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Unlimited Arts Oct. 26 to Nov. 9 - Halloween Is Near With Treats And Events Galore, And We Pick Some Of The Best. Plus, Classical Music Along With Modern Tunes From Authority Zero And Unwritten Law


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 26, 2016 —  Some may say Halloween has become commercialized and crass, a mere excuse for a fake bloodbath. Worse, movies and TV manufacture these scares on an assembly line of weak plot points.

For many modern horror writers, Edgar Allen Poe is the father of the genre, even though Poe the literary critic (for which he was widely known during his lifetime) would have likely scoffed at such works as Friday the 13th.

“Once upon a midnight dreary …” Those who know the beginning of that tale are probably familiar with the works of Poe, considered one of the greatest horror/suspense writers of all time.  Fans can celebrate his legacy at PoeFest, being held at the Rosson House Museum and San Carlos Hotel through Oct. 31. There will be readings of classics like The Raven and The Pit & The Pendulum. Learn more at

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

Oct. 27 to Nov. 3 (varied)

Scorpius Dance is presenting A Vampire Tale through Nov. 5 at the Hormel Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. The Halloween show is at 7:30 p.m., while the others will be on stage at 8 p.m. This sexy drama -- recommended for teens and adults -- has the feel of a rock concert, complete with strobe lights. To learn more or buy tickets, go to

Friday, Oct. 28

Authority Zero, an Arizona-based punk band, will take the take at the Marquee Theater, 730 Mill Ave., Tempe. Opening acts include Nomada and Fayuca; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. For more info, check out

Saturday, Oct. 29

Remember Woodstock? Well, get ready for Wingstock, “where music and chicken meat.” This chicken wing festival will feature lots of food, live music, beer, an eating contest, children’s activities and more. The fun starts at 11 a.m. at the Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. Admission is $8 in advance, or $12 at the door. Other details can be found at

Halloween is all about the scares -- and the Monster’s Ball will offer plenty of thrills and chills. There will live music, burlesque and other ghoulish offerings. Of course, revelers should come in costume. The fun starts at 8 p.m. at the historic Alwun House, located on the corner of Roosevelt and 12th Street in Phoenix’s Garfield District. Tickets are $15 in advance; get more details at

Tuesday, Nov. 1

What’s The Big Idea? isn’t a question in this case, but an acclaimed Phoenix jazz trio who will take the stage at 8 p.m. in the Crescent Ballroom, 12 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. The trio offers jazz with a modern touch and rock flair. To learn more about this free show, go to

American roots band Haas Kowert Tice -- the band moniker combines the players’ last names -- will perform at 7 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $28.50; find out more at

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Asian Arts Council First Wednesday Gallery Talks will be “A Resonance of Clay,” focusing on functional and sculptural contemporary Japanese ceramics. The presentation will be held at noon at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. The event is free for museum members or those who paid general admission. A lunch will be held in the Palette restaurant after the discussion. To learn more, go to

Thursday, Nov. 3

The Fall Out To Lunch Concert Series is running through Nov. 15 at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Back to the Fifties, starting at 12:30 p.m. will kick off the series, which is free of charge. A full schedule and other details can be found at

Warsaw Philharmonic -- featuring conductor Jacek Kaspszyk and Seong Jin-Cho, the Chopin International Piano Competition winner -- will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Single-show tickets start at $79. Learn more at

Friday, Nov. 4

The Phoenix Symphony will perform the music of rock band Journey -- whose anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’” got a second life thanks to shows like Glee -- at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre. 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Learn more or get tickets at

Los Angeles-based singer Gonzo will bring his version of “roots-reggae-trance” to Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Aloha Radio will open the show, which starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Learn more details at

Saturday, Nov. 5

The Herberger Theater’s Festival of the Arts will feature performances, dance, live music, children’s activities, film shorts and more. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Herberger Theater Center and the Phoenix Convention Center. Admission is free; go to for more details.

Monday, Nov. 7

The “Man In Black” can only refer to one person, Johnny Cash. Robert Shaw will perform the iconic singer’s greatest hits in this concert production, held at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. More details can be found at

Wednesday, Nov. 9

SoCal rockers Unwritten Law -- whose hits include “Seein’ Red” -- will perform at Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale. Runaway Kids and Silent X will also perform. The gig starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $12 or $15. Find out more at

Prolific British prog rocker Steven WIlson -- also known for the highly influential band Porcupine Tree -- will perform at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Bruce Soord will be the special guest; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39; get more details at

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