Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Pop-Up Around Phoenix for the Winter...

November 25, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt

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Nothing says it’s the holiday season like ice-skating outdoors with hot chocolate in hand. This week, many pop-up ice rinks are showing up around the Valley so that Arizonans can experience an outdoor skating rink without flocking to colder weather. Here’s a list of the top outdoor skating rinks around the Valley:

CityScape Phoenix Presents CitySkate

CityScape is once again hosting their sixth annual CitySkate ice rink in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The ice rink takes over Central Avenue and features a 36-foot-tall Christmas tree, light shows and skate rentals for all ages. The ice rink will hold photo opportunities with Santa from 4 to 8 pm Fridays through Sundays.

CitySkate’s grand opening will be from 3-11 pm on Saturday, November 28th and will feature live music, Santa appearance, snowfall and light show. The ice rink will be open through January 11, 2016. CitySkate is located at 1 E. Washington Street in Downtown Phoenix. Admission ranges from $12-$15 depending on what day you visit. Admission is $8 for children 4-8 years old. For more information visit, phxicerink.com.

Holiday Skate Rink at Westgate Entertainment District

The 2,500-square foot rink at Fountain Park will only be open during Thanksgiving weekend and is expected to have over 3,000 visitors during opening night. Throughout the holidays there will also be opportunities to enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa Clause visits, snowfall and performances by professional ice skaters.

Public skating hours are 11 am through 6pm on Wednesday, Nov 25 and Sunday, November 29. It will also run from 11am through 9pm on Friday November 27 and Saturday, November 28. The Westgate Entertainment District is located at 6751 N. Sunset Blvd. in Glendale. For additional information visit, westgateaz.com.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Transforms for the Holidays

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is known for being one of the best places to experience the magic of the holidays. They have a 6,000 square-foot Desert Ice Skating Rink with real ice and nightly snowfall. There are also opportunities for guests to reserve rink-side fire pits with blankets to enjoy s’more and hot chocolate.

The resort also features a Lagoon Lights exhibit with 2.8 million lights, rides on the Princess Express Train and a four-story musical Christmas tree. There is also a S’mores Land, Christmas Carousel, petting zoo and much more. Admission is $15 and $5 for skate rentals. For more information visit, scottsdaleprincess.com.


A Christmas Story, The Musical Will Hold Performances at ASU...

November 24, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Events | By editorial dlt

Christmas Story Musical

“I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!”

Now that it’s the holiday season, it’s time to pay homage to the cherished movie classic, A Christmas Story. Set in the 1940s in Indiana, Ralphie has just one wish for Christmas- a Red Ryder BB Gun. The musical will have everything from the outrageous leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas, triple-dog-dares and a tongue stuck to the freezing flagpole. The film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, produces the musical.

This musical is the perfect holiday entertainment for the whole family. Performances will run this Tuesday, November 24 through Sunday, November 29. The musical will be held at the ASU Gammage Theatre, 1200 S. Forest Ave in Tempe. To buy tickets and for more information about the musical visit http://www.asugammage.com/shows/2015-16-broadway-season/a-christmas-story.


Pre-Thanksgiving Events and Specials Around The Valley

November 23, 2015 | 11:18 AM | Events | By editorial dlt

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Thanksgiving is arguably one of the best holidays because it means bringing together family, eating good food, watching parades and enjoying some football games. If you’re one of the many who can’t wait to start the Thanksgiving festivities, check out this list of Pre-Thanksgiving Events and Specials from around the Valley.

Enjoy a Texas-Style Chicken Fried Turkey Thanksgiving Special at TEXAZ

While TEXAZ Grill is closed on actual Thanksgiving Day, they have a Thanksgiving special going on up until the eve of Thanksgiving Day. TEXAZ Grill is firing up its deep fryer for four days only, November 22-25, to serve up the tenderest turkey in town with its “Chicken-Fried Turkey” special.

Turkey lovers can enjoy a true Texas-style treat this Thanksgiving with a huge portion of Chicken Fried Turkey, a twist on TEXAZ Grill’s signature Chicken Friend Steak. It is smothered with slow-cooked, savory gravy, the turkey is then paired with a side of mashed potatoes and homemade cranberry sauce. At just $10 for lunch and $15 for supper, it also includes bread & butter and house salad.

