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  • Art: Jewish and Armenian Artifacts on Display Jointly at Manoogian MuseumArt: Jewish and Armenian Artifacts on Display Jointly at Manoogian Museum

    The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Alex and Marie Manoogian Museum. In honor of this anniversary, as well as 2016 being the year when initial appointments were made to the Michigan Governor's Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education to provide guidance in developing an appropriate curriculum to be taught in Michigan schools, the museum embarked on a special exhibit featuring Jewish and Armenian artifacts from the collection of James and Ana Melikian of Scottsdale, Ariz.

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  • Cavalia, the equestrian circus spectacle, is bringing 'Odysseo' back to Scottsdale - AZCentral.comCavalia, the equestrian circus spectacle, is bringing 'Odysseo' back to Scottsdale - AZCentral.com

    AZCentral.comCavalia, the equestrian circus spectacle, is bringing 'Odysseo' back to ScottsdaleAZCentral.com“Odysseo” has been touring since 2011 and played in Scottsdale for more than a month in 2012-13. But Cavalia has continued to expand the production. The 17,500-square-foot stage includes a mountain rising three stories and made of 10,000 tons of earth ...

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  • Former Hilliard leader dies in ArizonaFormer Hilliard leader dies in Arizona

    Meeks, 53, died Nov. 17 in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he had relocated in 2016 to spend more time with his family. Mayor Don Schonhardt recalled Meeks as an "amazing colleague, husband, father and friend" who redeveloped the city's image to be "progressive, dynamic and ready business."

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  • Art program in Scottsdale helping those living with memory loss - FOX 10 News PhoenixArt program in Scottsdale helping those living with memory loss - FOX 10 News Phoenix

    FOX 10 News PhoenixArt program in Scottsdale helping those living with memory lossFOX 10 News PhoenixSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - There is a a special program in Scottsdale that is designed to help those with dementia enjoy the arts. The Memory Lounge at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts is opening up a whole new world for those with ...

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  • Double Identities: Mysteries and Thrillers 2017 - "2018Double Identities: Mysteries and Thrillers 2017 - "2018

    Bookseller-publishers Otto Penzler and Barbara Peters launched their specialist bookshops a decade apart, and that's just the start of their differences. Bookseller-publishers Otto Penzler and Barbara Peters launched their specialist bookshops a decade apart, and that's just the start of their differences.

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  • Jameis Winston reportedly groped an Uber driver in Scottsdale - ABC15 ArizonaJameis Winston reportedly groped an Uber driver in Scottsdale - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaJameis Winston reportedly groped an Uber driver in ScottsdaleABC15 ArizonaThe incident reportedly happened in Scottsdale, Arizona about 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2016. The female Uber driver, identified as Kate, told BuzzFeed News that when she arrived to the location to pick up her passenger, a group of men told her that ...Report: NFL reviewing claim that Bucs' QB Jameis Winston groped Scottsdale Uber driverAZCentral.comTampa Bay quarterback accused of groping a Scottsdale Uber driver in 2016AZFamilyJameis Winston grabbed my crotch: Uber driver | New York PostNew York PostLos Angeles Times -FOX 10 News Phoenix -NESN.com -BuzzFeed Newsall 147 news articles »

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  • A PGA Jr. League golfer's journey from Rwanda to Scottsdale - PGA.comA PGA Jr. League golfer's journey from Rwanda to Scottsdale - PGA.com

    PGA.comA PGA Jr. League golfer's journey from Rwanda to ScottsdalePGA.comHow Team Arkansas' Ben Brogdon's golf journey took him from a golf course in Rwanda to the PGA Jr. League Championship.and more »

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  • Woman goes super casual in her first-look wedding photosWoman goes super casual in her first-look wedding photos

    First-looks before a wedding can be magical moments for the bride and groom, but this groom it was more unexpected than anything. Erin Reilly of Scottsdale, Arizona, decided against wearing her wedding gown during the pre-ceremony photos, according to TODAY style.

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  • Report: Winston groped Scottsdale Uber driverReport: Winston groped Scottsdale Uber driver

    The NFL is reportedly investigating allegations that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Jameis Winston, groped a female Uber driver in 2016, according to BuzzFeed News . In an article posted on Friday , BuzzFeed says a letter was sent from the NFL's special counsel for investigations to the Uber driver on Thursday.

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  • Jameis Winston Accused of Sexually Assaulting Uber Driver, QB Denies AllegationJameis Winston Accused of Sexually Assaulting Uber Driver, QB Denies Allegation

    Jameis Winston is adamantly denying grabbing a female Uber driver by the crotch during a March 2016 ride despite a complaint the driver made to the company ... but now the NFL is investigating. The woman who identifies herself as Kate told BuzzFeed she picked up a group of men from a nightlife area in Scottsdale, Arizona around 2 AM -- and Jameis got in the front passenger seat.

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  • Design Your Own Bed Introduces Industry's First Total Body Pressure...Design Your Own Bed Introduces Industry's First Total Body Pressure...

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz: Despite spending approximately one-third of our lives in bed, we have little or no control over the design of an essential part of ensuring a good sleep -- our mattress. A new company Design Your Own Bed , www.designyourownbed.com, is looking to change that with the introduction of the industry's first affordable total body pressure management modular mattress enabling consumers to easily adjust their bed design to fit their body, lifestyle, and sleep habits.

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  • Breakfast Beat: The Henry Is Your New Office, But With FoodBreakfast Beat: The Henry Is Your New Office, But With Food

    Each week, we review a different breakfast spot in town, highlighting culinary offerings, brunchability, and the overall vibe as you sip your morning joe. Whether the restaurant in question is grab-and-go or stay-and-play, each offers a unique breakfast buzz that might be just what you need for the most important meal of the day.

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  • First 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 to Benefit VeteransFirst 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 to Benefit Veterans

    The money will go toward the George W. Bush Presidential Center's Military Service Initiative. This project helps veterans transition to civilian life in the post 9/11 era.

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  • Finra bars ex-broker for private securities dealsFinra bars ex-broker for private securities deals

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has barred former broker Jerry Lou Guttman for engaging in private securities transactions without his firm's prior approval. From 2001 until this past September, Mr. Guttman was associated with United Planners Financial Services , a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based broker-dealer.

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  • 2, including police officer, hurt in Scottsdale crash | 12NEWS.com - KPNX 12 News TV2, including police officer, hurt in Scottsdale crash | 12NEWS.com - KPNX 12 News TV

    KPNX 12 News TV2, including police officer, hurt in Scottsdale crash | 12NEWS.comKPNX 12 News TVOne of the vehicles involved was a marked car with the Scottsdale Police Department.and more »

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  • Residents oppose new storage facility in north Scottsdale - ABC15 ArizonaResidents oppose new storage facility in north Scottsdale - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaResidents oppose new storage facility in north ScottsdaleABC15 ArizonaSCOTTSDALE, AZ - In Scottsdale, a mega feud is brewing over a proposed mini-storage facility. Developers want to put the self-storage building on a few acres of land near Shea Boulevard and 116th Street. Right now, the area is desert, and people who ...

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  • 2017 PGA Jr. League Championship2017 PGA Jr. League Championship

    NOVEMBER 16: A Georgia contestant hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during a Practice Round for the 2017 PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental held at Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 16, 2017. SCOTTSDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 16: Contestants in front of signage during a Practice Round for the 2017 PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental held at Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 16, 2017.

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  • Desert Stages Theatre to Hold Acting Workshops for Children and TeensDesert Stages Theatre to Hold Acting Workshops for Children and Teens

    Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre announces special acting workshops for children and teens on Black Friday, November 24 at their new location at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. The Musical Theatre Bonanza workshop, taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., offers children ages 6 to 12 the opportunity to work on their dancing, singing, improv and acting skills.

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  • Scottsdale's Odysea Aquarium has the 'best restroom in America ... - ABC15 ArizonaScottsdale's Odysea Aquarium has the 'best restroom in America ... - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaScottsdale's Odysea Aquarium has the 'best restroom in America ...ABC15 ArizonaWho knew? The best restroom in America is right here in Arizona!Scottsdale's OdySea Aquarium has the best bathroom in America, company saysKPNX 12 News TVScottsdale's OdySea Aquarium announced as 'America's Best ...AZFamilyall 5 news articles »

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  • CBD Entrepreneurs: Their Medical-Cannabis Compound...CBD Entrepreneurs: Their Medical-Cannabis Compound...

