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Tempe events: Ballet, Belly & Balkan at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 10, 2015

Tempe events feature ballet and belly dancing and Balkan music at the Tempe Center for the Arts. On August 15, world renowned belly dancer Ranya Renee and guests from throughout the Southwest will perform diverse and dynamic styles of belly dance, folkloric, modern and fusion. One of New York City’s leading Egyptian-style dancer-instructors, Ranya performs and teaches internationally. Convergence Ballet Company is the Valley’s own summer professional ballet company. Convergence will present Metempsychosis, featuring original works by choreographers Daniel Marshalsay, Thom Dancy, and Kevin Jenkins on August 15 and 16. On August 16, experience the energetic Fly by Balkan Carpet with the Trio Balkan Strings featuring Zoran Starcevic & Sons performing their original guitar music in Balkan Jazz style. Their music is a fusion of musical cultures including Serbian, Gypsy, Macedonian, Romanian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Mediterranean, Greek and Oriental. It also combines a mix of musical genres including jazz, swing, ethno and classical Don’t miss their trademark performance of six hands playing on one guitar! For more information and to purchase tickets to all three performances, visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website or call 480-350-2822. Take a refreshing break from the summer heat and attend these entertaining and cool arts and cultural events in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. August 13: Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Marquee Theatre August 13-15: Jon Reep, Tempe Improv August 14: hello FRIDAY, Tempe Center for the Arts August 14: Lifelong Learning Speaker Series: […]

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Getting to Tempe is Easy for Arizona Group Travel

Metro Light Rail in Tempe
August 7, 2015

Tempe, Arizona is located just four miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It’s easy for meeting attendees to get to Tempe and this classic college town is full of activity year round. With all the meeting spaces, local eateries, full service and limited service hotels, and things to do, Tempe is an excellent choice for Arizona group travel. And Tempe’s location makes it easy for meeting planners who want to boost attendance at their next event, while minimizing transportation planning hassles, headaches and costs. Is airlift important when planning your next meeting? Phoenix has a lower domestic itinerary fare than the U.S. average, and flights from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport travel to 80 domestic locations and 20 international locations. PHX has nonstop flights from many major cities like Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, El Paso, Cleveland, Portland and many more. Check out the full list of all 80 nonstop flights. This makes it quite convenient and inexpensive to get to Tempe, even for an international group. Flight time examples: New York City to Tempe, expect about a 4 hour and 40 minute flight. Seattle to Tempe is about 2 ½ hours. Chicago to Tempe is about 3 hours and 20 minutes. Getting from the airport to Tempe is more convenient than ever! At the airport, the PHX Sky Train runs 24 hours a day and connects people to or from Terminals 3 and 4 and the 44th Street and Washington light rail stop. The METRO light rail line transports […]

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Shopping for ASU Fan Gear

Cactus Sports Mill Avenue
August 5, 2015

If you want to support and celebrate our local Arizona State University Sun Devils, your stay in Tempe won’t be complete until you shop for ASU fan gear. If you cruise through Downtown Tempe, you’ll find several spots with ASU apparel and merchandise. You can also venture onto the ASU Tempe Campus to check out where students shop for gear along with their books and supplies for school. Here in Tempe, maroon and gold aren’t just ASU colors—they are symbols of influence, history and a way of life. Cactus Sports 514 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 480-894-1278 ASU fans can find this Sun Devil haven among the restaurants and entertainment in Downtown Tempe. Cactus Sports offers men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories as well as home goods. Pick up a pitchfork-themed onesie for a little one, or grab a key chain to forever remind you of your trip to Tempe. Sun Devil Campus Stores 525 E. Orange St., Tempe, AZ 85287 480-965-3191 Would you like to explore the Arizona State University Tempe Campus? Do you want to shop where thousands of students shop from August to May? Then the Sun Devil Campus Store will be a great stop for you. Travel through the campus to purchase an ASU flash drive on a key ring, or even a traditional foam hand or school t-shirt. This location also offers dorm necessities if you happen to have a Sun Devil family member or friend living on campus. Get ready for a massive selection of […]

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Tempe events: Five nights of comedy at the Tempe Improv

