Tag Archives: PHOENIX magazine

Shameless Plug: PHOENIX magazine’s YouTube site

15 Mar

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I’ve recently become more interested and involved in video shoots for PHOENIX magazine. I’ve blogged about some of the videos I’m in – like the Tent City lunch review with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a tour of Alice Cooper’s teen center, and the quickie shoot with Rob Halford of Judas Priest, but there are so many more marvelous videos at the PHOENIX magazine YouTube site, including an at-home interview with Vickie Kerr, creator of Miss Vickie’s potato chips; a behind-the-scenes video from our “Best of the Valley” cover photo shoot with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald; how-to drink recipe videos from Summer Cocktail Camp at The Gladly; a “Top 5 Valley Desserts” video with radio personality Monti Carlo; and many more. Videos coming to the PHOENIX mag YouTube channel soon include a behind-the-scenes look at our photo shoot with Olympian Amy Van Dyken and a cooking video on how to make cannabis butter with chef Payton Curry,

Check out the channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/phxmag.


Backstage with Judas Priest singer Rob Halford (exclusive video)

18 Feb

halford spread

The March issue of PHOENIX magazine features a two-page Q&A with Judas Priest singer Rob Halford by freelance writer Lauren Wise. To accompany this story, members of the magazine crew attended Judas Priest’s show in Phoenix last November, and shot the video below (which also features footage of yours truly). Enjoy, rock on, and pick up the March issue of PHOENIX magazine (on newsstands February 19) for more of the metal god!

Playback: Tent City Jail Food Critique with Sheriff Joe Arpaio

12 Feb

No explanation or exposition. Just this.

Laser Twitter: Media of the people, for the people, by the people.

6 Feb

Over the weekend of Super Bowl XLIX, amid the blitz of Budweiser banners, screaming fans, superstar bands and cha-ching of cash registers selling only NFL-approved brands and sponsor products, something really cool happened: People — regular Joes and Janes who had not paid millions of dollars to monopolize the atmosphere of Downtown Phoenix — had their anti-corporate and pro-local statements broadcast loud and clear, on a 50-foot banner above the roof of an empty warehouse near the heart of Super Bowl Central. The technology? Simply log on to Twitter and Tweet your message, with the hashtag #LaserTwitter, and it would be broadcast using several RGB lasers on the massive banner, and frequently on the side of the Hotel Palomar building, home of the Bud Light House of Whatever.The reaction? Bud Light reps asked Phoenix PD to make it stop, reportedly upset because they’d asked the hotel if they could project on the building and had been denied.

Laser Twitter Super Bowl ONOMOLY from ONOMOLY on Vimeo.

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Three days left to pledge support on Kickstarter for indie film “Durant’s Never Closes” starring Tom Sizemore

31 Jan
Director and crew for "Durant's on Film" in front of the iconic restaurant.

Director and crew for “Durant’s on Film” in front of the iconic restaurant.

Durant’s classic steakhouse in Downtown Phoenix is possibly the city’s most famous dining destination. Its late owner, Jack Durant, is certainly one of the city’s most mysterious and compelling figures. Books have been written about him, and plays, and stories in local media. Now, local filmmaker Travis Mills and his company Running Wild Films seek to bring a full-length movie on the legend to fruition. PHOENIX magazine ran a story about the movie in our January 2015 issue (Durant’s on Film), but the gist of it is: The cast includes Tom Sizemore in the lead role, with co-stars including Joe Don Baker, Pam Grier, Peter Bogdanovich, and Michael Richards. The majority of funding for production has been covered; however, additional funds to finish the film are being raised on Kickstarter. The campaign ends Wednesday, February 4. A trailer for the film is below.

Playback: Gin Blossoms founder Doug Hopkins and The Tempe Sound

26 Jan

hopkins story

Last November, an exhibition called “The Tempe Sound” opened at Tempe History Museum. The show (which runs through October 2015) features an array of items related to the Tempe and metro Phoenix music scenes of the late ’80s and early ’90s. There are early concert posters for The Meat Puppets, the sound board from defunct venue Long Wong’s, stage outfits from the Phunk Junkeez and St. Madness, a skateboard deck from JFA, and a plethora of paraphernalia from other Arizona artists including The Refreshments, The Pistoleros and Flathead.

But for many, the main draw of the exhibition is a display of items related to the late Doug Hopkins, founder and guitarist of the Gin Blossoms. Hopkins penned the Blossoms’ best-known hits, including “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You,” but his struggles with personal demons led to his dismissal from the band and suicide in 1993. For the November 2014 issue of PHOENIX magazine, I wrote a story about Hopkins’ life and music, named after the title of my favorite Gin Blossoms song, “Lost Horizons.” For this story, I had the honor of speaking with many of Hopkins’ friends and former band mates, including author Laurie Notaro, Arizona bluesman Hans Olson, and Gin Blossoms singer Robin Wilson. I was impressed by the talent and personality and intelligence of Hopkins as it was relayed to me, and perplexed at his ultimately tragic (and some say inevitable) end.

After the story was published, I had the opportunity to speak with “Here and Now” host Steve Goldstein about Hopkins on 91.5 KJZZ FM. Here is a link to the segment on Hopkins.

Inside Alice Cooper’s Attic and Thrift Store, and Solid Rock Teen Center

22 Jan

niki_aliceAs this recent Halloween photo shows, I’m a big fan of Alice Cooper. I’m a fan of his music, I’m a fan of his restaurant (Alice Cooper’stown), and most recently, I became a fan of his new thrift store (Alice’s Cooper’s Attic and Thrift Store), which is right next door to his nonprofit Solid Rock Teen Center.

I’ve met Alice before. He and his team have been great about giving PHOENIX magazine access, whether we’re writing about the “Big Unit” hot dogs at Alice Cooper’stown for our March 2013 “Bucket List” issue or writing about his thrift store (that’s in the February 2015 issue of PHOENIX magazine, on newsstands now). The video below is an exclusive tour of the thrift store and teen center, and features a fun little cameo from yours truly.