Summer Guide: Get Toasted

Get toasted, Phoenix. And we're not talking about the backs of your legs on pleather seats after your car's roasted in the sun for an hour in the Safeway parking lot. We mean cocktails — serious cocktails. In our latest guide to summer in this godforsaken city (well, godforsaken from May to September, at least) Sarah Fenske's drinking up the latest trend: artisanal cocktails. Robrt L. Pela fondly recalls boozing days gone by, and Benjamin Leatherman's got your towel ready, along with a list of the best pool parties around town.

We've got other plans for you, too. Sativa Peterson will help you borrow everything from music to a trek through a local museum, courtesy of your public library. Take off with Eric Manch for the cooler climes of Tucson, or head to Saguaro Lake for some kayak action with C.M. Redding. And, as always, we've got your summer mainstay — a guide to this season's movies. Cheers!

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at