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Tempe events: Childsplay presents Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon
February 8, 2016

Childsplay presents the musical version of Goodnight Moon, one of the world’s most loved bedtime stories, at the Tempe Center for the Arts, February 13-April 10. It’s seven o’clock in the great green room and time to go to sleep, but Bunny isn’t ready. With the help of his friends and a few magical moments, Bunny is finally ready to say goodnight. Children can make their own memories as they imagine that they’re in the room alongside the kittens and mittens, the bears and the chairs, the red balloon, and of course the moon! Goodnight Moon is perfect for ages 3 and up. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 480-350-2822 or visit  Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. February 8: ASU Guest Artist Series: Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, Oboe Katzin Concert Hall February 9: Guster The Marquee February 10: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA Tempe Center for the Arts February 10: Author Gen Kelsang Rigpa Changing Hands Bookstore February 11: Arcadia Publishing Authors: Arizona History Changing Hands Bookstore February 11: Author Roger Naylor: Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park February 11: ASU Guest Artist Series: Eugene Alcalay, Piano ASU Recital Hall February 11-14: Comedian Jo Koy Tempe Improv February 12: helloFRIDAY February 12: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Class Clowns of Comedy Showcase Tempe Center for the Arts […]

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Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series 2016

Bad Cactus Brass Band at Desert Botanical Garden
February 5, 2016

Looking for a fun and unique evening of live music in a picturesque outdoor setting? The Desert Botanical Garden is hosting their annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series: February 5 through June 24, 2016. Music genres range from jazz to blues to folk music. Enjoy our beautiful Arizona weather this spring at one of these outdoor concerts, held on the Ullman Terrace (located toward the back of the garden) on Friday evenings. Plan ahead and dine at Gertrude’s, the Garden’s restaurant, featuring local ingredients from artisans and farmers around Arizona and the Southwest. Or enjoy chef-attended station specials on Ullman Terrace during the concert. A full cash bar and boutique wine sales will be available. February – May 6 Concerts: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. – Concerts 7 – 9 p.m. May 13 – June 24 Concerts: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. – Concerts 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Admission: Members: $20 / General Public: $25 (must be 21 to enter the event) Concert schedule: February 5 – The Flamenco Jazz Project with Chris Jácome – Jazz February 12 – Pete Pancrazi Only Love Songs – Jazz and American Standards February 19 – Dmitri Matheny Group Featuring Holly Pyle February 26 – Quetzal Guerrero QVLN – Salsa, Brazilian, Jazz and Soul March 4 – The Sugar Thieves – Delta Blues March 11 – The Brazen Heads – Celtic Rock March 18 – The Rave – British Invasion March 25 – Cinco De Moio – Latin Jazz April 8 – Michael Powers Group – Jazz […]

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Tempe events: Spring 2016 Music in the Garden Series

Desert Botanical Garden
February 1, 2016

Sitting outside, under the stars in the cool, serene surroundings of the Desert Botanical Garden, enjoying live music is a little slice of heaven. The 2016 Spring Music in the Garden Series includes a wide range of genres like Jazz, Latin Jazz, blues, Native American and world music.  This Friday, The Flamenco Jazz Project with Chris Jacome will perform original music and reinventions of both jazz and flamenco standards. Tickets are $20 for Garden members and $25 for the general public. Doors open at 5:30 from February through May 6 and music begins at 7 p.m. From May 13-June 24 doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. All attendees must be 21 or older. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.   ASU Guest Artist Series at Katzin Concert Hall February 1: Curtis Peacock, Tuba February 1: Karolina Syrovatkova, Piano February 2: Barrick Stees, Bassoon Katzin Concert Hall February 2: ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra: House Guests! ASU Gammage Author events at Changing Hands Bookstore February 3: Author K.A. Tucker: He Will Be My Ruin February 5: Author Marissa Meyer: Stars Above Changing Hands Bookstore Live Music at the Marquee February 3: The Neighbourhood February 6: Safety Suit The Marquee Events at the Tempe Center for the Arts February 3: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night […]

