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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., Wednesday through Nov. 26 (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.

Ballet Arizona

Ballet Under the Stars - CANCELLED

7- 9 p.m., Sept. 18
We will be back next year!

Bob McCarroll

Finally Friday: Bob McCarroll
5-7 p.m., Sept. 19

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


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

7 p.m., Sept. 19 & 20
This Tony Award-winning musical tells the hilarious yet heartwarming story of a group of prepubescent overachievers who take on the challenge of a lifetime. This show delivers tons of laughs and celebrates the triumph of doing the best you can - win or lose. Presented by Big Deal Productions through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Buy Tickets


Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Doug Starks is Sammy Davis Jr.

7:30 p.m., Sept. 19
From his shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York to the main stage at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Doug Starks is one of the most requested acts in the country, regularly working with such industry giants as Julio Iglesias on his world tour from 1995-98, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson and many more. Stark's many movie and televisions appearances include Hollywood Shuffle, Fear of the Black Hat, Comic View and Stand-up Spotlight, but his impression of the late Sammy Davis Jr. has lead him to the very successful hit Las Vegas show The Rat Pack is Back at The Sahara Hotel. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets

 CharlottesWeb-2-by-Heather-Hill Childsplay: Charlotte’s Web

1 & 4 p.m. Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11; 1 p.m., Sept. 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

El Puente Theatre Festival & Mask Procession
2-6 p.m., Sept. 21
This unique celebration features an afternoon of food, music, games and cultural performances. Free Admission to the festival includes dynamic performances by local artists, mask-making and art activities. Plus, the first 500 guests can attend a free performance of Childsplay’s Charlotte's Web at 4 p.m. The community also can enjoy face painting, carnival games and a petting zoo. A masked procession of children, families and performers will celebrate on the beautiful pedestrian bridge crossing Tempe Town Lake starting at about 5:15 p.m.

Obscurity by Michelle Startzman

2014 TCA Juried Biennial: Copper

Sept. 26-Jan. 31
Free opening reception: 6-9 p.m., Sept. 26

This exhibition coincides with the seven-year anniversary of the opening of the TCA (Sept. 9, 2007). The exhibition features works on copper, art made of copper and artists inspired by copper, a tradition for seventh anniversaries. A panel of nationally recognized artists, curators and community members selected 22 Arizona artists from a wide array of visual art traditions, including bronze casting, painting, ceramics, etching, quilt making and jewelry. The overall exhibition is a celebration of copper as a medium as well as a prominent symbol of Arizona history. No admission fee. (Image: Michelle Startzman, Obscurity)

Gary Marsh

Finally Friday: Gary Marsh

5-7 p.m., Sept. 26

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

Travis Thurman

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Travis Thurman

7:30 p.m., Sept. 26
Local star Travis Thurman is regularly seen in commercials that run non-stop in the Valley of the Sun. He is not just a funny guy but a singer, dancer, actor and all-around entertainer. Thurman is a much in demand performer regularly headlining the Improv, Stand Up Live and opening for major acts at The Celebrity Theater. He is an Arizona native who will have you busting a gut as he describes every town and neighborhood in and around Phoenix.Buy Tickets

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Lakeshore Music: La Voz de Tres -- "Ojos Negros"

7:30 p.m., Sept. 27
These three voices comprise the unique sound of the New York City-based world jazz trio, La Voz de Tres. Chilean vocalist Natalia Bernal, keyboardist Mike Eckroth and seven-string guitarist Jason Ennis blend the infectious rhythms and songwriting traditions of Latin America with original compositions and choice picks from the Great American Songbook. Buy Tickets

Cottonwood Stone

Finally Friday: Cottonwood Stone

5-7 p.m., Oct. 3

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: Cottonwood Stone


In the Spotlight

7:30 p.m., Oct. 3
Lawrence Zubia, Harmony Rain, Jonathan Felasco and more join Host Walt Richardson for a night of live music. No Cover Charge


Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Omar the Magician

7:30 p.m., Oct. 3
For the past nine years, magician and comedian Omar Covarrubias has delighted audiences throughout the greater Los Angeles area, playing frequently at the Ice House, Hollywood Laugh Factory, House of Blues and other notable clubs. Covarrubias incorporates vaudevillian comedy and musical bits while calling forth constant audience participation. The versatile quality of his show allows him to appear in a variety of forums, including community festivals, fundraisers, and sideshow-type showcases. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets


Art After Work: The Scream

6 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 8
Join us for this Halloween-themed event. We will be painting Edvard Munch's classic masterpiece The Scream and casting away our worries and things that make us want to scream. 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 canvas and an $8 food & beverage voucher. Art materials provided. Buy Tickets

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Finally Friday: Robby Roberson

5-7 p.m., Oct. 10

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: Robby Roberson
Class Clowns

Class Clowns

7:30 p.m., Oct. 10
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


Desert Dance Theatre: Arizona Dance Festival Showcase 2014

7:30 p.m., Oct. 10-11
Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company that was founded in 1979. Currently, under the artistic direction of Lisa R. Chow and Step Raptis, Desert Dance Theatre has an eclectic variety of dances in the current repertory, ranging from classical to comical, abstract to theatrical. Buy Tickets

Finally Friday: Walt Richardson

5-7 p.m., Oct. 17
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: Walt Richardson

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Jay Penn

7:30 p.m., Oct. 17
After moving to Arizona in the early 2000′s, Penn won “Funniest Person in the Valley” contest three times, an honor that has allowed him to open for nationally recognized comics like Larry the Cable Guy, Jim Breuer and Billy Ray Cyrus or now known as “Miley Cyrus’ Dad.” Penn’s act consists mainly of funny stories called from life with his wife and family. Penn takes audiences on a funny ride from child birth to adolescence, entertaining audiences from California to New York. Recommended for audiences ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets 


Childsplay: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

1 p.m., Oct. 19, 25, 26, Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16; 4 p.m., Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15
With his handmade silk suits, wide array of hats and tiny gold pocket watch, Edward Tulane was the most exceptional toy in Abilene’s room. He was adored and he was happy. But one day he was lost. Childsplay presents this breathtaking story of finding friendship, finding yourself and eventually finding your way home. Follow Edward on a fantastical adventure worthy of literature’s greatest heroes. Recommended for Ages 7 and older. Photo by Tim Trumble Buy Tickets

Tempe Symphony Orchestra

Tempe Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Concert

7:30-9 p.m., Oct. 20
Douglas Akey, begins his fifth season as conductor as the Tempe Symphony Orchestra opens its 40th season. The orchestra will perform Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger; Sibelius’ Karelia Suite and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (Italian).This is a free, General Admission event. Tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Robert Hamilton

Performance with a View: Piano Studio Recital, Students of Robert Hamilton
10 a.m., Oct. 21; Coffee service begins at 9:30 a.m.
The event features a  concert by students from the Piano Studio of Arizona State University Professor Robert Hamilton. Limited seating. Free

Amy Blackwell

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Amy Blackwell
Theater stage

9:30 p.m., Oct. 24 (Note the time change)
G-rated but unrepentant. Amy Blackwell is one of the hottest comics coming out of the red hot Phoenix comedy scene. If you like your comedy clean, but with an edge, check out this very funny lady. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets


Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble: Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror

7:30 p.m., Oct. 25
Before “Twilight,” before “True Blood,” there was “Nosferatu.” Arizona Pro Arte provides live accompaniment for a screening of this silent classic whose eerie, inhuman Count Orlok is the most unforgettable vampire ever. 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
Comedy Classes & Shows
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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