A new reality show spotlights the Valley real estate scene and a local foreclosure kingpin.
Doug Hopkins, self-styled “King of the East Valley” for his 20-year reign over the Valley real estate market, has yet another jewel to add to his crown: reality TV stardom.
Born with a condition that limits use of his arms and legs, “mouth painter” Kirk O’Hara has to be creative both on and off the canvas.
Artist Kirk O’Hara leans forward, adding the finishing touches to a painting of a blond boy wearing leg braces and gripping crutches. Next to the boy is a brown dog, tongue out and tail wagging. The dog is in a wheelchair. As O’Hara makes a stroke through the boy’s hair, his face hovers so close to the canvas he’s almost cheek-to-cheek with his subject. For a second, it looks like he’s going to crawl head-first into the painting. In a sense, he’s already there: Like the boy and his dog, O’Hara is disabled. This painting is the first in a series of handicapped subjects titled Empathy.
Charlie Levy rode the indie-music revolution to the top of the Valley’s concert promotion biz. Now he has a venue of his own.
Sitting in Crescent Ballroom’s industrial-chic lounge on a sweltering Tuesday afternoon in June, with retro R&B playing over the speakers and a late-lunch crowd sipping cocktails, owner Charlie Levy fields texts and fires off emails constantly, at one point thinking aloud, “How do you think [country singer] Pat Green would do here? I am emailing him now. How much would you pay to see [Texas legends] The Flatlanders? Would you pay $25?”
BACK OF THE HOUSE
The philosophy behind everything in Luci’s Healthy Marketplace is retro, from the décor to the all-natural “real” foods on the grocery shelves, in the grab-and-go food section and at the café.
It’s all about “what it was to be American back in the ’30s and ’40s,” says Schnitzer, who owns Luci’s with husband Ken. “That meant local businesses…. Everything was organic and fresh.”
ASU Head Football Coach
With a bible on his desk and a picture of Tom Landry on the wall, Todd Graham calls himself a teacher first, but his current job description, arguably, is that of salesman. Arizona State University’s new head football coach is trying to sell the idea of a rejuvenated program to fans, recruits and boosters – a program mired in mediocrity and thuggish behavior during the five-year reign of former coach Dennis Erickson.
A Valley movie mogul is helping return filmmaking to Arizona – backed by a trove of shipwrecked Spanish emeralds.
Ruben Arizpe prides himself on the ability to pick a good script. During his career in movie financing, the Valley-based dealmaker helped marshall into existence such blue-chip blockbusters as Jerry Maguire and The Horse Whisperer.
West of Westboro
Some of the Valley’s most ardent Fed-fearing, LGBT-demonizing citizens find a mouthpiece in a headline-grabbing East Valley preacher. Could Steven Anderson just be getting started? ...
An Army of Juan
Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez seized the international spotlight during the Jodi Arias trial. Is he destined for greater things, or will his controversial methods prove his undoing? ...
Kid de Cuisine
Gilbert chef Cody Vasquez cooks up enthusiasm for healthful eating in schools while getting recognition from Food Network and the White House. Twelve-year-old Gilbert resident Cody Vasquez builds forts in the backyard with his friends, then steps in...
Back in the Swing
Less than three years after a stroke nearly ended his life and career, local vocal icon Dennis Rowland returns to the stage. It’s a Friday night in front of Mesa Arts Center, and everyone’s here to swing. On an outdoor stage, the 16-pie...
The world of fighter pilots isn’t exclusively a boys’ club – but with the retirement of one decorated airborne warrior, it might soon be at Luke Air Force Base. The first time Lt. Col. Melissa May, call sign “Shock,” fl...