CITY NEWS

Preflight jitters are common for some travelers so Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, is offering a scratch behind the ear and a rub on the belly to calm those nerves with a Navigator Buddy. Passengers and visitors to Sky Harbor will have the opportunity to pet and interact with a therapy dog while waiting to board a plane, picking up a passenger, or after landing in Phoenix. Navigator Buddies are dogs in a registered pet therapy program who will volunteer their time – along with their owners – to provide some tail-wagging comfort to airport travelers. Navigator Buddies will interact with passengers both before and after security. In addition to providing comfort, they are part of the Navigator volunteer program so their handlers will also be ready to answer questions and provide directions to travelers.

 

RESORT NEWS

Ditch the old-school etiquette and forget being proper at The Camby’s Tipsy Tea Party. It’s a modern twist on the tradition, where a lively atmosphere features tea served in quirky cups alongside elevated sweet-and-savory bites. They’ve tossed out the rule book, and the whimsical event has quickly become the essence of The Camby, providing guests with an urban playground that escapes the ordinary. That’s not your cup of tea? Then check out the brand-new Rooftop Red Zone event series taking place poolside every Sunday until the end of the football season. Everyone is invited to spend the evening watching their favorite teams play on a 25-foot screen, accompanied by delicious tailgate fare, games and specialty cocktails. Admission is free, and cabanas may be reserved in advance.

Find your escape at a luxurious oasis in the desert, tucked away at the base of America’s largest urban park and wilderness preserve. The newly transformed Arizona Grand Resort & Spa now features a residential-style look in all 744 guest suites, offering a true “home away from home” experience. Highlights include new hardwood-style flooring in all guest suite living rooms, a fresh color palette and new paint throughout, new carpet in all guest suite bedrooms and new “soft goods” from bedding to drapery and sheers.  New sofa beds in the guest suite living rooms, walk-in showers featuring glass partitions and new artwork round out the list of upgrades

Let’s raise a toast to autumn. Whether you are a novice or a long-standing Scotch enthusiast, the Third Annual Masters of Scotch Autumn Tasting Series is the place to be. It will be hosted at The Scotch Library at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, and it will feature provides a fun and informative evening sampling Scotch whiskies in hour-long presentations led by Scotch experts. Glenmorangie whiskies, which are among the best-loved whiskies in Scotland will be featured on October 12; Ardbeg, which has been made on the small Isle of Islay for more than 200 years will be featured on November 16; and Balvenie, one of the best known whiskies hailing from the Scottish Highlands will be featured on December 14. The Scotch Library Master Tastings each begin at 6:30 p.m. and are priced at $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity, and reservations are required.

Pinktober launches at The Wigwam.  Guests can expect food & beverage specials and golf goodies  throughout the month of October. Red’s Bar & Grill, Wigwam Bar and Litchfield’s will be offering Prickly Pear Margaritas for $5 with half of the proceeds being donated to a charitable cause, and $1 from each pint of Wigwam Ale sold will also be donated. Red’s Bar & Grill will donate $2 for each weekly feature sold and $1 will be donated per cover from each dinner served. Attention golfers- wear pink and get a drink! For every pink lemonade & vodka purchase, $1 will be donated. Bracelets are available for purchase priced at $5, and all proceed with be donated. The Wigwam benefits Arizona Assistance in Healthcare with its Pinktober promotions.

Fall is an ideal time for a “Girlfriend Getaway” at the Boulders Resort & Spa.  Thanks to spacious Villa accommodations, an array of outdoor activities and a legendary Spa and value-added “shoulder season” rates at 60% less than peak season, the autumn season lures the ladies to Arizona’s Boulders  Resort & Spa. The For Ladies That Love Adventure, the Boulders hosts a threshold of outdoor adventure activities including Rock Climbing Clinics, Waterfall Rappel, Desert Hikes, Hot-air ballooning, Desert Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Moonlight Bicycling Tours, Horseback rides, Desert Jeep/Hummer excursions, Night Hikes, Stargazing, Desert Photography Tours, “Walk The Rock” tours and even Grand Canyon & Sedona helicopter flights that begin at the resort’s private helipad. The Spa at Boulders offers the Sun Suit perfect for a girlfriend getaway with its private whirlpool, terrace and outdoor fireplace steam showers, private patio, outdoor shower, private Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor massage tables, and television and outdoor dining. In addition, Boulders offers golf, yoga and wellness amenities ideal for ladies.

