Madison Rutherford, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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In this episode of Deep Cuts, PHOENIX magazine’s music podcast, we chat with Valley musician Veronica Everheart about her “sarcastic, soulful, genuine” brand of rock, why The Strokes’ Is This It is an elite album, our first concert experiences and Everheart’s new single, “Sour.” Follow Veronica Everheart on Spotify, Facebook and Instagram.

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Grilled Maine Lobster | Photo by Madison Rutherford   A serpentine stroll through We-Ko-Pa will take you to a calm corner of the casino that doesn’t feel like you’re in a casino at all. Such is the charm of Ember, the casino and resort’s new fine dining destination – a culinary oasis that is well worth the trek to far-flung Fort McDowell. The kitchen is helmed by critically acclaimed chef Richard E. Pelz, who places...

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Enjoy a cocktail, craft beer or chef-curated snack above it all at these sky-high bars and restaurants. Lustre Rooftop Bar Hotel Palomar’s chic poolside bar serves up local beers, craft cocktails and light bites with a side of sweeping city views. Hang out for happy hour on weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. or stop by on Saturdays from 8 p.m. to midnight for music from local DJs. 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-258-0231, lustrerooftopbar.com Floor...

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  Rachel Eskandari at work | Photo by Lauren Peachie   Rachel Eskandari is a Phoenix-based artist, teacher and entrepreneur. This summer, she’s adding another title to her robust resume: author. In 2019, she was selling painting kits on Etsy, hosting watercolor workshops and producing work for local boutiques and several stores at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport under her Pink Puddle Studio brand. When the pandemic hit, these projects and partnerships slowed as the...

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  Photo courtesy Genie Bunton   Melody Pierce didn’t grow up doing pageants. In fact, she didn’t compete in her first one until she was 20 years old. Yet her passion and perseverance led her to compete – and ultimately claim the Miss Phoenix crown in 2019 through the Miss America Organization. Pierce, now 25, initially decided to pursue pageantry because she wanted to contribute to her community in meaningful ways. “I didn’t start out...

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Gillean Barkyoumb Kitchen appliance company Ninja put out a call to smoothie enthusiasts across the U.S. in search of its first “Smoothie Bowl Sommelier.” This spring, it announced the winner – Phoenix dietitian Gillean Barkyoumb. In her new role, she will craft smoothie bowl recipes. Genevieve Denslow A brawl broke out between two women at a Scottsdale Bath & Body Works due to alleged line-cutting. Genevieve Denslow captured the commotion on camera. Her footage of...

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Welcome to the first episode of Deep Cuts, PHOENIX magazine’s new music podcast. In this episode, Griffin Brown and David Erickson of Ring Finger No Pinky join associate editor Madison Rutherford to discuss their influences, guilty pleasures and future collabs – and even teach us some new slang. Ring Finger No Pinky is a Phoenix-based rock band dedicated to challenging the status quo with upbeat guitar riffs, pounding drums and provocative lyrics. To learn more,...

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Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 20 and local eateries know the way to Dad’s heart is through his stomach, so they’re pulling out all the stops with discounts, free dessert, buffets and even a special coffee blend.   Photo courtesy Rachel Ayotte   North Italia From June 10 to June 20, you’ll receive a $10 gift card when you order $50 in gift cards online. North Italia will donate a percentage of...

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Looking for a local brew to sip at backyard cookouts or during outdoor adventures this summer? Williams-based Grand Canyon Brewing & Distillery has a refreshing recommendation – its newly released seasonal lager, Sacred Saguaro. The medium-bodied beer is so smooth, you’ll want to pack a couple in your cooler for a campout or kayaking excursion or knock a few back at the next barbecue. With nutty notes, hints of vanilla and a crisp caramel finish,...

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In 2019, jewelry designer Laura Reed kept coming across antique aluminum trays during her regular vintage-hunting ventures. “I had no idea what to do with them because there are only so many you can use and collect, so I started cutting shapes out of them to make them into necklaces,” says the Mesa-based maker. Reed was equally inspired by the composition of contemporary statement earrings and decided to combine that with the unique colors and...

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On Tuesday, May 25, oenophiles everywhere will raise a glass of their favorite vino in honor of National Wine Day. Here are six Valley businesses offering deals for wine lovers to sip and celebrate. CRUjiente Tacos A modern taqueria might not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “stellar wine selection,” but CRUjiente is a hidden gem for wine lovers. Its extensive wine program specializes in labels sourced from Spain. CRUjiente’s...

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Stay cool and start your summer off right with these fresh and fortifying libations from local bars and restaurants.   Photo courtesy The Maggiore Group   The Big Hash Tequila Sunrise from Hash Kitchen It takes two to make a thing go right – team up with a pal to partake in this chilled cocktail for two ($26) and cheers to the long weekend. Made with 100 percent blue agave tequila, muddled orange and pomegranate...

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Chaco Flaco, an emerging catalyst in the canned cocktail industry, started in co-founder Chuck Moore’s Tempe kitchen in 2012. Moore, who has a background in mixology and bar management, started making margaritas in his blender at home and bringing them to Dos Gringos in Tempe in empty milk jugs. They were an instant hit. By 2014, his products were on the shelves of Valley Whole Foods and AJ’s. Chaco Flaco became Moore’s moniker – a...

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Across the Pond, the snazzy sushi and cocktail spot at Clever Koi in Phoenix, recently launched a new and improved culinary experience. On April 13, Across the Pond started offering omakase, a traditional Japanese word that translates to “entrust.” During an omakase tasting, diners allow the chef to select each dish instead of ordering from a menu. Across the Pond’s omakase consists of 12 courses that are completely customized for each guest. The restaurant keeps...

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