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There is still time to book a memorable holiday party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a party. With the economic downturn slowly starting to appear in the rearview mirror, the office holiday party might be something that slipped your mind because it hasn’t been in the budget in years past. So if you still need to place to host your happening, here are a variety of options to create a memorable holiday event for employees.

Bar North at the Kierland Commons
With a gorgeous view of the main Kierland Commons courtyard, Bar North can host up to 60 guests reception style. The inside dining area is perfect for cocktail parties or lavish business dinners for up to 50 people.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

Blanco Tacos + Tequila at The Biltmore Fashion Park
Blanco’s private dining has the perfect spot for your fiesta. The private dining space is a hacienda style and comes complete with its own bar. Guest can mingle reception style up to 75, or sit down family style for up to 60 guests.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde
The Clubhouse is just minutes from North Scottsdale and offers both indoor and outdoor event venues. Its experienced staff and culinary team will customize and handle every detail of your holiday party to assure that it is worry free.
How to book: 480-471-2582 or tontoverde.org

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
You will enjoy a one-of-a-kind, high-energy experience in our warm and inviting space. Guests are welcomed to savor Whiskey Row’s award-winning, made from scratch menu. Features also include: live bands and DJs, karaoke, liquor and beer tasting, personal beer taps, decorations, games and more.
How to book: 928-710-8985 or email tinapeterson@riothg.com

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
With two 23,000 square-foot ballrooms, outdoor courtyards and three distinctive restaurants (Michael Mina’s Bourbon  Steak, La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and the new Toro Latin Restaurant opening at the TPC Scottsdale) plus The Plaza Bar in the main plaza, there are endless possibilities for holiday parties, from intimate gatherings to grand galas.
How to book: 480-585-4848 or scottsdaleprincess.com

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Old Town
With Frank Sinatra crooning in the background and the tantalizing aromas of over 100 years of pizza-making tradition in the air, Grimaldi’s combines classic pizzeria charm with a modern, stylish, loft-like atmosphere. Grimaldi’s is an excellent cost effective way to feed large parties and intimate gatherings, alike.
How to book: 480-874-8209 or email events@grimaldispizzeria.com

The Henry   
From the large private room with industrial touches, to a private kitchen that feels like the best home chef’s kitchen, The Henry is set to accommodate 10 to 100 guests. Like any seasoned host, The Henry offers reception menus or limited coursed menus of its tried and true favorites.
How to book: 480-751-2934 or email lbyke@foxrc.net

Hotel Valley Ho
Downtown Scottsdale’s historic icon offers fabulous fare for holiday parties and hip venues like the panoramic Sky Line Rooftop, high-tech SoHo Ballroom, and Sands, a private indoor-outdoor event space. Hotel Valley Ho has you covered, whether you’re hosting 50 guests or 500.
How to book: 480-248-2017 or hotelvalleyho.com

Kelly’s at SouthBridge
Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000-square-foot swanky pub offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine. Their private and semi-private dining spaces and patios offer a variety of options for any event. They can accommodate groups between 10 and 300 people.
How to book: 480-393-3205 or email events@kellysatsouthbridge

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix
Savor holiday fare and craft cocktails at this Downtown Phoenix boutique hotel. Choose from three different party packages to create a custom event including a holiday mixer, a festive buffet or the fare with flair package. Invite your guests to take the elevator home and spend the night while enjoying 20 percent off the best available rate when you book an event.
How to book: 480-478-1730 or email catering@hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

North in Arcadia
North has turned a modern lens on Italian cooking. Transport your guests to what feels like a charming Italian side street culinary gem with a patio event that seats up to 55, or can accommodate 70 guests reception style. The warm glow of the fireplace with set the mood and heaters will keep guests warm throughout the winter months.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

Octane Raceway
Octane Raceway offers the 45 mph Sodi-RTX karts, a Segway obstacle course, rock wall, video games and billiards. Octane also offers state of the art conference rooms with full A/V hookups, as well as a full kitchen and bar.
How to book: 602-302-7223

Olive & Ivy
At Olive & Ivy, discover an enticing selection of unexpected and familiar dishes in a rich, elegant, laid-back atmosphere. For special occasions or business meetings, the restaurant offers two private dining areas and beautiful patio space accommodating a varying number of guests.
How to book: 480-905-3273 or email nlasker@foxrc.net

The Phoenician
From grand ballrooms to intimate salons to a variety of signature dining venues, The Phoenician designs elegant holiday events for gatherings of all sizes.
How to book: 480-423-2722

Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse
Rawhide Western Town promises to deliver up a true western experience with 14 unique venues within town to host your private events perfectly along with multiple Wild West attractions and shops. Features include live action stunt shows, stagecoach rides and mechanical bull rides.
How to book: 480-705-2946 or email toni.mennuti@rawhide.com

Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
Forget about Ho! Ho! Ho! and say Ha! Ha! Ha! Join Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy and make this holiday the merriest yet. They can accommodate groups of 10-300 and do it all — drink, dine and laughs. They will even pick on the boss for you!
How to book: 480-420-3553 or email az@houseofcomedy.net

The Rocket
Let the party come to you. The Rocket, the food truck brought to you by North Italia, is a 700-degree wood burning pizza oven on wheels. It’s built to turn fresh ingredients and hand-stretched dough into a piping hot pizza pie in less than eight minutes. With five different signature pizzas, fresh salads, charcuterie and bruschetta, you can proudly cater a private party or corporate event for up to 300 people.
How to book: 480-751-2202  or email kmahoney@foxrc.net

Royal Palms Resort & Spa
For 12-18 people, the historic resort offers a variety of venues including the Delos room at T. Cook’s, The Study at The Mix Up Bar or the architecturally rich Vernadero boardroom overlooking the lawn and reflecting pool. The resort, built in 1929 as a private mansion, has cobblestone pathways, tucked-away courtyards with fountains and an enchanting atmosphere.
How to book: 602-808-3206 or email wstark@destinationhotels.com

SOL Mexican Cocina
Add a little Baja flavor to your holiday festivities. From sit-down, coursed meals to family style sharing or the more informal cocktail style party, SOL Mexican Cocina in Scottsdale Quarter can cater any holiday event to your needs. Available for private events are the patio and the private dining rooms.
How to book: 480-245-6708 or email scottsdaleevents@solcocina.com

Stand Up Live
The downtown Phoenix comedy club offers all-inclusive holiday packages to fit any budget that include show ticket, plated three-course dinner or appetizer, one top-shelf cocktail, tax, and gratuity. Stand Up Live can accommodate groups ranging from 20-500 guests with no waiting in line, waived service fees and all-inclusive pricing.
How to book: 480-467-3162 or email justine@standuplive.com

Taco Guild
Taco Guild’s Key Room holds 24 people, offers full kitchen, bar and wait staff. The innovative tacos at the celebrated restaurant in North Central Phoenix were recently named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as among the best in the United States.
How to book: 602-264-4143 or tacoguild.com

Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort invites guests to end the year in style when it hosts its Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m. in the Salt River Grand Ballroom, the two-day celebration will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet, cocktail specials and live performances by the legendary Sam Moore and Boogie Knights.
How to book: 480-850-7734 or talkingstickresort.com.

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
Whether your group’s small or large, Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill can provide a great experience and value for any holiday event. They feature multiple options including a private event room and bar. Enjoy your choice of their 52 local, craft, import and domestic beers on draft or one of their unique specialty cocktails.
How to book: email ashelton@ceghospitality.com

Uptown Alley
Uptown Alley has 60,000 square feet of fun for everyone including 40 lanes of state-of-the-art bowling, an upscale, casual full service restaurant, two high-energy bars, a sports theater, billiards, laser tag, over 80 video and prize games, live entertainment, private party rooms and much more. Special packages that include game play, rock and bowl, holiday menu and laser tag are available.
How to book: email kjovic@uptownalleysurprise.com

Wrigley Mansion
The Wrigley Mansion Venue and Restaurant, a landmark building constructed between 1929 and 1931 by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., offers breathtaking views of the Valley and can accommodate private events ranging in size from 10 to 1,200.
How to book: 602-553-7295 or wrigleymansion.com

Dance Club

In the Mix: Darlene Love, Duke Dumont, Citizen Cope

Citizen Cope @ The Marque

Citizen Cope, Clarence Greenwood, started out as the DJ for hip hop group Basehead, but now records under his own label and is an American songwriter and performer. He released three albums starting in 2004 with his first self-titled album and “Every Waking Moment” debuted at No. 69 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2006. Cope managed his own record label, Rainwater Recordings, to have full control over his creativity and music. Citizen Cope has joined Sheryl Crow on stage to perform his song “Sideways” and performed with Eric Clapton. He has toured for ten years and has headlined nationally. Cope has opened for Carlos Santana and the Dave Matthews Band, and has sung with many other legends. Citizen Cope sings a mix of blues, soul, folk, and rock music that brings out his creativity and originality.

