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Tempe Events: PerÔ, Or the Mysteries of the Night

Perô Tim Velraeds foto Dirk Buwalda
January 15, 2016

Childsplay presents PerÔ, Or the Mysteries of the Night, January 24-February 7.  Told with puppets, music and magic, this visually beautiful play tells the story of Perô, a baker in a small town in Italy who has loved his neighbor Colombina, the washer woman, since they were in school. Unfortunately, Colombina is clueless. Every day, Perô looks longingly at Colombina, and waits for a chance to tell her how he feels. He never does and Colombina falls in love with the loudmouthed painter Paletino who has swept her off her feet with his colourful songs and zest for life. Heartbroken, Perô refuses to bake bread anymore. The bakery closes due to his lovesickness. Meanwhile Colombina discovers that her new prince charming might not be all that he’s cracked up to be. Will Perô ever get a chance to tell Colombina how he feels? PerÔ, Or the Mysteries of the Night is a visually electrifying experience for audiences of all ages. Performances take place on Saturday and Sunday from January 24-February 6.  For more information and to purchase tickets call 480-350-2822 or visit international collaboration brings the award-winning artistic team from Speeltheater Holland back to Childsplay for an unforgettable new production. Tempe’s calendar for the week of January 18-24, 2016 is crammed with exciting events. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. January 19: Never Shout Never, The Marquee January 20: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA, Tempe Center for the Arts […]

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Apache Blvd. offers an authentic culinary adventure

Oasis Bakery and Cuisine
January 14, 2016

When I’m hungry for some fragrant, savory, spicy and delicious Middle Eastern/ Mediterranean and Asian food, I know where to go—Apache Boulevard in Tempe. I don’t have to venture very far to find mighty fine falafel, curry or couscous. Apache Boulevard is a veritable spice trail of flavorful food finds all clustered between Rural and Price Roads, close to Arizona State University (ASU).  All are family owned and have been in business for many years. The menus are authentic and loaded with dishes that are rich in both flavor and tradition. Have your hummus and hookah too at Café Istanbul & Market. It’s also one of just a few Middle Eastern restaurants that offer a lunch buffet, which is great if you want to sample several dishes at once. Buffet items vary so you never know what you’ll find. I like that element of surprise and am more likely to try something new. Hookah enthusiasts can partake outside on the patio. There’s also a well-stocked Middle Eastern hookah store adjoining the restaurant. 1310 E Apache Blvd. Tempe, AZ 85281 480-731-9499 Haji Baba is located across the street from Café Istanbul. Haji Baba is both a Middle Eastern restaurant and grocery store. It’s not about the décor, which is basic, but comfortable.  It is, however, all about the food which is always delicious. I’m sure everything on the menu is yummy, but I don’t deviate from the chicken shawarma or the gyro platters. The meats are so good. The hummus is […]

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Tempe events: IF/THEN at ASU Gammage

If/Then at ASU Gammage
January 11, 2016

This week you can see Idina Menzel at ASU Gammage reprise her critically-acclaimed performance as Elizabeth in IF/THEN, a role and a Broadway musical written specifically for her. IF/THEN is a deeply moving story with unforgettable songs by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal. It follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in that city of infinite possibilities.  Elizabeth’s carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate and her life splits into two parallel paths. IF/THEN follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. The production also features Tony Award-winner LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once on This Island), Anthony Rapp (Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and James Snyder (Cry-Baby, Rock of Ages).  All were members of the original Broadway cast of If/Then. Idina Menzel’s is known as the voice of Queen Elsa and for the song “Let it Go” in the Disney film Frozen. Before Frozen, she was firmly established as one of Broadway’s top stars, winning a Tony Award nomination for her role as Maureen the original cast of Rent in 1994. In 2004 she won the Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in Wicked. In 2014 she received her third Tony Award nomination for her role as Elizabeth in If/Then. She also had a reoccurring role in the TV series Glee. IF/THEN […]

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Enjoy a taste of Italy at these Tempe Italian restaurants

