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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 Nov. 26 (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.

Obscurity by Michelle Startzman

2014 TCA Juried Biennial: Copper
Gallery

Through Jan. 31

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)

Cali Rodi

Finally Friday: Cali Rodi
Lobby

5-7 p.m., Nov. 28

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: Cali Rodi

Comedy Series

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Gert the Joke Lady
Studio

7:30 p.m., Nov. 28
At 92-years-young, Gert the Joke Lady is just getting warmed up. She worked with Paul Newman and Margaret Hamilton in the 1950s and appeared in a number of episodes of the popular television show "Route 66" in the 1960s. Recently, she opened for Debbie Reynolds and has been featured on several national radio and television stations. Don't miss this national treasure. Buy Tickets

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Childsplay: Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
Theater

1 p.m., Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; 4 p.m., Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27
The kids in Room One are gearing up for a celebration, but when Junie B. draws tattletale May’s name for the Secret Santa giveaway, she hatches a plan to leave her nemesis with a stinky old lump of coal. Based on Barbara Park’s bestselling books, the hilarious Junie B. and her holiday hijinks will leave kids laughing for days. Recommended for Ages 5 and older. Buy Tickets Photo by Tim Trumble

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Lakeshore Music: Corey Christiansen -- "Lone Prairie"
Studio

7:30 p.m., Nov. 29
Still retaining a thoroughly modern jazz aesthetic, acclaimed guitarist Corey Christiansen's Lone Prairie looks to traditional cowboy songs for inspiration, capturing the sweeping vistas of the western landscape through open vamps, searing solos and spacious grooves. Christiansen will perform with keyboardists Steve Allee and Zach Lapidus, bassist Jeremy Allen, drummer Matt Jorgensen and master percussionist Mike Spiro. Buy Tickets

Justin Olson

Finally Friday: Justin Olson
Lounge

5-7 p.m., Dec. 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

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Arts & Sciences Salon: “Replacing Copper with Light”
Gallery

6-7 p.m., Dec. 5
Dr. Cun-Zheng Ning, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University’s Fulton Schools of Engineering, will discuss work on replacing copper with light in communication systems and computers, focusing on his work with nano-lasers and how they may be used to create far more powerful, faster and efficient microchips for future supercomputers. Learn more

Tony Vicich

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Tony Vicich
Studio

7:30 p.m., Dec. 5
Veteran comic Tony Vicich has been making people laugh or demand their money back since 1985. As a national touring stand-up comic, Vicich has made crowds laugh in clubs and theaters in every state in the country and in two cities in Canada. his television credits include A&E, Showtime, MTV, Comedy Central, Fox and TNN (and a bunch of other stuff that isn't on the air anymore). Vicich has written for and guided the careers of many comics who have not gone anywhere and a few who have. Buy Tickets

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An Evening of Bellydance starring Kaeshi Chai
Studio

7 p.m., Dec. 6
Enjoy an ‘Evening of Bellydance’ starring world-renowned dance artist Kaeshi Chai, of New York City. The performance features diverse styles of the bellydance genre with internationally and nationally recognized dancers, as well as local favorites. Buy Tickets

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Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series: Trio Combray
Gallery

2:30 p.m., Dec. 7
The Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series continues with Trio Combray will play the great French piano trios by Saint-Saëns, Fauré and Ravel. The concert will feature violinist Gregory Fulkerson; cellist Jeffrey Solow; and pianist Jeffrey Swan (Dino Ciani First Prize winner, pictured).Silver Images, photo. Buy Tickets

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Performance with a View: The ASU Guitar Ensembles
Lakeside
10 a.m., Dec. 9; Coffee service begins at 9:30 a.m.
The ASU Guitar Ensembles feature both graduate and undergraduate students performing works representative of different eras and musical styles. These duos, trios, quartets, and the large guitar orchestra perform original works and arranged classics and are sure to entertain and inspire. Limited seating. Free.

Ernie-Green

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Ernie Green and Funny Friends
Studio

7:30 p.m., Dec. 12

Ernie Green is an emerging, opinionated and hilarious comic originally from Buffalo, N.Y., who is a regular at the Tempe Center for the Arts. He has gathered eight of his funny friends - the ones who will admit to knowing him at least - together for what will be one hilarious night of comedy. Each comic on this show has or soon will be a headliner, so come out and see a great show for a great price. Buy Tickets

Gary Marsh

Finally Friday: Gary Marsh
Lounge

5-7 p.m., Dec. 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: Gary Marsh

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Arts & Sciences Salon: “Social Interaction in Game Spaces”
Gallery

6-7 p.m., Dec. 12
Join University of Advancing Techology’s Game Program Chair, Derric Clark, in an active discussion about the digital age and how connectivity has become a core foundation for the social structures in many games. Access to online connectivity has allowed game environments and experiences to embrace social interaction like never before. This talk will explore these social structures, from casual games to the MMO virtual environment. Learn more

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The Silent Voice
Studio

7:30 p.m., Dec. 13
This memorable night of music, dance and poetry features classical Persian master musicians Houman Pourmehdi (percussion) and Saman Mahmoudi (santour); Hoorvash Dance Company; and nationally acclaimed Persian dancer Shahrzad Khoursandi (guest artist). Buy Tickets

Bob McCarroll

Finally Friday: Bob McCarroll
Lounge

5-7 p.m., Dec. 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

Obscurity by Michelle Startzman

Arts & Sciences Salon: “Bronze Casting Yesterday and Today”
Gallery

6-7 p.m., Dec. 19
The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts proudly welcomes a panel of artists from the “Juried Biennial: Copper” exhibition to talk about their work with copper and specifically its use in bronze casting. Artists will discuss casting traditions and new advances the field. Panelists are Tom Bollinger and Perrin Gilbert from Bollinger Atelier, and Mary Bates Neubauer and John Tuomisto-Bell from Arizona State University. Learn more

Comedy Schools

Class Clowns
Studio

7:30 p.m., Dec. 19

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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Lakeshore Music: Tim Warfield's All-Star Jazzy Christmas with Stefon Harris and Terell Stafford
Lakeside

7:30 p.m., Dec. 20
Saxophonist Tim Warfield brings the ultimate jazz lovers Christmas show from New York City to the Tempe Center for the Arts. The show features trumpeter Terell Stafford, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and an all-star New York rhythm section. Buy Tickets

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Finally Friday: Robby Roberson
Lounge
5-7 p.m., Dec. 26
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: Robby Roberson

Liliya-Souslova

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Liliya Souslova
Studio

7:30 p.m., Dec. 26

Liliya Souslova was the stand out comic from the hit show, Stand Up Gals, and performs all over the Southwest.  She does everything from comedy clubs, parties, corporate gigs, and festivals. Souslova’s act is extremely versatile, from jokes to singing and dancing and she loves working with the crowd – she's either talking to it or pulling members on stage. Either way everyone is involved. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets

Bully Mammoth

Bully Mammoth
Studio

8-10: 30 p.m., Dec. 27
Bully Mammoth mixes things up with it brand of 95 percent scripted comedy. The group concentrates on scene work and is influenced by everything from Elvis and professional wrestling to Asian cuisine and David Lynch. Buy Tickets

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Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents Mel Brooks' The Producers
Studio

8:30 p.m., Dec. 31; 7:30 p.m., Jan. 2; 2 and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 3
Mel Brooks’ side-splitting musical, featuring the outrageous extravaganza “Springtime for Hitler,” plays for a limited engagement performed by one of the Valley’s best theater companies. Buy Tickets

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.

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
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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