Scottsdale Living Magazine Archives

DNA test helps you keep diet and exercise resolutions


Every New Year, countless Americans make resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, and lose weight as soon as the clock strikes midnight. And every year, most of those people fail to meet their goals because they’re not seeing results. Thankfully, there’s now a once-in-a-lifetime test that can help people keep their New Year’s resolutions to… Read More →

Top 10 blockbuster movies of 2016

Captain America: Civil War

2016 has been a punishing year for all of us. Amidst the countless celebrity deaths and global political disarray, Hollywood had a particularly weak year as well. Unoriginal sequels dominated and underwhelmed eager audiences everywhere — but there were a few blockbusters that stood out in the realm of great film. So which big, popular… Read More →

Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale lists progress

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Since being hired by the city of Scottsdale, the Desert Discover Center Scottsdale has been investigating the feasibility of building a proposed desert interpretive facility at the Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The first half of the Desert Discover Center’s 18-month contract has been spent working with designers from New York-based Thinc Design to define the Desert… Read More →

Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ pays respect to renowned games

Assassin's Creed

“Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.” This is the assassins’ creed, the motto of the popular “Assassin’s Creed” video game series on which this movie is based. I have to disagree with the creed though, for I know one thing to be true: “Assassin’s Creed” is the best video game movie ever made. However, in… Read More →

Review: ‘Passengers’ leaves you trapped with the cast

Public service announcement: do not spend your hard-earned money on “Passengers”. Do not spend your precious time on “Passengers”. There is only one good reason to consider sacrificing either to this soap opera in space: if you’re using it as a drinking game. Yeah, it’s that bad. If I took a shot for every time… Read More →

Review: ‘Rogue One’ captures the imagination with visuals

Rogue One

Star Wars: a universe of duality. The dark side vs. the light, the Rebel Alliance vs. the Galactic Empire, the original trilogy vs. the prequel trilogy — Star Wars films are not shy about the clear-cut contrasts that define their adventures. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” lives in the middle of the chronological spectrum:… Read More →

Holiday Prelude XXXI showcases holiday and spring fashion

Holiday Prelude XXXI Luncheon and Fashion Show at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn celebrated the holidays on Dec. 2 with a festive array of boutiques, elegant lunch menu, charming centerpieces, exciting raffle prizes and fabulous fashions. Click on slideshow to view in fullscreen:   Photos by Elena and James Thornton Fashions presented were by designers… Read More →

Custom Coyotes Motorcycle on auction block for charity

Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions returns to Scottsdale January 18-22, 2017. Now at the event’s new home at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The annual auction is a staple event in the Valley and this year, a one-of-a-kind motorcycle, commissioned by world renowned designer Paul Yaffe, will be auctioned. All proceeds will benefit the Arizona Coyotes Foundation and Boys… Read More →

Review: ‘Jackie’ a striking portrait of the famed First Lady


Before I saw “Jackie”, I did not know a lot about Jackie Kennedy. After seeing it, I still do not know a lot about Jackie Kennedy. But what I do know is bathed in intricacy, thanks to a magnificent performance from Natalie Portman. Directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín and written by accomplished political journalist… Read More →

Review: ‘Office Christmas Party’ a Grinch of a movie, or what?

Office Christmas Party

Here’s a get rich quick scheme: take all the money you’d otherwise spend on “raunchy holiday comedies” and invest it. Actually, that’s not fair. Last year’s “The Night Before” was a bona fide classic with both maturity and festivity, so that’s a few bucks you can safely spend on the adult Christmas film niche. But… Read More →

ASU alumnus brings pre-made martini brand to Arizona

pre-made martini

Arizona State University alumnus Eric Gichner used his business finance degree to outline a career plan with his wife Jackie Gichner to start their own dirty martini business called Vitani. “I haven’t seen anything in the country like this, which is how we got the idea to start this business,” Eric Gichner said. “The prepared-alcohol… Read More →

Q&A with Darrin Butters, ‘Moana’ animator

by in Scottsdale Living Magazine

I recently had the good fortune to sit down with Darrin Butters, an animator for Walt Disney Animation Studios that has worked on classics like “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia” and this week’s “Moana.” He took some time between guest presentations at ASU to answer my questions about Arizona, the art of animation, his favorite Disney… Read More →

Disney’s ‘Moana’ might be your next soundtrack or Disney favorite


“Moana” is finally here, everybody. The first Disney animated feature since — well, Zootopia earlier this year. But it is the first Disney animated musical since Frozen three years ago. If you have kids, there’s definitely no way you’re escaping this one. “Moana” is, at heart, a loving tribute to Polynesian culture in the form… Read More →

How to safely fry a turkey

how to safely fry a turkey

Here’s the thing. Deep frying isn’t the safest way to cook a turkey. Just ask any firefighter or emergency-room worker who has treated someone with third- or fourth-degree burns after an unfortunate accident. “We’ve had some severe burns, I mean life-long burns,” said Phoenix Fire Captain Rob McDade. “Luckily, we haven’t had any fatalities in… Read More →