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Live music in Tempe

Live music at TCA
November 15, 2016

There’s nothing like chillaxin’ with your friends while listening to live music. Whether it’s an ear-splitting rock concert or an easy listening acoustic performance by one or two musicians, live music just makes you feel more alive, energized and in the moment. So where’s the best place to hear all kinds of live music? Tempe, of course! Tempe’s tradition of offering the best live music by local and nationally known bands has drawn music lovers for decades. (Read this article for a fascinating look at some of Tempe’s legendary venues that are gone, but not forgotten.)  Walk through Downtown Tempe along Mill Avenue most evenings and you’ll find music emanating from restaurants and bars. Live music isn’t limited just to Tempe’s Downtown. Regardless of your preference, be it rock, hip hop, electronic, country, jazz, blues or classical, fusion or world, you’ll find your favorite performed throughout Tempe practically every night of the week. (Read this article for a fascinating glimpse into Tempe’s musical past.) Check out these venues that are great places to chill with great live music, good eats and beverages. Visit our website for more information on music and entertainment in Tempe. Downtown Tempe Venues: Beyond the Bricks | Thursday Night Live  Hayden Square Amphitheatre 404 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 355-6060 – www.downtowntempe.com/events/beyond-the-bricks Live music every Thursday at 6-7:30 p.m. – Free admission Wine and beer available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m. for those over the age of 21. Enjoy food from Blasted Barley Beer Company or Bacus Bros. Hot Dogs. Blasted […]

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Tempe Art Exhibitions

ASU Art Museum
November 15, 2016

If you enjoy the visual arts, you’ll want to browse Tempe’s art museums and galleries. From paintings, to sculpture, ceramics to photography and film, Tempe offers a range of exhibitions in beautiful spaces, both inside and outdoors. Named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, the ASU Art Museum is recognized for its cutting edge exhibits and innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational and relevant to life today. A visit to the ASU Art Museum, at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, and the Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery, located at 7th Street and Mill Avenue, is always an energizing experience. The Gallery at the TCA is located in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts. Rotating exhibitions by local and nationally known artists and a variety of visual arts workshops and events have made The Gallery at the TCA a favorite of locals and visitors to Tempe. Desert Botanical Garden is known for its lovely setting and paths lined with thousands of plants from arid climates throughout the world. However, you’ll also find exciting works of art sprinkled throughout the Garden. Located on a 1,500 year old archaeological site left by the Hohokam culture, Pueblo Grande Museum also features revolving exhibitions that reflect Southwest history, culture and art. Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation is one of the nation’s largest non-profit zoos, dedicated  to conservation and inspiring people to care for the natural world. Pueblo Grande Museum features three galleries focusing […]

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Spend the Holiday Season in Tempe, Arizona

ZooLights
November 9, 2016

In my opinion, Tempe, Arizona is one of the best spots to get in the holiday spirit. It’s not a snowy winter wonderland, but there are all kinds of fun festive events. Below are just a few suggestions for holiday events in Tempe, but there are lots more to check out on the Tempe Tourism events page. Whether you are looking for a fun date night idea, or fun for the whole family, spending the holiday season in Tempe offers endless possibilities. Hackett House 95 W. 4th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-8181 hacketthouse.org The Hackett House is a Tempe historical landmark specializing in one-of-a-kind treasures, afternoon teas, cooking classes and Chocolate Happy Hour. This season, their holiday-themed tea parties are fun for both adults and kiddos. Holiday Tea – December 10 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. | register online Bask in those last minutes of tranquility before the holiday season gets even more hectic with a quiet afternoon of sipping tea. Holiday Boutique – Friday, December 2 to Saturday, December 3 | 11:00am – 5:00pm Held during the Tempe Arts Festival, see all the beautiful and unique decorations and gifts! Prizes will be given throughout the course of the day. Tempe Marketplace 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 966-9338 tempemarketplace.com One of the most well-known shopping centers in the area, Tempe Marketplace has more than 1 million square feet of retail and restaurant space, making it the perfect destination to experience holiday cheer and check off your […]

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Tempe events: AGUA FURIOSA at ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage
November 8, 2016

