasn’t always like that. When Megadeth disbanded in 2002, my entire life came crashing to a halt. A lot of years after that, I started working on planting seeds, with not all of them growing. Some of them just don’t come out of the ground. Th is is a good season of my life.” Ellefson wrote about his record labels — EMP and Combat Records — and his coffee company, Ellefson Coffee Co. “My voice started to really develop once we really tapped into this Combat Records thing,” Ellefson says. “It pointed back to 1983 and 1984. The New Testament points backward and ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

the New Testament looks forward. We meet in the middle.”

COMPANION ALBUM In the Kiss book, there is narrative, and much of the story is told by other people. Ellefson enjoys eyewitness accounts. “A lot of our versions of our story have been told from the ’90s forward — especially on MTV,” he says. “We were very accessible. What I found about the early days in the ’80s was that story was untold. There was a lot of TV back then. “It’s a largely untold story—from my friends who moved from Minnesota to Los Angeles with me, our formative days or the harrowing times of the ’80s. We have eyewitness accounts. That got me excited. I’m fortunate to get my childhood friends to be part of it.” Ellefson was able to get his professional friends to comment. Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, as well as Chris Adler, who played on “Dystopia” and grew up in that era. Megadeth to Adler, Ellefson says, was what Kiss was to him. “Megadeth changed people’s lives, purpose and direction to be a professional musician,” Ellefson adds. “To read the impact our music, our band and me personally had on them was very humbling and fun.” It also inspired the companion music, “Sleeping Giants,” which features several new tracks recorded by Ellefson and Hazaert plus a collection of demos and unreleased material from F5 and Ellefson’s other projects. That includes the unreleased demo “If You Were God,” featuring John Bush (Anthrax, Armored Saint), plus several unreleased demos featuring House of Lords/Giuff ria vocalist David Glen Eisley. The CD version will also include a second bonus disc, featuring a compilation of EMP and Combat Records artists. Produced by Ellefson and Hazaert, with additional production from Icon guitarist John Aquilino at the Platinum Underground in Phoenix, “Sleeping Giants” is set to include guests like MC Daryl “DMC” McDaniels, who shares vocals with Hazaert on the title track, Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, Flotsam and Jetsam), Steve Conley (Flotsam and Jetsam, F5), Ethan Brosh, Bumblefoot, Dave Sharpe and Opus Lawrence of Dead By Wednesday, Tremonti, Joey Radziwill (Sacred Reich), Illias Papadakis (Memorain), Dave McClain (Machine Head, Sacred Reich) and


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a remix by Game of Thrones star Kristian (Hodor) Nairn. “When we were putting the book together, Tom brought up the idea of a record to go with it,” Ellefson says about Hazaert. “I have songs from as far back as 1983. I never found a home for them. This was the perfect time and place for them. “The songs play to the story of the book. There are some tracks that Tom and I worked on together. I got some other guests and friends of mine in the book to participate. The book not only has a story narrative, but a musical narrative to it as well.” Hazaert says it was a great opportunity to write with Ellefson. He, too, is a big Megadeth fan. He even has a Megadeth tattoo on the side of his leg. “While everyone knows him as a bassist, David is also an incredible guitar player and songwriter, and I love that we can finally showcase that,” Hazaert says. “And to have a bunch of our friends who are in the book play on it, and for me and David to collaborate the way we did, I think it’s really special. At first, we really didn’t know what to do with it, or if we would even do anything with it, for that matter. We’d discussed the idea of releasing the new tracks as singles, then an EP, and then we came up with the idea to create a sort of ‘island of misfit toys’ B-sides release, with all this killer stuff David had been involved with over the years, and it really all just kind of fell into place.”

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Jim Adkins talks packing, championship belts and touring with Third Eye Blind Christina Fuoco-Karasinski >> The Entertainer!

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im Adkins is tired of packing. If there’s one reason to go on tour, it’s to stop filling suitcases. “I’m definitely looking forward to the tour,” says Adkins, the namesake behind Jimmy Eat World, about the “Summer Gods Tour.” “I’m — at this point — really looking forward to the tour and when the getting ready for the tour is over.” Jimmy Eat World kicked off its tour with Third Eye Blind in June at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and the jaunt comes to Ak-Chin Pavilion on Wednesday, July 31. Adkins has one rule for hometown shows. “I turn off my phone three days before,” he says with a laugh. “It’s like hosting your own Christmas party or something. It’s insane. It’s a lot of work and when it’s over, you can’t wait to do it again.” Jimmy Eat World’s last headlining gig

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in Phoenix was a surprise show on Valentine’s Day at the Rebel Lounge celebrating the band's 25th anniversary. The 300 fans who were able to squeeze into Rebel Lounge — and the line of music lovers who couldn’t get in — only prove Jimmy Eat World’s longevity. Adkins thinks the band did something right with hits like “The Middle” and “Sweetness.” “We’ve made realistic goals for ourselves and we keep our focus on what really matters, which is being proud of our own work,” Adkins says. “You can be smart about opportunities that come to you. Nobody really knows what the magic formula is for success. If you’re honest about what you like to do and stick to that, that would be enough.

It doesn’t really matter what happens after that.” Jimmy Eat World formed in February 1994 in Mesa with vocalist/guitarist Jim Adkins and drummer Zach Lind, who met while attending Mountain View High School, guitarist/vocalist Tom Linton and bassist Mitch Porter. Jimmy Eat World signed to Capitol Records in mid-1995, when Linton and Adkins were 19 years old. Its major label release, “Static Prevails,” hit stores in 1996. The album “Clarity” soon followed and marked Adkins’ new role as singer/songwriter, which Linton previously handled. The single, “Lucky Denver Mint,” landed in the Drew Barrymore comedy, “Never Been Kissed.” It wasn’t until its July 2001 album, “Jimmy Eat World” (named “Bleed American” before September 11) that it found its hit with “The Middle.” The singles “Sweetness” and “A Praise Chorus” followed. Fast forward to 2016 when it sent to stores its latest album “Integrity Blues,”

produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Nine Inch Nails, Paramore). It spawned the singles “Get Right” and “Sure and Certain,” catapulting the album to the Top 20. Music fans, Adkins says, connect with Jimmy Eat World’s music and lyrics. The band doesn’t write throwaway pop tunes that are gone by the end of the summer. During its tour with Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World is planning to squeak in a few new songs from an album slated for release this fall. Adkins wouldn’t slip any details about the collection, but, he says, he will soon. “The new album will lead to touring around the world, and many, many award ceremonies, many galas, many championship belts and adoring fans,” says Adkins, who spends time in Arizona hiking and cheering on his sons at their baseball games. “As a musician, I’m excited about the thing I just did. I’m really excited about new stuff. We’re just grateful for our success. We don’t take any of it for granted. We (expletive) won.”


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Healing

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Melissa Etheridge is bringing ‘The Medicine Show’ to Chandler

elissa Etheridge knows the nation needs a break from the its unstable political and social climate. She’s hoping to do her part to ease that pain with “The Medicine Show Tour,” which comes to the Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday, July 13. “If you’ve heard any of my ‘The Medicine Show’ album, you know I’m still rocking,” Etheridge says. “This time, we’re going to do the hits, as we always do. They will be surrounded by choice songs from ‘The Medicine Show’ and some deep album tracks. It’s mostly a show about feeling better. We’ve been through a lot in the last couple years. Wherever you land in this big spectrum of the discussion we’re all having, it’s stressful and we need to take care of ourselves. Music can be medicine and my whole purpose is to make people feel better.” Her tour’s namesake, the album “The Medicine Show,” deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and healing. Th rough the songs, she processed the deep fears and hurting she saw in the nation on collective and personal levels: “Shaking” about national anxiety; the unifying “Human Chain” about the hope for healing; and the anthemic “Love Will Live.” More highlights include the album-closer, “Last Hello” drawing on the incredible strengths and courage shown by the survivors of the Parkland school shootings, and the infectious “Wild and Lonely,” and “Faded by Design,” exploring themes of her past with a

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new perspective. “When I was making ‘The Medicine Show,’ I was concentrating on writing songs that people can share in their lives,” she says. “That’s what I’ve always done. That’s been my life’s bread and butter. I’m so grateful for that. I wanted to look around and I wanted to see where we all are at in 2017, 2018 and I wanted to comment on it. I didn’t want to bring us down. I wanted to bring us up and acknowledge some of the issues and things we were struggling with now like the opioid crisis and gun violence. I wanted to make it personal, not preach.” With more than 25 million albums sold worldwide, five platinum and three multiplatinum records, and 15 Grammy Award nominations and two Grammy wins, Etheridge worked with producer John Shanks on her 15th studio recording. Ethridge is looking forward to playing Chandler, especially in front of the former naysayers who now support her. She’s primarily referring to men who didn’t think she could “rock.” “I’ve seen many more men at my shows,” she says. “They’re really starting to go, ‘This girl can actually play.’ They’re starting to dig it. “I think I just stuck in there long enough to prove it to them. I’m not this Lilith Fair easy listening sort of gal. It’s about rock ‘n’ roll. Women can rock.”

Melissa Etheridge Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.782.2680, chandlercenter.org, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, $72-$112.

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THE ‘OLYMPICS OF HIP-HOP’ Dance championships take over the Valley in early August Brianna Moore >> The Entertainer!

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housands of dancers from around the world will gather together in Phoenix to show off their skills and compete at the 18th World Hip Hop Dance Championship on August 10. Considered the “Olympics of HipHop,” the national dance competition will take place at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix and will conclude with the world finals at Gila River Arena in Glendale. The World Hip Hop Dance Championship is run by Hip Hop International, an organization that hosts dance crew competitions across the world to expand the reach of hip-hop dance in popular culture. “We discovered that hip-hop was practiced all around the world,” says Karen Schwartz, who cofounded Hip Hop International with her husband, Howard, in 2002. “We thought this was

so exciting and we wanted to make it mainstream so people could enjoy these things. The couple has a history of producing dance competitions to shed a light on a style of dance they felt was missing from the mainstream media. “It took at least a year to develop and establish the competition. We wanted to use rules that allowed a lot of freedom for dancers to express themselves,” Karen says. “We wanted to bring the dancers to the forefront. We really wanted to expand on battles, choreography, dance crews and creating more opportunities for dancers.” To make sure the competition is fair, they reached out to hip-hop pioneers, dancers and experts to create a set of rules that could be applied worldwide. “The competition is obviously really tough because people are willing to come from all over the country and all over the world to compete,” says Carlos “SparXz” Caraballo of The Exiles. “They do a good job about making things super clear. It’s

clear what the judges are looking for.” Sienna Lalau, a member of The LAB dance crew, has been able to experience a fulfilling career as a dancer and choreographer because she won World Hip Hop Dance Champion in 2018. “Hip Hop International has definitely helped me with my career and they’re so generous with these opportunities,” Lalau says. “When we won, a lot of people around the world were hearing about who The LAB is, who I am and our choreographer.” Born and raised in Honolulu, Lalau has been dancing since she was 4, and started competing at 8. Since she won World Hip Hop Dance Championship, Lalau and The LAB have competed on (and won) NBC’s “World of Dance,” performed with Ciara on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”and is on tour with Jennifer Lopez. Lalau has established a career as a choreographer in Los Angeles, which is something she’s also passionate about. “I wanted to make choreographing a consistent thing,” Lalau says. “Even when I’m choreographing, it still doesn’t feel real. I’m so thankful, I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Caraballo and The Exiles have also had their share of success since emerging as a dance crew at Hip Hop International in 2017. Based in Coolidge, The Exiles are nine men who belong to the same church. “We’re not just a dance team. We are followers of Christ,” Caraballo explains. “We are a Christian dance team. We want to show people that Christians get down, too.”

The Exiles have competed on NBC’s “World of Dance” during its third season. Although they did not win the competition, the team made it to “The Cut,” when six teams compete to be a part of the top three. “That was surreal. I don’t think there was any other experience that pushed us closer to God, to each other, and that just challenged us,” Caraballo says. This is not the first Hip Hop International competition in Arizona. Last year, the World Hip Hop Dance Championship was held the Grand Canyon University Arena. “Arizona is very dance friendly,” Howard Schwartz says. “There are many top dance crews emanating in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.” He spoke highly of the Arizona Grand Resort. “We usually like to fund a resort property that we can take over,” he says. “We like to find a property that can house the majority of dancers, training and competition space, and one that would have an arena that would facilitate the finale.” Along with the competitions throughout the week, there will be other family-friendly events. The Urban Dance Move Workshop is Sunday, August 4, Friday, August 9, and Saturday, August 10. These workshops will be open to the public and feature some of the best dancers and choreographers in hip-hop. Lalau will teach urban moves this year. The Hip Hop International World Battles will also be featured at this year’s competition. The World Battles are intimate competitions dedicated to


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certain styles of hip-hop dance, such as popping, locking and whacking. Each battle is judged by an expert of that style, and dancers can either compete individually or with a partner. Anyone interested in a certain style is able to sign up on the Hip Hop International website to compete. “I love competing at Hip Hop International because the dancers know how to dance, the judges are knowledgeable, and I get the chance to dance with people who are like minded,” Carabello says. At the World Hip Hop Dance Championship, dancers will compete as a part of a dance crew in the junior, varsity or adult divisions. Each division is defined by

age. According to Hip Hop International regulations, a dance crew consists of five to nine members, male or female. This year’s competition will also introduce the Mini and Mega Crew divisions. Mini Crews will consist of three members of all ages, while Mega Crews have 10 to 40 members. “Spectators can expect something similar to the Olympic Games,” Howard says. “They will experience spectators from all over the world, waving their flags and singing their songs. It’s a wonderful experience.” The top three crews from the Hip Hop International competitions around the world will convene in August to compete

for the “most revered medal to receive in hip hop dance.” “My favorite part of the competition is seeing dancers coming in from all over the world that may speak different languages but share the single language of dance and share the passion for dance,” Karen says. “One of the moments we love is when the championship is over, the winners are announced, the flags are waved and the anthems are played. It’s amazing to see that moment.”

For more information visit hiphopinternational.com

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The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences produces winning sounds Sherry Jackson >> The Entertainer!

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rom broadcast studios, recording rooms and a sound stage, the sound of music in Gilbert is tucked quietly away in an office and industrial

park. At the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS), the walls are lined with placards showcasing the achievements of its current and alumni students. Awards are numerous with 200-plus Grammy-nominated and winning recordings, 3,800 film, TV and documentary projects and 122 AAA video game titles in addition to Oscars, Tonys, American Music Awards and Country Music Awards. Students work on high-profile projects throughout the music and recording industry. CRAS is considered one of the premier schools in the country for audio engineering, music production and sound design with students going on to careers as sound engineers, game audio designers, corporate media techs, broadcast engineers and sound effects engineers. “Anywhere there is sound, there is an opportunity for our students,” says Kirt Hamm, administrator for the school. CRAS focuses on five core areas of sounds and audio recording. Students rotate through each specialty-music, video games, live sound, film and TV and broadcast — before choosing which area best fits their personality and skillset. The conservatory started in 1980 with a couple of audio engineers offering adult training classes in a 24-track recording studio in New York City. The classes were very popular for those looking for hand-on training and “Songshop,” the original school name, continued to expand, adding internships with commercial studios and recording artists. In 1987, the operation moved to Tempe and changed its name to “The Academy of Recording Sciences.” The school continued to build its reputation and the name was changed to its current in 1988 to better reflect the schools motto — “to conserve, enhance, improve and promote the artistic and technical skills of audio recording by preparing students to enter the business as qualified audio recording engineers.” Today, more than 600 students spend time at each of CRAS’s two campuses — the original 14,000-square-foot ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

Tempe location and the 25,000-squarefoot location in Gilbert. The Gilbert facility was built in 2002 to alleviate the two-year long waiting list prospective students faced at the time. Each location is equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as SSL consoles, Dolby ATMOS along with digital and analog systems in its recording rooms and studios. “The equipment is the same at each location, but the layout may be different, and the acoustics are different,” Hamm says. “It’s important for students to learn how to manipulate sound in different environments.” The school also has a mobile broadcast unit it dispatchs to area sporting events such as NHRA, Suns, Diamondbacks and NASCAR games. Students get firsthand experience broadcasting and mixing live events. A 6,000-square-foot live sound stage at the Gilbert location represents a small concert venue, complete with similar line-array, curved speakers. The 32 instructors at CRAS are industry professionals, prior graduates and working engineers that have indepth knowledge of the sound and audio industry. “Our students really get first-hand experience in all areas,” Hamm says. “We don’t just train appliance operators where students know how to just turn a knob. We want them to understand the theory and the practical application behind what they are doing and how they are affecting the

MALINA SUSIM, LEFT, CHRISTIAN BRAY, TUTANKHAMUM RICHARDS AND ANTHONY COUCH INSIDE A CLASSROOM AT CRAS.

sound.” Classes run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily but the facilities are open 24 hours a day so students and faculty can work on their own projects after hours. The average age is 18 to 24 and students come from all over the United States and other countries. Students are predominately male, although females are highly encouraged and do very well in the male-dominated industry, Hamm says. Classes begin every three weeks and are small — usually no more than 12 students — to allow students and instructors to get to know one another. CRAS is fully accredited, offering scholarships, grants and student loan opportunities. The program at CRAS runs 36 weeks with a mandatory 12-week internship. The cost of the program is $22,000, which includes a MacBook Pro and required software. Not only do students earn a diploma, but they can also earn 16 certifications. Many CRAS students are hired by the company they interned with and the school boasts a graduation and placement rate of approximately 80%. An advisory board of industry professionals ensures the school is teaching the skills companies and

artists are looking for. “The quality and depth of education students receive here gives them the very best shot they can get in the industry,” Hamm says. “We’re very focused on the success of our students. Our students are well-prepared.” CRAS is not just about going to an audio school and listening to music all day, Hamm stresses. “It’s about the science behind the sound and the artistry. It’s for those that have a passion for music, or a passion for video games or a passion for live broadcast or a passion for the movie industry. They come here and learn all about the audio, then we place them in the industry. It’s a great recipe for success.” CRAS will be holding one of its four yearly open houses on Saturday, July 13, in Gilbert. Registration is required to receive an invitation. “It’s a real fun, happening event where potential students can meet the staff and faculty and see our facilities,” Hamm says. For more information, visit cras.edu or call 480.858.9400.

Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences 1205 N. Fiesta Boulevard, Gilbert, 480.858.9400; 2300 E. Broadway Road, Tempe, 480.858.0764, cras.edu.

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THE ‘MONSTER’ WITHIN Shinedown shuts down naysayers to score 14th No. 1 THE ENTERTAINER! MAGAZINE JULY 2019

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hen Shinedown was gearing up to promote its first album, 2003’s “Leave a Whisper,” lead singer Brent Smith sat down at a table with his bandmates and said, “They don’t like us.” Barely 22 years old, Smith believed Shinedown would immediately grace the covers of magazines, have paparazzi following them and be the face of MTV. “What happened?” Smith says rhetorically. “We got hit with a big dose of reality, which, in hindsight, was the best thing that ever happened to us. The press was saying we were not good. We were boring looking, unattractive and we’d be lucky to sell five albums. I remember one journalist actually printing that.” Instead of sitting at home sulking, Shinedown made a conscious decision to defy those comments and odds. They took their van, and traveled thousands of miles around the United States, and rationed the money they had for meals. “We would eat McDonald’s for lunch and dinner,” Smith says. “That was all the money we had.” Shinedown has dropped the figurative mic on naysayers by scoring its 14th No. 1 song on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart with “Monsters.” “Monsters” has already amassed nearly 15 million streams, as of late June. The video is striking, exploring the demons and self-sabotaging inner voices that everyone battles. That video, along with the others on Shinedown’s latest album, “Attention Attention,” are clips of an eventual feature film. “We have a feature film coming out next year,” Smith says. “We have a lot of characters you haven’t met yet. If you watched ‘Monsters,’ you’ll see some of those people in (another single) ‘Get Up.’ “‘Monsters’ took days to make. In between takes, we kept laughing a lot during the day. The scenes were heavy. We’re not done just yet.” Shinedown — which also includes guitarist Zach Myers, bassist Eric Bass and drummer Barry Kerch — headlines Comerica Theatre on Saturday, July 20, and, like the music, is getting bigger and better. “We’re bringing all the bells and whistles,” Smith says. “At the end of the day, though, it’s all about the music.” The last few years, the band has co-headlined shows with bands of the same stature. This summer, Shinedown is bringing their favorite bands to open

— Badflower, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Broken Hands. “When some people look at the lineup for this show, they’re going to say, ‘Who are these bands?’” Smith says. “The unique thing about this, though, is we’re big fans of these bands. Last year, I saw Badflower and I thought, ‘Who is this?’ I couldn’t put my finger on it. That’s because it was a brand-new band. Some bands make a sound and some bands make a noise. Those guys make a noise. They’re extremely talented. “Dinosaur Pile-Up is a three piece who has this unique quality about what they do. Broken Hands is coming over from the U.K. for the very first time. They’re a quirky, alternative band who’s very unique in what they do. They definitely make a noise. They have a lot of attitude. We didn’t want the same old, same old bands. That’s why we’re so excited about the tour.” Smith says fans can expect Shinedown to bring it to the stage. “I have to be very transparent,” he says.

“We have the most amazing fans in the world. They’ve given us a platform to be ourselves. The last thing we’re going to do is phone it in. “We’re always keeping ourselves accountable for everything. Looking at the big picture is always a priority. Like Zach says, ‘It’s not about the painter, it’s about the painting.’” The fans’ attitudes take precedence over the negative comments from listeners, journalists and music business folks. “What those people actually did created a fire inside of the band,” Smith says. “The fire was already kind of there. I’ll be very up front with you. It’s all because of radio. We decided we were going to do everything and anything radio wants. We went to every function and did every promotion they had. We didn’t say no for a better part of 10 years.” “Monsters” is Shinedown’s 26th single, and Smith was proud to predict the inevitable that it hit No. 1. Smith owes

the success to his “bosses.” “We genuinely love what we do,” he says. “We have one boss — everybody in the audience. We’re never going to shortchange the fanbase. We’re not writing the same song over and over. We’re not making the same record over and over again. You have to look at the big picture. Male, female, solo band, country, polka, pop, hot A/C, metal, rock —it’s all music. As long as it’s good, emotional and real, you’re going to be successful. In the grand scheme of things, in the big picture, I swear, we’re the luckiest four people who walk the Earth.”

Shinedown w/ Badflower, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Broken Hands Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, comericatheatre. com, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, tickets start at $39.50. ENTERTAINERMAG.COM


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That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” On July 16, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins embarked on a valiant mission to become the first people to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon. After about 76 hours of space travel, on July 20, Aldrin and Armstrong took their first strides on the moon’s surface. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Apollo 11 moon landing. To commemorate this historical event, venues across the Valley will host various events to celebrate this success. Here is a roundup of some of the more prominent events.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS Nick “Ahmed on the Moon” Bobblehead will be handed to the first 20,000 fans through the gates at Chase Field on July 20. The D-backs take on the Milwaukee Brewers on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. “It’s not unflattering,” Ahmed says with a laugh in the D-backs clubhouse. “It’s cool. I had a bobblehead when I was in Triple A. I think I have one of them maybe.” Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.514.8400, dbacks.com, 5:10 p.m., tickets start at $25.

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July, giving guests a variety of ways to celebrate. The science center began celebrating the Apollo 11 anniversary in June with its “Girls in STEM Overnight Event,” which aimed to get fourth to eighth grade girls interested the STEM fields. “We’re not just looking back at the past, but we’re also looking at the future,” says Sari Custer, chief scientist at the Arizona Science Center. “We want to celebrate where we’ve been, and we’re excited about where we’re going. “We’re blasting off with a lot of science this summer. We’re always looking to inspire and engage through science. We really want to spark excitement about space science.” Its upcoming events include: • Special Speaker Series: July 6. Although the science center has yet to announce this month’s guest, staff does know he/she will be “out of this world.” Admission is free. • STaR Space Module: July 8 to July 12. This event is intended for Arizona science teachers who teach third to eighth grade. This immersive program is designed to assist teachers by showing them different methods for capturing student’s interests in STEM subjects. Teachers will also have the opportunity to learn from STEM experts and take fieldtrips to witness real-world STEM applications. This is supported by the Helios Education Fund and will run for five days for teachers at no cost. • Rocket Build with Boeing: July 13 to July 14. Volunteers from Boeing will be at the Arizona Science Center helping visitors build their rockets in preparation for launch day on July 16. Families can

visit the science center over the weekend to build rockets. • Global Rocket Launch Day / Observe the Moon Family Night: July 16. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will host a nationwide rocket launch to commemorate the Saturn V rocket launch 50 years ago. The Arizona Science Center will take part by allowing visitors to launch rockets they built on site. To break a world record, the U.S Space and Rocket Center is looking to launch over 5,000 rockets. To end the night, families will be able to observe the full moon at the science center. • Apollo 11 Anniversary Family Celebration: July 19 to July 20. The science center will celebrate the moon landing with all-day, familyfriendly activities. An original newspaper from the moon landing will be on display for visitors to view. Guests from the science industry will speak about space travel. Boeing representatives will speak about their involvement in the space program. On July 19, the Arizona Science Center will join NASA in its live broadcast on NASA TV and the Discovery Channel. A Mars Rover model will be at the science center. • Science with a Twist: July 19. Once the family fun is over, adults 21 and older can enjoy Science with a Twist. Visitors can listen to the classic Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon,” which will accompany a laser show. There will

also be a special showing of “Apollo 11,” with never-before-seen footage. • Teen Night at CREATE: July 27. The Arizona Science Center’s Teen Board will host a space-themed event in the CREATE Makerspace. Here, interested teenagers can mix and mingle in the name of science.


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Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.716.2000, azscience.org, admission varies.

ARIZONA MILLS Pop Up StoryWalk at Arizona Mills: to August 1. In a partnership with the Tempe Public Library, Arizona Mills will host a story walk, giving parents and children the chance to avoid the summer heat. This StoryWalk will feature “A Moon of My Own,” a children’s book about a girl who befriends and travels the world with the moon. Written by Jennifer Rustgi, “A Moon of My Own” includes a world map and a diagram to teach children about the phases of the moon. The StoryWalk incorporates physical activities that also promote literacy. This event is meant for the entire family. Arizona Mills, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, 480.491.9700, open during mall operating hours, free admission.

SPIRIT OF THE WEST: SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST Spirit of the West: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has out-of-thisworld celebrations in store for the anniversary. • Paul Calle’s “Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon:” to October 20. Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West is home to one of the first art exhibits to begin celebrating the Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary. The exhibit

features artwork and artifacts from American artist Paul Calle. The artist behind the design of the 1969 First Man on the Moon stamp, Calle spent his career documenting moments in American history through his artwork. Calle was an artist for NASA and the only artist present during the pre-launch of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. He sketched the astronauts eating breakfast and suiting up. This art exhibit includes Calle’s famous sketches and oil paintings, as well as a model of his art studio. • Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary: Smithsonian Channel’s Film Viewing: July 20 Looking for a “cool” way to celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary? Join SMoW and beat the heat in July by coming in to see “The Day We Walked on the Moon,” a Smithsonian Channel documentary that marks the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the lunar surface with interviews from key figures in Mission Control, contemporary astronauts and the families of Aldrin and Armstrong. The movie will air at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. SMoW’s Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Theater and also 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through August. Museum admission is required to view the film and includes the full museum tour featuring Paul Calle’s “Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon.” Spirit of the West: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, 480.686.9539, open during operating hours, prices may vary.

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s the summer sun pounds down on us, a cool camping getaway is a must for Arizonans. Lucky for us, that means not having to drive too far for the calm and cool woods. There are two words for this trip: Be prepared. Of course, the essentials are water and food, but there’s more to it. Here are our tips for being in the wilderness.

FINDING THE PERFECT CAMPING GROUNDS Sometimes the biggest challenge is

picking the right campground. What’s the weather like? What kind of animals are nearby? Is it popular or secluded? How can one even get there? These are all nagging questions campers can come across and, luckily, there are resources out there to help. The Dyrt is a review platform where users can also learn about campsites. “We are the Yelp for camping,” says Sarah Smith, The Dyrt cofounder. The Dyrt has the dirt on roughly 35,000 U.S. campgrounds, Smith says. They’re linked with pictures, videos and reviews, a service that was in high demand, Smith says. About “60 million Americans go camping every year and a lot of them

have been really frustrated with the experience of looking for campgrounds online,” she adds. But more so than just another review platform, Smith says The Dyrt has formed a community. The Dyrt offers prizes for guests who post reviews. Those who are higher on the leaderboard win a prize. “People are so passionate about camping and it’s so fun to see these people come together and share their tips and just building an amazing community of outdoor enthusiasts,” Smith says. Info: thedyrt.com

MEAL TIME FOR BACKPACKERS Campers may enjoy the isolated adventure, but they still need to eat. Jetboil is a lightweight gas-fueled portable stove that’s shaped like a large cup. Using a small fuel canister to light a fire, Jetboil warms food with hot water. Accessories include a lightweight coffee press, replacement lids, mesh strainers, support and stabilizer kit, pots and pans, utensils and plastic plates, and a tool for puncturing holes in used fuel

canisters prior to recycling. Info: jetboil.com

KEEPING BUGS AWAY Anytime the woods are involved, there’s the risk of being attacked by bugs. Rescue Pest Control’s GoClips to the rescue. It is a small and compact bug repellent that protects the user from ticks, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets, depending on which product is purchased. Stephanie Cates, director of marking and communications, says the goal here is to use something that is safe. “We want to be responsible to the environment, but then effective against the bugs. We believe we can have all three in a product,” she says. Cates says Rescue GoClips uses allnatural plant oil to create a pleasant scent for humans, but one that repels bugs. Unlike other bug repellents, Rescue GoClips doesn’t need to touch the skin. Cates says it is easily attached to a person or a child’s collar or backpack and it can be put back into a resealable package, which can help it last up to two weeks. Rescue GoClips also helps dogs as it can be easily attached to their collar.


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“Some of these insects like mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks will go after dogs as well as humans and you can apply the GoClip to a dog’s collar or harness,” Cates says. Another choice is Rescue Pest Control’s Repellent DecoShield Lantern, a repellent lantern that uses natural essential oils to confuse a bug’s antennae and deter it. The lantern can keep bugs away within a 300-square-foot campground, with up to four days of protection. Info: rescue.com

WATER IS IMPORTANT For most avid campers, taking a leisure hike is always part of the deal. Enjoying the outdoors and exploring the beauty nature has to offer is one of the best parts of camping but like every adventure, it can be dangerous if one is not careful. Make sure to bring a small hydration pack for day hikes is important. A 2- or 3-liter bladder should always be inside the pack and should always be filled before taking off for a hike.

For those who will camp remotely and away from safe drinkable water, make sure you bring enough water for the whole trip. The amount of water that people need varies. If campers are close to a creek or stream, make sure to bring a filtration system. It may take some elbow grease but having a filtration system means campers won’t run out of drinkable water. In addition to the filtration system, a LifeStraw, a small water filtration system that you can use to suck and drink out of any stream, is the perfect accessory. Keep it around your neck or attached to your pack in case you unexpectedly run out of water. Info: lifestraw.com

HIGH-ALTITUDE HELP This seems obvious, but hikers need to keep altitude and air into consideration. Depending on how far you travel,

air may become thinner and breathing can be more difficult than normal. You don’t have to travel far to notice the difference. The difference in elevation between Phoenix and Flagstaff (which is a 3-hour car ride) is roughly 5,800 feet. If campers are not accustomed to changes in elevations and don’t have enough time to acclimate, it is recommended they bring supplemental oxygen. Boost Oxygen provides supplemental air to people who have respiration problems or are about to participate in a demanding physical activity. Robert Neuner, CEO of Boost Oxygen, recommends campers and hikers who are ascending in elevation use supplemental oxygen when possible. “If you are going up on elevation and uphill, people get winded and their muscles get sore, and that’s where it (Boost Oxygen) helps,” Neuner says.

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Each can provides roughly 200 1-second inhalations. Users put their mouth on it, like a water bottle, press the button and inhale oxygen. “If you are respirating really hard, you go into anaerobic respiration and you get lactic acid buildup and that’s when you get muscle soreness,” Neuner explains. “Supplemental oxygen helps you stay in an aerobic respiration, so you don’t have the muscle fatigue.” Info: boostoxygen.com. Camping takes us out of our element and breaks the monotonous urban life of the city. It resets our batteries with fresh air and nature’s beauty. Experienced campers know it can always be an adventure but preparing a head of time will help keep that magic alive. Knowing the few basics of camping should be every Arizonian’s rite of passage.

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‘TAHOE SOUTH’ The town’s southern shore is tremendous in the spring and summer By Alison Bailin Batz >> The Entertainer!

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ake Tahoe may be known as a world-renowned ski destination, but as the snow begins to melt it transforms into a new adventure. It’s picture-perfect for a long weekend or full-on vacation during the spring or summer months. The southern shore of Lake Tahoe — nicknamed Tahoe South and located in Nevada, versus the north shore, which is in California — truly has it all. So much, in fact, there is truly no way to see and do it all. As such, here is a guide to getting the most out of your trip to Tahoe South.

style. Each room offers an in-room gas fireplace, terrace or balcony, plush seating area, complimentary Wi-Fi, single-serve coffee makers, Frette robes and slippers, in-room refrigerator, rainfall shower and access to the yearround heated lakeside pool, state-of-theart workout facility, ski valet, MercedesBenz shuttles and more. Dining is impressive with three delicious options: The Bistro, Edgewood Restaurant and Brooks’ Bar & Deck. The Bistro, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, was named one of the “10 places you must eat and drink in South Lake Tahoe” by the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Edgewood, among the top dining destinations in the western United States, offers floor-to-ceiling views of Lake Tahoe, is a meal not to be missed. And Brooks’ has one of the best decks to enjoy happy at in the region.

William Hill Sportsbook, which has 40 televisions as well as a video wall. There is also a terrific bar called Alpine Union on-site with fire pits and live music. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Harvey’s are also nearby.

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Edgewood also happens to be just minutes from Tahoe South’s famed casinos offering the best in table and slots play, along with numerous nightlife options to dance and let loose. Hard Rock is among the newest casino offerings in the area and boasts a 25,000-square-foot casino and the

Craft beer is an art form in Tahoe — and easy to enjoy thanks to the Beer Trail. Yes, the lake Tahoe Chamber offers a handy-dandy map of how to best navigate through the exploding craft beer scene in the area via its Beer Trail. Right now, the trail boasts nine breweries of note in the area: South Lake Brewing Company,

EDGEWOOD TAHOE This stunning resort set directly on the shoreline (and with the area’s only private beach) was just announced as the 2019 Hotel of the Year in the United States and Canada by Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand. It’s not hard to see why. The LEED-designed mountain lodge opened in 2017 and has quickly become a luxury reprieve with its 8,500-squarefoot Spa Edgewood, award-winning 18-hole championship golf course and refined dining — along with an array of shopping and outdoor activity options. But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s start with the rooms. There are only 154 rooms and suites on property to allow for the ultimate in service and ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

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THE EDGEWOOD TAHOE GOLF COURSE RIVALS EVEN THOSE IN SCOTTSDALE, AND SCOTTSDALE IS OFTEN CALLED THE GOLF CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES.

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Sidellis Lake Tahoe, Cold Water Brewery & Grill, Stateline Brewery, The Hangar, Outpost Brewing Co., The Brewery at Lake Tahoe and two Lake Tahoe AlewoX locations. Many offer small bites and/ or full restaurant menus, not to mention games and views. Visiting in June is the best time to try them all. On June 1, Heavenly Cal Lodge will host Tahoe Brewfest. During the festive event, guests can enjoy 5-ounce samples of beer from in and around Lake Tahoe as well as other areas of Northern California and Nevada, and all proceeds benefit local charities.