The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 9 p.m., $40, Buy tickets here


Duke Dumont @ Maya Day and Nightclub

British DJ and music producer, Adam George Dyment, has remixed a number of hits and now records under his own record label, Blasé Boys Club. Duke Dumont released “Need U (100%)” in March 2013 and it was recently nominated for “Best Dance Recording” at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. In Dumont’s early years, he was mentored by Switch, who helped him make his first remixes. Dumont started to gain recognition when two of his EPs, “For Club Play Only Vol.1” and “Vol.2,” were played on BBC Radio 1 and BBC RADIO 1Xtra. Peformed by Annie Mac, Dumont’s single “I Got U” snatched the No.1 position on the Official UK Singles Chart and was included in his album released in September 2014. Traveling from Britain, Duke Dumont has dominated the UK, but is now here to share his nationally-recognized remixes and original tracks at the Maya Day and Nightclub.

Maya Day and Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Thursday, Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $25.50, Buy tickets here


Darlene Love @ The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort

As a minister’s daughter, Darlene Love started her career early by singing in the church choir at ten years old and being recognized by the choir director of Music Mart. Love had her first musical experience at Music Mart, where she did some broadcast and performed. She was introduced into the music industry as a back-up vocalist singing back-up for some of the biggest hits of the 1960s, such as Shelley Fabares “Johnny Angel,” Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash,” and Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “That’s Life.” Love sang lead for the first time on a single called “He’s a Rebel” and it soared to No.1 on the U.S Hot 100. Darlene Love has gained the respect of the industry and recorded many hits as a back-up vocalist and lead vocalist. Love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2011 and continues to surprise America.

The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m., $25-$95, Buy tickets here

Talking Stick Resort's main pool.

Talking Stick will host 3-day festival before mega events

The Talking Stick Cultural & Entertainment Destination and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announced the Talking Stick Festival: A Destination Celebration, a three-day festival leading up to the many events taking place next year. The Talking Stick Festival will be held Jan. 22-24 of 2015, and is designed to introduce visitors and locals to the many attractions within the Destination and become a point of pride for the Community.

“The Talking Stick Cultural & Entertainment Destination is a leading Native American cultural and entertainment tourism destination for the valley, state and nation,” said Marketing Project Manager Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez. “This festival will help us introduce visitors and friends to all our exciting amenities while infusing the experience with cultural elements that entertain and educate individuals of all ages about Native American communities in Arizona.”

Signature events will include an Indigenous Film Screening, a Native American Chalk Walk, traditional dance performances from various Arizona Native communities and cooking demonstrations at the Street Eats festival with Native American chefs. Other events include storytelling, hands-on crafts for kids, sculpture tours with SRPMIC artist Jeff Fulwilder and much more.

Save the date announcements were distributed at several events this past weekend along with the announcement of free trolley service that will run from now til April 2015. The trolley route will pick up guests from popular spots in Scottsdale and bring them to destination amenities like Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Talking Stick Resort, Talking Stick Golf Club, the Pavilions at Talking Stick shopping center, Octane Raceway, and Topgolf. To learn more about the Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination and the Talking Stick Festival visit our website at www.TalkingStickArizona.com and follow us on Facebook.

Diplo, from lifelounge.com.au

In the Mix: Yellowcard, Diplo and Lonestar

Lonestar @ The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort

Squeeze into those cowboy boots and grab your hat to tip off to the American country music group Lonestar. First formed as Texassee, Lonestar was signed to BNA Records in 1995 and released their first single, “Tequila Talkin,” that hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Their seventh album, “Let’s Be Us Again,” produced three hit singles: “Let’s Be Us Again” reached No. 4 on the country charts, “Mr. Mom” reached No. 1, and “Class Reunion (That Used To Be Us) reached No. 16 in 2005. Lonestar has released 11 albums with a plethora of hits. Lonestar has made country music come alive in their recently-released album “Life as We Know it,” keeping true to their roots. Get your two step on with Lonestar this weekend at the Talking Stick Resort as this quartet starts its third decade together in country music.

Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Friday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m., $35-$120, Buy tickets here


Diplo @ Maya Day and Nightclub

Even if you don’t know you know Diplo, you do. Whether it’s in the background of a Beyonce, Usher, Shakira, Snoop Dogg or even Brittany Spears and Biebs record, Diplo has left his mark on pop music. Over summer, he released “Random White Dude Be Everywhere” on his Mad Decent label, and we can’t help but agree…Even though he invades airwaves everywhere, there’s really nothing like seeing the LA DJ live. Throw your fists into the wind and enjoy!

Maya Day and Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 p.m., $25, Buy tickets here


Yellowcard & Memphis May Fire@ The Marquee

If someone was to make a “party foul,” such as knock over a beer or fall down stairs, they would be rewarded a yellow card. Yellowcard was named after this phrase used in high school and it stuck with them as they formed a band in Jacksonville, Florida. The pop punk/alternative rock band had their first hit single, “Ocean Avenue,” that quickly climbed to No.1. Yellowcard began to produce music for all outlets and started traveling , such as “Empty Apartment” featured on One Tree Hill, headlined for the 2004 Warped Tour, performed “Ocean Avenue” at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards and taking home an MTV2 award, “Way Away” appeared on the SSX3 and Madden NFL 2004 soundtracks, and “Gifts and Curses” appeared in Spider Man 2. Don’t miss out on hearing all the hits live from Yellowcard’s nine albums, including “Lift a Sail” released this year.

The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Sunday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., $31.50, Buy tickets here



Talking Stick Launches Trolley Service

The Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announced extended season trolley service that will be offered to visitors in the city of Scottsdale and patrons of the Talking Stick Destination beginning this month.

Complimentary Talking Stick trolley service will run 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, with extended daily service being offered during Spring Training season. The trolley will connect seamlessly with Scottsdale’s existing routes, stopping at several Scottsdale hotspots like the W Scottsdale Hotel, Scottsdale Fashion Square and Chaparral Suites Resort, and will ultimately connect patrons to amenities located in the Talking Stick Destination Area, including Talking Stick Golf Club, Talking Stick Resort, Octane Raceway, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and the Talking Stick Visitor Center.

“The Talking Stick Trolley is an extension of the service we offer each Spring Training season,” said Marketing Project Manager Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez. “Fans of sports, culture and entertainment will find many amenities to cheer about at Talking Stick and this complimentary service will allow them to enjoy them year round. We invite friends and visitors to let us take the wheel and bring you to the ultimate cultural and entertainment destination area that is Talking Stick.”

Service will run October thru May annually and is being sponsored by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and several Talking Stick area properties. For additional information on route locations and times, please visit www.TalkingStickArizona.com.

Photo by Robin Sendele

In Review: Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort


PHXFW Recap: Thursday, Oct. 2

Rows and rows of white chairs surrounded the poolside raised white runway with lights projecting colors of blue and yellow. Music was blaring as girls in sky-high heels texted away on their phones.

This was the scene Thursday night at Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort, when a mix of emerging and established designers around the U.S. came together to kick off the three-day fashion extravaganza, all while focusing on three pillars of the industry: fashion design, education and humanity.

As the lights dimmed at 8:30 p.m., four emerging designers and four established designers showed their collections to an eager and lively crow of bloggers, fashion lovers and photographers. Here are some of the highlights.


Charmosa Swimwear

Charmosa Swimwear / Photo by Alisa Stone

1. Charmosa Swimwear- Founder and lead designer Neide Hall sure knew how to put on a show, and by show I mean a group of showgirls donning feather headgear and bedazzled costumes that left little to the imagination while shaking and shimming their way down the runway. That was just the opening act though. Sexy and fun, summer colored one pieces and bikinis followed with a bit of feathers on the models nude heels. Male models also sported patterned briefs-like swim trucks. Each swim suit was unique and had it’s own emphasis on details.

