Sir Ringo Starr Brings His All Starr Band to Phoenix

Danny Zelisko presents an evening with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band on Aug. 26  at the Celebrity Theatre. Tickets are now on sale at CelebrityTheatre.com. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the band. The 2019 All Starr Band features Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and alum Hamish Stuart.  “My dream has always been to play great music with great musicians—and I’ve been blessed to have so many incredible ones in my All Starr Bands,” Starr said. Photography by Scott Robert Ritchie

The Social Tap Opens Outdoor Rooftop Bar

The convivial Old Town hot spot The Social Tap has officially debuted its brand-new rooftop bar concept, aptly called The Balcony, just in time to enjoy the most perfect weather in the country. The Social Tap space is a fun-first hangout spot with the breezy open bar, sports on TV and backyard pub games, while The Balcony is meant to be a departure in style, offering a more reserved lounge setting with beautiful views. It’s designed to be its own standalone events space with plush lounge chairs, its own bar, a DJ booth and a fireplace. The Balcony is also open for private bookings and parties. 

Gateway for Cancer Research Approves Grant to Fund Brain Cancer

Gateway for Cancer Research, a nonprofit dedicated to funding transformational cancer research, has approved a $1.5 million grant to help physician-scientists at Phoenix Children’s Hospital make progress in combating one of the most devastating, aggressive pediatric brain tumors, called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Led by renowned pediatric oncologist Dr. Cynthia Wetmore, M.D., Ph.D., the division chief of Hematology/Oncology and director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s, the study, called CUPID, will test a therapy combining a customized peptide vaccine with a checkpoint inhibitor to combat the incurable pediatric brain stem cancer, DIPG. This is a collaboration with Stephen Johnston, Ph.D. at Arizona State University, who has developed the technology for identifying peptides for the vaccine. If ultimately successful, the research could be the first therapeutic progress for DIPG in more than 30 years.  

International Hummus Day

There are few things the world can agree on these days, but one indisputable thing around the globe is the celebration of hummus on International Hummus Day! On Monday, May 13, in recognition of this day, guests of Tres Tempe received an order of AZ Tepary Bean Hummus, Tres’ version of this classic Mediterranean-inspired dip, for free! Typically made with garbanzo beans or chickpeas, Tres’ hummus is made in-house with a local twist, featuring tepary beans, which are native to the Southwest, along with QCOM olives, local feta, tomato vierge and extra-virgin olive oil and served with house-made flatbread.

 

National Burger Day at Local Scottsdale Restaurants

In honor of National Burger Day on Tuesday, May 28, guests of both Liberty Station American Tavern and Smokehouse locations in North Scottsdale—one at DC Ranch and Terravita—as well as Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse in Carefree bit into big savings! All day long at Liberty Station, diners enjoyed a signature Liberty Burger, featuring a half-pound burger with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, Liberty sauce and a pickle, served with choice of french fries, coleslaw or barbecue-dusted house chips (usually $13) for just $5. Keeler’s “The Burger,” an 8-ounce CAB burger patty, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion served with a choice of side (usually $14), was just $5.

White Castle Opening Soon, Bringing New Jobs to Scottsdale

It’s official! White Castle, home of the iconic “slider” hamburger, broke ground on the first Arizona restaurant for the 98-year-old family-owned business. Located at 9310 E. Via de Ventura in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District near Scottsdale, White Castle expects to start satisfying the taste buds of Arizona “Cravers” by Fall 2019. The new restaurant is expected to bring 70 to 80 new jobs to the area.