Hikers who tackle the challenging trails of Camelback Mountain are rewarded with spectacular desert vistas along the way. Now, thanks to Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa‘s new Hike-Tech package they can replay those views for a lifetime, and record for future adventures as well. The package features a GoPro Hero Session and choice of head strap or handgrip (all to keep), two-night stay for two in a luxurious Mountain Casita, hike of Camelback Mountain led by a Sanctuary expert guide, one 60-minute spa service per person and breakfast for two daily. The Hike-Tech package starts at $1,875 and is currently available for booking. Advance reservations are required and package is subject to availability.

Enjoy a unique girls’ night out at the concert-meets-women’s empowerment at W Scottsdale with its W TOUR LIFE series. Up-and-coming female band, LJ Laboratory, will be headlining at W San Francisco, W Seattle, W Los Angeles and W Scottsdale with a visually arresting performance as a precursor to their upcoming debut album release Analogue Interference. The tour will stop at W Scottsdale on October 4, 2017. The opening act will be a tough one to follow: WHAT SHE SAID, W Hotels’ worldwide ladies-only series that brings powerful, progressive women together, will begin each show with a top-tier, regional panel of inspiring women movers and shakers from the music industry. Each WHAT SHE SAID panel will be comprised of four to five women, consisting of members of LJ Laboratory alongside music industry executives. At W Scottsdale, Jamie LeVine, chief communications officer of Steve LeVine Entertainment (SLE) will take the stage. She is an expert on leveraging national and local media partnerships that have translated to business growth at SLE.

Resorts aren’t only for vacationers at Mountain Shadows: the resort’s luxury wing will offer 42 resort condominiums and suites completing one of Arizona’s newest resorts in November. Sitting right below Camelback Mountain, the condominiums include four penthouse resort condos overlooking unrivaled views of the local beauty. As members of Mountain Shadows resort, condominium owners can reap the benefits of resort living from day one. Direct access to the entire property encourages owners to take advantage of convenient perks such as home meal delivery, housekeeping, valet and concierge services, plus access to the fitness facility and movement studio.

Eat, drink and be wildly creative at The Hermosa Inn’s Palette to Palate, a tasteful three-day art retreat. Guests can awaken the senses, soothe the spirit and create picture perfect memories as they create their own palette choosing from unique workshops with nationally acclaimed artists, a cooking demonstration by Executive Check Jeremy Pacheco and the inaugural #UnmistakablyArizona Harvest Dinner, highlighting a collaboration of Arizona’s premier culinary talent, produce, dairy and wine. Taking advantage of Veteran’s Day weekend, November 10 - 12, guests have the freedom to select one class, or all, priced at just $75 each, to create days perfectly suited to their liking. Participants can make a weekend out of it with The Hermosa Inn's Autumn Arts Adventure package, starting at just $299 per night. The package includes overnight accommodations in a luxury casita; two seasonal, signature cocktails upon check-in; $25 food & beverage credit per night; upgrade upon arrival and early check-in/late check-out, based on availability; PLUS two tickets daily to one of the Valley's best museums and attractions, including: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum and Scottsdale Museum of the West.

 

ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

“Lose yourself in the Valley of the Sun” at the inaugural Lost Lake Festival. In addition to more than 40 musical acts over three days on multiple stages, festival goers will enjoy interactive games, local art, and local food, cocktails and breweries. Fan favorites like Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, The Killers and Odesza will perform at the festival. “Get lost” in other performances by Lil Yachty, HAIM, Ludacris, DREAMCAR, Lil John, Kongos, Snakeships and many more. The Lost Lake Festival will be held October 20-22 at Steele Indian School Park. Single-day admission, three-day general admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase. Single-day general admission available for $89.50, three-day general admission is available for $224.50 and three-day VIP admission is available for $574.50.

