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Tempe events: The Bridges of Madison County

BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
February 12, 2016

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, one of the most romantic stories ever written will be on stage at ASU Gammage, February 16-21.  The best-selling novel and beloved movie it is now an irresistible, two time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. This stunning new production features gorgeous,  music by Tony Award®-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) that the Daily News hails as “one of Broadway’s best scores in the last decade.” With a book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) and direction by Tony® winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza), THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://asugammage.com/shows. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.  February 16: Performance with a View: A Clarinet Extravaganza Tempe Center for the Arts February 16: Dr. Dog The Marquee February 16-21: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY ASU Gammage February 17: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts February 17: ASU Guest Artist Series: Gabor Varga, Clarinet Katzin Concert Hall February 17: Death Metal Band, At the Gates The Marquee February 18: An Evening with Ken Koshio Tempe History Museum  February 18: Big Band Night Katzin Concert Hall February 18-21: […]

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Enjoy more than just drinks at these Tempe bars

Culinary Dropout Tempe
February 11, 2016

It’s time to call yourself an Uber and make your way down to Tempe for some of the most outrageous, fun bars you have yet to experience. From local breweries to entertainment venues, we have you covered with this list of top notch night life destinations and some of the most fun Tempe bars. Main Event Tempe 8545 S. Emerald Ave. Tempe, AZ 85284 (480) 753-1200 Experience something other than a typical night out and head over to Tempe’s biggest indoor entertainment venue. Bowl a perfect game on state-of-the-art bowling lanes, enjoy billiards tables and an in-door laser tag course. Defy gravity on the  gravity high ropes course, which is suspended above more than 100 virtual and interactive games. When you get hungry, enjoy attractive dining options and full-service premium bars. There is no doubt you will have a great time. Dave & Buster’s 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 281-8456 Eat, Drink, and Play at Tempe’s very own big kid’s playground, Dave & Busters, which is located in Tempe Marketplace. Try one of the new drinks from their in house mixologist at their premium bar while kicking some butt at old school arcade games such as Pop-A-Shot, Pac-Man, and skeeball. Whoever said arcade games were just for kids, obviously has not experienced a night at Dave & Busters with a cocktail, or two. They have some pretty good food too. Relax and enjoy Chargrilled Atlantic Salmon or a Classic Philly Cheesesteak. Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe 149 S. […]

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Tempe events: Childsplay presents Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon
February 8, 2016

Childsplay presents the musical version of Goodnight Moon, one of the world’s most loved bedtime stories, at the Tempe Center for the Arts, February 13-April 10. It’s seven o’clock in the great green room and time to go to sleep, but Bunny isn’t ready. With the help of his friends and a few magical moments, Bunny is finally ready to say goodnight. Children can make their own memories as they imagine that they’re in the room alongside the kittens and mittens, the bears and the chairs, the red balloon, and of course the moon! Goodnight Moon is perfect for ages 3 and up. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 480-350-2822 or visit http://www.childsplayaz.org.  Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. February 8: ASU Guest Artist Series: Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, Oboe Katzin Concert Hall February 9: Guster The Marquee February 10: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA Tempe Center for the Arts February 10: Author Gen Kelsang Rigpa Changing Hands Bookstore February 11: Arcadia Publishing Authors: Arizona History Changing Hands Bookstore February 11: Author Roger Naylor: Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park February 11: ASU Guest Artist Series: Eugene Alcalay, Piano ASU Recital Hall February 11-14: Comedian Jo Koy Tempe Improv February 12: helloFRIDAY February 12: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Class Clowns of Comedy Showcase Tempe Center for the Arts […]

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Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series 2016

