CITY NEWS

The city of PhoenixO’Connor House and the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violencekicked off the “Paint Phoenix Purple” campaign in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Because the city is committed to becoming a national leader in preventing and ending domestic violence, city departments will help raise awareness about the need to end domestic violence by “painting” the city purple throughout the month of October.

Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski welcomed a major step forward with the issuance of the final Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Federal Highway Administration. The South Mountain Freeway is the last piece to complete the Loop 202 system. The preferred route for this freeway corridor runs east and west along Pecos Road and then north and south between 55th and 63rd avenues, connecting with Interstate 10 on each end. The total budget for building the proposed freeway is $1.9 billion. The current Regional Freeway and Highway Program identifies construction funding for the freeway beginning in fiscal year 2015 from state, federal and local dollars. Construction would follow a public-private partnership and, if approved, funding to begin construction will be available as soon as 2015, according to the state's Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program.

RESORT NEWS

Guests of Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, can shift into high-gear excitement behind the wheel of three enthralling cars starting Dec. 7. With the Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience, guests will have the opportunity to put rubber to the road with a driving tour of Arizona in a Ferrari 458 Italia, McLaren MP4-12C and Porsche 911 Turbo. The program will take place for six days, ending Dec. 7, and feature three driving sessions per day. Drivers will follow Belgium racing champion Didier Theys for up to three hours with stops to change drivers and enjoy drinks and snacks. The price is $999 per couple, and participants must stay at least one night in the resort.

The hottest Halloween bash, Midnight Mayhem: Ghouls Night Out, will roar to life at Hotel Valley Ho on Friday, Oct. 31. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. in the ballrooms with DJ Mad Hatter followed by headlining act Whiplash, a DJ duo of femme fatales who have performed around the globe. Drink specials from Grey Goose and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label will be available all night. A variety of prizes will be given away for the costume contest, including four 90-minute spa treatments, three two-night stays with breakfast and a grand prize of $1,000 cash.

Three epic parties will take place over a span of 30 hours at the seventh annual Haunted Hotel Ball at The Saguaro Hotel. Guests should prepare for a weekend of fantasy, fun and debauchery with the Haunted Hotel Ball Opening Party, Masquerage Pool Party and Dia de Los Muertos Closing Party. The hotel’s very own zombie innkeeper, Mr. Franklin Bates, has taken care of every detail with support of his staff of zombie go-go dancers, VIP French-maid hostesses and theatrical performers. The Saguaro’s interior will be transformed into a spectacular landscape of coffins, cobwebs, skeletons and other Halloween specialties. More than 20 Arizona DJs will rock the hotel, spinning EDM, Top 40 and hip-hop music. For those looking to get in on the action early, submit photos for the Halloween Photo Costume Contest at Yandy.com for a chance to win VIP guest passes, hotel stays and other prizes.

Thanksgiving at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain will be one to remember with six different menu options and a “Home for the Holidays” package. On Thanksgiving morning, jade bar will open a Breakfast Buffet from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. For dinner, award-winning executive chef Beau MacMillan will serve up a New American Thanksgiving Dinner from 12 to 9 p.m. at elements. It will feature a four-course prix-fixe menu with fall flavors like Pumpkin Gnocchi and Pecan Butter Tart. The Views will serve a Holiday Buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and jade bar will offer an a la carte Thanksgiving menu for dinner. The “Home for the Holidays” package offers spacious, private Mountainside Estates with accommodations for multiple family members. The package is available Nov. 16 through Jan. 8 and includes a welcome basket and $250 resort credit.

ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Paulo Bruscky: Art Is Our Last Hope will be at Phoenix Art Museum from Sept. 6 to Dec. 28, 2014. Born in Recife in northeastern Brazil in 1949, Bruscky is a pioneering mail artist, poet, creator of artist’s books, inventor, performance artist, photographer and filmmaker. Organized by The Bronx Museum of the Arts, this is the first exhibition in the U.S. to cover Bruscky’s career and features works created between 1971 and 2011 in a range of art forms including mail art, video, sound, Xerox art, altered objects as well as documentation of performances.

The Phoenix Art Museum will display a mail art exhibit from Oct. 1 to Dec. 28 called Focus Latin America: Art Is Our Last Hope in conjunction with the Paulo Bruscky exhibit. Focused on the theme of “art is our last hope,” the curators sought to revive dialogue about the challenges facing artists living in Latin America and the utopian projects they have historically undertaken to fuse artistic practice with social engagement. Created in 1983, Bruscky’s artwork “Art Is Our Last Hope” was envisioned as a billboard piece consisting solely of those five words.

