Hanna-Barbera's 1960s cartoon The Jetsons had Americans imagining life with flying cars and robot servants, while the later Stanley Kubrick flick 2001: A Space Odyssey portrayed possible dangers of creating artificial intelligence. While sentient computers and floating cities aren’t part of our everyday 21st-century experiences (yet?), the myriad real and fictitious technologies seen in Arizona Science Center’s POPnology™ hint at future possibilities.
Phoenix residents have a bit of arthouse envy when it comes to the quirky, iconic businesses that put towns like Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas, on the alt-culture map. Voodoo Doughnut, McMenamins and Alamo Drafthouse are among the two cities’ most famous locales. While we have FilmBar, iPic and AMC Esplanade, there’s nothing quite like Alamo, a chain of dine-in theaters with a full kitchen serving frothy beer and pub grub straight to your seat.
Next to Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day is the second busiest night for the American restaurant industry. A 2014 Zagat survey found that New Yorkers planned to spend an average of $158.43 per couple on this holiest of couple’s holidays. Considering that local dining options include an $85 dinner at The Market by Jennifer’s and Chef Beau MacMillan’s $125 four-course prix fixe menu at elements (both priced per person!), we’re guessing that Phoenix pairs won’t be far behind in those numbers.
The city of Scottsdale’s January calendar is packed with tony events, from the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction to the Celebration of Fine Art. But if you’re looking for some free entertainment, here are three Old Town Scottsdale options for the last weekend of January.
After years of planning and setbacks while working toward opening his own game palace, Ariel Bracamonte finally unveiled Cobra Arcade Bar to the public on Friday, January 8. The 3,300-square-foot watering hole in Phoenix is home to more than 40 classic arcade games including Tron, Double Dragon, Street Fighter II and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. Bracamonte plans to switch out five games each month so there is always something new to play.
Fans of the ABC Family television show “Pretty Little Liars” should be pretty happy all day Tuesday, January 12 – not only does the second half of the sixth season of the show premiere that night, but all DryBar locations nationwide will offer free blowouts to mark the occasion.
Have you ever driven by an interesting neighborhood and wondered what the houses looked like inside, or why they all have a similar architectural feature? If so, you’re in luck: Many historical neighborhoods are staging home tours in 2016.
Downtown Phoenix never seems more festive than during the winter season. Sculptures of giant red bulb ornaments decorate courtyards, holiday music wafts from outdoor speakers, and the neon lights of retail spots and restaurants cast a warm, colorful glow down on the crowds that mill about CityScape and its seasonal outdoor ice rink, CitySkate. And thanks to the “Stay & Skate” special package from Kimpton's Hotel Palomar Phoenix, Valley residents and visitors can enjoy myriad wintery delights for one low, smoking-hot price.
Though he's widely known as a punk rock icon, Henry Rollins, former frontman of California hardcore band Black Flag, also wears several other hats: writer, humorist, spoken word performer, publicist, DJ and actor, to name a few. Regarding the latter, Rollins is currently starring as lead character Jack in writer/director Jason Krawczyk’s He Never Died, a horror flick chock-full of sharp comedy and gore.
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