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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 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 intimate 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. Arizona Mills 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe AZ 85282 (480) 491-9700 http://www.simon.com/mall/arizona-mills/news-and-events Bring your children to Arizona Mills for photos with Santa. He’ll be at the mall near the food court through December 24. Arizona Mills is a great place to find something for everyone on your list with more than a mile of outlet stores, retailers and entertainment venues. Other holiday fun includes: Pet Photos with Santa –  November 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. Story time, cookies and milk with Mrs. Claus – December 1 |  4-6 p.m. Caring Santa is coming to Arizona Mills for children with special needs – December 3 | 9-11 a.m. Reserve your spot for a private photo experience. Pet Photos with Santa –  December 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. Downtown Tempe Located between College Ave. and Farmer Ave., University Dr. and Tempe Town Lake, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-6060 downtowntempe.com Downtown Tempe is the heart of this college town so it’s no wonder that there are tons of restaurants, bars, gift shops, specialty stores and […]

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Tempe events: SOMETHING ROTTEN comes to ASU Gammage

something rotten at asu gammage

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

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Tempe has a huge variety of both fun and affordable dining options, and since breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, here is my official list of fun and affordable breakfast spots in Tempe. Trust me – you won’t be disappointed! 1. Chompies: This New York style delicatessen offers breakfast all day long, and the options and portions here are plentiful! Their omelettes are heaven, and so are the sweeter options! I particularly love the whole grain pancakes. Find Chompie’s on University Dr. between Rural Rd. and Dorsey Ln. 2. NCounter: This spot, located in downtown Tempe off of Mill Ave. and 3rd St., offers a fun 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. U.S. Egg: U.S. Egg, located in south Tempe on Baseline Rd. between Mill Ave. and College Ave., offers both breakfast and lunch, but I always go for the breakfast here. I am sucker for their omelettes with fresh veggies and cheese, but I also love their famous protein pancakes – filled with blueberries, granola, cinnamon and slivered almonds…they are oh so good! 4. Harlow’s Cafe: Located near ASU on University and Hardy Dr., this cafe has been a classic neighborhood gathering spot for almost 30 years now. Its old school charm and amazing food make for a great combination! My favorites are the eggs benedict or the huevos rancheros. I always leave […]

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Celebrating Halloween 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 1-31, 2017 SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium – Arizona Mills, 5000 S Arizona Mills Cir #145, Tempe, AZ 85282 SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium at Arizona Mills is a place for the whole family this spooky season. SEA LIFE will be decorated for Halloween and will host costume contests (Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.), underwater pumpkin carvings (Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.)and a Haunted Seas talk in the theater. All activities are included in the price of admission. Inaugural Halloween Masquerade Ball at F.A.B.R.I.C. –  October 21, 2017 F.A.B.R.I.C., 132 E. 6th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281 Celebrate Halloween in style at the Inaugural Halloween Masquerade Ball benefiting the Arizona Apparel Association.  The fabulous festivities include a block party, costume contest and prizes, DJ and dancing, hors d’oeuvres, roaming zombies, a Halloween fashion show, fashion vendors,  food trucks and more to help celebrate the one-year anniversary of Arizona Apparel Foundation and F.A.B.R.I.C. Brick or Treat – Saturdays and Sundays, October 21-28, 2017 LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona 5000 S. Arizona […]

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

Boating at Tempe Town Lake

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

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

ASU Football

Tempe events include ASU vs. New Mexico State in the Sun Devil’s first game of the 2017 season at Sun Devil Stadium on August 31.  Fans can look forward to another exciting season of Pac 12 football home games when the Devils take on New Mexico State, San Diego State, Oregon, Washington, USC, Colorado and Arizona on their home turf.  Grab your best ASU shirts, do a little maroon and gold face painting and come out in full force to cheer our team to victory. Go Devils! Visit our website for all the ASU football (pig)skinny. For a great pre- or post-game experience, head to Downtown Tempe where football fever is in high gear on game day and you’ll find an array of restaurants and bars within walking distance of Sun Devil Stadium. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. August 30-September 16: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 31: Finn Murphy Changing Hands Bookstore August 31: ASU Football: ASU vs. New Mexico State Sun Devil Stadium August 31-September 2: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts August 31-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden August 31-September 3: Steve Treviño Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 1: The Chris G Band Tempe Marketplace District Stage September 1: Tiger Army The Marquee September 2: Phoenix Rising vs. Seattle Sounders Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex September 2: […]

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Grid Bikes make it easy to explore Tempe

Grid Bike in Kiwanis Park

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

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Tempe events: MAC 3.0 featuring Andrew’s Dream Adventure

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe events include MAC 3.0 featuring Andrew’s Dream Adventure at Tempe Center for the Arts on August 26. Andrew’s Dream Adventure is an original story and composition by the company’s resident composer Jeffrey Ouper.  You’ll meet Andrew and his imaginary friend, Figgy, and see what mischief ensues from one bedtime story gone awry. The first half of the program will premiere a wide range of smaller works choreographed by company members. MAC & Company was founded by Micaela Church and Li Pei Khoo in 2014. Church and Khoo are full-time dance educators, who are committed to the creative process and practice of dance as a performing art. Being both dancers and musicians, they have a particular interest in exploring the different processes that have been used in the integration between dance and music. For more information about and to purchase tickets to Andrew’s Dream Adventure, visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. August 23: Class Clowns Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August 23-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 24: The Brilliance of Nature: Just When We Need It the Most Tempe Center for the Arts August 24-26: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts August 24-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden August 25: Hello Swindon Tempe Marketplace District Stage August 25-27: Mark Normand and Joe […]

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Tempe events: SMTC presents Westside Story at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe events include Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company’s (SMTC) production of Westside Story at Tempe Center for the Arts, August 17-20. West Side Story is one of the most memorable and revered musicals of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book is as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. Leonard Bernstein’s and Stephen Sondheim’s score is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. West Side Story’s rich score features hit songs like “Somewhere,” “America,” One Hand, One Heart” and “Something’s Coming,” performed by SMTC’s 20+ piece live orchestra and some of the Valley’s best talent. The orchestra will be conducted by Kevin Hayward. SMTC presents affordable theatrical productions of well-known Broadway shows in their entire original Broadway versions with sets, fully costumed and featuring the best of Phoenix area talent along. The productions also feature a full live orchestra so that these shows can be heard and appreciated as they were originally meant to be. For more information and to purchase tickets to West Side Story, call the SMTC box office at  (602) 909-4215 or visit http://www.scottsdalemusicaltheater.com.  Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. August 15: Gente de Zona The Marquee August 16-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 17-19: Steve Byrne Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August […]

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Tempe Fall Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Four Peaks Octoberfest

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

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Healthy Restaurants in Tempe

Original Chop Shop

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

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Tempe events: Monica Shriver at Tempe History Museum

Tempe History Museum

Tempe events includes Monica Shriver’s Abstract Art & Creative Music Experience at the Tempe History Museum, August 11 at 7 p.m. This unique multi-sensory experience features colorful abstract art pieces on canvas, wood, and other found objects combined with experimental jazz, much of it inspired by the art itself. The event explores the relationship and connection between improvisation and abstract art. There will also be a discussion on the inner-workings of a free jazz ensemble and how we make spontaneous music together followed by Q&A with the two main composers, Monica Shriver and Stan Smith. Monica Shriver is a musician, clinician and teaching artist based in Phoenix. She has performed in big bands, jazz combos, pit orchestras for more than 40 musicals, rock bands, chamber ensembles and orchestras. She plays  saxophones, flute, alto flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon.  In addition to freelancing, she leads three of her own groups: Doublers Collective, the Monica Shriver Jazz Project and the Monica Shriver and Stan Smith Be Free Ensemble, with Columbus-based guitarist Stan Smith. She is the saxophone professor at Phoenix College. This event is free, fun and family friendly. For more information on Monica Shriver, visit http://www.monicashriver.com. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. August 8: Primus The Marquee August 9-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 10: Summer Slaughter Tour The Marquee August 10-13: Mitch […]

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Dining at Tempe Marketplace – So Many Options!

