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TRI Tempe, Arizona

October 2, 2018

It’s no secret that athletes love competing in Tempe, especially triathlon athletes. Tempe is becoming the top destination for hosting high caliber triathlons in the country. For the athletes, Tempe offers the ideal tri setting. With miles of spectator-friendly running/biking paths, the accessibility of Tempe Town Lake and of course the most impeccable weather to compete in year-around, what’s not to like? Already this year, Tempe has hosted Life Time Tri and the very first Major League Triathlon event in Arizona. Major League Triathlon (MLT) is the first pro triathlon league in the United States. Tempe’s very own MLT team, Arizona King Snakes, played host to the third stop of this leagues’ 2018 nationwide tour at Tempe Beach Park on September 22, 2018. This international event highlighted seven teams, consisting of four members each, (two pro men and two pro women) competing in a Mixed Team Relay. Each athlete swam three hundred meters, biked four miles and ran one mile before tagging the next team mate all without ever leaving Tempe Beach Park. Members of the local community, as well as friends and family of the competitors from across the United States, were present to watch this short and fast-paced course. In the end, the Arizona King Snakes took home the gold while the San Diego Stingrays took home silver and the Gold Coast Tritons followed up with the bronze. Mixed Team Relay will make its Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 games. In the coming months, Tempe has seven […]

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New places to dine, drink and dance in Tempe

Ghost Ranch
September 25, 2018

Tempe is bursting with new places to dine and be entertained. Just when you think you’ve tried them all, a bunch of new venues spring up. Whether you’re in the mood for a great meal, a new cocktail designed by a creative mixologist, or an evening of DJs and dancing, here are some fun and exciting new restaurants in Tempe, Arizona to try. Cotton and Copper – 1006 E. Warner Rd. #113, Tempe, AZ 85284 Cotton and Copper is all about Arizona. The 50-seat restaurant’s name gives a nod to two of Arizona’s 5 Cs, the other three being citrus, cattle and climate. The seasonal menu created by chef Tamara Stanger features many locally produced ingredients and have names that reflect their Sonoran roots. The warm Pima wheat rolls with smoked honey butter, O’odham tepary bean spread and corn dumplings are a tasty start, or just fine on their own as a light meal. There’s also a nice selection of local beers as well as cocktails created with spirits from Arizona distilleries. Ghost Ranch – 1006 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 This latest concept from restaurateur Aaron Chamberlin and his team offers hearty, but healthful, modern Southwest fare for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. And there’s a full menu of beer, wine and cocktails inspired by the multicultural history of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico. The decor could also be described as modern Southwest, with touches of copper, turquois and a herring bone-patterned ceiling that resembles cactus […]

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Tempe events: Black Theatre Troupe presents The Wiz at TCA

September 25, 2018

Tempe events include the opening of Black Theatre Troupe’s production of The Wiz at Tempe Center for the Arts this weekend. The Wiz infuses L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. Dorothy’s adventure through the Land of Oz is given new life and marked with Black Theatre Troupe’s indelible musical stamp. The Black Theatre Troupe was founded in 1970 as a vehicle for providing a creative environment in which restless, talented young “rappers” could realize their creative potential as writers, dancers, artists and actors while promoting cultural understanding throughout the community. Through its productions, the Black Theatre Troup has become an important cultural bridge between races and ethnicities. It began as a grassroots organization and has evolved into a highly respected company that has promoted excellence in the performing arts with an emphasis on people of color. As the only professional African-American theatre company within the four-corner states, the Black Theatre Troupe conducts educational workshops and produces quality plays that reflect the African-American experience and help to illuminate the culture to the Phoenix metropolitan area and throughout Arizona. The Wiz will be on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Friday through Sunday from September 28-October 14, 2018. To purchase tickets to The Wiz, call 480-350-2822, or visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting happening through the weekend.  See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) […]

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Tempe events: Annie Moses Band at TCA

Annie Moses Band
September 18, 2018

Tempe events include the Annie Moses Band at the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on September 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The Annie Moses Band has been entertaining audiences for over a decade, bringing their distinctive style of music across the nation and around the world. This talented ensemble of songwriters, singers and musicians performs a captivating blend of folk and classical music and combines technical skill with exhilarating showmanship. The members of the band are also family. Their eclectic sound reflects their family’s unique blend of roots music and classical polish. The band has recorded more than a dozen albums, produced Telly-nominated PBS specials, traveled to Europe and Asia, and performed on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. The Annie Moses Band combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. Plan on arriving early to enjoy appetizers and music performed by Rae Lydia at EDGE Happy Hour in the TCA Lobby. To purchase tickets to the Annie Moses Band performance, call (480) 350-2822, or 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. September 19-22: Stray Cat Theatre presents: THE ANTIPODES Tempe Center for the Arts September 20: Tizzy T The Marquee September 20-23: Josh Blue Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 21: ASU […]

