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Tempe events: MAC & Company presents “4.0” at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 21, 2018

Tempe events include “4.0,” presented by MAC & Company at Tempe Center for the Arts on August 25, 2018 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  The two-part, full-length show highlights diverse dance styles. The first half of the program features a wide range of pieces choreographed by various company members. The second half includes a themed set of works titled The Art Exhibit, in which dances are created based on artwork. MAC & Company was founded in 2014 by Micaela Church and Li Pei Khoo from their shared passion for dance education and performance. Both full time dance educators, Church and Khoo continue to be committed to the creative process and practice of dance as a performing art. As both dancers and musicians, they have an interest in exploring the different processes that have been used in the integration between dance and music. With the common goal of presenting innovative work and nurturing professional growth in the field of dance and music, Church and Khoo provide a platform for fellow dancers who share their passion. To purchase tickets to MAC & Company’s “4.0,” call 480-350-2822, or visit www.tempecenterforthearts.com. 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 22: Jason Heller: Strange Stars Changing Hands Bookstore August 22: Steel Pulse & Tribal Seeds The Marquee August 23-25: Maz Jobrani Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August  24: Henry Thompson and SWELL Tempe Marketplace August […]

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Things to do this Labor Day in Tempe and Phoenix

ASU Football
August 15, 2018

To many, Labor Day symbolizes the last day of summer and the kick start of fall. In Arizona, summer temperatures continue through September, so Labor Day is an extra day off to enjoy the pool or check out some of fun activities that will officially end your summer on a high note. Labor Day also means school is back in session and pumpkin spice everything is just around the corner. But, before we usher in the fall, here are a few suggestions for things to do in Tempe and Phoenix during Labor Day weekend 2018. Take a staycation and relax at one of Tempe’s hotels, ranging from suite properties to a mountain-top resort. Enjoy their sparkling pools, get a free breakfast, or use the weekend as a reason to try a restaurant or tavern near your home away from home. Find all the money-saving summer hotel deals in Tempe at www.summerintempe.com. The first ASU football game of the season vs. UTSA will be on Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m. Check out the new renovations to Sun Devil Stadium and see the debut of Coach Herm Edwards. Come early and participate in all of the activities happening in Downtown Tempe, including Devils on Mill, a free event on 6th Street in between Mill Avenue and Forest that features food, ASU gear, music and games for fans of all ages. On your walk to the stadium, don’t miss Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate on College Avenue between 6th and 7th. This pregame event […]

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Tempe events: Ignite Collaborative presents Duo at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 14, 2018

Tempe events includes Duo, presented by Ignite Collaborative, at Tempe Center for the Arts, August 16-17, 2018. Duo is Ignite Collaborative’s premiere full-length show that explores duality in the human experience. We are surrounded by Duality. Day becomes night, breath is inhaled and exhaled, to every beginning there is an end. Duality exists within us as joy and sorrow, love and rage, fantasy and reality. Duo is designed to lead the audience into discovering the duality within themselves through this multi-media performance. Ignite Collaborative is a creative force in the Phoenix arts scene with a mission to build a more connected and compassionate community through movement. To purchase tickets to Duo, visit Tempe Center for the Arts’ website, or call (480) 350-2822. Tempe is home to live music almost every night. Learn more about when and where to find the best live music happening in Tempe this week! There are a variety of art exhibitions taking place in Tempe featuring a range of media and themes. Learn more about Tempe’s art exhibitions, including dates, times, locations and exhibition details. 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 16: Actress Amber Tamblyn: Any Man Changing Hands Bookstore August 16-17: Duo Tempe Center for the Arts August 16-18: Steve Byrne Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August 17: Sunset Voodoo Tempe Marketplace August 18: Corridor Sixteen Tempe Marketplace August 18: Higher Octave Healing presents Music from […]

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Tempe 101 – a prep course for life at Arizona State University

