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Tempe events: FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! at ASU Gammage

Rhythmic Circus
November 9, 2015

FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! explodes onto the ASU Gammage stage on November 10. The show is a fun, high energy  mix of funk band, lightning fast tappers, hip hop rhymes and dance, and the unreal sounds of beat boxer Heat Box. The rhythmic percussion of the dancers flows into a competition of speed, sound and volume with Beat Box.  The performers integrate an inventive style of rapid fire tap, shuffle and stomp with multiple musical genres. The result is a wildly creative show that brings audiences around the world to their feet. FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW!s a production of Rhythmic Circus, a troupe of internationally renowned artists based in Minneapolis. Since they began at a small theatre in northeast Minneapolis, they have grown into an international sensation touring to more than 100 cities worldwide. Although the company’s official inception was in 2007, the troupe’s core members have been choreographing and performing together since 2000. For more information about FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW and to purchase tickets, visit ASUGammage.com or call 480-965-3434. Tempe’s calendar is packed with all kinds 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. November 9-14: ASU Homecoming Week, ASU Tempe Campus November 10: Godsmack, The Marquee November 10: Rhythmic Circus – FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW!, ASU Gammage November 11: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA, Tempe Center for the Arts November 11: The Veterans of Comedy, Tempe Improv November […]

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Spend the 2015 Holiday Season in Tempe, Arizona

November 9, 2015

In my opinion, Tempe, Arizona is one of the best spots to get in the holiday spirit. There are all kinds of fun festive events this holiday season worth checking out. Below are just a few suggestions for holiday events in Tempe, but there are lots more to check out on the Tempe Tourism events page. Whether you are looking for a fun date night idea, or fun for the whole family, spending the holiday season in Tempe offers endless possibilities. Hackett House 95 W. 4th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 / (480) 350-8181 hacketthouse.org The Hackett House is a Tempe historical landmark specializing in one-of-a-kind treasures, afternoon teas, cooking classes and Chocolate Happy Hour. This season, their holiday-themed tea parties are fun for both adults and kiddos. Nutcracker Children’s Tea – November 22 / 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. / Register online Hackett House partners with the Southwest Ballet Youth Company to present a fun and interactive children’s event. This “Nutcracker” themed tea event with costumed dancers will delight any participant. Delicious sweets and other treats will be served.  Additionally, The Story Lady will add even more excitement to the event. Costumes are encouraged! Holiday Tea – December 12 / 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. / Register online Bask in those last minutes of tranquility before the holiday season gets even more hectic with a quiet afternoon of sipping tea. Holiday Boutique – Friday, December 4 to Saturday, December 5 / 11:00am – 5:00pm Held during the Tempe Arts Festival, see […]

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Tempe Fun Before, During and After Ironman Arizona

November 5, 2015

Ironman Arizona is just days away – set for Sunday, November 15, 2015! The athletes are starting to arrive in preparation for this intense and inspiring event, featuring a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a complete marathon (26.2 miles) all in succession. This race is truly is sight to behold – awe-inspiring, emotional and spectacular all at once. Tempe is ready and waiting to host Ironman athletes and their friends and family while visiting lovely Tempe for the race. Friends and families who come to cheer on their athlete can enjoy the great weather by strolling the shops in Downtown Tempe or Tempe Marketplace, enjoying an urban hike up “A” Mountain, taking a bike ride or seeing one of the many exhibits on display at the ASU Art Museum. Outdoor shopping: Located just steps from the race epicenter, Downtown Tempe offers fun and unique shops to check out in addition to a plethora of dining options. From yummy low-key pizza and sandwiches, to upscale dining, to craft beer and the local bar scene, Downtown Tempe has it all. The bustling downtown has every meal covered so you’re never going to go hungry here. And for a fun date night or family night out, you can’t go wrong with Tempe Marketplace. This vibrant, high-energy outdoor setting offers both retail therapy and excellent dining options. You’ll find big box stores, such as Target and Nordstrom Rack, and smaller specialty shops as well. Be sure to check out the live music scene on Friday […]

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Tempe events: Chilies & Chocolate Fall Festival

