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Walk-in Wednesdays

Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night
6-10 p.m. (sign-up 5:45 p.m., Wednesdays through May 27 (Youth 5-6 p.m., sign-up 4:45 p.m.)
Join host Walt Richardson for a relaxing evening of live music from some of the Valley’s best singer/songwriters. Artists vie for a spot in the taped-for-television Songwriters’ Showcase concert and the In the Spotlight events. Musicians and poets welcome. Enjoy food & beverage specials. No cover charge.

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Page to Screen
Gallery

February 13-June 6

This exhibition will highlight some of America’s favorite children’s books, comic books and fictional literature that have been adapted to film and television. Displays from local and national collections include original artworks, animation cells, original signed scripts, promotional materials and vintage toys from films and television shows such as Zorro, M*A*S*H and James Bond. No Admission Fee

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Houseblend
Studio
May 8 - 7 p.m. - 8 p.m

Come enjoy the sultry sounds the Valley's newest Vocal Jazz ensemble, House Blend. This 5-voice team blends jazz and contemporary music in a seamless performance you have to hear to believe. Give the House Blend a try at this unforgettable night. Buy Tickets.

 

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Finally Friday:  Justin Olson
Lobby

May 8 - 5-7 p.m.
Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA's Songwriters' Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. No Cover Charge.
Comedy Schools

Class Clowns Comedy
Lakeside

May 8 – 7:30 p.m.

Tony Vicich brings his long-running stand-up comedy show, Class Clowns, to TCA. This is the show where it all starts. Comics have gone from Class Clowns shows all the way to Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live and more.  See the show that has taken comics from their first stage experience to national prominence. Buy Tickets

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Childsplay: The Three Javelinas
Theater

May  9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 - 1 p.m.;
May 9, 16, 23 - 4 p.m.
A favorite tale gets a Southwestern spin in this world-premiere stage adaptation of Susan Lowell’s picture book. Don’t call them pigs; the Three Little Javelinas are more than just straw, sticks and bricks. Josefina Javelina dreams of a career on stage. Juan wants a quiet place to think. And as for José, he just wants someone to listen to his jokes. When a series of misadventures leave them to build houses in the desert, they catch the attention of a hungry coyote. This musical tribute to the Arizona landscape will delight audiences of all ages. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Buy Tickets

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The Night Run
Tempe Town Lake

May 9 – 7:00 p.m. Kids Dash / 7:45 p.m. 8k & 5k Start
TCA is proud to host The Night Run which celebrates its 30th Anniversary on May 9. The stunning new courses showcase Tempe's pedestrian bridge, Mill Avenue Bridge, and the beautiful city lights of some of the Valley's most dynamic hotspots.  This family-friendly fitness event features highly-reflective performance fabric shirts; glow finishers’ medals; prize wheel; age-division awards; live owls from Liberty Wildlife; glow sticks and quality food and beverages.  Kids under 12 can run the 5K or 8K for free if accompanied by a registered adult.  Register

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Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series: Michael Meraw
Gallery

May 10 – 2:30 p.m.
Baritone Michael Meraw will sing American songs by Copland and Ives, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Fellow New England Conservatory professor Tanya Blaich will accompany him on piano. Photo by Vivian Doan.  Buy Tickets

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Art After Work: Starry Night a Gogh Gogh
Gallery

May 13 – 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Join us under the stars of Tempe, as we paint this classic masterpiece.  Learn step-by-step how to add those swirly thick layers of paint, just like Van Gogh. Ticket includes a canvas, all supplies and an $8 food & beverage coupon. Online registration only. No refunds. Registration must be completed by Noon on the day prior to class. Art materials provided.  Buy Tickets 

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Songwriters' Showcase XIII
Studio
May 15 - 7:30 p.m.
Recording artist Jenny Jarnagin headlines Songwriters’ Showcase XIII. Joining Jarnagin on stage will be veteran musician and KJZZ Music Director and Host Blaise Lantana; Tim McDonald of the indie-rock, Phoenix-based band Broken Poets;  and Eric Ramsey, of blues/roots/Americana local band, Scatfish. Local music legend Walt Richardson plays host to the evening which will be taped to broadcast on Eight, Arizona PBS and Tempe 11. Buy Tickets.

Songwriters' Showcase  is Tempe Center for the Arts program that joins selected performers from the region, the Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night series and In the Spotlight  for a night of original music.

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Finally Friday:  Bob McCarroll
Lobby

 May 15 - 5-7 p.m.
Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA's Songwriters' Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. No Cover Charge. 

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Gert the Joke Lady
Lakeside

May 15 – 7:30 p.m.

Gert the Joke Lady is 93 and a holocaust survivor from Austria. She also survived a 30 day coma from an undiagnosed ailment in 2002. After that experience, she decided she was going to enjoy her life and began her career as a stand-up comedian. She worked with Paul Newman and Margaret Hamilton in the 1950s and frequently appeared in the popular television show Route 66 in the 1960s. She has opened for Debbie Reynolds and has been featured on several national radio and television stations.  Buy Tickets

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Performance with a View: The Lake/Crissman Guitar Duo
May 19 – 10 a.m.; Coffee service begins at 9:30 a.m.
Guitarists Brendan Lake and Jonathan Crissman are both protégés of the internationally renowned guitar pedagogue, Frank Koonce at Arizona State University. The duo will perform a virtuosic collage of Spanish works from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries by Rodrigo, Granados, Soler and others.  Limited seating. Free

Gary Marsh

Finally Friday:  Gary Marsh
Lobby

May 22 - 5-7 p.m.
Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA's Songwriters' Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. No Cover Charge. 