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

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Stay fit in Tempe, from outdoor activities to spinning classes

Tempe Town Lake paddleboarding

There are lots of ways to be active in Tempe, Arizona. It’s a fun college town with hiking and running trails, miles and miles of bike paths, and lots of sunshine to go around. Staying fit just goes with the territory. Here are a few of our favorite ways to do just that, from a cool new spin class to outdoor activities in Tempe. Spin classes at The Madison Sometimes it takes a bit of distraction for me to finish a workout. That’s where The Madison comes in. This new cycling studio is located at First Street and Farmer Avenue in Downtown Tempe in The Yard at Farmer Arts District. They have classes daily, ranging in start times from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Their high-energy studio, complete with floor to ceiling bright lights that pulse with the beat of the music, features 60 bikes. Their instructors are top-notch and really know how to motivate you during your 50-minute class. Their slogan “Party on a bike” is really true. It feels more like a dance party than a workout. And, first timers (including non-Arizona residents) only pay $15 per class. And, if you plan ahead, stop by the Culinary Dropout for post-workout nosh. This cool new gastropub is located in the same building. Paddle boarding at Tempe Town Lake Stand-up paddle boarding is my favorite way to explore Tempe Town Lake. It’s easier than you might think to balance on these over-sized surfboards. And, it’s a great workout to boot. […]

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Weekly events: Prowl & Play at the Phoenix Zoo

Prowl & Play at Phoenix Zoo

Tempe events include Prowl & Play at the Phoenix Zoo on August 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. In this evening at the zoo, you’ll get to party hardy with the dinosaurs.  There will be loads of giant fun things to do all with a dinosaur theme. Get ready to ROAR and explore at this epic night of giant fun! Activities and events include, interactive dinosaur meet & greets, baby velociraptor encounter,  mobile fossil dig, Jurassic jeep motor pool photo ops, mega-awesome animal discoveries and  music and games with DJ Rockin’ Rob.  Cool down at the water slides and foam pit,  Yakulla Caverns and Leapin’ Lagoon Water Areas and Splash Zone Water Target. Food and beverages may be purchased at the Thunder Lizard Lounge and select eateries. For more information, visit http://www.phoenixzoo.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. August 1: Chevelle The Marquee August 2-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 3-5: Preacher Lawson Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August 3-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden August 4: Vemensia Tempe Marketplace District Stage August 4-5: Joan Waters 7th Annual Dog Days of Summer Open Studio Joan Waters Studio August 5: Prowl & Play Phoenix Zoo August 5: Ratio Tempe Marketplace District Stage August 5-December 30: Creative Saturdays at the ASU Art Museum ASU Art Museum August 6: Rajiv Satyal Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August 7: George […]

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Tempe events: Gina Brillon at Tempe Improv

Tempe events include comedian and writer Gina Brillon performing at the Tempe Improv Comedy Club, July 27-29.  Gina has been a standup comic since she was 17 years old. She’s made appearances on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” AXS’ “Gotham Comedy Live” and “The View.” She’s the first (and only) Latina winner of NBC’s “2012 Stand up for Diversity Showcase.” Gina is also an accomplished singer, published writer and poet. Her works have appeared in the New York Post and Daily News and other publications. For more information on her appearance at the Tempe Improv Comedy Club, visit http://tempeimprov.com/enhancedCalendar.cfm Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. July 25: UB40 Legends The Marquee July 26: John Hughes Movie Series: Planes, Trains & Automobiles Graduate Tempe July 26-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater July 27: Summer Splash Thursdays: Frozen Fiesta (Anna & Elsa) Tempe Marketplace July 27-29: Gina Brillon Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre July 27-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden July 28: Pyrotechnica Tempe Marketplace District Stage July 29: Lane Change Tempe Marketplace District Stage July 29-December 30: Creative Saturdays at the ASU Art Museum ASU Art Museum July 30: Shapel Lacey Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre July 31: Off the Cuff Comedy Show Changing Hands Bookstore Read our blog for information on fun and interesting summer programs for kids taking place at Tempe museums […]

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Phoenix Rising FC Rises in the Desert

Phoenix Rising FC in Arizona

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

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Poke is the new food wave to hit Tempe

Poke Wave Tempe

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

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Tempe events: Enjoy live music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace

Tempe events include live music at the Tempe Marketplace District Stage with Frosty & The Silver Tones on July 21st and the 74th Street Band on July 22nd.  Frosty & The Silvertones perform rockabilly, rock-n-roll, blues, swing and other styles. The 74th Street Band is a classic and southern rock band that plays a mix of music from the 60s to present day hits. Whether you’re looking forward to a fun date night or family night out, you can’t go wrong including music at Tempe Marketplace in your plans. It’s a treat to be outside under the cooling misters enjoying music performed by both local and nationally known bands and musicians. And it’s free! The District Stage is located in front of Dave & Busters. You can also enjoy music on the patio of one of the restaurants located close by. For more information on live music at Tempe Marketplace, visit  http://www.tempemarketplace.com/events/. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. July 19: Digitour: Goodtimes The Marquee July 19: Class Clowns Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre July 19: John Hughes Movie Series: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Graduate Tempe July 19-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater July 20: Blackberry Smoke The Marquee July 20: Summer Splash Thursdays:  Royal Fiesta (Elena of Avalor) Tempe Marketplace District Stage July 20-22: Bobby Lee Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre July 20-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight […]

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Hot Deals for Summer Meetings

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

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

Marston Exploration Theater

Tempe events include 3D Astronomy Shows at ASU Marston Exploration Theater.  Take a break from the heat and take a trip into space at 3-D Astronomy shows at ASU. Although space tours are still a thing of the future, you can experience a thrilling simulated trip into space right now here in Tempe, Arizona. The Marston Exploration Theater is somewhat reminiscent of an IMAX theater with amphitheater seating and 3-D images projected onto a huge screen at the front. The 3-D effect is excellent and so realistic, you’ll feel like you can reach out and touch the stars, planets and asteroids. There are four shows to choose from; each lasts 60 minutes. To the Edge of the Universe and Everything in Between The Search: Exploring Unknown Worlds Gathering Light: 25 years of discovery from the Hubble Space Telescope The Secret Life of Stars The Marston Exploration Theater is located on the ASU Tempe campus, in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV. For show information, dates, times and admission, visit https://sese.asu.edu/public-engagement/3-d-astronomy. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. July 12: Ryan Davis Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre July 12: John Hughes Movie Series: Weird Science Graduate Tempe July 12-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater July 13: Summer Splash Thursdays: Super Hero Sensation (Spider Man & Iron Man) Tempe Marketplace District Stage July 13-15: EDGE happy hour Tempe […]

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Enjoy more than just drinks at these Tempe bars

Culinary Dropout Tempe

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

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Tempe events: 2017July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

Tempe events include the 2017 July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival at Tempe Beach Park, a jam–packed celebration that features the best fireworks show in Metro Phoenix.  Gates open at 5 p.m. Enjoy fun events throughout the evening. Watch local bands perform on the Main Stage. Check out the Family Fun Fest with a free inflatable village, rides and a rock climbing wall. Visit the Food Court and feast on July 4th food favorites such as burgers, hot dogs, BBQ, roasted corn, fry bread, Mexican food by Macayo’s Depot Cantina, frosty treats, lemonade and lots of cold bottled water for sale at the food court. Relax with a cool one at the Budweiser Beer Gardens See the awe-inspiring fireworks show set to patriotic and classical music. This colorful fireworks display over Tempe Town Lake reflects dramatically against the sky and the water. For event details, ticket prices and ticket outlets, visit www.tempe4th.com. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. June 27: Everclear The Marquee June 28-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater June 29: Summer Splash Thursdays: (Tinker Bell & Peter Pan) Tempe Marketplace District Stage June 29: Marci Cagen: How to Meditate Using Guided Imagery Changing Hands Bookstore June 29-July 2: Drew Lynch Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre June 29-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden June 30: Local Showcase The Marquee. June 30: Ahmad Daniels, M.Ed.: From Queens […]

