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Walk-in Wednesdays Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night
6-10 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 8 through May 28 
Host Walt Richardson is on board for a relaxing evening of live music from some of the Valley's best singer/songwriters. Artists vie for a chance to perform at In the Spotlight and in the Songwriters' Showcase. Enjoy food & beverage specials. Exclusive session for high school age and younger from 5 to 6 p.m. No Cover Charge. Sign up begins at 5:45 p.m. for the open category; 4:30 p.m. for youth.
Detail-from-Zachary-Bed-Cover American POP! Comic Books to Science Fiction
Through June 8
This exhibition for all ages highlights the ongoing popularity of satire, fantasy and escapism in the worlds of comics, graphic novels, gaming, toys, television, movies and more. Displays include materials from local and national collectors as well as original art and limited edition pieces from some of America’s favorite pop culture icons. No admission charge. Photo by Mark Newport Learn more
Schoolhouse Rock Childsplay: Schoolhouse Rock, Live

1 & 4 p.m. (Saturdays); 1 p.m. (Sundays), through May 25
A pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stage. Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.” Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto the Childsplay stage with beloved songs updated for a whole new generation. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Buy Tickets
Cottonwood Stone Finally Friday: Cottonwood Stone
5-7 p.m., May 9
Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA's Songwriters' Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. Special Guest: Cottonwood Stone No cover charge
Sci Fi Friday logo Sci-Fi Friday: Phoenix Comicon Preview
6-7 p.m., May 9
Join the discussion on all things pop culture from the folks at Phoenix Comicon, the signature pop culture experience of the Southwest. A panel of Comicon/Pop Culture experts will discuss the history of Phoenix Comicon, pop culture news and how people can get involved in the big event. Phoenix Comicon also will offer chances to win Phoenix Comicon memberships and other door prizes. Free
Jonathan Gregory Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Jonathan Gregory
7:30 p.m., May 9 
Jonathan Gregory's comedy, although unique and different, has been well received by a variety of audiences from retirement homes, to bars, to theaters, to World class comedy clubs. He broke onto the scene at the age of 19, as a punching dummy in a Mike Tyson promo, which aired on Showtime. He later portrayed the victim of a crazed fraternity in E! True Hollywood Story Investigates: Hazing. In 2008, Gregory’s talents were highlighted on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets
Insane & Sober 109 Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Insane and Sober
7:30 p.m., May 10
These guys do not drink, but after you see them, you may want to start. Rob Spector presents a case of loveable miscreants trying to stay on the straight and narrow. This show is hilarious and appeals to young and old, sober and not so sober alike. Support these comics as they live one day at a time and hopefully do not die one joke at a time. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets
Bob McCarroll Finally Fridays: Bob McCarroll

