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All schedules are subject to change. For updates on events, ticket releases and more, join our e-mail distribution list. Read the most current newsletter. More events can be found on the city of Tempe Calendar. A $1 service fee will be applied to each ticket sold over the telephone or at the box office window and a $3 service fee applied to each ticket purchased online.

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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 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.

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Page to Screen
Gallery

February 13-June 6

This exhibition will highlight some of America’s favorite children’s books, comic books and fictional literature that have been adapted to film and television. Displays from local and national collections include original artworks, animation cells, original signed scripts, promotional materials and vintage toys from films and television shows such as Zorro, M*A*S*H and James Bond. No Admission Fee

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Finally Friday:  Gary Marsh
Lobby

May 22 - 5-7 p.m.*
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. 
*Appetizers begin at 5:00 p.m.; Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. 

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Friday Film Screenings: M*A*S*H, 1970
Gallery
May 22 – 5-7 p.m.

Join local pop culture fans and film scholars at this series of film screenings highlighting some of the books and films from the TCA’s Page to Screen exhibition.  Introduction provided by TCA docent and Air Force Veteran, Steve Pearson. Screening is in honor of Memorial Day weekend and the service of our Arizona veterans.  Adult audiences, Rated R.  Free

Film rights provided by Criterion Pictures.

Greg Freiler

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Gregory Freiler
Lakeside

May 22 – 7:30 p.m.

Greg is an entertaining storyteller and a truly engaging comedian.  After spending 14 years as a high school teacher, he realized that he really belonged on the stand-up stage. He has performed across US in venues at Gotham Comedy Club in New York, The Ice House, Tempe Improv, and Stand-Up Live. He has worked with comedians Bob Marley, David Spade, Ritch Shydner, Louie Anderson, Tom Arnold, Paul Reiser, and many more. In 2013 and 2014, he had the opportunity to perform for the military overseas. Buy Tickets

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Childsplay: The Three Javelinas
Theater

May  23, 24 - 1 p.m.;
May 23 - 4 p.m.
A favorite tale gets a Southwestern spin in this world-premiere stage adaptation of Susan Lowell’s picture book. Don’t call them pigs; the Three Little Javelinas are more than just straw, sticks and bricks. Josefina Javelina dreams of a career on stage. Juan wants a quiet place to think. And as for José, he just wants someone to listen to his jokes. When a series of misadventures leave them to build houses in the desert, they catch the attention of a hungry coyote. This musical tribute to the Arizona landscape will delight audiences of all ages. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Buy Tickets

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Lakeshore Music: Trish Hatley Quartet - Essentials
Studio

May 23 – 7:30 p.m.

Jazz singer Trish Hatley is one of the most beloved and enduring figures on the West Coast music scene. With her easy sense of swing, beautiful tone and innate sensitivity to the lyric, she effectively balances technical mastery and genuine accessibility, making her extremely popular among jazz fans wherever she plays around the world. Buy Tickets

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All About Dance: #LiveToDance
Theater

May 27-28 – 6 p.m.

Enjoy a night of entertainment as the dancers from All About Dance will showcase all genres of dances such as: Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary and Lyrical. Come Dance With Us!  Buy Tickets

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Friday Film Screenings:  Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Gallery
May 29 – 5-7 p.m.

Join local pop culture fans and film scholars at this series of film screenings highlighting some of the books and films from the TCA’s Page to Screen exhibition.  Introduction provided by TCA’s curator Michelle Nichols Dock. All ages, rated G.  Free
Film rights provided by SWANK Motion Pictures.

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Finally Friday:  Robby Roberson
Lobby

May 29 - 5-7 p.m.*
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. 
*Appetizers begin at 5:00 p.m.; Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. 

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Steve Krause
Lakeside

May 29 – 7:30 p.m.

Steve "Short Bus" Krause is a “sit down” comedian from Phoenix, AZ. Instead of feeling sorry for being born so awesome, Steve just decided to laugh at life. Being the only disabled kid in the school, at an early age Steve began using his humor to make new friends. At the age of 19 Steve took a Sales/Marketing position in the NFL, but soon discovered his passion was the stage. As soon as his wheels hit the stage he knew that he had found his true calling. Steve has worked with comedians such as Russell Peters, Pablo Francisco, Carlos Mencia and many more. Steve and his Service Dog Kawana are quickly becoming a favorite at clubs and theaters across the country. Steve's goal is to have you jump out of your chair with laughter...well, that's because he can't! Steve's edgy outlook on life is a show you definitely do not want to miss.  Buy Tickets

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Tempe Community Chorus:  Imagine the Music
Theater

May 31 - 4 p.m.
Tempe Community Chorus is proud to present Imagine the Music. Come enjoy the large chorus power of 120 voices blended in 4-part harmony, with songs for every age. From pop to light rock to country to songs from the movie Frozen, there is something for everyone.  Buy Tickets

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Friday Film Screenings: The Mark of Zorro, 1940
Gallery
June 5 – 5-7 p.m.

