Tag: Phoenix New Times

Matt’s Big Breakfast Moves to Bigger Location? Say What?!

July 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

Great news, Phoenicians, everyone’s (and we really mean everyone’s) favorite breakfast spot is moving on up and it may cut your wait time down significantly. Chow Bella reports the famed CenPho restaurant will be relocating to a larger space that will seat significantly more people and have a bathroom you can use in the facility. Does it seem ridiculous that for eight years the place was pot-less and forced patrons to hold it for hours? No. The food is amazing and worth any minor bladder discomfort. But alas, come the end of August, all that waiting may be a thing of the past. Just head a few streets north and enjoy the benefits of a bigger and better Matt’s. According to the article by Laura Hanehfeld by way of The Arizona Republic, the old space will be used as a take-out only spot that will feature a limited menu. Hey, when it comes to Matt’s, we’ll take what we can get. Now you have no excuses not to check out the grub that everyone has been raving about in a space that won’t make the name seem so ironic.

Sheriff Joe Under Investigation…Tick…Tick…Tick

June 7, 2011 | 9:35 AM | Local | By Rebecca Bogdansky

We love finding wacky things on the internet to share with you and this one definitely makes the cut. Phoenix New Times added this super weird new clock (similar to the National Debt Clock) to their website showing just how long Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been under investigation by the Feds. Along with the ticker, an archive of the many shameless shameful tales of Sheriff Joe. Very clever, New Times.

Local Newspaper Titan Building Modernist Hideaway

April 25, 2011 | 10:42 AM | Media | By Staff

Call it the house that classified ads (and Sheriff Joe bashing) built. Yes, sources tell us that the owner of this sleek-yet-woodsy abode featuring million dollar views of the Phoenix skyline is none other than Michael Lacey, the famously hard-nosed editor/co-owner of the Phoenix New Times.

Perched on a rocky rise straddling the Paradise Valley-Phoenix border, this custom manse appears to be at least a $1-2M project. Which, crazy as it sounds, is just a drop in the bucket compared to the approximately $22M in fines Lacey and his Village Voice Media just paid out following a bitter court battle with a rival paper in San Francisco, in what media pundits are calling the Last Great Newspaper War.

After the jump, take in a full slideshow of what 40 years of sticking it to the man will buy you. Plus, learn a little more about how Lacey, an ASU dropout and self-described ‘foul-mouthed son of a sailor,‘ transformed a single newspaper into the nation’s largest chain of ‘alt-weeklies’ once valued at $400M. All while giving away his products away for free.

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Chow Down: This Week in Food Blogs

April 21, 2011 | 10:15 AM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

Hungry? Unfortunately we can’t really help you out with that this week. Not because we wouldn’t love to fatten you up Hansel and Gretel style, but because the blogs have spoken and food is not really on the menu. What we can offer you is a book review, 50 of the world’s best restaurants, five local restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, a popsicle recipe and a Chemical Brothers video. Hey, like we said, the blogs have spoken. Here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs. »READ MORE

Struggling Media Giants Introduce Snazzy New HQ

April 13, 2011 | 11:26 AM | Media | By Staff

Earlier this year, Phoenix’s 12 News began broadcasting live from its brand new home in the heart of Downtown. Even cooler, the station now features a ‘state of the art’ street-front studio, so you and your friends can embarrass yourselves appear on live TV, a la the Today Show‘s studio in Times Square. Personally, we can’t wait to watch the 24/7 excitement that is Downtown Phoenix, including the occasional businessperson hustling by, and maybe a lost tourist or a hungover ASU student. We kid, (we hope.)

But real story here is the TV station’s new location, wedged into the 10-story tower originally built as the HQ of the Arizona Republic newspaper. In other words, these former local media titans have shrunk so much that they both fit inside the same building.

But hey, it’s a party right? Click here to get details on today’s all-day street festival, culminating with a fireworks show and concert by the Valley’s-own Gin Blossoms. [Update: A scheduled appearance by the Today Show's Al Roker has been canceled, and the event will now double as a blood-drive/fundraiser in the wake of the terrible tragedy in Tucson.]

