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At MIM Oct. 9

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Featured Is A Celebration Of The Former Beatle On What Would Have Been His 75th Birthday, But Also Included Are Theatrical, Musical, And Many More Great Events


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 30, 2015 —  Back in 1971, John Lennon took a poem of his wife, Yoko Ono, and made the world, “imagine.”

To imagine a world where there was no heaven.

And a world that with nothing to kill or die for, which had a brotherhood of (hu)man.

On Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, will allow those who wouldn’t want to imagine a world without John Lennon to enjoy a special day of activities and music celebrating Lennon’s legacy of peace and love.

Oct. 9 would have marked his 75th birthday.

A world without John Lennon may be one that didn’t see the counterculture of the 1960s emerge. Or a public figure who, while an egomaniac at times, was devoted to using his celebrity to forge a better world.

“Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not if you put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Carter or Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself,” Lennon said.

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Thursday, Oct. 1

It’s a little hard to believe, but it has been four years since The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, opened its doors and quickly became the place for some of the best local and indie national acts. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for the free, fourth anniversary show and dance party featuring Djentrification, Southside Soul featuring Larry Bailey, Bacchus and the Demon SLuts, Dr. Delicious and DJ Smite. For more information, visit

Saturday, Oct. 3

The ‘End of the Innocence’ may have come and gone, but Don Henley is still living ‘Life In The Fast Lane,’ and will bring his roadshow to Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, at 8 p.m. Oh, and the ‘Boys of Summer’ may have gone, but this ‘Desperado’ will get it rocking. For more information, visit or

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.

The West Valley Arts Council will launch, “The Big Patio Concert Series” with The Sugar Thieves Band at 4 p.m. The concert series will take place on The Big Patio in the Victory District of the Verrado Community, 20818 W. Pasadena Ave., Buckeye. Admission is free. The concert series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and sponsored by Arizona Commission on the Arts, Victory at Verrado, and the Constance W. McMillin Trust. For information, visit

Wednesday, Oct. 7

The Asian Arts Council, a support organization of the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, will host a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening of, “Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold” in the Museum’s Cummings Great Hall. Tickets must be purchased in advance for $50, which includes signature cocktails, Asian-inspired heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet, live entertainment and premier seating for the lecture that follows. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit arts programming at Phoenix Art Museum. A free lecture will follow, presented by Dr. Janet Baker, curator of Asian Art at Phoenix Art Museum, in Whiteman Hall. For more information, visit

Thursday, Oct. 8

Juno-award winner Jesse Cook, will bring his guitar-virtuoso act to the Scottsdale Centre for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale. Cook’s music has been described as a, “cross pollination and his guitar compositions incorporate rumba, gypsy, flamenco, Latin, Afro-Cuban, jazz and classical motifs into multicultural amalgams.” Hmmmm. Might be worth a listen, eh? For more information, visit or

Thursday, Oct. 8 to 25

The iconic Irving Berlin will be portrayed by Hershey Felder and will prove there is “No Business Like Show Business” even during a, "Easter Parade" or a, "White Christmas." Felder will bring the same show he has performed in cities around the globe to the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For more information, visit

Friday, Oct. 9

Many will sure be ‘Kicking it Old School” at The Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, when Suicidal Tendencies comes to town with Retox, SoundManKillz, and My Life Sentence. Tickets are $26. If you're a longtime fan and you miss the show, you may be “Institutionalized.” For more information, visit

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.

Oct. 9 to Nov. 7

The Firehouse Gallery, 1015 N. First St., Phoenix, will present “My Little Phobia,” featuring 15 local Arizona artists who have created images that may haunt your dreams. Artists include Lee Davis, Robyn Bell, Michael Beauchamp, ARToinette, Parker Neely, Purrversia Riot, Teresa Moore, Rachel Greig, Kenosha Drucker, Preacher Thirty-Six, Linda M. Bohlke, Katherine Cronn, Sara Howard, Brandon Rothstein, and Margarete Beeson. Firehouse Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit

Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 25

The Black Theatre Troupe will present, “The Taste Test” at the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, from Oct. 9 to 25. The play will assess, “What happens when a ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ African-American woman thinks she can be the next Angela Davis by working from the inside?” For more information, visit or

Saturday, Oct. 10

The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, will present, “Professional Development Session: Create a Global Classroom,” from 1 to 3 p.m. The session is designed to help educators reach students above third grade to achieve through writing and discussion. Space is limited For more information, visit

Sunday, Oct. 11

Detroit rockers Wilson will join headliners Tremonti and Trivium on the 2015 HardDrive Live Tour at Club Red, 1306 W. University Drive, Mesa. This band is seeking to become the next big metal band and has been touring hard to prove it. For more information, visit or

Tuesday, Oct. 13

If you already know about MisterWives, you already know: They are trending and may soon be too big to play The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. But for now, they are not that big, so check them on a Tuesday night. For more information, visit  

Thursday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 18

Harry Potter fans can pull out their magic wands and gold and red ties for the return of the Halloween at Hogwarts special events Oct. 15 and 16 at the Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix (the Oct. 16 event is already sold out) and Oct. 18 at Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa. The Phoenix Symphony will contribute the musical potion — nearly 90 minutes of seasonal selections and even more memorable music from the Harry Potter films and an all new spooktacular dose of magic. For more information, visit

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