As parts of Ferguson, Missouri, burned and hundreds gathered in New York City's Times Square, related demonstrations in the Phoenix area mostly fizzled. Following Monday's announcement that no criminal charges would be forthcoming for a white Ferguson police officer who shot an unarmed black teen ... More >>
Sip Coffee & Beer House Today Though there's no shortage of great restaurants and shopping destinations in Old Town Scottsdale, the area was really lacking a cozy, chill hang out spot until Sip Coffee & Beer House opened its doors earlier this year. The new-ish coffee shop and bar offers happy hou ... More >>
We've got concert picks galore this weekend, and check out our comprehensive calendar for more options.
Heads up, Tempe! You've got a new dining destination that also will serve its own house-brewed beers -- eventually. For now, the new Blasted Barley Beer Co. pours 30 craft beer varieties and a menu of elevated bar fare courtesy of executive chef Jason Shaw. The restaurant and brewery has taken ove ... More >>
Slowly but surely, Tempe's dying music scene seems to be drifting east. In the latest development, Asylum Records, once a Tempe fixture, has relocated to Mesa in the old Royale Theater building. Like most record stores, Asylum offers a wealth of CDs, vinyl and cassette tapes, if you're into those. A ... More >>
Khayree Billingslea has some pretty strong feelings about the Tempe Police Department's Safe and Sober Campaign, the city's annual zero-tolerance crackdown on parties, underage drinking, and impaired driving. "The city of Tempe turned this place into a police state for three weeks under the guise of ... More >>
As all true Phoenix food lovers know, it's not officially fall until you can roll over to Four Peaks Brewery and order a pint of Pumpkin Porter. After all, it's not like the weather gives us any hint as to autumn's arrival and since cacti don't have leaves, we can't look out for changing colors of f ... More >>
List-centric website Livability.com has rated Tempe, Arizona, as one of the top-10 college towns in the country for 2014 based on employment and recreational opportunities. No one would mistake the site for a peer-reviewed scientific journal -- it's owned by moving-van companies, and it began its s ... More >>
After a decade of good times and loud music The Tavern on Mill will close its doors for good. For ten years the bar was a staple of the downtown Tempe scene, with spacious patios, solid drink specials, and lots of high-definition TVs. On Sunday, July 7 The Tavern with close to undergo its first to ... More >>
The 14th annual Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival will kick off later today at Tempe's ASU campus and this year the annual event will tackle issues related to food justice. The three-day event will include panels, film screenings, and workshops on topics including genetically engineered foo ... More >>
The Tempe City Council unanimously approved a law to prevent businesses from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and to protect other rights.The new ordinance prohibits businesses from discriminating on the basis of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, ... More >>
Tempe residents won't have to go far to find fresh, local produce year-round thanks to a new farmers market that will launch next month. The Tempe Community Market will be held on Sunday mornings year-round at 620 North Mill Avenue, under the Mill Avenue bridge.
Last week Arizona Distilling Co. added a spirit to their repertoire. The historic Tempe-based distillery was the first to legally produce liquor in the state since Prohibition when they released Copper City Bourbon last year. Now they're also offering a Desert Dry Gin made with locally-sourced botan ... More >>
It can be easy to miss unless you're looking for it, but there's a lot of metal in the Valley, locals and touring acts alike. Our Metal Mondays columnist, Lauren Wise, is always on the lookout for the best local and national metal shows to come through town. That's why we had her compile this mont ... More >>
It can be easy to miss unless you're looking for it, but there's a lot of metal in the Valley, locals and touring acts alike. That's why we're looking for it. Here's a list of nine shows--the 10th was Thursday's Testament/Killswitch Engage/Lamb of God/Huntress bonanza--you must see this month, as ... More >>
Eddie Hantas Chef/Owner Hummus Xpress www.hummusxpress.com Since January, Eddie Hantas has been serving healthy, fresh Mediterranean food in a fast-casual atmosphere at Hummus Xpress in Tempe. The Subway- (or if you prefer, Chipotle-) style restaurant is his second venture, opened about year after ... More >>
The Tempe Police Department is hosting a DUI task force for Halloween.Cops from Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety will be in Tempe starting today (Halloween), through Saturday night.
Important concert-going note: Until Friday, at the earliest, it is still at least a little weird to go to a show--whether it's on this list or not--in a Halloween costume. We're just trying to help. (View our complete concert calendar here.)
It seems like one has closed every month, lately--Hollywood Alley, Martini Ranch, Rocky Point Cantina--but the Valley is still blessed with enough music venues to make selecting some for each year's Best of Phoenix a little nerve-wracking. In any case, we did it. Here are the music venues that pic ... More >>
Festival season continues this weekend with the fourth annual Arizona Taco Festival but if you're looking for something a little more celebrity-driven, may we suggest catching some of the region's best chefs as they tour the Valley on Saturday? And if you're planning on heading to Tempe at all, we'v ... More >>
By one measure, Tempe and Scottsdale are among the top 100 places to live in the United States.According to Livability.com, Tempe is 43rd, and Scottsdale's 89th.
