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Unlimited Arts Dec. 20 To Jan. 1: As 2017 Transitions Into 2018, Entertainment Choices Abound For Phoenix-Area Residents


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 21, 2017 — Gilbert’s own Lindsey Stirling is considered one of the biggest breakthrough artists in recent years.

A classically trained violinist, she has been exploring electronic big beats. Her popularity includes over 7.8 million YouTube subscribers, over 1 billion views on her YouTube channel, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold-out tours across the globe.

Her self-titled debut album includes the hit Crystallize, and climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic and Classical Album charts, earning her a 2014 Billboard Music Award nomination.

Stirling’s 2014 album Shatter Me, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and has sold over 320,000 copies to date in the United States alone. To date, Lindsey’s tours have sold over 500,000 headline tickets worldwide. Last year, she released her first book The Only Pirate at the Party.

Just in time for the holidays, she’s bringing her Warmer In The Winter Christmas Tour to Phoenix, when she performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Comerica Theatre. For ticket prices or other info, visit

Dec. 21 to Jan. 21

A musical that spotlights culinary education? The Calamari Sisters’ Clam Bake fits the bill. It runs through Jan. 21 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Tickets are $54 or $62; showtimes very. Learn more by visiting

Thru Dec. 23

In the late 1990s, writer David Sedaris made a name for himself with his tale of working as a Christmas elf in a New York City Macy’s. Now, Santaland Diaries will be performed at the Phoenix Theatre’s Hardes Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. Directed by Toby Yatso, it stars Louis Farber and is recommended for mature audiences. Showtimes are 7 p.m. (and 10 p.m. the 22nd and 23rd); tickets start at $24. Find out more by visiting

The comedic play A Tuna Christmas, written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, focuses on a tiny Texas tune and a Christmas yard competition that heats up. It is being staged at Phoenix Theatre’s Hardes Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. For showtimes and ticket info, visit

Saturday, Dec. 23

Gilbert’s own classically trained violinist, Lindsey Stirling, is considered one of the biggest breakthrough artists in recent years. Just in time for the holidays, she’s bringing her Warmer In The Winter Christmas Tour to Phoenix, when she performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Comerica Theatre. For ticket prices or other info, visit

Thru Dec. 24

It seems the Cirque du Soleil can even take revered holiday classic and it make it their own: A Cirque Nutcracker, presented by Troupe Vertigo, will run through Dec. 24 at The Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. The performance will also feature The Phoenix Symphony, aerial artists, jugglers and contortionists. Tickets start at $32; to learn more, go to

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway classic Cinderella will be staged through Dec. 24 at the Arizona State University Gammage. For showtimes and ticket prices, visit

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Nearly 40 years ago, the movie Grease had audiences all over the world humming tunes like Summer Nights. Now, Sing-a-Long Grease gives fans another chance. This production runs through Dec. 30 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. and allows people to dress up like their favorite characters and sing the tunes, complete with on-screen subtitles. Admission is $17; find out more at

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Thirty years ago, Jane’s Addiction released their debut album, which became a huge hit on college radio. Lead singer Perry Farrell went on start to the game-changing Lollapalooza music festival and front other bands such as Porno for Pyros, while guitarist Dave Navarro found mainstream success with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now, Jane’s Addiction will play the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. The show starts at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $85 to $115. For further details, check out

Thursday, Dec. 28

The Comedy Get Down features heavyweights Cedric “The Entertainer,” Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and George Lopez, who will bring their talents to Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Showtime is 8 p.m. For further details or ticket prices, go to

Friday, Dec. 29

Blues artists Sistahs Too, with special guest Hans Olson, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. Admission prices start at $23.50. For more information, check out

Roger Clyne’s first band, The Refreshments, are known for their 1996 critically acclaimed Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy. Clyne and his current band, The Peacemakers, will play the Talking Stick Resort, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Learn more at

Dec. 30 and 31

For those ready to ring in 2018 with EDM, there’s Decadence, featuring artists like Steve Aoki, Armin Van Buren, Louis the Child and Petit Biscuit. General admission prices vary. To learn more about the festival, go to

Thru Dec. 31

The “change of life” is now on stage: Menopause: The Musical, now playing at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Tickets start at $46; find out more by visiting

Sunday, Dec. 31

ABBA fans, rejoice: ABBAFab brings the iconic Swedish group’s songs life at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. The show includes a dinner, and participants are encouraged to dress up in 1970s disco attire. For ticket prices or other details, check out

Diverse rock band Banana Gun will ring in the new year at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Special guests are WYVES and Ghetto Cowgirl, a Tempe band. Admission is $10 and the show starts at 8 p.m. For more info, visit

Veteran Phoenix blues rockers Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns will play as part of a New Year’s Eve party starting at 9 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The $15 event includes party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Get more details at

Wednesday, Jan. 3

He’s “on the road again.” Willie Nelson & Family will play The Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. Lukas Nelson is the special guest. Tickets start at $72; showtime is at 8 p.m. For more details, visit

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