CITY NEWS

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is now offering CLEAR biometric identity platform at PHX Terminal 4 and will soon be available at all terminals. Launched during a record summer travel season, bringing CLEAR to PHX means travelers can now count on a fast, predictable security experience every time they fly. CLEAR members move through a dedicated lane at airport security where they instantly validate their identities with just the tap of a finger or blink of the eye before moving on to the bag checks and metal detectors. Sky Harbor also ranks no. 3 in the nation for business travelers with affordable public transportation, average $12 Uber fares to downtown and competitive parking fees.

The 2018 Cactus League season generated $373 million for Arizona's GDP, according to a study by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business. The study found that the Cactus League created 6,439 annual jobs paying $224.6 million in 2018. Spring training also directly generated a total of $31.9 million in taxes for the state ($24.2 million) and local governments ($7.7 million).

 

RESORT NEWS

Kick off your weekend with a happy hour like no other at Arizona Biltmore’s Happy Hour History Tours. While enjoying refreshing libations, the resort’s Historians will then share highlights of this Arizona landmark’s storied past since opening in 1929 involving celebrities, worldly dignitaries and U.S. Presidents. It is priced at $20 and includes two cocktails and a 45-minute tour, and it takes place every Friday at 6 p.m.

Royal Palms Resort, which combines the sophistication of a storied Mediterranean villa with the intimacy of a secluded retreat, is offering not-to-be-missed summer deals. The Arizona Residents Offer starts from $179 per night. If guests stay one or two nights, they receive 15 percent off, and if they stay three or more nights, they receive 25 percent off. Guests must show a valid Arizona driver’s license upon check in, and the booking codes are AZRES (for 1 or 2 nights) and AZRES1 (for 3 or more nights). The Royal Summer Retreat starts from $229 per night and includes $50 T. Cook’s dinner credit, resort fee and parking (over $100 value). It requires a two-night minimum length of stay, and the booking code is RPSUM. The summer deals are available through September 20.

Unwind and dine with summer packages at the Hermosa Inn, which was ranked the #1 Hotel in the Southwest & West in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. The Summer in Paradise Getaway includes rates starting from $149 (plus tax and resort fee of $30), valet parking, overnight accommodations, two drink tickets upon arrival per room, $25 daily food and beverage credit, daily poolside treats, upgrade upon arrival and early check in/late check out. The package is available through Sept. 30. Vacationers in need of delicious dining will enjoy LON’S $49 Three-Course Summer Prix-Fixe Menu, created by Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco. The menu will be available through Sept. 16.

In celebration of the last days of summer, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch will feature a fun-filled “Chillin” Labor Day Weekend with rates from $169 with a $50 resort credit per room per night, available through Sept. 4, 2018. Guests can “chill out” in the cool waters of the 2.5 acre water playground with an adult-only pool, hit the Grotto Bar, play on the sand beach and zip down the 30 ft., three story, high speed waterslide. From virtual adventures, climbing the “Summit” rock wall, having “snowball fights” and ice painting to “putting the snowball” and watching the chilliest of dive-in movies, there is something for all ages. Additionally, there will be “snow” shoveling contests, icy water balloon tosses, mermaid class, bubble soccer, xtreme laser tag, cosmic night, adult cocktail, guacamole and antipasti classes and much, much more.

Soak up some summer fun at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia with incredible summer values. With the Fee-Free Summer Getaway package, rooms start at $135 on select days days with no added parking or resort fees (promo code: PKGFRE). The Sunsational Sundays package offers guests a 10 percent discount for a one-night stay, 20 percent discount for two nights and a 30 percent discount for three to five nights off best flexible rate when they arrive on a Sunday.

The Moxy Phoenix Tempe Hotel is introducing its new spring and summer activities schedule. The programs will take place in the plug-and-play Moxy living rooms, which serve as the social hub of the hotel, offering communal tables and flexible seating along with a bevy of game tables. Some happenings will take place at the lively pool area - replete with private, shaded cabanas - and, the bar, which is the center of attention at Moxy Tempe, acting as the check-in counter while also serving up cocktails, well-sourced wines and local beers, grab-and-go bites and handcrafted coffee at all hours. Beyond the programming, Insta-worthy experiences abound through innovative hotel features from the Moxy Digital Guestbook to a one-of-a-kind vending machine, offering a playful coterie of items including selfie sticks, fidget spinners and Kylie lip gloss. Activities include themed movie Mondays featuring $7 drink specials, Taco Tuesdays from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. with $5 margaritas and all-you-can-eat chips and salsa, Wednesday’s Live & Local showcasing the area’s emerging talent, Blacklight Bingo on Thursdays from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m., Karaoke on Fridays from 7 p.m. -10 p.m., Saturday Game Days and Sunday Funday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Indulge in a serene summer staycation at Mountain Shadows. The fully completed boutique resort, featuring incredible Camelback Mountain views, seasonal dishes and craft cocktails at Hearth ’61, poolside cabanas and rosé menu, and 18 holes of par-3 golf starting at only $119++ per night plus a waived resort fee for Arizona residents.

