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Tempe events: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at ASU Gammage

The Sound of Music
October 18, 2016

  Tempe events include a brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at ASU Gammage from October 18-23. Directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, the beloved story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. The film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, or call 480-965-3434. 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.   October 18: Getter The Marquee October 18-23: THE SOUND OF MUSIC ASU Gammage October 19-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts October 19-29: 3D Astronomy Shows Marston Exploration Theater October 20: ASU School of Music presents Trio Montecino ASU Katzin Concert Hall October 20: Beyond the Bricks Thursday Night Live: Vintage Wednesday Hayden Square Amphitheater October 20: Elizabeth Kolbert: Envisioning the Sixth Extinction Lecture Tempe Center for the Arts October 20-22: Comedian Craig Gass Tempe Improv October 20-23: ASU Main Stage presents Out of Many ASU Lyceum Theater October 21: Movies in the […]

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Celebrating Halloween in Tempe

October 18, 2016

October is now in full swing, which means that it’s about that time of year to make plans for Halloween! If Halloween is quickly cReEpInG up on you, and you just don’t know what to do, check out these awesome events in Tempe, AZ. Whether you are looking for a fun activity for the kids, an event for the grown-ups, or something for the whole family, everyone will be sure to have a spooky good time in Tempe. For the family: Arizona SEA LIFE Spooktacular – Saturdays and Sundays, October 10 – 31, 2016 SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium – Arizona Mills, 5000 S Arizona Mills Cir #145, Tempe, AZ 85282 SEA LIFE Arizona at Arizona Mills is a place for the whole family this spooky season. SEA LIFE will be decorated for Halloween and will host costume contests, underwater pumpkin carvings and eerie scavenger hunts. The cost is an additional $3.00 for adults and children with paid admission. Howl-O-Ween – October 28 – 29, 2016 Phoenix Zoo – 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008 Howl-O-Ween includes activities and experiences for the whole family. This event takes place October 28 and 29 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. and features both scary and merry events for kids of any age. Tickets for members are $10, non-members are $12 and children under 2 are free. Merry activities include camel rides, an exciting costume contest, and an educational piece called the “Creatures of the Night Animal Show.” For a more spooky Halloween, guests can experience the […]

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Treat yourself to Tracy Dempsey Originals in Tempe

Tracy Dempsey Originals
October 12, 2016

On the corner of University and Priest Drives in Tempe, you’ll find a little bit of sweet tooth paradise in the form of Tracy Dempsey Originals. I love sweets, especially pastries that are so fresh, they’re still warm from the oven. When I discovered Tracy Dempsey Originals, I found my happy place. The storefront on University Drive is actually the most recent turn in Tracy’s  journey from teaching English as a Second Language in the American English & Culture Program at Arizona State University (ASU), to pastry chef for the award-winning Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale to her current profession as owner of Tracy Dempsey Originals, baker and supplier of fine pastries to many of the Valley’s most prominent restaurants. With a background in French literature and language, Tracy was teaching English as Second Language at ASU when she decided to change course and pursue her passion for pastry, which began with the Easy Bake Oven she received at age four. She returned to school, this time at the Scottsdale Community College Culinary Arts program. After completing culinary school, Tracy worked at a resort and few small chef owned restaurants before joining the team  as pastry chef at Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale  in 2004. Then in 2009, the recession hit, taking its toll on the restaurant industry and Tracy lost her job.  Cowboy Ciao was one of many restaurants that were forced to eliminate pastry chefs and other staff in order to survive. Tracy recognized that this void needed to be […]

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Tempe events: SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN at ASU Gammage  