ASU Tempe campus bridge
August 8, 2018

Every August, a new group of wide-eyed freshman will descend upon Tempe, making it their home for the next four (or more) years. Tempe is a great place to go to school. It’s a fun college town that truly embraces Arizona State University into the culture. Tempe is also a great place to live, with lots to do all year round. Below is a quick guide to some of the best of Tempe – where to shop, where to eat and what to do. Find even more things to do in Tempe, or call us at 800-283-6734. Let’s make this school year a great one for students and their parents. Go Devils! Dorm Room Essentials From shower caddies to rugs to cozy chairs, there’s always a long, long list of supplies to make a dorm room or college apartment really feel like home. Check off those needed items at these stores in Tempe: IKEA Tempe – 2110 W. IKEA Way, Tempe, AZ 85284 |  (480) 496-5658 Tempe Marketplace – 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 966-9338 Target – 1800 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 214-2667 Cost Plus World Market – 1800 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 921-0500 JCPenney – 1800 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 829-3555 Walmart – 800 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 966-0264 Arizona Mills  – 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 491-7300 Dining Out Sure, many students have a meal […]

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Tempe events: Sneha and Suchita Srinivasan Arangetram

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 7, 2018

Tempe events include Sneha and Suchita Srinivasan Arangetram at Tempe Center for the Arts at 4 p.m. on August 11, 2018. An Arangetram is a culmination of multiple years of learning the Indian classical dance form – Bharatanatyam, which has its origins in the vibrant culture of Southern India. Sneha and Suchita Srinivasan have studied Bharatanatyam for 11 years and will showcase the breadth of their learning in their dance graduation event at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form that typically depicts religious or spiritual themes.  It is one of the most well-known and widely respected dance forms in India. Mastering the art requires immense skill in perfecting each component of the intricate art form: Bhava (feeling), Raga (melody), and Thala (rhythm). This mastery ultimately results in an Arangetram, a multi-pieced performance that showcases the dancer’s talent and progress. Sneha and Suchita Srinivasan will perform the repertoire with grace and beauty, a result of hard work and dedication. Sneha and Suchita Srinivasan are disciples of Smt. Shyla Ganesan, Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society, Arizona. Admission to Sneha and Suchita Srinivasan Arangetram is free. 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 9: The Stand Outs Tempe Improv Comedy Club August 10: Zoso The Marquee August 10: Victor Bradford: Old Man Day Changing Hands Bookstore August 10: CrossTown Players Tempe Marketplace August 10:  “Tony Vicich Birthday Bash” […]

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Hip Historian Marshall Shore visits Tempe’s Eisendrath House

Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation in Tempe, AZ
August 6, 2018

Join Hip Historian Marshall Shore as he takes a closer look at the Eisendrath House in Tempe and shares more about its past. Driving north on College Avenue from Curry Road, you might have noticed the lovely old pink adobe house perched on the hill behind the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park. It was built in 1930 as the residence of Rose Eisendrath, widow of the wealthy Chicago glove manufacturer, Joseph N. Eisendrath. When she was refused at a local resort because of her Jewish heritage, Rose bought this piece of land in Tempe and built her adobe villa where she lived until her death in 1936. After her death, the house had several owners, including one whose spirit is rumored to still dwell there.  It  was best known as an artist colony in the 70s and 80s. Eventually Eisendrath House was abandoned and fell into disrepair until it underwent a decade long restoration through public-private partnerships in association with the Rio Salado Foundation. The home re-opened in 2015 as the Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation serving as a focal point for Tempe’s water conservation efforts. Future plans include interactive displays inside the house that will tell the city’s water story and help promote conservation efforts for the entire region. Residents and visitors can schedule a docent-led tour of this historic house by appointment on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Make a tour reservation by calling 480-858-2202 or sending an email to [email protected]  

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Tempe events: Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
July 31, 2018

Tempe events include Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden on Saturday evenings through September 1, 2018.  Flashlight Tours are a great way to see the desert in a totally different light—your flashlight. With your flashlight in hand, you’re in for an evening of adventures where you’ll see night-blooming plants and hear animals that chirp, whirr and flutter in the desert after dark. Go at your own pace along the Garden’s trails to multiple discovery stations that feature a fascinating array of nocturnal furry, feathery or scaly nocturnal critters. Desert Botanical Flashlight Tours take place on Saturdays from 7-9:30 p.m. Bring your own flashlights or purchase one in the Garden Shop. Admission is included with membership of paid admission. 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 2-5: Affion Crockett Tempe Improv Comedy Club August 3: Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime 30 Year Anniversary Show The Marquee August 3: Wide Awake Tempe Marketplace August 3: Tempe Comedy Concert Series presents Class Clowns Tempe Center for the Arts August 4: Family Art Workshop: Mark Making Robots with Bobby Zokaites Tempe Center for the Arts August 4: Prowl & Play: Magical Midsummer Dream! Phoenix Zoo August 4: Ratio Tempe Marketplace August 4: Phoenix Amplified Soul Experience: Victor Orlando Tempe Center for the Arts August 4-11: Hip Hop International: USA & World Championships Arizona Grand Resort August 5: Rick Ross The Marquee August 6: Floater […]

