• Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Open Thread: Should Record Stores Sell Everything or Just Cool Shit?

    Benjamin Leatherman​Something the owners of the soon-to-be-defunct Eastside Records in Tempe said in this week's feature story has been bothering me all week:"And it got to the point in Tempe... that, yeah, we could stay open, but we would have to sell a bunch of shit we don't like. None were will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    New in Tempe: Tasty Thai

    ​With spots like Lemongrass Thai, Thai Rama, Thai Basil, and Thai Elephant, Tempe is already jam-packed with a lot of Thai dining options, but hey -- wouldn't you just say, "The more, the merrier" if the food is good? Oh, yeah. So welcome Tasty Thai, another place to get your fill of exoti ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 2, 2010
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    December 1, 2010

    UPDATED: Bald White Guy Offers 10-Year-Old Candy to Get in His Truck -- Pervs Need to Get a Little More Creative​"There's candy in the van, little girl...muahahahaha."Could a pervert's (ahem) pickup line be any more cliche?That age-old ploy was basically what a guy in Tempe reportedly used to try and lure a 10-year-old girl into his truck this morning.

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Another Tempe Girl Lies About Attempted Abduction. WTF?​Call off the dogs -- for the second time in less than a month, a Tempe girl's claim that a man tried to abduct her turned out to be BS.Since our earlier post about a bald white guy trying to lure a 10-year-old girl into his truck by offering her candy, the Tempe Police D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    The Center Bistro's Curious Cucumber Water

    ​I've never seen this before. Have you?It's cucumber puree in a tiny plastic dropper, plunked into my ice water at The Center Bistro. When I squeezed it all into my drink, it transformed it into something I'd find at a resort spa. Kind of clever, I thought.​I stopped by to check the recentl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Tempe School District Bans "Spice" and Other Brands of Faux-Weed

    "Spice" is now a no-no in Tempe schools.​The buzz in Tempe high schools has officially been killed.The Tempe Union High School district governing board voted last night to ban "Spice," and other brands of synthetic marijuana in schools. Because of the decision, students found in possession of any ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Tempe School to Vote on Whether Consequences for Possessing "Spice" Should be Same as Weed

    Students in Tempe could soon face suspension for possessing "Spice."​High school students in Tempe may want to prepare for a buzz kill.The Tempe Union High School district governing board will vote tonight on whether the consequences imposed on students found in possession of synthetic marijuana s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    The Center Bistro Grand Opening

    ​​A while back, we blogged about The Center Bistro re-opening (sans Damon Brasch) after a two year hiatus. This last Friday, the official Grand Opening Celebration re-christened this Tempe establishment. An abundance of locally-sourced and organic small bites, freshly prepared pork tacos, and de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Dog Town Chili Dogs: Trouble in Dog Town

    ​How much is that doggy in the window? First you need to find the window. Dog Town Chili Dogs, the new fast-food joint that opened up a few weeks ago in Tempe, seems to be doing everything it can to make sure you don't. If you do happen to stumble into Dog Town beware, this doggy's difficul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Tempe Man Falls Eight Floors Out of New York City Dorm Room; Hallucinogenic Mushrooms May be to Blame​Hallucinogenic mushrooms, as far as drugs go, aren't all that damaging to the human body. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control considers "magic mushrooms" less toxic than aspirin. But it's the things people do while under the influence of mushrooms -- like take a hea ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 28, 2010

    Home Depot

    Hang with ASU alums during Homecoming

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Tempe Sees Huge Spike in Murder for 2010

    ​Following the second highly publicized, unsolved murder of an Arizona State University student in six months, the Tempe Police Department has come under fire for its handling of violent crimes. The department responded to media inquiries about crime statistics by issuing a press release yeste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Coming Soon to Tempe: Dog Town Chili Dogs, Mellow Mushroom, and More

    ​Along with the official grand opening of Canteen Modern Tequila Bar on October 15 and 16 (the place soft opens tonight), developer DMB Commercial just announced three more eateries in the works for downtown Tempe's Centerpoint on Mill. First up, for mid-October, will be Dog Town Chili Dogs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    New in Tempe: Mandalay Noodle World

    ​Got a hankering for Burmese cuisine? If so, you've been out of luck for awhile, since North Scottsdale's Little Rangoon Taste of Burma closed earlier this year. Now, there's Mandalay Noodle World, a new spot in Tempe that calls its food "authentic Asian fusion," with a menu that combine ... More >>

  • Music

    September 30, 2010
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    September 23, 2010

    Tempe Police Want Your Drugs -- So They Can Destroy Them​If you happen to have any drugs laying around that you don't feel like enjoying need anymore, the Tempe Police Department is happy to take them off your hands -- so they can destroy them.The TPD, in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is holding a "dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    The Center Bistro Reopens in Tempe

