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The EDGE 103.9 at Tempe Marketplace

July 15, 2008

Love the EDGE 103.9 radio station?  Me too!  Time to head out to Tempe Marketplace for Third Thursdays where the EDGE 103.9 hosts a concert every third Thursday at the District Stage. This Thursday, July 17th, the EDGE will be featuring Carolina Liar, which should be a great show.  In addition to the EDGE concerts, Tempe Marketplace hosts a variety of other concerts and live entertainment each month also. Concerts are usually held at the District Stage every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night! Check out the Tempe Marketplace calendar for all concert info at 

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Dennis Rowland & Margo Reed at the TCA

June 23, 2008

Is anyone else out there as excited as I am to have great jazz happening in Tempe with regular performances at Monti’s La Casa Vieja and at the Tempe Center for the Arts?  I was listening to an interview with  jazz great Dennis Rowland on KJZZ last Friday evening and heard that he and jazz great Margo Reed are performing together in the gorgeous Tempe Center for the Arts on June 28th.  What an event this will be and it will be a sell-out.  I called the TCA to order my tickets and was told that there were only about 30 left.   

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Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace

June 23, 2008

I was really excited to hear that the ASU Herberger School of Art will be showcasing artwork at the Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace, located just east of Barnes & Noble. The gallery will feature the work of David Young as well as a group exhibition from the ASU Herberger School of Art graduate students.  The opening reception is this Thursday, June 26th from 6 – 9 pm.  The best part is that the gallery is located at Tempe Marketplace, so after visiting the gallery grab a bite to eat at one of the many delicious nearby restaurants.

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Third Thursdays at Tempe Marketplace

June 16, 2008

I’ve heard through the grapevine that the free Third Thursday concerts at Tempe Marketplace are the place to be. They’ve had quite a few alt rock bands in the past few months, including Shiny Toy Guns and MGMT. This Thursday, Alien Ant Farm will be there. Local band Captain Squeegee will open up the show, which starts at 7 pm. So, forget that the temperature is heating up for the summer and dance the night away.

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La Bocca

June 13, 2008

I went to La Bocca, one of Mill Avenue’s newest restaurants, on Monday. I had been there before, but this time was a little different. Actually, their menu is completely revised. But, it’s a good thing. I loved the food before, but the new menu offers even more choices. Especially when it comes to salads and sandwiches. La Bocca has a great patio and it’s still cool enough at night to enjoy it. Go soon if you haven’t yet. You’ll become a fan too.

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It’s not too late to discover

May 28, 2008

I admit it. I’m an Arizona native and there are places in this state, heck, in this city, that I haven’t experienced. I love the Grand Canyon, but I’ve only been twice in my lifetime. I’ve never seen Monument Valley and I’ve never seen the London Bridge in Lake Havasu. My goal this summer is to explore Arizona for all it’s worth. To begin, I started with a local attraction that I drive by everyday, but have never stopped to explore: Hole in the Rock at Papago Park. I’ve heard from friends that this is a favorite picnic spot and a great place to watch the sunset. With my husband and our two dogs, I hiked up to this landmark on Memorial Day. The hike is a quick one, maybe about 10 minutes or so. At the summit, we perched alongside the dozen others who had made their way up the hill and waited until the sun began to hide behind the Papago Buttes to the west. The scenery was spectacular, from the saguaro cactus to the lagoons to watching airplanes land at Sky Harbor. But perhaps the most important thing that I experienced was the reminder that I love where I live and I won’t take it for granted. To get there, take Galvin Parkway to the zoo entrance, turn left and follow the signs towards the Papago Park picnic areas. There’s a parking lot at the base of the hill.

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Employment in Tempe

May 27, 2008

I visited Tempe Memorial Day weekend and had a ball!! Now, I am very much interested in moving here. I know nothing about Arizona but, I’m at a time in my life where I want something new! Help if you can. I am seeking employment…..Who needs a hard working, highly-spirited, single, friendly, 37 y/o female that is a business major that is currently working as an Office manager. Anyone interested in helping me find employment that pays $40,000 min.?

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(Not So) Run of the Mill

May 20, 2008

For anyone who remembers the great music coming from Mill Avenue in the early ‘90s, there is a can’t-miss event happening tomorrow (May 21). Mill Ave. Inc., a new documentary by local filmmaker Nico Holthaus is premiering at the Harkins Valley Art Theatre. The film chronicles the rise and, as Hotlhaus argues, subsequent fall of the Mill Avenue music scene through interviews and concert footage of the era’s premier bands, club owners and fans. Mill Ave. Inc. takes a harsh look at the price of progress from the viewpoint of those who formed the foundation of Tempe’s burgeoning music scene. The film makes a clear commentary on the commercialism of the area, and the irony of it premiering at a Harkins is not lost. But the night’s real treat will be the performances from Hans Olson, members of Dead Hot Workshop, Flathead and others. And it’s all just $10 through PayPal. Go to The only thing missing will be the hum of the amp and neon light coming from the corner of Long Wong’s The bands start at 7p. The movie premieres at 8.

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Studio Time

April 30, 2008

Studio Time There’s a great new wine bar that opened recently in my neighborhood called Studio Vino where you can create your own blend of wine. It’s great fun and you can even have a custom label made. It’s in a shopping center on the southeast corner of McClintock and Guadalupe, right between two of the best Italian places in town—Miele’s Bistro and Papa Razini’s. Studio Vino is a great place to go before dinner. It’s also a perfect example of some of the hip, fun and exciting places to discover all around Tempe, not just on Mill Ave. If you’re looking for some great food away from the crowds and now an awesome new wine bar experience, you need to swing by my neighborhood! Check out Studio Vino at

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Tempe’s in Sunset Magazine

April 29, 2008

Tempe is featured in the May issue of Sunset Magazine. It’s all about Mill Avenue. Check out the article here:,20633,1735176,00.html

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