Rhapsody School of Music

2014-10-14 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Writer Jenny Brooks   The North Gateway has a music school of its very own. Rhapsody School of Music, opened on September 1, 2013 by Brian and Angie Benson, is the only school or store of its kind serving the area. It provides music education to persons of all ages in private and group music lessons and is an authorized dealer in name brand instruments. It also provides great rock band and Kindermusik programs and features a new on-site recording studio.   “We started with a great foundation and worked really hard building a brand families needed that was locally owned and operated,” says Brian. “We have unbelievably gifted musicians teaching wonderful students and are grateful for the families we see every week who choose to be involved with our business. We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished in just one year.”   He adds, “To see a person walking out with an instrument they’ll treasure forever is something special to be part of. For us, it’s the relationships... More

Yoga in the Rainforest

2014-10-07 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

All levels of vinyasa yoga will be featured during this hour-long class that allows students to enjoy nature’s beauty while finding inner peace. Taught by certified yoga teacher Rhiannon Ritchey. 5:30-6:30 p.m., $20. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, 480-800-3000 ext. 207, More

Call for "Phantom of the Opera's" Christine and Raoul

2014-10-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Audition for the famed roles and an opportunity to perform with Franc D’Ambrosio, “The Phantom” from the stage version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Oct. 18: 1-3 p.m., Theater Works, 8355 W. Peoria Ave.; Oct. 19: 5-7 p.m., Grand Canyon University, 5102 N. 30th Dr., room 43-101. ... More

Sept. 20 - Musical Tribute to Jazz-Rock Fusion

2014-09-20 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Union 32 Jazz All-Stars pay tribute to the great musicians who led the jazz-rock fusion movement, such as Miles Davis and the Pat Metheny Group, and still influence bands today. 7:30 p.m., $6-$16. Paradise Valley Community College, Center for Performing Arts, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-787-7738, More

Sept. 6 - Run Boy Run

2014-09-06 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

The bluegrass sounds and vocal harmonies of Run Boy Run kick off a series of three free monthly concerts under the stars. Hosted by Paradise Valley Community College’s Center for Performing Arts. 6 p.m., Free. PVCC’s Outdoor Amphitheater, 34th St. and Union Hills, Phoenix, 602-787-7738, More

Sept. 6 - Brazilian Day Arizona Festival

2014-09-06 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Experience the diverse, historic and colorful culture of Brazil with more than 60 Brazilian musicians, dancers and performers, along with food, drinks and more. Presented by Afro:Baile. Noon. $5-$10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, More

Sept. 3 - Tai Chi/QiGung Course with Grandmaster Sifu Franklin Wood

2014-09-03 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Explore the inner world of your body’s energy through Tai Chi and Qigong, a Chinese discipline that is said to slow the aging process, harmonize the mind and body and create an overall sense of well being and inner happiness. Introductory classes held Mondays and Wednesdays through Dec. 29. 2:30 p.m., $400. Yoga Breeze, 4705 E. Carefree Hwy., Cave Creek, 480-595-2855, More

Seeds of Change: PB Americano

2014-09-02 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Photo Credit: Brenna Zumbro
Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Brenna Zumbro   Young people these days … if they only knew how good they have it, right? Their plugged-in, hyper-entertained, overly bold perspectives are going to be the downfall of us all, if you listen to some reports.   Looking at 26-year-olds Michael McGillicuddy and Jeff Malkoon, it’s hard to reconcile those thoughts with these clean-cut, well-read social entrepreneurs. Both the brain and the brawn behind their homegrown company Peanut Butter Americano, McGillicuddy and Malkoon are not only forging their own paths, but they’re doing it in a unique, socially responsible way.   Like many of their fellow Generation Y peers, McGillicuddy and Malkoon came of age looking for meaning outside of corporate hierarchies and accumulated wealth. The Brophy Prep grads traveled – a lot – and they had the audacity to question the meaning of their United States privilege. Instead of settling in and enjoying the fruits of their college... More

Junk in The Trunk: Vintage Market

2014-09-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Writer: Lara Piu   Three years ago a late summer road trip inspired two Valley new and soon-to-be moms to launch Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. Their newlywed husbands encouraged them to make the move after a vacation that included a hunt for vintage finds spanning Spokane, Washington to Alberta, Canada. “We had the vintage knowledge, so our husbands were like ‘Hey, you can really make a business with this,’” says Lindsey Holt. Lindsey partnered with friend and junking buddy Coley Arnold to start the market as soon as they returned.     Merely two months later, the girl’s vision and their husband’s enthusiasm culminated in the first annual market. Held in a Scottsdale backyard, the pilot event featured 23 vendors and was attended by at least 600 shoppers. “That was when we realized that this would be a lot bigger than we thought,” says Lindsey. Her conclusion was spot on. Since then, the market has grown from the backyard into WestWorld, first in its parking lot,... More

