Saturday, December 20, 2014



Calle-ing All Artists

A mural project and new gallery on 16th Street add flavor to First Friday art walks.

It starts with a vaguely familiar face, painted in black-and-gray on the side of a building at the corner of 16th and Windsor streets. The portrait of a young Mexican man with a dark mustache and sunglasses makes passersby stop and say, “I swear I know that guy!” before seeing that the image segues into sugar skulls and jagged abstract patterns of silver and green.


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Queen Logic

Valley filmmakers court stardom with their Cave Creek-shot oddball feature.

Valley-bred filmmakers Ryan Page and Chris Pomerenke cast well-regarded Hollywood actors in their latest and most ambitious production, but the movie is hardly lacking for homegrown Arizona talent.

“You see those girls?” Page asks, pointing to the editing bay where the duo’s soon-to-be-unleashed cornpone comedy Queens of Country is getting a final layer of post-production polish. “Those girls in the scene? They’re hookers we found in the back of the Phoenix New Times. ’Cause where else are you gonna find hookers, right?”


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Beef Eaters Pics

More archival photos of Jay Newton’s defunct, faux-Brit steakhouse Beef Eaters.


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Alvarado "aka Palm Wonderful"

Museum Piece: The Alvarado district was founded in the early 1900s by newspaperman Dwight B. Heard when he built a 6,000-square-foot home at Monte Vista Road and Central Avenue and purchased the surrounding 160 acres. 


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Defending the Desert

A groundbreaking coalition aims to preserve acres of wild Valley land and the plentiful wildlife, tourism and heritage it supports. 

Following a decade of massive and unprecedented growth, a question emerges: How does one protect the pristine land that makes Arizona so appealing? A broad coalition of Valley organizations has the answer: Designate it as wilderness.


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Wong in the Tooth

A Valley rock-music institution is reborn – sort of – near the original music venue that made the “Tempe sound” famous.

The old Long Wong’s on Mill was more than a place to score cheap hot wings and cheaper beer – it was also an iconic, nationally-acclaimed music venue where ’90s-era rock junkies could get a regular fix of emerging bands like the Gin Blossoms, The Refreshments and Dead


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Brewed Awakening

Fretzy’s Unfiltered Ale
When Greg Fretz and George Hancock opened Phoenix Ale Brewery last fall, it became the 26th craft brewery in Arizona. That might seem like an ample number for a single state, but comparatively speaking, it’s paltry. The beer-crazy berg of San Diego boasts 33 breweries, and Portland, Oregon – no suds slouch itself – has 29. By craft-brew standards, the Valley and its 4.2 million residents are criminally underserved. 


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