Tempe Italian Restaurants (Caffe Boa)
January 11, 2016

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. Rigatony’s Authentic Italian Restaurant: If your in the mood for a big Italian family dinner, look no further than Rigatony’s. My family has celebrated many birthdays and celebrations here, and every time we full and happy. The best dish on the menu, in my opinion, is the RigaTony — rigatony pasta baked in a rich mozzarella sauce, topped with a garlic-spike marinara and your choice of Italian sausage (my favorite), meatballs, chicken or steamed broccoli. Yum! The portions are large and great for sharing. RigaTony’s offers a robust kids menu too, so bring the kids! (480) 899-1111 – 1850 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 – Warner Rd. and McClintock Dr. Riazzi’s Italian Garden: Riazzi’s has been a staple of the Valley’s food scene since the 1940s when, back in the day, it was one of a handful of Italian restaurants in the Valley. Originally located in Phoenix, it’s been in the current location on Mill Avenue in Tempe for several years and continues to be a favorite among locals. Expect  cozy […]

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Tempe events – Superfake/The Parley opening reception

ASU Art Museum
January 4, 2016

Meet the artists at the Superflex: Superfake/The Parley opening reception at the ASU Art Museum on Friday, January 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. This intriguing new exhibition takes the form of an experimental laboratory or studio, and features new images, video and sculptural works by the Danish artist collective Superflex. The commissioned project takes a painting in the ASU Art Museum collection attributed to Frederic Remington as a starting point to examine issues of authenticity, reproduction and value, including the emotional value of an artwork.  Superflex: Superfake/The Parley will be on display through April 30, 2016. For more information on this and other ASU Art Museum exhibitions, call 480-965-2787 or visit Tempe greets the New Year with an exciting array of events. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. January 4-10: Zoolights, Phoenix Zoo January 6: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA, Tempe Center for the Arts January 7-10: Russell Peters, Tempe Improv January 8: Superflex: Superfake/The Parley Opening Reception, ASU Art Museum January 8: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Class Clowns, Tempe Center for the Arts January 8-10: 2016 College Football Playoff Fan Central, Phoenix Convention Center January 10: Out of Hand, Tempe Center for the Arts January 11: ASU Faculty and Guest Artist Series: Sarita Uranovsky, Violin and Andrew Campbell, Piano, Katzin Concert Hall January 11: 2016 College Football National Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium  

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Tempe events: Downtown Tempe New Year’s Eve Party

New Years Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue
December 21, 2015

Welcome 2016 at the New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe. Country singer/songwriter Chase Rice will perform on the main stage. Other highlights include 18 bars, DJs and  a confetti blast and fireworks shot from “A” Mountain at midnight. Additionally, several merchants will host their own parties with live music and specials. Gates open at 7 p.m. and close at 2 a.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and may be purchased on line until December 31. On December 31 tickets may be purchased online and at the gate for $15. Visit the New Year’s Eve Block Party website for updates and to purchase advance tickets Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. December 21-January 10: Zoolights, Phoenix Zoo December 23, 26-31: Las Noches de las Luminarias, Desert Botanical Garden December 26: Black Label Society, The Marquee December 26: Narcoleptic Spiders, Tempe Marketplace District Stage December 26:  Grady Soiné, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain December 26-27: Derek Hughes from America’s Got Talent, Tempe Improv December 26-27: Childsplay: A Year with Frog and Toad, Tempe Center for the Arts December 28: Tempe Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert, Tempe Center for the Arts  December 31: Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, The Marquee December 31: New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue, Downtown Tempe December 31-January 2: Christopher Titus, The Improv December 31: Sing in the New Year with Walt Richardson, Friends & Family, Tempe Center for the Arts  January 1: Darkness […]

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Restaurants in Tempe with great patios

Culinary Dropout Tempe
December 17, 2015

Cooler weather, boots, and a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks is all it takes to get me into the fall spirit. Being born and raised in Arizona, you learn to appreciate the little things when it comes to the start of fall. This time of year, Tempe is a perfect destination for outdoor dining. There is nothing better than enjoying a delicious meal and wonderful weather, all at the same time. Check out these restaurants in Tempe that have great patios to jumpstart your fall dining experience. House of Tricks 114 E. 7th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 / (480) 968-1114 You could go to House of Tricks for their patio alone, but it’s the amazing food that will keep you coming back again and again. This legendary Tempe restaurant is located in two side by side historic cottages and most of the tables are located among beautiful plants and trees in their courtyard. They feature “hours of tranquility” at their outdoor bar instead of just your run of the mill happy hour. Their contemporary American menu changes seasonally and their wine list is one of the best around. Postino Annex 615 S. College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 / (480) 927-1111 In the shadow of Sun Devil Stadium lies one of the newest restaurants to hit Tempe, Postino Annex. This local wine café started back in 2001 with a passion for unique wines and simple delicious food. Each of the four Postino locations has been preserved from historical landmarks from the surrounding neighborhoods, […]