TAHOE TASTINGS WINE CRUSE Fear not, wine lovers! You’re covered in Tahoe South as well, thanks to the Tahoe Tastings, which offers daily wine tastings on Golden Rose, a vintage, one-of-akind 1953 Chris Craft Venetian Water Taxi. There are several tours, including a mid-day two-hour option that allows for the tasting of eight wines from nearby Northern California and an evening option timed out to enjoy the wine during sunset. Just some of the award-winning wines from the nearby California vineyards guests can expect to taste include Domaine Carneros, Lange Twins Family Winery, Navarro Vineyards, Rancho Victoria Vineyard, Renegade Winery, School Street and Via Romano Vineyard. There are also a private tour options if reserved in advance.

FOODIE FINDS Beyond the food and drink at Edgewood and along the Beer Trail, Tahoe South is home to eclectic, electric eateries all worth a visit. Try breakfast or brunch (and a mimosa) at Revive Coffee & Wine, a purveyor of quality coffee, pastries, small plate dining, craft beers and fine local wines. They have monthly specialty lattes and mimosas, and South Tahoe Standup Paddle occupies the space next door so guests can have a bite then paddle away the day. For lunch, don’t miss Tahoe Pourhouse, which tickle the taste buds. Their fresh take on beyond the food and drink is a selfie Mexican, South and Central American lover’s dream. cuisine and use of seasonal, sustainable, Opened in 2018 by chefs who also organic ingredients is inspired. happen to be ice sculptors, the restaurant’s focal points THE AWARD-WINNING EDGEWOOD RESTAURANT AT EDGEWOOD TAHOE are a 20-tap wine wall and HAS ALREADY GATHERED WORLDWIDE funky patio, which it shares ACCLAIM IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS. with AleworX. For a clever (PHOTO BY LAKE TAHOE VISITORS AUTHORITY) take on happy hour, head over to Black Bear Lodge as its front desk doubles as a full-on bar and is open to lodge guests as well as walkins. The menu features craft beers, California wines and small plate appetizers, with a rotating list of featured wineries. The architecture is highlighted by a live edge wood bar and vintage-style lighting. Then for dinner, Azul Latin Kitchen will

EDGEWOOD NOT ONLY DESIGNED ITS SPACES WITH THE ENVIRONMENT IN MIND, BUT WITH LUXURY. CASE IN POINT: THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE.

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CALENDAR Randy Montgomery >> The Entertainer!

“Triad Triptychs”

TO JULY 11 The Shemer Art Center provides a “home for the arts” that nurtures creativity and imagination. On display is a juried exhibition featuring works by Arizona artists who showcased in lyrical groupings of three. Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.262.4727, shemerartcenter. org, times vary, suggested donation of $7-$10.

“The Dixie Swim Club”

TO AUGUST 4 In “The Dixie Swim Club, a group of five Southern women meet for a long weekend to recharge their friendship each August. Having met years ago while together on a college swim team, they spend the weekend free from their husbands, kids and jobs to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre at Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite 0586, Scottsdale, 480.483.1664, desertstages. org, times vary, $22-$28.

“Trust Me I’m a Doctor”

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TO AUGUST 4 A wildly sexy neighbor, a confused fiancé, an agent from the CDC, a male nurse, and a scatter-brained receptionist are just a few characters who play a role in this new farcical sex comedy. Dr. Berger has a gorgeous new neighbor. His wife and daughter are leaving town for the weekend. What’s a doctor to do? Be prepared to spend a wild weekend with this bunch. Fountain Hills Theater Mainstage, 11445 N. Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, 480.837.9661 ext. 3, fhtaz.org, times vary, $33.

“Spamilton”

TO AUGUST 11 Can’t get tickets to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical? No worries! Head to Phoenix Theatre to see Gerard Alessandrini’s hilarious spoof! The sidesplitting new musical roasts, eviscerates and celebrates the show that has taken Broadway by storm. The Phoenix Theatre, 1825

old-world magic with the charm of a Vaudeville-style show. Set in an intimate parlor, the duo plays to sold-out crowds who come for an evening of “Magic, Mystery, and OOOH la la! Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, 489.359.SHOW, carnivalofillusion.com, times vary, $42-$62.

Summer Spectacular

AGNES PELTON, DAY, 1935. OIL ON CANVAS. COLLECTION OF PHOENIX ART MUSEUM, GIFT OF THE MELODY S. ROBIDOUX FOUNDATION.

“Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist”

TO SEPTEMBER 8 Phoenix Art Museum presents the first exhibition of Agnes Pelton in more than 24 years. Born to American parents in Stuttgart, Germany, her family briefly lived in Basel, Switzerland before returning to the United States in 1888. She began experimenting with abstraction in the early 1900s in New York. Approximately 40 to 45 works comprise this exhibition, shedding light on Pelton’s artistic contribution to American modernism, It examines her practice against a broader, international framework of spiritual and esoteric abstraction. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.457.5814, phxart.org, times vary, free-$23.

“Jasper in Deadland”

“Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo”

TO SEPTEMBER 2 Color and other outside factors have helped shape Navajo weavers’ individualism and flair for experimentation. Textiles have been rooted in ideas and events experience throughout time, from years of imprisonment in the Bosque Redondo, to the introduction of commercial products found at trading posts. Today, Navajo textiles are viewed as art with the singular vision of the weaver appreciated and applauded just as an artist working in the Euro-American tradition. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.252.8840, heard.org, times vary, free-$18.

N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.2151, phoenixtheatre. com, times vary, $38-$88.

JULY 5 TO JULY 7 Jasper is a 16-year-old who journeys into the afterlife to rescue his recently deceased best friend, Agnes. But in this version of the hereafter, (a hybrid of mythology, religion and superstition), the dead forget life, and so may Jasper if he can’t get past the seven circles of Deadland. Based on the book by Hunter Foster and Ryan Scott Oliver. Brelby Playhouse, 7154 N. 58th Drive, Glendale, brelby. com, times vary, $20-$25.

“Carnival of Illusion”

JULY 6 Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed present an evening of up-close,

JULY 11 The Summer Spectacular will be the “coolest” art event of the season! The monthly art walk in the Scottsdale Arts District, held along Main Street from Scottsdale Road to the Goldwater Boulevard and north of Indian School on Marshall Way to Fifth Avenue. Participants are invited to take a virtual vacation to the tropics, while enjoying cool, refreshing drinks and ice-cold treats. To coincide with the tropical-travel theme, participating galleries are set to display exhibits and artworks by national and international artists, lending itself to the “vacation vibe” of this art walk. Downtown Scottsdale Gallery District, scottsdalegalleries. org, 6:30 to 9 p.m., free.

“The Pajama Game”

JULY 11 TO JULY 21 Fox 10 personality Cory McCloskey headlines Scottsdale Musical Theatre’s show that features a 20-piece live orchestra. The premise: labor and love clash in this delightful classic musical comedy about a union leader and a factory supervisor who fall in love in the midst of a labor dispute. From the songwriting team that wrote “Damn Yankees,” this production boasts a variety of memorable hits. Presented by Scottsdale Musical Theater Company. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.2822, tempecenterforthearts. com, times vary, $42-$58.

“The Addams Family”

JULY 12 TO JULY 28 One of TV’s most popular (and creepy) families comes to the stage. The family’s daughter Wednesday, the ultimate Princess of Darkness, has grown up and fallen in love— with a sweet young man from


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The Scottish comedian longs for audience applause Eric Newman >> The Entertainer!

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aniel Sloss, a 28-year-old Scottish comedian whose tour will lead him to the Van Buren on July 11, will not call his first longterm romp through the United States a dream come true. “Growing up and doing comedy all this time, doing that was too big of a dream, so it wasn’t even something I thought about much,” he says. Sloss was discovered at a Scottish comedy festival years ago by a representative from “Conan.” He has since appeared on the show a recordnumber of 10 times, and released a pair of Netflix specials, “Dark” and “Jigsaw,” in September 2018, so his face is becoming ever-more familiar for comedy fans. However, he says Netflix does not allow him to see where his act is most popular or garners the best reactions in the United States. Thus, his tour, which will see him trek to 18 different American cities in July,

a respectable family. While her parents wonder where they went wrong, Wednesday wants just one normal night, but with her family hosting dinner for her fiancé and his parents, things are about to get interesting. This is one family dinner you won’t forget. Presented by Arizona Broadway Theatre. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, 602.252.8497, herbergertheater. org, times vary, $44-$73.

Melissa Etheridge: “The Medicine Show”

JULY 13 Known for her confessional lyrics and smoky vocals, Melissa Etheridge has been one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for decades. While on the road for her latest U.S. tour, the concert will feature her most cherished hits and new music. Every pair of tickets sold come with either a digital download

will be a test for him to see the market and gauge audiences in different locales. He has performed in the United States previously, but never of this magnitude. All told, his tour will reach 22 American cities from July 2 to August 4. “If, for some reason, the little island I live on were to disappear someday, I want to be able to show up anywhere in the world and sell tickets,” Sloss says. “This tour is exciting because that’s my goal, to be able to perform live in a bunch of places.” Having performed comedy since his teenage years, Sloss says his act has continually improved, and his opinionbased material touches on current issues. He doesn’t give away too much of his act, as to not spoil the punchlines in his performance, but he promised he would not be spewing political commentary. He’s a jokester first. “I talk about things like toxic masculinity, a little bit of the Me Too Movement, some of the things that are going on now in part of it, but really it’s not a political show or anything like that. I just want to make people laugh,” he says. or CD copy of Etheridge’s album. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.782.2680, chandlercenter. org, 7:30 p.m., $72-$112.

Having been on television in the United States and in Europe has been a blessing for Sloss. The opportunities have helped sell tickets and increase his exposure. But nothing quite compares to getting on stage and making an audience laugh for hours on end. He’s hoping his success on his American tour is no different. “The shows I’ve done in America before, there is just so much enthusiasm in the crowd. I feel like a rock star. I can’t wait,” he says.

“No matter where you’re from or what your life is like, I think everybody can have one thing in common. And that’s thinking I’m a miserable (expletive) and laughing at me together.”

azbroadway.org, times vary, $49.

Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, times vary, $29-$69.

The Van Buren Phoenix, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix. 480.659.1641, vanburenphx.com, Thursday, July 11, 8 p.m., tickets start at $35.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

“Get a Clue”

JULY 26 AND JULY 27 Be a guest at Mr. Boddee’s birthday celebration. All of his so-called “friends” are on the guest list: the gold-digging Miss Scarlett; the eccentric Professor Plum; the intoxicating Mrs. Peacock; the secretive Col. Mustard; the illtempered Mr. Green; and mistreated and misunderstood Mrs. White. When a body is found, it is up the other guests (the audience) to figure out whodunnit. The ticket includes a three-course meal with soft beverage, bread, salad, chicken entrée and dessert. Arizona Broadway Theatre, Encore Room, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, 623.776.8400,

Daniel Sloss

“Ice Fantasy: Where Cirque Meets Ice”

JULY 26 TO 28 This 70-minute on-ice production features the arts of gymnastics, acrobatics and figure skating. This unforgettable family show includes world-class talent and is created and directed by Jeb Rand, who has been producing and directing ice shows worldwide since 1998. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main

ONGOING School may be out, but that leaves more time for learning, exploring, and playing at one of the top three children’s museums in the nation. The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a place where little ones can use their imagination, inspire, creative and have fun! Designed for children from birth to 10, the museum is housed in 48,000 square feet of space, with more than 300 play experiences, spread throughout three floors in the magnificent and historic Monroe School Building. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602.253.0501, childrensmuseumofphoenix. org, times vary, free-$14.95. ENTERTAINERMAG.COM


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MUSICAL MEMORIES

Cory McCloskey shares theater background ahead of ‘The Pajama Game’ Bridgette Redman >> The Entertainer!

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ory McCloskey has come a long way. From “The Music Man’s” Man No. 2 in a small town of 3,000 in Pennsylvania to a popular Fox 10 News weatherman in the nation’s fifth largest city, McCloskey has entertained people since he was a child of the 1960s. Now, the Fox 10 weatherman is taking the stage as the leading man, Sid Sorokin, in the classic musical “The Pajama Game” with the Scottsdale Musical Theater Company from July 11 to July 21 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. McCloskey’s second stage musical he saw was “The Pajama Game;” the first was “Little Mary Sunshine.” “The Pajama Game” made a big impression on him. He was a young child

and the high school theater director brought elementary students to attend dress rehearsals. “I remember so clearly this particular show,” McCloskey says. “‘Little Mary Sunshine,’ ‘The Pajama Game,’ ‘Damn Yankees’—we were allowed to say ‘damn’—it was a big deal. I could count the years of my elementary school with the shows.” Staged first in 1953, “The Pajama Game” features a battle between labor and management. Sorokin is a new manager at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory where the workers, led by Babe Williams, are about to go on strike for a 7.5-cent-per-hour raise. While the two protagonists are on opposite sides of the union battle, the two fall in love. “I really do enjoy that stretch of musicals,” says McCloskey, referring to the Golden Age musicals of the 1950s and 1960s. “I like a couple things about them. I like the predictability of the shows. You know they are going to tie a beautiful ribbon on everything at the end. I’m a real history fan, so for me, to do a show like ‘The Pajama Game,’ I love imagining

Midwestern America.” Having grown up in a Pennsylvania small town fueled by two shoe factories and a garment factory, he recognizes the characters as the parents of his friends, the people who slugged it out day after day sewing soles onto shoes. The role is a challenge because Sorokin is brusquer than most of the roles McCloskey plays and not as instantly likeable. “He’s a little bit more trouble than perhaps other characters I’ve played,” McCloskey says. “He doesn’t have a smooth time of it. He has a job to do and he cannot fail at being this factory supervisor. He has kind of bluffed his way into the position, so he has to make it work or he’ll be in big trouble. The challenge for me will be trying to make

him evolve into someone people can like.”

CLIMBING THE LADDER It was in the Pennsylvania town where McCloskey first saw The Pajama Game that he also got his first stage role as a freshman in high school—a bit part in “The Music Man.” “I’m sure everyone remembers that moving moment in Act 2 where (Man No. 2) vaults to his feet and says, ‘Yeah, that’s what I heard!’” McCloskey says. As a sophomore, he auditioned again, thinking maybe he’d get a role in the “Hello, Dolly!” chorus. The musical director, who was also the band and choir director, Bob Stoner, had other ideas. He cast McCloskey in one of the leading roles, that of the chief clerk,

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Cornelius Hacki. “I was scared to do it,” McCloskey says. “I would never have presumed to audition for it. It was just a thrill of an experience to really be able to knock around the stage in an energetic role with lots of running around and some fun solos.” He would eventually go on to New York and earn a living as an actor and model in his 20s. He earned his Equity card and continued to perform until he decided to settle down and earn a regular paycheck. That came in the form of television and weather forecasting. Performances were occasional treats. As a morning show weather reporter, he typically wakes up between 2:30 and 3 in the morning and goes to bed between 7 and 9 p.m.—which makes it difficult to attend rehearsals or perform in shows. For the last six years, McCloskey has performed as “Scrooge” in the Hale Theatre Centre’s “A Christmas Carol.” When he does “The Pajama Game,” he’ll take enforced naps every day to make sure he gets enough sleep to stay healthy and perform all his jobs at top energy. “It requires a schedule that a mom would hold a toddler to,” McCloskey says. “There’s a scheduled nap that cannot be missed. Anyone can fight through a day or two of very little sleep, but if it stretches out, you’re not at your best, so I’ve learned how to do it. This will be fun and it’s a rather compressed rehearsal schedule.” McCloskey has attended shows at Scottsdale Musical Theater, though this will be his first time performing with

them. He saw its most recent show, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and said it was fantastic. “The Pajama Game” is being directed by David Hock, with choreography by Hock and Hillary Conrad, and musical direction by Joni Van Rossum. McCloskey is looking forward to performing with live musicians, rather than recorded ones. “I love looking down into that pit and seeing a director who is looking right up to you, eyebrows kind of raised, waiting for you to make your decision,” McCloskey says. “Maybe there’s a longer pause if you’ve dropped a line and are trying to get back on track. That thrills me. I love to sing with an orchestra. You can’t beat it.” The cast is filled with people with whom he is excited to work. He had high praise for the actress playing Babe, Elizabeth Blair, saying she is a lot like the character she plays—no-nonsense and a triple-threat who can act, sing and dance. “I would like to be her friend,” McCloskey says. “She could pop me into next week if required. I’ve watched her in a couple shows and I’m excited about playing opposite her.” McCloskey is thrilled that Hock asked him to be a part of the show and hopes it won’t be his last there. He also hopes Fox viewers will get a kick out of seeing him perform in a musical. “It will be a fun night for those who

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know me already,” McCloskey says. “I think they’ll enjoy it. I’m likely to break out in song on our show, we don’t have any rules. But they might not know this about me. They can see what else I do and if its fun and if I’m any good at it. It will be worthy of the ticket for sure.”

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company perform at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, scottsdalemusicaltheater. com, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays July 11 to July 21, $42-$58. Student and senior discounts available.

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BACON BROTHERS

Kevin and Michael Bacon set aside careers for musical project Christina Fuoco-Karasinski >> The Entertainer!