The Chicken Fried Turkey is available Sunday, November 22 through Wednesday, November 25. TEXAZ Grill is located at 6003 N. 16th St. For more information call, (602)-248-7827 or visit,www.texazgrill.com.

Crudo & Okra to Host Thanksgiving Eve Parties Featuring Gourmet Eats

This Thanksgiving Eve start the celebrations early with Crudo and Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails as they host their pre-Turkey Day parties on Wednesday, November 25. From 9pm to close Crudo will be hosting their third annual “Put a Birt On It” party with delicious eats and $8 cocktails. The full menu is provided below:

Crudo’s “Put A Bird On It”
Thanksgiving Eve menu
Fried fingerlings, turkey gravy, hollandaise $9
Hot Brown w/ turkey, stuffing, pancetta, mornay $12
Turkey Mac n Chz Casserole $10
Bird is the Word: lemon, maraschino, chartreuse, wild turkey 101 bourbon
Bird’s Rye View: orange cranberry Syrup, Allspice, orange bitters, wild turkey 101 rye
Chile Chokin’ the Chiken: strawberry, lime, bird’s eye chile-infused cynar, st. george green chile vodka
Sitting Ducks: passion fruit, seltzer, campari, ayelsbury duck vodka
Nest Nog: egg, cream, allspice, banana, wild turkey 101 bourbon, scarlet ibis rum
Avian Persuasion: spiced pomegranate, lemon, azbl mi casa bitters, maurin, zucca amaro, aviation gin

Crudo’s “Put a Bird On It” party will be held from 9pm to close. Crudo is located at 3603 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. For more information call, (602)-358-8666 or visit their website,www.crudoaz.com.

Crudo’s sister restaurant, Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails will also be holding a Thanksgiving Eve Party kicking off at 5pm with a themed “Elvis Thanksgiving.” The event will kick-off at 5pm with a feast fit for the king of rock himself and a selection of Elvis-approved cocktails for only $8. The menu for Okra’s Thanksgiving Eve is below:

Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails’
“Elvis Thanksgiving” Eve menu
T.C.B. Focaccia: smoked pork, bbq, red onion $14
Fool’s Gold Leaf Sandwich: pork belly, pb&j $12
Peanut Butter Burger: $15
Fried Cornmeal Mush & Maple Syrup $8
Drinks ($8)
Blue Suede Booze: blueberries, lemon, whipped whites, cointreau & ford’s gin
Love Me Tender(belly): maple, bacon, averna, & tapatio reposada tequilla
Love Me Tater: sweet potato, brown sugar, cream, cardamaro, maison rouge vsop, old overholt rye
Devil in Disguise: spiced pomegranate, lemon, grapefruit, peychaud’s bitters, campari, corazon tequila
Falling in Love with Suze: grapefruit, lemon, honey, seltzer, suze, montenegro, green mark vodka
Hound Dog: pumpkin bitters, st. george-spiced pear, el dorado 8yr rum
Peanut Butter Jelly Time: lime, cheerwine cherry soda, peanut butter-infused four roses bourbon
Aloha From Hawaii: pineapple, cream of coconut, lime, montenegro, plantation 3-star rum
Okra Cookhouse and Cocktails will host their “Elvis Thanksgiving” on Wednesday, November 24 from 5pm to close. Okra is located at 5813 N. 7th Street in Phoenix. For more information call, (602)-296-4147 or visit, www.okraaz.com

Chompie’s Offers Thanksgiving Specials to Fill Up Your Entire Family

Chompie’s is ready to serve up Thanksgiving to your entire family, with a special that is ideal for a crowd. The meal options being offered serve 12 to 15 guests, and it includes two meal options. The Traditional meal ($189.95) contains an extra-large oven roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, string beans almondine, cranberry relish, candied yams, dinner rolls, one 9-inch pumpkin pie and one 9-inch apple pie. The Basic meal ($139.95) includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, relish, rolls and two pies. Additionally there is an individual dinner being offered for ($15.99). All dishes from the turkey to desserts are also available a la carte.

Orders must be places 72 hours in advance and are available for pick up on Wednesday, November 25th and Thursday, November 26th. Chompie’s is located at 1160 E. University Drive in Tempe. For more information call, (480)-557-0700. Chompie’s also has a location in Chandler at 3481 W. Frye Road, the store number is (480)-398-3008. Feel free to also visit them at their website,www.chompies.com.


