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State-Of-The-Art Facilities Make Tempe a Sports Destination

Mona Plummer Aquatic Center
January 19, 2017

State-of-the-art facilities make Tempe, Arizona a sports destination for pros and weekend warriors alike. After becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time with his 28 total (23 Gold) medals, Michael Phelps did what a lot of people choose to do upon retirement, move to Arizona. While Arizona’s climate, standard of living, and world-renowned golf courses were an obvious selling point for the gifted swimmer on his next home post-Olympic career, it was his relationship with new Arizona State University’s Swim Coach Bob Bowman (Michael’s own coach) and the wonderful facilities at ASU’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Center that truly intrigued Michael Phelps enough to give coaching a try and move with his family to Arizona. With the addition of Phelps and Bowman, interest in ASU Swimming started to skyrocket. Top high school swimming talent began committing to ASU. As a result of the attention being given to ASU Swimming, the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center has become a destination facility for swimming and diving events on the amateur and professional level. Mona Plummer Aquatic Center was already highly regarded as one of the country’s finest outdoor swimming and diving facilities.  With a seating capacity of 2,000 and an Olympic size, 50 meter by 25 yard, seven foot deep competition pool with a movable bulkhead, the facility has also been targeted by triathlon and amateur swimming organizations for their competitions. ASU’s newly renovated Sun Devil Fitness Complex boasts state of the art facilities and has also emerged as an outstanding place to host […]

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Tempe events this week: Neon at Beyond the Bricks

Live music in Downtown Tempe
January 17, 2017

Tempe events this week includes live music at Beyond the Bricks in Downtown Tempe. If you’re looking for a way to kick start your weekend, then Beyond the Bricks is for you. Taking place every Thursday night from 5:30-7:30 p.m., this free concert is a great way to relax with coworkers, family or friends. This Thursday, check out Neon. Some of Tempe’s best local bands fill the Hayden Square Amphitheater at 4th Street and Mill Avenue with live music beginning at 6 p.m. And starting at 5:30 p.m., guests 21 and over can purchase beer and wine inside the event. Music goers can grab dinner or a bite to eat at Blasted Barley Beer Company. Or, enjoy the music from the patios of Blasted Barley and Moonshine, which are adjacent to the concert stage. Check the website for the schedule of performers. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. January 17: Greg Peterson: “Successfully Growing Fuit and Other Trees in the Desert” Changing Hands Bookstore – (480) 730-0205 / 7 p.m January 17: A Collaborative Piano Studio Recital  Tempe Center for the Arts – (480) 350-2822 / 10-11:30 a.m. January 17-February 19: Childsplay presents Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat Tempe Center for the Arts – (480) 350-2822 / Saturdays at 1 & 4 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. January 17-January 22: THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY ASU Gammage – (480) […]

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Tempe Art Exhibitions

ASU Art Museum
January 10, 2017

If you enjoy the visual arts, you’ll want to browse Tempe’s art museums and galleries. From paintings, to sculpture, ceramics to photography and film, Tempe offers a range of exhibitions in beautiful spaces, both inside and outdoors. Named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, the ASU Art Museum is recognized for its cutting edge exhibits and innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational and relevant to life today. A visit to the ASU Art Museum, at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, and the Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery, located at 7th Street and Mill Avenue, is always an energizing experience. The Gallery at the TCA is located in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts. Rotating exhibitions by local and nationally known artists and a variety of visual arts workshops and events have made The Gallery at the TCA a favorite of locals and visitors to Tempe. Desert Botanical Garden is known for its lovely setting and paths lined with thousands of plants from arid climates throughout the world. However, you’ll also find exciting works of art sprinkled throughout the Garden. Located on a 1,500 year old archaeological site left by the Hohokam culture, Pueblo Grande Museum also features revolving exhibitions that reflect Southwest history, culture and art. Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation is one of the nation’s largest non-profit zoos, dedicated  to conservation and inspiring people to care for the natural world. Pueblo Grande Museum features three galleries focusing […]

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Tempe events: Carmen Lundy at Tempe Center for the Arts

