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Tempe events: Childsplay presents The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth
September 19, 2017

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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Tempe Art Exhibitions

ASU Art Museum
September 13, 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. 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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 Spotlight On: Garth Johnson, ASU Ceramics Research Center

ASU Ceramics Research Center in Tempe, AZ
September 13, 2017

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

September 12, 2017

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
September 5, 2017

  Tempe events feature Tempe Center for the Arts 10th Anniversary on September 8-9. Known for its iconic architecture and stunning aesthetic detail, Tempe Center for the Arts has hosted hundreds of performances, events and exhibitions enjoyed by audiences and visitors from around the world. On September 8, 2017, the TCA 10th Anniversary Celebration presented by Northern Trust, will feature a performance by “American Idol” winner and Arizona native, Jordin Sparks. VIP ticket options include premium seating, a pre-concert reception and a post-show meet and greet. Guests will also be treated to a preview of the Gallery at TCA’s new exhibition, Tempe Xhibition. Festivities will continue on September 9 with Too Marvelous for Words: The Story of Nat “King” Cole starring Keith David and the public opening reception of Tempe Xhibition (September 8-January 6), a showcase of artists and creatives who have given Tempe its smart, creative, funky and innovative vibe. For more information and to purchase tickets to the TCA 10 Year Anniversary Celebration,  visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information.   September 5-10: FUN HOME ASU Gammage September 6-8: Chris D’Elia Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 6-September 16: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater September 7 & 9: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts September 8-9: TCA 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Tempe Center for the Arts […]

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

Boating at Tempe Town Lake
August 30, 2017

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

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

ASU Football
August 29, 2017

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

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Grid Bikes make it easy to explore Tempe

Grid Bike in Kiwanis Park
August 23, 2017

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

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Tempe events: MAC 3.0 featuring Andrew’s Dream Adventure

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 22, 2017

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

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Tempe events: SMTC presents Westside Story at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 15, 2017

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

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