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is excited to host its first outdoor music festival on Oct. 18 and 19.MIMFest is two-day music festival set against the backdrop of the stunning Arizona desert and inspired by MIM’s commitment to celebrate musical traditions and cultures from around the world. The festival will bring together extraordinary musical acts, energetic dancers, dynamic street performers and culinary delights on MIM’s 20-acre grounds. MIM will also debut Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World on Nov. 15. This new, self-curated exhibition will explore the immeasurable cultural and historical significance of drums around the world through the presentation of drums of all shapes, sizes, materials and uses from Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. The collection will be accompanied by dozens of videos, photographs and other multimedia content selected by MIM curators from sources around the globe. The exhibition will run through June 21, 2015

This Halloween, visit two of Greater Phoenix’s newest attractions for the price of one. During the week of Halloween (Oct. 27 – Nov. 2), if you visit Butterfly Wonderland and pay admission, you can head over to theOdysea Mirror Maze for free. Butterfly Wonderland is Scottsdale’s newest destination attraction and the largest glass-enclosed butterfly conservatory in America. At the Mirror Maze, Guests will be treated to a “spooky” maze experience while enjoying festive treats on the enormous candy wall, with up to 24 different types of candies and flavors and spooky music throughout. In addition to the two-for-one deal, the Mirror Maze offers deals for every day of the week in October that range from reduced admission to free Laser Maze Walkthroughs.

DINING

Whether you’re just a Cardinals fan or in a big money Fantasy Football league, you’re going to need a place to watch all the games. If you’re looking for a new spot, you may want to consider Culinary Dropout at The Yard in Phoenix. Complete with the NFL Sunday Ticket, you can watch every game on Sunday. Opening at 10 a.m. just in time for the first games, the gastropub also offers stellar food and drink specials as well.

There are so many amazing and talented chefs around the Valley, it’s hard to keep track of them. The Leap of Dining Faith mystery dinner series at Crudo plans to introduce to some of those masters of the culinary arts. Hosted the first Monday of every month, this dinner series is doing something a little different. When you make your reservations, the only thing you’ll receive is a time, date and the name of the celebrity guest chef. The cost is $75 per guest. To make reservations, call 602-358-8666.

Forge Wood-Fired Pizza is coming to the Union shops at Biltmore Fashion Park on Oct. 7, bringing an industrial-yet-stylish dining atmosphere. The restaurant will feature a large bar, imported Valoriana wood-burning oven and spacious patio with two fire pits. Executive Chef Jeffrey Amber and his team will serve lunch and dinner every day of the week with a menu featuring Crispy Cheese Curds, Long Cooked Ribs, fresh salads and, of course, Neapolitan-style pizzas.  The bar will pour local craft beers and domestic and foreign wine underneath the soaring ceilings and rolling steel window wall of this custom-designed space.

T. Cook’s, the renowned restaurant at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel, will be launchingPower Lunch Hour – a thoughtful and ingredient-driven prix-fixe lunch menu, all in less than an hour. The new $24 prix-fixe menu from Executive Chef Paul McCabe will launch Oct. 1 and includes a starter and main entrée. The menu, which is available Monday through Friday, offers a fresh and local twist on traditional lunch favorites with an array of light bites and hearty options that are perfect for a quick lunch or luncheon meeting. T. Cook's will also serve up complimentary macaroons to end the meal with a sweet treat.

Fifty competitors from across the Valley will go head-to-toe in the Arizona Taco Festival, which will occur on Oct. 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Activities during the event include entertainment, competitions and a Chihuahua beauty contest in addition to drinks and tacos. Representatives from the restaurants Modern Margarita, Hacienda’s and Rubio’s will be in attendance at the event, which will be at Salt River Field. Tickets for one day are $12 or $20 for the entire weekend.

Union Barrelhouse will officially host its grand opening with a special event on Thursday, Oct 9. The restaurant opened in July, but the event will feature a red carpet, food and drink specials, live entertainment, giveaways and an old-fashioned keg tapping by the mayor of Scottsdale. Admission is free for the 7 p.m. event, and everyone will be entered into a raffle for prizes such as a brewery tour, gift cards, beach cruisers and the Old Town party bus. Union Barrelhouse is Scottsdale’s first nano-brewery, and it produces artisanal craft beer that is served alongside upscale tavern cuisine crafted by Chef Brian Feirstein.

Postino Wine Café will be opening its fourth location in Arizona State University’s historic red brick schoolhouse-turned-art-studio-turned wine café on Oct. 1. The restaurant will swing open its trademark garage doors for lunch and dinner daily and brunch every weekend. Guests can explore its incredible wine selection and 16 rotating tap beers as well as the traditional Postino menu, which ranges from made-from-scratch soups to decadent Panini sandwiches. Every Saturday and Sunday, check out the farm-fresh brunch menu, which features $5 mimosas. Situated within the shadow of ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium, the Postino Annex boasts a large indoor/outdoor bar and two intimate patios.

