With the first day of autumn just around the corner (September 23), Phoenix metro gardeners are gearing up for the best growing season of the year. Many homeowners are focused on manicured shrubs or eye-pleasing florals, but urban farmers such as Greg Peterson have an eye toward more productive plantings.
Every single day makes a difference for infant development during a pregnancy. Premature birth can lead to low birthweight, underdeveloped organs and even, in extreme cases, death. In fact, the No. 1 leading cause of death among children younger than 5 is premature birth.
Miguel Ivery cooks up an appealing metaphorical recipe for Brazil: “You take one part samba, one part beach, one part love of life and family, and one part hard work, and you have Brazil. How is that not appealing?”
Ivery is the founder of Afro:Baile, a Valley-based company that promotes global music and culture (mostly emanating from Latin America) through its Afro:Baile Records label and events like the 6th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival, taking place this weekend at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
It’s expected that your beauty counter will take on a new look as the high temps of summer fade, but don't skip the sunscreen. Not just for those days at the pool; applying sunscreen should take on the same daily-ritual status as brushing your teeth. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, in the course of a lifetime, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer. Since your life kind of depends on it, you should find a sunscreen that you’re in love with and slap it on every day before you put on a lick of moisturizer or makeup. We’ve done the fieldwork: seeing what sweats into your eyes and what melts like ice cream. Here are the best sunscreens you can buy.
Art and wine have been entwined for centuries – natural creative bedfellows whose mutual consumption, some might say, enhances the experience of both. Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca live and breathe both art forms, manifested in their Scottsdale wine gallery, where visual art blends seamlessly with the oenological art produced by their vineyard and winery in the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona.
On NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, acerbic geek gurus debate everything from theme parks and Pixar trivia to the effect a flick’s opening sequence has on overall enjoyment. This isn’t strictly nerd territory, either. Comic books and Marvel movies are tossed in among more mainstream pop culture topics like Hulu’s new Difficult People show. It’s a bright, witty, fabulously fun round-table discussion of daily entertainment – even if there isn’t any actual drinking involved.
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.
When sizzling temperatures start to subside, Phoenicians look forward to cooler September nights and more time spent outside. But autumn also signals the start of the performing arts season at venues across the Valley. There’s a lot to choose from, but here are five of September’s can't-miss performing arts events:
The sitcom trope of “annoying next-door neighbor” is often the character audiences love to hate. Bewitched had busybody Gladys Kravitz, Everybody Loves Raymond introduced sharp-tongued mother-in-law Marie Barone, and perpetual do-gooder Ned Flanders was the butt of Homer’s jokes on The Simpsons.
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