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More Reasons to Visit Moxy Phoenix Tempe this Season

Moxy Phoenix Tempe bar
April 25, 2018

The days when a hotel room is just a hotel room are in the past. Today, hotels are looking at creative ways to differentiate themselves from the competition. One great example of this out-of-the-box thinking is the Moxy Phoenix Tempe. One of the first hotels to launch in the U.S. under Marriott International’s spirited Moxy brand, the Moxy Phoenix Tempe has quickly become a very cool gathering spot for out of town guests and locals alike. This spring and summer, the Moxy team has developed a weekly calendar full of fun-loving activities that will give you more than enough reasons to visit on a regular basis. The new programming line-up, starting on April 9, 2018 and continuing through the summer, includes the following fun themes: • Fried Mondays serve up your favorite bites, such as fried pickles, zucchini, mushrooms, mozzarella sticks and onion rings from 6-9 p.m. Pick one item for $7, two for $10 or three for $13. • Taco Tuesdays from 5-10 p.m. with 3 for $10 tacos, $5 Margaritas (or $15 pitchers!) and $5 chips and salsa. • Wing Wednesdays promises live performances and half dozen wings for $7 and a full dozen wings for $12. • Blacklight Bingo on Thursdays, from 8-10 p.m., is a fast-paced, fresh twist on this classic game. Clearly not your grandmother’s bingo, Thursdays will be home to neon-inspired snacks and glow-in-the-dark lemonade, which can be spiked for $5. • End your workweek with ever-popular Karaoke, as only the Moxy can do […]

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Tempe events:  Halau O Kekuh at ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage
April 24, 2018

Tempe events include Halau O Kehuh at ASU Gammage at 7 p.m.  on April 28, 2018. Led by Kumu hula Nalani Kanakaole and Huihui Kanahele-Mossman, Halau O Kekuh is celebrated for its mastery of the aihaa style of hula (dance) and oli (chant). The aihaa is a low-postured, vigorous, bombastic style of hula that is inspired by the eruptive volcano persona the Fire Goddess Pele and her sister Hiiaka, characteristic of Hawaiian creative forces. Halau O Kehuh is one of several performances in the ASU Gammage Beyond series which showcase internationally acclaimed artists from various cultures that go beyond the typical theater experience usually offered at ASU Gammage. To purchase tickets to Halau O Kehuh, 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. April 25: The Expo: Urban Arts and Hip-Hop Gathering ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center Plaza April 25: ASU Latin Jazz Night ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre April 26: ASU Symphony Orchestra & Choirs present Mahler Symphony No 1 ASU Gammage April 27: Valerie Bertinelli: Valerie’s Home Cooking Changing Hands Bookstore April 27: DL Hughley Tempe Improv Comedy Club April 27: Manic Monkeys Tempe Marketplace April 27-28: Movement Source Dance Company: “Alone, Together” Tempe Center for the Arts April 28: Halau O Kekuh ASU Gammage April 28: Beth Stelling Tempe Improv Comedy Club April 28:  Spar Afar Tempe Marketplace April 28: Chalk Art Festival Tempe Marketplace […]

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Summer Meeting Specials in Tempe, AZ

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center pool
April 19, 2018

Tempe, Arizona is an excellent choice for a summer meeting or conference. Located in the heart of metro Phoenix, Tempe is a fun-loving city known for great dining and nightlife options, Arizona State University, Broadway shows and other activities that event attendees can enjoy once the meeting day is through. Outside temperatures are warm in the summer, but planners will discover that many hotels and venues offer a great value with cost saving deals for meeting planners. Tempe is home to a variety of meeting venues that are perfect for groups of 10 to 500 attendees. And with more than 6,000 guestrooms, a dynamic downtown, Tempe Town Lake, Tempe Beach Park and a number of attractions, Tempe provides a variety of options for on-site and off-site meetings. Tempe is less than 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the Sky Train connects visitors to Downtown Tempe and Downtown Phoenix via Valley Metro Rail. Summer Meeting Specials The Tempe Tourism Office is offering the “Choose Tempe and Save $500.00” promotion this summer.   To qualify for this special offer, meeting planners must submit their RFP and book their business at a Tempe property by July 31, 2018. The planner can receive up $500.00 off their master bill if they book a minimum of 100 room nights and have a F&B cost of $5,000. Contact our Sales Team for more information at 1-800-283-6734. Contact the property sales team for more information about the following specials for meeting planners.  The AC Hotel by […]

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Why we love Morning Squeeze in Tempe

