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  • Childsplay
    Voted Best Children’s Theatre in 2010 by the Phoenix New Times, the Childsplay professional theater company delights young audiences and families with awe-inspiring, imaginative productions. The 2010–11 season welcomes to the stage Mary Norton’s classic The Borrowers, an enchanting story of a tiny family living under the floorboards that survives by nipping things from unsuspecting "human beans." The lonely protagonist, Arrietty, ventures upstairs in search of friends and finds a thrilling new world that is also full of excitement, danger, and runaway dust-ball boulders. Peeping youngsters will have their minds tastefully blown away by the creative use of shadow puppetry used to highlight the scale of the two different worlds and the Victorian science-fiction look and feel of the sets and costumes.
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    700 West Rio Salado Parkway
    Tempe, AZ US
  • Tempe Center for the Arts Theater
    Terpiscore Dance Company draws its name from Terpsichore, the Greek goddess of dance. And that minor spelling adjustment speaks volumes about the company's philosophy. In one sense, it represents how the Terpsicore dancers perform from the core of their physical and emotional being. In another sense, it represents how they take free license to mix the old with the new, pulling from classical traditions and techniques while inlaying their own expressive touches. The result: works that stir and inspire with of artistry and skill.
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    700 W Rio Salado Pkwy.
    Tempe, AZ US
  • Tempe Center for the Arts
    Thanks to Copperstar Repertory Co.'s seasons of Broadway musicals, theatergoers of the East Valley have no need to travel to New York to get their fix of the Great White Way. In lavish productions featuring performers culled from statewide auditions, and behind-the-scenes work from theater professionals, Copperstar has treated more than 40,000 viewers to classics such as The Sound of Music and modern hits such as Seussical. And their efforts have been noticed: Copperstar has scooped up acclaim from the AriZoni Awards, and recently was honored with multiple Gilbert Mayor’s Arts Awards and a 2013 nomination for the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award in Education.
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    700 W Rio Salado Pkwy.
    Tempe, AZ US
  • Paradise Hawaiian BBQ
    Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Paradise Hawaiian BBQ, a down-home barbecue joint in Tempe. When you're ready to pig out, Paradise Hawaiian BBQ is ready to serve you the scrumptious food you're craving. Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Paradise Hawaiian BBQ's full bar. Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to Paradise Hawaiian BBQ — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad. Seating is readily available at Paradise Hawaiian BBQ for those with large parties. Sit outside when the weather is fine — Paradise Hawaiian BBQ has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day. Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Paradise Hawaiian BBQ in jeans and a hoodie. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Paradise Hawaiian BBQ also offers catering. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too. Paradise Hawaiian BBQ is located near multiple lot and garage parking options for patrons. Paradise Hawaiian BBQ offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists. Thrifty eaters will also love Paradise Hawaiian BBQ's prices, which are generally below $15.
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    580 S College Ave
    Tempe, AZ US
  • Plaza De Anaya World Fusion Studio
    A sprawling mandala design covers the floor of Plaza de Anaya's main dance studio, welcoming dancers in with warmth and beauty. Amid that artistic setting, seasoned instructors teach dance styles from around the world that include belly dancing, barefoot flamenco, and anaya tribal dancing. Cultural gatherings are an important part of the school's community, which is why the studio also schedules an array of monthly events and workshops that might be dance-based or include henna tattoos that dance when you pinch them.
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    524 W Broadway Rd, Ste 107
    Tempe, AZ US
  • Tempe Improv
    The first Improv comedy club had virtually nothing to do with comedy. Broadway producer Budd Friedman founded the now legendary franchise in 1963 as an intimate spot where performers could eat, drink coffee, and sing along to piano ditties after their shows. Soon after, the club's first comedian, Dave Astor, tried out some new material on a whim. The stand-up set was a hit and led to the venue's eventual transformation into a full-blown comedy club. New York's hottest comedians would do nearly anything to be featured on the Improv stage; for instance, it's rumored that Lily Tomlin hijacked a parked limousine in order to make a stunning entrance when first meeting Budd. Since 1988, Tempe Improv has lived up to the lofty reputation of its parent club by showcasing comedic heavyweights such as Kevin Nealon, Carlos Mencia, and Pablo Francisco. A diverse calendar draws instantly recognizable comics from the airwaves of the E! channel and Comedy Central, but it also opens up the stage to promising up-and-comers. A menu of bar food and drinks ensures audiences stay fueled and ready to laugh throughout the evening.
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    930 E University Dr
    Tempe, AZ US