Uptown Farmers Market to Host Neighborhood Chef Series

November 20, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Events | By editorial dlt

Uptown Farms

Uptown Farmers Market is partnering with local restaurants, chefs and C-Cap to host a Neighborhood Chef Series at the Uptown Farmers Market. The Series will run every Saturday, occurring now through January 2016. Every week there will be a different local chef featured with a restaurant close to the Uptown neighborhood, between 7th Street and 7th Avenue. Each chef will use seasonal Arizona products to produce tastes for the Phoenix community.

C-Cap will have students on site assisting the Chefs with their demonstrations and sampling. There will also be an Uptown Raffle with four $50 gift cards to the featured restaurant of the day. Recipe cards will be placed at each demonstration, which will highlight all of the products and recipes used in the chef-driven demonstrations.

The remaining chef lineup is displayed below:

Nov 21 — Ross Simon of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

Nov 28 — Chef Jared Porter of Clever Koi

Dec 5 — Market closed for Light Parade

Dec 12 — Chef Justin Beckett of Southern Rail Restaurant & Beckett’s Table

Dec 19 — Chef Paul Hamernik and Chef Aaron Chamberlin of St. Francis Restaurant

Jan 2 – Market closed for Fiesta Bowl Parade

Jan 9 – Chef Doug Robson of Otro Café

Uptown Farmers Market is located at 5757 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix. For more information call, (602)-859-5648 or visit the website, http://uptownmarketaz.com.


Local Arizona Hotspots to Celebrate a Hassle-Free Thanksgiving Feast

November 19, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Events | By editorial dlt

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If we are being honest with ourselves, no one really like slaving away all day in the kitchen for a Thanksgiving feast. If you don’t want to have the pressure of cooking this Thanksgiving, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a fast food drive-thru. Several of Arizona’s hotspot restaurants are giving us even more of a reason to be thankful this year, by offering delicious Thanksgiving day dinner specials that the whole family will enjoy. Here’s our list of the best places to eat on Thanksgiving:

J&G Steakhouse-

This Thanksgiving, J&G Steakhouse is offering diners a gourmet 3-course Thanksgiving feast overlooking the Phoenician Resort. J&G’s Chef Jacques Qualin is encouraging families to turn off the oven and experience the Thanksgiving Day menu offered exclusively on Thursday, November 26 for $65 plus per person.

Enjoy a decadently creamy, earth Butternut Squash soup with oysters and mushrooms. The traditional slow roasted turkey will be served with sides such as stuffing made with mushrooms, chestnuts and truffles. For dessert, the deliciously exotic Kabocha pumpkin cheesecake is sure to please.

J&G Steakhouse is located at the Phoenician resort at 6000 E. Camelback Rd in Scottsdale. To make reservations for Thanksgiving call, (480)-214-8000 or check them out online at www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com.

Sushi Roku-

Sushi Roku is encouraging guests to start a new tradition this Thanksgiving with a four-course pre-fixe menu on Thanksgiving Day. Sushi Roku in Scottsdale is offering an exclusive feast for $42 per person on Thursday, November 26, 2015.

With everything from Red Kuri Squash Soup to Pork Belly to get your meal started, guests can also savor Brussels sprouts and Radicchio Salad with shallots, candied walnuts, dried figs and grana padano. For the entrée, Sushi Roku is serving up Sous Vide Diestel Turkey with country bread stuffing, sweet potato puree, roasted haricot verts and maple pecan cranberry relish.

For more information on Sushi Roku’s Thanksgiving Day special call, (480)-970-2121 or visit them online at, www.sushiroku.com. Sushi Roku is located at 7277 E. Camelback Rd in Scottsdale.

Elements at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Leave the dishes in the cabinets and head to Elements at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain for a Thanksgiving with chef Beau MacMillan as he cooks up a four-course feast. The menu will include a caramelized fig and balsamic onion tart with Stilton blue cheese, veal osso bucco and a turkey dinner. For dessert guests will be given the choice between a pumpkin tart, dark chocolate trifle and apple pie cheesecake. The dinner will be served from 12 to 9 pm on Thanksgiving Day. The dinner is $85 per adult and $25 per child (ages 6-12).

