Spring Brings Creative
Bounties To Phoenix Metro
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
March 16, 2016 — It is the nicest time of year here in the Phoenix Metro and if you’re not too busy heading out of town for some hiking and camping, then there’s a great group of music, theatrical and visual arts available.
We begin with a St. Patrick’s Day Music Festival and end with pianos in the streets. But in between we celebrate women artists, take a ride for Waylon Jennings and as a rocker-chick to call you an a**hole.
What a country, eh?
Thursday, March 17 and Saturday, March 19
With St. Patrick's Day upon us, that means a few things. For one, plenty of people will be drinking beer and eating corned beef on Thursday. Also though, Arizona’s annual St. Paddy’s celebration, the Pot of Gold Music Festival, will be taking over Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. Thursday will feature Future as the headliner and Sunday will bring Big Sean back to the Valley. For information on the full lineup or tickets, visit www.potofgoldaz.com.
Friday, March 18
Enduring rock songwriter John Hiatt will be bringing his talents to Phoenix for a night in order for folks to get a first hand feel for the master lyricist and hit maker. Rick Brantley will be opening for Hiatt at the MIM Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. For more info or for tickets, visit the event page at mimmusictheater.themim.org/john-hiatt.
March 18 to 20
Are you up for celebrating the best female art of the West? If you said yes, then the 11th annual Cowgirl Up! Art show and exhibition is probably for you. The event is taking place at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg. For tickets or a little more information, visit the event page at westernmuseum.org/event/cowgirl-up-art-from-the-other-half-of-the-west-11th-annual-invitational-exhibition-and-sale-opening-weekend/.
Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20
Phoenix Center for the Arts and Flamenco Por La Vida have paired together to bring the third annual Phoenix Festival de España. As a celebration of Spanish Arts and Culture the event will feature flamenco performances, workshops, food and much more. The event is taking place at Phoenix Center For The Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information or tickets, visit phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/phoenix-festival-de-espana-2016-day-1/.
Saturday, March 19
As people who live on the planet Earth, many Arizona residents love some good old fashioned Seattle rock. Well, those who do love it are in luck because Mommy Long Legs and Boyfriends are coming to play The Trunk Space, 1506 Grand Ave., Phoenix. For more information or for tickets, visit www.thetrunkspace.com/calendar/2016/3/19/mommy-long-legs-boyfriends.
To March 20
Monty Python fans can rejoice, because for the month of March at least they can get out and have a true Python experience as opposed to just sitting at home and re watching Holy Grail again. The critically acclaimed Spamalot is currently being performed at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Tickets and showtimes vary, but there are plenty of opportunities through the rest of the month. For more information visit http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/resident-companies/monty-pythons-spamalot
Musical theater is great for many things and among them is being able to prove that murder can be fun, a concept that is explored via the Tony Award winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder. This play is coming to The Valley directly from New York for a limited run at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. For a full list of performances, tickets and more information visit http://www.asugammage.com/shows/2015-16-broadway-season/a-gentleman%E2%80%99s-guide-to-love-and-murder.
Sunday, March 20
The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, is hosting a David Bowie Tribute show featuring Field Tripp, Serene Dominic, The Lonesome Wilderness at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 or $7. For more information, visit http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1120589-bowie-tribute-show-phoenix/
Friday, March 25
British progressive rock band Alan Parsons Live Project — noted for hits like “Time,” “Don’t Answer Me” and “Eye in The Sky” in the 1980s — will perform at 8 p.m. at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Alan Parsons will be on stage, but not co-founder Eric Woolfson. Tickets start at $29. To learn more, go to https://celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1679
Elmer Bernstein, who scored films like “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “The Magnificent Seven,” will be celebrated during this musical event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. Actress Mary Badham, and Bernstein’s sons Peter and Gregory, will discuss the composer’s genius. Proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Symphony. For tickets or more info, go to http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=9237 or call 602-495-1999.
Saturday, March 26
Those rock-themed laser shows from the 1970s have come a long way: The Pink Floyd Experience will, along with the influential band’s music, will offer “mind-blowing” sounds, lights galore, interpretive videos,and yes, the flying pig. Described as “the ultimate show for the Pink Floyd fan,” the show wills start at 8 p.m. at the Celebrity Theater, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $39; to purchase one or learn more about the show, go to https://celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1678
Monday, March 28
Student pianists at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute School of Music will have the opportunity to show their skills during this showcase, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St. in Scottsdale. Tickets are $10; for more details, go to http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/a-showcase-of-the-asu-school-of-musics-outstanding-student-pianists/
Tuesday, March 29
No, it’s not “Antiques Roadshow,” but the For What It’s Worth Appraisal Fair , starting at 10 a.m. at Singer Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, is the same concept, minus being on television. Participants can bring their antiques or other bric-a-brac they think may have value and receive an appraisal from professionals, including Sean Morton, of Morton Appraisals; Josh Levine, of Levine Auction & Appraisals; and Terri Hardy, of Bonhams Arizona. Jewelry and handguns will not be appraised. Along with the 10 a.m. session, an afternoon session will start at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for one appraisal, or $75 for a package deal. The Phoenix Art Museum League is presenting this event; for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or visit http://www.phxart.org/event/23f81d8c-cef6-387b-d505-10b32113a815
March 31 to April 17
The Arizona Theatre Company will present “Of Mice And Men,” in Phoenix March 31 through April 17 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, (and in Tucson through March 26). Based on John Steinbeck’s classic American novel, ”Of Mice And Men” follows two friends, Lennie and George, who drift from job to job across the farms of Central California during the 1920s. The book has been made into a film, and even is a pop-culture classic (for those who remember the old Warner Brothers’ cartoons, there’s this line: “I will name him George -- and I will pet him, and love him …”). For more info or ticket pricing, go to www.arizonatheatre.org.
Saturday, April 2
The late country music legend Waylon Jennings — famous for numerous hits, including the theme from The Dukes of Hazzard — is the focus of the seventh annual Waylon Run. Participants will gather at 10 a.m. the Chapel, 1746 E. Madison, No. 5 in Phoenix. They’ll leave at 11 a.m. for Jennings’ grave, located in Mesa Cemetery. From there, it’s a ride to Chilleens on 17 in Black Canyon City for a party and music. The cost is $15; for more details, go to http://waylonrun.com/event/waylon-run-7th-annual/
April 2 and 3
EDM fans rejoice: Now in its second year, the Phoenix Lights festival will feature Kaskade, Eric Prydz, DJ Snake, Illenium and dozens more. The two-day event will be held at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. Along with the music, organizers promise cutting-edge visuals and “interactive, experimental installations.” Single-day tickets are $59 and $69, while two-day passes are $109 and $179. Kids may “just wanna dance,” but they have to be 18 or older. For details or future ticket purchase, go to http://phoenixlightsfest.com/
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.
To April 9
The Play Me, I’m Yours exhibition — where 24 pianos are assigned to artists and local community groups who transform them into works of art that engage the public in playing, dancing, making music and gathering near community landmarks is coming. From Feb. 26 to 29, Play Me, I’m Yours will be in the heart of downtown Mesa. Feb. 26 is the Mesa Arts Center Foundation Annual Gala at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, and the event will include a world premiere of a musical composition for 25 pianos. Feb. 27 will be a “kickoff event” where all 24 pianos are together for one day only at Mesa Arts Center. For more information, visit www.streetpianosmesa.com
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