Chiles and Chocolate Festival at Desert Botanical Garden
November 2, 2015

Indulge in plenty of your favorite food group—chocolate—with a bit of heat at the Desert Botanical Garden’s annual Chilies and Chocolate Fall Festival from November 6 through 8. This is a chocoholic’s paradise, a chili lover’s heaven and a guaranteed sublimely good time. Sample your way through the best chilies and chocolates, salsas and other Southwestern favorites. Add a little more zest to your chocolate/chili lovin’ experience and order a chocolate or spicy cucumber martini (or both) at the cash bar. Enjoy music while you’re munching with tunes spun by DJ Seduce all three days and additional performances each day featuring Latin, Brazilian and Spanish dance by Stilo Dance Company, Axe Folclorico and Yumi La Rosa live on Boppart Courtyard. Visit the Desert Botanical Garden’s website for more information and the complete Chilies and Chocolate Fall Festival Schedule. 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. November 2: Tempe Winds: A Salute to America, Tempe Center for the Arts November 3-8: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ASU Gammage November 4: Arizona Wind Symphony: A Decade of Remembrance: Conflicts & Exploration of the ’60s, Tempe Center for the Arts November 4: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA, Tempe Center for the Arts November 4: SOJA, The Marquee November 4: PROJECT Trio and Simply Three in Concert, ASU Katzin Concert Hall November 5: Key Lewis, Tempe Improv November 5: Carmiel Banasky: The Suicide of Claire Bishop and Orlando […]

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Crepe Bar in Tempe – c’est magnifique!

Crepe Bar Tempe AZ
October 29, 2015

I once spent an entire summer in Paris. I learned French, saw all the sites, sat in cafes and ate lots and lots of crepes! There’s almost nothing better than a delicate, delicious homemade crepe – in my opinion anyways. And when I’m in the mood for crepes to bring back memories of Paris, I head to the Crepe Bar in Tempe, located on the NW corner of Rural Rd. and Elliot Rd. This quaint little neighborhood spot, open for breakfast and lunch, is a real gem. The menu offers a variety of savory and sweet crepes, and a few other options for those who don’t love crepes (who are these people?!?). From pork belly to basil chicken to chorizo to vegetarian, there’s a savory crepe that will entice just about anyone. I ordered the veggie crepe, which came stuffed with eggplant, sweet potato and zucchini. The crepe itself was so completely yummy that I could have eaten it on it’s own. On top was a piece of toasted cheese…yum. The locally sourced ingredients change depending on what’s in season. My lunch dates ordered the buckwheat chorizo crepe, the basil chicken crepe and the grilled cheese sandwich (on a toasted baguette). Everyone commented on the rich flavor of their dishes, and there was little left on any of our plates when we were done! Since our tummies were more than satisfied from our lunch crepes, we decided on ordering one sweet crepe to share between the four of us. This worked out perfectly. The […]

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Enjoy a taste of Italy at these Tempe Italian restaurants

Tempe Italian Restaurants (Caffe Boa)
October 26, 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. 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! 1850 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 – Located on Warner Rd. and McClintock Dr. (480) 899-1111 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 […]

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Tempe events: Dia de los Muertos at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden Dia de los Muertos
October 26, 2015

Celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead at Desert Botanical Garden this weekend. The whole family will enjoy the two day festival filled with music, dance and storytelling that explores the beauty and symbols of this special holiday. This colorful tradition, celebrated throughout the American Southwest, Latin America, and Mexico, honors departed loved ones in a festive setting. Enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, creating and adding flowers to the Community Altar and browsing the Mercado filled with art, jewelry and other wares. At the end of each day everyone can join in La Procesión which is based on the ancient tradition of marching as a community to burial sites in order to honor those who have passed on. At the Garden, guests and costumed performers will march in festive procession to remember their loved ones.  La Procesión concludes each evening with performances and a traditional burning of penas (sorrows). You can celebrate Dia de los Muretos at Desert Botanical Garden on October 31 and November 1. For a complete schedule of Dia de los Muertos events, visit the Desert Botanical Garden website. Tempe’s calendar is packed with exciting events. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. October 26: Days of Our Lives 50 Years, Changing Hands Bookstore October 26: The Addicts; October 27: Allen Stone; October 28: GWAR, The Marquee October 28: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA, Tempe Center for the Arts October 28: ASU […]

