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Fall Arts Kickoff

Tempe Center for the Arts : 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. August 22

After a long, hot summer, there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel. We're not there yet, but we’re happy to suspend our disbelief during the Fall Arts Kick Off at Tempe Center for the Arts this Friday, August 22.We can think cool, but with arts center's air conditioning and... More >>

Tempe Free Events, Community Events, Arts

Demystify Inversions

Yoga Pura : 1:00 p.m. August 23

If you’re looking to gain a new perspective on things, maybe it’s time to kick your legs up and turn your world upside down, courtesy of the Demystify Inversions yoga workshop at Yoga Pura. Led by local yogini Britt Canese, this class is open to all levels of yoga experience --... More >>

North Phoenix Health and Fitness

Daniel J. Levitin Book Signing

Changing Hands Bookstore : 7:00 p.m. August 23

If the Internet makes you feel like you’re drowning in information, Daniel J. Levitin’s new book might be able to teach you how to swim. Levitin, a professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience who currently teaches at McGill University, made a name for himself in 2007 with... More >>

Central Phoenix Literary Events, Food and Drink

Preseason: Arizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals

University of Phoenix Stadium : 5:00 p.m. August 24

As preseason football goes, the match-up that the Arizona Cardinals drew for their third practice game on August 24 is actually pretty interesting. When the Cincinnati Bengals come to town, it’ll be the first time they’ve faced the Cards since 2011 and the first time Carson Palmer,... More >>

Glendale Sports - Spectator, Football

Free National Parks Day

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument : 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. August 25

It’s a nationwide birthday celebration, and you’re invited. The National Parks Service marks its 98th birthday with a free entrance day for visitors of its parks and recreational areas across the country. Our Grand Canyon State is home to three, including its namesake. The... More >>

Outside the Valley Outdoors, Nature, Free Events, Community Events

Summer of Brew: Black Market Brewing Co.

Windsor : 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. August 27

Isn't every summer in the Valley a Summer of Brew? Given the prevalent heat index, cold beer is a daily right of passage for many. Now the Windsor, with its rotating Summer of Brew series, pairs good eats with quality beers. Highlighted breweries so far this summer -- in which select beers are... More >>

Central Phoenix Food and Drink, Breweries

ASU Sun Devils vs. Weber State

Sun Devil Stadium : 7:30 p.m. August 28

It hardly seems dignified that powerhouse college football teams open their seasons against creampuffs. C’mon… Nebraska against Florida Central? Oregon vs. South Dakota? And closer to home, there's ASU Sun Devils against Weber State, who went 2-10 last year in the paltry Big Sky... More >>

Tempe Sports - Spectator, Football

Retro Recreation

The Duce : 4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. every Wed.

While Americans' obsession with all things vintage and nostalgia-inducing can get grating, when it comes to chilling at The Duce, we are totally on board. When it opened in 2010, the warehouse district hangout instantly became a Phoenix hotspot, thanks to its retro flair. The bar/store/athletic... More >>

Central Phoenix Sports - Participatory, Nightlife, Games

“Summer Juried Graduate Exhibition”

Harry Wood Gallery : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu. until August 29; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. every Fri. until August 29

School may be out, but the summer exhibitions are just getting started. As the academic year comes to a close, artistic hopefuls will be showing off their higher-learning art skills for a chance to feature their work at R. Pela Gallery in Phoenix. The “Summer Juried Graduate... More >>

Tempe Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

"Build! Toy Brick Art"

Heard Museum : 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 28; 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until September 28

Thanks to a cutesy movie currently in favor with most young kids—Legos are again all the rage among the pre-teen set. However, as “Build! Toy Brick Art” an ongoing exhibit (through September 28) at the Heard Museum reveals, Legos are hardly child’s play anymore. The... More >>

Central Phoenix Museum Exhibits and Events, Family Events, Children's Events, Arts

“Funny Papers”

ASU Art Museum : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 6

In a world run amok with GIFs and hashtags aimed squarely at your funny bone, it's easy to forget that people used to get their chuckles from the newspaper. Before it somehow became okay to post drivel from questionable sources all over our Facebook pages, we used to simply cut out our favorite... More >>

Tempe Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Free Events, Arts

Sweat Your Asana Off Rooftop Yoga

Lustre Rooftop Garden : 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Tue. until September 2

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s bathing suit season. That’s right, insert angry expletive here. Fortunately, your favorite form of fitness is finding its way back to the Hotel Palomar. The Sweat Your Asana Off Rooftop Yoga Series is a weekly roundup of roughly 150 yogis who... More >>

Central Phoenix Health and Fitness

"Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science"

Arizona Science Center : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until September 1

It’s time to do a little digging. This summer the Arizona Science Center is unwrapping the mysteries of ancient Egyptian culture with the feature exhibition “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science.” This traveling exhibition, created by the Science Museum of Minnesota,... More >>

