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Unlimited Arts Oct. 12 To 26: Acclaimed Theater Show About Simon & Garfunkel Comes to Orpheum, Plus Hip-Hop Orchestra at Tempe Center for the Arts And A Screening Of Frankenstein With A New Score


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 12, 2018 —  “Hello darkness my old friend …” Those lyrics might apply to today’s unsettling political landscape, but they were written over 50 years ago for “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel.

In the early 1950s, Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon met in a Queens, New York elementary school. Both could carry a tune and began writing songs as Tom & Jerry. Their first album released in 1963 didn’t do well. Two years later, they hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart with “The Sound of Silence.”

Other hits followed, including “Mrs. Robinson” from the 1967 classic film The Graduate. The two often quarreled and in 1970 parted ways after Bridge Over Troubled Water, which became one of the world’s biggest-selling albums.

Simon & Garfunkel won 10 Grammy awards and went on to sell 100 million albums. After the break-up, Simon went on to a highly successful career, most notably with the 1986 album Graceland.

Garfunkel acted in films and continued singing. The two even reunited once or twice, and are now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Decades later, their haunting folk style continues to influence artists.

Arizona fans can enjoy  The Simon and Garfunkel Story,  an acclaimed, concert-style theater show this Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. in Phoenix. Along with all the hits, the show features state-of-art video displays and a live band. Ticket prices start at $47; the show commences at 8 p.m. For more info, visit

Oct. 12 to Nov. 10

The Tony award-winning musical Titanic will be on stage through Nov. 10 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. For showtimes or tickets, visit

Inspired by civil rights pioneers like the Little Rock Nine, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical will run through Oct. 28 at Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St. in Phoenix.  For showtimes, ticket prices or other information, call (602) 253-8188 or go to

Saturday, Oct. 13

Kokomo, a Santana tribute band,  will perform starting at 6 p.m. at Baker Performing Arts, 2035 S. Alma School Road in Mesa. Tickets are free online or $5 at the door. To learn more, check out

The play Barber Shop Chronicles will be staged at 7 p.m. at the Arizona State University Gammage.  Admission ranges from $20 to $60. For more info, visit

Sunday, Oct. 14

The Price Of Everything, a film about marketing in the contemporary art world, will be screened at 5 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. The film features numerous prominent art figures including Mary Boone and Jeff Koons. Admission is $5 for museum members or $10 (general). For other details, check out

Monday, Oct. 15

Graham Nash, formerly of Crosby Stills and Nash (and sometimes Young) as well as the Hollies, will bring an intimate evening of songs and discussion to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second St., Scottsdale, beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Oct. 18 to 21

Just in time for the spooky season (hint: Halloween) there is a four-day celebration at the Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, called a Haunting We Will Go. Also featuring a performance of The Return of Dracula. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 to 20 and an afternoon matinee Sunday, Oct. 21. Also, on Oct. 20 there will be a special costume party beginning on the patio at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. For more information, visit

Oct. 19 to 21

The Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will be screened Oct. 10 to 21 with live accompaniment by the Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Showtimes and prices vary. For more information, visit

Oct. 19 to Nov. 18

As part of a special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, The Bad Seed will be presented Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 19 to Nov. 18 at the Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd, Scottsdale. Start times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. By Maxwell Anderson from William March’s novel, The Bad Seed tells the story of the Penmark family and specifically Little Rhoda Penmark, the “evil queen” of the story. For more information, visit

Saturday, Oct. 20

The ASU Chamber Orchestra will present HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!!, featuring a fantastical protagonist and an ensemble that blurs the lines between classical and popular music at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, at 7:30 p.m. The second half of the concert will present the 1931 black and white film Frankenstein with Michael Shapiro’s film score, written in 2001, performed live. The original did not have music during the film, only during the intro and outro since the sound technology in film was in its infancy. Guests are invited to arrive an hour before each concert to participate in Frankenstein-related activities and explore the many facets of the Frankenstein story through innovative projects and perspectives from across the disciplines. For more information, visit

Bringing together classical music and modern hip-hop is Mik Nawooj, led by composer/pianist, JooWan Kim, which has been labelled a hip-hop orchestra and will perform at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, at 7:30 p.m. The approach is executed with MCs/lyricists Do D.A.T. and Sandman, a lyric soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, drums and bass. For more information visit,

Sunday, Oct. 21

Taught by Albert Collins but dedicated to infusing his own sounds, Coco Montoya will make an appearance at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Let the blues heal you.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Troye Sivan and Kim Petras, one of the newest pop-boys and one of the newest pop-girls, will hit Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, at 7:30 p.m. Sivan is known for his artistic takes on pop and Petras for working with and supporting Dr. Luke and nearly being removed from Sivan’s tour for it. Regardless, the youngins’ will dig it.

Oct. 25 to 28

A classic tale, The Sleeping Beauty will be presented by Ballet Arizona at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Tickets and showtimes vary. For more information, visit

Oct. 26 to Nov. 11

Single Black Female, a show of rapid-fire comic vignettes, explores the lives of two African-American middle-class women in urban America. As a well-respected English literature professor and as a powerful corporate attorney, they keep each other balanced as they face their fears of rejection and their hopes for romance-which may be found closer than they ever imagined. Prices and showtimes vary. For more information, visit

The Grotto Gallery, 132 E. Sixth Street, Tempe, will present “Paint & Wine: Fall Colors” from 6 to 8 p.m., hosted by instructor Arti Jain. The event will allow new artists hand-on training at painting fall trees (at least those in Northern Arizona or elsewhere). Tickets are $35 an includes art supplies and the wine. Registration is required by Oct. 24. For more information, visit

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