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Unlimited Arts Feb. 4 to 19: Featured Is The Music And Art Of The Tucson Gem And Mineral Show But Also Catch A Cacophony Of Plays, Music And Artwork


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 4, 2016 — Tucson sometimes gets a bad rap as “boring” or “lame” from those in the Phoenix metro that is not always unfounded. But there is no denying that for a couple of weeks in January and/or February, Tucson becomes a meeting point for the young, old and middle because of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

For two weeks — this year Jan. 30 to Feb. 14 — Tucson holds nearly 100 gem related events with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Feb. 13 and 14, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, as the rally point.

For an almost complete listing of related rock, gem, mineral and fossil events, visit

But the two-week event also is the setting for Gem & Jam, Feb. 12 to 14, one of the biggest EDM gatherings in the Southwest. Held each year during the Tucson Gem and Mineral show, Gem & Jam, 1102 W. Grant Rd., Tucson, hosts over 50 musicians across three stages, along with a plethora of gem and mineral exhibits, art galleries and painters, dancers, performers, daytime workshops, late night after parties and more. For more informtion, visit

Featured performers include the Soulection Stage, as well as Michal Menert, Eliot Lipp, Beats Antique, Lettuce, The Polish Ambassador, Tycho DJ set, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Minnesota, OTT (UK) and Lyrics Born (Live).

So be a hero to your kids and take them down there while also having some booths to browse. And, kids, you’re welcome!

Feb. 4 and 5

Feb. 5 is the last chance to view the works of Arizona’s best watercolor artists at the Arizona Watercolor Association exhibit at West Valley Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise. The event, which began Jan. 8, showcased more than 80 pieces judged by West Valley Arts Council’s Executive Director Bernadette Mills. The closing reception will be held Feb. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, contact the West Valley Arts Council, 623-935-6384.

Feb. 5 to 13

Take a journey with a rock musician as he ponders place, identity and race from his American middle class roots to the great cities of Europe in Passing Strange at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Book is by Stew and Heidi Rodewald. Winner of 6 Tony Awards. Tickets are $22. For more information, visit

Feb. 5 to 20

Do you have a “blue streak?” Do you think fart jokes define “culture?” Or more importantly, can you laugh when people say curse words? If you answered “yes” to any of the previous questions, then All Puppet Players’ sarcastically classy offering of "Nicholas Farts Presents: The Notebook Has No Legs” is for you. Catch All Puppet Players Feb. 5 to 20 at Playhouse On The Park at The Central Arts Plaza, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Performance times? Shut the #*$#! up. Call 602-254-2151 for tickets. For more information, visit!upcoming-shows/c19zv

Feb. 5 to 21

The Butler will come to the Black Theatre Troupe stage, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, as Walter Belcher stars in the one-man show, “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder” by James Still from Feb. 5 to 21. For more information, visit

Monday, Feb. 8

For a low-cost experience that seemingly can’t be substituted — especially at a mere $10 — faculty and students of the Arizona State University Herberger Institute School of Music will perform masterworks for wind and piano by French composers at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. The event will begin at 7 p.m. For more information,  visit

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Take one part blind date, one part film festival and one part community town-hall and what do you get? Talk Cinema, monthly at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Founded by Harlan Jacobson, Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of new independent and foreign films without telling audiences what will be screened. After they see it, a town-hall discussion ensues. Tickets are $17, event begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Who’s down with O.P.P.? Well, the song at least because, well, you know, what comes around goes around. Catch
Naughty by Nature at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Also appearing will be Pickster One and Mello. For more information, visit or Crescent Ballroom.

To Saturday, Feb. 13

What do you get when you mix one of the best black-box theaters in the country — yea we said it — with a great script and a tremendous local acting talent? Well, in this case, you get Ubu Roi at Space 55, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, starring Ashley Naftule. Ubu Roi opened a week or more ago, but it will be on the stage through Feb. 13. Tickets are $18 on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and $15 Sunday at 5 p.m. A special performance will be held at 5 p.m. Friday Feb. 5 for First Friday. For more information, visit

Saturday, Feb. 13

George Lopez. Eddie Griffin, Charlie Murphy, Cedric The Entertainer. D.L. Hughley. One stage. One night. Nuff said. Catch these comedians together at 8 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. For more information, visit

Sunday, Feb. 14

Step back in time for SIlent Sunday — don’t forget to turn off your cell phone — at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, at 2:30 p.m. as organist Ron Rohde will accompany the silent film, Mantrap, on the theatre’s Wurlitzer organ. Mantrap was adapted to the screen in 1926 and is based on the novel of the same name by Sinclair Lewis. Children are free with an adult admission of $20. For more information, visit

Friday, Feb. 19

Acrobatics and symphonic tunes go together like peas and carrots (or a Rolls Royce and Grey Poupon) but rarely are they performed together live. Well, one of those times will happen beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, with a performance by Cirque de la Symphonie and The Phoenix Symphony. The acrobatics will include hula hoops, strong men, contortionists and gravity defying aerialists and jugglers. For more information, visit

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.

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