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Summer of Love: Family, Friendship and Devotion

June 20-Sept. 13
This exhibition features colorful and endearing artworks about love: ceramic sculptures, botanical prints and drawings, original children’s book illustrations and contemporary paintings and installations and more. The exhibition also features historical and contemporary displays about symbols of love. Artists: Gene Almendinger, Marco Albarran, Denise Currier, Esmeralda Delaney, Wendy Hodgson, Molly Idle, Sandra Luerhsen, Frank Ybarra and art students from local Tempe high schools. No admission charge.


TCA Fall Arts Kick Off
5-7 p.m., Aug. 22
Start the new performance season with the partner organizations of Tempe Center for the Arts. Enjoy everything from live dance and music performances to ticket giveaways, art and free catered nibbles to create an event to be enjoyed by the whole family. Audiences will be provided new season information from booths by Childsplay, Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Desert Dance Theater, Arizona Wind Symphony, Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts, Tempe Community Chorus, Friends of TCA and CONDER/dance. No admission fee.

Gary Marsh

Finally Friday: Gary Marsh

5-7 p.m., Aug. 22

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. Special Guest: Gary Marsh


Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Latino Comedy Fest with Guillermo Robles

7:30 p.m., Aug. 22
Robles is one of the Valley's favorite and most treasured comics. His range and diversity of material have made him one of the most sought after comics in town. On this night Robles highlights his south of the border heritage when he and a host of his funny Latino friends come together to make everyone laugh. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets


Tempe Rocks: Live, Local, Legendary

7:30 p.m., Aug. 23
Experience the energy as some of the best bands in Arizona kick off a new rock ‘n roll series, Tempe Rocks: Live, Local, Legendary, sponsored by College Times. The show features The Pistoleros, Banana Gun, Teneia and the Maybees and Old Jack City and  is the next step in the TCA’s ongoing effort to build and support the local music community. Buy Tickets


Andrew Boyle and Lucas Stratmann Recital

7:30 p.m., Aug. 23
Andrew Boyle wakens audiences to classical piano with breathtaking passion. Lucas Stratmann may be the brightest young violin talent in America. See them together for an unforgettable occasion. Buy Tickets

Tom & Priscilla Bertling

Finally Friday: Tom Bertling

5-7 p.m., Aug. 29

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. Special Guest: Tom Bertling


Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Armon Williams

7:30 p.m., Aug. 29
If you haven't seen him on stage, you may have seen him in other national projects such as: Turtle Wax Ice (commercial/infomercial); Wolverine apparel (featured in Men's Health Magazine, ESPN Magazine and Rolling Stone). Williams was a semi-finalist of the 2007 California Comedy Festival and he's opened for such comedy legends as: Chris "Crazy Legs" Fonseca, Ngaio Bealum and Mark Curry. He headlines rooms across the country bringing his charismatic, creative, sharp and witty brand of comedy to the stage. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets

Walk-in Wednesdays

Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night
6-10 p.m. (sign-up 5:45 p.m., Wednesdays, September through November (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. Enjoy food & beverage specials. No cover charge.

Justin Olson

Finally Friday: Justin Olson

5-7 p.m., Sept. 5

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. Special Guest: Justin Olson

Class Clowns

Class Clowns

7:30 p.m., Sept. 5
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. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets


Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble: Mystery Music Box

7:30 p.m., Sept. 6
Bach? Tchaikovsky? Brahms? Which composers will emerge from the Mystery Music Box? The audience decides. Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble believes that its audience has great taste, so it is leaving it up to the patrons to select the repertoire. The winning pieces will be revealed at the concert. Pick your favorite and hear it live. Buy Tickets


Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix: East Valley Expo

1-4 p.m., Sept. 7
The JCA presents the EV Jewish Expo featuring 40 EV & greater Phoenix Jewish Organizations/social service agencies. Find out what is available in your community.  Sponsored by Wattel and York.


Childsplay: Charlotte’s Web

4 p.m., Sept. 7; 1 & 4 p.m. Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11; 1 p.m., Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12
One of Childsplay’s most beloved productions returns to the stage with a brilliant version of E.B. White’s American classic. Meet Wilbur, an endearing piglet in grave danger of ending up as pork chops, and Charlotte, the wise and winsome spider who becomes his true friend. Get caught up in Charlotte’s Web as we spin this timeless story onto the stage. Recommended for Ages 5 and older. Photo by Heather Hill. Buy Tickets


Art After Work: Sonoran Twilight

6 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 10
During Monsoon season, the Arizona sunsets become even more colorful.  For this project we will be painting a modern, vibrant landscape.  Just as the sun ducks below the horizon, twilight sets in with its turquoise sky and deep magenta desert silhouette.  Online registration only. No refunds. Registration is capped at 25 people and must be completed by Noon on the day of class. Price includes a 16- x 20-inch canvas and an $8 food and beverage voucher. Art materials provided. Buy Tickets

