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The 3rd Thursday at the Museum series features the best local dessert and coffee and an event that is part artist portrait, part history lesson, part community forum and part creative event. Open to the public; donations welcomed. Go here to find the upcoming season's schedule.


Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

 An Evening with Frank Thompson:

Teaching Community Building Through Music

Frank Thompson uses community (group) music making sessions to get participants to engage and interact with each other in fun musical ways they have not done before using percussion and instruments from around the world. For this program, he will teach beginning West African hand drumming techniques and share insights into West African Rhythms.

After a break for coffee and dessert, join Frank and some of the AZ Rhythm Connection students and jam out and have fun on West African instruments. The 3rd Thursday programs feature the best local dessert and coffee and are part artist portrait, part history lesson, part community forum apart creative event. Open to the public; donations welcome.


Performances at the Museum run from Sept. through May.

Join us for outstanding performances with everything from classical and rhythm & blues to rock and roll. Enjoy a casual evening with local musicians in an up close and personal setting.


Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m.

Azure Concert

Azure March 2019

Join Tetra for an upbeat program featuring percussionist Joe Goglia, Presented by the Tetra String Quartet, Azure Concerts are fun, friendly and engaging performances tailored to children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have similar challenges. Azure concerts are approximately one hour in length. Family members and caregivers of all ages are welcome to attend. The performance will be followed by an instrument petting zoo. Free tickets are available at

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Here is the schedule of upcoming Performances at the Museum:


Aug. 11      Dave Vito and the Volunteers

Sept. 12    in/PLANES

Sept. 21    Elle Spencer-Lewis: The Song in Your Head

Oct. 12      Kabarett: A Strange Show for Strange Times

Oct. 20    Tetra String Quartet: Dr. Caligari

Nov. 16     The Sahnas Brothers

Nov. 24    Nathan and Jessie

Nov. 29    There is Danger

Dec. 1       Nina Curri and Mary Hoffman

Dec. 14     Paradise Winds


Jan. 12       Grave Danger and Suicide Kings

Feb. 9        LOUD VIII: Future Exes, Carol Pacey and the Honeyshakers , the Sara Robinson Band 5-8 p.m.*

Feb. 16        Rhythm of the Sun

Feb. 24       Hayden’s Ferry Days Festival 1-5 p.m.*

March 8     Brea Burns Band

March 23   Darkness Dear Boy

April 5        Dusty Ramblers Project

April 20     The Lonesome Wilderness

May 3        We3

May 24     Sonoran Marimba Band

Free, Fun and Family Friendly

Performances begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted

* Outdoors in Museum Plaza

Peace, Love, Performances


Arizona Storytellers Series
The Tempe Historical Society's lunchtime lecture series features a variety of speakers and topics to expand your knowledge and help you think outside the box. Sponsored by the Tempe Historical Society and Friendship Village. Coffee and light refreshments provided.

Go here to see the upcoming season schedule.

Wednesday, March 13 at 11:30 am:

karina bland


Arizona woman journalist led way for next generation - including me

with Karina Bland

Karina Bland is a longtime, award-winning journalist at The Arizona Republic and, where she is on the storytelling team and writes a popular column. She is a two-time graduate of Arizona State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 and a master’s degree in communication in 1997. She went to work for the Mesa Tribune in 1987, was hired by The Phoenix Gazette in 1990 and then The Republic when the two papers merged in 1997. Karina, 53, raises her teenage son Sawyer and tap dances in Tempe. Admission is free, with coffee and light refreshments provided.


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