Phoenix based designer and sculptor Larry Kornegay who creates sculpture, graphic artistry, sign painting and fine art painting, now has more than 20 pieces on display at Desert Botanical Garden. Kornegay also created the Desert Botanical Garden donor wall, titled “Tending the Garden”, in 2009. The donor wall includes wooden slat seating; desert flower themed donor tiles and a dedicatory plaque embellished in its surface. The concrete canvas also incorporates the Desert Botanical Garden’s logo and guiding words from their mission statement. Guests can enjoy the exhibit now through January 7, and the exhibit is included with membership or paid Garden Admission.

Join Pueblo Grande Museum this month for a variety of fun-filled activities with something for all interests, ages and budgets. Get to know the women of Arizona archaeology with Dr. Nancy J. Parezo, Professor of American Indian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Arizona, at her presentation A Boot in the Door: Pioneer Women Archaeologists of Arizona on October 4 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.  At Archaeology for Kids on October 7 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., children ages 7 - 12 can become a Junior Archaeologist and discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Registration is required by October 5, cost is $15. At the Petroglyph Discover Hike on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., the whole family will enjoy short one mile Hohokam petroglyph discovery hike at South Mountain for an easy but also petroglyph rich hiking experience. Space is limited and registration is required by October 12, cost is $5. At the Behind the Scene Tour on October 19 at 10 a.m., take an intimate tour of the lab, storage, and archival areas not open to the public, and see how museums process, organize, and care for their collections. Cost is $5; Space is limited, register at front desk in Museum Lobby. At the Park of Four Waters Tour on October 27 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., take a walk through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of prehistoric Hohokam canal systems. Cost is $5; Space is limited, register at front desk in Museum Lobby.

A cross between an art gallery and a pop-up show, FIAT LUX, is set to host three themed shows on exhibit for several weeks in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. From Latin, FIAT LUX directly translates to ‘let there be light’ and the gallery was designed to illuminate boundary-pushing art in a variety of mediums. Created by iconic photographer and Phoenix resident Jacques Barbey and his wife Raquel, FIAT LUX is over 6,000 square feet of gallery space - a 3D canvas for artists to transform with their work. FIAT LUX will debut this month with Gallery Bob Carey, award-winning photographer and creator of “The Tutu Project”. Carey began photographing himself in pink tutus, and when his wife was diagnosed with cancer shortly after, she used the photos as self-therapy and a mood booster as she shared them with other patients. The couple published a book of the images and began raising funds for those with breast cancer. This movement, along with the book of images called “Ballerina”, is known as The Tutu Project. Gallery Bob Carey will be on display on popup dates at FIAT LUX October 5 - November 9.

Arizonans rejoice at the at the Arizona State Fair as it celebrates 133 years of history with new exhibits, must-see performances, record breaking fruits, new fried foods on the menu and more community involvement. Of course, the hot topic is “who’s performing at the fair this year?” The Arizona State Fair offers an assortment of musical performances, including Grammy Award winners Rick Springfield, Halestrom, Gin Blossoms and Cafe Tacvba and Grammy nominees including Billy Currington, Marilyn Manson and Snoop Dogg. Gary Allan, CAKE, Jake Miller and Randy Houser are headline talents, along with DNCE, one of the hottest Top 40 bands out now. Guests can also enjoy live outdoor music every night in The Backyard featuring tribute bands crossing all genres, from boy bands to country, 80’s rock favorites and metal gods. In addition to the impressive musical performances, the fair is set to offer a variety of other activities, performances and showcases, all of which are sure to please festival attendees. Head to the 2017 Arizona State Fair October 6 - 29 and celebrate all things Arizona.

Do you like ghost stories? Phoenix Rising Tour Co. teams up with the “Boo Crew” at Phoenix Ghost Tours to offering a monthly downtown Phoenix Walking Ghost Tour. This 90-minute walking tour of the historical center of Phoenix includes the rich history, the scandalous endeavors, and the mysterious paranormal activity these buildings contain. Join the fun with tours available October 22 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and October 28 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are only $15.

