Club Red/Red Owl is a hoot

With a business plan based on a Japanese word, the Club Red and Owl Red club knows what they want their business to be. “Kaizen” is a Japanese word meaning “improvement” or “change for the better” and it is what Club Red applies to try to make their venue better. They strive to improve the sound of the bands and make them look better, according to the Club Red website. The Red Owl started as a sports bar with live music every Friday and Saturday night. After the pizza place next door went under, the Red Owl took it over and built a big stage; big enough for national acts, and paid extra to reinforce the stage to cut down any extra sound caused by pounding feet, according to the Red Owl website, they took out the kitchen because a venue does not need a kitchen. Club Red is a dual-stage music venue. With a wide variety of shows, from 80′s and classic rock, to alt rock, indie rock, reggae, metal, punk, rockabilly, jazz, blues, hip-hop, rap, country, singer-songwriter and acoustic, you can find something to see that you will enjoy. With a big screen and a green room backstage, the Club Red and Owl Red is all about the music. They even removed the tin cover on the bar to improve the sound quality. You can walk from the “L” shaped Club Red and Red Owl and back through the roll-up door, which also provides a barrier for the sound from either stage getting to the other on the opposite side of the “L”. Club Red and Red Owl go through great lengths to make the bands on their stage look good. They changed the design of the club and even paying extra to improve the sound quality. Club Red and Red Owl is a great place to see great sounding bands. For more information and a calender of events visit the Club Red and Red Owl website

Dinner Party Cooking Classes at Hackett House

For all those who love to cook and those who enjoy a fabulous meal. The Dinner Party Cooking Classes are held on the beautiful patio at Hackett House, complete with Fresh Linens, Candles, and Complimentary Wine Bar. Classes are $50 per person unless otherwise noted. Register for all 4 classes for $175 non-transferable. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for gift shop browsing and Happy Hour…classes begin at 6:30 p.m. Paid reservations are required. Check out our terrific line-up of some of the Valley’s most talented Chefs:


October 25, 2011

Hackett House welcomes back Chef Eddie Matney of Eddie’s House in Scottsdale. The always popular and enthusiastic Chef will be preparing the classic “Lobster Dinner” (better known as the Clambake). The menu includes Clam Chowder (or “Chowda”), yes, Lobsters (flown in), Corn, Potato, Butter/Lemons and what else but Apple Pie or Cobbler – it is apple picking time in N.E. Don’t Miss This One!


Register online for this class  or call (480)350-8181





November 8, 2011

Kathy Andrews, Culinary Expert, returns to Hackett House to present one of her most memorable menu’s: Wild Mushroom and Corn Flan over Black-Eyed Peas, Crispy Polenta and Baby Greens from the famed “Turquoise Room” at La Posada, Winslow, AZ. Butternut Squash Soup paired with Caramelized Onion, Roasted Shallot Cream Soup, from the enchanting and famous “Inn At Little Washington” outside of Washington, D.C. Roast Tenderloin of Pork on a Tangle of Tart Greens with Black Currant Sauce and Spaetzle also from the “Inn at Little Washington”, and to end this delightful meal, from the Valley’s “Vincent’s on Camelback”, Lemon Meringue Crepes drizzled with Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar and Creme Anglaise.


Register online for this class  or call (480)350-8181





November 14, 2011

Hackett House welcomes back Chef Mario Vincitorio, chef/owner of Vincitorio’s in Tempe, and his wife, Ginger, who hosts culinary radio and television shows and knows her way around the kitchen. They will treat you to a warm, hospitality filled dinner from their Italian Restaurant, with tips and tricks to learn along the way. Better Come Hungry!

Register online for this class or call (480)350-8181





December 6, 2011

Chef Marc Pana, chef/owner of Crumbs Catering, joins our roster of great Hackett House chefs. Do you need some inspiration for your upcoming holiday festivities? Chef Marc will take you through the basics of having a TAPA’s Party, along with selecting the wines to match the food choices. You will get a chance to prepare your own savory or sweet Tapa creation. Join in the fun…a special evening at the Hackett House with our own food challenge at the end!

