On A Musical Note
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Feb. 1, 2017 — It’s already the second month of the new year -- one that features Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. For Phoenix-area residents, there are entertainment choices galore.
Thursday, Feb. 2
Veteran pianist and Grammy winner George Winston will perform various styles at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd., Tucson. Tickets are $33; purchase one at http://www.tix.com/event.aspx?eventcode=898741 or call (520) 981-1475.
Feb. 2 to 26
It’s not often one gets to hear the music of The Beatles, Madonna, Elton John, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga and other musical heavyweights on one stage, but Baby Boomer Baby does just that. Written by and starring National Lampoon’s Tommy Koenig, the musical will run through Feb. 26 at the Herberger Theatre Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Tickets are $53 and $59; check out http://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/
baby-boom-baby-a-musical-comedy/ for more details.
Friday, Feb. 3
New York-based yMusic will perform at 8 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Group members have played with artists such as David Byrne, Bjork and the New York Philharmonic. Tickets range from $14 to $49. Learn more information at https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org
Comedian (and Casa Grande native) David Spade will be on stage at 8 p.m. at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. Tickets range from $40 to $80, and can be purchased at http://www1.ticketmaster.com/david-spade-scottsdale--arizona-02-03-2017/event/1900515495F91687
An opening for the art exhibit “Hysteria Allegro (Modernism in Transit),” featuring work by Abe Zucca and Damian Gomes, will be held at 7 p.m. at Zucca Gallery, 1301 Grand Ave., Phoenix. To learn more, call (480) 980-6202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 3 to 5
Chocoholics rejoice: The Glendale Chocolate Affaire will be held at Murphy Park, 58th and Glendale Avenues in Glendale. Forty chocolate purveyors will offer goodies, featuring confections like covered strawberries and bananas, and more daring treats like deep-fried chocolate-covered rocky road bacon. There will be family friendly activities and musical acts, too. Get more details at https://www.glendaleaz.com/events/chocolateaffaire.cfm?utm_source=WESTMARC+Headlines+January+26%2C+2017+-+2&utm_campaign=1%2F26%2F17&utm_medium=email
Saturday, Feb. 4
Two comic heavyweights are teaming up: George Lopez and DL Hughley will performing at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. This show is open to those 18 and older. For more details or two buy tickets (starting at $51), check out https://celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1793
Sunday, Feb. 5
Russia’s legendary Bolshoi Ballet is featured in a film version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake -- which revolves around a prince’s love for an elusive swan-woman -- at 2 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Admission is $15 or $18. To learn more, go to http://www.phxart.org/event/78e31bf0-047c-9f61-8e70-bbbcfd7f3b97
Tuesday, Feb. 7
The Tony Award-winning Matilda The Musical will be held through Feb. 12 in Arizona State University’s Gammage theater. Showtimes vary; to learn more or buy tickets, go to http://www.asugammage.com/shows/2016-17-broadway-season/matilda-the-musical
Thursday, Feb. 9
Perhaps the greatest love story/tragic romance ever created, Romeo & Juliet will be presented by Ballet Arizona at 7 p.m. at Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. To learn more or buy tickets, http://balletaz.org/performance/romeo-juliet-2017/
What happens to a small border town when big promises from big business are broken? Find out by seeing La Esquinita, USA, a play being staged at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. The play is written by Ruben C. Gonzalez and features some strong language. Showtimes vary; check out http://www.arizonatheatre.org/show/la-esquinita-usa/ for more details or to buy tickets.
Friday, Feb. 10
An American family faces the challenges of illness and poverty in Broke-ology, a play by Nathan Louis Jackson, running through Feb. 26 at the Black Theatre Troupe playhouse, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets are $36; showtimes vary. Get more details at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=67159
The 1950s live on in the much-loved musical Grease, running through Feb. 10 at the Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. For more details, check out http://greasepaint.org/index.php/our-season/grease Tickets may be purchased over the phone at (480) 949-7529, at our box office, or go to https://www.ezticketlive.com/checkout/tickets.aspx?id=90
“Nobody puts Baby in the corner” -- that’s one of the memorable lines from the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing, now a musical being staged in the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Along with the romance of Baby and Johnny, the musical features hits like “Do You Love Me” “Hungry Eyes.” Tickets start at $42.50, and showtimes vary. To buy tickets, go to https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/?venue=1
Don’t be late for this very important date: Alice In Wonderland, running through Feb. 26 at the Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. Tickets are $18 and showtimes vary. Find out more by checking out: http://www.vyt.com/shows/alice-in-wonderland/
Saturday, Feb. 11
It will be a tres Francais evening when Paris Combo performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. The critically acclaimed band plays swinging gypsy jazz, cabaret, French pop, and Latino and Middle Eastern rhythms. Tickets range from $43 to $48; get more info at http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/paris-combo
The Valentine's Day Blues Celebration -- featuring Bobby Rush, Sugaray Rayford, The Destroyers and numerous other bands -- will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Tickets range from $15 to $20; all proceeds go to The Hart Fund. Learn more at http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1405365-valentines-day-blues-phoenix/
Monday, Feb. 13
Sons of the Pioneers, a tribute to American western music featuring classics like “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” will be performed at 5:30 p.m. at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Tickets are $58.50 for the show ($83 includes dinner). For more information, call (623) 776-8400 or go to http://azbroadway.org/event/sons-of-the-pioneers/
Saturday, Feb. 18
Kid favorites the Odd Squad will perform and sing in an interactive production at 2 p.m. at the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $15; get more details at http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=1900515014A62530&offerid=37630
Sunday, Feb. 19
Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers, a rockabilly four-piece band from Austin, Texas, will play at 8 p.m. at Phoenix’s Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, in support of their latest album “Little Black Heart.” Tickets are $6 at the door. For more details, check out http://www.rhythmroom.com/ or http://www.rubydeemusic.com/
February and March
Famed painter Fritz Scholder — a native American who called Scottsdale home until his death in 2005 — will be the subject of an exhibition at Larsen Gallery, 3705 N. Bishop Lane, Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, call 480-941-0900 or go to www.larsengallery.com
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