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Here’s what’s up at the ASU Art Museum this fall

Statement Piece: Erik Gronborg and Ehren Tool
October 22, 2015

Fall has finally arrived with crisp temperatures (at least first thing in the morning) and a bunch of new, crisp arts and culture programs and events including ASU Art Museum’s fall exhibitions. The ASU Art Museum and Ceramic Research Center & Brickyard Gallery are known for their thought provoking programs and multimedia exhibitions that address complex contemporary issues. Exhibitions most often defy what many of us might define as art. I keep this in mind as I browse the museum’s galleries. I just go with the flow and become immersed in the intent and content of the exhibitions. However, a little help in understanding the exhibitions from those in the know never hurts. This help comes with gallery talks and #ThirdWednesday Tours with the museum’s curators. They provide the inside scoop on the making of the exhibition and stories behind the art. Participants are encouraged to share pictures on social media platforms. The free half hour tours are offered the third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. The ASU Art Museum is located in the Nelson Fine Arts Center on the southeast corner of Mill Ave. and 10th Street. The ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center & Brickyard Gallery is located in Downtown Tempe at 699 Mill Ave., Suite 108.  Hours for both are Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Wednesday–Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. Here’s a glimpse of what’s on view at the ASU Art Museum right now. Found(ing) Story: The Oliver B. James Collection […]

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Tempe events: The Smartest Girl in the World at TCA

Smartest Girl in The World
October 19, 2015

Childsplay opens the world premiere of The Smartest Girl in the World at the Tempe Center for the Arts on October 25. This heartfelt, warm and witty play by Miriam Gonzales tells the story of Leo and Lizzy Martinez, latch-key children of hardworking parents. Leo is convinced that winning a local TV quiz show and becoming “the smartest kids in the world” can really turn things around for their family. When their parents refuse to let Leo compete in the show, Lizzy is determined to find a way to rescue their plan and see it through. The Smartest Girl in the World takes a look at the bonds of family and the keys to facing life’s challenges together. The Smartest Girl in the World will be on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts from October 25 through November 22. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website or call (480) 350-2822. Tempe’s calendar is jam-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. October 20: Performance with a View: ASU Voice Students of Anne Kopta, Tempe Center for the Arts October 20: ASU Barrett Choir, Gospel Choir and Choral Union Choral Festival: A World of Music, Tempe Center for the Arts October 20-November 8: The Book of Mormon, ASU Gammage October 21: ASU Fall Choral Festival: Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus and Concert Choir, Tempe Center for the Arts October 21: […]

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Riding the Valley Metro Rail to Tempe

Metro Light Rail in Tempe
October 15, 2015

Recently, I took a ride on Valley Metro Rail and the PHX Sky Train to the airport.  And what I discovered was just how easy it is to get around Tempe, Phoenix and the neighboring cities without a car. Tempe is just a quick 10 minute commute from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). We departed from the Tempe Tourism Office one morning, paid for our light rail boarding passes (just $4.00 for an all-day pass), and waited at the Third St/Mill Ave light rail stop. The light rail arrived, and I was impressed by how quickly and efficiently the passengers boarded the train. Before I knew it, we were gliding away from Mill Avenue towards the airport. The light rail has 28 stops along its transportation loop, stretching from 19th Avenue and Montebello in Phoenix to Mesa Drive and Main Street in Mesa. There are maps near the train doors with route information, which was very helpful for me as a first-time passenger. I watched the scenery fly by outside of my window, and I realized that you get to see the valley in a whole new way; I was able to relax and enjoy the trip. We stepped off the light rail at the stop on 44th and Washington and transferred to the PHX Sky Train to arrive in Terminal 4 at the airport. The PHX Sky Train is free, offering transportation to and from the Valley Metro Rail at 44th and Washington streets and terminals 2, 3 and 4. Our […]

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