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INSIDER GUIDES

Pour the Paso, Please!: Exploring the best bottles from the emerging...

By Alison Bailin Batz | July 30, 2021 Paso Robles is a winemaking region on the rise. Located along California’s Coast, Paso Robles winemaking dates...

Tea for Two: Arizona is a hot spot for afternoon sipping

By Taylor O’Connor | July 12, 2021 Sipping tea and eating finger sandwiches while donning pristine outfits wasn’t done just for looks. Although that may...

Ready to Travel: Try one of these 10 weekend getaways

By Phoenix.org staff | July 9, 2021 The pandemic restrictions are lifting, and now we’re ready to travel. We’ve compiled 10 fun weekend getaways that won’t...

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

No Laughing Matter: ImprovMania expands with new space

By Kevin Reagan | July 28, 2021 ImprovMania, Chandler’s long-running comedy theater, has found a new home after buying a building from the city. The building...

Single Saturday Night: Cole Swindell expects a good time at casino

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | July 18, 2021 Country singer Cole Swindell is excited to see concert dates on his schedule — especially Arizona, where he...

Brothers in Arms: Damage Inc. recalls Metallica’s first four albums

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | July 18, 2021 Chris Knight remembers the first time he heard the acoustic intro to Metallica’s “Fade to Black” in his...

Carrying the Torch: Pop Evil’s music means one thing — rock

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | July 18, 2021 Pop Evil singer Leigh Kakaty takes offense to the phrase “rock is dead.” “Rock bands have been toward the...

Hometown Heroes: Katastro returns to Marquee stage for 2 shows

By Claire Spinner | July 18, 2021 Katastro bassist Ryan Weddle is eager to come back to Tempe. Nearly two full years since the genre-bending...

They’re Crafty: PIP Coffee + Clay molds everyone into an artist

By Annika Tomlin | July 12, 2021 Mara Friedman and her husband, Kacey “KC” Bonnem, took their “perpetual idea projects” and turned them into PIP...

Don’t Call It a Comeback: Chandler Center prepares for ‘grand opening’

By Kevin Reagan | July 12, 2021 After more than a year of barring patrons from visiting its theater, the Chandler Center for the Arts...

Dive into Summer Fun: Camp fills summer with swimming, other activities

By Lila Baltman | July 12, 2021 Children can unplug and learn how to swim at Hubbard Family Swim School’s summer six-pack sessions. The six 30-minute...

A Sound Purchase: Record Store Day keeps heads spinning

By Alex Gallagher | July 12, 2021 Zia Records’ Mary Papenhausen knows the appeal of Record Store Day. She sees customers come in and out...

A ‘Watershed Moment’: New SMoW collection rich with women artists

By Kristine Cannon | July 9, 2021 Since the opening of Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West (SMoW) in 2015, one of the comments...

Pretty ‘Sweet’: Wade Cota prepares fans for debut full-length album

By Alex Gallagher | July 9, 2021 Former “American Idol” contestant Wade Cota named his forthcoming debut full-length album “Sweet Boy Summer.” However, it’s anything but...

Toy Story: The Great Arizona Puppet Theater brings magic to the...

By Claire Spinner | July 9, 2021 Nancy Smith has always been fascinated by puppetry. After receiving a set of puppets and a stage when she...



BEST PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

‘It’s Like a Family’: Preserve Tavern boasts comfort food delights

By Kristine Cannon | July 18, 2021 Taking over the old Four Peaks Grill & Tap in North Scottsdale is family-friendly tavern, The Preserve Tavern...

Filling a Niche: Avondale family follows dreams with crepes

By Lauren Serrato | June 25, 2021 Ainor Elgamal has filled a niche in Avondale with her Crepella Crepes. The family-owned cafe offers a wide selection...

A Family Affair: Mesa family takes pride in Mexican eatery

By Melody Birkett | June 25, 2021 To call Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Mesa a family affair is an understatement. Six family members have owned...

SPORTS IN THE VALLEY

Shooting for the Top: The Valley’s RUF MMA weighs in

By Grant Greabell | July 12, 2021 RUF MMA, the country’s only Native American-owned fight promotion, is getting its due. It recently inked a deal with...

A New Home: Off-Road Expo heads to Phoenix Raceway

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | July 1, 2021 The Off-Road Expo Arizona will have a new home in 2021 as the event heads to Phoenix Raceway...

Taking It Day by Day: Pavin Smith wants to help team

By Christina Fuoco-Karsinski | June 21, 2021 When Pavin Smith was called up to the big leagues, he, admittedly, couldn’t sleep that night. “I had no...

TOP PLACES TO STAY

Chill Out: Winter at The Princess has arrived

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | February 8, 2021 The temperatures are creeping up, but winter isn’t over yet. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess overhauled its grounds to resemble...

Keeper of the Flame: We-Ko-Pa’s Ember is a red-hot experience

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | February 5, 2021 When We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort opened in Fort McDowell in October, the 166,341-square-foot facility unveiled an experience. The hotel lobby...

It’s Perfect: Helicopters, poker are part of The Wigwam golf experience

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | February 4, 2021 The Wigwam has been a longtime “buddy trip,” says Leo Simonetta, the resort’s director of golf. Like each season,...

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