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Tempe 5Ks to Put a Spring in Your Step

Pats Run Tempe
February 15, 2017

Time to put your New Year’s resolution to get fit into action! There are lots of 5K and 10k walks and runs taking place in Tempe this spring that will help you get fit while also supporting some great organizations. Here’s a list of a few of my favorites in Tempe and Papago Park. Luv2Run 5k Run/Walk – February 18, 2017 – Road Runner Sports Tempe Come join the Run Your Race 5k Run/Walk and help support Team RWB, a veteran’s support group, on Saturday, February 18! Race includes a custom finisher medal, matching lapel pin and sticker, race bib, wristband, age group awards and water and snacks. Runners will receive a Road ID bib at check in. Check in starts at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at Road Runner Sports Tempe, located at Tempe Marketplace 43 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281. The race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. FroYo Run – February 18, 2017 – Tempe Beach Park This frozen yogurt themed run boasts frozen yogurt at the finish line, of course, and also fun little spoons as finisher medals! Plan to enjoy Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt at the finish – yum! Each runner/walker will also get a fully loaded goody bag including mirrored shades and a dri-fit running hat! Choose from the 5k or 10k at this family friendly event and get ready to swirl your way to the finish line. Proceeds will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Check in starts at 6:45 a.m. The 10k starts at 7:45 a.m. and the 5 k starts at 9 a.m. 5k For Heroes […]

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Tempe events: Loud Mouth Comedy Roadshow at ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage
February 14, 2017

Tempe events includes Loud Mouth Comedy Roadshow at ASU Gammage on February 18. This hilarious evening is hosted by Cheech Marin and features Paul Rodriguez. Marin and Rodriguez have been making audiences laugh throughout the world for decades as two of the The Original Latin Kings of Comedy. The program also showcases three of the hottest Latino comedians touring today: Nick Guerra, Erik Rivera and Marcella Arguello. For more information and to purchase tickets to Loud Mouth Comedy Roadshow, visit www.asugammage.com/shows. 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. February 14: Valentine’s Day Love with Esteban Tempe Center for the Arts February 15-March 4: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater February 16: An Evening with Ahmad Daniels Tempe History Museum February 16: Beyond the Bricks: Nineball Hayden Square Amphitheater February 16: Robert Crane: Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder Changing Hands Bookstore February 16: Amaranthe The Marquee February 16-18: EDGE Happy Hour: SMTC Cabaret Tempe Center for the Arts February 17: Siam Fights Live: 2017 Muay Thai Tempe Center for the Arts February 17: Mark Littell: On the Eighth Day, God Made Baseball Changing Hands Bookstore February 17: Advent Horizon Tempe Marketplace District Stage  February 17: Classical Guitarist Andrew York ASU Katzin Concert Hall February 17: AFI The Marquee February 17- 18: Lil Duval Tempe Improv February 18: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Octet Tempe […]

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Tempe Art Exhibitions

ASU Art Museum
February 9, 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. 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 people to care for the natural world. Pueblo Grande Museum features a 1500 year old Hohokam site and three galleries focusing on the Hohokam people who populated the area from A.D. 450 to 1450 and the archaeological methods used to learn […]

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Tempe events: MATILDA THE MUSICAL at ASU Gammage

Matilda the Musical
February 7, 2017

Tempe events include Tony Award®-wining MATILDA THE MUSICAL at ASU Gammage from February 7-12. Based on the classic children’s book by Roald Dahl, the story follows Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who’s mistreated by her dimwitted, cruel parents and hostile headmistress, the wicked Miss Trunchbull. She finds refuge in books and the company of her protective teacher Miss Honey.  Matilda’s fertile imagination and sharp mind along with Miss Honey’s encouragement, enable Matilda to dream of a better life, stand up to unjust forces and find her own destiny. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ASUgammage.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. February 7: Isaac Marion: The Burning World Changing Hands Bookstore February 7: Young the Giant The Marquee  February 7-12: MATILDA THE MUSICAL ASU Gammage February 8: Authors Betty Webb and Donis Casey Changing Hands Bookstore  February 8: Dashboard Confessional The Marquee February 8-March 4: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater February 8: Eric Schwartz Tempe Improv February 9: Beyond the Bricks: Joe Costello Syndicate Hayden Square Amphitheater February 9: The Seasonal Table Dinner Series Desert Botanical Garden February 9-18: EDGE Happy Hour Tempe Center for the Arts February 10: Music in the Garden: Big Pete Pearson Desert Botanical Garden February 10: Hello Swindon Tempe Marketplace District Stage February 10: ASU Earth & Space Open House ASU Tempe Campus ISTB4 Building February 10: ASU […]

