As Fall Teases, Artistic
Events Enliven The Phoetro
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Sept. 14, 2017 — Back East and up North, spring is when nature and people spring back to life. Here in the great Sonoran Desert, fall is our “coming out” party.
And, have we got some great events for those in the Phoetro (yes, we're gonna repeat that take on “Phoenix Metro” until everyone is saying it) this week in the Unlimited Arts Calendar.
First, a disclaimer of sorts: we do have one event in Franklin, Tenn.: The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. But the rest of these crowd-worthy events are all based somewhere here in the Phoetro.
There’s Black Sabbath on Sept. 21, the reappearance of the Phoenix Symphony, and art exhibitions like one hosted by the Clarendon Hotel for James Angel until Sept. 30. Rest assured, there’s something for everybody.
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. on Thursday (Sept. 15) in the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. To buy tickets or learn more, go to https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/
Saturday, Sept. 17
“Adam Ruins Everything Live!” will feature TV host and comedian Adam Conover at 8:30 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix. The show is open to those 21 and over; tickets are $32.50. To buy one, go to http://www.crescentphx.com/event/1282293-adam-ruins-everything-live-phoenix/
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/
Sunday, Sept. 18
BarkHappy Old Town Scottsdale Bar Crawl, supporting Arizona Small Dog Rescue, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Stops will include Brathaus, SIP and Boss Pizza Bar. Tickets are $15 and should be purchased in advance. Get more details at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barkhappy-old-town-scottsdale-bar-crawl-supporting-arizona-small-dog-rescue-tickets-27437442128?aff=efbneb
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Philadelphia’s electro jazz duo Marian Hill has been winning raves from major tastemakers like Rolling Stone magazine. They’ll perform at 8 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. The gig is open to those 16 and up. Admission is $20 or $22; check out http://www.crescentphx.com/event/1224377-marian-hill-phoenix/ for more details.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Considered the greatest heavy metal band of all time, Black Sabbath is bringing their “lack Sabbath: The End” tour to Phoenix. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will rock out starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. To get tickets or see videos, go to http://www.livenation.com/events/508282-sep-21-2016-black-sabbath-the-end
“Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery,” dealing with greed and overhyped modern art world, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. It’s part of the Contemporary Forum 2016 Summer Film Festival. Reserve tickets by checking out http://www.phxart.org/event/798f70ec-a87f-971c-5ec7-4728da30cbc1
“Liberace!” pays tribute to the flamboyant, iconic piano man, while chronicling his prolific career, with plenty of classical and popular compositions. The show will be held 8 p.m. in the Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road. Learn more by checking out http://tickets.phoenixtheatre.com/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=7146
Many know their tunes “Tempted,” or “Black Coffee in Bed,” but the British rock/pop band Squeeze has a far greater catalogue spanning four decades, and will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Theater inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Tickets start at $40; go to https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/squeeze-2016/ for more info.
Thursday, Sept. 22
Forget about The Church Lady of “Saturday Night Live,” and get ready for “Church Basement Ladies,” a musical focusing on devout religious women in 1965 Minnesota. The show is happening at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Learn more by going to http://azbroadway.org/event/church-basement-ladies/
With a combination of Luke Burbank, Penn Jillette and Justin Schmidt on stage, it only makes sense their show is called “Live Wire.” This “night of fun, culture, and all-around weirdness” presented by KJZZ will happen at 7:30 p.m. in the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Tickets start at $23; learn more at https://herbergertheater.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=514
“Ballet Under The Stars” allows various Arizona communities to experience this revered art form free of charge. The first performance will be held at Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, 10030 S. Estrella Pkwy., Goodyear. Check out http://balletaz.org/community-outreach/ballet-under-the-stars/ for more details.
Friday, Sept. 23
Gaelic Storm, the chart-topping Irish band that blends Celtic music with modern touches, will be on stage at the MIM Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $33. Learn more by going to http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/gaelic-storm
Guest conductor Matthias Bamert will join The Phoenix Symphony and Chorus to perform Brahms' groundbreaking Symphony No. 4 and other classical works at 11 a.m. in the Phoenix Symphony Hall. To learn more or buy tickets, go to http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=9470
Saturday, Sept. 24
The John Kadlecik Band, named for the veteran musician, will be on state at 8 p.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Acoustic group Xtra Ticket will be the opening act. Tickets start at $15; go to http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/1225937-john-kadlecik-band-phoenix
for more details.
Sept. 24 and 25
It may not have reached the level of Coachella, Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo, but Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, is considered the music gathering to watch. This year’s line-up features Beck, Better Than Ezra, Hall & Oates, Grace Potter, Jason Isbell and many more. So head on over to Franklin, Tenn. Single-day passes are $69; VIP passes are $350. Find out more by going to http://pilgrimagefestival.com/
Sunday, Sept. 25
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, promoting the aptly titled album, “Fowl Play,” will perform at 8 p.m. at the Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Kolars, whose newest album is “Consequence of Sound,” is the opening act. Tickets start at $15 Learn more by going to http://www.therebellounge.com/event/1227791-sister-sparrow-dirty-birds-phoenix/
Wednesday, Sept. 28
The Steepwater Band will show off its “rock ‘n roll improvisation” at 8 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Tickets start at $10. Learn more about this Chicago band by checking out http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1162789-steepwater-band-phoenix/
Until Sept. 30
The works of artist James Angel are being featured at The Clarendon Hotel & Spa, 401 W. Clarendon Ave. in Phoenix. Philip Talarico of Downtown Artists Collective curated the show. Find out more at www.goclarendon.com