CITY NEWS

Downtown initiative targets walkability and enhanced sidewalk experience in downtown Phoenix. Through a new initiative launched in January, Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) began allocating additional funding and manpower toward a series of streetscape improvements, retail matchmaking program and sidewalk activation through events. According to the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, an affiliate of DPI, that since the beginning of 2016, DPI has replanted 67 shade trees, worked with 75 potential retailers, brokers and developers to fill spaces or get new projects built, and sponsored dozens of events, helping to bring more than 100 days of activity to downtown streets this year.

RESORT NEWS

In a grand and elevated fashion, The Camby  is celebrating “National Bow Tie Day” on Aug. 28. Phoenix’s newest luxury lifestyle hotel is transforming into THE place to see and be seen on the dapper holiday with the launch of Artizen’s Weekend Brunch at Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar, a fashion show with artist Aleksandr Berki in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue and many more “double take” surprises and elements.  The Ferrari Club of America will proudly display over two dozen Ferraris at the entrance to the full day event. At high noon, New York-based artist Aleksandr Berki will lead the unveiling of five custom bow ties designed by five renowned artists in an upscale fashion show during brunch in Artizen. Each bow tie will be inspired by one of Arizona’s “Five C’s” of copper, cotton, cattle, climate, and citrus.

The FOUND:RE is set to open in early fall. The 105-room brand-new lifestyle hotel will be a one-of-a-kind experience with details, designs, public spaces and amenities inspired by contemporary art, culture, fashion and music. The hotel will enhance the city’s arts offerings with an impressive collection of contemporary art and creative guest programming woven into the entire guest experience for visitors and locals to enjoy. The modern hotel will contain a dynamic art component let by Cultural Curator Michael Oleskow who will be sourcing contemporary art of various mediums by local artists at that will inspire creative guest experiences. The FOUND:RE will be partnering with prolific designs partners to create and industrial, raw design and aesthetic throughout, with furnishing and touches such as concrete floors, exposed ceiling and floating beds. The hotel will also have an on-site restaurant, MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails that will offer a creative menu of sharable plates focusing on eclectic, globally-inspired street food.

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort is undergoing an $8.5 million guest suite renovation this summer. The tradition of delivering exceptional service and one of Phoenix's most unique resort experiences will continue as 544 of the resort's 584 all-suite guest suites will be remastered. The renovation completion is slated for October 2016.  The redesign promises an elegant retreat experience inspired by the resort’s stunning views while tying in architectural elements with a fresh view of texture, color, scale and a subtle Spanish influence.

Enjoy cool summer savings and plenty of freezing family fun this summer with The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Big Chill Package, which offers a choice of package options – a $50 per room, per night dining credit or two free sessions on the Kierland FlowRider wave simulator. The Big Chill Package will be available until Sept. 5. Rates are $169 per room, per night and from $149 per room, per night in August and September.

When ISN'T it all about the Queen Bee?   The JW Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is the place to “BEE” and “BEE” seen. The JW Desert Ridge Resort & Spa literally worships their three Queen Bee's, appropriately named Bee-oynce, Honey Bee Bee and Beeatrice, who produce approximately 10-12 gallons of raw honey per year. The fruits of their labor are sparingly and carefully utilized by the resort's culinary team in various salad dressings and recipes in the restaurants.  The property is the only known resort property in Phoenix / Scottsdale that harvests their own honey bees and host actual "Bee Breaks" for small, executive VIP groups.  According to Desert Ridge Executive Chef Michael Lamey, bee break favorites include honey glazed pork belly, honey roasted almonds, watermelon with honey-balsamic glaze, honey-coconut macaroons and house-made honey-goji berry granola bars. 

This summer, The Phoenician has something for guests of all ages and interests. For guests 7+ that want to work on their mermaid technique, AquaMermaid School teaches various techniques to glide through the resort’s pool with the help of a specifically-designed, colorful tail and fin. For adults looking for an aqua workout, a 60-minute program provides an excellent alternative core workout, combining synchronized and monofin swimming. Techies of all ages can participate in an iPad Scavenger Hunt that includes puzzles and games to track down iconic locations throughout The Phoenician. Those looking for their zen can take advantage of buy one, get one 50% off treatments at The Centre for Well-Being Spa. Foodies should head to J&G Steakhouse for a $30 three-course Afternoon Tea menu or $20 two-course menu at Relish Burger Bistro.  