Meanwhile, to learn more about this corporate spin job, click read more.

Image via AZ Central

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An Offer You Literally Can’t Refuse

April 1, 2011 | 12:42 PM | Local | By Staff

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Our daily email magazine, Scoop Factory, just introduced a new version of all those super-trendy online coupon sites.

So we might have jumped the gun with that whole ‘Most. Exciting. Thing. Ever.’ when describing RoboCop’s appearance at this week’s Phoenix Film Festival. Because the truth is, this is the Most Exiting Thing of All Time! Yes, you’ve probably heard of this whole online coupon thingie. First there was Groupon, then came BuyWithMe, Living Social, Doozy of a Deal … Heck, even local publications are jumping on the bandwagon with the AZ Republic‘s Deal Chicken and the Phoenix New Times‘ Deal of the Day.

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Confession of a Fomer Food Critic

March 31, 2011 | 3:50 PM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Some of you may find this shocking, but there was a time when people looked to actual professional writers to figure out which new restaurants to try. We’re talking as far back as three or four years ago. And now that there’s officially one old-school food critic still standing in a town of 4.5 million people, we thought we’d dig up this Q&A with longtime local food critic, Nikki Buchanan.

Best known for her nearly two decades at Phoenix Magazine, Buchanan’s recent career is a perfect snapshot of the demise of this once prestigious profession. After dabbling in food blogging, and a brief stint at the AZ Republic, she jumped ship to co-found a PR/Marketing agency.

(Click here to learn why the Phoenix New Times‘ longtime critic just walked away. Hint: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.)

When we broke bread with Buchanan, she spoke candidly about her messy exit from Phoenix Magazine, which places in town she’d actually pay to eat at, and the drawbacks of eating out for a living. Hint: she calls her fridge (pictured) the International House of Leftovers.

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Chow Down: This Week in Food Blogs

March 31, 2011 | 8:20 AM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

Golly gee, Batman, scouring food blogs every week can sure weigh on someone’s spirits. This is especially true when our favorite Phoenix bloggers don’t update their sites in months. *Heavy sigh* Do you hear that? That is the sound of the tiny violin that echos throughout the office when such a tragedy occurs so consistently. Luckily, not everyone is slacking on their civic duty and there will be a Chow Down Run-Down in spite of it all.

Here’s a redux of what’s happening in our favorite consistent food blogs: »READ MORE

Worth Repeating: Sheriff Joe & Pervy Actor Pal Invade W. Valley in...

March 27, 2011 | 2:00 PM | Local | By Staff

As chosen by you, here are the most popular stories OF ALL TIME (aka last week). Just in case you missed it.

Oh Sheriff Joe, you are truly the gift that keeps on giving (and spending tax dollars in stupid, self-promotional ways). First you dug up a bunch of washed up Hollywood stars to join your illegal immigration posse. Then you teamed up with one of those aging actors, Steven Seagal, to film a ‘Reality TV’ series here in the Valley. (After Seagal abandoned his former filming location in Mississippi when sleazy sex allegations surfaced.)

And now Sheriff & Seagal are rolling through the Valley’s streets, and knocking over houses, in a tank armed with a camera crew to film it all.

In case you missed it, Arpaio recently sent out the entire SWAT team to bust one guy on suspicion of raising birds for cockfighting. But what didn’t come out until now, was that Sheriff & Seagal sent in the heavy artillery, literally, to free those poor chickens.

Get the full story, including video, after the jump.

Image via Brad Reed Photography

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Sheriff Joe & Pervy Actor Pal Invade W. Valley in a Tank

March 23, 2011 | 11:58 AM | Local | By Staff

Oh Sheriff Joe, you are truly the gift that keeps on giving (and spending tax dollars in stupid, self-promotional ways). First you dug up a bunch of washed up Hollywood stars to join your illegal immigration posse. Then you teamed up with one of those aging actors, Steven Seagal, to film a ‘Reality TV’ series here in the Valley. (After Seagal abandoned his former filming location in Mississippi when sleazy sex allegations surfaced.)