    Chris Martin is a Phoenix medical-cannabis entrepreneur who's renovated a strip-mall site for use as a CBD manufacturing facility, online order-taking shop, and retail store. Christopher Martin helps run Paw Puddy, a Phoenix company that makes CBD-infused products for dogs, horses, and other animals.

    Scottsdale News / 2 d. 10 h. 19 min. ago
  • Amy Nesbitt Is the Latest Director to Leave Scottsdale Arts - Phoenix New TimesAmy Nesbitt Is the Latest Director to Leave Scottsdale Arts - Phoenix New Times

    Phoenix New TimesAmy Nesbitt Is the Latest Director to Leave Scottsdale ArtsPhoenix New TimesAfter serving as director of performing arts for about two months, Amy Nesbitt resigned, citing personal reasons. She joined Scottsdale Arts in August 2017 and resigned the following month. She's the fifth person to leave a directorship at Scottsdale ...

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  • Vanguard on pace to collect a record $350 billion in new investor cashVanguard on pace to collect a record $350 billion in new investor cash

    The money management giant is on pace to collect a record one-year total of about $350 billion in investor cash by the end of 2017, Chief Executive F. William McNabb III said in an interview Wednesday following a shareholder meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. That estimate hasn't previously been disclosed.

    Scottsdale News / 2 d. 15 h. 13 min. ago
  • LimeBike bike-sharing launches first Arizona program in Scottsdale - AZCentral.comLimeBike bike-sharing launches first Arizona program in Scottsdale - AZCentral.com

    AZCentral.comLimeBike bike-sharing launches first Arizona program in ScottsdaleAZCentral.comThe latest evolution in bike-share programs gained its first Arizona foothold in Scottsdale. LimeBike launched Tuesday with 150 bikes placed throughout the city and plans to expand in the coming months, LimeBike spokeswoman Mary Caroline Pruitt said.

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  • PD: Arrest made in case of 94-year-old woman kidnapped in Scottsdale - ABC15 ArizonaPD: Arrest made in case of 94-year-old woman kidnapped in Scottsdale - ABC15 Arizona

    AZCentral.comPD: Arrest made in case of 94-year-old woman kidnapped in ScottsdaleABC15 ArizonaHugh Lockerby, with the Scottsdale Police Violent Crimes Unit, said Nielsen was arrested Tuesday morning, and admitted to the robbery and kidnapping. Police say witness accounts and forensics evidence was used to link Nielsen to the crime. Nielsen ...Man arrested in kidnapping of 94-year-old Scottsdale womanAZCentral.comMan accused of abducting 94-year-old woman from her Scottsdale home appears in courtFOX 10 News PhoenixScottsdale police make arrest in kidnapping of 94-year-old womanAZFamilyKPNX 12 News TV -U.S. News & World Report -Patch.comall 15 news articles »

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  • Queen Creek Olive Mill Marketplace at Kierland Commons has it allQueen Creek Olive Mill Marketplace at Kierland Commons has it all

    Story and photos by Niki D’Andrea QCOM Marketplace has all the goods First cultivated in the Mediterranean regions around 7,000 years ago, the humble olive has grown into a fruit of all trades – it can be eaten whole, pressed and made into olive oil, crushed into tapenades, used as garnish for cocktails and so much more. According to the International Olive Council, people around the world consumed more than 2.9 million tons of olive oil last year. The Rea family’s lives revolve around olives. When patriarch Perry Rea planted 1,000 olive trees on the outskirts of Queen Creek in 1997, the idea was that he and his wife Brenda would make some extra-virgin olive oil. Fast forward 20 years later, and the Reas’ Queen Creek Olive Farm spans 100 acres flush with 7,000 flourishing olive trees, and they produce a plethora of olive-based products, vinegars and even health and beauty items through their Olive Spa line. In 2012, the Reas opened the Queen Creek Olive Mill Marketplace in Kierland Commons. The store offers a bounty of goods from both Queen Creek Olive Mill and other local purveyors, including Superstition Coffee, Peanut Butter Americano, Urban Oven Crackers and a variety of Arizona wines. Given the glut of products available on QCOM Marketplace shelves, picking a handful of the hottest items can be challenging. Nevertheless, we were up for the challenge. Here are a few frequent shopper’s highlights of Queen Creek Olive Mill Products: Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Rich and viscous, QCOM’s extra virgin olive oil has a nutty taste with slightly buttery tones, and a lightly peppery finish. Great for salads and sautéing. Other QCOM olive oil flavors include roasted garlic, Meyer lemon, bacon, blood orange and chocolate. ($11.50 for 250 ml; $18.95 for 500 ml) Sun Baked Tomato Basil Stuffed Olives: The robust sweetness of basil blends beautifully with the earthy and bright flavor of sun-dried tomatoes in these stuffed olives. Other QCOM stuffed olive varieties include mesquite-smoked almond, Parmesan Romano, jalapeno and Mexican lime, oregano and feta, and habanero. ($10.95) Spanish Olive Tapenade: Spanish green and tree-ripened olives combine with capers, garlic, spices and extra-virgin olive oil for this pungent and flavorful tapenade. Other QCOM tapenades include asiago Parmesan, sweet red pepper, peach and artichoke. ($9.95) Sparkling wines: Queen Creek Olive Mill’s sparkling wines – made with California grapes – come in peach and almond varieties. The former is effervescent and sweet, while the latter boasts a subtle nuttiness that blends well with orange juice for mimosas. ($23.99) Olive Spa French Lavender Laundry Soap: QCOM’s Olive Spa offers an entire line of soaps and balms, but this lavender-infused laundry soap is something special. It’s made with all natural ingredients and contains no detergents, chemicals or preservatives, which makes it ideal for people with allergies. And it smells heavenly. ($8.50) Olive Spa Lavender Body Butter: A little goes a long way with this body butter. This rich cream infuses the skin with shea butter, olive oil, and essential oils for a soft fragrance and long-lasting silkiness. Also available in vanilla, orange, peppermint, Sonoran spice, eucalyptus and unscented. ($20)

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  • Artist Fred Tieken’s gallery and studio is a colorful oasisArtist Fred Tieken’s gallery and studio is a colorful oasis

    By Kenneth LaFave Fred Tieken’s Gallery and Studio is a colorful oasis. Do a search for “Fred Tieken” and you will find Fred Tieken the graphic designer, Fred Tieken the rock ‘n’ roll saxophonist, Fred Tieken the classic car collector, Fred Tieken the artist, and Fred Tieken the gallery owner. As you may have guessed, they are all the same guy. “The looser and more childlike I am, the better,” Tieken says, speaking of the quality of his paintings, which exhibit a kind of free sophistication. But he could also be talking about his life, which he’s led in total abandonment of the usual expectations. As a musician in the 1950s, he fronted a racially integrated rock ‘n’ roll band when segregation was still the norm. As a graphic artist, he relied more on improvisation than on pre-ordained design. And just seven short years ago, as a “retired” man of 75, Tieken embarked on a new and demanding career as a painter. His workaholism started early. “In my early days, I burned the candle at both ends. I would work the day at a design firm in a town in downstate Illinois, then after work I’d head for Chicago, play a gig, and be back for work in the morning. To this day, I’m not a good sleeper.” Tieken put aside the saxophone a few years ago, and today channels the creativity he expressed in music as a young man into paintings that look like the visual equivalent of a busy bebop solo. His paintings are what you might expect from a man who doesn’t follow rules: Colors clash, images collide, styles get juggled and celebrities sometimes intrude. In some paintings, words appear or even dominate. Take a look at the digital reproductions at fredtieken.com/gallery, and you find, among other images: A man opens a pizza box and exclaims, his face contorted in rage, “I said no anchovies!” Andy Warhol stares at you, as a kind of still life with bananas. An enormous orange cat, wearing cowboy boots on all paws, stares over its haunches at the bird riding on his back. A man carries a bird cage. The bird inside looks longingly down at two similar, uncaged birds, who gaze sadly back. A green-eyed figure with bars for teeth, holding a hand grenade. The words “War is hell” are written over him, but “hell” has been crossed out and “fun” substituted. Seeing Tieken’s paintings reproduced online is one thing, but viewing them as the giant canvases they really are is quite another, and it is easy to do if you are in the Airpark, because Tieken owns a gallery – The Tieken Studio and Gallery, 5202 E. Gold Dust Ave. – where his paintings hang beside those of others. Not many artists run their own galleries, but for Tieken and his wife, Gail, it came about almost naturally. “We were on an acre and a third, and so we thought, ‘Let’s put a building in the back.’ And then Gail said, ‘Why don’t we just turn it into a gallery?’ It was perfect, because it didn’t hinder our home. When you enter our property, you go through a gate and a sign points in one direction to the gallery, and in the other to my studio, which is attached our house. It’s all very modern-looking, with lots of glass. For openings, we rent Klieg lights and serve wine in real glasses. Art collectors from New York and Germany say they’ve never seen anything like it.” The Gold Dust Avenue gallery, dubbed Tieken Studio and Gallery AZ, is but one of three that Tieken’s enormous, virtually overnight success as an artist has enabled him to open. A second, small studio is located in Venice, California, and in October, Fred and Gail opened the Tieken Gallery L.A. in the Chinatown area of Los Angeles. For more information on Tieken Studio and Gallery AZ, or to read more about Fred Tieken’s varied career, go to fredtieken.com.

