A War of Words

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Former Civil Wars singer John Paul White has played the Musical Instrument Museum three times. Still, he doesn’t think he’s quite grasped the North Phoenix landmark. “I’m a dork,” White says. “I read all the cards and watch all the videos. But more than that, the staff is the palate cleanser we need. “We’ve been playing rock clubs and dive bars with terrible green rooms. They d ...

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A Vessel of the Lord

By Taylor O’Connor Linda Parker-Smith was going through a dark time in her life. She lost her husband and sister, and then her son took his own life. It was during that time she felt God’s touch and heard his voice. He says, “Now is the time for smiles,” the Cave Creek resident recalls. It was her trust in the Lord that brought her to create Smiles and Beyond, a nonprofit that helps incarcerated men and wom ...

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A ‘Pride and Jewel’

Hotels, homes and hotspots aptly describe Rick Carpinelli’s plans for North Phoenix’s Desert Ridge master-planned community on the vacant land east of the marketplace. Crown Realty & Development, for whom Carpinelli is senior vice president of acquisition and development, is essentially building a new city. The land surrounding High Street has been called the Valley’s most prized, undeveloped commercial ...

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The Play’s the Thing

Southwest Shakespeare Company hosts Naked Shakes at Taliesin West By Niki D’Andrea William Shakespeare’s history plays dramatize five generations of Medieval power struggles. If someone were to watch stagings of all of them in a row, they would be sitting still for almost 24 hours straight. That sounds like Medieval torture. Thankfully, professor Irwin Appel has taken eight of the Bard’s historical plays an ...

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Inside Out

Spartan Home Services offers interior and exterior cleaning By Eric Newman When David Hartman moved to Anthem from northern Michigan with his fiancée Carmen Jordan, they had one goal: Keep the north Phoenix area beautiful. They aim to do it one property at a time. With children already living in the area, and wishing to find warmer weather, the pair settled in the Valley in July and opened Spartan Home Serv ...

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In the Hood

Five of the North Valley’s hottest neighborhoods By Sherry Jackson Union Park at Norterra It’s no secret that the real estate market in the Valley is booming. New business announcements, corporate headquarter relocations and expansions have been fueling this growth for the past several years. New home developers can barely keep up with demand. Everyone, it seems, wants to move to the North Valley. More than ...

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On the Rise

A-Authentic Garage Doors builds solid reputation and plans expansion By Lauren Wise A garage door is one of those things that tends to reveal its true necessity only when it’s not working properly. Whether broken, damaged by a wayward emergency break – or the illusion that the garage is already open, as has happened to this writer – or squeaks so loudly you put mousetraps in the garage corners, you’re in a ...

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Hair Play

Owner of KW Styling Studio finds fulfillment in helping clients look their best By Alison Stanton Kristy Wallace knew from a very early age that she wanted to go to cosmetology school and get into the beauty industry. “Growing up, I was always into makeup and hair,” Wallace says. “Between painting my dog’s nails and always being the friend who styled everyone’s hair and did their makeup, I knew it was my ca ...

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Celebration of Fine Art

Jake Potje and Susan Morrow Potje connect artists and collectors By Lauren Wise For almost 30 years, the Valley has hosted one of the country’s premier art events: the Celebration of Fine Art. Sprawled under white tents in Scottsdale from January to March, this juried, invitational show and art sale showcases over 100 artists from around the country, who continuously create and sell their pieces from within ...

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The Flagstaff Flautist

R. Carlos Nakai Quartet brings Native American fusion music to MIM By Lauren Wise Arizona is a melting pot of musical influences, with the sounds of Native American, Western, and Americana heritage melding with the styles of jazz, hip-hop, rock and country. Music enthusiasts do not have to look far to discover new sonic flavors, bending the wavelengths between traditional and modern. In fact, it’s one of th ...

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Frozen in Time

Exhibit of Barry Goldwater’s photos captures rarely seen sides of Arizona By Niki D’Andrea Ali Goldwater remembers flying in a plane over the Grand Canyon with William F. Buckley, Jr. and her grandfather, Barry Goldwater, when she about 5 years old. “We flew up there, and he would always have a camera,” she recalls. “He usually had a couple cameras with him, because he’d be shooting black and white and colo ...

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Silver Anniversary

Sedona International Film Festival brings Tinseltown to the red rocks By Octavio Serrano Ed Asner, Richard Dreyfuss, Mackenzie Phillips, Blythe Danner and Deepak Chopra are among the stars slated to help the Sedona International Film Festival celebrate its 25th anniversary. From February 23 to March 3, the nine-day festival will host more than 160 movies this year. “Our goal is to expose audiences to films ...

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Walk of Life

A stroll through Cave Creek Museum reveals the area’s rich history By Lauren Wise In 2019, Cave Creek is seen as a rugged, charming gem, nestled up against Scottsdale for easy access to a day of rodeos and cowboys, gorgeous hikes and ranching. But did you know about its storied history of artists and minerals—like how Cave Creek onyx was used to decorate buildings at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair? Or the on ...

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Inspired Exhibition

Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix collaborates to bring Violins of Hope to Arizona By Alison Bailin Batz In 1933, Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, immediately founding his first concentration camp in Dachau. In 1935, he issued the Nuremberg Laws, excluding Jewish people from public life across Germany. By 1945, more than six million Jewish people were murdered across Europe during the Holocaust. “W ...

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Clinic Coming Soon

HonorHealth begins building process for new hospital By Eric Newman A group of healthcare executives and local politicians broke ground to symbolize the start of construction on the North Valley’s newest hospital on December 5. The HonorHealth Sonoran Medical Center, HonorHealth’s sixth area hospital, will be built at Interstate 17 and Dove Valley Road. The facility, on the campus that currently houses the ...

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