The ‘paw-pular’ Hotel Radisson Phoenix North knows when you are taking a family trip; you want your four-legged friends to join in the fun! The hotel now allows your furry friends to stay and play at the Radisson for $50. Upon arrival your pet will be welcomed with the following: welcome note from our team, treat bag with some essentials, and a water mat and bowl to use during their stay. 

When the last days of summer sail into the sunset, vacationers can wave bon voyage aboard the S.S. Princess, a.k.a. the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, during the resort’s 6th Annual Labor Day Dreamcation weekend, September 2 and 5. Labor Day Dreamcation weekend begins as landlubbers are greeted at the front drive/ship dock by valets in sailor hats. Guests then embark the gangway to the lobby, where they may take a complimentary photo with a life buoy and a digitally super-imposed cruise ship or Caribbean island in the background. Outside, the Fairmont Fun Team has a full itinerary of shore excursions such as swimming with Moon Mermaid at the new Mermaid University, becoming a pirate in Swashbuckler Academy, fishing derbies with Ranger Rick, watermelon eating contests or diving for lost treasure. For the adults, sipping a Bermuda banana hurricane cocktail and listening to the sounds of a steel drummer adds to the island paradise. Grown-ups may also sample rare Caribbean rums at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar or have a poolside hair Quench treatment from Well & Being Spa.

The Monthly Mashup series returns this fall to Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, kicking off Sunday, Sept. 11. Each month, one prominent local chef joins forces with Executive Chef Mel Mecinas for an unpredictable evening of culinary fun. September will feature Chef Bernie Kantak of The Gladly and October will have Chef Cory Oppold of Atlas Bistro. Each evening features a four-course tasting menu, with highlights from each chef’s culinary concept.  The chefs join forces for a specialty amuse course to start the culinary journey.  The cost for each event in the series is $95 per person, not inclusive of tax and gratuity.

The iconic Hotel Valley Ho now offers a special in-room yoga program, in addition to the movement studio classes at VH Spa for Vitality + Health. The new STAY.ZEN package includes a variety of yoga classes that guests can follow on the in-room TV. Also included is a yoga mat they can take home with them, two water bottles, and a six-month membership to The Yoga Collective, including hundreds of online yoga classes. Each room comes ready with a STAY.ZEN kit, available for $40 (a $110 value). A second mat is available for $25.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s award-winning Lunch & Learn series returned for its 15th season this summer. The lineup, featuring some of the country’s top culinary experts, will leave guests star struck (and asking for seconds) as celebrity chefs and Food Network Stars dish out recipes and behind-the-scenes insight. On Saturdays throughout August, top chefs will join Sanctuary’s Executive Chef Beau MacMillan for interactive cooking demonstrations including a three-course meal with wine, Q&A opportunities and take-home recipes. Held in The Views Ballroom, all lunch events are $75 per person and start at 12 p.m. Dinner events are $125 per person and start at 6 p.m. All prices exclude tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. For those who wish to stay the night, a special rate of $199 with an upgrade to a Mountain Suite is offered following each Saturday event (based on availability, excluding tax and resort fee) with the purchase of a Lunch & Learn ticket.

Splash into the 90s this summer at The Scottsdale Resort. Where else are you going to find groovy, righteous and superfly decades-themed weekend dive-in movies and live music events? Like, totally take a chill pill and experience retro cocktails ... Cosmo, anyone? Nosh on some grindage at the all-new Kitchen West, BarSix40 and Twisted Vine. Or, chillax poolside after a totally tubular massage. No matter the decade, it’s time to dive into the ultimate summertime flashback. Dive into the Decades package at The Scottsdale Resort. Summer package includes: a $50 Nightly Food & Beverage Credit; two $25 Luna Spa Vouchers; Kids under 12 Eat Free (some restrictions may apply); and live music poolside from the 90s in August.

Saguaro Scottsdale, a 194-room hotel, is unveiling more than 12,000-square-feet of fresh indoor and outdoor event space and extensively renovated rooms this October. The relaunch includes the introduction of the Agave Ballroom and Patio, an ultra-flexible 5,285-square-foot event complex with a wraparound patio with fireplaces, fire pits and multiple outdoor dining and entertaining spaces at the foot of Civic Center Park. The newly renovated space will be the largest hotel event space in Old Town Scottsdale. 

New look, same luxurious resort. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch launched a room renovating this summer and is scheduled for completion this fall. The resort had just completed renovation on the upper lobby, meeting room corridors, Arizona Ballroom, Desert Garden and foyer.  The resort also added beachside putting green, 28”rock climbing wall and a Himalayan Salt Room in the Spa Avania.

ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

All’s fair in a Margarita war! The Arizona Taco Festival announced its newest lead-up series of events called Margarita Wars. Some of the best mixologists in Greater Phoenix will go head-to-head every month to determine whose margaritas reign supreme. On Aug. 8, the mixologist from Crudo will be battling it out with Jade Bar at Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain. Later this month: OBAN Sushi Bar Ramen vs. Okra!

If you couldn’t help falling in love with the music of Elvis Presley, join the Musical instrument Museum in celebrating the life of “The King of Rock and Roll”. In honor of Elvis Week, join us for a celebration of the life of “The King of Rock and Roll.” Come and take part in a fun Elvis MIMQuiz, listen to a special Curator Talk, watch a film starring Elvis Presley on the big screen, and participate in hands-on activities. All of the hip-shaking fun is included with museum admission. 

Free Summer Fun! Every fourth Sunday of August and September admission into the Heard Museum is free for everyone. Check out their summer exhibit It’s Your Turn: A Home Studio, make your own Apache saddle bag, Navajo-style home called a “hogan” and color Zuni bracelet designs.

Striking and thought provoking, Desertscapes: Narrative Landscape Photography by Wayne Norton at Pueblo Grande Museum is closing Aug. 31. Photographer Wayne Norton describes this exhibit of black and white landscape photographs as a portrait of the American desert. This exhibit is included with paid museum admission. 
The Herberger Theatre is holding a Festival of the Arts, on Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Plan to spend the day with us for live music, theater and dance performances, children’s activities, film shorts, food, pet adoptions, craft beer tasting and more! 

Explore the desert after dark with a Flashlight Tour at the Desert Botanical Garden. Thursdays and Saturdays, 7 -10 p.m. take the self guided tour with various discovery stations including: Arachnid Encounters: Tarantulas and Scorpions Discovery Station, Friendly Flyers: Bat Discovery Station, Hear a Hoot: Owl Discovery Station and Hop to It! Frog and Toad Discovery Station. Get your craft on and make Agave Fiber Bracelets, Bat Finger puppets and Constellation Cups. Bring your own flashlight and join in the nighttime of discovery. Admission is $22 for Adults, $12 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under the age of 3.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West presents an exhibition showcasing the artistic talent and intriguing life story of Lone Wolf (aka Hart M. Schultz; 1883-1970), a Blackfeet Indian artist who played a significant role in capturing the accounts of the individuals and events that shaped the American frontier during the first half of the 20th century. He was among the first American Indian artists to paint in an academic style, and is one of the most important Glacier National Park artists. Lone Wolf (Hart M. Schultz): Cowboy, Actor & Artist is currently open and will remain on view through August 31. The exhibition features oil paintings, rare bronze sculptures, pen and ink illustrations, illustrated letterhead and ephemera. The exhibition also features rare video footage including a recorded interview with the artist as he talks about his life and artistic inspirations. 

SPA 

Summer "Smoothie" at Agave, The Arizona Spa -- the perfect summer treat for the body. The 80-minute Herbal Slimming Body Wrap is a head-to-toe treatment that helps to flush toxins while firming and hydrating the skin. It features an aromatic sugar scrub, an application of herbs, spices and bioflavonoids to help melt cellulite and a mini-facial followed by a coconut firming lotion. Plus, spa guests can stay to enjoy the resort’s Aguamiel Pool, a yoga class and all the spa’s amenities.

For a relaxing summer look no further than Spa Biltmore at the Arizona Biltmore. The spa is offering guests a selection of deals for the summer. Like the Summer Tranquility Massage, a massage that blends the movements of a Swedish massage to create a relaxing experience to provide an “overall sense of well-being” regularly $140, but for summer $99. To put your best face forward this summer try the Summer Boost Facial which cleanses and moisturizes using active customized serums and natural oils followed by a variety of masks that balance and hydrates skin for only $99.

The Aji Spa at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass Resort is offering educators a chance to relax before the beginning of the new school year. The exclusive School is Out offer is 25% off on all a-la-carte spa services. This discount is offered every day until Aug. 31. Don’t miss out on this too-cool-for-school offer.

Last chance to relax for the summer! The Arizona Grand Resort Spa is offering a summer deal that can’t be missed. For $120, guests can get their choice of a custom facial or custom massage. Choose anything from a couples massage to an aromatherapy massage. After a brief skin analysis, your luxurious facial will be customized to your skincare needs. 