As things begin to warm up for summer, The Wigwam welcomes families near and far to elevate their getaway to the Southwestern oasis with the Summer ‘Scapes package. The package offers a $50 resort credit for each night stayed to be used towards dining, or one of the three expansive golf courses. The package is valid through September 30th with rates starting at $139 from Sunday through Thursday and $159 Friday through Saturday.  In addition to the package, The Wigwam offers no shortage of family fun with the Warren Schutte Player’s Academy offering guests the chance to perfect their swing to Kid’s Summer Programming, offering everything from raft races to a Wildlife World Zoo to keep the kids smiling while adults are free to enjoy The Wigwam’s Wine Dinner Series. The resort also boasts a world-class spa, bocce and tennis courts, an enhanced golf club with 54 holes of championship golf, and three expansive swimming pools, including a Tower Pool with a 25 ft. tower with two twisting water slides, making it the perfect summer retreat offering something for all travelers.

Make memories that will last a lifetime this summer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with their “Best. Summer. Ever.” deals and one-of-a-kind activities and services. The vacation package starts at $179 per night and includes a daily $50 resort credit and complimentary session with the Instagram Concierge. This deal is available now through September 4. Additionally, fireworks will light up the night every Saturday all summer long with extended displays on holiday weekends.

Looking for a little bit of paradise? Then look no further than the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. The resort’s new Paradise Ballroom features breathtaking décor and a welcoming atmosphere, making it the perfect place to host an event. 

 

ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

It's all about first impressions- and the Musical Instrument Museum is doing it right. When guests visit the museum, they will be welcomed by the hard-to-miss eleven-foot totem pole and large box drum on display at the Northwest Coast and Plateau exhibit. Commissioned from master carvers Calvin Hunt and John Livingston, this Kwakwaka’wakw totem pole and box drum set include family crests in the form of supernatural and animal beings that come to life through music, dance, and song. Both objects illustrate the central role of music in Native American ceremonial settings. The Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater proudly announces its Summer 2018 Concert Series, includes more than fifty concerts through September, spanning multiple genres across the globe. Highlights this season include funk and soul legends Tower of Power, performing as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour; singer-songwriter Nellie McKayand, who has contributed music to a number of well-known movies; and ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin, who has successfully crossed over between genres of jazz, pop, and classical with his remarkable octave-jumping vocals. Tickets are on sale now.

Enjoy both new and classic exhibits with your budding artists this summer at the Phoenix Art Museum. Phoenix Art Museum will offer free admission to children under the age of 18 visiting the Museum from July 1 through Sept. 30, due to a grant from the Steele Foundation. The program, known as PhxArt Open for Kids, presented by the Steele Foundation, provides free youth admission during normal admission hours, as well as free admission during voluntary-donation times to special-engagement exhibitions, which normally include a $5 ticket charge. Also at the art museum, observe the lives of 13-year-olds throughout America in To Be Thirteen: Photographs and Videos by Betsy Schneider. The portraits illustrate a heightened tension between the commonalities and differences among the teenagers, demonstrating how distinctly the age 13 can appear on different people, while highlighting the similarities that every young person experiences as they transition from childhood to adolescence. The exhibition will be on display in the Norton Family Photography Gallery at the museum through Oct. 14.  Starting September 8, Phoenix Art Museum will present an exhibition of artworks by various masters of modern and contemporary art. Present Tense: Selections from the Lenhardt Collection showcases more than 20 paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures by artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst, Louise Lawler, and others, all drawn from the private collection of Dawn and David Lenhardt. The exhibition will also feature a recent Museum acquisition, entitled Narnia, by Brooklyn-based painter Shara Hughes, a contemporary artist who was a standout in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Both the exhibition and the acquisition are key elements of the Dawn and David Lenhardt Contemporary Art Initiative, a program launched in 2017 with the aim of strengthening the Museum’s focus on contemporary art. Present Tense will be on view from Sept. 8 through Dec. 16, 2018 in the Museum’s soon-to-be-named Dawn and David Lenhardt Gallery.

Guests of all ages can learn how the body works from the inside out at Odysea as the traveling exhibition, BODIES REVEALED, is currently on display. Using an innovative preservation process, the Exhibition allows visitors to see the human body’s inner beauty in educational and awe-inspiring ways. Tickets for BODIES REVEALED at Odysea are available and it will be on display for a limited time.

The highly anticipated shipping container marketplace, The Churchill, is set to open late this summer. Get ready to eat, drink and shop your way through local businesses. Currently, 10 brands have signed up to set up shop inside: Breadwinner, a brand-new restaurant concept by Culinary Mafia Group; the talented team behind Scottsdale’s EVO; Pedal Haus Brewery, the second installment of the world-class Tempe-based brewpub; Pobrecito, a new cocktail concept from the innovative team behind Counter Intuitive and Undertow; Provecho, a food concept that offers bold flavors from Central Mexico; Freak Brothers Pizza, a food truck turned brick and mortar, which cooks up Neapolitan-style pizzas in 90 seconds using a 1,000-degree oven; Foxy Fruit, a health-conscious spot serving smoothies and acai bowls; Sauvage, a bottle shop offering honest wines at an approachable price; State Forty Eight, a homegrown lifestyle brand that caters to sports fans, outdoor enthusiasts and the fashion-forward; Cosas, a container boutique that will feature the work of local artisans from various regions of Mexico; and Gather, a mindful retail spot offering home and lifestyle goods.

