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Stories of Rock 'n' Roll through the Decades

October 19, 2017
07:00 PM
THIRD THURSDAY at the MUSEUM
A
n Evening with Pat McMahon, John Dixon, Derrick Bostrom and Henri Benard – The Valley’s Rock and Roll Stories through the Decades

From the 60s KRIZ and KRUX days, to KDKB, to the punk and alt era, to today’s scene, these 4 storytellers have been there and done that. Hear the history of over 5 decades of rock in the valley. Bring your stories and questions. Join us each Third Thursday for dessert, coffee and an event that is part artist portrait, part history lesson, part community forum and part creative event. Open to the public; donations welcome.

Azure Concert with Tetra String Quartet

October 21, 2017
03:00 PM
Witches, Cats, Brooms, and Bats! Azure Family Concert with Tetra String Quartet

Join Tetra for a spooky concert, perfect for the season. This concert will feature guest clarinetists Stefanie Harger Gardner and Joshua Gardner. Presented by the Tetra String Quartet, Azure Concerts are fun, friendly and engaging performances tailored to children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have similar challenges. Azure concerts are approximately one hour in length. Family members and caregivers of all ages are welcome to attend. The performance will be followed by an instrument petting zoo. Free Tickets are available here: http://azureoctober2017.brownpapertickets.com/

Exhibit Opening: Jan Young, Photographing Tempe in the 1970s

November 3, 2017
06:00 PM
Jan Young made photographs for the Tempe Daily News during the 1970s, and in the process captured the look, feel, and values of the community during that decade. Tempe in the 1970s was a place of dramatic change, with rapid population growth and a greatly expanded built environment. Jan Young’s photographs show that Tempeans stayed current with the social and technological trends of the 1970s. She was a quirky local character, who today is remembered fondly for her trench coat, Volkswagen Beetle and “one shot” photography style. The exhibit runs through March 25, 2018. Celebrate the opening of this new exhibit at Tempe History Museum on Friday, November 3 at 6 p.m.

Kyle Mitchell: North Star

November 8, 2017
11:30 AM
Tempe Historical Society Lunch Talks: North Star with Kyle Mitchell

Kyle Mitchell is a Diné (Navajo) Native American. He grew up on the reservation with his grandparents, where, every day, he learned the family’s work ethic and their oral tradition. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Army where he served two tours. While taking a Mythology course at South Mountain Community College, with Liz Warren, he was introduced to the storytelling community. Now he shares oral traditions through stories that are contemporary and informative. Admission is free, with coffee and light refreshments provided.

Flash Memoir Writing with Rosemarie Dombrowski

November 16, 2017
07:00 PM
THIRD THURSDAY at the MUSEUM: An Evening with Rosemarie Dombrowski and Students – Flash Memoir Writing with Phoenix's Poet Laureate

Join Phoenix's Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski and some of her students for an evening devoted to Flash Memoir Writing. Anyone can write 100 word flash memoirs - just remember one punctuating life-moment. It could be 20 years ago, or just yesterday. It might be something painful, perhaps something blissful. Then, be in that moment, and write a few lines. Join us each Third Thursday for the best local dessert, coffee and an event that is part artist portrait, part history lesson, part community forum and part creative event. Open to the public; donations welcome. Sponsored by Cortez Coffee.

Tetra String Quartet with Marcos de Niza and Tempe High School Students

November 17, 2017
07:00 PM
PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM: A High School Residency Kick-off Concert by the Tetra String Quartet

Join the Tetra String Quartet for a concert kicking off their chamber music residency project with Tempe and Marcos De Niza High Schools. Free, fun and family friendly.

Performance at the Museum: Tessa Karrys and AJ Odneal

December 1, 2017
07:00 PM
Tessa Karrys is an Arizona-based singer-songwriter and performer. She writes, performs and records her original music. She usually performs every week at music venues, weddings, restaurants, bars, private parties, corporate events and/or charitable fundraisers. She incorporates folk, Americana, blues and pop into her playing style and songwriting.

AJ Odneal is an indie folk singer/songwriter heavily influenced by pop, jazz, and her extraordinary love for her listeners. You’ll find her music fun and uplifting. Free, fun and family friendly.

Historic House Holiday

December 2, 2017
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Christmas at the Petersen House

Experience a Tempe Christmas tradition by visiting the Petersen House Museum this holiday season. Celebrating turn-of-the-century style with a Danish flair in honor of Niels and Susanna Petersen. The house will be festively decorated for the season and visitors may tour the two story Queen Anne Victorian to see the antique furnishing and learn its history. Enjoy refreshments on the grounds and create memories with your family during Tempe’s Christmas at the Petersen House.

Petersen House Museum is located at 1414 W. Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona. Tours are available by appointment for groups of 8 or more. Call 480-350-5100 for details.

