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    April 3, 2014

    Riedel: A Lesson in Silliness.

    If you haven't figured it out by now, demystifying wine and making it more accessible to more people is my raison d'etre here in my weekly Vine Geeks blog. Whether it be celebrating a new Arizona wine or taking aim at the outright hubris of the "big boys," I really just want more people to fall in l ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Bake Like Wes Anderson's Mendl's Bakery: A Tutorial

    Oh Wes Anderson, you've won our hearts once again by teaching us how to recreate Mendl's courtesan au chocolate, a fictional filled pastry that takes center stage in his new movie The Grand Budapest Hotel. With kitschy designs, muted pastels, and chocolate custard filling, the pastry is as fun to lo ... More >>

  • Film

    February 13, 2014
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    February 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    5 Best Restaurants in Sunnyslope Right Now

    The best restaurants in Sunnyslope, at the moment, are as eclectic as the neighborhood itself. Bordered by 19th Avenue to the west, Cactus Road to the north, 16th Street to the east, and Northern Avenue to the south, they're a casual and modest bunch, capturing flavors from Mexico, Poland, Italy, a ... More >>

  • Music

    November 7, 2013
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    November 5, 2013

    Testament's Alex Skolnick: "The Main Players in Grunge Were All Metal Fans"

    Since 1983, California-bred Testament has evolved into one of the biggest names in thrash metal. If you were a metal fan in the past three decades, chances are such albums as 1987's The Legacy, 1992's The Ritual and 2008's The Formation of Damnation. And of course, the band's most recent album, 2012 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Volbeat's Michael Poulsen: The Biggest Mission We Have on Earth Is Finding Love

    Elvis, Johnny Cash, King Diamond, Black Sabbath, Ramones, Fats Domino, Motorhead--these are just a few of the influences that make Danish rock band Volbeat tick. And it seems to work out for them. They've been headlining in Europe for almost a decade, and all of their studio albums have been certifi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Turkish Coffee and London Pubs: Should They Be Protected By The Government?

    Locally owned American coffee houses are going to some extreme measures to counteract what are being called "laptop squatters," or people who camp out for long periods of time without spending more than a few dollars on coffee and food. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Luigi Di Ruocco, owne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Jason Anderson: "Someone Described Me As 'The Andrew WK of Folk Music'"

    I feel like a typical singer-songwriter set involves opening with two or three high energy numbers before mellowing out a little bit, so as to not over-exert oneself or the audience. This isn't exactly Jason Anderson's pace. Watching him is like witnessing an indie Bruce Springsteen whose speed is a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 9, 2013
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    April 4, 2013
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    March 8, 2013

    Bodega 420 in Phoenix: What We Bought, What We Skipped, and What We're Still Lusting Over

    The Spot: Bodega 420, Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. See Also: - Biltmore Union Farmers Market: What We Skipped and What We're Still Lusting Over - Jobot Owner Helps to Open New Market on Roosevelt: Think Fresh Veggies, Bulk Grains, Mexican Candy, and Hula Hoops - Aaron Chamberlin's Phoenix ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Arizona Produces More Porn Stars Than 43 Other States (Perhaps)

    According to what appears to be very important research, Arizona-born folks tend to show up in pornographic movies more often than most other states.In fact, according to a 10,000-porn-star sample taken by writer Jon Millward, only six states have produced more porn stars than Arizona.See also:-Back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    6 Don't-Miss Events During AZ Cocktail Week: Feb 16-22

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Phoenix is becoming a bona-fide food-town, "becoming" (present progressive) being the operative word. Exhibit A, for your consideration: the second annual Arizona Cocktail Week, a seven-day series of boozy events -- some educational, others not so much -- b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink this Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: Gilbert Food Truck Court to Re-Launch This Friday, Jan. 18 AZ Cocktail Week Kicks Off Feb. 16: Expect a Carnival, Competition and Seminars. Better Line Up a Designated Driver. Q ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 10, 2013
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    January 4, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Your Holiday Heavy Metal Gift Guide

    What's the most metal gift you've ever received? I can think of several that stick out: Led Zeppelin vinyl, a miniature model of Dimebag Darrell's Razorback lightning bolt guitar, spike-bedecked high heels that would make a dominatrix envious, a stripper pole paired with a handle of whiskey. But I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - Hana Japanese Eatery Makes Travel Leisure's Best Sushi Restaurants in U.S. - Five Things to Eat and Drink Before the End of the World Christkindlmarkt: A Celebration of Germ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Leftover Cuties' Retro Ukelele Sound Makes You Smile

    With a name like Leftover Cuties and a penchant for unabashed use of ukelele, how could the Los Angeles-based quartet of Shirli McAllen, Austin Nicholsen, Stuart Johnson, and Mike Bolger be anything other than adorable? The group's folksy sound evokes images of happy couples strolling down a board ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Polish Goodies: Pierogi, Sausages, and Sauerkraut (Oh, My!)

