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Tempe events: What Moves You at Tempe Center for the Arts

Lil Buck
November 7, 2017

Tempe events include What Moves You featuring Lil Buck and Mihai Marica with special guest Jon Boogz at Tempe Center for the Arts on November 11. Known for his fluid, twisting and jaw-dropping angular moves, Lil Buck will join cellist Mihai Marica and special guest movement artist Jon Boogz to challenge the boundaries of what their respective instruments—the body and the cello—can do. Charles “Lil Buck” Riley brought international attention to the street dance Memphis jookin’ in 2011 when a video of his improvised performance with cellist Yo-Yo Ma went viral on YouTube, resulting in Ma declaring him a “genius.” Since then Lil Buck, who is trained in both ballet and hip-hop, has performed with Madonna, New York City Ballet and Cirque du Soleil. What Moves You is an intimate collaboration between Lil Buck and Mihai Marica, one of today’s youngest and most accomplished classical cellists.  Their interactive performance reveals the intricacy and immediacy of the creative process between movement and music. From J.S. Bach to the contemporary sounds of living composers, the duo will demonstrate what it means when Lil Buck says, “I see sounds everywhere.” Jon Boogz is a movement artist, choreographer, and director known for his edgy contemporary work. He has choreographed for notable icons including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Naomi Campbell and Gloria Estefan and was creative consultant for ads for Apple and Lexus. Romanian born cellist Mihai Marica has performed at the Chamber Music Northwest and Norfolk and Aspen music festivals. He has also performed with orchestras […]

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Spend the Holiday Season in Tempe, Arizona

November 6, 2017

In my opinion, Tempe, Arizona is one of the best spots to get in the holiday spirit. It’s not a snowy winter wonderland, but there are all kinds of fun festive events. Below are just a few suggestions for holiday events in Tempe, but there are lots more to check out on the Tempe Tourism events page. Whether you are looking for a fun date night idea, or fun for the whole family, spending the holiday season in Tempe offers endless possibilities. Arizona Mills 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe AZ 85282 (480) 491-9700 Bring your children to Arizona Mills for photos with Santa. He’ll be at the mall near the food court through December 24. Arizona Mills is a great place to find something for everyone on your list with more than a mile of outlet stores, retailers and entertainment venues. Other holiday fun includes: Pet Photos with Santa –  November 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. Story time, cookies and milk with Mrs. Claus – December 1 |  4-6 p.m. Caring Santa is coming to Arizona Mills for children with special needs – December 3 | 9-11 a.m. Reserve your spot for a private photo experience. Pet Photos with Santa –  December 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. Downtown Tempe Located between College Ave. and Farmer Ave., University Dr. and Tempe Town Lake, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-6060 Downtown Tempe is the heart of this college town so it’s no wonder that there are tons of restaurants, bars, gift shops, specialty stores and […]

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Tempe events: SOMETHING ROTTEN comes to ASU Gammage

something rotten at asu gammage
October 31, 2017

Tempe events include SOMETHING ROTTEN! at ASU Gammage, October 31-November 5. Set in the 1590s – this hilarious smash hit tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony® nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare (Tony® nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local fortune teller predicts that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. For more information and to purchase tickets to SOMETHING ROTTEN!, 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. October 31-November 5: SOMETHING ROTTEN! ASU Gammage November 1: Hoodie Allen The Marquee November 2: Borns Tempe Marketplace November 3: The Faultlines Tempe Marketplace November 3: Children of Bodom The Marquee November 3-5: Vir Das Tempe Improv November 4: UTSAV – A Bollywood Dance Production Tempe Center for the Arts November 4: 12th Annual Navajo Rug and American Indian Art Auction Pueblo Grande Museum  November 4: ASU Football: ASU vs. Colorado Sun Devil Stadium November 4: Hello Swindon Tempe Marketplace November 4-5: 15th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration Desert Botanical Garden November 4-12: Childsplay presents Tomás and the Library Lady Tempe Center for the Arts  November 5-April 22: 6th Street Market 24 E. 6th St. November 6: […]

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Tempe celebrates equality and diversity

