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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:
Unlimited Arts Sept. 28 to Oct. 12 - Also A Musical Benefit For The Homeless, A Rock Opera Based On A Painful Chapter In American History and Bob Dylan: There’s No Shortage Of Choices For Fun Art


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 28, 2017 — First Friday in downtown Phoenix has become nearly iconic. More than that, from late September to early May, it is usually one of the nicest ways to spend an evening out.

Located along the fringes of the art, food and cocktails center of the PhoeTro (the word for “Phoenix metro” we will keep repeating until it's cool) when the weather is right, it begets treats for the eyes, mind, stomach and liver.

Whether your art “thing” is more aligned with Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue or the Phoenix Art Museum, there is a place to feel comfortable. And, if you feel adventurous, there are other places waiting to welcome you. Take a trolley, walk, drive, Uber. Whatever.

Visit First Fridays or Fridays In Phoenix for more information.

The Downtown Artists Collective is promoting two opening events for two up-and-coming artists Oct. 7. Artwork by Adam “A-Bomb” Vigil will be unveiled at Fair Trade Café, 1020 N. First Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. And, the paintings of Tara Sharpe will open from 6 to 9 p.m. at DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave. Learn more at and DeSoto Central Market.

Until Sept. 30

The works of artist James Angel are being featured at The Clarendon Hotel & Spa, 401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix. Philip Talarico of Downtown Artists Collective curated the show. Find out more at

Saturday, Oct. 1

The Come Together Benefit Concert is being held to help Phoenix Rescue Mission and “I Have A Name Project.” Starting at 7 p.m. at The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix, audience members can enjoy the tunes of Pink Floyd, Phish, the Grateful Dead and original songs by Gelatinous Groove. Tickets start at $15; to learn more, go to

Sunday, Oct. 2

The Oddball Comedy Fest -- starting at 5 p.m. at the Ak-Chin Pavilion -- features heavy-hitters like Dane Cook and Jeff Ross. Others on the line-up include Kumail Nunjiani, Iliza Shleslinger and Matthew Broussard. Tickets start at $15; the pavilion is located at 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. Check out for more information.

Thursday, Oct. 6

“The queen in dead! Love live the king!” So goes the cry in King Charles III, a play that speculates what would happen if Charles finally took the English throne. Written by Mike Bartlett, King received the Olivier Award for best play. Find out what happens by seeing the play at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $25; go to

Friday, Oct. 7

Rasheeda Speaking a play by Joel Drake Johnson, will be held at the Black Theatre Troupe’s theater, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. The play centers on what happens when two employees -- one black, one white -- are driven apart by one employer’s insensitive actions. For more info, go to

The Phoenix Symphony is presenting Halloween At Hogwarts, featuring music from the “Harry Potter” movies, at 7:30 p.m. in the Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St, Phoenix. Fans are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Harry Potter character or Halloween-themed costume. Learn more at

A poetry reading featuring Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman, with local opener Leah Marché, will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Learn more about these artists at

The American classic children’s book by E. B. White has been made into at least two movies -- now Charlotte’s Web is a musical by staged by Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. Audience members can enjoy the adventures of Wilbur and his arachnid friend Charlotte through Oct. 23. Find out more or buy tickets at

Despite the changes along Roosevelt Row, Downtown Phoenix’ First Friday is still going strong. Some highlights from the Downtown Artists Collective is an opening event for selections of work from two up-and-coming artists. Artwork by Adam “A-Bomb” Vigil will be unveiled at Fair Trade Café, 1020 N. First Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. And, the paintings of Tara Sharpe will open from 6 to 9 p.m. at DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave. Learn more at

Sunday, Oct. 9

Electronic pop band Crunk Witch will perform at The Grid, 525 Gilbert Road, Mesa. The band’s latest album is Heartbeats in Hyperspace. Learn more about the band by checking out the their Facebook:

Monday, Oct. 10

Something Inside is Broken – A Native American Rock Opera combines storytelling, language preservation and music in one production. It’s being presented at 2 p.m. at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Set in the U.S. pre-gold rush era and based on actual historical events, the rock opera examines how Natives were exterminated “legally” under Gov. Burnett’s extermination policy. Get tickets or more details at

Tuesday, Oct. 11

The Annie Moses Band features Juilliard-trained musicians who play neo-classical music. The band, which has six albums to their name, will perform at 7 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $45. Learn more at

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Austin, Texas rockers Band Of Heathens, promoting Sunday Morning Record, will play starting at 8:30 p.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Singer-songwriter Joe Fletcher is the opening act. Tickets are $10 to $12; go to

Friday, Oct. 14

Phoenix mainstay Cold Shott and The Hurricanes will take the stage at 9 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Along with rock, Cold Shott also plays the blues, R&B and jazz. Tickets are $8. Find out more at

“Hello gorgeous.” The legendary Fanny Brice is the subject of Funny Girl, a Broadway staple for decades. The classic musical will be presented by the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. It runs through Nov. 13. Buy tickets or learn more info at

Sunday, Oct. 16

Bob Dylan & His Band -- featuring the iconic, Grammy- and Oscar-winning folk/rocker whose work has inspired generations -- will perform at 8 p.m. in the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets are $90 and up. Event details can be found here:

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