Ready Set Shop: Front Porch Pickins Vintage Market and Classic Car Show takes over Turf Paradise. Fans of all things vintage, handmade and one-of-a-kind will converge with classic car enthusiasts when Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market November 17-18 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the racetrack located at 1501 W Bell Road, Phoenix. Front Porch Pickins presents the perfect opportunity to get a little holiday shopping done while supporting some tremendously talented local artisans in the process. Attendees can anticipate more than 100 unique vendors onsite offering up a unique blend of clothing, furniture, accessories, home décor and more, and 10 area food trucks have also signed on for the occasion.


Attention all mac & cheese devotees. Get ready for one comfort-food filled day with Arizona’s inaugural Mac & Cheese Festival. The Festival will feature Mac & Cheese creations from over 20 Valley restaurants and local craft brews from over ten Arizona breweries. Festival goers can also enjoy some friendly competition while burning off a few calories at the Big Cheese Game Deck, complete with family- friendly backyard games. The top three Big Cheese and Little Cheese chefs will go head to head at the Home Chef S’Mac Down, presenting their mouth-watering mac & cheese recipes and competing to win a prestigious Golden Noodle trophy, along with a prize package valued at $500. The Mac & Cheese Festival will take place October 7 from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Scottsdale Waterfront. General tickets and a variety of other packages are available for purchase.

Break out your lederhosen and dust of your dirndl for the annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest. From October 13-15, celebrate some of the best brats, brews and music in town. Attractions include karaoke, a 4v4 small goal soccer tournament, dachshund races and more. Children may take part in activities during the daily Kinderfest and Kids Carnival, plus participate in a superhero costume contest on Sunday. Older attendees can enjoy thrill rides in addition to beer and wine tastings.

Arizona is known for some great tacos, but who does everyone’s favorite street food the best? You can decide at the Arizona Taco Festival on October 14 and 15while sampling tacos from more than 50 local teams. The event is filled with music, food, and fun including, Lucha Libre Wrestling, Hot Chili Pepper Eating Contests, Chihuahua Beauty Pageant, a stage of live music and more. You will have access to more $2 tacos than you’ve ever seen. Many of the taco teams are serving tacos available only at the Taco Festival.

With The Phoenix Symphony’s October lineup, guests are sure to be pleased with breathtaking music all month long. Relive the adventure of Harry Potter and his friends as The Phoenix Symphony performs John Williams’ unforgettable score with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on the big screen above the orchestra October 6-8 at The Phoenix Symphony.  Join guest conductor Stuart Chafetz and The Phoenix Symphony for a thrilling night of music and dance, celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s and Jerome Robbins’ hits and historic collaborations. Performances take place October 13-15 at Symphony Hall. In his final symphonic work, Beethoven takes his listeners on a monumental journey from anguish to joy, ending with life-affirming triumph with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Guests can experience this beloved sound October 20 - 21 at the Mesa Arts Center- Ikeda Theater.

Football fans aren’t the only ones who will want to attend Touchdown Tailgate before every Arizona Cardinals home game at Westgate Entertainment District. The free, family friendly event begins approximately three hours before kickoff and takes over WaterDance Plaza, which is a just step from the stadium entrance. Fans enjoy an open-air beer garden, music, great food and drinks, interactive games, giveaways and activities for all ages. The event has all the makings for the ultimate football-filled afternoon. Touchdown Tailgate is free and open to the public, and attendees do not need a ticket to the Cardinals game to join the fun.

Celebrate Tempe’s cultural diversity with the Tempe Community Action Agency’s (TCAA) foodie event: Vicinity, Internationally Tempe. Event organizers from the nonprofit that fosters dignity and self-reliance for Tempe citizens in need are refreshing the name and format of what was once known as First Crush, with the newly named Vicinity: Internationally Tempe event now taking a closer look and placing a stronger emphasis on the city’s increasingly diverse culinary culture. This event will honor TCAA’s mission and achievements, and will pay homage to Tempe’s diverse dining scene. TCAA’s food-filled fundraising festival will take place at the Heritage Center at Papago Park on October 20 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase.  Bring your appetite and prepare to eat as much as you possibly can at the Bacon and Beer Classic on October 7. Sample 50+ craft beers from regional breweries, eat 25+ bacon-infused dishes from local chefs, play giant Jenga, battle it out on the bungee run, compete in a bacon eating contest and more. Tickets are available for an afternoon or evening session.

