Madison Rutherford, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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M3F mainstage | Photo by Jason Siegel Photography Arizona’s premier homegrown music festival has announced the lineup for its highly anticipated 18th year. Slated to be held at Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix on March 3 and 4, M3F is a nonprofit festival with 100 percent of its proceeds going to local charities. Last year’s event garnered a record $1.2 million. In addition to announcing an eclectic lineup incorporating established and up-and-coming indie, pop, R&B...

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Now in its fifth year, the signature event that unites the Valley’s collective love of sports and music will slide into Tempe Beach Park on February 25 and 26, 2023. The two-day festival produced by C3 Presents – the same team behind major music festivals like Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Bonnaroo – first launched in 2018 to supplement Arizona’s spring training festivities, which already attract droves of out-of-towners during the Valley’s high season. This...

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High Plains Mediterranean Drifter Garbanzo Tostada | Photo by Madison Rutherford It’s no secret that local Mediterranean chain Pita Jungle likes to keep things fresh. It hangs its hat on garden-fresh ingredients that cater to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diners. But even its meat-centric meals are made with wholesome, healthy lean proteins. So, it’s also no surprise that the kitchen likes to keep things fresh by switching up its menu seasonally. About three or four...

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In 2014, Adriene Jenik felt called to contribute to the climate change conversation in a meaningful way. The Arizona State University art professor, who grew up with a professional psychic mother, turned to the “guidance system of the tarot.” It took her two years to develop her own tarot deck, crafting each card out of agave paper and recycled cotton and linen, hand-drawing a unique symbol on each and adorning them with plant-based pigments. She...

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A new music festival featuring a diverse medley of local and national alternative, indie, pop and rock artists is coming to Downtown Phoenix this December. Presented by local promoter Psyko Steve and nonprofit organization Downtown Phoenix, Inc., the two-day boutique fest will take place Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 at Margaret T. Hance Park. The event was officially announced this morning at a press conference in Downtown Phoenix, which featured remarks from Phoenix...

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You probably already know firsthand – or have otherwise heard through the grapevine – that Napa Valley is a sacrosanct wine region. We don’t need to convince you of its viticultural virtues, but we can tell you about some of the area’s new hospitality ventures that just so happen to pair great with a world-class glass of vino. Stanly Ranch Set on more than 700 acres in the heart of wine country, this historical working...

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Locals in the national news cycle. Mike Watkiss  The former 3TV journo is credited for pulling back the curtain on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the early aughts. Watkiss is once again on the world stage in the new Netflix docuseries Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey, about the secretive polygamist sect. Chris Bianco  Hot on the heels of his second James Beard Award, this time for Outstanding Restaurateur, the illustrious...

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When it comes to creating, cosmetologist and artist Liz Cook values intention and attention to detail. As the owner of Color & Mane Hair Studio in Phoenix, Cook has built a brand around these principles. But when she launched Boho&Stone, her line of handmade jewelry and self-care products, she wanted to express another layer of her identity. “This is more a look into me, not just my business,” she says. Cook makes hair and body...

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According to Jared Ammon, concocting creative, balanced cocktails is both an art and a science. The craft bar manager at The Ostrich, a speakeasy-style bar in the basement of the historical San Marcos Hotel in downtown Chandler, knows that a good cocktail is about much more than throwing together ingredients and pouring them in a glass. “You kind of have to be creative to do this,” he says. “But it’s also very technical.” Ammon and...

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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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