I recently rediscovered the work of Patrick Blanc, a botanist renowned for his vertical gardens — many of which are located in prominent locations in world-famous cities.
His creations are incredible: gardens that climb the walls of museums, train stations, office buildings, residences and other public spaces. Feats of botanical engineering, they’re inspiring and scientifically interesting. Not to mention, they add a green factor to every one of their locations. Read more
Arizona Theatre Company‘s upcoming production “Red,” running May 3-20 in Phoenix, is centered on the fascinating figure of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, and based on true events. The play revolves around his commission to paint a series of murals for the Four Season Restaurant in New York — a real-life challenge for Rothko and one of the art world’s enduring mysteries. Read more
Beginning May 31, Ballet Arizona presents its 2011-2012 season finale, All Balanchine, a showcase of masterpieces by one of ballet’s most celebrated choreographers. Performances will take place at at Symphony Hall, along with The Phoenix Symphony, through June 3.
Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby fall on the same day this year! (That’s May 5.) And I know just the place you can go to take advantage of this awesome twist of fate. Head to The Saguaro in downtown Scottsdale to enjoy mint juleps at the Old Town Whiskey (anyone up for a Derby Dandy Party?), or to have tacos and margaritas at Distrito. Read more
I recently reviewed an app called Trakr for iPhone.AppStorm. It helps you keep track of anything you can count, and well, I found the thing to be pretty darn handy. Books you’ve read, cakes you’ve baked, pages you’ve written, miles you’ve conquered, stitches you’ve knit, games you’ve won, dinosaur bones you’ve found … anything! Read more
The Phoenix Art Museum‘s exhibition “The Sea” will be on display through July 15. Showcasing the influence of the romance of the sea on fashion design, the exhibition features ensembles from the 19th century to present day, drawn from the museum’s extensive permanent collection, private collections and international fashion houses, including Emilio Pucci, Emanual Ungaro and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Read more
This Thursday, April 26, Fashion Group International‘s Arizona chapter is hosting its annual fall 2012 fashion preview at Biltmore Fashion Park and Saks Fifth Avenue. The event is designed to clue industry members and fashion enthusiasts into the trends seen on runways for the upcoming season. Read more
On Sunday, April 29, join the Whiskey Professor at The Saguaro in downtown Scottsdale to learn all about scotch. For $20 per person, you’ll get an education, 1-ounce tasters of the different scotches being discussed, snacks from the Old Town Whiskey kitchen and a cocktail crash course. Plus, pass the pop quiz and you might just win a $100 dining credit. Read more
The $45 I recently paid for the writing software called Scrivener has turned out to be money very well spent. Created by Literature and Latte, Scrivener is a word processor plus a project management tool, and it helps you tackle the most difficult of all writing obstacles — how to organize all those ideas and get them onto the page in the order you want and without leaving anything out. (And then even easily reorganize those ideas later if need be.)
Anyone working on long-form texts — novels, research papers, essays, memoirs, movie or TV scripts — will find this program a life-saver. Read more
Swim Social Weekends at The Saguaro in downtown Scottsdale kick off April 20 at the boutique hotel’s Picante Pool. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, “mermaids” and synchronized swimmers will play in the pool while you enjoy cocktails poolside. Or if your weekend plans are to include more sipping than splashing, head indoors to the lively happy hours at Distrito and Old Town Whiskey (4 to 7 p.m. every day). Read more