A Culture And Music
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Jan. 6, 2016 — Another New Year’s Day has come and gone. Say goodbye to the champagne and drunken renditions of Auld Lang Syne. Say hello to resolutions. It’s that time of year when we all strive to be the best we can be. What’s your resolution this year?
Getting in shape is a popular choice, but we say forget the gym. Your New Year’s Resolution this year should be to get out more and experience everything the Valley has to offer in the world of arts and entertainment. Think about it. By this time next year, you can brag to your friends about how “cultured” you are and all they’ll have to show for their effort is a six-pack (or a gym membership gathering dust).
Modern Times Magazine is here to help. With the inaugural Unlimited Arts Calendar of 2016, we bring you the good stuff. From the long-running Sunday A’Fair Concerts in the Park series in Scottsdale to the best in Arizona watercolor artists on display in the West Valley, we have something for everyone.
There are also plenty of must-see concerts coming up this month for the music-lovers out there. Doesn’t that sound like a lot more fun than doing crunches?
What’s better than seeing your favorite bands live in concert? How about seeing several of your favorite musicians on stage at the same time? If you’re a fan of Arizona music and supergroups, you won’t want to miss Wet Lab’s second-ever show on Jan. 8 at The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The band, which originally formed as a part of venerable Valley promoter Psyko Steve’s Rock Lottery showcase, is made up of Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World), Jason Roedl (Mergence), Chan Shulman (Harper and the Moths) Mitch Wyatt (Pinner) and Justin Weir (Celebration Guns).This is a one-time event and also functions as a release show for Wet Lab’s cassette release show. So, those of you who are still rocking decks in your car are really going to want to make it out. For tickets or more information, visit The Rebel Lounge.
The Rebel Lounge is busy this January. The venue, located at The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, will host Los Angeles-based psychedelic band Seaons on Jan. 12. Joining the band will be Fighting Friction, Modern Royal and Daisy. For tickets or more information, visit The Rebel Lounge.
If you’re into music with a more international flavor, check out Canada’s own Marianas Trench when it hits the Arizona-leg of its Hey You Guys!! Tour on Jan. 17 at Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. The multi-platinum Canadian pop rockers will be joined by unannounced special guests. For tickets to the all-ages show or for more information, visit Lucky Man Concerts.
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 http://tucsonfolkfest.org/applications/index.html. 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 email@example.com. Nomination forms are available online at www.westvalleyarts.org. 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.
To Feb. 4
Starting Jan. 8, art aficionados can view the works of Arizona’s best watercolor artists at the Arizona Watercolor Association’s exhibit at West Valley Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise. The event, which runs through Feb. 4, will showcase over 80 pieces judged by West Valley Arts Council’s Executive Director Bernadette Mills. “Arizona Watercolor Association (AWA) is so excited to exhibit in this beautiful, spacious West Valley gallery,” writes AWA President Linda Schooley. “We have many members who live in this area and are anxious to show off this lovely edifice. Viewers will be thrilled at the variety and quality of this causal show. It’s a great opportunity to view and experience works by Nationally-awarded artists.” The event will feature a closing reception on Feb. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information about the event, you can contact the West Valley Arts Council at 623-935-6384.
To April 3
Your Sunday schedule just filled up. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will host its 29th annual Sunday A’Fair series starting Jan. 10. The event will run most Sundays throughout the first quarter of this year, ending on April 3. In addition to live outdoor music from over 20 Scottsdale acts ranging in genre from jazz and blues to country and R&B, Sunday A’Fair will have arts and crafts, activities for children and families, and guided tours of sculptures in the park. The free event runs from noon to 4 p.m outdoors at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. For more information about the schedule and performers, visit Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Why Did the Peahen Cross the Road? After Running Into A Wayward Peahen, A Writer Ponders Her Safety And The Intentions Of The Bird Before Finding Salvation From A Colorful Couple.