Top Five Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week

If Bob Ross were alive today, he'd be painting happy little trees all over the place in ecstatic fervor for all the arts and culture happenings in Phoenix. To help you see the forest for the trees, here's a recap of the top arts and culture stories of the week.

Phoenix to Launch Bike Share Program in December

It's no secret that Phoenix tends to arrive to the LA and NYC trend parties a little on the tardy side. Lucky for downtown Phoenix residents, that isn't the case when it comes to the latest big-city trend of bike share programs.

New York recently launched its bike share service, Citi Bike, and Phoenix is already working on its own version, which is scheduled to roll out this December.

The team that was chosen to operate, fund, and supply the equipment for the program consists of CycleHop, Social Bicycles, and SandVault.

Check out the full story on downtown Phoenix's bike share program.

--Darryle Royal

15 Must-Attend Summer Events in Arizona

Vacations are nice, sure. But when money is tight and work schedules even tighter, it helps to have some in-town entertainment to break up those long days of summer.

Here are our top picks for summer events in and around the Valley.

--Katie Johnson

Tabatha Coffey Talks Bravo, Being So Over Ombre Hair, and Beauty Tips

Tabatha Coffey was born a to be a hair stylist. Her career as a salon guru with a no-nonsense reputation? That came later. Coffey evolved into a pop culture personality after appearing on Bravo's hairdressing reality competition show Shear Genius. Fans loved the striking and stern Aussie so much that she's now in the fifth season of her own show, Tabatha Takes Takeover (formerly Tabatha's Salon Takeover). On the program, she has helped numerous struggling salons. This season she looks to work with just about any kind of small business in need of her know-how.

Creating an empire isn't an easy task, but Coffey continues to expand hers (which includes a wig line, among other things) by hitting the road this summer on a speaking tour that stops at Mesa Arts Center on Sunday, June 9. Though she has a reputation for being tough, in a recent phone interview with Jackalope Ranch she was eager to talk about her show and her passion for helping others. She gave us a few beauty tips, too.

--Gigi Arredondo

Urban Restoration Opens in Phoenix's Coronado District

Listen up, vintage-loving Phoenicians, there's a new kid on the block. Urban Restoration is now open in the heart of the Coronado District. At 2237 North 7th Street, it's downtown Phoenix's newest go-to spot for vintage and upcycled goods.

Urban Restoration is open the second weekend of each month, which means its doors are open this weekend. Go ahead and mark your calendars, guys. The sale starts Friday, June 7, and runs through Sunday, June 9. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Jackalope Ranch got a private tour of the bungalow -- and an eyeful of what shoppers can expect to see at the sale. Check out the photos from our private tour of Urban Restoration here.

--Laura Armenta

Arizona Model Madison Brown Is a Guess Girl Model Search Finalist

Guess who. Arizona-based model Madison Brown is one of 25 finalists currently in the running to be clothing label Guess' next official Guess Girl.

The fashionable (and implicitly racy) title has been held famously by such celebs as Drew Barrymore, Claudia Schiffer, and Anna Nicole Smith. And it seems like Brown might just be destined to appear jeans-clad in black and white, too, if her current status as a top-five contender is any indication.

Here the full story on Madison Brown.

--Becky Bartkowski

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