February 2019

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Dancing Divas

Channel your inner Beyoncé at Fit 6-7-8.

Music Notes: Violins of Hope

More than 50 years ago, a young man came into the shop of Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein. The customer was interested in having a violin that had belonged to his grandfather restored.

Gifts from the Heart

Surprise your sweetheart with a love-inspired trinket from SEEDs for Autism.


Spring training brings big bucks – and big competition – to Valley resorts.

Pricing Up

Metro Phoenix is getting more expensive for homebuyers.

Read It: Writing for a Porpoise

“Conservation is messy business,” writes Brooke Bessesen in Vaquita: Science, Politics and Crime in the Sea of Cortez ($30, Island Press).


The story of how Phoenix became an unlikely hotbed of Galápagos tortoise breeding, thanks to one dedicated matchmaker.

Shoot First, Pass Later

Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix helped produce the top two picks in the 2018 NBA draft and has already spawned a Scottsdale competitor. Is the Valley’s first “basketball factory” a slam-dunk for hoops prodigies, or an academic foul-out waiting to happen?

Silver Alert

A new ASU study finds the suicide rate of Arizona seniors is rising among men. Is it a crisis to be solved, or an increasingly accepted “pre-emptive” choice?

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

With the Devour Culinary Classic coming out of the oven early this year, February has become a bacchanalia of food and booze festivals – including two big-ticket events sponsored by PHOENIX magazine. Here’s what’s on the menu.

Happily Ever After?

Arizonans still divorce each other more than the national average, but recent data shows the trend reversing. Are our days as a breakup haven numbered?

Artist of the Month: Joe Netherwood

It was Joe Netherwood’s childhood love of history and fascination with TV shows like The Lone Ranger that led the Virginia-born draftsman to art.

Abort Mission

A new state law that went into effect the first week of January legally requires doctors to ask women seeking abortions the following questions:

Clipped Wings

Valley pilot Brian Udell made history by surviving a Mach 1.2 ejection from a fighter jet. Later, he flew commercial and aerobatic planes. So why is he grounded?

Restaurant Redux

Valley restaurateurs bid adieu to their original concepts and debut new ones in their spaces.

Friday Flicks: A Foreign Drama, a Silent Classic and a Top Ten List

Check out what’s coming this weekend, and read reviewer M.V. Moorhead’s list of Top 10 Favorite Films of 2018! 

Arizona Nonprofits: Childhelp

After Carol and Jim Hebets moved to Phoenix in 1985 from San Diego, Carol served on the board of Arizona Foundation for Women. During her board service, Carol met Sara O’Meara, who, along with Yvonne Fedderson, founded Childhelp, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping abused, neglected and at-risk children. Once Carol and Jim learned more about the organization, they quickly jumped on board as volunteers.

Friday Flicks: Stan & Ollie Return!

Catch this biopic of comedy legends Laurel and Hardy at Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square! Plus, Free Solo returns to the big screen.

Friday Flicks: Youth at Risk

This week’s Friday Flicks takes a look at three very different films and the Chandler Film Festival!

Friday Flicks: Adventure Time!

This week’s round-up of films!


24 Hours in Joshua Tree

All the art, kitsch, pizza, bohemian threads and psychedelic yucca you can cram into one day.

52 Weekend Adventures 2019

From bucket-list hikes to Arizona’s most luscious new glamping experience, we’ve loaded a year’s worth of in-state adventuring into one impossibly convenient resource. Bonus: Cool, kitschy motor lodges for every season!

Solving the Snake

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page.


The Constant Gardeners

Desert Botanical Garden, celebrating its 80th anniversary in February, has a life story kind of like a cactus: hardscrabble persistence punctuated by blooms of colorful characters.

Eat Beat

Just Ducky

A bird’s-eye view of the best waterfowl in town.

Bar Pesce

Don’t mourn the passing of Crudo, food fans – its replacement is unrepressed, slightly more global and every bit as brill.

Western Union

Hit these Peoria hot spots if you’re in the West Valley and hankering for some happy-hour vittles.

First Bite: Across the Pond

Clever Koi owners Josh James and Nick Campisano launched this casual sushi lounge across the breezeway from their uptown restaurant.

Hot Buttered Rum

In New England, where winters are bitterly cold, hot buttered rum is more than a holiday treat – it’s a mug of cheer to warm bones and souls all brutal season long.

Ghost Ranch

Star restaurateur Aaron Chamberlin gives Southwestern cuisine the booster shot it needs at this marvelous, middle-toned Tempe eatery.

Pav on Juice: High-Country Cider

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

Date Night

In this most romantic of months, find a new and novel dinner option pour deux in your corner of the Valley.

Recipe Friday: Varsity Tavern Guajillo Chili Lemongrass Broth

If you’re feeling a little chilled these days and find yourself leafing through cookbooks or searching online for soup recipes, you can stop now. We’ve got this!

Recipe Friday: Flower Child’s Ginger Broth with Sweet Potatoes

Phoenix temperatures in January are kind of a mixed bag. The days are often sunny and warm, but the evenings can still be a little chilly. For that reason, I’m sharing one more soup recipe, this time from Brad Borchardt, Flower Child’s director of Culinary Standards.

Recipe Friday: Tocaya Organica Guacamole

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party and looking for an easy game day snack, A.j. McCloud, regional chef at Tocaya Organica shares a recipe for guacamole.

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