Morning Squeeze in Tempe
April 18, 2018

Breakfast is a major part of why I get up in the morning. It’s absolutely my favorite meal of the day. That’s why I couldn’t wait to try Morning Squeeze, the newest addition to Downtown Tempe’s breakfast scene, located at Mill Avenue and Seventh Street, just west of Zipp’s Sports Grill. What made breakfast even better is that my husband and I brought our dog, Zoey. Morning Squeeze prides themselves on their dog-friendly patio and they aren’t kidding. Zoey felt right at home on their spacious, sunny patio. If she could talk, she’d probably tell us that she’d like to move in and make it her new home.   Besides dining with my favorite canine friend, here are five things that I love about Tempe’s newest breakfast spot. The ambience – Combine bright, cheerful colors with retro modern furnishings and green plants hanging from macramé holders and you’ll have a feel for the interior of Morning Squeeze. It’s warm and inviting and just a bit quirky. The patio has lots of seating with bright orange chairs and a couple of tables for large groups. The menu options –I had a tough time deciding what to order from the Morning Squeeze menu since I could choose from omelets, lots of pancake and waffle options, French Toast, breakfast sandwiches and creative benedicts. They also have a few unexpected items – Breakfast Tacos, Cool Beans Rancheros, Protein Pancakes and the Belfer Fit Bowl with brown rice, quinoa, cilantro, scallions and egg whites. I […]

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Tempe events: THE COLOR PURPLE at ASU Gammage

The Color Purple at ASU Gammage
April 17, 2018

Tempe events include THE COLOR PURPLE at ASU Gammage, April 17-22, 2018. THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. Called “one of the greatest revivals ever” by New York Magazine, this stunning musical follows Celie, a young African-American woman and her journey to love and triumph in the American South. Over a span of 40 years she survives abuse and bigotry, finding love and companionship anywhere she can.   Celie perseveres through all of her trials, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. To purchase tickets to THE COLOR PURPLE, 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. April 17-22: THE COLOR PURPLE ASU Gammage April 19: Sir Sly Tempe Marketplace April 19-21: Rachel Feinstein Tempe Improv April 20: The Killer Vibes Tempe Marketplace April 20-22: Lyric Opera Theatre Presents: Legally Blonde The Musical ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre April 20-22: ASU School of Theatre, Dance and Film presents SpringDanceFest  ASU Galvin Playhouse April 21: 2008 Pat’s Run Sun Devil Stadium  April 21: Lakeshore Music presents Jeff Hamilton Trio  Tempe Center for the Arts April 21: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble The Marquee April 22: Ensemble de Saxophones du Conservatoire […]

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Tempe events: Disrupt FEST at Tempe Center for the Arts

Amy Lynn at Disrupt FEST
April 10, 2018

Tempe events include Disrupt FEST at the Tempe Center for the Arts, April 13-14, 2018. This two evening festival highlights provocative live theatre and music presented by unique artists who challenge preconceived concepts of the traditional performing arts. Disrupt FEST events schedule:  April 13 5:30 p.m.             EDGE 80/20 Lounge – Steff Koeppen –  FREE 7 p.m.                    The Bitter Game  8:30 p.m.            EDGE 80/20 Lounge- Good Boy Daisy – FREE  9 p.m.                  Captain Squeegee  April 14 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free Workshop with Keith A. Wallace, Co-creator, The Bitter Game 4 p.m.                  The Bitter Game 5:30 p.m.            EDGE 80/20 Lounge – Emily Grieve – FREE 6:15 p.m.            EDGE 80/20 Lounge – Ben Anderson – FREE 8 p.m.                 Amy Lynn & The Honey Men – A celebration of Janis Joplin Captain Squeegee, a seven-piece psychedelic indie-rock band formed in Mesa Arizona, blends progressive rock, jazz and theatrical music to create a sound that is experimental and complex. Amy Lynn & The Honey Men is a seven-piece machine that celebrates the music of the legendary Janis Joplin.  The band combines Amy Lynn’s unique flair of quirky, down-to-earth humor with the musicianship of The Honey Men’s team of bari sax, tenor sax, trumpet, keys, bass and drums. The Bitter Game: Created, written and performed by Keith A. […]

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Tempe events: Che Malambo at Tempe Center for the Arts