    ​What started off as a summer hiatus in June 2008 turned into more than two years off the radar, but downtown Tempe's The Center Bistro is back in business. Situated a block off Mill Avenue, (21 E. 6th St., Ste. 114, behind the Brickyard building), the restaurant still has an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    New Restaurant Alert: Spitfire Grill & Tavern in Tempe

    ​It was only a matter of time before the gastropub craze hit Tempe. Don Lococo, one-time executive chef of Pennsylvania's Eden Resort and former owner of Appetitos and The Hideaway, is readying to open Spitfire Grill & Tavern at 1706 E. Warner Rd. in south Tempe.   "We have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Cops Welcome ASU Students to Tempe With Breathalyzers

    ​They're back.It's that special time of year in Tempe again: when traffic near University and Mill Avenues becomes unbearable, lines -- everywhere -- get longer, and the stench of stale Milwaukee's Best and overindulgent students fills the streets.Arizona State University students are coming back ... More >>

  • Music

    August 12, 2010
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    August 5, 2010

    Blondie's Sports Bar Coming to Mill Avenue

    Looks like the vacant spot formerly occupied by The Library Bar & Grill ain't gonna be vacant for much longer. Las Vegas-based sports bar Blondie's is planning opening its second location at the downtown Tempe property, which is situated at Fifth Street and Mill Avenue beneath Hooters and danc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Tempe House Fire Blows Door 25 Feet into Road; Firefighters Injured. Get Your Somewhat-Impressive, Grainy Cell Phone Pics Here​A fire gutted a downtown Tempe home Saturday night, injuring three firefighters and blowing the front door of the house about 25 feet onto Mill Avenue.The blaze started around 10:40 p.m. Saturday at a home located at 1204 South Mill Avenue -- across from ASU and just south of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Tempe Officials Release Uber-Crappy Video of Dam Bursting

    ​Tempe officials released surveillance footage of Tuesday night's dam burst, and if you were expecting some awesome, apocalyptic wave overtaking the dry riverbed, don't get your hopes up -- the video sucks.The quality of the video resembles that of the Paris Hilton sex tape, and the content is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Morning Poll: Is Broken Dam at Tempe Town Lake Freak-Out Worthy?

    New Times​One of four dams at the west end of Tempe Town Lake burst last night, allowing about 750 million gallons of water to pour into the empty Salt River bed, and causing Tempe residents, the media, and government officials to freak out.Check out some photos of the lake draining here.Within mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Coming Soon to Tempe: Beaver Choice

    ​Yes, it's called Beaver Choice. Blogging is taking on a surreal quality at the moment, as I write about a uniquely named new restaurant set to open soon in Tempe (1743 E. Broadway). Even more noteworthy is that it serves Scandinavian cuisine. Besides the cafeteria at IKEA, is there an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Tempe Police Release Video of Biker Hit by Car -- It's Bad

    Tempe Police Department The driver of a car that looks like this one hit a guy over the weekend. The driver didn't stop.​Tempe police today released video footage of the biker who was hit and killed by a car over the weekend. It's pretty graphic.The worst part is the driver of the car just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Hit-and-Run Suspect on Loose After Hitting, Killing Mesa Bicyclist

    Tempe Police Department The driver of a car that looks like this one hit a guy over the weekend. The driver didn't stop.​The Tempe Police Department needs your help in tracking down the person who drove a car into a Mesa bicyclist, killing him, and then fled the scene.Police Sergeant Steve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Cherry Lounge & Pit Re-opens Tonight

    ​The dance music hits will once again be pumping inside the sparkling red interior of Cherry Lounge & Pit, as the Tempe nightclub is scheduled to re-open tonight after enduring a two-week closure. The Mill Avenue danceteria, which closed down temporarily on June 23, will once again be open f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Now Open in Tempe: America's Taco Shop

    ​America's Taco Shop's manifest destiny has turned the quaint carne asada joint into a three-location local mini-chain. Restaurant number three opened its doors yesterday in Tempe, in a former Papa John's building at the southwest corner of Rural and University (735 E. University). Owner Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Sahara: Lunch $10 and Under

    Long time Tempe residents might remember Sahara from its original location on Mill just Sunbusek Lunch Platter​south of University. All good things must come to an end or in Sahara's case, be torn down to make room for a CVS. Lucky for us they opened a new location last year on the northeast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Tonight: Boutiques to Bars at La Bocca

