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Holiday Tradition: ‘The Nutcracker’ makes its regular visits throughout the Valley

By Bridgette Redman Can’t get enough of “The Nutcracker”? There are plenty to choose from in the Phoenix area.   Phoenix Ballet Professional dancers perform to Tchaikovsky’s score...

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...

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

‘Guardian Angel’: Josh Lucas explores hypnosis in ‘Murderous Trance’

“Ford vs. Ferrari” actor Josh Lucas is used to playing sweet characters like Jake Perry in “Sweet Home Alabama.” In “Murderous Trance,” also known as...

A Charming Store: Entrepreneur opens Estate Sale Outlet in Apache Junction

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Northeast Mesa resident Anna Marie Stone has done plenty in her life. She’s owned a cleaning business in Atlanta, worked with the...

Ripple Effect: ‘Waves’ is a punishingly obvious and bloated melodrama

By Glenn Heath Jr. Trey Edwards Shults seems to think that life exists only in a heightened state of anxiety. Even though his 2015 debut,...

Coming Home: Taylor Upsahl is ready to smile for Phoenix cameras

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Alterna pop singer Taylor Upsahl peppers her conversation with “stoked” and “dope.” She just turned 21 on Thanksgiving, but she speaks like...

Difficult Times: ‘Marriage Story’ offers updated look at old struggle

By Connor Dziawura The comparisons that have been made between Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Robert Benton’s 1979 film “Kramer vs. Kramer” aren’t without merit....

Reflections with Angel Olsen: The singer discusses ‘All Mirrors,’ self-care and...

By Mary Pat Abruzzo Angel Olsen’s voice pushes through the telephone with a warm hello. Catching her at her tour stop in Madison, Wisconsin, in...

Building a Bridge: Tempe-based film festival giving Asian filmmakers voices

By Connor Dziawura Filmmaker Ihman Esturco sees a distinct lack of representation for foreign cinema, namely that which is from Asian countries. “There’s a lot of...

Cold as Ice: Disney animators rise to the challenge on ‘Frozen...

By Connor Dziawura Looking back, Disney supervising animator Justin Sklar says his team would not have been able pull off its work on “Frozen II”...

BEST PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

A Grand Return: Rancho de Tia Rosa revived in Northeast Mesa

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Cory Lucas likes to say he just fell into the restaurant business. Perhaps he’s making a bigger impact than he thinks. Lucas...

Intense Flavors: Maple & Ash fires up the steak and seafood...

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Sean Currid’s eyes light up when he talks about Maple & Ash, the new restaurant he leads at the Scottsdale Waterfront. He brags...

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...

SPORTS IN THE VALLEY

For the Love of the Game: Coyotes’ Jakob Chychrun wants to...

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Jakob Chychrun says the heartbreaking end to the Arizona Coyotes’ 2018-2019 season fueled the fire to make the current one a success. “We...

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...

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...

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