Half the price, but double the relaxation! Invite a friend to the Centre for Well-being at The Phoenician and enjoy a special summer buy one, get one 50% off discount. Mondays through Thursdays enjoy a facial and massage at this Forbes four star spa. Hurry in this offer lasts until Oct. 31.

Who said naps are just for kids? At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Well & Being Spa, guests can “Sleep Well” with new innovative sleep-focused services using the A.R.T. of napping: the Acoustic Resonance Therapy in the So Sound Sleep Lounge, a zero gravity chair that induces total relaxation. Wearing headphones combined with vibration of the chair, guests can feel the music resonate through their body, creating a deep state of relaxation. Options start with a 30-minute Therapeutic Nap ($49) or the experience can be extended to one hour with the addition of Harmonized Acupuncture or Melodic Reflexology ($169).

Back by popular demand, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain will host a Soul Radiance Satori Retreat, Oct. 10-13. Led by master meditation instructor Sarah McLean, who has directed programs for Deepak Chopra, among other notable figures, the exclusive retreat will rejuvenate and guide guests to a peaceful and more fulfilling life. Participants will immerse themselves in three days of instruction and guidance in meditation, self-awareness practices and mindfulness, paired with four 60-minute spa treatments and healthy and nourishing meals daily. The retreat is limited to 12 participants and costs $2,261 per person.

Spa Avania at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is transforming a favorite summertime snack into a series of luxurious body treatments. The Watermelon Breeze treatments provide a healthy dose of vitamins A and C and because watermelons are mostly made of water, they revitalize and hydrate dry summer skin. Choose between a massage featuring Watermelon Breeze massage oil ($135 for 60-minutes), a watermelon body wrap with a sugar scrub ($135 for 60-minutes) or an awakening facial with a watermelon collagen mask ($145 for 60-minutes).
    
The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Incorporate ingredients and other elements unique to the desert. Now offering guests a $175 daily spa credit and 25% off spa services, all on top of their already luxurious accommodations.  The spa has treatments like the Pinnacle Facial, named after Pinnacle Peak, the Jojoba and Prickly Pear Polish, Golfers’ Massage, and Sticks and Stones Massage, which pair perfectly with the resort’s surroundings-the Sonoran Desert. 

DINING

James Beard Foundation’s Taste America national epicurean tour kicks off in Phoenix on Sept. 22. This weekend celebration will include a Welcome Reception at Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend at The Yard, and a Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation at The Camby. The event will showcase some of the best chefs in Phoenix, as well as, James Beard Award-winning chef and Taste America All-Star Amanda Freitag. The boutique hotel is also offering a special overnight stay package, which includes two tickets to the dinner, an overnight stay at The Camby on Friday, Sept. 23 and brunch for two at Artizen Crafted American Kitchen and Bar the following morning.

The 2nd Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival is set for Nov. 19. The event has found a new home at Margaret T. Hance Park, adjacent to Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix. Hance Park will become pizza paradise for attendees who will have access to approximately 15 pizza vendors, dessert food trucks, related food vendors, and a full, park-filled festival. Pizza makers will serve $2-$4 slices, full pies, and everything in between. Some participants include: Fabio on Fire, La Piazza Al Forno PHX, Dang Brother, Dough Mama, Fireside Pizza, Lacy & Wendy’s, Nicastro’s, SuperFarm SuperTruck, Vicious Circle, Whiskey Ranch, and others. Craft beer and wine tasting stations, lawn games, and live bands will add to the pizza enjoyment.

Arizona's most awarded cocktail bar, Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour (B&T) is also home to an award-winning food menu created by chef Bob Tam. And now B&T has partnered with the restaurant every chef can't stop talking about, Tacos Chiwas, to host a can't-miss pop-up dinner featuring a spicy East meets Mexico menu. Hosted on July 31 at 5:30 p.m., enjoy an 8-course feast crafted by chef Tam and the husband-and-wife duo behind Tacos Chiwas, Armando Hernandez and Nadia Holguin. Tickets to this one-night-only cross-cultural culinary classic are $58.88 (8's symbolizing luck in Chinese culture. Tax and gratuity are included. 