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Friday Film Screenings: M*A*S*H, 1970
Gallery
May 22 – 5-7 p.m.

Join local pop culture fans and film scholars at this series of film screenings highlighting some of the books and films from the TCA’s Page to Screen exhibition.  Introduction provided by TCA docent and Air Force Veteran, Steve Pearson. Screening is in honor of Memorial Day weekend and the service of our Arizona veterans.  Adult audiences, Rated R.  Free

Film rights provided by Criterion Pictures.

Greg Freiler

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Gregory Freiler
Lakeside

May 22 – 7:30 p.m.

Greg is an entertaining storyteller and a truly engaging comedian.  After spending 14 years as a high school teacher, he realized that he really belonged on the stand-up stage. He has performed across US in venues at Gotham Comedy Club in New York, The Ice House, Tempe Improv, and Stand-Up Live. He has worked with comedians Bob Marley, David Spade, Ritch Shydner, Louie Anderson, Tom Arnold, Paul Reiser, and many more. In 2013 and 2014, he had the opportunity to perform for the military overseas. Buy Tickets

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Lakeshore Music: Trish Hatley Quartet - Essentials
Studio

May 23 – 7:30 p.m.

Jazz singer Trish Hatley is one of the most beloved and enduring figures on the West Coast music scene. With her easy sense of swing, beautiful tone and innate sensitivity to the lyric, she effectively balances technical mastery and genuine accessibility, making her extremely popular among jazz fans wherever she plays around the world. Buy Tickets

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All About Dance: #LiveToDance
Theater

May 27-28 – 6 p.m.

Enjoy a night of entertainment as the dancers from All About Dance will showcase all genres of dances such as: Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary and Lyrical. Come Dance With Us!  Buy Tickets

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Friday Film Screenings:  Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Gallery
May 29 – 5-7 p.m.

Join local pop culture fans and film scholars at this series of film screenings highlighting some of the books and films from the TCA’s Page to Screen exhibition.  Introduction provided by TCA’s curator Michelle Nichols Dock. All ages, rated G.  Free
Film rights provided by SWANK Motion Pictures.

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Finally Friday:  Robby Roberson
Lobby

May 29 - 5-7 p.m.
Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA's Songwriters' Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. No Cover Charge. 

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Steve Krause
Lakeside

May 29 – 7:30 p.m.

Steve "Short Bus" Krause is a “sit down” comedian from Phoenix, AZ. Instead of feeling sorry for being born so awesome, Steve just decided to laugh at life. Being the only disabled kid in the school, at an early age Steve began using his humor to make new friends. At the age of 19 Steve took a Sales/Marketing position in the NFL, but soon discovered his passion was the stage. As soon as his wheels hit the stage he knew that he had found his true calling. Steve has worked with comedians such as Russell Peters, Pablo Francisco, Carlos Mencia and many more. Steve and his Service Dog Kawana are quickly becoming a favorite at clubs and theaters across the country. Steve's goal is to have you jump out of your chair with laughter...well, that's because he can't! Steve's edgy outlook on life is a show you definitely do not want to miss.  Buy Tickets

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Tempe Community Chorus:  Imagine the Music
Theater

May 31 - 4 p.m.
Tempe Community Chorus is proud to present Imagine the Music. Come enjoy the large chorus power of 120 voices blended in 4-part harmony, with songs for every age. From pop to light rock to country to songs from the movie Frozen, there is something for everyone. Buy Tickets

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Friday Film Screenings: The Mark of Zorro, 1940
Gallery
June 5 – 5-7 p.m.

Join local pop culture fans and film scholars at this series of film screenings highlighting some of the books and films from the TCA’s Page to Screen exhibition.  Introduction provided by ASU’s Kelly Nelson, Ph.D.; Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at the School of Letters and Sciences and TCA docent. All ages, unrated. Free
Film rights provided by Criterion Pictures.

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Finally Friday:  AJ Odneal
Lobby

June 5 – 5-7 p.m
Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA's Songwriters' Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. No Cover Charge. 

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Insane and Sober
Lakeside

June 5 – 7:30 p.m.
These guys do not drink, but after you see them, you may want to start! Rob Spector presents a case of loveable miscreants trying to stay on the straight and narrow. This show is hilarious and appeals to young and old, sober and not so sober alike. Support these comics as they live one day at a time and hopefully do not die one joke at a time.  Buy Tickets

Tom & Priscilla Bertling

Finally Friday:  Tom and Priscilla Bertling
Lobby

June 12 – 5-7 p.m
Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA's Songwriters' Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. No Cover Charge. 

Comedy Schools

Class Clowns Comedy
Lakeside

June 12 – 7:30 p.m.
Tony Vicich brings his long-running stand-up comedy show, Class Clowns, to TCA. This is the show where it all starts. Comics have gone from Class Clowns shows all the way to Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live and more.  See the show that has taken comics from their first stage experience to national prominence. Buy Tickets

Refer to the city of Tempe calendar for additional events.

Visit these sites for information about:

Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts

Arizona Wind Symphony
Childsplay
Comedy Classes & Shows
CONDER/dance
Desert Dance Theatre
Lakeshore Jazz Series
Peformance with a View
Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series
Tempe Community Chorus

Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble

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