Alice Cooper’s thrift store offers one-of-a-kind signed items.
When it comes to Arizona resident Alice Cooper’s shock-rock stage show, some things are to be expected – boa constrictors, straitjackets, guillotines, the trademark black eye paint. Anyone who’s ever seen his live shows or ghoulishly theatrical music videos might expect Cooper’s personal effects to be equally unsettling.
Enjoy the arts together every which way with these local liaisons.
Eat: Seasonally-focused new American restaurant Palette at Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-257-2191, phxart.org/palette), a great accompaniment to the museum’s current special exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation.
Play: The annual “Exotic Art Show” (pictured left) at Alwun House (1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 602-253-7887, alwunhouse.org) on February 14; the Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival in Scottsdale (thunderbirdartists.com/waterfront) February 13-15; Ballet Arizona’s (balletaz.org) performance of Napoli at Phoenix Symphony Hall (75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-381-0184) February 12-15.
Stay: Four-star boutique Clarendon Hotel & Spa (401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, 602-252-7363, goclarendon.com), which hosts 3-day “ARTELPHX” shows featuring 20-plus local artists.
Verizon Super Bowl Central
Located in Downtown Phoenix, Verizon Super Bowl Central is the week-long, pedestrian-only epicenter of Super Bowl entertainment in the Valley. Find concerts and food, plus the NFL Experience, an interactive theme park with games, clinics and NFL autograph sessions. Visit azsuperbowl.com for more information.
Dates: January 28 – February 1
Hours: 2 p.m.-Midnight
2 p.m. Food and beer gardens, Sponsor Activity Zone, Autograph Stage and XLIX Concert Stage open
2–6 p.m. Local talent and group performances on Concert Stage
6 p.m. Autograph Stage closes
7–10 p.m. Regional and national music artists on Concert Stage
10–10:10 p.m. Nightly fireworks show
10 p.m. Activities close
Midnight Food and beverage close (Friday and Saturday)
Turn a new page with books by Arizona authors.
Arizona’s never had a shortage of talented scribes. Zane Grey, Erma Bombeck, Edward Abbey and Diana Gabaldon are just a few of the literary standouts who searched our canyon landscapes and desert streets for the muse of inspiration. Here are a few rising Arizona wordsmiths to consider for your winter reading.
Mix and mingle with chefs and wine pros at Valley wine-pairing dinners.
“I don't care how much you know about wine – there’s always something new to learn. Food, too.” Chef Anthony DeMuro of Different Pointe of View at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs has learned a lot about both in the last four years during the restaurant’s Insider’s View Dinner Series, which pairs visiting winemakers’ vintages with DeMuro’s AAA Four Diamond cuisine. “It’s a passionate evening,” DeMuro says. “They’re a blast. It’s quite the experience.” There are pop-up wine dinners aplenty in the Valley, but these three stand out for their location, consistency and, of course, point of view.
Phoenix resident Andra Riegel has enough food stored to feed her and her husband – and any number of her seven grown children who pop in from time to time – for a full year.
Back in 1979, Ric and Judy Brecheisen traveled to Europe and drove around in a Volkswagen bus with their children, stopping at coffeehouses across the continent to try new brews. That flavorful family vacation led to a family-run business when the joe-inspired Brecheisens returned to the Valley and founded Passport Coffee & Tea in Scottsdale in 1983.