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Art of the Cowgirl founder Tammy Pate grew up rodeoing on a ranch in Montana. “Horsemanship was a very important part of [my] life, as was ranching” she says. Her grandmother taught her how to cook, sew and paint and she apprenticed with a bootmaker. “I’ve always been an artist at heart,” she says. Then, she started doing yoga and horsemanship retreats and was looking for a way to give back to the industry. “I...

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Things don’t always go according to plan, but how you react when life throws you a curveball is how real change happens. This is the concept behind the new Broadway-aimed musical Americano!, which is inspired by the true story of Tony Valdovinos, a DREAMer and Phoenix community reformer. Americano! chronicles Valdovinos’ trials and triumphs as he grapples with the realization that he can’t fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. Marine. The Camelback High...

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Opening this week: 1917—It’s April of the title year in France, and two young British soldiers are ordered to take a hike. Their mission, which they have no choice but to accept, is to cut across no man’s land to warn another battalion a few miles away but cut off from radio communication with headquarters, not to attack as planned; they’re heading into a German trap. One of the men has a brother in this...

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One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. That’s how Greg Hawk sees it when he’s hunting for wares for his industrial vintage store on Grand Avenue in Phoenix. Opened in November, Hawk Salvage was originally an automotive garage in the ’40s, and the aesthetic perfectly suits Hawk’s taste. “I love old stuff and I love old buildings,” says the Phoenix Fire Department captain. He has traveled from coast to coast finding items for his shop...

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If you’re a regular at Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops but want to shop local, take a gander at Mounted Horn. Phoenix friends Justin Renninger and Jason Ingersoll started their outdoors-inspired line to celebrate their love of hunting and fishing. Along the way, they added conservation to their mission: Mounted Horn donates $1 from the purchase of every shirt to the Arizona Mule Deer Organization. mountedhorn.com

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After a 20-year career as a golf professional that included a role on the Golf Channel reality show Big Break Mexico, Phoenix resident Rob West recently released his debut country music album, Arizona. West describes his music as “mainstream country with an old-school flair” and he’s performed all over the U.S. in the past seven years, including a gig opening for John Michael Montgomery. Some might think it’s a stretch from swinging a long iron...

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If you grew up watching The Wallace and Ladmo Show on Phoenix’s first TV station, Channel 5 (KPHO), Phoenix Television by Arizona State University media professor Dr. John E. Craft and PHOENIX magazine contributor Lisa Honebrink (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99) will stir nostalgia. If you didn’t, it will serve as an education on the history of the “boob tube” in our fair city, from KPHO to Univision Arizona. Craft and Honebrink hope the book will sustain a...

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Lee Hendrickson’s photographs might best be described as an artistic chemistry experiment. A former research scientist who later earned a degree in biomedical photography, Hendrickson photographs home-grown crystals under a microscope to create stunning images that mimic forms in nature. He grows the crystals on glass slides by mixing different powders (caffeine, citric acid) and solutions (acetone, wine), and then places them under a high-resolution microscope. To the naked eye, the crystals look like powder...

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It’s winter in the desert, which means your skin likely needs a boost. Enter James Anthony Skincare, the Scottsdale-based line developed by beauty industry vet Jennifer Hayes to address her own skin maladies. Products start at $28 and are specially formulated to hydrate and repair dry and damaged skin. The Genie in a Bottle serum is the perfect antidote for dry Arizona air, while the Vivify day cream has peptides to rejuvenate aging skin. Hayes...

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Star-Crossed: Looking for a wedding date? L’Auberge de Sedona suggests February 20, 2020. That’s the calendar square pegged by British astrologer Carolyne Faulkner as the best day to get married due to key planets aligning for commitment, stability and sacred contracts. Gamely, the resort created a Celestial Ceremonies package pegged to the date, good for “star bathing” and other astro-themed experiences – along with the wedding ceremony itself, of course, in one of Arizona’s most...

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Diya Marketing owner Kirti Dwivedi was a food and beverage “influencer” long before the term was coined, so her vacations often revolve around food and drink. Her recent trip to Napa and the San Francisco Bay Area with boyfriend Bobby Borszich was no exception. “In the Bay Area, there are so many amazing cocktail bars and restaurants that you really can’t go wrong,” Dwivedi says. The Morris This eatery in San Francisco’s Potrero Flats immediately...

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Paul Gosar The U.S. congressman from Prescott sent out 23 tweets in a row ranting about President Donald Trump’s impeachment hearings. Upon closer examination, the first letter of each post spelled out the phrase “Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself.” The theory went viral after convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his New York prison cell in August. Scott Warren After providing two Central American men with clothes, water and shelter in 2018, the...

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The start of a new decade brings a combination of hopes and anxieties about what the future may bring. However, with all of the new – and returning – events to look forward to here in the 48th state, we’re leaning toward being more hopeful. Here’s a few of them: Grand Openings Nobu The Nobu restaurant empire is coming to the Valley for the first time. This iconic Japanese restaurant, with locations in every continent...

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Time for the movie critic’s annual exercise in self-importance (as opposed to all those weekly exercises in self-importance): The Top Ten List. Here are the ten films from the past year that seem like the best to me, at least at the moment: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood—As with Inglourious Basterds, tolerance for Quentin Tarantino’s provocative do-over of 1969 in general and the Manson murders in particular will be a matter of personal taste; I...

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The road to Mount Lemmon Ski Valley starts with sun-drenched saguaros and ends with towering, snow-dusted pines. This stark change in landscapes seems fitting for the country’s southernmost ski destination, which is nestled in the snow-capped Catalina Mountains about an hour north of Tucson. Because its overnight accommodations are scarce, Ski Valley is largely a day-trip destination. That’s all about to change. University of Arizona alums and husband and wife Justin and Andrea Hafner are...

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