Tempe events include AGUA FURIOSA, Los Angeles based CONTRA-TIEMPO’s newest evening length dance/theater work at ASU Gammage on November 12, 2016. AGUA FURIOSA is a burst of energy, passion and physical expression that draws audiences in to confront realities of race in our country. Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms and Shakespeare’s The Tempest were the inspirations for AGUA FURIOSA. Artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez has harnessed her unique Urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought provoking evening of dance performance. AGUA FURIOSA merges call and response, a live vocalist, water themes, fierce physicality and the performers’ own personal narratives. Audiences will walk away from AGUA FURIOSA impacted, entertained and inspired to join the complex and transforming conversation of race in America. Ana Maria Alvarez and the artists of CONTRA-TIEMPO are known on the international dance scene for integrating vibrant expression of Latina/o culture, the complexities of contemporary America and passionate, nuanced dance artistry in a signature language all their own. Following the performance, join the CONTRA-TIEMPO artists at an exclusive after party at Graduate Tempe, located on Apache Blvd. across from ASU Gammage. Take in the beautiful view from the Tapacubo rooftop, grab a drink at the cash bar and enjoy free hors d’oeuvres.  Visit the website to RSVP. For more information and to purchase tickets to AGUA FURIOSA, call (480) 965-3434 or visit http://www.asugammage.com/beyond. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete […]

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Tempe events: Amplified Jazz Experience Vol. 2 at TCA  

Tempe Center for the Arts
November 1, 2016

Tempe events include the Amplifed Jazz Experience Vol. 2 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, November 4, 2016. You can count on an evening of smooth jazz, soul and funk music featuring legendary contemporary jazz keyboard artist Jeff Lorber leading an all-star band line-up including Jimmy Haslip (bass), Gary Novak (drums) and Patrick Lamb (saxophone). The evening will also feature Generation NeXt – a collective showcasing three of the hottest contemporary jazz/R&B artists Nicholas Cole (keyboards), Lebron (saxophone) and Lin Rountree trumpet). Comedian Shang will be the event host. Shang has established hmself as one of the brightest funny men in the business. His political and explosive humor has been showcased on HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival Special “Best of the Fest”. Other appearances include “Jamie Foxx-presents “Laffapalooza”and as co-host of “Russell Simmon’s One World Music Beat.”  Shang appeared on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and won TWO half-hour comedy specials on BET’s “Comic View Grandstand.” Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information.. November 1: MusicaNova Orchestra: Seven Nation Riff Tempe High School – 480-585-4485 / 7 p.m. November 1: Elise Strachan: Sweet! Celebrations: A “My Cupcake Addiction” Cookbook Changing Hands Bookstore November 2: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker Changing Hands Bookstore November 2: From Sea to Shining Sea at the TCA Tempe Center for the Arts November 2: Mexrrissey at The Marquee The Marquee November 2-5: The Fever Paul […]

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Tempe events this week: Beyond the Bricks

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October 25, 2016

Tempe events this week include Beyond the Bricks-Thursday Night Live, at Hayden Square Amphitheater. You are invited to enjoy live music, food from Downtown Tempe eateries, as well as beer and wine. Food and beverages are available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m. Tempe is cooling off so the evenings are perfect for being outside enjoying live music with friends. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Beyond the Bricks is completely free to attend! For more information about this event, please call (480) 355-6060. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. October 26: Seven Lions The Marquee October 26: Moebius Tribute Show & Release Party Ash Ave. Comics & Books October 26-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts October 26-29: 3D Astronomy Shows Marston Exploration Theater October 27: Beyond the Bricks Thursday Night Live: Chuck E. Baby Hayden Square Amphitheater October 27: Zed’s Dead The Marquee October 27: 46th Arizona Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tempe Center for the Arts October 27-31: The Fever Paul V.  Galvin Playhouse – (480) 965-6447 / 8-9:30 p.m. October 28: Movies in the Park: Monsters University Kiwanis Park October 28: hello Friday Tempe Center for the Arts October 28: Music in the Garden: Vox Urbana Desert Botanical Garden October 28: Bear Ghost Tempe History Museum October 28: Sue Hitzmann Changing Hands Bookstore October 28: […]

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Day Trips from Tempe: Sedona