Tempe Improv
August 3, 2015

Tempe events include five nights of great stand-up comedy at the Tempe Improv  snap you out of your summer funk. You can laugh your doldrums away from Wednesday right on through the weekend. On Wednesday you can see Anthony Padilla who is one half of the YouTube comedy duo Smosh and costar of the just released Mosh: The Movie.  Chris Porter, who finished in third place on the season four of “Last Comic Standing,” will perform on Thursday and Friday.  Comedian, actor, writer and producer Whitney Cummings will be on stage for two performances on Saturday. On Sunday six divine drag divas, Luna Love St James, Savannah Stevens, Adriana Galliano, Saellah V, Apollo Tobias and Coco St James, will entertain with their impersonations of your favorite female singers.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Tempe Improv website. Take a revitalizing break from the summer blahs by attending these entertaining and cool arts and cultural events in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. August 4-9: Hiroshima Calling 2015 Poster Exhibit, Tempe History Museum August 5: Anthony Padilla, Tempe Improv August 6-7: Chris Porter, Tempe Improv August 7: Hiroshima Calling 2015 Special Evening, Tempe History Museum August 7: Finally Friday: Cottonwood Stone, Tempe Center for the Arts August 7: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Tony Vicich Birthday Bash, Tempe Center for the Arts August 7-8: The Cosmonauts Sketch Comedy Show, Tempe Center for the Arts August 7: Trevor Douglas; Los Guys […]

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Top 6 Outdoor Things To Do in Tempe

August 1, 2015

It’s about that time in Tempe where the weather is beckoning me outside! I want to shop, eat, walk, play and relax in the sunny Arizona climate! Here is my top 6 list of fun things to do in Tempe that are all outside: 1. Shop at Tempe Marketplace – This outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment hub is great for window shopping, listening to live music and strolling under the misters. There are several restaurants that offer outdoor dining such as California Pizza Kitchen, Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill, Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Bar Louie and more. I also love going to the free live music concerts that take place every Friday and Saturday night at the District Stage, located in the heart of Tempe Marketplace – loads of fun and always a seat open! 2. Stroll Through Downtown Tempe – fun shops, unique restaurants, cool public art and nearby outdoor activities makes Downtown Tempe one of my favorite spots to enjoy the Arizona weather. There’s lots to choose from for dining “al fresco.” The House of Tricks, Z’Tejas Southwest Grill, La Bocca Pizzeria  and Rula Bula are just a few of my regular spots to enjoy a delicious meal in an amazing outdoor patio atmosphere. 3. See the Animals at the Phoenix Zoo – The Phoenix Zoo is exciting every time I go. My niece and nephew love this zoo and are entertained from the moment they enter. Exhibits that I can’t miss are the Orangutans, Monkey Village and Sting Ray Bay. If you get to Sting Ray Bay at […]

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Get fashionable at these Downtown Tempe boutique shops 

here on the corner
July 28, 2015

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness definitely didn’t go shopping in Downtown Tempe. I always find something cute and affordable, whether I am shopping for something causal, a party or for work. Downtown Tempe is one of the best places to shop in the Valley. With over 100 restaurants, business and shops, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. If you’re shopping for something unique, here are some of the best Downtown Tempe boutique shops the city has to offer. Divaz Boutique Divaz Boutique is an exclusive shop that started down south near the University of Arizona. As this store quickly gained popularity among college students, it ventured its way up to the better college town, right here in Tempe, AZ. Divaz Botique features high quality fashion from clothing and swimwear, to shoes and accessories. Their moto, “buy cheap on the trend and splurge on the staple,” perfectly describes the range of products that they offer. From those on a budget to those looking for a quality product, Divaz Boutique has everything to offer. 516 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 968-1783 Pitaya Pitaya is a store that you will rarely walk out empty handed. They have endless amounts clothes perfect for a casual day at school or a night out on the town. They continuously restock their merchandise with new, trendy products every week. This fashion hot spot is affordable for any price range and all clothes are even made here in the USA. 524 S. Mill Ave., […]

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Tempe events: Jimmy Carter at Changing Hands

Changing Hands Bookstore
July 27, 2015

Tempe events include Jimmy Carter at Changing Hands Bookstore this Friday, July 31. The 39th President of the United States and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize will visit Changing Hands to sign his memoir, A Full Life. At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life. The former President describes his youth in rural Georgia and the racism and isolation of his family, the profound influence his mother had on him, and his admiration for his father. He admits that he decided to quit the Navy and later enter politics without consulting his wife, Rosalynn, and how appalled he is in retrospect. He addresses the brutality of the hazing regimen at Annapolis, and how he nearly lost his life twice serving on submarines. He also talks about his amazing interview with Admiral Rickover. Jimmy Carter served as President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 1982, he and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including An Hour before Daylight; Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid and Our Endangered Values. Take a refreshing break from the heat and attend these entertaining and cool arts and cultural events in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. July 28: Social Distortion, Marquee Theatre July 28: Susan Southard: Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, Changing Hands Bookstore July […]

