The Road to Tokyo

Meet a dozen elite Valley athletes training to take on the world at the long-delayed 2020 Summer Olympics.

Madhouse on McDowell: An Unabashedly Premature Oral History of the Election Recount

A complete but grotesquely premature oral history of the Maricopa County 2020 election recount.

The Great 48 2021

From public servants to entrepreneurs, these 48 Phoenicians are raising the bar in the Valley and beyond.

2021 Best of the Valley

511 of the Awesomest (is that a word?) People, Places & Things in the Valley!

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Deep Cuts Episode 2 with Veronica Everheart

Deep Cuts Episode 2 with Veronica Everheart

In this episode of Deep Cuts, PHOENIX magazine’s music podcast, we chat with Valley musician Veronica Everheart about her “sarcastic, soulful, genuine” brand of rock, why The Strokes’ Is This It is an elite album, our first concert experiences and Everheart’s new single, “Sour.” Follow Veronica Everheart on Spotify, Facebook and Instagram.
Art Directions: Papay Solomon

Art Directions: Papay Solomon

Papay Solomon connects Arizona & Liberia through the subjects depicted in his vibrant, large-scale paintings.
What’s in Your Bag? With Matt Bell

What’s in Your Bag? With Matt Bell

Phoenix author Matt Bell gives us a glimpse of what his traditional tour bag contains.
Spotlight: Zac Gallen

Spotlight: Zac Gallen

Zac Gallen may not be able to use a brush like Leonardo da Vinci, but the 25-year-old pitcher can paint the strike zone with a baseball like an artist.
‘Ocean of Obstacles’ Chronicles 12 Blind Phoenix Teens’ Sailing Feat

‘Ocean of Obstacles’ Chronicles 12 Blind Phoenix Teens’ Sailing Feat

A new documentary chronicles the sailing feat of 12 blind Phoenix teenagers.
The Luke Salt Body Stimulated the West Valley’s Postwar Economy

The Luke Salt Body Stimulated the West Valley’s Postwar Economy

An enormous salt deposit sitting beneath Luke Airforce Base helped spice up the West Valley’s postwar economy and still serves several vital purposes today.

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Photo courtesy Pronto   All the news that’s fit to nosh.  Taco the Town: Love the customizable menu, fast service and efficiency of Chipotle, but long to support a local restaurant over a chain? East Valley institution Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants has a new fast-casual concept for you. Pronto will open in Serrano’s Tempe location (6440 S. Rural Rd.) this fall. “We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, and we know that fast-casual concepts have experienced significant recent growth,” says CEO Ric Serrano. “Our Pronto concept will offer…
First Dish: Ember at We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

First Dish: Ember at We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

Grilled Maine Lobster | Photo by Madison Rutherford   A serpentine stroll through We-Ko-Pa will take you to a calm corner of the casino that doesn’t feel like you’re in a casino at all. Such is the charm of Ember, the casino and resort’s new fine dining destination – a culinary oasis that is well worth the trek to far-flung Fort McDowell. The kitchen is helmed by critically acclaimed chef Richard E. Pelz, who places…
Happy Hour: CHAR Pizzeria Napoletana

Happy Hour: CHAR Pizzeria Napoletana

THE SCENE I almost can’t believe my eyes when I walk into CHAR Pizzeria Napoletana in Peoria. There’s a sleek, clean and downright Euro feel – silvery tin tiles on the ceiling, modern black light fixtures, gleaming wood and metal chairs congregated around marble-topped tables, brown leather banquettes and booths, a contemporary wooden bench and a clean white counter.   I grew up in the West Valley and went to high school just minutes away from this pristine pizzeria at the corner of Lake Pleasant Parkway and Happy Valley Road. Let me tell…
Happy Hour: Pedal Haus Brewery

Happy Hour: Pedal Haus Brewery

THE SCENE  I am a lot of things, but two things I certainly am not are a beer drinker and a vegan. I often wish I could be both! Life – especially concerts, dive bars, festivals and my alcohol budget – would be so much easier if I loved beer. While I can find merit in a porter or stout redolent of chocolate, coffee or caramel, or in a fruity light beer like Papago Orange Blossom, I’d always rather skip the brew in favor…

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