Madison Rutherford, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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If you’ve always wanted to experience Meow Wolf, a series of large-scale immersive art installations in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Denver, consider a visit to Artopia, where you can step into a different dimension in which light, color and sound intersect. Imagine that this creative universe is right in your backyard – and designed by local artists. Artopia opened in Phoenix in March and features murals, sculptures and interactive art pieces by some of...

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Dozens of eager golden retrievers and their volunteer caregivers gathered at the Arizona Biltmore on April 30 for a one-of-a-kind happy hour event where attendees could meet the pups while sipping on specialty cocktails. Dubbed “Golden Hour with the Goldens,” the event took place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the iconic resort’s outdoor bar area. The event was a partnership between the Biltmore, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Arizona Golden Rescue, a Glendale-based nonprofit dedicated...

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How many of us would love to go back to that carefree feeling of frolicking around the playground as a child? Indeed, it would be pretty cool to relive those memories as an adult – perhaps even with a cocktail in hand. Good news for the young at heart: Recreo, a new playground-themed restaurant in downtown Chandler, is serving up inventive eats and playful cocktails with a serious side of nostalgia. The expansive patio and...

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Rita’s Cantina & Bar From free flowers and discounted Champagne to prix fixe menus and brunch buffets, here are a handful of places in the Valley to make Mom feel special this Mother’s Day. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails Celebrate the matriarch in your life with lemon blueberry ricotta pancakes, ahi tuna poke and seasonal cocktails at this upscale Downtown Phoenix restaurant inside the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-258-0231, bluehoundkitchen.com...

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Locals in the national news cycle. Caleb Greenwood  TLC’s hit reality series 90 Day Fiancé chronicles the lives of couples from different countries looking for love online. The reality show shoots in cities across the globe, so why does the current season of its spinoff Before the 90 Days seem so familiar? This new cast member hails from Chandler. Brittney Griner Detained by Russian officials in February for allegedly possessing cannabis vape cartridges, the Phoenix...

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The 1990s and early 2000s were a golden era of film, music, toys and TV. Beanie Babies were taking the world by storm, you could pop Clueless into your VHS player or Now That’s What I Call Music into your Walkman. And our Friends were there for us through thick and thin. We’re talking about Phoebe, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Ross and Monica, of course. We watched as the group of 20-something pals hilariously navigated New...

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Luke Aikens | Michael Clark/Red Bull Content Pool   Two pilots will take to the skies and make history on April 24, when they attempt a daring aerial stunt that involves equal parts pluck and prowess. It’s the first time the feat has ever been done – and it’s happening right here in Arizona. The plan, dubbed Plane Swap, is the brainchild of brazen pilot and professional skydiver Luke Aikins and he’s performing it with...

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Photo by Jessica Jameson  Two iconic Arizona institutions have teamed up to bring a one-of-a-kind dinner series to the desert. Cloth & Flame creates temporary venues for events that combine culinary innovation and community involvement. Though the Phoenix-based event company puts together pop-up dinners in unexpected places, it’s ongoing partnership with Arcosanti actually makes perfect sense. Both enterprises honor the design, art, food and community that set the Grand Canyon State apart and aim to...

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In the past two decades, nearly 6,000 soldiers died in the line of duty. In that same time, more than 40,000 military veterans have taken their own life. It’s a sobering statistic – and one that Phoenix businessman James Stratman is trying to change. In January, the founder and CEO of local supplement store Peak Nutrition founded Winter Warrior, a nonprofit in honor of former Mesa police officer and U.S. Marine Mitch Winters. In November...

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Local food and beverage maestros Mezcal Carreño and Los Sombreros recently partnered up to prepare a four-course meal and mezcal pairing to highlight the Mesa location of Los Sombreros’ brand-new mezcaleria, a cozy space with ample seating above the restaurant where guests can enjoy mezcal tastings, cocktails, mezcal-centric events and live music. The dinner, which took place on March 30, was the first event in the Mesa mezcaleria. The partnership between the restaurant and spirit...

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Photo courtesy Gabby Usinger/Egyptian It’s safe to say what’s old is new again – bell bottoms are making a big comeback and retro-cool restaurants are springing up across the country. The Valley is no exception to this vintage revival, with the arrival (or rather reincarnation) of a hip hotel in the heart of the Grand Avenue Arts District. The Egyptian Motor Hotel has sat on historic Grand Ave for the better part of 70 years....

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Crust Simply Italian, a local chain known for its Sicilian-style pizza and extensive pasta selection, recently launched a creative new concept called Calzone Connection. Calzone connoisseurs can now order specialty craft calzones for pickup or delivery from the Crust locations in Scottsdale and Chandler. A Gilbert location is also slated to open later this year. These aren’t your average Italian turnovers – small, doughy dishes typically filled with meat and cheese. Calzone Connection’s creations are...

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Phoenix mayor Kate Gallego and members of city council recently approved two actions that would bolster sustainability education and foster the talent needed for the next generation of environmentally conscious leaders. Phoenix’s one-of-a-kind Student Council Sustainability Officer Program allows Phoenix Union High School District students to implement eco-friendly events and enhance sustainability education on their campus and beyond. The city council voted to expand this unique and important program, as well as introduce an urban...

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Whether you’re looking for a fancy brunch, a family-friendly lunch or a fast-casual dinner, there’s a fair share of fare at Valley restaurants this Easter (Sunday, April 17). Fired Pie With 18 locations across the Valley, it’s easy to pop into this popular fast-casual pizza place and order a custom pie. Even easier, all locations are offering 20 percent off orders on Easter Sunday when you use the discount code “BUNNY22.” This deal is available...

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Meatball Ferris Wheel at The Sicilian Butcher | Photo courtesy The Maggiore Group Spring has sprung in the Valley, and local restaurants and bars are celebrating the season with new menu offerings. Here are nine new menus to check out this month.  The Italian Daughter Expect traditional Italian delights with a modern twist on The Italian Daughter’s brand-new spring menu. We can’t wait to try the gnocchi fritto – fried stuffed gnocchi served with house-made...

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