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Fun and Unique Vintage Stores in Tempe

Buffalo Exchange in Tempe, AZ.
July 24, 2015

On the hunt for that perfect, unique one-of-a-kind shirt, necklace or lamp? Or maybe you’re tired of seeing yourself coming and going because everyone you know shops at the same stores where you shop? Look no further than one of the many vintage stores in Tempe! I like to take my time when exploring vintage clothing and furniture stores – you never know what you will find. Check out this list of favorites in Tempe. Buffalo Exchange –  227 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 968-2557 Buffalo Exchange, located a few blocks away from Downtown Tempe and ASU, features a wide range of men’s and women’s clothing in styles from trendy to designer and everyday basics. You will find everything from mid-level designers to department store brands. Hipsters, bargain hunters, vintage cravers and trend following junkies will be happy as clams here. Rag-O-Rama – 601 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 664-7578 Just a hop, skip and jump away from the Arizona State University Tempe Campus, Rag-O-Rama has a youthful vibe featuring vintage, alternative and hipster clothing and accessories that are both new and gently used. It has a great variety to choose from and a noteworthy selection of costumes as well. Rocket Resale –  23 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 (480) 967-2744 If your style includes punk, rockabilly, pinup, alternative or retro, you’ll love Rocket Resale. Located on the corner of southwest corner of Mill Ave. and Southern Ave., this shop offers excellent customer service and the […]

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Cult Classics AZ bring favorites back to the big screen

Cult Classics is at Pollack Cinemas in Tempe, AZ.
July 23, 2015

Pollack Tempe Cinemas, located on the southeast corner of McClintock Dr. and Elliot Rd., at 1825 E. Elliot Rd., is a locally owned-movie theater in south Tempe. Once inside, you can’t help but notice that it’s a bit of a quirky place. There are a lot of photographs on the walls, featuring scenes from classic films. A distinguishing feature are the life-size mannequins of movie characters along the perimeter of one of the walls. Besides showing recent movies for just $3 per ticket, Pollack Tempe Cinemas also happens to be the home to Cult Classics AZ. Cult Classics, founded in 2011, is a monthly film series that brings classic films and cult favorites back to the big screen in Tempe, AZ. Every month, they feature a different film. Some of the films they’ve shown in the past include Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, The Goonies, Pulp Fiction and The Shining. Cult Classics has been recognized with the Phoenix New Times “Best of Phoenix Award” twice (2012 & 2014). The next movie they’ll be presenting is The Last Starfighter, scheduled to be shown on August 22, 2015. Unlike most other movie theaters, Cult Classics is really fan interactive. They create a commemorative print and t-shirt for whatever movie is being shown, so when you buy your ticket(s), you can include one or both in your purchase if you want. They also have giveaways before the movie, which usually include copies of the film, gift cards and t-shirts from Zia Records. Everyone […]

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Health and Fitness Options in Tempe, AZ

July 20, 2015

Good health is something that we all need to thrive and grow personally and professionally. When I think about health, I think of three basic components—fitness, relaxation and nutrition. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to improve your personal fitness in Tempe, AZ. Here are just a few of our favorite places to get active and recuperate. Yoga to the People – 117 E. 5th St., Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281 480-719-0019 Yoga is the first activity that I think of for fitness, especially since it can help improve flexibility, endurance, core strength, and even their breathing. Luckily, Tempe is home of Yoga to the People, a yoga studio that offers a wide array of time/day slots for Vinyasa flow style yoga classes. This type of class will get you moving continually with an emphasis on optimum breathing. What’s more is that the classes are donation-based, with a suggested donation of $10 per class. Mat rental is just $2. The low cost gives the studio a welcoming feel, and it is sure to inspire anyone to begin or continue their yoga practice with a smile on their face. Sumits Yoga – 920 E. University Dr., Suite 106, Tempe, AZ 85281 480-584-3388 Newly opened Sumits Yoga in Tempe is a yoga studio that offers 60 minute hot yoga classes for people of all ages and all levels of yoga familiarity. Not only does Sumits focus on the benefits of stretching the body and improving flexibility and muscle tone, but the instructors […]

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