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The Night Run on May 9, 2015

Night Run
April 24, 2015

Love to Run? Love 5K and 8K races? Why not check out an evening race, perfect for night owls, when the heat of the day is a distant memory? The Night Run is coming to Tempe on Saturday, May 9, at Tempe Town Lake! There is a place for everyone at The Night Run. Strollers, fun-walkers, first-time racers, parents, grandparents, volunteers, and hard-core runners alike. Previously held in Scottsdale, the brand new location this year at Tempe at Tempe Town Lake will be an exciting atmosphere for the run. The lake is stunning in the evening, with sunset reflections bouncing off the water. The new course traverses both banks of Tempe Town Lake and includes Tempe Center for the Arts, the iconic pedestrian bridge, Tempe Beach Park and Mill Avenue. Arrive early to enjoy the “Owl’s Nest” Expo before the 5K, 8K, or Kids Dash (8 & under). Here’s the schedule of race festivities: 6:00 pm – On-site Packet Pickup & Late Registration / “Owl’s Nest” Expo 7:00 pm – Kids Dash, Ages 8 & under, 100 Yard Dash 7:45 pm – 5K & 8K Race Start 8:45 pm – Awards ceremony A fun bonus to participating is this run is the commemorative glow-in-the-dark finisher’s t-shirt, made from a highly reflective tech fabric. For more info and how to sign up, visit http://thenightrun.org/.  

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Enjoy a taste of Italy at these Tempe Italian restaurants

Tempe Italian Restaurants (Caffe Boa)
April 22, 2015

MAMA MIA! Just saying that makes me want to dive right into a plate of spaghetti. To tell you the truth, I don’t think I’ve ever met a dish of pasta that I didn’t like. I find that the trouble with Italian food is you just can’t stop eating once you start. First come the bread sticks, and then comes the salad and from there it’s all downhill. Just in case you are up for the challenge, check out these featured Tempe Italian restaurants. Caffe Boa Once noted for having the best wine selections in the country, Caffe Boa is one of Mill Avenue’s hidden treasures. Located on 398 S. Mill Avenue, Caffe Boa strives to serve the best Italian dishes with the finest organic and all natural ingredients. Founded over 20 years ago, Caffe Boa offers only fresh local quality food such as fresh baked breads from local bakers and produce from local organic farmers. I recommend trying the Risotto Primavera, which is a mix of the spring asparagus, shucked peas, mint, and lemon all mixed in their homemade risotto is simply delizioso. 398 S. Mill Ave. #110, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 968-9112 Babbo Italian Eatery Babbo, an Italian word meaning daddy, is a contemporary family-style Italian eatery located on 9920 S. Rural Road. Their menu is inspired by family, as well as travel, and is developed through collaboration with everyone behind the stove.  My favorite is the classic Spaghetti & Meatballs, which are made to perfection with their […]

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Tempe events: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at ASU Gammage

MOTOWN the MUSICAL
April 21, 2015

See MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at ASU Gammage this week and experience the story behind the music in the Broadway smash hit about Berry Gordy, Jr. who launched Motown Records and the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Along the way, the man and the music broke down barriers and created music that made us all move to the same beat.  MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is a colorful history of one of the greatest musical genres in modern history and includes memorable Motown classics like “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is great entertainment for the whole family and you can enjoy it from April 21 through April 26 at ASU Gammage.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.asugammage.com. Check out this week’s roster of outstanding arts and culture events in Tempe, View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. April 21-22: 10th Annual ASU Student Film Festival, Harkins Valley Art Theatre April 21-26: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, ASU Gammage April 22: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night, Tempe Center for the Arts April 22: Visions of Creation, An Earth Day Concert, ASU Katzin Concert Hall April 23: Marissa Roth: Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet, Changing Hands Bookstore April 23: Music under the Stars, Tempe Center for the Arts April 23-25: Joey Coco Diaz, Tempe Improv April 23-26: Our Kiki: A Gay Farce, ASU Lyceum Theater  April 24:  Finally Friday: Billy Cioffi; Friday Film Screenings at the […]

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There’s so much to do at Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake paddleboarding
April 16, 2015

