The 16 Best Artistic Events
In The Phoenix Metro This Week
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Feb. 16, 2017 — There are the 5 best this and the 10 best that things all over the internet.
Well, every week, we bring our readers just the best ... no number minimums, no maximums. Just some of the best. And, we don’t want to bore you or make it take too long.
This week, that number is 16.
That’s the Unlimited Arts calendar in a nutshell: 10 to 25 of the best plays, musicals, concerts, rock shows, comedy stylings or even maybe, a beard competition. Not typically a beard competition, but there was a beard competition one week.
Who knows for sure, the possibilities are unlimited ... well limited in number but unlimited in most other ways.
We won’t hold ourselves down, so we will never let you down.
Well, onto this week’s calendar with one question: if someone told you Jeff Dunham and Chris Rock were both playing Phoenix on the same night, one at Talking Stick Resort Arena and the other at Comerica Theatre, which would you think was at the bigger venue?
Saturday, Feb. 18
One way to do that is by checking out Menopause The Musical is a parody staged to classic tunes from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Now in its 14th year, the musical will be staged at the Arizona Broadway Theatre -- 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria -- Friday, Feb. 17 through March 3. To learn more or buy tickets, go to http://azbroadway.org/event/menopause/
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
Loud Mouth Comedy Roadshow, hosted by Cheech Marin and featuring Paul Rodriguez, will take place at 7:30 p.m. at ASU Gammage. This show, headline by the two original “Latin Kings of Comedy,” also features rising performers Nick Guerra, Erik Rivera and Marcella Arguello. It does contain adult language (shocker!). Tickets range from $20 to $120; go to http://www.asugammage.com/shows/asu-gammage-presents/loud-mouth-comedy-roadshow for more info
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/
Surfer Blood, an indie-surf rock band from Florida., will play live at Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The band -- who lost guitarist Thomas Fekete to cancer in 2016 -- is touring in support of their newest album, Snowdonia. Tickets are $15 and $17; get more details at http://www.valleybarphx.com/event/1399500-surfer-blood-phoenix/
Tuesday, Feb. 21
A tribute to the veteran rock band Genesis, The Musical Box will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Theater inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Featured will be tunes from Genesis’ 1973 album, “Selling England by The Pound.” Tickets start at $25. To learn more or buy tickets, go to https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/the-musical-box-2017/
Thursday, Feb. 23
Hosted by Arizona’s own Pauly Casillas, The Switch comedy show will take place at 10 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. This free event is open to those 21 and over. To learn more, go to http://www.crescentphx.com/event/1425947-switch-comedy-phoenix/
Friday, Feb. 24
The Phoenix Symphony will perform Disney In Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. The orchestra will play selected from Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. To learn more or purchase tickets, check out http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=9537
Storefront Church, a play by John Patrick Shanley, focuses on religion, politics and business in the Bronx. It will be staged through March 12 at Three Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus St., Scottsdale. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25. Find out showtimes or learn more details by checking out http://www.thestudiophx.org/up-next.html
Saturday, Feb. 25
Comic superstar Chris Rock will bring his Total Blackout Tour to the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $49; find out more by going to http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=19005182CE1843B1&offerid=42092
Jeff Dunham Perfectly Balanced will be on stage at 5 p.m. at Talking Stick Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. The famed comic ventriloquist will bring popular characters Walter, Achmed, Bubba and others to life. Buy tickets or learn more by checking out http://www.talkingstickresortarena.com/events/detail/jeff-dunham-1
Until Feb. 26
Broke-ology, a play by Nathan Louis Jackson focusing on the King family’s hardships and their love for each others, will be performed at the Black Theatre Troupe venue, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets are $36; showtimes vary. Get more info at http://new-wp.blacktheatretroupe.org/broke-ology/
Wednesday, March 1
Art Lovers Book Club will feature The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund De Waal today, and March 3 and 11, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Space for this event is very limited, so an early RSVP is required. Event times vary; learn more at http://www.phxart.org/event/ff59d6e3-80c0-c546-1d14-d7d0b281f579
Friday, March 3
The Australian BeeGees Show will be presented at 8 p.m. at Talking Stick Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. The tribute band will perform many of the Bee Gees’ classic hits “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep is Your Love” and “You Should Be Dancing.” Tickets start at $20; find out more at https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/the-showroom/australian-bee-gees/
Saturday, March 4
The Phoenix Symphony will play the music of rock legends Led Zeppelin at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. Tickets range from $39 to $99. For more information, go to https://mesaamp.com/Online/default.asp
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. For more information, call 480-941-0900 or go to www.larsengallery.com
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