Devil's Bridge in Sedona, AZ
October 25, 2016

Sedona is one of my favorite places in the world. It has a great downtown with good restaurants, the hiking is incredible and the whole city looks like it should be on a postcard. I decided to take a little trip up north to to hike the Devil’s Bridge with my friends Jen and Diana. With only a two hour drive from Tempe to Sedona, it makes a great day trip. Our day started off at Harlow’s Café for breakfast. Harlow’s is one of Tempe’s hidden gem restaurants. It’s small and if you blinked while driving down University Dr., you might miss it. The inside has wood paneled wall covered it old pictures.  The food is really good and the staff was very friendly. We had pancakes and I had the corned beef breakfast scramble. Everything was awesome. Once we were done, it was time to leave for day trip. It’s a relatively easy drive to Sedona up I-17. I love it because it’s really picturesque. If there’s one thing I love in life, it’s a really pretty drive. If you have time, there are some scenic outlooks that are worth pulling over and getting out of the car for. Devil’s Bridge is one the more popular hikes in the Sedona area. It’s about 4.5 miles round trip and is considered to be a moderate level hike. Because this hike is so popular, there are a lot of people on any given day walking on the trail with you. It’s a […]

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Tempe events: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at ASU Gammage

The Sound of Music
October 18, 2016

  Tempe events include a brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at ASU Gammage from October 18-23. Directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, the beloved story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. The film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.asugammage.com/shows, or call 480-965-3434. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information.   October 18: Getter The Marquee October 18-23: THE SOUND OF MUSIC ASU Gammage October 19-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts October 19-29: 3D Astronomy Shows Marston Exploration Theater October 20: ASU School of Music presents Trio Montecino ASU Katzin Concert Hall October 20: Beyond the Bricks Thursday Night Live: Vintage Wednesday Hayden Square Amphitheater October 20: Elizabeth Kolbert: Envisioning the Sixth Extinction Lecture Tempe Center for the Arts October 20-22: Comedian Craig Gass Tempe Improv October 20-23: ASU Main Stage presents Out of Many ASU Lyceum Theater October 21: Movies in the […]

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Celebrating Halloween in Tempe

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October 18, 2016

October is now in full swing, which means that it’s about that time of year to make plans for Halloween! If Halloween is quickly cReEpInG up on you, and you just don’t know what to do, check out these awesome events in Tempe, AZ. Whether you are looking for a fun activity for the kids, an event for the grown-ups, or something for the whole family, everyone will be sure to have a spooky good time in Tempe. For the family: Arizona SEA LIFE Spooktacular – Saturdays and Sundays, October 10 – 31, 2016 SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium – Arizona Mills, 5000 S Arizona Mills Cir #145, Tempe, AZ 85282 SEA LIFE Arizona at Arizona Mills is a place for the whole family this spooky season. SEA LIFE will be decorated for Halloween and will host costume contests, underwater pumpkin carvings and eerie scavenger hunts. The cost is an additional $3.00 for adults and children with paid admission. Howl-O-Ween – October 28 – 29, 2016 Phoenix Zoo – 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008 Howl-O-Ween includes activities and experiences for the whole family. This event takes place October 28 and 29 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. and features both scary and merry events for kids of any age. Tickets for members are $10, non-members are $12 and children under 2 are free. Merry activities include camel rides, an exciting costume contest, and an educational piece called the “Creatures of the Night Animal Show.” For a more spooky Halloween, guests can experience the […]

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Treat yourself to Tracy Dempsey Originals in Tempe

Tracy Dempsey Originals
October 12, 2016

On the corner of University and Priest Drives in Tempe, you’ll find a little bit of sweet tooth paradise in the form of Tracy Dempsey Originals. I love sweets, especially pastries that are so fresh, they’re still warm from the oven. When I discovered Tracy Dempsey Originals, I found my happy place. The storefront on University Drive is actually the most recent turn in Tracy’s  journey from teaching English as a Second Language in the American English & Culture Program at Arizona State University (ASU), to pastry chef for the award-winning Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale to her current profession as owner of Tracy Dempsey Originals, baker and supplier of fine pastries to many of the Valley’s most prominent restaurants. With a background in French literature and language, Tracy was teaching English as Second Language at ASU when she decided to change course and pursue her passion for pastry, which began with the Easy Bake Oven she received at age four. She returned to school, this time at the Scottsdale Community College Culinary Arts program. After completing culinary school, Tracy worked at a resort and few small chef owned restaurants before joining the team  as pastry chef at Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale  in 2004. Then in 2009, the recession hit, taking its toll on the restaurant industry and Tracy lost her job.  Cowboy Ciao was one of many restaurants that were forced to eliminate pastry chefs and other staff in order to survive. Tracy recognized that this void needed to be […]

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