To be honest, our thoughts on Thanksgiving tend to align with Wednesday Addams circa 1993. We know we're not alone there — nor are we alone in recognizing the holiday as, well, super problematic. (Please see Chescaleigh
for further explanation.) But with mild pyromania and general rage at bay, we know there's a lot to be happy about. In no particular order, here are 50 reasons why we're feeling thankful to live in Phoenix.
The Valley is home to countless creatives — and every other year, we're lucky enough to talk with 100 of them
Seemingly against all odds, Mesa
is developing quite the vibrant arts scene.
Every December, Santas
run rampant through Scottsdale.
47. Phoenix Sky Harbor
has the best airport name ever — and it showcases stellar art.
Postcommodity, an art collective with Phoenix roots, will show at the 2017 Whitney Biennial
The warehouse district just keeps getting artier, thanks to ASU
and Michael Levine.
Finally! There's a full-blown Sephora within city limits
Speaking of beauty, our nail artists
continue pushing the boundaries of the medium (and cuticles, too).
42. Scottsdale gallery Art One
has been supporting up-and-coming local artists for 23 years.
Some pretty stellar scientific discoveries
have been made in our backyard.
And our inventors
are impressive, too.
We have an entire festival devoted to zines.
It's been a year of tough transition for Roosevelt Row, but at least those god-awful planters
36. Fall means highs of 80
, a.k.a. dreamy light sweater weather.
Our tourist attractions
are so dope we visit them regardless of towing along out-of-towners.
Two words: "Chaos Theory
And anytime we need a break, we know our spas
offer world-class treatments.
Twenty artists with ties to Arizona will show work during Art Basel in Miami Beach
We do Día de los Muertos
to digital art
, our creative set is ready to take on Donald Trump.
29. Feminist comedians
are taking the Phoenix scene into their own hands.
Phoenix is a hotbed for stellar architecture. These iconic properties
are all the proof you need.
It was touch and go for a minute, but Arizona Theatre Company
got the funding it needed to produce its 50th season.
From fantasy to sci-fi, our local authors
are worthy of a spot on your nightstand.