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Healthy Restaurants in Tempe

Original Chop Shop
September 13, 2018

I love to go out to eat – it’s relaxing, convenient and fun! But, I also like to eat relatively healthy, if possible. For those of you that try and keep it healthy when dining out, here’s a list of of my favorite healthy restaurant options in Tempe that won’t let you down when it comes to fresh ingredients and flavor. Green New American Vegetarian – 2240 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 Green is a 100% vegan restaurant serving delicious comfort foods with an international twist. This walk-up and order restaurant has a casual, trendy vibe with affordable prices. Po-boys, crisp salads and noodle bowls are made with fresh, vegan ingredients, including 100% vegan cheeses and mock meats. My favorites include the balsamic picnic salad and the coconut curry bowl – but everything I’ve ever tried here is good. There are also several sweet treats to choose from (bonus!). MAD Greens – 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1215, Tempe, AZ 85281 MAD Greens works with farms to make sure all the produce used to make their salads is as fresh as possible. But they’re not just about salads. Try one of their wraps, paninis, soups or fresh juices. I love the Siam I Am, a protein power salad that’s made with quinoa, chicken, kale, green onions, spinach and a ginger dressing. Nekter Juice Bar – 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1213, Tempe, AZ 85281 Nekter Juice Bar’s all natural juices and smoothies contain fresh produce and greens – only the best. They also […]

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Tempe events: Opening of Monster Stories Exhibition at TCA

Monster Stories exhibition at TCA
September 11, 2018

Tempe events include the opening reception of the new exhibition, Monster Stories at the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts from 6-9 p.m. on September 14, 2018.  The reception is free and open to the public. Monster Stories celebrates the 200th anniversary of the novel, Frankenstein, by exploring the monster genre in pop culture, literature, mythology in society. Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking work continues to spark relevant discussions about science, technology and humanity. Inspired by the ongoing popularity of the genre, the exhibition features works from local and national artists, toys and memorabilia from private collections, and a range of public programs that reflect on timeless questions such as “who is the real monster?” Exhibiting artists include Manny Burruel, Anne Coe, Fausto Fernandez, Matthew Hoelscher, Molly Idle, Chuck Jones, Ed Kennefick and Joe Ray. Also featured are works by Enrique Arciniega Campos, Earl Staley and Bob Camblin, Allan Otho Smith, Enrique Chagoya, Alejandro Colunga and David Botello from the ASU Art Museum. Special collection pieces are courtesy of Dr. Larry and Holley Thompson, Mike McEwin, Emmett Potter and  the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. For more information on Monster Stories and the and additional events held in conjunction with the exhibition, 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. For a listing of live music venues in Tempe, visit September 11: 15th Annual Tempe Healing Field Tempe Beach Park […]

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Get ready for an exciting ASU Gammage 2018-19 season

Wicked at ASU Gammage
September 7, 2018

As the summer winds down, I’m excited to see the return of all the activity that autumn brings. While I enjoy the slower pace of the lazy days of summer, I look forward to the renewed vitality that comes with all the arts and culture events that start in the fall.  I’m especially excited about programs that ASU Gammage has planned for 2018-19. ASU Gammage is a Phoenix area landmark that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Since 1964, it has been home to plays, musicals, Presidential debates and concerts. In addition to the popular Broadway Across America-Arizona series, ASU Gammage produces the Beyond series which showcases internationally acclaimed artists from various cultures. Something else that I love about ASU Gammage is its central location in Downtown Tempe. It’s within walking or pedicab distance from a variety of great restaurants, which makes it easy to enjoy dinner before the show, or dessert or a cocktail afterwards. Check out this incredible lineup that ASU Gammage is bringing to Tempe in 2018-19 and get ready for great theatre, music and dance performances that start this month and continue into next summer. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 480-965-3434 or visit View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. 2018-19 Desert Schools Broadway Across America – Arizona series WAITRESS – October 2-7, 2018 ON YOUR FEET! –  November 6 – 11, 2018 DEAR EVAN HANSEN – November 27 – December 2, 2018 BETTY BUCKLEY HELLO, […]

