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Tempe events: Tempe Center for the Arts 10th Anniversary

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 5, 2017

  Tempe events feature Tempe Center for the Arts 10th Anniversary on September 8-9. Known for its iconic architecture and stunning aesthetic detail, Tempe Center for the Arts has hosted hundreds of performances, events and exhibitions enjoyed by audiences and visitors from around the world. On September 8, 2017, the TCA 10th Anniversary Celebration presented by Northern Trust, will feature a performance by “American Idol” winner and Arizona native, Jordin Sparks. VIP ticket options include premium seating, a pre-concert reception and a post-show meet and greet. Guests will also be treated to a preview of the Gallery at TCA’s new exhibition, Tempe Xhibition. Festivities will continue on September 9 with Too Marvelous for Words: The Story of Nat “King” Cole starring Keith David and the public opening reception of Tempe Xhibition (September 8-January 6), a showcase of artists and creatives who have given Tempe its smart, creative, funky and innovative vibe. For more information and to purchase tickets to the TCA 10 Year Anniversary Celebration,  visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website. 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.   September 5-10: FUN HOME ASU Gammage September 6-8: Chris D’Elia Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 6-September 16: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater September 7 & 9: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts September 8-9: TCA 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Tempe Center for the Arts […]

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Arizona’s most iconic lakes are right in Tempe’s backyard!

Boating at Tempe Town Lake
August 30, 2017

There is nothing that captivates me more than a majestic sunset reflecting off the water of one of the many lakes Arizona has to offer. It just so happens that Tempe has some of the most iconic lakes right in its backyard! Check out these lakes that are in close proximity to Tempe. Located between Rio Salado and Loop 202 Highway lies Tempe’s very own “desert oasis”, Tempe Town Lake. Known for hosting everything from 5K community walks to large-scale triathlons, concerts and festivals, Tempe Town Lake is a hub for activities all year round. You can also go boating, rowing, or fishing on the 2-mile wide lake or hit the pavement and take a walk or a jog along the 5-mile path surrounding the lake. Check out our blog for more fun things to do at Tempe Town Lake. Kiwanis Lake is nestled in the middle of Kiwanis Park on Mill Avenue just south of Baseline Road. Boat Rentals of America has a location here where you can rent single or double kayaks, pedal boats or bikes at the north end of the lake on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you would rather stay dry on land, while still taking in the surroundings, you can use one of the many lakeside ramadas that make for an ideal setting for small gatherings. Saguaro Lake sits at the heart of the Tonto National Forest, roughly 45 minutes from Tempe, making it the closest lake outside of the Tempe area. As you […]

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Tempe events: ASU Football – ASU vs. New Mexico State

ASU Football
August 29, 2017

Tempe events include ASU vs. New Mexico State in the Sun Devil’s first game of the 2017 season at Sun Devil Stadium on August 31.  Fans can look forward to another exciting season of Pac 12 football home games when the Devils take on New Mexico State, San Diego State, Oregon, Washington, USC, Colorado and Arizona on their home turf.  Grab your best ASU shirts, do a little maroon and gold face painting and come out in full force to cheer our team to victory. Go Devils! Visit our website for all the ASU football (pig)skinny. For a great pre- or post-game experience, head to Downtown Tempe where football fever is in high gear on game day and you’ll find an array of restaurants and bars within walking distance of Sun Devil Stadium. 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 30-September 16: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 31: Finn Murphy Changing Hands Bookstore August 31: ASU Football: ASU vs. New Mexico State Sun Devil Stadium August 31-September 2: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts August 31-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden August 31-September 3: Steve Treviño Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 1: The Chris G Band Tempe Marketplace District Stage September 1: Tiger Army The Marquee September 2: Phoenix Rising vs. Seattle Sounders Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex September 2: […]

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Grid Bikes make it easy to explore Tempe

