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Four Peaks Brewing Company: Best food and beer pairings

Four Peaks 300-x-200
February 23, 2017

Four Peaks Brewing Company is as synonymous with Arizona as cactus is to the desert. Four Peaks’s Kilt Lifter, Pumpkin Porter and Hop Knot are just a few of the popular beers that are ordered often at bars across Arizona. But Four Peaks offers much more than just beer. We’ve learned that several of their menu items are notably delicious, and pair very well with their beers. We asked Mike Kruchko of Four Peaks Brewing Company to help us out in discovering the best pairings. Check out our video for suggestions on food and beer pairings, and take a look at a few of our personal favorites at their 8th Street restaurant below. Carne Adovada & Hop Knot IPA The Carne Adovada is a cherry wood smoked pork with a red chili sauce.  It has a great combination of spiciness and smokiness that pairs perfectly with a nice hoppy beer like Hop Knot American India Pale Ale.  The floral & citrus hoppy notes of the beer really play perfectly off the chili pepper and smokiness of the cherry wood. Blackened Salmon BLT & Sunbru Kolsch Style Ale Four Peaks uses fresh salmon that gets grilled with a nice Cajun seasoning, which then gets complimented by a pepper jack cheese, pesto mayo and a 12 grain bread with lettuce, tomato and red onion.  The perfect pairing is with Sunbru Kolsch Style Ale. The Sunbru is a clean, crisp dry German Ale with a low bitterness that pairs great with fish and poultry.  It […]

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Tempe events: ASU Night of the Open Door

ASU Night of the Open Door
February 21, 2017

Tempe events include ASU Night of the Open Door, February 25, 2017. Experience the best kind of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) with a side of humanities and athletics at this fun, mind-expanding event for both the tech savvy and not so tech savvy of all ages. With more than 300 interactive activities, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into the spaces that house the most innovative projects at ASU. Spaces to explore include the Biodesign Institute, ASU Super Computer, Mars Space Flight Facility, ASU Marston Exploratory Theater and more. ASU students and faculty will introduce you to ASU athletics, sciences, engineering, humanities and the arts – from street-style dance, drones and robots, medical breakthroughs to poisonous insects and Mayan discoveries. All of this mind bending activity is bound to make you hungry. Food truck alley will keep your tummy and brain fueled with tasty fare from Grilled Addiction, Rock-a-Belly, Satay Hut, 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese. There will also be tailgate games to enjoy while you are eating! Learn more about Night of the Open Door activities and events. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. February 21: Performance with a View – Students of Danwen Jiang Tempe Center for the Arts February 22: Ronald Epstein, M.D.: Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity Changing Hands Bookstore February 22: Secondhand Serenade The Marquee – (480) 829-0607 / 8 p.m. […]

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Contemporary art thrives in Metro Phoenix

ASU Art Museum at ASU off Mill Ave. in Tempe, AZ
February 20, 2017

It’s safe to say that Phoenix has a thriving contemporary art scene. Do a Google search for contemporary art in the Phoenix Metro area and the well-established art museums  appear, but also dozens of private galleries pop up. From the Roosevelt Row District in central Phoenix to the surrounding East Valley cities of Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler and Mesa, you’ll find a plethora of art museums and galleries exhibiting a diverse range of contemporary art by internationally recognized artists like James Turrell and promising emerging artists.  Here are a few to get you started exploring the dynamic Metro Phoenix contemporary art scene, starting with Tempe. For more information on Tempe’s art museums and galleries, visit the Tempe Tourism website. Tempe ASU Art Museum presents cutting edge exhibitions and innovative programming that is relevant to life today. The museum’s collections include many works by Latin American artists. The ASU Art Museum is recognized internationally for its large collection of important works by Cuban artists of the 1990s.  51 E. 10th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 965-2787 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; open late on Thursday until 8 p.m.; closed Sunday, Monday and university holidays Free admission ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery’s open storage concept enables visitors to enjoy the majority of the 4,000 piece collection that demonstrates the full range of technique, aesthetic approaches and possibilities within the medium. The Ceramics Research Center features three to five exhibitions annually that focus on important movements and artists […]

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Tempe 5Ks to Put a Spring in Your Step