And now Sheriff & Seagal are rolling through the Valley’s streets, and knocking over houses, in a tank armed with a camera crew to film it all.

In case you missed it, Arpaio recently sent out the entire SWAT team to bust one guy on suspicion of raising birds for cockfighting. But what didn’t come out until now, was that Sheriff & Seagal sent in the heavy artillery, literally, to free those poor chickens.

Get the full story, including video, after the jump.

Image via Brad Reed Photography

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Worth Repeating: PHX New Times’ Food Critic Walks Away

March 13, 2011 | 2:00 PM | Uncategorized | By Staff

As chosen by you, here are the most popular stories OF ALL TIME (aka last week). Just in case you missed it.

Whoa! Big shakeup in the local food scene as Michele Laudig, longtime food critic at the Phoenix New Times has quit/resigned/been fired. We’ve put in a call Tweet to her and will update you as soon as possible.

Jess Harter, a fellow former food critic (he was laid off when the East Valley Tribune nearly-imploded), broke the story on his Mouth By Mouthwest blog, writing:

“It looks like the Valley is down to one fulltime restaurant critic – at least temporarily. Michele Laudig, restaurant critic and blogger for Phoenix New Times, has resigned after a decade at the paper, according to a memo that just went out to staffers.”

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DLT’s The Rumorist

March 10, 2011 | 5:39 PM | Media | By Staff

Calling all gossip girls and dirty laundry-loving dudes, it’s DLT’s column dedicated to the Valley’s juiciest rumors, spottings and innuendos. Check in regularly for the latest (unconfirmable), but too-good-to-not-be-true tidbits.

Hey hey, everybody. Long time no chat, but we’re back with a tasty scoop on the media shakeup du jour. In case you missed it, local foodies are still in shock over the sudden departure of one of the Valley’s two remaining full-time food critics. Yes, Michele Laudig, the Phoenix New Times‘ longtime Chow Bellista up and left the table on Tuesday, writing only that, “It’s been a blast, but I’ve decided to embrace the future – just wait until you see what I’ve got in the works.”

Well, we’ve also seen the future and think we have a pretty good handle on where Laudig is planting her flag fork next.

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Sheriff & Seagal Strike

March 9, 2011 | 3:38 PM | News | By Staff

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Less than 24 hours after we wrote about washed up action star, Steven Seagal, filming a Reality TV show about his adventures as a member of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s ‘Immigration Posse,’ comes this shocking news. Yes, Sheriff & Seagal called out the local media to film them while they filmed themselves breaking up a cockfighting ring!

OK, so it was only one guy, and he was technically arrested for suspicion of ‘raising roosters for fighting,’ but still. We can totally see why they needed to send out the SWAT team, and tip off the media beforehand, and blast out a press release, and have Seagal being filmed while standing stoically outside the home wearing camouflage fatigues and ‘watching for activity.’

But that’s not even the most ridiculous part. You know, aside from Seagal’s Cheetos-colored face.

Images via AZ Central

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Check Please: Phx New Times’ Food Critic Walks Away

March 8, 2011 | 2:15 PM | Restaurants | By Staff

Whoa! Big shakeup in the local food scene as Michele Laudig, longtime food critic at the Phoenix New Times has quit/resigned/been fired. We’ve put in a call Tweet to her and will update you as soon as possible.

Jess Harter, a fellow former food critic (he was laid off when the East Valley Tribune nearly-imploded), broke the story on his Mouth By Mouthwest blog, writing:

“It looks like the Valley is down to one fulltime restaurant critic – at least temporarily. Michele Laudig, restaurant critic and blogger for Phoenix New Times, has resigned after a decade at the paper, according to a memo that just went out to staffers.”