Get spooky at the 7th Annual Balloon Spooktacular as Salt River Fields lights up the Valley skies with glowing hot air balloons and fireworks. The festival will be sure to get guests in the spooky spirit with tethered hot air balloon rides, live music, a free KidsZone, a Spook Trail, costume contest, and over 4,000 pounds of candy. It will take place Salt River Fields October 27 - 28 from 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-12, and children ages 2 and under are free.

Join your favorite adventurers as they escape their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Valley Youth Theatre and Herberger Theater Center have teamed up for the production collaboration of Madagascar, A Musical Adventure. The musical production will open on Stage West at the Herberger Theater Center on October 28 - November 19. Ticket prices range from $17.50 to $35.50, not including fees.

Awaken the force at LEGOLAND Discover Center Arizona for the out-of-this-world LEGO® Star Wars™ Days November 4 - 5. The weekend will feature a variety of fun-filled, LEGO® and Star Wars themed activities, competitions and workshops. Star Wars fans are also encouraged to dress like their favorite character while they enjoy LEGOLAND’s LEGO® Star Wars™. It is included in the price of admission, and annual pass holders are invited to attend an exclusive preview event on November 4 at 9 a.m.

Calling all foodies. Celebrate an array of restaurants, breweries and distilleries on a gastronomic journey with some of the most renowned local chefs at the azcentral.com Food and Wine Experience on November 4-5. In addition to the delicious selection of culinary delights, you can also meet Martha Stewart with a special ticket that includes a private signing of Martha’s 89th and newest book, Slow Cooker. Enjoy tasting featuring wines from Martha Stewart Wine Co., mingle with fellow aficionados, and take home memories with a Martha-curated gift bag.

Join Phoenix New Times for a beer-tastic time at the 4th Annual NovemBEER Festival. Attendees will be in awe with 50 breweries serving over 120 beer options, and recent additions like Barrio Brewing Company, Phoenix Ale Brewery, Golden Road Brewing, Four Peaks Brewing Company and many more. The NovemBEER Festival will be held on November 11 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Downtown Phoenix on Adams St. between 2nd St. & Central Ave. Tickets are available for purchase.

Join the fun with juried artists, delectable food and live entertainment at the 24th Annual ArtFest of Scottsdale  -- bringing the best of the artists’ community to the Valley of the Sun. Festival goers will enjoy over 180 fine artists selling their masterpieces, local musicians and food vendors representing a variety of cultural tastes. The festival will feature two live stages, an interactive kids’ zone, local non-profit book sale and other local community organizations that will help at the event. The ArtFest of Scottsdale will be held at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza on November 18 - 19 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Families will make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and their Disney friends when the new ice show Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart makes its way to Phoenix. The live production is introducing two Disney favorites to story: Finding Dory and Inside Out. Now guests can “just keep swimming” with their friends from Finding Nemo, and cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Inside Out as they help Riley find the confidence to win the big hockey game. The production will continue to include the awe-inspiring stories from Frozen, Toy Story and the Disney Princesses. Follow Your Heart presented by Disney on Ice will show at Talking Stick Resort Arena January 18-21, 2018. Tickets will be available for purchase to the public starting November 13.

Discover Arizona’s excellent selection of locally brewed craft beer paired with delicious culinary options at the 2nd Annual Brewer’s Ball at Warehouse 215 on November 18 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Join the Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild to mix and mingle while sampling handcrafted beers, tastes of the best local cuisine, and more. This cocktail attire event also includes an opportunity to bid on unique silent auction items, dance to our jazz band, stop by the photo booth and a variety of other experiences. While dressing to the theme is not required, it is highly encouraged. Proceeds from this event will benefit the craft beer community and their various efforts in a variety of ways.

