Music, Humor And Drama
Events Stir The PHX Metro
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Aug. 31, 2017 — Lovers of music — including concerts and musicals — as well as those who like comedy and dramatic works, should rejoice. There are plenty of great events available for those in the PhoeTro (i.e. the Phoenix metro area.) We just made that up, OK?
Chronologically, Sept. 2 Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns will do their thing at 9 p.m. in the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
Sept. 7 is the day for “cultured” entertainment (raise nose haughtily now). The Language of Flowers, a bestseller by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, will be featured at an Art Lover Book Club event Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, will be presented in the Phoenix Theatre.
More eclectic tastes will be satisfied Sept. 15 when the groundbreaking German electro-pop band, Kraftwerk, visit the Orpheum Theatre.
Sure, there are other events. It depends on one’s tastes.
After all, we are the PhoeTro.
Wednesday, Aug. 31
Heavy rock band Caustic Casanova, promoting their album “Breaks,” will perform at the 8 p.m. in the Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave. in Tempe. The show is free; Devil Grass, Skink and Aaron Church are also set to perform. Get more info at http://yuccatap.com/event/caustic-casanova/
Friday, Sept. 2
Becoming a teenager is never easy — and the musical 13 is a “grown-up story about growing up and labels that last a lifetime!” It will be performed through Sept. 11 at the Sagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Tickets are $17; to learn more, go to http://greasepaint.org/index.php/on-stage
Alexandra, 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years, has “barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with a pile of Molotov cocktails.” Sound intriguing? Find out more by seeing “The Velocity of Autumn” being staged at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. The play runs through the 17th. Tickets are $22, but Thursdays are $5. Find out more at http://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/the-velocity-of-autumn/
Local band Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns — who play funk, blues, R&B and more — will do their thing at 9 p.m. in the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Those 21 and over can enjoy the gig; tickets are $8. More details are available at http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1256749-cold-shott-hurricane-horns-phoenix/
Sept. 2 to 4
“Shakespeare at Arcosanti” will feature the Bard’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” and “Hamlet” at the Arcosanti, located in central Arizona. Tickets are $10 or $20; find out more by going to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shakespeare-at-arcosanti-tickets-26078150450?aff=efbneb
Saturday, Sept. 3
Critically acclaimed and award-winning singers Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have recorded an album together, and will perform at 8 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St. Tickets start at $25. Get more details by checking out https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/shawn-colvin-steve-earle-2016/
Wednesday, Sept. 7
“The Language of Flowers,” a New York Times bestseller written by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, will be feature at an Art Lover Book Club event at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Arts Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. An RSVP is required. Go to http://www.phxart.org/event/4f8503c6-80ec-24ce-e6aa-734106d66fff for more details.
Before he reached the pop-culture stratosphere with Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda had tremendous success on Broadway in 2008 with In the Heights, a musical about growing up in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Heights will be presented at 7:30 p.m in the Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road. For ticket info, go to http://tickets.phoenixtheatre.com/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=7002
Thursday, Sept. 8
“Red Green: I’m Not Old, I’m Ripe,” featuring the laconic Canadian handyman Red Green, will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Tickets are $53.50. For more details, go to https://celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1744
Saturday, Sept. 10
Aussie rock band 5 Seconds of Summer will bring its “Sounds Live Feels Live Tour” (in support of their latest album, “Sounds Good Feels Good”) to the Ak-Chin Pavilon, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. Ticket prices and other info can be found at http://www.livenation.com/events/506673-sep-10-2016-5-seconds-of-summer-sounds-live-feels-live-tour
“Riot Jam ~ All-Female Improv Jam” will let female improvisors of Arizona display their skills starting at 5:45 p.m. in the Trunk Space, 1506 Grand Ave., Phoenix. Find out more details at http://www.thetorchtheatre.com/events/event/riotjam/
Roy Rogers (considered one of the world’s best slide guitarists around) and The Delta Rhythm Kings will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the MIM Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $35; learn more info at http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/roy-rodgers
Sunday, Sept. 11
The loss of the legendary David Bowie is still heavy for many music fans. The film "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" -- focusing on his 1973 tour -- will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Phoenix Center for The Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St. There will also be a short concert film on a another iconic artist, Alice Cooper. Tickets are $7.50 in advance, or $11 at the door. Learn more at http://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/nfr-2016-09/
Monday, Sept. 12
Keith Harkin, an Irish singer and musician, will perform at Last Exit LIve, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Guitarist Shawn Skinner will serve as the opening act. The gig starts at 8 p.m. Ticket prices and other info can be found at http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/1257293-keith-harkin-phoenix
Sept. 13 to 18
From winning Tonys on Broadway to Oscars in Hollywood, “Cabaret” is considered a masterpiece. Fans can see the famed musical at the ASU Gammage, located on the Tempe campus. “Cabaret” is recommended for mature audiences. Buy tickets or learn more at http://www.asugammage.com/shows/2016-17-broadway-season/cabaret
Thursday, Sept. 15
Since 1970, Kraftwerk has had tremendous influence on bands too numerous to mention. The groundbreaking German electro-pop band will perform at 8:30 p.m. in the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. To buy tickets or learn more, go to https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=243
Until Sept. 18
“Six wo(men). Five judges. One crown.” That’s the premise of “Pageant,” a musical send-up of the pageant world, featuring male contestants, being performed at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. For more details, go to http://azbroadway.org/event/pageant/