Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Love.Bites. Vampire Ball

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Love.Bites. Vampire Ball

On Friday, February 9 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., indulge in an evening of gothic elegance and dark romance at the Love Bites Vampire Ball presented by Scorpius Dance Theatre and Davisson Entertainment. Returning for a second year, the sexy-stylish vampire affair is perfectly themed for creatures of the night to celebrate the Valentine holiday. The people watching will be just as “fang”tastic as the entertainment! Guests are encouraged to dress to the nines in their most captivating vampire or goth attire with a Valentine’s flair. Mix and mingle, strike a seductive pose for photos, and strut the stage for the sweetest vamp costume contest. Drag Divas Stella Prince and Faris Duval will host the event. The evening will be filled with performances by the Valley’s leading contemporary dance and aerial company, Scorpius Dance Theatre. Throughout the night, sip on bloody Valentine beverages from a no host bar, and admire alluring live body painting and captivating performance art. Dance the night away to gothic/industrial/techno beats by DJs Betty BlackHeart and Self.Destrukt. The Vampire Ball is a 21 and over event.  Tickets are $15 through January 27, and they are $20 if purchased online between January 28 and February 9. Tickets will be $25 at the door. The Vampire Ball will be held at The Grand Ballroom at The Grand, 718 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, Ariz., 85004. For more information or to purchase tickets,...
Colon Cancer Alliance Hosts Annual Fundraising Undy Run/Walk

Colon Cancer Alliance Hosts Annual Fundraising Undy Run/Walk

On October 22 at 9:00 a.m., hundreds of Phoenix residents will run brave through the city streets wearing boxers and briefs during the family-friendly Undy Run/Walk. Hosted by the Colon Cancer Alliance, this lighthearted event encourages participants to wear silly boxers, briefs or costumes in support of knocking colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. Money raised through this annual event benefits the Arizona Department of Health Services’ FIT at Fifty HealthCheck program, as well as supports national prevention, research and patient support initiatives of the Colon Cancer Alliance. Created to raise money and awareness for colon cancer, the Undy Run/Walk isn’t the everyday 5K. Instead of typical running gear, attendees sport a variety of eye-catching attire, including themed underwear or boxers, frilly tutus, super hero capes, or head-to-toe costumes. Included with the race registration is a pair of signature Undy Run/Walk boxers; however, participants are encouraged to get creative with their style choice and team spirit. A fun and clever twist on a serious topic, the Undy Run/Walk helps to spark much needed conversations about the disease. While it’s one of the most preventable cancers, colon cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. In 2014, nearly 140,000 Americans were diagnosed with colon cancer, and more than 50,000 died from the disease. In Arizona alone, there have been 2,560 diagnoses and 990 colon cancer deaths in the past year. Throughout the year the Colon Cancer Alliance hosts more than 19 Undy Run/Walk’s in major cities throughout the United States. Nationwide, the events raise more than $2 million annually. “An oftentimes uncomfortable topic, the Undy Run/Walk is a fun way for the Colon Cancer Alliance to raise awareness for a serious disease,” says Adina Frazier, Colon Cancer Alliance’s Special Events...
Paul Martin’s American Grill Unveils New Summer Menu Featuring a Variety of Vegetarian Options

Paul Martin’s American Grill Unveils New Summer Menu Featuring a Variety of Vegetarian Options

To help Valley residents brave the summer months, Paul Martin’s American Grill has introduced a new summer menu featuring a variety of lighter, veggie-focused dishes, as well as refreshing, cool cocktails. With a focus on seasonal ingredients, Paul Martin’s is committed to using local produce, sustainable fisheries, free-range and natural meats, “Never-Ever” beef, artisanal cheeses, and house-infused spirits. The menus feature several new appetizers and entrees and seasonal side dishes, as well as two additional handcrafted cocktails. As a starter, go for the Vegetable Summer Roll ($11), filled with crunchy vegetables, avocado, and mint, served with a sweet chili sauce, or the Vegetable Crudité ($12) featuring fresh vegetables and housemade green goddess dressing. For those who enjoy soup year-round, Paul Martin’s has two summer-worthy options. The Hot Pot Vegetable ($8) is highlighted by cilantro, ginger broth, and fresh jalapeno, and the Chicken Tortilla ($9) is served with avocado-poblano salsa, crispy tortillas, and cilantro. The lunch and dinner menus now showcase two hearty vegetarian entrées. The Warm Quinoa Bowl ($12 lunch/$14 dinner) is topped with savoy spinach, blistered tomato relish, mushrooms and seasonal vegetables. A Mesquite Grilled Poblano Chile Relleno ($15 lunch/$17 dinner) is stuffed with vegetables and cheese and topped with a roasted red pepper cream sauce. For dinner, enjoy the Grilled Mahi ($28) with baby bok choy, blistered tomato relish, and lemon. Add on a seasonal veggie side dish to any entrée for $6. Choose from Grilled Baby Bok Choy with lemon and olive oil, Sugar Snaps Peas with shitake, ginger and garlic, or Elote Corn on the Cobb, topped with chili aioli and cotija cheese. To complement...
Scorpius Dance Theatre Presents Brand New Show, L.O.V.E, Featuring All Live Music