Rising Youth Theatre certainly raises the bar by creating socially relevant, original plays and performing in unexpected, non-traditional spaces. After six years as a volunteer-run organization, led by co-founders Sarah Sullivan and Xanthia Angel Walker, the company has announced that Walker has been hired as Administrative Director, its first employee. This step will allow Rising Youth Theatre to continue to engage youth, adults, and the wider community in arts and social justice programs. In addition, Julio- César Sauceda will step into the role of General Manager, joining the leadership team of the organization. Sarah Sullivan and Xanthia Walker will continue in their roles as co-Artistic Directors. The company will also continue to help young artists grow by pairing youth and adults together to create theatre that reflects young people’s stories and experiences in the greater Phoenix community. This growth will be showcased in The Light Rail Plays this December and the Trouble Series: The Play in April 2018.

Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation, Strange Family Circus and PAPA, LLC are proud to present the 12th Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts at 6 p.m. on November 11, 2017. For over a decade, PAPA has brought the community together to celebrate artistic expression in downtown Phoenix. As a free, family friendly event, the parade is a unique pedestrian and bike procession based 100% on audience participation. This year’s theme, “Undersea Madness” will bring out local pirates, mermaids, sailors and pineapple dwelling sponges to Historic Grand Avenue. For a fourth year, the Grand Avenue Festival will bookend the procession. The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts unites the arts with the greater community by providing an open-to-the-public, mobile expression of downtown Phoenix life.

Cirque de Soleil hits the ice for the first time ever with Crystal. World-class ice skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground by storm with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with a flurry of unexpected acrobatics. Crystal, the show’s main character, sets out on an exhilarating quest to fulfill her destiny as she dives into a world of her own imagination. She soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, freed, empowered. This not-to-be-missed Cirque de Soleil production will perform at the Talking Sticks Resort Arena from March 8 –11, for six shows only. General sale tickets are available for purchase.

Art and nature are intertwined during the enchanting return of MOMIX’s Opus Cactus. With only three performances from January 12-13, Ballet Arizona and Desert Botanical Garden invite audiences on a dynamic journey where MOMIX’s dancers’ bodies become towering cacti and bring the landscape of the American Southwest to life through the illusionistic style of critically acclaimed Opus Cactus. Tickets start at $35. For more additional ticket information, visit balletaz.org or call 602-381-1096.

Did someone say “movie night”? Movie lovers will enjoy a free night of fun at Tuesday Movie Nights at The Park. Guests will enjoy a feature film presented on a 17-foot screen and free popcorn. Have the time of your life watching Dirty Dancing on October 3, and watch the successful sport agent Jerry Maguire on October 10. The movie nights take place on every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Park Street Food Bar & Beer Garden.

Jazz may be the sound of surprise, but it’s no surprise that The Nash is set to feature a variety of not-to-be-missed jazz performances throughout the month. As part of its 5th anniversary celebration, highlights will include Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Banda Magda, Emmet Cohen Trio and Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri. The 5th Anniversary Weekend will take place October 7- 9, and will entertain guests with The Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, featuring Roy Hargrove-trumpet, Sharel Cassity-sax,  Cyrus Chestnut-piano,  John Lee-bass, Lewis Nash-drums, and Roberta Gambarini-vocals.  Cory Weeds also highlights the weekend, as well as Darcy James Argue.

 

SPA

The autumn season introduces new spa services at the Spa at Boulders Resort & Spa.  New garden to spa services that were inspired by the Spa’s 5,600-square-foot Organic Garden includes the PumpSkin Hydrating Facial. Pumpkin has excellent regenerative properties for the skin that has had its fair share of summer. Loaded with a multitude of vitamins, beta carotene and antioxidants, pumpkin repairs damage to the skin caused by environmental factors and aging.  Another service that will heal and renew the skin after the hot summer months is the Organic Body Wrap is a naturally exfoliating and detoxifying body wrap uses antioxidant properties of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries to tone and brighten the skin. Lactic acid, known for its hydrating and exfoliating benefits, will gently reduce dullness and leave the skin refined and re-texturize, while Paprika spice will create a warming sensation that will stimulate and energize the epidermis, leaving the skin smooth and glowing.

Beautify and detoxify at the VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho. Unwind and spoil yourself with soothing treatments like hot stone massages, antioxidant facials and nail services. De-stress with a workout session in its high-tech fitness center and movement studio. The spa’s Fall + Winter specials are available October through January and include a Coffee Fig Pedicure for only $50 (regularly prices at $65), a Pro Script Peel for $80 (regularly prices at $130), and more.

