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Ballet Arizona Presents

A Young Man And His Doll

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The Unlimited Arts Calendar is published biweekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Unlimited Arts: Oct. 29 to Nov. 12: Featured Is Coppélia, But Other Highlights Include A Tamale Festival, Jeff Daniels In Concert, A Play About Muslim Prejudice, Scottsdale Film Festival And Much More Fun


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 29, 2015 — What’s not to like about seeing a young man fall in love with a doll made by an eccentric toymaker?

We may be tempted to say it would likely be a lot like Weekend At Bernie’s but without the foil being a dead guy, but this is a ballet we’re talking about.

Surely, the classic Coppélia, as performed by Ballet Arizona, will be an enchanted, yet comic, time. It will be the first time the company has produced the work since 2007. <I>Coppélia tells the story of an toymaker and a life-sized doll on his balcony that catches the eye of Franz, a young man from the local village. Not realizing this beautiful young woman is a man-made creation, Franz becomes infatuated with the gorgeous doll. His fiancée Swanhilde takes matters into her own hands by dressing up as the doll to show Franz his foolishness and bring him back to reality.

Ballet Arizona will give six performances of <I>Coppélia from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1 at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. In order to give first-time patrons the opportunity to “sample” the ballet risk-free, Ballet Arizona is offering special seats with a money-back guarantee. New patrons who purchase a Sample Seat can request a full refund if they didn’t enjoy the performance for any reason. A limited number of Sample Seats, offered at $35, are available for the 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances on Oct. 31. This offer is limited to four tickets per patrons and only available to individuals who have never attended a Ballet Arizona performance.

Standard ticket prices start at $15. Discounts are offered for seniors, college students, military, patrons age 18-29 and groups. Tickets may be purchased by calling 602-381-1096 or visiting

Thursday, Oct. 29

The City of Surprise, in collaboration with the West Valley Arts Council, Theater Works and the West Valley Symphony, have a new 2015-16 performing arts series, Lunchtime Theater, featuring four lunchtime performances to be held in the 2,500 square foot Arts HQ gallery, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise. The series will premiere with Almost, Almost Maine as Theater Works presents a whimsical story of the joys and perils of romance. For more information, visit West Valley Arts Council.

Friday, Oct. 30

OMG! They are sooooo hotttttt!!! OK, maybe we went overboard just a scosh, but Young RIsing Sons can make anyone remember the days of hot dudes singing about how they studly they are. Seriously, they are not bad if you’re into that sort of thing or just want to make your daughter think you know something about modern music. They will be at The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix at after curfew. For more information, visit YOUNG RISING SONS.

It’s Harry from Speed and he can play the guitar. No, wait, that’s Will McAvoy from The Newsroom. Wrong on both accounts. It’s really Jeff Daniels and besides also being Harry from “Dumb & Dumber, he’s also an accomplished musician. He and some guy also named Daniels — would we being out too far on a limb to say he and Ben are related — will bring a show to Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., at 8 p.m. To buy tickets visit

Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1

Monster Mash may have cancelled the Friday, Oct. 30 show, but it will be scary nevertheless Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 at Tempe Beach Park. The venue has not been kind to the promoter lately, so we can only hope it won’t be “too scary.” Bands appearing will include Tool and Primus. For more information, visit

Sunday, Nov. 1

Dia de los Muertos and Tequila Dinner in support of the Scottsdale League for the Arts? Count us in for a few cocktails! Cien Agaves, 7228 E. First Ave, Scottsdale, will host. Tickets are $80 but include four mouthwatering courses paired with Espolon tequila. The menu includes dishes like shredded duck and manchego cheese tamales, chile pork shank osso buco and a tequila infused coconut lime sorbet. Luke Detraz is the featured mixologist. To purchase tickets, visit

Monday, Nov. 2

Duuuuuudes! Metal Lives! Windhand is coming. Who the hell is Windhand? A pretty damn good metal band for 2015. Oh yea, and the group is led by a lady vocalist who kills it (in the good way). Anyway, go bang your head (minds out of the gutter, people) at Club Red, 1306 W. University Drive, Mesa. For more information, visit Windhand.

Thursday, Nov. 5

Eh, hoser! Go check out Ben Caplan. He ain’t greasy, he’s my brother. Well, maybe he’s a third cousin or a friend of my ex-baby-sitter’s veterinarian. But either way, he’s coming to The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, at 7 p.m. He’s releasing a new album on Nov. 6, Birds With Broken Wings, and his beard probably did the breaking. Seriously, this guy is all beard. But his music ain’t bad either. Think Tom Waits meets John Mayer. Or not, and take another slug of Mr. Beam. Check him out if you’ve got the time. For more information, visit BEN CAPLAN & THE CASUAL SMOKERS.

Friday, Nov. 6 to Monday, Nov. 9

The Scottsdale International Film Festival will celebrate 15 years this weekend with 41 feature films representing more than 30 countries, including buzz-worthy dramas, thrillers, romances, comedies and documentaries. The festival will kick-off Nov. 5, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Following opening night, the festival will return to its longtime home at Harkins Shea 14 Theatre, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. For more information,visit

Saturday, Nov. 7

Taaamaaales! Ya boy! The 80th Annual Friendly House Tamale Dinner & Festival is coming to Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, offering food, drinks, entertainment and fun. This year’s participating restaurants include The Tamale Store, Sonora’s Mexican Food & Panaderia, Mi  Vegana Madre, Mi Amigo’s, Tacos de Juarez, La 15 Y Salsas, Canyon Café, Sylvia’s La Canasta, Manny’s Mexican Grill, Perfectos Mexican Restaurant, The Treatery, Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole, Coach’s Corner, DGP Gourmet Fry Bread, and Friendly House Tamales and Hot Dogs. All participating tamale restaurants will take part in an epic “Battle of the Tamales,” judged by both attendees and community leaders. In addition, attendees will enjoy a kids craft zone and live bands and dance performances throughout the day. For more information, visit

Beards and mustaches are so cool right now, the contests are getting majorly cool, too. No longer are they filled with only a bunch of weird old guys, the tragically hip are also there. The mix is a good one and so will be the Third Annual Canyon State Facial Hair Championships hosted by the Canyon State Beard Club at 5 p.m. in the Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. For more information, visit

Thursday, Nov. 12 to Monday, Nov. 30

Disgraced, a Pulitzer-prize winning play written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by David Ira Goldstein will be presented at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. What’s it about? A real American issue that just might make one think as much as they are being entertained: a successful Muslim-American lawyer hosts dinner guests and discussions of race and identity explode to reveal racial prejudices and personal secrets. Tickets are $28 to $68 and can be purchased at

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