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TRI Tempe, Arizona

It’s no secret that athletes love competing in Tempe, especially triathlon athletes. Tempe is becoming the top destination for hosting high caliber triathlons in the country. For the athletes, Tempe offers the ideal tri setting. With miles of spectator-friendly running/biking paths, the accessibility of Tempe Town Lake and of course the most impeccable weather to compete in year-around, what’s not to like? Already this year, Tempe has hosted Life Time Tri and the very first Major League Triathlon event in Arizona. Major League Triathlon (MLT) is the first pro triathlon league in the United States. Tempe’s very own MLT team, Arizona King Snakes, played host to the third stop of this leagues’ 2018 nationwide tour at Tempe Beach Park on September 22, 2018. This international event highlighted seven teams, consisting of four members each, (two pro men and two pro women) competing in a Mixed Team Relay. Each athlete swam three hundred meters, biked four miles and ran one mile before tagging the next team mate all without ever leaving Tempe Beach Park. Members of the local community, as well as friends and family of the competitors from across the United States, were present to watch this short and fast-paced course. In the end, the Arizona King Snakes took home the gold while the San Diego Stingrays took home silver and the Gold Coast Tritons followed up with the bronze. Mixed Team Relay will make its Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 games. In the coming months, Tempe has seven […]

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New places to dine, drink and dance in Tempe

Ghost Ranch

Tempe is bursting with new places to dine and be entertained. Just when you think you’ve tried them all, a bunch of new venues spring up. Whether you’re in the mood for a great meal, a new cocktail designed by a creative mixologist, or an evening of DJs and dancing, here are some fun and exciting new restaurants in Tempe, Arizona to try. Cotton and Copper – 1006 E. Warner Rd. #113, Tempe, AZ 85284 Cotton and Copper is all about Arizona. The 50-seat restaurant’s name gives a nod to two of Arizona’s 5 Cs, the other three being citrus, cattle and climate. The seasonal menu created by chef Tamara Stanger features many locally produced ingredients and have names that reflect their Sonoran roots. The warm Pima wheat rolls with smoked honey butter, O’odham tepary bean spread and corn dumplings are a tasty start, or just fine on their own as a light meal. There’s also a nice selection of local beers as well as cocktails created with spirits from Arizona distilleries. Ghost Ranch – 1006 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 This latest concept from restaurateur Aaron Chamberlin and his team offers hearty, but healthful, modern Southwest fare for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. And there’s a full menu of beer, wine and cocktails inspired by the multicultural history of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico. The decor could also be described as modern Southwest, with touches of copper, turquois and a herring bone-patterned ceiling that resembles cactus […]

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Tempe events: Black Theatre Troupe presents The Wiz at TCA

Tempe events include the opening of Black Theatre Troupe’s production of The Wiz at Tempe Center for the Arts this weekend. The Wiz infuses L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. Dorothy’s adventure through the Land of Oz is given new life and marked with Black Theatre Troupe’s indelible musical stamp. The Black Theatre Troupe was founded in 1970 as a vehicle for providing a creative environment in which restless, talented young “rappers” could realize their creative potential as writers, dancers, artists and actors while promoting cultural understanding throughout the community. Through its productions, the Black Theatre Troup has become an important cultural bridge between races and ethnicities. It began as a grassroots organization and has evolved into a highly respected company that has promoted excellence in the performing arts with an emphasis on people of color. As the only professional African-American theatre company within the four-corner states, the Black Theatre Troupe conducts educational workshops and produces quality plays that reflect the African-American experience and help to illuminate the culture to the Phoenix metropolitan area and throughout Arizona. The Wiz will be on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Friday through Sunday from September 28-October 14, 2018. To purchase tickets to The Wiz, call 480-350-2822, or visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting happening through the weekend.  See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) […]

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Tempe events: Annie Moses Band at TCA

Annie Moses Band

Tempe events include the Annie Moses Band at the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on September 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The Annie Moses Band has been entertaining audiences for over a decade, bringing their distinctive style of music across the nation and around the world. This talented ensemble of songwriters, singers and musicians performs a captivating blend of folk and classical music and combines technical skill with exhilarating showmanship. The members of the band are also family. Their eclectic sound reflects their family’s unique blend of roots music and classical polish. The band has recorded more than a dozen albums, produced Telly-nominated PBS specials, traveled to Europe and Asia, and performed on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. The Annie Moses Band combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. Plan on arriving early to enjoy appetizers and music performed by Rae Lydia at EDGE Happy Hour in the TCA Lobby. To purchase tickets to the Annie Moses Band performance, call (480) 350-2822, or 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 19-22: Stray Cat Theatre presents: THE ANTIPODES Tempe Center for the Arts September 20: Tizzy T The Marquee September 20-23: Josh Blue Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 21: ASU […]

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Healthy Restaurants in Tempe

Original Chop Shop

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. 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 works with farms to make sure all the produce used to make their salads is as fresh as possible. But they’re not just about salads. Try one of their wraps, paninis, soups or fresh juices. I love the Siam I Am, a protein power salad that’s made with quinoa, chicken, kale, green onions, spinach and a ginger dressing. Nekter Juice Bar – 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1213, Tempe, AZ 85281 Nekter Juice Bar’s all natural juices and smoothies contain fresh produce and greens – only the best. They also […]

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Tempe events: Opening of Monster Stories Exhibition at TCA

Monster Stories exhibition at TCA

Tempe events include the opening reception of the new exhibition, Monster Stories at the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts from 6-9 p.m. on September 14, 2018.  The reception is free and open to the public. Monster Stories celebrates the 200th anniversary of the novel, Frankenstein, by exploring the monster genre in pop culture, literature, mythology in society. Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking work continues to spark relevant discussions about science, technology and humanity. Inspired by the ongoing popularity of the genre, the exhibition features works from local and national artists, toys and memorabilia from private collections, and a range of public programs that reflect on timeless questions such as “who is the real monster?” Exhibiting artists include Manny Burruel, Anne Coe, Fausto Fernandez, Matthew Hoelscher, Molly Idle, Chuck Jones, Ed Kennefick and Joe Ray. Also featured are works by Enrique Arciniega Campos, Earl Staley and Bob Camblin, Allan Otho Smith, Enrique Chagoya, Alejandro Colunga and David Botello from the ASU Art Museum. Special collection pieces are courtesy of Dr. Larry and Holley Thompson, Mike McEwin, Emmett Potter and  the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. For more information on Monster Stories and the and additional events held in conjunction with the exhibition, visit https://www.tempetourism.com/event/tca-exhibit-monster-stories. 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. For a listing of live music venues in Tempe, visit www.tempetourism.com/things-todo/arts-culture/live-music. September 11: 15th Annual Tempe Healing Field Tempe Beach Park […]

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Get ready for an exciting ASU Gammage 2018-19 season

Wicked at ASU Gammage

As the summer winds down, I’m excited to see the return of all the activity that autumn brings. While I enjoy the slower pace of the lazy days of summer, I look forward to the renewed vitality that comes with all the arts and culture events that start in the fall.  I’m especially excited about programs that ASU Gammage has planned for 2018-19. ASU Gammage is a Phoenix area landmark that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Since 1964, it has been home to plays, musicals, Presidential debates and concerts. In addition to the popular Broadway Across America-Arizona series, ASU Gammage produces the Beyond series which showcases internationally acclaimed artists from various cultures. Something else that I love about ASU Gammage is its central location in Downtown Tempe. It’s within walking or pedicab distance from a variety of great restaurants, which makes it easy to enjoy dinner before the show, or dessert or a cocktail afterwards. Check out this incredible lineup that ASU Gammage is bringing to Tempe in 2018-19 and get ready for great theatre, music and dance performances that start this month and continue into next summer. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 480-965-3434 or visit www.asugammage.com. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. 2018-19 Desert Schools Broadway Across America – Arizona series WAITRESS – October 2-7, 2018 ON YOUR FEET! –  November 6 – 11, 2018 DEAR EVAN HANSEN – November 27 – December 2, 2018 BETTY BUCKLEY HELLO, […]

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Dining Around: Tempe Today

Crepe Bar

By Justin Lee Photography by Mark Lipczynski Tempe is growing—booming—like never before. The city’s sweetening from peppy college town to dynamic urban destination has benefited residents and visitors alike with many enviable perks—most enjoyably, a continued reinvention of its dining landscape. Not a change in quantity, but sheer variety. From high to low, quirky to classic, global to regional, dining has never been better. Global cuisine In terms of international foods, Tempe is a local pioneer. From serious Middle Eastern, to regional Indian, to every lane of Asian, it’s always been an amenity—an asset—for the city. For traditional Ethiopian, Cafe Lalibela has been popular since the day it opened, serving a deep menu of the mother country’s trademark classics like seasoned meats and long-stewed vegetables, all served alongside layers of warm, spongy injera, the Ethiopian-style bread used for needed sopping. Now an institution, The Dhaba has been focused on its trademark style of soul-satisfying northern Indian cooking for nearly two decades, serving traditional chaat (snacks), tandoori-baked breads and halal meats in a warm, lively space. For ramen enthusiasts, there are countless worthy options. A newer standout is Hachi Ramen in south Tempe. From its traditional miso to its aromatic shoyu, to its rich tonkatsu, Hachi is all about the broth, and it shows.   Chef-driven Local chef-restaurateur Aaron Chamberlin brings new weight to south Tempe with his twin openings, the elevated all-day diner Tempe Public Market Cafe and Ghost Ranch, his collaborative dive into the cooking styles of the Southwestern […]

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Tempe events: Stray Cat Theatre presents THE ANTIPODES

Stray Cat Theatre

Tempe events include Stray Cat Theatre’s season opener, THE ANTIPODES, at Tempe Center for the Arts, September 7-22, 2018. Stray Cat Theatre is bringing THE ANTIPODES by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker to Tempe. In an unnamed conference room, a group of creators are on an intense and intensely surreal brainstorming session for unspecified purposes. All we know is that these people are being asked to keep coming up with stories – the more personal the better – in the hopes that something will jell and move their project – whatever that may be – forward. Directed by Ron May, THE ANTIPODES features Louis Farber, Will Hightower, Dolores Mendoza, Michael Peck, Shannon Phelps, Michael Thompson, David Weiss, William Wyss and Eric Zaklukiewicz. To purchase tickets to THE ANTIPODES, call 480-350-2822 or visit https://straycattheatre.org/tickets. 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 6: Bret Ernst Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 7: Sunday at Noon Tempe Marketplace September 7-8: Heather McDonald Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 7-8: Mike E. Winfield Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 7-22: Stray Cat Theatre presents: THE ANTIPODES Tempe Center for the Arts September 8: ASU Football: ASU vs. Michigan State Sun Devil Stadium September 8: The Gershom Brothers Tempe Marketplace September 8: Dread Mar The Marquee September 8: Michael Howell: “Illusions” Tempe Center for the Arts September 8-11: 15th Annual Tempe Healing Field Tempe Beach Park September 8-October […]

