April 2018

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Who decides who is a Top Doctor?

Our most comprehensive list ever! Empower your healthcare decisions with our peer-selected list of the Valley’s most respected healers.

Top Docs Milestones

The complete list of 10- and 20-year Top Doctors honorees, spanning the full history (1995-2018) of the issue

Raising The Spectrum

Thanks to pioneering parents, scientists and doctors, Phoenix is becoming a world leader in therapies and support for people with autism spectrum disorder

The Lobby April 2018

Things we love and loathe this month.

Nun, M.D.

Mayor Greg Stanton calls Sister Adele O’Sullivan, M.D., the Valley’s Mother Teresa. Now her nonprofit is taking over health care for the county’s homeless.

Hospital Pass

Citing lower costs and more autonomy, Valley physicians are increasingly breaking from the hospital mold and establishing surgical centers.

Cracking the System

Proponents espouse chiropractic therapy as a promising solution for the opioid crisis.

Zzzzz Expectations

Subpar sleep is affecting more and more people. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

No-Press Bench Press

Valley Life Time gyms ban rancorous cable news, but other fitness centers seem unlikely to follow suit.

Body Talk

Conflicting cultural and health messages make body image and health goals challenging in the age of social media.

A Matter of Degrees

Online education is big business in Arizona, but is the trend good for students – or the schools themselves?

Land Zo! – Duff Market

The good news (to sellers): Millennials are – finally – buying their first homes. The bad news (to Phoenix, land of a thousand golf course lakes): Millennials aren’t that into golf.

Business Buzz: Conscious Co.

Aussie expat Peta Kelly seeks to tap millennial minds – and wallets? – with “radical authenticity.”

The Sweat Outdoors

Fitness freaks can soak up the last bits of spring’s cooler climes with outdoor yoga, rowing and tennis classes.

Put Your Records On

Break out your vinyl for a blast from the past at Valley listening parties.


Design doyenne Julia Buckingham brings her Modernique style to Uptown Plaza.

Artist of the Month: Carrie Bloomston

Fabric artist Carrie Bloomston delights with whimsical prints and patterns.

Interlocking Horns

Gilbert poet Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow’s third collection, Horn Section All Day Every Day, really sings.

Top 3 Arts Events April 2018

Our top picks for April’s best arts events.

5 Spring Flings

Savor the last Sweet seconds of Spring with this Punchy preview of our favorite outdoor Valley happenings

Music Notes: Lovely Linda

Lovely Linda: A Playlist of Linda Ronstadt Deep Cuts

Art Break: Studio Snapshot with Rafael Navarro

Phoenix sculptor and painter Rafael Navarro draws inspiration from musical instruments and the city’s big blue skies.

Yoshihisa Hirano

Japanese pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano brings his nasty splitter and steely mound demeanor to the D-backs.

Health Care Power List 2018

Our list of the 25 most influential people in Valley health care is back for its annual checkup

Bad Beat

Valley journalist Joe Watson lived a double life as a gambling addict and stickup man. Having fulfilled his debt to society, the former Phoenix New Times reporter has a new passion: prison reform.

What’s in Your… Spa Kit? with Danielle Fuselier

Danielle Fuselier, lead massage therapist at the Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, opens her spa kit.

What’s New at this Year’s International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival?

For the 14th year, the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival will run concurrently with the Phoenix Film Festival at Harkins Scottsdale 101. This year, both fests have expanded from 8 to 11 days, starting this Thursday, April 5. PHOENIX magazine had a chance to chat with IHSFF Director Monte Yazzie about what’s new this year in the world of the cinematically scary and strange.*

10 Things I Miss About Phoenix

You know the saying, “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”? Cliche as it is, I’ve never felt the truth of that sentiment so profoundly as I have these last few months… And for a place I used to curse for its heat. I left Phoenix at the beginning of the year, moving across the country to D.C. for my husband’s job. Though I’ve been enjoying exploring a new city – the free museums, new restaurants and new culture have been perks; there isn’t a day that goes by without me missing the warm spring months of my old desert home.

Asian Culture Meets Phoenix Food at New Night Market

Inspired by the Asian night markets that have found mega-popularity in Los Angeles and New York, two bold Phoenix entrepreneurs are importing the concept to the Valley. PHX Night Market, a two-night multicultural festival, hits Phoenix Public Market this weekend, April 21-22.

The concept is the brainchild of Tony Ce, owner of Snoh Ice Shavery, and Cindy Louie of Go Studio Go. Collaborating with the Arizona Asian Chamber of Commerce, Ce and Louie are focused on establishing an “Asian influenced and Phoenix foodie inspired” event in the Valley that celebrates cultural diversity, cuisine, music and community.

Spring Means Hot Weather & Lots of Abandoned Pets in Phoenix

Brought to the Arizona Humane Society by a Good Samaritan, little Maui was wandering around a Phoenix neighborhood with a hurt leg. She received knee surgery at AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital and recovered at home with a foster. Maui is now available for adoption at AHS’ Oldtown Scottsdale PetSmart location off of Miller and Camelback.

