The Arts

Forgotten for centuries after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and then rediscovered over 250 years ago, POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION features nearly 200 artifacts, including frescoes, mosaics and precious items belonging to the residents of ancient Pompeii.

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Health

Thanks to leading specialty store Saks Fifth Avenue, wearing glasses has never been more fashionable. So when Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park opened its new optical boutique last month, I jumped at the chance to schedule an appointment.

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Fashion

With a nonstop Fashion Month schedule approaching, Barneys tapped five international style experts to make the “what-to-wear” aspect of the next few weeks a breeze.

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Community

Saks Fifth Avenue has teamed up with Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) for the 2017 Key To The Cure campaign. Now in its 19th year, Key To The Cure is Saks Fifth Avenue’s annual fundraising and charitable initiative to fight cancer. This year, Women’s Cancer Research Ambassador Jennifer Lopez will act as the face of the campaign, and Missoni will design the exclusive, limited edition t-shirt.

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Fashion

Manolo Blahnik opened his first shoe store in 1973 on Old Church Street in the fashionable Chelsea district of London, where it remains today. With a unique sense of precision and proportion, the Manolo Blahnik signature style is easily recognizable: the spindly heel that flares subtly at the base and the elongated pointy toe, with its ever-so-slightly rounded tip.

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Taste

The Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week ( ARW) is just days away. Channel your inner foodie and book reservations at some of the Valley’s premiere restaurants. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a dinner out, schedule a long overdue get together, revisit a favorite spot or finally try that restaurant on your wish list.

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Design

It’s a common tale told by homeowners living in areas punctuated by dramatic terrain. When asked what drove the decision to purchase a particular property, they respond “the views.” And that is just what happened when a couple checked out this residence in 2012. In the market for a larger second home and nature lovers, they were immediately captivated by the lot’s expansive views of Camelback and Mummy Mountains.

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Giving Back

The Board of Visitors, Arizona’s oldest women’s charitable organization, has been raising funds for more than 100 years to support nonprofits in the greater Phoenix community that serve the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly.

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At The Movies

If you thought the summer movie season was a bit disappointing, the September offerings will make it up to you.  Promising drama, suspense, comedy, intrigue and some feel-good, here are seven movies that should be worth the price of admission.

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The Arts

These paintings are filled with traditional abstract Aboriginal iconography denoting nature, spirits, and a way of life that has been passed down for generations.

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Giving Back

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community – announced a $10,000 donation to Duet: Partners in Health and Aging to support its one-of-a-kind Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program.

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Fashion

The change of season means the opportunity to do a wardrobe refresh, which is always made more exciting by the prospect of discovering a covetable array of new designers. I tapped Barneys women’s buying team to see what new and exclusive names are debuting at the store this fall. Their list of must-haves range from the sporty glamour of New York-based Area, exclusive Calvin Klein by Raf Simons accessories, waitlist-worthy sunnies from Roberie & Fraud, and much more. Scroll on for the Barneys team’s new designer picks.

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The Arts

In an era of globalization, old stereotypes of Brazil as a land of Carmen Miranda and carnaval have begun to give way to views of a burgeoning economy, beset by income inequalities. As our understanding of Brazilian culture transcends tourist attractions and nightly-news talking points, what does this mean for the question of authenticity? How can we begin to approach the essence of a complex culture that many of us know only through commercialized, highly-mediated images? 

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Community

Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing has appointed Regents’ Professor and Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate Alberto Ríos as the new director of the center.

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Giving Back

The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation has awarded Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona a $2.5 million grant. The funds will establish The Bob and Renee Parsons Center for Hope and Healing, enable the organization to double its physical space, expand programming and reach children Free Arts has previously been unable to serve.

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Design

Dara Caponigro knows her interiors. Serving as the former editor-in-chief of Veranda, and the decorating editor at Domino, she now works as the creative director of Schumacher, bringing her keen eye for design to the wallpaper space. Here, she gives us fresh ways to add a dose of wallpaper to your own home, whether it’s a pop of color in an unexpected spot, or a graphic statement on a solo wall, wallpaper is the perfect way to add a playful element to any space. The dozen wallpapers pictured below are available through your interior designer at Schumacher. Visit www.fschumacher.com

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The Arts

Before we turn our attention to the upcoming performing arts season, we’d like to take one last look at the 2016/ 2017 lineup that officially ended last month. Some of our staff writers decided to put their heads together to share their favorite productions. In retrospect, we all agreed that it was a very good season to be entertained. Here, in no particular order, are three of our selected “standouts.”

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