Grid Bike in Kiwanis Park
August 23, 2017

Tempe recently joined Phoenix and Mesa in the Grid Bike Share program, with Tempe offering 300 bikes spread across 30 stations. I don’t own a bicycle but felt like going for a ride this weekend. Grid Bikes are a fun, stress-free way to explore the city. Here’s how it works. First, you have to download the free Social Bicycles app (it’s a white box with a blue bicycle inside). Next you have to set up your account by providing some basic info: your name, email and credit card information. You’ll also have to create a pin number. Once you have the app installed, you’ll get a couple of emails that confirm your membership, provide your account number and pin, and give you directions on how to use the bikes. Watch this Social Bicycles video to get a better idea about how to rent a bike in Tempe. Renting a Grid Bike is really simple. You can either reserve a bike ahead of time by using the app, or just show up at a Grid Bike station, choose a bike and enter your account number and pin on the keypad that is located behind the seat. There are a couple of fare options that are all explained on the Grid Bike website and the app. You can pay as you go for $7 hourly, or if you’re a visitor to Tempe, you can choose the 7-day pass for $10 a week. That will give you 180 minutes over 7 days. Once […]

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Tempe events: MAC 3.0 featuring Andrew’s Dream Adventure

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 22, 2017

Tempe events include MAC 3.0 featuring Andrew’s Dream Adventure at Tempe Center for the Arts on August 26. Andrew’s Dream Adventure is an original story and composition by the company’s resident composer Jeffrey Ouper.  You’ll meet Andrew and his imaginary friend, Figgy, and see what mischief ensues from one bedtime story gone awry. The first half of the program will premiere a wide range of smaller works choreographed by company members. MAC & Company was founded by Micaela Church and Li Pei Khoo in 2014. Church and Khoo are full-time dance educators, who are committed to the creative process and practice of dance as a performing art. Being both dancers and musicians, they have a particular interest in exploring the different processes that have been used in the integration between dance and music. For more information about and to purchase tickets to Andrew’s Dream Adventure, visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website. 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 23: Class Clowns Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August 23-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 24: The Brilliance of Nature: Just When We Need It the Most Tempe Center for the Arts August 24-26: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts August 24-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden August 25: Hello Swindon Tempe Marketplace District Stage August 25-27: Mark Normand and Joe […]

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Tempe events: SMTC presents Westside Story at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 15, 2017

Tempe events include Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company’s (SMTC) production of Westside Story at Tempe Center for the Arts, August 17-20. West Side Story is one of the most memorable and revered musicals of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book is as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. Leonard Bernstein’s and Stephen Sondheim’s score is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. West Side Story’s rich score features hit songs like “Somewhere,” “America,” One Hand, One Heart” and “Something’s Coming,” performed by SMTC’s 20+ piece live orchestra and some of the Valley’s best talent. The orchestra will be conducted by Kevin Hayward. SMTC presents affordable theatrical productions of well-known Broadway shows in their entire original Broadway versions with sets, fully costumed and featuring the best of Phoenix area talent along. The productions also feature a full live orchestra so that these shows can be heard and appreciated as they were originally meant to be. For more information and to purchase tickets to West Side Story, call the SMTC box office at  (602) 909-4215 or visit http://www.scottsdalemusicaltheater.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 15: Gente de Zona The Marquee August 16-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 17-19: Steve Byrne Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August […]

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Tempe Fall Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Four Peaks Octoberfest
August 11, 2017

With 330 days of sunshine each year and a vibrant downtown community, Tempe is the perfect festival location. Fall through spring, you will find a variety of fun festival events in our city. In Tempe for a meeting? Don’t forget to check the calendar and make it a point to mix in a little entertainment as you take a break from a busy day of meetings. Festival season kicks off with the annual Four Peaks Octoberfest at Tempe Town Lake, October 13-15, 2017. A tradition in Tempe going back more than 40 years, this three-day outdoor festival at Tempe Town Lake features beer (of course!), polka dancing and lots of food! What more could you ask for?   Fall brings cooler days to Tempe and it is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran desert at the Desert Botanical Garden.  They welcome fall with a Dia de los Muertos celebration on November 4 and 5, 2017 which offers fun for the whole family. On November 11, 2017, the garden spices things up with the Chiles and Chocolate Festival – offering the best chiles, chocolates, salsas and other Southwestern favorites.  And in addition to tasty treats the festival also has a bar, DJ and live performances. The holiday season kicks off just after Thanksgiving with our annual Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade, November 24, 2017, and the lighting of the Christmas tree. On December 9, 2017, enjoy dazzling lighted boats float across Tempe Town Lake at the […]

