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Unlimited Arts May 26 to June 8: A McCartney Offspring, A Blues Legend, 3 Doors Down, A Lunchtime Theater And A Play For Kids Accompany The Featured Battle Of Cosmos-Inspired Music


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 26, 2016 — Phoenix Comicon is just around the corner, so it's only fitting that the Phoenix Symphony will bring a battle for the last song that can be delivered via text message June 2 at 8 p.m. in Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St.

That the event is being held virtually at the Phoenix Convention Center — Symphony Hall is surrounded by the facility — organizers are hoping for bountiful cosplay. Some of the musical numbers to be played include “The Main Theme,” “Imperial March,” “Parade of Ewoks” and new music from The Force Awakens.

For Trekkies, Star Trek music will include original classics to The Wrath of Kahnto the newest Star Trek films. Kick off Phoenix Comicon weekend with an out of this world battle for the music of deep space with The Phoenix Symphony.

To learn more or get tickets, go to

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

May 27

Broadway musical hit Rock of Ages -- featuring ‘80s pop/metal classics by Whitesnake, Foreigner, Pat Benatar and more -- will get the audience rockin’ at 5:30 p.m. in the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria. The show runs through June 11; to buy tickets, go to

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

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

May 30

AlunaGeorge — an English EDM act comprised of singer/lyricist Aluna Francis and producer George Reid — will perform at 8 p.m. in the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave. in Phoenix.  Now touring in support of their album I Remember, the band is receiving praise from hip magazines like Paper and Nylon. For more information, go to

May 31

“New Orleans jazz, with funk and a be-bop twist” — that’s The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who will do their thing starting at 7 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum theater, located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. The group, considered a major influence on New Orleans brass bands,  started in 1977.  Tickets range between $35 and $43; go to for more information or to buy tickets.

Modern Baseball isn’t the fabled American sport, in this case — instead, it’s the Philly indie punk quartet who will rock out at The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St. in Phoenix. The band’s latest album is Holy Ghost. Supporting acts will be Joyce Manor and Thin Lips. The gig starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $20 to $23. To learn more, go to

June 1

The First Monday in May, a film chronicling preparations for the Costume Institute’s Chinese-inspired fashion exhibit, will be shown at 5 p.m. and  7 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. So far this year, the China exhibit has been one of the most visited exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  While the screenings are free of charge, an RSVP is required and can be done at

June 2

Star Trek and Star Wars fans will passionately argue over which is better, but Phoenix Symphony will pay tribute to both iconic pop culture franchises with “Star Wars vs. Star Trek: The Music of Deep Space,”  at 8 p.m. in Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. As an additional bonus, audience members will vote live via text to decide the final number.  May The Force — or Vulcan Mind Meld, what-have-you — be with them.  To learn more or get tickets, go to

Animals and art are rarely a bad combination, and plenty of both will be on display in the “Tails, Scales & Feathers” exhibition from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the West Valley Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza in Surprise. There will be over 90 pieces of work from local artists on display. The reception is free to the public, and light refreshments will be served. “Tails” will be on display through July 14. For more details, call (623) 935-6384 or go to

June 3

The eight-piece, Phoenix blues band Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns will be ready to rock at 9 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Cold Shott has opened for noted artists like Delbert McClinton, Guitar Shorty and Jerry Lawson.  The show is open to folks 21 and over. Tickets are $8 at the door; for more details, go to

The word “legend” may be used too often to describe musicians, but it’s appropriate for blues guitarist Buddy Guy, who will perform at 8 p.m. at The Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave. in Tempe. The Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee recently had a No. 1 album on the Billboard Blues chart called Born To Play Guitar, and is considered a huge influence on fellow guitar titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn.  To buy tickets or learn more, go to

The Carnival of Illusion, combining vaudeville, Parisian humor and magic, will be held at 5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. at the Tempe Center of Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. The spectacle is considered a Phoenix-metro favorite and is open to people 13 and older. Tickets start at $45; to learn more go to

June 5

Veteran country artist Dwight Yoakam will be on stage at 7 p.m. in the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, 440 N. Second St. Yoakam, considered a vital force in the late 1980s country music revival who has also had  successful acting career, released Second Hand Heart last year. Brian Whelan is the opening artist. Tickets start at $45; go to for more info.

June 6

Lunchtime with theater? Sure thing, especially when the production is called Never Trust an Alligator in an Easter Bonnet, at 12:10 p.m. in the Herberger Theater/Center, 222. E. Monroe in Phoenix.  The play is described as “a tribute to lovers and liars,” and features music by Annie Moscow.  Admission is $6; for more details, go to

New York City’s PigPen Theatre Co. will perform at the Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.  The New Yorker described them "a perfect combination of original music, stunning shadow puppetry and vigorous physical comedy. It's like watching child geniuses at play." To learn more, go to

June 9

Blockhead — known for funky and emotive music — will perform starting at 8 p.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave. in Phoenix . His latest album is Bells and  Whistles. The show is open to those 21 and over. Tickets are $12 to $15; go to for more details.

June 10

Based on the popular children’s book about a girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes (and later  learns about moderation), Pinkalicious will be performed at 10 a.m. in the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria. To buy tickets, go to

Known for their hits “Kryptonite” and “Here Without You,” Southern rockers 3 Doors Down will perform at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale. Along with the modern rock staples, the band will debut songs from their latest album, “Us And The Night.” Tickets start at $45; the show is open to those 21 and up. For ticket availability or other info, call the box office at (480) 850-7734, or go to

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