Boldly Go This Summer
To See William Shatner
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
June 21, 2018 — He’s been part of our pop culture consciousness for over 50 years: William Shatner got his start in Canadian theater in the early 1950s, which led to playing Ranger Bob on The Canadian Howdy Doody Show.
In the early 1960s, Shatner earned more prominent roles on American TV shows including two memorable Twilight Zone episodes. In 1966, Shatner began his run as Captain James T. Kirk on one of the most influential TV shows of all time, Star Trek.
After that show ended, Shatner’s career declined, and he found himself starring in B-movies like Big Bad Momma and appearing on game shows.
But as Star Trek’s cult status grew, Shatner attended conventions devoted to the show — something at the time that seemed a bit cheesy, but was actually a savvy career move.
He and his USS Enterprise crew were on the big screen again in 1979 in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. That film wasn’t a huge hit, but it spawned a 1982 blockbuster Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, followed by numerous popular sequels. Shatner struck TV gold in 1982 with T.J. Hooker, which ran for five seasons.
Since then, Shatner has won two Emmys for his role on The Practice, appeared in dozens of hit films, written numerous books, directed films, recorded albums, hosted a talk show and is now considered an entertainment Renaissance man. His talent and popularity have endured in part because one gets the sense that he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Phoenix fans of this versatile performer can see him in William Shatner Live, starting at 7 p.m., June 23 at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. He’ll follow a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. Admission starts at $64. For more details, “beam up” to https://www.luckymanonline.com/event/8292235/william-shatner-live-plus-a-screening-of-star-trek-ii-the-wrath-of-khan/
Thursday, June 21
Popular rock/reggae band Slightly Stoopid will perform at 5:30 p.m. at the Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. The group will release a new album, Everyday Life, Everyday People, on July 13. Admission is $35; to learn more, check out https://mesaamp.com/Online/default.asp
Friday, June 22
Von Teese and the Copper Coupe Burlesque, featuring Dita Von Teese, will perform at 8:30 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. The show is open to those 18 and older. Admission starts $39. For more details, go to http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=1900544EAA9824F0&offerid=77859
Sunday, June 24
Frederico Fellini’s City Of Women, a 1980 comedy-fantasy, will be screened at 2 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Tickets are free with general admission. To learn more, visit http://www.phxart.org/event/2c1229ed-3560-fe92-f8e8-782fcfd9c246
Thursday, June 28
The popular a cappella group Take 6 will perform at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets are $33.50 and $48.50. For more details about Take 6, check out https://mim.org/events/take-6/2018-06-28/
Friday, June 29
Cheer-mania continues with Bring It On - The Musical, being presented through July 29 at Desert Stages Theater, 7014 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale. For ticket prices, showtimes or other details, check out http://www.desertstages.org/bring-it-on-the-musical/
Magician, improv artist and actor Michael Carbonaro will perform at 8 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort Showroom. Tickets start at $35. Talking Stick is located at 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. For more details, check out https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/the-showroom/michael-carbonaro/
Saturday, June 30
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s groundbreaking album, Dark Side of The Moon. The venerated band may not play live much anymore, but tribute bands are around: Brit Floyd, described as the “world’s greatest Pink Floyd show,” will perform at 8 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Ave. Tickets start at $39. To learn more, visit http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=1900544FAB292BA1&offerid=77854
Sunday, July 1
The California-based Laurie Morvan Band, who specialize in blues rock, will perform at 6 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is $10. For more details, go to http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1704105-laurie-morvan-band-phoenix/
Wednesday, July 4
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Saturday, July 6
The most magical nanny of all time is back: Disney’s Mary Poppins will be performed on stage through July 22 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Showtimes vary; ticket prices ranges from $44 to $73. To learn more, visit https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/disneys-mary-poppins/
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