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evin and Michael Bacon like to keep their interviews fair and balanced. After all, the siblings, who perform as the Bacon Brothers, have equal parts in the band. They both have the ability to steal the spotlight as well. Kevin is an awardwinning actor with hundreds of credits to his name, including the Showtime series “City on a Hill.” Emmy-winning composer Michael began making music in their native Philadelphia before moving to Nashville. He recently scored Goodface Film’s “Master Maggie,” starring Lorraine Bracco, Kenan Thompson, and Brian Dennehy, which premiered at The TriBeCa Film Festival in April. The Bacon Brothers perform at the Musical Instrument Museum at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 4. “We met someone associated with the MIM, who was offering us a tour the ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

last time we were out,” Kevin says. “We weren’t able to swing by, but I’ve seen the brochure and it looks amazing.” Michael is also anticipating the jaunt and the Phoenix stop. This is a new era for the Bacon Brothers and their touring habits. “We toured a bit too much last summer,” he says. “We learned a lot about what is possible and what is too much. We’ve made some adjustments. “It was night after night. We were on a bus the whole time. It just didn’t quite feel like we were getting back what we were giving. We have new management now and the whole thing seems well organized.” The brothers’ set will include recorded songs, and new ones they’re road testing for a forthcoming release. “Nowadays, you don’t have to put everything out at once,” Michael says. “You can roll them out slowly. But nothing is as exciting as setting a song off on its virgin voyage on its first night. Generally, two to three months later, after we’ve sung it for a couple months, it changes and evolves. Hopefully, we get a

chance to record them.” Included in the setlist will be the new single, “Play,” which hit streaming services on June 27. Kevin says he wrote it quickly, and the band headed to a New Jersey studio to record it. “It happened fast,” he says. “I wrote it and it just came out. I was in the middle of shooting my TV show and I asked everyone if we could just find time to go in the studio. We popped over to this little studio in New Jersey we’ve used before. The guys were available and we knocked it out. We had some fun with it. It is nice to have new music ready for the road.” Fiercely devoted to making music, The Bacon Brothers cite such varied influences as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Motown, Led Zeppelin, Philly soul, James Taylor, Pete Seeger and Chet Atkins. The two siblings share a singular body of work that’s found them spending over 20 years working the road and paying their dues, resulting in nine albums—“Forosoco” (1997), “Getting There” (1999), “Can’t Complain”

(2001), “Live: The No Food Jokes Tour” (2003), “White Knuckles” (2005), “New Year’s Day” (2009), “Philadelphia Road” (2011), “36 Cents” (2014), and the eponymous, “The Bacon Brothers” (2018)—spanning rock, soul, folk and Americana. The Bacon Brothers are Michael on vocals, guitar and cello; Kevin on vocals, guitar and percussion; Paul Guzzone, bass, backing vocals; Joe Mennonna, keyboards, accordion; Tim Quick, lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals, and Frank Vilardi, drums. “We’re just excited to be playing some of our favorite places as well as discovering new ones. It’ll be fun to go out with some great new music to share,” Kevin says.

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hen Herbert Washington accepted the role of Phoenix Boys Choir artistic director, it was a position he’d literally spent his whole life preparing for. When he was 8 years old in South Phoenix, Washington’s life was not one that appeared headed for where he is now—a respected educator chosen to lead a Grammy Award-winning choral ensemble, rising to the top of a global search. “I came from a low socio-economic background,” Washington says. “I had no resources and not a lot of money. I was in and out of foster homes. I moved from school to school. I had a lot of anger toward family and I was a wild child. I liked to move around, and I didn’t focus.” But an educator and a boys’ choir changed his life. His choir teacher at Whittier Elementary School in Phoenix, Debra Brandsma, saw something in him. He’d sung a couple of solos for her—“The Star-Spangled Banner” and a piece from “Annie Get Your Gun.” “She came to me one day and said, ‘Young man, you have a gift. I think you should think about joining the Phoenix Boys Choir,’” says Washington, who lives in Chandler. “At the time, I had no idea what it was. I took her recommendation. I tried out and made it that first year. I was just a young boy thrown into a great organization and didn’t know what I was in for.” As a member of the choir, he would learn discipline, travel the world, develop a lifelong brotherhood of friends, find a new family and get the support he needed to go on to college and pursue a career in music.

WELL VERSED In the years leading up to taking the Phoenix Boys Choir top role on June 1, he was the director of Middle and High School Choral Activities at Gilbert Christian School and the encore director for Chandler Children’s Choir. He is a member of the Arizona Music Educators Association, the former ACDA Western Division Chair board member and serves as the Repertoire and Resource Chair for Children’s Choirs and Community ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

Youth for the Arizona American Choral Directors Association. “Herbert has the perfect combination of experience, personality, and charm to incorporate the near 72-year legacy of the Phoenix Boys Choir,” says Executive Director Oleg Shvetz. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with him and lead our amazing organization to new heights.” When Washington joined the Boys Choir, it was still under the leadership of its founder, Dr. Harvey K. Smith. “He instilled a lot of discipline in a positive fashion,” Washington says. “He was a very positive gentleman who always provided encouraging stern words. I learned a lot about dedication to an organization.” The choir, Washington says, taught him about being a part of a brotherhood and how to work with a group of unfamiliar people. In the second year he was in the choir, he traveled with them to Japan to perform. He says the staff and other parents helped fund his way because they did not want to see him fail. “They figured out ways for me to find funds or they paid my way to these things,” Washington says. “That changed the whole scope of life for me. I wasn’t interested then in music in a professional manner, but I was interested in leaving my current socioeconomic status. The family was a rough upbringing. This gave me a place where it was safe, where it was positive, where I received encouraging words and a lot of people supported my work. It was a place I wanted to escape to quite often, that became my new home and family.” When he was in his teen years, the choir’s nurse, Judy Van Boening, adopted him and helped him to go to college in Minnesota. The young men he sang with also became his brothers and buddies, people he has maintained contact with throughout his life. He says that together they learned about more than singing. They learned about confidence, social etiquette and the ability to stand up before huge crowds of people and perform. It forged a bond between them that has lasted a lifetime.

GIVING BACK He is eager now to pass those opportunities on to the next generation. He wants the Phoenix Boys Choir to be a one-stop shop for young men,

a place where not only can they get a world-class music education, but they can have male role models and they can focus on self-confidence, teamwork and self-management. Washington also wants the boys to be cultural ambassadors to the world. This summer, the members of the choir are headed off to Austria, France, and Germany for three weeks. The choir, whose next event here is a fall gala, learns the languages, the singing styles of those countries, the food and how to be decent gentlemen and great citizens of the world. “We are massaging the heart,” Washington says. “We are trying to build young men who can express their heart with the vehicle of music. When they leave the Boys Choir, I want them to be arts ambassadors and lights of the world.” Washington takes over from Georg Stangelberger, an artistic director who retired after 20 years leading the organization. Stangelberger came from the classic Vienna tradition of boys choirs, which, Washington says, he plans to uphold. They’ll continue to travel the globe every other year to perform. He also stresses the importance of singers connecting their minds, heart, bodies and spirits as singers. He wants to provide them with a high-quality music education that will make them successful if they pursue music in the future. However, he also wants them to have a great appreciation for the arts whether or not

they pursue music as a career. He wants them to be arts ambassadors and to pass that love down to their children. “I want our boys to be lights of the world, to serve in the community not with just their voices, but with their minds, bodies and spirits,” Washington says. “We focus on community service and collaboration.”

EUROPEAN TRADITION While the genre of music will continue to include the European tradition of classical music from which boys choirs were first sprung, Washington also wants the choir to focus on contemporary and barbershop music. “I love many different styles,” Washington says. “I have a blend of different genres. I want my boys to be well rounded, diverse and versatile in music.” He also wants to make sure that the people of Phoenix—parents and teachers—know what resource is available for boys in the Phoenix Boys Choir. It was an organization that gave him a family, a college education, and a career. It gave him opportunities to perform in some of the most prestigious choirs in the world and to become an educator. “This all stemmed because of one educator seeing the light and potential in a young man who could have easily been lost to the system,” Washington says. “I was troubled and rambunctious. I could have easily gone in other directions. (The Boys Choir) isn’t only for the wealthy or affluent or the one who has it all together. It’s also for the boy who truly needs it in that low social family lifestyle or a very troubled lifestyle and I am a proven example. If I can make it, anyone can.” Now the father of two boys, one who just graduated and another who is joining the choir at age 5, he wants people to know that there is a space for everyone, for every boy from 7 to 80. “It’s a special place,” Washington says. “I want to sing that out on the mountaintops and around the Valley so parents understand. It’s not just come and sing. It’s come and be a part of a brotherhood, be a part of something greater than you.”

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Comedian Feraz Ozel gives kids the idol they need Eric Newman >> The Entertainer!

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eraz Ozel’s story isn’t one too many people in show business can tell. The stand-up comic, who is set to perform July 19 and July 20 at the Scottsdale Comedy Spot Comedy Club, was close to giving up his pursuit of a comedy career to work for the CIA. When he graduated from the University of California – San Diego in 2010, he was hired as a counterterrorism analyst. Comedy was his first love, though, having done a couple shows in college. He decided to dive fully into being a performer. There is only one similarity between the two careers he can think of. “In both situations, you might have to deal with bombing,” Ozel jokes. Since starting his comedy career, he has appeared on “2 Broke Girls,” “Hollywood Darlings,” “Comics Unleashed,” “Conan” and “Hulu’s Coming to the Stage.” He also recently shot a lead role in a called “Hollywood Dirt.” But, in his mind, nothing compares to telling jokes to a live audience and its connection. “It gives you the potential to, when done right, be completely honest in a room full of strangers, and hopefully they find the humor in what you’re saying,” he says. “In that moment, everyone feels a little more together. That never gets old, no matter what you’re saying or where you’re at.” His material often has political or social background to it, drawing from personal experiences or those he has seen in the news or television. He is inspired by Jon Stewart or Greg Giraldo, whose jokes often revolved around current events and sometimes had life lessons entrenched in the laughs. “A lot of them are doing sociopolitical

commentary without being overly preachy, and opening the audience’s minds about things that maybe they should pay attention to more,” Ozel says. Notably, though, few of the people he identified with growing up looked or grew up like he did—an AfghanPakistani American. While he claims to have never dealt with harsh racism or discrimination, there were no notable idols for him to look up to in comedy. The idea of a career in the arts was just not something many people around him even considered, never mind actually pursuing it. He understands that at the end of the day he is just a jokester, there to make people laugh and enjoy a night out. But, at the same time, Ozel notes maybe he can affect a kids to shoot for the metaphorical stars in a comedy or performance career. He wants to be the model he didn’t have at their age. “So often some of them (Afghan or Pakistani kids) have never seen stand-up before my show, a lot of the kids aren’t allowed to watch at all because some of the language,” he says. “And then they’re sitting there and seeing you, someone that looks more like them. The family likes it, and comedy hopefully becomes a little more relatable.” “Then maybe if some of the kids from there grow up and want to pursue something in the arts, it’s more OK for the family and community to support that, and then they’ll have the confidence to just go for it.”

Feraz Ozel Scottsdale Comedy Spot, 7117 E. Third Avenue, Scottsdale, 480.945.4422, thecomedyspot. net, ozelcomedy.com, 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, to Saturday, July 20, tickets start at $10.

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Two-for-One Ice Cream Scoops DAILY IN JULY Between the splash pad, two-forone ice cream specials, and half-off iced tea and pastries for happy hour, Luci’s at the Orchard is the perfect summer spot. During July, Splurge at the Orchard will offer two-for-one scoops daily. Swing by Luci’s at the Orchard, located next door, where happy hour includes half off on smoothies and pastries after 5 p.m. Luci’s at the Orchard, 7100 N. 12th Street, Phoenix, 602.633.2442, lucisorchard. com, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., prices vary.

Mastro’s Summer Signature Items

TO SEPTEMBER 30 Experience Mastro’s signature items with a limited time threecourse menu for $69. Choose between select appetizers, entrees and desserts to customize a dining experience. Appetizers include French onion soup, jalapeno tuna sashimi, Caesar salad or mambo salad. Entrees include New Zealand king salmon filet, herb-roasted chicken, double-cut pork chop or a 6-ounce petite filet. Choice of two sides include sautéed mushrooms, creamed corn, broccoli either steamed or sautéed or garlic mashed potatoes. Dessert includes cheesecake, chocolate sin cake or Mastro’s signature warm butter cake. Mastro’s Steakhouse, 8852 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, mastrosrestaurants.com.

Margarita with a Margherita MONDAYS IN JULY Match Restaurant and Lounge has the cure for the Monday blues with the new “Margarita with a Margherita” special available every Monday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The special includes one margarita and one margherita pizza for $10 for dine-in service. Match Restaurant and Lounge, 1100 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.875.8080, matchphx.com, $10.

Tres Tempe Restaurant

THURSDAYS IN JULY Guests can enjoy a three-course meal for $38: Mediterranean salad or hummus for their first course; choice of Tres’ cheese torte, herbed chicken confit or shrimp and grits for their entrée, and the third course, dessert is chef’s choice. Chef will occasionally offer a new variety of dishes each Thursday to mix it up for regular diners. Tres Tempe Restaurant, 7192 S. Price Road, Tempe, 480.897.5300, trestempe. com, 5 p.m., $38.

Birds & Bubbles

JULY 6 Southern Rail invites guests to join them for “Birds & Bubbles” to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day. Guests who order Southern Rail’s fried chicken will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles. The chicken dish features a half chicken with a seasoned buttermilk crust served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and collard greens for $24. Reservations recommended. Southern Rail, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.200.0085, southernrailaz. com, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., $24.

Food Truck Sunday

JULY 7 The Pentecostals of Phoenix is hosting a food truck event the first Sunday of the month.

Food, corn hole and indoor and outdoor activities will be available for the whole family. The Pentecostals of Phoenix, 2341 W. Royal Palm Road, Phoenix, 602.944.7209, thepop.church, noon to 2 p.m., price varies.

is rated PG-13. Children ages 15 years old or older are allowed in with adult supervision. Moxy Hotel, 1333 S. Rural Road, Tempe, 480.968.3451, thedinnerdetective.com, 6 to 9 p.m., $87.69.

Noodles & Company Specials

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JULY 9 On this day only, Noodles & Company is offering a free kids’ meal with the purchase of a regular entrée. There’s a limit of four free kids’ meals per family. The offer isn’t valid with delivery, online or through the NoodlesRewards app. Noodles & Company, 2975 S. Market Street, Gilbert, 480.963.0255; 7541 W. Bell Road, Peoria, 623.979.9477; Deer Valley Towne Center, 2805 W. Agua Fria Freeway, Phoenix, 623.587.0767; Ahwatukee Foothills Towne Center, 4901 E. Ray Road, Phoenix, 480.893.1774; Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.921.3500, noodles.com.

JULY 20 The fourth annual festival is devoted to wieners, puns and beer, and gives hot dog fans the chance to relish local beers and local chefs’ meats while sampling creative hot dog recipes. Short Leash Hot Dogs, 4221 N. Seventh Avenue, Phoenix, 480.620.8479, shortleashhotdogs.com, info@ shortleashhotdogs.com, 5 to 10 p.m., tickets start at $10.

Winemaker Dinner Series: Frog’s Leap

Gnocchi-Making Class & Mozzarella Demonstration

JULY 14 Learn how to make excellent pasta and get a hands-on lesson from the pasta pro Matt Nobile. Students will cook and prep everything from kneading the dough to sautéing gnocchi in the pan. At the end of the class, students will enjoy their dish and a complimentary drink. Bella Gusto Urban Pizzeria, 1964 N. Alma School Road, Suite 1, Chandler, 480.696.4455, bellagustoaz. com, noon to 2 p.m., $30.

The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show

JULY 20 Take control and tackle a challenging crime while enjoying a four-course meal at the Dinner Detective Show. Keep a look out for the murderer or you may find yourself as the prime suspect. This dinner event

JULY 20 For those who love food and wine, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale is hosting a winemaker dinner with Frog’s Leap Wines. It begins with an appetizer and wine reception, followed by an epicurean experience that perfectly pairs wines with a four-course dinner. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, 480.444.1234, hyatt.com, 6:30 p.m., $95.

Chef’s Kitchen Monthly Dinner Series at Omni Montelucia JULY 25 A four-course dinner includes unique dishes prepared live, paired with libations from visiting distilleries and winemakers from across the country. This dinner features beer and barbecue celebrating National Picnic Month. The event is set in Chef’s Kitchen and outdoor herb garden. Chef’s Kitchen & Garden at Omni Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480.627.3039, omnihotels.com, 6 p.m., $125.


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Linger Longer Lounge

6522 N. 16th Street, Suite 6, Phoenix, 602.264.4549, lingerlongeraz.com This vintage cocktail lounge and kitchen, with a game room and a DJ spinning vinyl, offers happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and all day Sunday. Happy hour includes $6/$7 selected appetizers, $3 Linger Longer Lager and domestic beers, $4 well drinks, $6 Tito’s draft cocktail and select cocktails, and $8 classic cocktails.

Guide Brat Haus

3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.947.4006, brathausaz.com Nestled in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Brat Haus’ open-air patio paired with delicious beers, wine and cocktails offers a soothing atmosphere. Happy hour, 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, includes $2 off all draft beers, $2 off glasses of wine, $4 off well cocktails. Free dog brats for four-legged friends.

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers

18529 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.912.7219; 4222 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.941.2747, coldbeers.com. Additional locations in the Valley. Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers lives up to its name but offers more than that. Happy hour, 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, includes $3 domestic pints, $4 domestic aluminum bottles, $4 Four Peaks pints, $5 premium wells, $5 Sauza Blue Margarita, $5 Jack and Coke, $5 house wines.

Copper Blues

50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 480.719.5005, copperblueslive.com At Copper Blues, headliners don’t just occupy the stage, they surround it in the form of tap handles and inviting service. Happy hour is offered from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday to Sunday.

CRUjiente Tacos

3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.687.7777, crutacos.com The modern neighborhood taqueria and twotime Grand Champion winner of Arizona Taco Festival has happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and reverse happy hour from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy hour appetizers include $8 chips and guacamole/queso. CRUjiente Tacos’ award-winning street-style tacos, including the $4 Korean fried chicken taco and $3.50 pork belly taco, are available with special pricing during happy hour. All draft and bottled beers are $1 off, all wines by the glass are $2 off, all well drinks are $5, Modelo Especial and Tecate Light cans are $3.50.

