5. Cactus Jack's
The scene: Most Thursday nights at this Ahwatukee tavern mean “Rockaroke” – karaoke with live local band, the Zen Lunatics. The environs are sports-centric neighborhood beer hall meets well-staged music venue, complete with black-curtained, fire engine-red stage. 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
The songs: Expect to hear a heavy dose of classic rock, from AC/DC to ZZ Top.
(4747 E. Elliot Rd., Phoenix, 480-753-4733, cactusjacksbar.co)
Though first played more than 2,000 years ago by nomadic warriors, polo was officially introduced to the U.S. in 1876 at the prestigious Westchester Polo Club. This “sport of kings” has long been known as a rich man’s game. But America’s first pro polo player was a man of humble means: 1930 Monty Waterbury Cup winner Cecil Smith, a Texas rancher with a 10-goal rating (the highest possible skill ranking given by the United States Polo Association).
Some say if you've been to one haunted house, you've been to them all. Certain hallmarks of horror lurk around every corner: disorienting strobe lights, zombies sniffing around your head, people popping out of dark spaces suddenly and screaming in your ears, chainless-chainsaw-wielders swinging at your knees. But there are a few halloween-themed haunts around the Valley that are a cut above. From zombie shootouts in the dark desert to cursed corn mazes, here's a terrifying trio of Phoenix haunts to visit this halloween season – if you're brave enough.
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“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates,” inspirational-book author H. Jackson Brown Jr. wrote. “There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backward or sideways.”
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