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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:
The Nutcracker, a time-honored tradition, is being performed in Phoenix, along with Black Nativity and a musical version of Elf — There will also be performances by the Phoenix Boys Choir and Scottsdale Philharmonic


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 7, 2016 — In a little less than three weeks, Hanukkah and Christmas will be here and before we know it, 2017.

There are numerous Christmas-related events for Phoenix-area residents to enjoy before the 25th, and it just wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker, performed by Ballet Arizona Dec. 9 through 24 in Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. in Phoenix.  

To buy tickets or learn more about the Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky classic, go to

Those wanting a break from all things Christmas can check out a bluesy tribute to Buzz Fowler and Captain Squeegee later this month.

Also on Dec. 9 is Annie Jr. Adapted from the Tony award-winning musical Annie, — at the Greasepaint Youtheatre through Dec. 18 — features the lovable redhead in a new adventure. Tickets are $15 and $17; get more info at

Dec. 10 to 24

Another holiday mainstay is coming to Phoenix: A Christmas Carol, will be staged at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe. Tickets start at $18.50. To buy one or learn more, check out

The Mesa Arts Festival gets underway 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Along with local art, there will be live entertainment, a family activity area and lots of food. Admission is free; go to

Benefitting Central Arizona Central Services is this go-around of "Cover the Crescent: David Bowie" at the Crescent Ballroom, 12 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, featuring Ziggy Stardust, Jerusafunk, and DJ Mitch Freedom at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Phoenix Boys Choir will present “The Most Wonderful Time of Year," a collection of holiday songs, at 7 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Tickets start at $28.50. To learn more, check out

Wednesday, Dec. 14

The musical Elf Jr. will be performed at 7 p.m. E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert. Tickets are $7; to learn more, go to

Thursday, Dec. 15

The Brian Setzer Orchestra will perform their annual Christmas Rocks! Tour at 7:30 p.m. in the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. Special guest will be Beat Route Revival. Tickets start at $62; to learn more, go to

Scottsdale Philharmonic will perform its holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Theater, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Admission is $5 and $10; find out more at

Friday, Dec. 16

Captain Squeegee, a progressive rock back from Mesa, will be on stage at 8:30 p.m. in the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix. Fayuca, Bear Ghost and Hideout will be the opening acts. Tickets start at $10. Get more details at

To, Dec. 18

Black Nativity, a musical based on work by poet Langston Hughes, will be held at the Black Theater Troupe location, 1333 E. Washington St. in Phoenix. Tickets are $36; find out more by checking out

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

Sunday, Dec. 18

The Phoenix Blues Society is presenting Buzz Fest, honoring the late Buzz Fowler, at 2 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Numerous artists will perform, including Pop Top, Desert Purple and Lee Ryan Poole. Admission is $8; find out more at

Monday, Dec. 19

“Blue Christmas,” a show based on Elvis Presley’s favorite holiday songs, will be presented at 5:30 p.m. at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria. Buy tickets or learn more at

Wednesday, Dec. 21

WAX, the Cookout Chronicles Tour will be held at 8 p.m. at Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt St. in Scottsdale. The Palmer Squares will be the opening act. Tickets are $15 to $20; find out more at

Thursday, Dec. 22

Moscow Ballet will perform “Great Russian Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. in the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. The much-praised production will feature a 60-foot “growing” Christmas tree and Russian-made costumes. Tickets start at $20; learn more at

Thursday, Dec. 27

Mannheim Steamroller will perform its annual Christmas show at 8 p.m. at ASU Gammage. Tickets range from $36 to $120. Learn more details at


The Sagrado Galleria will present “La Virgencita” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 6437 S. Central Ave. The event will celebrate La Virgen de Guadalupe and feature 25 local artists. To find out more, check out

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