April 3, 2018

Tempe events include, Che Malambo, the powerhouse all-male dance company performing at  the Tempe Center for the Arts on April 7, 2018 at 8 p.m. Malambo began in 17th century Argentina as a dueling display of agility, strength, dexterity and zapateo – the fast paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. Malambo is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song that is at the heart of the gaucho (South American cowboy) tradition and is now thrilling audiences around the world with this new production created by renowned choreographer Gilles Brinas. The Paris-based Brinas learned about Malambo while researching traditional dances. He traveled to the Pampas region of Argentina to engage with the gaucho and further his exploration of their traditions. Inspired by the dance and the talent of its exponents, Brinas created Che Malambo in order to share this powerful, passionate form with international audiences. Razor sharp precision footwork, rhythmic stomping and pounding drums are at the heart of the South American gaucho tradition in this thrilling spectacle of music and dance. With their whirling boleadoras (stones attached to lassoes), the fiery Malambo performers will burst onto the Tempe Center for the Arts. 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. .April 5: Jeff Ross Tempe Improv  April 5: Roars & Pours Phoenix […]

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Group Tours and Team Bonding in Tempe, AZ

March 29, 2018

Planning a meeting in Tempe and want to know what your group can do for a fun team bonding experience? From food and brewery tours to outdoor adventures, we can help you arrange a memorable group outing that will leave your attendees wowed. Contact our sales staff at 480-894-8158 and we can help you start planning today. Take an Arizona Food Tours in Tempe. Enjoy a three-hour walking tour of Downtown Tempe where guests can sample some dishes at a few of our favorite restaurants. The tour is appropriately called “Taste of Tempe”. Zach, the greatest tour guide you’ll ever have, not only leads you around but he also gives you a history of the restaurants you’re visiting, as well as an overview of the city including places see and things to do. The tour includes one alcoholic beverage and they cater to any food or dietary restrictions. Join Across Arizona Tours for exciting guided one-day van tour of: Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Tour; Sedona, Jerome and Montezuma Castle Tour; Sedona Red Rocks and Wine Country Tour; Phoenix, Scottsdale and Heard Museum Tour; Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour. Guests enjoy deluxe vehicles with large tinted windows and speaker systems. Their guides are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun. They also conduct custom tours for any size group throughout Arizona. Arizona Outdoor Fun has the largest fleet of ATVs and UTVs in the state and YOU are the driver in this adventure, which combines the thrill of off-roading with […]

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Spotlight on Ralph Remington & Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
March 28, 2018

Meet Ralph Remington, Producing & Artistic Director for the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) and Deputy Director for Arts and Culture for the City of Tempe.  Ralph’s a man whose passion for the arts was born when he played the Cowardly Lion in his third grade’s production of The Wizard of Oz. That passion never diminished and has taken him on a journey throughout the country working in and for the arts. Ralph’s the consummate multitasker whose 30 plus years of experience has included writing, producing, directing and acting in professional theatre. He founded the Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis where he also served on the city council.  In Washington D.C., he was the music and theatre director for the National Endowment for the Arts. Ralph’s background makes him well-prepared for the multiple tasks he handles for the TCA and the City of Tempe.  Ralph recognizes the TCA as a venue that offers diverse audiences a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. He loves working with his staff to produce exciting programs that will attract diverse audiences. He also loves engaging with the audiences and observing how they respond to the TCA’s programs and performances. We’re happy that Ralph’s journey in the arts, which began in the third grade, led him to Tempe where he brings his own creative wizardry to Tempe Center for the Arts. Tempe Center for the Arts is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281. Hours are: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday and  Sunday […]

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Tempe events: Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra at TCA

Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra at TCA
March 27, 2018

Tempe events feature New York City-based Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra (WSO), performing its innovative and modern sound at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on March 30 at 7:30 p.m. The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is an 11-piece salsa group that plays dynamic, dura arrangements of indie rock tunes. Their set list includes songs by Arcade Fire, TV On The Radio, Spoon, M83, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Black Keys and many more. The WSO has taken the typical salsa form and infused it with a completely modern identity. Its explosive arrangements have established the band as a groundbreaking force in the New York underground, and has led to international acclaim for its completely new approach to the genre. With the attitude of a rock band, the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is redefining traditional salsa for a new generation and audiences around the globe. Led by percussionist/arranger Gianni Mano (from the Latin-funk legends Radio Mundial), and fronted by Argentinian vocalist Solange Prat, the WSO has found an audience among new and classic salsa lovers, quickly becoming one of the most popular bands in New York City. If you love to salsa dance or want to learn, a free dance lesson will be offered before the show from 6-6:30 p.m. in the main TCA lobby. To purchase Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra tickets, visit, or call the TCA box office, (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) […]

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