    ​Who needs to shop until you drop when you can shop while eating and drinking?The folks from Here on the Corner, that trendy, fun little boutique near the ASU campus in Tempe, are launching a weekly trunk show at La Bocca Urban Pizzeria Wine Bar on Mill Avenue. The first one is from 5 to 8 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Homicide or Suicide? Still No Word on Death of Tempe Man; Friends Seem to Think Murder

    Tempe Police Department Jeff Ahlers was found dead in a Tempe canal last week.​Tempe police still don't know whether the gunshot wound discovered on the body of a Tempe man found dead in an irrigation canal last week was self-inflicted or the work of a cold-blooded murderer. Temp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    The Library Bar & Grill in Tempe Closes Due to Landlord-Tenant Dispute

    Benjamin Leatherman The book's been closed on the Library Bar & Grill​As anyone who's ever rented an apartment can tell you, battling with the landlord can really suck. Said conflicts typically generate huge amounts of drama, some major headaches, and usually end up with the renters out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Cat Cora Contest! Chow Bella Aprons! Changing Hands Front Row Seats!

      ​Click here to see what this week's contest is -- enter and win front row seating at Cat Cora's Tempe reading June 23, a spot in the "A" group for her book signing, and a Chow Bella apron.

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    ASU Girl Gets Dragged By Car After Not Letting Go of Purse During Robbery Attempt​Tempe police need the public's help in tracking down a guy they say tried to steal the purse of an Arizona State University student and ended up dragging her with his car as she clung to the purse. At about 2 a.m. today, Tempe police responded to a call that a female had bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    America's Taco Shop Heading to Tempe

    ​It's some kind of culinary Manifest Destiny. America's Taco Shop, the delightful carna asada joint that's got CenPho covered with its original location on 7th Street and recently-opened second outfit on 7th Avenue, is heading east, with a new Tempe restaurant scheduled to open this summer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    The Wiley One Hits KWSS to Promote Marquee Theatre Show Saturday

    ​For those who are still complaining about the lack of local music heard on the airwaves today, they obviously haven't checked out KWSS 106.7 FM, a station dedicated to all local and indie music--which is really cool because you're just as likely to hear bands such as Coheed and Cambria as you are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Headquarters Celebrates 4/20 with Concert

    ​What local bands do you book for a 4/20 festival? Headquarters has tapped Fred Green, The Plainfield Butchers, Masters of the Universe and SAF will perform at Tempe's 910 Live as part of The Headquarters festival. Yup, seems about right.In that lineup, which will be broadcast live on KWSS 106.7FM ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 15, 2010
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    April 12, 2010

    Tempe Police to Conduct "Special Enforcement" for Next Two Weeks​The Tempe Police Department, in collaboration with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, will conduct "special enforcement" of busy Tempe intersections for the next two weeks, the department announced today.Lucky for you, the department was kind enough to give us a li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Anti-Photo Enforcement Group Says Easter Bunny Stunt a Sign of Things to Come

    ​ Somehow, between hiding Easter eggs and filling baskets with candy, the Easter Bunny found time to give a photo-enforcement camera in Tempe an oval-shaped "up yours!" And an anti-speed-camera group predicts such civil disobedience will happen "more and more" until the cameras ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2010

    House of Earth

    Tempe hosts environmentally friendly market

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Menu for New Republic Ramen

    Been eager to look at the menu for this new noodle joint opening up in Tempe on Saturday, and finally got a copy of the rundown. Miso ramen with char siu pork sounds good . . . Read on for the full menu:

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Coming Soon to Tempe: Republic Ramen

    ​Funny how there are so many sushi restaurants in the Valley, but so few places to get ramen. You'd think a quick, cheap, belly-warming bowl of soup would be readily available in every neighborhood, but it's just not. You'll have better luck finding pho. A new place is about to make the scen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Local Band Lisa Savidge Sounds Off On Stupid Tempe Noise Laws

    ​If you've ever been through the system for a ridiculous traffic infraction at Tempe's downtown kangaroo court (full disclosure: I have), you probably know the city is run by idiots. Like, the sort of idiots who wanted a now-shuttered Borders Books on their downtown strip instead of several legend ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2010
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    March 2, 2010

    Tempe Officials to Conduct Rail Fare Enforcement Checks at Light Rail Stops​The free ride may be coming to an end for light rail freeloaders in Tempe -- the Tempe Police Department is planning "focused fare enforcement stops" at light rail stops to catch people getting a free ride. Tempe police say they are putting an end to the "education period" for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Besnard Lakes Add Tempe to Their North American Tour

    The smoky, mysterious French-Canadian Besnard Lakes will descend upon Tempe this May.​More show announcements, more show announcements, more show announcements.Tempe's Sail Inn has tapped Quebecois husband and wife-led collective The Besnard Lakes to play a date on their upcoming spring North Amer ... More >>

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