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Celebrate this Mother’s Day in Tempe

House of Tricks
May 4, 2016

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8 and that’s just four days off. There’s still time to plan something special for that incredible person who does so much for everyone in the family throughout the year.  Here are some suggestions for places to take mom and grandma to show them how appreciated they are, especially for sticking it out during your adolescence. Keep in mind that Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for many restaurants, so be sure to make reservations. For more information about restaurants in Tempe, visit the Tempe Tourism Office website. Culinary Dropout Mother’s Day Brunch at Culinary Dropout will feature yummy Grilled Asparagus Toast with smoked ham, crispy potato, sunny side up eggs and black truffle emulsion for $13 and Crepe Cake with lemon mascarpone, blueberries and roasted pistachio brittle for $10. For reservations call 480-240-1601. 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, Arizona 85281 / 480-240-1601 Four Peaks Brewing Company From 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Four Peaks Brewing Company will delight mom and her entourage with brunch featuring fabulous food and Mother’s Day drink specials, including MOM-osas and of course, their own Four Peaks brews. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. To make a reservation, send an email to 1340 E. 8th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 / 480-303-9967 Gertrude’s at Desert Botanical Garden Mom will love dining in the beautiful desert surroundings of Gertrude’s at Desert Botanical Garden. In addition to the regular brunch menu, the Mother’s Day offerings will […]

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Tempe events: ANNIE opens at ASU Gammage

May 2, 2016

Tempe events include the brand new production of ANNIE, one of the world’s most loved musicals. ANNIE opens at ASU Gammage in Tempe, Arizona on May 4, 2016 and runs through May 8, 2016. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of the iconic original features book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything but You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” The heartwarming story, wonderful score, ANNIE is truly a show for the whole family.  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. May 3: Violent Femms The Marquee May 4: Matthew Pearl: The Last Bookaneer Changing Hands Bookstore May 4: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts May 4: Speakeasy@ The Improv featuring Comedian Alingon Mitra Tempe Improv May 4-8: ANNIE ASU Gammage May 5-8: Carly Aquilino Tempe Improv May 6: Fear Factory The Marquee May 6: Spring Music in the Garden: Guitarras Latinas Desert Botanical Garden May 6: Movies in the Park: Inside Out Kiwanis Park May 6: First Saturday for Families at the ASU Art Museum ASU Art Museum May 6: hello Friday: Billy Cioffi Tempe Center for the Arts May 6: Tempe Comedy […]

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Best Museums for Kids

Hall of Flame Fire Museum
April 25, 2016

Gone are the days of keeping quiet and not touching anything at a museum. I remember going on field trips to museums when I was a kid. They were fun, but I wouldn’t exactly say it was the best day of my life. It was hard to relate to and nothing felt like it was designed with kids in mind. Flash forward a few decades and there are both new museums to explore in metro Phoenix, and traditional museums that have put more thought into how children can experience their collections. While many items can’t be touched, they are interpreted in exciting new ways. Here are some of my favorite museums for kids in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. A few are along the Valley Metro Rail line and I’ve indicated the stops to get to those. For even more activities and attractions for the whole family such as the The Phoenix Zoo, hiking information and a variety of family dining options, visit Tempe: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona Who doesn’t love playing with legos? Located inside Arizona Mills, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is where families with children aged 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO playground. Get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build and play areas where kids’ imaginations can run wild with the endless possibilities that LEGO offers. Kids (and adults too) will be endlessly entertained by two LEGO rides, a 4D Cinema, massive, large-scale models, building areas […]

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Tempe events: Pete, or the Return of Peter Pan

Pete or the Return of Peter Pan by Chilsplay
April 25, 2016

Tempe events include Childsplay’s brand new production: Pete, or the Return of Peter Pan that has the boy who never grows up and his good friend Wendy returning like you’ve never seen them before! In this delightful production, it’s 2016, and Wendy is ready for an adventure. She has grown up hearing stories about her grandmother’s childhood adventures in Neverland, but never really believed them. Then, one day Peter Pan arrives and whisks Wendy and her brother off to Neverland where they battle pirates, ninjas and even get in trouble with a pterodactyl! Along the way they learn about friendship and the precious nature of time and memory. Pete, or the Return of Peter Pan is perfect for ages 6 and up. Performances take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts on weekends through May 22. 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. April 25: ASU Mariachi Spring Concert Katzin Concert Hall April 27: ASU Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Tito Muñoz ASU Gammage April 27: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts April 27-30: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater April 28: ASU Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Choral Union and Chamber Winds: Arthur Honegger’s King David ASU Gammage April 28: Amy Goodman: Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America Changing Hands Bookstore April 28: […]

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Restaurants in Tempe with great patios

Culinary Dropout Tempe
April 20, 2016

When the sun is shining and there’s a little bit of a breeze, there’s no better place to be than restaurant patio. Arizona, and more specifically, Tempe is a perfect destination for outdoor dining. I mean really, is there anything better than enjoying a delicious meal and wonderful weather all at the same time? I think not. Check out these restaurants in Tempe that have great patios, a cool atmosphere and very tasty food. House of Tricks 114 E. 7th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 / (480) 968-1114 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 ,they use local ingredients whenever possible and their wine list is one of the best around. Postino Annex 615 S. College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 / (480) 927-1111 In the shadow of Sun Devil Stadium lies Postino Annex. This local wine café started back in 2001 with a passion for unique wines and simple delicious food. Tempe’s Postino Annex location, located on the corner of 6th and College, and was once a red brick schoolhouse, turned art studio, and eventually turned into a wine café. This location is equipped with […]

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Tempe events: LEGOLAND Discovery Center comes to Tempe

