Around Town

Celebrating its eighth year, the INDEPENDENT WOMAN LUNCHEON has become one of the most exclusive and exquisite philanthropic events in the Valley, distinguishing itself for its sheer panache, style and flawless execution. When it came to this year’s luncheon, event Chair Matthew Boland, Honorary Chair Amy Cohn, Designer Chair Kathryn Petsas and their planning committee, including Molly Dalton, Katie Drost, Lisa Andrew Portigal and Sarah Swartz Wessel, truly outdid themselves. The entire event can be summed up in one simple word: “outstanding.”

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Taste

The Devour Culinary Classic, organized by Local First Arizona (LFA) with support from the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA), has become the Valley’s premier culinary event. For a decade, Classic attendees have enjoyed sampling only the highest quality and most innovative food, beverages from restaurateurs, chefs and food producers while perusing the grounds of Phoenix Art Museum.

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The Arts

Gebert Contemporary Gallery will feature two artists; painter Michelle Stuhl and woodworker Howard Werner. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 1, from 7 – 9 p.m. Both artists will be in attendance.
The exhibition at Lisa Sette Gallery, opening on March 3 through April 28, will feature two artists; Ato Ribeiro and Maximo Gonzalez. An opening reception with the artists will be held on March 3, from 7 – 9 p.m.

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Fashion

If there’s one thing that Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City has taught us, it’s that a great pair of shoes can make everything all right. Countless women can agree that there appears to be some mystical relationship we have with shoes. So put a spring in your step and take note of the season’s newest trends in footwear.

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The Arts

Beginning on February 24, Phoenix Art Museum will host the exhibition, Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, celebrating the career of the Dutch fashion designer. Renowned for her use of 3-D printing, van Herpen is widely considered one of contemporary fashion’s most progressive creators, and is a favored designer of style icons, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Björk, Cara Delevingne among others.

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Fashion

There’s jewelry—and then there are statement pieces that make a long-lasting, emotional impact. If you’re looking for the latter, Barneys New York has you covered.

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Datebook – Top Picks For February

Through February 4 Waste Management Phoenix Open www.phoenixopen.com Hideki Matsuyama defends his title at The Greatest Show on Grass. Arrive early for the golf clinics and pro-am tournaments, stay late for the Birds’ Nest entertainment featuring Flo Rida,...

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Around Town

On December 2, Ryan House hosted their annual White Christmas Gala. Held in the Gold Room at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, over 230 guests enjoyed hearing the theme-tune “White Christmas,” which was written by Irving Berlin poolside at the Arizona Biltmore.

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Beauty/ Health

If you thought you were spoiling yourself with your monthly massage sessions, think again. Hotels around the world are taking pampering to an extreme new level of luxury with ridiculously indulgent spa treatments so over the top, they’re practically – and in some cases literally –  gilded. We rounded up the most lavish, luxury-drenched spa treatments from five-star hotels around the globe because it’s never too early to start vacation planning. Some are nearby in California, others in frequently visited spots abroad, while those in exotic locales are best suited for your wish-list.

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The Arts

With the holidays behind us, we welcome January. Getting back to a normal routine allows us some breathing room. Why not plan some R & R time and settle in with one of these page-turners.

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Entertainment

As 2017 comes to a close, there are many options for revelers on the final night of the year. Whether you want to plan an evening under the stars, toss snowballs with the kids or tap your toes to Broadway melodies, there is something for everyone. Here are 15 of our favorites.

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Save The Date

On Friday, January 19, Ballet Arizona will honor longtime supporters Rose and Harry Papp with its popular and entertaining fundraising event Dance with Me at Phoenix Art Museum. All proceeds from the event support Ballet Arizona’s beautiful and athletic performances, as well as its education and community outreach programs. 

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Shop Talk

Buying from a locally owned business is a good idea. Not only is parking easier and the crowds more manageable, but independent stores often carry unique items that you’re not likely to find at a national chain. Plus, when you shop local, you’re investing in our community and acknowledging the retailers who are working to make the Valley a one-of-a-kind place to live. Here are five local shops described in detail, plus a sidebar of others, where you’re bound to find the perfect presents you’ve been hoping for. Store hours vary, so best to check before venturing out.

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Taste

After preparing and hosting the Thanksgiving feast, stringing lights, shopping and wrapping presents, trimming the tree, addressing the holiday cards, baking gingerbread cookies and taking the kids to meet Santa, dining out this Christmas seems like a great option. Here are ten Valley restaurants waiting to take your reservation. 

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Save The Date

The Independent Woman Luncheon has become one of the premier philanthropic events in the Valley, celebrating the contributions of creative, successful women as they support the arts and educational programming at Phoenix Art Museum. In years past, the event has featured high profile speakers and the 2018 luncheon is no exception: Amy Lau will be the keynote speaker.

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Design

When it comes to Christmas, no city does it better than New York. During the holiday season, the town sparkles and everything seems magical. Window shopping is irresistible with displays that are a testament to the creative vision and painstaking effort put forth by retailers. Here are some of the engaging examples now on view. 

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The Arts

Forget the traffic jams, the long lines at the malls, the endless wrapping, decorating and cooking. Instead, get back to basics this holiday season with music, dance, singing and laughter. Guaranteed to get you in the spirit, here are some things to see and do around town.

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Giving Back

Want to make a difference this holiday season? With over 150 Valley nonprofits championing worthwhile causes, one of the best ways to support our community is to give of yourself. Taking the time from your busy schedule to volunteer will be greatly appreciated. At random, we’ve selected 10 of the many organizations that will be grateful for your help. 

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Fashion

Saks Fifth Avenue’s most talented tastemakers have let AZL in on the must-have fashion trends for men this fall. These style experts recommend well-considered investment pieces to build on the basics that most gents already have in their closet. 

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The Arts

A groundbreaking and unprecedented retrospective of seminal Italian-born American artist and architect Paolo Soleri is now on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).

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