There will also be a buffet in The Views Ballroom from 11am to 4pm. The buffet will cost $75 per adult and $25 per child; children under 5 dine for free. Reservations can be made by calling, (866)-411-7155. The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is located at 5700 E. McDonald Drive in Paradise Valley.

For more information visit, http://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/dining/elements/.

Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant

Enjoy a taste of Italy this Thanksgiving with Chef Tomaso’s two prix-fixe Thanksgiving meals for lunch and dinner. Chef Tomaso is an Italian born and trained culinary expert and is looking to combine his Thanksgiving Day menu this year with Italian-American culture. Tomaso’s will include options from salads, pastas and entrees with paired Italian wines. Tomaso’s Italian Thanksgiving feast will cost $42 per adult and $18 for children ages 12 and under.

Reservations for Tomaso’s can be made by phone, (602)-956-0836 or by visiting their website, http://www.tomasos.com. Tomaso’s is located at 3225 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix.


Scottsdale Museum of the West to Host 50th Anniversary Cowboy...

November 18, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt

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As a celebration of the Cowboy Artists of America’s 50th anniversary, the Scottsdale Museum of the West is presenting, “A Salute to Cowboy Artists of America and a Patron, the Late Eddie Basha: 50 Years of Amazing Contributions to the American West.”  The exhibition serves as a thank you for the contributions of its 77 artists to fine art and western culture.

The exhibition opened on Saturday, November 7 and will run through May 31, 2016. It features paintings and sculptures that have rarely been seen by the public eye. The exhibition features one painting or bronze sculpture by each of the Cowboy Artists of America members. Many of the works in the exhibit are by Eddie Basha, owner of the Arizona based grocery-store chain. He had the largest privately owned collection of contemporary Western American and American Indian art in the country.

The exhibition is included with museum admission of $13 for adults and $8 for children. The Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is located at 3830 N. Marshall Way in Scottsdale. For more information call, (480)-686-9539 or visit, scottsdalemuseumwest.org.


Phoenix Pizza Festival To Host the First Festival in Arizona...

November 17, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Events | By editorial dlt

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The holiday binge-eating season has officially begun and what better way to kick off a season of great food than with the Phoenix Pizza Festival in Downtown Phoenix. On Saturday, November 21 at Civic Space Park, there will be slices, full pies, craft beer, wine, desserts coffee and more!

The Phoenix Pizza Festival is proud to boast that they are the first festival in Arizona dedicated to pizza and the event will bring together pizza makers and local businesses. The event will also hold live bands, lawn games, kid’s craft zone and much more. Tickets for the event are only $10 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Local First Arizona Foundation, an organization that helps local Arizona businesses.

The event will run from 11am through 5pm and will host 12-15 pizza makers. Tickets for the event are limited and expected to sell out. To purchase tickets visit, www.phoenix.pizza.com. The Civic Space Park is located at 424 N. Central Ave in Downtown Phoenix.


Spend More Time With the Family And Less Time In the Kitchen With A...

November 16, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Eat & Drink | By editorial dlt

Bobby Q Smoked Turkeys

When the whole family is in town things can get a little hectic, especially when you throw in the pressure of cooking up the perfect Thanksgiving feast. It’s a fact that no one really likes cooking on Thanksgiving, especially when everyone can get a little picky. Luckily, Bobby-Q is coming to the rescue by offering AZ locals a way to spend more time with the family with their Thanksgiving special.

No one really has to know that you didn’t cook the feast, and the award-winning BBQ hotspot is offering to get everything out of the way from smoked turkeys, stuffing, gravy and cornbread. Now through November 25 (closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 26), guests can pick up a hand-rubbed turkey that is marinated with a custom blend of spices and then roasted, slow and low over almond and mesquite wood. Every 12-15 pound of turkey serves 2-4 people and it can be purchased a la carte for $55 or packed with a quart of mashed potatoes, a quart of fire-roasted corn, a pint of gravy and eight corn breads for just $75.

Specials orders such as Smoked Walnut Stuffing and Smoked Turkey Gravy will be available on Wednesday, November 25 for pick up. Turkey orders should be placed at least 72 hours in advance. There are a limited amount of turkeys available so be sure to order your meal soon. To place a phone order for the Thanksgiving special call, (602)-995-5982. Bobby-Q Great Steaks and Real BBQ is located at 8501 N. 27th Ave. For more information on Bobby-Q visit their website at, www.bobbyq.net.


