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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  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
August 11, 2017

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? Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs at the annual Tour de Fat Tempe, October 7, 2017 at Tempe Beach Park. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory) at this celebration of beer and bikes. Tempe Tardeada celebrates Tempe’s Hispanic heritage on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at with many free activities such as live entertainment, dancing, arts and crafts, face painting, inflatables, the Game Truck and the Tempe History Museum’s Family Albums exhibit. In addition, food vendors sell delicious foods at family-friendly prices. This event is held at the Tempe Community Complex. 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.  […]

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Healthy Restaurants in Tempe

Original Chop Shop
August 10, 2017

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
August 8, 2017

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 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!

August 8, 2017

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
August 7, 2017

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
August 1, 2017

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 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

July 25, 2017

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 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
July 24, 2017

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
July 19, 2017

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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