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Tempe events this week-JERSEY BOYS at ASU Gammage

July 21, 2014

If the summer doldrums are wearing you down, ASU Gammage has something that will remedy that situation for sure. It’s JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about  one of the most successful groups in pop music history. And it’s no wonder. With a great behind- the-scenes story of how four blue collar kids, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, became The Four Seasons and a score that includes some of their biggest hits, this musical rocks from the minute the curtain goes up.  The show features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes off […]

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Tempe events this week-Michael McDonald at the Tempe Improv

Tempe Improv
July 14, 2014

The enormously talented and  funny Michael McDonald is coming to the Tempe Improv this weekend. Fans of ”MAD TV” will remember his vast repertoire of crazy characters like Stewart and Marvin Tikvah and his many memorable  impressions of such celebs as Dr. Phil, Bill O’Reilly, Ozzy  Osbourn, Mel Gibson, Dr. Drew, Criss Angel, Sarah Jessica Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw)–the list goes on and on.  The memory of his hilarious “MAD TV” antics sent me to YouTube where I found a bunch of clips from the show and caused me to go into near convulsions of laughter. Michael McDonald was the longest standing cast member of “MAD TV” and it was […]

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Tempe water park fun this summer

Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park
July 9, 2014

What makes any summer day in Tempe just a little bit better? Water. As in splash pads, water parks and pools. This is my favorite way to keep my daughter entertained during the summer. It keeps her cool and complaint-free and that makes for one happy family. There are a few options in Tempe to keep you cool all summer long: Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park This popular summer spot covers one acre with pop up fountains, a slide, streams, water cannons and other fun stuff. It is open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. It’s located in Tempe Beach Park, near the Mill Avenue District (a perfect […]

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Tempe events this week- ASU Art Museum Family Fun Day

Art Museum Family Fun Day
July 7, 2014

There are some fun and free art and craft events to keep kids cool and entertained in Tempe this week, including the ASU Art Museum Family Fun Day.  Children of all ages will enjoy a variety of art projects, educational booths and performances held in conjunction with this summer’s family-focused exhibition, Funny Papers.  Activities include face painting, interactive music, dance and magic performances from Persephone, C3 Dance and Jolly Roger. Everyone will find Funny Papers both fascinating and funny.  The exhibition explores the history of comic strips and their continued prevalence throughout art.  The whole family will enjoy the mix of both vintage comic strips and contemporary art infused with […]

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7 lunch spots in Tempe not to miss

Original Chop Shop Co.
July 1, 2014

Having worked in downtown Tempe for several year now, I’ve had the good fortune of trying several lunch spots in Tempe that make my tummy happy and my day a bit brighter. Here is my list of top 7 lunch restaurants to try in Tempe. In no particular order, here they are: Pita Jungle – Fresh, delicious flavors are what you’ll experience at Pita Jungle. A fun, hipster atmosphere will greet you when you walk in, making you instantly feel right at home. The hummus is amazing, and be sure to try the roasted bell pepper hummus or the cilantro jalapeño hummus too. I usually find a yummy seasonal salad […]

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Tempe events this week- July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
June 30, 2014

Tempe really knows how to celebrate the 4th of July.  Anyone who has been to past July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festivals knows what a show-stopper the Tempe fireworks extravaganza is. The Kiwanis Club of Tempe has been putting on this pyrotechnic spectacular for 63 years and this year will make it the 64th. The City of Tempe hosts a bunch of fun activities for the entire family starting at 5 p.m. Local bands, including Don’t Tell Mom Band, Levi Waskom, Donovan and the All-Stars and Outside the Line will perform on the main stage from 5-10:45 p.m. The Family Fun Fest will feature a free inflatable village, rides and […]

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Small Talk with Sesty – Sydney’s Café and Market

Syndey's Cafe and Market
June 26, 2014

Sydney’s Café and Market is one of the newest Tempe Marketplace restaurants. This international culinary eatery specializes in empanadas but offer customers a variety of fresh, homemade food and beverages. They’re also the only privately owned restaurant at the District at Tempe Marketplace. Sydney’s Café and Market is located by the Splash pads, close to Barnes and Noble. Diners can choose from a variety of salads, sandwiches, desserts and of course, the famous empanadas. I was lucky enough to head over there for lunch one day and sample all eight of them. Each was delicious in its own way. Each empanada is inspired from someplace in the world, so you […]

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Beat the heat at Changing Hands in Tempe this week

Changing Hands Bookstore
June 23, 2014

One of my favorite summer retreats from the heat is Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. I love browsing the great selection of new and gently used books. I’ll always come away with several great reads to last me through the summer. Another thing I love about Changing Hands is all of the author events that take place every week. Changing Hands hosts book signings and meet and greets with the foremost authors of the day. This week there are two author events scheduled that sound absolutely fascinating. The first takes place on Monday, June 23 and features Damien Echols and Lorri Davis who will discuss their book Yours for Eternity: […]

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Cool summer fun at the aquarium in Tempe: SEA LIFE

Sea Life Arizona Aquarium
June 23, 2014

Afternoons are much cooler when you’re in the aquarium in Tempe. I think any day is a great day to visit SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium at Arizona Mills, but it’s one of my favorite places to visit in the summer. Once you enter, you’ll first see fish from freshwater streams and lakes. After this refreshing introduction, you’ll be transported to the ocean, first via the touch tanks featuring tide pool creatures. Then, in just a few steps, you’ll get to see everything from sharks to rays to seahorses. SEA LIFE is a magical place. The displays are designed to be low enough to give kids a perfect view. And, there […]

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Tempe events this week-Summer of Love at the TCA Gallery

Summer of Love at the TCA
June 16, 2014

The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) shows no sign of slowing down one bit this summer.   In addition to all the great performing arts, the TCA summer programs will  include an art exhibition geared to the whole family. Summer of Love: Family, Friendship and Devotion will open this Friday and will be on display through September 20. There will also be a series of fun family oriented art workshops held in conjunction with the exhibition every Saturday through August 9. Summer of Love features colorful and endearing artworks created by local and nationally recognized artists including Gene Almendinger, Marco Albarran, Denise Currier, Esmeralda Delaney, Wendy Hodgson, Molly Idle, Sandra […]

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