Dorian

7419 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.907.5635, dorianscottsdale.com A perfect place to spend happy hour, Dorian has crushed blue velvet booths, a circular marble top bar and a light and bright airy dining room. Enjoy a lavish evening at happy hour with $2 off specialty cocktails, $6 glasses of featured wine and $5 well drinks and craft beer. For bites, dine on $6 bruschetta, featured seasonal vegetable, warm marinated olives, $8 sweet and spicy calamari, Dorian burger, and $15 small charcuterie board.

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EVO Scottsdale

4175 N. Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, 480.265.9814, evoscottsdale.com Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and features $5 select wine and $5 select draft and bottled beer.

Freezers

83 E. Broadway Road, Tempe, 602.491.9119, freezersicehouse.com Play billiards and darts while drinking some brews at Freezers. Happy hour is all day every day! $3 PBR and Rolling Rock pints from open to close. Specials are Monday through Friday which includes a burger and any draft beer for $10, $1 off all draft beers, $2 off all wells and house wines, and $3 off house cocktails from 3 to 7 p.m. Every Thursday drink some Deep Eddy Vodka for $5 all night long.

Gallagher’s Sports Grill

Additional locations throughout the Valley, gallaghersaz.com Gallagher’s Sports Grill loves sports as much as it loves food, so it brings both of them together. Dozens of TVs to watch numerous sporting events, Gallagher’s has it all. Happy hour snacks run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and drink specials run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reverse happy hour is from 10 p.m. to Midnight.

Hungry Monk

1760 W. Chandler Boulevard, Chandler, 480.963.8000, hungrymonkaz.com Chandler’s Hungry Monk pours 27 craft beers, with daily happy hour from 2 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday all day.

Kelly’s at SouthBridge

7117 E. Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale, 480.393.3205, kellysatsouthbridge.com Kelly’s at SouthBridge in Old Town has happy hour from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, featuring $4 off selected starters and Kelly’s cocktails, $5 draft beers and well drinks, $6 house wines, $49 bucket of four Chandon Splits, and $100 Caymus.

Little Woody

4228 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602.955.0339, littlewoodyaz.com ittle oody ar is filled it food and games for any type of party goer. From 4 to 7 p.m. daily, happy hour includes $1 off all beer, $2 off all food, $4 well drinks, $5 Tito’s (exclusions apply), and $7 classic cocktails.

Pedal Haus Brewery

730 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.314.2337, pedalhausbrewery.com Mill Avenue’s resident brewpub and beer garden, Pedal Haus Brewery offers beer enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy happy hour from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and all day Sunday, with half-off wings, $3 Pedal Haus beers, $3 mimosas, $4 Bloody Marys and $5 margaritas.

Philly’s Sports Grill

1826 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe, 480.946.6666; 1402 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, 480.968.6612; 4855 E. Warner Road, Phoenix (Ahwatukee), 480.247.8655, phillyssportsgrill.com. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, and reverse happy hour from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Rehab Burger Therapy

7210 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.621.5358, rehabburgertherapy.com Rehab Burger Therapy was founded on the idea that everyone deserves a break from the daily grind. Happy hour is offered from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and 11 a.m. to Close every Thursday. This includes $1 off Party Starters, wine by the glass, and any Rapid Relief. Enjoy $2 off Special Treatment & any Skinny Remedy.

Rico’s American Grill

7677 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, 1.800.947.9784, squawpeakhilton.com Resort guests and locals can enjoy daily happy hour specials from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Drink specials include $4 domestic beers and well drinks, $5 draft beers, and $5 bartender’s pick backyard cocktails. Food specials include $5 loaded pub fries, $5 quesadillas and $7 pork carnitas tacos.

The Sicilian Butcher

15530 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix, 602.775.5140, thesicilianbutcher.com Every day is happy hour at The Sicilian Butcher in the bar area only with premium wells starting at $5 and house-select wines or beers for $5.50. Happy hour bites include prosciutto bruschetta and fried ravioli for $7, a bucket of meatballs or e lant ar i iano at read for and a house-select bottle of wine and polenta and meatball board for $19.

Spinelli’s Pizzeria

420 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 602.800.5300, spinellispizzeria.com. Spinelli’s Pizzeria has happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, with specials like $3.50 wells, $4.50 calls, $4 cheese pizza slices, $4.50 pepperoni pizza slices, and half-off appetizers.

The Stockyards

5009 E. Washington Street, Suite 115, Phoenix, 602.273.7378, stockyardsteakhouse.com In 1947, The Stockyards, Arizona’s Original Steakhouse, opened its doors with a menu focused on its historical past: beer. Staying true to its heritage, The Stockyards’ menu continues to feature only t e finest corn fed aged steaks and prime rib, Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, when house wine, draft beer, saloon snacks, domestic beer and well drinks are discounted. Complimentary tenderloin sliders are also offered.

SunUp Brewing Co.

322 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.279.8909,sunup.beer SunUp offers beer brewed on-site, with happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily.

TapHouse Kitchen

6137 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite #108, Scottsdale, 480.656.0012 3131 E. Shea Boulevard, Phoenix, 480.656.0012 Taphousekitchen.com Al ays uttin t e uests first a ouse Kitchen strives to become a business that is the forefront of the industry. It’s innovative, unique and desirable to the city and state. TapHouse Kitchen uses the freshest ingredients in the bar and in the kitchen to serve up the best beer, cocktails, and food!

Tutti Santi

6339 E. Greenway Road, Suite 108, Scottsdale, 480.951.3775, tuttisantriristorante.com Tutti Santi’s menu offers Nina’s original recipes for Italian classics, from antipasti freddi to mozzarella caprese. Happy hour is 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery

4321 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.378.3001, twobrothersbrewing.com Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery hosts happy hour 4 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, with $1 off draft beer, $6 cocktails, $1 off wine by the glass and a reduced-price appetizer menu. On Thursdays, it has $3 house draft beer, house wine and appetizer menu.

Uncle Bear’s Brewery

4921 E. Ray Road, Suite 103, Phoenix (Ahwatukee), 480.961.2374; 9053 E. Baseline Road, Suite 101A, Mesa, 480.986.2228; 21151 E. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, 480.882.3177, unclebearsaz.com Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, with reverse happy hour 10 p.m. to close Sunday to Thursday. Happy hour includes $4.50 Uncle Bear’s craft pints, domestic bottles, wells and house margaritas. Other specials include $5.50 22-ounce Uncle Bear’s craft and house wines, $1 off all Uncle Bear’s backyard drink menu, and $2 off Bear Bites.

The Womack 5749 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602.283.5232,

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he staff at Vito’s Pizza and Italian Ristorante means it when it says the eatery has a family atmosphere. They high-five each other, hug regulars, welcome newbies with a smil, and predict the orders of frequent visitors. General manager Giselle Moen says it’s all in a day’s work. She chalks up the good-natured attitude to owners Ryan and Alexis Vickery, who took over operations in 2009 from the founders, Vito and JoAnne Carrieri. “I’m very fortunate to work for them,” she says about the Vickerys. “They’re wonderful people as well.” Moen has worked at Vito’s since 1990 when Northeast Mesa as a glimmer in the county’s eye. She had just moved to the Valley from Culver City, California, and decided to approach Carrieri for a job. Her husband already worked there. “Do you want him to quit?” she asked Carrieri. “No, we want to see both of you work together,” Carrieri answered. Vito and his family came to the United States aboard the Andrea Doria. His dream was to open a restaurant, but he didn’t accomplish that until he was 50 with Vito’s in February 1986. Vito built the complex in which the restaurant sits. Vito’s specializes in home-style meals created from recipes passed down over the years from Vito’s grandmothers. Using only the freshest local ingredients, along with some imported from Italy, for over 20 years Vito and JoAnne expanded on their success, creating an Italian

eatery that was more than just a place to eat a meal — Vito’s was home. Moen said Vito’s signature dish is its Chicago thin-crust pizza ($9.99-$24.79) — “without a doubt.” Other popular items are the lasagna ($15.29-$19.49), and spaghetti and meatballs ($12.39). “We serve homemade meatballs every day,” she says. “Every morning they’re there making them.” Guests can kick off their meals with creative appetizers like bacon-wrapped scallops ($12.49) or Italian meatball sliders ($8.99). Sandwiches are also on the menu like Vito’s cheesesteak ($9.99) or the Italian combo ($9.99). Those who want to eat light have a choice of eight salads,

ranging from the garden ($4.49-$8.99) to the blackened salmon salad ($17.49). The chef specialties include sausagestuffed chicken $18.99) and beef stroganoff ($21.99). Pasta is its bread and butter, like rigatoni alla Vito’s ($16.29) with homemade sausage, peas and sunrise sauce; and lobster ravioli ($18.99). Lunch specials are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Happy hour is seven days a week, with half-priced appetizers on the patio, in the bar area and specials throughout the restaurant. Mondays sees endless pasta, and Tuesdays select wines are half off. Staff offers half-off desserts on Wednesdays, $3 crafts on Thursdays and kids eat for

$3.50 on Sundays. Children will create their own pizza and receive a complimentary ice cream sundae. The restaurant also delivers with its own drivers and has a drive-thru window facing Lindsay Road. Moen has seen the restaurant evolve. “When I started in 1990, we didn’t even have computers,” she says. “We did all the ticket writing. We didn’t

have the bar area and we didn’t have the lounge area. That came on later. We kept growing so we expanded.” While the restaurant expanded, the kitchen did not. “We stayed small and they do an amazing job for the volume we do,” she says. “Some of my cooks have been here for over 30 years. Some of them 18, some of them 20 years. Even the majority of our servers have been here over 18 years as well.” “I believe the kitchen is the heartbeat of the restaurant,” she says. “Without them, we can’t do anything. People come back because of the food. People come back because the service was excellent. It’s very important to me that guests are taken care of from the minute they walk into the minute they walk out.” It’s not all about Italian food, though. The last Saturday of each month is comedy night in the cellar, where about 60 guests have a four-course meal and see the show for $45. Vito’s has locations in Northeast Mesa and Scottsdale. Later this year, Vito’s will open a location in Gilbert at Higley and Queen Creek roads. “Gilbert is growing so quickly,” she says. “It’s so great. We didn’t want to go downtown. Downtown Gilbert is already busy and crazy, so we opted to go over there.” Besides chef Joe Carusone, Moen says the secret to the success of Vito’s is its attitude. “We treat them like family,” she says. “We’ve been here for so long that we’re all close. That’s important. We have regulars who have been coming since day one. We make sure they feel welcomed and make sure they feel part of the family.” “I get so many hugs. It’s great. It’s the best part of my job. We give each other high fives, too.”

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Wine Glass Painting Class JULY 3 Celebrate Independence weekend with America’s favorite pastime: drinking beer and enjoying freedom. Drink around in Old Town Scottsdale with three penny drink vouchers and tickets including admission. Locations throughout Scottsdale, scottsdalebarcrawl.com, 6 p.m. to midnight, $20.

JULY 7 Have fun and get creative during the Wine Painting Class held at Three Canyons Beer and Wine Garden in Tucson. During the class, paint a creative design on a wine glass. Wine and beer available for extra purchase. Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden, 4999 N. Sabino Canyon Road, Tucson, 520.900.7866, 4 to 5:30 p.m., $30.

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JULY 7 This cornhole tourney benefits the #LOVEPUP Foundation. Gather your friends and play cornhole while donating to a Arizona-based cause. Each ticket includes registration and play for one team of two players. The ticket also comes with food and one beverage per player. Continental Country Club/Oakmont, 2380 N. Oakmont Drive, Flagstaff, 417.380.3357, eventbrite. com, noon to 5 p.m., $60.

JULY 18 As part of its summer series of food-centric events, Farmboy Market, Meats and Sandwiches will host “Meet the Producers.” The event features a casual reception and wine tasting with local purveyors including Kim and Phil Asmundson, owners of Deep Sky Vineyard, and Wendell Crow of Crow’s Dairy. Guests can enjoy sips of these Arizona wines as well as samplings of chevre and other goat cheeses from Crow’s Dairy along with plates of local cheeses, meats, grains and produce. Farmboy Market, Meats

JULY 20 For those who love food and wine, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale is offering its Winemaker Dinner Series with Frog’s Leap Wines. The event begins with an appetizer and wine reception, followed by an epicurean experience that perfectly pairs wines with a four-course dinner. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, 480.444.1234, hyatt.com, 6:30 p.m., $95.

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JULY 19 Drink craft beer and play bingo at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Free craft beer samples, a cash bar and snacks are featured. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.874.4666, smoca. org, 7 p.m., $15.

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JULY 27 Celebrate over 30 years of Arizona craft beer by enjoying brews, bites and live music. Tickets include 20 beer sampling tickets and small portions of food from local restaurants and breweries. Phoenix Convention Center, 33 S. Third Street, Phoenix, 480.586.6711, realwildandwoody. com, 2 to 6 p.m., $57.

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JULY 20 On select Saturday nights, climb aboard The Grape Train and sip on wines from Verde Valley. The starlight trips depot at 5:30 p.m. and return by 9:30 p.m. Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, 800.293.7245, verdecanyonrr. com, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., $129.

JULY 27 Drive down to Elgin to celebrate the annual harvest season. The $25 general admission tickets include six wine tastings, souvenir giveaway for the first 100 people and four food and wine pairings. Winery tours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sonoita Vineyards, 290 Elgin-Canelo Road, Elgin, sonoitavineyards.com, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $25-$85.


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Where to find the best beer bars in town

Boulders on Broadway

530 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, bouldersonbroadway.com Boulders has the appeal of a neighborhood bar with a beer list that’ll make your eyes pop.

6922 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, 480.946.0542, craft64. com Craft 64 offers 36 local Arizona beers on tap in the heart of Scottsdale.

Fate Brewing Company

Brat Haus

3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.947.4006, brathausaz.com Brat Haus’ open-air patio and its top-notch beers provide the perfect atmosphere. Get draft beers at a $2 discount during happy hour, 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Casual Pint

1095 W. Queen Creek Road, Suite 8, Chandler 4626 N. 16th Street, Unit 102, Phoenix, 623.398.3636, thecasualpint.com The Casual Pint is a fun spot with an upscaleyet-casual atmosphere. The expert “beertenders” can serve craft beer by the pint from the tap wall, by the can or by the bottle to enjoy in the store.

Cider Corps

31 S. Robson, Mesa, cidercorpsaz.com Cider Corps is a veteran-owned and -operated company built by brothers, Sgt. Jason Duren, USMC (Ret.) and Josh Duren. What started as a hobby for the two is now Arizona’s first fully dedicated cidery and taproom. Cider Corps ciders are available at more than 70 bar and restaurant locations in Phoenix, Prescott and Tucson.

Cold Beers & Cheese Burgers

Locations in Phoenix, Arcadia, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Peoria, coldbeers.com Do we need to say more? The name spells out everything you need to know.

Philly’s Sports Grill

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1312 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 7337 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale 201 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe, fatebrewing.com Fate Brewing Co. is known for bold, awardwinning craft beers and perfectly paired lunch and dinner fare. Since its inception Fate has earned tremendous neighborhood support and served as a gathering place to celebrate special occasions, meet new and old friends, and toast the better things in life.

Freezers

83 E. Broadway Road, Tempe, 602.491.9119, freezersicehouse.com Play billiards and darts while drinking brews at Freezers. The Tempe favorite has 24 drafts; keep track by visiting Freezers’ website.

Main Ingredient Ale House “& Café

2337 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602.843.6246, tmialehouse.com This Coronado neighborhood hangout spot is in a charming old home. Its beer lineup features drinks by Ska, Odell, Ace, Hess and Pizza Port. Miller, Budweiser, Corona Extra, Four Peaks and others are included, too.

The Perch Pub & Brewery

1826 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe, 480.946.6666 1402 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, 480.946.6612 4855 E. Warner Road, Ahwatukee, 480.247.8655, phillyssportsgrill.com With more than 20 beers on draft, 15 craft beers on tap plus more selections in cans/ bottles, Philly’s is the place for beer.

Scottsdale Beer Company

8608 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, 480.219.1844, scottsdalebeercompany.com Quality craft beer made in Scottsdale.

Spokes on Southern

1470 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe

spokesonsouthern.com A comfortable bike-themed grill with 24 draft handles and food made from scratch.

120 W. Gurley Street, Prescott, 480.296.4211, superstitionmeadery. com Jeff and Jennifer Herbert started making mead at home when Jen gave Jeff a brewery kit for his birthday in 2007. They began professionally in 2012 when they collaborated with Juniper Well Ranch in Skull Valley. They opened their tasting room in 2014 and quickly outgrew that for production. They opened their production site in 2015. They have grown Superstition Meadery from a few varieties in 2014 to over 200.

232 S. Wall Street, Chandler, 480.773.7688, perchpubbrewery.com Located in Downtown Chandler, this pub and brewery has delicious craft brews and also a home to a collection of beautiful, brightly colored rescue birds, too.

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TapHouse Kitchen

6137 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 108, Scottsdale, 480.656.0012 3131 E. Shea Boulevard, Phoenix, 480.656.0012, taphousekitchen.com TapHouse has 20 handles of the most soughtafter craft beers, mostly local brew and two THK selection handles that change with the season.

Transplant City Beer Company

107 W. Honeysuckle Street, Litchfield Park, 623.535.3911, transplantcitybeercompany.com From homebrewing to Transplant City Beer Company. The owners are known for being creative, with beers like the cream ale Lex Lager; The Wit Bandits, a witbier conditioned on mangoes; and the red ale, Tiffany Amber. Keep an eye on its website as the offerings change regularly.

Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery

4321 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.378.3001, twobrothersbrewing.com Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery specializes in artisan beer, coffee and spirits. Really into beer? Check out the Two Brothers Cellar Club—a year-long membership program where members enjoy specialty beers only available within The Club, numerous perks and discounts and opportunities and access to one-of-a-kind experiences.

