What’s Happening in Tempe This Week – The Tempe Improv

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If laughter is the best medicine, then Tempe has a medicine chest full of cures this week at the Improv. On Wednesday, the Class Clowns Comedy Showcase will highlight the best in local talent. This popular event is a mix of seasoned comics who are well on their way and newbies to the stand-up scene. On Thursday, Shang will bring his political and explosive humor to the Improv’s stage. The week ends with Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong fame teaming up with his wife Shelby to perform the type of humor that made them famous during their Cheech & Chong days. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

 

What’s Happening in Tempe This Week – Menahem Pressler with the AU Chamber Orchestra

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Chamber music aficionados are in for a huge treat this Friday when Menahem Pressler, founding member of and pianist for the renowned Beaux Arts Trio, performs with the ASU Chamber Orchestra at ASU Gammage. Since 1946, when his illustrious career began, Menahem Pressler has been performing with the world’s great orchestras. Equally regarded as a teacher, he has taught on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for almost 60 years.At 86 he continues to captivate audiences performing solo and chamber music recitals to great critical acclaim while maintaining a dedicated and robust teaching career.

Jazz lovers will find much to love this week at Dave’s Electric Brew Pub, The Tempe Marketplace, Tempe History Museum  and Desert Botanical Garden.  View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

 

What’s Happening in Tempe This Week – Shen Yun Performing Arts

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This week Tempe is bursting with events from great music to major art exhibitions to opera, dance and the exciting Shen Yun Performing Arts. This opulent production transcends time and space and will take you through China’s 5,000-year-old culture with an exhilarating performance that entertains, educates, enriches and inspires. It’s a magical journey through ancient dynasties and ethnic regions of China, interspersed with legends of the culture’s creation and stories of courage in China today. The Shen Yun Dance Company was established in New York City in 2006. Its mission is to revive 5000 years of divinely inspired Chinese tradition, which was all but annihilated after 60 years of Communist rule.

Tempe’s music scene rocks this week starting with the Marquee where, all in one week, you can see O.A.R., Parachute, Citizen Cope and They Might Be Giants. There’s also great jazz, rock, blues, rockabilly, opera; heck you name it and you’ll likely find it somewhere in Tempe.

View a complete listing of Tempe events or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

• January 24: O.A.R. with Parachute, Marquee Theater
• January 25: Stu Siefer Combo, Dave’s Electric Brew Pub
• January 25: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic, Tempe Center for the Arts
• January 26: Best of the West Comedy Show, Tempe Improv
• January 26: Music on Mill, Mill Avenue District
• January 27: Lakeshore Jazz Series: Gretchen Parlato, Tempe Center for the Arts
• January 27: Take Cover; January 28: The Jeff Hunt Band, Rula Bula Irish Pub
• January 27: Citizen Cope, Marquee Theater
• January 27: Think Horses Featuring Leon Santiago; January 28:
• Ted Brown’s Mailbox, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
• January 27: Scott & John of Hello Swindon; January 28: Hans Olson, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
• January 27-28: Jim Norton, Tempe Improv
• January 27-29: Shen Yun Performing Arts, ASU Gammage
• January 27-February 5: ASU Lyric Opera Theatre Student Workshop Presents Cabaret, Evelyn Smith Music Theater
• January 28: CONDER/dance: Breaking Ground 2012, Tempe Center for the Arts
• January 28-February 5: Childsplay Presents: With Two Wings, Tempe Center for the Arts
• January 29: Miss Gay Arizona, Tempe Center for the Arts
• January 29: Pat Roberts and the Heymakers, Desert Botanical Gardens
• January 29: They Might Be Giants, Marquee Theater
• January 29: Trevor Rogers and The Wilderness, Cadillac Ranch

What’s Happening in Tempe This Week – With Two Wings World Premier

Childsplay, Tempe’s award-winning theatre for young audiences and families, will preview the world premiere of With Two Wings on January 22 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The play by Anne Negri, tells the story of Lyf whose overprotective parents have kept him safe in their nest and not allowed him to learn to fly. One day, a hilarious pair of fast-talking twins who have skipped “flock” school burst into their lives challenging everything Lyf thought he knew. Will his parents’ secret reason for protecting him be enough to keep him from the skies?

Tempe also offers some great music this week ranging from jazz to classical to country-western to hip hop and more. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

January 18: Renee Patrick, Judy Roberts & Dom Moio , Dave’s Electric Brew Pub
January 18: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic, Tempe Center for the Arts
January 19: Greg Freiler, Tempe Improv
January 19: Third Thursday Presents Rose’s Pawn Shop with Ragamuffin Stampede, Mill Avenue District Hayden Square Amphitheater
January 20: Johannes Moller, Guitar, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
January 20: The Sullivans; January 21: Sea Merchants Band, Rula Bula Irish Pub
January 20-21: Jay Pharoah, Tempe Improv
January 20: Los Guys; January 21: Ratio, Funk, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
January 20: David & Amy; January 21: Mary Hoffman Duo, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
January 22: Cinco de Moio, Desert Botanical Gardens
January 22: Trevor Rogers and The Wilderness, Cadillac Ranch
January 22-February 5: Childsplay Presents: With Two Wings, Tempe Center for the Arts

What’s Happening in Tempe This Week – The Fiesta Bowl Block Party, STOMP and More!

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Tempe is truly the place to be as we bid farewell to the 2011 and ring in the 2012. Let’s start with the Fiesta Bowl Block Party. As Arizona’s biggest and most exciting New Year’s Eve bash, the Fiesta Bowl Block Party is a jam-packed evening of fun and entertainment for the entire family. With rockin’ bands, beer gardens and a host of entertainers, this is one fantastic celebration you won’t want to miss! This year’s featured band is Tempe’s own Gin Blossoms

Or, maybe you want to send 2011 out with a bang at ASU Gammage where you can hear and feel the rhythms of STOMP. The eight–member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, broom, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps. No need to wait for New Year’s Eve for this one because it will be on stage all this week.

It’s always good to end the year on a funny note and you can by heading to The Tempe Improve to see Kevin Nealon, December 30-31. Some of you will remember him from Saturday Night Live; others know him as Doug Wilson in the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe nominated Showtime series Weeds.

For more things to do on New Year’s Eve and all week long,view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

December 27-30: Las Noches de las Luminarias, Desert Botanical Garden
December 27- January 1: Santa Claws at SEA LIFE!, Sea Life Arizona
December 27- 31: STOMP, ASU Gammage
December 28: Michael Powers Group, Dave’s Electric Brew Pub
December 28-29: Class Clowns Comedy Showcase, Tempe Improv
December 29: Music on Mill, Mill Avenue District
December 30: The Love Brokers; December 31: The Jeff Hunt Band, Rula Bula Irish Pub
December 30: Soulfly; December 31: Authority Zero, Marquee Theater
December 30-31: Kevin Nealon, Tempe Improv
December 30: Peppermint James; December 31: Knee Deep Experience, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
December 30: Andrea Meila; December 31: Pete Pancrazi, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
December 31: Meat Puppets, The Clubhouse
December 31: Fiesta Bowl Block Party, Mill Avenue District
December 31: Save the Family’s Hearts of Gold New Year’s Eve Celebration,
Tempe Center for the Arts