Scorpius Dance Theatre Presents Brand New Show, L.O.V.E, Featuring All Live Music

From April 28-30 at 7:30 p.m., Scorpius Dance Theatre will present L.O.V.E, a brand new show choreographed by Scorpius’ Director, Lisa Starry, with live original music by Kristofer Hill. L.O.V.E is a series of short stories portraying the various types of relationships and stages of love that impact our lives. Told through dance, film and live music, this unique production will take audiences on a journey of emotions while exploring one common theme: love is everything. According to Starry, “L.O.V.E is inspired by experiences in my life. While the stories are personal to me, I believe they are very relatable. The dancers have become really emotionally connected to these stories, and my hope is the audience will feel the same way.” In L.O.V.E, Starry explores a variety of relationship dynamics and stages of love, which range from serious to lighthearted and oftentimes humorous scenarios. As can be expected, the various points in romantic relationship are portrayed, including young love, wedding jitters, marriage, and even overwhelming, smothering love. In addition, Starry expresses other personal dynamics, including sibling rivalry, motherly love, finding forgiveness, loss of someone close, and a lack of confidence in oneself. A milestone for Scorpius, in the company’s 17 year history, this is the first time Starry has set an entire production to live music. Accomplished composer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Kristofer Hill will join the stage with the dancers during the entire production of L.O.V.E. As well as providing vocals, he will play a variety of instruments, including guitar, drums, keyboard and a baby grand piano. Starry and Hill have a long history working together. His original soundtracks have...
The Herb Box at The Colony in Midtown to Open on April 8

The Herb Box at The Colony in Midtown to Open on April 8

On April 8, The Herb Box will be the first tenant to open its doors at The Colony, a new mixed-used development at Seventh Street and Missouri Avenue in midtown Phoenix. The Herb Box has two existing locations in Scottsdale, one at DC Ranch in the North Valley and another at Southbridge in Old Town. The new location at The Colony will be The Herb Box’s first expansion outside of Scottsdale since the company was founded in 1995. “The Herb Box has been ready to broaden our reach for quite some time, but we’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity. The North Central Phoenix corridor has evolved into a prime destination for dining, and we are very excited to be a part of this burgeoning neighborhood,” said Susan Wilcox, CEO and founder of The Herb Box. The Herb Box at The Colony is 3,100 square feet and offers indoor and outdoor seating for 140 guests. The space has an open and airy feel with soaring ceilings, exposed wood beams and floor-to-ceiling windows. A rustic-chic interior brings together homey farmhouse and nautical design elements, such as whitewashed wood walls, dark wood accents, shimmering chandeliers and a sleek, open bar. The Herb Box is known for its innovative world cuisine, showcasing fresh, seasonal ingredients, with a menu heavily focused on healthy, veggie-centric dishes. The Herb Box at The Colony will offer the same signature dishes longtime fans know and love, featuring unexpected twists on tried-and-true cuisine. Popular dishes include the Avocado Love™: whole grain toasts topped with an avocado-lime smear, arugula, fennel, sweet-hot Serrano glaze, and lemon-honey vinaigrette. A hearty vegetarian...
Scorpius Dance Theatre’s ‘Catwalk’ Returns to Phoenix Theatre

Scorpius Dance Theatre’s ‘Catwalk’ Returns to Phoenix Theatre

Back by popular demand, Scorpius Dance Theatre presents CATWALK, February 25-27 at Phoenix Theatre’s Hardes Theatre. Fashion meets dance on the runway in this high-energy, original contemporary dance production that fuses funky fashions by local designers, the sexy athleticism of Scorpius’ dancers, and the distinct choreography of Lisa Starry. This year’s CATWALK also features guest choreography and performances by Angel Castro of HALO Movement Collective. “I received such a great response from the original CATWALK, so I knew I wanted to bring it back to the stage some day. I decided to keep the most popular dance pieces in the show, while adding some new works for an element of surprise,” said Lisa Starry, founder and director of Scorpius Dance Theatre. The stage for CATWALK is set-up in a long narrow configuration, as if the dancers are moving down a runway. An up-close and intimate performance space, audience seating is along the “runway,” much like seating at a fashion show. Scorpius’ dancers strut their stuff in 18 different choreographic works, including several new pieces, as well as humorous fashion runway spoof interludes. Many of the costumes from the original CATWALK have returned, including designs by Trish Martin of Punkouture; Alicia “AK” Klovenas of Culture Revolution; and George Johnson of George J Designs. George Johnson has also created costumes for the new pieces. CATWALK is February 25 at 7 p.m. and February 26-27 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre is located at 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix AZ, 85004. Tickets range from $25 to $45 (plus service fee). For tickets, visit www.scorpiusdance.com or call...