Carmen Lundy
January 10, 2017

Tempe events include Jazz vocalist Carmen Lundy at the Tempe Center for the Arts on January 14, 2017. Lundy is also an arranger and composer. Her fourteen albums have received both critical and popular acclaim and have consistently appeared on Top Ten lists for each year of release, especially the most recent Soul To Soul. Carmen Lundy is a multi-faceted artist who is also an arranger and composer. Her fourteen albums have received both critical and popular acclaim and have consistently appeared on Top Ten lists for each year of release, especially the most recent Soul To Soul. She has taught master classes throughout the world. She’s also a  multi-instrumentalist (she played all the instruments on the 2009 release Solamente), an actress and a mixed media artist and painter. Lundy’s music has been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Jazz Times and many others. The Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners proclaimed January 25th “Carmen Lundy Day” and she received the keys to the City of Miami. In April 2016, she was honored with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award by Black Women In Jazz and The Arts. For more information and to purchase tickets to Carmen Lundy’s performance, visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. January 11-March […]

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Apache Blvd. offers an authentic culinary adventure

Oasis Bakery and Cuisine
January 9, 2017

When I’m hungry for some fragrant, savory, spicy and delicious Middle Eastern/ Mediterranean and Asian food, I know where to go—Apache Boulevard in Tempe. I don’t have to venture very far to find mighty fine falafel, curry or couscous. Apache Boulevard is a veritable spice trail of flavorful food finds all clustered between Rural and Price Roads, close to Arizona State University (ASU).  All are family owned and have been in business for many years. The menus are authentic and loaded with dishes that are rich in both flavor and tradition. Have your hummus and hookah too at Café Istanbul & Hookah. It’s also one of just a few Middle Eastern restaurants that offer a lunch buffet, which is great if you want to sample several dishes at once. Buffet items vary so you never know what you’ll find. I like that element of surprise and am more likely to try something new. Hookah enthusiasts can partake outside on the patio. There’s also a well-stocked Middle Eastern hookah store adjoining the restaurant. 1310 E Apache Blvd. Tempe, AZ 85281 480-731-9499 Curry Corner serves some of the best Pakistani food outside of Pakistan. Like its neighboring restaurants, it’s been around for years and is very popular with the locals. Then it was featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” and voila!- instant fame.  In spite of all the fuss, Curry Corner has remained humble and authentic to the core, serving delicious, authentic dishes at extremely reasonable prices. The menu is […]

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Favorite Mexican Restaurants in Tempe

Los Reyes de la Torta
January 9, 2017

BBQ and Kansas City, Jambalaya and New Orleans, Coffee and Seattle, Mexican food and Tempe. Some things just go together. Tempe, Arizona has a wealth of Mexican food eateries, from quick-service options like America’s Taco Shop, to trendy, nightlife hotspots El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria and Loco Patron, to mainstays like Rosita’s and Restaurant Mexico that have been in Tempe for decades. It’s hard to choose a favorite. So, I’ve decided to focus on the best family-owned Mexican restaurants in Tempe. Here’s the scoop about the dishes that the Tempe Tourism Office team order again and again. If we don’t mention your favorite dish or your favorite Tempe Mexican restaurant, please tell us what we’re missing. We’d love to know about it. Casa Reynoso One of the most crave-worthy Mexican restaurants in Tempe is Casa Reynoso. This family owned business is an extension of family’s first venture into the restaurant business in Globe, Arizona. Now solely located in metro Phoenix, the Reynoso family continues to do what they do best – share their family recipes with all of us. You’ll have trouble deciding between their carne asada dishes, chimichangas, tacos and burros. But, one way to sample of their best menu options is combination #8: an enchilada, burro and chile relleno. Que bueno! 3138 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ, 85282 (480) 966-0776 La Fonda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina La Fonda has been in Tempe since 1967, although they moved to their new location on Baseline just east of McClintock a few years ago. Their […]

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Tempe events: Bösendorfer & Yamaha Piano Competition

ASU Music Building
January 4, 2017

  Tempe events include the 8th Bösendorfer & Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition. Hosted by the ASU School of Music, this prestigious event features young musicians from throughout the world, some as young as 13. Performances take place at Katzin Concert Hall on the ASU Tempe Campus through January 7, 2017. The competition culminates with the Ages 19-32 Final Concerto Round with The Phoenix Symphony at Phoenix Symphony Hall on January 8, 2017. The Bösendorfer & Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition is a bi-annual event dedicated to the discovery and encouragement of young artists who possess their personal voice of interpretation in harmony with the legacy of great artists of the past. The competitions are dedicated to promoting outstanding artists and providing them with the orchestral and solo performance opportunities they deserve. To learn more about the competitors and jurors, visit https://pianocompetition.music.asu.edu/. To purchase tickets and view the complete competition schedule, visit https://music.asu.edu/events. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. January 4-7: 8th Bösendorfer & Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition ASU Katzin Concert Hall January 4-8: ZooLights Phoenix Zoo January 5: Paul Davids and Catherine Yunt: An Atheist in Heaven Changing Hands Bookstore. January 5: Suzy Foundation: Laughing the Night Away Tempe Center for the Arts January 5: Beyond the Bricks: Zona Road Hayden Square Amphitheater January 5-7: Comedian Pauly Shore Tempe Improv January 5-8: Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company presents Guys […]