The weather outside is perfect right now. Winter is behind us and summer hasn’t officially arrived yet, so the temperature is lingering in the 80s. In other words, it’s gorgeous out. Located on the northwest corner of Mill Ave. and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe Town Lake is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Arizona. This two mile long lake is so much more than just something nice to look at when you’re driving on the 202. Tempe Boat Rentals, located on the south shore at Tempe Beach Park, offers visitors the opportunity rent boats, kayaks or paddleboards. If you’re with a group of friends, I suggest checking out the electric boats. They can hold up to 10 people and come equipped with a radio and dining table. It costs $80/hour, which is a pretty good deal if you split the cost amongst the people in your group. But some of the more popular rentals are kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. There are two kayak options to choose from: single and double. They are sit-on-top kayaks, kind of similar to how a canoe might look. Kayak rentals range from $18/hour (singe) to $28/hour (double) and both come with lifejackets. My personal favorite is the stand-up paddleboard (SUP). I know, it looks difficult and everyone thinks they’ll fall off, but I’m here to tell you it’s easier than you think. All the paddleboards have a traction grip that you stand on. Yes, it’s a bit of a balancing act but it’s pretty easy to […]

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April is Earth Month in Tempe

School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University (ASU)
April 14, 2015

Earth Day is observed around the world on April 22 but it’s become so popular, that April is known as Earth Month. In Tempe, Arizona, there are plenty of events that help bring awareness to conservation efforts and teach you more about this planet that we call home. Desert Botanical Garden Desert Botanical Garden is hosting their PLANeT Celebration on April 18. This Earth Day 2015 event includes behind the scenes tours, educational opportunities along the five beautiful trails, talks from local conservation organizations, live music and nature-inspired performances. All activities are included with admission to the Garden and the event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you’d like to visit the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion, that’s just an extra $3.50 or free for members. 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008 480-941-1225 Phoenix Zoo Also on April 18, you can take part in Earth Day at the Phoenix Zoo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit educational “Earth” stations throughout the zoo, see the annual release of 35,000 ladybugs, participate in games and hear stories read by children’s book author Conrad J. Storad. See the zoo’s website for more details and specific activity times. 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008 602-286-3800 Earth Day Expo Tempe’s Earth Day Expo will showcase the latest innovative environmental programs. Attendees will experience hands-on exhibits while enjoying free snacks, courtesy of Gordon Biersch. The expo will be held on Wednesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the west […]

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Tempe events: Childsplay presents The Three Javelinas

The Three Javalinas
April 13, 2015

Tempe events include the opening of Childsplay’s  last show of the season, The Three Javelinas at the Tempe Center for the Arts on April 19.  In this wonderfully fun southwestern version of a favorite tale, the three little pigs become three Javelinas and the wolf becomes a big, bad, wily coyote. In Childsplay’s world-premiere stage adaptation of Susan Lowell’s picture book, the three main characters are much more sophisticated than the three little pigs. Josefina Javelina dreams of a career on stage. Juan wants a quiet place to think. And José just wants someone to listen to his jokes! A series of misadventures has the trio building houses in the desert where they catch the attention of a hungry coyote. This musical tribute to the Arizona landscape is perfect for ages 5 an up, but will delight older audiences as well. The Three Javelinas can be seen on weekends from April 19 through May 24.  For more information and to purchase tickets to The Three Javalinas, visit www.childsplayaz.org.  Check out this week’s roster of outstanding arts and culture events in Tempe and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. April 13: Ratatat; April 14: Lights; April 15: Tyler, the Creator, Marquee Theater April 14: Holly Pyle Trio, Mad Hatter Brew Pub April 15: Dr. Sally L. Kitch: Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders, Changing Hands Bookstore April 15: ASU Pan Devils Steel Band, ASU Katzin Concert Hall April 15: ASU Marimba Maderas de Comitan: A […]

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Tempe Marketplace Chalk Art Festival

Tempe Marketplace Chalk Art Festival
April 8, 2015

Chalk and sidewalks are as artistically compatible as paint and canvas or pen and paper.  Give me some sticks of chalk and a sidewalk and I’m an artist! Not really, but I do like to attempt a few scribbles when the opportunity presents itself. It’s even better to watch real artists creating masterpieces with chalk on sidewalks and that’s what I plan on doing at the Tempe Marketplace Chalk Art Festival on Saturday, April 18th from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Chalk Art Festival brings local artists to Tempe Marketplace where they’ll create seven original works of art on the sidewalks inside The District area. Each design will be large — 8 x 6 feet — so they’ll be easy to spot and enjoy from every direction. The murals will be on view through April 30th, weather permitting. If you simply can’t resist getting in on the action, be sure to stop by the community mural area to add your own artistic touch. Chalk will be provided and art instructors will be on hand to assist kids and adults who want to participate. For sure, I’ll be adding a few of my own scribbles. There will also be a designated KidZone area with fun activities for the kids. This frenzy of artistic endeavor will, no doubt, work up an appetite, a situation that’s easily remedied at any one of more than 20 great restaurants at Tempe Marketplace. Some of our favorites include Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill, Bar Louie, California […]

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Tempe events: Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug Hug Dance Co.

