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The Unlimited Arts Calendar is published biweekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to: generalcontact@moderntimesmagazine.com.
Unlimited Arts March 30 to April 17: Featured Are Some Of The Best Comedians Of A Generation But There Are Also Art Shows, Concerts And A Steinbeck Classic Drama

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 30, 2016 — With the state of the world today, the line between a comedian and a politician is difficult to locate.

For those tired of Trump’s clowning but who need a moment of catharsis, might be well served by a performance by political commentator and comedian Bill Maher. But for those who just want to forget The Donald — or embrace him — might be better served by a performance by Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy.

Thankfully, then, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy will bring their “We’ve Been Thinking...” Tour to Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St. in Phoenix, on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Bill Maher will be at Comerica Theater, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix on April 10 at 8 p.m.

Yup, it will be fun and we’ve got to say it.

Get ‘er done!

April 1

The Artwork of Dona Lewinger. The exhibit opens at 6 p.m. at the Fair Trade Café, 1020 N. First Ave., Phoenix. Running through April 30, the exhibit is curated by Philip Talarico of Downtown Artists Collective. Lewinger’s current works are based on her travels to different states and countries. She says her art means one thing: “Color, and lots of it!” For more information, call 480-980-6202 or email downtownartists@cox.net

April 1 to 4

American Indian Student Art Show & Sale. Described as one of the few national events celebrating the achievements of young Native American artists, the show at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix, offers artworks for viewing and purchase. Visitors can peruse more than 400 works of art by students in grades seven through 12. The exhibit opens to the public at 8 p.m. For more information, go to: http://heard.org/event/student-art/

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/

Mesa Musical Shadows is a new, interactive work of public art being unveiled at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. The artwork will be activated by shadows cast by visitors who walk near censors. In turn, each sensor responds to changes in light, triggering different melodic or percussive sounds. With multiple sensors being activated, the results can be nearly symphonic. For more information, go to: http://www.mesaartscenter.com/musicalshadows

Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: “We’ve Been Thinking … “ To find out exactly what they’re thinking, check out the down-home comedians (and Red State favorites) at 7:30 p.m. at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St. in Phoenix. For ticket prices, go to: http://www.livenation.com/events/539931-apr-2-2016-jeff-foxworthy-larry-the-cable-guy-s-we-ve-been-thinking-tour


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/

April 2 and 16

The Mesa Arts & Crafts Festival, also known MACFest, is closing out its run this month. Unique art, jewelry, other crafts and edible goodies by local artists will be on display. The fest, held at South MacDonald and West Main streets downtown, is open at 10 a.m. (running through 4 p.m.) today and April 3. To learn more or set up a booth, go to: http://www.macfestmesa.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.

Thursday, April 7

14 years is a long time and in the case of the Arizona Wind Symphony, that just means they have had a lot of time to get it right. Their next performance will be Wild, Wild West: Celebrating Heroes and Villains. No, not the Will Smith movie we don’t talk about, but rather a 90 piece concert band honoring a time long past. Tickets to the event are $9 for adults and $6 for students. If you wanna partake, it will be at Tempe Center For The Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. For more information or to grab tickets, visit the event page at http://www.tempe.gov/Home/Components/News/News/5677/4100.

Friday, April 8

Do you have the blues? If you answered no but love “The Blues,” as in Robert Johnson playing guitar kind of blues, then you want to be at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, to see Mike Eldred Trio, Paul Cruize & Blues Crew, JC & The Juke Rockers and Brian Kabala. Tickets for the event are only $8. For more information or to grab tickets, visit the event page at http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1100003-phoenix-blues-society-showcase-phoenix/.

Saturday, April 9

Even if you had never heard their music, with a name like Vaud and the Villains, it is pretty hard to ignore that this might be a show worth checking out. The 19 piece New Orleans style Jazz gang will be playing at the MIM Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Rd., Scottsdale for a one night only engagement. For more information or to by tickets, visit the event page at http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/vaud-villains.



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 city of Mesa community landmarks is almost over. To April 9, Play Me, I’m Yours will be in the heart of downtown Mesa. For more information, visit www.streetpianosmesa.com

Sunday, April 10

Maybe you can’t dance, and that is totally fine, but nobody said you can’t enjoy watching some folks who are really good at dancing. That is where Royal Dance Works comes into play. They will be putting on a showcase at the Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, that will feature award winning routines. Tickets for this annual event are $22. For more information or to get tickets, visit the event page at https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=232.

Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher, who also happens to be one of the worst comedians to ever become an actor, will bring his truly hilarious political standup routine to the Comerica Theater, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix at 8 p.m. For more information on th event, visit http://www.livenation.com/events/521928-apr-10-2016-bill-maher. To see his bad acting, watch the video below.



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.

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