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Unlimited Arts April 27 to May 11: There’s A Cacophony Of Great Theater, Music And Art Events, But Featured Is A Secret Show By The Posies And An Attack of The Violent Femmes


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 27, 2016 — Sure, its been nice out as we here in the Phoenix metro have gotten a reprieve from the summer’s heat — for now.

Soon, everyone from national headliners to local theatre will be taking the summer off, or at least won’t be doing anything more productive than staying inside while in the Phoenix metro. So while you still have some hydration remaining in your body, catch a great event.

This go around, the Unlimted Arts calendar features two appearances by legendary bands. Firstly, catch The Violent Femmes May 3 at 9:30 p.m. in the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Tickets start at $35. This underground band, who had a half-decade falling out over the use iof “Blister in the Sun” for a Wendy’s commercial, will entertain while taking your money, for sure (No word on free burgers, but bet against it).

May 2, The Posies’ Secret Pop Up Show will be going on — somewhere — at 7:30 p.m. The location will be revealed to ticket buyers 24 hours before showtime. It will be an all-ages show, and according to organizers, “BYOB [is] encouraged.”

So have a great time, the heat is nearly on.

April 28

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting the Documentary Video Art Festival at 7 p.m. Works by students — as part of the Intermedia program of the School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University — are featured. The showcase features experimental and personal artworks. The museum is located 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Admission is free. For more information, visit

April 29

The city of Tempe’s Comedy Concert Series features Greg Frelier, who has worked with some major players in the comedy world including, David Spade, Louie Anderson, Tom Arnold and Paul Reiser. Freiler has also entertained U.S. servicemen and women overseas. Freiler will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Tickets start at $10. For more information, visit

What do fingerpainting, peanut butter and jelly, and lavender sprinkles have in common? They’re the skills that three-person teams will show off as part of the two day Cerebus Cup XXIV, a long-time improv tournament (and not the three-headed “Hound of Hades”). It all happens at 8:30 p.m. at the Torch Theatre, 4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Tickets range between $10 and $20. For more details, visit or call 602-456-2876.

April 30

Veteran country-rock act The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band — famous for radio staples like “Mr. Bojangles” and “American Dream” — are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Watch the Grammy-winning band perform their classic hits at 8 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. For more information, visit or call 480-850-7734.

May 1

The Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestra, as part of Season Finale 2016, will perform at 3 p.m. in the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Classical music fans will hear Symphonic Winds, PYS Percussion Ensemble and Symphonette Orchestra. Tickets are $4 and $9. For more information, visit

Like other mega pop stars — such as the late Prince, Beyonce and Cher — Rihanna only needs to go by one name. The hitmaker’s Anti World Tour arrives at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. The start time for the intriguing singer ± known for “Umbrella” and “Diamonds,” to list just a few — is 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $150. For more information, visit

The Posies’ Secret Pop Up Show is taking place at 7:30 p.m. at a — wait for it — secret location which will be revealed to ticket buyers 24 hours before showtime. Barely out of their teens when they had hits like “Dream All Day” on alternative and college radio stations in the early 1990s, the Posies have a new album out, Solid States. It will be an all-ages show, and according to organizers, “BYOB [is] encouraged.” To be in on the secret, visit

May 2

Watching a play about England’s infamous king who ruled during the late 15th century isn’t the typical thing to do during one’s lunch hour, but D’Amore Productions is presenting The Nightmare of Henry VIII at 12:10 p.m. at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Ave. in Phoenix. The plot revolves around Henry, facing his imminent death, hallucinating over the life he has led. Will he repent? For more information, visit

May 3

Annie, the legendary Tony-winning musical, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe. Fans can hear the American classics “Tomorrow,” “It’s a Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and more. With direction by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, and choreography by Liza Gennaro, this production is described as “a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.” Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit

The Violent Femmes may never have had a Top 10 album on the mainstream charts, but there’s little doubt the Milwaukee trio made a heavy impact on pop culture, given how many times their infamous “Blister in The Sun” has made into many a movie or TV show, and Gnarls Barkley saw fit to remake “Gone Daddy Gone.” They’ll perform at 9:30 p.m. at the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Tickets start at $35. For more information, visit

May 5 to 29

“A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist, and a Russian revolutionary walk into a …” A standard joke, or perhaps the basis for a play? The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy: Discord brings three historical figures together in a play by Scott Carter and is running through May 29 at the Herberger Theatre Center, 222 E. Monroe Ave., Phoenix. According to the Arizona Theatre Company, “this perceptive new comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it.” Real Time host Bill Maher serves as the executive producer. Tickets range from $33 to $53. For more information, visit

All Balanchine 2016, Ballet Arizona’s tribute to legendary choreographer George Balanchine, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Featured will be “Symphony in Three Movements,” “Apollo” and “Walpurgisnacht,” three of Balanchine’s most famous works. For more information,  visit

Originally from Flagstaff, reggae/rock band Synrgy will be in the groove at 9 p.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. The band has three albums under its belt and tour across the United States. Kill Babylon Coalition, another reggae-influenced band, is the opening act. Tickets are just $5 and $7 and event is open to those 21 and older. For more information, visit

May 6 to 15

People probably don’t get out to the theater often enough these days, and it is never too early to start. That is where the Greasepaint for youth production of Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical at the Stragebrush Theater, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, comes into “play.” This family friendly show is running through May 15. For more information, visit

May 6 to 8

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, visit

May 7

If you are looking for a night filled with good new fashioned rock n’ roll, than The Stone Foxes show at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, should do just fine. The San Francisco five piece will be joined by local rockers WYVES and Japhy’s Descent for a night full of regional rock goodness. This is a 21 and over event and tickets are available now for $20. To purchase tickets for for more information, visit

Blues music takes time to get right, and the home grown blues group Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns have had time to get it right, being that they have been around since 1990. Those looking to partake in the blues are in luck, because the group is playing a one night only show at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. As an added bonus, Sandra Dee’s Creole Kitchen will be serving food outside the venue. Tickets for the show are $8 at the door. For more information, visit

May 10

Jazz in the traditional sense isn’t exactly the most hip musical trend around, but The New Standards have found a way to make jazz very hip. The trio takes modern songs and throws their own jazzy twist on them to make something very fresh but very embedded in the roots of the medium. The New Standards will be playing at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, for a one night, one performance only show. For more information, visit

May 12

Magic is pretty entertaining in its own right, but what makes magic even better? That’s right! Nudity. If logic checks out, than the Murray & Peter Present The Naked Magic Show is for you. This R-rated 18 and over show is making a stop at the Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. For more information, visit

May 13

Until humanity perfects the art of being able to raise the dead, nobody will be able to see Led Zeppelin in the original glory. However, Jason Bonham: The Led Zeppelin Experience is easily the next best thing and will be coming to Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix at 8 p.m. Jason Bonham, son of the late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, has taken up his father’s mantle and is bringing the music of Zeppelin to the masses. For more information, visit

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