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Aquariums in the desert

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium

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

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Tempe museums offer cool programs for kids this summer

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

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Four Peaks Brewing tells us what makes their beer so good

Four Peaks Brewery

Summertime in Arizona means frequent trips to the lake with a group of friends and a cooler filled with your favorite Four Peaks beer. Four Peaks Brewing Company has been creating some of Arizona’s most popular local beers since 1996. The first step to making great beer starts with the people who are in charge of the brew process. Andrew Harden has worked at Four Peaks Brewery for 13 years. For the last eight years, he’s been a Head Brewer. His days start when the rest of us are still asleep in bed, usually before the sun comes up. Andrew is in charge of running the production facility at the Wilson Street location. He manages a team where he’ll outline what they have to do and prep them for what needs to be done that day. He’ll make sure they have everything ready to go when it comes to brewing Four Peaks beer. Like every great creation, Andrew says ingredients are very important. When it comes to beer, the secret is to have great hops. About 80%-90% of the hops Four Peaks uses comes form Yakima Valley hops. The Washington company has over 140 varieties of hops that they produce. Chances are the Four Peaks beer you’re drinking right now has hops from Yakima Valley. Four Peaks also sources hops from Hopsteiner or from a farm in Germany. During their busy season (August – May), Andrew states that Four Peaks’s Wilson Street location will produce about 1,900 barrels of beer […]

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Happy Hour in Tempe

Postino Annex

Are you visiting us from out of town and meeting up for Happy Hour? We’ve got you covered. Here is your summer guide to some of the best Happy Hour specials in Tempe. Keep this in your back pocket and impress all your friends with these great finds: Postino Annex 615 S. College Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 927-1111 From 11am to 5pm every day of the week they offer $5 wine by the glass and pitchers of beer. If you are still there after 8pm on a Monday or Tuesday, they have any house bottle of wine and bruschetta for only $20. Save $9 off any bottle of wine to go…take happy hour home with you! This Postino location has a beautiful, huge patio and indoor/outdoor bar. The vibe is perfection. Salut Kitchen Bar 1435 E. University Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 625-3600 Voted Best Happy Hour in Tempe, how can you go wrong? From 3-6:30pm daily take 50% off bottles of wine, $2 off craft cocktails, house wine and craft beer, and $2 off all tapas and s’mores. They have a cute, dog friendly patio and a long bar inside to cozy up to. Did you read the 50% off bottles of wine part? One of the best deals in town. Bar Louie 2000 Rio Salado Pkwy., Ste. 1220 Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 658-1600 This fun spot at Tempe Marketplace is known for their happy hour specials including $3.50 drafts, $4.50 wines and $5.50 signature martinis. You’ll all […]

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Tempe events: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Tempe events include THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at ASU Gammage from June 20-25. Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Play, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME was praised as “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times. The play was adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel about fifteen-year-old Christopher who has an extraordinary brain and is exceptionally intelligent, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the real culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is the final show in the 2016-17 ASU Gammage season. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 480-965-3434, or visit http://asugammage.com/shows. 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 20: Morbid Angel The Marquee June 20: Robert McWhirter: Discussion on The Constitution v. Donald J. Trump Changing Hands Bookstore June 20-25: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ASU Gammage June 21-24: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater June 22: Summer Splash Thursdays: Frozen Fever (Anna & Elsa) Tempe Marketplace District Stage June 22: Mr. Big The Marquee June 22: Steve “Short Bus” Krause Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre June 22-September 2: Desert […]

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Add spice to your life at Tempe’s Thai restaurants

Smile Lao Thai

When my tummy tells me it’s time for Thai, I don’t have to go far to find my favorite authentic Thai dishes.  Tempe has so many great family-owned and operated restaurants that making a choice is the main challenge. You can be sure that the food is authentic, fresh and prepared from favorite family recipes. The menus offer a variety of dishes with and without meat.  This means that vegetarians can enjoy a great meal with their meat lovin’ friends and/or family members, and vice versa. You can also find plenty of gluten-free options. There may be similarities among these restaurants, but each one has its own unique take on Thai. They all deliver a rich blend of hot, sour, sweet, salty and smidge of bitter. Here are a few of my favorites, but this by no means is a complete list. If you have a favorite Thai place, please let us know so we can experience it too. Smile Lao Thai 2107 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282 (480) 894-5495 Smile Lao Thai is one of Tempe’s newest restaurants to open. It’s located at the end of a strip mall on Rural and Broadway. When you walk through the door you’ll notice how fresh and new the decor is. The menu offers several options to choose from including curry dishes, noodle dishes, stir-fry and house favorites. I love curry, so on my first visit, I decided to order the Sweet Pa-Nang Curry for lunch. It was delicious with lots […]

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Craft Breweries in Tempe

Four Peaks Tempe

What’s the true taste of Arizona? In Tempe, it’s all about craft beer. Tempe has a vast culinary scene that extends from college town staples of pizza and burgers to upscale dining at House of Tricks and Top of the Rock. One trend that ties all of Tempe’s eateries together is the growing variety of excellent microbrews. With multiple craft breweries in Tempe, our city is producing some of the best of suds in the Southwest. Four Peaks Brewing Company is the original destination for great Tempe craft beer. Their signature brews, including the Scottish style Kilt Lifter, 8th Street Pale Ale and Hop Knot IPA, can be found all of over town, but they are best experienced at their location on 8th Street in Tempe. Originally a creamery building that dates back to the 19th century, this charming red brick structure seems custom made for their brewing operations, large bar and sunny outdoor patio. You can take a tour of this historic building and their brewing operations every Saturday. And, they were recently named America’s favorite craft brewery as part of the Travel Channel’s inaugural Microbrew Madness. While beer is the main draw to this neighborhood hangout, food comes in a close second. The Four Peaks beer bread sandwiches, perfectly seasoned fries, enchiladas and pizzas are some of the best around. And, if you don’t get a chance to visit their original location, don’t worry. You can get a taste of Four Peaks on your way home. Traveling out of town? No […]

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Tempe events: Family Arts & Sciences Workshop at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts

This week’s events include a Family Arts & Science Workshop at the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts on June 17. Artist-in-residence Alexandria Bowers will conduct the free workshop titled, Dandelion Wishes Coloring Book. Participants will create their own coloring books and learn a thing or two about dandelions in the process. Alexandra Bowers has always been fascinated with nature and enjoys making art about plants and animals. This summer, she is researching dandelions and their unique way of dispersing their seeds with the wind. The Family Arts & Sciences Workshops are a fun, free and a great way to escape the summer heat and create your own works of art. They take place in the Gallery at TCA every Saturday thorough July 22 from 12- 2 p.m.  For more information, visit The Gallery at TCA 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. June 14: Class Clowns Comedy Showcase Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre June 14-24: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater  June 15: KNIX Acoustic Summer The Marquee June 15: Summer Splash Thursdays: Princess & Pirate Party (Belle & Rapunzel) Tempe Marketplace District Stage June 15: Jillian Cantor: The Lost Letter Changing Hands Bookstore June 15-17:  EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts June 15-18: Comedian Jonathan Kite Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre June 15-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert […]

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Summer Savings and Starry Nights Equal a Vacation in Tempe, Arizona

Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden

Arizona is known for warm, sunny days. But, Tempe might be the best spot to enjoy the stars – in the night sky and on stage in some of the best entertainment venues. This summer, the fun starts when the sun goes down. Some of Tempe’s coolest events are happening now. Combine these fun-filled events with Tempe’s money-saving summer hotel specials, and you have a perfect summer vacation destination, whether you’re here with your family or looking to stay a few extra days after a conference or business trip. The Desert Botanical Garden is offering Flashlight Discovery Tours on Thursday and Saturday nights from 7-9:30 p.m. through September 2nd. Observe how the desert comes to life after dark. You might see nighthawks, snakes and rare night blooming flowers. August 17-20, the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) is hosting Scottsdale Musical Theater Company’s West Side Story, one of the greatest American musicals of all time. Also enjoy Edge Happy Hour at the TCA, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6-8 p.m. beginning on August 18. Enjoy live entertainment and $20 “board & bottle” wine specials. At Tempe Marketplace, live music adds to the festive atmosphere on Friday and Saturday nights. There are a variety of acts, from folk to alternative rock, accompanied by dancing fountains and laser light shows. Comfy couches and fireplaces make for the perfect spots to relax and listen to your favorite tunes. If you’d rather laugh than groove, Tempe Improv is a must. One of the premiere […]

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There’s so much to do at Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake paddleboarding

Tempe Town Lake is the perfect spot to experience some fun and enjoy the outdoors this summer. Located on the northwest corner of Mill Ave. and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe Town Lake is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Arizona. This two mile long lake is so much more than just something nice to look at when you’re driving on the 202. Tempe Boat Rentals, located on the south shore at Tempe Beach Park, offers visitors the opportunity rent boats, kayaks or paddleboards. If you’re with a group of friends, I suggest checking out the electric boats. They can hold up to 10 people and come equipped with a radio and dining table. It costs $90/hour, which is a pretty good deal if you split the cost amongst the people in your group. But some of the more popular rentals are kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. There are two kayak options to choose from: single and double. They are sit-on-top kayaks, kind of similar to how a canoe might look. Kayak rentals range from $23/hour (single) to $33/hour (double) and both come with lifejackets. My personal favorite is the stand-up paddleboard (SUP). I know, it looks difficult and everyone thinks they’ll fall off, but I’m here to tell you it’s easier than you think. All the paddleboards have a traction grip that you stand on. Yes, it’s a bit of a balancing act but it’s pretty easy to stay on. Paddleboard rates start at $23/hour. You can find a full list of boats and rental […]

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Get Happy at Happy Hour in Tempe!

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar

Happy hours are always so much fun. It’s a time to relax after work and enjoy time with friends – add in delicious food and drinks at happy hour prices, and you have yourself a party! What can be better than that to make your work week fly by! Below is a list of some of my favorite Tempe restaurants for happy hour, and the happy hour specials you’ll find there. What are your some of your favorites? I’m always excited to add new spots to my list! C.A.S.A. – 5 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 Happy hour daily 3:00-7:00 p.m. (patio only) $1 off well drafts | $5 fireball | $3 bean dip | $6 don julio | $5 (wells & domestics) bucket refills before 5:00 p.m. free chips & salsa with beverage Culinary Dropout – 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 Monday-Friday 2:00-5:00 p.m. $2-$3 light snacks | $6-$8 entrees | $4-$5 drinks Four Peaks Brewery – 1340 E. 8th St. #104, Tempe, AZ 85281 Happy hour daily 2:00-6:00 p.m. & 10:00-close Enjoy a special “small bites” menu available from 2:00-6:00 p.m. – $4 to $7 Main beers – $1 off pints, $4 off pitchers $3 well spirits | $4 local AZ spirits | $6 glasses of wine Handlebar Tempe –  680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 Happy hour specials every day 3:00-6:30 p.m. $2 off select beer | $4 well drinks | $6 wine by the glass La Bocca Urban Pizzeria – 699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 Happy […]

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4th of July Fun in Tempe

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

The summer is well under way here in Tempe, and that means it’s time to start making plans for the July 4th, 2017! Always one of my favorite holidays, this year is sure to be another fun year with lots of places to choose from to watch the sky sparkle with fireworks of every color. Here is a list of my favorite spots for 4th of July Fun in Tempe: July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Fox 10 Phoenix and the City of Tempe Head to Tempe Beach Park for this spectacular annual event! The gates open at 5 p.m. and the fun and entertainment are packed into the evening through 11 p.m. The Kiwanis Club of Tempe always presents one of the best fireworks show in the Phoenix Metro area, and this year will be no different! Everyone will get a good view since the fireworks are shot from the Mill Avenue bridge. The spectacular fireworks show, scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m., will be choreographed to patriotic and classical music. Get there early to enjoy the Family Fun Fest including an inflatable village for all ages with a variety of rides, rock climbing walls and more. There will be live local music, rock climbing walls, kid’s activities, games and a food court and of course. Tickets can be purchase at City of Tempe outlets for advanced purchase for $5 . Please view www.tempe4th.com for locations or $8 at the gate. You […]

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Tempe events: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at The Marquee

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

  This week’s events include the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at The Marquee on June 9.  As a huge Pink Floyd fan, I’m so excited that this show is  coming to Tempe. Anyone who’s been to a regular Pink Floyd concert knows what a great show this band puts on. Even though the band is not present at the Laser Spectacular,  all the other elements of their live concerts are part of the show. Pink Floyd’s music is played through a 10,000-watt concert-quality sound system with elaborate eye-popping lighting, props and brilliant colors, beams of light and animated images displayed on a huge screen. The combination of the music and computer-choreographed visuals effects make the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular a full-on sensory event not to be missed. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://luckymanonline.com/ or call (480) 829-1300. 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: Steven Rowley: Lily and the Octopus Changing Hands Bookstore June 6-10: Ballet Arizona presents Topia Desert Botanical Garden  June 8: Emil Faithe: You Are Sensitive! How to Survive and Thrive in a World That Doesn’t Get You Changing Hands Bookstore June 7: Seether The Marquee June 7-24: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater June 8: Summer Splash Thursdays: Super Hero Sensation-Wonder Woman Tempe Marketplace District Stage June 8-10: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts June 8-11: Josh Blue Tempe Improv […]

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Stay Cool at Arizona Mills this Summer!

Summer has arrived in Tempe and it’s going to be a hot one! When you want to beat the heat and have some fun, pack up the kids and head over to Arizona Mills. Arizona Mills has a lot to offer families this summer with some great deals and fun experiences. You can spend a day there or just pop in for a yummy meal or fun summer movie to get a quick break. In addition to 24 digital projection screens, Harkins Arizona Mills Luxury 25 also offers Arizona’s largest and only full-size IMAX screen. Amenities include wall-to-wall screens in all theaters, digital sound and rocking loveseats in stadium seating. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the box office or at self-serve ticket kiosks. Cars 3 Movie Screening at Harkins Arizona Mills 25 On Friday, June 16, 2017 Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.  Registration required. Harkins Summer Movie Fun Program (May 29-August 4, 2017) tickets are now on sale at Harkins Arizona Mills 25 with IMAX while supplies last. Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks for less than $1 per film. Some of the movies that will be shown this summer include, Storks, Trolls and The Secret Life of Pets. Experience Sea Life Arizona Aquarium. Dive into SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium!  Discover thousands of amazing creatures and walk through the incredible 360-degree ocean tunnel.  Purchase tickets online […]

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Things To Do on Mill Avenue in Tempe

SUP on Tempe Town Lake

The weekend is just around the corner, and you’re thinking…What should I do this weekend? Mill Avenue may just be the ticket to a fun-filled day. There are, of course, lots and lots of delicious restaurants to choose from, and unique shopping spots too. But there are so many activities such as hiking, biking, and arts and culture to experience too — perfect for a weekend of fun. Here’s a list of some of my favorite ways to spend a day in Downtown Tempe. – Hike up “A” Mountain: In my opinion, the best times to hike “A” Mountain are early in the morning, or just as the sun is setting. It’s really easy to get to since it’s located in the heart of Downtown Tempe, adjacent to Mill Avenue and ASU. There are a few trailheads to start from, but I suggest the one near Mill Avenue and Third St. It’s a short, invigorating hike, providing a great little workout and gives you a burst of energy. The views from the mountain are absolutely amazing. Take a break at the top to enjoy the view (and catch your breath!). – Downtown Tempe’s Public Art: Take a stroll through downtown and admire all the unique, beautiful, fun and funky public art pieces. There is something on almost every corner, from painted electric boxes, to metal sculptures to exhibitions at the U.S. Post Office windows at Fifth St. and Mill Ave.. One of my favorite pieces is Greetings From Tempe, located […]