ASU Gammage
October 11, 2016

Tempe events include the Arizona debut of The Carpetbag Theatre’s acclaimed production of SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN  at ASU Gammage. This timely production is a powerful depiction of issues faced by our deployed military personnel. The production follows the moving story of a young, African American, woman veteran of the Iraq War and her struggle with “Moral Injury,” Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).  The central character is a third generation soldier, who courts death by vehicular suicide. SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN  explores multiple issues related to war, including the history and otherness of African Americans in the military and the experiences of women in combat.  As she drives, memories and flashbacks unfold before her, and in her rear-view mirror. Ultimately she must decide whether to let go of the wheel or to choose life. The Carpetbag Theatre is an award-winning company based in Tennessee that has been telling deeply moving stories of communities of color for more than two decades. For more information and to purchase tickets to SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN, call 480-965-3434 or, visit 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. October 11: Halestorm The Marquee October 12: ASU Guest Artist Series: Alice Giles, Harpist ASU Katzin Concert hall October 12: Yellowcard The Marquee October 12-29: 3D Astronomy Shows Marston Exploration Theater October 12-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for […]

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Tempe events: Four Peaks Oktoberfest

Four Peaks Octoberfes
October 4, 2016

Tempe events include the largest Oktoberfest in Arizona, the Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Beach Park, October 7-9. It’s Tempe’s big annual festival of libations, food and music that raises money for Tempe Sister Cities.Along with all the traditional Oktoberfest beers and cheers, this Four Peaks Oktoberfest offers great fun for the entire family. Kids will love the giant carnival and Landings Cu Kinderfest.There’s plenty of food including traditional brats along with  everything from street tacos to egg rolls to traditional fair food.   Dance off some of those beer and brat calories to music on two stages: Four Peaks Lakefront Stage and the Spaten VIP Stage featuring bands from all over the world. All artists performing on the Four Peaks Lakefront Stage are included in the price of admission to the festival. A VIP ticket will be required for the Spaten VIP Stage. Music includes plenty of polka bands, and country, rock, blues and more. For more information and to purchase ticketon the Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake visit 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.   October 4: Gojira The Marquee October 5: Speakeasy Tempe Improv October 5: Editor Holly Welker and Author Brittny Goodsell: Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly About Love, Sex and Marriage Changing Hands Bookstore October 5-30: 3D Astronomy Shows Marston Exploration Theater October 5-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night […]

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Tempe events: Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
September 27, 2016

  Tempe events include the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival at Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park this Saturday and Sunday. The dragon boat races are an ancient folk tradition with roots in southern China. The beautifully decorated dragon boats are manned with up to 20 paddlers. One team member pounds a drum to keep the paddlers’ oars in sync; the drum represents the heart of the dragon. Now in its  13th year, this popular event draws thousands of locals and visitors to Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park to enjoy the beautiful dragon boat races, performances by martial artists, musicians and dancers and lots of good food. You can enjoy The Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, October 1-2 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit 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. September 27: ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra: Around the World ASU Gammage September 27: Cold War Kids The Marquee September 28: Kamikaze Karaoke Tempe Improv September 28-October 29: 3D Astronomy Shows Marston Exploration Theater September 28-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts September 29: Dropkick Murphys The Marquee September 29: Ballet Under the Stars Tempe Center for the Arts September 29-October 1: Stray Cat Theatre presents  John Tempe Center for the Arts  September 29-October 2: Flip Orley Tempe Improv September 29-October 2: ASU Lyric Opera Theatre […]

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Celebrate ASU Homecoming in Tempe

ASU Homecoming Block Party
September 23, 2016

Homecoming is a time of year where students, parents and alumni alike celebrate the spirt, pride and tradition at Arizona State University. ASU Homecoming week, October 16-22, 2016, is filled with many events that will get you in the school spirit and ready for the big football game. Festivities kick off with the Lantern Walk and conclude with the homecoming game against the Washington State Cougars. Come experience the fun and excitement all week long at the ASU Tempe Campus! Lantern Walk  Since its start in 1917, the Lantern Walk has remained one of the oldest and most treasured traditions at ASU. Students, alumni, faculty and community members are invited to hike up “A” Mountain in Downtown Tempe with a lantern to signify ASU’s past and present. This tradition takes place on Friday, October 21, the eve of the homecoming parade and game on October 22. Homecoming Parade On October 22, thousands of spectators will gather for this year’s homecoming parade. Student organization floats, the ASU marching band, colleges, departments, community organizations and local celebrities are all a part of this fun tradition. The parade starts at Lot 18 and travels down University Avenue concluding at the corner of University Dr. and McAllister Ave. The festivities start 4 hours before game time. Block Party Immediately following the homecoming parade, the ASU Block Party will begin. Over 100 booths from ASU departments will cover the Old Main Lawn and stretch over 14 acres of the ASU Tempe Campus. There will be games, photo booths, prizes, […]