Pats Run Tempe
February 15, 2017

Time to put your New Year’s resolution to get fit into action! There are lots of 5K and 10k walks and runs taking place in Tempe this spring that will help you get fit while also supporting some great organizations. Here’s a list of a few of my favorites in Tempe and Papago Park. Luv2Run 5k Run/Walk – February 18, 2017 – Road Runner Sports Tempe Come join the Run Your Race 5k Run/Walk and help support Team RWB, a veteran’s support group, on Saturday, February 18! Race includes a custom finisher medal, matching lapel pin and sticker, race bib, wristband, age group awards and water and snacks. Runners will receive a Road ID bib at check in. Check in starts at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at Road Runner Sports Tempe, located at Tempe Marketplace 43 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281. The race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. FroYo Run – February 18, 2017 – Tempe Beach Park This frozen yogurt themed run boasts frozen yogurt at the finish line, of course, and also fun little spoons as finisher medals! Plan to enjoy Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt at the finish – yum! Each runner/walker will also get a fully loaded goody bag including mirrored shades and a dri-fit running hat! Choose from the 5k or 10k at this family friendly event and get ready to swirl your way to the finish line. Proceeds will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Check in starts at 6:45 a.m. The 10k starts at 7:45 a.m. and the 5 k starts at 9 a.m. 5k For Heroes […]

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Tempe events: Loud Mouth Comedy Roadshow at ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage
February 14, 2017

Tempe events includes Loud Mouth Comedy Roadshow at ASU Gammage on February 18. This hilarious evening is hosted by Cheech Marin and features Paul Rodriguez. Marin and Rodriguez have been making audiences laugh throughout the world for decades as two of the The Original Latin Kings of Comedy. The program also showcases three of the hottest Latino comedians touring today: Nick Guerra, Erik Rivera and Marcella Arguello. For more information and to purchase tickets to Loud Mouth Comedy Roadshow, visit 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. February 14: Valentine’s Day Love with Esteban Tempe Center for the Arts February 15-March 4: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater February 16: An Evening with Ahmad Daniels Tempe History Museum February 16: Beyond the Bricks: Nineball Hayden Square Amphitheater February 16: Robert Crane: Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder Changing Hands Bookstore February 16: Amaranthe The Marquee February 16-18: EDGE Happy Hour: SMTC Cabaret Tempe Center for the Arts February 17: Siam Fights Live: 2017 Muay Thai Tempe Center for the Arts February 17: Mark Littell: On the Eighth Day, God Made Baseball Changing Hands Bookstore February 17: Advent Horizon Tempe Marketplace District Stage  February 17: Classical Guitarist Andrew York ASU Katzin Concert Hall February 17: AFI The Marquee February 17- 18: Lil Duval Tempe Improv February 18: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Octet Tempe […]

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Tempe Art Exhibitions

ASU Art Museum
February 9, 2017

If you enjoy the visual arts, you’ll want to browse Tempe’s art museums and galleries. From paintings, to sculpture, ceramics to photography and film, Tempe offers a range of exhibitions in beautiful spaces, both inside and outdoors. The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, is recognized for its cutting edge exhibits and innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational and relevant to life today. A visit to the ASU Art Museum, at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, and the Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery, located at 7th Street and Mill Avenue, is always an energizing experience. The Gallery at the TCA is located in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts. Rotating exhibitions by local and nationally known artists and a variety of visual arts workshops and events have made The Gallery at the TCA a favorite of locals and visitors to Tempe. 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 people to care for the natural world. Pueblo Grande Museum features a 1500 year old Hohokam site and three galleries focusing on the Hohokam people who populated the area from A.D. 450 to 1450 and the archaeological methods used to learn […]

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Tempe events: MATILDA THE MUSICAL at ASU Gammage

Matilda the Musical
February 7, 2017

Tempe events include Tony Award®-wining MATILDA THE MUSICAL at ASU Gammage from February 7-12. Based on the classic children’s book by Roald Dahl, the story follows Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who’s mistreated by her dimwitted, cruel parents and hostile headmistress, the wicked Miss Trunchbull. She finds refuge in books and the company of her protective teacher Miss Honey.  Matilda’s fertile imagination and sharp mind along with Miss Honey’s encouragement, enable Matilda to dream of a better life, stand up to unjust forces and find her own destiny. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ASUgammage.com. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. February 7: Isaac Marion: The Burning World Changing Hands Bookstore February 7: Young the Giant The Marquee  February 7-12: MATILDA THE MUSICAL ASU Gammage February 8: Authors Betty Webb and Donis Casey Changing Hands Bookstore  February 8: Dashboard Confessional The Marquee February 8-March 4: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater February 8: Eric Schwartz Tempe Improv February 9: Beyond the Bricks: Joe Costello Syndicate Hayden Square Amphitheater February 9: The Seasonal Table Dinner Series Desert Botanical Garden February 9-18: EDGE Happy Hour Tempe Center for the Arts February 10: Music in the Garden: Big Pete Pearson Desert Botanical Garden February 10: Hello Swindon Tempe Marketplace District Stage February 10: ASU Earth & Space Open House ASU Tempe Campus ISTB4 Building February 10: ASU […]

