Arizona Broadway Theatre
Presents A Christmas Classic
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Nov. 11, 2015 — The holiday season in Arizona may not include snowflakes or crackling fireplaces but that doesn’t mean residents of the Phoenix metro have to miss out on every classic holiday tradition. If you’re looking to get into the spirit of the season (or just trying to cheer up the Scrooge in your family), head down to the Arizona Broadway Theatre to experience its production of A Christmas Carol.
While daily temperatures in the 70s might dampen your holiday spirit, it will only take a few notes of “A Jolly Good Time” or “Happy Christmas” to get those sugar plums back up and dancing in your head.
As much as we’d like to see Bill Murray take the stage to perform a stage adaption of 1988’s Scrooged, we expect the ABT production to be a more traditional take on the Charles Dickens classic, complete with Tiny Tim, Jack Marley and Bob Cratchit. That means it’s a play fit for the whole family, though the ghosts might put a little scare into the younger viewers.
A Christmas Carol will run for a full month from Nov. 27 to Dec. 27 at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria. Individual ticket prices vary and can be purchased at azbroadway.org or by calling the box office at 623-776-8400.
The theatre is also offering an eight-show season subscription special to first time subscribers. Attend the first performance in your season package and if you're not completely satisfied, you can return all future tickets for a refund.
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 www.arizonatheatre.org.
Friday, Nov. 13
INFOCUS, the photography support organization of Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, will hold its seventh annual PhotoBid auction and exhibition from 6 to 9 p.m. For the past three weeks, the works have been up as an exhibition at the museum for bidders and the public to view. The photographic works presented in the PhotoBid exhibition and auction are selected by internationally recognized curator, Rebecca Senf, Ph.D., the Norton Family Curator of Photography at Phoenix Art Museum. Typical opening bid prices have ranged from $350 to 2,500. For more information visit http://phxart.org or http://infocus-phxart.org/photobid2015.
Saturday, Nov. 14
The dancers from Ballet Arizona will be performing for a good cause at the third annual Dancers’ Choice on Nov. 14 at Dorrance Theatre, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix. The performance, which benefits Artist Relief Fund, will feature a program of selections hand-picked by members of Ballet Arizona, including never before seen works created by company dancers, favorites from Artistic Director Ib Andersen, excerpts from full length ballets and other choreographic surprises.Tickets to Dancers’ Choice cost $75 and are 60 percent tax deductible. They can be purchased at balletaz.org.
Arizona actually does experience fall and to prove it Local First Arizona is putting on the Certified Local Fall Festival on Nov. 14 at Portland Parkway, 10 W. Portland St., Phoenix. The event is free to attend and will feature over one hundred local vendors and live entertainment from bands like Murrieta and Loose Cannon Blues Band. There will also be a Beverage Garden complete with Arizona-made spirits, beer and wine. You must be 21 to enter the Beverage Garden and drink samples cost $2 each. More information can be found at localfirstaz.com.
The Desert Song Healing Arts Center is hosting a free community event on Nov. 14 at 3232 N. 20th St., Phoenix. The event will include 25 local artist booths, live music, raffle, yoga classes, chair massages, kids activities and more. Yoga classes cost $10 or can be paid for using a class card. The event will also feature gardening classes that cost $10. Pre-registration is preferred for the gardening classes. To register, visit desertsongyoga.com.
Brooklyn is the epicenter of the indie music universe, and you can get a little taste of Williamsburg’s trendy, trendy scene on Nov. 14, when Brooklyn-based folktronic outfit Howard plays with Houndmouth at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., Tucson. Tickets cost $20 to $22 and can be purchased at rialtotheatre.com.
It is said that every that is old is new again and decker. aims to prove it. Heading back to Phoenix after some national tours is the psychedelic desert folk act decker. Although the outfit released their latest, Patsy awhile ago, they are also doing a vinyl release and will celebrate it with a show Nov. 14 at Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Joining decker. will be Afrobeat Orchestra. For more information,visit http://deckermusic.org
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Suicide Girls — from website fame and empowerment — will bring their Burlesque Show to The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix. If you liked it last year, organizers promise an even better time this year with new dancers and additional performances. For more information, visit http://blackheartburlesque.com/
Friday, Nov. 20
For all of the pentagenarians and older, EDM, stands for electronic dance music, OK? Not excruciatingly droning music. Jeeez. And for all of the millennials out there, EDM will be hitting the Phoenix metro in a big way Nov. 20 as Global Dance Festival heads to Rawhide, 5700 W. N. Loop Rd., Chandler. Sure, an EDM event at a western town is a bit odd, but it's also kinda cool. Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for up-to-date information on acts and more.
Saturday, Nov. 21
The super-talented millennial Allison Weiss is coming to The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, on Nov. 21 along with Mal Blum. The two singer-songwriters will be joined by Winter and Kid in the Attic. Tickets cost $12 to $14 and can be found at therebellounge.com.
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