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Tempe Events: EDGE Happy Hour at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 31, 2017

Tempe events include EDGE Happy Hour at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA). EDGE is a new after work event that takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the TCA Lounge from 5-8 p.m. The bar opens at 5 p.m. with food served from 6-8 p.m. You can kick back, relax and enjoy live entertainment, art, food trucks, tapas style appetizers, and $25 “Bottle & Board” wine specials. EDGE showcases the best of the Valley’s talent in a laid-back space overlooking Tempe Town Lake. This weekend’s featured performers are: Thursday, February 2 – Scattered Melodies Friday, February 3 – Cisco and the Racecars Saturday, February 4 – What’s the Big Idea For more information about EDGE Happy Hour, 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. January 31: Origins Project Dialogue: Materiality of a Vacuum: Late Night Thoughts of a Physicist Tempe Center for the Arts January 31: ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra: Songs in the Winds ASU Katzin Concert Hall February 1: The Ying String Quartet ASU Katzin Concert Hall February 1-March 4: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater February 2: Hannah Barco: Fathomings Exhibition Preview ASU Art Museum February 2: ASU School of Music Jazz Faculty Showcase ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre February 2: Beyond the Bricks: Analog Outlaws Hayden Square Amphitheater February 2-4: Comedian Dov Davidoff […]

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Day Trip from Tempe: Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon
January 30, 2017

They say it’s not the destination, but the journey that makes the trip worthwhile. If you’re like me, that’s not so true. Sometimes you just want to get to the destination and not deal with all the trouble of traveling. DETOURS of Arizona is the perfect option for people like me! For my two co-workers and me, this was the best way for to see and explore Antelope Canyon. Being a native Arizonan, Antelope Canyon seemed more like a mythical land than an iconic landmark located in our great state. When I found out that DETOURS offered the tour, I jumped at the chance to finally check it out for myself. This tour makes its way to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lee’s Ferry and Navajo Nation, all in a single action packed 15-hour day trip. DETOURS is the only tour company in the Phoenix Metro area that offers a day tour to this unique spot. Call time starts bright and early in the morning at 5:30 a.m., so a good night’s rest is a must! DETOURS is exceptional with accommodating your needs. They offer a comfortable ride with knowledgeable tour guides that offer a wide range of information. They also pick up at most hotels in the Phoenix area and provide snacks and bottles of water throughout the day. You will make several pit stops as well, so don’t worry about your tummies grumbling! The first leg of our trip started after DETOURS picked us up at a Tempe area […]

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See vaudeville-inspired Carnival of Illusion in Tempe

Carnival of Illusion
January 26, 2017

Written by: Simone Chambers HIP HIP HOORAY!!! On March 3 and 4, 2017 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Carnival of Illusion celebrates its 450th performance weekend of its blockbuster vaudeville-inspired illusion show. Carnival of Illusion starring dynamic husband/wife team, Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed, is the longest running Arizona theater show in history. Oooh La La! WHAT IS CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION? Hang onto your hat, grab your partner, and jump into an evening of old-world magic. Carnival of Illusion blends their “Around the world in 80 minutes” travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired road show. National Recipients for “Excellence in Magic,” Sarlot and Eyed have performed as house entertainers at the world’s top resorts, to Fortune 100 CEOs and to the 200 Most Powerful Women in America. HEY FILM BUFFS… (and Tongue-Twister Fans) Here’s a tempting teaser at the tantalizing Tempe theater (say that ten times!) Turn up the volume and check out the “cinematic version” of Carnival of Illusion below: think sentimental nostalgia with a heart-wrenching musical score. This 60 second film combines both the grand and the intimate nature of the Tempe shows. Go full screen for the epic Steven Spielberg experience. Shhhhh, SPOILER ALERT!!! The performers and the AUDIENCE(!) share the stage at this magical theater. AND THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE “In 2009, our goal was to create a show that was unique to Arizona, to attract locals as well as snowbirds and tourists,” says owner Roland Sarlot. Now in […]