ASU Art Museum in Tempe
October 20, 2017

All cities have a sign welcoming their visitors and residents to the town. Tempe’s sign on Mill Avenue takes it one step further as it states, “Welcome! Our city is an inclusive community.” Tempe has always been an open, inviting and welcoming community. Our city has a rich history of diversity of people and cultures. We celebrate that diversity in our events and festivals, such as the Arizona Dragon Boat Races and Tempe Tardeada. Tempe’s own Arizona State University, one of America’s largest universities, has more than 60 different nations represented in the student body, faculty and staff and has some of the most progressive inclusion policies in the country. Tempe’s appreciation of diversity is reflected in City policies and the Tempe Tourism Office has endeavored to reach out to our visitors from across the country and across the globe, including the LGBTQ community and travelers with disabilities. As part of its progressive vision, the City of Tempe has offered benefits for Domestic Partners of City employees since 1999. In 2014, Tempe further strengthened its stand on non-discrimination with four major milestones: The Tempe City Council unanimously approved an anti-discrimination ordinance that makes in unlawful to discriminate against residents and visitors on the basis of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, U.S. Military veteran status, race, color, national origin, age, religion, and disability. The city ordinance bans discrimination in housing, employment and accommodations at restaurants and hotels. Tempe voters unanimously approved (with more than 68 percent approval) an amendment to the […]

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Spotlight on: Jeff and Leah Huss of Huss Brewing Company

Huss Family of Beers
October 19, 2017

With a shared passion for craft beers and combined 25 years of experience in both the business and brewing sides of the craft beer industry, Jeff and Leah Huss are a match made in hop heaven. The husband and wife team own and operate Huss Brewing Company. Leah, who was owner and manager of Papago Brewing Company for 14 years, takes care of the operations. Jeff, a graduate of the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology, oversees the brewing. In 2016, Huss Brewing Company bought Papago Brewing Company making it one of the largest microbreweries in Arizona. Their growing selection of craft beers include the popular Papago varieties Scottsdale Blonde and Orange Blossom, the cleverly named Husstler series and their newest brew, an IPA named Copper State. You can enjoy these and other year-round and seasonal beers at Huss Brewing Company’s two locations: The Huss Tempe Taproom is a cozy little neighborhood place offering 24 beers on tap. It’s located in a business complex at 1520 Mineral Road, Suite 102. Hours are Monday-Thursday 3 p.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 3-10 p.m.; Saturday noon-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m. Their Uptown Phoenix Taproom is larger and serves small bites along with locally crafted beers. It’s located in Phoenix in the Uptown Shopping Center at 100 E. Camelback Road, Suite 160. Hours are Monday – Thursday 3 p.m. to at least 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday noon to at least 10 p.m.; Sunday noon to at least 8 p.m.        

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Discover Tempe, AZ – on us!

AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown
October 18, 2017

Our goal at the Tempe Tourism Office is to save you time and money when you are planning your next event. How can we accomplish that? We’ve developed a new Tempe Destination Experience program, designed specifically for meeting and event planners. You have many options of where to host your next program and we’ve created a better way for planners to explore Tempe. Forget what you know about FAMs and site inspections. Our Tempe Destination Experience program is focused on your individual needs, allowing you to confidently make decisions about where to host future events. Key program highlights: Flexible date options Flight reimbursement complimentary accommodations Customized itineraries Partnering with area CVBs Free time to experience the destination You can select convenient dates for a visit to our sunny city. You may choose to visit during Cactus League Spring Training, the Tempe Festival of the Arts, Ironman Arizona, or several other exciting events held annually in Tempe. Our team will customize a personal itinerary with tours of local properties and venues that will make your next meeting a success. We partner with Arizona CVBs including Visit Phoenix, Experience Scottsdale, Visit Mesa and more to ensure you see all the properties being considered during your trip. With an efficient itinerary, you will now have time to experience our city like your guests will. Visit our website and fill out the online form to start your Tempe Destination Experience game plan. Or, contact our group sales team directly. We’ll look forward to seeing […]

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Tempe Art Exhibitions

ASU Art Museum
October 17, 2017

If you enjoy the visual arts, you’ll want to browse Tempe’s art museums and galleries. From paintings, to sculpture, ceramics to photography and film, Tempe offers a range of exhibitions in beautiful spaces, both inside and outdoors. The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, is recognized for its cutting edge exhibits and innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational and relevant to life today. A visit to the ASU Art Museum, at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, and the Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery, located at 7th Street and Mill Avenue, is always an energizing experience. The Gallery at the TCA is located in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts. Rotating exhibitions by local and nationally known artists and a variety of visual arts workshops and events have made The Gallery at the TCA a favorite of locals and visitors to Tempe. The Grotto Gallery is managed by the Arizona Artisans Collective, a professional fellowship of Arizona Makers & Artisans. Tempe History Museum highlights Tempe history through collections, research services, exhibits and programs that captivate and connect with audiences throughout the community and beyond. Desert Botanical Garden is known for its lovely setting and paths lined with thousands of plants from arid climates throughout the world. However, you’ll also find exciting works of art sprinkled throughout the Garden Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation is one of the nation’s largest non-profit zoos, dedicated  to conservation and inspiring […]