2. Misha Mendicino Designs- Elephants were the main focus for emerging designer Misha Mendicino’s resort style collection, but not just because they’re cute. The collection is based off of raising awareness of elephant poaching, and donates 5 percent of proceeds to helping secure a stable future for elephants. Bright blue and pink patterned maxis, tunics and wrap dresses flowed effortlessly down the runway with some displaying the most important logo of all to the designer…the elephant.

3. State Forty Eight- Emerging designer and co-owner of State Forty Eight Stephen Polando might just start a riot with his line of tees, tanks and sweatshirts that all embrace the great 48th state. This collection is where Arizona passion meets fashion. The pieces in the collections can be worn with anything and to any place. Models channeled the “I just went to the gym” look with leggings and tennis shoes, the “I’m just a frat bro rocking my bro tank” look, and the “dress up a V-neck with a blazer” look. The shirts displayed logos like “State Forty Eight” and the shape of Arizona.

4. Woman’s Touch Apparel- To say emerging designer Jenesis Laforcarde is all about the strong, independent women is an understatement. As the lights dimmed again, a group of girls wearing boots, fishnets, jean shorts, plaid flannels tied around their waists and big teased hair paraded out and danced to the fast-paced hip-hop beats. From the beginning, Loforcarde was sending out a clear message…it’s all about women. Confident models marched down the runway displaying shirts and body suits with loud, in your face phrases, like C.E.O and “I’m a feminist.” Neon, tight and, above all, flawless summarized the feminist collection

5. Diego Milano- The next generation of denim is here, and it has visible inseams, mismatched color pairing, patches, unique textures and pop-out pockets. The collection had a rock ’n’ roll vibe to it, making it clear that these jeans are beyond ordinary. Form jeggings style to boot cut, it was unclear what was sexier, the jeans or the shirtless male models.


PHXFW Recap: Friday, Oct. 3

A great new line up of emerging and established designers showed their collections for day two of Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort. Here are some of the highlights:


Blackberry Maverick

Blackberry Maverick / Photo by Alisa Stone

1. Blackberry Maverick- The collection was whimsical, artistic, and had a dose of edgy, much like the popular movie Alice and Wonderland. models had dark makeup, gloves, Clark style shoes, and magical hairpieces. Some of the dresses were almost doll like with multiple colorful layers and puffy sleeves. This dress below was the first eye-catching one down the runway, and it’s easy to see why with the bold mix of colors.

2. Àtiz- The Seattle based collection was full of bold statement pieces…I mean look at that amazing flower coat! “It was inspired by the Seattle skyline. The trench gown that you saw, the shiny one, that’s actually inspired by the Columbian Towers, that’s the tallest building in Seattle,” Àti desihner Swati Padmaraj.  While the collection looks like it should be behind a glass window, all of the pieces are meant to be worn for a woman on the go. “My collection is for the global women who likes to travel. So you know she is sophisticated, she is modern…each piece is to do something,” Padmaraj said.

3. Kismit- What do you get when you mix sexy leather, sleek tight pieces and fierce hair….Kismit collection of course! It was all about the va va voom. I have never seen a more edgy pair of leggings before. Models walked down the run way with an attitude that they knew just how sexy and rebellious they looked.

4. Schuylark Design- The New York City collection hit the highest note in use of color. From the  Ombré pinstripe jacket to the beautiful white goddess shirt and pants combination. The collection had a classy feel with great details in shape.

5. Bri Seeley- Established designer Bri was the winner for the 2012 Designer of the Year at Phoenix Fashion Week, and after seeing her latest collection it makes perfect sense why. Basic colors of black and grey never looked so good as they did with the collections’ 60’s mod vibe. Lets not forgot the Sole Society shoes!


PHXFW Recap: Saturday, Oct. 4


Day three, the last night of Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort, was a full house with not only the seats sold out but also standing room. Excitement was in the air as people eagerly awaited seeing the final five emerging designers collections before the announcement of the 2014 Designer of the Year winner.

Before I give away the spoiler, here are the highlights from the each of the five collections.

1. Adoire by Saba- Detailed gowns flowed down the runway mixing old time glamour and tradition. Models donned beautiful side swept hair and simple jewelry, leaving the main focus on the dresses. Two of my favorites were a grey to blue ombré gown and an ethereal white gown that literally caught the breeze. This collection stood out for the unique way the dresses fit on the models’ bodies without revealing too much.

2. Hues of Ego- There was no big ego to be found in the diverse collection, just a message to find your alter ego. Sometimes a girl just wants to be someone else for a day, and Hues of Ego definitely nailed it. The collection was a mix of avant-garde and ready-to-wear outfits in black and white with standout accessories. Assuming designer Natasha Duran Lynch wanted to start off on a high note, the first look down the runway mirrored a Marie Antoinette outfit. With a cotton ball like wig, a glitter encrusted mask and a multi tier tulle dress, the crowd was mesmerized. To maintain balance, a long sleeved crisp white shirtdress followed with silver ball shaped buttons. It was definitely something that could be worn on the streets.

3. Jacqueline Nicole- The collection was sassy and fun with notable pieces like the shimmer pencil skirt, bra-like top and cropped velvet blue jacket, and a black and aqua green sequin dress.

4. Lillienne Lang- The working women was definitely an inspiration for this collection that was full of great structured jackets, pants suits, and gowns. The versatility was key in these looks that can be worn in the office on a date or to brunch.


RAYAN / Photo by Alisa Stone

5. RAYAN- The bold, rich colors and styles of the dresses in this collection were flawless. One of my favorites was a side draped royal blue gown that had incredible movement as the model walked. Another one was a peplum dress, which was a interesting but somehow effortless looking combination.

After the last of the emerging designers finished, it was award time. All the emerging designers were brought onstage and narrowed down to four: State Forty Eight, Misha Mendicino, Women’s Touch Apparel and Blackberry Maverick. After a little suspense, Misha Mendicino won the 2014 Phoenix Fashion Week Designer of the year. I’m almost positive that Arizona will be seeing much more of Misha and her designs.



Gaslight Anthem

In the Mix: Phoenix Fashion Week, Gaslight Anthem

Phoenix Fashion Week @ Talking Stick Resort
Calling all fashionistas, slip on your favorite heels and get ready to strut your stuff down to Phoenix Fashion Week. The leading fashion industry in the Southwest welcomes all bridging designers and buyers to show upcoming trends in fashion. Models will reveal the fall trends of national and international designers on the catwalk in front of the media. If you are a fashion junkie, you won’t want to miss this four-day event and walk into fall on the right foot.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Wednesday, Oct. 1 to Saturday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m., $40 and up, Buy tickets here

The Gaslight Anthem @ The Marquee
Inspired by Bruce Springsteen, the Gaslight Anthem has celebrated their punk rock sound and has recently released their fifth album, “Get Hurt”, earlier this year. Formed in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the Gaslight Anthem found their niche and was signed to XOXO records after coming together in 2006. Their debut album, “Sink or Swim”, was recorded in less than two weeks and gained attention from fans but did not hit the string they were looking for. By late 2007, the band had played over 200 shows and were releasing albums every other year. “The ’59 Sound” and “American Slang”, issued under SideOneDummy Records, put them on the map and “American Slang” opened at #16 on the Billboard 200 chart. Gaslight Anthem has traveled internationally and played at the Reading and Leeds festival in the UK. Experience Gaslight Anthem’s punk rock sound and newest tracks at The Marquee.
The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m., $31, Buy tickets here

A Change of Pace @ Crescent Ballroom
Traveling back to their roots, A Change of Pace was formed in 2001 by high school friends Torry Jasper and Jonathan Kelley. They formed freshman year and started to play local gigs around Arizona. Johnny Abdullah, bassist, Adam Rogers, lead guitarist, and Dan Parker, guitar, joined around 18 months ago and the band was quickly signed to Immortal Records. Lyrics and music are written by Torry Jasper that gives A Change of Pace their pop punk feel. A Change of Pace’s first album, “An Offer You Can’t Refuse,” hit the airwaves and was they were scheduled for a spot on the Vans Warp Tour. A year later, in 2006, “Prepare the Masses” was released and a fan base started to develop. The Beatles, Black Sabbath, and Five For Fighting are just some of the artists their music is drawn from and incorporates pop, punk, rock and some metal to create their own style. A Change of Pace has disappeared, but is returning to their home state to rock out!
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Saturday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m., free