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Tempe events: Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience at TCA

Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience featuring Brian Simpson at TCA
July 24, 2018

Tempe events include Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience featuring keyboardist Brian Simpson, singer-songwriter Selena Albright and saxophonist JWhite at Tempe Center for the Arts, July 28, 2018. Keyboardist, composer, studio musician and producer Brian Simpson’s eloquent approach to playing, sophisticated harmonics, bluesy overtones, R&B flavor and keen sense of how to craft a song have made him the go-to for many top performers, including Janet Jackson, Teena Marie, George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz. He has toured with some of the greats of recent jazz history, including, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, and Gerald Albright. Brian was musical director for jazz saxophonist Dave Koz for close to 20 years. Selena Albright developed her onstage charisma and vocal technique from being exposed to legendary artists, such as Whitney Houston, Take Six, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Beyonce, Lalah Hathaway, and Tina Turner. Her intimate, connective writing style comes from experiences and aspirations from her own life. When you listen to her music, you are introduced to a private piece of who Albright is, has been, or is becoming. JWhite is a songwriter, producer and musician who commands your attention with amazing, soulful sounds. He is a fearless, determined, talented young artist. His music is soulfully-driven and technically motivated intertwining the sounds of smooth jazz with a hint of straight ahead jazz to deliver a sensual, harmonic, and melodic sound. To purchase tickets to Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience, call 480-350-2822 or visit the Tempe Center for the arts website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting […]

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Creative Group Events in Tempe

Crawfish Boil at Culinary Dropout
July 17, 2018

By Matt Connelly, National Sales Manager The Tempe Tourism Office is fortunate to work with some very talented people in the hospitality and tourism industry. We are all dedicated to creating special memories of a group’s time in Tempe, which not only makes for a productive meeting, but also builds camaraderie and elevates team spirit. In this spotlight, let’s take a look at The Showcase Room at the Culinary Dropout, an imaginative space in Downtown Tempe, and Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes, a beautiful mountaintop resort. The team at both places provided us with a glimpse at how they make group events come alive in Tempe. Recently, I spoke with Kelley Bolender, Regional Manager of Group Sales, about a recent event that was held at The Showcase Room at the Culinary Dropout. Culinary Dropout is a creative gastropub that is located in a reinvented warehouse space. Known for delicious food, handcrafted cocktails and an extra large patio, they can also host groups events at multiple private spaces, including The Showcase Room. Kelley said they recently hosted a Fortune 500 corporate banking group in for an all-day conference and their meeting planner wanted an amazing over-the-top reception for their top producers from all over the country. The event was highly interactive and incorporated the spirit of the regions from where the attendees were from. The “General Session” was far from ordinary. “They went with a hive mentality theme, and even the stage was shaped like honey comb with fly […]

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Tempe events: Open Studio Drawing with Matthew Dickson

draw: the art of curiosity and innovation
July 17, 2018

Tempe events include the Open Studio Drawing Workshop with Matthew Dickson at the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), July 21, 2018. The Gallery at TCA offers some supplies, however artists may also bring their own drawing materials (no paints or messy media please). This free open studio drawing session features a costumed model and a contemporary vibe.  It’s a perfect opportunity for teens working on art portfolios and/or artists of all skill levels looking to practice figurative and portrait skills. Matthew Dickson works may be seen in the Gallery at TCA’s current exhibition, draw: the art of curiosity. The interactive exhibition celebrates a wide variety of creative media, styles and techniques that incorporate drawing. The “draw” experience includes fine art displays by local artists, exploration stations for doodling and art making, live artist demonstrations and multiple workshop opportunities for all ages. 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. July 19: The Breeders The Marquee July 20: Asha Tempe Center for the Arts July 20: Frosty & The Silver Tones Tempe Marketplace July 20-21: Rory Scovel Tempe Improv Comedy Club July 21: Family Art Workshop: Open Studio Drawing with Matthew Dickson Tempe Center for the Arts July 21: But First # Downtown Tempe Brunch Crawl Downtown Tempe July 21: 80s Night with the Cured The Marquee July 23: Streetlight Manefesto The Marquee Through September 1: Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical […]

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