As September wraps up, that can only mean one thing, it's Oktoberfest time. Grab your lederhosen and your mug-shaped hat and prepare to stuff your face with beer, bratwurst and pretzels. Here's our list of the Oktoberfest activities going around in Metro Phoenix.
An army veteran was shot and killed by a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy yesterday in Fountain Hills, the Sheriff's Office says. David Brandstette, 26, was walking naked in traffic at around 12:45 a.m. Sunday, prompting two calls to 911 as drivers swerved to avoid striking him, MCSO reports.
Break out the lederhosen and fill your glass boots with beer, or rather "bier," because it's time for Oktoberfest fever to take over the Valley. Whether you're looking for a one-day fest to celebrate German food, drink and culture or a days-long party with live music and more beers can you can count ... More >>
Nothing reeks of desperation like Arizona residents breaking the state record for buying lottery tickets.Arizonans forked over $692.9 million for their 1-in-a-zillion chance at getting rich in fiscal year 2013, which is the most spent in the 31-year history of the Arizona Lottery.
Oenophiles can now mix a long finish with the beauty of flight thanks to a new wine bar and restaurant at the Scottsdale Airpark. See also: - Market Street Kitchen in Scottsdale Introduces Sunday Brunch - Republica Empanada Will Bring Latin Comfort Food and South American Specialties to Downtown Me ... More >>
Republican Representative John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills has had quite the legislative session thus far.He kicked it off by announcing his support for repealing Arizona's voter-approved medical marijuana law, followed it up with vocal support of a bill that would protect Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the e ... More >>
A new poll that shows high support by Arizona voters for medical marijuana is unlikely to be challenged by anti-pot lawmaker Representative John Kavanagh: The political consulting firm used by Kavanagh and his wife, Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh, conducted the survey. Kavanagh still hopes to ... More >>
John Kavanagh, the Republican State Representative from Fountain Hills, doesn't want any exceptions in a proposed medical-pot repeal for patients with cancer, AIDS, or any other serious disease. Verifiable illness or not, they would be booked into jail under Arizona's felony possession law like any ... More >>
Count one less Italian restaurant and pizzeria in East Phoenix. Gaspers Casual Italian Dining has shuttered. Opened in July of 2010 at 4117 North 16th Street (16th and Indian School Road), and in the spot that used to be Zest, the restaurant was owned by Gasper Manno, co-founder of Sapori D'Italia ... More >>
Wearing a G-string in public as an 82-year-old man might not be a crime, but showing off what's under that G-string to a 14-year-old girl sure is.That's what the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is saying Fountain Hills resident John Phillips did on Monday, while he was hanging out near the Salt Riv ... More >>
After being run out of three venues in Phoenix last month by activists, a fundraiser for recalled, former state Senate President Russell Pearce has finally found a home at a local hotel run by one of his supporters. According to an item on the conservative Sonoran Alliance blog, Pearce and his ethi ... More >>
The origins of gelato -- Italian ice cream made with less butterfat, a higher density, and served slightly warmer than its American counterpart -- date back to frozen treats made from mountaintop snow and ice in ancient Rome and Egypt. Thankfully, for those of us in search of the frozen sweet trea ... More >>
Michael Brown, a former CVS pharmacy employee who was busted on child-porn charges in June 2010, pleaded guilty today to five related charges.Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies arrested Brown after they received a tip that he had left several pornographic images of children in one of the store's pho ... More >>
No fair! Here we've spent weeks discussing options for an Arizona state food, and here comes the state of Maine with the coolest state food ever: the whoopie pie. Who knew? These treats are kind of (at least in appearance) like oversized French macarons; two rounded chocolate cakes resembling b ... More >>
Courtesy of Anthony Redendo For Anthony Redendo of Sofrita and Redendo's Pizzeria, having a successful restaurant of one's own is not enough. Redendo is a teacher and mentor to his culinary students at Phoenix College as well as his followers on Facebook. Is this guy really a ch ... More >>
We ventured up to Fountain Hills to see if the rumors of real New York style bagels were true, and we confirmed it: DJ's Bagel Café is an authentic, East Coast bagelry.
After sitting vacant for the last year and a half, the building that last housed Zest Spirited Dining (4117 N. 16th St., north of Indian School) will soon become Gasper's Pizzeria, an Italian restaurant specializing in traditional Neapolitan-style pizza, and rustic southern Italian cuis ... More >>
An early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives. The 7th annual Forks & Corks event is happening tomorrow, April 8th. More then 20 restaurants and resorts, such as District American Kitchen, Fleming's, Blanco, and the Royal Palms, will be dishing up a few of th ... More >>
Watch your skin tone -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio has begun another crime sweep. As he promised, the Maricopa County sheriff is turning up the heat once again on illegal immigrants. His 14th such effort, according to the Associated Press, is focusing on "drop houses, drug violators an ... More >>
Famed director Francis Ford Coppola did it. So did Sam Neill and Olivia Newton-John and Tool's Maynard James Keenan. If they can get into the wine business, so can you! All you need is a large grape arbor, some vats, processing equipment, oak barrels, bottles, massive amounts of tim ... More >>
Local filmmaker explores childhood grieving
UB40: Friday, August 8, at Fort McDowell Casino By Clay McNear Ah, what a tangled web Neil Diamond unwittingly wove when he wrote the song "Red Red Wine" back in '67. For starters, it was a pretty un-Diamondlike tune, something borne out by what happened after Neil's own raspy-throated version cam ... More >>
By Michele Laudig The last couple of weeks have been pretty brutal -- I can only hope that the monsoon season will bring us a break from the extreme heat. In the meantime, there's at least a little relief, in the form of two new gelato shops that have recently opened. At the Shops at Norterra, 2 ... More >>
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