Uncle Bear’s Brewery

4921 E. Ray Road, Suite 103, Ahwatukee, 480.961.2374 9053 E. Baseline Road, Suite 101A, Mesa, 480.986.2228 21151 E. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, 480.882.3177, unclebearsaz.com Stop by to enjoy local craft beer, including Uncle Bear’s and other guest taps, as well as delicious bites and a great happy hour.


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o, lots of bartenders who claim to know their beer can talk the talk. But ZuZu bar manager PJ Baron walks the walk—or at least inks the ink. The man loves local craft beer so much that—we kid you not—he has a Four Peaks logo tattooed on his arm. Given this, we had to know his story, and hear about what he has pouring at home and on the job at ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN CRAFT BEER? TELL US YOUR STORY! There is a rhyme and reason to the tattoo. While in college at ASU in the early 2000s, Four Peaks was all the rage in Tempe. I was a beer drinker, as most students at ASU (over 21, of course) are. And I always thought if I was going to drink beer, it should be good. Four Peaks certainly was. One night, in fact, they get “extra” good when they hosted a beer pairing dinner. Now, this is 15 years ago, when a beer pairing dinner was still nearly unheard of in Arizona. The combination of chef-driven dishes and beers blew my mind. So much so, I blabbed to all of my friends in the service industry about it. A lot. Over and over. They saw my passion and immediately told me to make a career in the bar industry. I got my start in beer study by actually volunteering to work Monday lunch shifts at a now-defunct local restaurant. You see, Mondays are the worst days to work a lunch shift in fine dining. The only people there—beer, wine and spirit reps. And each are there to educate the managers (and me!) about their industry, products, trends, et al. Think of it as auditing a college class in beer. Over the next decade-plus, I worked everywhere from dive bars to sports bars to other fine dining before finding my home in hotel food and beverage. I joined Hotel Valley Ho, which is part of a larger ownership group that oversees Sanctuary, Mountain Shadows and the newly reopened Castle Hot Springs, in 2017.

passionate about a great beer experience. In that sense, it becomes a personal almost vulnerable relationship between producer and consumer. Craft beer is made by women and men who are in every step of the process, mindful of the person on that barstool or in their local bottle shop seeing, smelling and tasting that beer. That’s why you see communities formed around this very special culture.

TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE LOCAL AND REGIONAL BREWERIES DOING IT RIGHT: I mean, you see the tattoo, right? I am still deep into my love affair with Four Peaks. Also, I send visitors to Two Brothers, which is pretty close to us, on a daily basis. They are good Midwestern guys who want to make good beer and entertain people. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEER CULTURE IN ARIZONA? It is cheeky, collaborative and able to have fun with itself. The industry is also super open to all of our fun ideas. Case in point, we recently partnered with Huss Brewing Co. and Austin Hope Family Wines to host a five-course meal complete with complementing brews and wine pairings. We called it The

Saturday Showdown: Beer vs. Wine. Together with our chef and the amazing minds at Huss, we created a dining experience wherein after each course; our guests could use secret ballots to choose their favorite beer and wine pairings with the dishes. It was a showdown, but all in good fun.

TELL US ABOUT THE BEER PROGRAM AT ZUZU AND HOTEL VALLEY HO? ZuZu’s actual story is a cool one, and it leads right into our beer program. So let me share that then get into how we apply it to our beer. You see, restaurants in the great Southwest had a constant, important presence in American life in the 1950s. In this era before culinary schools and celebrity chefs, recipes were handed down from generation to generation, often with great secrecy. The cuisine—and drinks—you enjoy here, as a result, are all dedicated to “ZuZu,” a beloved mother and grandmother as well as a fantastic cook. She believed in the concept that food is better when it’s shared with the people you love. With all that history and love of local top of mind, our beer program is in line with recipes and brands that ZuZu would have loved best. And, it starts wtih one you can only get from us. That’s right, our group of hotels has its

very own beer. Right now, Helio Basin is brewing it for us using actual natural spring water from Castle Hot Springs. It’s called Lithium Lager and perfect to drink in the sunshine all year long here. Over the next year or so, we are actually going to start making it right on premises at Castle. In addition to this unbelievebly unique offering, did you know Arizona beer really only got approved to be distributed out of Arizona in recent years? So, when we have guests come to ZuZu, chances are we may be the first place they taste an Arizona beer. We take that seriously and always ensure we have Four Peaks, Huss, San Tan and more ready for them 24/7.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BEERS AT THE MOMENT? Four Peaks Kiltlifter was, is and always will be, No. 1 in my heart. They also have a green tea lager everyone should try. I am also really digging Two Brothers Domaine DuPage French Country Ale, which is amber in color with a toasty, sweet caramel start and a finish with just enough hops to clean off the palate.

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho 6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, 480.421.7997

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fter opening the state’s first cider house, Cider Corps is teaming up with local pizza guru Myke Olsen to expand the distillery into a space where pizza and cider can be enjoyed together. The idea for Cider Corps came about after Sgt. Jason Duren, USMC, Ret., hit two improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan in 2012. He suffered a traumatic brain injury that required speech and cognitive therapy, part of which required Jason to engage in activities with a set process. Cider inspired him after he tried it in Ireland for the first time. He spoke to his brother, Josh, who had it in Canada. The two embarked on cider as a hobby and as part of his cognitive therapy. “We thought, ‘That might be fun,’ and it fits in with everything my doctor’s telling me to do,” Jason says. “There’s a recipe that you have to follow, you can make changes to it, you either try to replicate it or think of things that are different.” To prepare for his business venture, after he medically retired in 2014, he used the GI Bill to go to ASU to study sustainable horticulture. Before his schooling, he didn’t understand the science behind cider.

“As I was going through school, and Josh and I were doing this hobby at home, I started to understand a little bit more of the science behind it,” Jason says. “I would take stuff into school and get advice from teachers.” From there, the brothers perfected their signature cider formula using a process called malolactic fermentation, which maintains apples’ sweetness. Jason says this makes for a smoother, less tart cider. The brothers then made numerous connections in the community and eventually acquired their building. “Since then we’ve become friends with so many other makers out there,” Jason says. “We’ve started to accept other people into our family.” This is certainly the case as Myke’s Pizza is a permanent fixture in the distillery, serving pizza from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. When Myke’s Pizza is not open, Cider Corps has a rotation of food trucks at the cidery. Cider Corps is open seven days a week.

Myke Olsen and Manoly Kladovasilakis began making pizza at an outdoor pop-up a little over two years ago. They spent two nights a week outside Mezona Market and eventually added a night outside Cider Corps. “Myke had these little grills that he was cooking on,” Jason says. “This dude is ranked in the top two of pizza makers in Arizona, and he’s cruising around (in) a little popup. The union was set in motion during the next 10 months, according to Kladovasilakis. “I personally didn’t want to spend another summer outside,” Olsen says. “Being outside for another summer would be pretty miserable. We did that last year and we made it work but we definitely don’t want to do that again.” To make room for Myke’s Pizza, Cider

Corps moved a large chiller to make room for a brick-and-mortar oven, and added 2,000 square feet for additional production equipment. Myke’s Pizza and Cider Corps unveiled their expansion on June 14. Right now, the pizza duo is translating the pizzas they already make from a grill to a more traditional brick and mortar oven. Eventually they hope to add new menu items such as sides, appetizers and desserts. Olsen describes his pizza as artisan, wood-style, Neapolitan pizza. The pies are priced between $10 and $14. “For me, I’m just trying to make pizza that I want to eat,” he says. “Ultimately, my goal has been to create a community and to create a space where people can enjoy themselves and connect with one another. I want them to have a cool place where they feel welcome and safe; a place where the craft of what we’re doing can be honored, because I feel like in Mesa, it’s kind of underserved in terms of food and drink.” Jason expressed similar sentiments. “We’re veteran-owned. We work with a lot of veteran organizations, but it’s not just that,” he says. “Sometimes it’s about rebuilding a community, especially in kind of a broken area. It’s really important to show that partnership. We’re fortunate that this took off and we’re fortunate that we’re able to give someone an opportunity to come from a pop-up to a brick and mortar. It’s crazy how it’s all happened.” Olsen hopes people will visit Myke’s for the pizza the same way they come to Cider Corps from far and wide for the craft cider. “I would love for it to be a destination,” Olsen says. “Last fall we took a trip to Portland for the specific reason of eating pizza. I would love for our spot to turn into something like that.”

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JULY 1 & 2 DJ Ray

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Harry Luge Band

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Sinbad gives his kids advice on getting in the business Christina Fuoco-Karasinski >> The Entertainer!

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omedian Sinbad doesn’t know what to tell fans yearning to know about his Saturday, July 6, show at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler. After all, he has no idea. “I never know what I’m doing,” Sinbad says. “There’s always something new going on. Whatever I’m into at that time is what I talk about. My comedy is my ADHD. It’s the perfect job for it. It’s more stressful to have to remember stuff. I can just lie and make stuff up.” Born and raised David Adkins in Michigan, he chose the stage name Sinbad to reflect his admiration for the mythological navigator of the sea. His career quickly took off. He became known in the 1990s from his HBO specials, appearing on several TV series, and starring in the films “Necessary Roughness,” “Houseguest,” “First Kid,” “Jingle All the Way” and “Good Burger.” Now he’s willing his way to a Netflix special. “Netflix is going to give me a stand-up special,” he says. “Everyone has specials;

everyone but me. They must be saving it for the older cat.” In the meantime, he’s working on movies and writing screenplays with his son, who’s a writer/producer/ director. (His daughter studies film and photography at ASU, he says.) Sinbad admits, though, it’s sometimes hard to pen a script as “real life is crazier than sitcoms these days.” “Like ‘Married at First Sight,’” he says. “Who the hell does that? My wife got me addicted to that. It makes no sense. I think I like watching people fall apart, which is petty as hell. I just love it though. “Look, there’s a serial killer dude in every episode every year. The dude who had issues last year; for sure he’s going to kill her.” Sinbad chides his children’s career choices saying, “They must not want to work 9 to 5.” “Seriously, I know where they’re headed,” he adds. “It’s not an easy road. They can’t complain because no one makes you pick this. When they get mad and frustrated, they can’t cry.” He tells them to stay true to what they believe in and give it 100%. “You can’t pay attention to the outside

forces,” he says. “You can’t get caught up by someone else’s success. You can get really caught up and get lost on what direction you’re going to take.” It’s easy to get lost in someone else’s success, thanks to social media, which, Sinbad says, has “destroyed and helped more people.” “I focus on myself,” he says. “I’m going

to make stuff happen before I die.”

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PROJECT J.O.Y. Journey’s Arnel Pineda takes the stage for his home country

Christina Fuoco-Karasinski >> The Entertainer!

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rnel Pineda is using his fame as Journey’s lead singer to raise funds for his home country, the Philippines. He is teaming with Project J.O.Y. for a Friday, August 2, fundraiser at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. He will perform a host of classics and original songs, with the proceeds benefiting Project J.O.Y. and its mission to provide medical supplies and training to impoverished areas of the Philippines. “I have my own foundation,” Pineda says via telephone from The Philippines. “What they do is close to my heart. I think it’s just important to do this. I know I’m making a difference.” His mother suffered from rheumatic heart disease and she died due to insufficient medical care in the Philippines, says Pineda, who, this fall, will start a residency in Las Vegas with Journey. Jenny Ho-Vijungco, founder, created Project J.O.Y to honor her father Dr. Jesus Ho who died in 2016. For more than 35 years, Ho spearheaded annual medical missions to the Philippines with

his wife, Dr. Priscilla Ho. In January 2018, Dr. Priscilla Ho and their daughters Jenny Ho-Vijungco and Jessica Ho-Scara, along with Ho-Vijungco’s husband, Dr. Joseph Vijungco, made their first mission trip to the Philippines. Together with the Bisaya Medical Association, the city of Carcar and the Provincial Government of Cebu, they conducted a medical, surgical and dental mission in Carcar City, Cebu, Philippines. They treated more than 10,000 people and donated more than $15 million worth of equipment, supplies and medicines. “I finally understand why my father insisted that we plan this medical mission,” Ho-Vijungco says. “Not only were we touched with the healing hands and hearts of all the missioners, we were overwhelmed by the number of sick people that stood in line for days for medical treatment.”

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CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal

JULY 2 North America’s biggest international soccer tournament determines who gets the right to play in the Tournament Final later in the month. A quarterfinal match was held in Arizona in the 2017 edition of the cup. Mexico defeated Honduras, 1-0. State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 623.433.7101, statefarmstadium.com, tickets start at $35.

game series, the D-backs take on division rival Colorado. On Saturday, MLB Network will sponsor a reusable bag giveaway. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.514.8400, dbacks.com, 6:10 p.m. Friday, 7:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 Sunday, tickets start at $22.

D-backs will celebrate Space Day with a Nick “Ahmed on the Moon” bobblehead, given to the first 20,000 fans in attendance. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.514.8400, dbacks.com, 6:40 p.m. Thursday, 6:40 p.m. Friday, 5:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday, tickets start at $25.

Phoenix Rising FC vs. Austin Bold Football Club

FC Tucson vs. Toronto FC II

JULY 3 Watch FC Tucson’s lone July home game when it hosts Toronto. Both teams are working toward a playoff berth. Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, 520.600.3095, fctucson.com, 7 p.m., tickets start at $10.

Phoenix Mercury vs. New York Liberty

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies

Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream

JULY 5 TO JULY 7 The D-Backs will take a rest day on July 4, but baseball fans will still be treated to fireworks the day after. During this three-

military through APS Hoops and Heroes. Different events will happen throughout the night to celebrate those who make the United States great. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.7867, mercury.wnba.com, 3 p.m., tickets start at $13.25.

JULY 5 Phoenix takes on New York in its first home game of July. It will also be the first time in the 2019 regular that the Mercury and Liberty play. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.7867, mercury.wnba.com, 7 p.m., tickets start at $13.25.

JULY 7 Phoenix not only plays its second game in three nights, taking on Atlanta, but the team will also honor first responders and the

JULY 19 The Rising play its lone home match of July in the defense of its USL Western Conference Championship from last season. It will also be a fan favorite, Copper State Fridays and Bud Lite $1 Beer Night. Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex, 751 N. McClintock Dr, Tempe, 623.594.9606, https://www.phxrisingfc. com/singlematchtickets, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $22.50.

Bowling for Rhinos

JULY 20 The Phoenix Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers presents a fundraising bowling event at Brunswick Zone Mesa Lanes, where participants bowl and will receive food and drinks to help animals. BFR funds support Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Way Kambas in Sumatra via the International Rhino Foundation, as well as Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, which shares a portion of land mass with LWC. Brunswick Zone Mesa Lanes, 1754 W. Southern Avenue, Mesa, 480.834.0588, Eventbrite.com, 5:30 p.m., tickets start at $15.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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PITCHER LUKE WEAVER, LEFT, AND SHORTSTOP NICK AHMED OF THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS.

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hen the St. Louis Cardinals traded Luke Weaver and his good friend Carson Kelly to the D-backs for Paul Goldschmidt, the 25-year-old pitcher saw it as a new chapter in his life, and a way to make his mark. “I thought, ‘I have an open slate and a clean slate,’” Weaver recalls. “My wife and I wanted to make sure we were making an impact. We want people in other parts of the world to know we haven’t forgotten about them.” To further his cause, Weaver and is new teammate Nick Ahmed united to raise money for their respective charities at Topgolf Riverwalk at Talking Stick on Sunday, June 23. The evening included food, drinks and competition. Aside from admission, fans could pay $20 to swing against their favorite players, including Greg Holland, Robbie Ray, Carson Kelly, Merrill Kelly, David Peralta, Adam Jones and Blake Swihart. Weaver and his wife, Olivia, recently launched The 22X Campaign, a multifaceted relief effort to aid Rohingya (Myanmar) refugees. “We’ve already raised over $100,000 to provide emergency aid, medicine, food, water and training to the refugees and the people providing care for them,” Weaver says. “Olivia and I are dedicated ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

to this cause.” Weaver was inspired to give back by former Cardinals’ teammate Adam Wainwright, who started Big League Impact. Big League Impact has collected over $3 million to support approximately 60 players’ projects to provide clean water, food, humanitarian aid, health care, education, sustainable farming and infrastructure. “When I was playing in St. Louis and coming up, he was a mentor for me in the baseball world,” Weaver says of Wainwright. “I saw what he was doing outside of the field and being able to reach out to people in various countries and giving back. I was very inspired by that and we became very good friends.” The Weavers traveled to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to see Wainwright’s efforts. Last year, Weaver raised more than $23,000 to help build two baseball fields and a sustainable farm in the Dominican communities of Hoyo Oscuro and Camarón. “I tried to look and search for what was really hitting my heart. You can’t really force something like this. This one called out to me for sure,” Weaver says. As for Ahmed, his pledge campaign raised $45,000 last season to build a water infrastructure and purification system for the people of El Mogote. This year, he and his wife Amanda are matching up to $75,000 toward their fundraising efforts to be split between helping build a community center in same region in the Dominican

Republic and in supporting the Phoenix Rescue Mission, whose vision is to transform lives of those struggling with homelessness, addiction and trauma. “Amanda and I are committed to restoring and developing communities here and abroad,” Ahmed says. Prior to joining the D-backs, Weaver only casually knew Ahmed through their charity work. “We thought this would be a cool thing,” Weaver says about the fundraiser. “This is the part of the season where it’s really grinding a little bit and it’s

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getting a little tough. We just wanted to decompress and have some fun.”

Information: Big League Impact: bigleagueimpact.org Phoenix Rescue Mission: phoenixrescuemission.org Food for the Hungry: fh.org Nick Ahmed’s campaign: pledgeit. org/ahmed2019 Luke Weaver’s campaign: pledgeit.org/22xcampaign


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Two-for-One Ice Cream Scoops

DAILY IN JULY Between the splash pad, two-forone ice cream specials, and half-off iced tea and pastries for happy hour, Luci’s at the Orchard is the perfect spot to hang with your kids this summer. During July, Splurge at the Orchard will offer two-for-one scoops daily. Swing by Luci’s at the Orchard, located next door, where happy hour includes half off on smoothies and pastries after 5 p.m. Luci’s at the Orchard, 7100 N. 12th Street, Phoenix, 602.633.2442, lucisorchard. com, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., prices vary.

in the evening and check out blooming plants and animals that come out after dark. This self-guided nocturnal adventure is a great time for anyone in the family. Grab food and drinks while exploring the desert. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg. org, 7 to 9:30 p.m., $14.95.

Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo

JULY 1 TO JULY 7 Eight rodeo performances, Arizona’s largest rodeo parade, kiddie parade, arts and crafts show, food and rodeo dances. Free admission and parking (fees apply to food, activities). Families can bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the event. Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Drive, Prescott, 928.445.4320, worldsoldestrodeo.com, times and prices vary.

Flashlight Tours

SATURDAYS IN JULY Hit the Desert Botanical Garden

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

JULY 4 The annual Fireworks Spectacular over Tempe Town Lake is choreographed with music. The all-ages festival has free inflatable houses and slides and variety of rides. Enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers fresh off of the grill, too. Tempe Beach Park, 620 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.350.5189, http://tempe4th. com, 5 to 10:45 p.m., $5.

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

JULY 5 TO JULY 8 “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is a fantastical musical adventure with a flying car. This Hale Theatre production is based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, and featuring a score by the Sherman Brothers. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Avenue, Gilbert, 480.497.1181, haletheatrearizona.com, times vary, $24-$40.

Junior Marine Biologists: Care & Conservation

Summer Splash

THURSDAYS IN JULY With the temperature rising, Tempe Marketplace can keep the kids cool with the water fun. Different princess or super heroes will arrive each week. Dance to music and win prizes. Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.966.9338, tempemarketplace.com, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Free.

fireworks display kicks off at 9 pm. Entry into the park is free and parking is available for $5. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler, 480.782.2900, chandleraz.gov, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., free admission.

Chandler’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

JULY 4 Chandler’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular returns with Fireworks in the Park. Enjoy free family fun at Tumbleweed Park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Chandler’s largest

JULY 8 TO JULY 12 Campers will develop not only a better understanding for our ocean and its inhabitants, but what we can do to help protect them and preserve our planet. This camp will facilitate behind the scenes experiences that will teach what it takes to care for these amazing animals. OdySea Aquarium, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Suite A-100, Scottsdale, odyseaaquarium. com/promotions/, 9 a.m., $275.

Stroller Tour Tuesday

JULY 9 Walk around the museum with your little one this July at the Phoenix Art Museum. Caregivers and their littlest ones, ages 0-18 months, can join educators and talk about their love of art. July’s tour theme is “Opposites.” Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.457.5814, phxart. org, 10:30 a.m., $18, free for museum members.

Winter in July

JULY 13 Bring the kids to Phoenix Zoo and play in 50 tons of snow. Kids can also enjoy the wet and wild play areas, watch the animals cool off, and eat icy treats from 7 to 11 a.m. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 602.286.3800, phoenixzoo.org, 7 to 11 a.m., $14.95-$24.95.

July Bricktivity

JULY 13 Cool off at Bricks and Minifigs’ July Bricktivity. Kids will participate in Lego brick activities and then build a Lego ice cream cone to take home with them. Each participant receives 10% off entire purchase coupon. Bricks and Minifigs, 1721 N. Dysart Road, Suite 108, Avondale, 623-518-3113, registration required, call for time, $10.

“Mary Poppins Jr.”

JULY 25 TO AUGUST 3 The favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the awardwinning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film. Don Bluth Front Row Theater, 8670 E. Shea Boulevard, Suite 103, Scottsdale, 480.314.0841, donbluthfrontrowtheatre. com, 7 p.m., $27.

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n the summertime, people aren’t the only ones who are looking for a break from the heat. Animals also want to cool down. Phoenix Zoo’s annual Winter in July is Saturday, July 13, and will offer a slight respite with snow, a splash pad, water play areas, snow targets, sloth and Komodo dragon mini showers, anteater bubble baths, a mister maze and icy

treats for the animals. Throughout the day, the zoo will have interactive Creature Features, where guests can interact more closely with animals. Guests can see over 3,000 animals, including endangered or threatened species. The event has multiple benefits, other than staying cool. July tends to be a slower time of the year, and the event draws about 7,000 guests to the zoo, says Linda Hardwick, director of communications for the Phoenix Zoo. The event is included in the price of zoo admission. Activities such as carousel and camel rides, admission into Stingray Bay or the 4-D theater and Safari Cruiser rides have additional costs. During the event, children will have a chance to play in about 50 tons of snow, spread out around the zoo. The Lakeside area will have snow piles for children to jump and romp around in throughout the

morning. Hardwick says many young people experience snow for the first time at the event. “I love to see the kids get creative. They make snow angels. They are building snowmen,” Hardwick says. “I think it’s really fun to see kids in their summer gear and snow boots or their summer gear and their snow hats and gloves.” Some animals even get a chance to play in snow. During the event, zoo creatures will receive frozen fruit or ice treats made fruits, vegetables, insects, sports drink, gelatin, meat and/or blood. Hardwick says the animals appreciate having something different to eat. “I have seen the animals enjoy something new and different, because they don’t get ice treats on a regular basis, especially ones that are as creative and colorful as these,” Hardwick says. “They like to experience it. It’s a new smell. It’s a new sight.” Treats such as blood-sicles are designed especially for the animals by commissary staff members, who also prepare their daily meals. Lead Animal Diet Technician Dustin Kinsman said the commissary staff works closely with the keepers on the treats. “We take into account what the animals eat for their diet and their

favorite foods. The keepers will let us know,” Kinsman says. The staff has a soft spot for animals and try to make the day special for them. “Just like the keepers, everyone in here loves the animals. So, we have our own favorite animals that get a little bit more attention,” Kinsman says. Nutrition Services manager Jennifer Ortlepp says the commissary staff starts preparing the treats ready over a month in advance. They still perform their regular jobs while preparing for Winter in July. The large frozen treats for the elephants are made with different layers, including lemons and sports drink. Kinsman says these treats take time because they are frozen in sections. The icy treats let the staff members experiment and try new things more than they can with the daily meals. “It’s something everyone enjoys because it is something different. You can get creative, instead of having to follow very specific recipes,” Ortlepp says.

Winter in July Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 602.286.3800, phoenixzoo. org, 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, $14.95-$16.95 for children 3 to 13; free for children 2 and younger.


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JULY 1

The Nash, 7:30 p.m., $10-$35

The Invisible Hands

Valley Bar, 7:30 p.m., $10-$12

The Struts

Marquee Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $25-$49.50

Yeasayer

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $25-$28

JULY 2 Daytime Moon

The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $10

The Maine

The Rebel Lounge, 7:30 p.m., sold out

PUP

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., sold out

JULY 3 The Hans Olson Band

The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $10

It’s Embarrassing

Carmela y Más

Dick Dale Tribute

The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $20

Holy Fawn

The Rebel Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $11-$14

Intocable

Comerica Theatre, 8 p.m., $49.50-$159

New Found Glory

The Van Buren, 7:30 p.m., $26-$30

Shirts ‘N Things 30th Year Anniversary Show Club Red, 6 p.m., $10-$13

Songwriters in the Round w/Brian Chartrand, Walt Richardson, Eric Ramsey Musical Instrument Museum, 7:30 p.m., $24.50-$29.50

JULY 7 Anuel AA

The Rebel Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $5-$8

Comerica Theatre, 8 p.m., $52.50-$303.50

JULY 4

Dendrons

Happy Independence Day!

JULY 5 Cold Shott & the Hurricane Horns

The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $10

Co-Op

The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $10-$15

Futurebirds

Valley Bar, 7:30 p.m., $15

Geocentric

The Nash, 7:30 p.m., free

Harper and the Moths

Crescent Ballroom, 7:30 p.m., $10-$12

Jon Bellion

Comerica Theatre, 7 p.m., $25-$73.50

Lil Rob

Club Red, 7 p.m., $10-$100

Rebirth

The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $8-$10

Jam Session: Brave Musician

The Nash, 6 p.m., $5-$10, or free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in

The Misery Science

The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $7

JULY 8 Jet Black Alley Cat

The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $10-$12

Ward Davis

JULY 9 Amyl and the Sniffers

The Rhythm Room, 8:30 p.m., $10-$12

Betraying the Martyrs Club Red, 6 p.m., $15-$17

Bob Schneider

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $25-$40

Peter Himmelman

Musical Instrument Museum, 7 p.m., $33.50-$38.50

Radkey

The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $10-$12

Shawn Mendes

Last Exit Live, 8 p.m., $20-$60

JULY 12 Authority Zero

The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $25-$40

Benjamin Cortez

The Nash, 7:30 p.m., $5-$15

Gerardo Ortiz Y Pancho Barraza Comerica Theatre, 8 p.m., $63.50-$228.50

Groovesession w/Hunter & the Dirty Jacks Last Exit Live, 9 p.m., $10

Gila River Arena, 7:30 p.m., $50.52-$92.33

Holy Grail

JULY 10

I, Pariah w/The Exiled Martyr

The Chats w/Playboy Manbaby Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $15

Club Red, 6 p.m., $14-$16 Pub Rock Live, noon, $10

Jane Monheit

Clementine

Musical Instrument Museum, 7:30 p.m., $43.50-$53.50

Dazz & Brie

The Music of the Grateful Dead by the Noodles

The Rebel Lounge, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10 The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $10

Guster

The Van Buren, 8 p.m., $25

Huntertones

Musical Instrument Museum, 7 p.m., $23.50-$33.50

JULY 11 Brigitte Purdy w/Michele Lundeen

The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $12

Daniel Sloss

The Van Buren, 8 p.m., $35-$40

Divided Minds

Pub Rock Live, 7 p.m., $10-$12

Howard Jones

Celebrity Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $40-$200

Vansire

The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $12-$15

Vocal Jazz Workshop Concert (Week One) The Nash, 7:30 p.m., free

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $12-$15

Sara Robinson Band

The Rhythm Room, 9 p.m., $10

Skold

Club Red, 7 p.m., $14-$16

JULY 13 Anemoria w/Yunger

Pub Rock Live, 7 p.m., $10

Authority Zero

The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $25-$40

Cubensis

Last Exit Live, 9 p.m., $12-$15

Las Calakas

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $12-$15

Melissa Etheridge

Chandler Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m., $72-$112

The Mid-Summer Throwdown Club Red, 5 p.m., $10

Paris Chansons

Musical Instrument Museum, 7 p.m.,

Queen + Adam Lambert

TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA, 8 P.M. TUESDAY, JULY 16, SOLD OUT Following the success of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen + Adam Lambert are on the road playing sold-out shows around the world. Expect Lambert to do Queen songs justice with his swagger and vibrato vocals. It’s a full night of classic Queen tracks, so arrive early.

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Ringo Deathstarr

THE REBEL LOUNGE, 8 P.M. WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, $12-$14

Catch the Texan shoegaze trio when they return to the Valley this July. Though the group’s most recent project was 2015’s “Pure Mood,” there are plenty of fan favorite tracks from which to choose spanning the past decade. Fans of bands the likes of My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus & Mary Chain will likely find solace in this show, as the bands melds the swirling, effects-laden guitar tones and sweet, enshrouded vocals of the former with some of the noise pop songwriting of the latter. Blushing, Citrus Clouds and Dovi support. $38.50-$48.50

Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience: Greg Manning and Jeff Ryan

Dylan LeBlanc

Mike Krol

Jam Session: Zach Wiggins

Valley Bar, 8 p.m., $15-$17

Valley Bar, 7:30 p.m., $10-$12

JULY 17

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Jeremy Olander

The Sextet: The Genius of Mingus

Ghost Cat Attack w/The Woodworks, Whstle, Snailmate

Soul Power Band

Ghost Key

Tempe Center for the Arts, 8 p.m., $35

The Nash, 7:30 p.m., $10-$25 The Rhythm Room, 9 p.m., $10

XYLØ

Valley Bar, 7:30 p.m., $15-$18

Crescent Ballroom, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10 Pub Rock Live, 7 p.m., $12-$15

Grendel

Club Red, 6 p.m., $15-$18

The Rhythm Room, 6 p.m., $10

The Growlers w/Rinse & Repeat

JULY 14

Lunar Vacation

Yellow Payges

The Van Buren, 8 p.m., $32.50-$35

Comerica Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $35-$45

The Sugar Thieves

The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $10

The Nash, 6 p.m., $5-$10, or free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in Shady Park, 3 p.m., $15

Mighty Mystic w/The Conveyors, Rilen’Out!

Twiztid

Last Exit Live, 8 p.m., $10-$12

Yungblud

The Nash, 3 p.m., $10-$25

JULY 20

Musical Instrument Museum, 7 p.m., $38.50-$43.50

Bill Tarsha & the Rocket 88s

Spose

The Claypool Lennon Delirium w/Particle Kid

JULY 22

Club Red, 6 p.m., $25-$30 Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., sold out

The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $10

NOLAz

Ranky Tanky

The Rebel Lounge, 7:30 p.m., $15

Afton Showcase

The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $10-$13

The Appleseed Cast

The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $7

Gypsy Temple

Last Exit Live, 8 p.m., $13-$15

Cracker w/Camper Van Beethoven

JULY 18

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $25-$38

The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $8

Full Moon Festival

Miles McKenna

The Pressroom, 8:08 p.m., $15-$25

The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $30-$65

Grizfolk

JULY 23

The Rhythm Room, 6:30 p.m., $12-$15 The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $13-$15 Valley Bar, 8 p.m., $13-$15

Jam Session: Beth Lederman

The Nash, 6 p.m., $5-$10, or free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in

Tony Holiday Blues Band Wand

Brothers Gow w/Swells

Last Exit Live, 9 p.m., $12-$15

Moon Boots

Ray Fuller

Paris Chansons

Toots and the Maytals

Skanks Roots Project

Vocal Jazz Workshop Concert (Week Two)

Last Exit Live, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10

The Nash, 7:30 p.m., free

JULY 15

JULY 19

Shady Park, 3 p.m., $25 Musical Instrument Museum, 7 p.m., $38.50-$48.50

The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $12 Marquee Theatre, 7 p.m., $33-$129

DaBaby

Adelitas Way

KNIX Birthday Bash w/Tim McGraw, Jon Pardi, Midland

Chaz Martineau

The Pressroom, 8 p.m., $20-$130

Comerica Theatre, 7 p.m., sold out

Throw

The Rhythm Room, 7 p.m., $7

JULY 16 21 Savage w/DaBaby

Comerica Theatre, 8 p.m., $21-$505

Black Pistol Fire

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $17-$20

Cha Wa

Musical Instrument Museum, 7 p.m., $30.50-$43.50 ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

Pub Rock Live, 7 p.m., $15 The Nash, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20

The Dan Band

The Van Buren, 8 p.m., $15-$25

Drunk Mums

Marquee Theatre, 8 p.m., $29.50-$159.50

The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $15-$18

Mandy Harvey

Musical Instrument Museum, 7:30 p.m., $38.50-$48.50

Musical Instrument Museum, 7:30 p.m., $43.50-$48.50

Valley Bar, 8 p.m., $15

The Red Pears

Musical Instrument Museum, 7 p.m., $33.50-$38.50

The Nash, 7:30 p.m., $11-$30

Pariah Pete

Pub Rock Live, 7 p.m., $10

Shinedown

Comerica Theatre, 6:30 p.m., $68-$153

Tyler Ramsey and Carl Broemel Valley Bar, 8 p.m., $15

Beck w/Cage the Elephant

The Kruger Brothers

Gardens & Villa

Nick Manson w/Gerry Gibbs

The Pressroom, 7 p.m., $25-$50

Elizabeth Colour Wheel

Marquee Theatre, 6:15 p.m., $25-$55

Living Receiver

The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $10-$12

JULY 21

Hinder w/Sponge

Comerica Theatre, 8 p.m., $38-$102.50

Mozzy

Last Exit Live, 8 p.m., $15-$18 The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $10-$13

The Head and the Heart

Ak-Chin Pavilion, 6 p.m., $29.50-$605

Black Cat Bones

The Rhythm Room, 5:30 p.m., $10

Common

The Van Buren, 8 p.m., $35-$199

Terrance Simien

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $20-$23

JULY 24 August Burns Red

Marquee Theatre, 7:15 p.m., $25-$55

Guitar Masters w/Andy McKee, Trevor Gordon Hall, Calum Graham Musical Instrument Museum, 7 p.m., $38.50-$48.50

J Boog

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $22-$35

Yes w/Asia

Comerica Theatre, 7 p.m., $58.50-$225


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JULY 25 The Mailboxes w/Coyote Tango, Bedland

Last Exit Live, 7:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., $10

Man Man

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $18-$21

Night Verses

Pub Rock Live, 7 p.m., $13

School of Rock All Stars

The Rebel Lounge, 5:30 p.m., $10

The Seldom Scene

Musical Instrument Museum, 7:30 p.m., $43.50-$48.50

Stef Chura

Valley Bar, 8 p.m., $12-$15

Thaddeus Rose Band

The Rhythm Room, 7 p.m., $5

JULY 26 Bob Corritore & Friends

The Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $12-$15

Inna Vision

Last Exit Live, 9 p.m., $12-$15

LFA 72

Comerica Theatre, 5 p.m., $36.50-$81.50

Mac Sabbath w/Okilly Dokilly and Playboy Manbaby

Marquee Theatre, 6:30 p.m., $15-$35

Richard Brennan

The Nash, 7:30 p.m., $5-$15

Something Like Seduction w/The Stakes, Scattered Melodies, Joey Gutos

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $8-$10

JULY 27 Crashing Cairo w/Sara Robinson Band, The Runner Up Last Exit Live, 9 p.m., $8-$10

