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ASU Gammage turns 50 and celebrates with Broadway shows

ASU Gammage
August 27, 2014

This is an exciting time for Tempe, ASU Gammage and for all of us who love attending the many great performances held in this beautiful theater, including the brand new Desert Schools Broadway Across America—Arizona series. The opening of a new Broadway season is plenty exciting all by itself. But the other cause for excitement is that ASU Gammage is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! For me, each new Broadway show season is reason enough to celebrate. After all, as one of the top touring Broadway markets in the country, ASU Gammage consistently brings the best of the best Broadway shows to Arizona. There’s just nothing quite like watching […]

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Tempe events this week – Jamie Kennedy at the Tempe Improv

Tempe Improv
August 25, 2014

To say that Jamie Kennedy keeps busy is a colossal understatement. The multi-talented comedian-actor-writer-producer has an elaborate resume. He’s known for taking on a number of personas and characters, which are hilarious. But there’s a lot more going on in the wide wide world of Jamie Kennedy. The number and variety of his movie roles alone is impressive and  include Scream and Scream 2, Romeo and Juliet, As Good as It Gets, Enemy of the State, Three Kings and dozens of others. Then there are all of his appearances in television shows, including “The Ghost Whisperer” and his own “Jamie Kennedy Experiment.” Plus he wrote and produced the highly acclaimed […]

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Fun Things To Do in Downtown Tempe

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park
August 22, 2014

Fall is a great time to explore all the fun things to do in Downtown Tempe. With all the options, there’s no better place to enjoy your free time than on Mill Avenue. In addition to great shopping and dining, Downtown Tempe offers hiking, biking, movie watching, museums and a variety of theater performances. Here’s my short list of fun things to do when you’re out and about in Downtown Tempe: 1) Go for a hike: At the north end of Downtown Tempe lies “A” Mountain. This quick, although fairly rigorous, hike provides panoramic views of the ASU Tempe Campus and the surrounding areas of Tempe. Just gorgeous! 2) See a movie: AMC […]

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The future starts now for ASU football

ASU Sparky
August 19, 2014

One of the reasons I love August is that football is just around the corner. Training camps are underway, rosters and depth charts are set and new uniforms are unveiled. As fans, we read and re-read upcoming season schedules, we predict the outcomes of games months in advance and we look forward to spending our weekends during the next few months at games or at our favorite sports bars with friends. There’s really nothing better than football season. The Sun Devils are playing their first game of the season, at home, next Thursday against Weber State. Safe to say, we can chalk this one up as a win. If you love […]

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Tempe events this week-TCA Fall Arts Kickoff

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 18, 2014

The summer is winding down, at least in some parts of the world. We have a ways to go, but can feel comfort when our arts and culture organizations start rolling out their fall seasons. At least that verifies the existence of a fall and that  it’s coming soon to our area. I was understandably very happy to see that on August 22, the TCA Fall Arts Kickoff will preview its partner organization fall seasons. The TCA’s partners, Childsplay, Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Desert Dance Theater, Arizona Wind Symphony, Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts, Tempe Community Chorus, Friends of TCA and CONDER/dance, will all be on hand to provide […]

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Hungry? Here’s the best ASU student dining

Original Chop Shop Co.
August 15, 2014

I think a lot of college students get creative when it comes to eating. Between classes, homework, term papers and studying, there’s barely enough time to breathe, let alone eat. When I was in school, I survived on a steady diet of Tostino’s pizza (10 for $10, how could you go wrong?).  If I could go back and do it all over again, I would eat a lot healthier and more complete meals instead of taking the easy way out. The great thing about being a student at ASU in Tempe is that there are a ton of great dining options to choose from. Whether you have a lot of […]

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Tempe Rocks at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 14, 2014

For years, Tempe has been a bastion of great live music of all genres. Major bands like the Gin Blossoms, The Refreshments, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Jimmy Eat World and the Meat Puppets have roots in Tempe. And, from the time it opened in 2007, Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) has showcased and supported the local music scene with outstanding programs like Walk-in Wednesday Open Mic Night, In the Spotlight, the award-winning Songwriters’ Showcase and Finally Friday. On August 23, TCA continues its support of local talent with the premiere of a new series, Tempe Rocks: Live, Local, Legendary sponsored by the College Times. Each Tempe Rocks concert […]

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Tempe Event This Week- Chill out at the Tempe Improv

Tempe Improv audience
August 12, 2014

The Tempe Improv has two terrific comics this week. The always mesmerizing Flip Orley will be here to entertain and amaze with his unique act that combines comedy and hypnotism. Both events are fundraisers for two great Phoenix area organizations. On Wednesday, Flip will perform for the annual Workshops for Youth and Families. This organization is devoted to fostering personal leadership in youth and families through programs that inspire positive growth and change. On Thursday, Flip will headline the Ace Hardware Fundraiser to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. On Friday and Saturday the hilarious Gina Brillon will keep the audience in stitches.  To say that Gina Brillon is talented is […]

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Tempe stores offer dorm room essentials for incoming ASU students

IKEA Tempe
August 7, 2014

The start of school is upon us my friends, and moving to college can be a life altering experience that you’ll never forget. You’re suddenly ripped from everything you once knew and thrown into an unfamiliar world. But I mean this in a good way. Half the excitement of going to college is making new friendships, trying new things and, of course living, on your own for the first time. Although this is an exciting time, it can also be pretty stressful. After all, how are you supposed to know everything that you might need for the next four years? Try not to stress too much because Tempe offers many […]

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Tempe events this week-Changing Hands Bookstore

Benoit Denizet-Lewis and Casey
August 4, 2014

The dog days are here and what better way to spend the good old diēs caniculārēs than by curling up in a nice cool spot with an engrossing book . If you haven’t already stocked up on your summer reads you’ll  find a terrific selection of both new and gently used books at Changing Hands Bookstore. Speaking of dog days, Changing Hands is hosting Benoit Denizet-Lewis who spent many days with his dog, Casey traveling across the  country in an RV. His lovely memoir, Travels with Casey, recalls that experience. Casey will also be there along with Rezy, the stray dog who joined them during a stop on the Navajo Reservation. This […]

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