Books to read

Books to read   By Julie Carlson   WOLF BY WOLF By Ryan Graudin   Known for creating fantastical worlds, Ryan Graudin offers an alternative version of World War II in Wolf by Wolf, the first in a new series of books. Wolf by Wolf takes place in Europe in 1956 when the Axis powers of Germany and Japan have won the war, not the Allies. At the heart of this story is Yael, a child of the Holocaus ...

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As Dirk––A guy’s perspective on matters of the heart and home

Ask Dirk  A guy’s perspective on matters of the heart and home.   Hi Dirk, I see your advice column and wonder each issue if it’s going to be ridiculous satire or something poignant and worth taking into consideration. I’m a 17-year-old high school cheerleader; some might say I am the top of the heap when it comes to popularity, but the top is where it’s windiest. I see people all the time in not only ...

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Singer-songwriter-guitarist Lee Perreira

Soulful Stylings  The blues-infused rock n’ roll tunes of singer-songwriter-guitarist Lee Perreira intrigues writer Lynette Carrington. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Lee Perreira has been a fixture on the local music scene for many years. Perreira has performed supporting Train, The Fray, “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze, Matt Nathanson, Jimmy Gnecco, INXS, Scott Stapp of the band Creed, Keaton Simons, and m ...

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Color-change sapphire

Gem Trends  The rarest colored jewels are always sought after. Jewelry expert Scott Bohall explains why.     Each year, the latest fashion trends and hot colors show up in Paris and Italy. Sometimes those trends carry over into the gem world, and sometimes they don’t impact the jewelry industry. But, the place that really determines what is hot or not in the gemstone market is Bangkok, Thailand. I ...

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Local photographer Christopher Oshana

Christopher Oshana  Local photographer pulls back the curtain of those suffering from PTSD. By Nicole Royse   Local photographic artist Christopher Oshana’s work is raw, emotional, and moving. His imagery ranges from the majestic Arizona landscape, to rustic still lifes and captivating portraits that offer a glimpse into his subject’s psyche, as well as his own military past. A retired 20-year Navy vet ...

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M.D. Thalmann laments his poor choices at Oktoberfest and football games

Fall Follies  M.D. Thalmann laments his poor choices at Oktoberfest and football games Small pox isn't the only reason to thank European colonists! That’s right, I said it. Those pasty complected discoverers of already inhabited continents brought us style, culture, celebrations, sports, and libations. They likewise opened the door for all sorts of other interesting people to bring other wonderful bits of e ...

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State historian Marshall Trimble on the standard practices of frontier doctors

Practicing Medicine State historian Marshall Trimble on the standard practices of frontier doctors. The frontier was a great place for a doctor to start a practice. The word “practicing” when it came to medicine in territorial Arizona could well be interpreted literally. And, a license to practice wasn’t required until 1900, therefore anyone could hang out a shingle and start practicing. Folks were pretty t ...

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Things to do in November

NOVEMBER    6 Join the Valley’s top culinary stars under a glittery sky at Cooks and Corks, a one-night-only self-guided outdoor culinary tasting event spotlighting Arizona’s top local chefs and a world-class collection of winemakers. $125. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale. cooksandcorks.org   6–8 Join the Thunderbird Artists f ...

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Top 10 North Valley Architecture Firms

      The following American Institute of Architects Arizona-member architectural firms are among the best in the Valley. As leaders in their field, they create stunning structures that stand out as works of art.   AAK Architecture & Interiors, Inc. 7585 E Redfield Rd., Suite 106 Scottsdale (480) 588-5852 aakaii.com AAKAII’s dedicated team of design professionals delivers a no-nonsen ...

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American muscle––Dodge Charger R/T Plus

American Muscle If you’re looking for an inspired driving experience with a lot of horsepower, look no further than the Dodge Charger R/T Plus, says auto writer Greg Rubenstein. When Fiat bought Chrysler in 2009, there were lots of questions about what the Italian auto conglomerate might do with what was arguably America’s most troubled car company. After all, Fiat’s own reputation was mediocre at best, esp ...

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Taylor Morrison is opening four exciting new communities at Desert Ridge

Sanctuary at Desert Ridge   Taylor Morrison is opening four exciting new communities at Desert Ridge. By Andrew Driggers Looking for impressive home designs in the North Phoenix area? Look no further than Sanctuary at Desert Ridge from Taylor Morrison. The Valley-based homebuilder is excited to announce a sensational lineup of new floor plans that are coming to the popular Desert Ridge area this fall. Locat ...

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A Trip to Neverland

A Trip to Neverland   Party stylist Jamila Watson creates a Halloween celebration inspired by a classic children’s tale. “Never grow up” has to be one of my favorite lines from Peter Pan. I’ve watched the movie Peter Pan so many times as a child and was so happy to watch it again many times with my own kids. So now that Halloween is upon us and the new Pan movie is coming out this month, I decided to orches ...

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The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts celebrates 40 years

Performance Art Celebrate with the stars during the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 40th anniversary. By Julie Carlson Influential Afro-Cuban jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Chucho Valdes will perform a concert at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts as part of its 40th-anniversary celebration. Scottsdale’s arts community has a lot to celebrate this year. Nestled within the vibrant park ...

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The Fourth Annual Weekend Jetaway Culinary Casino Classic offers high-flying flavors

Drinking It All In  The Fourth Annual Weekend Jetaway Culinary Casino Classic offers high-flying flavors.   By Alison Bailin Batz On Fri., Oct. 23, the Scottsdale Airport will transform from bustling transportation hub to the hottest party the North Valley has ever seen as it hosts the Fourth Annual Weekend Jetaway Culinary Casino Classic, presented by AXA Advisors Southwest. Set within one of the airp ...

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Get set for celestial shows in the fall Arizona skies

Spectacular Sights  Get set for astounding celestial shows in the fall Arizona skies By Steve Kates     With the annual monsoon season behind us, we look forward to a most magical time of the year, when temperatures lower and the skies reveal many fresh and ancient wonders. Get set for these spectacular sights in our October and November skies. First up, on or around Oct. 8, look to the eastern sk ...

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