Saturday, October 25, 2014



High-Dross Finish

Ever looked into a garbage bag full of apple rinds, dirty diapers and partially eaten Marie Callender’s microwavable dinners and thought to yourself “ballet”? No? Well, maybe you should spend a little time with Allison Orr, the kooky


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Peking Under the Hood

Asian food trucks let Phoenicians satisfy their noodle needs on the go.

Hao Bao
One of the newest additions to the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, Hao Bao spirits customers – or, at least, their tongues – to eastern China for a taste of authentic Mandarin cuisine. Billed as “Chinese soul food,” the Hao Bao menu includes such comfort-minded staples as dumplings, noodle soup and fragrant scallion pancakes served with a tangy ginger dipping sauce. Owner Jake Lau went on hiatus earlier this spring but expected to bring the Valley’s only Chinese food truck back by summer. Check their Facebook page to see when Hao Bao will return to venues like CO+HOOTS and Downtown Phoenix Public Market’s Food Truck Fridays.


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Downtown Glendale

AKA “Arizona’s Antique Capital”

BIRTH OF A ’BURB: Arizona Canal builder William J. Murphy founded Glendale in 1892. The city incorporated in 1910. VIGOROUS VINTAGE: In the 1990s, Glendale sported more than a thousand antique shops, leading to accolades from USA Today and Sunset magazine. CELEBRITY CENTRAL: Numerous notables have lived in Glendale, including actor Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills, 90210), singer Jordin Sparks (winner of American Idol season six), and country star Marty Robbins. SUPER STADIUM: Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium, which hosted the Super Bowl in 2008 and is slated to host again in 2015, was featured on the History Channel show Modern Marvels in 2008 for its roll-out, natural grass field.


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No Glutton for Gluten

Reviled by celiac disease sufferERs and others, gluten is a hobgoblin of the health-minded. Quell your cravings with these gluten-free products.


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A Run on the Banks

Forget the treadmill. Get outside and try a canal.

Imagine yourself jogging, sans iPod, to the song of birds and the faint sound of lapping water. Your sneakers rhythmically pound the ground, unearthing pebbles and bits of sand. With every few strides, you inhale mighty lungfuls of air, the piquant tinge of nearby water making each breath that much more invigorating.


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For the Trill of It


It’s springtime, and love is in the air. So, too, are the sonorous harmonies of the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix. Arizona’s longest-standing, continually-performing choral organization celebrates its 84th season with performances of its spring concert, All We Need Is Love. The genre-spanning afternoon will include everything from eye-dabbing romantic classics to upbeat numbers guaranteed to put a smile on your face.


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Chorale Riff


For Phoenicians, the cost of a decent classical concert needn’t include airfare to Carnegie Hall. Hailed as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in North America, the Phoenix Chorale (formerly Phoenix Bach Choir) has won two


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