Bad Cactus Brass Band at Desert Botanical Garden
February 5, 2016

Looking for a fun and unique evening of live music in a picturesque outdoor setting? The Desert Botanical Garden is hosting their annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series: February 5 through June 24, 2016. Music genres range from jazz to blues to folk music. Enjoy our beautiful Arizona weather this spring at one of these outdoor concerts, held on the Ullman Terrace (located toward the back of the garden) on Friday evenings. Plan ahead and dine at Gertrude’s, the Garden’s restaurant, featuring local ingredients from artisans and farmers around Arizona and the Southwest. Or enjoy chef-attended station specials on Ullman Terrace during the concert. A full cash bar and boutique wine sales will be available. February – May 6 Concerts: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. – Concerts 7 – 9 p.m. May 13 – June 24 Concerts: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. – Concerts 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Admission: Members: $20 / General Public: $25 (must be 21 to enter the event) Concert schedule: February 5 – The Flamenco Jazz Project with Chris Jácome – Jazz February 12 – Pete Pancrazi Only Love Songs – Jazz and American Standards February 19 – Dmitri Matheny Group Featuring Holly Pyle February 26 – Quetzal Guerrero QVLN – Salsa, Brazilian, Jazz and Soul March 4 – The Sugar Thieves – Delta Blues March 11 – The Brazen Heads – Celtic Rock March 18 – The Rave – British Invasion March 25 – Cinco De Moio – Latin Jazz April 8 – Michael Powers Group – Jazz […]

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Tempe events: Spring 2016 Music in the Garden Series

Desert Botanical Garden
February 1, 2016

Sitting outside, under the stars in the cool, serene surroundings of the Desert Botanical Garden, enjoying live music is a little slice of heaven. The 2016 Spring Music in the Garden Series includes a wide range of genres like Jazz, Latin Jazz, blues, Native American and world music.  This Friday, The Flamenco Jazz Project with Chris Jacome will perform original music and reinventions of both jazz and flamenco standards. Tickets are $20 for Garden members and $25 for the general public. Doors open at 5:30 from February through May 6 and music begins at 7 p.m. From May 13-June 24 doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. All attendees must be 21 or older. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.dbg.org/. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.   ASU Guest Artist Series at Katzin Concert Hall February 1: Curtis Peacock, Tuba February 1: Karolina Syrovatkova, Piano February 2: Barrick Stees, Bassoon Katzin Concert Hall February 2: ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra: House Guests! ASU Gammage Author events at Changing Hands Bookstore February 3: Author K.A. Tucker: He Will Be My Ruin February 5: Author Marissa Meyer: Stars Above Changing Hands Bookstore Live Music at the Marquee February 3: The Neighbourhood February 6: Safety Suit The Marquee Events at the Tempe Center for the Arts February 3: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night […]

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Tempe Art Exhibitions

ASU Art Museum
February 1, 2016

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. No matter what your point of view, you’ll find a lot of great art to view in Tempe’s galleries and museums. For more information on Tempe’s art exhibitions, visit our website. ASU Art […]

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Live music in Tempe

Culinary Dropout Tempe nightlife
February 1, 2016

There’s nothing like chillaxin’ with your friends while listening to live music. Whether it’s an ear-splitting rock concert or an easy listening acoustic performance by one or two musicians, live music just makes you feel more alive, energized and in the moment. So where’s the best place to hear all kinds of live music? Tempe, of course! Tempe’s tradition of offering the best live music by local and nationally known bands has drawn music lovers for decades. Walk through Downtown Tempe along Mill Avenue most evenings and you’ll find music emanating from restaurants and bars. Live music isn’t limited just to Tempe’s Downtown. Regardless of your preference, be it rock, hip hop, electronic, country, jazz, blues or classical, fusion or world, you’ll find your favorite performed throughout Tempe practically every night of the week. Check out these venues that are great places to chill with great live music, good eats and beverages. Visit our website for more information on music and entertainment in Tempe. Downtown Tempe Venues Blasted Barley 404 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 967-5887 – www.downtowntempe.com/livemusic Live music Friday through Sunday. C.A.S.A. Sunbá 5 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 557-8226 – www.downtowntempe.com/livemusic Live music on Thursday and Friday. Culinary Dropout at the Yard 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 240-1601 – www.downtowntempe.com/livemusic Live music on Wednesday-Saturday nights and Sunday brunch Desert Roots Kitchen 414 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 382-0228 – www.downtowntempe.com/livemusic Live music on the patio every third Thursday. Fat Tuesday 680 S. Mill […]

