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Summer-of-Love-109

Summer of Love: Family, Friendship and Devotion
Gallery

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.

Chloe Tang 109

Finally Friday: Chloe Tang
Lounge

5-7 p.m., Aug. 1

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: Chloe Tang

Class Clowns

Class Clowns
Studio

7:30 p.m., Aug. 1
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

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Summer of Love Family Art Workshop:  - Steampunk Owls with Michelle Dock
Gallery

Noon-2 p.m., Aug. 2
Join TCA staff member Michelle Dock on a Steampunk project that will get you and your child’s brain gears moving. Dock enjoys finding vintage treasures and antiques at second-hand stores and antique shops. In this whimsical workshop, participants of all ages will be using recycled materials like CD cases, bottle caps and nuts and bolts as well as vintage buttons, jewelry and watch parts to create self-standing artworks. Free admission, no RSVP.

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Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble: European Vacation
Studio

7:30 p.m., Aug. 2
The sounds of Europe come to life in this concert, which features Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble principal violist Allyson Wuenschel with principal clarinetist Mary Jackson. This concert is sure to make you feel like you’ve visited the “old country.” Enjoy Schumann's Symphony 3 “Rhenish," Bruch's Concerto for Clarinet and Viola and Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni. Buy tickets

Billy Cioffi

Finally Friday: Billy Cioffi
Lounge

5-7 p.m., Aug. 8
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: Billy Cioffi

Jas-Clay

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Jas Clay
Studio

7:30 p.m., Aug. 8
Jas Clay is a fun, engaging comedian, who likes to entertain all audiences, from comedy clubs and casinos to corporate functions and fundraisers. He has performed in Stand Up Live, Jokers Comedy Club, Hon-Dah Casino, Stand Up Scottsdale, Cocopah Casino, Tempe Improv, The Rio Hotel in Vegas, Santa Ana Star Casino and The Comedy Spot, and has opened for Gilbert Gottfried, Reno 911’s Carlos Alazraqui, The Soup’s Hal Sparks, The Man Show’s Doug Stanhope, and more. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets

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Summer of Love Family Art Workshop:  This Bouquet is For You with Veronica Rascona
Gallery

Noon-2 p.m., Aug. 9
In Victorian times, flowers symbolized different feelings such as love, friendship and remembrance. Join TCA staff member Veronica Rascona to create your own special bouquet of colorful tissue paper flowers to give to someone special. Participants of all ages will learn about botanical symbolism and finish their own floral arrangements with hand written notes to add an extra layer of meaning to each bouquet. Free admission, no RSVP.

Bob McCarroll

Finally Friday: Bob McCarroll
Lounge

5-7 p.m., Aug. 15

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

Monet's-Water-Lilies

Art After Work: Monet’s Water Lilies
Gallery

6 to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 15
Cool down with sweet thoughts of chilly breezes blowing across a garden pond.  For this piece, use shades of greens and bold blues to bring Monet’s classic Water Lilies to life. Online registration only. No refunds. Registration is capped at 25 people and must be completed by Noon on the day prior to class. Price includes a 16- x 20-inch canvas and an $8 food & beverage voucher. Art materials provided. Buy Tickets

Men-v-women
Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Men vs. Women - a comedic town hall debate
Studio
7:30 p.m., Aug. 15

A comedic panel of uninformed experts take on marriage, equal pay, gender equality and who is supposed to put the toilet seat down. Three women and three men will go at one another like newlyweds having their first argument. Only one thing is more fun to watch than a couple across the room arguing: watching three of them go at it on the TCA stage. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets

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Bully Mammoth
Studio

8-10: 30 p.m., Aug. 16
Bully Mammoth is the funniest, high quality live sketch comedy for miles. Unhappy with the local comedy scene, the members of Bully Mammoth decided to mix things up with their brand of 95% scripted comedy. They concentrate on scene work and are influenced by everything from Elvis and professional wrestling to Asian cuisine and David Lynch Buy Tickets

Partner-Preview109

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
Lounge

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

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Latino Comedy Fest with Guillermo Robles
Studio

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-109

Tempe Rocks: Live, Local, Legendary
Theater

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

Tom & Priscilla Bertling

Finally Friday: Tom Bertling
Lounge

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

Armon-Williams

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Armon Williams
Studio

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
Lounge

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
Studio

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. Buy Tickets

mystery-box

Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble: Mystery Music Box
Studio

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
Lakeside

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.

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Childsplay: Charlotte’s Web
Theater

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

Sonoran-Magenta-Sunset

Art After Work: Sonoran Twilight
Gallery

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

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

Stray Cat Theatre at the Tempe Performing Arts Center 

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