Register online for this class or call (480)350-8181





Call for Entry for Fantasy of Lights Parade Participants

Tempe, AZ – The 2011 Fantasy of Lights Parade in downtown Tempe invites you to participate in the Saturday, November 26th holiday parade, “Let It Snow!

Girl Scout FloatFounded in 1994, the parade invites community groups, local companies and organizations to join in. Deadline for entry is November 15th.

Tens of thousands of spectators will gather to celebrate the parade. Santa Claus finishes the parade with his official arrival. After the parade, Santa will hear children’s requests in the lobby of MADCAP Theatre in Centerpoint Plaza on 7th Street west of Mill Avenue.

The parade relies on dozens of community members from across the Valley who traditionally join in the fun, including families, neighborhoods, organizations, companies, service groups, and individuals who want to prepare a festive presentation and appear in the parade. The result is a festive, hometown parade to ring-in the holidays.

Entry Fees: Non-commercial $25; Commercial $250


Fantasy of Lights Parade Application & Parade Rules:

Applications and detailed Parade Information are available online at, (click on the “Events” pull down menue and select “Fantasy of Lights”, and look for Application link).

Click on this link to download application
Parade rules are attached to the application.


Parade Date, Time & Route:

The Parade officially steps off on Saturday, November 26th at 6:00 p.m.

This year’s parade begins at 3rd Street, and snakes its way south on Mill Avenue to 7th Street, where it heads west through Centerpoint Plaza, the site of the District’s official 50-foot tall holiday tree. Then proceeding north on Maple Street, the parade ends at 5th and Maple.

The parade includes floats, balloons, novelty units, marching units, bands, and brightly decorated cars carrying community dignitaries.

Parade staging for participating units begins about Noon on Saturday, November 26th. Entries will all be notified of their individual load-in time and location, which generally is in the Hayden Square parking lot at 3rd and Ash St.



More About The Parade:

The event is open free to the public for viewing on Saturday night. Details are nearly complete for the traditional hometown street parade, the official holiday tree at Centerpoint on Mill Plaza,  and the arrival of Santa Claus.

The Fantasy of Lights Parade sets the tone for holiday celebration in downtown Tempe. Mill Avenue is well known for its tree-lined sidewalks, which take on the enchantment of lighting during the holidays.


Producer & Sponsor Information:

The Fantasy of Lights Parade is an enterprise of the City of Tempe and Downtown Tempe Foundation, Inc. which is a 501-c-3 charitable nonprofit organization working with Downtown Tempe Community, Inc. to manage and inspire the vibrancy and excellence of the cultural, lifestyle, and commerce experience in the Mill Avenue District.


Fantasy of Lights Opening Night sponsors include the City of Tempe, Mill Avenue District, the East Valley Tribune, KOOL 9FM, KMLE Country 108, 101.5 JAMZ, Sedona Pines Resort, Gannett Fleming, Sundt, PCL, HDR, Kiwanis Club of Tempe, and Tempe South Rotary. Find more information about the event on our website:, click on “Events” pull down menu and select Fantasy of Lights.

Long Wongs Is a Staple In Tempe

By: Brittany Stehmer

The Stage

When you think Tempe music, you probably think Long Wongs. Long Wongs began as a small wing place in 1980 on Mill Avenue by the Goldsteins. It became a launch pad for Tempe bands, and helped define the “Tempe sound”. Bands like the Gin Blossoms, the Refreshments and Dead Hot Worship that have graced the stage at the Original Long Wongs. In 1989 it was sold to Scott and Cheri Magill, according to the Long Wongs Website, and was managed and booked by Sara Cina until 2004 when the original location was bulldozed. With the new location on Apache not far away from the original, it is still a staple in the Tempe music scene. The original owners are still involved with club.

