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Walk-in Wednesdays Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night
6-10 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 8 through May 28 
Host Walt Richardson is on board for a relaxing evening of live music from some of the Valley's best singer/songwriters. Artists vie for a chance to perform at In the Spotlight and in the Songwriters' Showcase. Enjoy food & beverage specials. Exclusive session for high school age and younger from 5 to 6 p.m. No Cover Charge. Sign up begins at 5:45 p.m. for the open category; 4:30 p.m. for youth.
Detail-from-Zachary-Bed-Cover American POP! Comic Books to Science Fiction
Through June 8
This exhibition for all ages highlights the ongoing popularity of satire, fantasy and escapism in the worlds of comics, graphic novels, gaming, toys, television, movies and more. Displays include materials from local and national collectors as well as original art and limited edition pieces from some of America’s favorite pop culture icons. No admission charge. Photo by Mark Newport Learn more
Valerie Bandura Poetry in April: Valerie Bandura

7 p.m., April 16
Valerie Bandura was born in the former Soviet Union and received degrees from Columbia University and the Masters of Fine Arts Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College where she was the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow. She received residencies from the Bread Loaf Writer's conference and from the Vermonth Studio Center. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Alaska Quarterly, Third Coast and Best New Poets (2005). She teaches writing at Arizona State University. Bandura's collection of poems, Freak Show, comes from Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books. Recommended for Adult Audiences. Free
Bob McCarroll Finally Friday: Bob McCarroll
5-7 p.m., April 18
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. Special Guest: Bob McCarroll No cover charge
Sci Fi Friday logo Sci-Fi Fridays: "You're going the wrong way!" Graphic Novels of Martin Vaughn-James

6-7 p.m., April 18
Sid Stephen, University of Advancing Technology, discusses the early 1970s work of British-Canadian artist and novelist Martin Vaughn-James (1943-2009), who produced three works that helped change the graphic novel genre. Free
Comedy Schools Class Clowns

7:30 p.m., April 18
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 age 18 and older. Buy Tickets
Bully Mammoth Bully Mammoth
8-10:30 p.m., April 19
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
Schoolhouse Rock Childsplay: Schoolhouse Rock, Live
1 & 4 p.m. (Saturdays); 1 p.m. (Sundays), April 20–May 25
A pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stage. Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.” Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto the Childsplay stage with beloved songs updated for a whole new generation. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Buy Tickets
David Chorlton Poetry in April: David Chorlton
7 p.m., April 23
David Chorlton was born in Austria, grew up in England and spent several years in Vienna, Austria, before moving to Phoenix in 1978. He published his poetry widely in magazines and collections, the latest of which is The Devil's Sonata from FutureCycle Press. Although he became ever more interested in the desert and its wildlife, the shadow side of Vienna emerges in fiction and The Taste of Fog, published by Rain Mountain Press. Recommended for Adult Audiences. Free
Regensburg Boy's Choir 109 Tempe Sister Cities & Lakeshore Music present: Domspatzen – the Regensburg Boys’ Choir
7:30 p.m., April 23
The Boys Choir of Regensburg, Germany, play an important role in the cultural life of the city and have long become one of the most famous attractions of its hometown. The group performs many concert tours throughout the world and are called, "the singing ambassadors of the city" and of Germany. The choir was created in the year 976, and for more than a 1,000 years, the 56 voices of the “Cathedral Sparrows” have been singing at Regensburg’s gothic St. Peter’s Cathedral in the old city center. Buy Tickets
Ryan Fremling Finally Friday: Ryan Fremling
5-7 p.m., April 25
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. Special Guest: Ryan Fremling No cover charge
Sci Fi Friday logo Sci-Fi Friday: Dune's Controversial Connection to Pop Culture throughout the Decades
6-7 p.m., April 25
Micah Chabner, University of Advancing Technology, discusses Frank Herbert’s Dune and its reaction to and impact upon pop culture. Free
Kristofer Royer Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Kris Royer
7:30 p.m., April 25
Kristofer Royer is one of the Valley's hottest emerging stand-up comedians. His brutal honesty is in constant demand at every club in town. He is left-handed, and his dream is to start the world's first-ever Sasquatch refuge. Recommended for age 18 and older. Buy Tickets
MUTS Music Under the Stars
7:30 p.m., April 25
Music Under the Stars is a unique celebration of arts and music featuring the Arizona Wind Symphony, the Corona del Sol and Desert Vista high school bands, the Corona del Sol Steel Drum band and the Academy Drum Corps horn line. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and picnic and enjoy beautiful Arizona outdoor weather while listening to your favorite music. Parking is available in the US Airways garage after 6 p.m. Enter off of Ash Avenue. Free
Tamir Hendelman Lakeshore Music: Tamir Hendelman Trio
7:30 p.m., April 26
Award-winning Israeli jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman has performed with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Barbra Streisand, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Harry Allen, Teddy Edwards, Warren Vache, Houston Person, Jeff Clayton, Nick Brignola, Phil Upchurch, Rickey Woodard, John Clayton and Barbara Morrison. He also leads his own trio and his debut CD, Playground, features him in this trio setting. Buy Tickets
Anton Nel Sonoran Chamber Music Series: Piano and Cello
2:30 p.m., April 27
Anton Nel, winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall will play solo piano and duets with cellist Tom Landschoot. Nel enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa. Following an auspicious debut at the age of 12 with Beethoven’s C Major Concerto after only two years of study, the Johannesburg native captured first prizes in all the major South African competitions while still in his teens, toured his native country extensively and became a well-known radio and television personality. Buy Tickets
Happy Poppies Art After Work: "Happy Poppies"
6-8:30 p.m., April 30
In ancient times the seeds of the poppy were used to relieve pain. For this class, painting the vibrant flowers will be our medicine in relieving the daily stresses of the work day. Celebrate spring with this delightful flower piece, and paint your worriers away. 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
Rebecca Byrkit Poetry in April: Rebecca Byrkit

