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Tempe events: Gina Brillon at Tempe Improv

July 25, 2017

Tempe events include comedian and writer Gina Brillon performing at the Tempe Improv Comedy Club, July 27-29.  Gina has been a standup comic since she was 17 years old. She’s made appearances on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” AXS’ “Gotham Comedy Live” and “The View.” She’s the first (and only) Latina winner of NBC’s “2012 Stand up for Diversity Showcase.” Gina is also an accomplished singer, published writer and poet. Her works have appeared in the New York Post and Daily News and other publications. For more information on her appearance at the Tempe Improv Comedy Club, visit http://tempeimprov.com/enhancedCalendar.cfm 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 25: UB40 Legends The Marquee July 26: John Hughes Movie Series: Planes, Trains & Automobiles Graduate Tempe July 26-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater July 27: Summer Splash Thursdays: Frozen Fiesta (Anna & Elsa) Tempe Marketplace July 27-29: Gina Brillon Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre July 27-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden July 28: Pyrotechnica Tempe Marketplace District Stage July 29: Lane Change Tempe Marketplace District Stage July 29-December 30: Creative Saturdays at the ASU Art Museum ASU Art Museum July 30: Shapel Lacey Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre July 31: Off the Cuff Comedy Show Changing Hands Bookstore Read our blog for information on fun and interesting summer programs for kids taking place at Tempe museums […]

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Phoenix Rising FC Rises in the Desert

Phoenix Rising FC in Arizona
July 24, 2017

Much like the team name itself, the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, rose from the desert landscape quickly and majestically in a span of just 53 days. With it, rose the hopes and aspirations of many of the valley’s long suffering soccer fans desperate for a professional club for which to support. Club Governor and owner Berke Bakay assembled an eclectic and powerful ownership group consisting of world famous DJ, Diplo, Fall Out Boy Bassist, Pete Wentz, MLB Player, Brandon McCarthy and other local Phoenix titans of industry to buy the USL (division II soccer) club Arizona United Soccer Club and completely remake the club into a viable expansion option for soccer’s highest professional league in the U.S., Major League Soccer (MLS). Bakay was tasked with the almost impossible task of finding the club a new home to play in and a buzz big enough to attract MLS attention as it strives to be one of the MLS newest 4 expansion cities in an already hotly contested expansion process which includes 11 other U.S cities. After the building rights were secured for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community land located just off Curry Rd. on the intersection of the 101 and 202 freeways, construction on the 6,200 seat Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex began. The complex is located in south Scottsdale, just north of the Tempe border. The club changed names to Phoenix Rising FC, attracted world renowned players in Omar Bravo and Shaun Wright-Phillips, and began playing in front of enthusiastic […]

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Poke is the new food wave to hit Tempe

Poke Wave Tempe
July 19, 2017

Do the hokey POKE and turn yourself around because Tempe is what it’s all about! If you didn’t catch the reference, then I will let you in on a little secret: Poke is popular food trend hitting the Valley and Tempe is at the forefront. Poke, meaning to slice or cut, is a Hawaiian staple made with fresh seafood and ingredients. Typically poke restaurants will be set in an assembly line style (think Chipotle) with all of your options laid out in front of you. You first decide on your base, then you move on to your protein and toppings. Each location has their own selection of ingredients to choose from so it’s up to you to make the perfect poke. (In my experience, poke bowls typically run around $10-$13 depending on the amount of protein and extra toppings). Tempe has seen in influx of Poke restaurants opening in various parts of the city. Below is a list of Tempe’s Poke restaurants. Ahipoki Bowl 1015 S. Rural Road Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 248-9834 Ahipoki Bowl, located in the new complex near ASU Tempe campus, was my first stop. First, I had the option between white or brown rice, mixed greens or half and half. I dove in feet first and went with three protein selections. I selected shrimp, scallops and octopus on half brown and half white rice. I topped it off with the house sauce and then added my toppings of green onion, edamame, crab meat and avocado. My favorite […]

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Tempe events: Enjoy live music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
July 18, 2017

