Art and wine have been entwined for centuries – natural creative bedfellows whose mutual consumption, some might say, enhances the experience of both. Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca live and breathe both art forms, manifested in their Scottsdale wine gallery, where visual art blends seamlessly with the oenological art produced by their vineyard and winery in the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona.
On NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, acerbic geek gurus debate everything from theme parks and Pixar trivia to the effect a flick’s opening sequence has on overall enjoyment. This isn’t strictly nerd territory, either. Comic books and Marvel movies are tossed in among more mainstream pop culture topics like Hulu’s new Difficult People show. It’s a bright, witty, fabulously fun round-table discussion of daily entertainment – even if there isn’t any actual drinking involved.
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On Labor Day, everybody's favorite feline -- Internet meme sensation Grumpy Cat -- threw out the first pitch at the Arizona Diamondbacks game, as the D-Backs took on the San Francisco Giants. The Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 6-1, but the real winner was Grumpy Cat. The cat (real name: Tardar Sauce), who has feline dwarfism and an underbite that gives her a purrfect permafrown, is one of four cats in the home of the Valley-based Bundesen family. Grumpy Cat received her own Diamondbacks jersey, met and mingled with media and MLB Hall of Famer Tony La Russa, and vicariously tossed the first pitch from the mound. Here's a slideshow of Grumpy's big day at the game.
When sizzling temperatures start to subside, Phoenicians look forward to cooler September nights and more time spent outside. But autumn also signals the start of the performing arts season at venues across the Valley. There’s a lot to choose from, but here are five of September’s can't-miss performing arts events:
The sitcom trope of “annoying next-door neighbor” is often the character audiences love to hate. Bewitched had busybody Gladys Kravitz, Everybody Loves Raymond introduced sharp-tongued mother-in-law Marie Barone, and perpetual do-gooder Ned Flanders was the butt of Homer’s jokes on The Simpsons.
How do you spend your birthday if you are Larry Fitzgerald Jr.? Running routes on the practice field and running food at Dominick’s Steakhouse, of course. The wide receiver hosted his seventh annual Fitz’s Supper Club, Celebrities at YOUR Service on August 31 at the swank Scottsdale eatery, and yours truly lucked out with an invitation to be on the red carpet.
The 2015 NFL football season kicks off Thursday, September 10... which means you have exactly 197 hours from this writing to squeeze in another fantasy football league draft. Need a location? Consult this PM hand-selected list of the most FF-friendly bars and restaurants in the Valley. And for Pete's sake, don't take a quarterback in the first round. Only scrubs do that.
A few years back, lifelong athlete Billie Drury decided to turn her zest for exercise into a career and opened Arcadia Pilates and Performance. In her tidy Phoenix studio, Drury teaches Pilates to a wide spectrum of clients – from people rehabilitating from injuries to athletes, and everyone in between. She has a master’s degree in exercise and wellness from Arizona State University and holds certifications in Pilates, yoga, personal training and fascial stretch therapy. I caught up with Drury to ask her a few questions about Pilates.
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