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Tempe Events: EDGE Happy Hour at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 31, 2017

Tempe events include EDGE Happy Hour at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA). EDGE is a new after work event that takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the TCA Lounge from 5-8 p.m. The bar opens at 5 p.m. with food served from 6-8 p.m. You can kick back, relax and enjoy live entertainment, art, food trucks, tapas style appetizers, and $25 “Bottle & Board” wine specials. EDGE showcases the best of the Valley’s talent in a laid-back space overlooking Tempe Town Lake. This weekend’s featured performers are: Thursday, February 2 – Scattered Melodies Friday, February 3 – Cisco and the Racecars Saturday, February 4 – What’s the Big Idea For more information about EDGE Happy Hour, visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. January 31: Origins Project Dialogue: Materiality of a Vacuum: Late Night Thoughts of a Physicist Tempe Center for the Arts January 31: ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra: Songs in the Winds ASU Katzin Concert Hall February 1: The Ying String Quartet ASU Katzin Concert Hall February 1-March 4: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater February 2: Hannah Barco: Fathomings Exhibition Preview ASU Art Museum February 2: ASU School of Music Jazz Faculty Showcase ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre February 2: Beyond the Bricks: Analog Outlaws Hayden Square Amphitheater February 2-4: Comedian Dov Davidoff […]

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Day Trip from Tempe: Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon
January 30, 2017

They say it’s not the destination, but the journey that makes the trip worthwhile. If you’re like me, that’s not so true. Sometimes you just want to get to the destination and not deal with all the trouble of traveling. DETOURS of Arizona is the perfect option for people like me! For my two co-workers and me, this was the best way for to see and explore Antelope Canyon. Being a native Arizonan, Antelope Canyon seemed more like a mythical land than an iconic landmark located in our great state. When I found out that DETOURS offered the tour, I jumped at the chance to finally check it out for myself. This tour makes its way to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lee’s Ferry and Navajo Nation, all in a single action packed 15-hour day trip. DETOURS is the only tour company in the Phoenix Metro area that offers a day tour to this unique spot. Call time starts bright and early in the morning at 5:30 a.m., so a good night’s rest is a must! DETOURS is exceptional with accommodating your needs. They offer a comfortable ride with knowledgeable tour guides that offer a wide range of information. They also pick up at most hotels in the Phoenix area and provide snacks and bottles of water throughout the day. You will make several pit stops as well, so don’t worry about your tummies grumbling! The first leg of our trip started after DETOURS picked us up at a Tempe area […]

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See vaudeville-inspired Carnival of Illusion in Tempe

Carnival of Illusion
January 26, 2017

Written by: Simone Chambers HIP HIP HOORAY!!! On March 3 and 4, 2017 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Carnival of Illusion celebrates its 450th performance weekend of its blockbuster vaudeville-inspired illusion show. Carnival of Illusion starring dynamic husband/wife team, Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed, is the longest running Arizona theater show in history. Oooh La La! WHAT IS CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION? Hang onto your hat, grab your partner, and jump into an evening of old-world magic. Carnival of Illusion blends their “Around the world in 80 minutes” travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired road show. National Recipients for “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. HEY FILM BUFFS… (and Tongue-Twister Fans) Here’s a tempting teaser at the tantalizing Tempe theater (say that ten times!) Turn up the volume and check out the “cinematic version” of Carnival of Illusion below: think sentimental nostalgia with a heart-wrenching musical score. This 60 second film combines both the grand and the intimate nature of the Tempe shows. Go full screen for the epic Steven Spielberg experience. Shhhhh, SPOILER ALERT!!! The performers and the AUDIENCE(!) share the stage at this magical theater. AND THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE “In 2009, our goal was to create a show that was unique to Arizona, to attract locals as well as snowbirds and tourists,” says owner Roland Sarlot. Now in […]

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