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Dining Around: Tempe Today

Crepe Bar
September 6, 2018

By Justin Lee Photography by Mark Lipczynski Tempe is growing—booming—like never before. The city’s sweetening from peppy college town to dynamic urban destination has benefited residents and visitors alike with many enviable perks—most enjoyably, a continued reinvention of its dining landscape. Not a change in quantity, but sheer variety. From high to low, quirky to classic, global to regional, dining has never been better. Global cuisine In terms of international foods, Tempe is a local pioneer. From serious Middle Eastern, to regional Indian, to every lane of Asian, it’s always been an amenity—an asset—for the city. For traditional Ethiopian, Cafe Lalibela has been popular since the day it opened, serving a deep menu of the mother country’s trademark classics like seasoned meats and long-stewed vegetables, all served alongside layers of warm, spongy injera, the Ethiopian-style bread used for needed sopping. Now an institution, The Dhaba has been focused on its trademark style of soul-satisfying northern Indian cooking for nearly two decades, serving traditional chaat (snacks), tandoori-baked breads and halal meats in a warm, lively space. For ramen enthusiasts, there are countless worthy options. A newer standout is Hachi Ramen in south Tempe. From its traditional miso to its aromatic shoyu, to its rich tonkatsu, Hachi is all about the broth, and it shows.   Chef-driven Local chef-restaurateur Aaron Chamberlin brings new weight to south Tempe with his twin openings, the elevated all-day diner Tempe Public Market Cafe and Ghost Ranch, his collaborative dive into the cooking styles of the Southwestern […]

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Tempe events: Stray Cat Theatre presents THE ANTIPODES

Stray Cat Theatre
September 4, 2018

Tempe events include Stray Cat Theatre’s season opener, THE ANTIPODES, at Tempe Center for the Arts, September 7-22, 2018. Stray Cat Theatre is bringing THE ANTIPODES by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker to Tempe. In an unnamed conference room, a group of creators are on an intense and intensely surreal brainstorming session for unspecified purposes. All we know is that these people are being asked to keep coming up with stories – the more personal the better – in the hopes that something will jell and move their project – whatever that may be – forward. Directed by Ron May, THE ANTIPODES features Louis Farber, Will Hightower, Dolores Mendoza, Michael Peck, Shannon Phelps, Michael Thompson, David Weiss, William Wyss and Eric Zaklukiewicz. To purchase tickets to THE ANTIPODES, call 480-350-2822 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. September 6: Bret Ernst Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 7: Sunday at Noon Tempe Marketplace September 7-8: Heather McDonald Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 7-8: Mike E. Winfield Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 7-22: Stray Cat Theatre presents: THE ANTIPODES Tempe Center for the Arts September 8: ASU Football: ASU vs. Michigan State Sun Devil Stadium September 8: The Gershom Brothers Tempe Marketplace September 8: Dread Mar The Marquee September 8: Michael Howell: “Illusions” Tempe Center for the Arts September 8-11: 15th Annual Tempe Healing Field Tempe Beach Park September 8-October […]

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Tempe events: Liz Ann Hewett presents “Under the Covers”

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 28, 2018

Tempe events include an evening of dance theatre presented by Liz Ann Hewett at Tempe Center for the Arts on August 31, 2018. Her production of “Under the Covers” tells the story of two police officers tangled in a web of lies, murder and deception. As the town searches for a missing woman, they must cover up the truth and may lose their minds in the process. Don’t miss this dark and fantastic story set to a soundtrack of covers and  featuring some of the best dancers  in Phoenix. Performances are at 10:30 a.m. (student matinee) and 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 480-350-2822, 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. August 31: Frank Daly: Enjoy the Ride Changing Hands Bookstore August 31: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite The Marquee August 31: Black Forest Society Tempe Marketplace August 31: Liz Ann Hewett presents “Under the Covers” Tempe Center for the Arts September 1: ASU Football: ASU vs. UTSA Sun Devil Stadium August 31-September 2: Craig Gass Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 1: 9/11 Heroes Run Tempe Beach Park September 1: Ratio Tempe Marketplace Through September 1: Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden September 2-October 14: Childsplay presents Charlotte’s Web Herberger Theater Center Stage West, Phoenix Through December 31: Dino Explorer LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona  

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