Gareth Emery

In the Mix: Gareth Emery + Sunday Football Frenzy

9/5: Gareth Emery @ Maya Day and Nightclub
Gareth Emery, one of the hottest trance and progressive house DJs on tour, is set to perform at Maya Day and Nightclub this Friday. The England native was ranked No. 9 in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 poll in 2009 and has continually proven why since his first vinyl release, a remix of “Nervous Breakdown” by The Shrink, broadcasted on BBC Radio 1. Emery has consistently composed, produced and engineered his records and played them all over the world at hundreds of high-end clubs and festivals. This young Brit has gone international and will be stationed right here in Arizona lighting up the dance floor and giving a performance you won’t want to miss!
Maya Day and Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, Friday, Sept. 5, 9 p.m., 21+

Bob Log III @ The Crescent Ballroom
Who wears a full cannonball suit, motorcycle helmet and plays the guitar and drums? Bob Log III. Kick off your weekend at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, featuring Bob Log III playing his one-man show. Log began his career in Tucson, Arizona by joining Doo Rag, Delta blues rock duo. After six years, he disbanded from the duo and started a solo career playing his slide guitar, drums and singing to the Delta blues rock genre he knows. Log released his first two albums, School Bus and Trike, in 1998 under indie label, Epitaph Records. In 2003, Log released his latest record, Log Bomb, under Fat Possum, whom he is still signed with today. Bob Log III has toured in more than 30 countries and plays more than 150 shows a year. This one-man show will rock the stage this Friday in Phoenix.
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, Friday, Sept. 5, 8 p.m., $12 to $14 

Sunday Football Frenzy @ The Talking Stick Resort
Sip the fizz off of that overflowing beer, devour the restaurant-style food and enjoy the game with your friends in “front-row” seating at the Talking Stick Resort this Sunday. Every Sunday morning during football season, the Showroom at Talking stick fires up giant HD screens and a surround sound that will keep you on your toes. During half time, take a break from the action and test your luck on a table of Blackjack or on the slots. Parking is free and there is no cover charge. Get your crew out of the house and off the couches to enjoy this football season in style. Don’t forget to arrive at least an hour before kick-off to claim your seats.
Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, Sunday, Sept. 7, (though January 18), 10 a.m., more info



Orange Sky earns Wine Spectator 2014 Award of Excellence

Talking Stick Resort, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, is proud to announce that its signature restaurant, Orange Sky, has once again been the recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. This marks the fourth consecutive year the restaurant has been recognized for its impressive wine list.

“We consider Orange Sky to be Talking Stick Resort’s culinary jewel so we’re ecstatic Wine Spectator has acknowledged our premier wine offerings,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Talking Stick Resort. “To be recognized with an Award of Excellence once is significant, but to be recognized four years straight is a great source of pride.”

Wine Spectator is widely considered the insider’s guide to wine and fine dining. It evaluates wine lists at restaurants in consideration for three awards. In addition to the Award of Excellence, awards giving by the publication annually include, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award. This year, Orange Sky was one among more than 2,000 restaurants to receive the Award of Excellence accolade in 2014. As an award recipient, the upscale eatery will be featured in Wine Spectator’s Aug. 31 edition.

AE14color-1To qualify for an award from Wine Spectator, the restaurant’s wine list must showcase complete, accurate information, including appellations and vintages for all selections. The complete producer names and correct spellings are required. The overall presentation of the wine list is also reviewed. For the Award of Excellence, selected restaurants must offer at least 100 wine selections complementary to their menu.

The wine list at Orange Sky features a selection of over 300 bottles and 30 wines by the glass. A dramatic, glass wine room displays more than 100 of its white wine selections in a temperature controlled environment of 42 degrees, while red wines are stored at 56 degrees in hand-crafted, cedar wood wine racks enclosing the Sommelier table. All of Orange Sky’s wines are served in lead crystal glassware, fitting to the varietal.

Nestled on the 15th floor of Talking Stick Resort, the fine-dining restaurant features fresh seafood, flavorful steaks and just-harvested vegetables. With its 360-degree views of the valley’s signature orange sunsets, Orange Sky has a versatile menu that will satisfy all tastes. For more restaurant information or reservations call (480) 850-8606 or visit www.talkingstickresort.com.

Glory Awaits Window Art

Casino Arizona, Talking Stick present Mercury playoffs

Glory Awaits for the Phoenix Mercury, who today announced Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting partner of the club’s 2014 playoff run. The WNBA Playoffs will begin on Thursday, August 21. The Mercury’s postseason schedule has not yet been determined.

As part of the agreement, one lucky Mercury fan at each home Playoffs game will receive a shot at the Casino Arizona Lucky 7’s Shootout. The promotion gives the fan a choice of shooting a free throw for $777, 3-point shot for $7,777 or a half-court shot for $77,777.

As the presenting partner, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort is included on the Mercury’s “Glory Awaits” 2014 playoff logo, which is painted on the glass windows outside of the Casino Arizona Pavilion at US Airways Center. An image of the logo painting is attached.

“Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort is proud to be a part of the Phoenix Mercury’s bid to win the WNBA Finals,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. “Playoffs are an exciting time, not only for the team, but also for the fans and we are pleased to offer our support.”

The presenting partnership for the Mercury’s WNBA Playoffs run is an extension of a regular season agreement which also featured Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting partner of the team. The Mercury clinched the team’s ninth playoff berth in franchise history with an 89-71 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, July 22.

Single-game tickets for Game 1 of the Mercury’s opening round series are on sale now. Tickets for Round 1, Game 1 start at $17 and can be purchased at PhoenixMercury.com, at the US Airways Center ticket office or by phone at 602-252-WNBA.

Perched on the third-floor pool deck at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix, LUSTRE is an oasis in the heart of Downtown Phoenix with sweeping views of the city skyline, fresh cocktails and seasonal menu items perfect for enjoying poolside.

Some of the best staycations for the holiday weekend

You don’t need to go away for the holiday weekend when we have the world’s most fantastic pools, luxurious spas, romantic retreats, spectacular golf courses and best restaurants right in our backyard.

You can forget about the flight delays and rental cars because many of Arizona’s award-winning hotels and resorts offer summer deals that are designed specifically for local residents who want a staycation to get away from it all. The best part about it getting to experience the best Arizona has to offer? During the summer, the rates are very low.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix
The deals: “Night on the Town” includes accommodations and $25 gift card to Copper Blues starting at $129. “$102 and a Round of Brew” includes accommodations and a round of four beers at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. “Sweet Dreams” features accommodations, “Some Day, Some Night” children’s book by local author Jack Guinan, milk and cookies starting at $129. “Summer Getaway” offers accommodations, $10 iTunes gift card and two welcome cocktails at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden starting from $129.
To book: (602) 253-6633 or hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
The deal: The Splash Into Summer package is available May 21-Sept. 3. From just $169 per night, guests get a deluxe room (50 percent off second room), free dinner in SWB for one child with each paying adult, free golf for kids ages 15 and under, 50 percent off Camp Hyatt each day for up to two children per room, and access to the resort’s 2.5-acre water extravaganza complete with 10 pools and three-story, high-speed waterslide.
To book: (480) 444-1234 or scottsdale.hyatt.com and reference rate code SSPLSH

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
The deal: The “Fling & Swing” package starting at $169 is available May 22 through Sept. 2. The summer package includes a daily $50 resort credit, free golf on Faldo and Palmer championship golf courses (after 3 p.m. day of arrival, 11 a.m. on for remainder of stay), free meals for kids 12 and under, free access to the Family Escape Center, free in-room Wi-Fi, complimentary appetizer or dessert daily with an entree and free tennis.
To book: familyflingandswing.com/

Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa
The deals: Amara offers two summer packages. “Rise & Dine” includes deluxe accommodations and a $25 daily dining credit starting from $339 per night. “Relax & Recharge” features deluxe accommodations and $100 daily spa credit starting from $339 per night. Packages valid now through December 31.
To book: (928) 282-4828 or amararesort.com

L’Auberge de Sedona
The deal: For the past 3 summers L’Auberge has had a “Drop it Like it’s Hot” deal that is geared towards Phoenix residents. As the temperatures heat up in Phoenix, Phoenician can escape the heat and drive North to Sedona and “Drop it Like it’s Hot.” At 4 p.m., L’Auberge takes the temperature on Oak Creek and compares it with the temperature at Sky Harbor. The difference will be the discount on your rate.
To book: (928) 282-1661 or lauberge.com

