August 2018

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Top Dentist Milestones: The 10 Year Club

Since the inception of Top Dentists in 2003, 480 different Valley caregivers have appeared on the annual list – and a handful of them have appeared on every list.

Will the Real Bot Please Stand Up?

Fake accounts besiege the Twittersphere on the eve of the 2018 elections.

Tooth or Dare

Two Valley women were busted for performing dental work without a license. Arizona’s attorney general says this type of “dangerous fraud” happens more than most realize.

Man of a Thousand Characters

Two-time Emmy winner Michael F. Blake is entertaining readers with his new book about America’s most adventurous president. But he has many other characters up his buckskin sleeve.

What’s in Your… Phone? with “Psyko Steve” Chilton

Valley concert promoter “Psyko Steve” Chilton lets us peep his phone’s photos and apps.

Exchange Rate

To fill Arizona’s teacher shortage, some school districts are recruiting teachers from abroad. Coul this hurt in-state teachers battling for higher pay?

Home is Where the Cat Is

Pet ownership can cause and intensify homelessness, Valley aid organizations say.

Kiss the Sky?

Phoenix has never been a high-rise haven, with only one true skyscraper. But with lots of projects on the horizon, is our skyline moving on up?

Land Zo! – Lilliputian Living

Could the answer to the Valley’s affordable housing crisis be as simple as downsizing?

Business Buzz: Fancy Joints

Valley cannabis entrepreneurs say the grassi s greener for boutique operations.

Vitamin IV

Need an immunity boost? Drop into The Drip Room for a vitamin infusion in a luxe spa setting.

’Raoke Dokie

Attention, amateur warblers: A new wave of Valley karaoke bars is singing your tune.

Chips off the Old Block

Furniture is a family business for Glendale’s Pereida-Rice clan.

Artist of the Month: Cindy Dach

Changing Hands owner Cindy Dach “paints with string” in her embroidery art.

Read It: Flourishing in the Desert

Caren Yglesias and Steve Gunther stun with their compendium of desert landscape artist Steve Martino’s work.

Top 3 Arts Events August 2018

Our top picks for August’s best arts events.

Music Notes: Miss You, Meg

An Ode to the Quieter White Stripe

Art Break: Studio Snapshot with Doug Bale

Painter and digital artist Doug Bale creates colorful collages in his cluttered workspace.

Choosing the 2018 Top Dentists

Treat your pearly whites right with our exclusive, peer-generated list of the Valley’s best dentists. In this special anniversary edition, we drill deeper than ever before, with an all-time Top Dentists leaderboard and specialty information designed to empower your health care decisions. So smile – this is one trip to the dentist that truly won’t hurt a bit.


Drive-time doyenne Monique “Mo!” Rodriguez brings sass and local love to Alt AZ 93.3.

Road (Trip) Rage

Road trip games for every car scenario.

7 Questions with Terry Goddard

We catch up with longtime Valley politician Terry Goddard.

Sharpe to the Point: Ruff Politics

Opinion columnist Jim Sharpe ruminates on pet rescue.

From the Hip – August 2018

Freelance photographer Joanna Proffitt captures Janet Echelman’s aerial sculpture “Her Secret is Patience” aglow in Downtown Phoenix.

Friday Flicks: Britflicks

Two films that explore two very different facets of British culture:

From Russia with (Tough) Love

Former Soviet star Boris Dorozhenko leads one of the nation’s hottest kids’ hockey camps on a 54-year-old ice rink in Phoenix. So where are the Coyotes’ scouts?

Commercial Appeal: Grading AZ’s Political Campaign Ads

Gee, when the elections are over I’ll sure miss the TV ads.

Arizona Nonprofits: Colleen’s Dream CEO Nicole Cundiff

In 2012, Nicole Cundiff and her husband, Billy, founded Colleen’s Dream Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for ovarian cancer research and raising awareness about the disease.

Remembering Senator John McCain

In the wake of Senator John McCain’s death on Saturday, August 25th, Arizonans took to Twitter to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of this American hero. 


Hell’s Gate Wilderness Area

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page.

Germany Nonstop

Phoenix finally has a direct airline route to mainland Europe. We hitched a ride to Germany for a weeklong blitz of food, drink and culture.


The Mall Decade

Nothing screams “the 1980s” like the Valley’s bygone shopping mall heyday. We go nostalgia-shopping at Chris-Town, Metro Center and other titans of ’80s retail.

The “Other” Road

Nostalgic motorists are rediscovering U.S. 80, a historic southern Arizona highway that has long been overshadowed by Route 66.

Eat Beat

Getting School-ed

Treat yourself to an Arcadian happy hour with these after-work winners on Indian School Road.


Sip a modern spin on the 300-year-old Navy grog at Nobuo at Teeter House.

Roland’s Café Market Bar

The much-hyped collaborative Mexican eatery from the chef-owners of Tacos Chiwas and Pizzeria Bianco delivers on its all-star premise.

Jalapeño Bucks

Our critic braves the wild orchards of Mesa to sink her teeth into the Valley’s latest cult-favorite barbecue joint.

August Eats

Soldier fearlessly into the heart of summer with a dining excursion to one of these new neighborhood restaurants.

Squarz Meat Pies

There are 756 layers of butter and dough in Tempe baker Steven Gerner’s savory Squarz Meat Pies.

Seared Mushroom Cap

The seared mushroom cap at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen will make a fungi lover of you yet.

3 Best Things to Eat This Month: Upscale Drive-Thrus

Convenient drive-thru windows are no longer the sole province of Big Macs and Quarter Pounders.

Pav on Juice: Grapes for Sale

A monthly look at Arizona wine with Valley dining impresario Pavle Milic

No-Cone Zone

Invented in Thailand, rolled ice cream is getting the scoop on Arizona.

Recipe Friday: Thirsty Camel’s Rendezvous

Thursday, August 16, is National Rum Day, so naturally we rounded up a fun drink for you to make at home. The rum-spiked Rendezvous is courtesy of the Thirsty Camel a sleek, earthtone bar at The Phoenician with spectacular Valley views and a daily summer happy hour that starts at 2 p.m.

Recipe Friday: Pita Jungle Crouching Kale, Hidden Berry Salad

About three or four times a year, Pita Jungle adds five seasonal items to the menu under the name Seasonal Kitchen Crafts. “It’s a platform for us to test new things,” says Bassel Osmani, one of Pita Jungle’s co-founders. One of the summer recipes, Crouching Kale and Hidden Berry Salad, is loaded with “superfoods” and has proven to be quite popular, he says.

Recipe Friday: Tomaso Maggiore’s Cauliflower Saffron Pasta

When longtime restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore talks about the food he grew up eating in Sicily, you can hear the love and passion in his voice. 

Recipe Friday: Superstition Mountain Warm Goat Cheese Dip

August is National Goat Cheese Month and we almost missed it! To celebrate, albeit a little late, executive sous chef John Vite of Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club shares his recipe for warm goat cheese dip.

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