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Unlimited Arts Jan. 18 to Feb. 1: There Are Many Options For Denizens Of Phoenix To Get Entertained, Including Rockers And Rappers, A Magic Carnival And Even The Pop-Culture Phenomenon Hamilton


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 18, 2016 — Winter is one month old. Donald Trump -- for better or worse -- will be in the White House in less than a week.

Now, go find something to do to get your mind off of it.

There is the Carnival of Illusion on Jan. 20, a tribute to ABBA Jan. 23, David Spade Feb. 3 and an exhibition by Fritz Scholder February and March.

Or, you can decide that you’re “Never Gonna Give You Up” and see Rick Astley Jan. 22 at the Marquee Theater.

Now, that’s entertainment.

Jan. 19 to 27

The West Valley Arts Council and Vanguard Artists, a premier group of professional artists from the West Valley, will celebrate “40 Years of Excellence” through Jan. 27 at the West Valley Arts Museum, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise. Established in 1977 by three artists from Sun City, Vanguard Artists strived to provide an opportunity for established professional artists to exhibit as a group. For acceptance, applicants must be juried and recognized in a state or national organization or have equivalent established credentials. For more information, visit or

Thursday, Jan. 19

People seeking escape from cable news and 24/7 politics can enjoy an ice fantasy: On Thursday, Jan. 19, Disney On Ice’s “Worlds of Enchantment!” will be held through Jan. 22. at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St. in Phoenix. This family oriented show features numerous Disney characters, from Mickey Mouse to Buzz of Toy Story to the Little Mermaid. To buy tickets are learn more, check out

Friday, Jan. 20

Old-world magic will be on stage during the Carnival of Illusion, 7:30 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. The show will run through April 15; tickets range from $45 to $60. To learn more about one of Arizona’s longest-running shows, call (480) 359-SHOW or go or

Saturday, Jan. 21

Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold will perform at 8:30 a.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. The local rockers describe themselves as a “bastard child of country, blues, Appalachia, bluegrass and rockabilly.” Opening acts are decker and Hostile Work Environment. Tickets are $10; get more details at

Sunday, Jan. 22

So the man named Rick Astley who has had a bit of a comeback recently will be at the Marquee Theater, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Aww come on. You know you like it.

Monday, Jan. 23

A tribute to the Swedish supergroup, ABBAFab will do their thing at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. The band will sing all the hits, including “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen.” Buy tickets or learn more at

Thursday, Jan. 26

Legends of Guitar featuring Anthony Mazzella will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. A Sedona resident, Mazzella started his career in New York City, playing at some its most famous venues. In this show, he’ll pay tribute to guitar giants like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. Admission is $23.50; for more info, check out

Their name is unusual, for sure: Proscenium Archers Improv Show will be held starting at 7 p.m. at the Trunk Space, 1124 North 3rd St., Phoenix. Admission to this family friendly event is $5. To learn more, go to or

Friday, Jan. 27

Based on George Orwell’s unsettling classic novel about creatures who liberate themselves from humans, “Animal Farm” will be presented at 7 p.m. on the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. The play runs through Jan. 29, and showtimes vary. To learn more or buy a ticket ($12 per person), check out
Under the Streetlamp, a fast-rising vocal group, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. The group, which includes cast members from the Broadway smash “Jersey Boys,” will perform doo-wop, Motown and lots of rock hits. Tickets start at $25; get more details at

San Diego-based blues legends The Fremonts will do their thing at 9 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 Indian School Road, Phoenix. The band’s latest is “Mighty Crazy,” focusing on the Sun Studios and Chess Records sound. Tickets are $10; to learn more about The Fremonts or buy tickets, go to

The Chocolate and Wine Experience will be held at The Saguaro Scottsdale, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, beginning at 7 p.m. Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, event highlights are a s'mores station, spiked hot chocolate bar, interactive photo booth, chocolate painting, “make your own” art project station, chocolate making 101, and chocolate martini’s. There will also be delectable treats from local chocolatiers, gourmet cuisine, wine samples from local wineries and fresh local craft beer. General Admission is $60 if purchased during presale or $70 at the door. For more information, visit

Anyone remember a band named KISS? You know, the one who had a guy with stars over his eyes on lead guitar? Well, that guy is named Ace Frehley and he is coming back to the Phoenix area at the Marquee Theater, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Opening is Enuff Z'nuff. Think of it as your own take on Hot Tub Time Machine

Saturday, Jan. 28

Kid Ink, a Los Angeles rapper whose latest is “My Own Lane,” will be on stage at 7 p.m. in The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix. Vee Tha Rula is the opening act. Admission is $30; get more details at

Sunday, Jan. 29

Bolshoi Ballet is performing The Sleeping Beauty at 2 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Sure, it will be a video presentation, but cool nevertheless. Tickets are $15 or $18. Learn more at

Monday, Jan. 30

Described as the “Rat Pack of Opera,” Tenors Un Limited will perform at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. To learn more or buy tickets, check out

It’s the Broadway musical that broke theater records and landed its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine last year: Hamilton is coming to the ASU Gammage in Tempe. Based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, the show will run through Feb. 25. To learn more or buy tickets, go to

Saturday, Feb. 2

Veteran pianist and Grammy winner George Winston will perform various styles at 7:30 p.m. at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway in Tucson. Tickets are $33; purchase one at or call (520) 981-1475.

Sunday, 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

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

Monday, 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. This show is open to those 18 and older. For more details or two buy tickets (starting at $51), check out

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. in Phoenix. To learn more or buy tickets,

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 in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, call 480.941.0900 or go to

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