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The Unlimited Arts Calendar is published biweekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Unlimited Arts Aug. 16 To 30: Broadway Hits, A Tribute To The Much-Missed Sharon Jones And Slayer. Variety Is The Word For Phoenix Entertainment Choices


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 16, 2017 — Sharon Jones, a much-admired soul singer, last year succumbed at age 60 to a stroke while battling pancreatic cancer.

She was a late bloomer to the music world, releasing her first album at 40. Jones -- who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. -- experienced a later career boom by performing with the Dap-Kings, receiving a Grammy nomination in 2014 for Best R&B album. She was also the subject of an acclaimed documentary.

She, her band and Daptone Records will be the subject of a tribute concert starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix.  

Hot Birds & The Chili Sauce, the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, the Geibral Elisha Movement, Ndgo Sista and Pickster One will perform. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. To learn more, check out

Aug. 17 to Aug. 20

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

Sunday, Aug. 20

Three decades on, thrash metal pioneers Slayer are still putting out albums and performing for millions of loyal fans. They’ll be at the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, to play songs off their Repentless and classics like Reign in Blood. Special guests will be Anthax and Death Angel. The show starts at 7 p.m. For ticket info, go to

Sunday, Aug. 22

Funk music veteran Maceo Parker -- who’s played with everyone from James Brown to Prince -- will perform at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum theater. Tickets start at $38.50; to learn more, check out

Thursday, Aug. 24

New York-based ska pioneers The Toasters will play at Pub Rock Live, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale. Opening acts are the Meddlers, Mr. Incommunicado and The Effects. Admission starts at $12, with the show getting underway at 8 p.m. For more information, go to

The Phoenix Poetry Slam will take place at 8 p.m. at Megaphone PHX, 4700 N. Central Ave., suite 112. Ten poets will compete for a $50 cash prize. Tickets to the all-ages, uncensored show are $8 in advance or $12 at the door, and can be purchased here. For other details, go to Facebook

Friday, Aug. 25

Neil Simon’s classic play about newlyweds, Barefoot in the Park, will be staged through Oct. 8 at Desert Stages Theater, 7014 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $22 for students and seniors, and $28 for adults

The Cemetery Club, a play about three widows and their friendship, will be held through Sept. 17 at Theater Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale. Tickets start at $15; to learn more, go to

Saturday, Aug. 26

The Storrs Objection: Film will be presented at 8 p.m. at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Ave., Phoenix. Comedian Matt Storrs -- of the Sonoma LaughFest and Cinder Block Comedy Festival will bring his legal background to the stage, especially when fact-checking other comedians’ material after their sets. Storrs and this month’s co-counsel, Broadway veteran Patti LuPone, the opportunity to fact-check and cross-examine other comedians’ material DURING their sets. The show’s material is appropriate for ages 18 and up. Tickets are $10; to learn more, go to

Los Angeles indie-folk band Lord Huron will play The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren, St., Phoenix. The Wild Reeds, also of L.A., will serve as the opening act. To learn more, go to

Reggae band The Movement -- which had a recent No. 1 hit on iTunes -- will play Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Clint Stevens and The Hourglass Cats will serve as the opening acts. Tickets range from $12 to $15. To learn more, go to

Sunday, Aug. 27

The acclaimed 1998 film Central Station will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. The movie is part of the museum’s Past/Future/Present Film Series. For admission info or to learn more, go to

Phoenix’s The Carvin Jones Band will perform at 6 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Tickets are $5; to learn more about Jones, go to

Wednesday, Aug. 30 to Sunday, Sept. 3

HOCO Festival will be held at Tucson’s famed Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Tucson. Artists include Thundercat, Frankie Cosmos, Pharmakon and Jock Club. Single-day tickets start at $45. To learn more about the roster or ticket packages, go to

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