Tempe events this week – Finally Friday at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe has a full roster of outstanding arts and culture events to enjoy this week. Check out this list. Visit the Tempe Tourism Office Calendar of Events, or call 480-894-8158 to view a complete listing of Tempe events.

– February 11: Dmitri Matheny & Stan Sorenson, Mad Hatter Brew Pub
– February 12: Walk in Wednesday Open Mic, Tempe Center for the Arts
– February 12: Great American Comedy Festival, Tempe Improv
– February 13-16: Before You Ruin It World Premier, ASU Lyceum Theater
– February 14: ASU Art Museum Season Opening Reception, ASU Art Museum/Ceramics Research Center
– February 14: Off the Cuff Comedy, Changing Hands Bookstore
– February 14: Stray Cat Theatre: The Whale, Tempe Performing Arts Theatre
– February 14: The ASU Desert Bones, ASU Katzin Concert Hall
– February 14: Finally Friday: Ryan Fremling, Tempe Center for the Arts
– February 14: Comedy Concert Series: Love and other Funny Stuff, Tempe Center for the Arts.
– February 14:  Sci-Fi Fridays: Teacher Night, Tempe Center for the Arts
– February 14: Sarah’s Lament; February 15: Ratio, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
– February 14: Grady Soiné;February 15: Michael V, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
– February 14: Sea Merchants; February 15: Traveler, Rula Bula Irish Pub
– February 14-16: Taylor Williamson, Tempe Improv
– February 15: Barocco, ASU Organ Hall
– February 15:  Playing for Peace: Sally Pinkas/Apple Hill String Quartet/Kinan Azmeh, ASU Gammage
– February 15-March 16: Childsplay Presents The Cat in the Hat, Tempe Center for the Arts
– February 15: Fetish Revolution 2014, Marquee Theatre
– February 16: Sonoran Chamber Music Series: Piano Trios, Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe events this week–THE WIZARD OF OZ lands at ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage
ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage

This week, you need look no further than Tempe for great arts, culture and entertainment events to enjoy. Check out this impressive list. Visit the Tempe Tourism Office Calendar of Events, or call 480-894-8158 to view a complete listing of Tempe events.


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 – Michael McDonald at Tempe Improv

This is definitely a good week to chill out and laugh it up in Tempe.  Both the Tempe Center for the Arts and theTempe Improv will set the stage for some side-splitting fun. One of my favorite comics, Michael McDonald (not to be confused with the Doobie Brothers Michael McDonald) will be at the Tempe Improv, July 19-21. He’s most likely most remembered from his 10 year-long stint on MADtv where he created some of the funniest, most memorable sketch comedy characters like Stuart Larkin, Rusty Miller, Marvin Tikvah and Mofaz, the Depressed Persian Tow Truck Man.  He was also known for his hilarious impressions of  Al Gore, Bob Barker, John Kerry, Dr. Phil, Bill O’Reilly, Hugh Laurie (as Gregory House), Hugh Beaumont (as Ward Cleaver), Sarah Jessica Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw) and the list goes on and on.

After leaving MADtv McDonald worked on several TV shows and film. He was a writer, director and producer for several seasons of Cougar Town and has directed episodes of the hit series 2 Broke Girls, Scrubs, MADtv and 7th Heaven. Most recently he co-starred with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in 20th Century Fox comedyThe Heat. McDonald also continues to tour as a stand-up comedian, performing to sold-out audiences across the country.

There’s a whole lot of funny stuff going on this week. See the list below for more comedy shows  and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

Tempe Center for the Arts: July Calendar

700 W. Rio Salado Parkway 
Visit the website or call the box office (480-350-2822) for event times and ticket information where applicable. 

Finally Friday with Chloe Tang, July 5, Lounge
• Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Jason Love, July 5, Lakeside
Saving Arizona Blood Drive, July 6, Lakeside
Walk-in Family Art Workshop: Christy Brown and Corey Rogers, “Jelly Fish Wind Catchers,” July 7, Gallery
Finally Friday with Teneia Sanders, July 12, Lounge
Class Clowns Comedy, July 12, Studio
• Walk-in Family Art Workshop: Barbara Burton, “Animal Stick Puppets,” July 13, Gallery
Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation: Gorilla Featurette Screening, July 13, Theater
Blaine Long CD Release: Prairie Sun, July 13, Lakeside
• Glamour Academia de Moda Fashion Show, July 14, Studio
• Finally Friday with Bob McCarroll, July 19, Lounge
• Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Jonathan Gregory (pictured) & Funny Times 10, July 19, Studio
• Walk-in Family Art Workshop: Lauren Moses, “Butterfly Sun Catchers,” July 20, Gallery
• Arizona’s Got Dance! 2013, July 20, Theater
• Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble: The Czech Connection, July 20, Studio
Miss Gay Arizona America Pageant, July 21, Theater
Finally Friday: Steven Fontenot, July 26, Lounge
• Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Kristofer Royer & Funny Times 10, July 26, Lakeside
Walk-in Family Art Workshop: Avivah Fluhr, “Altered Animal Books,” July 27, Gallery
Sundance Studio Summer Recital, July 27, Theater


Exhibitions at city of Tempe facilities

Visit the website or call 480-350-2867 for information. Exhibitions are free.

