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Phoenix Comicon 2015: Top Five Custom Cocktails

1 Jun
Part of the special

Part of the special “Villains Ball” menu at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, on deck the weekend of Phoenix Comicon only.

The new trend at this year’s Phoenix Comicon was artisanal cocktails. It seemed like all the bars surrounding the massive fanfest were offering character-themed libations. Here are our five favorites.

5. The Black Widow (Province at Westin): Espresso, Bailey’s, Frangelico, Grand Marnier

4. Sonic Screwdriver (District American Kitchen & Wine Bar): Conch Republic rum, Bogle Essential Red, pineapple juice

3. Don’t Be a Pussy (Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour): Horchata milk punch with Olmeca Altos tequila

why so serious

Why So Serious?

2. Why So Serious? (Icon Lounge at Renaissance Hotel): Gin, cucumber, lemon, rosemary

Sinister Powers

Sinister Powers

1. Sinister Powers (Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour): Powers Irish whiskey, vanilla liqueur, fresh lemon, ginger beer


Indie Shop Evermore Nevermore Announces December Closure and Clearance Sale

27 Nov

A Second Friday crowd at Evermore Nevermore (photo by David Crummey)

Forget the pepper-sprayed trampling blitz of Black Friday. I didn’t have to get up at the ass crack of dawn and combat hysterical housewives for a still-overpriced toaster, or worse, go out real late after getting stuffed and drunk (midnight, people? Really?)

My consumer choice this year was “Small Business Saturday” – specifically, quirky mom-and-pop subculture gallery shop Evermore Nevermore on Main Street in downtown Mesa. Bob and Debbie Leeper have operated this Second Friday art walk pit stop for more than two years. It’s a fun and quirky destination for comics and books, zombie stuff, ray guns, gothic and steampunk accessories, and off-the-wall local art and jewelry.

So I was really sad when I read their Black Friday blog announcing they’ll be closing Friday, December 9. They also announced a going-out-of-business sale: 25 percent off everything, including all the local art.

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Eight Popular Slang Words and Phrases Older Than Your Grandparents

8 Nov

Kicks: As in “shoes.” Music artists like Lupe Fiasco and Foster the People have had recent hits with songs referencing kicks, but the slang connotation of “kicks” as shoes pre-dates Victrola gramophones. According to The Oxford Dictionary of Slang, “kicks” originated in the U.S. around 1904. If you think your kicks are “retro,” you should have seen the kicks your great-great grandmother was wearing in the years before she could legally vote.

Fart around: People have been “farting around” (wasting time/doing nothing) a lot longer than you think. Random House Dictionaries pegs the genesis of the phrase to the Middle English ferten and farten, which means people started farting around more than 600 years ago. And it’s probably time we stopped.

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