Phoenix Art Museum director Jim Ballinger is retiring. Here’s what notable locals have to say about his 33-year tenure.
“If you had to name the pillars on which today’s Phoenix is built, Jim Ballinger would be a major one. With consummate skill, artistic acumen and irrepressible energy, he has built a first-class art museum, one that is uniquely ours. It was never easy. But, whether he was chiding the city for not watering the grass or impressing a major donor, Jim knew his target and hit the mark. Most important over an extraordinary career, he never stopped reaching for more and better, his vision exceeding even his most optimistic supporters. And nine times in ten he got what only he considered possible. If institutions were to look like their most important contributors, the Phoenix Art Museum would be long, lanky and dark haired, the shape of a never-satisfied Jim Ballinger.”
– Terry Goddard, former Arizona Attorney General
Q&A with the host of Beth & Friends on 99.9 KEZ-FM
This month marks your 30th year in radio.What have been some of the high points for you?
When I actually took over the [KEZ morning] show and was paired with Bill [Austin]. It was Beth & Bill for 20 years. We had some really fun guests along the way. I think really, just achieving success – what we felt was success, with people enjoying the show and having that show in the ratings. For me, that was the best – doing something I love and having it work, and people were obviously very supportive. And women are supportive of the show, and I appreciate that.
Acknowledged as the best-known Arizona races by the local running community, these races pit intrepid runners against trails around the state.
September 27: Mogollon Monster 100
This 106-mile – because 100 wasn’t enough – race traces the Mogollon Rim outside of Pine and includes four challenging climbs. mogollonmonster100.com
Unlike the majority of her teammates, Melyssa Olsen didn’t grow up playing netball. As an American, she played basketball throughout her youth. But when Hall approached her last year and told her about netball, she was curious. After observing the team and figuring out the rules of the game, Olsen became the goal defender, a position she was familiar with from her basketball experience.
An inside look at our poolside shoots for Cool Staycations
In the June 2014 issue of PHOENIX magazine, we took you behind-the-scenes at Ben and Jack’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale (benandjackssteakhouse.com) to see how Chef Admir Alibasic makes the restaurant’s delectable dry-aged steaks. Here are a few other places around the Valley where you can score one of these special cuts:
Valley travel queen Tara Hitchcock gives Celebrity Fight Night Italy attendees the low-down on that country’s Old World charms in this month’s Tara’s Travels. Find her Top 3 list of Italian travel experiences in this outtake extra.
Hiking the Dolomites hut-to-hut. If you love the outdoors and don’t mind sleeping on a wooden cot in a refugio, you will thank me later! A trek though this mountain range in Northern Italy - about an hour-and-a-half of Cortina d’ Ampezzo – is right out of Lord of the Rings, the via ferrata (old wartime climbing routes) are breathtaking and the food is incredible (I have no idea how the Italians transport their fresh pasta thousands of feet up a mountain). Plus, you won’t gain weight as you’ve hiked it all off!
After digging into our Italian Dining Guide, get a second serving with more Q&A and video featuring Angelo Livi and Tomaso Maggiore; local spots to try the various regional cuisines of Italy; a how-to video on making uova raviolo at Noca; and more. It’s a multimedia meal of epic proportions.
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