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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 Dec. 21 to Jan. 4: Celebrate Christmas With Mannheim Steamroller, Ring In The New Year With The Soul Power Band And Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Hear A Symphonic Tribute To David Bowie, Or Choose From Many Others


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 21, 2016 — Most would agree that 2016 was a surreal year for reasons to numerous to mention here. As Phoenix-area residents get ready to celebrate Christmas and Hannukah, and count down to 2017, they can take advantage of numerous entertainment- and art-related selections.

One is happening on Wednesday, Dec. 21: WAX, the Cookout Chronicles Tour will be held at 8 p.m. at Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., 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., Phoenix. The much-praised production will feature a 60-foot “growing” Christmas tree and Russian-made costumes. Tickets start at $20; learn more at

Saturday, Dec. 24

Considered both “living legends and modern innovators” in the gospel world, The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform at 2 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. As a testament to their popularity, a Dec. 23 show is sold out. To find out more or buy tickets, go to

Tuesday, Dec. 27

Mannheim Steamroller will perform its annual Christmas show at 8 p.m. at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Tickets range from $36 to $120. Learn more details at

Thursday, Dec. 29

Nineties rap is making a comeback: Snoop Dogg -- with opening acts Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G and a few others -- will be on stage at 8 p.m. in the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. For other event details or to get tickets, check out

Friday, Dec. 29

His death in January shocked and deeply saddened the world, but the Starman’s fans can watch the Phoenix Symphony perform The Music of David Bowie at 7:30 p.m. in Symphony Hall. Accompanied by vocalist Tony Vincent and a full rock band, the orchestra will play Bowie classics like “Space Oddity,” “Changes” and “Under Pressure.” Purchase tickets at

Sunday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve with ABT at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W Paradise Ln., Peoria, will feature a performance of Rhinestone Cowgirl starring Michael LaMasa and featuring a full dinner menu. Tickets are $175; find out more at

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers will ring in the new year with a live performance at 9 p.m. in the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Along with music, there will also be a taco stand, drink specials and an opportunity to meet the band. Tickets range from $43 to $100; learn more at

The Soul Power Band is putting on a New Year's Eve celebration starting at 9 p.m. The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Tickets are $15 and also include party favors and a champagne toast. Learn more at

Sunday, Dec. 31

Slow Art Tour, at 6:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E 2nd St., Scottsdale, offers an antidote to a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” world by letting patrons look at creative works in a thoughtful manner. The Slow Art movement began seven years ago. Admission is free, but an RSVP is encouraged. Get more details at

Thursday, Jan. 5

An opening reception for “Vanguard Artists: 40 Years of Excellence” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at West Valley Arts Museum, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise. Admission is free and light light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 623-935-6384 or go to

Friday, Jan. 6

The Arizona Theatre Company will present the timeless musical Fiddler On The Roof at the Herberger Theatre Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Showtimes vary; the musical runs through Jan. 29. Tickets range from $25 to $65. Get more info at

“Music Therapy Blackout: A Charity Event with The Beta Machine” will be on will be performed at 6:30 p.m. at The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St. in Phoenix. The event’s goal is to raise money to buy musical instruments and recording studio technologies for Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Vinyl Station will be the opening act. Tickets start at $35; to purchase some or learn more, go to

Late Nite Catechism, starting Patti Hannon, will be performed through March 31 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Center, 7380 E 2nd St., Scottsdale. Late Nite focuses on a most spirited nun and how she runs her classroom. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $31 to $39; learn more info at

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