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Tempe events: Liz Ann Hewett presents “Under the Covers”

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe events include an evening of dance theatre presented by Liz Ann Hewett at Tempe Center for the Arts on August 31, 2018. Her production of “Under the Covers” tells the story of two police officers tangled in a web of lies, murder and deception. As the town searches for a missing woman, they must cover up the truth and may lose their minds in the process. Don’t miss this dark and fantastic story set to a soundtrack of covers and  featuring some of the best dancers  in Phoenix. Performances are at 10:30 a.m. (student matinee) and 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 480-350-2822, or visit https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com/events/calendar. 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 31: Frank Daly: Enjoy the Ride Changing Hands Bookstore August 31: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite The Marquee August 31: Black Forest Society Tempe Marketplace August 31: Liz Ann Hewett presents “Under the Covers” Tempe Center for the Arts September 1: ASU Football: ASU vs. UTSA Sun Devil Stadium August 31-September 2: Craig Gass Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 1: 9/11 Heroes Run Tempe Beach Park September 1: Ratio Tempe Marketplace Through September 1: Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden September 2-October 14: Childsplay presents Charlotte’s Web Herberger Theater Center Stage West, Phoenix Through December 31: Dino Explorer LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona  

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Tempe events: MAC & Company presents “4.0” at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe events include “4.0,” presented by MAC & Company at Tempe Center for the Arts on August 25, 2018 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  The two-part, full-length show highlights diverse dance styles. The first half of the program features a wide range of pieces choreographed by various company members. The second half includes a themed set of works titled The Art Exhibit, in which dances are created based on artwork. MAC & Company was founded in 2014 by Micaela Church and Li Pei Khoo from their shared passion for dance education and performance. Both full time dance educators, Church and Khoo continue to be committed to the creative process and practice of dance as a performing art. As both dancers and musicians, they have an interest in exploring the different processes that have been used in the integration between dance and music. With the common goal of presenting innovative work and nurturing professional growth in the field of dance and music, Church and Khoo provide a platform for fellow dancers who share their passion. To purchase tickets to MAC & Company’s “4.0,” call 480-350-2822, or visit www.tempecenterforthearts.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 22: Jason Heller: Strange Stars Changing Hands Bookstore August 22: Steel Pulse & Tribal Seeds The Marquee August 23-25: Maz Jobrani Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August  24: Henry Thompson and SWELL Tempe Marketplace August […]

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Things to do this Labor Day in Tempe and Phoenix

ASU Football

To many, Labor Day symbolizes the last day of summer and the kick start of fall. In Arizona, summer temperatures continue through September, so Labor Day is an extra day off to enjoy the pool or check out some of fun activities that will officially end your summer on a high note. Labor Day also means school is back in session and pumpkin spice everything is just around the corner. But, before we usher in the fall, here are a few suggestions for things to do in Tempe and Phoenix during Labor Day weekend 2018. Take a staycation and relax at one of Tempe’s hotels, ranging from suite properties to a mountain-top resort. Enjoy their sparkling pools, get a free breakfast, or use the weekend as a reason to try a restaurant or tavern near your home away from home. Find all the money-saving summer hotel deals in Tempe at www.summerintempe.com. The first ASU football game of the season vs. UTSA will be on Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m. Check out the new renovations to Sun Devil Stadium and see the debut of Coach Herm Edwards. Come early and participate in all of the activities happening in Downtown Tempe, including Devils on Mill, a free event on 6th Street in between Mill Avenue and Forest that features food, ASU gear, music and games for fans of all ages. On your walk to the stadium, don’t miss Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate on College Avenue between 6th and 7th. This pregame event […]

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Tempe events: Ignite Collaborative presents Duo at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe events includes Duo, presented by Ignite Collaborative, at Tempe Center for the Arts, August 16-17, 2018. Duo is Ignite Collaborative’s premiere full-length show that explores duality in the human experience. We are surrounded by Duality. Day becomes night, breath is inhaled and exhaled, to every beginning there is an end. Duality exists within us as joy and sorrow, love and rage, fantasy and reality. Duo is designed to lead the audience into discovering the duality within themselves through this multi-media performance. Ignite Collaborative is a creative force in the Phoenix arts scene with a mission to build a more connected and compassionate community through movement. To purchase tickets to Duo, visit Tempe Center for the Arts’ website, or call (480) 350-2822. Tempe is home to live music almost every night. Learn more about when and where to find the best live music happening in Tempe this week! There are a variety of art exhibitions taking place in Tempe featuring a range of media and themes. Learn more about Tempe’s art exhibitions, including dates, times, locations and exhibition details. 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 16: Actress Amber Tamblyn: Any Man Changing Hands Bookstore August 16-17: Duo Tempe Center for the Arts August 16-18: Steve Byrne Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August 17: Sunset Voodoo Tempe Marketplace August 18: Corridor Sixteen Tempe Marketplace August 18: Higher Octave Healing presents Music from […]

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Tempe 101 – a prep course for life at Arizona State University

ASU Tempe campus bridge

Every August, a new group of wide-eyed freshman will descend upon Tempe, making it their home for the next four (or more) years. Tempe is a great place to go to school. It’s a fun college town that truly embraces Arizona State University into the culture. Tempe is also a great place to live, with lots to do all year round. Below is a quick guide to some of the best of Tempe – where to shop, where to eat and what to do. Find even more things to do in Tempe, or call us at 800-283-6734. Let’s make this school year a great one for students and their parents. Go Devils! Dorm Room Essentials From shower caddies to rugs to cozy chairs, there’s always a long, long list of supplies to make a dorm room or college apartment really feel like home. Check off those needed items at these stores in Tempe: IKEA Tempe – 2110 W. IKEA Way, Tempe, AZ 85284 |  (480) 496-5658 Tempe Marketplace – 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 966-9338 Target – 1800 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 214-2667 Cost Plus World Market – 1800 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 921-0500 JCPenney – 1800 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 829-3555 Walmart – 800 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 966-0264 Arizona Mills  – 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 491-7300 Dining Out Sure, many students have a meal […]

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Tempe events: Sneha and Suchita Srinivasan Arangetram

Tempe Center for the Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You might have trepidations about 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. Find hot summer hotel deals in Tempe. 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. Visit our blog to learn more about Tempe’s restaurants with patios. Get Outside – Big Surf is Open Even when temperatures are in the triple digits, you […]

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Tempe events: Umbrella POP at Tempe Marketplace

Umbrella POP installation at Tempe Marketplace 300x200

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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Tempe events: SCHOOL OF ROCK at ASU Gammage

School of Rock at ASU Gammage

Tempe events include SCHOOL OF ROCK at ASU Gammage, from June 19-24, 2018. ASU Gammage closes out its 2017-18 season with this hilarious new musical based on the hit film. SCHOOL OF ROCK follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star turned substitute teacher who transforms a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. Show highlights include 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theatre’s first-ever live kid’s rock band! That’s right-this fun,  family friendly musical features a cast full of kids, who play their own instruments in the rock band. To purchase tickets to this SCHOOL OF ROCK, call (480) 965-3434 or visit https://www.asugammage.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. June 19-24: SCHOOL OF ROCK ASU Gammage June 20: Nipsey Hussle The Marquee June 21-23: Dov Davidoff Tempe Improv Comedy Club June 22: Music in the Garden: AZ Dueling Pianos Desert Botanical Garden June 22: 3Nations Tempe Marketplace June 22: Thoughts Like Rockets, Sleepwar and UNTIL THE SUN Tempe Marketplace June 22: Puddle of Mud The Marquee June 22-24: Chris Gethard Tempe Improv Comedy Club June 23: Free Draw-A-Thon Gallery at TCA June 23: Downtown Tempe Brunch Crawl Downtown Tempe June 23: Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience: Danny Kusz with Tracy Cruz Tempe Center for the Arts June 23: Katchafire The Marquee June 24: SMG4 The Marquee Through June 30: Summertime Storytelling & Craft Saturdays Pueblo […]

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Tempe events: Juneteenth at Tempe History Museum

Tempe History Museum

Tempe events include the Fourth Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Tempe History Museum, June 15-16, 2018. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, an important day in history when the last enslaved African Americans in the U.S. were freed. Although Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it took two and a half years for word to reach as far as Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth marks the day when freedom from slavery became a reality for all African Americans. The Juneteenth Celebration is an opportunity to learn more about this historical day while honoring African American heritage through discussions, performances, displays and informational booths. On June 15, Dr. Matthew Whitaker will examine the barriers and the obstacles that African-Americans currently face. Dr. Whitaker is an award-winning educator, author and community engagement specialist. His work examines African American history and life, race relations, social movements, cultural competency, equity and inclusion and community partnerships. The Fourth Annual Juneteenth Celebration will take place on, June 16 from 1–4 p.m. This free family event will be an afternoon filled with music, dance, spoken word, information tables, raffle prizes and food vendors. All events take place inside the Tempe History Museum and 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. June 14: Desert Night Cinema: Grease Desert Botanical Garden June 14-16: Corey Holcomb Tempe Improv Comedy Club June 15: Insomniacs Tempe Marketplace June 15: Music in […]

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Tempe events: Jay Allen Band at Desert Botanical Garden

Music in the Garden at Desert Botanical Garden

Tempe events include the Jay Allen Band at Desert Botanical Garden on June 8, 2018 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Phoenix, AZ based singer/songwriter Jay Allan plays funky-folk, blues rock. He combines heartfelt and memorable lyrics with genre-bending styles and melodies in his list of ever-evolving original songs that range from that of joy, love, loss, gratitude and searching. While remaining true to his own roots, Jay often pays homage to such influences as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes and others. Jay’s band, The Uncommon Good, is a constantly rotating band of incredible musicians. Asked to describe his band, Jay Allan responds, “What is The Uncommon Good? It’s YOU! It’s ME! It’s US!!” Enjoy another beautiful evening of music  under the stars with the Jay Allan Bandat Desert Botanical Garden.  To purchase tickets, call 480-481-8188 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily or visit the admissions box office from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. 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 6: Minus the Bear The Marquee June 7-10: Christopher Titus Tempe Improv Comedy Club June 8: Music in the Garden: Jay Allan and the Uncommon Good Desert Botanical Garden June 8: Tempe Comedy Concert Series presents Comedy Kids in America Tempe Center for the Arts June 8: Lane Change Tempe Marketplace June 8-10: Class Action: A Comparison of Past and Present Tempe Center for […]

