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Thanksgiving Week Fun Guide
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Unlimited Arts Nov. 23 To 30: A Special One-Week Edition Of The Unlimited Arts Calendar For The PhoeTro Includes Comedy, Music And A Big Benefit For The Arts


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 23, 2016 — Sure, there will be Turkey on Nov. 24.

But what is there to do over the weekend, or into next week for those who came to the PhoeTro from out of town? Or, how about for you and that special someone after not having a day off for what seems like a decade? Well, look no further, as we have assembled a special Thanksgiving Day edition of the Unlimited Arts calendar to address such concerns.

Nov. 23 to 27

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, based on the life of the iconic singer/songwriter, will be on stage through Nov. 27 in the ASU Gammage, located on the Arizona State University campus. Showtimes vary; tickets start at $40. More details can be found at

Friday, Nov. 25

With the biggest holiday on the way, it only makes sense that A Christmas Story -- based on the iconic 1983 movie comedy -- would be on stage at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Find out more at

Nov. 25 and 26

Some cried over the 2016 elections. Others celebrated. Whichever camp you may fall into, there will be something for you if you attend Capitol Steps performance at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 E. Second St, Scottsdale. And, don’t worry for all of you who can’t get over the election — no matter who you voted for — all sides will be lampooned. For more information, visit

Nov. 25 to 27

America’s Got Talent, and since Texas is part of America, we guess that Texas has talent, too. But seriously, the Texas Tenors — three guys in cowboy hats who since non-honky tonk music (for the most part) — and who got their start on America's Got Talent, will appear Nov. 25, 26 and 17 at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. For more information, visit

If holiday shopping hasn’t been enough to get you in the mood for Christmas, the Theater League presents Christmas Wonderland at several showtimes Nov. 25, 26 and 27 in the Orpheum Theatre, 2013 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Included in the performance will be renditions of “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Deck the Halls,” and more favorites. Oh yea, and did we mention that Theater League claims the chorus girls are, “the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole?” For more information, visit

Saturday, Nov. 26

Go back to the 1950s — Yes, for most of us that might mean reincarnation — for a night of Elvis and pompadours at Joe's Grotto, 13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Guests include AJ's Rockabilly Ruckus and The Jamie Waldron Quatro. For more information, visit

Nov. 26 and 27

Okay, so say its the weekend and you’re all commercial-holidayed out. How about giving craftspeople a chance? Try the Jackalope Arts & Crafts Fair at Westworld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. There will be more than 150 vendors on-hand, selling housewares and home goods as well as art and fashion. For more infotmaton, visit

Sunday, Nov. 27

St. Mary’s Food Bank is one of the coolest things around — they’ve been helping those in need for decades — and now you can help them out AND have indulgent fun at the same time. The Francine Reed Band, with Andy Gonzales, Greg Warner, Chris Gough, Donnie Dean, will be performing a benefit show for the food bank beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. For more information, visit

Monday, Nov. 28

The Naked and Famous. Don’t we all love it when ... wait ... that’s a band’s name? They must be good! Or, mildly popular because they have naked and famous in their name? Well, they could be! Check them out and give us your opinion beginning at 8 p.m. at the Marquee Theatre, 730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. If not, you may never be naked nor famous ... or you might. Anyway for more information, visit

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Nick Waterhouse. Never heard of him? Few have, compared to someone like Taylor Swift. But really, he is actually a very talented, underground icon. Don’t believe us? Check him at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, at 8 p.m. For more information, visit

Wednesday, Nov. 30

What’s a Wednesday without a little string quartet? Just a Wednesday, we guess. Well, make a string quartet Wednesday and have some stringed fun! Beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix the Herberger String Quartet will be performing. For more information, visit

Nov. 30 to Dec. 24

What do you get when you mash-up Second City, writers from the Colbert Report and Dickens’ ? Twist Your Dickens, of course. The comedic piece will be available through Dec. 24 at the Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix. But be prepared as this is not a typical sit back and laugh event. YOU MAY BE PARTICIPATING. As per publicity materials: “this adult comedy is packed with interactive seasonal satire and uproarious audience participation.” You’ve been warned. For more information, visit

Saturday, Dec. 3

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will host a gala fundraiser starring Michael Feinstein at the Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St, Scottsdale. Tickets for gala range from $500 to $1,000 but tickets to the aftershow concert and speakeasy party will is $149. For more information, visit

To Dec. 16

The West Valley Arts HQ Gallery, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, is hosting the Third Annual Surprise Invitational art exhibit through Dec. 16. More than 100 works of primarily local art are featured in the show, judged by Glendale Community College faculty. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Surprise Invitational exhibit runs until Dec. 16. There is no charge to visit the gallery. For more information, call 623-935-6384 or visit

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