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Tempe events: Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garde Flashlight-Tours

Tempe events include Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden.  School’s out for summer which has parents scrambling to find local things to do from now through August. The Desert Botanical Garden offers flashlight tours, a fun and interesting evening activity that the whole family can enjoy for the next three months. 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, hear and feel the desert night. 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 Thursdays and Saturdays from 7-9:30 p.m. through September 2. Bring your own flashlights or purchase one in the Garden Shop. Admission is included with membership of paid admission. For more information, visit https://www.dbg.org/events/flashlight-tours. 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 30: Protoje The Marquee May 30-June 10: Ballet Arizona presents Topia Desert Botanical Garden May 31: The Wailers The Marquee May 31-June 1: All About Dance 16th Annual Production Tempe Center for the Arts  May 31-June 3: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater June 1-3: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts June 1-3: Clayton English Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre June 1- September 2: Desert Botanical Garden […]

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Tempe splash pads and waterpark fun this summer

Big Surf Waterpark

What makes any summer day in Tempe just a little bit better? Water. As in splash pads, water parks and pools. Even though the summer days get pretty toasty in Arizona, my family always cools off and has fun when there is water around. Luckily for us, Tempe has lots to choose from! Here are a few options in Tempe to keep you cool all summer long: Tempe Summer Hotel Deals Take a break this summer at one of Tempe’s hotels. Many Tempe hotels are offering great rates, some including food and beverage credit and other extras. And, of course, you and your family will spend lots of time at their sparkling pools. Check out our Summer in Tempe webpage for a list of all of the hotel specials this season. Kiwanis Wave Pool The Kiwanis Pool is perfect for the whole family. No need to reapply sunscreen here – the pool is indoors. It has water slides and 3’ waves – rafts are also available for rent. Admission is inexpensive at just $7 for adults and kids who are 13 years and older. For children from 2-12 years old, admission is $5. Season passes are available. Check the website for more details, including hours of operation. Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace This splash pad is surrounded by shaded seating area for parents and it’s close to a few spots where you can get an iced beverage or dessert, such as the cafe inside Barnes & Noble, Panera Bakery and Coffee Bean and […]

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Tempe events: Ballet Arizona presents Topia

TopiaTopia at Desert Botanical Garden

This week’s events include the opening of Ballet Arizona’s original ballet, Topia, at Desert Botanical Garden. Choreographed by Ballet Arizona’s artistic director Ib Andersen, Topia is a presentation of movement, sound and multimedia that combines the beauty and technical brilliance of ballet with the magnificence of the desert landscape. Topia takes place Tuesdays through Saturdays, May 23-June 10, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the performance begins at 8 p.m. Ticket holders are welcome to enjoy the Garden prior to the ballet by showing their ticket at the admission window. A food and cash bar will be available at the Event Plaza, or guests can enjoy dinner at Gertrude’s, a fresh food experience located just inside the Garden entrance. For more information on Topia, and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.dbg.org/events/ballet-arizona-presents-topia. 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 23-28: THE BOOK OF MORMON ASU Gammage May 23-June 10: Ballet Arizona presents Topia Desert Botanical Garden May 24: Ali Noorani: There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration Changing Hands Bookstore May 24: Lukas Graham & The Band Perry The Marquee May 24: The M.E. Tour – Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét Tempe Center for the Arts  May 24-June 3: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater  May 25: Vamps The Marquee  May 25-27: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts May […]

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Day trip from Tempe: Salt River Rafting

salt river rafting

Craving an adventure? How about rafting down the Salt River? Just a 2 1/2 hour drive from Tempe, you can have this adventure for yourself! Me two co-workers took a day trip from Tempe to the Salt River recently, and loved it. We started our day in Tempe having coffee and muffins at local coffee house Gold Bar Espresso,  3141 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282. When you walk through the doors you are welcomed into a cozy, at-home feeling. The rich colors, dark wood, and mix-and-match decor gives a relaxed feeling immediately. The first thing you’ll see is the extensive coffee menu on the wall. They have just about any coffee drink you can think of, and an abundant selection of custom mocha drinks. One of my favorites is the rolo mocha. This time I tried something new and ordered the chai mocha. It was rich with spice and just the right amount of mocha – so good. We got a few muffins to share and were on the road. We hopped in the car and headed out to the Globe area for our water adventure, about a 2 to 2 1/2 hour drive from Tempe. Just about a half hour past the small town of Globe is where our tour company, Salt River Rafting, has their home base. Salt River Rafting’s river office is on the map at Hwy 60 and the Salt River, Mile Marker 293. Just after you pass over the river, there is a sign […]

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Treat yourself to a fun night out on the town in Tempe

Blasted Barley Brewing Co interior

It’s time to call yourself an Uber and make your way down to Tempe for some of the most fun bars you have yet to experience. From local breweries to entertainment venues, we have you covered with this list of top night life destinations in Tempe! Main Event Tempe 8545 S. Emerald Ave. Tempe, AZ 85284 (480) 753-1200 Experience something other than a typical night out and head over to Tempe’s biggest indoor entertainment venue. Bowl a perfect game on state-of-the-art bowling lanes, enjoy billiards tables and an in-door laser tag course. Defy gravity on the  gravity high ropes course, which is suspended above more than 100 virtual and interactive games. When you get hungry, enjoy attractive dining options and full-service premium bars. There is no doubt you will have a great time. Dave & Buster’s 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 281-8456 Eat, Drink, and Play at Tempe’s very own big kid’s playground, Dave & Busters, which is located in Tempe Marketplace. Try one of the new drinks from their in house mixologist at their premium bar while kicking some butt at old school arcade games such as Pop-A-Shot, Pac-Man, and skeeball. Whoever said arcade games were just for kids, obviously has not experienced a night at Dave & Busters with a cocktail, or two. Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe 149 S. Farmer Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 240-1601 Another fantastic option, located in a revamped warehouse space on First Street and Farmer Avenue, is Culinary Dropout at […]

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Tempe events: THE BOOK OF MORMON at ASU Gammage

The Book of Mormon

Tempe events include the opening of THE BOOK OF MORMON at ASU Gammage on May 18, 2017. This outrageous musical comedy and winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical,  follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to a remote village in Africa to spread the Good Word. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of the century.” the Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show” calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” The BOOK OF MORMON runs through May 28, 2017. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.asugammage.com/shows. 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 16: Performance with a View presents CONDER/dance Tempe Center for the Arts  May 16: Kate Moore: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women Changing Hands Bookstore May 17-June 3: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater May 18: Roars & Pours Phoenix Zoo. May 18: Sandra Marinella: The Story You Need To Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness or Loss Changing Hands Bookstore May 18: An Evening with Henri Benard Tempe History Museum  May 18-20: EDGE Happy Hour Tempe Center for the Arts  May 18-21: Felipe Esparza Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre  May 18-28: […]

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Celebrate this Mother’s Day in Tempe

House of Tricks

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. There’s still time to plan something special for that incredible person who does so much for everyone in the family throughout the year.  Here are some suggestions for places to take mom and grandma to show them how appreciated they are, especially for sticking it out during your adolescence. Keep in mind that Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for many restaurants, so be sure to make reservations. For more information about restaurants in Tempe, visit the Tempe Tourism Office website. Culinary Dropout ‘A Meal Fit for a Queen’ at Culinary Dropout will feature yummy Grilled Asparagus Toast with smoked ham, crispy potato, sunny side up eggs and black truffle emulsion for $13 and Crepe Cake with lemon mascarpone, blueberries and roasted pistachio brittle for $10. For reservations call 480-240-1601. 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, Arizona 85281 / 480-240-1601 Gertrude’s at Desert Botanical Garden Mom will love dining in the beautiful desert surroundings of Gertrude’s at Desert Botanical Garden. In addition to the regular brunch menu, the Mother’s Day offerings will include (while supplies last) Maple & Beet Cured Sturgeon Crudo with Horseradish, Caviar Sauce, Pickled Carrot, $14; Saffron Braised Monkfish with Smoked Eggplant, Coriander Gremolata and Tomato Kasundi; Anson Mills Grits with Braised Morel Mushrooms, Ramp Pesto, Burnt Orange, $24. Open from 10:30 a.m. -9 p.m. Reservations are recommended. 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008 / 480-719-8600 House of Tricks A true Tempe treasure, House of Tricks, isn’t […]

