April 2019

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Phoenix Files

Friday Flicks: Oscar Shorts and an Indie Thriller

Revisit the Oscar-nominated short films and check out a new indie thriller.

7 Questions with Olivia Mehaffey

We catch up with Arizona State University golfer Olivia Mehaffey.

Sharpe to the Point: Pilot vs. Pilot?

Opinion columnist Jim Sharpe ruminates on U.S. Senate opponents Mark Kelly and Martha McSally.

Q&A with Jami Snyder

We chat with the new director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System about her goals and potential policy changes.

Medical Marvels

Arizona doctors and researchers are developing cutting-edge treatments for everything from incontinence to brain tumors.

Medical Mix

Integrative medicine is more than just a trend in Arizona.

Good Genes

Valley Genomics companies aim to use DNA for everything from cancer treatment to skin care.

Mixed Report Card

Arizona schoolkids score above the national average on fitness, but experts say we should do better.

Wellness Boosters

These health-minded products and services have a local bent.

Explosive Sub-Text

Is a statewide ban on texting while driving imminent?

Friday Flicks: Gangsters, Baseball, Wonders

An interview with filmmakers John Lee Hancock and John Fusco about their new film, The Highwaymen, as well as a baseball-themed movie series and a new animated children’s pic.

The Cactus Cure

Instead of battling cancer, some cactus breeds adapt. Arizona State University researchers wonder if humans can, too.

The Doctors’ Doctors

Six Valley physicians share their stories of turning to medical colleagues in times of need

Medicine Woman

Valley healer Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz carries on the tradition of her curandera great-grandmother with indigenous healing and cooking.

Hacienda Effect

After unthinkable patient abuse at a Phoenix care facility, lawmakers and activists look at reforms.

Drip Drop Dilemma

Phoenix labors to fix its leaky water pipes during a decades-long drought.

Malfunction Junctions

The bygone Arizona hamlets of Hightown, Weedville and Norton’s Corner had unusual names – and even more unusual histories.

Read It: Woot! There it Is

Janice Lipsky weaves a captivating coming-of-age story about racing pigeons.

Top 3 Arts Events April 2019

Our top picks for April’s best arts events.

For Sale or Rent

Arizona state trust land has long been sold to fund state institutions, but increasing sales directed to public schools raise sustainability questions.

Artist of the Month: Frank Ybarra

Frank Ybarra’s “Chicano cubism” brings the Valley vibrantly to life.

Travel Tchotchkes

The Compulsive Traveler brings goodies from around the world to your home.

American Dream Disruptor

Polish immigrant Tomas Gorny’s Scottsdale business communications startup Nextiva doubled in size in two years.

Music Notes: Record Store Day

Where to celebrate Record Store Day in the Valley.

Studio Snapshot: Andrew King

Andrew King is a graphic artist by day and a freelance painter and ceramist by night.

Dr. Wayne Franklin

The new Phoenix Children’s Hospital Heart Center co-director has big plans for PCH.

Mapping the Past

Salt River Project released a new app that walks users through the Valley’s hidden history.

By Any Stretch

No need to bend over backward to reap the benefits of stretching – these Valley stretch studios are flexible.

What’s in Your… Fertility Treatment Office? with Dr. H. Randall Craig

Fertility specialist Dr. H. Randall Craig let us peek into his office are and memento collections.


We take you inside the disciplinary process at the Arizona Medical Board.


“Yo-Yo” Hiking the Arizona Trail

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page.

Santa Fe Salud

The Southwest’s premier art city has become a wellness haven.

Eat Beat

Recipe Friday: CRUjiente Tacos’ Carrot Cake Tacos

If you find it hard to resist anything wrapped in a tortilla, I have a delicious surprise for you. This week, CRUjiente’s sous chef, Nathan Arnold, shares the restaurant’s popular carrot cake taco recipe. It’s a little time intensive, but well worth the effort.

Recipe Friday: Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse Burrata Salad

With more sunny days on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about warm weather foods. Executive chef Samantha Roberts of Riot Hospitality Group offers the Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse recipe for beets & burrata (cheese made from mozzarella and cream) that’s refreshing and easy to make.

Recipe Friday: Modern Tortilla Crispy Pork Belly Tacos

Most everyone has a favorite taco recipe, from spicy chicken and shredded beef to battered fish and fried avocado. This week, the folks from Modern Taco food truck offer a recipe you might not have in your repertoire: Crispy Pork Belly Tacos.

Ocean 44

The Mastro family’s glitzy return to seafood oozes glamour, but not all the dishes sparkle.


Chef Danny Jeong’s freewheeling fusion eatery in Mesa combines Korean, Japanese and Italian cuisines.

Birthday Feasts

Celebrate three years of our Four Corners column at these new Valley restaurants.

Pita Jungle Sriracha

Pita Jungle puts a healthy spin on Sriracha with three spicy varieties.

Garden Burrito

Joyride Taco House’s Garden Variety Burrito is anything but ordinary.

Cruising the Sweet 16th

Score a high-toned happy hour deal on one of the Valley’s premier dining rues.

First Bite: Chula Seafood Uptown

The new Chula is cramped but chic, and the seafood is still stellar.

Pav on Juice: Making of a Winery, Vol. II

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

Loco Moco

Hawaiian food fans are cuckoo for loco moco.

Magic Hat Trick

Citizen Public House barman Chaz Enciso adds a slap shot of mezcal to his silky-smooth Magic Hat Trick.

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