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Unlimited Arts Sept. 27 To Oct. 11: As September Gives Way To October, Phoenicians Can Watch A Shakespearean Take On Zombies, See A Band Or Two And Learn About A Historic Vietnamese Ship


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 27, 2017 — Need a laugh this week? Stand Up For Downtown Theater, a fundraiser, will be held Friday, Sept. 29, at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix.

Craig Conant will host comedians Matt Storrs Dan Thomson, and Shapel Lacey and Genevieve Rice. The event is open to those 18 and older.

The theater Young Leadership Board’s primary goal is ensuring that members of the community – regardless of income or where they live in the metro Phoenix area – has access to performing arts. Proceeds from the event will help support the Herberger’s Arts Education & Outreach programs, to build and maintain a thriving local arts community in Phoenix. Those programs include the Herberger’s Multicultural Theater Camp and Wolf Trap.A silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music will be offered. Tickets start at $35. To learn more, to go

Wednesday, Sept. 27

The Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro, will be shown as part of Why Can’t We Live Together? Film Series at the Phoenix Arts Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Based on the life of writer James Baldwin, the film envisions a book that Baldwin never finished. Admission is free, but space is limited, with an RSVP required. Learn more at

Thursday, Sept. 28

A national touring event featuring various local activists, celebrities and artists, Together Live will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. The three-hour experience is described by organizers as “finding purpose, overcoming fear, choosing love and effectuating change.” Admission is $25; for more information, visit

Saturday, Sept. 30

Blues-influenced rocker Benjamin Booker, whose latest album is Witness, will play the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Tickets start at $20; learn more at

Sunday, Oct. 1

Florida-based band Boyce Avenue will perform at The Marquee Theater, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. The YouTube sensations will be backed by opening acts Madilyn Bailey and Megan Davies. The show starts at 7 p.m. To learn more or buy tickets, go to

Oct. 4 to 6

It may not seem like the best combination, but Shakespeare and the undead are featured in Hamlet and Zombies!!! The comedy, written by Will Averill, will be staged at 7 p.m. through Oct. 6 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Admission is $13.20, and the show is suitable for all ages. Learn more at

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Noted for his idiosyncratic voice, Father John Misty will perform in the Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Misty, whose latest album is Pure Comedy, is being supported by singer Weyes Blood on this tour. For more details, go to

In the 15th century, the Vietnamese ship Hoi An sank near Cham Island. What was found centuries later is part of Relics from the Deep: Ceramics from Vietnam’s Hoi An Ship Wreckage, being held at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Carolyn Greene, curatorial assistant of Asian Art at the museum, will discuss ceramics from the Hoi An excavation and their relevance to the Asian Gallery. Admission is $18 and includes a lunch at Palette. For more info, visit

Oct. 5 to 22

Neil Simon’s classic comedy Chapter Two will be staged through Oct. 22 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Simon’s former wife, acclaimed actress Marsha Mason, will direct this version for Arizona Theatre Company. Further details can be found at

Thursday, Oct. 5

Critical darlings The Flaming Lips will play The Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington, Phoenix. Known for their inventive concerts, the Oklahoma band has two supporting acts: Canadian songwriter Mac DeMarco and California band The Garden. The show will start at 7 p.m. For ticket prices and other details, check out

Friday, Oct. 6

Panamanian jazz musician Danilo Pérez, backed up by Ben Street and Adam Cruz will perform PanaMonk at 6 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. To learn more about the Grammy-nominated artist and his achievements, go to

Oct. 6 To Nov. 5

It started as a quirky 1988 movie directed by John Waters. Then, it went to Broadway and became a sensation. Now, Hairspray will be performed through Nov. 5 at the Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre at Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road. For showtimes or ticket information, go to

Saturday, Oct. 7

Mexican pop singer Natalia Lafourcade will perform at 7 p.m. at ASU Gammage in support of her Be Brave tour. Tickets range from $20 to $85; to learn more, go to

Sunday, Oct. 8

Folk and blues singer Tom Rush, now in his 50th year as a recording artist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. Danny O’Keefe will serve at the special guest. Tickets start at $25. To learn more, call (480) 499-8587 or visit

Tuesday, Oct. 10

The Patrick Sweany Band will perform at 8 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The band plays blues, soul and even speedball punk. Tickets are $12; to learn more, go to

Friday, Oct. 13

“To dream the impossible dream …” That line is synonymous with the classical musical Man of La Mancha, being presented through Nov. 11 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. To learn more, visit
Two legends of American performing arts will be celebrated in Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins: A Broadway Celebration through Oct. 15 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. To learn more about this Phoenix Symphony event, go to

A mysterious person’s visit to the remote European home belonging the “grande dame of crime literature” Patricia Highsmith is covered in Switzerland, a play by Joanna Murray-Smith. It will be staged at The Theatre Artist Studio, 4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale. To learn more or buy tickets, call (602) 765-0120 or go to

Oct. 13 and 14

Ghostfest, a weekend-long marathon of improv comedy shows and a fundraiser for the 2018 Phoenix Improv Festival, will be held at The Torch Theatre 4721 N. Central Ave. Ghostfest features 111-plus shows over 32 hours and will be expanded to two nearby venues: Changing Hands/The Newton and Megaphone PHX. Single-night passes are $10, while all-festival access is $15. To learn more, go to

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Wednesday, Oct. 18

New Orleans-based musician Trombone Shorty will play the Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. The concert is sold out. To learn more, go to

Terry Virts, a celebrated NASA astronaut and National Geographic author, will share his stories and photographs in View from Above at 7:30 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater, One E. Main St. For tickets and information, call 480 644-6500 or visit

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