 

DINING

Cocktail, anyone? Arizona's salute to spirits & cocktail culture, Arizona Cocktail Week-End (AZCW), returns this February 17 - 19, 2018 with all-new events and venues, and a new location in Downtown Phoenix. It will kick off with an opening night party name The Cocktail Jam hosted at The Van Buren. AZCW’s Top Bars event will feature pop-up versions of bars from Arizona, and all around the world. Lounges, bars and restaurants throughout downtown are set to participate in AZCW with events, dinners and exclusive cocktails tastings. Some of the participants include Chico Malo, Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, Blue Hound, Lustre Rooftop Pool Bar, and more.

Prepare for bold flavor like never before as the award-winning BBQ Trapp Haus makes its way to downtown Phoenix. BBQ Trapp Haus fuses slow-smoked championship-style BBQ with urban Southern cooking in a restaurant with a decidedly New York vibe. Uniquely designed for the surrounding urban-style living, residents are welcome to sit down and enjoy a home cooked meal in the relaxed environment, or the business crowd and busy families can choose to “grab and go.” With wings, sharable items, BBQ platters and more, BBQ Trapp Haus is the perfect spot for a variety of diners. The restaurant is set to open this December.

Be one of the first to dine at Over Easy’s newest location in the Biltmore Center on October 14-15. Guests will receive 25 percent off their bills during the opening weekend. In addition, Over Easy will also donate 25 percent of proceed for the entire week (October 14 – 22) to the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation. Over Easy’s modern morning diner concept created by Chef Aaron May in 2008 was one of the first in Arizona to update classic breakfast dishes with a fresh, from-scratch menu and has been recognized nationally on programs like the Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. There are four Arizona locations in Phoenix Arcadia, Gilbert, Mesa and Scottsdale as well as spots in Washington and Florida.

Great steaks & real BBQ rides into The Biltmore this fall at Bobby-Q. The award-winning restaurant and social bar is bringing its menu of wood-smoked meats and farm-fresh salads - plus new craft cocktails - to the northwest corner of Camelback & 32nd Street. Founded by legendary restaurateur Bob Sikora and overseen by chef Mark Hittle, this all-new Bobby-Q will feature the same great, craveable menu of wood-smoked, BBQ favorites, plus an expanded selection of farm-fresh salads and sandwiches, plus an all new lunch menu featuring Lunch Combos with BBQ meat sliders, salads, brisket tacos and more.

Shake things up with Clever Koi as it kicks off the season with new dishes, a full menu all day, and all day happy hour. Nothing goes better with an all day full menu than all day happy hour. Clever Koi customers can sip on all wines by the glass for $7.50 and draft beer for $4.50 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Or, mix it up with a classic or contemporary cocktail - including Thai basil gimlet and passion fruit Bellinis - starting at $8. Try the It Takes Two deal on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Phoenix location, and get a choice of two rice or noodle dishes and four draught beers for $40 with an option to substitute the beers for four cocktails or a bottle of wine for $10 more.

As the leaves begin to fall, head over to El Panzon y Frida to enjoy new fresh fall tastes. Executive Chef Paulina Martinez has created several new tastes to welcome the cool weather. The Share Plates & Small Bites portion of the menu includes a variety of tasty dishes from vegetarian Quinoa Cakes to Seasonal Ceviche. Items being added to the Entrees include Seared King Salmon, The Hangar Steak and a new twist on the menu’s already popular Duck Breast. In addition to the newest items on El Panzon’s menu will be a few new fall cocktail creations, courtesy of Bar Manager, Brittany Johnson. The lineup includes a Pineapple Mezcal Gimlet, a sweet yet smoky libation featuring pineapple basil simple syrup; a Bourbon Cider with Maker’s Mark and a Pear Cider Shrub and a Spiked Pecan Latte made with Kraken Rum, homemade pecan syrup, local CULT Coffee and topped with spiced fresh whipped cream and a candied pecan.

