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Restaurants in Tempe with great patios

House of Tricks
October 28, 2014

Cooler weather, boots, and a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks is all it takes to get me into the fall spirit. Being born and raised in Arizona, you learn to appreciate the little things when it comes to the start of fall. This time of year, Tempe is a perfect destination for outdoor dining. There is nothing better than enjoying a delicious meal and wonderful weather, all at the same time. Check out these restaurants in Tempe that have great patios to jumpstart your fall dining experience. House of Tricks You could go to House of Tricks for their patio alone, but it’s the amazing food that will keep you coming back again and again. This legendary Tempe restaurant is located in two side by side historic cottages and most of the tables are located among beautiful plants and trees in their courtyard. They feature “hours of tranquility” at their outdoor bar instead of just your run of the mill happy hour. Their contemporary American menu changes seasonally and their wine list is one of the best around. Postino Annex In the shadow of Sun Devil Stadium lies one of the newest restaurants to hit Tempe, Postino Annex. This local wine café started back in 2001 with a passion for unique wines and simple delicious food. Each of the four Postino locations has been preserved from historical landmarks from the surrounding neighborhoods, into what is now a Postino restaurant. The Tempe Postino Annex location, is located on the corner of […]

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Tempe events: Urban Sol “Move-Meant-II” at ASU

Urban Sol "Move-Meant-II"
October 27, 2014

Here’s a suggestion for something fun and different to do in Tempe this weekend. It’s  Urban Sol “Move-Meant-II”. This high energy event will showcase local and national artists in all hip hop elements. Artists and audience members will be encouraged to move out of their comfort zones by creatively transforming the physical spaces around them. It’s about participation and will feature a graffiti wall, live music performances, an invitational choreography contest and cypher battles (with $900 in prizes), spoken word, capoeira, dance performances and much more. Urban Sol “Move-Meant-II” is hosted by Saza and Chris Coupeline and will feature DJs Pete “Supermix” Salaz, Tyger and ManOfGod.  So, this Saturday, 6-11 p.m., bust a move to where all the hip hop action will take place at the Nelson Fine Arts Center Galvin Plaza, located  at 10th Street and Mill Avenue. This supercharged evening of great energizing entertainment won’t cost you a fistful of dead presidents cuz it’s free! For more information on Urban Sol, visit http://music.asu.edu/events/ or call 480-965-965-3371. This week’s Tempe hip calendar will have you hopping to all these exciting arts and culture events happening through the weekend.  Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. October 27: Gene Simmons: Me, Inc., Changing Hands Bookstore October 28: Vocalist Holly Pyle with Yannis Goudelis and Dom Moio, Madhatter Brewpub October 29: Rob and Kristen Bell:  ZimZum of Love, Changing Hands Bookstore October 29: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night, Tempe Center for the […]

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Have a spooktacular Tempe Halloween

Tempe Halloween
October 23, 2014

Halloween is one of the most fun days of the year. When you were a kid, there were always Halloween parties and parades at school. Then you would meet up with all your friends and go trick-or-treating. It was awesome. (Parents, if you need ideas of fun things to do with your kids next week, look no further). Flash forward to adulthood. Gone are the grade school parties and trick-or-treating. But that doesn’t mean that the only fun you can have on Halloween is at the office Halloween party. A Tempe Halloween has a few options for grownups to celebrate this year. So grab your costume and get ready to party. You can never go wrong with Mill Avenue. Most of the bars and restaurants around Downtown Tempe will have something going on. World of Beer will again be having their annual  WOB’oween.  Dress up and grab a beer from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. on October 31st. They’ll have costume contests with prizes for first, second and third place. If you want a party that’s a little bigger, head a block south to the Nightmare on 6th Street. This block party is being thrown by Fat Tuesday, The Handlebar Tempe and El Hefe. They’ll have music, including live DJ’s and over $5,000 in cash and prizes for the best Halloween costume. Tickets can be purchased online here. If you’re in the mood for a scary movie, head to Harkins Theatres at Tempe Marketplace. On Tuesday, October 28th, they’ll be showing […]

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Tempe Events: Dance Theatre of Harlem

