April 2018

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.)

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.

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.

All Twisted Up: Best Phoenix Pretzels

It seems there’s an official holiday for every animal, person, food and trend these days. And I am here for each one: National Compliment Day, Eat Beans Day, Talk Like a Pirate Day. What better way to make a celebration out of a random Thursday?

This random Thursday happens to be named in honor of everyone’s favorite twisted, salted carb day: National Pretzel Day! We’re rounding up some of the best, and most unique local pretzel dishes to celebrate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Q&A With Valley Actress-Turned-Mystery Author Cindy Brown

For many years, Cindy Wynn was a familiar face on stages around the Valley. More recently, she’s turned to writing, without leaving her theatrical background behind: Under the name Cindy Brown, she’s authored five mystery novels featuring the wacky actress-sleuth Ivy Meadows, starting with Macdeath in 2015 and continuing with The Sound of Murder, Oliver Twisted, and Ivy Get Your Gun.

Now living in Portland, Oregon, Brown will sign her most recent tome, The Phantom of Oz, on Tuesday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, the setting for the tale. Proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of the Orpheum Theatre.

Pour Me Another Bite

When you’re hungover, it seems the only thing that eases the pain is greasy food and, well, more alcohol. Some ingenious local restaurants have started combining the two, so now you can hair of the dog through food.

Here are our favorite drink-inspired dishes around the Valley:

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.

April Team Picks: Plant-Based Diets

Each month, we of the PHOENIX magazine editorial team ask ourselves a different question about our favorite dining and drinking experiences in the Valley. Our picks are usually hidden in the back of the magazine among our Dining Guide restaurant listings. Not any more. Our picks are going digital! Feel free to follow us on social media (at least, those of us who tweet) and be sure to tag us (@PhoenixMagazine on Twitter and @PHXMagazine on Instagram) on pics of your favorite picks.

Happy April! As we celebrate our annual Top Docs issue featuring the latest health and wellness news around the Valley, we’re asking ourselves, “What is your favorite local plant-based dish?”

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.

Travel Bag Bites: April 2018

As editors of a city lifestyle magazine with a travel section that covers locales far beyond our beloved Phoenix Valley, you can imagine that we get pitched A TON about new and exciting travel offers around the country. Of course, we can’t fit everything into a 200-page monthly magazine that only allots five of those pages to regional travel. Sigh… ’tis the nature of publishing.

But it pains us too much to kill all of our darlings. So each month, we scrape a few travel tidbits off the cutting room floor and bring you Travel Bag Bites – bite-size travel-related goodies (special offers, activities and deals) to snack on while planning your next great escape.

New Around Town: Cottonwood

Watch your back, Sedona. There are so many new things popping up in the Verde Valley hub of Cottonwood that we had trouble narrowing this list down.

Just Back From: Tulum with Lauren Bailey

Upward Projects boss Lauren Bailey (Postino WineCafe, Federal Pizza and more) isn’t normally a fan of what she calls “tourist-y Mexico,” which is why she had reservations about a solo tour of Tulum on the country’s Yucatan Peninsula. But she went anyway on the recommendation of foodie friend Aaron Chamberlin (St. Francis, Phoenix Public Market Café), and had her mind positively blown. “It’s got this really amazing vibe to it,” she says. “They call it eco chic. It’s very bohemian, it’s got a ton of art and it’s got this amazing energy.”

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.*

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.

The Rested Peach

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

Resorting to Love

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

Desayuno Disks

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

BBQ Tofu Bento Box

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

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.

Patio Upgrades

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

The Sicilian Butcher

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

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.

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.

Health Care Power List 2018

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

Yoshihisa Hirano

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

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.

Music Notes: Lovely Linda

Lovely Linda: A Playlist of Linda Ronstadt Deep Cuts

5 Spring Flings

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

Top 3 Arts Events April 2018

Our top picks for April’s best arts events.

Interlocking Horns

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

Artist of the Month: Carrie Bloomston

Fabric artist Carrie Bloomston delights with whimsical prints and patterns.


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

Put Your Records On

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

The Sweat Outdoors

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

Business Buzz: Conscious Co.

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

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.

A Matter of Degrees

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

Body Talk

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

No-Press Bench Press

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

Zzzzz Expectations

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

Cracking the System

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

Hospital Pass

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

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.

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.

Post-Op Hiking

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page

The Lobby April 2018

Things we love and loathe this month.

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

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

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