Join local pop culture fans and film scholars at this series of film screenings highlighting some of the books and films from the TCA’s Page to Screen exhibition.  Introduction provided by ASU’s Kelly Nelson, Ph.D.; Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at the School of Letters and Sciences and TCA docent. All ages, unrated. Free
Film rights provided by Criterion Pictures.

AJ Odneal

Finally Friday:  AJ Odneal
Lobby

June 5 – 5-7 p.m.*
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.
*Appetizers begin at 5:00 p.m.; Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. 

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Insane and Sober
Lakeside

June 5 – 7:30 p.m.
These guys do not drink, but after you see them, you may want to start! Rob Spector 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

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Desert Overture
Theater

June 7 – 3 p.m.
Desert Overture presents a musical celebration of dances from around the world. The 50-member wind symphony and their new swing band will perform with live dancers and singer Jeffrey Hattrick.  Buy Tickets
Tom & Priscilla Bertling

Finally Friday:  Tom and Priscilla Bertling
Lobby

June 12 – 5-7 p.m.*
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. 
*Appetizers begin at 5:00 p.m.; Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. 

Comedy Schools

Class Clowns Comedy
Lakeside

June 12 – 7:30 p.m.
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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Dulce Dance Company: id
Studio

June 13 - 7:30 p.m.
Dulce Dance Company presents id a dance journey and reflection choreographed by Candy Jimenez, Artistic Director.  Join us for a thought provoking concept explored through visceral, energetic and breathtaking movement.  Buy Tickets

Bob McCarroll

Finally Friday:  Bob McCarroll
Lobby

 June 19 - 5-7 p.m.*
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 complimentary appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. No Cover Charge.
*Appetizers begin at 5:00 p.m.; Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m.

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Dads of Comedy
Lakeside

June 19 – 7:30 p.m.
When these guys are not making jokes they are making babies, and raising them! Come out and see three of the valley's funniest dad comics share how they balance marriage, kids and comedy without losing their mind...or maybe they already have!  Buy Tickets

Art and Science Family Workshop

Arts & Sciences Family Workshops: Liberty Wildlife
Gallery

June 20 – 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
In conjunction with the Birds of a Feather exhibition, these Saturday workshops include short science lessons about birds and hands-on art projects for kids. At the workshops, children 12 and under can also pick up a free TCA field guide journal to use for drawings in the Gallery or notes about the birds they see in their own backyard. Free.

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Encore Dance Center:  Press Play
Theater

June 20 – 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Join Encore Dance Center for their 12th Annual Recital, Press Play. These two amazing shows will include dancers ranging between the ages of 3-Adult and will feature ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, break dance, contemporary, lyrical and tumbling.  This is a great family event and fun for all ages.  Buy Tickets

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Finally Friday: Artist to be announced
Lobby

June 26 - 5-7 p.m.*

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. *Appetizers begin at 5:00 p.m.; Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. 

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning Speaker Series: Physiological and behavioral adaptations of birds to the Sonoran Desert
Gallery

June 26, 6 – 7 p.m.
Advanced birders and novice bird enthusiasts alike will enjoy informal discussions about Arizona birds given by local experts.  With Mark W. Larson, President of the Maricopa Audubon Society.

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Ernie Green and Funny Friends
Lakeside

June 26 -7:30 p.m.

Buffalo, NY native Ernie Green is an emerging, opinionated and hilarious comic 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 in this show has or soon will be a headliner, so come out and see a great show for a great price!  Buy Tickets

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Arts & Sciences Family Workshops: Learning to Fly
Gallery

June 27 – 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
In conjunction with the Birds of a Feather exhibition, these Saturday workshops include short science lessons about birds and hands-on art projects for kids. At the workshops, children 12 and under can also pick up a free TCA field guide journal to use for drawings in the Gallery or notes about the birds they see in their own backyard. Free.

Refer to the city of Tempe calendar for additional events.

Visit these sites for information about:

Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts

Arizona Wind Symphony
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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