ASU Gammage
October 20, 2014

Tempe events  include the critically acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem on stage at ASU Gammage this weekend. Their performance will feature an eclectic mix of the new and traditional that will highlight the brilliance of this one-of-a-kind American dance treasure. Dance Theatre of Harlem was founded shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.as a school in which students could learn about dance and other art forms. Now in its fourth decade, it has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world. Dance Theatre of Harlem is one of the ASU Gammage BEYOND Series performances. BEYOND is a carefully curated boutique arts series that brings world-class performing artists to Arizona. Don’t miss this exciting performance this Saturday, October 25 at 7 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ASUGammage.com. This week’s Tempe calendar is brimming with arts, culture and entertainment events through the weekend.  Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. October 20: ASU School of Music Presents Songs by Ned Roram, ASU Organ Hall October 20: Tempe Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Concert, Tempe Center for the Arts October 21: ASU Latin Jazz Band, Evelyn Smith Music Theater October 21: Chris Guillebeau: The Happiness of Pursuit, Changing Hands Bookstore October 21: Performance with a View: Piano Studio Recital, Students of Robert Hamilton, Tempe Center for the Arts October 21: […]

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Tempe Halloween Events for Families

Boo at the Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo
October 15, 2014

It’s finally fall! In Tempe, we might not see leaves changing to golden hues, but we sure have lots of places to go and wear our Halloween costumes and even pose in a pumpkin patch or two. Here are a few family-friendly activities around town this Halloween. Tempe Family Halloween Carnival Have some good old-fashioned fun at the 37th annual Tempe Family Halloween Carnival. Held at Kiwanis Park, this event features carnival games (think cake walks and ring tosses), entertainment, food booths, train rides and a toddler-friendly play area. You can even win prizes in the Halloween costume contest. The carnival will be held on October 25 from 5-9 p.m. Tickets for activities cost 25 cents each and most games cost 3-4 tickets. A bargain in this day and age for sure! Great Pumpkin Festival It’s just not Halloween to me unless I get a picture of my daughter in a field of pumpkins. Here, we have a very Arizona photo op at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Desert Botanical Garden, October 23-26, 2014. The Garden’s events plaza transforms into a fall extravaganza with carnival games, live country music and food for purchase. The main attraction is the hayride to the unique pumpkin patch in the middle of Papago Park, where you’ll also find a hay bale maze and a petting zoo. Children 12 and under can choose their own pumpkin to take home. They even have decorating supplies with loads of stickers, yarn, markers and other accoutrements for young […]

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Tempe events – The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
October 13, 2014

Tempe events this week include Childsplay’s beautiful production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane  which opens this week at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Based on Newbery-winner Kate DiCamillo’s beloved book, the play is about Edward Tulane, a vain, self-centered china rabbit.  Edward enjoys a very happy life until one day, while vacationing on the RMS Queen Mary, he falls overboard and floats to the ocean floor where he lives for months. When a storm brings him to the surface, Saved by a fisherman, he begins a fantastic journey with many owners who have a profound effect on his life. Ultimately the play is about finding friendship, finding yourself, and eventually finding your way home. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane takes place on weekends at the Tempe Center for the Arts October 19-26. It is recommended for ages 7 and older. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.childsplayaz.org. This week there’s something to please everyone when it comes to arts, culture and entertainment in Tempe. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. October 13:  Meet & Greet: Billy Idol, Changing Hands Bookstore October 14: Alice Tatum with Rachel Gold, Madhatter Brewpub October 14: SBTRKT, Marquee Theater October 15: Garth Stein: A Sudden Light, Changing Hands Bookstore October 15: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night, Tempe Center for the Arts October 16: Gramatik with Haywyre, Freddy Todd, Marquee Theater October 16: Valerie Foster & Helen Handler: […]

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Four Peaks named favorite craft brewery

Four Peaks Brewing Company
October 9, 2014

If you haven’t tried Four Peak Brewery in Tempe yet – you need to! It was recently named America’s Favorite Craft Brewery by the Travel Channel – and for good reason! Located in a historic creamery, the pub has a fun atmosphere and an open air feel, making it the perfect place to hang out and grab a beer and bite to eat with friends. Four Peaks offers eight unique mainstay beers and a variety of seasonal beers throughout the year. Right now, fans of the pumpkin porter are flocking to Four Peaks to get a taste before it runs out – which it always does too fast!  While there, don’t forget to order a yummy sandwich or burger to accompany your craft beer. The food is mouth-watering good. My favorites are the sandwiches made with beer bread – pure heaven. The burgers are also delicious, and the fries are even better. Check out the full article on the Travel Channel’s blog: http://blog.travelchannel.com/the-traveling-type/2014/10/06/four-peaks-brewing-is-americas-favorite-craft-brewery/#sthash.QKGFATeY.dpuf