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Spend Father’s Day in Tempe

The Keg Steakhouse

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17, 2018!  Which means there are a few days left to get a great plan together to treat your Dad! And what better way to show your love than to spoil him on Father’s Day! Tempe has lots of great options, so pick your favorite! Rustler’s Rooste 8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 | 602-431-6474 Take Dad to the wild west this year for Father’s Day at Rustler’s Rooste. The view is unbeatable and the food is mouth watering good. And don’t forget the live music! Call for priority seating and large party reservations. A special menu will be offered on Father’s Day including a 2 lb Tomahawk Steak seared in cowboy butter, fresh roasted veggies and an old classic duchess potatoes. This meal is so derned BIG we can’t even fit it on a plate. Limited Availability! Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill Tempe Marketplace | 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-2920 Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill will offer half-off all beer flights for dads on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17. Pair flights with Thirsty Lion favorites like the Roasted Pork Cubano ($11.95), I.P.A. Beer Battered Fish & Chips ($14.95) or Pepper Bacon Cheeseburger ($12.95). Or select from a seasonal menu Pork Carnitas Tacos ($15.95), Coffee Crusted Grilled Skirt Steak Salad ($16.95) or the famed Impossible Burger, ($14.95) a soy and plate-based protein burger that grills like the real thing. Graduate Tempe 225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) […]

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Tempe Restaurants Worth Swiping Right For

Postino Annex date night

At some point, chances are you or someone you know has “swiped right” on someone. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and Hinge are all the rage. Most of us probably have at least one friend – or maybe you’re using one or more of these right now – whose gone on a date with someone they’ve met using one of these apps. When it comes to where to go or what to do, the cliché seems to be to grab a drink. That’s great, but let’s think outside the box a little and make a good first impression when you move past the messages and texts and meet up for the first time. Postino Annex 615 S. College. Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 927-1111 Arugably one of most popular restaurants in Tempe, Postino Annex is a great go-to for that first date. They’re open fairly late, and they have a great weekend brunch. Plus you can get a bottle of wine + bruschetta board for only $20 (Monday & Tuesday after 8 p.m.) Cartel Coffee Lab 225 W. University Dr. #101, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 225-3899 If you’re interested in grabbing a cup of coffee, you can’t go wrong with one of the most popular coffee shops in all of Metro Phoenix. Cartel has a great selection of coffees and teas to choose from. Order a drink, sit on the couch and let those sparks fly. The relaxed environment is perfect to calm you […]

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Weekly events: THE HUMANS is onstage at ASU Gammage

The Humans at ASU Gammage

Tempe events include THE HUMANS, onstage at ASU Gammage from May 29-June 3, 2018.  THE HUMANS is an uproarious, hopeful and heart-breaking one act play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Erik Blake has broken with tradition and brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic by playwright Stephen Karam that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play. To purchase tickets to THE HUMANS, call 480- 965-3434, or visit https://www.asugammage.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. May 29: Changing Hands Bookstore Presents Temple Grandin Mountain View High School, Mesa, AZ May 29-June 3: THE HUMANS ASU Gammage May 31-June 3: Dan Cummins Tempe Improv Comedy Club June 1: Sunday at Noon Tempe Marketplace June 1: Music in the Garden: Canyon Records Artists Desert Botanical Garden June 2: Safety Day Hero Fun Fest Arizona Mills Mall June 2: Ratio Tempe Marketplace May 3: Texas Hippie Coalition The Marquee June 3: Desert Overture: I Am What I Am Tempe Center for the Arts June 3: Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre Tempe Center for […]

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Tempe Summer Staycation Itinerary

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center pool

The best summers, in my opinion, include at least one vacation or two. You can also take a break from your daily schedule and vacation closer to home. Try being a visitor in your own city. If you live in or near Tempe, Arizona, summer is a great time to check out a new restaurant, visit an attraction that you haven’t been to (or you don’t go to often enough) and stay one of the city’s comfortable, and even chic, hotels and relax by the pool.  Here’s are a few ideas on how to create the perfect staycation weekend in Tempe this summer.   Day One  Morning  Is there a better way to start your day than with a plate piled high with fluffy pancakes or an omelet filled to the brim with cheese, veggies and whatever your heart desires? I think not my friends. Your most difficult decision may be deciding where to go. Breakfast is Tempe’s jam. Check out Ncounter, Snooze or Morning Squeeze in Downtown Tempe. Or head to south Tempe and check out U.S. Egg on Mill and Baseline, the trendy Crepe Bar or community hang out, Tempe Public Market Café.    After breakfast, indulge in a little culture at ASU Art Museum. Admission is free. Here, you’ll find contemporary art exhibits that will make you think and even crack a smile. If you have kids in tow, check out the Family Day at the museum on July 8. Kids can make crafts that are related to museum exhibits and participate in […]

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Tempe events: Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience at TCA

Willie Bradley at TCA

Tempe events include the Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience featuring smooth jazz, soul and funk music at Tempe Center for the Arts on May 25th and 26th, 2018. Nationally acclaimed recording artist and urban/contemporary jazz trumpeter Willie Bradley will perform on May 25th at 8 p.m. His music brings together many varied styles, but takes smooth jazz to a whole new level. Willie is the favored musician for many of soul music’s greats and has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Ronnie Laws, and Marion Meadows. He is also known for performing in the brass section with RJ & The Original James Brown Band touring worldwide in France, Osaka and Tokyo Japan’s Billboard Live and Summer Sonic Music Festival. On May 25th, plan on arriving early to attend the draw exhibition opening reception at 6 p.m. The draw exhibition highlights a variety of “mark-making” drawing styles and media from traditional pencil, ink, paint and charcoal to computer drawings and robotic designs. It will be on display in the Gallery at TCA through September 1st, 2018. The Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience continues on May 26th with saxophone player, vocalist and songwriter Paula Atherton. Paula  has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notables as The Rippingtons, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Cindy Bradley, Gail Jhonson and Karen Briggs. Her performances in the traditional jazz field include a week long engagement at the Blue Note NYC with pianist and jazz legend, Hank Jones. Paula also […]

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Make a splash, be cool in a flash in Tempe this summer

Big Surf Waterpark

Summer fun is closely associated with water wherever you happen to be.  That’s especially true here in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, where we love our swimming pools as much as we love bragging about our dry heat. We also thoroughly enjoy driving, in the comfort of our air-conditioned autos, to other fun watery spots where we can plunge, paddle, swim, surf, slide and splash to our hearts content. Grab your hat and sunscreen and check out some of our favorite places to enjoy some refreshing, fun H2O time. Catch a wave at Big Surf Waterpark and Kiwanis Wave Pool. Big Surf Waterpark, America’s original wave pool is open again for the summer season. Big Surf has lots of activities to choose from – for little kids and those seeking more than a little adrenaline rush. There are calm play areas just for toddlers and food and beverage options on site. The waves at the “Waikiki Beach” come every three minutes and they even offer surf lessons. Visit the Big Surf website for hours of operation, special offers and more details. Tempe is home to what might be the ultimate swimming pool: the Kiwanis Wave Pool. Tickets are inexpensive, $7 for ages 13 and up and $5 for kids from 2-12. For a few extra dollars you can rent tubes and rafts for the water slides or just to use for floating in the water. No need for sunscreen – this water fun is completely indoors. Check the Kiwanis Wave Pool website for hours […]

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Tempe events: The LEGO® MEGA Mosaic Build

Mega Mosaic Build at Tempe Beach Park

Tempe events feature LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona’s first-ever MEGA Mosaic Build at Tempe Beach Park on May 19, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Everyone, from the budding builder to the brick extraordinaire, can pitch in and lend a hand. Together, countless talented townspeople of all ages will join in the fun to create three 60″ x 60″ mosaic billboards using truckloads of LEGO® bricks. Each participant will create his or her own personal mini square to add to the large-scale billboard mosaic. Watch this short video about a similar event held in Toronto, Ontario in 2013 and you’ll have an idea of what to expect at Tempe Beach Park on May 19. Once completed, the LEGOLAND ® Discovery Center billboards will depict exciting scenes from the ultimate indoor LEGO playground itself plus a special addition of local landmark Tempe Town Lake Bridge. The mosaic billboards will remain on display during the day, giving park visitors and the public an opportunity to see the beauty that can result when the entire community comes together. Don’t miss out!  Come to Tempe Beach Park this Saturday for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona’s Mosaic Build: A Community Building Experience. Whether you participate or observe, it’s guaranteed to be a colorful, fun experience. 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. May 15-20: LES MISÉRABLES ASU Gammage May 17-19: Stray Cat Theatre presents Silence! The Musical Tempe Center […]

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Hipstorian Marshall Shore explores ASU’s architecture

ASU Tempe campus bridge

Stroll along with Hipstorian Marshall Shore in our video tour and learn about some of ASU’s history through a sample of architectural highlights. A walk through the ASU Tempe campus reveals an architectural survey of the many styles and periods that reflect the university’s expansion, growth and setting in the Sonoran Desert. You won’t see the traditional vine covered halls associated with the colleges and universities in other parts of the country. No way! Here you’ll find stately palm trees lining the iconic, one hundred year-old Palm Walk. ASU’s architecture is a tangible link between its start as a small teachers college in Tempe in the late 1800s up to its present stature as one of the largest the multi-disciplinary educational institutions in the U.S. today. Your tour with Marshall Shore starts at the beginning with Old Main, which was dedicated in 1898 when ASU was the Territorial Normal School, for teachers. Next he’ll take you through the decades with distinctive structures and architectural features from the 30s and 40s. Marshall ends his tour about midway through the campus with a striking example of mid-century magnificence, ASU Gammage, the beautiful performing arts theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1960s. So, take a few minutes to view our video tour with Marshall Shore and then put on your comfy walking shoes and head to ASU’s original Tempe campus to see these examples and more of this university’s distinctive architecture and history.    