Tempe events include live music at the Tempe Marketplace District Stage with Frosty & The Silver Tones on July 21st and the 74th Street Band on July 22nd.  Frosty & The Silvertones perform rockabilly, rock-n-roll, blues, swing and other styles. The 74th Street Band is a classic and southern rock band that plays a mix of music from the 60s to present day hits. Whether you’re looking forward to a fun date night or family night out, you can’t go wrong including music at Tempe Marketplace in your plans. It’s a treat to be outside under the cooling misters enjoying music performed by both local and nationally known bands and musicians. And it’s free! The District Stage is located in front of Dave & Busters. You can also enjoy music on the patio of one of the restaurants located close by. For more information on live music at Tempe Marketplace, visit  http://www.tempemarketplace.com/events/. 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: Digitour: Goodtimes The Marquee July 19: Class Clowns Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre July 19: John Hughes Movie Series: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Graduate Tempe July 19-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater July 20: Blackberry Smoke The Marquee July 20: Summer Splash Thursdays:  Royal Fiesta (Elena of Avalor) Tempe Marketplace District Stage July 20-22: Bobby Lee Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre July 20-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight […]

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Hot Deals for Summer Meetings

July 13, 2017

Arizona is known for sizzling summer days.  Stay cool this summer with some great offers from our local partners.  Don’t miss out – book a meeting in Tempe by September 15, 2017 and take advantage of some amazing deals!  Already finalized your 2017 planning? Contact our team today and learn the best time of year to plan a cost-effective event in Arizona. Arizona Outdoor Fun & Adventures 15% off Adventure Tours Book your group’s summer desert adventure with Arizona Outdoor Fun and receive 15% off the price of their private two or three-hour guided tours. Call 480-622-1289 for more information and reference the Sizzling Summer Promo to receive the discount. Tempe at the Buttes has 3 group sales specials right now for meetings.  Contact them at 602-225-9000 to see which one is right for you. Say YES to “No” – “NO” Standard Points – Earn DOUBLE Marriott Points Your Destination For Inspiration Select One (1) Complimentary Creative Culinary Team Building Event Make The Season Sparkle Complimentary Dessert Display 75 max count, Chef’s Choice Tempe Mission Palms Summer Sale – more details available by calling (480) 894-1400 today. Don’t miss this awesome deal! Pick 3 Package Pick any 3 specials for your group, including discounts on AV, F&B, comp rooms and more! The Graduate Tempe Summer Special available by calling today at (480) 967-9431 and save when planning your next event. 20/20 Special Enjoy this hot spot for both lodging and culinary delights! 20% off group rates and 20% off F&B, […]

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Tempe events: 3-D Astronomy Shows are a trip into space  

Marston Exploration Theater
July 11, 2017

Tempe events include 3D Astronomy Shows at ASU Marston Exploration Theater.  Take a break from the heat and take a trip into space at 3-D Astronomy shows at ASU. Although space tours are still a thing of the future, you can experience a thrilling simulated trip into space right now here in Tempe, Arizona. The Marston Exploration Theater is somewhat reminiscent of an IMAX theater with amphitheater seating and 3-D images projected onto a huge screen at the front. The 3-D effect is excellent and so realistic, you’ll feel like you can reach out and touch the stars, planets and asteroids. There are four shows to choose from; each lasts 60 minutes. To the Edge of the Universe and Everything in Between The Search: Exploring Unknown Worlds Gathering Light: 25 years of discovery from the Hubble Space Telescope The Secret Life of Stars The Marston Exploration Theater is located on the ASU Tempe campus, in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV. For show information, dates, times and admission, visit https://sese.asu.edu/public-engagement/3-d-astronomy. 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 12: Ryan Davis Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre July 12: John Hughes Movie Series: Weird Science Graduate Tempe July 12-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater July 13: Summer Splash Thursdays: Super Hero Sensation (Spider Man & Iron Man) Tempe Marketplace District Stage July 13-15: EDGE happy hour Tempe […]

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Enjoy more than just drinks at these Tempe bars

Culinary Dropout Tempe
July 11, 2017

It’s time to call yourself an Uber and make your way down to Tempe for some of the most outrageous, fun bars you have yet to experience. From local breweries to entertainment venues, we have you covered with this list of top notch night life destinations and some of the most fun Tempe bars. Main Event Tempe 8545 S. Emerald Ave. Tempe, AZ 85284 (480) 753-1200 Experience something other than a typical night out and head over to Tempe’s biggest indoor entertainment venue. Bowl a perfect game on state-of-the-art bowling lanes, enjoy billiards tables and an in-door laser tag course. Defy gravity on the  gravity high ropes course, which is suspended above more than 100 virtual and interactive games. When you get hungry, enjoy attractive dining options and full-service premium bars. There is no doubt you will have a great time. Dave & Buster’s 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 281-8456 Eat, drink and play at Tempe’s very own big kid’s playground, Dave & Busters, which is located in Tempe Marketplace. Try one of the new drinks from their in house mixologist at their premium bar while kicking some butt at old school arcade games such as Pop-A-Shot, Pac-Man and skee ball. Whoever said arcade games were just for kids, obviously has not experienced a night at Dave & Busters with a cocktail, or two. They have some pretty good food too. Relax and enjoy Chargrilled Atlantic Salmon or a Classic Philly Cheesesteak. Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe 149 […]