LegoLand Discovery Center
April 18, 2016

Tempe events: LEGOLAND Discovery Center comes to Tempe LEGO lovers will be thrilled to learn that LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona opens at Arizona Mills in Tempe on April 22, 2016 at 9 a.m. Kids and their families can enjoy endless opportunities for building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO playground. Visitors can dig in and get creative with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build and play areas. Other features include two LEGO rides, a 4D Cinema, massive, large-scale models, building areas and a Model Builder Academy. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona is located across from SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium in Tempe’s Arizona Mills mall. For more information, including admission and hours of operation, visit  Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance to guarantee entry during their preferred time and date. 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. April 19: Performance with a View Tempe Center for the Arts April 20: Piper Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, Xu Xi University Club, ASU Tempe Campus April 20: Foals The Marquee April 20: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts April 20-24: on display Lyceum Theater April 20-30: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater April 21: Michael E. Smith: At Home with the Aztecs Changing Hands Bookstore April 21: Ha*Ash The Marquee April 21-23: Steve Trevino Tempe Improv April 22: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Class Clowns Comedy Showcase […]

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Taste of Tempe is downtown’s newest Tempe food tour

Taste of Tempe food tour
April 13, 2016

When visiting a new city, one of the best things to do is try some of the local flavors. Food is a great way to understand a city and its people. The problem is how do you know what restaurant to visit? You can do some research online, using review websites like Yelp or TripAdvisor, but reading about something and actually experiencing it for yourself are two different things. This is one reason why local food tours are becoming more and more popular. What’s a food tour? Is an organized tour that allows people to spend a couple of hours trying dishes at various restaurants. The dishes that each will serve are all predetermined. All you have to do is show up, ready to eat. Arizona Food Tours have been around for a little while now. Recently, they’ve come up with a new, three-hour walking tour of Downtown Tempe where guests can sample some dishes at a few of our favorite restaurants. The tour is appropriately called “Taste of Tempe”. Zach, the greatest tour guide you’ll ever have, not only leads you around but he also gives you a history of restaurants you’re visiting, as well as an overview of the city including places see and things to do. One alcoholic beverage is also included and they cater to any food or dietary restrictions. Below you’ll find the list of restaurants you can visit, as well as a brief description of what was served. Keep in mind that food items […]

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Weekly events: The Drowsy Chaperone

ASU School of Music
April 11, 2016

Tempe events includes ASU Lyric Opera Theatre’s presentation of The Drowsy Chaperone opening at the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre on the ASU Tempe campus on April 15. The Drowsy Chaperon  is a loving parody of the Jazz Age musical that features one show-stopping song and dance number after another. The story unfolds as a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album and the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce, which received five Tony Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score).  Praised by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” this masterful meta-musical pokes fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. This show is appropriate for all ages. The Drowsy Chaperone  runs from April 15-17 and April 21-24. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, or call 480 965-6447. 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. April 11: Cinderella’s Tom Keifer The Marquee April 12: Author Zadie Smith Tempe Center for the Arts April 12-13: The Used The Marquee April 12-30: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater April 13: Walk in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts April 14: Beach House The Marquee April 14-17: Comedian Clayton English Tempe Improv April 15:  Author Linda Valdez: Crossing the Line Changing Hands Bookstore April 15: Spring Music in the Garden: Jazz Con Alma Desert Botanical Garden April 15: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Bob Kubota […]

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Tempe events: 2016 Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts

Tempe Festival of the Arts
April 4, 2016

The 2016 Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts comes to Downtown Tempe, April 8-10, bringing as many as 400 artists selling their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and many more beautiful items. While the visual arts are the main focus of this popular festival, you’ll find plenty of other entertaining things to enjoy. In addition to the amazing array of artists’ booths, you’ll also find: The cottage foods and crafts section for yummy hand-crafted treats like salsas, olives, cheeses and other tantalizing delicacies; Some of Arizona’s best wines to sample at the Arizona Wine Festival; The Art of Beer where local microbreweries offer their finest brews to samples and purchase; Musicians, street performers and activities for the whole family to enjoy; Chalk-a-lot Mural Exhibition Contest; Brickyard Innovation Station; Food vendors selling tasty festival favorites like kettle corn, chocolate dipped fruits, fudge and caramel apples; Live music at the Festival after Dark, Friday and Saturday from 5:30-8 p.m. The 2016 Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts takes place, Friday through Sunday, April 8-10 from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (480) 355-6060. 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. April 4: Tempe Symphony Orchestra Tempe Center for the Arts April 5: Tempe Winds presents Great Band Classics Tempe Center for the Arts April 5-10: 42nd STREET ASU Gammage April 5-30: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston […]

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Unique venues in Tempe

Desert Botanical Garden
March 30, 2016

Most meeting planners have been handed the task to secure a unique and exceptional venue to provide their attendees a memorable experience that will be talked about for years to come. And every meeting planner wants to find that perfect wow-factor site for exactly the same reason. So if Tempe is your destination, we are here to help guide you to some of the very best unique venues in Tempe. Whether you’re looking for the perfect venue for your next meeting, or an amazing location for your upcoming wedding, here are a few spots that are sure to please, including a hip, local hangout, a lakeside, picturesque setting and a beautiful outdoor garden: Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe, located in Downtown Tempe, is a Fox Restaurant Concept and Sam Fox has been heralded a gastropub genius. There are three separate venues within this location, the largest being the Showcase Room which is able to accommodate up to 400 guests. Touted as an event space for food lovers, the Showcase Room is a beautiful, cool room that can be transformed to exude any vibe and can also be divided into two rooms for a more intimate occasion. Culinary Dropout itself is an industrial warehouse turned chic restaurant/bar offering classic games like ping pong, foosball and corn hole where guests can mingle and enjoy cocktails and pub type food. A third space, The Coop, provides a rustic bar atmosphere that can hold up to 75 guests. Buy out the entire space […]

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