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Tempe events this week-Rebelution & Atmosphere

March 11, 2014

Granted, when it comes to fun spring time things to do, attending a MLB spring training game at beautiful Diablo Stadium is way at the top of the list. However, taking in an outdoor concert featuring performances by two great bands, Rebelution and Atmosphere at Tempe Beach Park has to be a tie. Rebelution is a reggae band based in California that has been performing since 2004. Their inspiring and engaging music leaves their listeners with the sense that they have the power to make this world a better place. Their album titles, which include Courage to Grow, Peace of Mind, Bright Side of Life, readily reflect those sentiments. Peace […]

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Get festive at the Tempe Festival of the Arts this month

March 6, 2014

The Tempe Festival of the Arts is one of – if not the most – popular event in Tempe. Our office receives many phone calls every year with questions about it. I know for a fact that people travel from near and far every year to Tempe to walk around and enjoy the three-day weekend when the Tempe Festival of the Arts is taking place. Needless to say, the Tempe Festival of the Arts is a big deal. Personally, I love the Tempe Festival of the Arts and will admit to the millions of people reading this blog that it’s my favorite Tempe event. As a kid, I loved to […]

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Tempe events this week – Shen Yun returns to ASU Gammage

March 3, 2014

Shen Yun returns to ASU Gammage this weekend with another gorgeous performance of Chinese music and dance. A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was. It’s a remarkable study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization. This opulent production transcends time and space and will take you through China’s 5,000-year-old culture with an exhilarating performance that entertains, educates, enriches and inspires. It’s a magical journey through ancient dynasties and ethnic regions of China, interspersed with legends of the culture’s creation and stories of courage in China today. At the core of Shen Yun’s performances is […]

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Blue Man Group will leave you feeling anything but blue

February 26, 2014

Last night, I was able to see Blue Man Group at ASU Gamamge. I’ve seen clips of their shows over the years on TV but this was my first opportunity to see the show live. I had a pretty good idea of what to expect and thought I knew the extent of what I would be seeing. But at the end of the night, my mind was completely blown away by the entire experience. It was incredible and I’m proclaiming it the best show I’ve seen this year at ASU Gammage – and I’ve seen six shows from this season. Unlike other blogs about performances I’ve seen, this one is […]

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Experience Chihuly After Dark at the Desert Botanical Garden

February 25, 2014

The Desert Botanical Garden, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful and serene places to go in the Phoenix area. I love to wander the many beautiful garden trails, always discovering new desert plants and cacti each time I visit. Events of all kinds also bring me back to the garden again and again. The Chihuly in the Garden exhibit, on display through May 18, is one of my favorite exhibits to behold, and makes the garden even more magical. Renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly has brought a wonderful collection of his art to display at the Desert Botanical Garden. Guests can see the Chihuly glass on display […]

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Tempe events this week – Stray Cat Theatre presents The Whale

February 24, 2014

This is the final week for Stray Cat Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Whale, written by Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter. The play follows morbidly obese Charlie, who, since the death of his boyfriend, has sequestered himself away in his small Idaho apartment and is eating himself to death.  With his failing health, Charlie is desperate to reconnect with his estranged and angry teenage daughter, whom he hasn’t seen in 17 years. Damon Dering, Artistic Director of Nearly Naked Theatre plays Charlie to perfection all while stuffed inside a fat suite (not an easy task to say the least). This powerful play about coping with loss and how […]

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Relax, unwind and paint at the TCA Gallery’s Art After Work

February 19, 2014

Tempe’s TCA Gallery’s Art After Work program is perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to pick up a paint brush and paint something, but lacked the confidence.  Bob Ross, that sweet, soft-spoken artist whose PBS show “The Joy of Painting” (ahhh, remember all those happy little clouds and trees), convinced me that anyone can paint with practice. I sat spell-bound for an hour each week in front of the TV watching Bob create all those majestic landscapes on his canvases. He made it look so simple. However, as Bob said, it takes practice. Given my lack of natural talent, I knew it would take lots and lots of practice […]

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Tempe events this week–Self-Guided Ceramic Studio Tour

February 18, 2014

This weekend you’ll have a once-a-year chance to see some of the best ceramic artists at work in their own studios during the 13th Annual Self-Guided Ceramic Studio Tour. The tour presents the work of more than 50 professional ceramic artists in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including several in Tempe. It’s a great opportunity to view working and living spaces of participating artists. Even better, you get to actually watch many of them demonstrating different aspects of creating in clay, including wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing techniques.  Be sure to take your check book and plastic because many of the artists will have pieces of their work for sale. I’ve taken […]

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Get your geeky groove on during Tempe Geek Week

February 13, 2014

Whether you’re a geek of the Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Rajesh caliber, somewhat, or not at all geeky, you’ll get a big bang out of Tempe Geek Week. Even someone like me, who falls into the not at all geeky category, will find something of interest among all the activities scheduled during Tempe Geek Week, presented by Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. From February 14-24, the City of Tempe will pay tribute to the people who have made Tempe a leader in technology by hosting a variety of activities ranging from serious to silly. The activities are also intended to inspire students to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and […]

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V is for Valentine. And VinciTorio’s.

February 12, 2014

Valentine’s Day. Just reading those words or saying them aloud can send chills up a man’s spine. With the big day just 48 hours away, it’s a safe assumption that there’s a lot of last minute planning happening right about now. Do something different this year. With Valentine’s Day on a Friday, you sort of have to go all out. But you don’t have to make yourself crazy deciding what to do or where to go. A nice, romantic dinner is always a safe bet. I suggest heading over to VinciTorio’s. If you’ve never been, shame on you. It’s a great Italian restaurant here in Tempe – and Italian food […]

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