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Fall and winter drinks in Tempe to warm your soul

Gold Bar Espresso
October 9, 2014

October is well under way, and to celebrate that autumn is here, I always like to indulge in my favorite fall and winter drinks. Tempe has a wonderful collection of local coffee shops and restaurants that offer an array of fall and winter drinks that are sure to warm your soul and make it feel like it’s actually chilly outside (which of it’s not!). Here is a list of my favorites as well as a few new spots try out in Tempe! The Blend 521 S. College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 www.theblenddrinks.com The Blend is the perfect spot to go while in or around ASU’s Tempe campus. There are a variety of delicious drinks to try here, including a large selection of coffees, teas and smoothies. For that taste of fall, I recommend ordering the pumpkin caramel latte. It’s decadent and delicious! Xtreme Bean Coffee 1707 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 www.xtremebeancoffee.com A neighborhood favorite, Xtreme Bean Coffee is home to one of my all-time favorite winter drinks – the Cafe Mocha-X. This indulgent drink is made up of ghiradelli chocolate, half and half and chocolate shavings. It’s really rich, so plan on skipping dessert of you order this one. Yum! 1865 Coffee 40 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 www.facebook.com/doingtheroastgood Head over to 1865 Coffee, attached to the Salvation Army adjacent to ASU’s Tempe Campus. 1865 Coffee serves the best fair trade coffee from Vietnam and donates the proceeds to world services and the ARC, so you can feel good about ordering […]

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Tempe events this week: Art After Work at TCA

Gallery at TCA - Tempe Center for the Arts
October 6, 2014

Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) offers a fun way to unwind and unleash your creativity in its Art After Work program.  One day each month, art teacher Laura Hukill leads a fun, laid-back class that requires no art experience. Believe me, that is so true.  I participated in a class last year and loved it. I have absolutely no experience and was pleased with the end result, which didn’t look exactly like the image we were recreating, but it looked good enough. This Wednesday’s class, in keeping with a Halloween will focus on one of the most recognizable paintings in history and, in my opinion, one of the most fascinating, The Scream by Edvard Munch. The cost is $35 and includes your canvas and all the art supplies you need to create your masterpiece. It also includes an $8 food & beverage voucher. So get a group of friends together or go solo and be prepared for a truly enjoyable evening. The class takes place in the Gallery at TCA. An added bonus is that you also get to hear the great-live music performed by local musicians who are participating in Walk-in Wednesday open mic in the TCA lobby. Nice! There are plenty of fun arts and cultural events to choose from this week in Tempe. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. October 6: ASU Symphony Orchestra: Classic and Romantic Virtuosity, ASU Gammage October 7: Frank Smith Brazil […]

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Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake is beer-utiful

Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
October 2, 2014

I love the month of October.  Fall colors, pumpkins, candy corn and cooler weather.  It’s the best month of the year. For those of us that live around Tempe, this month is special for one other reason – Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake.  That glorious weekend of beer, bands, food, beer, games, fun, beer and lederhosen is upon us again.  From October 10 - October 12, 2014, thousands will flock to Tempe Town Lake and listen to great music and sample great beer.  In addition to live music, there are rides, games and lot of food.  Get there early on Friday and Sunday. Friday night is a great time to go because it’s a great way to kick off the weekend.  Four Peaks Brewing Company, the title sponsor of this year’s event, will have their Kilt Lifter Tap Room, consisting of a variety of beers, TVs playing college football, NFL games and MLB playoffs.  There’s also a Rockin’ Friday special.  For $25 you get four beers and two brats. Saturday, there’ll be more people there, so plan your trip accordingly.  One thing I’m really looking forward to is a full day of listening to polka music because nothing says Oktoberfest more than some great polka beats.  There is a laundry list of bands playing Saturday as well – playing polka, cover songs, country, rock and alternative. Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake isn’t just for adults.  There are a lot of activities for kids to enjoy all weekend.  Kinderfest runs from Friday through Sunday and will […]

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