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  • Carefree To Honor Veterans At Annual Community EventCarefree To Honor Veterans At Annual Community Event

    The Town of Carefree will host its ninth annual Veterans Day presentation and musical tribute Saturday, November 11, 3–5 pm, in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, located in the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street, in Downtown Carefree. The event will feature a mixture of patriotic and military music by Todd Knowles and his Main Event […]

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  • Chef Jose Morales boosts the global menu 6 Degrees Urban KitchenChef Jose Morales boosts the global menu 6 Degrees Urban Kitchen

    By Wynter Holden / Photos by Kimberly Carrillo Chef Jose Morales’ menu is a melting pot of global cuisines. There’s a theory that every human being on the planet is connected to any other person by no more than six degrees of separation. If you weren’t familiar with this notion earlier, you probably learned about it through the namesake John Guare play that saw a short-lived 2017 revival. Or, more likely, via the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game. 6 Degrees Urban Kitchen extends this theory to its menu, a New American mélange of ingredients and cultures. On one end, you’ll find chicken yakitori and seared ahi, just inches away from poutine and guacamole. At lunchtime, Nashville hot chicken and a meatloaf/grilled cheese hybrid break bread with Southwest steak and a tangy Cubano with trendy porchetta (Italian-seasoned suckling pig). The ghost of the space’s former incarnation as Alma haunts the tooled leather seats and white brick walls of 6 Degrees. The glass-walled wine cooler, patio conversation areas, and curtained private area remain, and circular gouges in the wood floor have etched former table locations into permanence. Luckily, 6 Degrees updated some of its predecessor’s less desirable features. Gone are Alma’s creepy cow skulls and altar candles, replaced by steel girders and a heavily textured wall of riveted metal plates. Two chandeliers crafted from inverted wine glasses hang above the bar, and a 20-foot-long mural made by two L.A. graffiti artists dominates one wall. If 6 Degrees was a residence, it would be a hip L.A. loft. Early evening on Sunday is the perfect time to visit. The brunch crowds have dissipated, having had their fill of Captain Crunch pancakes, bloody Marys, and mid-afternoon football. The bar is quiet and the glass walls thrown open to let in the cool evening breeze. Chef Jose Morales’ dinner menu covers a single page, with globally inspired starters, salads and entrees to please almost any palate. A Chicago transplant, Morales’ comfort with culinary diversity shows in Italian, Japanese, Indian, and coastal American dishes. We began with the crisp cauliflower, one of the restaurant’s most popular appetizers. It’s beautifully cooked, with a tender interior and a light outer crust that bursts with spicy-sweet flavors. Though described as sambal, the sauce lacks the peppery chile flavor of the traditional Indonesian condiment. It tastes more like Chinese Five Spice with a light agave nectar glaze. Whatever its origins, the sauce is delectable, and a suitable contrast to the fresh, crisp, inherent “greenness” of lightly seared shishitos. In a global take on surf ‘n’ turf, my companion and I opted for lobster risotto and grilled skirt steak. The latter was described by our server as a Mexican-inspired version of steak frites, with chimichurri subbing for the bordelaise or béarnaise. Be forewarned: This dish is heavy on the carbs. While the shoestring fries are average, the sliced beef is lean and flavorful, with a delicately charred exterior that lends a smoky flavor. Chef Morales’ version of Argentinean chimchurri sauce is vibrant and garlicky, with an herbaceous parsley base that clears the nasal passages. It’s also bright emerald green, but don’t let the bold color steer you away from this tasty dish. In contrast, the risotto is subdued. It’s as neutral as a stucco exterior, and cooked past the al dente texture found at most authentic Italian eateries. Good thing comfort food doesn’t need to be visually stunning. The rice practically melts into the creamy mushroom sauce, earthy gravy studded with wild enokis that squeak ever so slightly when you bite in. This dish is velvety and rich – the culinary equivalent of a fleece blanket pulled over your toes on a cold night. Six Degrees doesn’t skimp on the crustaceans, either. There’s more than enough sweet lobster meat here to warrant the $28 price tag. Speaking of sweets, 6 Degrees has a gem hiding in its petite dessert menu. The lackluster-sounding cheesecake surprised when it arrived on end, perched like a creamy white sailboat suspended in a sea of precisely marbled white and dark chocolate. Kernels of caramel popcorn cling to the pyramid, a sugared apple slice precariously balanced on top. It’s a gorgeous dish. The chocolate ocean is attractive, but overkill; I was already bordering on sugar coma after a few bites. Though ours was comped due to a minor broken glass accident, this dessert is worth adding to your bill. Our tab totaled about $80, not including the comped cheesecake. It’s a tad pricey unless you stop in for brunch or happy hour, but not unexpected for the area. Overall, 6 Degrees is a welcome addition to Gainey Ranch. The globally inspired menu is intriguing, though I’d like to see boundaries pushed further with authentic spices and fusion dishes. What’s most impressive is the eatery’s attention to detail. Chef Morales’ flavors are succinct, the service is strong and the presentations are lovely. Perhaps, like actor Kevin Bacon, the eatery will find its strongest footing as it ages.

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  • Ashley Busch, Women take the reins at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo ChampionshipsAshley Busch, Women take the reins at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships

