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Music to my ears at the Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden event
April 16, 2014

When someone suggests going to the Desert Botanical Garden it’s like music to my ears. It’s just lovely, especially this time of year when everything is in bloom. After exploring the well-tended trails and desert plants, plan to attend a Music in the Garden concert. Concerts are taking place now through June 27. Beautiful music in a beautiful setting is the best way to describe it. From latin music to spanish guitar to the blues, every toe will be tapping to the tunes. Music in the Garden Concerts are held at the Ullman Terrace stage. Plan ahead and enjoy dinner at Gertrude’s, the Garden’s restaurant. I’ve eaten at Gertrude’s many times and […]

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ASU Art Museum Ceramics Center & Brickyard Gallery

ASU Art Museum Ceramics Center & Brickyard Gallery
April 15, 2014

I attended the grand opening of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Center & Brickyard Gallery at its new location last Friday evening and was just blown away by the new space. It’s located just off Tempe’s Mill Avenue in the back section of the Brickyard space that was formerly Borders Bookstore. The Ceramics Center was located across the street from the ASU Art Museum in an old strip mall and was known as the Ceramics Research Center. The new facility has a lot going for it. It’s much larger and the new location will give it much greater visibility. The Ceramics Center houses an impressive collection of nearly 4,000 pieces […]

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Tempe events this week – Childsplay presents Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Childsplay presents Schoolhouse Rock Live!
April 14, 2014

One of the best things about the ’70s was “Schoolhouse Rock,“  a wonderful TV show that taught kids subjects like grammar, math, science and politics with catchy tunes and fun animation.  My kids really liked it a lot and so did I.  It’s been nearly forty years and I can still remember some of those cleaver songs. “Conjunction Junction What’s Your function?” was a tidy little grammar lesson and, being an English nerd, my personal favorite.  I also loved “I’m Just a Bill,” which explained how the legislature passes bills. The show was around for years and now it’s back as a terrific new musical, Schoolhouse Rock Live! Childsplay opens […]

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4 Reasons to Register for Pat’s Run in Tempe

Pats Run Tempe
April 9, 2014

One of my favorite annual events is just around the corner: Pat’s Run on April 26 in Tempe. If you’ve participated in this race once, I’m sure that you’re already registered. It is hard to believe that this will be the 10th year for this event. Pat’s Run is the perfect way to finish the spring running season in Tempe. It’s a lot of fun and it raises money for an excellent cause. If you haven’t run in this event yet, here are a few reasons why Pat’s Run shouldn’t be missed. Run to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy. Arizona State University alumni Pat Tillman left his pro football career to […]

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Tempe events this week-Celtic Woman at ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage
April 8, 2014

Anyone who loves Irish music will be happy to hear that Celtic Woman, will be performing in Tempe this Tuesday. Celtic Woman is an all-female Irish musical ensemble comprised of four vocalists and one violinist/fiddler, all extremely talented.  The  all-new stage production celebrates Ireland and the Emerald Isles’ spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy®-nominated music producer, David Downes. Celtic Woman’s high-energy performances are extremely popular and so are their recordings.  The group’s nine CDs and eight DVDs have become multi-platinum best-sellers, making Celtic Woman the only all-female group to achieve multi-Platinum success in the classical crossover/world music genres […]

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Tempe’s Chalk Art Festival at Tempe Marketplace

March 27, 2014

Remember when you were little and used to create magnificent works of art with chalk on your front driveway? I do! I could spend hours with my neighbor friends creating all sorts of designs. Ready to walk down memory lane? Revisit those fun memories on Saturday, April 12th at the Chalk Art Festival at Tempe Marketplace! Local artists will be creating original works of art right on the sidewalks inside The District area. Six unique chalk murals will be created throughout the day. Each design will be 8 x 6 feet, so they’ll be easy to spot and enjoy from every direction. Feel like bringing out your inner artist? Head over to […]

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Tempe events this week–2014 Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

March 17, 2014

It’s definitely festival season in Tempe. Visit Tempe on the weekends in March and you’ll find a festival or two taking place somewhere in our town.  Thanks to our beautiful weather, home-towners and winter visitors love to be outside doing fun things and our festivals offer plenty of sun and fun, all for free. Last weekend, the Aloha Festival celebrated island culture. This weekend, the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival will celebrate a colorful slice of Asian culture. Yes, Tempe Town Lake may seem like an unlikely place to honor this ancient folk tradition with roots in southern China.  But, this popular event has taken place here for eleven years with […]

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Small Talk with Sesty: Jerry Hall, Tempe Diablo Stadium Manager

March 11, 2014

If you’ve been to a spring training game in Tempe, you’ve been to Tempe Diablo Stadium, the spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since 1991. I’ve been to this ballpark quite a bit, both for work and to catch a game or two. But I wanted to know a little more about the place. So I reached out to Jerry Hall, the stadium’s manager. Jerry was born in Colorado but moved to Arizona 20 years ago. For the last eight years, he has served as Stadium Manager of Tempe Diablo Stadium. After admiring the view from his office, (his window looks out onto the field from […]

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Take advantage of great spring training specials in Tempe

March 11, 2014

With spring training underway, Tempe is full of visitors and locals who love baseball or just a good day in the sun. Fans are flocking to Mill Avenue’s bars and restaurants for some pre and post game celebrating. The trollies have been busy shuttling fans to Tempe Diablo Stadium and Cubs Park. They are the easiest and most convenient way to get to games. Many restaurants and stores on Mill Avenue have great discounts and specials for spring training. For some, you have to show your ticket stub but for others, anyone can enjoy great deals.  Below, we’ve listed some of the spring training specials we know are happening in Tempe right […]

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Tempe events this week-Rebelution & Atmosphere

March 11, 2014

Granted, when it comes to fun spring time things to do, attending a MLB spring training game at beautiful Diablo Stadium is way at the top of the list. However, taking in an outdoor concert featuring performances by two great bands, Rebelution and Atmosphere at Tempe Beach Park has to be a tie. Rebelution is a reggae band based in California that has been performing since 2004. Their inspiring and engaging music leaves their listeners with the sense that they have the power to make this world a better place. Their album titles, which include Courage to Grow, Peace of Mind, Bright Side of Life, readily reflect those sentiments. Peace […]

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