The heat is on – speaking climate-ly and biologically. Spring brings warmer temperatures and that means an abundance of kittens and puppies being born. Due to Phoenix’s nearly year-round warmth, the Valley is basically always in breeding season, which sadly means even more abandoned or feral babies.

Our Favorite LPs on World Record Store Day (& Giveaway!)

World Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 21. Locally-based Zia Record Exchange, which opened its first store in Phoenix in 1980 and now has eight locations across the Valley, Tucson and Nevada, is set to throw its biggest celebration ever as records continue experiencing a phenomenal resurgence in the popular zeitgeist. 

Zia is throwing a week-long celebration to keep the WRSD party going, with live music at all locations on Saturday, plus DJs, giveaways, exclusive offers and rare LP releases. Check back in throughout the week for more special discounts and deals. All Zia locations are also collecting donations for the Boys & Girls Club through May 9, and entering donors into automatic raffle.

In honor of World Record Store Day, the PHOENIX mag editorial team picked our favorite albums. Check out our selections below and read on for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Zia Records.

David Ira Goldstein Returns to ATC for Diary of Anne Frank

Last year, David Ira Goldstein retired as artistic director of Arizona Theatre Company after 25 years of breathing life into 190 main-stage plays, workshops and presentations in Phoenix and Tucson. It seems he couldn’t stay away for long: Goldstein is returning to direct The Diary of Anne Frank, now through May 12 in Tucson at Temple of Music and Art; and May 17-June 3 at Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. PHOENIX magazine recently caught up with Goldstein to ask him what he’s been up to in pseudo-retirement and how he prepared for his latest production.

(Editor’s note: Answers have been edited for clarity.)


Post-Op Hiking

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page

Big Time Paradise

As Jack Kerouac said, go to your desire and laugh – and get the best sleep of your life in a glamping tent – in Big Sur.

Eat Beat

Shaanxi BiangBiang

Cumin, cinnamon and cloves, oh my! The latest addition to Mesa’s growing cohort of regional Chinese eateries offers a lot more than Americanized chop suey.

The Sicilian Butcher

Is the Maggiore clan’s people-pleasing North Phoenix bistro killing it? Not yet, our critic says.

Patio Upgrades

Satisfy your al fresco food cravings at these new indoor-outdoor Valley restaurants.

Peach Bourbon

Draw your own conclusion about the acronymic meaning of O.H.S.O. Brewery + Distillery’s new D.I.C.K. peach whiskey.

BBQ Tofu Bento Box

The barbecue tofu spa bento box is best eaten poolside at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.

Desayuno Disks

The Valley’s taco revolution spreads all the way to breakfast.

Resorting to Love

High season, low cost. Find that winning combination with happy hour deals at the Valley’s top resorts.

The Rested Peach

Tequila finally gets some respect in The Rested Peach at The Phoenician resort’s swanky watering hole Thirsty Camel.

Recipe Friday: Doughbird Shishito Peppers with Umami Sauce

Spring has officially arrived and Valley chefs have been busy testing out recipes and writing menus. In mid-March, Doughbird, Sam Fox’s pizza and rotisserie chicken concept, rolled out a new happy hour bar menu (from 2-5 p.m.) with $4 slices of pizza and a couple of other snacks, including roasted shishito peppers.

Recipe Friday: PNPK Broccoli Salad

When Grape Bistro owner Kellie Pruitt unexpectedly lost her 17-year-old daughter in July 2016, she stepped away from running the Scottsdale restaurant. “My whole life went crazy after that,” Pruitt says. The restaurant stayed open while she spent time trying to heal. She hiked a lot on Pinnacle Peak and decided to reopen the restaurant under the new name, PNPK, as an homage to the mountain that helped her cope with her unimaginable grief.

Recipe Friday: J&G Sweet Pea Soup with Parmesan Foam

The peak season for English peas is short, says Jacques Qualin, chef de cuisine of The Phoenician’s J&G Steakhouse. “At the beginning of spring, the peas are really tender and sweet.” So, once in a while – not every year – Qualin puts sweet pea soup on the menu for about 6 to 8 weeks to take advantage of the season.

Recipe Friday: Robson Ranch Filet with Mushroom Risotto Cake

While the nights are still balmy, you might be looking for a reason to eat al fresco. Jeff Coonce, executive chef at Robson Ranch Grill in Eloy, shares a steak recipe that’s great for entertaining and is partially cooked on the barbecue.

Recipe Friday: Needle Rock Kitchen Spring Pasta Carbonara

If you’re hankering for pasta carbonara, but want to forgo the eggs and heavy cream (not a traditional ingredient, but many recipes include it), Needle Rock Kitchen & Tap executive chef Paul Steele has lightened up the recipe for you. Instead, he uses heart-healthy olive oil.

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