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Healthy Restaurants in Tempe

Original Chop Shop
August 10, 2017

I love to go out to eat – it’s relaxing, convenient and fun! But, I also like to eat relatively healthy, if possible. For those of you that try and keep it healthy when dining out, here’s a list of of my favorite healthy restaurant options in Tempe that won’t let you down when it comes to fresh ingredients and flavor. d’Lite Healthy on the Go – 1135 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281 d’Lite is the perfect spot when you need something quick but you want to keep it healthy.  Their menu offers something for everyone including vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, kids and coffee lovers.  The Kitchen Sink Salad and the Humanitarian Wrap are my two faves on the menu. Loose leaf tea and coffee beans are also available for you to buy and take home. And you can dine in, or go through the convenient drive thru (easy peasy!) Green New American Vegetarian – 2240 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 Green is a 100% vegan restaurant serving delicious comfort foods with an international twist. This walk-up and order restaurant has a casual, trendy vibe with affordable prices. Po-boys, crisp salads and noodle bowls are made with fresh, vegan ingredients, including 100% vegan cheeses and mock meats. My favorites include the balsamic picnic salad and the coconut curry bowl – but everything I’ve ever tried here is good. There are also several sweet treats to choose from (bonus!). MAD Greens – 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1215, Tempe, AZ 85281 MAD Greens […]

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Tempe events: Monica Shriver at Tempe History Museum

Tempe History Museum
August 8, 2017

Tempe events includes Monica Shriver’s Abstract Art & Creative Music Experience at the Tempe History Museum, August 11 at 7 p.m. This unique multi-sensory experience features colorful abstract art pieces on canvas, wood, and other found objects combined with experimental jazz, much of it inspired by the art itself. The event explores the relationship and connection between improvisation and abstract art. There will also be a discussion on the inner-workings of a free jazz ensemble and how we make spontaneous music together followed by Q&A with the two main composers, Monica Shriver and Stan Smith. Monica Shriver is a musician, clinician and teaching artist based in Phoenix. She has performed in big bands, jazz combos, pit orchestras for more than 40 musicals, rock bands, chamber ensembles and orchestras. She plays  saxophones, flute, alto flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon.  In addition to freelancing, she leads three of her own groups: Doublers Collective, the Monica Shriver Jazz Project and the Monica Shriver and Stan Smith Be Free Ensemble, with Columbus-based guitarist Stan Smith. She is the saxophone professor at Phoenix College. This event is free, fun and family friendly. For more information on Monica Shriver, visit http://www.monicashriver.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 8: Primus The Marquee August 9-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 10: Summer Slaughter Tour The Marquee August 10-13: Mitch […]

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Dining at Tempe Marketplace – So Many Options!

August 8, 2017

Tempe Marketplace, located at McClintock Drive and Rio Salado Parkway, has a little bit of everything when you are in need of some good grub. Whether you are ready for a sit-down, relaxing dinner or a quick grab-n-go meal or snack, you will find what you are looking for in their extensive list of dining options. Bar Louie 2000 Rio Salado Pkwy. #1220, Tempe, AZ 85281 480-658-1600 Eat. Drink. Be Happy. That is the motto at Bar Louie and once you get there, you will do just that. The menu features something for everyone including, flatbreads, pasta, burgers, salads and desserts. Drink selections include beer, wine, martinis, margaritas and sangria. Happy hour is offered Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. California Pizza Kitchen 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1253, Tempe, AZ 85281 480-967-0498 California Pizza Kitchen, or CPK as most of us know it, is perfect for a quick yummy lunch or a fun family dinner. Their extensive menu includes pizzas, pastas, salads, power bowls and lunch specials. They have a nice selection of cocktails and don’t forget the amazing butter cake for dessert. Dave & Busters 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 480-281-8456 Eat, drink and play your day (or night) away! Dave & Busters is a prime spot for fun with lots of arcade games, plenty of televisions to watch sports, and great food and drinks. Kabuki Japanese Restaurant 2000 Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 480-350-9160 If you are in the mood for Japanese, make your way […]

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