AJ Odneal
Finally Friday: AJ Odneal

5-7 p.m., Sept. 12
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. Special Guest: AJ Odneal


Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Boomer Nichols

7:30 p.m., Sept. 12
Boomer Nichols has appeared on hundreds of stages nationwide from New York, New Jersey and Florida all the way to Arizona, New Mexico, Las Vegas and California. For more than a decade his “Bru-Ha-Ha Comedy Productions” has brought comedy-club quality shows to venues all over Arizona on a regular basis. He has opened and featured at clubs like Stand Up Live, (where he is currently a regular performer) the Improv, SideSplitter’s and LA Comedy Club. He has shared a stage with many comics, including Robert Schimmel, Doug Stanhope, Loni Love, Mark Cordes, Reno Collier, Lisa Landry, Thai Rivera, Bryan Callen, Monique Marvez, Bert Kreischer and D.L. Hughley. Recommended for ages 18 and olderBuy Tickets


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

7 p.m., Sept. 12, 13, 19 & 20
This Tony Award-winning musical tells the hilarious yet heartwarming story of a group of prepubescent overachievers who take on the challenge of a lifetime. This show delivers tons of laughs and celebrates the triumph of doing the best you can - win or lose. Presented by Big Deal Productions through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Buy Tickets

Jessica Yam

Performance with a View: Jessica Yam
10 a.m., Sept. 16; Coffee service begins at 9:30 a.m.
Pianist Jessica Yam holds Piano Performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is a national recipient of the Chopin Foundation of the United States Scholarship and is studying under Robert Hamilton at Arizona State University. No admission fee. Limited seating. Information

AriZoni Theatre Awards for Excellence

5:30 p.m. (youth ceremony); 8 p.m. (adult ceremony), Sept. 15
Join us as we get reacquainted with friends and colleagues, celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of those on the stage as well as behind the scenes and to look forward to another wonderful year of theatre in the Valley of the Sun. Buy Tickets

Ballet Arizona

Ballet Under the Stars

7- 9 p.m., Sept. 18
Spend a relaxing evening under the gorgeous Arizona sky as Ballet Arizona continues its annual season opening tradition with Ballet Under the Stars. Audiences bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a family-friendly performance of classical and contemporary dance under the direction of Ib Anderson. Free parking is available after 6 p.m. in the US Airways Garage, 111 W. Rio Salado Parkway (enter off of Ash Avenue). No Admission fee.

Bob McCarroll

Finally Friday: Bob McCarroll
5-7 p.m., Sept. 19

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. Special Guest: Bob McCarroll


Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Doug Starks is Sammy Davis Jr.

7:30 p.m., Sept. 19
From his shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York to the main stage at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Doug Starks is one of the most requested acts in the country, regularly working with such industry giants as Julio Iglesias on his world tour from 1995-98, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson and many more. Stark's many movie and televisions appearances include Hollywood Shuffle, Fear of the Black Hat, Comic View and Stand-up Spotlight, but his impression of the late Sammy Davis Jr. has lead him to the very successful hit Las Vegas show The Rat Pack is Back at The Sahara Hotel. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets


El Puente Theatre Festival & Mask Procession
2-6 p.m., Sept. 21
This unique celebration features an afternoon of food, music, games and cultural performances. Free Admission to the festival includes dynamic performances by local artists, mask-making and art activities. Plus, the first 500 guests can attend a free performance of Childsplay’s Charlotte's Web at 4 p.m. The community also can enjoy face painting, carnival games and a petting zoo. A masked procession of children, families and performers will celebrate on the beautiful pedestrian bridge crossing Tempe Town Lake starting at about 5:15 p.m.

Obscurity by Michelle Startzman

2014 TCA Juried Biennial: Copper

Sept. 26-Jan. 31
Free opening reception: 6-9 p.m., Sept. 26

This exhibition coincides with the seven-year anniversary of the opening of the TCA (Sept. 9, 2007). The exhibition features works on copper, art made of copper and artists inspired by copper, a tradition for seventh anniversaries. A panel of nationally recognized artists, curators and community members selected 22 Arizona artists from a wide array of visual art traditions, including bronze casting, painting, ceramics, etching, quilt making and jewelry. The overall exhibition is a celebration of copper as a medium as well as a prominent symbol of Arizona history. No admission fee. (Image: Michelle Startzman, Obscurity)

Refer to the city of Tempe calendar for additional events.

Visit these sites for information about:

A Ludwig Dance Theatre
Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts
Arizona Wind Symphony
Bully Mammoth
Comedy Classes & Shows
Desert Dance Theatre
Lakeshore Jazz Series
Peformance with a View
Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series
Tempe Community Chorus

Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Stray Cat Theatre at the Tempe Performing Arts Center 

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