What do the five best restaurants in Tempe look like at the moment? They're a diverse lot, decidedly plain in appearance, c'mon-in casual, and just plain cozy, offering a variety of dishes that take inspiration from places across the globe. You might find ingredients such as ground turmeric, Moroc ... More >>
Many months ago, we allowed ourselves to get just a little bit excited about the prospect of a second location of Tempe's Essence Bakery Cafe. Back then we reported that owners Gilles Combes, husband of Essence Bakery chef and owner Eugenia Theodosopoulos, was "cautiously optimistic" about acquiring ... More >>
It looks like we're not the only ones who found the humor in a premature-ejaculation spray being named Tempe.Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel, an Arizona State University dropout, had a bit on the spray on his show last night.
In the future, you may have to clarify what you're talking about when you say "Tempe."Are you talking about the Arizona city that's home to Arizona State University, or are you talking about the penis-spray that was developed to combat premature ejaculation?
Sol Diablo Cantina Kitchen, the newest restaurant from the folks that brought the Valley the Humble Pie chain of pizzerias, may have soft opened for the ASU game against Wisconsin last Saturday (go Sun Devils!), but this weekend, its fiesta grande time. Promising a "mouth-watering menu of tacos, sa ... More >>
Steak 'n Shake, the diner-style restaurant chain located primarily in the Midwest and South and known for its Original Steakburger and hand-dipped milkshakes, is making its first foray into Arizona -- by way of Tempe's Mill Avenue.
fun., your best bet at a dose of The Format methadone, is in town this week. At the same time, Future Loves Past and approximately a million other cool local bands will be performing at Lushfest in Tempe over the weekend. So if you missed your chance to be a fan of the Format left with extremely c ... More >>
I went to see some of my favorite local bands at Tempe's most notoriously seedy dive-bar, the Palo Verde. If you haven't had the privilege of checking it out, you can find it located in the scenic industrial district of Tempe. Nestled in-between a milk processing factory and an array of liquor store ... More >>
Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here's what we've got on the books this week. An Intro to Gin: How to Approach, Understand & Appreciate Gin This summer El Chorro in Scottsdale is offering classes to teach even the most mixology-challenged how to understand and en ... More >>
Look: After literally everybody who went to Warped Tour in Mesa yesterday melted into an enormous puddle filled with black v-neck t-shirts, you might find this weekend's concerts in Phoenix a little sparsely attended. Take advantage of that! At least, unless you knew one of the people who melted. T ... More >>
"It's Friday somewhere" isn't strictly true -- I don't think the International Date Line works that way -- but if Jimmy Buffett were to write a song to that effect, and it made you feel better about going to see The Presets and Dragonette tonight at the Marquee, I think it would be a pretty useful f ... More >>
At Miu's Cuisine in Tempe, you'll find familiar and not-so-familiar dishes from the Sichuan province in southwestern China, in abundance -- but not in the often goopy, generic way you may have had them in the past. See also: - Surprise's Amuse Bouche: Excellent French Cuisine, With a Few Downsides ... More >>
Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - Local Food Trucks (And Lots of Alt Rock) at That Damn Show 2013 in Mesa on April 20 - Mesquite Chocolate Chips Cookies from Super Chunk Sweets & Treats (Head to the Old Town Sc ... More >>
It's Monday, and I'm sorry about that. There was nothing I can do. But I bring good news: This week's Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix is further proof that they play live music during the week, and even on school nights.
Rather than face the consequences for charges related to the brutal rape of a woman in Tempe, it looks like 23-year-old Lane Halona killed himself this weekend.Halona was arrested on March 17, the morning after he punched a woman in the back of the head, pulled her behind some bushes, and sexually a ... More >>
The record store gods giveth and they taketh away. Over the past six months or so they've imparted another iteration of Eastside Records in Tempe, a mega-sized Zia Records on Camelback, as well as the equally quaint Record Room in Scottsdale, while claiming beloved East Valley shops like Rockzone an ... More >>
After waiting nearly a year for its federal microbrewery license, Cartel Coffee Lab in Tempe can now brew suds right along with its top-notch coffee. See also: Tempe's Sleepy Dog Saloon and Brewery Opening Gilbert Spinoff (With Eats) in February Appropriately enough, Cartel's new craft beer select ... More >>
It seems the record store world is in a constant state of shuffle in Phoenix. Recent months have seen Zia Records move up the road to its biggest location yet, Eastside Records reborn on Forest Ave., and the birth of Scottsdale's The Record Room, which joins wax shack stalwarts like Stinkweeds and ... More >>
Another busy month for the Phoenix restaurant scene. We bid farewell to some excellent Peruvian joint but said hello to a new Ethiopian restaurant. See Also: - --September Openings and Closings We're also excited to see the soda fountain making a comeback even if we're also losing one of our favor ... More >>
A Tempe cannabis club that was raided last year and has been under an ongoing investigation by police was the site of a shooting last night. At least three suspects, and possibly as many as six, are still on the loose after an employee at the club was shot at about 7:20 p.m., cops say. The employee ... More >>