    By Sondra Barr Women take the reins at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships Top-rated polo player Ashley Van Metre’s wedding to NASCAR driver Kurt Busch this past January was like a major entertainment event, with 265 guests serenaded by violins and a performance by Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler. The couple brings their star power to another major event next month, when the seventh annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower takes over WestWorld of Scottsdale. Ashley Busch will be among the women competing at the event, which features six rousing polo matches spread over two days. Busch will represent the Aspen Valley Polo Club when the undefeated champions, led by team owner Melissa Ganzi, take on the Monte-Carlo Polo Club on day one of the event. Historically a male-dominated sport, polo is fast, physical and extremely perilous. Accidents happen as players navigate unpredictable mounts at breakneck speeds while swinging heavy mallets at a small white ball that’s often surrounded by a melee of pounding hoofs. “People look at you and think, ‘Wow, that’s a really dangerous sport. I can’t believe you play. You must be a really tough girl,’” says lifelong equestrian Busch, a Wilhelmina model known for being the female face of the U.S. Polo Association. “It helps give a little bit of respect and shows that women can be on the same playing field as the men. We’re held to the same standards as men.” The similarity between their chosen sports was one of the things that initially sparked a conversation between the Buschs when they first met. No stranger to danger, Ashley’s husband has seen his share of wrecks in NASCAR. “I think he probably worries about me more than I worry about him, just because the safety and technology in their cars is a lot safer. I don’t have quite as much safety gear as Kurt does. Plus, I’m dealing with an animal with a mind of its own,” Busch says. American polo player and Arizona native Jeff Hall has likened the sport to crashing cars. “Imagine going 34 mph and getting into a wreck, flying head over heels, and then having a 1,000-pound horse coming down on you. You don’t have much of a chance,” he says. “People die – it does happen. You can’t get any more serious than that.” It’s no wonder that the pioneer of women’s polo, Sue Sally Hale, had to pretend to be a man to compete. A sports trailblazer, she broke American polo’s sex barrier in 1972 when she gained membership in its national governing body after playing matches disguised as a man (complete with a fake mustache and her hair carefully obscured under her helmet) for two decades. Previously, the U.S. Polo Association didn’t recognize women as rated players. It was Hale’s daughter, Sunset “Sunny” Hale, who became the first woman to win the prestigious U.S. Open Polo Championship, the first woman to be named the most valuable player of multiple top-flight tournaments, and the first woman to receive a five-goal handicap that garnered her a spot in the upper echelons of the sport’s professionals. Sunny, who brought her unparalleled skills to Scottsdale’s Polo Party over the years, passed away in February due to complications from cancer. To mark Sunny’s contribution to the sport, the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships has marked the Battle of the Sexes match, pitting men against women, as The Sunny Hale Memorial. Scottsdale-based polo player Natalie Grancharov Camacho, who’s returning for her seventh appearance at the event, is playing in the Battle of the Sexes. Among the opposing team members is her husband, Andres Camacho Castilla, Arizona’s top-ranked player. The couple met on the polo field in 2012 and played against each other in the 2013 Battle of the Sexes match before marrying in 2014. “It was one of the best matches of my life,” says Camacho, who played side-by-side Sunny that day. “At the end of the match, the men beat the women by one,” she says. “I don’t think Andres had ever seen women polo players like that. I don’t think most of the men there had either.” Unlike Busch, Camacho didn’t start riding or playing polo until college at UC Davis. “Collegiate programs are actually one of the best ways to get into polo,” Camacho explains. “It’s actually less expensive as well because they use school horses.” Camacho says it wasn’t easy picking up the sport as an adult but, much like Busch, she was drawn to polo because of the gender equality. “Most women love the fact that it’s one of the few sports where men and women can play on an equal playing field at a professional level.” Busch and Camacho have played polo all over the world and both agree that the male players are typically supportive and very welcoming, no matter the country. “I think that’s why a lot of women are turning to polo now. It’s such a welcoming sport. It’s a family sport. It’s a father-daughter sport. It’s a husband-wife sport,” Camacho says. But there are some challenges to competing with men. “Physically I may never be able to hit the ball as hard as a lot of men. For me, I focus more on my strategy,” Camacho says. Meanwhile, Busch points to a woman’s innate connection with animals as a benefit on the field. “I do feel like women have that extra connection with the horse, which helps.” Busch also notes that a lot of the best polo ponies are female horses, which is interesting considering many players view horses to be at least 80 percent of the game. “When you’re comfortable on your horse and you know your horses, you’re that much better as a player on the field,” Busch says. “Mares tend to just respond better and be more consistent and listen to you.” Both women admit there is an element of fear when they play. “I’ve fallen off several times. I feel like you’re due for a fall off once a year, but I haven’t hurt myself too badly. I’ve never broken anything,” Busch says. “I’ve just seen so many accidents happen… it is something that worries me, definitely.” Yet both agree the benefits outweigh the risks and that women playing polo is good for the sport and a great way for them to develop new skills – both on and off the field. For this reason, Camacho and Busch are strong advocates for introducing women to polo. As the face of women’s polo, Busch plays in as many charity and exhibition matches as she can to bring more attention to the sport. Meanwhile, Camacho’s passion is getting young women involved with polo. “I was able to host two WCT Junior Tournaments, which is the Women’s Championship Tournament series that was founded by Sunny Hale,” Camacho says. “We had them here in the Valley for girls 17 and under to play.” She’s also helped mentor a young local player, Camila Mogollon, a Desert Mountain High School student, who started playing when she was 14 and who’s now 16. “She played at the Polo Party last year,” Camacho says. “I’m so proud of her.” The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower takes place November 11 and 12 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. Call 480-423-1414 or visit thepoloparty.com for more information.

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  • Scottsdale Airpark CEOs Chris Hines and Drew Alcazar talk about their automobile obsessionsScottsdale Airpark CEOs Chris Hines and Drew Alcazar talk about their automobile obsessions

    By Jimmy Magahern CEOs of Airpark businesses catering to car collectors have their own auto obsessions. Adam Corolla is obsessed with owning every car Paul Newman ever drove. The TV and podcasting personality, a major Newman fan who in 2015 wrote and directed the documentary Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, is said to own the largest collection of cars built for the legendary actor, race car driver and salad oil magnate. And he’s determined to complete it, say those in the rarefied world of vintage car collecting. “He just paid $4.4 million for the 1979 Porsche 935 that Newman owned,” says Chris Hines, who, as president of Arrow Lane Racing and Restoration in the Scottsdale Airpark, specializes in restoring, fabricating and racing vintage race cars. Back in 2011, Hines and his friend Bob Hardison, president of Hardison/Downey Construction, purchased a 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Trans-Am race car owned by Newman and driven by his star driver, Scott Sharp, who together propelled the Newman-Sharp sports car racing team to multiple victories. Corolla heard about it and began putting in a few calls to Scottsdale. “Adam Corolla has been trying to buy this car from Bob and I for the last six years,” says the goateed 54-year-old pro driver, who cut his teeth racing dirt cars and sprint cars in the ’80s and competed in NASCAR from 2000 to 2004. “But he’s not gonna get this one! We want to drive it and race it.” Hines says he raced the Newman-Sharp Olds at the Coronado Speed Week races in San Diego two years ago and won handily with the “stupid fast” car, which Arrow Lane fitted with a new transmission, among other period-correct modifications. For Hines and others into vintage sports car racing, though, it’s not only about the horsepower but the history: Hines says Arrow Lane’s team spends an enormous amount of time researching where their expensive finds came from, along with who drove them and what races were won with the vehicles. “It was the first car built in the latter part of ‘89 for the ‘90 Trans-Am series, and Scott Sharp finished second in the championship in that car,” he says of the Cutlass. “It’s really extremely rare.” At any given time, you can find between 30 and 40 rare sports cars under the roof of Arrow Lane’s 10,600-square-foot garage just east of the Scottsdale Airport runway. Started by Edie Arrowsmith, one of vintage racing’s pioneering women drivers (who now lives in California, where several of the largest annual races are held), the shop houses many of the historically significant sports cars that its clients – primarily wealthy business magnates who travel the vintage racing circuit as a hobby – keep at the shop between competitions. “Basically what we do is we take our clients racing all over the place, and we maintain and take care of their cars when they’re not driving them,” Hines says. “Most of them fly in and fly out, they drive their cars for the weekend and then we bring their cars home at the end of the weekend, go back through them all again and get them ready to go for the next time.” As the man in charge of, as he says, “bringing these cars back from history,” Hines gets to drive all of the multimillion-dollar collector’s vehicles that Arrow Lane maintains. “Whenever we restore a car, the first guy that drives that car is me,” he says. “I’m kind of like the Arrow Lane test dummy. I make sure it’s operational and actually does what it’s supposed to do before I put someone else in it.” When he’s not hitting Firebird Raceway to test-drive pricey gems like the 1968 Lola 270 Spider that Scottsdale homebuilder Steve Hilton keeps at Arrow Lane and the “pile” of ’65 and ’66 Mustang Shelby GT350s the facility boards, Hines also maintains an impressive fleet of his own classic sportsters. “I’m currently campaigning a 1983 Firebird that was raced by [retired Sports Car Club of America racing champion] Rob Dyson in period,” he says. ”I also have some fun street cars that I drive. I have a 1968 Chevy C10 truck with a 550 horsepower LS3 engine in it that we call Goldilocks, because of its gold exterior. That’s my little daily driver. I also have one of the new 2017 Dodge Challengers that’s been completely upgraded with crazy suspension, crazy wheels. It’s 575 horsepower, 600 foot-pounds of torque, and it’s a car I drive back and forth to work. And I’m currently in the middle of rebuilding a 1968 big block, all-aluminum L88 station wagon Corvette, which is very rare — there’s very few that were ever built. Quite frankly, it’s a pretty weird-looking deal! But I fully expect it to be a very competitive race car.” As co-owner, with wife Josephine, of the Russo and Steele collector car auctions, Drew Alcazar is acutely aware of the hazards of being a car nut working so closely with European sports and American muscle cars all the time. “Well, you know the old adage: Don’t get high on your own supply!” says the affable auto auctioneer, parroting Michelle Pfeiffer’s classic unheeded advice to Al Pacino in Scarface on selling coke. “I’ve never had much luck adhering to that, I’m afraid,” he adds, with a laugh. “But truthfully, the Russo and Steele Auction was always just kind of a natural extension of the enthusiasm Josephine and I have for eclectic cars,” he adds. “And I think that’s kind of the appeal of the auctions, to some degree. We’ve always kept it real close and personal – kind of like inviting people over to our home.” Alcazar estimates there are probably 25 or so cars in the couple’s personal collection at the moment, including a Ferrari 250 GT Coupe he recently purchased to match the Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet that Josephine favors. All of the Alcazar’s personal cars are owned jointly, Drew says, although there’s sometimes a his-and-hers division in who drives them. “There are some cars that she wouldn’t be caught dead in – like the 1970 Mark Donahue-edition AMC Javelin I bought. So there are some cars that are mine just more or less by default.” As for which is his favorite, Alcazar says that often comes down to practicality. “My favorite is the one that, when I go out to the garage, it starts and runs,” he says, laughing. “It’s the joys of collecting old cars. You get in one, and discover it’s got a bad battery. Get in another, and it’s just not running quite right because the carburetor is gummed up. Finally you go through three or four and one actually behaves itself and you go, ‘Okay, this is the one I’m taking!’ “It’s nice to have a variety of cars,” he continues. “Cars that you can vintage race, cars that you can rally and cars that are just fun to jump into on a Sunday morning and go to breakfast in, like our little 190 SL Mercedes. That’s about the only time that one sees the light of day. But all of our cars actually have some sentimental value for us. Josephine still has the very first Jaguar I bought for her after we were married as a Valentine’s gift. And I’ve got a 1980 Trans Am that’s got only 370 miles on it. People scratch their heads when they see that one. But the scoutmaster in my Boy Scouts troop had one, and I thought it was so cool that when I actually could afford one, I had to get it. That’s often how it goes.” Another problem for obsessive car collectors is finding a place to store all their hulking possessions. The Alcazars keep most of their cars at the Russo and Steele showroom east of the airstrip off Redfield and Hayden Roads, along with a few at home and in Newport Beach, where the company holds another annual auction (a third is held yearly in Monterey). But Alcazar is well aware his collection may eventually outgrow those facilities as well. “I’ve come to find warehouses are like bodies of water: They sort of seek their own level,” he says. “The minute I had a 10,000-square-foot warehouse, I filled it up. Then I got a 30,000-square-foot warehouse and I filled that up.” Alcazar laughs. “To any collector that uses the excuse, ‘Hey, I can’t buy another car because I’m out of room,’ I tell them, ‘That dog doesn’t hunt,’ because none of us think that way. We always buy more cars than we know what to do with. That’s just part of the craziness.”