The new Long Wongs was rebuilt in the old Firehouse on Apache and McClintock. Long Wongs at the Fire House tries to recapture the old glory of the original. There is a barely room on the walls. There are records and photos of moments in music history and miscellaneous moments and people. They even have a fire pole, for whatever people choose to do with it. Long Wongs also offers pizza, beer, barbecue, burgers and they still have wings.  This is how Long Wongs describes their food on their website,

Our Pizzas are fire baked in special traditional ovens to ensure unique delicate crisp crusts, while preserving every ounce of flavor in the toppings.

Our BBQ and Grill menu is second to none, we have the richest selection of burgers and sandwiches that will make your mouth water or your money back… Guaranteed!

Long Wongs, like most music venues, hosts a weekly open mic night, where potential songwriters and musicians can stretch their vocal chords.

This new Long Wongs has the charm and tradition of the old famous Long Wongs and the originality needed in music and business.

For more information and a full calendar of events visit the Long Wongs website.

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October Calendar of Art Events

Schedules are subject to change

View the Arts Newsletter:

Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Visit or call the box office (480-350-2822) for event times and ticket information where applicable.

• Tempe Camera presents Canon Class, Oct. 1, Studio
• Walk-in Wednesday Open Mic Night, Wednesdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26, Lobby
• Childsplay: “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 16, Theater
• Desert Dance Theatre: “Arizona Dance Festival 2011,” Oct. 7-8, Studio
• Paper Cup Exchange, Oct. 13, Gallery
• Dias Dance Life presents Beyond Motion Boundaries, Oct. 15, Studio
• Tempe Symphony Orchestra Opening Concert, Oct. 17, Theater
• First Crush Charity Gala, Oct. 21, Lobby, North Patio
• Childsplay: “The Sun Serpent,” Oct. 22-Nov. 13, Studio
• Lakeshore Jazz Series: ASU Concert Jazz Orchestra, Oct. 22, Theater
• Performance with a View: Studio E217 Voice Recital, Oct. 25, Lakeside
• Ladies’ Night Out II, Oct. 29, Theater
• Phoenix Youth Symphony Fall Concert, Oct. 30, Theater

Tempe Performing Arts Center
132 East Sixth Street
For information
• Stray Cat Theatre: “The Sparrow,” through Oct. 8

Exhibitions at city of Tempe facilities
Visit or call 480-350-2867 for information. Exhibitions are free.

• Mixing it Up: Building an Identity, through Jan. 28, Gallery; Public Opening, Sept. 17
• True Colors, through Nov. 30, Tempe Public Library (Connections Café)
• Eye Candy, through Dec. 6, Tempe Youth Library
• Photos of Tempe, through Nov. 2, U.S. Post Office windows
• Pyle Center Annual Senior Art Exhibitions, through March 5, Vihel Activity Center
• Selections from the Portable Works Collection, Library Second Floor

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Upcoming Tempe Center for The Arts events and ticket info

For Immediate Release

Mary E. Fowler
City of Tempe
Management Assistant
(480) 350-2880

Event tickets go on sale at TCA

TELEPHONE: 480-350-2TCA (2822)

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tickets for a dance event, a charity gala and a jazz performance go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29 through the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) Box Office, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway.

Dias Dance Life presents “Beyond Motion Boundaries” at 8 p.m. on Oct. 15 in the TCA Studio. Beyond Motion Boundaries explores and redefines gravity in the most challenging way. This one year Celebration of Dias Dance Life features guests: France Cohen, Dulce Dance, SAJE and Desert Dance Theatre. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $15, not including service or convenience fees.

Tempe Community Action Agency presents “First Crush Charity Gala” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 21 in the TCA Lobby and North Patio. First Crush has become a tradition in Tempe with more than 300 people attending each year. Renowned jazz artist Alice Tatum and her band will entertain patrons while they sample a variety of wines accompanied by delicious tastings compliments of Santa Barbara Catering Company. Tables are filled with exciting gift baskets and packages for bid. Last year more than $50,000 was raised, of which 100% went to support all the programs and services TCAA provides to the Tempe community. Tickets are $75, not including service or convenience fees.