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Tempe events: The Forgotten Carols at ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage
December 14, 2015

ASU Gammage presents The Forgotten Carols starring Michael McLean, on Sunday, December 20. The Forgotten Carols is the story of Constance, a rigid yet competent nurse who’s too practical to be bothered by Christmas. During the holidays, she’s assigned to care for John, an aged gentleman with alleged psychiatric tendencies. She discovers that he is nothing like the senile crazy person she expected. In time, John breaks through Constance’s iron-clad exterior as he takes her through the untold carols of the more “forgotten” characters in the Christmas story and guides the young nurse to the Christmas carol waiting to be sung inside her own heart. The Forgotten Carols is a heartwarming Christmas concert that’s ideal for the whole family. For more information and to purchase tickets call (480) 965-3434 or visit Tempe’s calendar is packed with exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. December 14: The 1975, The Marquee December 14-January 10: Zoolights, Phoenix Zoo December 16-23, 26-31: Las Noches de las Luminarias, Desert Botanical Garden December 17-20: John Caparulo, Tempe Improv December 17-20: Stray Cat Theatre Presents Heathers: The Musical, Tempe Center for the Performing Arts December 18: Hello Friday, Tempe Center for the Arts December 18: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Jon Jesmer, Tempe Center for the Arts December 18: LELEA and 3Nations; December 19: Matt Kahler, Tempe Marketplace District Stage December 18: The Sink or Swim, December 19: Ben Scolaro, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble […]

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Holiday Menus and Craft Cocktails in Tempe

Gertrudes Tundra
December 11, 2015

With the holiday season upon us, now’s the perfect time to seek out special holiday menus and craft cocktails to get in the festive mood! Here are just a few of the Tempe restaurants offering special holiday menus and/or holiday drinks. Be sure to stop by to enjoy these libations before the New Year! Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe – 149 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 Warm up from the chilly winter weather with Culinary Dropout’s holiday Christmas Whiskey. On tap at the Tempe location, the Christmas Whiskey consists of Jameson Irish Whiskey, infused with toasted cinnamon sticks and Madagascar vanilla. Culinary Dropout’s Green Apple Crusta is another must try. This craft cocktail is a modern take on the traditional brandy crusta, infusing brandy with green apple for 48 hours, lending it a fruity and sharp bite that’s rounded off by a cinnamon sugar rim with a thinly sliced apple peel wrapped around the interior of the glass. For those who are curious, a Crusta is a type a classic brandy cocktail created in the 1850s. The crust refers to the sugar rim on the cocktail glass. Yum. While you’re there enjoying your holiday drink, sit, relax and enjoy some yummy food and a game of corn-hole. Rustler’s Rooste – 8383 S 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85044 Rustler’s Rooste, one of the valley’s best restaurants for food and views, has a special holiday menu offering traditional favorites, just like mom used to make. They’ll be open Christmas Day from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. with country music from 4 […]

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Tempe events: Las Noches de las Luminarias

Las Noches de Las Luminarias
December 7, 2015

Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden is a favorite annual tradition that locals and visitors look forward to during the Holiday season. From now through December 31, the Garden’s lovely paths are aglow with more than 8,000 lighted luminaria bags and the trees sparkle with thousands of tiny white lights.  Walk the paths with warm cup of cider and you’ll hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, Mariachis and Dickens carolers singing and other musicians performing throughout the Garden. You can also enjoy a fantastic holiday buffet served in Dorrance Hall or Southwestern favorites at the Patio Café.  This year, you’ll also be treated to the vibrant works of art in the Bruce Monroe: Sonoran Light exhibition on display in the Garden. Tempe’s calendar is packed with exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. December 7-January 10: Zoolights, Phoenix Zoo December 8: ASU Community Flute Ensemble with Elizabeth Buck, Tempe Center for the Arts December 8: Free Organ Concert, ASU Gammage December 10-13: Damon Wayans, Tempe Improv December 10-20: Stray Cat Theatre presents Heathers: The Musical, Tempe Center for the Performing Arts December 10-13, 16-23, 26-31: Las Noches de las Luminarias, Desert Botanical Garden December 11: Hello Friday, Tempe Center for the Arts December 11: Guitarras Latinas; December 12: Eric and the Dominoes, Tempe Marketplace District Stage December 11: Brenna Stilwell; December 12: Mark Weeter, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain December 11-12: Vega […]

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