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Learn about beer on a Four Peaks Brewery tour

Four Peaks Brewery
April 26, 2017

For a lot of adults, going on a tour of a brewery that makes your favorite beer is like Charlie and Grandpa Joe finding a golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. There’s something magical and exciting when you see where and how your favorite beer is made. Four Peaks Brewery is one of the biggest and well-known breweries in the Southwest. Kilt Lifter, by far their most popular and well-known beer, has become as synonymous with Arizona as cacti, golf and sunshine. Since 1994, Four Peaks Brewery has been producing some of the best beer in America. They’re housed in an old brick building that was built to be an ice house in the 1890s – almost 20 years before Arizona became a state. The F.A. Hough’s Ice Factory operated a creamery, processing dairy products here in Tempe. Through the years, the iconic red brick building transitioned into a recording studio for Uranus Recording. Local musical icons The Gin Blossoms recorded there. So did Stevie Nicks. Today it’s known throughout the city as the home of Four Peaks Brewing. Visitors can schedule tour of the brewery right on the Four Peaks website. It’s a great way to get a behind the scenes look at not only the iconic building but the beer making process. Learn about how they make your favorite beer, what goes into the process, how it’s stored and how they can it. It’s great because everything is functioning and working (unlike a museum) so you […]

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Tempe events: Stray Cat Theatre presents Hir at TCA

April 25, 2017

 Tempe events include the opening of Stray Cat Theatre’s production of Hir at the Tempe Center for the Arts on April 28, 2017. Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the war to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. His insurgent mother who, liberated from an oppressive marriage, is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy– with help from Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling. But, in Taylor Mac’s sly, black comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it. Hir runs through May 13, 2017. Don’t miss this subversive, hilarious implosion of the nuclear family. For more information and to purchase tickets to Hir, call (480) 350-2822, 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. 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. April 25: Superjoint The Marquee April 25: Wayne Pacelle: The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals Changing Hands Bookstore April 25: ASU Latin Jazz Night ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre April 26: ASU Rock Band Spring Class Concert ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre April 26: Brandon Mull: Dragonwatch Changing Hands Bookstore April 26-29: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater April 27: ASU Art Museum: Spring 2017 […]

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Tempe events: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS comes to ASU Gammage

An American in Paris
April 18, 2017

Tempe events feature AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at ASU Gammage, April 18-23, 2017.  The new Tony Award®-winning musical tells the story of an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each longing for a new beginning in the aftermath of World War II. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon has captured the magic and romance of Paris in perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! The New York Times raves, “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in Tempe on its first national tour!  For more information and to purchase tickets, 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. April 18: ASU Pan Devils Steel Band Tempe Center for the Arts April 18: Phoenix Chinese Arts Ensemble Spring Concert Tempe Center for the Arts April 18: Kehlani The Marquee April 18-23: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ASU Gammage April 19: Comedian Anthony Padilla Tempe Improv April 19: Coheed and Cambria The Marquee. April 19: Author Joseph Scapellato: Big Lonesome Changing Hands Bookstore April 19-29: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater April 20: Killswitch Engage The […]

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University Eats near ASU

Original Chop Shop
April 13, 2017

School is almost out for the summer, but ASU restaurants are still in full swing. From breakfast to burgers to all kinds of international favorites, you’ll have a hard time choosing from all of the tasty restaurants surrounding ASU. Here are a few of our favorites that are conveniently located next to campus. CASA Sunbá CASA Sunbá, located just west of ASU Tempe Campus, is the perfect place to get a good view with good eats. This restaurant is burrito heaven! Choose between a variety of unconventional burritos like the Mac & Cheese, loaded fries or the Chinese takeout burrito. Enjoy your food on their cooled patio that regularly features live music. They also offer over 30 beers on tap. 5 E. 6th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281 Engrained Cafe Engrained Café, located on ASU’s Tempe campus in the Memorial Union (MU), is known for their locally grown and harvested food that tastes good and makes you feel good. Their mission is to use all seasonal produce that is harvested within a 150 mile radius of campus. Their menu is an eclectic mix of food such as sandwiches, salads, sushi and pizza. Everything you try will be fresh and delicious! Memorial Union Building, 1290 S. Normal Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85287 Original Chop Shop This quaint and charming restaurant gives an energetic and youthful vibe that features a great outdoor space that is situated right next to the ASU Campus. Try one of their incredible sandwiches (Chicken Prosciutto is one of my […]