The Polar Express Returns to the Grand Canyon Railway

November 13, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Uncategorized | By editorial dlt

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“Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.” Who still hears the bells from the Polar Express? Inspired by the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, the Polar Express train by Grand Canyon Railway is coming back once again on a journey through the nighttime wilderness of Williams, Arizona. Take a trip to the “North Pole” with your children and visit Santa Claus and his reindeer while sipping on hot chocolate and eating chocolate chip cookies.

Guests can expect to see elves and other characters from the novel to provide entertainment such as singing, dancing and readings from the novel. There will also be opportunities for photo-ops with Santa once guests arrive at Santa’s Village. The Polar Express is running now through January 3, 2016 and it is encouraged that you book tickets in advance to assure your seats.  Tickets for the Polar Express run from $34-$45 for adults and $24-$35 for children depending on when you take a ride. For more information visit, http://www.thetrain.com/special-events/the-polar-express/.


Local Phoenix Artist, Jesse Perry Focuses On the Beautification of...

November 12, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt

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Local Artist Jesse Perry is well known for his mural work in downtown Phoenix with an emphasis on cartoonist characters, bright colors and satire. Most recently, Perry shared that he has created a street-art scavenger hunt in downtown Phoenix with 31 installations of street art. Each piece of art hidden in downtown Phoenix is strategically placed and is intended to evoke emotion.

Perry has worked for the Scottsdale Public Art Program and is now teamed up with several other organizations in the hope of bringing creative energy and wisdom to Phoenix. According to his website, Perry writes, “The idea behind each piece is to deliver a message without the viewer knowing they are gaining an experience.  The hope is that the subliminal message will surface in an impactful way that will build a sense of calm and belonging with each interaction.”

Phoenix residents who spot a Jesse Perry art piece in downtown Phoenix can use the hashtag #founditphxff and are encouraged to tag the artist, @mrdowntownphx.


Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts Welcomes Over 500 Artists from...

November 11, 2015 | 10:40 AM | Events | By editorial dlt

Fountain Hills Festival

The Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts was first held in 1974 and has now become one of the largest arts and crafts events in the southwest. From Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 15, there will be hundreds of booths, art, sculptures, painting, jewelry and more with an expectancy of over 200,000 people visiting the event throughout the weekend. There will be 500-featured artisans, live music, food, vendors and a beer garden. It serves as the perfect place to begin your holiday shopping and enjoy live entertainment.

The event will have free admission, free parking and offer entertainment for people of all ages. The event will run all weekend long (Nov. 13-15) from 10 am to 5pm each day. The festival will be held in Downtown Fountain Hills. For more information about the festival, visit http://www.fountainhillschamber.com/fountain-festival/.


Bearizona Wildlife Park Allows Tourists to Experience Animals in...

November 10, 2015 | 8:15 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt


With winter weather quickly approaching, the Bearizona Wildlife Park says that wintertime is the best time to visit because animals are sporting their lustrous fur coats and the change in weather brings beautiful snowy scenery. The Bearizona Wildlife Park allows guests to drive three miles through Arizona wilderness to see North American Wildlife in their natural habitat from goats, black bears, bison and more!

After viewing the wildlife from the comfort of your own vehicle, guests have the opportunity to chat with the animal caretakers, meet the animals, watch shows and take a bus tour. The Birds of Prey show runs daily at 11 am, 1 pm & 3pm, where you can watch hawks, owls, falcons and more. The program includes training demonstrations and free flight shows. A complimentary bus tour is also offered to guests where you can offer treats to some of the animals and take photos of the wildlife. Keeper chats are also offered daily throughout the day where guests can meet Bearizona keeper staff and see animals up-close while the staff conducts educational chats about the animals on exhibit.

Bearizona is open daily from 9am through 4pm and general admission is $10 for children and $20 for adults. For Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th, free admission will be offered to active and retired military with I.D. Bearizona is located in Williams, AZ, 58 miles South Rim of the Grand Canyon. For more information visit, www.bearizona.com.


14th Annual El Mercado de Las Artes Returns to Heard Museum this...

