Pinnacle main page

Arts Alive! Winter in Tempe

Arts AliveEven when soaring desert temperatures take a break during winter months, the arts keep right on sizzling. Blazing a path through just about every district of the city, you’ll find everything from performance art to music nights, comedy and even on-stage storytelling. Here are a few highlights of the winter art scene in Tempe.

Music Through the Decades

The Tempe History Museum is far from a static walk-through venue stuffed with standalone exhibits. You’ll find those too, but the ever-expanding art scene comes to life in the Performances at the Museum series, which runs through the winter and into May. A special treat in the 2020 season is the themed “Music Through the Decades,” which showcases local musicians in intimate settings performing anything from blues to rock, jazz and classical tunes. The Brian Chartrand Trio gives a nostalgic throwback to the 1960s and 70s by performing tunes from the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt.

Arizona Wind Symphony

Leave it to Tempe Center of the Arts to feature something as eclectic as the Arizona Wind Symphony. The acclaimed performers invite you to “travel to musical worlds beyond our galaxy” in the “3-2-1 Blast Off!” show on January 15, 2020. The compositions are a surprise, but let’s just say that you’ll be humming along to music from some of your favorite sci-fi films and TV shows. The center also hosts open-mic nights on Walk-in Wednesdays, which has no cover charge and is hosted by local favorite Walt Richardson.

Comedy and Improv

Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre never misses a beat, especially if it’s a humorous one. Get ready for laugh-master Josh Wolf welcoming 2020 with a stop on his standup comedy tour. The NY Times Bestselling author, actor and comedian livens up the stage on January 23, 24 and 25 while you enjoy dinner at the cozy tables lining the venue floor. Check the improv calendar for special performances in January and February, including “Stories I Shouldn’t Tell” by Christopher Titus and New Faces of Comedy on scheduled Sundays.

Things are always lively and accessible when living in the city. Check out our Tempe apartment communities today with a private tour and move-in information.