May 2018

Phoenix Files

Lope and Change

Having tripled its campus footprint and grown twentyfold, Grand Canyon University sets its sights on respect from the higher-education community.

Kate Expectations

No longer one-half of a political power couple, Councilwoman Kate Gallego is riding solo and running for mayor of Phoenix.

Raiding Spaces

Space-sharing chefs say there’s no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen.

No-Huddle Offense

Citing budget woes, football programs are being cut at Maricopa County’s four community colleges. But players and coaches aren’t going down without a fight.

Land Zo! – (Not Just) Phoenix Rising

Downtown Phoenix gets all the attention, but these three Valley suburbs are also jumping on the downtown revitalization trend.

Business Buzz: Medicine Men

Boutique pharmacies provide a mom-and-pop option for filling prescriptions.

Calorie Knockout

Channel your inner karate kid or krav maga maven in self-defense classes.

Day at the Museum

Keep the kiddos cultured – and cool – at Valley museums this month.

Creature Features

Taxidermy is enjoying a resurgence, thanks to quirky design trends and millennial irony.

Artist of the Month: Bassim Al-Shaker

Iraqi artist Bassim Al-Shaker paints scenes of (im)migration.

Read It: Things of the Past

Phoenix history buffs Robert Melikian and Paul Scharbach show us Phoenix Past and Present.

Top 3 Arts Events May 2018

Our top picks for May’s best arts events.

Music Notes: 5 Best Intimate Venues

5 Best Intimate Music Venues + Drink Pairings!

Art Break: Studio Snapshot with Stacy Eden

Stacy Eden crafts wickedly cool metal crowns under her Clutch Jewelry label.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Tennis star Bethanie Mattek-Sands hopes to be Wimbledon’s comeback kid after recovering from a nasty 2017 injury.

What’s in Your… Purse? with Olivia Fierro

Good Morning Arizona host Olivia Fierro lets us peep inside her purse

The Lobby – Dashboard

Things we love and loathe this month

Suddenly Slimmer – Face the Facts

The most popular non-surgical aesthetic procedures in 2018

The Lobby – 7 Questions

Growing disenchanted with the desert? Not to worry – hometown boy Roger Clyne will make you fall in love with Arizona all over again.

Fringe Appeal

Americans love an underdog. We profile six Arizona underdog candidates gunning for office this November who refuse to be muzzled by the staid, dusty rules of America’s political process.

Mamma Mia, Here We Sing-Along Again!

For a truly low-budget Mother’s Day outing that you can be reasonably sure Mom’s never been offered before, why not take her to a free, sing-along version of Mamma Mia! at Harkins Camelview at 10 a.m. this Sunday, May 13? The Scottsdale multiplex is one of 25 theaters around the country to show the special version of the 2008 “jukebox musical,” showcasing the songs of ABBA.

Film Review: “Hippie Family Values” Documents Aging Hippie Community

A running gag in pop culture for the last few decades has been the image of the defeated hippie—cutting his hair, donning a suit and tie and joining the rat race like every other Joe. This may have happened plenty of times, but documentarian and UofA professor Beverly Seckinger’s Hippie Family Values demonstrates that it didn’t happen every time.


Escape to the Rockies

Summer heat getting you low? Go high – really high! – with this soaring salute to the West’s favorite fir-covered mountain playground.

Red Ledges Utah – The Best of the Rockies

A CEO’s Vision and a Family’s Dedication to Building a Community – and a Lifestyle

Camp Quilts

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page.

10 Southwest Summer Festivals

Cut a rug – or score a nosh – at these weekend-oriented seasonal gatherings.


Sign of the Times

Casa Grande will soon illuminate the city’s history with a new downtown park featuring its orphaned commercial signs.

Eat Beat


Our latest “discovery”: this well-known but underrated resort restaurant, where chef Samantha Sanz is making the Valley’s most exciting Latin-inspired cuisine.


Just a man, his wood-fired grill and some really good fish.

Out With the Old…

Our reviewer revisits four seasoned storefronts in the Valley recently converted into all-new eateries.

Juice Core

Mother-daughter duo Katie and Patty Flanigan cold-press their nutrient-rich, organic Juice Core blends.

F&A Veg Board

The F&A Veg Board at Federal Pizza helps alleviate gluttonous guilt over too much pizza, wings and beer.

Amuse-Bouches May 2018

Tasty local news bites to whet your appetite.

Have a Ball

Top Valley chefs turn the humble meatball into a flavorful culinary canvas.

Seventh (Street) Heaven

Cruise crazy happy hour deals on Central Phoenix’s vaunted Seventh Street dining corridor.

Ramble On

With fresh blackberries, banana liqueur and fresh ginger, the Ramble On alludes to Led Zeppelin and goes down easy.

Recipe Friday: Oregano’s Power Greens Salad

In February, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro rolled out the Power Greens Salad because Oregano’s founder, Mark Russell, joked that he wanted a healthy salad he could eat after going to the gym, says Nadia Salem, Oregano’s Director of Culinary. So Salem and Russell put their heads together and came up with a kale-heavy salad that customers can’t seem to get enough of. “It gives you so much power and energy because of the protein and vitamins,” Salem says. “It’s been such a popular salad for us.”

Recipe Friday: Grilled Arizona Peach Flatbread

There are many ways to eat fresh peaches, but have you ever thought about grilling them? This week, executive chef Robert Nixon of Toscana’s Restaurant & Lounge at PebbleCreek (Robson Resort Communities), offers up his grilled Arizona Peach Flatbread recipe.

The recipe calls for pizza dough, which you can pick up at Trader Joe’s in lieu of making it yourself, but Nixon says you can also use lavosh or French bread. Arizona peaches are coming into season, so it’s the perfect time to for some local fruit love. “The season is about two months,” he says. “All the farmers’ markets are going to have them soon.”

Recipe Friday: Kneader’s Bakery Pretzel Crust Key Lime Pie

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which marks the official kickoff of summer barbecue season. If you’re hosting or going to a gathering over the holiday weekend, don’t just offer up a boring dessert like chocolate chip cookies or brownies. Why not try making a zippy, summer-y key lime pie with a pretzel crust?

Recipe Friday: U.S. Egg Arizona Frittata

According to the American Egg Board, the United States produces around 75 billion eggs a year, representing about 10 percent of the world’s supply. That’s a mind-boggling amount of eggs and cause for celebration just in time for National Egg Day, Sunday, June 3.

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