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Unlimited Arts Oct. 12 to 26 - Rock Bands Both Spooky And Funny, A Dance With Dracula, A Haunted Theater and Dia de los Muertos: Those Seeking Good Times Won’t Be Disappointed


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 12, 2016 — OK, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson are iconic and memorable, but at 75 and 83 respectively, they are definitely senior citizens.

So we are hoping it's just a coincidence that they are coming to town just a week before the Dia De los Muertos festival in Mesa Oct. 22 and 23.

But at the same time, the possible coincidence might be good motivation. After all, it may be the last time you get to see either of them.

For Dia De los Muertos may come for anyone at any time. Even you!

For information on the Bob Dylan show, visit

For information on the WIllie Nelson show, visit

Lastly, Dia De los Muertos:

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

Oct. 15 and 16

He’s on the road again! That’s right, Willie Nelson & Family will be at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N 32nd St., Phoenix, for two shows: at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 and at 7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 16. Prices range from $71 to $131. For more information, visit

Saturday, Oct. 15

“Push Comes to Shove: Women of Power Symposium” will focus on women in the arts, business and politics. The seminar will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. Tickets are $20; learn more 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:

Virginia-based rock band The Congress -- on tour to promote their sophomore album “The Game” -- will perform at 8 p.m. at Rhythm Room, 1019 Indian School Road, Phoenix. Get tickets or learn more details about the band at

Tuesday, Oct. 18

“The hills are alive …” That opening line can only mean one thing: “The Sound of Music” is coming to Phoenix. The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic will be on stage at the ASU Gammage theater, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Showtimes vary; for ticket info, check out

Even Ozzy might approve: Heavy metal parody band Mac Sabbath — described by Buzzfeed as one of the "13 Metal Bands You Didn't Know How to React To" — will rock out at The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. The opening act is Okilly Dokilly & Goth Brooks. Tickets start at $15; get more details at

Thursday, Oct. 20

Masquerades, a Halloween-themed production by the Center Dance Ensemble, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Masquerades will feature dances from The Return of Dracula plus premiere works. Tickets range from $14 to $28. Learn more details at

Friday, Oct. 21

A prince learns the true meaning of glory, love and war in the iconic musical allegory Pippin,which will be presented on stage by Greasepaint at the Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. 2nd Ave., Scottsdale. Tickets are $17 each; get more details at

This year’s Apache Lake Music Festival features a plethora of artists, including Sara Robinson, Spafford and Banana Gun. To learn more about the two-day music and camping event, go to

Oct. 22 and 23

Dia de los Muertos Festival -- honoring a day nearly as popular as Halloween -- is happening at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., attendants can enjoy food, a mercado and lots of live entertainment. The event continues on Oct. 23. Get more info by going to

Saturday, Oct. 22

Continuing the tradition started by the iconic children’s show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood features Daniel and his friends in a live musical production presented at 3:30 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $38; learn more by checking out

Orpheum Theatre Ghost Tours will offer participants a haunting good time today, the 23rd and the 30th. Tickets are $25; the historic theater is located at 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. More details can be found at

Comedians Kristofer Royer and Gene Moore are teaming up for the “Twice As Nice” comedy show, on stage at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St. Tickets are $12; get more info at

Fast-rising U.K. rockers The Hunna will do their thing at the Phoenix Event Complex 2209 N. 99th Ave. Two of the supporting acts are definitely familiar: Jimmy Eat World and Good Charlotte. More details can be found on their Facebook page:

Oct. 22 to Nov. 12

“God isn’t happy and She is coming to Arizona to set the record straight in no uncertain terms about Her thinking and Her works,” according to ublicity from An Act of God, a play by Emmy-winning artist David Javerbaum. Acclaimed actress Marsha Mason is directing the production, at Temple of Music and Art, 333 S. Scott Ave., Tucson. To learn more, go to

Tuesday, Oct. 25

A tribute to Cuban music, ¡Cubanismo! will be presented at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Led by Jesús Alemañy, the all-star orchestra plays dance tunes full of swaggering horn charts and polyrhythms. Tickets start at $38. Find out more details by checking out

Just in time for Halloween, Grammy-winning metal band Ghost will play Comerica Theatre, 400 W Washington St., Phoenix. The band is promoting their latest album “Meloria.” To learn more, go

Thursday, Oct. 27

Ballet Arizona is presenting “La Bayadère 2016” -- which tells the tale of a temple dancer and a young warrior kept apart in life and united only in death — at the Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St. To learn more or buy tickets, check out

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