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Tempe events: Spring Music in the Garden: Grupo Liberdade  

Tempe events include: Desert Botanical Garden’s Spring Music in the Garden series featuring Grupo Liberdade on May 13, 2017. Grupo Liberdade performances are filled with an exuberance and vitality that spills over to the stage and to the audience. Directed by Brazilian native Poranguí, this percussion-driven group blends Latin and Caribbean rhythms with lively traditional and contemporary Brazilian music. Your evening can also include a delightful dinner at the Gertrude’s, located onsite. Or purchase food from the chef-attended station or the Patio Café at the venue while enjoying music. The special from the chef-attended station will be marinated chicken fajitas, tortillas, citrus papaya salsa, cabbage slaw, green chile mayo, black beans and rice. Enjoy a beautiful desert evening under the stars and an energetic, unforgettable and uplifting performance by Grupo Liberdade at Desert Botanical Garden this Saturday. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.dbg.org/music-garden. 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: Class Clowns Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre May 10-13: Stray Cat Theatre presents Hir Tempe Center for the Arts May 11: Poptone The Marquee May 11-13: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts May 11-14: Donnell Rawlings Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre May 12: National Public Gardens Day Desert Botanical Garden May 12: Spring Music in the Garden: Grupo Liberdade Desert Botanical Garden May 12: Fuel and Marcy Playground Tempe Marketplace District Stage May 12: […]

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Tempe events: Wonderland: Alice’s Rock ‘N Roll Adventure

Wonderland: Alice’s Rock ‘N Roll Adventure

Tempe events include Childsplay’s production of  Wonderland: Alice’s Rock ‘N Roll Adventure on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts.  In this rollicking musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classics, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, you’ll see Alice, The Queen of Hearts, The Mad Hatter and other old favorites like you’ve never seen them before. The actors telling the story are also members of the band. You’ll tumble down the rabbit hole into a rock ‘n roll adventure with an eclectic rock soundtrack that underscores a fantastically fun story about a girl learning how to march to the beat of her own drum – literally! Wonderland: Alice’s Rock ‘N Roll Adventure is perfect for ages 5 and up. Performances take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Saturdays and Sundays through May 21, 2017. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.childsplayaz.org/1617Season. 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-June 3: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater – May 4: Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle: Driving Miss Norma Changing Hands Bookstore May 4-6: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts May 4-6: Comedian Ricky Velez Tempe Improv May 4-13: Stray Cat Theatre presents Hir Tempe Center for the Arts May 5: Music in the Garden: Carmela y Mas Desert Botanical Garden May 5: Movies in the Park – Happy Feet Kiwanis Park May 5: Rachel […]

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Shopping for ASU Fan Gear

Cactus Sports Mill Avenue

Students, parents, alumni, visitors to Tempe and soon-to-be-graduates of Arizona State University – what better way to show your school pride than with some very cool ASU fan gear!  If you cruise through Downtown Tempe, you’ll find several spots with ASU apparel and merchandise. You can also venture onto the ASU Tempe Campus to check out where students shop for gear along with their books and supplies for school. Here in Tempe, maroon and gold aren’t just ASU colors—they are symbols of influence, history and a way of life. Cactus Sports 514 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 480-894-1278 ASU fans can find this Sun Devil haven among the restaurants and entertainment in the heart of Downtown Tempe. Cactus Sports offers a plethora of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories as well as home goods. Pick up a pitchfork-themed onesie for a little one, or grab a key chain to forever remind you of your trip to Tempe. Sun Devil Campus Store 525 E. Orange St., Tempe, AZ 85287 480-965-3191 Would you like to explore the Arizona State University Tempe Campus? Do you want to shop where thousands of students shop from August to May? Then the Sun Devil Campus Store will be a great stop for you. Travel through the campus to purchase an ASU flash drive on a key ring, or even a traditional foam hand or school t-shirt. This location also offers dorm necessities if you happen to have a Sun Devil family member or friend living on […]

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Learn about beer on a Four Peaks Brewery tour

Four Peaks Brewery

For a lot of adults, going on a tour of a brewery that makes your favorite beer is like Charlie and Grandpa Joe finding a golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. There’s something magical and exciting when you see where and how your favorite beer is made. Four Peaks Brewery is one of the biggest and well-known breweries in the Southwest. Kilt Lifter, by far their most popular and well-known beer, has become as synonymous with Arizona as cacti, golf and sunshine. Since 1994, Four Peaks Brewery has been producing some of the best beer in America. They’re housed in an old brick building that was built to be an ice house in the 1890s – almost 20 years before Arizona became a state. The F.A. Hough’s Ice Factory operated a creamery, processing dairy products here in Tempe. Through the years, the iconic red brick building transitioned into a recording studio for Uranus Recording. Local musical icons The Gin Blossoms recorded there. So did Stevie Nicks. Today it’s known throughout the city as the home of Four Peaks Brewing. Visitors can schedule tour of the brewery right on the Four Peaks website. It’s a great way to get a behind the scenes look at not only the iconic building but the beer making process. Learn about how they make your favorite beer, what goes into the process, how it’s stored and how they can it. It’s great because everything is functioning and working (unlike a museum) so you […]

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Tempe events: Stray Cat Theatre presents Hir at TCA

Hir

 Tempe events include the opening of Stray Cat Theatre’s production of Hir at the Tempe Center for the Arts on April 28, 2017. Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the war to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. His insurgent mother who, liberated from an oppressive marriage, is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy– with help from Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling. But, in Taylor Mac’s sly, black comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it. Hir runs through May 13, 2017. Don’t miss this subversive, hilarious implosion of the nuclear family. For more information and to purchase tickets to Hir, call (480) 350-2822, or visit http://straycattheatre.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. 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: Superjoint The Marquee April 25: Wayne Pacelle: The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals Changing Hands Bookstore April 25: ASU Latin Jazz Night ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre April 26: ASU Rock Band Spring Class Concert ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre April 26: Brandon Mull: Dragonwatch Changing Hands Bookstore April 26-29: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater April 27: ASU Art Museum: Spring 2017 […]

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Tempe events: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS comes to ASU Gammage

An American in Paris

Tempe events feature AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at ASU Gammage, April 18-23, 2017.  The new Tony Award®-winning musical tells the story of an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each longing for a new beginning in the aftermath of World War II. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon has captured the magic and romance of Paris in perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! The New York Times raves, “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in Tempe on its first national tour!  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.asugammage.com/shows. 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 18: ASU Pan Devils Steel Band Tempe Center for the Arts April 18: Phoenix Chinese Arts Ensemble Spring Concert Tempe Center for the Arts April 18: Kehlani The Marquee April 18-23: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ASU Gammage April 19: Comedian Anthony Padilla Tempe Improv April 19: Coheed and Cambria The Marquee. April 19: Author Joseph Scapellato: Big Lonesome Changing Hands Bookstore April 19-29: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater April 20: Killswitch Engage The […]