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Tempe events: Childsplay presents Flora & Ulysses at TCA

Childsplay presents Flora and Ulysses

Tempe events include Childsplay’s production of Flora & Ulysses at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), May 12-20, 2018. It begins, as many superhero stories do, with a harrowing accident that has an unexpected outcome. After being sucked up into a vacuum cleaner, the now hairless squirrel is rescued by Flora Bell Buckman, a 10-year-old-selfproclaimed cynic. Flora Bell names her new friend Ulysses and discovers he has been reborn with powers of strength, flight and misspelled poetry. In this delightful adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s Newberry-Award winning story, Flora and Ulysses embark on an adventure full of quirky characters and bursting with heart. Flora & Ulysses will be on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Saturdays and Sundays from May 12-20. For performance times and to purchase tickets, visit www.tempecenterforthearts.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. May 10-20: Stray Cat Theatre presents Silence! The Musical Tempe Center for the Arts May 12-20: Childsplay presents Flora & Ulysses Tempe Center for the Arts May 9: The Progressive Comedy Tour with Graham & Ron Tempe Improv Comedy Club May 9: Echosmith The Marquee May 10-12: Bert Kreischer Tempe Improv Comedy Club May 10-20: Stray Cat Theatre presents Silence! The Musical Tempe Center for the Arts May 11: The Atomic Punks The Marquee May 11 – KansAZ Tempe Marketplace May 11: Lois Roma-Deeley: The Short List of Certainties Changing Hands Bookstore May 11: […]

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Tempe events: Stray Cat Theatre: Silence! The Musical

Stray Cat Theatre

Tempe events include Stray Cat Theatre’s production of Silence! The Musical at Tempe Center for the Arts, May 4-19, 2018. Silence! The Musical is an award-winning 2005 show written by Jon and Al Kaplan as a parody of the 1991 Academy Award-winning film, The Silence of the Lambs. You’ll find all the same characters who made The Silence of the Lambs such a fascinating and creepy, but enormously entertaining movie.  They are all there in full force and full voice. There’s rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling, the brilliant but insane and very scary cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter and the equally creepy serial killer Buffalo Bill, who murders overweight women so he can remove their skin to create a “woman suit” for himself. Fueled by a rabid cult following since the songs debuted online in 2002, Silence! has been expanded into a live stage show. Winner of the NYCFringe’s Best Musical Award, Silence! The Musical combines smart dialogue and shocking songs to make a raunchy musical parody of The Silence of the Lambs that’s a purrrfect Stray Cat season closer. To purchase tickets to Silence! The Musical, call 480-350-2822 or visit https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com/events-tca. 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. May 3: Roars and Pours Phoenix Zoo May 3-5: Joey Diaz Tempe Improv Comedy Club May 4: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular The Marquee May 4: Music in the Garden: Cinco de Moio Desert […]

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More Reasons to Visit Moxy Phoenix Tempe this Season

Moxy Phoenix Tempe bar

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

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 www.asugammage.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. 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

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 Contact the property sales team for more information about the following specials for meeting planners.  The AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Tempe/Downtown is offering an Extend Your Summer, AC Style promotion offering planners the chance to win a $250 American Express Gift Card with a Two Night Stay. Increase your chance to win by contracting more groups and experience the European-inspired design and luxury amenities provided at AC Hotel Tempe. Filled with an array of stylish artwork and a rooftop pool, the hotel reflects the soul of Tempe. Contracts must be signed by […]

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Why we love Morning Squeeze in Tempe

Morning Squeeze in Tempe

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

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 www.asugammage.com, 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

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

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 www.tempecenterforthearts.com/events-tca, 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

DETOURS

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 Downtown Tempe Happy Hour Tour”. Your super knowledgeable tour guide, 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 a visit to four restaurants and three alcoholic beverage pairings. 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, […]

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Spotlight on Ralph Remington & Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts

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

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 tca.ticketforce.com/tcapresents, 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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Tempe events: Innings Festival at Tempe Beach Park

Tempe events include the Innings Festival at Tempe Beach Park, March 23-25, 2018. In its premier season, the Innings Festival promises to be a home run with a mix of big name bands and musicians like Gin Blossoms, Chris Stapleton, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Queens of the Stone Age and Cold War Kids. This spring training celebration also features other inning-winning events such as Chef Demos with top Arizona chefs, baseball activities, photo booths and other events taking place throughout Tempe Beach Park. Food vendors offering a wide variety of good eats from savory to sweet guarantee that you won’t go hungry. And those who prefer a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free fare will find plenty of options as well. Innings Festival is produced by C3 Presents, the team behind Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music Festival, as well as The Music City Food + Wine Festival and The Austin Food + Wine Festival. For more information and to purchase tickets to the Innings Festival, visit https://www.inningsfestival.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. Cactus League Spring Training is in full swing this week. Angels home games are listed below. For a complete Cactus League schedule, spring activities and details about transportation to and from games at Sloan Park, please visit the Tempe Tourism Office spring training page. March 20-25: THE KING AND I ASU Gammage March 21: Spring Training Cinema: […]

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Where should I eat before an ASU Gammage show?

Postino Annex

Yay! You got tickets to the Broadway show you’ve been dying to see! The next step? Picking a fun, delicious, and conveniently located Tempe restaurant near ASU Gammage – preferably so that you only have to park once for the evening. Being that ASU Gammage is located in Downtown Tempe, there are lots and lots of great choices for a meal before your show. Here are a few of my favorite restaurants near ASU Gammage, but please let me know if there’s one I need to add! Rula Bula Irish Pub and Restaurant Rula Bula’s warm, rustic interior is as authentic as any you’ll find in Ireland. The same can be said of the food. It’s a great place to gather with friends over a hearty meal of their lovely fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage,  lamb stew, bangers ‘n mash, or shepherd’s pie and toast your good fortune with a pint of Guiness, Harp Lager, Kilkenny Cream Ale. 401 S. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 929-9500 Pedal Haus Brewery Built to be a haven for lovers of bikes, good times and great beer, Pedal Haus Brewery has everything you need for a memorable night out. This 14,000 sq. ft. bike-friendly restaurant features hand-crafted European-style beers, a Belgian-American gastropub food menu, a huge patio space and three indoor and outdoor bar options with 24 taps each. With one of the biggest patios in all of Downtown Tempe, Pedal Haus Brewery brings together European-style crafted beers, a massive fire […]

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Tempe’s Top 6 Hot Dogs are quite frank-ly very good

Top 6 Tempe Hot Dogs

There are few things in life that are better than sitting back with a good hot dog. We loved them as kids and you bet we love them as adults too. Hot dogs are a symbol of Americana, right? We have them at summer BBQ’s, the Fourth of July and at the ballpark. When it’s not a game day at Tempe Diablo Stadium or Sloan Park, here are the top six places to get a hot dog in Tempe. Ted’s Hot Dogs 1755 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282 If you’re going to have a list of places to get good hot dog in Tempe, Ted’s Hot Dogs better be at the top. Ted’s Hot Dogs have been around for over 90 years – with its Tempe location having been around for over 30 years. All the hot dogs are cooked over charcoal and they feature a variety of the classics, like regular, foot long, all beef, veggie and corndogs. Add some excitement to your life and order from their list of Awesome Dogs, which include bacon and cheese hot dogs, bacon and mac, or our favorite, chili and cheese. Portillo’s Hot Dogs 65 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 If you’re from Chicago, then you probably grew up going to Portillo’s. This Chicago staple offers a variety of dogs to choose from but when in Rome, eat like they do. Their Chicago style hot dog includes mustard, relish, celery salt, onions, tomatoes, pickles and peppers. It’s the perfect taste […]

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Tempe events: TCA & Stray Cat Theatre: Gidion’s Knot

Gidion's Knot - Photo credit: John Groseclose

Tempe events include Gidion’s Knot, presented by TCA Theatre and Stray Cat Theatre., March 15-24. The story takes place over the course of a parent/teacher conference between a distraught mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher. The two have a fraught conversation about the mother’s son, Gidion. As his story is slowly revealed, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s violent act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability. For more information and to purchase tickets to Gideon’s Knot, visit http://straycattheatre.org or call (480) 350-2822. You can also join in the conversation at two free events connected to the play: March 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m . – Directors’ Chat with Ralph Remington, TCA Producing Artistic Director, Ron May, Artistic Director of Stray Cat Theatre and Tracy Liz Miller, Director of Gidion’s Knot. They will share why they chose to present the play and will give a behind-the-scenes look into how it was created. March 23, 6:30-7:30 pm – The Right to Express, a discussion with an arts activist, a therapist, a teacher and mothers who will explore censorship, the line between reality and expression, mental health and parent-teacher relationships. 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. Cactus League Spring Training is in full swing .Angels home games are listed below. For a complete Cactus League schedule, spring activities and details about transportation to and from games […]

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Tempe events: Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park

Arizona Aloha Festival

Tempe events include the Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park, March 10-11, 2018 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Yes, it’s time to don your favorite Hawaiian shirt or other tropical garb and head to Tempe Beach Park to experience island culture here in the Sonoran Desert. It’s a free family event that celebrates Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan and other South Pacific cultures through dance and musical performances, free ukulele lessons, food, kid’s crafts and lots more. Dust off your ukulele and join in the ukulele jam sessions, or just come and listen, at Aunty Aloha’s Ukulele Corner. You’ll find lots of great shopping at two marketplace areas and delicious and tempting island foods at two food courts. Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a trip to Maui which includes five day trip to Maui which includes air fare. The Arizona Aloha Festival is two days packed with fun activities and events. It’s the next best thing to taking an island vacation. And it’s 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. Cactus League Spring Training is in full swing this week. Angels home games are listed below. For a complete Cactus League schedule, spring activities and details about transportation to and from games at Sloan Park and Tempe Diablo Stadium, please visit the Tempe Tourism Office spring training page. March 7: Spring Training Cinema: Field of Dreams […]

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Tempe events: Rhythmic Circus-Feet Don’t Fail Me Now

Feet Don't Fail Me Now!

Tempe events include the off-Broadway hit Rhythmic Circus-Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! at the Tempe Center for the Arts on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Rhythmic Circus bursts onto the TCA stage with an effervescent troupe of artists, musicians, and outrageously talented dancers. “Heatbox,” the human beatbox, joins the seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp as this dancing circus blows audiences away with their rapid fire moves and high energy fun. Feet Don’t Fail Me Now showcases brilliant staging, colorful costumes, rapid-fire tap, funky styling, a seven-piece band with a big, brass sound, in a genre-hopping hour-and-a-half of rock, blues and soul. The Minneapolis-based troupe, Rhythmic Circus is comprised of internationally renowned artists. Since their early start 10 years ago at a small theatre in northeast Minneapolis, they have grown into an international sensation touring to over 300 cities worldwide including a six-week tour throughout China, an eighteen-city tour in the Netherlands and multiple trips to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest art festival. To purchase tickets to Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, visit tca.ticketforce.com/tcapresents, or call at (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. Cactus League Spring Training is in full swing this week. Angels home games are listed below. For a complete Cactus League schedule, spring activities and details about transportation to and from games at Sloan Park and Tempe Diablo […]

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Try TRES Tempe, Tempe’s newest restaurant gem

Tres Tempe Tres Leches Cheesecake

Every once in a while you come across a new restaurant that you think will be good, but it is actually so great that it just blows you away. I’m happy to say that I had this experience at TRES Tempe, a brand new restaurant in south Tempe. To call TRES Tempe a hidden gem is apropos. It’s somewhat hidden, located at 7192 S. Price Rd., next to the newly opened Home2 Suites Phoenix Tempe and Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Tempe ASU Research Park, in the Discovery Business Campus. But it’s also conveniently located at the 101 Freeway and Elliott Road. A friend and I decided to try it out after hearing that it had just opened.  After checking out the menu offerings described as “a clean and modern interpretation of the Mediterranean and the Southwest, prepared with locally sourced ingredients in a wood-fired oven,” we wasted no time in heading over for lunch. The space is open, airy and modern, but also warm and inviting due to the large windows that allow lots of sunlight in. There are lots of cool decorative elements, like a black and white graphic tile behind the open kitchen and a beautiful bar in the center of the space. We were seated and our server came to our table immediately and described the menu with lots of good detail. He had tried everything on the menu and made a few suggestions of his favorite items. The menu is true to the promise of blending […]