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Tempe events: The 6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe

6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe
October 17, 2017

Tempe events include the 6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe on October 22.  Now that there’s a hint of fall in the air, we’re looking forward to browsing our local outdoor markets. One of our favorites is the 6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe, which returns every Sunday, October 22, 2017-April 22, 2018, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The market blends 30+ local artisans, live music, interactive art projects, community yoga, food vendors and more. Parking is plentiful and free at on-street meters and in the City Hall Garage. 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.  October 18: KMFDM The Marquee  October 18: Burr, Hamilton and the Drama of America’s Founding ASU Gammage October 19: A Day to Remember The Marquee October 19-22: ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre presents The Nether Lyceum Theatre October 20: Ratio Tempe Marketplace October 20-22: Darrell Hammond Tempe Improv October 20-22: Lost Lake Festival Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix October 21: Inaugural Halloween Masquerade Ball at F.A.B.R.I.C. F.A.B.R.I.C  October 21: Wide Awake Tempe Marketplace October 21-November 12: Childsplay presents Tomás and the Library Lady Tempe Center for the Arts October 21-December 17: Creative Saturdays ASU Art Museum  October 22: IRONMAN 70.3 Arizona Tempe Beach Park October 22-April 22: 6th Street Market 24 E. 6th St.            

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Top 5 Tempe Breakfast Spots

October 13, 2017

Ok, I lied, this is a list of the top 9 breakfast spot in Tempe. My list started with just five, but Tempe has added a few out-of-this-world breakfast spots that just HAD to be added – so here my improved list. Trust me – you won’t be disappointed is trying any of these delicious breakfast restaurants! 1. Snooze | 615 S. College Ave. #103, Tempe, AZ 85281 Great food and a trendy atmosphere makes this place a treat every time. At Snooze, guests are tempted by from-scratch menu items such as a choose-your-own flight of fluffy pancakes or house-made breakfast pot pie smothered in rosemary sausage gravy. Snooze is located on College Ave. and 6th St. in downtown Tempe, just steps from ASU. 2. NCounter | 310 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 This spot, located in downtown Tempe off of Mill Ave. and 3rd St., offers a fun casual atmosphere and of course has great food. My favorite, so far, is the Farmer’s Choice egg sandwich. I also love the Morning Glory omelette. And I definitely would recommend their chai tea lattes…delish! 3. Matt’s Big Breakfast | 400 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 As the name suggests, plan to walk out with a full happy tummy when dining at Matt’s Big Breakfast. Offering a simple hearty menu, it’s makes for easy pickings for breakfast, brunch or lunch. You can never go wrong with an omelet here or the made-from-scratch griddlecakes. Matt’s is located on the south side of Tempe Town Lake off  […]

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Celebrating Halloween in Tempe

October 11, 2017

October is now in full swing, which means that it’s about that time of year to make plans for Halloween! If Halloween is quickly creeping up on you, and you just don’t know what to do, check out these awesome events in Tempe, AZ. Whether you are looking for a fun activity for the kids, an event for the grown-ups, or something for the whole family, everyone will be sure to have a spooky good time in Tempe. Arizona SEA LIFE Spooktacular – Saturdays and Sundays, October 1-31, 2017 SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium – Arizona Mills, 5000 S Arizona Mills Cir #145, Tempe, AZ 85282 SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium at Arizona Mills is a place for the whole family this spooky season. SEA LIFE will be decorated for Halloween and will host costume contests (Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.), underwater pumpkin carvings (Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.)and a Haunted Seas talk in the theater. All activities are included in the price of admission. Inaugural Halloween Masquerade Ball at F.A.B.R.I.C. –  October 21, 2017 F.A.B.R.I.C., 132 E. 6th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281 Celebrate Halloween in style at the Inaugural Halloween Masquerade Ball benefiting the Arizona Apparel Association.  The fabulous festivities include a block party, costume contest and prizes, DJ and dancing, hors d’oeuvres, roaming zombies, a Halloween fashion show, fashion vendors,  food trucks and more to help celebrate the one-year anniversary of Arizona Apparel Foundation and F.A.B.R.I.C. Brick or Treat – Saturdays and Sundays, October 21-28, 2017 LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona 5000 S. Arizona […]

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