7 p.m., April 30
Rebecca Byrkit's work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Ploughshares and the online Rolling Stone. Her first book, zealand, was nominated for the Western States Book Award. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by six publications. Her fifth book of poetry is due in June. She teaches in the Master of Liberal Studies program at Arizona State University. Byrkit's performance will feature her poems, her band and collaboratorations with Jerry and Paul Riopelle, John Willis, Teri Tobin, Holly Huffman, Jim Byrkit and Gibson Davis. Free  Recommended for Adult Audiences.
Cottonwood Stone Finally Friday: Cottonwood Stone
5-7 p.m., May 9
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. Special Guest: Cottonwood Stone No cover charge
Sci Fi Friday logo Sci-Fi Friday: Phoenix Comicon Preview
6-7 p.m., May 9
Join the discussion on all things pop culture from the folks at Phoenix Comicon, the signature pop culture experience of the Southwest. A panel of Comicon/Pop Culture experts will discuss the history of Phoenix Comicon, pop culture news and how people can get involved in the big event. Phoenix Comicon also will offer chances to win Phoenix Comicon memberships and other door prizes. Free
Jonathan Gregory Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Jonathan Gregory
7:30 p.m., May 9 
Jonathan Gregory's comedy, although unique and different, has been well received by a variety of audiences from retirement homes, to bars, to theaters, to World class comedy clubs. He broke onto the scene at the age of 19, as a punching dummy in a Mike Tyson promo, which aired on Showtime. He later portrayed the victim of a crazed fraternity in E! True Hollywood Story Investigates: Hazing. In 2008, Gregory’s talents were highlighted on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Buy Tickets
Insane & Sober 109 Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Insane and Sober
7:30 p.m., May 10
These guys do not drink, but after you see them, you may want to start. Rob Sector 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
Bob McCarroll Finally Fridays: Bob McCarroll

5-7 p.m., May 16
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. Special Guest: Bob McCarroll No cover charge
Sci Fi Friday logo Sci-Fi Friday: Deborah Henderson, Ph.D.,
6-7 p.m., May 16,
Deborah Henderson, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Justice and Social Inquiry, ASU School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Free

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
Sonoran Chamber Music Series
Tempe Community Chorus

Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Stray Cat Theatre at the Tempe Performing Arts Center 

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