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Tempe Art Exhibitions

ASU Art Museum
February 1, 2016

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. Named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, the ASU Art Museum 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. Located on a 1,500 year old archaeological site left by the Hohokam culture, Pueblo Grande Museum also features revolving exhibitions that reflect Southwest history, culture and art. No matter what your point of view, you’ll find a lot of great art to view in Tempe’s galleries and museums. For more information on Tempe’s art exhibitions, visit our website. ASU Art […]

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Live music in Tempe

Culinary Dropout Tempe nightlife
February 1, 2016

There’s nothing like chillaxin’ with your friends while listening to live music. Whether it’s an ear-splitting rock concert or an easy listening acoustic performance by one or two musicians, live music just makes you feel more alive, energized and in the moment. So where’s the best place to hear all kinds of live music? Tempe, of course! Tempe’s tradition of offering the best live music by local and nationally known bands has drawn music lovers for decades. Walk through Downtown Tempe along Mill Avenue most evenings and you’ll find music emanating from restaurants and bars. Live music isn’t limited just to Tempe’s Downtown. Regardless of your preference, be it rock, hip hop, electronic, country, jazz, blues or classical, fusion or world, you’ll find your favorite performed throughout Tempe practically every night of the week. Check out these venues that are great places to chill with great live music, good eats and beverages. Visit our website for more information on music and entertainment in Tempe. Downtown Tempe Venues Blasted Barley 404 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 967-5887 – Live music Friday through Sunday. C.A.S.A. Sunbá 5 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 557-8226 – Live music on Thursday and Friday. Culinary Dropout at the Yard 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 240-1601 – Live music on Wednesday-Saturday nights and Sunday brunch Desert Roots Kitchen 414 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 382-0228 – Live music on the patio every third Thursday. Fat Tuesday 680 S. Mill […]

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Downtown Tempe bars make Super Bowl Sunday more super

Zipps Sports Grill Tempe
January 29, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner. It’s down to the final two teams, Denver and Carolina. Both will be playing for the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday, February 7th. Tempe has no shortage of great places to watch the game. They have a great atmosphere, greater food, even greater beer selections and of course – and perhaps most importantly, lots of TVs to catch all the action. Below are some Downtown Tempe bars we recommend for watching the Super Bowl. Don’t see a restaurant you like on the list? Mention it in the comments section. Zipps Sports Grill 690 S. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 404-7255 Whenever you talk about a bar to watch sports, the first place you have to mention is Zipps. I think it’s a rule, right? Zipps Sports Grill in Downtown Tempe has everything you’re looking for. Great food, good outdoor patio and tons of TVs – both inside and outdoors – to not miss a play. And the food is good too. We recommend the wings – golden style and extra crispy with a little blue cheese. The Handlebar Tempe  680 S. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 474-4888 I love this place. It’s local and it has a great atmosphere – two things that are important to me. They have TVs all over the place, so seeing the game won’t be an issue.  I’ll indulge myself with some festive football food as well, most notably their pretzels with beer cheese along with an order […]

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Tempe 5Ks to Put a Spring in Your Step

Pats Run Tempe
January 25, 2016

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 one at the nearby Phoenix Zoo. Walk in the Wild – January 30, 2016 – Phoenix Zoo Don your favorite animal attire and take part in the one mile or 5K on Saturday, January 30, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Zoo. Walk in the Wild includes a morning full of unique activities you won’t find at any other Valley walk, including all-day Zoo admission, raffle and lakeside after-party. Participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and post-walk refreshments. All proceeds benefit the Phoenix Zoo. Walk the Fight and Run the Distance – February 6, 2016 – Tempe Beach Park Winding through the beautiful Tempe Town Lake area, take part in the Run the Distance event to beat Parkinson’s Disease on February 6. Proceeds from the event support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center and the Parkinsons Network of Arizona. FroYo Run – February 13, 2016 – 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 […]

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Tempe Events: Breaking Ground 2016 Festival