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Say It Ain’t Joe

March 7, 2011 | 5:05 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

It’s official. Two of the most annoying, blowhardiest people on earth are filming a reality TV show together here in Phoenix. Yes, the walking/talking PR stunt, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has teamed up with the washed up action star, Steven Seagal, to film season three of Seagal’s hit TV show, “Lawman” here in Maricopa County.

Seagal, who’s already a member of Joe’s completely phony Civilian Posse, announced in a press release that, “I have a lot of friends in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, so when Sheriff Joe Arpaio invited me to join them, there wasn’t a moment’s hesitation … now that I live there, I want to help the Sheriff fight [crime] the best way I know how. It’s an honor to serve.”

Which sounds great and all, except that according to media reports, Seagal’s move has a lot more to do with skeevy lawsuits and a staff of “young female Russian ‘Attendants’ available for his sexual needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

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Luxury is Back, Proclaims Local Luxury Magazine

February 24, 2011 | 4:17 PM | News | By Staff

Lots of weird local media news lately, if you care. Starting with good news. Good news, everybody. Not only is the Valley’s economic crash over, but print is back, baby! So says Arizona Foothills Magazine, in a rare piece of self promotion.

Meanwhile, the AZ Republic just bought themselves an s-ton of smoked meat, as in they signed on as the title sponsor of the Arizona BBQ Fest. Which was announced by the event’s founders in one of the most hilariously-obnoxious press releases ever!

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AZ Senator’s Wild Child is Proving to be an Anchor, Baby

February 17, 2011 | 1:13 PM | News | By Staff

Normally we don’t cover local politics because it’s divisive and, well, boring. Not that we don’t make exceptions for silly stuff like a local politician shilling in a goofy infomercial, or the Gov painfully-flubbing a simple question. However, we’re about to get on our high horse here, so if you’re looking for our usual fun stuff you might want to keep on moving.

Still with us? Good, because this one’s a doozy. Remember State Senator Russell Pearce, aka the driving force behind the Arizona’s controversial (and costly) anti-immigration law? The same Mesa-based blowhard (pictured below) who’s now pushing to amend the US Constitution so the children of illegal immigrants will no longer be given US citizenship. A practice that’s been slapped with the nasty term “anchor babies” for the implication that people only have these children to help them stay in the US.

But as it turns out, Senator Pearce’s own child is turning into a serious anchor on his political ambitions. Yes, Joshua Pearce, the charming-looking gentleman at left with the Nazi-like Iron Eagle neck tattoo is now cooling his heels in a Phoenix jail after being arrested (again).

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[Updated] Rolling Papers to Save Newspapers?

February 4, 2011 | 3:25 PM | Media | By Staff

Did you catch the Phx New Times‘ in-depth report on AZ’s budding Medical Marijuana industry “Pot of Gold”? (Great headline BTW.) We did, all 5,464 words of it, although we may have started skimming at one point. It’s a solid breakdown of all the people and organizations scrambling to get a slice of this potential financial juggernaut, including allegations of shady shenanigans between wannabe dispensary owners and the bureaucrats in charge of regulating pot dispensaries. And like all local controversies involving politics and name-calling, there’s even a Jason Rose sighting.

That said, the only thing missing from this long, detailed (and long) story was any mention of the New Times‘ own massive financial stake in medical marijuana.

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Worth Repeating: You Know You’re a Hipster When …

January 22, 2011 | 9:50 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Alanna Watson

As chosen by you, here are the most popular stories OF ALL TIME (aka last week). Just in case you missed it.

You’ve gotta wash that hipster boyfriend right out of your hair, or at least have him wash his own. It’s all possible thanks to a Brooklyn-based soap company, Wembé, and their interactive Facebook campaign to promote personal hygiene and put an end to the growing problem of dirty hipsters that seems to be sweeping the nation. Just send in a picture of the smelly guy in your life (or of yourself) and the picture with the most “likes” will win all kinds of eco-friendly soap. Check out the Facebook Fan Page here and get to voting. If there is any question as to what qualifies someone as a hipster, read more and find out.