YBN Cordae

The Pressroom, 7 p.m., $20-$30

JULY 28 Alex Di Leo w/Cody Lovaas Valley Bar, 8 p.m., $10-$12

Black Caesar

The Rhythm Room, 7:30 p.m., $8

Dennis Rowland & Diana Lee The Nash, 3 p.m., $11-$30

Jam Session: Pam Morita

The Nash, 6 p.m., $5-$10, or free for instrumentalists and vocalists who sit in

New Wave and Dave Grohl Tribute Last Exit Live, noon, $10

Stanley Clarke

Musical Instrument Museum, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., $38.50-$48.50

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Rawhide Event Center, 6:30 p.m., $58

Ted Nugent

Celebrity Theatre, 7 p.m., $45-$75

JULY 29 Decrepit Birth

Club Red, 6 p.m., $15-$17

Julia Holter

Musical Instrument Museum, 7 p.m., $35.50-$40.50

Robert DeLong

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $20-$33

Streetlight Manifesto

The Van Buren, 7:30 p.m., $25

JULY 30 Bowling for Soup w/Reel Big Fish

Marquee Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $22.50-$42.50

Disrupt Festival w/The Used, Thrice, Sum 41, Circa Survive, Meg & Dia, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black, Memphis May Fire, Juliet Simms, Hydro the Hero

Hannah Wicklund & the Steppin Stones

The Dobre Brothers

Spotlights

Ak-Chin Pavilion, 1:30 p.m., $9.99-$169.99 The Pressroom, 12:30 p.m., $29.99-$599.99

Drab Majesty

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $15-$22

Hemlock

Club Red, 6 p.m., $13-$15

Jimmy Nistico & Jazz Express The Nash, 7:30 p.m., $10-$25

The Ocean Blue

Valley Bar, 7:30 p.m., $20-$70

Paper Foxes

The Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $8-$20

Last Exit Live, 8 p.m., $10-$12

James McMurtry w/Bonnie Whitmore

Musical Instrument Museum, 7 p.m., $30.50-$40.50 Valley Bar, 8 p.m., $10-$12

JULY 31 The Alarm

Celebrity Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $35-$70

Jane N’ the Jungle

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $7-$10

Light This City

The Rebel Lounge, 7:30 p.m., $10-$12

Richlove

Pub Rock Live, 7 p.m., $12

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Third Eye Blind w/Jimmy Eat World

Musical Instrument Museum, 7:30 p.m., $53.50-$73.50

Ak-Chin Pavilion, 7 p.m., $29.50-$1,000

Voodoo Swing

William Clark Green

The Rhythm Room, 9 p.m., free

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he Alarm lead singer Mike Peters says his “Sigma LXXXV Tour” with fellow new wavers Modern English and Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel is about more than reflection. The jaunt shares with fans they’re still being creative. “That’s what we want to come across on this tour,” Peters says. “It’s a reassessment and assessment of where we are today.” The Welsh rockers released the album “Sigma” on June 28 to coincide with North American tour that comes to the Celebrity Theatre on Wednesday, July 31. Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel has also tossed a collection into the new music bins. “Dance Underwater” is the band’s first studio album of new material in 14 years, thanks to a

PledgeMusic campaign. “The band was always bugging me to do an album,” Aston says. “I said the fans would have to get involved. They came through on PledgeMusic.” Aston’s band recorded in Henley-onThames, where George Harrison resided. “It was a very positive experience,” Aston says. “We were energized by that. That energy is reflected at gigs, too. I play less guitar so I can dance more. I hike a lot. I walk 20 miles a day to make it easier. I like to expend that energy on stage.” Best known for the single “I Melt with You,” Modern English released its first album in three decades, “Take Me to the Trees,” in 2016. All three bands will play an acoustic set before doors open for those who purchase a special package. “We do the acoustic songs then, with the main set, we hit them hard, with a lot of energy,” Aston says. “We’re on

fire. We’re playing so well. Everything is jelling well for us.” The three acts are longtime friends who toured together in the 1980s. Peters says when The Alarm arrived in America in that decade, very few in the country experienced punk rock. “The bands like The Alarm, Simple Minds, U2 and Big Country, we were almost the equivalent of punk in America,” Peters says. “In 1990, America had its own punk rock when Nirvana came along. Kurt Cobain caused a massive revolution in the country. It gave American bands a voice, which they hadn’t had for a long, long time. Now it’s harder for British bands to come over because America has its own voice. You have the Dave Grohls, the Brandon Flowers and the Eddie Vedders. You have some incredible artists.” Some British bands feel disrespected, so they do not tour the United States with an open mind, he adds. “America is painted in a bad light around the world because of cinema and TV, this president,” Peters says. “We’re all the same, though, when we scratch the surface—heart and soul. We’re excited to come to America as a new frontier. I think there are so many opportunities for bands like The Alarm, Modern English and Gene Loves Jezebel to reconnect with audiences and reinspire. I think we can be really proud of who we are.”

CHARITY FIRST The “Sigma LXXXV Tour” is also a charitable endeavor. Peters’ Love Hope Strength will host bone marrow drives to find donors for people suffering from blood cancer who need a transplant for a second chance at life. Peters and his wife, Jules, are cancer survivors. She plays ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

keyboards in The Alarm. The charity has already registered over 200,000 individuals and located about 4,000 potentially lifesaving matches. Visit lovehopestrength.org for more information. For his charity work, Peters was honored with an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) Award by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. “That was something quite out of the blue,” he says. “I wasn’t expecting anything like that. I received a letter from the prime minister’s office asking me to accept the award, which I did. “I’m not sure why I was picked out of the human tide to step into Buckingham Palace. It was a great day with my wife and kids. We went down together and there was a lot of pomp and circumstance, and history as we walked through the palace halls. I was proud to be there with my family.” He says Prince Charles put him at ease as he pinned the medal upon him. In the background, however, Coldplay’s “Clocks” was playing. Peters, who says his health is “great,” has high hopes for the tour. He says fans can expect collaborations, moments of reflection, camaraderie and “the unexpected.” “The tour will be live on all social media platforms, allowing fans from around the world to see what it’s like for British bands to be on the road in the USA,” Peters says. “We’ve all got a lot of respect for each other, as our audiences have. I think it’s going to be a special night.”

The Alarm w/Modern English and Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602.267.1600, celebritytheatre.com, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, $35-$70.


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Howard Jones only wants things to get better Christina Fuoco-Karasinski >> The Entertainer!

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oward Jones says instead of waiting for the world to change, we should put the power in our hands and make it better. “We want to change the world, but we have to start with ourselves,” says Jones, known for the ’80s hits “Things Can Only Get Better” and “What is Love?” “It’s not going to come from the outside.” That was the guiding theme to Jones’ latest album, “Transform.” The first single, “The One to Love You,” melds Jones’ love of technology with his songwriting skills. The song is one of three collaborations with BT (All Hail the Silence) on “Transform.” Jones is touring this summer with Men Without Hats and All Hail the Silence, all of whom come to the Celebrity Theatre on Thursday, July 11. Jones’ career began in 1983; his first two albums were “Human’s Lib” and “Dream into Action.” “Human’s Lib” spawned the hits “New Song” and “What is Love?” In 1985, Jones released the follow-up, “Dream into Action,” which featured the songs “Things Can Only Get Better,”

“Life in One Day,” “No One is to Blame” and “Like to Get to Know You Well.” “Transform” is Jones’ first studio album is more than a decade. Now was the perfect time for its release as Jones finally had something to say. “I’m not the most prolific person,” he says. “I had to wait until I had something to say. If it’s just like going through the motions, I’ll never be happy with it. I have to have something to say. There were a lot of things building up that I wanted to address. That’s what happened with ‘Transform.’” During his show at the Celebrity Theatre, Jones is going to play six to seven songs from “Transform,” a few acoustic numbers and his hits— although with a different take. “I’ve gone back to the original songs and upgraded them,” he says. “That’s something you can do with electronic music. I went back and added extra parts to bring it up to date. “It’s obviously still recognizable. Nobody would be happy with that if it didn’t. The new album flows in and out of the old material. It’s going down really well.” The 64-year-old Englishman took a second to reminisce about his career. Howard had a job in a Cling Film

factory in High Wycombe, England, and he enjoys thinking back to how he’s transformed as an artist and as a person. “I’ve learned not to be swayed by what other people might say,” Jones says. “I’m not saying, ‘Don’t listen to people when people criticize you. “We should actually do what we want to do and say, ‘This is who I am.’ Be who you are and pursue that. You don’t have to be like anyone else. I think that’s the thing I’ve really learned. There’s only one of me. We’re all unique, incredible people. Let’s hang on to that.”

Howard Jones w/Men Without Hats and All Hail the Silence Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602.267.1600, celebritytheatre.com, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, $40-$200.

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and remixes with the likes of Justin Bieber, Rita Ora, Avicii, Madonna, Tiesto, Flo Rida, Ricky Romero, Rihanna and others. Māyā Day + Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.625.0528, eventbrite. com, noon, free, 21 and older.

Noizu

Monxx

JULY 6 What’s that song that goes “wub WUB, womp womp womp?” Google might not know, but Monxx understands. His house beats and live sets are what make him so well known, although in recent years he’s also become something of a meme over canceled shows. It seems the U.K. unsigned artist has left that in 2018, however, and is ready to go hard this summer at Aura Nightclub. On top of his DJ skills, his deep love for the hit TV show “Rick and Morty” — an iconic rave meme in and of itself — makes his visuals a sight to see. Keep your eye out for the timetraveling duo during his set. Aura Nightclub, 411 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 201, Tempe, 480.210.2872, relentlessbeats. com, 9 p.m., $20, 18 and older.

Sick Individuals

JULY 7 This Dutch team of two knows the secret formula for a good electric pop song. The mix of a jazzy dance beat, high-energy build ups and catchy lyrics make for a happy, feel-good sound you can dance to all night. They got their start in 2010 and have quickly amassed a loyal fanbase along with a large number of hit singles like “Symphony”

JULY 8 Fresh from a successful Coachella set and with a brand new single out “4 the people,” Noizu is making 2019 his year. “4 the people” is a groovy single with a funky beat and sick vocals perfect for showing some of your moves in the pool at Maya Day and Nightclub. Noizu got his first taste of fame in 2017 when he remixed DJ Snake’s “A Different Way” which now has six million hits on Spotify and is still his number one song. Māyā Day + Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.625.0528, eventbrite.com, 10 p.m., free, 21 and older.

CamelPhat

JULY 12 Fans of CamelPhat are beside themselves over their new single that dropped June 4, “Be Someone.” These two Liverpool natives have been a team since 2004. Their alternative, techno sound is paired well with indie lyricists for an interesting mash-up of genres that works well with the electronic vibe. Their song “Cola” amassed 130 million hits on Spotify and was nominated for the Best Dance Song of 2018 Grammy award. The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison Street, Phoenix, 602.396.7136, relentlessbeats. com, 9 p.m., $35, 18 and older.

Trapfest - Flosstradamus, 4B, Atliens and Moonboy

JULY 13 If your ears aren’t ringing after this set, you weren’t close enough. With five performing artists each with a following of their own, the

night is sure to be lit and loud. Flosstradamus is famous for his remixes and working with rap artists like Post Malone and Waka Flocka, but also EDM artists like Troyboi. His features exemplify his ability to find a perfect mix between trap, bass and EDM. Other performers on this list are sure to be heavier though, including Atliens and Moonboy, whose music features a dark, heavy beat and a trance-like quality. They all carry a heavy beat you’ll be feeling in your chest, and if you’re into moshing, you’ll be feeling the elbows too. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, 480.659.1641. relentlessbeats.com., 9 p.m., $62-$82, 18 and older.

Chainsmokers and Halsey, their use of live instruments like the piano sets them apart from others in the community. They have two new singles out this year, the latest only out in April, “Dollar Menu.” Aura Nightclub, 411 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 201, Tempe, 480.210.2872, relentlessbeats. com, 9 p.m., $15, 18 and older.

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Audio Bend Fest

JULY 13 AND JULY 14 This lakeside festival is a great way to beat the heat and not break the bank this summer. Head to Lake Pleasant Harbor for this 24-hour party. Enjoy art, local vendors, water slides, kayaking or just take a dip in the freshwater all while listening to a variety of house, chillwave DJs and live reggae. Just a few of this year’s headliners include DJ Brace, Droplitz and Rastafarmers. Had a little too much fun? Don’t worry, you and the whole family can sleep right at the venue with a camping pass. But don’t forget the tent, it’s BYOT! Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant, 8708 W. Harbor Boulevard, Peoria, 623.203.5173, eventbrite. com; noon, July 13 to noon, July 14, $25 to enter, $26 additional to camp, all ages.

Two Friends

JULY 20 These Two Friends are long past their humble beginnings of mixing together in high school. Now with the band name Two Friends coined and a huge loving fan base, the duo continues to create pop, dance hits with heartfelt lyrics. Somewhere between the

JULY 20 This up-and-comer has made it clear he only writes music that he loves, but it turns out a lot of other people love it too. He’s created a genre of his own — toeing the line between trap and house music with a heavy bass beat, jazzy swing and some seriously psychedelic sounds. He’s worked with artists like Duckwrth and shared a stage with the likes of Diplo and Cashmere Cat. Shady Park, 26 E. University Dr, Tempe, 480.474.4222., Relentlessbeats.com, 9 p.m., $20, 21 and older.

Luca Lush

JULY 22 Another artist to score a set at Coachella in 2018, Luca Lush finished the last leg of his international tour with a bang in Tokyo, Bangkok and China. This EDM artist has over 700,000 listeners on Spotify, and his most popular song to date is his remix of Zayn Malik and Sia’s hit song “Dusk Till Dawn” which puts a beat-heavy, electronic spin on the otherwise slow ballad. Some of his other tracks include “Berserk” and remixes “Earthquake” by Quix and “Panda” by Desiigner, all of which pack the bass and groove. Māyā Day + Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.625.0528, eventbrite.com, 10 p.m., free, 21 and older.


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pened in 2014 by brothers Jeffrey and Michael Mastro, their father Dennis Mastro and business partner Scott Troilo, Steak 44 has gained a reputation as a destination steakhouse. Beyond that, thanks to inspired cocktails, Steak 44 is gaining local and national recognition for its beverage program. Among the maverick mixologists behind the bar is Amanda Nugent, who has been with the brand since day one. She recently sat down with The Entertainer! to share her story and some of the secrets to Steak 44’s success.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR OWN ENTRÉE INTO THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE WORLD? My journey has been legitimately full circle. I actually got my start in the food and beverage world back in high school in the late 1990s at Cork & Cleaver. For those who don’t know, Cork & Cleaver was a long-time steakhouse and Phoenix mainstay on 44th Street and Camelback before closing due to a fire. In 2014, the Mastro family took great care to

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re-imagine the exact same space where Cork once sat as Steak 44. In between, I’ve had the opportunity to work at some amazing venues in town to hone my craft, including Eddie V’s, Los Olivos and Hotel Valley Ho. I also went to culinary school, graduating Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 2001. And while I do cook on the side, mostly catering and some dinner parties in the Valley, my passion is behind the bar. To me, working as a bartender allows me to be a part of the human experience on a daily basis. I can be the reason someone smiles, laughs or creates a special memory with family. It is more rewarding than I think most people realize.

TELL US ABOUT THE ODDEST DRINK REQUEST YOU’VE GOTTEN. I’ve been lucky to not get too many completely gross requests. One, however, I constantly get that always surprises me involves high-end spirits. I’ve likely been asked to pour a guest a spirit — think ultra high-end cognac of tequila meant to be sipped and savored — and then asked to throw it in Coke or blend it into a margarita over 100 times in my career. This is odd mostly because these spirits, often north of $50 for just a shot or taste, are crafted to be experienced on their own versus as a filler for a cocktail. But, to each their own! I try not to judge and just hope they enjoy it.

WHAT IS YOUR NO. 1 PET PEEVE WHEN WORKING? This one makes me laugh more then get annoyed, but sometimes we will have guests who loved a cocktail at another bar — something with a cool name like The Whirling Dervish or Pepper Bomb. All too often, the guest will have no idea what is in it though, not even the spirit. So, I am off to the internet to try to find the restaurant and cocktail menu online to see what they are asking us to make.

PALOMA - 1.5 ounces Deleon Platinum Tequila - 0.5 ounces Sombra Mezcal - 0.5 ounces St. Germaine - 1-ounce grapefruit organic marmalade - 0.75 ounces lime juice Shake all contents with ice and strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with a lime.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO DRINK— OR DRINKS—WHEN YOU’RE AT A BAR OTHER THAN YOUR OWN? Reposado tequila is my go-to right now. I like it with ice and lime, maybe a touch of soda water and sometimes I add grapefruit juice to make it like a Paloma.

WHAT DOES ORDERING A JACK AND COKE SAY ABOUT A PERSON? It usually means they know what they want. When people come in and are specific, I listen to them.

TELL US ABOUT THE BEVERAGE PROGRAM AT STEAK 44? Where I think we excel is in the education provided to the entire staff on spirits, wines, beers and cocktails. Nearly daily, Steak 44 offers tastings and other opportunities to learn about every nuance that goes into a cocktail, wine or beer. As a result, we understand scotch, bourbon, tequila, wines and more from all over the world. Our wine program is stellar, and with so many Level II sommeliers on staff, there is always a legitimate expert within a few feet to help us make the guests’ wine experience out of this work. We also get the chance

to work with the recipes ourselves and offer input on small changes that might help make said recipe pop even more. Right now, we just launched some new menu offerings, but expect to always see our popular martini and Old Fashioned menus as well as one of the most impressive wine lists in Arizona.

WHAT IS ONE COCKTAIL YOU WOULD LOVE FOR US TO FEATURE IN THE MAGAZINE THIS MONTH? Given my own love of them right now, I think our Paloma deserves some attention. It is really something different and perfect for the summer.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THIS DRINK? It is an amped up version of the mainstay cocktail. Ours not only has lime and tequila, but a touch of mezcal to give a hint of smokiness upon sipping. We also use organic grapefruit marmalade and St. Germaine liqueur, which puts it over the top when it comes to flavor.

Steak 44 5101 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, 602.271.4400, steak44.com. ENTERTAINERMAG.COM


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