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Tempe events: She Kills Monsters

Paul V Galvin Playhouse
March 28, 2016

The ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre present She Kills Monsters, written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Lance Gharavi. This heartwarming comedy about loss, bullies and dragons follows Average Agnes, who finally leaves her childhood home to rediscover her younger sister Tilly, who died tragically in a car accident. When she stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, Agnes embarks on an action-packed 90s-themed adventure through the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons to discover more about her geeky sibling than she previously cared to know. Along the way, the line between fantasy and reality blurs as Agnes battles her own demons. Qui Nguyen is a playwright, TV writer and Co-Founder of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company of NYC. He is known for innovative use of pop-culture, stage violence, puppetry, and multimedia. His work has been praised as “Culturally Savvy Comedy” by The New York Times, “Tour de Force Theatre” by Time Out New York and “Infectious Fun” by Variety. Lance Gharavi is Associate Professor, Assistant Director of Theatre, and Chair of the MA in Theatre program at Arizona State University. He is an artist and scholar whose work has appeared in books and journals, on stages and screens throughout the US and abroad. She Kills Monsters will be on stage at Paul V. Galvin Playhouse from s.  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 […]

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Tempe Art Exhibitions

ASU Art Museum
March 25, 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. No matter what your point of view, you’ll find a lot of great art to view in Tempe’s galleries and museums. For more information on Tempe’s art exhibitions, visit our website. ASU Art […]

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Live music in Tempe

Live music at TCA
March 22, 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: Blasted Barley 404 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 967-5887 – Live music Friday through Sunday. C.A.S.A. Sunbá 5 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 557-8226 – Live music on Thursday and Friday. Culinary Dropout at the Yard 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 240-1601 – Live music on Friday and Saturday. Desert Roots Kitchen 414 S. […]

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Tempe events: Tierney Sutton Band: Sutton Does Sinatra

Tempe Center for the Arts
March 21, 2016

Tempe events include Tierney Sutton Band: Sutton Does Sinatra on March 26 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Tierney Sutton is often described as “a singer’s singer,” but just as often, she is described as a “musician’s singer” who uses her voice like an instrument. The six-time Grammy Nominee has headlined at The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center. She can also be heard on film and television soundtracks including The Academy Award-nominated film The Cooler as well as on television commercials, including BMW, Green Giant, Yoplait Yogurt, Coke. When she’s not on the road performing, Tierney is an active educator. She taught for over a decade at University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.  In her current role as the Vocal Department Head at The Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena she has created a new curriculum for vocalists of all genres.  Tierney has taught and mentored some of music’s finest new generation of singers including Gretchen Parlato and Sara Gazarek. The Tierney Sutton Band is presented by Lakeshore Music. The band features Christian Jacob, piano, Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, bass and Ray Brinker, drums. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website or call 480-350-2822. 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. March 21:  ASU Guest Artist Series: Horn Tuba Duo, DeAunn Davis […]

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Find Tempe venues and plan your event with

Meet In Tempe event venues
March 21, 2016

The Tempe Tourism team and are here to save you time when considering an Arizona destination for your next event or meeting. Find Tempe venues and more with our refreshed, mobile-friendly website. Our site features even more relevant information about Tempe, Arizona and easy-to-use-navigation buttons with links to our most requested services and facts about our city. Tempe is located next to both Phoenix and Scottsdale, making it the perfect place for meetings or events for up to 500 people. Here are the easy-to-use planning resources on Submit an RFP to receive proposals from the right hotels and Tempe and Phoenix event venues. Find the right event services that will make your meeting a success. Find hotels that will create a memorable attendee experience. Find Tempe venues that will bring out the creativity in your Download Tempe’s digital Group Planning Guide as a reference. Share Tempe’s Fact Sheet when selecting your next meeting destination. Contact us and let our professional, friendly team personalize your planning needs for free. Sign up for our eNewsletter and be the first to know what’s happening. What else can I find or do on the meeting planner website? Schedule site inspections. Watch our YouTube video and see why our city is great for meetings. Learn about how easy it is for attendees to get to Tempe with Phoenix Sky Harbor airlift and freeway access. Request inspiring Tempe photos. Become an expert on local public transportation including Valley Metro Rail and PHX Sky Train. Connect with […]

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Date Ideas in Tempe

Pedal Haus Brewery
March 16, 2016

Asking someone out takes a lot of courage. It can be nerve-wracking trying to think of something to say. When it’s all said and done, you have a date all set up (hopefully!). But where do you go? What are you going to do? Here are some fun date ideas of things to do in Tempe that will be hopefully lead to Date # 2. For a lunch or dinner date, there are three places that I love. D’lish (1135 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281) is a great local restaurant that I’m so happy made its way from Scottsdale down here to Tempe.  They feature a variety of healthy, locally grown dishes on their menu.  I’ve been a regular customer for a long time and have yet to find anything on the menu that I didn’t like.  Because they close at 4 p.m., this is the perfect place to grab breakfast or lunch.  If you’re in the mood for some great Italian food –as an Italian, I’m always in this mood – look no further than La Bocca Pizzeria (699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281).  They have a large selection of Italian food from sandwiches to pasta to pizza.  They also have a wide selection wine and other drinks. New to Mill Ave., Cornish Pasty just opened a location on the northeast corner of Mill Ave. and Fifth St. This popular Arizona restaurant gets its name from the pasties that the wives of coal miners from Cornwall would make for their husbands.  They offer […]