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University Eats near ASU

Original Chop Shop

School is almost out for the summer, but ASU restaurants are still in full swing. From breakfast to burgers to all kinds of international favorites, you’ll have a hard time choosing from all of the tasty restaurants surrounding ASU. Here are a few of our favorites that are conveniently located next to campus. CASA Sunbá CASA Sunbá, located just west of ASU Tempe Campus, is the perfect place to get a good view with good eats. This restaurant is burrito heaven! Choose between a variety of unconventional burritos like the Mac & Cheese, loaded fries or the Chinese takeout burrito. Enjoy your food on their cooled patio that regularly features live music. They also offer over 30 beers on tap. 5 E. 6th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281 Engrained Cafe Engrained Café, located on ASU’s Tempe campus in the Memorial Union (MU), is known for their locally grown and harvested food that tastes good and makes you feel good. Their mission is to use all seasonal produce that is harvested within a 150 mile radius of campus. Their menu is an eclectic mix of food such as sandwiches, salads, sushi and pizza. Everything you try will be fresh and delicious! Memorial Union Building, 1290 S. Normal Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85287 Original Chop Shop This quaint and charming restaurant gives an energetic and youthful vibe that features a great outdoor space that is situated right next to the ASU Campus. Try one of their incredible sandwiches (Chicken Prosciutto is one of my […]

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Spend the morning at Singh Meadows

A farmer’s market, a cafe, a coffee house and juice bar, all surrounded by a lovely green outdoor space – that’s Singh Meadows. It’s exactly what I need sometimes to “get away from it all” without having to leave town. It has quickly become one of my favorite spots to take my two little kiddos or meet up with friends to relax, chat and enjoy fresh food. Centrally located on the north end of Tempe, 1490 E. Weber Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281, Singh Meadows is easy to get to from any part of the valley. And parking is a breeze, which is always helpful when you’re trying to get kids through a parking lot. Originally a golf course, Singh Meadows offers several acres of green space to run and play, a tranquil ponds to skip rocks, corn holes games and more to entertain everyone while you’re there. There are even wicker baskets set out as you walk out to the patio full of brightly colored picnic blankets for patrons to use for picnics. And if you’re looking for a unique yoga experience, take a yoga class at the Meadows while you’re there. My most recent visit included my two kids, a few friends and their kids, ages ranging from 18 months to 9 years old. There was something for every age. When you first walk into the renovated indoor space (previously the golf course clubhouse), you will see a brightly decorated, inviting space filled with a variety of fresh organic vegetables, […]

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Grammy award-winner La Santa Cecilia performs at the TCA

Tempe events include Grammy Award-winner La Santa Cecilia making their Arizona debut at the Tempe Center for the Arts on April 14, 2017. The six-member band from Los Angeles exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music. They derive inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms like cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer music. Named for the patron saint of music, La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez and lead vocalist Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. La Santa Cecilia appeared on HBO’s Emmy award-winning hit show “Entourage” which also included the songs “Chicle” and “El Farol.” Their song “Chicle” was featured on the Emmy award-winning series “Weeds,” the independent feature “Dish,” and the documentary “Re-Encounters” about Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago.” In 2014 they won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock Album for Trienta Dias. For more information or to purchase tickets to La Santa Cecilia’s performance visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website, or call 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 11: William Reeder, Jr: Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam Changing Hands Bookstore April 11: DJ Shadow The Marquee […]

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Cactus Sports celebrates 25 years in business

If you want to show your Sun Devil pride, there’s no better place to buy Arizona State University (ASU) gear than Cactus Sports in Downtown Tempe. Cactus Sports is celebrating their 25th year in business in 2017. Considering how many retailers have come and gone over the years, their success is a testament to a passionate owner, a great staff and the consistent quality (and style) of their ASU clothing, merchandise and gifts. Cactus Sports will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a 25% off sale off of everything in the store on April 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. This event coincides with the ASU spring football game at 2 p.m. Juan Roque, who played ASU football from 1992-1996, will be in the store from 11 a.m. to noon to sign autographs and meet fans. He’ll also bring his framed Rose Bowl jersey. The owner of Cactus Sports and ASU Alumni, Troy Scoma, has been involved in the operations since day one. After Troy graduated from ASU, he helped his brother, Jeff, open Cactus Sports in January 1992. Their first location was in the historic Andre Building at Fourth Street and Mill Avenue. The original location was only 792 square feet, but was packed with everything that a Sun Devil fan could ever want. In 1995, Troy became the operating manager and partner of the business. In August 1999, the Andre Building caught on fire and forced the tenants of the building during its restoration and renovation. In […]

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Tempe events: Bataré at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Batare at the TCA

This week’s events include Bataré at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on April 7, 2017.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m. This exciting new TCA event is an all new twist on traditional taiko druming – harnessing the energy of taiko with rock n roll. Bataré features eleven musicians including a live band who perform alongside the drummers, creating a modernized world of taiko. Visually compelling, emotionally moving, and musically masterful, Bataré is a unique blend of elegant choreography and powerful music. This story is captivating to all, married with an intense modernization of taiko drumming, and an orchestrally motivated approach to progressive rock. Tickets for Bataré are $35 to $45 for adults and $25 to $35 for students and are available at tca.ticketforce.com or by calling (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 4: Social Distortion The Marquee April 4: Kristie Middleton: MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live – One Meal at a Time Changing Hands Bookstore April 4: Tempe Winds: When You Wish Upon A Star  Tempe Center for the Arts April 4-29: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater April 5: Gnash The Marquee April 5: Class Clowns at Tempe Improv  Tempe Improv April 6: Beyond the Bricks: Thursday Night Live: The Chuck Hall Band  Hayden Square Amphitheater April 6: Lawrence Krauss: The Greatest Story Ever Told – So Far Changing Hands Bookstore April 7: Perfomance at the Museum: Driftwood Quintet Tempe History […]

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Al Taylor and the Tempe Public Safety Memorial

Al Taylor

If you’ve been to Tempe Beach Park lately, you’ve seen the new Tempe Public Safety Memorial that’s dedicated to Tempe’s fallen heroes. Situated at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake, the memorial is a stirring and poignant tribute to the Tempe fire and police officers and canines who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The three larger-than-life figures—a firefighter, police officer and canine has been beautifully executed with meticulous attention to detail. The first time I saw the memorial I was moved to learn more about how it came to be and discovered that former Tempe police officer and current owner of Special Moments Catering, Al Taylor was involved from the beginning as a member of the memorial’s project organizing team. I met with Al to discuss the memorial and it became apparent that he’s a man of many talents who loves to take on big challenges.  Al was part of the project team that was responsible for raising the funds and selecting the artist. And, after getting to know more about him, it was easy to see why Al Taylor was well equipped to make it happen. Al’s a man who likes to take charge and get things done.  He’s resourceful, enterprising and always optimistic. He loves taking on challenges and has an unwavering can do attitude that, along with lots of hard work, has served him well in life. From how he teamed up with his equally resourceful, enterprising, optimistic wife, Michelle, […]

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Tempe events: Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts

Tempe Festival of the Arts

Tempe events include an annual favorite, the Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts in Downtown Tempe, March 31-April 2.  More than 300 artisans display and sell original works of art in a multitude of media, including photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and lots more.  Other highlights include live music, street performers, food and beverage vendors, sponsor exhibits, entertainment booths and multiple beer and wine gardens. New this year, kids can see works by their peers and create their own works of art in the Kids Block. The festival is free and takes place in Downtown Tempe along Mill Avenue and the adjacent streets. For more information, visit http://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. March 28: Ozomatli / Squirrel Nut Zippers The Marquee March 29: Dennis McClung: Urban Garden Talk and Tour Changing Hands Bookstore March 29-April 29: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater March 30: Beyond the Bricks: Thursday Night Live: The Pistoleros Hayden Square Amphitheater  March 30: Comedian Billy Bonnell Tempe Improv March 30: Leftover Salmon The Marquee March 30-31: The EDGE Tempe Center for the Arts March 30-April 2: MainStage: Men on Boats ASU Galvin Playhouse  March 31: NCAA Final Four Friday University of Phoenix Stadium March 31: Hello Swindon Tempe Marketplace District Stage March 31: Leo Kottke & Keller Williams The Marquee March 31-April 1: Comedian Dana Gould Tempe Improv March 31-April 2: Tempe Spring […]

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Exploring Phoenix’s Native American Culture

