Photos by Mirelle Inglefield
On Labor Day, everybody's favorite feline -- Internet meme sensation Grumpy Cat -- threw out the first pitch at the Arizona Diamondbacks game, as the D-Backs took on the San Francisco Giants. The Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 6-1, but the real winner was Grumpy Cat. The cat (real name: Tardar Sauce), who has feline dwarfism and an underbite that gives her a purrfect permafrown, is one of four cats in the home of the Valley-based Bundesen family. Grumpy Cat received her own Diamondbacks jersey, met and mingled with media and MLB Hall of Famer Tony La Russa, and vicariously tossed the first pitch from the mound. Here's a slideshow of Grumpy's big day at the game.
How do you spend your birthday if you are Larry Fitzgerald Jr.? Running routes on the practice field and running food at Dominick’s Steakhouse, of course. The wide receiver hosted his seventh annual Fitz’s Supper Club, Celebrities at YOUR Service on August 31 at the swank Scottsdale eatery, and yours truly lucked out with an invitation to be on the red carpet.
The 2015 NFL football season kicks off Thursday, September 10... which means you have exactly 197 hours from this writing to squeeze in another fantasy football league draft. Need a location? Consult this PM hand-selected list of the most FF-friendly bars and restaurants in the Valley. And for Pete's sake, don't take a quarterback in the first round. Only scrubs do that.
Going out to see a new movie is expensive these days. Unless you're hitting a matinee, tickets cost more than $9 each, and refreshments could easily run you another $10, even if you're only getting a large soda and popcorn. Thankfully, the last drive-in movie theater in Arizona, the West Wind Glendale Drive-In, offers a singular moviegoing experience on Thursday, August 27, and the price is right: It's free.
A work trip to the remote mountain town of Crown King – and a quick stopover at the legendary Crown King Saloon – got us thinking about Arizona's great wealth of territorial saloons. And when we start thinking about things, well – being the quantification junkies we are – we have to rank them, too.
When Samyak Shertok heard the news about the April 2015 earthquake that rocked his home country of Nepal, he was “shattered.” Shertok, an Arizona State University alum, works as a visiting poet at the Mayo Clinic, where he writes poems for palliative care patients as “lyric medicine” through Arizona poet laureate Alberto Rios' Poesia del Sol program. Shertok decided to help his fellow Nepalis cope with the destruction in much the same way he's been helping the Mayo patients cope with their illnesses: the healing power of poetry.
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