November 9, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Events | By editorial dlt

El Mercado de las Artes

This weekend, the 14th annual El Mercado de Las Artes will be featured in the Central Courtyard of the Heard Museum from November 14-15. The Mercado will host mariachis, artwork from over 65 Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico. There will be a wide range of artwork in every price range from pottery, embroidery, furniture, paintings, prints, silver and tinwork. Additionally, the Mercado will be selling festive & traditional Hispanic foods in the Courtyard Café.

This year’s featured artists will be local Phoenix artists Gennaro and Luciano Garcio, which will honor the spirit of Frida Kahlo. Four authors will also visit the Heard Museum from 11:30 am through 2pm on Saturday, Nov 14, to sign books on topics related to the art and cultured featured at the Mercado. The authors will be Albert Quihuis, Susan Topp Weber and Stevie Mack and Charlotte Bell.

The Mercado is free to all guests with a suggested donation of $10. The event will run from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Avenue. For more information on the Mercado visit, http://heard.org/event/el-mercado-de-las-artes/.


TEXAZ Grill to throw All-You-Can-Eat Chili Day this Saturday, Nov. 7

November 6, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Uncategorized | By editorial dlt


Chili lovers everywhere searching for that perfect bowl of chili that’s as big as Texas need to look no further because on Saturday, November 7, 2015 TEXAZ Grill will be holding an All-You-Can-Eat Chili day. TEXAZ owner, Steve Freidkin, has been cooking up his own authentic, from-scratch TEXAZ Red Chili since 1985. On November 7, Freidkin will serve as an official judge at the annual world championship chili cook-off “Behind the Store” in Terlingua, Texas for the 29th year in a row.

In the anticipation of the chili throw-down, TEXAZ Grill will offer the all-you-can-eat TEXAZ Red Chili for $7.50 on November 7th from 11am-4pm. They will also be offering $3 Shiner Bock beers and $6 Republic tequila shots. TEXAZ Grill is located at 6003 N. 16th Street. For more information call, (602)-248-7827 or visit, www.texazgrill.com.


The Musical Instrument Museum to Hold Two-Day Outdoor Music...

November 5, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Events | By editorial dlt

MIM Fest

This weekend at the Musical Instrument Museum, guests will come together for a two-day outdoor music festival, which will serve as entertainment for the whole family. The festival is inspired by the MIM’s commitment to celebrating musical traditions from all around the world. The festival will hold over 20 local, national and international musical acts as well as food trucks, performers, vendors and more!

On Saturday and Sunday the musical acts will run from 11am through 5pm and guests can enjoy all different genres of music across three different stages. There will be twelve different food trucks with different cuisine from around the globe as well as Four Peaks beers and Arizona wines. Additionally, there will be entertainment and crafts such as henna, face painting, aerialists, New Orleans Jazz and crafts. Tickets for the MIM Fest are $35 for adults and $15 for children. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets visit, http://mim.org/exhibits/mimfest/.


Road Trip Around Arizona to Experience Changing Fall Leaves and...

November 4, 2015 | 8:15 AM | Art & Entertainment | By editorial dlt

Fall Flagstaff

Now that fall weather is finally here it’s time to take the opportunity to road trip around beautiful Arizona. While here in the Valley we don’t get to experience the beautiful sight of changing leaves, that doesn’t mean that we have to go out of the state to see fall colors and changing leaves. Here’s our list of the top spots to go see some vibrant fall colors:

Flagstaff: The Kachina trail in Flagstaff, AZ is just below the Arizona Snowbowl ski area. The trail runs for five miles out and back and is rated as a moderate hike. It runs through the slopes with aspen groves and vibrant fall colors in the fall. The trail is very secluded and is a popular spot to see changing leaves and an alpine meadow. The trail will be open through the end of November.  For more information visit here.

Additionally in Flagstaff is the Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife trail, located adjacent to Highway 180, 20 miles north of Flagstaff on the Southern end of Kendrick Park. The trail takes guests through the habitats of the forest and grasslands, with views of the San Francisco Peaks and Kendrick Mountain. It is a 1.5 mil loop and boasts as a great opportunity to see Flagstaff wildlife from deer, porcupine, woodpecker and more! For more information  regarding the Kendrick Park Wildlife trail, visit here.

Sedona: The Call of the Canyon trail is located 9 miles north of Sedona, at the West Fork. They are famous for their peak season of fall colors during the months of October and November. The path takes guests through the side of Oak Creek Canyon where you can see rich maples, willow and velvet ash. For more information about the Call of the Canyon trail, visit here.