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  • DANSE MACABRE: Scorpius Thrills for a 14th Season in A VAMPIRE’S TALEDANSE MACABRE: Scorpius Thrills for a 14th Season in A VAMPIRE’S TALE

    By Caitlin C. Miller Scorpius Dance Theatre, the dark creation of Lisa Starry, returns to its old hunting grounds, the Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre, for its intimate 14th year of A Vampire’s Tale. Best described as the “Nutcracker for Halloween,” Vampire has become an annual fixture of the Phoenix contemporary dance scene, thrilling audiences just […]

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  • Escape The Room…Embrace The Genesis: 2017 Hyundai Genesis G-90Escape The Room…Embrace The Genesis: 2017 Hyundai Genesis G-90

    – By Melanie Droz Shawcroft In order to celebrate summer birthdays this year, my girlfriends and I signed up for the 1980s-themed Escape the Room. Although the majority of us were born in the ’80s, we barely made it out in the 60 minutes allotted. Something we did not want to escape during our ladies’ Saturday […]

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  • LIFE: L’Chaim, then BAM!LIFE: L’Chaim, then BAM!

    By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. – Sad. Happy. Quietly listening to pain. Enjoying family, celebrating at the holidays. Many are the emotions we all have to deal with, were we to listen to lyrics of the famous Disney song “Circle of Life.” There is much to be fondly impressed by. There is also much […]

    CITYSunTimes / 22 d. 5 h. 48 min. ago
  • Community Unites To Sample Sliders For A Good CauseCommunity Unites To Sample Sliders For A Good Cause

    Valley slider lovers will unite this month to sample some of the most unique and tasty sliders in town — and all for a good cause. The 2017 Slider Throwdown will take place at Kierland Commons Sunday, November 12, from 12–3pm. Local food trucks such as Aioli Burger, Chicken & Waffles For the People, Cleveland Corned Beef, Emerson Fry Bread, Food Diva, Head to Hoof, […]

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  • Thunderbird Artists Bring Fine Art & Wine To CarefreeThunderbird Artists Bring Fine Art & Wine To Carefree

    Spend the day strolling throughout juried fine artworks, courtesy of more than 150 artists from throughout the United States and abroad, displaying paintings in all mediums and subjects — the 24th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival runs November 3–5. In addition to a wide variety of paintings, drawings, charcoals and pastels, patrons will […]

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  • Celebration, Connection, Discovery: Fall Fest Celebrates All Things ArizonaCelebration, Connection, Discovery: Fall Fest Celebrates All Things Arizona

    The Arizona Fall Fest, a free and family-friendly celebration of all things uniquely Arizona, will be hosted at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, Saturday, November 4, from 10am–4pm. Formerly known as the Certified Local Fall Festival, this will be the 13th annual festival hosted by Local First Arizona. While the name of this local […]

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  • Cave Creek Celebrates Its Western HeritageCave Creek Celebrates Its Western Heritage

    It’s Time for Wild West Days 2017! Cave Creek Wild West Days, one of Arizona’s largest western celebrations, and a Town of Cave Creek signature event, will celebrate its 15th year by welcoming over 10,000 people to the heart of one of America’s most authentic western towns. Managed by the Cave Creek Merchants & Events […]

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  • Healthy ChoicesHealthy Choices

