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Unlimited Arts Aug. 2 to 16: From Neil Diamond to Asleep at the Wheel, the music choices are many, along with a few live theater picks


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 2, 2017 — Triple-digit temps combined with non-stop distressing news, be it nationally or internationally, can be enough to deal with, so what’s a Phoenician in search of mental break to do? For starters, enjoy a concert or two.

Friday, Aug. 4

Roots rockers Whiskey Kiss will perform at 8 p.m. , Friday, Aug. 4 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

He is, he says: The one-and-only Neil Diamond, marking 50 years as a hitmaker, will play the Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets start at $44. To purchase one or learn more, go to

Saturday, Aug. 5

The Shrine, described as a “weekly Afro-soul ritual,” will be performed at 11:30 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix. Curated by the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, the show is a tribute to African music legend Fela Kuti and is free of charge. For more details, go to

Sunday, Aug. 6

The Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., is presenting British National Theatre Live: No Mands Land at 2 p.m. Vaunted actors Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart star Harold Pinter’s play about two aging writers who, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night, as a power game ensues. Admission is $15 or $18. To find out more, go to

Local blues rockers The Carvin Jones Band will perform at 6 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The band has opened for blues legend B.B. King and Santana. Jones himself has toured around Europe, and performed with no less than Buddy Miles, Jeff Beck and Gary Moore over the years. Admission is $5; for more details, check out

Thursday, Aug. 10

Wordplay Cafe will focus on “The Seven Deadly Sins” at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. The Cafe’s open mic offers a platform for community members to become the storytellers, poets and musicians. Find out more at

Friday, Aug. 11

Based on the blockbuster animated film series, Shrek The Musical will be staged through Aug. 27 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Tickets range from $20 to $38.50, and showtimes vary. For more info or to purchase tickets at

Kabarett -- a multimedia showcase featuring French and German theater songs, classic film scores and original songs -- will be performed at the Virginia G. Pieper Theater in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Tickets range from $12 to $22 depending when purchased. To learn more, go

Everything old is new again: The Arizona Diamondbacks are hosting a ‘90s Night featuring Mark McGrath, lead singer of Sugar Ray, in a free, postgame concert. The DBacks are playing the Chicago Cubs; the game starts at 6:40 p.m. For more details, go to

Saturday, Aug. 12

San Diego-based quintet Brothers Gow will play Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Formerly of Flagstaff, the band combines rock, funk, jazz and reggae. The show starts at 9 p.m.; tickets start at $10. Learn more at

Infuse Open Mic will be held at 6 p.m. at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1212 N. Third St. Poets, Dancers, musicians, vocalists, comedians or other aspiring performers may come and showcase their talent. T.J. Natole is hosting, while Flipside is handling DJ duties. Admission is free; for more details, go to

Once dubbed by Rolling Stone as the “greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline,” Wynonna Judd is hitting the road again -- this time, as Wynonna & the Big Noise, playing Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $55; to learn more about this veteran artist, check out

Sunday, Aug. 13

Comedic legends -- one American, the other Canadian -- are teaming up. Steve Martin and Martin Short present An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life featuring  stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. They’ll be joined by the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, the bluegrass band with which Martin frequently performs. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. For ticket prices, go to

Tuesday, Aug. 15

Grammy-winning Asleep at the Wheel has been performing Western swing music for nearly 50 years, and will play at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets range from $38.50 to $53.50. To find out more, go to

Thursday, Aug. 17

Arthur Laurents’ book was a made into a 1962 Oscar-winning movie and has been revived countless times on Broadway, and now West Side Story is coming to the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. The musical, with a score by the legendary Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, runs through Aug. 20. Get ticket info or learn more at

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