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Unlimited Arts Nov. 9 to 22: November Is A Month For Laughs In Arizona, But Also A Time For Music Including Niall Horan, Beach Slang And GWAR


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 9, 2017 — David Sedaris first came to national prominence in 1992 with The SantaLand Diaries — a sardonic and wistful look at his stint as an elf in Macy’s during the Christmas holiday season — broadcast on National Public Radio.

Since then, Sedaris has gone on to greater success, with numerous best-selling social critiques like Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. His latest book is David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium.

Sedaris has won over audiences with his brutally honest takes about the human condition, along with his family life, growing up gay, his upbringing in Raleigh, N.C., his Greek ancestry, worklife, drug use, obsessive behavior, and his life in England and France.

Sedaris — whose sister is noted comedic actress Amy Sedaris — is now considered one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. His latest work is David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium.

Returning to the Arizona by popular demand, Sedaris will perform at 8 p.m. in The Orpheum Theatre, 100 N. 3rd St. in Phoenix. Sedaris will read some of his latest works and answer questions from the audience. A book-signing will follow. Ticket prices range from $29 to $69. To learn more, visit

Thursday, Nov. 9

They started with “Siberian surf rock” in the 1990s, and now Russian band Igor & The Red Elvises feature musicians from places like Bulgaria, Israel and the United States. They’ll play The Rhythm Room, 1019 Indian School Road, Phoenix. The show will start at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10. For more details, visit

Down The Rabbit Hole -- featuring Mythbusters alumni Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara -- will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. As part of their Netflix White Rabbit Project, the three will use their scientific skills to investigate “weird and wonderful” events from pop culture, science and history. Admission starts at $33; get more details at

Friday, Nov. 10

He’s won Grammys, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and recorded 100 albums: acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Pianist Kathryn Scott will join Ma on stage. Tickets start at $59; to learn more or buy tickets, visit

The Phoenix Symphony will perform Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony through Nov. 12. The program will also include words by Ginastera and Ravel. To learn more details or ticket prices, go to

Saturday, Nov. 11

Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music,Wu Man will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $53.50; to learn more, visit

Her soft-spoken brand of humor has been making audiences laugh for decades, and now Rita Rudner is bringing that to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Tickets range from $49 to $79; to purchase one, call (480) 499-8587. For further details, check out

Sunday, Nov. 12

Now in their 40th year, popular country music band Alabama is playing the Talking Stick Resort Arena, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. Named “Country Group of the Century” by the Recording Industry Association of America, the band has 43 No. 1 singles. For ticket info, check out

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Newsies, the hit musical based on the Newsboys Strike 1899, will be staged through Dec. 31 at the Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road. Learn more details by visiting

Thursday, Nov. 16

The Arizona Theatre Company is staging The River Bride, a play about sisters struggling to find their “happily-ever-after” in an Amazonian fishing village, through Dec. 3 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For more information about the play or ticket prices, visit

Friday, Nov. 17

The Fab Four live on in 1964 The Tribute, at 8 p.m. in the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show “the best Beatles tribute on earth.” Tickets start at $26; to learn more, visit

“Dance Yourself Clean” isn’t just an LCD Soundsystem tune, it’s also a “no-frills” dance party happening in Phoenix. The fest is set for 9 p.m. at The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave. Inspired by an event in Seattle, Dance Yourself Clean will feature music by artists such as Phantogram, CHVRCES, Miike Snow, RAC, Charlie XCX and many more. Admission to the 21-and-up party starts at $10; for more information, visit

Saturday, Nov. 18

Popular comedian and TV host Joe Rogan will bring his Strange Times 2017 Tour to the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Showtime is at 8 p.m. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit

Adrianna Marie & Her Groovecutters, who specialize in blues and roots music, will play The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road. Marie’s latest album is Double Crossing Blues. The show will start at 9 p.m., and tickets range from $10 to $12. For more details, go to

Grammy-winning rock musician Bruce Hornsby and band Lake Street Drive will play a benefit concert for the AARP Foundation Experience Corps at the Mesa Amphitheater, 263 N. Center St. Admission is $20; showtime is 7 p.m. To learn more, go to

Philadelphia-based punk band Beach Slang, on their Drunk or Lust Tour, will play The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Dave Hause & The Mermaid and See Through Dresses will serve as the opening acts. Admission ranges from $16 to $18; to learn more or buy tickets, go to

Nov. 18 and 19

EDM and hip-hop will take center stage during the Goldrush Festival, being held at Rawhide Western Town & Event Center, located on the Gila River Indian Community. Over 25 artists will perform, including Migos, Sonny Fodera, The Underachievers, Walker & Royce, Flatbush Zombies and Rich Chigga. Food vendors will be on site. Single-day passes start at $79, while general admission passes are $179; VIP passes are extra. For further information on the all-ages event or to buy tickets, check out

Sunday, Nov. 19

The Phoenix Youth Symphony will hold their 65th Anniversary Fall Music Celebration, featuring of the PYS Chamber Winds, String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Symphonette Orchestra and the Youth Symphony. The show will begin at 3 p.m. in The Orpheum Theatre, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix. For ticket information, go to

The Bolshoi Ballet’s version of Le Corsaire is captured on a film that will be shown at 2 p.m. at The Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. The storyline takes place in a Turkish market,where the pirate Conrad falls in love at first sight with Medora, the ward of the slave merchant Lankedem's bazaar. Admission starts at $15. For more details, visit

Monday, Nov. 20

Irish pop star Niall Horan — whose 2016 song This Town was a global megahit — will perform at The Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. For more info, check out

Thursday, Nov. 23

This popular heavy metal band’s live shows are not for the faint of heart: GWAR will play the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Opening acts are Ghoul, He Is Legend and U.S. Bastards. General admission starts at $18. To purchase tickets, check out

Friday, Nov. 24

Noted for classic tunes like There Is Nothing Like A Dame and I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, the musical South Pacific will be staged at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Admission for adults (which includes dinner) is $98; children’s admission rates vary. For more information, visit

The Phoenix Symphony will perform George Gershwin’s masterwork Rhapsody In Blue through Nov. 26 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. For more details, go to

Nov. 24 and 25

Political humor is needed more than ever these days, and The Capitol Steps are bringing their Washington-based satire to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. for a two-night run. Tickets range from $49 to $69. For showtime or other information,

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