Tempe events-live music at Tempe Marketplace

Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

You’ll find plenty to do in Tempe this week. including some special mid-week music and magic at Tempe Marketplace. Check out this huge list. Visit the Tempe Tourism Office Calendar of Events, or call 480-894-8158 to view a complete listing of Tempe events.

Live Music  at Tempe Marketplace

Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe events this week – The Cat in the Hat at the TCA

Childsplay presents Cat in the Hat at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Childsplay presents Cat in the Hat at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Childsplay will have some hilarious hi-jinks happening on stage this Sunday with the opening of The Cat in the Hat on Sunday, January 26.  At some point in your life, you’ve most likely read this time honored Dr. Seuss classic. Now you can watch it unfold on stage. And who better  to do that than Childsplay, Tempe’s award-winning professional theatre for families?

Cat and the Hat is a tale about one rainy afternoon in the lives of Sally and her brother. Their mother steps out and the cat in a tall, red-and-white-striped hat steps in. The mischievous cat turns a normal afternoon into a topsy turvy time for Sally and her brother and some action-packed fun for the Childsplay audience.

Cat in the Hat will be on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts from January 26-March 16. Performances are on Saturdays at 1 and 4 p.m. and on Sundays at 4 p.m.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=2302.

You’ll find plenty to do in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events visit the Tempe Tourism Office Calendar of Events, or call 480-894-8158.


Tempe events this week – Wind down at TCA’s Finally Friday

With the holiday hustle bustle finished, I’m  good and ready for some post-holiday R & R. I can think of no better way to relax and re-wind that at the Tempe Center for the Arts’ (TCA) Finally Friday series.

Finally Friday brings local singer-songwriters who have performed at the TCA’s Songwriters’ Showcase series. This week’s singer/songwriter is Blaine Long.  I wasn’t  familiar with him, so I went to his website and was pleased with what I heard. His music is kind of folk/American roots. He has a nice voice and I really like his guitar strumming style. Blaine  also has a real pleasant manner and I suspect that he connects right away with his audience.

Yes indeedy, sitting in the intimate surroundings of the TCA lounge, enjoying a drink and tasty appetizers while listening to great live music, is my idea of a terrific way to chill out. Give it a try and I think you’ll agree.

Find your favorite way to enjoy some much needed R&R in this week’s events taking place in Tempe. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158.


Tempe events this week-MAMMA MIA! at ASU Gammge

Wow! It’s almost time to ring in the New Year. I don’t know about you, but 2013 seemed to fly by for me. This year Tempe has some great options for bidding adieu to 2013.

One really fun and kind of different option is to celebrate by seeing MAMMA MIA!  at ASU Gammage. This show is just plain fun from beginning to end and a joyous way to celebrate on New Year’s Eve. It has a great story line with loads of awesome Abba songs that bring out the dancing queen in all of us. MAMMA MIA!  is truly one of those shows that you can see over and over again and never be bored. And when it’s done, you’ll still have time to catch the big Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue.

If you have other New Year’s Eve plans, not to worry. You can see MAMMA MIA! through January 5. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://asugammage.com/.

Here are some more suggestions for things to do on New Year’s Eve and the first week of 2014. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158.


Tempe events this week – Stray Cat Theatre: All New People

Tempe offers a bunch of events this week that can provide a welcome respite from all the holiday frenzy. Not only are there lovely traditional programs, but there are also some that are decidedly non-traditional. One that comes to mind is Tempe’s Stray Cat Theatre’s current production.

As in holiday seasons past, Stray Cat Theatre brings us something different. This year’s offering is a play that is funny and has nothing at all to do with the holidays. It’s All New People, a play written, by the multi-talented Zach Braff. You’ll remember him in his role as Dr. J.D. Dorian in the NBC TV comedy “Scrubs” and as the writer, director and star of the film Garden State.

All New People is  a dark comedy. Without giving too much of the plot away, it’s about Charlie who is 35, heartbroken and in the depths of depression. In the dead of winter he goes to a summer vacation beach house where he’s planning to commit suicide. His misery and suicide attempt are interrupted by Emma, an ex-patriot Brit, Myron, a long Island fire-fighter/drug dealer and Kim, an escort girl.

All New People is definitely dark and might not be for everyone, especially  holiday purists who love all those holiday movies, TV programs and music and will accept no remakes of  the original Sound of Music with Julie Andrews.  However, if you ready for a break from all the  holiday fru fru, this play might be just what you’re looking for.

You can see Stray Cat’s presentation of All New People at the Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. 6th Street in the Mill Avenue District, December 19-21. For more information and to purchase tickets, visithttp://straycattheatre.org.

If you’re ready for a break from the frenetic pace that often accompanies the holidays, you’ll find many entertaining diversions in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158.

Tempe events this week – Petersen House Danish Christmas

Tempe has a number of famous holiday events. The Tempe Fantasy of Lights and Boat Parade, the Tempe Festival of the Arts, the annual Mill Avenue New Year’s Eve Block Party are known far and wide and attended by thousands of visitors every year. However, there’s another really fun and interesting tradition that might not be as well-know, but has been a part of Tempe’s holiday celebrations for many years. I’m talking about the Danish Christmas tours at Tempe’s historical Petersen House.

