Scottsdale Living Magazine Archives

Saguaro Scottsdale hotel will relaunch in October

Saguaro Scottsdale room

Saguaro Scottsdale, a 194-room hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, is unveiling over 12,000 square feet of fresh indoor and outdoor event space and extensively renovated rooms this October. The relaunch includes the introduction of the Agave Ballroom and Patio, an ultra-flexible 5,285-square-foot event complex with a wraparound patio with fireplaces, fire pits… Read More →

Review: Will you sleep with the lights on after ‘Lights Out’?

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

It’s unbelievable that Lights Out didn’t exist until now. Nearly everyone is afraid of the dark. When I first started watching horror movies, I slept with the lights on (ok, occasionally I still do) — why hadn’t a filmmaker directly exploited our infantile reliance on light yet? Turns out the director of the fiendishly well-made… Read More →

Does ‘Star Trek Beyond’ work without Abrams?

Famous movies

Star Trek Beyond boldly goes where many filmmakers have gone before, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing. As a film critic sometimes I have to know when to be skeptical. For example, I loved J. J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek. But when I saw that Justin Lin — the testosterone vehicle… Read More →

5 celebrities who should be running for president instead

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With the ridiculousness of political coverage headlines growing exponentially, many people — myself included — end up looking for temporary escapes from the inane insanity. For some — definitely myself included — that escape is the wonderful world of movies. When you’re calming down in the dark of a movie theater, certain ideas can arise:… Read More →

A feline first: Entrepreneur hopes to launch cat café

Melissa Pruitt: Future owner of LaGattara Cat Café.

Seventeen years ago, an entrepreneur in Taipei, Taiwan opened the world’s very first café with cats as the guests’ accompaniment. With this attraction being as bizarre as it sounds, word got out and the cafés began to blossom worldwide. These “cat cafés” have become such a trend that they have gained publicity on shows like… Read More →

5 Best Films Made in Arizona

Films made in Arizona

Rumor has it that Flagstaff was almost the filmmaking capital of America, but it was abandoned in favor of Hollywood due to cold weather. I feel we were unfairly represented. 470 miles from Hollywood isn’t that bad though. Not all of Arizona looks like the ugly stretch of desert between Tempe and Tucson, and as… Read More →

Arizona Theatre Company hits $2M fund-raising goal


The curtain will rise for the Arizona Theatre Company’s (ATC) 50th anniversary season after a successful $2 million fund-raising effort was completed, allowing the company to stay open for another season, according to itsBoard of Trustees. A flurry of pledges and commitments during the final hours of the campaign and completed over the weekend put the… Read More →

Review: One big meh for ‘Ghostbusters’


We are living in an era of unnecessary reboots and sequels, and we are powerless to stop it. Next in line for Hollywood’s endless quest to capitalize on our collective childhood is the reboot of Ghostbusters. Criticism of the reboot has ranged from caution to blatant misogyny: online groups without a modicum of intelligence, respect,… Read More →

Drug drama ‘The Infiltrator’ starts slow, pays off


It’s quite rare that I know little about a movie before I’m watching it. Normally I’m reminding myself of a film’s writer and director before the opening credits have a chance to kick in. The Infiltrator somehow slipped under my obsessive radar though: as I sat down to watch it, I hadn’t even seen a… Read More →

Two career changes later, a life dedicated to jewelry design

Monica Mauro on the Phoenix Fashion Week red carpet. (Photo courtesy of Monica Mauro)

Starting a new career can always be difficult. Add giving birth to your first child, and a move to a new city to the equation, and things become enormously more complicated. That difficult situation is what 2016 Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer Bootcamp jewelry designer Monica Mauro went through. Recently 40 designers and 40 models were… Read More →

Relax with these Summer spa specials at Hotel Valley Ho

Tourism Industry - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Everyone needs to relax, especially in the summer as the heat drives up tension and stress. Take a look at some of these Spa Deals at the VH Spa at the Hotel Valley Ho. For the summer only, through September: Mo’ Mojo Save up to 50 percent on some of VH Spa’s top treatments Monday… Read More →

Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ drops the ball

The Secret Life of Pets

Voice actor casting can make or break a movie. In The Secret Life of Pets, it was a huge distraction for me. The voice behind central dog Max is Louis C.K., renowned comedian and professional sardonic jerk. As a fan of his comedy, I could NOT get past the fact that the perpetually profane sad… Read More →

Carlson Creek Vineyard announces Scottsdale tasting room opening date

carlson creek vineyard

As part of the biggest expansion in the company’s history, Willcox-based Carlson Creek Vineyard will be opening its second tasting room in Scottsdale’s arts and entertainment district the weekend of Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Throughout the weekend, Carlson Creek will not only be pouring its entire wine catalogue, but… Read More →

Path for National Independence Day Parade runs through Tempe

Independence Day Parade

Arizona resident John Wiscombe has seen a lot in 23 years helping to organize the National Independence Day Parade down Constitution Avenue in the heart of Washington, D.C. But his favorite performance in all that time may have been the Montana State Prison Guard Band a few years back, he said. “I’ve never heard of… Read More →