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Obscurity by Michelle Startzman

2014 TCA Juried Biennial: Copper
Gallery

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)

Bob McCarroll

Finally Friday: Bob McCarroll
Lounge

5-7 p.m., Dec. 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

Obscurity by Michelle Startzman

Arts & Sciences Salon: “Bronze Casting Yesterday and Today”
Gallery

6-7 p.m., Dec. 19
The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts proudly welcomes a panel of artists from the “Juried Biennial: Copper” exhibition to talk about their work with copper and specifically its use in bronze casting. Artists will discuss casting traditions and new advances the field. Panelists are Tom Bollinger and Perrin Gilbert from Bollinger Atelier, and Mary Bates Neubauer and John Tuomisto-Bell from Arizona State University. Learn more

Comedy Schools

Class Clowns
Studio

7:30 p.m., Dec. 19

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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Childsplay: Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
Theater

1 p.m., Dec. 20, 21, 27, 28; 4 p.m., Dec. 20, 27
The kids in Room One are gearing up for a celebration, but when Junie B. draws tattletale May’s name for the Secret Santa giveaway, she hatches a plan to leave her nemesis with a stinky old lump of coal. Based on Barbara Park’s bestselling books, the hilarious Junie B. and her holiday hijinks will leave kids laughing for days. Recommended for Ages 5 and older. Buy Tickets Photo by Tim Trumble
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Lakeshore Music: Tim Warfield's All-Star Jazzy Christmas with Stefon Harris and Terell Stafford
Lakeside

7:30 p.m., Dec. 20
Saxophonist Tim Warfield brings the ultimate jazz lovers Christmas show from New York City to the Tempe Center for the Arts. The show features trumpeter Terell Stafford, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and an all-star New York rhythm section. Buy Tickets

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Finally Friday: Robby Roberson
Lounge
5-7 p.m., Dec. 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: Robby Roberson

Liliya-Souslova

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Liliya Souslova
Studio

7:30 p.m., Dec. 26

Liliya Souslova was the stand out comic from the hit show, Stand Up Gals, and performs all over the Southwest.  She does everything from comedy clubs, parties, corporate gigs, and festivals. Souslova’s act is extremely versatile, from jokes to singing and dancing and she loves working with the crowd – she's either talking to it or pulling members on stage. Either way everyone is involved. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets

Bully Mammoth

Bully Mammoth
Studio

8-10: 30 p.m., Dec. 27
Bully Mammoth mixes things up with it brand of 95 percent scripted comedy. The group concentrates on scene work and is influenced by everything from Elvis and professional wrestling to Asian cuisine and David Lynch. Buy Tickets

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Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents Mel Brooks' The Producers
Studio

8:30 p.m., Dec. 31; 7:30 p.m., Jan. 2; 2 and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 3; 7:30 p.m., Jan. 5
Mel Brooks’ side-splitting musical, featuring the outrageous extravaganza “Springtime for Hitler,” plays for a limited engagement performed by one of the Valley’s best theater companies. Buy Tickets

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.

AJ Odneal

Finally Friday: AJ Odneal
5-7 p.m., Jan. 2

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: AJ Odneal

Tempe Comedy Series

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Best of the West
Studio

7:30 p.m., Jan. 2
Five top touring headliners take to the stage. Some you have seen on TV; others you have seen lurking in the bushes in front of your house. On this night, you see them live on the best stage in Arizona. Buy Tickets

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Finally Friday: Tom Bertling
5-7 p.m., Jan. 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. No Cover Charge. Special Guest: Tom Bertling

Clean Comedy

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Clean Kings of Comedy
Studio

7:30 p.m., Jan. 9
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. Buy Tickets

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Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series: Strings and Ballerinas
Theater

2:30 p.m., Jan. 11
This performance features Peter Wiley, Curtis professor of cello and former member of the Guarneri Quartet and Beaux Arts Trio; Dona Wiley, co-founder of Opus One and daughter of Peter Wiley; Claire Mazza, trained at the School of American Ballet and dancer with Brooklyn Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Connecticut Ballet and more; and Nikki Chooi, 2013 winner of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition and Curtis and Juilliard graduate. Buy Tickets

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Art After Work: Van Gogh's Trio of Sun Flowers   
Gallery

6 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 14
The first month of the new year brings Van Gogh's first version of his sunflower series. Trapped in a vase, this trio of flowers is just figuring out its place. Luckily the flowers have each other and your brush to bring them to life. Ticket includes a canvas, all supplies and an $8 food & beverage coupon. 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

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Arizona Wind Symphony: Celebration of Dance: Movement and Music
Theater

7:30 p.m., Jan. 14
The Arizona Wind Symphony will perform works celebrating the art of dance in styles from all over the world. The AWS welcomes three young dancers to the stage during “Riverdance,” representing the Tir Conaill Academy of Irish Dance. During “Armenian Dances,” Hungarian-born Eva Bukovinszky will introduce the audience to the duduk, a traditional Armenian instrument. Buy Tickets

Bob McCarroll

Finally Friday: Bob McCarroll
Lounge

5-7 p.m., Jan. 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. No Cover Charge. Special Guest: Bob McCarroll

Right Wing Left Wing

Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Right Wing, Left Wing
Lakeside

7:30 p.m., Jan. 16
Back by popular demand, the funniest political comics in town take turns on the TCA stage ripping everyone from President Obama to Governor Brewer. This is political comedy at its funniest. The rules are simple - there are no rules. Whether your political affiliation leans to the right or left, this show is for you. The show features some of the top comics in the Valley, who have performed at both the local and national level. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Use PROMO Code: Tony for $2 off. Buy Tickets

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Childsplay: A Thousand Cranes
Studio

1 p.m., Jan. 17, 18, 24 25; 4 p.m., Jan. 17, 24
Childsplay brings back the powerful drama about a young Japanese girl and her dream. This poignant, yet hopeful play tells the true story of Sadako Saski, who was just 2 years old when the bomb fell on Hiroshima. Sadako’s courage and determination in the face of personal adversity remains relevant half a century later as children around the world still dream of peace. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Buy Tickets
Schedules subject to change

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Lakeshore Music: Halie Loren with Sergei Teleshev -- "Simply Love"
Studio

7:30 p.m., Jan. 17
Fast becoming an international sensation, jazz vocalist Halie Loren combines her love for traditional jazz with a compulsion to break the mold.  Concert accordionist Sergei Teleshev joins Loren and her band: pianist Matt Treder, bassist Mark Schneider and drummer Brian West for this intimate Southwest premiere performance. Buy Tickets

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Finally Friday: Amanda Soares
Lounge

5-7 p.m., Jan. 23

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 & Events. No Cover Charge. Special Guest: Amanda Soares

Josh-Nasar

Class Clowns Comedy with special guest Josh Nasar
Lakeside

7:30 p.m., Jan. 23
From improv and stand-up comedy stages to red carpets, game shows and radio for more than a decade, comedian and host Josh Nasar has been making people laugh.  Nasar has performed to audiences internationally from Las Vegas’s Rio, Hilton, Riviera, Mandalay Bay and Hard Rock hotels all the way to the Fringe Festival in Scotland. He recently portrayed Deputy Sheriff Carreira on FX’s hit show “Son’s of Anarchy.” Nasar joins Class Clowns comics for a night of hilarity. Buy Tickets

All-in-Air

All in the Heir
Theater

10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Feb. 6
This is a story about the hideous struggle for power told by the beauty of movement. All in the Heir is a contemporary dance show that brings characters to life. Liz Ann Hewett debuts new work set on incredible local talent and featuring guest choreography by Jose Soto and Nick Flores. 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
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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