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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:
Unlimited Arts April 14 to 28: Concerts Galore, Arts And Crafts, Special Tribute To John Steinbeck, Dance Performances, Symphonic Tributes And Much More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 14, 2016 — There is no doubt that electronic dance music is here to stay. Some might say the genre is even killing local music scenes throughout the world, replacing them with a few DJs.

But April 23 will be a day that may just reveal that the two can be mutually exclusive and harmonious at the same time as the Indie 500 will go on at The Trunk Space and EDM superstar Diplo will be at Talking Stick Resort.

Diplo, perhaps best known for numerous club hits, including “Paper Planes,” a collaboration with M.I.A., will get folks dancing at 11 a.m. at the Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit

The Trunk Space, a slightly less “upscale” venue, is breaking out all of the stops for its 12th anniversary party. The third annual Indie 500 and its 500-songs-in-a-row marathon will begin at 8 a.m. on the 23rd, and last until 11 p.m. on the 24th. For $10, attendees can check out local artists, including AJJ (Andrew Jackson Jihad), Novi Split and Kepi Ghoulie. It all happens at 1506 N.W. Grand Ave. in Phoenix. For more details, go to:

Whatever your taste, have a listen.

April 14 to 16

Don’t have any weekend plans just yet? Well, if you have to improvise, why not try the Phoenix Improv Festival, which is once again happening at the Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Improv ensembles from all across North America be in town for the event. Tickets for the event are available through the Herberger website as well as half-price drink tickets and a dinner package. For more info or to buy tickets, visit the event page at

April 15 to May 8

If you’ve ever wanted a good excuse to visit a whorehouse, you may finally have one, and you won’t even have to go all the way to Texas! Of course we are talking about the production of The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas that is happening at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. It should be noted that this show contains adult situations and of course, nudity. For tickets, visit

Saturday, April 16

If you like dancing and social commentary all rolled together into a poignant and artistic piece of entertainment, than Camille A. Brown & Dancers has you covered. They will be putting on a performance of a Black Girl: Linguistic Play at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forrest Ave., Tempe, that depicts carving out a positive identity as a black female in modern society. Tickets are $20 for general public and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, visit

Catch middle-school and high school students participating in the All-City Poetry Slam Championship from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Piper Theater, 7380 East Second St., Scottsdale. The event is the culmination of year-long residencies and workshops by Phonetic Spit artists in classrooms and pre-slam bouts on April 15. For more information, visit

April 16 and 17

If arts and crafts are your thing, be it as someone who makes and sells them or just enjoys them, the Jackalope Art & Craft Fair is absolutely where you want to be. The event is bringing together more than 100 artisans and art enthusiast at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. For more information or to sign up as a vendor, visit

Sunday, April 17

Fans of the ABC show Nashville will certainly be excited to know that the cast is hitting the road and bringing the series to life for fans. Nashville In Concert will indeed be coming to the Valley at Comerica Theater, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. The 2014 and 2015 tours sold out all across the country, so getting tickets now would probably be a good idea. Get tickets at

As part of the “Art of the Real” series as presented at the Film Society at Lincoln Center, the film Birds of September will be showing at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The film follows a van as it roams Beirut and gets the unique stories of several individuals. Tickets to the film are $10 for the general public and $5 for students or members. To purcahse tickets, visit

To Sunday, 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

Wednesday, April 20

Rockabilly is something that most music fans should probably experience at least once in their life, and seeing Voodoo Swing at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, is as good of a chance as any to do so. The trio will be jointed by Moonlight Howlers for the one night only show. Tickets to the show start at $5. To purchase tickets, visit

April 20 to 24

The National Theatre of Scotland will present “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,” at the Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E Second St. in Scottsdale. Attendees are encouraged to “pull up a chair and whet your whistle for an incredibly inventive and entertaining piece of anarchic theater, live music and strange goings-on,” according to the creators, as Prudencia heads off to a conference in the Scottish Highlands. Showtimes are 2, 7:30 or 8 p.m., depending on the day. For more details or to buy tickets, go to

Friday, April 22

Esteban, a Billboard-topping artist who studied with classic guitar master Andres Segovia in Spain, will perform at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the MIM Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. The American’s personal story is as dramatic as his guitar-playing: After being hit by a drunk driver in the late 1970s, he could not play for 10 years. In 1990, he returned to the stage. Tickets for the event start at $38.50. Visit or call (480) 478-6000 to learn more.

Saturday, April 23

“Roy Orbison Returns” will be performed by Wiley Ray and The Big O Band at 8 p.m. in the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams in Phoenix. To celebrate the rock legend’s 80th birthday, Wiley Ray and the band will sing hits like “Crying” and “Pretty Woman.” For ticket prices or other information, go to

Years after disbanding, ABBA continues to be a pop culture force. The Phoenix Symphony will honor the Swedish supergroup by performing their greatest hits in “ABBA: The Concert!” Waterloo, an ABBA cover band, will sing. There will be three performances in Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. in Phoenix. To get tickets, call the box office at 602-495-1999 or 1-800-776-9080, or go to:

Superstar EDM artist Diplo will get folks dancing at 11 a.m. at the Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. He is known for numerous club hits, including “Paper Planes,” a collaboration with M.I.A. Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit

April 23 to 24

The third annual Indie 500 isn’t about fast cars — it’s about music, and lots of it. Celebrating 12 years of The Trunk Space, the 500-songs-in-a-row marathon will begin at 8 a.m. on the 23rd, lasting until 11 p.m. on the 24th. For $10, attendees can check out local artists, including AJJ, Novi Split and Kepi Ghoulie. It all happens at 1506 N.W. Grand Ave. in Phoenix. For more details, go to:

Wednesday, April 27

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, an alternative folk-rock band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave. in Phoenix. Tickets are $15 and $17; check out To learn more about Thao and her band, go to:

Caribbean music, both classic and modern, is featured in the upcoming performance by the Pan Devils Steel Band, on stage at 10:30 a.m. in the MIM Musical Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. Tickets are $7; to learn more, call 480-478-6000 or go to

May 6 to 8

Although the Unlimited Arts Calendar usually only covers the proceeding two weeks, since this one is a bit of a trip, we thought we’d give a little more lead time. John Steinbeck’s classic novel, the 75-year-old Sea of Cortez, will be celebrated during the 2016 Steinbeck Festival held at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Calif. The two-day festival, entitled “From Salinas to Sea of Cortez: Steinbeck on Land and Sea,” honors the Nobel Prize-winning novelist — whose works such as The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row are considered some of the greatest American works of fiction ever written — with historic walks, lectures, craft beer, special dinners and fundraisers. For more details on registering, fees or where to stay, go to:

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