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Beat the heat at Changing Hands in Tempe this week

Changing Hands Bookstore
June 23, 2014

One of my favorite summer retreats from the heat is Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. I love browsing the great selection of new and gently used books. I’ll always come away with several great reads to last me through the summer. Another thing I love about Changing Hands is all of the author events that take place every week. Changing Hands hosts book signings and meet and greets with the foremost authors of the day. This week there are two author events scheduled that sound absolutely fascinating. The first takes place on Monday, June 23 and features Damien Echols and Lorri Davis who will discuss their book Yours for Eternity: […]

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Cool summer fun at the aquarium in Tempe: SEA LIFE

Sea Life Arizona Aquarium
June 23, 2014

Afternoons are much cooler when you’re in the aquarium in Tempe. I think any day is a great day to visit SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium at Arizona Mills, but it’s one of my favorite places to visit in the summer. Once you enter, you’ll first see fish from freshwater streams and lakes. After this refreshing introduction, you’ll be transported to the ocean, first via the touch tanks featuring tide pool creatures. Then, in just a few steps, you’ll get to see everything from sharks to rays to seahorses. SEA LIFE is a magical place. The displays are designed to be low enough to give kids a perfect view. And, there […]

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Tempe events this week-Summer of Love at the TCA Gallery

Summer of Love at the TCA
June 16, 2014

The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) shows no sign of slowing down one bit this summer.   In addition to all the great performing arts, the TCA summer programs will  include an art exhibition geared to the whole family. Summer of Love: Family, Friendship and Devotion will open this Friday and will be on display through September 20. There will also be a series of fun family oriented art workshops held in conjunction with the exhibition every Saturday through August 9. Summer of Love features colorful and endearing artworks created by local and nationally recognized artists including Gene Almendinger, Marco Albarran, Denise Currier, Esmeralda Delaney, Wendy Hodgson, Molly Idle, Sandra […]

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Happy hour in Tempe at some off the beaten path bars

Casey Moores
June 12, 2014

Just finishing college and joining the “real world,” with a 40 hour work week and hardly any vacation time, has really put into perspective that my college days are slowly slipping away and adulthood is quickly approaching. With the stress of work and college loans piling up, it’s really difficult to not get stressed out and lose my temper. I’ve quickly come to the realization that I need a more socially acceptable outlet to take out all my frustrations and relieve the stress from off my shoulders at the end of the day. Happy hours in Tempe are one of my new guilty pleasures for relaxing at the end of […]

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Indoor Activities in Tempe for Kiddos

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium
June 11, 2014

It’s summer in Arizona, which means it’s pretty toasty outside. While that means staying indoors during the majority of the day, it doesn’t mean the fun stops there! Tempe has a variety of entertaining indoor activities for young kids to enjoy and have a blast this summer. Here is my list of top 5 indoor activities in Tempe to keep the kids having fun all summer long: 1. SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium at Arizona Mills – This place is lots of fun for young kids. It has a huge variety of sea creatures, over 5,000, and every area of the aquarium has a fun theme and centers around what would […]

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Tempe events this week-Desert Dance Theatre at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
June 9, 2014

We can count on the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) to give us good reasons to leave our air conditioned surroundings for  their air conditioned surroundings and great entertainment.  This week we can enjoy a lineup that includes dance, comedy and music. This week’s programs include Desert Dance Company’s LEGACY: 35th Anniversary Celebration and Tribute to Marion Kirk Jones. The program will highlight the company’s accomplishments presented live and on video. It will also honor Marion Kirk Jones who served as the group’s artistic director from 1988-2005. A fundraising reception will follow directly after the show in the 201 Lounge. For more information on other cool things going on […]

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Funny Papers at the ASU Art Museum this summer

Pedro Alvarez, "African Abstract," 2002.
June 6, 2014

How many of us loved the Sunday edition of whatever local newspaper landed on our porch steps because it contained our favorite section, the funnies or comic strips? Much of the ASU Art Museum’s summer exhibition, Funny Papers, is devoted to famous funnies and their authors and illustrators, but there’s much more to it than the comics alone. The exhibition is divided between the two first floor galleries and is truly multidimensional, featuring newspaper comic strips, political satire cartoons and works by key contemporary American and international artists that include references to cartoons and comic strips. There are wonderful examples of  historical comic strips that are might conjure up fond […]

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Tempe events this week-THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS at ASU Gammage

The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess
June 2, 2014

Beat the heat this week and head to Tempe for great cool indoor entertainment, including The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at ASU Gammage. The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. The show won the 2012 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical. This re-imagined version of the original classic is the result of one of Broadway’s most talented creative teams: Tony Award® -winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre […]

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Small Talk with Sesty: Cindy Gentry, Tempe Community Market

Tempe Community Market
May 29, 2014

Everybody knows about the Phoenix Farmer’s Market and their incredible onsite café, the Phoenix Public Market Café. They’re both popular spots downtown, where both the produce and dishes are fresh and delicious. Most of you are probably aware that now in Tempe, we have the Tempe Community Market, which officially opened at the beginning of March. Located on the west side of Mill Avenue, on the southwest corner of Mill Avenue and Washington St., the Tempe Community Market has fresh produce, arts and crafts. Both of these farmer’s markets were organized by the amazing Cindy Gentry. Cindy is from Chicago but she’s lived in Arizona for 37 years. She’s an […]

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Tempe events this week – Dry River Yacht Club at Tempe History Museum

Tempe History Museum
May 27, 2014

The Tempe History Museum’s Performances at the Museum’s 2013-2014 series will conclude this Saturday with a concert featuring popular Tempe band Dry River Yacht Club.  The band has been performing their own hard-to-categorize brand of music for loyal fans from throughout Arizona for several years. They describe their sound as Gypsy Western Folk Rock. The Yacht Club’s eight-member lineup features distinguished vocals with an acoustic guitar, violin, percussion, bass clarinet, bass, bassoon and trombone. They create an artful mix of dark Gypsy, Bohemian, eastern European, Americana and world music. The Dry River Yacht Club’s concert at the Tempe History Museum is free, includes a Q & A session following the […]

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