I fell in love with cheese at my first job out of culinary school. In many restaurants, the pastry department is responsible for cheese plates, and Bouchon was no different. The first time I placed Humboldt Fog in my mouth, my world expanded. A whole new world of flavors and textures lay before me, ... More >>
The world never cared about Death. Until now. In the early 1970s, before even the long-revered "godfathers and godmothers of punk" were trailblazing the genre, the Detroit trio was doing it first (and quite well, for that matter). But nobody outside of sibling band members David, Dannis, and Bobby ... More >>
Arizona spends the fewest dollars per student on education than any other state in the country, according to an estimate.People often mention that Arizona's per-pupil spending rate is the third or fourth-lowest in the nation, based on census information that is usually about two years old by the tim ... More >>
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your lists -- no matter who they are. Here (divided by category for your convenience) are our 50 favorite gifts this holida ... More >>
Here's a free piece of advice for all you journalism majors out there: Go to law school. As a lawyer, the hours are the same, you can read and write to your heart's content, and you get paid a pant-load to make a phone call. No kidding. Reading through invoices that law firms submit to public enti ... More >>
Lately, I have been filling out my farmers market forms, to get my pastry business a booth in some of the fall markets. Page after page of questions, rules, and regulations are mulled over with a glass of wine, but there is one that leaves me a little befuddled, pondering how to best answer. The s ... More >>
While Mother Nature continues to wreak havoc on our thermostats, most people are bundling up and keeping indoors during the chilly season. Everyone except California-based reggae rockers Rebelution that is. The Santa Barbara-natives are ditching the warm embrace of their sandy sunny digs to embark o ... More >>
When writing about Things As They Are, the debut LP by Tucson psychedelic outfit Saint Maybe, for my 10 Best Things I Heard in 2012 column, I noted the album's sprawling, wide-open desert quality: "[It] sounds like the space between Phoenix and the Old Pueblo. It feels like a late night drive, the r ... More >>
Lynne Rossetto Kasper -- longtime host of NPR's James Beard Award-winning The Splendid Table -- was in town over the weekend to help KJZZ with its pledge drive. When I mentioned to four different friends that I was interviewing her, I got the same excited (and clearly envious) response every time: ... More >>
The Black Swans Jerry DeCicca with some black swans When preparing for an interview with a band I Google the hell out of them beforehand. In the case of Columbus, Ohio band The Black Swans, this task was a little more difficult than normal thanks to the movie Black Swan. In fact, when trying t ... More >>
It's possibly the oldest, loudest gripe in Phoenix's music scene: Why Tucson?By that they mean, "Why is this cool band that I really love playing that bumblefuck shithole down South when they could play our sprawling metropolis of interconnected stripmalls?"Electric Mustache's photographer/hatche ... More >>
www.tpm.comAs much fun as it's been to watch Senator John McCain and J.D. Hayworth duke it out over who has the most racist supporters -- William Gheen's endorsement of Hayworth takes the cake, of course -- the political grappling has shifted to a new battlefield: earmarks. Yeste ... More >>
Gary Karpin, the mouthy disbarred attorney-divorce mediator whose illegal courthouse antics cost his "clients" thousands of dollars and untold heartache, was sentenced on Friday afternoon to almost 16 years in prison. A courtroom packed mostly with the con artist's victims listened intently as Ma ... More >>
Perspectives on suffering
Cher was a whole other thing
Jeanne Clark's pooch is missing. And somebody's to blame.
Unsuspecting consumers are getting ripped off by the hundreds. The Supereme Court is working to stop this unauthorized practice of law.
Phoenix counselor finds a different kind of gold at the Winter Olympics
15 years later, Frank Miller once more dons Batman's cape and cowl
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.
John Vanderslice is an excellent musician and songwriter. He's also a pretty good prankster.
Folksy Norman Rockwell exhibition explores magic in the mundane
Trio of Valley vets proves to be the Wild Bunch of local music
A neighborhood's trees fall victim to a better view of freeway billboards
The Dark Side of Oz? Man, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Now in its first cycle, Arizona's new Clean Elections law is putting bureaucrats and candidates through the wringer
Camden Joy turned Cracker's David Lowery into fiction. Too bad he's real -- and really angry.
ESPN battles Phoenix webmaster over domain name
The taxpayers would get soaked and the Arizona Cardinals would get fat at Rio Salado Crossing
Is the nation's leading proponent of campaign-finance reform turning his back on a homegrown effort?
Symington's tax cuts had little or nothing to do with Arizona's economic boom, which isn't as robust as it's made out to be
YEAH. THAT'S HOW THE GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT CATCHES ILLEGAL HUNTERS WITH THEIR PANTS DOWN.
THE WASHINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT JUST LOVES TO RECALL BOARD MEMBERS. THIS TIME THE FIGHTING VERGES ON THE CHILDISH.
AN ASU AUTHOR EXAMINES THE SOURCES OF MARTIN LUTHER KING'S POWERFUL WORDS