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Middle Man
Scott Smith brings a centrist platform to a packed Republican primary for governor. Scott Smith, the former mayor of Mesa, wants you to think about his city – both your impression of it years ag...
Brain Drain
Has Arizona declared war on public education? During the 2013-2014 school year, Peoria Unified School District superintendent Dr. Denton Santarelli held a series of “open chats” with administr...
El Corazon
In Disney’s Frozen, Queen Elsa mistakenly turns her sister’s heart to ice. When Tanzy/iPic master mixologist Adam Seger frosts El Corazon, on the other hand, it’s no accident. Seger utilizes ...
Urban Vine
With his new CenPho bistro, culinary star Michael O’Dowd creates wine-ready country cuisine ripe for the plucking. Contrary to its citified name, Urban Vine is anything but urban, vibe-wise. It ...
Michael Pollack
Real Estate Renaissance Man. Michael Pollack loves attention. The commercial real estate redeveloper’s name adorns many of his properties (most notably Tempe Pollack Cinemas) and he’s appeared...
Net Gain
Get fit while getting hip to a popular European-import sport. Ever heard of netball? Yeah, neither had we until we came across the Phoenix Heat, the Valley’s own team devoted to this domesticall...
Team Mate
The Phoenix Zoo and ASU band together to conserve Arizona’s endangered species. At the back of the Phoenix Zoo, like the back of a classroom, dwell the misfits. Squirrels so sexually frustrating...
Sweet Pickled Jalapenos
Grainy black and white Westerns flicker silently across a TV screen at Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue, occasionally interrupted by the jarring clang of a dinner bell. Everyone turns to stare. Just...
  • Flower Child

    PHM0814EB10Sam Fox launches another salvo in the health food revolution with this groovy Camelback café.

    Author Michael Pollan’s 2008 manifesto In Defense of Food ignited a culinary revolution. His advice: Avoid processed foods, eat plants and buy ingredients your great-grandparents would recognize.

    Serial restaurateur Sam Fox… Read More +

  • Pho Avina

    Big menu. Big flavors. But rarely a big bill at this innovative West Valley noodle house. I ordered and ate, oh, roughly two dozen items at Pho Avina before forming a critical opinion of the place, but something tells me I’ve still only scratched the surface of this Vietnamese gem. The multi-page menu is a labyrinth, and there’s a prize around every lemongrass- and ginger-scented turn.Whatever… Read More +
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  • Michael Pollack

    PHM0814Flash-1-5Real Estate Renaissance Man.

    Michael Pollack loves attention. The commercial real estate redeveloper’s name adorns many of his properties (most notably Tempe Pollack Cinemas) and he’s appeared on numerous television shows. He plays drums in his own namesake band (Pollack’s Corporate… Read More +

  • Lowell Pickett

    MIM Music Theater Artistic Director

    As far as nominative determinism goes, Lowell Pickett –  a man whose name could be an amalgamation of legendary blues guitarist Lowell Fulson and R&B singer Wilson Pickett, but who’s actually named after an old… Read More +

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  • 2013 Best New Restaurants

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    Our annual guide to the Valley's newest crop of culinary keepers.

    Astor House
    2243 N. 12th St., Phoenix
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  • 7 Wives Saison

    These days, beer is increasingly nudging wine aside as the preferred food-pairing potation. So it’s fitting that Scottsdale-based Sonoran Brewing Company is teaming up with four Valley chefs to brew small batch beers (1,000 bottles or less) made with local… Read More +

  • Cuoco Pazzo

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  • 52 Weekend Adventures -2012

    From historic hollows and Hummer half-pipes to dapper dude ranches and to-die-for drives, we’re serving up a bountiful birthday helping of 52 weekend adventures to help you christen Arizona’s second century of statehood. Plus: New… Read More +

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  • The Arizona Trail

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  • New Mexico Skiing

    Santa Fe and Taos are famous for their arts scenes, but the surrounding slopes make a scenic ski escape for bunny-slopers to black-diamond daredevils.
    It starts with a soft chant somewhere up on the dark, snow-covered ski slope. “TOOORCH-light….… Read More +

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  • Hells Angels Shootout

    After a fierce shootout last year in Chino Valley between members of the Hells Angels and rival bikers the Vagos, it seems a turf battle is brewing. Could Phoenix be a future battleground?


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  • A Fungus Among Us

    A rare, fungus-spawned disease that mimics cancer thrives in Arizona. Just another weird local bug.
    It’s a medical mystery worthy of a House season cliffhanger: A treatable infection that strikes few and far between, with a mere 44 known… Read More +

  • 100 Years and Counting

    On the cusp of Arizona’s Centennial, a Phoenix woman is working to end age discrimination by celebrating Arizonans over age 100.
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  • Raiders of the Lost Art

    The majority of Arizona’s museum collections reside in storage. What argosies of art and artifact are concealed in their basements?


    There’s a painting hanging in the basement of the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tucson. It alone adorns a… Read More +

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