December 2018

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2018 Arizona Election Handbook

It’s shaping up to be a brutal, bloody midterm election. Don’t look away – you’ll need this irreverent but informative overview to make sense of the carnage.

Sharpe to the Point: Permission to Board?

Columnist Jim Sharpe’s take on the migrant caravan from Central America.

Top 3 Arts Events December 2018

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

Private Portals

Gilbert engineer Steve Humble creates covert entrances worthy of James Bond.

Arizona Makers & Local Gift Guide

’Tis the season for gifting! And for getting acquainted with the local inventors, designers and craftspeople who are “making” it in the Valley of the Sun.

Coin Flip

In less than four weeks’ time, Krysten Sinema or Martha McSally will be Arizona’s first female U.S. senator. We look inside the most critical political race in Arizona history.

Adam & Eve & Diane

After losing the Republican primary in August, Diane Douglas submitted a surprise proposal to scrap the new Arizona education standards she initiated after ditching Common Core three years ago.

Music Notes: Holiday Booking

Our top local musical acts for seasonal soirees.

From the Hip – November 2018

A hungry roadrunner gets snapped in action by a watchful hiker.

Land Zo! – Goodbye, Mobile Homes?

As traditional housing rates increase, cost-effective mobile homes seem to be on the way out.

TV Mom

TV and radio star Teresa Strasser “leans out” of Los Angeles and finds happiness and healing in Phoenix.

Sharpe to the Point: Flake, Act II

A look at Jeff Flake’s second act in politics

Business Buzz: DIY Scribes

Valley authors find success with self-publishing.

Lawyers, Burritos & Money

How Filiberto’s became Arizona’s most ubiquitous and endlessly copied restaurant chain – while building its true success south of the border.

7 Questions with Aaron Chamberlin

Aaron Chamberlin just can’t slow down.

Studio Snapshot: Danielle Wood

This Tempe-based artist finds her calling in sculpture.

Prep School

Explore healthier options delivered to your door with these local meal kits.

Top 3 Arts Events November 2018

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

In a Tight Spot

Are all parking spaces created equal? Not in the Valley, according to our original research.

Deandre Ayton

The Phoenix Suns’ newest player heats up on the court.

What’s in Your…Magical Bag?

Santa Claus lets us peek inside his magical bag at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Christmas at the Princess.

Just Cause

A new community-based court in the East Valley aims to uplift minor off- enders instead of incarcerating them.

Land Zo! – Church Rescue

What happens to a church after the parish moves on? One contracting company in Scottsdale is working to give a neglected church new life.

Business Buzz: The Return of the Travel Agent

Are the travel experts of yesteryear making a comeback in the Valley?

Forge Ahead

Blacksmithing is the new black. In these classes, you can play with fire, hammer out your frustrations and craft original objets d’art.

Will Work for Golf

For a generation of links-loving Valley seniors, working on the green is preferable to playing through.

There Goes the Rain?

By the end of September, the Valley was on pace for its driest year since 2011, and third-driest over the last 29 years, barring a nice December dumping.

Downtown Ocotillo

The “Santa Barbara” of Chandler.

License to Ride

Undeterred by the fatal incident involving a self-driving Uber SUV this year, Arizona doubles down on autonomous vehicles.

7 Questions with Antti Raanta

7 Questions with hockey hero Antti Raanta

Artist of the Month: Jill Friedberg

Jill Friedberg uses unusual materials to craft her unique artwork.

Community Organizer

East Valley media magnate Steve Strickbine has amassed an empire of community newspapers. Can he save print in the Valley?

What’s in Your…Hangar?

Good Morning Arizona anchor/pilot Scott Pasmore lets us peek inside his hangar.


Carry your nutritionist and personal trainer in your pocket with the Valley’s digital fitness gurus.

Blame Game

Phoenix now lead the nation in officer-involved shootings, uniting both activists and officers in concern. But the two sides remain dangerously divided on who’s to blame for the surge.

Defying Gravity

Memoir meets poetry meets graphic novel in By the Forces of Gravity.

Parks & TEC-9

We’re keeping a critical eye on the new armed guards hanging in Tempe’s parks.

Fest in Show

Plan your seasonal frivolity with our fall and winter festival preview.

Artist of the Month: Ashley Macias

The self-taught surrealist dreams of designing murals in Phoenix.

Michael McClanathan

This bagpipe virtuoso brings the sounds of Scotland to the greens at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

China’s Trash, Phoenix’s Treasure

How the Asian giant’s recycling ban gave Valley sustainability a leg up.

Music Notes: Appropriating Arizona

National bands are doing a little Southwestern cultural co-opting.

