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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., 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
Gallery

February 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

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Finally Friday:  Bob McCarroll
Lobby

April 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. 

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Roberts, Longfellow & Green
Lakeside

April 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
Studio

April 17 – 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy live music from some of the Valley’s top performers - Jane Murdock, Justin Olson, Jenny Jarnagin & August Moon.  Host Walt Richardson welcomes Arizona singers and songwriters for a night of live music “in the round.” Free

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Childsplay: The Three Javelinas
Theater

April 19, 25, 26, May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 - 1 p.m.;
April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23 - 4 p.m.
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
Lakeside

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

The clarinet studio at ASU, under the direction of Robert Spring, 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

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Priority Male:  Spring A Cappella Concert
Studio

April 22 – 7:00 p.m.
Priority Male, ASU’s only all-male a cappella group, will perform a variety of songs from their upcoming album and full ICCA set. All proceeds will be donated to Camp Kesem.  Buy Tickets

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Music Under the Stars
Amphitheater

April 23 – 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Arizona Wind Symphony is joined by the Arizona Academy Drum & Bugle Corps, Desert Vista and Corona del Sol high school symphonic and steel drum bands for a night of music for the entire family. Bring a lawn chair or blankets and settle in for a variety of performances under the open Arizona sky. Parking is available in the US Airways garage after 6 p.m. Enter off of Ash Avenue. ADA parking will be available at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Free

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Friday Film Screenings:  The Adventures of Superman, 1952 and Superman, A.K.A.  Mad Scientist, 1941
Gallery
April 24 – 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 Tempe Public Library’s Rolf Brown, a local historian presenting television series Episode #1 and Fleischer Studios #1 animated cartoon. All ages, unrated. Free

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Finally Friday:  Billy Cioffi
Lobby

April 24 - 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.

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Gene Moore
Lobby

April 24 – 7:30 p.m.

Gene is a rare find who not only loves doing stand-up, but also believes in promoting diversity in the comedy world. On this night Gene and his LGBT friends (and even a straight one or two) will challenge your beliefs, make you smile, see something new and make you laugh.  Buy Tickets

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Lakeshore Music: Mads & Markus -- "Two Beyond"
Studio

April 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Mads & Markus unites two young forces in jazz. San Francisco-based Mads Tolling is an internationally renowned Danish violinist, a two-time Grammy Award-Winner and founding member of the Turtle Island String Quartet. Austrian pianist Markus Gottschlich currently belongs to the young lions of the Miami jazz scene. Buy Tickets

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Place: Multi-disciplinary arts tell a story of our place in the desert
Studio

April 26 – 7:00 p.m.
Place is a fascinating new theatrical production that combines original music composition, live musicians, film, visual art, set design and acting to tell a story of the Valley of the Sun.  Created collaboratively by local and international artists, this dark, humorous and satirical show looks to the past and present to create an artistic interpretation of our place in the desert. Watch a re-imagined 1950’s television host present a tale from the old west, see the sunrise over the White Tank mountains, travel through a cutout desert and join a junkie for a sing-along outside Circle K.  This modern, eclectic, integrative production will inspire you to rethink your own surroundings in our desert home.  Buy Tickets

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Soy Miss Quince Beauty Pageant
Studio

April 29 - 5 p.m.
Glamour Academia de Moda presents the Soy Miss Quince Beauty Pageant.  Elegance, Talent, Intelligence, Beauty.  Buy Tickets

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Art After Work: Matisses's The Goldfish
Gallery

April 29 – 6-8:30 p.m.

Goldfish are thought to be creators of good luck and positive outcomes in new endeavors. This painting is all about bright colors, off perspectives and tranquility. 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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Victor Pinzon  presents "Walk With Me in Love"
Comedy and Song Highlight Benefit for Veterans
Studio
April 30 - 7:30 p.m.
Entertainer Victor Pinzon presents an evening of great songs and comedy. Enjoy tributes to Sinatra, Frankie Laine, Eddie Fisher, the Ed Sullivan Show, and more! Proceeds benefit armed forces veterans' charities.
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Friday Film Screenings: Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, 1954
Gallery
May 1 – 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 Peter Lehman, Ph.D.; Director for The Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture presenting the unaired TV episode by director Blake Edwards.   Adult audiences, unrated.  Free

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Finally Friday:  Cottonwood Stone
Lobby

May 1 - 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.
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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Dwayne Perkins
Studio

May 1 – 7:30 p.m.

New York native Dwayne Perkins made his national television debut with a stellar performance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Dwayne's intellectual yet street savvy comedic style impresses all in attendance, pushing him to the head of the class among up and coming comedians. His performance has led to international appearances, as well as television and film roles. Dwayne made his sitcom debut on the 2002 fall season premiere of CBS's Baby Bob as a guest star supplying comic relief.  Recommended for ages 18 and older.  Buy Tickets

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Carolyn Eynon Singers:  Joyful Jazz and Patriotic Pops
Studio

May 3
- 3:00 p.m.
Join the singers and special guest pianist Charles Lewis for musical favorites from Sammy Cahn, Duke Ellington, Frank Loesser, and Dan Forrest. Hits include “Proud to be an American,” “What a Wonderful World,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Crazy,” “You Are So Beautiful,” and an original jazz piece by choir member and composer Michael Frassetti.  Buy Tickets

Justin Olson
Finally Friday:  Justin Olson
Lobby

May 8 - 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.
Comedy Schools

Class Clowns Comedy
Lakeside

May 8 – 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. Buy Tickets

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Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series: Michael Meraw
Gallery

May 10 – 2:30 p.m.
Baritone Michael Meraw will sing American songs by Copland and Ives, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Fellow New England Conservatory professor Tanya Blaich will accompany him on piano. Photo by Vivian Doan.  Buy Tickets

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Art After Work: Starry Night a Gogh Gogh
Gallery

May 13 – 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Join us under the stars of Tempe, as we paint this classic masterpiece.  Learn step-by-step how to add those swirly thick layers of paint, just like Van Gogh. 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 

Bob McCarroll

Finally Friday:  Bob McCarroll
Lobby

 May 15 - 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. 

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Gert the Joke Lady
Lakeside

May 15 – 7:30 p.m.

Gert the Joke Lady is 93 and a holocaust survivor from Austria. She also survived a 30 day coma from an undiagnosed ailment in 2002. After that experience, she decided she was going to enjoy her life and began her career as a stand-up comedian. She worked with Paul Newman and Margaret Hamilton in the 1950s and frequently appeared in the popular television show Route 66 in the 1960s. She has opened for Debbie Reynolds and has been featured on several national radio and television stations.  Buy Tickets

Gary Marsh

Finally Friday:  Gary Marsh
Lobby

May 22 - 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. 

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Friday Film Screenings: M*A*S*H, 1970
Gallery
May 22 – 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 TCA docent and Air Force Veteran, Steve Pearson. Screening is in honor of Memorial Day weekend and the service of our Arizona veterans.  Adult audiences, Rated R.  Free

Film rights provided by Criterion Pictures.

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Gregory Freiler
Lakeside

May 22 – 7:30 p.m.

Greg is an entertaining storyteller and a truly engaging comedian.  After spending 14 years as a high school teacher, he realized that he really belonged on the stand-up stage. He has performed across US in venues at Gotham Comedy Club in New York, The Ice House, Tempe Improv, and Stand-Up Live. He has worked with comedians Bob Marley, David Spade, Ritch Shydner, Louie Anderson, Tom Arnold, Paul Reiser, and many more. In 2013 and 2014, he had the opportunity to perform for the military overseas. 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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