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WEEKENDER – 9/25

Wow, there’s lots going on in Phoenix this weekend! Whether you are a wine connoisseur, a nature lover or a festival goer, there’s something to picque your interest. Here are just a few suggestions of things to keep you busy:

Urban Wine Walk – September 25

Explore Camelback Corridor, Downtown Phoenix and Tempe restaurants during the Urban Wine Walk. Enjoy three wine samples and a snack at a special price, available only to the Urban Wine Walk participants. From 11am to 6pm.

To participate, tell your server you are on the Urban Wine Walk. (must be 21 to participate)

Click here for more information.

Grand Avenue Festival – September 25

Get ready for the Second Annual Grand Avenue Festival, coming up on Saturday, September 25. There are lots of activities planned for this day-long celebration of Lower Grand Avenue!

Click here to download the official festival guide to help plan your day.

Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly Exhibit – Starts Sept 25

Visit the Desert Botanical Garden and surround yourself with hundreds of live monarchs at Mariposa Monarca. This engaging exhibit features interpretive displays about the life cycle, migration patterns, environmental threats and conservation efforts of the monarch butterfly. The exhibit runs through November 14 so no sweat if you can’t make it this Saturday.

For more information, click here.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Giant Coffee

Tucked just slightly back from the bustling 7th Street and McDowell intersection in downtown Phoenix is a new coffee shop – Giant Coffee – that is already drawing the eye and the taste buds of locals in the know.

It’s no surprise that it’s a success, considering it’s from restaurateurs Matt and Erenia Pool. You know them from Matt’s Big Breakfast and Roosevelt Tavern, and it’s obvious that Giant Coffee is going to be as big in their repertoire.

Right away, it’s got that hip, urban but very cozy feel. The long, communal table in the middle makes it feel open and friendly, instead of crowded and invasive like other places that try the same concept. But there’s also plenty of room for private conversations with tables lining the sides. Half the reason  you go to a place like Giant is for the atmosphere, and this definitely pays off.

Inside Giant Coffee

Now to the grub: The coffee is delicious, more mild and less acidic than other places. Expect the usual offerings from the drink menu, but all are very well executed. Their specialty is their daily drip, from a single location, so you can taste beans from all over the world day-by-day. Their treats are also amazing. The blackberry-bran-honey muffin is incredibly delicious – and filling – and chock full of local ingredients.

Giant Coffee

A couple notes: they neighbor Bunky Boutique in their new location, so stop by when you can visit both places. Also, Giant doesn’t take cards, only cash, so come prepared.

It’s great to see a new place open with a totally different vibe, it’s worth checking out for your morning – or afternoon – or evening cup of Joe.

Giant Coffee
1437 N 1st St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
twitter: @giantcoffeeaz

Cezanne and American Modernism

Going to any of the art museums in town is always inspiring, but when a big show comes to town, you just can’t miss it.

Morgan Russell Portrait of Cezanne

Morgan Russell. Portrait of Cezanne. 1910. Collection of The Honorable and Mrs. Joseph P. Carroll.

Phoenix Art Museum now presents Cézanne and American Modernism, a collection of numerous artists showing some of the best pieces in post-Impressionist modern art.

Cézanne was called “the father of us all” by both Matisse and Picasso, and in this collection you’ll see numerous works from Cézanne, Morgan Russel, Marsden Hartley and other top artists of the time. The exhibit runs through September 26.

You’ll see works like Cézanne’s Five Apples, Bathers, View of the Domain Saint-Joseph and more. You’ll also see:

Marsden Hartley, Purple Mountains

Marsden Hartley, Purple Mountains, Vence, 1925-26. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Orme Lewis.

Oscar Bluemner, Jersey Silkmills.

Oscar Bluemner. Jersey Silkmills (Paterson). 1911 (repainted 1917). Private Collection. Photographer: Peter S. Jacobs, Fine Arts Photography.

…and other amazing pieces from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.  It’s truly a must-see.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-257-1222

Independents Week

It’s no secret that here at The Hot Sheet, we’re driven to showcase the best of the indie shops. Local businesses are what separates one city from another – one business from another. The charm, unique personality, service and – let’s just face it – they’re more fun places to be.

So as if you didn’t have enough reason to visit a local boutique, restaurant, coffee shop, bar (okay, you get the gist), then this is your week – Independents Week. From today (June 28) through July 4, you get 20% off your purchases at participating members of Local First Arizona, a local non-profit to support independently owned businesses. And because Local First is such a cool organization, pretty much all your favorite places are on the list. (Check out the full list of participating shops.)

