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The Phoenix Metro Will Host A Variety Of Great Events As The Years Change, Including A Willie Nelson Concert And A Free Event From The Tempe Symphony


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 23, 2015 — Although the end of the year is quickly approaching, there is still time for some entertainment in 2015 even if 2016 is lurking as a better option.

From a once-a-year concert by the Tempe Symphony Orchestra — which is free — to the bevy of great events that will celebrate New Year’s Eve (see the Unlimited Arts list by venue for more NYE information), the Phoenix metro will host a plethora of great events over the next two weeks.

On top of that, we also information on nominating someone as a West Valley Arts Champion and applying to perform at the Tucson Folk Festival.

Dec. 28

What can be better than seeing a bunch of talented musicians who work hard — and have a bunch of fun at the same time — take the stage for a free concert? Don’t think, just go to the
Tempe Center for the Arts Theater, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, for a show from the Tempe Symphony Orchestra. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. but tickets are available beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit Tempe Center for the Arts.

Dec. 31

The beats will once again be thumping at Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, on New Year’s Eve as the Decadence NYE festival is preparing for a big-time celebration. The lineup includes Above & Beyond, Jack Ü, Pretty Lights, Tommy Trash, ODESZA and more. Tickets will be available online at

Until Jan. 4

Forget about your fat for a few hours as you laugh at other’s struggles at Waist Watchers The Musical! The 90-minute musical, set in Cook’s Women’s Gym, follows four women as they go through the ups and downs of survival in a weight-and-beauty obsessed world. Seriously, women dressed as candy bars and donuts? It’s funny just looking at it. It is running most days from Dec. 23 to Jan. 4 at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For more information, visit Herberger Theater Center.

Jan. 5

He may be old, but Willie Nelson is still as cool as they come. Beyond that, he music still resonates. If it is worth a C-note to see the man, go ahead and buy tickets to his Willie Nelson & Family event beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix. For more information, visit Celebrity Theatre.

To Jan. 17

Some may not know, but Tucson hosts a spectacular folk-music festival every spring. Applications for volunteer performers for the 31st Annual Tucson Folk Festival — April 30 and May 1 — will be open until Jan. 17. Regular performers, songwriting contestants and young artists (under 18 at festival time) can all apply at
There is not an application fee for regular performers who complete their application by the end of December. The fee to apply for the songwriting contest is $25. There is no fee to apply as a young artist.

To Jan. 29

Some say the West side of the Phoenix metro is boring. Haaardly. It’s just that East-siders don’t know what goes on over there. Prove it right, West-siders, and nominate someone for the 2016 Champion of the Arts recognition, sponsored by The West Valley Arts Council. Awards will be presented in two categories, with nominees being accepted for business leaders, organizations, companies and individuals. Nomination forms are due by noon Jan. 29 to the WVAC office, 13243 N Founders Park Blvd, Surprise, AZ 85379, or emailed to Nomination forms are available online at The 2016 winners and their nominator will each receive a ticket to be recognized at this year’s 23rd annual Diamond Ball Gala to be held March 5 at the Wigwam Hotel and Resort in Litchfield Park.

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