The Stand restaurant

Before all the houses, restaurants, shopping, museums and parks of Tempe and the sprawling Phoenix Metro Valley, Native American tribes had made Arizona their home for thousands of years. Their rich history and culture can be found woven throughout every region in the state. Whether you are a visitor to Tempe, or have lived in the area for years, don’t miss out on visiting these wonderful Native American tribal lands, fascinating museums and ancient ruins of the original inhabitants of Arizona. Hike up “A” Mountain for views of ancient Hohokam petroglyphs Located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, “A” Mountain is situated adjacent to Arizona State University and Downtown Tempe.  “A” Mountain, officially named Hayden Butte Preserve Park, is not only a great spot for hiking and enjoying views of Tempe, but also a chance to get a glimpse into Native American history. The butte is culturally-significant to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, who consider the butte to be a sacred place and a link to its ancestors. Hikers and explorers alike can view hundreds of 500, or rock art images, that were made by the Hohokam between A.D. 750 and 1450. Many of the petroglyphs can be easliy seen from the trails on the south side of the mountain. Exploring the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community To get there from Tempe – Just 15 minutes north of Tempe, take the 101 N freeway and exit east on Indian School Rd. The community is located […]

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Tempe events: Childsplay presents Interrupting Vanessa

Interrupting Vanessa

Tempe events include the opening of Childsplay’s production of Interrupting Vanessa at Tempe Center for the Arts on March 25. Vanessa is young girl struggling to come to terms with the loss of her father.  She’s happiest alone in her room creating inventions out of interesting objects she finds. And then her mother does the unthinkable and invites Timmy Fibbins over to play forcing Vanessa to step out of her comfort zone and maybe even make a friend. In a world where imaginary friends seem real, and real friends are scarce, Vanessa discovers both. Interrupting Vanessa is on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts from March 25-April 2. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.childsplayaz.org 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. March 21: 92 Steel and Guts Tempe Center for the Arts March 22: Spring Training Game: Angels vs. Rangers Tempe Diablo Stadium March 22: Yellowcard The Marquee March 22: Almost Homeless Comedy Tour Tempe Improv March 22-April 29: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater March 23: Ignite Tempe Center for the Arts March 23: Beyond the Bricks: Thursday Night Live: Ryan Sims Hayden Square Amphitheater. March 23: Bonnie Rochman: The Gene Machine Changing Hands Bookstore March 23: The Motet & Dumpstaphunk The Marquee March 23-25: Comedian Nicole Byer Tempe Improv March 24: Spring training game: Angels vs. Mariners Tempe Diablo Stadium March […]

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What do travel professionals love about Tempe?

Travel professional testimonials for Tempe Tourism Office

The Tempe Tourism team strives to give our out of town visitors, meeting planners, meeting attendees, travel writers, and tour operators an experience that highlights the very best of Tempe. While we like to talk about why we love this fun and vibrant city, sometimes it’s nice to hear what others have to say. Check out what some travel professionals recently said about working with our team and their experience while visiting Tempe:  “I’ve had many great experiences in the past, and I’m rarely wowed – but I’ve got to say – WOW – who knew?  Tempe is fabulous!  I especially love the shopping area near ASU.  The properties shown were amazing and the restaurants magnificent.  I absolutely loved the botanical garden and thought the Tempe Center for the Arts is an amazing place. The “Snack Shacks” at Tempe Mission Palms just blew me away, as did the unusual themes of both the Moxy and Graduate properties. As for the Tempe team, what a wonderful working family they are.  You are very lucky to have them.  I salute you all for the wonderful job you did in bringing knowledge about Tempe to us all and in letting us know what a great place it is and will be for future events.” – Carol A. Marotta, Executive Assistant to Chris Casey – EVP, Product Leadership at Nielsen “Thank you, thank you, thank you for such an amazing four days exploring the Tempe and Chandler areas! I feel like we were shown around […]

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7 Tempe Springtime Activities for Kids

Boating at Tempe Town Lake

Looking for something fun to do with your kiddos while in Tempe this spring? From a day at the zoo to a relaxing farmer’s market and outdoor festival, there are plenty of fun options for all ages. Here’s a short list of some of my favorite things to do in Tempe for a fun-filled day out with the family. The little ones will have a blast and you will too! 1) Desert Botanical Garden: The desert is beautiful year-round, but it really comes alive in the spring. Cacti and wildflowers bloom in every color of the rainbow. Temperatures are perfect for hiking and leisurely strolls through Desert Botanical Garden. This year, the Garden opened a brand new Butterfly Pavilion. Their Spring Butterfly Exhibit is open every day through May 14, 2017 and entry is included with paid Garden admission or membership. Kids and adults alike will love mingling with these amazing creatures and learning all about their life cycles and conservation efforts. 2) Arizona Mills: You can easily spend a whole day at Arizona Mills in Tempe. In addition to more than 100 name brand outlets and value retailers, Arizona Mills is a family entertainment destination. Discover over 5,000 sea creatures at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium. Built specifically for kids, this attraction transports visitors into the amazing ocean world. Kids will love the interactive and hands-on experiences like touching a starfish, going on a scavenger hunt and walking through the 360-degree ocean tunnel. My favorite part is looking for the sea turtles and getting […]

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Tempe events: Disrupt FEST at Tempe Center for the Arts

Disrupt Fest

This week’s events include Disrupt FEST at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on March 18, 2017.  This exciting new TCA event is a mashup of theatre and music featuring artists who challenge preconceived ideas about traditional performing arts. Doors open at 5 p.m. allowing time for attendees to enjoy tasty fare provided by local food trucks and cocktails at the TCA’s lounge. Performances begin at 6 p.m. with Neil LaBute’s provocative play, Some Velvet Morning, directed by TCA Artistic Director, Ralph Remington and starring Brian Runbeck and Christina Denkinger-Hutchinson. It’s an intense and electrifying story of obsession, desire and the nuances of gender relationships. With themes taken from today’s headlines, the work has both sharp and subtle contrasts, which are underscored by the mesmerizing music of Tandem Duo. At 8 p.m. the quirky, fun, Los Angeles based band, TOTSY, will perform. TOTSY’s music is reminiscent of burlesque theatre, speak-easies and light cabaret music.  It occasionally taking a twist as band members emulate the sounds of instruments and percussion using only their voices. TOTSY is led by the distinct vocal stylings of Beth Curry, (Broadway star of Legally Blonde and Young Frankenstein) and the guitar and production work of composer/songwriter, Brett Boyett. The final event, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. Mik Nawooj is a “Hip-Hop orchestra, led by composer/pianist, Joe Wan Kim that combines classical compositions performed by leading classical musicians with vocal artists who counter with spoken word and rap.  The result is a fascinating blend […]

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tempe

Rula Bula

If you are ready to live it up like a leprechaun and drink Guinness until you actually believe you’re Irish, then this St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in luck. Tempe has everything from entertainment, to great food and drink specials that get you feeling like you’re St. Patrick himself! Check out these close by locations in order to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tempe. Just remember to have fun, and be responsible — use a cab or public transportation to get around. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Rula Bula Irish Pub!  401 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 929-9500 Celebrate St. Patrick’s day in a big way this year by joining Rula Bula’s two day celebration. That’s right, two days! Starting March 16th, Rula Bula is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Ireland at 5:01 p.m.! But remember to pace yourself, because another full day of celebration continues on March 17th starting at 10 a.m. Enjoy live music with Trevor Jones, Tommy Rocker, Tempe Town Lake Pipe Band, Hanna Lopez, Whiskey Tango and McTeggart Irish Dancers. Also, enjoy promotions and giveaways by Guinness, Jameson Bushmills, Tullamore Dew and more. Cocktail specials and full food menu will be available including Best of Phoenix Fish ‘n Chips and Shepherd’s Pie. St. Patrick’s Day at Hackett House 95 W. 4th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-350-8181 Tempe Sister Cities invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish dinner at the Hackett House, located in Downtown Tempe. Tempe Sister Cities brings the Irish spirit to Tempe for […]

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