Central Phoenix Museum Exhibits and Events

"Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona"

Phoenix Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Thu., Sat., Sun. until September 21; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Wed., Fri. until September 21

Antonio Berni saw the world a little differently. Inspired by impressionists in subject matter, realism in tone, and surrealism in execution, the Argentinian artist looked to working class struggles for inspiration. This fusion of styles made him a vanguard in the movement of nuevo realismo (or... More >>

Central Phoenix Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

"American Impressions"

Wilde Meyer Gallery : 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu. until August 30; 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until August 30; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sat. until August 30

If lady liberty had a dating profile, her body type would read “more to love.” Truth be told, with a country this big, beauty can come in all forms. From landscape to landmark, Old Glory to the Grand Canyon, America’s aesthetic varies. So what better way to showcase the United... More >>

Central Scottsdale Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

"Linear Thinking: Selections from the Permanent Collection"

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art : 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Sun. until August 24; 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 24

This summer Scottsdale of Museum of Contemporary Art has presented a collection of works that inspire viewers to consider an oft-overlooked artistic building block. The line is a versatile yet inescapable element that, frankly, doesn't get its due. Until recently, that is.With pieces from... More >>

Central Scottsdale Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

Always a Bridesmaid

Fountain Hills Community Theater : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 24; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 24

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. For those “stuck” in that glorified, taffeta prom dress of life, there’s hope — or at least, in the theater. Fountain Hills Theater presents Always a Bridesmaid, a comedic tale of four friends enduring their own journeys down the... More >>

Fountain Hills Theater, Performing Arts, Arts


Hilton Garden Inn : 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. August 22; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. August 23; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. August 24

Perhaps the coffee is particularly potent, or maybe it’s all those late night Moons Over My Hammys, but when a group of science fiction junkies start holding monthly meetings at Denny’s some amazing things can happen. Which might not be all that surprising considering the... More >>

Avondale Literary Events, Film, Festivals, Conventions, Arts

Little Shop of Horrors

Brelby Studio : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 6; 2:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. from August 23 until August 30; 2:00 p.m. September 6

Brelby Theatre Company's known for putting on (and often premièring) plays that are offbeat – if not unknown – such as She Kills Monsters, a comedy centered on Dungeons and Dragons, and David Mamet's Revenge of the Space Pandas. That's why it came as a bit of a surprise to us... More >>

Glendale Theater, Performing Arts

Tom Cotter

Stand Up Live : 7:30 p.m. August 22; 7:00 p.m. August 23; 7:00 p.m. August 24

Cracking jokes is hard enough. But serving up stand-up on the fly? That skill is reserved for a special tier of comics, including up and coming funny man Tom Cotter. The 2012 runner-up of America’s Got Talent (he lost to a troupe of dancing dogs in suits) has proven that at the drop of a... More >>

Central Phoenix Comedy

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Herberger Theater Center : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until September 6; 2:00 p.m. August 24; 8:00 p.m. August 28

Octavia Spencer, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2011 for The Help, recently went on record saying that there are still too few good film roles for black women. It’s not that big a leap from 1930s Hollywood, the setting for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, whose Arizona... More >>

Central Phoenix Theater, Performing Arts
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South Central Swing

The Duce : 7:30 p.m. every Tue.

Give us enough booze and, yeah, we’ll cut a rug. But, to offset our proverbial two left feet, we almost always require a large dose of liquid courage and a short lesson on the proper moves. That means heading to The Duce on Tuesdays for South Central Swing, an evening of drinking,... More >>

Central Phoenix Nightlife, Dance, Classes and Seminars, Arts


Tempe Beach Park : 7:30 p.m. every Tue.

Ending a group bike ride at a restaurant is kind of like holding a hotdog in front of a fat kid on a treadmill. It offers incentive, makes the experience more fun, and leads to the replenishment of all burned calories. Excellent. Tempe’s weekly CRAP ride expands on that idea, bringing... More >>

Tempe Sports - Participatory, Outdoors

Drop-In Dodgeball

Kiwanis Recreation Center : 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun.

Remember when getting smacked in the face by speeding red rubber was a bad thing? Well, no more! The folks at Phoenix Dodgeball have sprouted a society of ball-flinging fanatics that would be more than happy to make you their target. Along with Kiwanis Park, they have organized Drop-In... More >>

Tempe Sports - Participatory


Gangplank HQ : 6:00 p.m. second Mon. of every month

Emulate as we might, we are not and will never be Martha Stewart-style domestic goddesses. Our attention to detail, ability to organize, and DIY spirit will never match that of the millionaire mogul. We need support in our attempts at craftiness, and, luckily, we aren't alone in the... More >>

Chandler Networking, Free Events, Craft Fairs, Classes and Seminars, Arts
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