But just in case – in all your excitement – you are perplexed about where to visit first, here are a few of our top picks (click their pic to check ’em out):

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Urban Cookies

Urban Cookies

Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

The Willows

The Willows

Bunky Boutique

Bunky Boutique

Heard Museum

Heard Museum

See, now your week was looking busier than you thought! To get your 20% off Golden Coupon, and to see a full list of participants, check out the Local First site. Happy outings!

Free Father’s Day at Science Center

Arizona Science Center

It’s hard to find the perfect Father’s Day gift – that’s for sure. And you can only do so many barbecues, right? Well this Father’s Day, June 20, the Arizona Science Center is offering free admission for dads, all day long, courtesy of Dixon Golf.

It’s perfect timing, too, because they have some amazing exhibits open now, including Goose Bumps – the Science of Fear, the new Solarville gallery from APS, and Dixon Golf will be showing the science of the sport, from the dimples of a golf ball to the angles of a wedge. Their regular exhibits, including the Psychology space (the echo chamber is awesome), the weather center in the Forces of Nature space and the Dorrance Planetarium are all must-dos while there.

If you’ve never been, the Science Center is pretty much all hands-on and demonstrations – it’s way better than boring science class. There are four stories of exhibits and something for every age level within each section. Get there early on Father’s Day (one of the first 500 dads) and get a coupon booklet worth $300 from Dixon Golf. See? What more reason do you need to go.

Arizona Science Center
600 E Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Arizona Restaurant Week

Just announced, Arizona Restaurant Week has firmed up the dates for 2010, and will be returning from September 18 – 26. (Wallets and palates rejoice!) This year will feature over 100 restaurants, each offering three-course meals for either $29 or $39 per person, of course not including drinks, tax and tip.

Every year this is the must-do week of culinary exploration, and water coolers are filled with chatter about “What did you try?” Each year we get asked for our top picks, and withholding judgment until the full list is out, here are some big highlights:

Culinary Dropout
J&G Steakhouse
Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn
True Food Kitchen
Tuscany

A more comprehensive (and ever-growing) list can be accessed here. Some of the Phoenix area’s top chefs are already on the list and given previous years’ participation, we’re expecting a lot more to join soon.

One notable highlight this year –  restaurants will have the option to offer gluten-fee dishes, which will be noted on the Arizona Restaurant Week web site, so if gluten is not your friend, make sure to check the options first.

Oh, and feel free to log your anticipation of the event on twitter, with the hashtag #ARW2010.

Mother’s Day Top Picks

You’ve gotta do something special for your mom, sister, wife or friend this Mother’s Day, so how about some good conversation over a very good meal. But you don’t want to do something too typical, right? Right. So here are our top three-ish options for where to take her for something special.

1. Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain

Quiessence is known for it’s literal farm-to-table meals, for it’s amazing Chef LaPrad and the very scenic beauty. Just driving up, you feel like you’re somewhere magical. Well, it gets better for Mom’s Day, because in addition to a very affordable $59 per person three-course dinner, you can also get your mama a massage and take family photos on the beautiful grounds. The food is amazing too; choices of Creamy French Onion Soup, Alaskan Halibut, Pan Seared Chicken – all local, all amazing.

Seating times for dinner are 4-5pm or 6-7pm, with the massages and photos from 4:30-6:30, depending on your dinner time.

Check out the menu and call 602-276-0601 for details and reservations.

Quiessence at the Farm at the South Mountain

Quiessence at the Farm at the South Mountain

2. Cafe Zuzu at Hotel Valley Ho

Let’s say your mom is kinda hip, a little funky, but classy all the way. Where should you take her? One word – Zuzu. You can sit in their retro dining room, or outside under the palms, to enjoy their food from the much beloved Chef Charles Wiley. The Thick Belgian Waffles with Sun-dried Cherry Butter is a sure winner, or the Stuffed French Toast made with brioche and filled with lemon cream cheese and berries. It’s all a la carte, and more standard breakfast options are available as well.

Brunch runs from 6am – 3pm, but the special menu doesn’t start till 11am.

Call 480.421.7997 for details or visit opentable.com.

3. Greater Phoenix Resorts

You really can’t go wrong with any of the resorts here, but hit Prado at the Montelucia, the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge or the Fairmont Scottsdale for some elegant and special brunches. Frank & Albert’s at the Arizona Biltmore is a more casual but still very nice choice, and while it’s not really a resort, the Wrigley Mansion is super cool and sophisticated and will be very memorable, both from the food and the ambience.