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5K Walks in Tempe This Fall

5K walk
September 21, 2016

Time to grab your walking shoes! Get fit for the approaching holidays while supporting an amazing organizations in the process by participating in a 5K walk! There are several fun 5K walks taking place in Tempe this fall. Check out this great list of 5K walks in Tempe taking place through November. Running Scared – October 22, 2016 – Tempe Marketplace Have some Halloween fun early! This family fun event not only allows you to get into the Halloween spirit, but you are also helping the Veterans Support Organization in their effort to enrich veteran lives through community. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:00 a.m. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – October 22, 2016 – Tempe Beach Park Every Making Strides event is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:00 a.m. Walk Now For Autism Speaks  – October 26, 2016 – Tempe Beach Park Join the Autism Speaks and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) by walking to change the future for all who struggle with autism. This fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing […]

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Tempe Venues With a View

Rustler's Rooste patio
September 20, 2016

Written by Sofia Preston, Partnership and Services Manager Did you know that there’s so much more to the desert than saguaros and sun? When planning your next meeting in Arizona, consider an event at a unique Tempe venues with views of our amazing landscape. It will surely be something that your attendees won’t soon forget! If you want to check that saguaro sighting off your list, look no further than the Desert Botanical Garden. The garden sits on 55 acres of desert beauty right in the heart of the metropolitan area.  They have gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces that will certainly dazzle your attendees. Water in the desert? It’s not a mirage, it’s Tempe Town Lake.  And overlooking the lake is the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) sponsored by Northern Trust. TCA offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, boasting lake views and state of the art design. Enjoy the upstairs patio for a casual cocktail party or the Lakeside room with the sparkling lake as your backdrop. We know that when you think of Arizona, you think of boot-stompin’ fun! Make your event a memorable one at Rustler’s Rooste. This mountain-top, rustic Western setting is the perfect place for a group dinner or company cook-out. The food is hearty and delicious and the views will knock your boots off. And did we mention dancing, live music and rattlesnake appetizers? Yep. Rattlesnake. Check that off your bucket list. If you’re in the mood for a more urban, yet historic venue we […]

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Tempe events: Stray Cat Theatre presents John

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 20, 2016

Tempe events include Stray Cat Theatre’s season opener John, written by Annie Baker and directed by Ron May, at Tempe Center for the Arts from September 16 – October 1, 2016. John takes place in  a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania the week after Thanksgiving. A young couple, hoping to save their relationship, have booked a stay at the B&B. They soon discover, that something is not quite right, from the cheerful innkeeper to the hundreds of inanimate objects that seem to be watching. This dark, foreboding and mysterious play is bound to have you talking long after the curtain goes down. John will be on stage at the Tempe Center of the Arts through October 1, 2016.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, or call 480-350-2822. 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. September 20: Performance with a View presents Tandam Duo Tempe Center for the Arts September 21: Block Party The Marquee September 21: Comedian Paul Virzi Tempe Improv September 21: Brooke Bessesen: Arizona Highways Wildlife Guide: 125 of Arizona’s Native Species Changing Hands Bookstore September 21-October 16: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater September 21-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts  September 22: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Fundraiser with Comic Jill Bryan Tempe Improv September 22-October 1: Stray Cat Theatre presents John Tempe Center for the Arts September 23: hello Friday […]

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