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Downtown Tempe bars make Super Bowl Sunday more super

Zipps Sports Grill Tempe
January 29, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner. It’s down to the final two teams, Denver and Carolina. Both will be playing for the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday, February 7th. Tempe has no shortage of great places to watch the game. They have a great atmosphere, greater food, even greater beer selections and of course – and perhaps most importantly, lots of TVs to catch all the action. Below are some Downtown Tempe bars we recommend for watching the Super Bowl. Don’t see a restaurant you like on the list? Mention it in the comments section. Zipps Sports Grill 690 S. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 404-7255 Whenever you talk about a bar to watch sports, the first place you have to mention is Zipps. I think it’s a rule, right? Zipps Sports Grill in Downtown Tempe has everything you’re looking for. Great food, good outdoor patio and tons of TVs – both inside and outdoors – to not miss a play. And the food is good too. We recommend the wings – golden style and extra crispy with a little blue cheese. The Handlebar Tempe  680 S. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 474-4888 I love this place. It’s local and it has a great atmosphere – two things that are important to me. They have TVs all over the place, so seeing the game won’t be an issue.  I’ll indulge myself with some festive football food as well, most notably their pretzels with beer cheese along with an order […]

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Tempe 5Ks to Put a Spring in Your Step

Pats Run Tempe
January 25, 2016

Time to put your New Year’s resolution to get fit into action! There are lots of 5K and 10k walks and runs taking place in Tempe this spring that will help you get fit while also supporting some great organizations. Here’s a list of a few of my favorites in Tempe and one at the nearby Phoenix Zoo. Walk in the Wild – January 30, 2016 – Phoenix Zoo Don your favorite animal attire and take part in the one mile or 5K on Saturday, January 30, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Zoo. Walk in the Wild includes a morning full of unique activities you won’t find at any other Valley walk, including all-day Zoo admission, raffle and lakeside after-party. Participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and post-walk refreshments. All proceeds benefit the Phoenix Zoo. Walk the Fight and Run the Distance – February 6, 2016 – Tempe Beach Park Winding through the beautiful Tempe Town Lake area, take part in the Run the Distance event to beat Parkinson’s Disease on February 6. Proceeds from the event support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center and the Parkinsons Network of Arizona. FroYo Run – February 13, 2016 – Tempe Beach Park This frozen yogurt themed run boasts frozen yogurt at the finish line, of course, and also fun little spoons as finisher medals! Plan to enjoy Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt at the finish – yum! Each runner/walker will also get a fully loaded goody bag including mirrored shades and a dri-fit running hat! Choose from the 5k or 10k at this family […]

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Tempe Events: Breaking Ground 2016 Festival

BREAKING GROUND 2016 Contemporary Dance and Film Festival
January 25, 2016

Tempe Center for the Arts is showcasing dance company CONDER/dance at their ninth annual film and dance festival, Breaking Ground 2016, January 29-30. Since 2007, CONDER/dance has produced this amazing event that is filled with technical artistry, physical power and unbridled creativity, each year surpassing what it has ever done before. Experience over 25 choreographers, digital artists, and dancers for an unforgettable show that brings the community together for a high art and energy night filled with some of the most vital voices in contemporary dance. Breaking Ground 2016 will highlight the premiere dance works from LA’s WHYTEBERG, NYC’s Bare Dance Company and San Francisco’s Project Agora. Along with the weekend long performances, you can also participate in master classes led by head-lining performers and experience the return of “tiny dances” stationed throughout Tempe Center for the Arts. Tickets for Breaking Ground 2016 are $25 for adults and $18 for students when purchased more than 24 hours in advance. Tickets will be $28 for adults and $23 for students at the door. Tempe’s calendar for the week of January 25-31, 2016 is crammed with exciting events. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. January 25-February 7: Childsplay: PerÔ, Or the Mysteries of the Night, Tempe Center for the Arts January 26 and January 28: Joie de Vivre! French duos for Winds and Piano Concert 1 and Concert 2, ASU Katzin Concert Hall January 27: Plynn Gutman: Find Your Life Balance: A Discovery […]

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