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TCA announces self-produced lineup of events

A first for the center

Kelly Lovell-Taylor
Tempe Center for the Arts
(480) 350-5255


TCA announces first self-produced lineup of events


Jan. 18, 2017, Tempe, AZ – For the first time, Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust will produce its own original programming including a film festival, theatre and concerts. EDGE, a new expanded happy hour from Thursday – Saturday will complement Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night, launching January 26th.

This came from feedback from the community regarding the City’s recently adopted 5-year Arts Plan. Tempe’s young and young-at-heart demographic also played a role in choosing the content.

“With the implementation of this new programming at the TCA, we are one step closer to our goal of presenting more experimental art,” said Ralph Remington, Tempe Center for the Arts’ Artistic Director, adding, “We want to go for the niche acts that take more chances or that are more provocative.”

New programming includes Disrupt FEST – a live performance mash up, Some Velvet Morning – an original play by Neil LaBute, Bataré – choreographed music and La Santa Cecilia - a Grammy-Award winning Latin-Rock band.

Presale tickets to these events are available to Tempe Center for the Arts e-newsletter subscribers now through January 22. To subscribe, visit  Save $5 and get access to the best seats first by signing up. It’s free!

Tickets go on sale to the public starting January 23 at 10 am at the TCA box office, and 480-350-2822.



EDGE Happy Hour
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays | 5 - 8 pm | No cover

Beginning January 26, enjoy an after work gathering spot with a wide spectrum of live entertainment, art, food trucks, tapas-style appetizers, and  “Bottle & Board” wine specials. EDGE showcases the best of the Valley’s talent in a laid-back space overlooking Tempe Town Lake.

Jan 26 | Banana Gun                                                      
Jan 27 | Ruca                                                                     
Jan 28 | ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre Cabaret        
Feb 2 | Scattered Melodies
Feb 3 | Cisco and the Racecars
Feb 4 | What’s the Big Idea (WTBI)

For a more detailed listing, visit


Western POP Film Festival
Feb 1 -3 | $5 per film

In collaboration with ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture
Three strategically chosen western films will be featured, in historical order, to celebrate the nostalgia tied to the western genre while exposing the facts and fiction about morality, race relations and economics in a complicated story that is the history of the American West.

Feb 1 | 7 pm | The Searchers, 1956 - post discussion by Peter Lehman, Ph.D., ASU
Feb 2 | 7 pm | Unforgiven, 1992 - post discussion by Jason Scott, Ph.D., ASU
Feb 3 | 7 pm | Django Unchained, 2012 - post discussion by Ralph Remington, Artistic Director, TCA

Some Velvet Morning

March 10 - 19 | $15 - $25

In this provocative play, writer Neil LaBute continually explores the nuances of gender relationships by creating a powerful work of sharp and subtle contrasts.  Directed by Ralph Remington, TCA Theatre Productions presents this original piece which displays an electrifying story of obsession, desire and the roles we play.

Disrupt FEST - live mashup. no boundaries.
March 18 | $30 - $50

A collision of live performances featuring Some Velvet Morning, an original play by Neil LaBute, concerts by Totsy and Ensemble Mik Nawooj, cocktails and food trucks.

Totsy is a band that is driven by the unique vocal stylings of Beth Boyett, Broadway star of Legally Blonde and Young Frankenstein, and the guitar and production work of composer/songwriter, Brett Boyett. Harkening back to the days of burlesque theater, speakeasies and light cabaret music, their music takes a quirky twist on occasion, featuring vocal percussion and emulating the sounds of instruments using only their voices.

Ensemble Mik Nawooj is a Hip-Hop Orchestra led by composer/pianist, JooWan Kim. They create new American Art Music based on the musical materials of Hip-Hop and by sampling compatible classical compositional techniques.

April 7 | 7:30 pm | $35 - $45

Visually compelling, emotionally moving, and musically masterful, Bataré is a unique blend of elegant choreography and powerful music. This story is captivating to all, married with an intense modernization of taiko drumming, and an orchestrally motivated approach to progressive rock.


La Santa Cecilia
April 14 | 7:30pm | $35 - $45

With a captivating voice that sings about love, loss, and disappointment, the Grammy-Award winning Latin Rock band has become the voice of a new bi-cultural generation in the United States, fully immersed in modern music, but still close to their Latin American influences and Mexican heritage. This will be the band’s Arizona debut.

For a full listing of all events and exhibit information at the TCA visit

About Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust

Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust (TCA) is a jewel in the crown of a city known for its support of the arts. The award-winning venue houses a state-of-the-art 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat studio theater, and a 3,500 square-foot art gallery. Its Lakeside Room seats 200 and overlooks Tempe Town Lake, with views of the Papago and Camelback mountains.


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