There's no exact formula for starting your own wine company. You could buy land and plant grapes, but then you'd need a place to make the wine. Or you could have the winemaking facility, but you'd need the fruit. Or you could have none of those things but the burning desire to make wine. The basics ... More >>
When 30-year-old Brandon Bennett was deciding on the name for his food truck, he landed on the nickname his friends in Arizona called him when he moved to the Valley from Eugene, Oregon, in 1994: Yeti. "I was a tall, lanky hippie kid with an Afro," he says. "I didn't even know what a yeti was, but ... More >>
Ever since the legendary Hollywood Alley closed earlier this month, the only thing that's left of the renowned rock bar (other than many mementos of the place that were scooped up by regulars in the days following its shuttering) is memories. And plenty of 'em too, like 25 year's worth. We devoted t ... More >>
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.
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 >>
Join us in this week's Chef Talk as we venture inside Roka Akor, Scottsdale's posh Japanese steak and sushi restaurant. You might be surprised to see that the man behind the magic at one of the Valley's premier Japanese restaurants, Chef Jason Alford, is not actually Japanese.&nbs ... More >>
Luster KaboomThis year we're giving thanks to some of our favorite writers for sharing tales of Thanksgiving woes -- and joys. Today Laurie Notaro -- a Phoenician transplanted to Eugene, Oregon who frequently threatens to move home -- explains why she's got Thanksgiving PTSD. Last year w ... More >>
Jake KraussThe "1167," our venue in Eugene.Last night was definitely one to remember, but as much as we wanted to stay in Eugene, we had to move on to the next show. Traveling ahead unded up being a very good decision as Tacoma rocked all our socks off. So, after a little afternoon breakfast ... More >>
Jake KraussThe farm Out of Reverie finally played a show today. After days of inactivity, the guys killed it at a house show in Eugene. The promoter for the Eugene Underground show up-and-disappeared and a friend stepped in to give us a place to play. We woke up at Jake's family farm in N ... More >>
But most of the day was spent trying to pass the time. Griffin and Teran spent most of the day at the mechanic while the rest of us tried to find last minute shows.
The band and I had the chance to spend another day with the Dain Griffin's very hospitable and friendly family. We also got to walk around the neighborhood for a bit and enjoy some nice (78 degree) sunny weather.
Jason AlfordJason AlfordThe executive chef of Roka Akor hosts a Mother's Day brunch and dinner at the restaurant on Sunday, May 8. For more information, log on to www.rokaakor.com. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? KYOT ... More >>
Mantis ClawIf you've never checked out Mantis Claw do his twice-weekly gigs at Kazimierz World Wine Bar, there's only one opportunity left. Tomorrow night will be the last hurrah for the DJ and local music scene veteran, as he's about to relocate to the great northwest (more specifically: ... More >>
First, we note that the lowly Cleveland Cavs somehow beat the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers last night in what has to rank as the sports upset of this new year. A real stunner. ASU coach Herb Sendek needs help from the basketball gods For the ASU Sun Devils to beat a ... More >>
We got a chance to watch a lot of basketball on TV over the holiday, between, of course, doing chores and "catching up" with stuff around the house.We especially were interested in the start of the Pacific-10 basketball race, and what we expect will be a topsy-turvy season with no one team (with ... More >>
Band: TugboatTitle: Patches of LandBasics: Tempe five-some Tugboat are quite an anomaly in today's You Asked For It game -- a rare effort from a band that, when I tell my peers about the record, I don't have to be six beers deep, lamenting why it is I do these columns.Previous ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaConan kicks it in Phoenix.In a self-deprecating attempt to mock his bearded appearance, former Late Night and Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien remarked Friday night that he did, indeed, bear a resemblance to the plaid-wearing, paper towel-hocking Brawny Guy.Of course, O'Brien had ... More >>
Oh, Coco, we knew you'd make it happenConan O'Brien has announced via his twitter account (@ConanOBrien) that he will tour North America this spring.O'Brien's "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour" will span 30 dates will kick off April 12 in Eugene, Oregon and will come th ... More >>
Devils take on an Oregon team that hasnt played in a generation
Adult Swim fans -- and we know there are a lot of you out there -- are about to freak out. Tim and Eric of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! fame are coming to Tempe next month as part of a national tour. It's a follow-up to this year's tour, which sold out in all 14 cities last April and May."M ... More >>
The Rock 'n' Roll Soldiers fight for their right to party
Letters from the issue of Thursday, May 19, 2005
Author Notaro shares True Tales
Dan Wilkins' revenge film
Laurie Notaro blows town
This time, it's personal: Our look back at an intimate year in music.
Valley glass blowers and head shops fear prosecution, as Operation Pipe Dream shuts down a local manufacturer
Environmental groups sent out a worldwide call to save the gray whale from a Mexican salt plant. They got millions of dollars and thousands of new members. But scientists found no threat to the whales.
Modest Mouse, the band that would be indie rock's king, navigates a major-label existence
The fur flies in the battle over a dog park in Fountain Hills
Spanging, squatting and looking for Hot Dog Jesus with Tempe's street kids
The Zen life and sad death of local drummer Jon Norwood
Basking in the glory of coolness that is Cherry Poppin' Daddies, woefully unsung heroes of evolutionary, cross-genre rock
. . . DEADHEADS, MARIJUANA SMOKE AND LAWMEN TRAIL IN THE WAKE. BUT THIS TIME MIGHT BE DIFFERENT.
VALLEY AUTHOR'S BIO OF HUNTER S. THOMPSON BEATS TWO OTHERS TO THE SHELVES