Animal Crackers, through Sept. 7, Tempe Center for the Arts
Water Under the Bridge, through July 24, Tempe Youth Library
Raw, July 26-Dec. 4, Tempe Youth Library
Repurposed, through Aug. 21 Tempe Public Library (Connections Café)
NSAA Origami, through Aug. 7, U.S. Post Office Windows
Young Artists Studio, through Aug. 28, Vihel Activity Center
• Journey to the Vote, through Sept. 27 Tempe Public Library (second floor)

Tribute to Arizona military at Tempe Marketplace this July 4th

Tempe hosts “Remembering Our Fallen” Exhibit June 29-July 7

Tempe, AZ – This Independence Day, Valley residents are invited to view a moving tribute to the 144 Arizonans who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Honor Walk Foundation, the City of Tempe and Tempe Marketplace are proud to bring the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit to the community from June 29 through July 7. Made of five 10-foot panels, the traveling exhibit features photos, biographical information and personal mementos of the 144 Arizona residents who died serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The exhibit will be located in an air-conditioned space on the west side of the Tempe Marketplace District, directly across from Gap. Visitors can view the exhibit during mall hours, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Hours on July 4 are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An opening ceremony for the exhibit will be held Friday, June 28, from 5-7 p.m. at Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway. A color guard and brief program will begin at 6 p.m.

“Remembering Our Fallen is a moving patriotic tribute to the Arizona citizen soldiers who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Honor Walk Foundation Director Denis Day. “We’re very grateful to the City of Tempe, Bellevue University and our sponsors at Circle K Stores for making this possible.”

Tempe City Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage said she is thankful to Vestar and Tempe Marketplace for allowing the exhibit to be displayed. “It is a tremendous honor to host this tribute in Tempe and the timing around July 4th could not be more fitting,” she said. “As a veteran myself, I find this exhibit to be incredibly moving and a way to remember those who gave so much for our country.”

Join Us For a Talk With Visiting Artist Eduardo Sarabia at the ASU Art Museum

Eduardo Sarabia, “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” (2005), installation detail at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center. Photo by Julio César Morales.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Join us at the ASU Art Museum for a talk by visiting artist Eduardo Sarabia, whose work is part of the exhibition Turn off the Sun: Selections from la Colección Jumex.

Born in Los Angeles in 1976, Eduardo Sarabia obtained a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and now lives and works in Los Angeles, Guadalajara and Berlin.

Sarabia is known for creating fake evidence for semi-fictional events, using performance, drawing, painting, ceramics, photographs and sculpture to document events and ideas. His Latino heritage is an influence in his work, with its cultural symbols appearing throughout. Recently, Sarabia has taken part in numerous international group shows including I Love New York, I-20 Gallery, New York, 2001; the 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2005; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France, 2006 and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, Calif., 2002; Museo Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008; LA Louver, Los Angeles, 2008. Upcoming exhibitions include the Denver Contemporary Art Museum in 2013.

More information: http://asuevents.asu.edu/guest-artist-eduardo-sarabia

Tempe events this week – WAR HORSE gallops into ASU Gammage

This is a great week for entertainment in Tempe, starting with WAR HORSE at ASU Gammage, February 5-10. Many of us are  familiar with the story, thanks to Steven Spielberg’s 2011 movie adaptation of the children’s book by British author Michael Morpurgo.  It was a big box office hit and was nominated for a bunch of Academy Awards.

The story follows young Albert and his beloved horse Joey through  many trials and triumphs serving in World War One. Horses played a major role in The War to End all Wars and Joey actually ends up serving with both the British and German troops. The novel and the movie were wonderful; however, the musical embellishes the story futher with stirring music and the astonishing life-sized puppets that  bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.

WAR HORSE is one of many great arts, culture and entertainment events going on this week in Tempe.  Other options include the ASU Art Museum Spring Season Opening Reception, Morrissey at the Marquee Theater, and at the Tempe Center for the Arts: The Hits @TCA: The Piano Man, Sherri Shepherd and Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway.  So many choices! View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

Tempe Events This Week: Live Music in Tempe

If you’re looking for live music this week, January 28 – February 3, Tempe offers an abundance of choices! This week’s calendar is chock full of great entertainment that includes art exhibits, theatre and live music from a cappella singing to jazz to rock.

Looking for more arts and entertainment options this week? Take a look at this list of Tempe events this week and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

Tempe Events this Week – Hamilton Sterling and Michael Ondaatje

Tempe Weekly Events: November 5-11, 2012:

We can thank Arizona State University (ASU) for illuminating us on any number of subjects by way of the many renowned speakers it brings to Tempe. This week we can thank ASU twice for bringing Michael Ondaatje and Hamilton Sterling to us. Both events are free and open to the public.

Sterling Hamilton is an ASU School of Music alumnus (class of 1980). He is a sound effects editor and designer for major motion pictures. He’ll join Kwang-Wu Kim, Dean and Director of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, November 8, 5-6 p.m. at ASU’s Katzin Concert Hall. They’ll engage in an intimate conversation that will explore Sterling’s experiences working in Hollywood, his transition from trained musician to cinematic sound designer, and the process of creating soundscapes for film. Hamilton has worked on seventy-four feature films, including Best in Show, The Dark Knight, The Tree of Life and There Will Be Blood.

Then hustle on over to the Tempe Center for the arts to hear Michael Ondaatje, who will be speaking at 7 p.m. Ondaatje is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian novelist and one of the world’s foremost writers. Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s work also encompasses poetry, memoir and film. His best-selling novel The English Patient was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Publisher’s Weekly proclaimed his 2011 novel, The Cat’s Table, “best novel since The English Patient.” He is in Tempe as a  speaker in the ASU Virginia G.  Piper School of Creative Writing’s Distinguished Author Series.

Those are just two of the outstanding arts, culture and entertainment events you can enjoy in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.