Pomelo, the full service restaurant at The Orchard PHX, announced their new brunch menu. Get your daily serving of eggs with decadent dishes like Florentine Benedict, Veggie Omelet or the Breakfast Pizza. In addition to their delicious brunch items you can still enjoy non-breakfast food like their Grass-Fed Burgers and Wood-Fired Wings. Pomelo is serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

By popular demand, Market Street Kitchen is expanding its summer cocktail series to include a new Tiki Thursdays food and drink special. Surfing into town starting on Thursday, Aug. 4, (and every week after) from 5 p.m. to close, Market Street Kitchen's new weekly Tiki Thursdays will feature a "Treasure Island"-themed cocktail menu overflowing with Tiki twists on MSK's award-winning craft cocktails, served inside festive Tiki mugs and garnished with gummy sharks, festive mini umbrellas and colorful fresh fruit and herbs. Plus, dive into a shareable "Pu-Pu" food menu featuring modern twists on classic island fare such as Sockeye Salmon Lomi-Lomi, Big Eye Tuna Poke, Teriyaki Glazed Piggy Wings and Char Siu Pork Sliders. Best of all, grab your Hawaiian shirt, grass skirt or coconut bra and receive $7 Happy Hour pricing on Tiki cocktails all night long. 

On Aug. 14, Phoenix will have a new tiki bar experience like never before Rich Furnari, Travis Radevski, and Jason Asher will open Under Tow, a tiki-inspired cocktail bar beneath Sip Coffee & Beer Garage in Arcadia. Radevski, who owns Sip, and Furnari, who teamed with Asher and Peter Kasperski to open Scottsdale’s Counter Intuitive, have tapped Asher to create a subterranean escape that will snare a piece of the tiki resurgence that has dominated the national cocktail scene. To pair with the drink menu, Under Tow will slowly phase in 15 or so small dishes designed by Cullen Campbell of Crudo, just across the street. They’ll include riffs on classic pupu platter staples like shumai, bao and ribs that are easy to eat with one hand. The tiny space is still under construction, it will be centered around a bar that is hand carved by Gallardo, and the team is adding port holes, wooden decking, as well as multimedia elements to make the experience as immersive as possible.

Phoenix foodies rejoice The Joy Bus Diner is now open. The diner is a 100% nonprofit restaurant that's helping make our Valley a tastier, happier place, one meal at a time. The Joy Bus Diner boasts hearty, made-to-order breakfast and lunch fare served Tuesday - Sunday, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Even better, every cent earned will be used to support The Joy Bus, a local charity that's been bringing chef-inspired meals and caring conversations to cancer patients Valley-wide since 2011. Head in for hearty sandwiches such as Patty Melts made with grass fed beef or Reubens topped with house-made corned beef brisket; and a double-dipped crispy Chicken in a Biscuit. For more breakfast fare, enjoy Princess Poppy seed Pancakes stuffed with fluffy lemon, served with fresh fruit and choice of sausage or Tender Belly bacon, or Roasted Chile Benedict with AZ-raised filet and "Woods Bread" topped with roasted chile hollandaise.

Phoenix might not be the first place you think of for barbecue food, but we certainly hold our own. The restaurant and hotel review website, Gayot, released their top 10 list of the best BBQ spots in America and a Phoenix restaurant made the list. Little Miss BBQ offers brisket, house-made sausage, pork ribs, pulled pork and turkey breast served alongside pickles, onions and white bread. With its close proximity to Sky Harbor International Airport, there’s no reason for locals and visitors to not make a stop at Little Miss BBQ.

Kai is proud to present a match made in heaven: Cocktails and Dessert.  Speaking of powerful combinations, the ladies behind this magical evening will dazzle. Join Kai Pastry Chef Audrey Enriquez and her highly innovative and sophisticated palate for all things sweet as she teams up with another highly inspired female palate, Kai bartender extraordinaire, the inventive and refined cocktail magician Liberty Quihuis. The “Ladies of Kai” event will be held on Friday, August 19.  This collaborative five-course dessert and cocktail pairing will begin with a reception at 7:30 p.m. and service at 8 p.m. The event is offered to a limited number of guests and will be priced at $65 per person. 

SPORTS/GOLF

The Arizona Diamondbacks will offer $1 hot dogs at every Tuesday home game in the month of August. The $1 hot dogs will be available at select Doubleheaders locations throughout the ballpark. Plus this season, the D-backs launched #TealTuesdays in which fans are encouraged to wear teal to match the new home alternate teal uniforms the team wears for every Tuesday home game. Or take advantage of the newly launched Student Pass program, a mobile-based program where students will receive exclusive offers sent via text message. The offers range from a $5 lower-level ticket, to a free giveaway, discounted food and more.


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