    By Wynter Holden Delightful Airpark eats – with the emphasis on “light” Eating right isn’t always easy. According to the Pew Research Center, the average person consumed around 2,481 calories per day in 2010. That’s nearly 25 percent more daily calories than we ate in 1970 – and way more than we need to fuel our bodies. We’re increasingly on the go, working longer hours and shuttling the kids off to activities, leaving little time for cooking. Dining out fills the gap, but unfortunately, it also busts our belts. Luckily, jetsetters living or working near Scottsdale Airpark have dozens of healthy alternatives to burgers and fries. Here are a few of our favorite local stops for food that’s fresh, healthful and environmentally friendly. True Food Kitchen 15191 N. Scottsdale Road, #100 480-265-4500, truefoodkitchen.com One of the earliest entries onto Scottsdale’s healthy food scene, True Food Kitchen grew from a seed planted by author and home chef Dr. Andrew Weil. Local restaurateur Sam Fox met Weil in the 1990s, at the beginning of the doctor’s push for what he calls the “anti-inflammatory diet,” a reworked food pyramid that puts fruits and vegetables at the bottom and uses meat sparingly. Several of Weil’s recipes have been featured at True Food, including a spaghetti squash casserole and the T.L.T. sandwich made with tempeh. It’s not all twigs and leaves here, either. Pan-roasted chicken and sustainable sea bass are among the meatier options; diners can also add grass-fed steak or other meats to Asian-inspired noodle bowls. The tangy sauce of the panang curry has just enough spice to satisfy, while teriyaki quinoa pairs best with chicken breast or tofu. One of the best dishes for first-timers is the housemade mushroom pizza, which satisfies with beefy shrooms, crisp asparagus and a smattering of pungent taleggio cheese. Finish up with chia pudding, a creamy tapioca-like concoction with banana and toasted coconut. Foosia 13610 N. Scottsdale Road 480-389-1520, foosiafresh.com It’s no secret that Chipotle has a winning concept. It’s fast, it’s fresh and diners can see every ingredient that goes in their meal before they choose it. Unfortunately, a standard Chipotle burrito can provide an entire day’s worth of calories if you’re not careful about what you order. Foosia uses the same counter-line setup, allowing guests to build their own bowl with a base of greens, rice or Asian-style thin noodles topped with choice of protein, veggies and sauces. It’s like the choose-your-own-adventure book of fast food. Granted, with the wrong selections, your healthful meal can turn into a diet-busting thriller. The menu is numbered by category (base, protein, veggie etc.), so stay healthy step by step with this formula: 1: Greens 2: Grilled chicken 3: Steamed broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, onion and snap peas 4: No sauce (or try the Sriracha-like Fooster Sauce for flavor) 5: Any combination of Asian cucumber, mung bean sprouts, lime squeeze, scallions, sesame seeds and herbs you want 6: Water or unsweetened iced tea 7. Enjoy! Grabbagreen Multiple Scottsdale locations grabbagreen.com Still on the fence about the juice bar trend? Scottsdale Airpark residents are embracing the squeeze, if the triangle of Grabbagreens nearby is any indication. The franchised stores focus on pre-measured salads, protein bowls and juices ranging from around 200 calories to upwards of 700 calories for more filling pasta meals. Seafood lovers will appreciate the shrimp- and avocado-studded Gulf of Mexico salad, while the chimichurri-sauced steak of the Patagonia bowl uses the potent olive oil and herb blend in place of dressing for a flavor boost without added calories. Grabbagreen also does custom detox juices for those wanting a good old-fashioned cleanse, but with more flavor than the typical cayenne-lemon variety. If you’re going that route, opt for the delectable Wellness blend with apple, carrot, lemon and strawberry juices. For dessert, the Rio acai bowl with banana, blackberry and strawberry is as tasty as ice cream with only 300 calories and a fraction of the fat. Fresh Mint 13802 N. Scottsdale Road 480-443-2556, freshmint.us.com The only meat-free place on our healthy hot list, Fresh Mint does vegetarian cuisine right. This is, as Chef Mai Ly describes it, “vegetarian food with a Vietnamese twist” – not the other way around. Her food is as colorful as the eatery’s décor; look for bright, crisp plating and a vibrant color palette that makes for a cheery, modern feel. Though there are a handful of dishes prepared with faux soy-based meats, many of Chef Mai’s signature dishes put veggies, fungi and legumes center stage. Try a tofu hotpot or opt for a flavorful, plant-based cucumber roll with a side of spicy lemongrass soup. Our go-to order is curry apple tofu, which pairs the warm spices of golden curry with tart green apples, raisins and a mélange of crisp veggies. It’s a great marriage of opposites, chock-full of ingredients that clash yet somehow work in harmony together. Natural Grocers 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, # 110 480-483-2200, naturalgrocers.com If you’ve spotted the giant cow painted on the side of a store in downtown Flagstaff, you’ve seen Natural Grocers. The nationwide supermarket, owned by Vitamin Cottage, opened its 100th store in Scottsdale in August 2017. Though it hasn’t been around in the Valley long enough to compare with major competitors Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, we’re already impressed with their meat standards. In addition to being hormone- and antibiotic-free, animals must have pasture or outdoor access, and meat producers are encouraged to use non-GMO feeds. Natural Grocers also carries Certified Organic meats, and all of the fresh produce you’ll find here is organically grown without chemical pesticides. They also carry plenty of trending items like sea salt caramel organic ice cream and pre-made jackfruit tacos, the latter capitalizing on the latest meat-substitute fad. At a glance, prices average around 10 to 20 percent off what you’ll pay at other specialty retailers, making Natural Grocers a natural fit for buyers concerned with additives, chemicals or pesticides in their foods. It can be difficult to get off the treadmill of eating out when you’re used to convenience. While pre-portioned meal delivery services like Blue Apron, Plated and Home Chef are encouraging time-pressed families to cook at home, we still dine out an average of 4.5 times per week, according to Zagat. It’s a reality check for those of us looking to manage our waistlines alongside our budgets. The bottom line: Whether you’re dining out or hitting the supermarket for weekly meal ingredients, there’s always a healthy (or healthier) alternative. With the growing push for natural ingredients and balanced meals, there are more choices now than ever before. 

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  • Strings AttachedStrings Attached

    By Niki D’Andrea Urban Electra turns classic rock songs into rockin’ classical jams. Play some Skynyrd! Freebird!” It’s not unusual to hear somebody drunkenly bellow this familiar heckle at a rock ‘n’ roll show, especially toward a band that primarily plays cover songs. It’s less likely to hear it directed at a string quartet – unless that quartet is Valley-based Urban Electra, in which case, “Freebird” is a frequent request. So is the Charlie Daniels Band’s “Devil Went Down to Georgia” and the Johnny Cash classic “Orange Blossom Special.” Unlike a traditional string quartet, which consists of two violinists, a viola player and a cellist performing mostly Baroque and Classical music, Urban Electra turn their strings onto classic rock and contemporary alternative rock songs. “We play cover tunes by artists that the average American knows – Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, or something more modern like Muse or U2,” explains Urban Electra violinist Carrie Caruso, who also arranges all the quartet’s covers for strings. “We pick music to hopefully connect with every age group, [and hope] that someone will like at least one song we perform that we’ve arranged.” Urban Electra plans to play a plethora of crowd-pleasers when they kick off the seasonal Sips and Sounds free concert series at the Shops at Gainey Village the evening of Friday, November 2. Visitors to the village can browse the boutique shops before the event (which runs from 6 to 8 p.m.), and then enjoy free sodas while Urban Electra plays tunes by artists such as the Beatles, the Cranberries, Coldplay and even Eminem. Food will be available for purchase from several of the village’s restaurants, including Drexyl, Urban Kitchen, Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery, Pomo Pizza Napoletana, Hash Kitchen and The Living Room. “I think people love entertainment, especially if it’s free, and if there’s something else there, like a wine tasting or some shopping,” says Caruso, who played with Urban Electra at Gainey Village last year but will be performing at the Sips and Sounds series for the first time. Growing up in Detroit around a musically inclined family, Caruso began playing instruments at a very young age, first tinkering by ear on the “beat up” family piano in the dining room and eventually starting violin lessons in school when she was 10. A couple of years later, she began taking private violin lessons, and in 1994, she moved to Arizona, where she began performing freelance gigs and studied under the late Dr. Frank Spinosa at ASU. Formal classical music training can be an intense experience requiring endless hours of listening and analysis, and it was such saturation, Caruso says, that attracted her to rock ’n’ roll, R&B and other modern music styles. “You’re really immersed in classical music literature, especially when you’re attending a school of music. You have to listen to classical music, you’re analyzing cassical music, and if I never hear… another Beethoven piano sonata, that would be just fine with me,” she says with a laugh. Her siblings also held some sonic sway. “I’m the youngest of five children, and my oldest brothers are 11 and 12 years older than me,” Caruso says. “Growing up in the ‘70s, that was a major influence, because I always heard the classic rock. I just really enjoyed that era – the ‘60s and ‘70s in rock ’n’ roll – and surprisingly, it translates very well for a string quartet.” But rearranging classic and modern rock, pop and hip-hop songs for classical instruments isn’t as straightforward as plugging into an amplifier and reading sheet music. Caruso typically takes the bass guitar in a song and turns it into cello parts, translates rhythm guitar, keyboard or piano parts into viola or second violin and rewrites lead vocals or primary melody for first violin. “To really give it a nice original twist – and interest for the audience so they don’t really know who’s going to be playing what – I like to give a solo or a verse or a chorus or feature all the members in each of our shows, so each member is just as important as the first violin,” Caruso says, adding, “So the bass player – or the cello player, in this case – doesn’t get too bored just playing a bunch of ‘footballs,’ as we call them, whole notes or quarter-notes or just a regular, driving bass rhythm, which is fairly simple in rock and roll, but R&B and hip-hop tunes get a little more interesting for the bass line.” Caruso’s Urban Electra bandmates – violinist Ikuko Kanda, cellist Melanie Yarger and viola player Verrona Grandil – are also classically trained players who bring a sleek edge to their craft, capable of rendering the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” into a suspenseful, foot-stomping string jam and morphing Muse’s “Uprising” into a symphonic gallop. One of Caruso’s favorite songs she’s arranged and enjoys performing is Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” “That’s kind of a dark piece, but it’s very emotional in the way the arrangement keeps true to the original form of Metallica’s piece, being instrumental,” she says. “It’s been very fun to really create some dissonance and resolutions, to really keep that emotion.” Fans will be pleased to know Caruso has arranged “Orange Blossom Special” (“with a twist of ‘Crazy Train’ by Ozzy Osbourne,” she says) as well as “Devil Went Down to Georgia” for performances this season. She hopes to debut them in the spring. “Freebird” is still not in their repertoire. 