Lodge on the Desert
The deal: From May 27-Aug. 14, guests can get deluxe accommodations at $99 per night with breakfast for two (plus tax). Based on availability.
To book: (520) 320-2000

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
The deal: Dive into Summer Savings with Loews Best Rate. Rates start from $99 per night, May 21-Sept. 4, and some restrictions apply. Rates are also based on availability.
To book: (800) 235-6397 or loewshotels.com

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
The deal: Discover refreshing pools, water slides, complimentary kid’s meals, poolside activities, dive-in movies, all-suite accommodations, themed restaurants, children’s programs, championship golf and relaxing spa services for the ultimate in summer chill time. Rates starting from $89 per room, per night.
To book: (602) 943-7752 or pointehiltontapatiocliffs.com

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
The deal: Sanctuary offers the “For Arizonans Only” deal, which gives local residents 20 percent off the resort’s best available rate for a two-night stay or more. Guests must present a valid Arizona ID at check-in. Offer is valid June 1-Aug. 27. In addition, Sanctuary’s starting rates drop 45 percent — from $529 to $289 per night — beginning May 16.
To book: (800) 245-2051 or sanctuaryaz.com

Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center
The deal: Rates from $89, guests choose from the resort’s Stay Scottsdale, Play Scottsdale or Summer Seclusions “Kid Free Zone” packages. Available May 23-Sept. 1.
To book: (480) 991-9000 or TheScottsdaleResort.com

Talking Stick Resort
The deal: This summer, Talking Stick Resort is offering discounted hotel rates starting from $119 per night plus applicable taxes.
To book: (480) 850-7777 or talkingstickresort.com

The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
The deal: The Boulders beckons travelers to the “cool side of the desert,” where temperatures are typically10 degrees cooler than in the valley. Seasonal rates dip to $99 per night. When booking a stay, request the “Best of Waldorf Astoria Package” and receive $50 resort reward for each night of the stay. The Truly Boulders Package includes luxury Casita accommodations, daily $15/adult breakfast credit, 20 percent off spa services, complimentary parking and golf club/tennis racquet rentals for just $159 per night, double occupancy.
To book: (480) 488-9009 or theboulders.com

The Phoenician
The deal: Book and stay between May 30 and September 1 and be entered to win a two-night New Year’s Eve stay at The Canyon Suites, Arizona’s only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond hotel. Summer rates start at $159 per night.
To book: (480) 941-8200 or thephoenician.com/offers and reference rate code SUMMER

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
The deal: At The Plaza, enjoy luxury accommodations from $99 per night plus a $50 food & beverage credit for any resort bar, poolside café or restaurant.
To book: (480) 948-5000 or scottsdaleplaza.com

The Scottsdale Resort
The deals: “Stay Scottsdale, Play Scottsdale Summer Package” offers rates from $89 weekdays and $99 weekends and includes accommodations, $50 food and beverage credit and weekend movie showings in the Pueblo Theater. The “Kid Free Zone” package offers rates from $89 weekdays and $119 weekends and includes accommodations, $50 food and beverage credit and Saturday and Sunday full breakfast buffet for two in the clubhouse. Casita suites available starting from $149 weekday and $179 on weekends. Summer deals available May 23-Sept. 1.
To book: (800) 540-0727 or thescottsdaleresort.com

W Scottsdale Hotel
The deal: The W lets you kick back and take it easy with two special summer packages. The Vitamin W comes with sunglasses, sunblock, beach bag, a poolside pitcher of Vitamin W and a room. The Road Trip includes a $25 gas card, overnight valet parking, a USB car charger and a room. Rates are from $160 per night and available for stays May 11-Sept. 6
To book: (877) 782-0104 or wscottsdalehotel.com/specialoffers

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa
The deal: Get Baja Bound starting at $99, Your tropical staycation includes a discount “passport book” with savings on all restaurants, spa, tennis, horseback riding and more.
To book: (520) 297-1151 or westwardlook.com

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino
The deal: Gila River Casinos is a great place to stay and play! From June 1-Sept. 25, guests can stay at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino for rates starting as low as $69. The best gaming, dining and night life in the valley, Gila River Casinos offers all the hottest slots and best entertainment destination all under one roof.
To book: WinGilaRiver.com

DJ Danny Stern, from WorldRedEye.com

In the Mix: Top club shows this weekend

This weekend is all about the daytime party at some of the Valley’s top-notch locations with some great headliners hailing from across the country and world.

DJ Danny Stern @ Release Pool Party Talking Stick Resort

Spinning at Saturday’s Release Pool party is one of South Beaches prominent DJs, Danny Stern. Stern’s format includes elements of almost every danceable genre out there. Stern is use to turning tables at all popular oceanfront oases in Miami that partying at one of the valleys top pool parties should come easy.

Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, Saturday June 21, 11 a.m.-5p.m.

Syn Cole @ El Hefe Scottsdale

Estonian DJ, Syn Cole, who skyrocketed to EDM stardom after being picked up by Avicii’s record label, will be behind the turn tables this weekend for Sunday Funday at El Hefe Scottsdale.His debut single ‘April’ showed what this newfound talent can do and his second remix for the label ‘Hey Brother’ sparked both radio and DJ support across the globe. His release ‘Miami 82’, on Avicii’s album solidified that this talent is here to stay. This is show is free of charge and is one you do not want to miss.

El Hefe Scottsdale, 4425 N Saddlebag Trl, Scottsdale , Sunday June 22, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

DJ Leslie Santos @ Release Pool Party Talking Stick Resort

One of Los Angeles most sought after female DJs is headlining Sunday’s Release Pool Party. Since her debut nightclub performance 2007 Santos has been all over the LA club scene. Her pure talent behind the turntables and aptitude for all music genres has landed her residencies and guest appearances at some of Los Angeles & Las Vegas premiere nightclubs. She is on her way to securing her spot among some of the world elite DJs.

Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, Sunday June 22, 11 a.m.-5p.m.

Things to do this weekend

Are you looking to break away from your daily routine? From the Vans Warped Tour rocking the desert, learning about women’s issues through LUNAFEST, engaging in side-splitting laughter with a former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor Dennis Miller, experiencing the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” in a new way to ending your weekend with a serenade by an “American Idol” winner, the rest of your week is bound to be anything but ordinary!

Icon for Hire, via Vans Warped Tour flickr.

Icon for Hire, via Vans Warped Tour flickr.

Vans Warped Tour
Lather on that sunscreen and stay hydrated, but most importantly unleash your inner punk rocker because the Vans Warped Tour is taking over the desert! Featured bands include Anthony Raneri, Anberlin, Bad Rabbits, Bayside, Born of Osiris, Bowling for Soup, Breathe Carolina, Chelsea Grin, Cute is What We Aim For and many more.
Quail Run Park, 4155 E. Virginia, Mesa. vanswarpedtour.com. Wednesday, June 18. 11 a.m. $23.50 to $45

Join the LUNAFEST film festival to raise awareness about women’s issues. The festival will illustrate women serving as leaders in society through nine short films. Each film will focus on topics ranging from women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. All proceeds will help fund the Breast Cancer Fund and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.
AE England Building at Civic Space Park. 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. http://lunafest.org/phoenix. Friday, June 20, Reception: 6 p.m., Festival Opening Remarks, 7 p.m. General Admission: $20; Filmmakers: $15; Students: $8

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller
Former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor and Monday Night Football commentator, Dennis Miller known for his pop culture references and right-winged comedy is set to fill Talking Stick Resort with laughter. Miller is a five-time Emmy award winning comedian best known for his live talk show, Dennis Miller Live.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. talkingstickresort.com.  Saturday, June 21, 8 p.m. $30 to $150

Rocky Horror Picture Show with Shadow Cast
Get ready to experience the songs, dances and flashy costumes that make the Rocky Horror Picture Show unforgettable. Watch as the cult-classic comes to life through performances by Frankie’s Fishnets alongside the actual film. A costume is not required, but you may purchase a prop bag at the show or wear your own Rocky Horror Picture Show inspired attire.
Arizona Event Center, 1300 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa. arizonaeventcenter.com. Saturday, June 21, Doors open 9 p.m. $10 adv, $15 dos

Scotty McCreery
End your weekend with “American Idol” winner and country singer, Scotty McCreery! The “See You Tonight Singer” and “I Love You This Big” singer has three successful albums under his belt along with numerous hit singles. McCreery is the second country singer to win “American Idol” since past winner, Carrie Underwood in 2005.
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. 5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Gila River Reservation.  wingilariver.com. Sunday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. $38 to $58

Things to Do: May 27-June 4

Who’s feeling a bit nostalgic this weekend? From reliving three decades of award-winning chart-toppers by pianist Billy Joel, catching up with Tim Allen, running through downtown Tucson or watching Prescott reenact crucial events in Arizona history at its 150th anniversary, take some time to enjoy the past! Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us at @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!


