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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 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.

Obscurity by Michelle Startzman

2014 TCA Juried Biennial: Copper

Through Jan. 31

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)

ASU Men’s and Women’s Chorus

ASU Chorus: I Hear America Singing

7:30 p.m., Oct. 21
ASU Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus and Barrett Choir present choral music by Whitacre, Lauridsen and more. Buy Tickets

Amy Blackwell

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Amy Blackwell
Theater stage

7:30 p.m., Oct. 24
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


Childsplay: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

1 p.m., Oct. 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


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

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Lakeshore Music: Roy Assaf Trio -- "Second Row, Behind the Painter"

7:30 p.m., Oct. 25
Israeli jazz pianist and composer Roy Assaf has toured the world with the likes of James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Paquito D'Rivera, Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, Randy Brecker and other jazz masters. His New York trio with bassist Raviv Markovitz and drummer Jake Goldbas has become internationally renowned for its elegant revival of the classic jazz trio. Buy Tickets


Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series: Piano Quartet

2:30 p.m., Oct. 26
The Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series opens with the great Brahms C minor and Schumann E flat major piano quartets with Randolph Kelly and Dimitri Berlinsky, violins (pictured); Suren Bagratuni, cello; and George Vatchnadze, piano. Cake will be available for everyone after the performance. Katya Chillingiri, photo Buy Tickets

Billy Cioffi

Finally Friday: Billy Cioffi

5-7 p.m., Oct. 31

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: Billy Ciioffi


Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Jim Short

7:30 p.m., Oct. 31

Jim Short is a stand-up comedian from San Francisco and is co-host with Margaret Cho of the podcast Monsters of Talk.. Short moved to Texas from his home in Australia in 1979, and over time his faded accent has caused some controversy, about which he often jokes. Short has made numerous television appearances, including Shorties Watchin' ShortiesLate Show with David LettermanThe Late Late Show with Craig FergusonLate Night with Conan O'BrienJohn Wants Answers and Comedy Central's Premium Blend. His act comprises a mix of personal observations on pop and social culture, world media and history and television and music references. Recommended for ages 18 and older Buy Tickets


Tempe Comedy Concert Series: The Clean Kings of Comedy

7:30 p.m., Nov. 1
Phoenix is fast becoming the one of the most influential comedy cities in the country. Come see why as Ken Kaz, Jon Jesmer, Bob Kubota, Jonathan Gregory and their special guests prove that comics do not have to be filthy to be funny. This PG show is perfect for anyone who truly wants to laugh with friends and family. Presented by Today's Comedy Radio 1260AM and Comedyschools.com. Buy Tickets


Arizona Wind Symphony: "Battles of Time"

7:30 p.m., Nov. 5
The 90-member concert band will present a performance focusing on a musical portrait of war, conflict and military service. AWS's clarinet soloist Arlie DuPlessis will be featured. Buy Tickets

Gary Marsh

Finally Friday: Gary Marsh

5-7 p.m., Nov. 7

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


Arts & Sciences Salon: “Cu in AZ”

6-7 p.m., Nov. 7
ASU colleagues Dr. Steven Semken and Dr. Dan Collins will lead an informal session about the geologic origins and use of copper in the arts and technology since prehistory. They will discuss copper’s prominence in Arizona history as it relates its significant economic, cultural/artistic and environmental impacts. Collins is Professor of Intermedia Studies and Co-Director of the PRISM Lab at ASU. Semken is an Associate Professor of Geology and Geoscience Education in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU. Learn more

Tempe Comedy Concert Series

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Hypnotist Pattie Freeman

7:30 p.m., Nov. 7
Pattie Freeman is one of the top-rated female stage hypnotists in the United States. Her shows are high energy, fast paced and full of laughter. The shows are age-oriented and filled with audience participation with updated music and skits. Freeman has performed at NBA halftime shows and was an Expert Guest on Fox Sports' The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Freeman has appeared on numerous television and radio talk shows. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets

Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble: A Veterans Day Salute

3 p.m., Nov. 9

Enjoy a musical tribute to the members of the United States armed forces with stirring patriotic music and special guest soloist, Brian Wilson, on euphonium. The Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform selections by composers John Philip Sousa and John Williams along with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”


Art After Work: Aspen Winter Trees

6 to 8:30 p.m., Nov. 12
For this class we will be painting a sweet winter scene: bright white aspen trees, set against a pale blue sky. Lastly we will add a focal point of a bright red cardinal, resting a branch. 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 take-home canvas and an $8 food & beverage voucher. Art materials provided. Buy Tickets

Tom & Priscilla Bertling

Finally Friday: Tom & Priscilla Bertling

5-7 p.m., Nov. 14

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: Tom Bertling

Class Clowns

Class Clowns

7:30 p.m., Nov. 14
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

Performance with a View

Performance with a View: Voice Studio E217, Students of Anne Kopta
10 a.m., Nov. 18; Coffee service begins at 9:30 a.m.
The students of Anne Elgar Kopta perform a variety of art song selections. Limited seating. Information. Free


2014 Flinn Foundation Centennial Lecture

7 p.m., Nov. 18
Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project, an organization that promotes the preservation and sustainable use of the Earth’s fresh water, will present, “Our Global Freshwater Future: New Solutions for a Thirsty World,” focusing on issues surrounding water as a global resource. In this lecture Postel answers the question: Can we feed, clothe and provide energy and water for nine billion people while sustaining the ecosystem that supports economies and the web of life on the planet? Free admission, ticket fee applies. Get tickets.

Cottonwood Stone

Finally Friday: Cottonwood Stone

5-7 p.m., Nov. 21

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


Arts & Sciences Salon: “Analog in/Digital out: Printed Literature vs. Multimedia Reading”

6-7 p.m., Nov. 21
Wires and waves change how people experience media - specifically books. In a world where copper wire (and silicon fiber wire) make digitized books possible, the reading experience can be reinterpreted. Join Professor Vesna Dragojlov, professor of human computer interface at the University of Advancing Computer Technology on a journey about one book, “The Plot of Twin Sisters,” by Djordje Pisarev, which first existed in a printed version. Through the process of translation for a world audience, the work has been expanded and reinterpreted to enhance the reader’s experience using multimedia elements: audio, animation and graphic assets. Learn more


Songwriters’ Showcase XII: Bring Your Own Band

7:30 p.m, Nov. 21
Past Songwriters' Showcase favorites return to the stage with their own bands. Tom Bertling, Bob McCarroll, Jason Messer, Robby Roberson, Cali Rodi and Amanda Soares showcase new tunes and update audiences on where music has taken them since their first Songwriters' Showcase appearances. Buy Tickets

Tempe Comedy Series

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Keith Ellis

7:30 p.m., Nov. 21
As a passionate visionary and observer, Keith Ellis, has managed to turn many foreseen negatives in to positives with his witty ways of looking at what life has to offer. He touches upon subjects with a magic that is truly undeniable interesting and hilarious. He has been cast in movies including, Waiting to Exhale, What Planet Are You From, Any Given Sunday, Twisted and Three Kings. He has appeared alongside acting heavyweights George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Foxx and Samuel Jackson. He has also appeared in several commercials on the west coast. Recommended for ages 18 and older. 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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