BREAKING GROUND 2016 Contemporary Dance and Film Festival
January 25, 2016

Tempe Center for the Arts is showcasing dance company CONDER/dance at their ninth annual film and dance festival, Breaking Ground 2016, January 29-30. Since 2007, CONDER/dance has produced this amazing event that is filled with technical artistry, physical power and unbridled creativity, each year surpassing what it has ever done before. Experience over 25 choreographers, digital artists, and dancers for an unforgettable show that brings the community together for a high art and energy night filled with some of the most vital voices in contemporary dance. Breaking Ground 2016 will highlight the premiere dance works from LA’s WHYTEBERG, NYC’s Bare Dance Company and San Francisco’s Project Agora. Along with the weekend long performances, you can also participate in master classes led by head-lining performers and experience the return of “tiny dances” stationed throughout Tempe Center for the Arts. Tickets for Breaking Ground 2016 are $25 for adults and $18 for students when purchased more than 24 hours in advance. Tickets will be $28 for adults and $23 for students at the door. Tempe’s calendar for the week of January 25-31, 2016 is crammed with exciting events. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. January 25-February 7: Childsplay: PerÔ, Or the Mysteries of the Night, Tempe Center for the Arts January 26 and January 28: Joie de Vivre! French duos for Winds and Piano Concert 1 and Concert 2, ASU Katzin Concert Hall January 27: Plynn Gutman: Find Your Life Balance: A Discovery […]

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Cactus League Spring Training Baseball is almost here

Mike Trout, Cactus League Spring Training
January 21, 2016

A few weeks after the Super Bowl (let’s go Cardinals!), it’s the best time of year in Arizona because it’s the start of Cactus League Spring Training. For the entire month of March, 15 Major League Baseball teams call Arizona home as they practice and get ready for the upcoming season. Visitors from all over the country come out here for a week or so, to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather while they watch their favorite teams and players get ready to hopefully win the World Series this year. Cactus League Spring Training is great for so many reasons. Practices are free and open to the public. The crowds are smaller at practices, which is great for getting an up close and personal look. It’s a great time to meet players and coaches to get autographs too. I’ve seen adults turn into little kids when a player like Mike Trout stops to sign a baseball. Spring training games are really fun. The stadiums are smaller, so again, crowds are not nearly as big as a regular season game, which gives it a more intimate feeling. Tickets are cheaper, which is great for families because everything is so much more affordable. Also, you can get lawn seats at pretty much every ballpark. They’re the least expensive tickets available (price varies by team). Just bring your beach towel or blanket for a nice, relaxing day at the ballpark. If you’re going to Angels (Tempe Diablo Stadium) or Cubs (Sloan Park) games, we […]

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Find adventurous cuisine at Tempe restaurants

Salut Kitchen Bar in Tempe
January 20, 2016

When I eat out at one of my beloved Tempe restaurants, I often order the same dish over and over because I love it so much. But, every once in a while I step out of my comfort zone and try something new. And, not just something new, but something unusual and even adventurous. Because even your taste buds need a vacation from the expected. Here are some of my favorite dishes in Tempe area restaurants that are a little out of the ordinary, but 100% delicious. Hummus Stuffed Avocado at Salut Kitchen + Bar It’s on the tapas menu so it’s perfect for sharing, but you’ll want to keep this one to yourself. A bright green avocado is stuffed with flavorful hummus, chicken, red onion tomato and feta. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s served on a generous serving of spinach and quinoa. In addition to the delicious menu, you’ll love the quaint atmosphere at this restaurant with its reclaimed wood décor, metal chairs and large patio. 1435 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 625-3600 PB&J at House of Tricks Going to House of Tricks makes any ordinary day extra special. And lunchtime at Tricks feels like a respite from the grind of the work week. It’s hard to stray from their Moroccan Chicken Schwarma Salad, but their upscale version of a PB&J on their lunch menu is something that you have to try. They’ve taken a dish that you ate as a child and elevated it to the […]

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