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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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Tempe events: Family Day at the ASU Art Museum

ASU Art Museum Family Day
July 10, 2018

Tempe events feature Family Art Day at the ASU Art Museum, July 14, 2018, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. You can while away a summer day creating, learning and playing in the cool interiors of the ASU Art Museum. Throughout the day, stations will be set up in the ASU Art Museum galleries for children and families — or anyone else interested in art-making. Activities revolve around current exhibitions and many are led by local artists. Miguel Cardona, Rachel Goodwin and Estrella Payton will be on hand at this Family Day. You’ll also get a sneak peek at the upcoming exhibition, Indwelling. Artist Yuri Kobayashi will also work on her installation in the galleries. Family Art Day admission 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. July 11-15: Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents: 42nd Street Tempe Center for the Arts July 12: Darren Fleet Tempe Improv Comedy Club July 13: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Ernie Green and Funny Friends Tempe Center for the Arts July 13: Inside My Father’s Head – Drawing the Human Brain Tempe Center for the Arts July 13: Uptown Funk The Marquee July 13: The Killer Vibes Tempe Marketplace July 13-14: Whitney Cummings Tempe Improv Comedy Club July 14: Family Day ASU Art Museum July 14: Winter in July Phoenix Zoo July 14: Sonoran Swing Tempe Marketplace July 14: Sophisticated Ignorance: A Musical Comedy Tempe Center for the Arts […]

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Tempe events: 2018 July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
July 3, 2018

Tempe events include the 2018 July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival at Tempe Beach Park, a jam–packed celebration that features the best fireworks show in Metro Phoenix. Gates open at 5 p.m. Enjoy fun events throughout the evening. Watch local bands perform on the Main Stage. Check out the Family Fun Fest with a free inflatable village, rides and a rock climbing wall. Visit the Food Court and feast on July 4th food favorites such as burgers, hot dogs, BBQ, roasted corn, fry bread, frosty treats, lemonade and lots of cold bottled water for sale at the food court. Enjoy some cool liquid refreshment at the Budweiser and Tito’s Handmade Vodka beverage gardens. See the awe-inspiring Kiwanis Club of Tempe 67th Annual Fireworks Spectacular set to patriotic and classical music. This colorful fireworks display over Tempe Town Lake reflects dramatically against the sky and the water. For all the details and to purchase tickets, visit www.tempe4th.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. July 4: July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival Tempe Beach Park July 4: July 4th Celebration at the TCA Tempe Center for the Arts July 4: 4th of Zooly Phoenix Zoo July 5-8: Rick Gutierrez Tempe Improv Comedy Club July 6: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Class Clowns Tempe Center for the Arts July 6: Miss D’meaner & the Felonies July 6-15: Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents: 42nd Street […]

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Why we’re stoked about summer in Tempe

Summer Fun Big Surf
June 27, 2018

You might be wary of Arizona’s toasty temperatures during the summer. But you can rest assured that Tempe is open for business with lots of cool fun in the sun and money-saving deals all season long. Dare we say that you will perspire? Yeah, you definitely will. But, keep in mind that 100 degrees feels much more comfortable in our dry climate than in places with high humidity. We’re looking at you, Atlanta. Also, in Arizona, you’re never far away from one of mankind’s best inventions, air conditioning. Here are a few of the things we love about summer in Tempe: Lower Hotel Rates Our hotels offer terrific summer rates, which means you’ll save a bunch of dough on accommodations. Included in your rate is unlimited free access to the hotel pool, where you can spend a lot of time just chill-axing. Learn more about Tempe’s cool, comfortable and inviting accommodations. Magical Misters Misters are magical inventions that provide a cool refreshing mist anywhere people like to congregate outside. It’s like air conditioning for the outdoors. They work wonders in dry heat. Misters cool down your walk between stores at Tempe Marketplace. They make dining on restaurant patios pleasant, especially in the evening. You can chill on a mister-cooled patio, enjoying friends, food, a cool cocktail and, in many instances, fun games like corn hole and ping pong. Check out our blog to learn more about Tempe’s restaurants with patios. Get Outside Even when temperatures are in the triple digits, […]

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Tempe events: Umbrella POP at Tempe Marketplace

Umbrella POP installation at Tempe Marketplace 300x200
June 26, 2018

Tempe events feature Umbrella POP at Tempe Marketplace from June 28-July 31, 2018. This lovely art installation is as practical as it is beautiful, providing shady relief from the summer sun as you walk through The District. The colorful canopy of umbrellas is hoisted high above the walkways is an art display and engineering feat of creativity and craftsmanship. Tempe Marketplace is always a fun and an inviting place to gather with friends for shopping, dining and on Saturday evenings, enjoying live music.  Umbrella POP is one more good reason to spend some time at Tempe Marketplace. 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. June 29: Henry Thompson and SWELL Tempe Marketplace June 30: Shari Rowe Band Tempe Marketplace June 28: Farruko and Lary Over The Marquee June 29-July 31: Umbrella POP Tempe Marketplace June 29-July 1: Jermaine Fowler Tempe Improv Comedy Club June 30: WBFF Arizona Fitness & Fashion Spectacular Tempe Center for the Arts June 30: Family Art Workshop: Word Art with Chris Jagmin Tempe Center for the Arts June 29-30: Local Band Showcase The Marquee Through September 1: Flashlight Tours Tempe Center for the Arts  

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