"From House Calls to Hospitals" @ Tempe History Museum The key to staycation days is going deep, not broad, for that quirky untold story about your own town. One of Tempe History Museum's current exhibits, "From House Calls to Hospitals," continuing through Saturday, August 25, is a real conversation starter.
Since the late 19th century, being treated for illness or injury in Tempe (and, by extension, just about anywhere) has become much more high-tech and specialized and at least a little less perilous. But the old days were fun and exciting -- check the leech jar and big ol' bone saw on display. Plenty of photos, intriguing doctor bios, and other artifacts lead up to Tempe getting its own hospital in 1944 and the services that residents "enjoy" today. Admission to the museum, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, is free. -- Julie Peterson
Afternoon Delight @ Herberger Theater A twist ending alone does not a masterpiece make, but if you shoehorn a couple of twists into one Herberger Lunch Time Theater show, you can enter your initials into the list of high scorers. (If there was one.) Class 6 Theatre's current production, Afternoon Delight, showcasing one-act comedies from A.R. Gurney and Samara Siskind, demonstrates that a first date and a quiet evening at home with a long-married couple can be equally surprising.
The weekday laughs continue through Thursday, August 1, at the Kax Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. Curtain time Wednesday, July 24, is 12:10 p.m. For advance $6 tickets and more info, including more dates and times and how to order a catered box lunch, visit www.herbergertheater.org/lunch_time_theater or call 602-252-8497. -- Julie Peterson