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Day Trip From Tempe: Superior, Miami & Globe, Arizona

boyce thompson arborteum
December 28, 2016

My dad was born in 1927 in a small mining town called Chrysotile, Arizona. It is now a ghost town perched in the rugged Salt River Valley between present day Globe and the Salt River. Because of this, I have always been fascinated with these old boom to bust towns because they have an interesting history and seem to be stuck in time.  It is that sense of nostalgia that you will find on my day trip from Tempe to the copper mining towns of Superior, Miami and Globe, Arizona. Although they have seen better days, and perhaps it is wishful thinking, I hope that these towns will boom once more. At one point, Arizona produced more copper than just about anywhere in the world.  In their heyday, thousands of miners were employed, families flourished, a high school football game was the place to be on a Friday night, stores were stocked and the downtown areas were the focus of social gatherings.  My parents talked about how they would travel ‘all the way to Miami’ from Gilbert on old Route 60 in the 1940’s and 1950’s to go to the dances. They were hubs of social activity. This Google driving map will show you our route and directions to our destinations throughout the day. All that changed in the late 70’s and 80’s when copper prices dwindled, costs went up and miners lost their jobs. The proverbial ‘bust’ came to fruition. Families moved out, stores shuttered and the old timers stuck around.  […]

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Tempe events: Noon Year’s Eve at the Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo Noon Year's Eve
December 20, 2016

Tempe events feature Noon Year’s Eve at the Phoenix Zoo. Get ready to ring in the New Year at 12:00 noon at this celebration geared to the whole family.  The fun begins at 9 a.m. on December 31 with 30 tons of snow for kids of all ages, snowball targets, live music, dancing, games and prizes and the countdown to a noon ball drop, and toast with cider or juice. Be sure to sign the Noon Years ReZOOlutions banner! Don’t miss this uproarious way to ring in 2017 twelve hours early at the Phoenix Zoo! This is also your chance to see Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks before it leaves the Zoo on January 2. All activities are included with admission.  For more information, visit http://phoenixzoo.org/event-items/noon-years-eve/, or call (602) 286-3800. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events during the next two weeks.  See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. December 20-23: Las Noches de las Luminarias  Desert Botanical Garden December 20-24: Fishmas at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium December 21-23: Owen Benjamin’s Christmas Spectacular Tempe Improv December 21-25: ZooLights Phoenix Zoo December 22: Beyond the Bricks: Thursday Night Live: Analog Outlaws Hayden Square Amphitheater December 23: Divided Minds Tempe Marketplace District Stage December 23: The Forgotten Carols ASU Gammage December 24: It’s Snowing Every Hour Tempe Marketplace District Stage December 24: The Caribbean Cruisers Tempe Marketplace District Stage December 24: Childsplay presents A Very Hairy […]

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Matt’s Big Breakfast Opens in Tempe

Matt's Big Breakfast Tempe
December 20, 2016

We’ve heard rumors about the legendary Matt’s Big Breakfast making its way to Tempe. And, now the wait is over. I went to the brand new Matt’s Big Breakfast at 400 E. Rio Salado Parkway this weekend and you must check it out. You can’t see this location from the street, so be the coolest in your crew by knowing exactly where it is. From Rio Salado Parkway, just west of Rural, turn north into the main entrance to the State Farm/Marina Heights development right across from Sun Devil Stadium. Turn left once you reach the end of the driveway. Matt’s faces north in the middle of the complex. You can’t see it from Rio Salado, but you’ll find it easily once you’re in Marina Heights. Look for their bright orange sign and large patio. If you love the menu at the other Matt’s Big Breakfast locations, you won’t be disappointed. The same thick cut bacon, fluffy pancakes with maple syrup, omelets and other faves are on the Tempe menu too. I highly recommend their Belgian waffle (it comes with bacon!) or the “Skinny,” an egg white scramble with Gruyere, organic spinach and chicken apple sausage served with a side salad. They serve breakfast all day and also offer lunch items beginning at 11 a.m. Lunch options include a BLT (again with their out of this world bacon), a butter burger, bowl of chili, and egg salad sandwich. They have daily specials too. They source ingredients locally and I love […]

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