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Spend the morning at Singh Meadows

singh meadows fresh veggies
April 12, 2017

A farmer’s market, a cafe, a coffee house and juice bar, all surrounded by a lovely green outdoor space – that’s Singh Meadows. It’s exactly what I need sometimes to “get away from it all” without having to leave town. It has quickly become one of my favorite spots to take my two little kiddos or meet up with friends to relax, chat and enjoy fresh food. Centrally located on the north end of Tempe, 1490 E. Weber Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281, Singh Meadows is easy to get to from any part of the valley. And parking is a breeze, which is always helpful when you’re trying to get kids through a parking lot. Originally a golf course, Singh Meadows offers several acres of green space to run and play, a tranquil ponds to skip rocks, corn holes games and more to entertain everyone while you’re there. There are even wicker baskets set out as you walk out to the patio full of brightly colored picnic blankets for patrons to use for picnics. And if you’re looking for a unique yoga experience, take a yoga class at the Meadows while you’re there. My most recent visit included my two kids, a few friends and their kids, ages ranging from 18 months to 9 years old. There was something for every age. When you first walk into the renovated indoor space (previously the golf course clubhouse), you will see a brightly decorated, inviting space filled with a variety of fresh organic vegetables, […]

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Grammy award-winner La Santa Cecilia performs at the TCA

La Santa Cecilia
April 11, 2017

Tempe events include Grammy Award-winner La Santa Cecilia making their Arizona debut at the Tempe Center for the Arts on April 14, 2017. The six-member band from Los Angeles exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music. They derive inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms like cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer music. Named for the patron saint of music, La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez and lead vocalist Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. La Santa Cecilia appeared on HBO’s Emmy award-winning hit show “Entourage” which also included the songs “Chicle” and “El Farol.” Their song “Chicle” was featured on the Emmy award-winning series “Weeds,” the independent feature “Dish,” and the documentary “Re-Encounters” about Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago.” In 2014 they won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock Album for Trienta Dias. For more information or to purchase tickets to La Santa Cecilia’s performance visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website, or call 350-2822 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.  April 11: William Reeder, Jr: Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam Changing Hands Bookstore April 11: DJ Shadow The Marquee […]

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Cactus Sports celebrates 25 years in business

April 11, 2017

If you want to show your Sun Devil pride, there’s no better place to buy Arizona State University (ASU) gear than Cactus Sports in Downtown Tempe. Cactus Sports is celebrating their 25th year in business in 2017. Considering how many retailers have come and gone over the years, their success is a testament to a passionate owner, a great staff and the consistent quality (and style) of their ASU clothing, merchandise and gifts. Cactus Sports will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a 25% off sale off of everything in the store on April 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. This event coincides with the ASU spring football game at 2 p.m. Juan Roque, who played ASU football from 1992-1996, will be in the store from 11 a.m. to noon to sign autographs and meet fans. He’ll also bring his framed Rose Bowl jersey. The owner of Cactus Sports and ASU Alumni, Troy Scoma, has been involved in the operations since day one. After Troy graduated from ASU, he helped his brother, Jeff, open Cactus Sports in January 1992. Their first location was in the historic Andre Building at Fourth Street and Mill Avenue. The original location was only 792 square feet, but was packed with everything that a Sun Devil fan could ever want. In 1995, Troy became the operating manager and partner of the business. In August 1999, the Andre Building caught on fire and forced the tenants of the building during its restoration and renovation. In […]