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Tempe events: Night of the Open Door @ ASU

ASU Night of the Open Door

Tempe events include ASU Night of the Open Door @ Tempe, February 24, 2018, from 1-6 p.m.  Experience the best kind of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) with a side of humanities and athletics at this fun, mind-expanding event for both the tech savvy and not so tech savvy of all ages. With more than 300 interactive activities, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into the spaces that house the most innovative projects at ASU. Spaces to explore include the Biodesign Institute, ASU Super Computer, Mars Space Flight Facility, ASU Marston Exploratory Theater and more. ASU students and faculty will introduce you to poisonous insects, space exploration, volcanoes, drones and robots, medical breakthroughs and Mayan discoveries. Interactive hands-on activities offer a wide spectrum of sciences, engineering, humanities and the arts. ASU Night of the Open Door @ Tempe is “THE” night to come experience the creative energy that powers a world-class university. Learn more about Night of the Open Door activities and 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. February 20: Black Veil Brides The Marquee February 20-25: Hamilton ASU Gammage February 21-March 18: Cavalia Odysseo 1475 N. McClintock Dr., Scottsdale, AZ February 22: Steve Krause Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre February 23: Don’t Tell Mom Tempe Marketplace February 23: Vince Neil The Marquee February 23-25: ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents The Flick Nelson Fine Arts Center Plaza February 23-March […]

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Spotlight on Jack Minetti – Conference Concierge at Tempe Mission Palms

The Tempe Tourism Office team is fortunate to work with some outstanding hospitality professionals. These professionals help shape the guest’s experience, provide information about what to see and do in Tempe, and help make a conference run smoothly. I had the opportunity to sit down with Jack Minetti, the Conference Concierge at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in the heart of Downtown Tempe. He is the only Conference Concierge in Tempe. It is evident when you meet Jack that he has a real love for people, which shows in his work. Jack is originally from Pittsburgh and set his sights on the sunny state of Arizona in the 1980s. He quickly found a job in the hospitality industry. Jack’s work experience in Arizona includes working for InFlight Food Prep, the famed Estelle’s Jazz Club and the Hyatt Regency as Lead Food Captain. Winning multiple awards for industry excellence, Jack continued to grow and expand his horizons. In 1999, Jack found his way to the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel as Lead Food Captain. While working several key events, Jack began to recognize that guests had many questions and needs. Jack brought his observations to Cheryl Martin, his supervisor, and said “I want to help these people have a meaningful experience during their stay here.” Recognizing Jack’s knack for impromptu action and ideas, the department of Conference Concierge was created. Jack’s mission is to assure that your conference or meeting goes as smoothly as possible. Jack and the staff at the Tempe […]

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Tempe events: The Flick at ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center

ASU Art Museum

Tempe events include The Flick, presented by the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre at the Nelson Fine Art Center,  February 16-25, 2018. Written by Annie Baker and winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Flick is set in a rundown movie palace in Worcester, Massachusetts.  The story follows three underpaid movie ushers, Avery, Sam and Rose (who also runs the film projector) who struggle with friendship, heartbreak and betrayal. The Flick is a hilarious and moving parable for our times. For more information about The Flick, and to purchase tickets, visit https://filmdancetheatre.asu.edu/events or call 480-965-6447. 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. February 13: Patrisse Khan-Cullors: When They Call You a Terrorist Changing Hands Bookstore February 13: Bruce Cockburn The Marquee February 13-25: Hamilton ASU Gammage February 15-18: ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents Six Stories Tall ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse February 16: 3Nations Tempe Marketplace February 16-17: Dave Attell Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre February 16-25: ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents The Flick Nelson Fine Arts Center February 17: Undecided Youth Tempe Marketplace February 17: Phoenix Arts Ensemble Spring Festival Gala Tempe Center for the Arts February 17: LOUD VII: Analog Outlaws, Carol Pacey & the Honeyshakers, Fayuca Tempe History Museum February 17-March 11: Childsplay presents The Snowy Day Tempe Center for the Arts February 19: Tempe Symphony Orchestra Spring […]

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Tempe events: Corks & Cactus at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

Tempe events include Corks & Cactus at Desert Botanical Garden, February 10-11, 2018.  Each day 40 different wines from regions around the world will be available for sampling. While enjoying the wines, you’ll have an opportunity to talk to representatives from each winery. All wines are available for sale, by the bottle or case, with proceeds benefiting the Garden’s education, conservation, research and horticulture programs. Mix and match 12 or more bottles and receive 10 percent off the total purchase price. Live music adds to the ambiance. On Saturday, the dynamic duo of 76th Street engage with their stories of strength, independence and love through song and storytelling. On Sunday, Lee Perreira takes the stage as he combines classic blues riffs with a soulfully textured vocal style leaving his audience instantly captured. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.dbg.org/events/corks-cactus, or call 480 941.1225. 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. February 6-25: Hamilton ASU Gammage February 8: Canyon Records presents: Tony Duncan & Jonah Littlesunday Changing Hands Bookstore February 8: Lights The Marquee February 8-10: Craig Shoemaker Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre February 9:  Carmela y Más Tempe Marketplace February 9: Fetty Wap The Marquee February 9-18: ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents Six Stories Tall ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse February 10: The Expendables The Marquee February 10: Andreś Martín Leal Tempe Marketplace February 10: Carnival […]

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Tempe events: David Greene, Host of NPR Morning Edition

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe events include A Conversation with David Greene  co-host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” at Tempe Center for the Arts on February 2, 2018,  7:30 p.m. “Morning Edition”  airs on KJZZ 91.5 FM, weekdays from 3-9 a.m. Greene joins Steve Inskeep and Rachel Martin in hosting both “Morning Edition” and NPR’s morning news podcast “Up First.” David Green joined NPR in 2005. Over the years with NPR, he has covered New Orleans during the days following Hurricane Katrina; the White House during the Bush Administration; and Hillary Clinton’s entire 2008 campaign. For two years prior to taking on his current role in 2012, he was NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow covering the region from Ukraine and the Baltics, east to Siberia. He also spent a month in Libya reporting stories in the most difficult of circumstances as NATO bombs fell on Tripoli. He was honored with the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize from WBUR and Boston University for that coverage of the Arab Spring. Those who would like to spend some extra time getting to know David, can purchase VIP Meet & Greet tickets which include dinner with David, wine and preferred seating at the presentation. For more information and to purchase tickets to A Conversation with David Greene, 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.  January 30-February 25: Hamilton ASU Gammage February 2: […]

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Six Questions for Brian McCartin, President & CEO

Brian McCartin Tempe Tourism

Brian McCartin is the new President & CEO of the Tempe Tourism Office. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet him yet, we wanted to give you a chance to get to know him and find out what he likes most about Tempe and what he sees for Tempe’s future as a tourism destination. Since beginning his new post, Brian has immersed himself in learning about our great city. Now that he’s had time to experience Tempe, we wanted to get his impressions so far. The Tempe Tourism team asked Brian six questions which he tackled with gusto. We like his answers and think you will too. You worked at Travel Portland for 15 years. What positions did you hold there?  I started as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  After several years, and as the dynamics of the destination were changing (an expanded convention center, increased international air service, several new hotels, etc.), we changed my role to more of a sales and services focus. My title changed to Executive Vice President of Convention and Tourism Sales.  Prior to joining Travel Portland, I had been a hotelier in Portland and for five years I served on Travel Portland’s Board of Directors, including a term as the Board Chair.  So, I really worked for/with Travel Portland for 20 years. What excites you the most about working for the Tempe Tourism Office?  Tempe is a terrific destination with so much to offer.  And while centrally located within the greater […]

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Tempe events: Carnival of Illusion at TCA

Carnival of Illusion

Tempe events include the Carnival of Illusion at Tempe Center for the Arts, January 25 and 26, 2018. What is the Carnival of Illusion?  Imagine an interactive vaudeville inspired theater show with old-world magic, add a twinkling hint of 1900’s Parisian humor, all packed into 100 fun-filled minutes. Carnival of Illusion is magic, mystery, and OOOH La La. Carnival of Illusion stars the dynamic husband/wife team of Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed.  Recipients of “Excellence in Magic,” Sarlot and Eyed have performed as house entertainers at the world’s top resorts, to Fortune 100 CEOs and to the 200 Most Powerful Women in America. Catch the longest running Arizona theater show in history at the Tempe Center for the Arts this January 25 and 26. To purchase tickets, visit www.carnivalofillusion.com/  or call (480) 350-2829. 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. January 23: Avatar The Marquee January 25: Eric Schwartz Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre January 26: People Who Could Fly Tempe Marketplace January 26: ASU School of Music presents From the New World: Ko, Hidgon and Dvorak ASU Gammage January 26: August Burns Red The Marquee January 26-27: Jim Belushi & The Board of Comedy Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre January 26-27: Carnival of Illusion Tempe Center for the Arts January 27: Hello Swindon Tempe Marketplace January 27: Sara Robinson Band Tempe History Museum January 27-March 11: Childsplay presents The Snowy Day Tempe Center […]

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Tempe Public Market Cafe is open for business

Tempe Public Market

The wait is finally over for Tempe Public Market Cafe. It opened this weekend at the corner of Rural and Warner Roads in South Tempe and welcomed hungry diners looking for something new and different. Tempe’s newest restaurant is the latest venture by Chef Aaron Chamberlin, the major talent behind St. Francis and Phoenix Public Market Cafe. Tempe Public Market Cafe is my new favorite restaurant and I know I’m not alone. There’s so much to love about it. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this community cafe serves fresh food crafted with seasonal ingredients sourced mostly from local and organic farms. Perfect for casual dining with a walk up and order set-up, this is the perfect spot for getting together with friends and family. This restaurant offers a cozy, yet trendy atmosphere. I especially love the large outdoor patio with both misters for summer, and heaters and a large fireplace for winter. I can already see myself enjoying a cappuccino in front of the fireplace while I sample my newest favorite item from the menu. For my first visit, I headed over early morning to try out their breakfast offerings, and beat the rush. I ordered the frittata – eggs, farmers market vegetables, cheddar cheese, arugula, pesto and toast. It was so good I almost licked my plate. I sat for awhile afterwards to enjoy my cappuccino and to people watch. Although very busy, the restaurant team did a good job serving everyone pretty quickly. They were all […]

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Tempe events: Childsplay presents The Snowy Day at TCA

Childsplay presents The Snowy Day

Tempe events include the opening of Childsplay’s production of The Snowy Day at the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on January 21, 2018. The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall! Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in this imaginative musical play about the childhood joys and challenges of growing up. Using innovative shadow puppetry, Peter and his pals come to life in this humorous and fun adaptation of three stories by author illustrator Ezra Jack Keats: Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy and The Snowy Day. You can see The Snowy Day  on weekends from January 21-March 11, 2018. To purchase tickets visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website, 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. January 18-20: David Alan Grier Tempe Improv Comedy Theater  January 19: August in Stereo Tempe Marketplace January 19: Maggie Smith: Good Bones Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, ASU Tempe Campus January 20: The Brightside Tempe Marketplace January 20: Neck Deep The Marquee January 20: Pierce Brown: Iron Gold Changing Hands Bookstore January 20: Aldo Lopez Gavilan Trio: “The Cubans are Coming!” Tempe Center for the Arts January 20: Kristina Wong ASU Gammage  January 21: John Hiatt & The Goners The Marquee  January 21-March 11: Childsplay presents The Snowy Day Tempe Center […]