Billy Joel
Billy “Piano Man” Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits over a span of three decades (‘70s to ’90s). Find yourself a greatest hits compilation and get ready for a night of sing-a-longs! Fun fact: The six-time Grammy Award winner is the first non-classical pianist to have a painted portrait hanging in Steinway Hall in Manhattan.
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, usairwayscenter.com, Sunday, June 1, 8 p.m., $50 to $120

Around Arizona

Prescott Sesquicentennial
Prescott is turning 150 years old! In celebration of its anniversary, the city getting back to its Western roots with reenactments, shoot outs, street fairs, rodeo and museum tours. Fun fact: Prescott was the First Territorial Capital in Arizona (It later became Tucson, then Prescott, and, finally, Phoenix). Abraham Lincoln appointed the original governor, John A. Gurley, who died before taking office.
Courthouse Plaza, Prescott, Friday, May 30, 5 p.m., to Sunday, June 1, visit-prescott.com.


Meet Me Downtown 5K
This evening run starts and finishes at the Children’s Museum and Military Park Plaza. The route has runners winding through downtown Tucson, finishing with a music festival, food trucks and an after party at Hotel Congress and Maynard’s Kitchen.
Children’s Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave., Tucson, Saturday, May 31, 7 p.m., $20 to $20


wine country
AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular
You what pairs really well with a fine wine? The fine arts! Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts reap the benefits of your glassfuls of more than 40 wines specifically selected to wash down AJ’s gourmet tapas. There will also be live music and an auction.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, Saturday, May 31, 2 p.m., $30 member; $35 nonmember


Tim Allen
Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, aka Santa Claus, aka Buzz Lightyear, is coming to Talking Stick Resort. While Allen never really left the entertainment biz, he recently received a TV Guide award for “Best Comeback” for his portrayal of Mike Baxter in “Last Man Standing,” a sitcom about a dad “fighting for his manhood in a house filled with women.” He’s also the proud father of an enormous cat. See below:
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, Saturday, May 31, 8 p.m., $25 to $175


Top 5 Accommodations: Casino Resort Destinations

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations for Casino Resort Destinations! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.

Top 5 Accommodations: Casino Resort Destinations

Apache Gold Casino Resort
Location: Hwy. 70, 5 miles East of Globe San Carlos, AZ 85550
(800) 272-2438
On-site Apache Gold Casino Resort is a 146-room hotel, an 18-hole championship golf course, convention center, nearby fishing and sightseeing.
Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 850-7777
A distinct resort and entertainment destination in Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort offers luxuries such as a rejuvenating open-air spa, eight world-class restaurants, 10 entertainment lounges, a lively 240,000 square foot gaming floor and two pools.

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226

(800) 946-4452
Home to 1,200 slots with live poker and blackjack, a 1,500-seat concert venue, 250-room hotel, gift shop and great dining experiences, including Shula’s Steak House.

Casino Del Sol Resort
5655 W. Valencia Rd. Tucson, AZ 85757

(855) 765-7829
Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multi-denominational slot machines. The $100 million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, has two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort
22181 Resort Blvd. Flagstaff, AZ 86004

(928) 856-7200
Twin Arrows, located east of Flagstaff, is northern Arizona’s premier casino resort destination, offering luxury amenities and best-in-class gaming.

LUSTRE Rooftop Garden at Kimpton's Hotel Palomar Phoenix.

Catch the first wave of pool parties this weekend

One of the perks of living in Arizona is that April means the kickoff of pool party season. While people elsewhere are still rocking their snow boots, we here in Scottsdale are ready to bare down to our bikinis for some serious pool time, great music and tasty cocktails. Here are the details on the first pool parties of the season:

  • Talking Stick Resort’s RELEASE parties are returning to the Valley this Saturday! The RELEASE pool parties will take place every Saturday and Sunday and feature performances by some of the top Las Vegas, Miami, San Diego and San Francisco DJs. New this year is an outdoor concert pool venue that will bring in bands such as Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Staind, Collective Soul and 311. There is no admission fee during regular weekends, and the resort has cabana and daybed reservations available. Though pool party entry is free, Talking Stick Resort does charge for outdoor concerts. talkingstickresort.com – 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
  • Also this Saturday, you can find David Guetta spinning live at Maya Day + Nightclub! Guetta, a multi-Grammy Award winning DJ is performing Saturday afternoon at Maya before he hits the stage at Coachella. General admission tickets are $90 and VIP tickets are $216. VIP tickets include priority admission, access to VIP area behind the DJ booth, and a private bar with specialty cocktails. mayaclubaz.com – 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
  • Also at Maya Day + Nightclub are Day Dreamin Saturday and Sunday Phunday. Maya resident DJs Soloman, Knick Knack, Jason Merm and Trill Tone will heat up the pool every Saturday and Sunday this summer. Expect to see some yet-to-be-announced national and international DJs perform throughout the summer as well. Admission for each day is $10 for girls, $15 for guys. mayaclubaz.com – 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
  • Saturday and Sunday pool parties at W Scottsdale’s WET are up and running for 2014. A variety of DJs will spin as you enjoy the pool and cool drinks. Admission is $10 for non-hotel guests, and the hotel offers daybeds and cabana reservations. wscottsdalehotel.com – 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale
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Players rally for Phoenix Suns Charities’ Jump Ball

Phoenix Suns Charities’ annual gala, THE JUMP BALL, will be headlined by a show-stopping tribute to Michael Jackson, featuring Damian Brantley, on Saturday, March 1 at Talking Stick Resort. Guests will also enjoy appearances by the entire Suns team and coaching staff, entertainment by DJ Roonie G., dinner, a silent auction and much more. The gala will begin at 6 p.m.

The Michael Jackson tribute band is part of the award-winning “Legends in Concert” live tribute show in Las Vegas. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the show highlights world-renowned musicians from the past and present. The band, featuring Damian Brantley, regularly performs at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, capturing Jackson’s legendary music and choreography through captivating theatrical sets and costumes.

Performing as Michael Jackson is Milwaukee native Damian Brantley. Brantley grew up around music, having been taught to play the piano at age 8 by his father, Junior Brantley, who toured with B.B. King. Before becoming a Michael Jackson tribute performer, Brantley trained for two years to perfect being the King of Pop. View a recent performance by Brantley as Michael Jackson: “Legends in Concert” Michael Jackson tribute

Following the tribute to Michael Jackson, two-time Club World Award winner DJ Roonie G will entertain guests with his own creative blend of audio and visual content.

Table sponsorship options are now available, as are limited individual tickets. More information can be found at sunscharities.org, or by calling 602-379-7767. All proceeds from the event benefit Phoenix Suns Charities, which works to improve the lives of Arizona youth and families.

Mercury strike deal with Casino Arizona, Talking Stick

Today, the Phoenix Mercury entered into an exclusive, multi-year marquee partnership with Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort that includes branding on the Mercury’s home and away jerseys. The new agreement also designates Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting sponsor of the Phoenix Mercury.

The partnership was announced this morning by Mercury President Jason Rowley, Mercury VP Ann Meyers Drysdale and Casino Arizona’s Senior Director of Marketing Peter Arceo, during a press conference inside the Casino Arizona Pavilion at US Airways Center.

Highlighting the partnership is the appearance of the Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort logo across the front of the Phoenix Mercury home and away jerseys, as well as on the team’s warm-ups. With the deal, the Mercury remains one of five WNBA teams with a corporate-branded jersey, after becoming the first team in WNBA history to sign a marquee partnership in 2009.