Historic House Holiday

December 3, 2017
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Christmas at the Petersen House

Experience a Tempe Christmas tradition by visiting the Petersen House Museum this holiday season. Celebrating turn-of-the-century style with a Danish flair in honor of Niels and Susanna Petersen. The house will be festively decorated for the season and visitors may tour the two story Queen Anne Victorian to see the antique furnishing and learn its history. Enjoy refreshments on the grounds and create memories with your family during Tempe’s Christmas at the Petersen House.

Petersen House Museum is located at 1414 W. Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona. Tours are available by appointment for groups of 8 or more. Call 480-350-5100 for details.

Historic House Holiday

December 9, 2017
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Christmas at the Petersen House

Experience a Tempe Christmas tradition by visiting the Petersen House Museum this holiday season. Celebrating turn-of-the-century style with a Danish flair in honor of Niels and Susanna Petersen. The house will be festively decorated for the season and visitors may tour the two story Queen Anne Victorian to see the antique furnishing and learn its history. Enjoy refreshments on the grounds and create memories with your family during Tempe’s Christmas at the Petersen House.

Petersen House Museum is located at 1414 W. Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona. Tours are available by appointment for groups of 8 or more. Call 480-350-5100 for details.

Historic House Holiday

December 10, 2017
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Christmas at the Petersen House

Experience a Tempe Christmas tradition by visiting the Petersen House Museum this holiday season. Celebrating turn-of-the-century style with a Danish flair in honor of Niels and Susanna Petersen. The house will be festively decorated for the season and visitors may tour the two story Queen Anne Victorian to see the antique furnishing and learn its history. Enjoy refreshments on the grounds and create memories with your family during Tempe’s Christmas at the Petersen House.

Petersen House Museum is located at 1414 W. Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona. Tours are available by appointment for groups of 8 or more. Call 480-350-5100 for details.

Performance: Christmas with the SunPunchers

December 15, 2017
07:00 PM
PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM: Christmas with The SunPunchers

The SunPunchers are a group of merry musicians with a signature desert roots revival sound, with Lindsay Cates on bass, Dominic Armstrong on drums and Betsy Ganz on guitar and lead vocals. Their songs feature contemplative lyricism combined with a bedrock of stumbling rhythms and sliding textures. Visit Santa and his helpers outside and the arts and crafts and karaoke elves next door at the Edna Vihel Center. Free, fun and family friendly.

Historic House Holiday

December 16, 2017
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Christmas at the Petersen House

Experience a Tempe Christmas tradition by visiting the Petersen House Museum this holiday season. Celebrating turn-of-the-century style with a Danish flair in honor of Niels and Susanna Petersen. The house will be festively decorated for the season and visitors may tour the two story Queen Anne Victorian to see the antique furnishing and learn its history. Enjoy refreshments on the grounds and create memories with your family during Tempe’s Christmas at the Petersen House.

Petersen House Museum is located at 1414 W. Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona. Tours are available by appointment for groups of 8 or more. Call 480-350-5100 for details.

Azure Family Concert

December 16, 2017
03:00 PM
PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM: Azure Family Concert with Tetra String Quartet
'Tis the Season for Holiday Cheer!  Tetra welcomes guest guitarist Brendan Lake, as well as a special visitor from the North Pole. Presented by the Tetra String Quartet, Azure Concerts are fun, friendly and engaging performances tailored to children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have similar challenges. Azure concerts are approximately one hour in length. Family members and caregivers of all ages are welcome to attend. The performance will be followed by an instrument petting zoo. Free tickets are available at www.tetraquartet.org

Historic House Holiday

December 17, 2017
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Christmas at the Petersen House

Experience a Tempe Christmas tradition by visiting the Petersen House Museum this holiday season. Celebrating turn-of-the-century style with a Danish flair in honor of Niels and Susanna Petersen. The house will be festively decorated for the season and visitors may tour the two story Queen Anne Victorian to see the antique furnishing and learn its history. Enjoy refreshments on the grounds and create memories with your family during Tempe’s Christmas at the Petersen House.

Petersen House Museum is located at 1414 W. Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona. Tours are available by appointment for groups of 8 or more. Call 480-350-5100 for details.

Festival-Hayden's Ferry Days

March 3, 2018
12:00 AM
Hayden's Ferry Days is a free community festival presented by Tempe Historical Society and its partners. Three days of fun begin with a chuck wagon dinner with Tempe Sister Cities at Hackett House on Friday, March 2nd. The next day, a festival showcasing our community's unique and diverse history and heritage features musicians, artisans, vendors, displays, demonstrators, an antique and collectibles market, appraisals, food and fun activities. Sunday highlights several historic houses in Tempe which will be open for viewing and events such as a tea party and lawn games.  Save the dates and keep an eye out for more information about Hayden's Ferry Days on March 2, 3 and 4, 2018!

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