Each year the Petersen House highlights different Scandinavian holiday customs. This year, the home will be filled with traditions surrounding the nisse, the magical creatures from Scandinavian lore associated with Christmas. Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland share many ancient beliefs and stories about these gnome-like creatures, particularly during the holidays.

Nisse are believed to take care of the home, property and farm. (I would be happy to have a nice house cleaning nisse to keep the old condo in order, especially during the holidays.)  If the resident family does not treat them well, they become mischievous. The nisse are also believed to travel from house to house giving gifts to children. In the mid-19th century, they became Santa’s assistants.  European and American customs of Santa and his elves are derived from the nisse.

The Petersen House was built in 1892 by Niels Petersen, a Danish immigrant who came to Tempe in 1871. It is the oldest Queen Anne style brick residence in the Salt River Valley. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and has received the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

The Petersen House is  open to the public only during the holidays. Don’t miss this  unique Tempe  holiday tradition and take advantage of  this once- a-year opportunity to visit this Tempe historic landmark.  Tour hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays, December 7, December 14 and December 21 and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays, December 8, December 15 and December 22. For more information contact 480 350-5100.

The holidays are in full swing in Tempe with holiday celebrations, music, theatre, comedy, art exhibitions and more.  Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

Tempe events this week – EVITA at ASU Gammage

EVITA, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning musical about Eva Peron returns to ASU Gammage in Tempe this week. Eva Perón was a fascinating and complex person. Using her beauty and charisma, she rose from the slums of Argentina to become Argentina’s First Lady. Both adored as a champion for the poor and reviled for her greed and ambition, she became one of the most powerful women in the world. EVITA tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.” This stunning new production of EVITA, directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford, will be on stage at ASU Gammage, December 3-8.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ASUGammage.com.

In addition to EVITA, Tempe’s arts and culture calendar is full this week with holiday festivities, theatre, comedy acts and great live music. Check out this list and view a complete listing of  Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. 


Tempe events this week – Music events at Tempe History Museum

The Tempe History Museum does a terrific job of presenting Tempe’s past with an impressive array of fun and interesting interactive exhibits. But, the museum also presents a number of free concerts and lectures, films and fun music events. This weekend the Museum is hosting two music events, one with a historic bent and one very much in the present.

On March 14, 7 p.m., the Museum, in partnership with the ASU Public History Program, will bring us images and music from the Great Depression of the 1930s. The 198 String Band will perform lesser-known songs from the 1930s against a backdrop of compelling Depression-era documentary photographs. The sequences of the songs and streaming images will be interwoven with audio excerpts from oral histories, poems and narratives, as well as historical commentary.

On March 16 the Museum, in partnership with Classical Revolution PHX, will be fully in the present with LOUD II: An Outdoor Celebration of LOUD Bands and Food Trucks, 2-6 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature sustainable green themes, loud music, bold flavors and arts and crafts. Bands, including Mana Sax Orchestra AZ, Bad Cactus Brass Band and the B-One Quartet will perform recycled and re-purposed music in new arrangements. The weather forecast for Saturday is perfect, so bring a picnic blanket, enjoy the sunshine, music, delicious food and green arts and crafts while learning more about sustaining our world. Event admission is free. Food trucks will provide tasty fare for a charge.

In addition to the Tempe History Museum activities, there are many other exciting arts, culture and entertainment options Tempe offers this week, including a some raucous St. Patrick’s Day events. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

Tempe Events This Week – MEMPHIS at ASU Gammage

You’ll have no problem finding a great variety of art, culture and entertaining events in Tempe, including a big one at ASU Gammage, which continues to bring great musical theatre to the Arizona. This week we can look forward to seeing another outstanding Broadway blockbuster, MEMPHIS, at ASU Gammage, March 5-10.  Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS takes place in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950′s and is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break.  Along the way, the two fall in love, which was totally taboo in that time and place. Memphis has a great story line, is full of rousing music and electrifying dancing and is sure to be one show not to be missed. Not surprisingly it won four 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Musical.

There are plenty more arts and cultural events choose from in Tempe this week. View a complete listing ofTempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.



Tempe Events This Week – 12th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour

This week’s hefty roster of arts and cultural events culminates with the 12th Annual Self-Guided Ceramic Studio Tour, February 23-24.  The tour presents the work of dozens of professional ceramic artists in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including several in Tempe. It’s a great opportunity to view working and living spaces of participating artists. Even better, you get to actually watch many of them demonstrating different aspects of creating in clay, including wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing techniques.  Be sure to take your check book and plastic because many of the artists will have pieces of their work for sale. I’ve taken this tour several times and I always find something beautiful to take home.

Start your tour at the ASU Ceramic Research Center where you can see the current exhibition Born of Fire: The Pottery of Margaret Tafoy, AND Re: Generation: A Survey of Margaret Tafoya’s Descendants a stunning survey of ceramics by Margaret Tafoya and her descendants. This exhibition of pueblo pottery provides a unique overview of one of the most accomplished potters from the 20th century.  Margaret Tafoya was one of the pioneering Pueblo artists who sustained the ceramic tradition of her ancestors by transforming it from a process for making functional vessels to an art form.

As you can see, there’s a lot going on all week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.