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Tempe events: CONDER/dance presents Breaking Ground 2017

CONDER/dance presents Breaking Ground 2017
January 24, 2017

Tempe events include CONDER/dance presents Breaking Ground 2017 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, January 27-28. Now in its 10th year, the Breaking Ground Festival presents a dramatic combination of technical artistry, physical power and unbridled creativity. The Festival brings 25 choreographers, digital artists and the community together for a weekend of high art and energy with some of the most vital voices in contemporary dance.Tiny Dances and Main Stage performances comprise this year’s festival offerings. CONDER/dance was founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Carley Conder. It is a resident arts organization of the Tempe Center for the Arts and is committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of its home community in Arizona.  By creating vibrant new works, providing platforms for artists to present innovative voices in dance and building bridges worldwide through international cultural exchange, CONDER/dance’s objective is to enlarge the artistic environment that is vital to the cultural fabric of Arizona. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website, or call (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. January 24: Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, Trombone with Gail Novak, Piano ASU Katzin Concert Hall January 24-March 4:  3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater January 25: Full Throttle Comedy Tour Tempe Improv January 26: Beyond the Bricks: Mogollon Hayden Square Amphitheater January 26: Kay Taylor Oliver: Winter’s Love Changing Hands Bookstore January 26-29: Comedian […]

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State-Of-The-Art Facilities Make Tempe a Sports Destination

Mona Plummer Aquatic Center
January 19, 2017

State-of-the-art facilities make Tempe, Arizona a sports destination for pros and weekend warriors alike. After becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time with his 28 total (23 Gold) medals, Michael Phelps did what a lot of people choose to do upon retirement, move to Arizona. While Arizona’s climate, standard of living, and world-renowned golf courses were an obvious selling point for the gifted swimmer on his next home post-Olympic career, it was his relationship with new Arizona State University’s Swim Coach Bob Bowman (Michael’s own coach) and the wonderful facilities at ASU’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Center that truly intrigued Michael Phelps enough to give coaching a try and move with his family to Arizona. With the addition of Phelps and Bowman, interest in ASU Swimming started to skyrocket. Top high school swimming talent began committing to ASU. As a result of the attention being given to ASU Swimming, the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center has become a destination facility for swimming and diving events on the amateur and professional level. Mona Plummer Aquatic Center was already highly regarded as one of the country’s finest outdoor swimming and diving facilities.  With a seating capacity of 2,000 and an Olympic size, 50 meter by 25 yard, seven foot deep competition pool with a movable bulkhead, the facility has also been targeted by triathlon and amateur swimming organizations for their competitions. ASU’s newly renovated Sun Devil Fitness Complex boasts state of the art facilities and has also emerged as an outstanding place to host […]

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Tempe events this week: Neon at Beyond the Bricks

Live music in Downtown Tempe
January 17, 2017

Tempe events this week includes live music at Beyond the Bricks in Downtown Tempe. If you’re looking for a way to kick start your weekend, then Beyond the Bricks is for you. Taking place every Thursday night from 5:30-7:30 p.m., this free concert is a great way to relax with coworkers, family or friends. This Thursday, check out Neon. Some of Tempe’s best local bands fill the Hayden Square Amphitheater at 4th Street and Mill Avenue with live music beginning at 6 p.m. And starting at 5:30 p.m., guests 21 and over can purchase beer and wine inside the event. Music goers can grab dinner or a bite to eat at Blasted Barley Beer Company. Or, enjoy the music from the patios of Blasted Barley and Moonshine, which are adjacent to the concert stage. Check the website for the schedule of performers. 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. January 17: Greg Peterson: “Successfully Growing Fuit and Other Trees in the Desert” Changing Hands Bookstore – (480) 730-0205 / 7 p.m January 17: A Collaborative Piano Studio Recital  Tempe Center for the Arts – (480) 350-2822 / 10-11:30 a.m. January 17-February 19: Childsplay presents Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat Tempe Center for the Arts – (480) 350-2822 / Saturdays at 1 & 4 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. January 17-January 22: THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY ASU Gammage – (480) […]

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