Another Year, Another Sprinkle

Categories: Fun

Happy New Year!
Have a ball, er, sprinkle.

See you in 2011.

"Eat Your Vegetables"

Save your napkins, envelopes and scrap pieces of paper, because DOODLES is looking into what you're drawing while you're supposed to be doing something else.

Artist: Claire Warden

Warden's doodle is the last in our series, which means we'll be kicking off our largest (and perhaps craziest) project yet. Check back tomorrow for the first of 365 Ideas. Here's the skinny:

We're on a hunt for a year's worth of ideas -- big, small, simple, ambitious, realistic, or flat out impossible -- from people who want to create, change, improve, take down, remake, rework, and refresh things around them. Every day (that means weekends, too) we'll bring you an idea. So what's yours?

Feel free to send us your own, or someone else's. We're ready.

Top 5 Things To Do This Weekend

Categories: Events
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Screw you, hangover!!!

Yes. Top 5 things to do this weekend other than party your brains out on NYE.

Adventures in Hangovers @ Kobalt
Okay, so after the brains have been partied out, head to this little hangover party on Saturday, January 1, where folks can show up in their pajamas for a complimentary breakfast. Coffee, mimosas, and bloody mary drinks will also be on-hand as guests duke it out for the Best "Morning After" Look award. Check out all the details here.

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In Review: Top Art Happenings of 2010

Categories: Top Lists

​As we bid farewell to the year and look ahead to 2011, Jackalope Ranch contributors will bring you some greatest hits from 2010. Today we're taking a look back at a few local art happenings that caused a stir in the scene ...

photos by Claire Lawton, Ryan Wolf, and courtesy of the artists

1. Chaos Theory 11 at Legend City Studios
It takes some serious organization and planning to put on a show with more than 50 artists in a downtown space. But give them one day to install their pieces before the doors open and the scene is best described as chaotic. The Chaos shows are always a huge happening, and this year's one-night event was no exception.

2. Arizona Creatives Take on Sydney
In May, local artists Angela Ellsworth and Claudio Dicochea and Enrique Chagova packed their bags and flew across the world to show Australia what was going on in Phoenix at the 17th Biennale of Sydney, an enormous and important art extravaganza. They even took with them writing powerhouses Tania Katan and Deborah Sussman to virtually share their experiences. Bless the Internet and this creative place we call home that totally kicked ass, globetrotter-style.

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It's Snowing in Phoenix


In today's edition of  "You know you live in Phoenix when ..."  Here's a tiny white piece of crap proof: It's snowing.

A few of our Twitter friends have been tweeting their own snow photos (above and after the jump). For an up-to-date, pretty funny conversation about the snow, follow #phxsnow.

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Business Proposals for Arizona's Budding Medical Marijuana Industry

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Who's going to bring the munchies to the incapacitated?

Next spring means all kinds of green in Arizona. Sometime in April, medical marijuana will be available to qualified patients across the state, and as we've already pointed out, that means big business in the form of dispensaries, doctor recommendations, and grow houses.

But most people can't afford to launch any of the above businesses, and many won't qualify under the Arizona Department of Health's super-strict proposed guidelines. Luckily, there are plenty of fringe businesses one can start. Here are eight business proposals that could get a piece of the Pot, Inc. pie:

Munchie delivery service. When a medical marijuana patient's in pain and puffing the pipe, two things will probably happen: They will be too stoned to drive, and they will be hungry. This conundrum can be easily solved by a service that takes munchie orders by phone and drops off the goods for a delivery fee. Two bags of Fritos, a box of chocolate donuts, and a bag of Skittles might cost $30 by they time they show up at the door, but public safety and the comfort of one's pajamas is well worth it.

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Lalo Cota on Tacos de Juarez

Categories: Visual Art
It's about time Phoenix sees some serious mural love. In the interest of giving credit to their artists and because we're losing track of the times we've said, "Woah, when did that go up?", we bring you Mural City, a series on the murals springing up around town -- their artists, their hosts and their inspirations.
photo by Claire Lawton, mural by Lalo Cota
If the crazy weather continues today, you might not be able to catch Lalo Cota working on his mural at Tacos de Juarez on Roosevelt Road, just north of Seventh Street. But his skeletons are in progress and should be done by the New Year.

Cota's been a mural machine -- you can see more of his work on Carly's Bistro, the Bee's Knees and along Grand Avenue.

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Moon Over Manhattan at Kazimierz

Since there's really no better accessory than a cocktail in your hand, each week brings you a tasty adult beverage from one of our favorite drinking establishments, complete with recipe.

This week: The Moon Over Manhattan at Kazimierz World Wine Bar

If there's a reason we're going out for drinks in Old Town Scottsdale, Kazimierz World Wine Bar is it. Live entertainment, plush couches and cute bartenders aren't the only reasons we love this bar; It's the cute bartenders that will gladly hold our hands through the extensive wine list and invent on the spot high quality cocktails to fit our personal liking.

The Moon Over Manhattan is a new take on an old-world classic Manhattan. Moon in the name signifies the cocktails main ingredient--a rare moonshine-esque white whiskey that takes this classic cocktail (and your buzz) to new heights.

(Recipe after the jump.)

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On The Cover: The Year in Music & Film

This week's New Times print issue, The Year in Music & Film is a look back at Up on the Sun's Nothing Not New project and the best in local music, as well as a survey of the best films to hit the silver screen in 2010.

But what you won't find in print is the video exclusive of Lady TaTa (pictured left), the veggie version of GaGa, and her latest music video.

The scene below was shot (supposedly during the print issue's cover photo shoot) and edited by "Papa Smurf".

2012 Survival Manual - November/December 2010

Categories: Literary, Reviews
This zine probably won't help someone avert 2012's end of the world catastrophe. What the DIY publication can do is provide the exact lighthearted fare you'll want to read after such a serious happening as the so-called end of the Mayan calendar.

Written and drawn by Tristan Jemsek, the Jobot barista and longtime musician (who's a member of Uggamugga, Dogbreth, Trough, and the first incarnation of Father's Day, just to name a few of the, like, 100 bands he's in) goes a bit esoteric in his debut "book," as he calls it.

It's not a book at all, and to call it that is a wee bit pretentious. Or maybe it's a joke we're not in on. In any case, the key to enjoying Jemsek's 2012 Survival Manual is to lighten up, dude.

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