October 2018

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Phlawed Philosophy

Phoenix has a growing population of unvaccinated kids.

Chicken Run

DIY chicken coops are the latest back-to-the-farm trend to hatch in the Valley.

In Vino VeritAZ

Arizona wine meets Arizona-made glassware.

Artist of the Month: Lily Reeves

Glow with Lily Reeves, a neon artist with a graduate’s degree in the craft from Arizona State University.

Quantum Leap

Fans of Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret will be drawn to Scottsdale life coach and author Christy Whitman’s Quantum Success: 7 Essential Laws for a Thriving, Joyful and Prosperous Relationship with Work and Money.

Top 3 Arts Events October 2018

Our top picks for this month’s best arts events.

Music Notes: Arizona State Fair: Music Preview

Look ahead to the Arizona State Fair, with performances from Gary Allan, Pitbull, The Flaming Lips and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

Art Break: Studio Snapshot with Ashwini Bharathula

An artist and an academic, painter Ashwini Bharathula uses her own reference photos to re-create people, urban landscapes and water surfaces in acrylic.

4 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Your Pelvic Health

Dr. Ali Azadi of Star Urogynecology, Advanced Pelvic Health Institute for Women answers the four questions you always wanted to know (but were too afraid to ask) about your pelvic health.

Brandon McNulty

Catch up with cycling phenom Brandon McNulty before he starts training for the 2019 spring-summer tours.

7 Questions with Jenee Prince

Get to know Jenee Prince, the pipes behind the Valley’s wormiest earworm for Express Flooring

Sharpe to the Point: ICE, ICE Baby

Opinion columnist shares his thoughts on calls to abolish ICE.

From the Hip – October 2018

Freelance artist Christopher Blank goes back in time with a Polaroid of Two Guns, a popular tourist destination off Route 66.

John McCain 1936-2018

War hero. Statesman. Arizonan. In this celebration of the life and career of Senator John McCain, we offer two distinct perspectives of his legacy.

What’s in Your… Gym Bag? with Allison DuBois

Phoenix medium Allison DuBois opens her purse and chats about talking to dead people.

Dr. Door Knocker

Congressional Democratic hopeful Dr. Hiral Tipirneni managed to close a huge portion of the West Valley’s GOP gap in a special election this past April. Will November’s rematch against Rep. Debbie Lesko put her over the top?

Laser Trailblazer

Arizona State University is building a laser that could revolutionize everything from cancer treatment to art history.

Scout, Out

Now that the Mormon church has opted out of the girls-welcoming Boy Scouts, what will happen to scouting culture in the LDS-heavy East Valley?

How We Lost Lost Lake

The Valley’s Coachella-size hopes crumbled when the plein-air music festival pulled out after just one year.

Land Zo! – Fight to the Edge

To build or not to build! That’s the question facing McDowell Sonoran Preserve enthusiasts and Scottsdale residents this November.

Business Buzz: Back East

Regional distinction pays off for the East Valley.

Red-Hot Wellness

Sweat it out in one of the Valley’s trendy infrared saunas.

“Electric Desert” Illuminates the Sonoran Landscape

Desert Botanical Garden’s latest exhibit combines light, sound and technology to make the landscape come alive.

Arizona Nonprofits: Sojourner Center Volunteer Carol Minchew

October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to bring attention to this important issue, we caught up with Carol Minchew, a volunteer with Sojourner Center, a Phoenix-based domestic violence shelter founded in 1977. “Sojourner Center has been at the forefront of providing outstanding services to victims, their children, and recently, their pets, fleeing the trauma of both physical and verbal/mental abuse,” she says. Retired from a successful interior design career that spanned 40 years, Minchew is the mother of two grown children and four “amazing” grandchildren and has been married to her second husband, Weldon, for 48 years. 

Friday Flicks: Peoria Film Festival

The West Valley has always had plenty of film buffs, and now it has its very own high-profile festival.

Arizona Nonprofits: Children’s Cancer Network

Steve and Patti Luttrell started the Children’s Cancer Network in 2004 after their 5-year-old son, Jeff, was diagnosed with cancer. Read on to find out what they have accomplished since then and how they help other Arizona families faced with pediatric cancer.


Viva Ventura

Squeeze in one last beach escape during Southern California’s Indian summer.

Hieroglyphic Trail in the Superstition Mountains

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page.


Garfield’s Little Chef

A former Route 66 diner near Roosevelt Row creates an atmosphere that stimulates appetites, conversation and nostalgia.

Arizona Ghost Towns & Secret Saloons

It’s October, and that means two things: Halloween thrills and scenic in-state road trips. Satisfy both cravings in one fell swoop with this 20-page séance devoted to Arizona’s bounty of abandoned treasures.

Eat Beat

The Ultimate Late-Night Eats Guide

Jonesing for an after-midnight meal…on Tuesday? Follow our roving dining reporter on a tour of the town’s top taverns, taquerias and other late-night food solutions.


Kevin Binkley protégé Brandon Gauthier knocks it out of the part in the boss’ former Carefree digs.

Sushi Nakano

A sushi scion makes waves in sleepy Ahwatukee with his spot-on renditions of Japanese classics.

Beyond the Chicken Finger

Up your bar-bites game at these new Valley gastropubs.

Olive Oil Chocolate

Fulfill your chocolate cravings and antioxidant quota in one serving with Queen Creek Olive Mill’s olive oil chocolate bars.

Vegan Ceviche

You won’t even miss the fish in this vegan ceviche from Farm & Craft that uses sweet golden beets instead of seafood.

First Bite: Imperio 667 Mariscos & Sushi

“Mexican sushi” is trending. A hit with diners at West Valley spots like Sushi Sonora and Extreme Sushi, the culinary mashup has finally arrived in Central Phoenix, in the guise of this lively Mexican seafood cantina on Thomas Road and 24th Street.

Pav on Juice: The Spirit(s) of Wine Country

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

Meat Cute

Mortadella—aka “fancy bologna”—shrugs off its cold-cut origins on upscale Valley restaurant menus.

Down with ‘Town

$30,000 millionaires, take note: Old Town Scottsdale is rife with wallet-friendly happy hour deals.

Beat & A Mic

Drop a Beat & A Mic at Rum Bar with this tropical, coral-hued refresher.

Recipe Friday: Otro Cafe Tamales

Many people make tamales for special occasions and during the holiday season, but why not cook up a batch for no reason during October? If you’re a tamale fan, but have never attempted to make them, Otro Café’s executive chef Joe Meyers has provided PHOENIX magazine with an easy recipe.

Recipe Friday: Babbo Italian Eatery Pasta Valducci

After a busy day, I’m always looking for a quick recipe to whip up for dinner. And if cooking the dish takes less than half an hour, I’m all in. Babbo Italian Eatery has offered up a recipe for their popular Pasta Valducci that’s not only quick and easy to make at home, but one you can also enjoy at any of their eight Valley restaurants.

Recipe Friday: Talavera Pumpkin Fideuà

Traditionally, fideuà is a version of paella using pasta instead of rice, filled with seafood and brimming with saffron and tomatoes. For something a little different, sous chef Samantha Sanz of Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale has fashioned a vegan fideuà recipe showcasing fall produce. “I have a lot of fun making vegan dishes because it’s always a challenge not to use bacon or butter,” she says. “I just follow my instincts and run with it.”

Recipe Friday: Modern Market Guajillo Lime Vinaigrette

At Modern Market, the chefs make Guajillo Lime Vinaigrette for the restaurant’s popular Mérida Salad.

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