AZ Lifestyle

Exploring your Arizona lifestyle.

Symphony and Chill Presented in Natural Surround Sound

Sure, the dialogue is still snappy and there’s a lot to look at on the screen, but suddenly it seems as though the jokes, the action and the emotion have all been sanded down. The entertainment experience becomes blunt and lifeless. Without music, you don’t feel as connected to the characters or as vitalized by the action.

Royal Palms Resort: 70 Years of Grandeur

The year was 1926. World War I had ended eight years prior, and the Roaring 20s were in full swing. While Phoenix’s once-booming cotton industry had all but dried up following the war, a new era of growth had begun in the Valley of the Sun—one writer Scott Fitzgerald referred to as the “greatest, gaudiest spree in history.”

Lighting Up The Desert Night

20th century French philosopher Jacques Maritain said, “Art comes from a deeper part of the intellect, not the reasoning part alone. There is an interpenetration of art and nature so that a place comes alive because of its history.”

Making Spirits Bright: A Merriment of Seasonal Spectacles

Ballet Arizona and Phoenix Ballet are also presenting their own productions of “The Nutcracker” throughout December. Meanwhile, Center Dance Ensemble is performing Frances Ford Cohen’s “Snow Queen” at Herberger Theater Center through Dec. 16 and the Christian Dance Company will present the 31st anniversary of its holiday show “The Spirit of Christmas” Dec. 8–16 at Chandler Center for the Arts.

Eggnog Breakfast Strata

A perfect family breakfast for Christmas morning, or any morning! Make ahead of time, and then pop in the oven on the morning of the big day. Feel free to substitute any kind of leftover bread that you have. I just love the way the croissants look and taste!

Arizona History Restored at Castle Hot Springs

An hour north of Phoenix in the rugged Bradshaw Mountains, Castle Hot Springs, one of Arizona’s first luxury resorts, was destroyed in a fire 42 years ago. Much to the delight of guests, it will be reopening its doors, and with its opening will come historical charm, modern amenities, fresh culinary options and relaxing activities in a peaceful setting.

The Innovation of Pesavento

From a hidden room in their Vicenza, Italy workshop, the two have not only created beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, but they’ve developed an innovative—and highly secret—formula that makes their sterling silver and gold jewelry easy to identify as Pesavento originals.

Capture the Night Sky

Our beautiful land is known for its desert landscapes and radiant sunsets, but those of us who call Arizona home know that, when the sun settles in for its evening rest, the darkness holds some of the most truly magical moments.

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