Cody Fitzpatrick, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Before Glendale-raised Nate Ruess hit it big as the lead singer of Fun — the band behind “We Are Young,” “Some Nights,” “Carry On” and many more indie-pop bops — his Valley-based band The Format was making waves locally and beyond in the 2000s. Now, 16 years since the release of their last LP, Ruess and the duo’s other half, Sam Means, are taking The Format back on tour this spring for a very limited...

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Tensions are running high in North-Central Phoenix over the planned construction of a water pipeline that will run through Dreamy Draw Park, a popular and pristine hiking destination near Piestewa Peak. In an effort to reduce vulnerability to water shortages in the North Valley, the city of Phoenix will lay 12 miles of new pipeline for its Drought Pipeline Project. Construction is expected to last from 2020 through 2022. The issue: It will force hiking...

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Brace yourself: The internet’s favorite alcoholic beverage is about to become local.  “To keep up with demand for White Claw,” Mark Anthony Brewing, the maker of the spiked seltzer, is building a 916,000-square-foot brewing facility in Glendale off the Loop 303, planned for a speedy completion in “under seven months.” It seems White Claw is about to become even more ubiquitous in the Valley, and if you’re interested in trying it for the first time,...

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Suns players and coaches raised money for local causes at Phoenix Suns Charities’ first annual “Rise In Style” fashion show, held in Downtown Phoenix on January 11. What’s more, they gave 18 kids an experience they’ll never forget.  At “Rise In Style: Fashion for the Future,” children representing Valley nonprofits were each paired to rock the runway — on the sold-out floor of Talking Stick Resort Arena — alongside a Suns player or coach.  For...

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For better or for worse, Dutch Bros. Coffee has become known over the years as a stereotypical Arizona staple, despite the chain being based in Oregon. That popularity recently backfired on Dutch, at least at its central Phoenix store. Because of traffic overflowing on the road, the stand on Central Avenue and Camelback Road will be forced to close on Dec. 28, the Arizona Republic reported. It’s currently the only Dutch Bros. in central Phoenix,...

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The storefront of Amazon Books — Amazon’s first physical store in the state — looks a lot like that of a Barnes & Noble. The flashiest titles, such as Michelle Obama’s Becoming and Elton John’s Me, are displayed prominently in the window. What you can see on the inside looks inviting, in the aspirational way only a bookstore can make you feel. Look a little closer and see that, in addition to books, the window...

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The Thanksgiving table may barely be cleared, but Christmas lights season is already in full swing. Whether your family goes to the same exhibits year after year or you’re looking for something new to try, there are plenty of places to see spectacular lights displays that will make the holiday season the highlight of your year. Here are some awe-inducing attractions to check out in the Valley:  Zoolights Zoolights: “Glow Wild” at the Phoenix Zoo...

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced their uniforms for the 2020 season, and the result will be a pleasant relief for fans of a more classic look.  “A refreshed look for the start of a new decade,” the team called it on social media, debuting a set of six uniforms that walk away from the futuristic characteristics the Diamondbacks have rocked since 2016.  Nick Ahmed modeled the home kit, which has the red gradient removed from...

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The weekend is upon us, and, if you’re still looking for something fun to do in the Valley, look no further than Four Peaks Oktoberfest, which is being held at Tempe Beach Park (80 W. Rio Salado Parkway) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11–13. Yes, the beer is the primary attraction at this free-entry, Bavarian-inspired event, but there’s so much more to experience, with plenty of choices for the whole family. Here are a...

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In case you couldn’t tell from all the spooky memes and Hocus Pocus posts on social media, Halloween season is already in full swing. With that in mind: One of the most fun ways for people of all ages to celebrate is by visiting a haunted house.  Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just someone who enjoys some semi-scary fun, there’s a haunted house somewhere in the Valley sure to suit you. Here are some...

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Remember that one episode of “Seinfeld”—”The Library”—in which Jerry finds out he has a library book checked out that’s 20 years overdue, and is subsequently chased down by Mr. Bookman, the “library cop”? Well there’ll be no need to worry about Lt. Bookman in the city of Phoenix—the Phoenix Public Library recently announced its “All Fines Forgiven” campaign, meaning, starting in November, there will be no more fines for overdue items, and all previous overdue...

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The calendar may have only just flipped to September, but Phoenicians—and Disney fans—already have one great excuse to get into the holiday spirit early: Downtown Phoenix (and possibly the Glendale Tanger Outlets mall) features in the upcoming Disney holiday comedy Noelle, starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader.  For obvious reasons, Arizona typically gets a raw deal when it comes to representation in Christmas movies—why have one set here when the Valley doesn’t look classically Christmas-y?...

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