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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 May 12 to 26: Featured Is Some Of The Best From Minneapolis, Gilbert, And Tempe As Well As A Few Dance Events, Plays And A Few More Surprises

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 12, 2016 — Music is very often an intangible enchantress that when done right, forms communities and transcends time.

On May 17, 19, and 20, three events will bring three generations of musicians to local stages that show how close community and performer can get.

On May 17, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Tiny Estas, Dr. Delicious and many more artists will play tribute to Prince with “Purple Reign: A Prince Tribute” at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Of course, Prince was a big of a part of Minneapolis as he was a part of the city. For more information, visit www.crescentphx.com/event/1182983-purple-reign-prince-tribute-phoenix/.

May 19, Lydia, one of the few bands out of the Phoenix metro that have had a nice career, are coming back to the area of their original accomplishments. Lydia has been reformed from the original lineup — with several defections — but leader Leighton Antelman is persevering.  They will be opening for PVRIS with doors opening at 6 p.m. at Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. For more information, visit http://livewireaz.com/event/pvris/

Finally, on May 20, The Chico Chism Memorial Birthday will get underway at 8 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The Rocket 88’s and other musical acts will perform in honor of the late blues legend who called Arizona home. Chico was a legendary character that would chat you up at a grocery store whenever he saw you. Oh, and he also was the drummer for Howlin’ Wolf in the 1970s. Tickets are only $8. For more information, visit http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1044803-chico-chism-memorial-birthday-phoenix/

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 https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=229.

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 celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1704.

Heading out to a music venue in order to see bands is always fun, but make them battle one another for supremacy and it only makes it better. That is why the upcoming Battle of the Bands at Bluemedia, 8920 S. McKemy St., Tempe, might live up to the “battle” description. The event is going to feature 6 Phoenix area bands and all proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Conservatory of Music. Tickets for the event are $10. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/886562601452187.

May 14

One of the best things about rock ‘n’ roll is that men aren’t the only ones who are allowed to do it. So, if you’re a lady or a gentleman who likes to watch ladies rock, be sure to head to The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, for the Girls Rock! Benefit Show. Proceeds benefit a summer camp where girls can learn musical skills. The bill features local favorites Scorpion Vs. Tarantula, The Darling Sounds, Ms. Howl and more. Entry to the event is free with donated musical gear, or $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.rhythmroom.com/event/1184151-girls-rock-benefit-show-phoenix/.



May 14 and 15

What better way to kick off the summer than to enjoy a weekend long celebration of Pacific island culture and music? Well, the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, is holding just such an event with “Experience Polynesia.” The third annual event will feature tons of food, live entertainment, a photo booth, arts and crafts demonstrations and much more. For more information, visit mim.org/events/experience-polynesia-5/.

May 16, 18 and 21

Baker Performing Arts, 2270 E. Williams Field Rd., suite 104, Gilbert, otherwise known as “the coolest music venue in town” will be combining music with a stage show, otherwise known as a musical, in the form of The Wizard of Oz for several special performances. The show will be done with youth performers and will be performed several times throughout the month of May. Adult tickets for the event are $10 and kids tickets are available for $7. For more information, visit www.bakerperformingarts.com/upcoming-musicals.html.

May 17

The world is still trying to recover from the sudden and unexpected loss of the late, great Prince. But several Phoenix music acts are doing their part to help in the healing process with Purple Reign: A Prince Tribute. The event will be taking place at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, and tickets are just $7. Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Tiny Estas, Dr. Delicious and many more artists are on the bill. For more information, visit www.crescentphx.com/event/1182983-purple-reign-prince-tribute-phoenix/.



May 19

Lydia is one of the few bands out of the Phoenix metro that have had a nice career and they are coming back to the area of their original accomplishments when they open for PVRIS with doors opening at 6 p.m. at Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. Lydia has been reformed from the original lineup — with several defections — but leader Leighton Antelman is persevering. For more information, visit http://livewireaz.com/event/pvris/



May 20

The Chico Chism Memorial Birthday will get underway at 8 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The Rocket 88’s and other musical acts will perform in honor of the late blues legend who called Arizona home. Tickets are only $8. For more information, visit http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1044803-chico-chism-memorial-birthday-phoenix/



When we think of The Summer of Love, it’s all about 1967, psychedelia and the Beatles. However, there’s a new Summer of Love happening, courtesy of decker., Haymarket Squares, Wyves and The Copper States. The Tucson- and Phoenix-bands will perform starting at 9 p.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Tickets are $8 and $10. To learn more about the artists or buy tickets, go to http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/1149291-decker-phoenix

May 21

Young musical theater hopefuls from around Arizona will have a chance to shine during the ASU Gammage High School Musical Theater Awards, beginning at 7 p.m. inside Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Students will perform songs from classics like Footloose, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors and more. Categories include best vocalist, overall performance, best dancer and outstanding technical achievement. The best lead male and female goes onto the National High School Musical Theater Program. For more information, visit http://www.asugammage.com/shows/asu-gammage-presents/asu-gammage-high-school-musical-theater-awards

May 26

Paul McCartney’s musical talent was passed on to his son, James, who will perform at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. On his latest album, The Blackberry Train, the younger McCartney’s music is described as “feral alt-rock with the grandeur and spiritual [center] of psychedelic music.” Keelan Donovan and The Black Moods are the opening acts. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $18. For more information, visit http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/1130687-james-mccartney-phoenix.



May 28

They came from different eras and countries, but author Charles Dickens, Founding Father Thomas Jefferson and Russian writer Leo Tolstoy are the focus of the play, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord. The play, written by Scott Carter, will be performed at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.arizonatheatre.org/show/discord/

Ballet Arizona will hold its Spring Performance starting at 7 p.m. in the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. The company’s students will perform professional works. Tickets range from $35 to $45. For more information, visit http://tickets.balletaz.org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=9012

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