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Tempe events: 2017July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
June 27, 2017

Tempe events include the 2017 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, Mexican food by Macayo’s Depot Cantina, frosty treats, lemonade and lots of cold bottled water for sale at the food court. Relax with a cool one at the Budweiser Beer Gardens See the awe-inspiring fireworks show set to patriotic and classical music. This colorful fireworks display over Tempe Town Lake reflects dramatically against the sky and the water. For event details, ticket prices and ticket outlets, visit www.tempe4th.com. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. June 27: Everclear The Marquee June 28-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater June 29: Summer Splash Thursdays: (Tinker Bell & Peter Pan) Tempe Marketplace District Stage June 29: Marci Cagen: How to Meditate Using Guided Imagery Changing Hands Bookstore June 29-July 2: Drew Lynch Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre June 29-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden June 30: Local Showcase The Marquee. June 30: Ahmad Daniels, M.Ed.: From Queens […]

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Aquariums in the desert

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium
June 26, 2017

If you’re an ocean life and/or water creature lover, you’re in luck. Tempe and the Phoenix Metro Valley offers a close-up look into aquamarine life right here in the desert. There are three amazing aquariums to choose from to explore the wonders of the water. Perfect for families and entertaining kids for hours, these are great spots to check out for year-round fun, and especially in hot summer months for the great A/C! OdySea Aquarium 9500 E. Via De Ventura, Ste. A-100, Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 291-8000 Hours: M-W 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Th-Sat 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. With over 50 exhibits and 500 different species, there are more than 30,000 animals that call OdySea Aquarium home.  This state-of-the-art facility offers a Living Sea Carousel, a ride which takes guests through the Open Ocean, Sea Turtle, Sea Lion/Seal and Shark exhibits. OdySea Aquarium tickets include access to all OdySea exhibits, galleries and the movie featuring Underwater Giants.  You may exit and re-enter the aquarium throughout the day to enjoy the restaurants, shops and entertainment at OdySea in the Desert. OdySea Aquarium offers combo tickets with nearby attractions – Butterfly Wonderland and Mirror & Laser Maze. Tickets: Adult (18-61) $34.95 Senior (62+) $32.95 w/ID card Student (13-17) $29.95 (or w/college ID) Child (3-12) $24.95 Children under 2 are FREE Wildlife World Zoo Aquarium & Safari Park 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 (623) 935-9453 Zoo exhibits hours – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. […]

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Tempe museums offer cool programs for kids this summer

June 22, 2017

Keeping the kids occupied during their summer breaks, can be a challenge. However, the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) , ASU Art Museum and Halle Heart Children’s Museum are offering some very cool programs that will keep them busy and entertained.  These workshops are a sure way to beat the summer doldrums and have fun making something beautiful to take home. Many are free.  For more things to do in Tempe this summer, visit https://www.tempetourism.com/summer/. Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts is offering a bunch of cool workshops related to the current exhibition Biomimicry: nature inspired design. Biomimicry is an exciting field that seeks to emulate nature in creating sustainable solutions to human problems. Two examples of biomimicry include Velcro (inspired by plant burr hooks) and solar cells (inspired by photosynthesizing plants). The exhibit will be on display through August 26, 2017. Family Arts & Sciences Workshops, Saturdays, 12-2 p.m.  June 24 – Biomimicry Trading Cards – New Inventions with TCA staff Join the TCA team to learn about famous examples of biomimicry while creating trading card art about your own nature-inspired inventions! July 8 – Sonoran Wildlife- Clay Creatures with Halldor Hjalmarson Hjalmarson is a well known ceramics artist with a long-time interest in local wildlife. Meet the artist and use his hand-made molds with a traditional “sprigging technique” to create your   own clay creature. July 15 – Sustainability with ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability Can you create a sustainable future city? Join ASU’s […]

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