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Unlimited Arts July 18 To Aug. 1: Summertime Brings The Musical Heat, With American Idol, Garage Rock, Singing Nuns And Rocky Horror


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

July 18, 2018 — In June 2002, American Idol debuted on the Fox network. A then-novel idea for entertainment television, it featured hopeful singers from across the United States who performed in front a panel of judges, all of whom were pop/rock music world.

Viewers would call in every week and vote for their favorite. As time went on, less-popular contestants would be eliminated. (The show was based on the British Pop Idol, which ran for two years.)

Along with talent, the American show featured brutally honest judges -- like Simon Cowell -- and plenty of drama.

At the time, the media breathlessly covered who was moving on to the finals, what they wore, and pressing issues such as judge Paula Abdul’s clapping style. In fairness, many of the contestants could truly sing; the first winner, Kelly Clarkson, was one prime example.

Clarkson has gone onto major fame, as has Carrie Underwood (the 2004 winner). Other winners, like Ruben Studdard, haven’t experienced the same career longevity.

More than a few contestants who didn’t win have also hit the big time including Jennifer Hudson (a 2006 Academy Award winner), Chris Daughtry, Katharine McPhee, Fantasia, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Jordin Sparks.

Although the show’s popularity has sputtered over the years, American Idol ran on ABC for a 16th season this past March.

Arizona fans can check out American Idol Live at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24 at the Mesa Arts Center. The show will feature this year’s contestants. Season 8 winner, Kris Allen, will host. Tickets start at $30; the center is located at One E. Main St. For more details, visit

Wednesday, July 18

The 2015 film Manifesto, starring Cate Blanchett, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Directed by visual artist Julian Rosefeldt, Manifestofeatures Blanchett in 13 vignettes incorporating manifestos from 20th century art movements. For admission or other details, go to

Friday, July 20

They’ve been entertainment mainstays for a half-century, and now Donny & Marie Osmond will perform at 8 p.m. in the Talking Stick Resort’s Salt River Grand Ballroom. They’ll perform hits such as Puppy Love and Paper Roses. Tickets start at $55; for more details, visit

Thursday, July 26

Based on the 1992 movie hit with Whoopi Goldberg, the musical Sister Act will run through Aug. 24 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Call the ABT box office at 623-776-8400 for ticket information. For showtimes or other info, check out

Based in Phoenix and Los Angeles, garage-psych-rock band The Darts will perform at The Crescent Ballroom, 12 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Other bands on the roster, as part of a garage-rock showcase, are Bee Bee Sea, The Atom Age and Mean Motor Scooter. Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. For other details, go to

Spanish indie-rockers Mourn will play Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The band’s latest album is Sopressa Familia. Chastity and Tripaw’d are the opening acts. at 8 p.m. Admission starts at $12; for more details, check out

Saturday, July 28

Jazz fusion legend and drummer Billy Cobham will perform during The Art of Three in Conversation and Song at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Cobham will be joined by bassist Kenny Barron and pianist Ron Carter (both of whom are highly regarded). The event will celebrate Cobham’s 1974 classic Crosswinds. Admission is $50. For more information, check out

Friday, Aug. 3

Ready to “do the time warp again?” It’s possible during The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which runs through Aug. 11 at the Greasepaint, 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. Scottsdale Community Players is presenting their version of this beloved cult musical. Admission starts at $20. For showtimes or other details, visit

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