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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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Still hungry? Tempe has plenty of late night dining options downtown

Cornish Pasty Co
August 1, 2014

Eating is one of my favorite things to do.  Whether I’m home or out with friends, sometimes I get late night cravings. Most of the time, I’m not in the mood for a small snack. I want real food – a full meal. There are many reasons why Tempe is great, one of which is the abundance of restaurants that stay open late. Next time 11 p.m. rolls around and you’re starving, it’s okay. You’re in luck. Here are some of my favorite places to satisfy those late-night hunger pangs. Four Peaks Brewing Company Is there anything Four Peaks can’t do? Aside from making some of the greatest beers in […]

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Tempe events this week-create a steampunk owl at the TCA

Gallery at TCA - Tempe Center for the Arts
July 28, 2014

Who isn’t looking for a fun retreat from the heat as we head into August, one of our least favorite months?  Thank heavens for the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), which has offered wonderful programs in both the visual and performing arts in their beautiful, cool environment, all summer. Take for instance the free Walk-in Family Art Workshops that take place every Saturday from noon-2 p.m. These workshops feature artists and TCA staff who show participants how to create works of art from a variety of methods and materials. Michelle Dock, who usually works behind the scenes overseeing the  Gallery at the TCA, w ill conduct this Saturday’s Steampunk […]

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Some of the best summer drinks in Tempe

July 25, 2014

Summer is now in full swing and all I want is to have my toes in the sand and a cocktail in my hand. Although the sand part might be hard to come by in the Tempe desert, summer drinks and cocktails are far from being in short supply. I really only require my drink to have three things; it must contain something fruity, the less alcohol I taste the better, and it must be picture worthy enough to post on Instagram. Sure, it’s not an exact science, but it has landed me with some of the best summer drinks ever. Here is a quick list of my favorite summer […]

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