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  • Photos: Taste of Cave Creek – Oct. 18, 2017Photos: Taste of Cave Creek – Oct. 18, 2017

    Had a great time at the first night of The Taste of Cave Creek 2017, which runs 5-9pm October 18-19. Learn more about the event at tasteofcavecreek.com.Filed under: Cave Creek, Community News, GET MORE

    CITYSunTimes / 30 d. 1 h. 57 min. ago
  • Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch And Art Auction Set For October 20Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch And Art Auction Set For October 20

    Online auction added to 2017 event aimed at helping feed hungry in need The annual Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction 2017 will honor World Hunger Day Friday, October 20, and will be held at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek, from 11am–1pm. According to Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank, this year […]

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  • Aesthetic AirAesthetic Air

    By Lara Piu Local salons offer cutting-edge treatments in stylish surrounds. We’ve all heard the saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And many businesspeople know firsthand how accurate the adage is. Luckily, if you live or work in the Airpark area, a plethora of salons are ready and equipped to help you get your game face on. Taglio Salon Taglio Salon (tagliosalon.com), a long-time Scottsdale 101 tenant, recently expanded its capacity and service menu. Late last year, the salon, which formerly resided in the northeast area of the mall, relocated to a new suite a few doors down from Harkins Scottsdale 101. “It was time for a new look. The previous salon was almost 14 years old,” owner Tom Rough says, explaining the motivation behind the move and his desire to remain in the mall. “I have always liked the location right off Scottsdale Road and the 101. The highway access makes it convenient for our clients.” The new 2,000-square-foot salon features airy, vaulted ceilings and bright, contemporary decor. The refresh was such a hit that the increasingly busy salon needed room to accommodate more stylists. So earlier this year, Rough rented the suite next door, tore down its walls and doubled the salon’s size. “Our passion is to create fashionable hair and celebrate individuality,” Rough says. “And we’re now home to even more of the best hair cutters and colorists in Arizona.” In addition to more stylists, Rough used his newly enlarged footprint to add a Skin Room, which offers relaxing and effective Rhonda Allison facials. It’s also where you’ll find the state’s only Sculptor Artisan, a non-invasive microcurrent technology that burns fat and contours the body. The former Vidal Sassoon Chicago stylist and manager constantly dreams up big new plans for his salon, adding, “We hope to see a school in the future for new prospects who want to learn hairdressing and advanced training.” Exclusively Men’s Barber and Spa Another Airpark mainstay with more than a decade in the area, Exclusively Men’s Barber and Spa (exclusivelymensspa.com) opened in 2006, the brainchild of owner and fourth-generation master barber Sam Mirzakan. “Growing up, I saw how my dad took pride in his profession, and it felt like it was the right choice for me as well,” he says. His eldest son, Arthur, helped Mirzakan open the barber shop and spa. Now his son, also a master barber, takes the family tradition into its fifth generation as a barber in New York City. And after 30 years in the business, Mirzakan still gets inspiration from his work. “My passion for providing barber services to this day comes from the interactions I get from each client,” Mirzakan affirms. “I enjoy seeing their happy smiles when they step off the chair looking clean and fresh and ready to take on the world.” His steadfast commitment to the Airpark community has transformed clients into friends. “I enjoy listening to their life stories as they become comfortable and begin to open up and share,” he explains. The unique men’s destination has a menu of services designed to encompass a whole-body approach to men’s grooming. “We do not stop at precision, spa-quality haircuts for men and kids of all ages,” Mirzakan says. “We have a long list of services that most other barber shops do not offer.” That list includes straight razor shaves, royal shaves (which include a facial mask and massage), scalp shaves, mustache and beard trimming, facial masks, aromatherapy skin treatments, scalp massage, hair color services, full body waxing services and spa manicures and pedicures. “We believe all men deserve a place that they can feel comfortable receiving their grooming care needs with no embarrassment or judgment,” Mirzakan says. “We are here to provide an all-inclusive barber spa experience for each client at every visit.” The shop uses The Art of Shaving, a shave and hair care line formulated for men. “We are proud to offer our clients high-quality natural products with all grooming services,” Mirzakan says. His large waiting room boasts complimentary cookies, snacks, coffee and water. Dark cherry wood accents set a masculine ambiance with comfortable, genuine leather barber chairs. Each station has its own television so clients can tune into a program that interests them. “My goal,” Mirzakan says, “is to make sure each client that enters Exclusively Men’s Barber and Spa finds it to be a relaxing and enjoyable escape from the daily hustle.” Dre’s Hair Salon & Spa Not all Airpark-area salons are multi-generational, but owners like Andre Aronica of Dre’s Hair Salon & Spa (dreshairsalon.com) hope their business feels like a family affair. “With being a large salon, we didn’t want our clients to feel like they were just another appointment on our books,” Aronica explains. “We want everyone to feel like they are a part of the Dre’s family, and I believe we have achieved that by seamlessly combining a luxury experience with the warmth and hospitality of a small, family-run business.” The full-service salon’s menu is filled with hair, skin and nail services aligned with the latest trends. “We are definitely seeing a lot of color-melting technique in hair at the moment,” Aronica says. Not to be mistaken for the ombre – where one color is applied midway, gradually building downward toward the hair’s tips – color melting uses three or more colors in the same or similar color family and intertwines them from roots to ends without being able to tell where one color starts and another one ends. “Colors can be melted from light to dark or dark to light and the result is a gorgeous dimensional color that is effortlessly chic and classic,” Aronica adds. In nails, he says, the SNS Powder System is an exciting new product. This new process provides the benefits of traditional gel or acrylic nails without the potential negative side effects of using an ultraviolet light to set your manicure. “Plus the use of powder can create some amazing ombre, and other unique designs, that more traditional techniques cannot,” Aronica says. The salon recently added a new brow grooming technique called nano needling. It uses ultra-fine needles to mechanically deposit pigment into the skin. Unlike microblading, where strokes are performed manually by the technician, nano needles eliminate the variation in strokes, pressure and the amount of pigment applied, which reduces, or even eliminates, the need for additional touch-ups with results that last longer. “We are excited to have a new aesthetician on the Dre’s team who will be offering an elevated service that results in an even more natural brow, with the ability to shade and fine tune to perfection,” Aronica says. And in step with its clients, Dre’s Hair Salon and Spa is getting a refreshed look. “As beautiful as our salon is already, we are constantly evolving and updating our space,” Aronica explains. “Not only did we just finish a huge project with our newly minted pedicure area, but we also added additional hair stations to our spacious 6,000 square feet and are coming to completion on our overall upgrade. Think jaw-dropping illuminated 3-D panels and sleek wood flooring on the walls. It’s going to be gorgeous.” La Lou Salon Stylish spaces can enhance the experience for clients and staff alike. For La Lou Salon (lalousalon.com) stylist Veronica Robin, it gives her a sense of pride to work in a gorgeous space. “La Lou is a beautiful salon environment,” she says. “It has a beautiful design and the products we carry are top of the line – the best for our clients.” A stylist since 2014, Robin worked her way up the salon ranks. She joined La Lou Salon in 2012 as a front desk receptionist, was promoted to salon assistant after she earned her license and graduated to a full-time stylist just eight months later. Her spirit and drive embody the passion found in many of the Airpark area’s “first impression” experts. “I’ve always been in love with the industry of hair and makeup and always have felt a passion for it since I was a little girl, so it was inevitable,” Robin says. “What keeps me in the industry is definitely how I can make my clients feel so beautiful. It truly is the best reward.” 

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  • Scallop dreams  and cocktail wishesScallop dreams and cocktail wishes