ASU Gammage
April 6, 2015

Tempe events include Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug Hug Dance Co. at ASU Gammage this Saturday. ASU Gammage is the world premiere site for Kota Yamazaki’s OQ. OQ is the sound for “palace” in Japanese. This new work includes aspects of architecture and Japanese poetry which evoke Eastern and Western ideas and rituals around the idea of the palace. Yamazaki’s Fluid Technique seamlessly fuses the physical with the spiritual and emotional and defies what we think is possible from the human body. He has worked with dance companies in Africa, Japan, New York and other places around the globe to great critical acclaim, but perhaps his true gift is the ability to excite non-dancer and dancer audiences alike. Fluid Hug Hug Dance Co was founded in New York in 2002 on the principles of “traveling, exchanging and exploring.” Yamazaki believes that a person is fluid like water and must keep flowing, so that exchange between people from different backgrounds can become more easy and free. The name, Fluid Hug-Hug, resulted from this idea of fluidity and meeting people from all over the world. You can see Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug Hug Dance Co. at ASU Gammage on April 11. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.asugammage.com. Check out this week’s roster of outstanding arts and culture events in Tempe and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. April 6: Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents: Our Own Kind of Universe; Tempe Symphony Orchestra Season Finale, Tempe Center for the Arts […]

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Easter Sunday Brunch to Get Hoppy About in Tempe

Top of the Rock
April 1, 2015

With Easter right around the corner, Sunday, April 5, 2015, it’s time to start thinking about who will cook brunch that day – that’s what I’ll be thinking about anyways! I’m not a cook in the slightest, so my first option is always dining out for the holiday. There are lots of delicious options in Tempe where you can go to relax on Easter Sunday while enjoying a delectable menu. Here are some recommendations in Tempe for an Easter brunch to remember: Perfect Pear Bistro Savor the fresh menu options this Easter at the Perfect Pear Bistro in Tempe. The bottomless mimosa is an excellent choice to celebrate the holiday and enjoy your choice of frittata and side for brunch, served from 9 a.m. to noon.  The mimosa options include Fresh Orange Juice, Pear, Peach or Pomegranate. 9845 S Priest Dr, Tempe, AZ 85284 480-247-3410 Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe Head to the newest Culinary Dropout, recently opened in Tempe. Enjoy special Easter offerings of Pork Belly Hash and Corned Beef Benedict, in addition to the regular menu. Relax and enjoy this beautiful weather on the expansive patio. 49 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 480-240-1601 Salut Kitchen Bar Enjoy live music this Easter Sunday at Salut Kitchen Barfrom 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bottomless mimosas will be available for $18 with penny refills from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bring your furry friend to Easter this year and ask to be seated on the dog friendly patio! 1435 E. University Dr., Suite […]

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Brunch in Downtown Tempe is a can’t miss

Culinary Dropout Tempe
March 31, 2015

My favorite part of the weekend is brunch. It’s the only socially acceptable time for having a late breakfast and enjoying a cocktail, all before noon.  Downtown Tempe is the perfect destination to satisfy all your weekend brunch cravings. Some of our favorite Tempe restaurants have incredible brunch menus. You’ll find some of them listed below. Z’Tejas Z’ Tejas is a Southwestern grill, home to some of the most amazing food and drinks on Mill Avenue. They have a Bloody Mary bar that is to die for, which features Bloody Marias (Bloody Marys with Tequila), Mimosas, and Screwdrivers. Brunch is provided every weekend from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. One of our favorite dishes is the Breakfast Quesadilla. It has scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, jack cheese and salsa. You can find Z’ Tejas on the northwest corner of Sixth St. and Mill Ave. 20 W. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 377-1170 Blasted Barley Beer Company Downtown Tempe’s newest hotspot is located at Mill Ave. and Fourth St. This microbrewery is a must for brunch lovers. Head on over from 10 a.m – 3 p.m. on the weekends and enjoy bottomless mimosas for just $10. Popular brunch dishes include the Blasted Breakfast, which is two eggs and bacon served with a biscuit and roasted potatoes and The Resurrection, an apple fritter cooked French toast style sandwiching two eggs and gruyere, drizzled with maple syrup. 404 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 967-5887 Postino Annex This Tempe gem is housed […]

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