Friday Flicks: A Drama, a Festival and a Netflix Premiere

This week’s Friday Flicks brings you options: a harrowing drama, a bevvy of films at the Scottsdale International Film Festival, and a “new” Orson Welles masterpiece that has debuted today on Netflix.

Arizona Nonprofits: Southwest Behavioral & Health Services

When Morgan Travis graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she wanted to gain work experience in the field.

Friday Flicks: An Interview with Sean Anders

PHOENIX magazine contributor M.V. Moorhead gets the scoop on how writer and director Sean Anders turned his experience with adoption into a film. 

Thanksgiving Flicks

Movies to enjoy this holiday weekend!

Friday Flicks: The Favourite

A look at the new dishy historical drama.


New in Las Vegas

Leave your casino loyalty card at home. It’s time to find some fresh thrills in Vegas.

Painterly Sedona

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page.

The Night the Lights Went Out in Bisbee

Bring your mom and your headlamp – it’s getting spooky in Bisbee.

Roger the Hiking Cat

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page.


Tucson’s Titanic Warheads

For two decades beginning in 1963, Tucson was ringed by 18 missile silos with enough combined might to trigger a nuclear apocalypse.

Arizona’s Long Straw

The Central Arizona Project celebrates its 50th Anniversary while facing a drought that may impact 80 percent of the population.

Eat Beat

Pav on Juice: Deep Sky Vineyard

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

Pav on Juice: Jerome

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

Eat with Your Eyes

Fall is here, and restaurateurs Valleywide seem in the mood for makeovers – redrawing their menus and renaming their restaurants to stay on top of the market.

Welcome Diner

Everybody’s favorite all-night fried chicken shack is reborn with a deeper menu and exciting culinary ambitions.

Slavo Salt

A little bit of garlic-packed Slavo Salt goes a long way.

The Other KFC

Korean fried chicken infuses an American classic with a bit of Seoul.

Cotton & Copper

Two of the Valley’s most unfairly talented young culinary professionals team up to deliver a winning, Arizona-centric “public house” in Tempe.

El Callejón

Pobrecito’s El Callejón is a dangerously smooth triple threat

The Essential Guide to Drinking in the Valley

No matter how you say it, we’re toasting to the Valley’s buzzing and ever-growing bar scene.

The Fig & the Knife

Chef Janette Gomez’s sauce company is an ode to the underrated fig.

Take Me to Church

We interrupt our regularly scheduled format to bring you this glimpse of four new restaurants at The Churchill food hub in Downtown Phoenix.

Giller Deals

Fast-growing Gilbert has experienced a major culinary awakening – with upscale happy hours to match.

Mi Vegana Madre

Get your Mexican food fix without carne y queso at this inventive eatery.

5 Coolest Food Happenings this December

Tasty local news bites to whet your appetite.

Andes Peruvian Cuisine

Explore the piquant delights of the Americas’ first fusion cuisine at this charming west-sider.

The Larder + the Delta

Chef Stephen Jones’ inspired reboot of his nouveau Southern bistro could be the Valley’s pre-eminent comfort-food destination.

Pig in the Round

Luscious, labor-intensive porchetta swoops into Valley restaurants for the winter season.

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Get the lip-smacking vinegary kick of Buffalo wings sans chicken with Kale & Clover’s cauliflower “wings.”

Lila 75

Gallo Blanco’s Lila 75 is a lightly spicy Spanish take on a French 75.

Ho Ho Ho Ho

Attending a holiday event in the Valley this December? From Chandler all the way to Prescott, there’s culinary cheer nearby.

Downtown Dealing

Graze and save in style with happy hours at three Downtown Phoenix hotels.

Recipe Friday: True Food Kitchen Squash Pie

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and those of us who host the feast have a pretty good idea of what we’re going to serve. But if you haven’t decided yet which pie to make, chef Taylor Domet, director of culinary standards for True Food Kitchen, offers up a Squash Pie recipe.

Recipe Friday: Char Kitchen + Bar Mediterranean Salad

Thanksgiving is next week and you’re probably not thinking about making a summery salad, but Char Kitchen + Bar’s Mediterranean salad is the perfect antidote for the rich, festive food to come. 

Recipe Monday: Five-Ingredient Turkey Chili

Welcome to the Monday edition of Recipe Friday. Now that Thanksgiving is over, you’ve probably had your fill of turkey, but here’s a recipe using leftover turkey that you can squirrel away for next year provided by Jamie Miller, dietitian at Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club.

Recipe Friday: Sauce Pizza & Wine Bruschetta

For those of you hosting holiday parties and looking for an easy, but impressive recipe with “wow” factor, Cameron Froment, Sauce Pizza & Wine’s regional manager offers up portobello and artichoke bruschetta.

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