    Danuta and Richard Zablocki are starting over. And they're starting over in Sunnyslope. Both originally from cities in southwestern Poland, the couple hit hard times in 2010 with their first restaurant, a sandwich shop, in the Scottsdale Airpark. But looking back, Danuta tells me, she wouldn't cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Henry Rollins Won't Tell You Who to Vote For (But He Really Thinks You Should Vote)

    See also: OFF!'s Dimitri Coats Talks Phoenix Oil Theft Charges See also:Henry Rollins on Occupants, the Occupy Movement, and the RadioYesterday, 458 episodes of legendary maverick pirate/BBC radio broadcaster John Peel's radio program were mysteriously uploaded to SoundCloud. For fans of radio that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    In Celebration of the Best Metal Documentaries

    See also: Metallica at Outside Lands: The Five Best Parts of the Band's Fiery San Francisco Show See also: The 10 Most Ridiculous Claims Made By Dave Mustaine of Megadeth See also: Lamb of God's Randy Blythe Set Free; Five Finger Death Punch Weighs InHeavy metal fans are a tenacious bunch. Plenty o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2012

    Top Phoenix Music Stories of the Week

    The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Lamb of God and Dethklok Cancel Tour

    See also: We Spoke to Lamb of God's Chris Adler Before the Band's Future Was Up in the Air See also: Lamb of God Controversy: Tempe Metal Band TOAD Sounds Off The continued incarceration of Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic in alleged connection with the death of a fan in 2010 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.

  • Culture

    June 7, 2012
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    May 17, 2012

    94: Hanna Gabrielsson

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Best of Coachella Weekend Two: Sunday, April 22

    See also: Our complete Coachella coverage By the third day of Coachella's second weekend -- the sixth and final day of this year's festival -- folks had more or less learned to ignore the dust and the heat. Here are our intrepid writers' favorite things about the final hours of the 2012 event.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Flier of the Week: Radiohead Tribute

    ​Radiohead is a pretty academic seeming band. And so it's only fitting that a bunch of local bands are taking to Scottsdale to school you in all things Radiohead. You thought you knew all of the band's songs, didn't you? Maybe you do, but now you'll get to hear them with a fresh twist by some band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Nominees for the 84th Academy Awards

    ​Our shiny, golden man is back for the 2012 Academy Awards. Nominees for this year's awards were announced this morning, with a few surprises. We've listed them below, and we're plotting award-time strategy (and perhaps a drinking game). So grab the popcorn and catch up on these flicks before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Christopher Danowski, What Are You Listening To?

    Christopher Danowski​Christopher Danowski Danowski is the co-conspirator of Theater in My Basement, which is working on a new series of performance/video/installations on the nine muses and planning for the next Teatro Caliente festival in January 2011.When you put your key in the ignition and tur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    The Knux Kick Off US Tour at Scottsdale's Rogue Bar

    ​It's a pretty common complaint around town that awesome acts often skip Phoenix on tour. Well, here's a story that argues the opposite. New Orleans-based rap duo The Knux are kicking of their tour here in the Phoenix Metro, at Scottsdale's Rogue Bar on Tuesday, November 8. The band often gets c ... More >>

  • News

    August 4, 2011
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    July 21, 2011
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    June 23, 2011
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    May 31, 2011

    Flier of the Week: Mother Mother

    ​Vancouver band Mother Mother are holding it down with an awesome flier with a palette of summer hues. The graphics on the flier were taken from the cover of the band's album Eureka, which was released in March. It's bright, it's ferocious, it's awesome, and it's the flier of the week.Mother Mothe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Chicago Shoot Out: Luke's vs. Lobby's

    ​In order for a hot dog to be called a Chicago Style Hot Dog, the purveyor must adhere to a very specific, very detailed list of toppings and preparations. The first rule: No Ketchup. The second: all-beef kosher dogs, usually Vienna Beef ( first sold at the Chicago World Expo in 1863). The ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Eating the World: Europa Pastry Cafe

    The best ethnic food is often the most difficult to find. So each week we'll spin the globe and search for a new other-worldly spot to expand our eating horizons around the Valley.This week we go to Poland at Europa Pastry Cafe. Carrie Wheeler The small pierogi and stuffed cabbage plate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    The Toasters, Monkey, and Go-Go 13 Headline Two-Day Ska Fest at The Clubhouse in January

    The Toasters​Ska kids and rude boys from throughout the Valley will definitely be skanking up a storm at this news: alt-rock station X103.9 and local promoter Jeremiah Gratza (a.k.a. President Gator) are bringing a massive two-night ska festival to the Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe next month. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Pastis vs. Pittsburgh Willy's: Another Pierogi Gets Burned

    Last week, one of the dudes hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates to run around in a pierogi costume was fired for comments he made about the team on Facebook. Not being from Pennsylvania, I could've cared less about the ridiculous mascot and his social media woes. But the incident did ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010
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    May 3, 2010

    TLC Launches Best Food Ever (or Yabba-Dabba-Done-to-Death)

    Napoleon Dynamite: This is pretty much the worst video ever made. Kip: Napoleon, like anyone can even know that. Let me go, I need to narrate. Wilma!​Kip's right. How can anyone know what's the worst (or the best) of anything? TLC's hoping we'll trust their judgment with its new show, Best Food ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Behind the Bar: Tyler Christensen at Malee's Thai Bistro

    ​Not only is Tyler Christensen the bar manager at Malee's Thai Bistro, but he's also a musician, world traveler (where he picks up ingredients and ideas for drink creations) and public-transit advocate. Oh, and did we mention he started his own independent record label?One of Christensen's other p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Groupon: Unintentional Comedy?

    How can you not love Groupon? I sure do. It's a daily deal delivered to your inbox, and some of the offers from local businesses are incredible. And it's free to join.But have you ever actually read some of these descriptions? Somebody is getting really creative in writing their copy. I actually loo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 18, 2010

    Rock Me Amadeus

    Phoenix Symphony performs Mozart’s final piece

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    April 2, 2009
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    May 19, 2005

    Sausage Fest

    It was the wurst of times

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