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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
March 14, 2016

Tempe’s ASU Gammage presents A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, March 15-20. A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to interrupt the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way.  All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress, who’s after more than just love, his fiancée who is also his cousin and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance and be done in time for tea. For more information and to purchase tickets to A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, 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. March 16: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts March 14: Angels Spring Training: Angels vs. Reds March 15: Angels Spring Training: Angels vs. Mariners Tempe Diablo Stadium March 15-20: A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER ASU Gammage March 16: Art After Work: O’Keeffe’s Calla Lilies Tempe Center for the Arts March 16: Almost Homeless Comedy Tour Tempe Improv March 17: An Evening with the AIGA Madmen Tempe History Museum March 17: ASU Percussion Ensembles Present Rhythmic Variations ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre March 17: Tempe Third Thursday Adventure Run Tempe Marketplace March 17: […]

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St. Patrick’s Day in Tempe

St Patricks Day
March 11, 2016

I love being Irish…even if it’s only for one day. Yes, St. Patrick’s Day 2016 is upon us and Tempe really knows how to celebrate. So, get out your green attire, polish your Irish step dancing shoes and get ready for the big day! Here’s how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tempe. Just remember to have fun, and be responsible — use a cab or public transportation to get around. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Rula Bula Irish Pub!  401 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 929-9500 Any day is a good day to visit Rula Bula, especially when that day is March 17. Throw on your green shirt and accessories and head over to their St. Patrick’s Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Enjoy live music with Trevor Jones, Tommy Rocker, Lily and The Bogmen,Town Lake Pipe Band and Bracken Irish Step Dancers and promotions by Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, Jameson and Tullamore Dew. Cocktail specials and full food menu will be available including Best of Phoenix Fish ‘n Chips and Shepherd’s Pie. And take advantage of the 2 hour free parking in next door lot with customer meter code (ask your server). St. Patrick’s Day at Hackett House 95 W. 4th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-350-8181 Tempe Sister Cities invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish dinner at the Hackett House, located in Downtown Tempe. Tempe Sister Cities brings the Irish spirit to Tempe for the best celebration in town Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 […]

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Enjoy spring with some Tempe outdoor fun

Buttes hiking in Tempe
March 9, 2016

Winter is gone and spring temperatures have sprung here in Tempe, Arizona. It’s time to get outside and enjoy the crisp air and sunshine. Tempe is a great place for outdoor fun in the sun, where you can enjoy everything from hiking, biking and other fun outdoor activities. Hiking Take a hike, literally! Tempe has some of the most picturesque hiking spots in the entire Valley. Sitting at the footsteps of Arizona State University Campus is Downtown Tempe’s very own butte, referred to as “A” Mountain. This hike is great for all skill levels and perfect for the entire family, including your furry friends. Make it to the top and enjoy 360 degree views of Tempe and neighboring cities, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler. On a clear day, you can even see University of Phoenix Stadium out in Glendale. Just north of Downtown Tempe is Papago Park. Papago Park is perfect for those who are adrenaline junkies. Enjoy 10 miles of hiking, biking and running trails. For those who are looking for a more relaxing evening in the Sonoran Desert, enjoy a less strenuous hike up Papago’s Buttes for a perfect sunset hike. Hole in the Rock is a popular spot for many local hikers. This natural formation is easy to hike to and is a great spot to sit down, relax and snap a couple of great pictures. South Mountain Park/Preserve is the largest municipal park in the country, with more than 58 miles of trails. Go for a hike, grab your mountain bike or a […]

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Tempe events: Yanni performs at ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage
March 7, 2016

Legendary composer and performer Yanni and his world renowned orchestra will perform at ASU Gammage on March 11. YANNI’s World Tour features an all new show which includes audience favorites from throughout his career as well as newly reworked arrangements of the classics. Yanni is one of the most recognizable composers and performers of our time and a true global ambassador for peace, compassion and understanding. His music transcends geographical borders and touches people of all races and nations. Yanni has accumulated more than 40 platinum and gold albums, with international sales totaling over 25 million copies. They include the 1997 double-platinum Tribute album, which sold more than a million copies within six weeks of its release and 1994’s Live at the Acropolis, which has sold more than 7.5 million copies worldwide (5 million in North America). He has also earned Grammy nominations for his 1992 album Dare to Dream and the 1993 follow-up, In My Time. For more information and to purchase tickets to Yanni’s performance, visit or call 480-965-3434. 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. March 7: Breaking Benjamin The Marquee March 7: Author Jasmin Singer Changing Hands Bookstore March 7: Angels Spring Training: Angels (SS) vs. White Sox Tempe Diablo Stadium March 9: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts March 9: Angels Spring Training: Angels vs. Dodgers March 10: Angels Spring Training: Angels […]

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