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Tempe events: Lakeshore Music presents A Piano Triptych

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe events include A Piano Triptych, presented by Lake Lakeshore Music  at Tempe Center for the Arts on January 13.  The program features three renowned pianists, Nicole Pesce, Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi, performing an evening on Broadway with two concert grand pianos. Pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger Nicole Pesce entertains audiences with her unique blend of virtuosity, humor and pizzazz. With a repertoire consisting of over 12,000 memorized songs, Nicole is often dubbed “the human iPod” and is recognized as one of the “top ten musicians to hear in Phoenix” by the Arizona Republic. She has appeared on Phoenix’s prime time news, television and radio stations as well as in magazines and newspaper article. Stephanie Trick (Harlem stride piano virtuoso) and Paolo Alderighi met at a piano festival in Boswil near Zürich, Switzerland in 2008 and started to collaborate on a four-hands piano project dedicated to classic jazz, preparing arrangements of songs from the swing era, as well as drawing from the ragtime and blues repertoire. They have performed at national and international festivals and concerts. This premiere performance on January 13 at the Tempe Center for the Arts is a benefit for the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute Scholarship Fund at Arizona State University. To purchase tickets, 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. For a complete listing of Tempe’s live […]

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Spotlight on: Anibal Abayneh, GM of Cafe Lalibela

Anibal Abayne Cafe Lalibela GM

The smells of the delicious food served at Cafe Lalibela greets you with a warm welcome. And is complemented by the warm welcome we received from GM of the restaurant, Anibal Abayneh. We had the opportunity to sit down with Anibel to learn about the unique story of the restaurant, and the food they bring to Tempe locals and visitors everyday. Opened in 1996, Cafe Lalibela was the first Ethiopian restaurant opened in Arizona. 21 years later, it’s still humming with the tastes of Ethiopia by the original chef, Abayneh’s mother-in-law. A favorite among locals and ASU students and professors, everything that comes of out this kitchen is not only delicious, but also gluten free, sugar free, nut free and preservative free. But, you would never know how healthy this food really is. Every bite is rich with intense flavor and spices. It warms your belly and your soul. Guests will experience eating in the traditional Ethiopian way as well – no utensils. You eat using your fingers by scooping your dishes up with the spongy bread provided with your meal. Don’t let that intimidate you though – everyone there is so nice and welcoming – and ready to give guests a quick tutorial. It took about 5 seconds for me to dig in after being shown the way to best enjoy my meal.   Cafe Lalibela is located in Tempe on the SE corner of University and Hardy, just minutes from Downtown Tempe and Arizona State University. 849 W. University […]

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Tempe events: Annie at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe events include Scottsdale Musical Theater Company’s production of Annie at the Tempe Center for the Arts, January 4-7.  TV, film and Broadway star Bronson Pinchot portrays Daddy Warbucks in the limited one week engagement of this classic musical. The show also features TV and Broadway star Kaitlin Hopkins as Miss Hannigan. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ScottsdaleMusicalTheater.com or call (602) 909-4215. 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. January 2-14: ZooLights Phoenix Zoo January 2-6: Tempe Xhibition: Celebrating ten years at the TCA Gallery Tempe Center for the Arts January 2-20: ASU Art Exhibition: Porøs ASU Art Museum January 2-March 31: Footprints on the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park January 3-7: Scottsdale Musical Theater presents Annie Tempe Center for the Arts January 4-6: Comedian Alex Moffat Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre January 5: Author Andrew Bourelle: Heavy Metal Changing Hands Bookstore January 5: Life Thru Letters Tempe Marketplace January 6: Ratio Tempe Marketplace Sundays through April 22: 6th Street Market 24 E. 6th St.      

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How to choose the right speaker for your conference

You’ve secured the destination and completed negotiations with the host property, now it is time to focus on the content of the meeting and how you will exceed your attendees’ expectations. As with many meetings, choosing the right keynote speaker to enhance and compliment your program is often times one of the most difficult challenges. Here are some tips to hiring your next speaker and ensuring you find the right fit for your group. Watch your prospective speakers perform When you watch a speaker live, you are able to see how well they are received by the crowd, as well as how they interact with the audience. Are they able to read the crowd reactions and adapt quickly to the responses they are getting? A keynote speaker should absolutely be able to supply you with a video of past sessions and make sure you watch the entire segment so you can determine if they held the audience’s interest for the whole time. Look for speakers who research and prepare thoroughly For your meeting, you want a tailored presentation that will appeal to the specific audience attending your event, which means the speaker will need to put in time either creating a speech from scratch or repurposing an existing speech with your audience in mind. Gauge the speaker’s understanding of the topics, industry and your audience. Make sure to put it in writing in your contract with your speakers that they know and understand you require input and progress updates all […]

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Take a Hike, Tempe!

Hiking is one of my favorite things to do and it’s the perfect time of year to start off the day with an early morning trek. It’s a great way to learn about the Sonoran Desert landscape and mix with the locals too. In the Tempe/Phoenix area, there are so many choices of hiking trails that it can be hard to choose where to go. Here’s a quick guide to some of my favorite Phoenix hiking trails. Papago Park and South Mountain Park are also popular for recreational mountain biking in Tempe, AZ. Just remember, take lots of water, wear sunscreen and go with a friend. It’s just more safe (and fun) that way! Papago Park Papago Park offers several easy hikes to choose from and it’s easy to get to from any part of the Valley. The trailhead just west of the parking lot at College and Curry is an easy hike that provides views of downtown Tempe and Tempe Town Lake from the summits. This trail is also home to Loma del Rio, a Hohokam ruin. To get to the ruin, continue along the path towards the freeway, and then veer right. Once you pass the summit of the next hill, you’ll see the ruin next to a ramada. There’s another popular trailhead on the west side of Papago Park. You can access it by turning west into the parking lot just across Galvin Parkway from the entrance to The Phoenix Zoo, located just north of Van Buren. […]

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Spend New Year’s Eve in Tempe

Downtown Tempe NYE

It’s time to ring in 2018! And, more importantly, time to decide where to celebrate New Year’s Eve! Tempe has everything from champagne balls, live music, luminarias, festive dinner menus and kids’ activities to choose from to celebrate. Here’s a list of top picks on where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tempe: New Year’s Eve events in Downtown Tempe: What better way to celebrate NYE than with fireworks at midnight, brought to you by Four Peaks Brewing Company, and a hearty dose of fun in Downtown Tempe. Check out these awesome parties happening in Downtown Tempe: El Hefe and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row Champagne Ball El Hefe Mexican Restaurant – 640 S Mill Ave #110, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 257-2797 Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row – 640 S Mill Ave #120, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 794-1477 Head to El Hefe and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Downtown Tempe for their 2018 Champagne Ball! Two parties, one ticket! You can’t miss this 3rd Annual Champagne Ball, featuring a 40 ft. stage in the middle of 6th St. with performances by AZ’s top local DJs. Confetti blasts, champagne inflatables, ball drop and champagne tubs – all in one spot. General admission tickets are $20 and VIP tickets are $40. Visit https://www.showclix.com/event/champagne-ball-nye-20185214373 to purchase tickets. Cabin Tempe 410 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-0663 Ring in the New Year at one of the newest additions to Downtown Tempe’s nightlife, Cabin Tempe. They’re offering two floors of bottles, kegs, Jell-O shots, and everything else you’ll need for the perfect house party! […]

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Tempe events: December 20, 2017-January 2, 2018

Downtown Tempe NYE

The next two weeks are going to be fun and busy – the holiday are upon us! And lucky for us, Tempe has lots to offer throughout the holidays to keep us entertained! From live music to Broadway shows and comedy shows, there’s something for every age. I’m especially excited to head to Downtown Tempe to ring in the New Year. Several bars and restaurants will be hosting fun evenings with live music, and food and drink speocals, and there will be an fireworks show at midnight to ring in 2018! Here’s our list of exciting events taking place over the next two weeks, or for Tempe’s calendar of events, visit https://www.tempetourism.com/events/. December 19-23, 26-30 – Las Noches de las Luminarias Desert Botanical Garden December 19-24 – CINDERELLA ASU Gammage December 19-31 – Nightly Snowfall Tempe Marketplace December 19-January 14 – ZooLights Phoenix Zoo December 21 – Comedian Ian Bagg Tempe Improv Comedy Theater December 22-23 – Comedian Tommy Davidson Tempe Improv Comedy Theater December 22-24 – Childsplay presents A Christmas Carol with Katie McFadzen Tempe Center for the Arts December 23 – Childsplay presents Go, Dog. Go! Tempe Center for the Arts December 23 – Lakeshore Music presents Bob Ravenscroft Trio: “The True Christmas” Tempe Center for the Arts December 27 – Jane’s Addiction The Marquee December 27-28 – Comedian Tiffany Haddish Tempe Improv Comeday Theater December 29 – The Amplified Soul Experience Tempe Center for the Arts December 29-31 – Comedian Jim Breuer Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre December […]

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Phoenix Zoo’s Dinosaurs in the Desert

Dinosaurs in the Desert

One of my favorite spots to take my kids to in the Metro Phoenix area is the Phoenix Zoo, located in Papago Park about 5 minutes north of Downtown Tempe. It’s a fun zoo, with lots of habitats to explore, and always something new to check out. There are also several attractions especially for the kiddos, such as two water splash pad areas, a big wooden fort house to climb on, a beautiful carousel, camel rides, a petting zoo and more. Their newest exhibit has received a gold start of approval from both of my kids – Dinosaurs in the Desert. Dinosaurs in the Desert is a self-guided walking tour located near the back of the zoo. There is a fee of $4, in addition to regular zoo admission, to enter. Once inside you enter another world – the prehistoric land of the dinosaurs. Music sets the mood with the score from Jurassic Park playing in the background as you approach your first dinosaur. There are more than ten encounters, with most of the dinosaurs having some sort of animatronics. Guests will see a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Dilophosaurus, Brachiosaurus and many more creatures from before our time. One dinosaur even spits water on you. My 4 year old daughter loved it and insisted she stand there until appropriately soaked. My 2 year old didn’t love it so much and avoided it all together. To each their own! But I will tell you, the kids absolutely loved every moment! It’s a nice […]

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Holiday Menus and Craft Cocktails in Tempe