5-7 p.m., May 16
Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA's Songwriters' Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. Special Guest: Bob McCarroll No cover charge
Sci Fi Friday logo Sci-Fi Friday: Deborah Henderson, Ph.D.,
6-7 p.m., May 16,
Deborah Henderson, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Justice and Social Inquiry, ASU School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Free
Jon Jesmer Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Jon Jesmer
7:30 p.m., May 16
Jon Jesmer is a TCA favorite and the funniest father and husband you will ever see. He has been doing stand-up comedy across North America for more than a decade and brings a unique, funny and truthful style to observations and situations. Jesmer has been a regular act at The Comedy Store and the Ha Ha Comedy Club, both in Hollywood, Calif., and at the Tempe Improv. Jesmer directed, wrote and produced sketch comedy for more than four years with Tony Vicich for the troupes Organized Chaos and The My Studio Players. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets
Paul-Markow (photo) Movement Source Presents: Serendipity
8 p.m., May 16-17; 2 p.m., May 17
This multi-media contemporary dance event features The Movement Source Dance Company, inspiring violinist Tobie Milford and dynamic actor Delve into the mysterious and magical moments of life that pleasantly surprise us. This contemporary dance, live music and theater performance will explore the spirit of spontaneous connections with exciting and diverse choreography, by the company and guest choreographers Carlos Jones, New York, and Angel Crissman, Tempe. Buy Tickets
Lakeshore Music Series Lakeshore Music: Alison Wedding
7:30 p.m., May 17
As one of the new voices of international jazz, Alison Wedding still has a deep passion for teaching voice and improvisation. She is an assistant professor in the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She recently released a new album, This Dance, featuring strings and special guests Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke and Theo Bleckmann. Buy Tickets
Performance with a View Performance with A View: ASU Violinist Xiaolin Li and Pianist Thomas Nixon
9:30 a.m. coffee service; 10 a.m. program, May 20
Xiaolin Li, Arizona State University DMA candidate in violin under Professor Danwen Jiang, and Thomas Nixon, Arizona State University DMA candidate in piano under Professor Russell Ryan, perform in this duo recital. Free
Music-From-the-Heart Music from the Heart
6:30-10p.m., May 20
Higher Octave Healing presents a music therapy rock band showcase featuring multiple bands of teens and young adults with special needs. As a non-profit, all net proceeds support continued music therapy services. Buy Tickets
  Building Safe Families. Creating Second Chances
7:15-9 a.m., May 22
This special breakfast will give a clear perspective to the need for safe families and hear about the preventative solution that will significantly reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system and provide overwhelmed and under-equipped parents the resources and support needed to gain a second chance. Free
Justin Olson  Finally Friday: Justin Olson
5-7 p.m., May 23
Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA's Songwriters' Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. Special Guest: Justin Olson No Cover Charge
Sci Fi Friday logo Sci-Fi Friday: Stories Co-Lab
6-7 p.m., May 23
Isac Artzi, University of Advancing Technology, will present a collaborative, one-hour workshop that includes the telling, creating and sharing of stories online and on any device. Free
Photo by Michael Ging Songwriters’ Showcase XI: Chuck Hall
7:30 p.m, May 23
As a 35+ year veteran in the music business, Arizona Blues Hall of Fame member Chuck Hall has played with some of the best, opening shows for Albert Collins, B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Albert King, Willie Dixon, Robert Cray, Gregg Allman, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and many others. He has written more than 100 songs and won “Best Blues Guitarist” in Arizona two years in a row. His song, “Young Boy,” was selected Best Song by Soundboard magazine. His most recent offerings include a two-disc compilation CD and the Live in Sweden disc. Buy Tickets
Class Clowns Class Clowns
7:30 p.m., May 23
Tony Vicich brings his long-running stand-up comedy show, Class Clowns, to TCA. This is the show where it all starts. Comics have gone from Class Clowns shows all the way to Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live and more. See the show that has taken comics from their first stage experience to national prominence. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets
Comedy Series Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Gert The Joke Lady
7:30 p.m., May 24
At 92-years-young, Gert the Joke Lady is just getting warmed up. She worked with Paul Newman and Margaret Hamilton in the 1950s and appeared in a number of episodes of the popular television show "Route 66" in the 1960s. Recently, she opened for Debbie Reynolds and has been featured on several national radio and television stations. Don't miss this national treasure. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets
Art After Work Art After Work: “Superwoman to the Rescue”
6-8:30 p.m., May 28
Join us for a class which guarantees you will be singing Chaka Khan’s "I'm Every Women" as you strut out of class with your masterpiece. For this unique, mixed media piece, we will be collaging buildings for our super-selves to fly over and protect. Bring your mom or another superwoman from your life and join in on the fun. Online registration only. No refunds. Registration is capped at 25 people and must be completed by Noon on the day prior to class. Price includes a 16- x 20-inch canvas and a $7.50 food & beverage voucher. Art materials provided. Buy Tickets
Bob Villa Finally Friday: Bob Villa
5-7 p.m., May 30
Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA's Songwriters' Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. Special Guest: Bob Villa No Cover Charge
Sci Fi Friday logo Sci-Fi Friday: Surprise! You're a Gamer!
6-7 p.m., May 30
Noah Dyer, University of Advancing Technology, discusses the growing influence of games in daily lives. Free
Colleen Purtle Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Colleen Purtle
7:30 p.m., May 30
At barely five feet tall it would be odd to say she is the mother of two small children because they are all the same size. This Arizona native is one of the funniest women you will ever witness. Her stories of being a mother in her 20s and a wife in a community where she is the odd girl out make for one of the best evening of entertainment you can find in a theater on a lake. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets
Tempe Community Chorus

Tempe Community Chorus Spring Concert
4-5:30 p.m., June 1
With more than 110 voices singing 4-part harmony, the Tempe Community Chorus brings the power and variety of a big-chorus sound to TCA. From Duke Ellington's jazz to Billy Joel's "Lullabye" to Broadway's "Impossible Dream," the music inspires and energizes. Bring the family and enjoy your hometown chorus. Buy Tickets

Refer to the city of Tempe calendar for additional events.

Visit these sites for information about:

A Ludwig Dance Theatre
Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts
Arizona Wind Symphony
Bully Mammoth
Comedy Classes & Shows
Desert Dance Theatre
Lakeshore Jazz Series
Peformance with a View
Sonoran Chamber Music Series
Tempe Community Chorus

Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Stray Cat Theatre at the Tempe Performing Arts Center 

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