“The Phoenix Mercury is thrilled to announce our new marquee sponsorship with Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort,” said Mercury President, Jason Rowley.  “Having served as the presenting partner for the Mercury’s 2007 WNBA Championship run, Casino Arizona has been a loyal supporter of women’s basketball and we are excited to take that collaboration to an unprecedented level.”

Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort’s logo will also be featured on the Phoenix Mercury’s home court at US Airways Center, and incorporated into the team’s official logo. Images of the court and logo are attached. The new co-branded logo will appear on Mercury tickets and other collateral.

“The partnership between Casino Arizona and the Phoenix Mercury is truly an obvious fit,” said Peter Arceo, Senior Director of Marketing for Casino Arizona. “We both provide the ultimate entertainment in our respective fields. We are proud to be a part of all the excitement the Mercury will bring this season and beyond.”

In addition to marquee placement on player jerseys and on-court logo recognition, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort will receive brand exposure on the team’s website, in-arena signage and throughout various in-game promotions. During each Friday and Saturday home game, one lucky Mercury fan will compete in the Casino Arizona Lucky 7’s Shootout for the opportunity to win up to $77,777.

Phoenix Fashion Week 2011

Phoenix Fashion Week is October 1-5 at Talking Stick Resort

From October 1-5, Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale will be the center of attraction for all fashionphiles with the arrival of dozens of burgeoning designers who will present their exclusive collections to style addicts, designers, buyers, media, industry tastemakers, bloggers and celebrities at Phoenix Fashion Week (PHXFW). The Las Vegas-style resort and casino will once again serve as the backdrop for three days of breathtaking established and emerging designer runway shows. This year’s event will include a Designer of the Year competition, Fashion Education Seminars, Model of the Year competition, glitzy after-parties, retail deal making and the event’s signature Style Villa shopping experience.

Since partnering with Talking Stick Resort in 2011, PHXFW has welcomed more than 10,000 key industry professionals and guests from around the nation and the globe to the City of Scottsdale. An expanded partnership between PHXFW and Talking Stick Resort allows the event the ability to showcase the hottest up-and-coming local, national and international designers.  It will also activate an impressive roster of top-tier partners and sponsors including Zappos.com, Fiat, Pinnacle Aviation, Toni & Guy Hairdressing, UBER, and the UK’s top beauty brand No7 Cosmetics & Skincare.

Over the past several years PHXFW has seen tremendous growth that has earned national attention as a model for regional fashion weeks around the country. PHXFW’s unique brand-building program includes a 4-month boot camp-style preparation and training for participating designers and models – a process that has caught the attention of major industry players including TIME magazine. A feature in the publication earlier this year profiled the event and how it develops young designers and facilitates the jump from homegrown brand to household name for both up-and-coming fashion models and designers.

“Phoenix Fashion Week has become an annual marquee event for Talking Stick Resort,” said Peter Arceo, senior director of sales and marketing for Talking Stick Resort. “The excitement, energy and fashionable fan base that follows the event is a natural fit for our property and the Talking Stick Resort brand.”

Talking Stick Resort offers luxury accommodations in high style, fusing innovative design, exciting entertainment and Southwest sophistication making it an ideal host for the event.

“Talking Stick Resort is an ideal partner for PHXFW because of its capability to accommodate our exploding growth,” said PHXFW Director Brian Hill. “At Talking Stick Resort we have it all – stunning surroundings, key amenities and a platform that allows us to create our own signature runway look and feel that rivals fashion weeks in New York, Paris, and London,” he said. “Having our own flexible space, within the venue has been a key component to growing our program and has helped us to effectively show the fashion world how Phoenix has become a game-changing fashion city,” he said.

This year, PHXFW attendees can expect a high-energy, high style fashion experience with expanded front-row seating, high-tech lighting and heart-palpitating sound, exclusive VIP lounges, interactive brand experiences, premier music and entertainment and special celebrity guests.

Several additional PHXFW-sanctioned designer and sponsor events will take place off site including PHXFW’s signature charity event, Fashionably Pink. Fashionably Pink is a celebrity runway show showcasing pink-inspired outfits created by each of the PHXFW participating designers. The annual event raises breast cancer awareness and funds for breast cancer charities throughout Arizona. This year, the popular charity runway show and silent auction will take place at Domus, a new luxury condominium high-rise in the Arcadia neighborhood.

Patricia Tate

Patricia Tate – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Patricia Tate - Vice president and CFO, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona

Tate joined Casino Arizona in 2004 as its finance controller, responsible for financial statement presentation and treasury administration. Her current role as the CFO and vice president includes all her previous responsibilities, along with management of the cage, count, finance, purchasing, compliance, and information technology departments within the enterprise, which includes Casino Arizona and its sister property, Talking Stick Resort.

Surprising fact: “I live in Laveen, three miles from the house I grew up in and where my parents still live today.”

Biggest challenge: “Over the course of my career, I’ve worked in several male-dominated industries, and the biggest challenge has been being judged before my ideas were heard.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

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Summer Deals and Events at Talking Stick


Tim McGraw takes center stage on August 10. Tickets are on sale now for Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom tour at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. saltriverfields.com/Events.as


Release Pool Parties are heating up at Talking Stick Resort. Enjoy drink specials, promotional giveaways, cabana rentals and more. And don’t miss poolside performances by the region’s best DJs. Every Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. Visit talkingstickresort.com/scottsdale-pool-party.aspx for more information.

The Spa at Talking Stick offers Luxury for Locals, Sunday through Thursday, now through September 30. Choose from three 60-minute spa treatments for only $89. Visit talkingstickresort.com/spa.aspx for more information.


Race in to the Pavilions for the grand opening of Octane Raceway! The celebration weekend begins July 19. There will be fun activities and events all weekend, including a Hooter girl’s race on Saturday night. Please visit thepavilionsattalkingstick.com/ for more info.

Grab a handful of napkins and a handful of your closest friends and head on down to Buffalo Wild Wings, opening July 29 at the Pavilions at Talking Stick!


Life Cycle of a Butterfly Workshop- Monday, August 26, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

$15 for Founder’s Members & Annual Passes and $20 for the general public

To register, contact Adriane Grimaldi at (480) 800-3000, ext. 207

Guests will also be taught about the lifecycle of these incredible insects from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis and then to butterfly as they go through the transformation process. The class will also include tips about where to see butterflies in Arizona, suggested books for learning more about butterfly gardening and hands-on butterfly examples.


Book 2 weeks in advance and receive 20% off your weekend stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale Salt River! marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxpi-courtyard-scottsdale-pima-maricopa-community/


Tee up at Talking Stick Golf Club – this summer, juniors play free at Talking Stick Golf Club when playing with a paying adult. June-September; please visit talkingstickgolfclub.com/index.php for details.

Talking Stick: A Cultural and Entertainment Destination is conveniently located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at Indian Bend and the 101 freeway. We invite you to shop, dine, play and stay with us and be a part of what everyone is talking about! talkingstickarizona.com

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Spring 2013 Events at Talking Stick

Mark your calendars for these upcoming spring 2013 events at Talking Stick.

The Pavilions at Talking Stick

The weather is great so get outside to enjoy it! The Pavilions at Talking Stick is proud to host the McDonalds Rock ‘n’ Roll Car Show every Saturday from 4 – 8 p.m., and the Scottsdale Street Fair April 13 and 14. Both events are free and family friendly.

Octane Raceway is moving to Talking Stick and opening this spring. Octane Raceway features high-speed electric kart racing, a flexible segway course and an interactive arcade.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Who’s hungry? Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will host the Arizona BBQ Festival on April 20. This years’ fest includes the 2013 Redneck Games, an exciting line-up of bands, wild western saloons, super macho mechanical bull riding, a flavored vodka tasting tent and a whole lot of BBQ!

Larry Fitzgerald and some of his closest celebrity pals will be taking the field at the Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game on April 27. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., home run derby begins at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m.

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Upcoming headline entertainment at Talking Stick Resort.

  • Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, March 29
  • The Tubes, April 5
  • Justin Furstenfeld, April 6
  • Dwight Yoakam, April 20
  • Foreigner, April 26

Share the Health at Rancho Solano – Via De Ventura Campus

Share the Health event celebrates the grand opening of the school’s new state-of-the-art athletic complex and student center on Sat., April 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. This free interactive event showcases health and fitness with interactive activities for the whole family – dance and gymnastics, basketball free-throw contests, cheer leading drills, golf and more. A canned food donation is appreciated but not required.

