It's hard to define the vibe at American Junkie. Is it a sports pub? Is it a dance club? A craft-beer bar? In truth, it's a bit of all of these things, with the atmosphere and activities changing from the time it opens to the closing of the doors late into the night (3 p.m.?10 p.m. on Sundays or until 4 p.m.?2 a.m. Wednesday?Saturday). Oftentimes, the cheers of sports fans ring out as they follow American Junkie's resident teams: the Seattle Seahawks and the Ohio State University Buckeyes. The 20 HD plasma TVs also beam all the major UFC, boxing, and tickle fights.
Beneath several of the screens stretches a circular bar, where bartenders mix cocktails and pour all-American spirits?including craft beers, whiskey, bourbon, and wines sourced from California. But those drinks only account one part of American Junkie's menu. The rest comes from the kitchen, where chefs bake pizzas over mesquite wood, make grilled cheese sandwiches with gouda and crisp green apple slices, and slather ribs in barbecue sauce.
Meals often begin with housemade potato chips (complete with blue cheese dressing for dipping) and end in something truly decadent: a dessert called Half Baked. Vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup cover a half pound of cookie dough, which is baked in a deep-dish pan.
At iMemories, the expert in-house pixelators have all the tools and tech-savvy spirit required to alter the fate of fading VHS tapes and unruly reels of film. No matter which medium they’re preserving, the iMemories process provides simplified transferal of all materials as well as straightforward, step-by-step pricing. First, customers pack materials in their own box or select a SafeShip box ($19.99 for an 11” x 11” x 5” box), which is then delivered to the home, filled with tapes or reels, and then shipped back to iMemories for digital conversion (video tapes, $9.99 each; film, $9.99 for each 50 feet without sound). Then, after the iMemories staff immortalizes the footage in a digital format, customers can preview their work using a private online account—an account that also allow customers to edit and customize their content, right down to the DVD packaging. Once the online preview reaches peachy approval, iMemories then allows users to place orders for delivered DVD copies ($9.99 each; DVD holds up to two hours of video).
Thanks to Copperstar Repertory Co.'s seasons of Broadway musicals, theatergoers of the East Valley have no need to travel to New York to get their fix of the Great White Way. In lavish productions featuring performers culled from statewide auditions, and behind-the-scenes work from theater professionals, Copperstar has treated more than 40,000 viewers to classics such as The Sound of Music and modern hits such as Seussical. And their efforts have been noticed: Copperstar has scooped up acclaim from the AriZoni Awards, and recently was honored with multiple Gilbert Mayor’s Arts Awards and a 2013 nomination for the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award in Education.
Luminous chandeliers float like paper lanterns above the lobby of Chandler Center for the Arts, welcoming guests entering through the towering glass facade. Inside, they find three halls—one larger auditorium, and two more intimate performance spaces—hosting a variety of musical and theatrical performances. Each theater is designed for optimal acoustics, ensuring audiences can hear every tuneful note, stage-whispered line, and breaking of the fourth wall. And the center showcases non-performing arts as well—the Exhibition Hall displays regularly rotating collections of sculptures and paintings.