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Tempe events: Bataré at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Batare at the TCA
April 4, 2017

This week’s events include Bataré at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on April 7, 2017.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m. This exciting new TCA event is an all new twist on traditional taiko druming – harnessing the energy of taiko with rock n roll. Bataré features eleven musicians including a live band who perform alongside the drummers, creating a modernized world of taiko. Visually compelling, emotionally moving, and musically masterful, Bataré is a unique blend of elegant choreography and powerful music. This story is captivating to all, married with an intense modernization of taiko drumming, and an orchestrally motivated approach to progressive rock. Tickets for Bataré are $35 to $45 for adults and $25 to $35 for students and are available at or by calling (480) 350-2822. 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. April 4: Social Distortion The Marquee April 4: Kristie Middleton: MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live – One Meal at a Time Changing Hands Bookstore April 4: Tempe Winds: When You Wish Upon A Star  Tempe Center for the Arts April 4-29: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater April 5: Gnash The Marquee April 5: Class Clowns at Tempe Improv  Tempe Improv April 6: Beyond the Bricks: Thursday Night Live: The Chuck Hall Band  Hayden Square Amphitheater April 6: Lawrence Krauss: The Greatest Story Ever Told – So Far Changing Hands Bookstore April 7: Perfomance at the Museum: Driftwood Quintet Tempe History […]

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Al Taylor and the Tempe Public Safety Memorial

Al Taylor
March 29, 2017

If you’ve been to Tempe Beach Park lately, you’ve seen the new Tempe Public Safety Memorial that’s dedicated to Tempe’s fallen heroes. Situated at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake, the memorial is a stirring and poignant tribute to the Tempe fire and police officers and canines who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The three larger-than-life figures—a firefighter, police officer and canine has been beautifully executed with meticulous attention to detail. The first time I saw the memorial I was moved to learn more about how it came to be and discovered that former Tempe police officer and current owner of Special Moments Catering, Al Taylor was involved from the beginning as a member of the memorial’s project organizing team. I met with Al to discuss the memorial and it became apparent that he’s a man of many talents who loves to take on big challenges.  Al was part of the project team that was responsible for raising the funds and selecting the artist. And, after getting to know more about him, it was easy to see why Al Taylor was well equipped to make it happen. Al’s a man who likes to take charge and get things done.  He’s resourceful, enterprising and always optimistic. He loves taking on challenges and has an unwavering can do attitude that, along with lots of hard work, has served him well in life. From how he teamed up with his equally resourceful, enterprising, optimistic wife, Michelle, […]

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Tempe events: Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts

Tempe Festival of the Arts
March 28, 2017

Tempe events include an annual favorite, the Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts in Downtown Tempe, March 31-April 2.  More than 300 artisans display and sell original works of art in a multitude of media, including photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and lots more.  Other highlights include live music, street performers, food and beverage vendors, sponsor exhibits, entertainment booths and multiple beer and wine gardens. New this year, kids can see works by their peers and create their own works of art in the Kids Block. The festival is free and takes place in Downtown Tempe along Mill Avenue and the adjacent streets. 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. March 28: Ozomatli / Squirrel Nut Zippers The Marquee March 29: Dennis McClung: Urban Garden Talk and Tour Changing Hands Bookstore March 29-April 29: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater March 30: Beyond the Bricks: Thursday Night Live: The Pistoleros Hayden Square Amphitheater  March 30: Comedian Billy Bonnell Tempe Improv March 30: Leftover Salmon The Marquee March 30-31: The EDGE Tempe Center for the Arts March 30-April 2: MainStage: Men on Boats ASU Galvin Playhouse  March 31: NCAA Final Four Friday University of Phoenix Stadium March 31: Hello Swindon Tempe Marketplace District Stage March 31: Leo Kottke & Keller Williams The Marquee March 31-April 1: Comedian Dana Gould Tempe Improv March 31-April 2: Tempe Spring […]

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