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The Unlimited Arts Calendar is published biweekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Unlimited Arts May 10 To 23: Along with Mother’s Day Festivities, There Are Musicals, Art Displays, A Ballet In The Desert And Rocking Bands  


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 9, 2018 — It’s madre in Spanish, mère in French, mutter in German and muqin in Chinese. But no matter the language, the word “mother” is a powerful one with tremendous symbolism.

Long the crucial second half of the family unit, mothers have evolved from nurturers solely focused on children and households to breadwinners who run businesses and make major political decisions — while still taking care of their children.

In 1908, U.S. social activist Anna Jarvis founded Mother’s Day (always on a Sunday). Former President Woodrow Wilson signed an official proclamation in 1914).

Other countries celebrate their own version of Mother’s Day, albeit on different dates. While some may grumble the day is too commercial, millions of Americans buy flowers, candy or other special gifts to honor the woman who not only brought them into the world, but given them so much.  Restaurants everywhere will be busy, too.

Those in the Phoenix area looking for an offbeat way to celebrate mom can take her to Mama Rama, the National Comedy Theatre’s salute to mothers, will run May 11 and 12 at the theater, 1111 S. Longmire in Mesa. For showtimes, admission or other info, check out

On May 12 and 13, The Phoenix Art Museum will treat moms and their families with activities, scavenger hunts, live performances, story time, free tours and other events. General admission is free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. May 13 is also the last day to see the exhibition Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. There will also be a special Mother's Day brunch at Palette, the museum restaurant. The museum is located at 1625 N. Central Ave. To learn more, visit

Thursday, May 10

Rockabilly band Voodoo Swing will play the Rhythm Room, 1019 Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission to this 8 p.m. show is free. Get more details by checking out

If the two greatest rock bands to ever exist are in a room together, there’s bound to be fireworks. Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Showdown feature tribute bands — Abbey Road and Satisfaction — recreating the legendary artists’ hits. Admission is $35 or $55; learn more at

Friday, May 11

Grotto Gallery is hosting a “meet the artists” night for the Hope Springs Eternal from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 132 E. Sixth St., Tempe. Artwork will include ceramic sculpture, oil and pastel, mixed media interactive works, turned wood, exceptional jewelry and handmade glass. For more details, call 480-442-2349 or visit

May 15 to June 2

Ballet Arizona is presenting Eroica - An Evening At The Garden at 8 p.m. through June 2 at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. The production will feature Beethoven’s Third Symphony and costumes by acclaimed designer Fabio Toblini. For more details or ticket prices, go to

Beloved for decades, the musical Les Misérables — based on the 1862 Victor Hugo novel — will be at the Arizona State University Gammage through May 20. Showtimes and ticket prices vary; for those and other details, check out

Wednesday, May 16

Audrey the murderous plant is back, in the musical smash Little Shop of Horrors running through June 10 at the Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road. For ticket prices or other info, check out

Thursday, May 17

Her powerful, heartbreaking story — one of many that came out of the Holocaust — is known throughout the world. The Arizona Theatre Company is presenting The Diary of Anne Frank through June 3 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $41, and showtimes vary. To learn more, go to

Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate is a drag-infused satire and comedy featuring Roy Haylock, Rachel Dratch, Janeane Garofalo and Wanda Sykes (among a notable cast). The film will be screened at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Admission is $14; find out by more by visiting

Friday, May 18

He’s the older brother of the late and venerated Stevie Ray, but Jimmie Vaughan is a noted guitarist in his own right who found success in the 1980s with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. He’ll play at 8 p.m. in the Talking Stick Resort’s Showroom. Tickets range from $20 to $30. For more details, visit

Sunday, May 20

Named for its highly acclaimed and Grammy-winning guitarist, the Bill Frisell Trio will perform starting at 7 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $38.50. Find out more by visiting

Wednesday, May 23

Rockabilly band The Cadillac Angels will play at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The show starts at 8 p.m. For the further details, check out

May 26 and 27

Dancing Through Neverland, presented by Phoenix Dance Academy, will be presented at 6 p.m. May 26 and 27 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Admission is $15 for children and students, and $26 for adults. To learn more,

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