Memphiswest Music presents “Ladies’ Night Out II” from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the TCA Theater. B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Janiva Magness headlines with Delta Groove Recording Artist Candye Kane and the Valley’s own Sugar Thieves in this Ladies’ Night Out Concert presented by Memphiswest Music. Tickets are $25, not including service or convenience fees.

For tickets to this and other events, visit the box office in person, order online at or call 480/350-2TCA (2822).

Lakeshore Jazz kicks off fall series with $275,000 private gift to TCA

For Immediate Release

Nikki Ripley
City of Tempe
Communication and Media Relations Director

Lakeshore Jazz kicks off fall series with $275,000 private gift to TCA

Woody Wilson, Lakeshore Music

Now entering its fourth season at the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), Lakeshore Music is celebrating next season’s concert series on Saturday, Sept. 24, with the Ravenscroft Trio and the long-awaited dedication of TCA’s new grand piano.

Lakeshore Music produces monthly jazz concerts at TCA featuring some of the nation’s most celebrated jazz artists. The kick-off fall performance will not only feature noted jazz pianist, educator and philanthropist, Bob Ravenscroft, but he will be playing his new namesake concert grand piano, which he and his wife, Gretchen, have gifted to the City of Tempe.

“It’s a very big step forward for us,” said Lakeshore’s producer, Woody Wilson. “We have been honored to have Bob and Gretchen as Platinum sponsors since our first year. Now, with the gift to TCA of this incomparable piano, our patrons will experience performances on a par with any in the world. The artists scheduled to perform in this season’s Ravenscroft Piano Masters’ Series are absolutely the best pianists in jazz.”

The new Ravenscroft 275 Grand Piano was handcrafted in Arizona by piano maker Michael Spreeman at his piano studio in Scottsdale. The piano gifted by the Ravenscroft family was custom-constructed and voiced especially for the Tempe Center for the Arts concert facilities.

“This newest Ravenscroft is the culmination of more than a decade’s work on what we think is our most inspired piano to date,” said Spreeman. “We spent nearly two years on TCA’s piano incorporating everything we have learned from our previous experiences. As the first concert facility to own a Ravenscroft, the dedication at TCA on Sept. 24 is a major event for everyone concerned.”

Accepting the Ravenscroft Piano on behalf of the City of Tempe will be Mayor Hugh Hallman.

“We are extremely grateful to Bob and Gretchen Ravenscroft for their unwavering support of both the Lakeshore Jazz program and the Tempe Center for the Arts,” Hallman said. “The TCA is one most magnificent performance facilities of its kind, and the Ravenscroft family’s generous gifts have helped put us on the map. We are all looking forward to their continued involvement in our center.”

The Sept. 24 concert will feature Bob Ravencroft on piano, Dwight Kilian on bass and drummer Rob Moore. The performance will be in TCA’s Lakeside Room and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Information on Lakeshore Music’s upcoming 2012 concert series is available at Tickets can be purchased at the TCA box office, 480.350.2822, or

Wrong makes a Wright: Gammage Auditorium in Tempe

by Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

The assassination of King Feisal II in Iraq in 1958 had one lasting effect in Arizona: It brought us Grady Gammage Auditorium.

Feisal had contracted with architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design an opera house for Baghdad. Wright’s design was suitably theatrical, envisioning a building with spires like minarets and covered with Arabic gingerbread. It was to sit on one end of an island in the middle of the Tigris River, with a ziggurat monument to Haroun al-Rashid on the other.

Wright’s design was typically grandiose, with a spiral base for the opera house that served both as a low ziggurat and as a parking lot/garage.

Wright worried a great deal about parking in his later years, fretting that most architects had only one solution: “to clear off adjoining lots and let them pile the cars up and blot out the buildings.”

