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Unlimited Arts Jan. 18 To 31: Eclectic Composers, Dance Music And Broadway Sensation Hamilton Are All Happening This Month


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 18, 2018 — The mission of Oh My Ears, according to those organizing it, is to “foster the creation and sharing of new music by connecting emerging composers, ensembles and musicians with each other and the greater Phoenix community.”

This year’s festival will be held Jan. 25 through 28 in downtown Phoenix locations or as a Facebook event. A wide variety of musical styles will be presented.

Artists participating include Elizabeth A. Baker, Black Air, Kin of the Moon, Emmidio Vasquez, Kristilyn Woods, Jessica Tsang and others.

OME is a new music organization that grew from the annual Marathon Concert that began in 2014. Founder Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer started this concert to connect local music artists and composers with the broader Phoenix community.

For a complete line-up, ticket prices or other details, visit

OME won’t be the only festival happening in Phoenix in late January: Gem & Jam will also take place Jan. 25 through 28 at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road in Tucson.

The four-day electronic music and camping festival will offer fan favorites like Big Wild, Papadosio, Sunsquabi, Head for the Hills, Earthcry (of Papadosio); Dynohunter, Templo and Lapa (of Emancipator).  Along with unique stage designs, there will be artist galleries, live paintings, experiential installations, daytime workshops, gem and mineral vendors, and more. Admission is $100 and does not include camping options. For more info, check out

Friday, Jan. 19

From Mickey Mouse to Elsa from Frozen, beloved Disney characters will be front and center for Disney On Ice, running through the 21st at the Talking Stick Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. For ticket prices or other info, visit

Fresh off the release of their fourth studio album and second PBS Special, Under One Sky, Canadian trio The Tenors will perform through Jan. 21 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $25; for more details, check out

Agatha Christie’s Verdict isn’t a whodunnit: Instead, it deals with a brilliant professor who, with his wife and her cousin, have fled persecution in their homeland to find themselves ensconced in London, and the psychological drama that unfolds. This play will run through March 4 at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. Showtimes vary; ticket prices start at $17. To learn more, go to

Saturday, Jan. 20

Kristina Wong: The Wong Street Journal will be presented at 7 p.m. at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. In her production, Wong — a writer and actor — tells the story of how she, as a “not-so-white savior,” became a hip-hop star in Northern Uganda. For ticket info, go to

Missouri bluegrass band The HillBenders will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. For ticket prices or other info, visit

Sunday, Jan. 21

The true-crime podcast My Favorite Murder Live will be performed at 7 p.m. at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $29.50; for more details, check out

Tuesday, Jan. 23

Jersey Boys, based on famed pop hitmakers The Four Seasons, will be staged through Jan. 28 at the Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams, Phoenix. Showtimes and ticket prices vary; learn more at

Wednesday, Jan. 24

Written by Tony winner Terrence McNally, It’s Only A Play — a comedic take on the opening night of a play — will be presented through Feb. 11 at Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road in Phoenix. Showtimes are 2:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. For ticket information, visit

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, will screen the San Francisco Opera’s version of Othello at 7 p.m. Admission is $14. For more information, go to

Thursday, Jan. 25

Anyone who grew up in the 1970s remembers those Saturday afternoon School House Rock cartoons, which educated them on everything from conjunctions to the U.S. Constitution. Forty-plus years later, the iconic series will be live on stage through Jan. 28 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Admission is $13.20. For showtimes or to buy tickets, check out

Louisiana band Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble will perform at 7 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is $12; learn more about Taylor and his band at

Sunday, Jan. 28

A talent fest with a classical twist: The Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Winter Concert will be held at 2 p.m. at Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission is $23.50. Learn more by visiting

The National Theatre’s production of Amadeus will be simulcast at 2 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Tickets are $15 for members, and $18 for non-members. Get more info by visiting

Tuesday, Jan. 30

One of the biggest Broadway hits and pop culture phenomenons in recent history is coming to Phoenix: Hamilton will be performed through Feb. 25 at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Based on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the Tony-winning music features hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap and rhythm and blues. For more information or to buy tickets, go to

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