Summertime Means Sun,
Fun, Events, And ... Weed?
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
July 6, 2017 — Sure, it’s hot out.
But there are still many things to do in the Phoetro.
There are traditional types of entertainment like Beauty and The Beast at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, through July 16.
Or, Catherine Russell at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, on July 13.
Then, there are the grandfathers of stoner culture, Cheech & Chong, who will be in the Phoentro July 21. And, then their cultural grandchildren, Dirty Heads will smoke it up July 16.
While Joel Hodgson says his Mystery Science Theater character Joel Robinson was NOT stoned during the initial run of MST3K, most of the viewers probably were, or still are.
Regardless, there is much to do and only so little time and money. So, take your pick.
Thursday, July 7
“A tale as old as time,” Disney’s Beauty and The Beast will be performed live on stage through July 16 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Tickets range from $37.50 to $77.50. To purchase one or learn more, check out http://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar
Phoenix rockers Throw Logic will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Pub Rock Live, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale. Opening acts are Path of Exile, Kill Your Name, Fire Glass, Syde Project and Pyrotechnica will also be on stage. Tickets start at $6; to learn more, go to http://www.pubrocklive.com/event/1498284-throw-logic-scottsdale/
Saturday, July 8
Soul Power, a Phoenix-based R&B and soul band, will bring their big time collection of cover songs to the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix. The group deals in a diverse blend including the Motown and Philadelphia sounds along with genres such as funk and blues. Tickets are $8 at the door. The show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1468518-soul-power-band-phoenix/
The Torch Theatre, 4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, is looking for all ladies yearning to perform improvisationally as the venue hosts Riot Jam — All Female Improv. All talent levels are welcome and encouraged. Arrive before 5:45 to put your name into the “bucket” and the show will start at about 6 p.m. with evening shows following. For more information, visit http://www.thetorchtheatre.com/
July 10 to July 20
“Two Old Broads: Unsolicited Advice,” will be presented by the stars of the show — two old broads — for a 10-day, seven-show run at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Anyone who has known an “old broad,” er, elderly woman, can surely see the hilarity that is likely to ensue by this description: “They’re at it again. Those know-it-all broads who’ve lived long enough to tell everybody else what to do, what to think, where to go.” The best part, tickets are only $6. For more information, visit http://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/two-old-broads-unsolicited-advice-lunch-time-theater/
Thursday, July 13
You might not have ever heard of Catherine Russell, but she has performed with legends of the the music world and has toured the globe. Oh yea, and her father was a long time collaborator of Louis Armstrong and her mother was a world-famous musical pioneer, too. So, the pedigree is also present. It is likely that if you see her at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, at 7:30 p.m., you will never forget her. For more information, visit http://mim.org/events/catherine-russell/
Friday, July 14
You know what they say about a Naughty Professor ... he gets fired. But seriously, the band Naughty Professor gets those who see their shows fired up WITH FUNK! The New Orleans group does all-instrumentals in a way promised to, "embody the jazz-influenced party culture of the Big Easy." If that is not enough, Dr. Delicious, an Arizona-based funk band will also take the stage. The show starts at 9 p.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/1470570-naughty-professor-phoenix
Saturday, July 15
Dance music is definitely a thriving genre and for those who want to see some of the best in one place this summer in the Phoetro, go to Trapfest 2017 at The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix. The headliners are Snails, Party Favor, 4B, JSTJR, Two Owls, ATLiens, Bailo, Havok Roth, Woolymammoth. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://relentlessbeats.com/events/trapfest-2017-the-pressroom-071517/
Tower of Power. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. 8 p.m. We shouldn't have to say more, but we will anyway. This band has supported some of the best and brightest — John Lee Hooker, Huey Lewis, Aerosmith, Santana — and has been a touring force since 1968. Rock with horns? Hell yea. For more information, visit https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/the-showroom/tower-of-power/
Sunday, July 16
Shampoo is not required to see Dirty Heads and SOJA at Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St., Mesa, but some rolling papers might be a good idea. After all, someone might need them. The So. Cal. Reggae scene is still going strong, ya boy! See what’s been cooler for at least the last five years. For more information, visit https://mesaamp.com/Online/default.asp
Wednesday, July 19
“Why Can’t We Live Together? Film Series” at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, will present Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Why, not? After all, It’s damn hot outside and for those whose minds are still stuck in 1968, they might need some changing. For more information, visit http://www.phxart.org/event/6ecb2f0a-36a5-0891-3964-7e56240aae6f
Thursday, July 20
After a couple of decades, Joel Hodgson is back at the helm of Mystery Science 3000 and it is freaking glorious. Sure, Trace Beaulieu is gone, as is Frank Conniff. And Patton Oswalt couldn't just leave well enough alone, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers. Also, Jonah Ray is better than Mike, so there’s that. Oh yea and they will be taking the road show to the Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams, Phoenix, with Eegah, a film starring Richard Kiel (the big scary actor from Billy Madison and so many other places.) For more information, visit https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=333
Friday, July 21
Watch the Hair! Arizona Broadway Theatre, Saturday Night Fever and the tale of disco will come to the stage. Tight pants, hair spray and much more, including songs by the Bee Gees. For more information, visit http://azbroadway.org/event/saturday-night-fever/
Cheech Marin. Tommy Chong. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. 8 p.m. Just like Tower of Power, we don’t need to say any more. If you have time, check it out. They’re icons for pete’s sake and might not be around much longer. Just sayin. For more information, visit https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/salt-river-grand-ballroom/cheech-and-chong/
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