Frida Kahlo Exhibit Displayed at Heard Museum through February 8

November 3, 2015 | 8:15 AM | Art & Entertainment | By editorial dlt

Frida Heard Museum

The Frida Kahlo exhibit is being displayed at Heard Museum now through February 8, on loan from the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City. The exhibit features over 200 photos and is broken into six categories: The Origins; The Blue House; Politics, Revolutions and Diego; Her Broken Body; Frida’s Loves and Photography.  The Frida Kahlo- Her Photos exhibit will feature photographs taken by Man Ray, Martin Munckácsi, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Nickolas Murray and many others. The images are meant to give guests a very intimate and personal view into Kahlo’s life and exhibits personal history about the artist and time period.

On Friday, November 6 from 6-10pm there will be a First Friday event at the Heard called “Frida In Focus,” which will be a celebration of all things Frida. It will include choreographed performances, the works of Phoenix Fridas, Mercado and more. The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Avenue in Downtown Phoenix.  For more information on the exhibit visit, http://heard.org/exhibits/frida-kahlo-her-photos/


Book of Mormon to Play at ASU through the End of the Week

November 2, 2015 | 2:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By editorial dlt

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From the creators of South Park, the Book of Mormon will be finishing up its last week at ASU with a final performance on Sunday, November 8th. The New York Times calls the musical, “The best musical of this century,” with its nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical. The musical is a religious satire about two young Mormon missionaries sent to a village in northern Uganda where a warlord is threatening the population. The musical’s book, lyrics and music are by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone.

Performances for the musical will run on Tuesday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 8th. Tickets for the show are still available online the ASU Gammage website but are expected to run out quickly. For more information or to buy tickets visit, http://www.asugammage.com/shows/2015-16-broadway-season/the-book-of-mormon.


Singh Farms in Scottsdale Reopens on October 31

October 30, 2015 | 9:17 AM | Art & Entertainment | By editorial dlt

Singh Farms Farmers

Fall has officially arrived in the Valley- cooler temperatures, winter lawns and the arrival of local farmer’s markets. Savor the flavors of fall at Singh Farms in Scottsdale as they celebrate the return of their weekly farmer’s market this Saturday, October 31. Open Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, Singh Farms is a 20-acre organic oasis in the heart of Scottsdale (NE corner of the 101 freeway and Thomas Road).

The farmers market features the finest fresh-plucked seasonal produce (eggplants, habaneros, bell peppers, tomatoes and much more), plus unfiltered raw honey and house-hatched eggs. The farmers market is open from fall through early summer.  Singh Farm’s weekly farmers market also brings in top local purveyors each week including MJ Bread, Tammie Coe Cakes, Boho Farms and produce from farms across Arizona. The Juice Box at the farmers market will feature fresh pressed juices and smoothies fresh from the garden.

The Farm also offers their famed all-natural composts, seeds, vegetable and herb garden starters, hydrolyzed fish fertilizer and more during the weekly market.

For more information regarding Singh Farms visit www.facebook.com/singhfarms.


The 7th Annual PoeFest Returns to Downtown Phoenix

October 29, 2015 | 8:15 AM | Art & Entertainment | By editorial dlt


“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary….” Things are getting a little creepy at the Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos in Downtown Phoenix with the 7th Annual PoeFest returning to the stage. PoeFest is an annual celebration of the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe, held every October in Downtown Phoenix. Actors memorize Poe’s stories and perform them as inmates in a 19th Century asylum for the criminally insane. The PoeFest will hold its final performances this Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st.

For the last weekend of PoeFest the Cask of Amontillado, the Tell-Tale Heart Alone will be performed on Friday, October 30th at 8pm at the Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos. In celebration of the final day of PoeFest, there will be multiple performances on Saturday, October 31st; The Raven will run every twenty minutes at the Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square from 7:30 through 9:30 pm. There will also be additional performances at the Ghost Lounge at Hotel San Carlos including The Premature Burial, Spirits of the Dead which will run at 8:00 pm and The Conqueror Worm which will run at 10pm.

The Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos is located at 202 N. Central Avenue and Rosson House Museum is located at 113 N. 6th Street. To purchase tickets or learn more about PoeFest visit, www.poefest.org.

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