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Raises Food Bank Awareness

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Unlimited Arts July 8 to 22: Featured Is A Comedy Show That Is Also A Canned-Food Drive As Well As Out-Of-Town Music Acts, Theater Announcements And Much More

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

July 8, 2015 — Big-time comedians come to Phoenix all of the time, but few, if any, give away a chance at front-row seats for a food donation or a $5 donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Well, George Lopez will do so July 18 when he brings his act to Celebrity Theatre, 440 E. 32nd St., Phoenix. The actor-comedian-talk show host will have two shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Ticket holders that donate five canned goods/nonperishable items or $5 to St. Mary’s Food Bank will be registered to win an upgrade to the front row.

According to St. Mary's Food Bank, the organization distributes more food during the summer months than any time during the year, but donations fall off with so many Arizonans heading to cooler climates. This event will help stock the Food Bank shelves for those in need. St Mary's is the world's first food bank and has been serving the hungry of Arizona for 48 years — providing more than 200,000 meals a day around Arizona.

"We'd like to thank Danny Zelisko Presents, Celebrity Theatre, Insight Management and George Lopez for this opportunity to raise awareness of hunger in our community," said St. Mary's President and CEO Beverly Damore.

"More than one in four Arizona children live in poverty and deal with hunger daily. With school out, moms and dads need to provide three meals a day and turn to St. Mary's for help."
Most needed items include canned fruits and vegetables, canned proteins like tuna, peanut butter and beans, pasta, cereal and rice."

Those who wish to skip the $48 to $95 cost of seeing George Lopez but still make a food donation, can make them directly to St. Mary’s Food Bank by visiting St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.

Wednesday, July 8


When preparing the Unlimited Arts calendar, we like to include some acts no one may have heard of, and this week, the best candidate for someone you may be hearing from in the future is Juan Wauters, who will be at the Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Why? He’s a mainstream candidate and ... he can play and sing while riding a bike. For more information, visit Valley Bar.

Thursday, July 9

Rob Thomas. Need we say more? Okay, he’s the leader of Matchbox 20 and he guested on Carlos Santana’s, “Smooth” from Supernatural. See, you remember him. He will be at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. For more information, visit www.robthomasmusic.com.

Friday, July 10

Owen Ashworth, known for his work with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, will be at the Trunk Space, 1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix, performing now as Advance Base. Ashworth is also known for his work with Sun Kil Moon’s last release, Benji. For more information, visit http://www.thetrunkspace.com/

Saturday, July 11


Rap is definitely a “unlimted” musical form, and SonReal — a Canadian rapper — is just as definitely pushing the boundaries. He’ll be at Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, with his Juno-award-winning beats and rhymes. Maybe he’ll bring some cool Arctic freshness with him, too. For more information, visit Pub Rock Live.


If a woman who can really sing and groove and is backed by a full band and horns is your thing, make sure to stop at The Rebel Lounge, 2302 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, and check out Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas. Seriously, this might be one of the last chances to see this dynamic performer in a venue as intimate as The Rebel Lounge (formerly the Mason Jar). For more information, visit The Rebel Lounge.

Sunday, July 12


What do you get when you combine two guys, some drums, a harmonica and a guitar? The Blues Doctors! And for anyone who loves roots music and like to have good time should check out Adam Gussow and Alan Gross at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.  Gussow rocks the amplified harp and foot drums while Gross plays electric guitar. Surprisingly, or not, their sound is big and full — much more like a blues trio than a guitar/harmonica duo. Gussow and Gross are full-time faculty at the University of Mississippi in Oxford but have also been performing the blues for more than 25 years. For more information, visit The Rhythm Room.

Friday, July 17

Take a trip back to the 1990s with Better Than Ezra, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6 at Wild Horse Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. This the kickoff for Better Than Ezra’s “Under The Sun” Tour. For more information, visit Wild Horse Pass.

July 17 to 19


With the proliferation of corporate influence into most major festivals, it is nice to see that there are still some options out there to connect with the music and artists in a more direct manner. The Northern Nights Music Festival 2015, at Cook’s Valley campground on the Humboldt/Mendocino border in Northern California, is an EDM festival in its third year that seems just about the right size. Headlining the fest is Black Star (Talib Kweli & Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def). Also appearing is The Polish Ambassador & Friends and Gold Panda in their first West Coast festival performance as well as South African powerhouse duo Goldfish. For more information, visit Northern Nights on Facebook.

July 18


George Lopez brings his act to Celebrity Theatre, 440 E. 32nd St., Phoenix. for two shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Ticket holders that donate five canned goods/nonperishable items or $5 to St. Mary’s Food Bank will be registered to win an upgrade to the front row. Those who wish to skip the $48 to $95 cost of seeing George Lopez but still make a food donation, can make them directly to St. Mary’s Food Bank by visiting St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.

Ongoing Event

The Arizona Theatre Company is preparing for its upcoming season and tickets are now on sale for all of the planned events, including: Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin, Oct. 8 to 25; Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, Nov. 12 to 29; Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook, Dec. 30 to Jan. 17; Fences by August Wilson, Feb. 11 to 28; Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, March 31 to April 17; The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord May 5 to 22; Sex With Strangers, a special production from Stray Cat Theatre, Sept. 24 to Oct. 1.Single tickets for all shows in Phoenix except Sex With Strangers range from $28 to $73. Season-package holders can purchase premium tickets to Sex With Strangers for $30 before July 31. Flex Package holders can include Sex With Strangers as one of their options. The price range for individual single tickets is $20 to $60. Season tickets also are on sale by calling 602-256-6995. All shows are at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. For more information, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

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