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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

Feb. 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


Desert Dance Theatre:  HT Chen & Dancer’s "South of Gold Mountain"

Mar. 27 & 28
- 7:30 p.m.

The production draws from the rich history of the Chinese who settled in the southern states before WWII. Acclaimed modern dance choreographer, H.T. Chen has created a body of work that gives poetic voice to Asians in America.This beautiful historic tale unfolds through contemporary dance and music score that blends traditional Chinese music with deep south blues. Buy Tickets

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Friday Film Screenings:  My Darling Clementine, 1946
Mar. 27 - 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 Leslie Chilton, Ph.D.; Faculty Associate in the School of Letters and Sciences. All ages, unrated.  Free
Film rights provided by Criterion Pictures.

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Finally Friday:  Robby Roberson

Mar. 27
- 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. Special Guest:  Robby Roberson

Tempe Comedy Concert Series

Tempe Comedy Concert Series:  Patti Freeman

Mar. 27
- 7:30 p.m.
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


Childsplay:  Girls Who Wear Glasses

1 p.m.- Mar. 28
4 p.m. -  Mar. 28

Growing up is hard enough – navigating friendship, school and parents. But when Mira has to get glasses, it is the last straw. As she deals with old friends who are suddenly only interested in popularity and new friends who want her to be more like them, Mira has to decide who she really wants to be. With the help of her glasses, she starts to see clearly in more ways than one, as she learns to stand up for herself in this humorous story about fitting in, friendship and frames. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Buy Tickets


Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series:  Geraldine Walther

Mar. 29
- 2:30 p.m.
Geraldine Walther, violist with the Takác String Quartet and former First Violist with the San Francisco Symphony, will play works by Hindemith, Bach and Brahms, accompanied by David Korevaar. Sarah Rose Burns, photo. Buy Tickets

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Finally Friday:  AJ Odneal

Apr. 3 - 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. Special Guest:  AJ Odneal

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Class Clowns Comedy

Apr. 3 - 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.  Special Guest:  Andrew Norelli.  Buy Tickets

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The Movement Source presents:  The Progress Project

Apr. 3, 4 - 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 4
- 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of evolutionary dance exploring personal and global progress.  Experience moving modern dance works tied together with video documentary clips exploring dancers’ insights. Appropriate for all ages. Photo credit - Paul Marko. Buy Tickets

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Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents:  Our Own Kind of Universe

Apr. 6
- 7 p.m.
Award-winning vocalist and SMTC regular, Hector Coris presents an intimate, thought-provoking and funny performance in a one-of-a-kind evening of songs about life. Buy Tickets

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Tempe Symphony Orchestra:  Season Finale

Apr. 6 - 7:30 p.m.
This is a free, General Admission event. Tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble:  Music from the Stage and Screen

Apr. 7 - 7:30 p.m.
Music from great stage and movie productions will be performed. Composers Miklos Rozsa, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Basil Poledouris, Leonard Bernstein and others will be featured. Buy Tickets

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New School for the Arts & Academics Dance present: Fearless

Apr. 8 & 9 - 6 p.m.

Come watch dance students from NSAA as they explore the concept of “Fearless.”  This performance is personal, emotional, raw and captivating.  Buy Tickets

 Arizona Wind Symphony Arizona Wind Symphony: Lights, Camera, Action! Music that Made the Movies

Apr. 9 - 7:30 p.m.

From the days of orchestras and organs accompanying silent movies, music has played a starring role in motion pictures. The Arizona Wind Symphony presents an evening of memorable movie scores, from the opening scenes to the closing credits. Let the AWS entertain you with the music from the silver screen. Buy Tickets

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Finally Friday:  Tom Bertling

Apr. 10 - 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.  Special Guest:  Tom Bertling

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Tempe Arts and Sciences Salon:  Alfred Hitchcock and the Mystery of the Adapted Screenplay

Apr. 10, 6-7 p.m.

Alfred Hitchcock, considered by many to be the Greatest Film Director in history, made 53 films in his lifetime. Some of his classic films such as The 39 Steps, Rebecca, Strangers on a Train, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds were all adapted screenplays.  Phoenix Film Festival founder and ASU faculty member Chris LaMont will discuss how “The Master of Suspense” worked on creating such incredible films working side-by-side with some of our greatest authors and playwrights. Free

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Jon Jesmer

Apr. 10, 7:30 p.m
Phoenix favorite Jon Jesmer makes a much demanded return to The Tempe Center for the Arts.  From his appearances at Improv to the legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip, to TCA Jon never fails to keep  an audience on their toes taking  us on his journey from Up all night bartender in booze filled Scottsdale to marriage and fatherhood.  Recommended for ages 18 and olderBuy Tickets

Bob McCarroll

Finally Friday:  Bob McCCarroll

Apr. 17 - 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.  Special Guest:  Bob McCCarroll

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Roberts, Longfellow & Green

Apr. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Tempe Comedy Concert Series is proud to present three of the most promising unique and creative comics seen in quite some time. On this night come out and see Valerie Roberts, Michael Longfellow, and Paul Green, and see what we believe will be the beginning of something big!  Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets

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In the Spotlight

Apr. 17 – 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy live music from some of the Valley’s top performers.  Host Walt Richardson welcomes Arizona singers and songwriters for a night of live music “in the round.” Free


Childsplay: The Three Javelinas

1 p.m., April 19, 25, 26, May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24;
4 p.m., April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
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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Performance with a View: A Clarinet Extravaganza

April 21 – 10 a.m, Coffee service begins at 9:30 a.m.

The clarinet studio at ASU presents a one hour "Collage Concert" of nonstop clarinet music, including clarinet choirs with all size clarinets to solo pieces using acting, movement and electronics. Music from the Baroque to newly commissioned music composed to be premiered on this event. Limited seating. Free

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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