Break a leg! The Herberger Theater Center (HTC) and Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) – a Resident Company at the Herberger Theater Center – continue their successful co-presenting partnership with the launch of the "Broadway at the Herberger" series to be presented at HTC during the 2018-2019 season. HTC and ABT will open the new series of shows this September with Stephen Sondheim's musical theatre masterpiece, Sweeney Todd, running Sept. 4-16, 2018. Filled with diabolical humor and extraordinary music, this eight-time Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of an exiled barber’s quest to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family by a lecherous judge.

 

DINING

A welcoming Italian-style tavern with craft cocktails with irresistible food? Yes, please. Fellow, set to open this September, will serve a compact yet irresistible menu of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads for lunch and dinner. Fellow will also offer premium coffee drinks and freshly-prepared grab & go meals at breakfast, as well as gourmet ice cream. Not to mention a globe-spanning menu of wines by the bottle and glass, as well as craft beers and hand-shaken cocktails. Open daily, Fellow will serve as an all-day hangout, including fun bar games such as standup shuffleboard. Plus, the state-of-the-art kitchen will also offer catering services to surrounding business and SkySong events. 

North Phoenix seafood and steak restaurant Ocean Prime announces its newest summer feature — a trip to Oregon’s Willamette Valley by way of salmon and wine. Ocean Prime is serving up the season’s first catch of wild salmon from the Columbia River, line-caught and delivered next day to Ocean Prime’s Phoenix location, paired with two Oregon Pinot Noirs — one from Penner Ash and one from WillaKenzie Estate.

Are you ready for summer foodie specials? The newly transformed Phoenician is offering locals three chances to save. At Mowry + Cotton, guests can enjoy the Dinner Feast, a multi-course dinner, priced at $30 per person and the Weekend Brunch Party priced at $30 per person. Savor an assortment of fine teas, house-made finger sandwiches, scones and pastries at the Phoenician Afternoon Tea. Guests will enjoy tea and delicious bites at the Phoenician Tea Room and it is priced at $30. The Phoenician food and beverage specials are available through Aug. 31.  

Calling all seafood lovers. Famed local fishmongers, Jon Heflin and Hogan Jamison of Chula Seafood Fresh Fish Market + Restaurant recently announced an all-new storefront coming to Phoenix's Uptown Plaza. Chula Seafood Market at Uptown Plaza will offer a wide selection of never frozen, sustainable fish-by-the pound, including additional shellfish options and mouthwatering house-smoked seafood. It is set to open this fall.

A downtown Phoenix favorite, Angels Trumpet Ale House, is making its way to Arcadia. Housed inside a stylishly restored, revitalized mid-century modern space that was formerly a Sears Auto 

Center, Angels Trumpet Arcadia will also feature a craft cocktail lounge named Tall Glass. It is set to open in August and guests will enjoy the same irresistible menu offered at the downtown Phoenix location.

The team behind Phoenix favorite The Clever Koi is expanding their reach with a new craft cocktail bar, Across The Pond.  Across The Pond (4236 N. Central Ave #101), an intimate craft cocktail bar, reclaims the old Central Wine space just across the walkway from the Clever Koi's Phoenix location. Now under construction, Across The Pond (ATP) will feature a compact, ever-changing menu of 10 different custom cocktails, plus an extensive selection of Japanese whisky, craft beers and wines, all paired with the Valley's freshest sushi and bar bites served off the Clever Koi menu next door.

Learn how to cook a five-star meal at home this summer at Match Restaurant & Lounge’s latest cooking class led by Executive Chef Alex Stratta. The class features a welcome cocktail along with a demonstration and tasting of three fungi-inspired recipes. You’ll learn to make maitake mushroom and chicken liver crostini with raisins and green apples, shiitake and porcini gemelle with parmigiano and butter, and chicken and chanterelle fricassee with artichokes, bacon and shallots.

Who’s hungry? Zookz Sandwiches, a popular sandwich shop at Uptown Plaza in Central Phoenix, recently opened in downtown Phoenix. The restaurant, which was founded by Carole Meyer in 2012, has found a lot of success since it moved its only location two years ago from in front of the Landmark Towers on Central Avenue to Uptown Plaza at 100 E. Camelback Road. Now Meyer is hoping to ride that momentum into the new downtown location.

Relish in some delicious food at Short Leash Hotdogs’ new location. Short Leash moved from its location on Roosevelt Street to 7th Avenue at the end of July. The new location features more parking for its hungry customers, and it has the same welcoming atmosphere as the original location. Short Leash currently has four food trucks, including Rollover Doughnuts, which serves Brioche doughnuts.

 

SPORTS/GOLF

Hit the greens and practice your swing with the whole family. At Quintero Golf Club, rated the Best Public Course by both Golf Digest and Golf Weekly Magazines, kids age 16 and under play for free with a paying adult. The offer is valid all day Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday after 11 a.m. Families can partake in a world-class golf experience and enjoy this offer all summer long.