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Downtown Phoenix Oct. 3

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Featured Is A Celebration Of Art And Culture In Downtown Phoenix, But Also On Tap Are Appearances by Wynton Marsalis, Foo Fighters, Comedic Puppets And Much More

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 16, 2015 — The city of Phoenix will mark the 30th anniversary of the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission Oct. 3 with a free celebration of arts and culture in downtown Phoenix from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, Herberger Theater and on Monroe Street between Second and Third Streets in downtown Phoenix. Nearly 100 Phoenix-based organizations will participate through music, dance and theater performances, art-making demonstrations, presentations, and public art tours.

"We're excited to showcase so many of our arts and culture organizations through this 30th anniversary event. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the exciting growth of the Phoenix arts and culture sector over the past 30 years. The arts play such a critical role in building the community we all want,” said Councilwoman Laura Pastor.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, will host video presentations on "Phoenix Public Art" and "Phoenix Arts and Culture @ 30: A Conversation,” a recorded panel discussion with Mayor Greg Stanton, Terry Goddard, and Phoenix arts leaders. In person presentations on "Phoenix Urban Guide: a PUG's Life," and "Making Our Mark – How the Arts Define Phoenix" will also be available.

The mainstage on Monroe Street between Second and Third Streets will host performances by Fushicho Daiko, Mariachi Pasíon, Cyphers Center for Urban Arts, Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Rosie's House, Arizona Caribbean Association, and Jazz in Arizona. Mayor Greg Stanton will announce the nominees for the fourth annual Mayor's Arts Awards from the main stage at 12:30 p.m.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center Arcade off Monroe Street will host performances by Arizona Masterworks Chorale, Phoenix Boys Choir, Phoenix Metropolitan Men's Chorus/Canyon Echoes, Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix, Voices of the Desert, ProMusica Arizona, MusicaNova Orchestra, Arizona Opera, Young Sounds of Arizona, Arizona Caribbean Association, Phoenix Traditional Music and Dance, Ballet Arizona, Crossroads Performance Group, Movement Source Dance Company, Center Dance, Leanne Schmidt and Company, Four Chambers Press, La Phoenikera Writer's Guild, Black Theatre Troupe, The Torch Theatre, and Teatro Bravo.

At the Herberger Theater plaza, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix will be art demonstrations by Children's Museum of Phoenix, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Free Arts of Arizona, Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Rosson House Heritage Square Foundation & Guild, The Rag Collection, Valley Metro Transit, Xico, USA Arizona, Phoenix Airport Museum, Reimagine Phoenix, City of Phoenix Water Services Department.

Dozens of other groups and organizations will offer giveaways and information at tables in the Convention Center Arcade.

For a full schedule of events and timeline, please visit phoenix.gov/arts/celebrate.

Thursday, Sept. 17


Zella Day, a Pinetop Ariz., native — who like everyone else who wants to make it big is now LA-based — will bring a headlining show to The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix at 8 p.m. Heck, she impressed Coco. For more information, visit The Rebel Lounge.

Friday, Sept. 18

In a celebration of Arizona's rich musical legacy, some of the state's best musicians came together on The Project to benefit the Arizona School for the Arts, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams Street, at 8 p.m. The record features songs written by former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods and performed by artists like Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and E Street member Nils Lofgren, Gin Blossoms' Scotty Johnson, Francine Reed, Michael Nitro, Lawrence Zubia, Blaine Long, Hans Olson, Ray Herndon, Al Ortiz, Mindy Harris, Walt Richardson, and Alice Tatum. All available musicians from the record will perform at the concert, along with surprise guests. All proceeds from the concert go to the Arizona School for the Arts. For more information, visit Orpheum Theatre

Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19

Don’t worry, you won’t go deaf, but you will definitely hear some seriously classic sounds as The Phoenix Symphony and conductor Tito Muñoz celebrate Opening Night with  Beethoven’s 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Street, Phoenix. For more information, visit Symphony Hall.

Saturday, Sept. 19


Lewis Black will bring his bombastic brand of comedy — which is also very insightful and dare we say, tender — to Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix at 8 p.m. For more information, visit Comerica Theatre.

Sunday, Sept. 20

Yee Haw! Celebrate the past while firmly embracing the future as The Old 97’s hit the stage at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Formed in 1993, the band has released 10 studio albums, two full extended plays, shared split duty on another, and have one live album. Their most recent release is Most Messed Up. For more information, visit Crescent Ballroom.

Thursday, Sept. 24

World-renowned musician, composer, educator and bandleader Wynton Marsalis will give a free talk about the power of the arts and creativity as tools for building a bright future at the Piper Repertory Theater in the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa at 7:30 p.m. Marsalis will also be engaged  in a Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra residency at Mesa Arts Center from Sept. 23 to 26. For more information, visit Mesa Arts Center.

Friday, Sept. 25

Dave Grohl and his band of rockers — a.k.a the Foo Fighters — will bring their rock and roll show to Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Ak-Chin Pavilion

Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27

Save your money and DO NOT attend that Summer Ends thing, but instead travel to Franklin, Tenn., for the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. Decemberists, Weezer, Neko Case, Iron & Wine, Willie Nelson and many more will perform with a portion of proceeds going to charity. Heck, it's gotta be better than an appearance by Kanye West. For more information, visit Pilgrimage Music Festival.

Saturday, Oct. 3

The city of Phoenix will mark the 30th anniversary of the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission with a free celebration of arts and culture in downtown Phoenix from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, Herberger Theater and on Monroe Street between Second and Third Streets in downtown Phoenix. Nearly 100 Phoenix-based organizations will participate through music, dance and theater performances, art-making demonstrations, presentations, and public art tours. For more information, visit Thirty Years Celebration.

Friday, Oct. 9 to Friday, Oct. 30

Get your laughs on — with puppets. The All Puppet Players will be kicking off their new season at Playhouse on the Park at The Central Arts Plaza, 1850 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix with "The Exorcist Has No Legs" from October 9 to 30. For more information, visit visit All Puppet Players.

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