The Battle of the Beers

2014-08-28 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Beer. The word rolls off the tongue like a swig of Budweiser. In bowling, the fifth frame was usually a “beer frame,” softball leagues were routinely referred to as “beer leagues,” and that kegger in “Animal House” wasn’t about lemonade or wine. There have even been movies titled “Beer” and “Beerfest.”   According to Gallup, beer outsold wine worldwide in 2011 by a margin of 189 billion liters to 24 billion liters. That’s quite a difference, but the wine lovers say the gap is closing rapidly since China is now downing the grape in much larger quantities than previously.   It’s basically about personal taste, and as far as which will win the award for most product sold worldwide, I would place my bet on beer. A lot of beer drinkers will sample and enjoy an occasional glass of wine, but will most likely stick with the suds in the long run. It is usually cheaper and a lot more convenient, plus it has a more established foothold with the younger crowd.   Today,... More

Heart and Soul in a bottle

2014-08-28 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

    “To be successful in the winemaking business, you must have a love for the land, like the whole farming/ranch thing, like people, like food, and you must love wine; otherwise you are in the wrong business,” explained Cynthia Snapp, head winemaker and co-owner of Javelina Leap Vineyard and Winery.   By these measures, Cynthia is right where she belongs. Passionate about winemaking, she is outdistancing even her own expectations with wins and high placements in prestigious international wine competitions, including gold and silver medals in the 2014 Winemakers Challenge for her 2012 Arizona Syrah and 2012 Legacy (Estate) Zinfandel in the premium wine category, a gold and “Best of Class” for her 2012 Arizona Merlot at the International Women Winemakers competition, and third place for her Arizona 2012 Tempranillo over all varietals in Arizona Republic Wine Competition.   Cynthia and her husband Rod Snapp began the process of mastering grape-to-bottle 13 years ago, starting... More

Leah Stenzel: a superpower of love

2014-08-27 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Loralei Photography   Like a comic book superhero cleverly disguised, Leah Stenzel spends many of her days cloaked behind nail lacquer and mascara, her hair falling perfectly into place as she talks to unwitting clients about photofacials and hair removal. Behind her perfectly moisturized sweet smile are more than just a business owner’s sensibility and an ornery wit; this momma’s on a mission that Superman’s got nothing on.   This Scottsdale mom is rescuing slave children, and her superpower is love.   When the lights go out at Le Bella Salon and MedSpa and her 10- and 11-year-olds are safely tucked into bed, Stenzel’s thoughts turn to responsibilities on the other side of the world.   It is in these quiet hours that the images of little boys in rickety wooden boats begin to emerge, their eyes dulled by trauma and their skin scarred by masters who pay more for fishing nets than they do for these disposable children. Many are the... More

Tales of North Scottsdale

2014-08-26 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Writer Jim McAllister // Photographer Jerri Parness   Scottsdale used to be the home of many guest or “dude” ranches. They eventually disappeared as the population spread north and other interests such as golf became more popular than getting a taste of the old-fashioned life of cowboys riding horses and sitting around a campfire.   The last of these places was the Rancho Vista Bonito Guest Ranch, which opened in 1950 on the southwest corner of Pima and Pinnacle Peak Roads. It was a good deal at $25 a night, but by 1955 it had run its course. The Seitts family bought part of the property in the early 1960s and opened a restaurant and lounge which they named “Rustler’s Rest.”   If you drive through that intersection today, it takes a vivid imagination to picture the area as it was during that time. The roads were primarily dirt and E.E. “Big Brownie” Brown of Brown’s Ranch was still running cattle up and down the dirt track that would eventually become Pima Road.... More

BC Leader Sails Off to Naval Academy

2014-08-14 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Writer Tom Scanlon   If your kid grows up to be like Mathew Kautzman, something must have gone pretty right along the way. At Boulder Creek High School, Kautzman made an impact not only in academics, but also in athletics.   One anecdote says it all about this young man: After a sloppy, 59-6 blowout loss last season at Westview, from the bus ride home Matt Kautzman sent a text to his coach. “I’ll make sure this will never happen again.”   There’s a phrase for that: Personal responsibility.   “I don’t think Boulder Creek had ever lost a game by the amount we lost,” Kautzman recalled. “I kind of felt responsible. When we were down by a lot, my teammates didn’t try that much. We knew it was a lost cause. I felt guilty for that.   “It was my responsibility. We shouldn’t have given up.”   That kind of talk is music to a coach’s ears, especially when he knows the kid is going to put action to his talk. “He was going to be the leader and put the team on his... More