Gertrudes Tundra

With the holiday season upon us, now’s the perfect time to seek out special holiday menus and craft cocktails to get in the festive mood! Here are just a few of the Tempe restaurants offering special holiday menus and/or holiday drinks we think you’ll love. Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe – 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 This Christmas Eve, join any Culinary Dropout location for their ugly sweater party from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Show up in your ugly sweater and sip on some Night Before X-Mas Punch which includes cranberry, orange, Wild Turkey bourbon and holiday spice on special for $8. Culinary Dropout has an incredible beer and wine menu that’s highlighted by some great brews that are made locally. While you’re there enjoying your holiday drink, sit, relax and enjoy some yummy food and a game of corn-hole. Culinary Dropout is open on Christmas Eve until 8 p.m. and is closed on Christmas Day. Rustler’s Rooste – 8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 Rustler’s Rooste, one of the valley’s best restaurants for food and views, has a special holiday menu offering traditional favorites, just like mom used to make. They’ll be open Christmas Day from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. with country music from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Menu items include a traditional turkey dinner or baked ham dinner. Both are priced at $19.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids 10 and under. In the mood for a Prime Rib dinner? You can get prime rib (starting at 8 oz. […]

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Tempe Events December 12-18: Las Noches de las Luminarias

Las Noches de Las Luminarias

This week’s Tempe events include Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden, December 15-17, 19-23, 26-30, 2017. Each night of Las Noches de las Luminarias the Desert Botanical Garden comes to life with the soft glow from thousands of hand lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and 10 unique entertainment ensembles. Purchase tickets in advance. 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. December 12-January 14: ZooLights Phoenix Zoo December 14: Pullman Standard Tempe Marketplace December 14-17: Greg Fitzsimmons Tempe Improv Comedy Theater December 15: Lane Change Tempe Marketplace December 15: Descendents The Marquee December 16: Spar Afar Tempe Marketplace December 16-23: Childsplay presents Go, Dog. Go! Tempe Center for the Arts December 17: Deck the Halls…And All that Jazz Mesa Arts Center Sundays through-April 22: 6th Street Market 24 E. 6th St., Downtown Tempe

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Weekly events: Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, Dec. 9

Tempe Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade

Weekly events include the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade Boat Parade Presented by SRP at Tempe Town Lake on December 9. The parade is one of the most anticipated holiday events in Tempe and one of the most unique in metro Phoenix. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with live music by local artists Cesar Chavez Choir, Trevor Browne Dance Team, Joey Unami, and 76th Street.  Various 6th Street Market vendors will sell handmade goods and goodies to eat and drink. The lake will be all aglow when the parade begins at 7 p.m. with approximately 50 boats, each decorated with twinkling lights and holiday decorations, sailing past crowds lined on the shore of Tempe Town Lake. At 8 p.m. you’ll be treated fireworks, more music and Santa Claus. Be sure to bring your cameras and snap your holiday pics in Santa’s tent. Admission to the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade is free. Everyone is invited to donate to the United Food Bank’s Peanut Butter Drive, You can drop your jar off at one of the donation receptacles in Tempe Beach Park. 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. December 5-January 14: ZooLights Phoenix Zoo December 6-9: Stray Cat Theatre presents: Mercury Tempe Center for the Arts December 8, 15, 22-24: Childsplay presents A Christmas Carol with Katie McFadzen Tempe Center for the Arts December 8: Desert Frostover III Day 1 […]

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Spotlight On: Alec Posta, Lego® Master Model Builder

Alec Posta

“Like a like a kid in a candy store” and “a happy camper,” perfectly describe Alec Posta, Lego® Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Tempe. Surrounded by zillions of those colorful building bricks, Alec Posta is clearly in his element, full of joy and exuding enthusiasm for his dream job. A talented designer, with a sense of wonder and whimsy, he whips up amazing Lego® masterpieces and shows budding Master Model Builders how to build their own creations. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is located in Arizona Mills Mall, 5000 S Arizona Mills Cir #135, Tempe, AZ 85282. Hours are: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit https://arizona.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/.  

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Tempe events: 49th Annual Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts

Tempe Festival of the Arts

Tempe events include the Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts, December 1-3.  This marks the festival’s 49th year as one of Tempe’s most popular events. As many as 350 artists from around the country exhibit and sell hand-made works of art in a multitude of media, including photography, paint, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics.  You’re sure to find a few of your favorite things and unique holiday gifts for others on your shopping list. In addition to the artists’ booths, the festival features live entertainment, wine and beer gardens, a kids’ interactive area. There’s also a section devoted to cottage arts, such as handmade seasonings, soaps, candles and sauces. The Fall Tempe Festival of the arts takes place in Downtown Tempe along Mill Avenue and the adjacent streets from December 1-3, 2017 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. rain or shine.  Don’t miss this event that’s fun for the whole family and admission is free. For more information on all of the festival artists and events, visit www.tempefestivalofthearts.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. November 28- December 3: THE BODYGUARD ASU Gammage November 29-January 14: ZooLights Phoenix Zoo November 30: Jack & Jack The Marquee November 30: Kelly McNelis: Your Messy Brilliance: 7 Tools for the Perfectly Imperfect Woman Changing Hands Bookstore November 30-December 9: Stray Cat Theatre presents: Mercury Tempe Center for the Arts December 1: The Caribbean Cruisers Tempe Marketplace […]

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Tempe events: Las Noches de las Luminarias

Las Noches de Las Luminarias

Tempe events include Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden, November 24-December 30. Throughout the holidays, the Garden’s lovely paths will be aglow with more than 8,000 lit luminaire bags and the trees will sparkle with thousands of tiny white lights. You can’t help but catch the holiday spirit while strolling along the garden’s glowing trails with a cup of hot chocolate or cider in hand on a crisp, clear night. Music will fill the air nightly with performances by groups including Mariachi Pasión & Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli, Run Boy Run, Traveler featuring Scott Jeffers, Simply Three, The Sugar Thieves, hand bell ensembles and more. You’ll also find the bold, monumental sculptures of Japanese American artist Jun Kaneko throughout Garden trails. Make the evening even more special and include dinner at Gertrude’s, the Garden’s on site restaurant featuring seasonally inspired food, or dine al fresco at the Patio Cafe. You can also feast upon a sumptuous holiday buffet served in Dorrance Hall. Reservations are recommended for Gertrude’s and required for the holiday buffet. Las Noches de las Luminarias takes place November 24 and  25, December 8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-30 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Desert Botanical Garden website or call 480-941-1225. 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. November 21: Periphery / Animals as Leaders The Marquee November 22: Authority […]

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Tempe events: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

ASU Gammage

Tempe events include Bill T. Jones /Arnie Zane Company with Associate Artistic Director, Janet Wong performing the third and final installment of the ANALOGY TRILOGY, AMBROS: THE EMIGRANT at ASU Gammage on November 18. The trilogy brings into light the different types of war we fight and, in particular, the war within ourselves. The trilogy is an investigation of memory, storytelling and form. AMBROS is the end of a path of exploration, a culmination that could in fact be a beginning. Bill T. Jones is a choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer. He is recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award. He earned the 2007 Tony Award for Best Choreography in Spring Awakening and a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography in FELA!. For more information and to purchase tickets for ANALOGY TRILOGY, AMBROS: THE EMIGRANT, visit https://www.asugammage.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. November 16: Morrissey The Marquee November 16-17: Music in the Garden: April Verch Desert Botanical Garden November 16-18: Colin Kane Tempe Improv  November 16-19: The Compass Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, ASU Tempe Campus November 17: Drowning Pool Tempe Marketplace November 18: Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Company ASU Gammage November 18: Lakeshore Music Series presents Tierney Sutton Band Tempe Center for the Arts November 18: Sonoran Swing Tempe Marketplace November 18: The Pangean Orchestra Tempe History Museum November 19: IRONMAN Arizona Tempe Beach Park November […]

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Skip the dishes, and eat out on Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just days away. That means in just a few days, we’ll be gathered around with friends and family, watching football, cooking the largest turkey we could find, baking pies and cakes, prepping the stuffing and the green bean casserole (my favorite and a Thanksgiving must if I’m invited to your home). Once the prepping, cooking/baking and in some cases, when the tears are wiped away, you can eat, laugh, yell, scream and chat around the table. Then the cleaning begins. And it never ends. If this doesn’t sound appealing to you – and that’s okay if it doesn’t – you still deserve to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. You deserve the works too. We’re talking about turkey, ham, prime rib, mountains of potatoes and all the pies you can dream of. Best of all, you can let someone else do all the cooking and cleaning up for you. Here are a few Tempe area restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving and are more than happy to take care of everything for you so your Thanksgiving can be relaxing and stress-free. Rustler’s Rooste 8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 | (602) 431-6474 Head to Rustler’s Rooste for a boot-scootin’ good time on Thanksgiving. Open Thanksgiving day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy live country music from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call to make your reservation: (602) 431-6474. RUSTLER’S ROOSTE TURKEY STUFF – Pre-order only , Excluding beverages, tax and gratuity – $159.99 16-20 lbs Oven-Roasted Tom Turkey, Mushroom Sage […]

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

Lil Buck

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

ZooLights

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. Illumination, Symphony of Light  | November 16-December 31, 2018 Tempe Diablo Stadium | 2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282 Get into the holiday spirit at the country’s largest drive-through animated holiday light show experience. It’s called a symphony because it is a masterpiece of art where millions of colors come to life, masterfully choreographed to your favorite holiday songs.  It is a place where the science of sound and sight come together to create a magical symphony of light. Operating hours are Monday-Thursday 6-10 p.m., Friday-Sunday & Holidays  6-11 p.m. Arizona Mills 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe AZ 85282 | (480) 491-9700 Photos with Santa – November 9-December 24: Pet Photos with Santa – November 18 from 6-8 p.m.: Caring Santa – Just for kids with special needs – December 2 and 9 from 9-11 a.m.: December 2, 2018 Decemeber 9, 2018 Movie and Photos with Santa – November 10 (activities from 9-11 a.m. and movie from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Downtown Tempe Located between College Ave. and Farmer […]

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Tempe events: SOMETHING ROTTEN comes to ASU Gammage

something rotten at asu gammage

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 https://www.asugammage.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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

Snooze

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 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 2018 in Tempe

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 20-31, 2018 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. Dates include Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21; Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28; Wednesday, October 31, 2018. All activities are included in the price of admission. Halloween Stroll – October 28, 2018 Downtown Tempe Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Tempe! Ghosts, goblins, and princesses of all ages, come to Downtown Tempe’s 6th Street Market (near Tempe City Hall) for some not so spooky Halloween fun. Join us starting at 2:00 p.m. for festive crafts, games, trick-or-treating and a costume contest. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag! At 4:30 p.m. meet at Hayden Station (located on 4th St., West of Mill Ave) […]

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Tempe events: Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake

Tempe events include the annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake, October 13-15. The lakeside Tempe Beach Park will be transformed into a traditional Bavarian beer festival during the day and a concert venue at night!  It’s Tempe’s annual festival of libations and food that raises money for Tempe Sister Cities. In addition to the traditional Oktoberfest oompahs, beers and cheers, this event offers great fun for the entire family. There will be beer and wine gardens, brats and lots of other yummy food, a Spaten 4v4 Soccer Tournament, Kinderfest for the kids, dachshund races and carnival rides. Sing and dance with a full line-up of bands performing polka, country, rock, reggae and more. Admission is free.  To purchase carnival and VIP tickets, visit http://www.tempeoktoberfest.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. October 11-29: Arizona State Fair Arizona State Fairgrounds October 12: Whitney Cummings The Marquee  October 12: Psychic Medium Cindy Kaza Tempe Improv  October 13: Music in the Garden: The Sugar Thieves Desert Botanical Garden October 13: Back In The Saddle Tempe Marketplace October 13-14: Ron Funches Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre October 13-15: Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake Tempe Town Lake  October 13-22: ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre presents The Nether Lyceum Theatre October 14: ASU Football: ASU vs. Washington Sun Devil Stadium  October 14: Eric and the Dominoes Tempe Marketplace October 14: Phoenix Rising […]

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History, Tradition and Beer: The Four Peaks Brewery Oktoberfest

Four Peaks Brewery flags

In the rafters of the 100-year-old creamery that still houses the original Four Peaks Brewery, above the steel tanks in which new beers are constantly bubbling, hang flags. More than a dozen of them are up there in total, from countries (and certain sports teams) across the globe. And the prime position, just to the right of the American flag? That’s where you’ll find the array of blue and white parallelograms representing the German state of Bavaria. The placement of the Bavarian flag, so close to the Stars & Stripes, isn’t an accident. The Bavarians are one of the world’s great brewing cultures; it was in their region that lagers—the cold-fermented family of beers to which most of the most popular beers in the world belong—was perfected. Today, almost every lager style brewed across the globe has Bavarian roots. Their flag is so close to ours because they’ve had an enormous impact on the beers we make. This cultural connection is a big part of why Four Peaks Brewery became the title sponsor of the annual Oktoberfest at Tempe Beach Park five years ago. Not only does the event raise funds for a program that sends high school seniors on 10-week international summer trips to all of Tempe’s sister cities, but it also honors and introduces people to the specific sister city of Regensburg, Germany, located in Bavaria. From oompah music and lederhosen to actual visiting German ambassadors, the Four Peaks Oktoberfest is one of the best introductions to Deutschland […]

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Tempe events: Tempe Tardeada celebrates Hispanic culture

Tempe Tardeada

Tempe events include the Tempe Tardeada on Sunday, October 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Tempe Cultural Complex. The first settlers to move to the Tempe area were Hispanic families from southern Arizona. In 1872, some of the Mexican settlers founded a town called San Pablo east of Tempe Butte community.  Each year, Tempe celebrates the historical significance of Hispanics within our community with the Tempe Tardeada. A tardeada is a social dance that is traditionally held on Sunday afternoons. The Tempe Tardeada  is the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month. Highlights include live music, dancing, Ballet Folkloric lessons, a tortilla-making demonstration, arts and crafts, face painting and inflatables, The Game Truck and the Tempe History Museum’s Family Albums exhibit. In addition, vendors sell delicious foods at family-friendly prices. So gather the family and enjoy this fun Tempe tradition. It’s a great way to spend an October Sunday afternoon. Admission is free. For more information on the Tempe Tardeada, visit the City of Tempe 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. October 4: Phoenix Rising vs. Tulsa Roughnecks Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex October 5: Roars & Pours Phoenix Zoo October 6: Music in the Garden: Mother Road Trio Desert Botanical Garden October 6: Rushified Tempe Marketplace October 6-8: Craig Gass Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre October 6-29: Arizona State Fair Arizona State Fairgrounds October 7: Tempe Tour de Fat […]

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The Journey before Ironman: Brent Scholar

For the special and accomplished few who cross the finish line at an Ironman race, there are no sweeter words than those from Ironman announcer Mike Riley: “You are an Ironman!” Brent Scholar hopes to hear those words for the first time on November 19, 2017 at IRONMAN Arizona in Tempe. Brent will be competing in his first full Ironman after a journey filled with many challenges that have molded him into who he is today. After November 19th he hopes to add Ironman to his list of accomplishments. Brent began his journey after a bout with vertigo in 2011. He weighed 193 pounds and decided to make a change in his life. He started doing P90X workouts at home and began noticing a difference. He quickly wanted a new challenge, something that allowed him to set a goal. He chose running, and metaphorically he hasn’t stopped since. On his 40th birthday, Brent ran four miles. He began running more and more every day and in 2013, he completed his first half-marathon. He has completed seven full marathons across the country since then. Each time he finished faster than the time before. Looking for a new challenge, Brent decided to purchase a bike and began training for a triathlon in 2014. The Santa Cruz 70.3 was his first triathlon event. Upon completing the 70.3, he circled IRONMAN Arizona as the first full triathlon he wanted to complete. He registered and began his training. Brent ran, swam, and rode his bike […]

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Weekly events: Ballet Under the Stars at TCA

Ballet Under the Stars

Tempe events feature Ballet Under the Stars at Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater on September 28. What could be more pleasant than sitting outside on a gorgeous September evening watching a beautiful dance performance by Ballet Arizona with Tempe Town Lake as the background? This is an annual tradition that I always look forward to and I’m eagerly anticipating this year’s event. Ballet Under the Stars is the perfect way to enjoy a performance by a professional dance company in a casual setting that’s complete with a stage, lighting, costumes and our beautiful Arizona weather. This year’s performance features encores of George Balanchine’s Square Dance and Western Symphony. So pack up the family along with some blankets or lawn chairs and some snacks and head to the Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater for a relaxing evening of dance on a starry night, September 28 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on Ballet Under the Stars, http://balletaz.org/community-outreach/ballet-under-the-stars/ 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. September 27-30: Stray Cat Theatre: Kiss Tempe Center for the Arts September 28: Make America Rock Again Tour The Marquee September 28: Ballet Under the Stars Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater September 28: Susanne Wilson: Soul Smart Changing Hands Bookstore September 28-October 1: John Heffron Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 29: Motionless in White The Marquee September 29: Miss […]

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How to Entertain Your Parents When They Visit ASU

As a third-year college student at ASU, most of my time is devoted to hitting the books or spending time with my friends. However, when my parents come to visit, binge-watching Netflix or studying in Hayden Library isn’t exactly what they are looking to do. Luckily for me, I have become a pro tour guide when it comes to showing them around Tempe. Here are a few of my family’s favorite things to do and some ideas to help you next time your parents come to Tempe. My parents usually try to plan their trips to Tempe when there is a home football game, and game-day festivities are truly where we have had the most fun. During ASU’s Family Weekend in October, Downtown Tempe has a block party that’s filled with live music and tasty food. We like to start off game day on Mill Avenue and make our way over to either ASU’s Signature Barbeque near the stadium or tailgates that are hosted by my friends, but my favorite part of game-days are when we finally make it to the stadium. There is truly nothing like a college football game, especially here at Sun Devil Stadium. For me, bringing my parents to the football games and tailgates is the perfect way to immerse them in ASU culture and show them why I love it here so much. Since my diet during the semester consists primarily of coffee, I very much look forward to sitting down for a (free) meal […]

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Tempe events: Childsplay presents The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

Tempe events feature Childsplay’s first magical show of another fantastic season, The Phantom Tollbooth, on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The Phantom Tollbooth is based on the childhood classic about a boy named Milo who is always bored. Absolutely nothing interests him. This changes when a mysterious tollbooth appears in his room and he suddenly finds himself wrapped up in a fantastical adventure in the Land of Wisdom. With the help of a ticking watchdog named Tock and an infuriating—but definitely not boring—Humbug, Milo must bring Princesses Rhyme and Reason back to rescue the kingdom. This beloved childhood classic comes to life on stage proving that the next adventure is always just around the corner! Performances of The Phantom Tollbooth take place on Saturday and Sunday through October 15, 2017. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.childsplayaz.org/ 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 19: Pepper & Tribal Seeds The Marquee September 20: Reverend Horton Heat The Marquee September 21: SZA The Marquee September 21-30: Stray Cat Theatre: Kiss Tempe Center for the Arts September 22: Jam Austin Murray, Vermilion and The Shadow Chameleon Tempe Marketplace September 22: Fall Redux ASU Art Museum September 22-24: James Davis Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 23: Lakeshore Music Series presents Benny Green Trio Tempe Center for the Arts September 23: ASU Football: ASU vs. Oregon Sun Devil Stadium September 23-October 15: […]

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 Spotlight On: Garth Johnson, ASU Ceramics Research Center

ASU Ceramics Research Center in Tempe, AZ

Take our video tour of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center (CRC) with its curator, Garth Johnson. Garth’s enthusiasm for the art of ceramics and the Ceramics Research Center is contagious and will make you eager to visit the CRC in person to browse the rows of incredible works from the permanent collection. The CRC has the most extensive collection of contemporary ceramics in the U.S.  In addition to the permanent works on display, you most likely will see one of the seasonal rotating exhibitions that focus on important movements and artists who have made major contributions in the ceramics field. Spend some time at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and you’ll be amazed at the diverse and beautiful works of art that have been created from simple lumps of clay. You might even be inspired to get your own lump of clay to pound, kneed, coil, turn or mold into your own work of art. The ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center is located in Downtown Tempe at 699 S. Mill Ave. #108, Tempe, AZ 85281. Hours are: Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, visit https://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/visit/ceramics-research-center.

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Tempe events: Stray Cat Theatre presents Kiss

Tempe events include Stray Cat Theatre’s sweet sixteen season opener, Kiss, on September 15 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. In this Southwest premier written by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderán and directed by Ron May, a standing double-date quickly becomes a hilarious farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions. But is anything really what it seems to be? Politically charged and emotionally urgent, Kiss challenges us to question whether we can truly understand other cultures. Kiss is a disquieting exploration of the limitations of art in grappling with the suffocating effects of an oppressive regime. Kiss will be on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts from September 15-30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.straycattheatre.org, or call 480-227-1766. 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 12: 14th Annual Tempe Healing Field Tempe Beach Park September 12: Manchester Orchestra The Marquee September 14: Juan González: Reclaiming Gotham Changing Hands Bookstore September 14: The Magpie Salute The Marquee September 14-17: Flip Orley Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 15: ASU School of Dance presents Fall Forward! ASU Galvin Playhouse September 15: Toad the Wet Sprocket The Marquee September 15: Smiley Draco Tempe Marketplace District Stage September 15-30: Stray Cat Theatre presents Kiss Tempe Center for the Arts September 16: Carmela y Más Tempe Marketplace District Stage September 16: ASU Symphony Orchestra: Phenomenon, […]

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Tempe events: Tempe Center for the Arts 10th Anniversary

Tempe Center for the Arts

  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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