    By Niki D’Andrea / Photos courtesy MMPR The Fat Ox makes fine dining affordable during Apertivo Hour. Eating at The Fat Ox feels a bit like sitting in a scene from the old television show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Pristine white serviettes on meticulously set tables almost seem to glow in the twilight spilling through the panoramic windows, while staff performs a well-choreographed service routine through the dining room. If you get up for a trip to the restroom, you will likely to come back to find your napkin neatly folded and placed on your chair. The concept is “a new approach on Italian food,” meant to be “simple yet bold.” The menu includes decadent dishes worthy of a Robin Leach voiceover – Scottish salmon with faro risotto and apricot agro dolce, Duroc pork tomahawk chop with baby fennel in a balsamic glaze, and a 40-ounce prime porterhouse that will set you back $110. It’s not a cheap place to eat (there’s nothing on the dinner menu that costs less than $10, and that’s the price point for a few small salads), which is one reason it’s a good idea to hit up the restaurant’s “Apertivo Hour” every day from 5 to 7 p.m. Food items during Apertivo Hour include some of the best marinated olives in town. Salty, soaked in rich olive oil, spiked with chili peppers and punctuated with a squeeze of bright citrus, these castelvetrano olives are eminently edible. If there’s more than one of you at the bar, better order two bowls (heck, at $5 each, you could order a few bowls of these flavor-bursting babies). Keep the fire in your mouth fueled with marcona almonds spiced with smoked paprika and Calabrian chiles ($5), or tone it down with prosciutto sweetened with truffle honey ($8). Other happy hour highlights include calamari fritti with squid ink, fermented pepper romesco and Sicilian almonds ($12); veal meatballs ($10); and wood-grilled prime hanger steak ($16). There’s also a pasta bar proffering five kinds of handmade pasta ($9 per taste, or $22 for three tastings) including tubular garganelli with speck (pork fat) and truffle butter, and cone-shaped gigli pasta (also known as campanelle) with San Marzano tomatoes and basil. Drinks on the Apertivo Hour menu include seven cocktails, all satisfying but none too complicated (sangria, gin and tonic, martini, negroni, old fashioned, etc., all $8 or $9 each), and $8 glasses of select wines. During happy hour, Manabrea pilsner and amber beers cost $5 each. If you’re down for dinner but still looking to nosh on small bites, the menu offers a handful of worthy choices. The house salad (“Insalada de casa”) satisfies with organic local greens, Brussels sprouts and pomegranate seeds, and among the sides, roasted trumpet mushrooms and Calabrian-roasted cauliflower steal the show. There are a few notable entrees, including the aforementioned porterhouse, steamed mussels and Jidori chicken, but the Hokkaido diver scallops are unforgettable. Superbly seared with sublimely salty edges and made with osso vin clams, crispy Brussels sprouts, sunchoke (Jerusalem artichoke), pancetta and trumpet mushrooms, these scallops are pretty perfect. Dessert options include a Meyer lemon tart, tiramisu, gelato and a delicate amaro olive oil cake with hints of rosemary and orange. Ambiance varies according to time and place. If you’re in the bar area for happy hour, it’s going to be loud and crowded, with music pulsing below the din that sounds danceable but is otherwise completely indiscernible. It’s like Cheers on steroids. But if you’re in the dining area for dinner, it’s quite a bit quieter, a bit more refined, and a lot like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous — but with scallops instead of caviar. 

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  • Pumped UpPumped Up

    By Jimmy Magahern Fitness buffs pay premiums for custom workouts at boutique gyms around the Airpark. Rick LeMoine navigates through the aisles of free weights, dumbbells, squat racks and weightlifting platforms in what he calls the “Power Room” area of Maximum Fitness, a 16,000-square-foot gym hidden in an industrial park overlooking the Loop 101 just north of Bell Road. “This is where we have a lot of the older equipment,” says LeMoine, general manager of the facility– who, with his silver hair and compact, wiry frame, could be considered older equipment himself among all the jacked strongmen, buff female bodybuilders and well-toned personal trainers who make up a majority of the gym’s dedicated clientele. “For me, I like this stuff better than the newer stuff over there,” he says, motioning toward the requisite treadmills, elliptical machines, spin bikes and Stair Masters that fill the cardio training area. “Some of this stuff, they don’t even make any more. Like this Smith machine,” he adds, pointing out a rare vertical weightlifting contraption, invented by late fitness legend Jack LaLanne. “This was broken and the guy we had maintaining our equipment said it couldn’t be fixed. Well, I don’t accept ‘can’t.’ So I went online and bought all new bearings and, with a little ingenuity, learned how to fix it myself.” While he’s describing the mechanics of the Smith machine, a fit young woman loads heavy weights onto the barbell and asks if LeMoine would like to get on it first. “C’mon Rick, you wanna jump in?” she says. LeMoine laughs, taps another young female weightlifter on the chin as she swings a cast iron kettle bell and gamely steps out of the way as a Pumping Iron-era Schwarzenegger doppelgänger pulls a heavily weighted prowler sled across the floor. LeMoine seems to know almost all of the gym members by name, which he counts as another feature, besides the rare old-school equipment, that sets the 15-year-old gym apart from the large number of fitness centers that have sprung up lately around the Scottsdale Airpark. “We try to treat this like the old sitcom Cheers, where when you walk in the door, everybody knows your name,” he says, moving outside to a narrow outdoor area covered in AstroTurf which members use for tractor tire flipping and prowler sled pulling. ”It’s great to walk into a place and know you’re not just a number, which is how the bigger corporate gyms often treat you. Plus, all of our trainers here are independent – they pay me to work here. Which is a lot different than other clubs, where their main focus is to sell you a membership. We’re not car salesmen here.” Differentiating today’s fitness centers from the traditional ”big box” franchises has become a winning strategy for gym operators. Maximum Fitness brands itself as one of the last old-school style gyms in North Scottsdale, mixing in vintage gym-rat equipment along with almost retro-cheap $39 per month membership fees, but the Airpark area has become dominated by another type of alt-gym: the high-end ”boutique” fitness studio. According to trade group the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), attendance at smaller, more specialized studios grew by 70 percent between 2012 and 2015 and now represent around 35 percent of the $83 billion worldwide fitness market. While category leaders like LA Fitness, Planet Fitness and Anytime Fitness still make up the biggest slices of the pie, boutique studios offering specialty workout classes in things like spinning, CrossFit, SoulCycle or hot yoga are gaining ground, particularly with younger exercisers who are willing to pay more for personalized workout experiences focusing on particular body-toning results. IHRSA reports Americans spend between $80 and $140 a month for such specialty fitness classes, as opposed to an average of $52 for club memberships at the big box chains. “In this day and age, I think people are willing to pay a little bit more for a targeted group fitness class just so they don’t have to think about what to do at the gym,” says Scott Van Horne, owner of the Scottsdale location of TruHIT Fitness, near the south end of the runway at Scottsdale Airport, which charges $99 for monthly memberships. “If you go to a gym at a crowded time, what do you normally do? Maybe get on a treadmill for a half-hour, lift a few weights. You can easily spend a couple hours there and not really get a good workout. With this kind of program, you come in here for an hour class, do a warm-up, watch the trainers demo the exercises, you work out really hard for 35 to 40 minutes, cool down and you’ve done an incredible workout in 50 minutes.” TruHIT specializes in a form of cardio workout called high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, ranked as one of the top five fitness trends for 2017 by the American College of Sports Medicine. Van Horne, a former software engineer for a cybersecurity firm, started out as a member of TruHIT, founded by his friend Ken Fearer, and was so impressed with the personal results he achieved from the workout that he purchased the studio in 2015. (Fearer has since opened five other locations throughout the Valley.) Van Horne says another big part of the appeal of the specialty fitness club is the sense of community participants get from engaging with other like-minded exercise buffs. “It’s kind of like they’re all in this together, you know? They meet people, they’re high-fiving each other. And it’s not just women who are taking exercise classes now. We have plenty of men who come in, too. Even guys who’ve said they would never do a group fitness class are having their eyes opened. They come in, get their butts kicked by the trainers and go, ’Okay, I get it now!’” Apart from HIIT, Airpark fitness boutiques offer a wide array of discipline-specific classes. EOS Fitness, on Northsight Boulevard and Raintree Drive, offers weekly group classes centered around SoulCycle-type indoor cycling, yoga, Zumba, kickboxing, Pilates and barbell lifts and curls. The Scottsdale location of the Portland-based barre3 Studio, on Greenway-Hayden Loop near the Scottsdale Quarter, specializes in the barre workout, a ballet-inspired routine that has been enjoying a rapid surge in popularity over the past few years (the American Council on Exercise links the trend to the release of the 2010 movie Black Swan). And Off the Grid Fitness, on Scottsdale Road south of Shea Boulevard, bills itself as Arizona’s first “green gym,” featuring spin bikes and elliptical machines that generate their own electricity, as well as classes in HIIT, mat Pilates and TRX (Total Resistance eXercise), a form of suspension-training exercise developed by a former Navy Seal using a jiu-jitsu belt and parachute webbing to leverage gravity and the user’s body weight as an alternative to standard pushups. LeMoine, who’s been in the fitness biz for some time, says Maximum Fitness tries to provide as much variety as possible, too, in its workout options. “This is our boxing room,” he says, stepping into the large area just to the side of the front desk, which he says has become one of the gym’s main attractions. “For a lot of members, it’s a new thing for them to come into a gym that has a variety of things to do beyond just lifting weights or doing cardio machines. People are kind of intrigued by even just the sound of the punching bags, and we have gloves they can use if they don’t have their own. “We’ve also got the tires,” he adds, motioning to a pair of tractor tires stacked by a wall. ”Some people like to flip those for exercise, and we’ve got some sledgehammers they can use, if they just want to come in and beat the hell out of the tires with those. We have battle ropes in every corner of the gym. We try to accommodate all kinds of ways people want to exercise. That’s important today,” he says. “People want to choose what works for them.” 

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