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Chapelle, Sikhs and Ears:
A Phoenix Love Story

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Unlimited Arts Aug. 30 to Sept. 13: A Change Of Seasons May Be Coming, But Entertainment Offerings Are At Full Speed In The Phoenix Metro and Tucson, Too


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 30, 2017 — Modern Times Magazine loves you. Yes, we truly do.

Even though we won’t sing a song for you, put on a play for you, or create a world-class work of interpretive art for you, we do love you. We hope our content and the Unlimited Arts Calendar can show you just how much we love you.

Because no matter how much we love you, we will not be cutting off our ear or any other body part for that matter to prove our love. If you are into THAT sort of stuff, catch Ear written by Ashley Naftule, which will be presented from Sept. 8 to 24 at Space 55, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix. Obviously a take on Vincent Van Gogh, the work is guaranteed to have enough love and guts for any person’s day.

Or, you can take the regular goodness. Like the Hoco festival from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 in Tucson, or information about Sikh culture at the Phoenix Art Museum on Sept. 6.

If Van Gogh, rock or art is still not making you happy, maybe check out The Effect, where American “pill-popping culture is on the examination table.” It will run from Sept. 8 to 23.

Better yet, catch Dave “Almost Tragic” Chapelle as he brings his honest comedy stylings to Comerica Theatre Sept. 2. But beware, he is as buff as Carrot Top now. Thankfully, he’s still much funnier.

Oh, and he still has an ear, too, so there’s that. But it's our guess he still loves you, too.

Aug. 30 to Sept. 3

Located near the University of Arizona and home to numerous music clubs, galleries and other sophisticated offerings, downtown Tucson has long been known as a cultural hub. It’s famed, nearly century-old Hotel Congress is part of that scene.

The annual HOCO Festival will be held starting today at the hotel, 311 E. Congress St. Among the dozens of musical artists playing the fest include Thundercat, Frankie Cosmos, Pharmakon and Jock Club.

And it’s not just music: there will be yoga sessions, vintage clothing fair, vinyl record fair, liquor tastings, an art opening, artistic/cultural lectures and culinary offerings. HOCO Festival will take place through Sunday, Sept. 3. Single-day tickets start at $45. To learn more about the roster or ticket packages, go to

Friday, Sept. 1

Described as “a story about real Americans with real hopes and dreams on the line,” the musical Hands on a Hardbody will be held through Sept. 24 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. To learn more about the the musical or ticket prices, go to

Saturday, Sept. 2

Ever since he burst onto the comedy scene in the early 2000s, Dave Chappelle has rarely failed to generate interest. He’ll be performing live at the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington, Phoenix. Tickets start at $69. For more info, go to

Monday, Sept. 4

Marking nearly 25 years playing a blend of folk music, Virginia-based Carbon Leaf will hit the stage at 7 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $36.50; learn more at

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Based on Alison Bechel’s graphic novel, the Tony award-winning Fun Home will be staged at the Arizona State University’s Gammage through Sept. 10. To buy tickets or learn more about the acclaimed musical, check out

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Virtue & Valor: Sikh Art and Heritage will be presented at noon at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Dr. Janet Baker, curator of Asian Art, will discuss selected works. Admission is $18 and includes a luncheon at Palette after the talk. For more information, go to

Sept. 6 to Oct. 15

From ABBA’s 1970s pop hit by to a Broadway smash to a hit movie, Mamma Mia! has been a global phenomenon. The musical version will be staged through Oct. 15 at the Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road. Learn more details or buy tickets at

Wednesday, Sept. 7

The David Bromberg Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Scottsdale Road. The band’s leader counts The Eagles, Ringo Starr and Emmylou Harris as friends and collaborators. Tickets start at $30; to find out more, go to

Friday, Sept. 8

American “pill-popping culture is on the examination table” in The Effect, a stage drama being presented at 8 p.m. at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. The play will be held through Sept. 23. Other showtimes and ticket prices vary. For more details, go to

Sept. 8 to 24

With a name like Ear, it’s no surprise tortured Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh is the inspiration. The play, written by Ashley Naftule, will be held through Sept. 24 at Space 55, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix. Admission is $15; learn more at

Saturday, Sept. 9

The blues-oriented Danielle Nicole Band will perform at 9 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The Shari Puorto Band will serve as the opening act. Tickets are $10 or $12. Learn more at

Sunday, Sept. 10

American-Tongan singer Leilani Wolfgramm will perform at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave. Wolfgramm has played with Ziggy Marley, Sublime and other major acts. The opening acts are Kush County and Swells. Tickets are $12 to $15; the show starts at 8:30 p.m. To learn more, check out

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Rising pop singer Verite will play Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Tickets range between $13 and $15; to learn more, check out

Thursday, Sept. 14

Wordplay Cafe: Seven Deadly Sins will be held starting at 6 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. The open mic event is a platform for aspiring musicians, storytellers and poets. To learn more, go to

Sunday, Sept. 17

Named one of The New York Times’ “12 Notable Acts” at SXSW 2017, the U.K. jazz trio GoGo Penguin will perform in the Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. For further info, go to or call (480) 478-6000.

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