He complained to his students at Taliesin, “You can’t build a building now, a beautiful building, and put it in a whole acreage of cars. . . . (W)hat have you got? Nothing. It will spoil it.”

never got to build the opera house in Baghdad. The leaders of the military coup that did away with the king had little interest in aesthetics.

So, the designs remained unused until the late 1950s when Arizona State University President Grady Gammage asked his friend, Wright, whether he might be able to design an auditorium for the university.

Wright, never one to waste his effort, pulled out the Baghdad design and began stripping it down to fit the university budget. The result is Grady Gammage Auditorium (now called ASU Gammage), the most beautiful hideous building in the state.

It is beautiful because every Wright building is. But it is hideous, too, like many of Wright’s later buildings, seeming to have been designed under the influence of too many Flash Gordon serials.

Gammage Auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.Photo By: Michael Baxter

his early years, Wright was at the forefront of Modernism in architecture, and his best work – those Prairie-style houses, the Johnson Wax building – have remained ever fresh and new. But in his senescence, many of his designs have become dated, like those futuristic book illustrations filled with dirigibles and autogiros.

Instead of modern, he became what might be called “modernistical.”

Visually, the main problem with Grady Gammage Auditorium is the colonnade. It is made up of such spindly columns that the building seems suspended by the kind of lolly columns you usually find in an unfinished basement. The proportion is all wrong.

There is a visual discontinuity between the building’s first and second levels, and there are those embarrassing loop-de-loops garnishing the twin ramps that bookend the building. They look like the wedding-cake bunting that bluebirds draped across Cinderella’s dress in the Disney cartoon.

But if Wright’s sense of decor deserted him, other qualities take up the slack.

Wright, like no other architect, managed to create interesting interiors, rethinking space. And Gammage, with its intersecting and overlapping circles, is always refreshing to walk through. Every corner gives up little rewards.

The public interior of Gammage is a jewel. It offers one of the best stages in the West, where Broadway road shows find a home. The intertwined curves play throughout the building, at least in those places the public gets to see.

(Behind the scenes, where the public does not venture but where the performers dress, or where the classrooms are buried, the building is surprisingly ordinary. Just square rooms with block walls. Wright was notorious for neglecting the “working” areas of his architecture. Even Fallingwater, his masterpiece, has bathrooms and a basement that could have been imported from any ordinary suburban split-level.)

And finally, there is the parking lot. Wright was not able to solve that perennial problem. Gammage is finally surrounded by an “acreage of cars.” In this, it is no different from your standard football stadium.


“Montage” a new arts collaborative to be on Mill Avenue

If you’re a local artist and would like to work and show your art on Mill Avenue, I hope you’ll check out Montage, a new project of the Downtown Tempe Community, Inc.  slated to open this Fall.  Montage is a shared studio concept that will bring together artists and art patrons in an interactive, collaborative environment.  Member Artists will enjoy 24 hour access to shared studio space and participate in group shows exhibiting their work.  The studio will benefit emerging and established artists by offering exposure to the 4 million plus visitors each year attracted to the Mill Avenue District.  Artists will also have the unique opportunity of being part of a newly formed community of artists who support and learn from each other.

If you’re not an artist, but love art, be ready to see some great local art every Third Thursday as well as other hours designated as open to the public where you can meet the artists, ask them questions about their work, and know that when you purchase art directly from the artist, 100% of the funds go to the artist.

Kate Foreman

Note:  Downtown Tempe Community, Inc. (DTC) is the private, non-profit  organization that manages the Mill Avenue District and is responsible for the vibrancy and excellence of the cultural, lifestyle, and commerce experience in the District.  Mill Avenue District, Inc. works in partnership with the City of Tempe to increase the value of downtown Tempe through enhanced management and promotional services on behalf of Mill Avenue District members and other downtown stakeholders.

Their projects include events such as Fantasy of Lights, Festival of the Arts and Third Thursday, among others.

For more details and to download an Member Artist application, please see the our website at