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Sunrise, Sunset Clothing Xchange

January 14, 2011 | 1:08 PM | Shop & Style | By Alanna Watson

Imagine walking into a resale clothing boutique, and not having flashbacks of rifling through lost and found boxes in your elementary school days. Then, imagine finding not one or two worthwhile-ish things to try on, but dozens. And (added bonus) nothing smells like the back of a school bus.

Still with us? Fabulous. Finally, imagine walking up to the cashier and realizing that you are only paying $36 for the brand-new, beaded Cynthia Vincent dress you fell in love with when you saw it at Neimans last month and boom, you are imagining a real-life experience at Sunset Clothing Xchange in Tempe. Located on University with an unassuming store front next to an auto-repair shop, Sunset might be the kind of place you pass a dozen times without ever noticing, but once you discover the merchandise inside, it’s hard not to think about dropping in whenever you find yourself within a five 10 20-mile radius. »READ MORE

Sunday Funny: You Know You’re a Hipster When …

January 9, 2011 | 9:46 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Alanna Watson

You’ve gotta wash that hipster boyfriend right out of your hair, or at least have him wash his own. It’s all possible thanks to a Brooklyn-based soap company, Wembé, and their interactive Facebook campaign to promote personal hygiene and put an end to the growing problem of dirty hipsters that seems to be sweeping the nation. Just send in a picture of the smelly guy in your life (or of yourself) and the picture with the most “likes” will win all kinds of eco-friendly soap. Check out the Facebook Fan Page here and get to voting. If there is any question as to what qualifies someone as a hipster, read more and find out. »READ MORE

New Times Waves White Flag in Newspaper Death Feud

January 5, 2011 | 5:11 PM | Media | By Staff

It’s over. After 15 years, the (last) great print newspaper war has ended and the winner is, the internet? In case you missed our earlier coverage, the Phoenix New Times‘ parent company, Village Voice Media, has finally settled a crazy-ugly lawsuit in San Francisco that ended with this Phoenix-based media company being slapped with a $21 million fine!

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[Updated] ‘Retired’ Phx PD Chief Paid Out $1.4M and...

December 8, 2010 | 5:01 PM | News | By Staff

Two quick updates here. One, the AZ Legislature is looking to address the sort of double dipping that currently allows public officials such as Phoenix PD head honcho, Jack Harris (pictured), to retire, collect a pension, and then get rehired to do essentially the same job—all while still collecting his/her retirement money. This after a national non-profit decided to sue the City on behalf of taxpayers, and the Phx City Council voted to put up $50K in taxpayer money to defend Harris from the lawsuit.

Two, we owe the Phx New Times an apology for implying that they we not reporting on the story. Everybody’s least fav rabble-rouser, Feathered Bastard, was all over the story in 2007. Then again, that was back when the New Times was $22M richer. Read our original report below:

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RIP Internet

November 18, 2010 | 3:10 PM | Media | By Staff

It was a nice run while it lasted, but the Internet has officially been killed off by the cutting-edge technology known as traditional print publishing. Or not, but either way it’s been a rare banner week for this once-dying industry. First came word that local newspapers such as the Phx New Times will be rolling up in the dough thanks to the budding medical marijuana industry. Now we just received the (frankly shocking) news that someone is launching a new local magazine. A real honest-to-goodness glossy bi-monthly (supposedly). Deets ahead.

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Rolling Papers to Save Newspapers?

November 18, 2010 | 10:18 AM | News | By Staff

Wow, that was fast. Mere days after AZ voters legalized medical marijuana, a local pro-pot publication has sprouted up. Named The Green Leaf, this resource guide will be given away for free at smoke shops, stores and doctor’s offices starting as early as January 1, 2011. (On a side note: If your doc stocks issues of TGL in his/her waiting room, you’re probably going to be able to score secure a medical marijuana prescription.)

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