Butterfly Wonderland

Emerging May 2013 is Butterfly Wonderland. Set to open late this spring, Butterfly Wonderland is sure to please children of all ages.




Arcadia High School junior Jessica DuBois has been selected as the 2013 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year.

DuBois, 16, is a member of the Hartley & Ruth Baker Branch, which is located in south Scottsdale. She has been involved in a variety of educational and community service programs since joining the Club more than five years ago and is an active community volunteer, logging more than 90 hours of service in recent months.

Jessica - 2013 YOYAt the Club, she is a dedicated member of several programs, including:

  • Smart Girls, which is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem program for girls ages eight to 17 designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential. She also serves as a mentor to younger girls entering the program.
  • What’s Hip, which is an eight-week program for high school girls covering issues such as relationships, drug and alcohol use, self-esteem, and fashion, among others. The program culminates with a fashion show at the Rose Lane Branch.
  • eCrew, which is a program developed in partnership with Arizona State University, C4 Systems, where General Dynamics’ engineers mentor Club members and provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to potentially become engineers and business leaders.

The Youth of the Year program has been an integral part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 60 years and is the highest honor given to members of the organization. This annual program begins in January when each of the Scottsdale Clubs’ nine area branches, which are located in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities and other Northeast Valley neighborhoods, crown their own Youth of the Year honoree. Each of these members are chosen based on their dedication to the Club, community and family, academic performance, moral character, life goals, leadership, poise and public speaking ability.

From there, each of the nine branch Youths of the Year undergo a two-month judging process, which culminates with the kids being honored and then giving a speech during the Celebrate Youth Gala & Auction, the non-profits biggest fundraising event of the year.

Presented by Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, the annual gala, which took place on March 9 at Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona, included a dinner, silent and live auctions, paddle raiser, and live entertainment by Club members.

Katie 1During the gala, DuBois shared her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse one day – a dream much closer thanks to her Youth of the Year prizes, which included a $5,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems, a laptop from NPCE Technology Solutions and a Young Leadership Training scholarship from U & Improved.

Her eight fellow branch Youths of the Year were also rewarded during the gala, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems and Google tablets from NPCE Technology Solutions. They included: Ariana Alvez, Samantha Elder, Amari Gonzales, Dani Haboush, Alexa Jenouri, Marissa Masters, Kristofferson Walker and Lane Yazzie.

2013 Gala Title sponsors were Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, with other major sponsors including General Dynamics C4 Systems, Republic Services, Go Daddy, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona.

This event caps off a whirlwind 12 months for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, which also included:

  • The Clubs’ Lehi Branch, which serves youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, finishing construction and hosting the grand opening of its new $50,000 Teen Center, which includes a performance stage, upgraded fitness equipment, a computer lab, décor improvements and a painted mural representing the Native American culture.
  • The Club’s Red Mountain Branch, which also serves youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, being honored with a National Award of Merit for Program Excellence in Health & Life Skills from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
  • The Club’s Vestar Branch, which serves youth from the Desert Ridge and North Phoenix areas, being named the top branch in the nation by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival Events Schedule

The lineup has been released for the 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival April 9 – April 14. Mark your calendars for a week of culinary satisfaction and new events for 2013 including a Cupcake Challenge at Bubbles & Bliss and the Take the Cake Decorating Competition at the Wine Country Brunch.

Since 2002, Scottsdale Culinary Festival has raised over $3.5 million to benefit arts and arts education charities. The event has been voted “Best Annual Event” By AZCentral.com and Arizona Foothills Magazine in 2012.

The 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival schedule is as follows:

Shaken and StirredTuesday, April 9 – Shaken & Stirred: Shake up your Tuesday night with flavor profiles that only a celebrity chef could create. Shaken & Stirred is a riveting celebration of cocktail culture with Chef Brian Malarkey and his latest addition to his culinary empire, Searsucker Scottsdale. In its second year, guests will be able to enjoy three signature Searsucker drinks and the perfect nibbles to match. $40 per person.

Chocolate and WineWednesday, April 10 – The Chocolate & Wine Experience: Imagine if Wonka’s Chocolate Factory was situated in Napa Valley and you were granted an exclusive tasting – a night worthy of a golden ticket that would bring together life’s sweetest indulgences and most robust flavors. Fantasy becomes reality at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Chocolate & Wine Experience. The Valley’s finest pastry chefs and chocolatiers will unite with an incredible selection of wineries at Talking Stick Resort’s Fire Garden. $50 per person.

bubbles and blissThursday, April 11 – Bubbles & Bliss: Pop a bottle, take a sip and stroll around W Scottsdale’s glamorous rooftop WET pool deck. Take a break to say ‘ahhh’ with the Bliss Spa Squad who will be distributing spa-at-home samples and providing complimentary arm massages. Providing the “frosting on the cake” so to speak, will be the Cupcake Challenge. This sweet addition to the annual soiree will have cupcake creators going spatula-to-spatula, as they showcase the best of their wares and voted on by guests. $40 per person.

burger battleThursday, April 11 – Burger Battle: Sixteen of the Valley’s best chefs and restaurants will be grilling up burgers flavors you can’t even fathom. The battle will begin behind the grill, but it’s up to guests and the panel of judges to decide who will take home the trophy home along with unlimited bragging rights. With entry into Scottsdale Stadium, guests can indulge in all the burger samples they can eat, sip on ice cold Leinenkugel’s beer and enjoy live music by The Walkens. $55 per person.

EDBPFriday, April 12 – Eat Drink and Be Pretty: Guests can stay in vogue with Scottsdale’s culinary scene as twenty restaurants showcase their creations. Around 8:30pm, Caribe Devine of 12News will take the stage and introduce a high-energy runway fashion show by Caché, which will forecast the latest trends and must-haves of the season. Once your appetite for fashion is satisfied, there will be music from DJ P-Body inside the atrium and Las Vegas show band True to Life will perform outside the building. $75 per person.

Chef dinnersSaturday, April 13 – Chef Wine Dinners: One of Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s most exclusive and intimate culinary experiences, guests will join award-winning chefs at some of the Valley’s top restaurants for a series of exclusive four-course dinners paired with rich wines. Both the chef and winemaker will be on-hand to answer questions and talk about the pairings. Attendance will be limited to 24 attendees per restaurant. $125 per person.

Great AZ picnicSaturday, April 13 & Sunday April 14 – The Great Arizona Picnic: The “Great Arizona Picnic” is back and better than ever with over 50 restaurants, 200 types of beer, and over 16 hours of live music packed into two massive days! Samples, tastings, demonstrations and more await for 2013. Saturday’s lineup includes major culinary firepower, including Brian Malarkey, host of ABC’s breakout new reality show The Taste, plus Food Network’s Robin Miller and globally-awarded chef Jose Garces. New at the expo for 2013 is the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, an annual event previously invite-only. Watch as awards are given to the Chef of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year, Beverage Master of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement. Southwest Festival of BeersTM provides samplings of over 200 frosty beers, delicious food and special musical entertainment

Also new for 2013 is the VIP Experience: Passport to the Picnic. Those looking for a premium experience will delight in this brand new offering situated on an exclusive perch overlooking the Barefoot Bubbly and Wine stage, providing shady comfort, inclusive unique food samplings and premium beer, wine and spirits.

GAP: $10 per person.

Children 12 and under, seniors 65 and over – free admission
Active US Military personnel: $5 (not available for pre-purchase)

SW Festival of Beers: $20 per person on Saturday, $15 per person on Sunday.

VIP Experience: $125 per person (21 and over)

Wine country brunchSunday, April 14 – Wine Country Brunch: Feast upon an array of the Valley’s most delightful brunches while sipping on Mimosas and Bloody Marys, perusing alluring silent auction items. Let Randall Hedden astound you as he creates large murals of rock legends, while painting to their own music; and admire 19 extravagant cakes designed and decorated by Valley pastry chefs and culinary students who will be participating in the first ever Take the Cake – Decorating Competition. $65 per person.

best of the festSunday, April 14 – Best of the Fest: A highlight for many of the town’s top culinarians, this year’s lineup at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa is sure to please. Chefs take charge of their own two tables to share their personality and flair with guests who selected to dine with them. A friendly competition of sorts, diners enter and take their seats, as curious eyes peer at opposing tables to see what over-the-top decadence other guests may be experiencing. $175 per person.