Scottsdale Living Magazine Archives

Custom Coyotes Motorcycle on auction block for charity

The Arizona Coyotes themed motorcycle was commissioned by world renowned designer Paul Yaffe. (Photo courtesy of Russo and Steele)

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

Darrin Butters, an animator for Walt Disney Animation Studios that has worked on classics like Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and this week’s Moana. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
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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 →

Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ brings you back to the wizarding world

Fantastic Beasts

Oh, how wonderful it is to return to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. But wait! “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is, from a storytelling and tonal standpoint, almost nothing like any of the Harry Potter books or movies that created the world in which it lives. This return to one of the… Read More →

Flywheel Sports is opening a Scottsdale location

Flywheel Sports

Flywheel Sports, an indoor cycling exercise brand, is opening a Scottsdale studio on November 21. Flywheel classes challenge both athletes and novices alike to transform their bodies while having fun in a state-of-the-art facility. Located in the Scottsdale Quarter, this indoor cycling studio features signature stadium seating where every rider has an unobstructed view of the instructor… Read More →

Hotel Valley Ho celebrates 60 years

Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale is celebrating 60 years as a true icon of mid-century modern design. Originally opened on December 20, 1956, it reopened on December 20, 2005 after a major renovation that kept the signature architectural elements intact. The hotel was designed by local architect Edward L. Varney. Original owners Robert and… Read More →

BodyVision gym utilizes focused, group workouts


A new gym concept has opened up in Scottsdale and more are expected to open up in Arizona and the country in the near future. BodyVision opened up in Scottsdale in November, and is bringing a different workout concept to Arizona. Members of BodyVision will experience a one-hour heart-rate based interval workout designed to constantly… Read More →

Review: ‘Arrival’ alters the mind, and gets you thinking


How often does a movie change your life? I’m an emotional guy. I cry during movies all the time. But never before Arrival had I openly wept due to the thrill of discovery. Others are comparing this film to the likes of Interstellar and The Martian simply because its narrative involves elements of science and… Read More →

Traveling for holidays? Here are 4 tips to manage pain


For many of us, the holidays are a busy time for travel, as we hit the road or jump on a flight to see family and friends. And, while this time of year is all about spending time with those we love, it can often be interrupted by pain induced by traveling conditions. Here are… Read More →

Scottsdale’s Verde River Golf & Social Club opens Nov. 5th

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The all-new golf experience at Verde River Golf & Social Club is re-opened for daily fee play, Saturday, November 5th. Behind the groundbreaking change is PGA Tour star and former Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman and his Lehman Design Group who have been hard at work transforming the golf course at Verde River Golf &… Read More →