AZ Faces

Bowls of Benefit

Across the North Valley, artists have been doing just that as they fire clay molds and glass to create some of the most beautiful, unique bowls for this year’s Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch and Art Auction to honor World Hunger Day.

Jimmy Walker: Packing a Punch

There was quite a bit of chatter in 1994 when celebs and sports stars stepped into a boxing ring at then-Ritz Carlton Hotel in the Biltmore area of Phoenix. Donning ridiculously oversized boxing gloves, opponents Charles Barkley and Michael Carbajal duked it out all in the name of charity.

Beauty in the Details

Laura Bicego is outspoken and passionate in characteristic Italian style, but it’s what’s not expected about Bicego that draws me in as she speaks. Bicego is a woman’s woman. Her goal is to empower women through art, and her medium is 18-karat gold and beautiful organic stones.

Singing Together: 25 Years of Sonoran Desert Chorale

For 24 years, the Sonoran Desert Chorale has delighted audiences in the Valley, singing an eclectic selection of music that transcends our differences and accentuates our commonality. The group begins its anniversary season in October with the first of four concert series that founding director Jeff Harris calls “a celebration of 25 years of music.”

Scottsdale Beckons: The Selfie Set

Picture yourself cruising the streets of Scottsdale in a 1962 black convertible Cadillac straight out of “Mad Men”—the sun shining, wind in your hair, heads turning to see who could be driving past in such a slick ride. It’s definitely a moment to capture and share with friends.

A Taste of America

It begins with a slight whiff of something wonderful. Within a few hours, the scent of the summertime barbecues of childhood begins to fill the air, and by mid-day, it becomes an aromatic dinner bell for anyone fortunate enough to find themselves within a radius of a city block or two.

Queen of the Reins

In a sport dominated by male coaches, Ashley Wilson-Hammer is breaking through the gender divide of reining with poise and confidence. While her boots may be smaller and she may be lighter in the saddle, there is nothing soft about her drive to be the best.

A Taste of Culinary Excellence Comes to Phoenix

For many chefs and culinary professionals, the most coveted and meaningful recognition in the industry is the James Beard Award. The James Beard Foundation represents excellence in the culinary industry through its awards, advocacy training, educational initiatives and scholarship programs. In late September, the James Beard Foundation will come to Phoenix as part of its 10-city annual Taste America tour.

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