Round up your friends and head to MidiCi: The Neapolitan Pizza Company, an authentic Neapolitan restaurant brand with a mission to bring friends together. MidiCi has recently opened its newest location in Phoenix at the Desert Ridge Marketplace. MidiCi provides pizza lovers with an upscale dining atmosphere, and serves traditional Neapolitan cuisine with fresh, natural, almost all non-GMO ingredients.

Get your brunch on at Sonata Restaurant. Enjoy the new fall brunch menu, featuring a variety of American classics with a touch of Old World flavors. New items to hit the brunch menu include an array of omelette choices, Eggs Benedict and the Vegetarian Benedict. Sweet options include Blueberry Pancakes, Champagne French Toast and a Parfait. The new brunch menu still includes diners’ favorites such as the House Made Pastrami and Hash, the Croque Madame, the Smoked Salmon, Caprese Salad and selection of crepes. Menu items can be accompanied by a mimosa with choice of freshly squeezed juice, Bloody Mary with homemade slow-roasted tomato juice, bacon and stuffed olives, and other inventive cocktail creations handmade by Bar Director Will Simpson.

Dance on down to Scottsdale to check out Old Town Gringo’s newly revamped fall menu. The “band” themed selections feature song titles, artists, music-related movie titles and pop culture references. “Executive Producer” (aka Executive Chef) Willie Nelson was instrumental in the creation of the menu’s new items, including a selection of “The Daddy Macs” macaroni and cheese dishes and “Electric Sliders,” a variety of a variety of slider-style burgers, dogs and sandwiches. Fresh salads encompass the “Lilith Fare” area of the menu, and OTG’s tacos remain on the menu under “Putting on the Ritz.” Old Town Gringos’ brunch offerings — including the Tommy Chong stuffed burrito, Graceland biscuits and gravy and Lowrider chicken and waffles — are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and accompanied by live music.

No need to head to Spain to enjoy some authentic tapas. Prado, the signature Spanish-inspired restaurant at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, has unveiled a new Tapas Bar experience alongside a refreshed menu of signature dishes. Led by Executive Chef Marcos Seville and Chef de Cuisine Smail Yaakoubi, the Prado Tapas Bar is reminiscent of the beloved culinary pastime in Spain where dishes are small in size, numerous in number and designed to be shared and enjoyed with a glass of Spanish wine.

No need to wait until dinner to get your farmhouse-fresh fare. Starting October 2, the Salty Sow restaurant will now be open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. -2:30 p.m. daily with Happy Hour starting at 4 p.m. Signature menu items will be offered including the popular Duck Fat Fries, Truffled Deviled Eggs, the Double Cheeseburger, PV Salad and the Beef Shoulder in addition to new lunch items including the Crispy Hot Chicken Sandwich, Tacos, Harold’s Chicken Salad, Grilled Salmon, Kale Slaw and more.  In addition, Sunday brunch will return beginning on October 8 featuring breakfast and lunch items from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.  The brunch buffet will be offered for the price of $19.95 per person in addition to $4 Mimosas, and a $5 Bloody Mary Bar.

Calling all daring diners, local food lovers and Valley wine fanatics. Join Crudo for an ever-changing culinary adventure: Blank Space Dinner Series. The Blank Space dinner series is a wildly creative, no-holds barred culinary throwdown, this time featuring some of the nation's top winemakers. The wines will be selected by the guest sommelier; Chef Cullen Campbell will pair a multi-course menu with a hand-selected list of wines from the guest co-host. The mystery is what makes this event so unique- Guests will receive a time, date, and name of the celebrity guest sommelier, and that's about it. The Vineyard Brands Wine Dinner will take place on October 3 at 6:30 p.m., the Jordan Salcito of Momofuku Group Wine Dinner will take place on October 11 at 6:30 p.m., and the Raj Parr of Michael Mina Group Wine Dinner will take place on November 1 at 6:30 p.m. The dinners are hosted by Crudo, and reservations are required.

 

SPORTS/GOLF

The 2017 Arizona Fall League schedule has been released featuring six teams comprised of many of Major League Baseball’s top prospects from every organization. The league plays Monday-Saturday from mid-October through the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving in November in six Phoenix-area spring training Stadiums. Opening day is October 10.