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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)

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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Performance with a View: Music of Douglas Harbin
10 a.m., Jan. 20; Coffee service begins at 9:30 a.m.
The concert features chamber music compositions written by Arizona State University Faculty Associate Douglas Harbin and performed by a variety of Valley musicians. Limited seating. Free


Finally Friday: Amanda Soares

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


Class Clowns Comedy with special guest Josh Nasar

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


Childsplay: A Thousand Cranes

1 p.m., Jan. 24 25; 4 p.m., Jan. 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


All in the Heir

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

Billy Cioffi

Finally Friday: Billy Cioffi

5-7 p.m., Feb. 6

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 Cioffi


Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Frank Lucero

7:30 p.m., Feb. 6
From Paul Rodriguez's "Royal Crown Latin Kings of Comedy Tour" Frank Lucero makes his TCA debut. He has been seen on Jimmy Kimmel and worked with James DeFranco.  He is clean, new and funny. Check out this all-ages show that makes everybody laugh. Buy Tickets


Childsplay: The Boy Who Loved Monsters and The Girl Who Loved Peas

1 p.m., Feb. 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, March 1, 7, 8; 4 p.m., Feb. 14, 21, 28, March 7
Evan hates peas and to make matters worse, his baby sister, Sue, loves them. When forced to remain at the table until his plate is clean, Evan makes a wish for a monster to come eat his family. Soon, Evan and Sue find themselves trying to hide a six-foot-tall green monster named, Pea, from their parents. In this hilarious adventure, Evan and his family learn the importance of putting technology down to play together. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Buy Tickets

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Taste in Tempe

1-4 p.m., Feb. 8

Taste in Tempe is a daytime “lifestyle” food and wine festival complete with food tasting opportunities from top local chefs and Valley restaurants. Enjoy cooking demonstrations performed by well-known “foodie” celebrities, seminars from premiere wine connoisseurs, live entertainment and local vendors specializing in the “love and romance” categories, such as flowers, jewelry and chocolate. Buy Tickets

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Page to Screen

Feb. 13- June 6

Free Public Reception
6-9 p.m., Feb. 13
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: Cottonwood Stone

5-7 p.m., Feb. 13

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



Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Men v. Women

7:30 p.m., Feb. 13
A comedic panel of uninformed experts take on marriage, equal pay, gender equality and who is supposed to put the toilet seat down. Three women and three men will go at one another like newlyweds having their first argument. Only one thing is more fun to watch than a couple across the room arguing: watching three of them go at it on the TCA stage. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets

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Valentine’s Day Art Workshop: Thaumatrope Animation

12-2 p.m., Feb. 14
Inspired by Chuck Jones animated film:  The Dot and the LineFree


Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Love and Marriage

7:30 p.m., Feb. 14
Love and Marriage is a PG-rated show and an interactive comedy experience. The funniest and most positive love and marriage male and female comics take the stage and entertain questions straight from the audience. This show will be a memorable Valentines’ Day experience. Buy Tickets

Tempe Symphony Orchestra

Tempe Symphony Orchestra: Winter Concert

7:30-9 p.m., Feb. 16
The Tempe Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual winter concert. This is a free, General Admission event. Tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

ASU Tuba Studio

Performance with a View: The ASU Tuba and Euphonium Ensembles present Themes Like Old Times

10 a.m., Feb. 17; Coffee service begins at 9:30 a.m.
Join the Arizona State University Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, under the direction of Deanna Swoboda, for a concert of music including original works, arrangements of classical music, film music, jazz and popular works.  The ASU Tuba Euphonium Ensemble has been an important part of the ASU low brass program for more than 20 years.  They recently performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Bloomington, Ind., and plan to make their first recording in April 2015. Free. Limited seating.


Art After Work: Lovey Dovey WHOO?

6-8:30 p.m., Feb. 18
This will be our first diptych, or two canvas, piece.  Grab your significant other or your bestie and paint two love owls on a branch. Ticket includes a canvas, all supplies and an $8 food & beverage coupon. Online registration only. No refunds. Registration must be completed by Noon on the day prior to class. Art materials provided. Buy Tickets 

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Siam Fight Productions: 2015 Muay Thai Season Premiere
5 p.m., Feb. 20
This event features the top American amateurs and youth nak muays in the country competing against the best international up-and-coming fighters. Buy Tickets
Bob McCarroll

Finally Friday: Bob McCarroll

5-7 p.m., Feb. 20

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


Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Guillermo Robles Latino Comedy Festival

7:30 p.m., Feb. 20
Guillermo Robles is one of the Valley's favorite and most treasured comics. His range and diversity of material have made him one of the most sought after comics in town. On this night Robles highlights his south of the border heritage when he and a host of his funny Latino friends come together to make everyone laugh. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets

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Varsity Vocals-ICCA West Quarterfinals 2015

7 p.m. Feb 21
The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Western Quarterfinal showcases ten of the top a cappella groups from the Western region.  These groups hail from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, and University of California, San Diego.  The groups placing first and second at this event will advance to the Western Semifinal in Claremont, CA, where they will compete with eight other top-placing groups for the opportunity to travel to New York and compete in the international finals.  SOLD OUT

Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble: Masterworks

6:30 p.m., Feb. 23
Enjoy an evening of outstanding works for band including “Lincolnshire Posy” by Grainger, “Armenian Dances” by Reed and works by Joseph Curiale. Douglas Yoe, former bass trombonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will be the featured guest soloist. Buy tickets

Arizona Wind Symphony

Arizona Wind Symphony: Songs for the Young and Old

7:30 p.m., Feb. 26
In keeping with the Arizona Wind Symphony’s mission of lifelong music, the band is proud to present the top three performing groups from the annual High School Small Ensemble Contest. Young musicians from across Arizona compete for the honor to play on stage during the concert and to earn donations from the AWS to their schools’ music programs. A favorite show of many AWS regulars, this is your opportunity to enjoy the talent of the next generation.  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

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