Dining on the patio at El Chorro and enjoying its famed sticky buns is a long-standing Phoenix tradition. Chef Charles Kassels specializes in using fresh, organic and locally grown ingredients  including herbs and produce from the El Chorro kitchen garden in each of his dishes. The Irish Blood and Sand is a Southwestern take on the renowned whisky drink that features house-made, locally grown prickly pear syrup perfectly blended with the smoky flavors of Irish whisky, 12-year-old single malt whiskey and smoke-infused ice cubes. Located at the base of picturesque mountains, El Chorro creates the perfect fall destination to try out a new drink and experience the Southwestern-inspired cuisine.

There’s nothing better than a great meal with a great glass — or bottle — of wine. Central Bistro is the latest restaurant to host a wine dinner, fit for every foodie or wine lover in the Valley. Partnering up with Darioush Winery, the evening of Oct. 12 looks to be filled everything you could want. To make reservations, call 480-646-8560.

Chef Justin Beckett of Beckett’s Table delivers fall on a plate with his Beef Bourguignon Shepherd’s Pie. The dish is made with tender beef and vegetables infused with a red wine and topped with a healthy serving of mashed potatoes. The recipe is just one of the many comforting meals on Beckett’s seasonal American menu, all made with fresh and local ingredients. Located within the Arcadia and Biltmore corridors, Beckett’s Table delivers the comfort and sophistication for a night out or a casual weekday meal.

Southern Rail is launching its fall menu with Chicken, Shrimp, and Andouille Gumbo. Southern Rail is the second restaurant from the people behind Beckett’s Table, and Chef Beckett blends the flavors of the south in the gumbo, which features ingredients simmered over low heat to perfect the rich flavors. The dish includes hot sauce, Andouille sausage and okra and is served over long grain white rice.

Chef Beckett is preparing his award-winning fig & pecan pie so families can take a step back from the kitchen and enjoy some decadent desert. Place orders from Tuesday, Oct. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 22 and pick up your pie, available for $28 due upon order, at Beckett’s Table or Southern Rail Wednesday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Pints of delightful cream cheese and citrus zest ice cream are also available by pre-order for $7.

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix welcomes new executive chef Sean Currid this month.  Currid comes to Blue Hound from Sanctuary Resort and Spa, where he worked as executive catering chef. He attended the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and worked at several Valley resorts and restaurants, working his way up. Currid will release a new fall menu in mid-October.

Dish It Out is one of the Valley’s most exciting high-end culinary events. More than 60 restaurants are going head-to-head at Salt River Fields Oct. 5 in a gourmet melee to knock out childhood hunger. This event has it all: top-shelf talent serving up signature dishes, live entertainment and the Valley's most innovative chefs battling for the title of Dish It Out Champion. All proceeds benefit the hungry children who count on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix for safety, meals and opportunity.

Join Salt River Fields on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25 from 5 to 10 p.m. for an exciting Halloween event.  Bring the entire family to experience Halloween in a fun and safe environment. More than 20 hot air balloons will be on display passing out 2,000 pounds of candy to trick-or-treaters and there will also be live music, food and beverage, a Kids Zone, vendor market, tethered balloon rides, a haunted house, fireworks and much more. Experience the Balloon Spooktacular for a safe, fun filled trick-or-treating Halloween festival.

SPA

Body Bliss products are bringing the power of aromatherapy to the Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, with a retail station already installed and a full program to come later this fall. The company was formed with the premise of creating products that enhance and support well-being. They contain no artificial fragrances or dispersing massage oils and are made with only the finest natural and sustainable raw materials. Body Bliss works with small collective farmers who produce organic and wild-harvested essential oils.  

This fall season, kick back and relax at the VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho with one of the various seasonal spa treatments available. Selections include a Farmhouse Fresh Triple Shot Caramel Coffee Scrub so invigorating that it will ignite your senses and energize your body. Or choose the Rock and Roll Massage that takes a new twist on a traditional hot rock massage. With a little bourbon aromatherapy, you will find the relaxation you deserve. For a little seasonal flare, enjoy the HydroPeptide Pumpkin Enzyme Facial—guaranteed to give your face a refreshed look.

SPORTS/GOLF

Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League kicks off the 2014 season on Oct. 4 with the Bowman Hitting Challenge at Salt River Fields. The AFL is a proving ground for future MLB stars. 36 players and umpires having AFL ties participated in the 2014 All-Star Game. Regular season games begin Oct. 7 and run through Nov. 15 at five Cactus League stadiums across the valley. Arizona Diamondbacks top prospect Archie Bradley is one of 20 MLB.com top 100 prospects who will be participating this season.

The Arizona Coyotes begin their 2014-2015 season on Thursday, Oct. 9 against the Winnipeg Jets at Gila River Arena. The Coyotes open up the season with four straight home games and play a total of five home games in October. 

The Phoenix Suns return to U.S. Airways Center on Oct. 29 to begin their 2014-2015 campaign against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns then proceed to play the defending NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 31 to finish its two-game home stand to open up the season.

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