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INSIDER GUIDES

Step Into Christmas: 14 activities to brighten the holidays

By Annika Tomlin November means the lights will be hung and carols will be sung. The holiday season is approaching so it’s time to gather...

Finding Sanctuary: Arizona products abound at these Valley spas

By Brianna Moore It’s no secret that Arizona is chock full of natural resources. From the sage plant to the prickly pear cactus, there is...

The First Family of Fear: Zack Busse relishes in scaring Halloween...

Zack Busse knows the haunted house industry well. He practically grew up around Phoenix’s 13th Floor and Fear Farm. This year is Fear Farm’s 20th...

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Hoping to Uplift: Arizona Hip-Hop Festival fostered artist growth on a...

By Laura Latzko Justus Samuel of Respect the Underground vowed to celebrate all aspects of hip-hop music when he formed the Arizona Hip Hop Festival. Now...

‘Speechless’: Blue Man Group bringing revamped show to ASU

By Connor Dziawura Adam Zuick calls trying out for the Blue Man Group “one of the weirdest auditions a person can probably go through.” When he...

Educating the Masses: Musicians from around the world capture the Harlem...

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Musician Michael Mwenso has high hopes about his show “Harlem 100.” The performance, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 16, at the Chandler...

A ‘Sonic Palette’: Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein talks honest, urgent new LP

By Connor Dziawura With its new LP, indie rock outfit Sleater-Kinney was looking to do something different. While 2015’s “No Cities to Love” could be considered...

Light ‘Em Up: Michael Pollack promises a brighter than usual holiday...

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Sitting in his opulent Mesa office, Michael Pollack is proud of what he’s accomplished. Drive up and down Alma School Road and...

An Important Reminder: ‘Jojo Rabbit’ puts modern twist on WWII satire

By Annika Tomlin New Zealand actress Thomasin McKenzie, who portrays Jewish girl Elsa Korr in Taika Waititi’s satirical black comedy “Jojo Rabbit,” took her role...

‘Home’ and ‘Story of Everything:’ Magic and awe take over ASU...

Bridgette Redman There is beauty and wonder of breathtaking scope filling the stage at ASU Gammage this month. From the Native American/science-inspired “Story of Everything,” to...

No ‘Doom’ and Gloom: Bastille allows escapism during its shows

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Bastille drummer Chris Wood says fans have learned the breadth of the English band’s tastes, thanks to its latest album “Doom Days.” Telling...

BEST PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

Brewery Beat: SanTan is offering weekend peeks inside its facility

By Eric Newman A stalwart of local beer and whiskey, SanTan Brewing Company is allowing tours at its 35,000-square-foot production facility in Chandler. Patrons can witness...

Diner Insider: Brunch Café is for the dogs

By Brandie Bosworth North Scottsdale’s Brunch Café has gone beyond the typical entrees. It is supporting guests’ furry friends. For $5, pet parents on the cafe’s...

A Fitting Partnership: Venezia’s teaming up with The Fix coffee

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Domenick Montanile merely wanted to throw his pie in the ring when he opened his first Venezia’s Pizzeria 21 years ago in...

TOP PLACES TO STAY

The Pack Expands: Arizona will soon welcome Great Wolf Lodge waterpark...

By Octavio Serrano With electronic devices dominating dinners and vacations, Great Wolf Lodge is aiming to bring families back together with its new location in...

Hotel Adeline just steps away from all the Scottsdale action

Article and Food Images by Lynette Carrington, Hotel Adeline Images Courtesy of Hotel Adeline A large sign at the entrance to Hotel Adeline proclaims, “WTF,”...

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows

Located in Scottsdale, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is a fabulous mid-century modern desert oasis resort that embraces the aesthetic of the Sonoran Desert...

SPORTS IN THE VALLEY

A Step Forward: The Suns’ offseason acquisitions could make for an...

By Chris Fahrendorf To say the Phoenix Suns have been unstable in recent years would be an understatement. The team has finished 10th or worst...

Moves Like Jagger: Scottsdale teen set to make his hometown debut...

By Natalie Urquiza Most 17-year-old high school students are working, playing sports or preparing for college. Jagger Jones does all that plus is a race...

The Great Gig on the Grass: Jamie Morrison brings English polo...

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Jamie Morrison is used to making an entrance. As a child, his father, the late Bryan Morrison, was a record mogul who managed...

MOVIE REVIEWS

The Last Stroll: Sobering ‘Frankie’ thrives thanks to strong ensemble cast

By Glenn Heath Jr. Ira Sachs makes films that are quiet only on the surface. Daily routine and committed long-term relationships wrap his bourgeois characters...

Romping through the Reich: ‘Jojo Rabbit’ tries to find the funny...

By Glenn Heath Jr. With “Jojo Rabbit,” a brazenly reflexive satire set during the Nazi Reich’s final days, director Taika Waititi tries his hardest to...

Folksy and Poetic: ‘Western Stars’ gives intimate look at new Springsteen...

By Haley Lorenzen Bruce Springsteen’s directorial debut, “Western Stars,” is a beautifully shot, intimate performance of his titular latest album. Candid narration from Springsteen himself...

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