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Unlimited Arts July 19 to Aug. 2: Looking For A Break From The Heat Or Current Events? MST3K Is A Strong Nostalgic Candidate, But The Variety Ranges From Film To Curtain And Even Dudes Like John Mayer


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

July 20, 2017 — In the not too distant future — actually, it probably already happened in Phoenix but it will continue throughout the country thereafter — Mystery Science Theater will arrive.

Joel, the ‘bots and new host Jonah Ray will be at the Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix July 20.

It’s a nice taste of nostalgia as well as a suitable counter punch to what is going on in the rest of the world: biting satire and sarcasm. But in this not too distant future, there must be other things to do and over the next two weeks it will also happen in the Phoenix Metro.

And, while there is the regular bits of rock and roll and artistic expressions of all kinds, there is also one that is less common: a night of the words of Poe. No, not the bear from Kung Fu Panda — and we know that’s Po — but Edgar Allen.

Nevermore, described as a musical journey into the heart of legendary American horror writer Edgar Allen Poe, will be staged through Aug. 5 at the Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. To buy tickets or learn more, check out

So, as summer moves along, wildfires rage, a healthcare bill stalls and the Trump-Russia scandal grows ever deeper, go out, have a good time.

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 St., Phoenix, with Eegah, a film starring Richard Kiel (the big scary actor from Billy Madison and so many other places.) For more information, visit

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

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. For more information, visit

Saturday, July 22

The play The Storrs Objection will be presented at 8 p.m. at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Comedian Matt Storrs and his co-counsel, Hattie Hayes (of Ladykillers Comedy), will fact-check other comedians’ material during their sets -- an unusual twist, for sure. General admission is $10. To learn more, go to

Sunday, July 23

She’s been the subject of dozens of plays, books and movies. Now, the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., will present Saint Joan at 2 p.m. simulcast live from the London National Theatre. English actress Gemma Arterton will play the venerated saint. Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for non-members. For more details, go to

Monday, July 24

North Carolina-based folk band Delta Rae will perform at 7 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Liz Longley will be the opening act. Tickets range from $35.50 to $41.50; to learn more,

Wednesday, July 26

Rock band Leopold And His Fiction will perform at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Fairy Bones will serve as the opening act; showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $12. For more details, go to

Friday, July 28

Country singer Dwight Yoakam -- who lead a mini-revolution of “new country” artists in the late 1980s -- will take the stage at the Celebrity Theatre, 401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. The show will start at 7:30 p.m., with King Leg as the opening act. Tickets range from $46 to $76. For more details or to purchase tickets, go to

Nevermore, described as a musical journey into the heart of legendary American horror writer Edgar Allen Poe, will be staged through Aug. 5 at the Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. To buy tickets or learn more, check out

Saturday, July 29

With a name like Bad Sneakers, it’s no surprise the local band will perform a “Steely Dan set” at 7:30 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is $10; find out more at

Tuesday, Aug. 1

Internationally known rocker John Mayer, as part of his Search for Everything tour, will perform at 7 p.m. at Talking Stick Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. He will perform several new tunes, including Emoji of a Wave. For ticket or other generatl information, go to

Friday, Aug. 4

Roots rockers Whiskey Kiss will perform at 8 p.m. inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater. Tickets are $12 or $19 in advance, or $15 to $22 at the door. The center is located at 7380 E. Second St. To learn more or to buy tickets, go to

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