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Unlimited Arts Oct. 25 To Nov. 7: Spook-Tacular Choices Abound, From A Vampire Movie To Creepy Dance And There’s Also Dia de los Muertos

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 25, 2018 — Next Wednesday is Halloween, which ranks second behind Christmas in terms of popularity. According to the National Retail Foundation, Americans will spend $9 billion this year on everything from house decorations to costumes (never mind the candy).

Phoenix-area denizens seeking thrills and chills have more than a few options, including the 2014 cult film “What We Do In The Shadows, being screened Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Monarch Theatre, 122 E. Washington St., Phoenix.

Directed and written by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, the mockumentary takes place in New Zealand, where vampires “squabble over housework, dirty dishes and avoiding main arteries so the couch doesn’t get soaked with blood,” according to one description. The screening will start at 3:45 p.m. and includes a costume contest. Because alcohol will be served, only those 21 and older may attend. Admission ranges from $7 to $10. To learn more, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phx-film-collective-presents-what-we-do-in-the-shadows-tickets-51220377528?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

CaZo Dance will present Asylum: Serial Killers from Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St. Set in 1969, the dance focuses on survivors of a mass-murder at an asylum who invite those with penchant for murder to take up residence. Even stranger things happen when a teenage girl shows up. Tickets range from $20 to $45 (the latter includes a goodie bag, preferred seating and a raffle ticket). For showtimes or other info, check out https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/cazo-asylum-oct-2018/

Dia de los Muertos — or “day of the dead” in Spanish — is a Mexican tradition which has steadily gained popularity in the United States, and Arizona is no exception. The Mesa Arts Center hold a Dia de los Muertos festival Oct. 27 and 28. There will be crafted altars, food, artist demos, live music, cultural performances, family activities and a marketplace. For more details about this free event, visit https://www.mesaartscenter.com/diadelosmuertos

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 https://balletaz.org/performance/the-sleeping-beauty-2018/



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 http://blacktheatretroupe.org/single-black-female/

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 https://tockify.com/aac.events/detail/72/1540602000000?mc_cid=01df2bfbb1&mc_eid=eba8c00372

Saturday, Oct. 27

The Girl Who Swallowed A Cactus, a play by Eric Coble, will run through Nov. 18 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. This child-friendly play centers around a girl named Sheila, her friends and a talking coyote. Admission ranges from $12 through $30. For showtimes or other details, visit https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/the-girl-who-swallowed-a-cactus/

Sunday, Oct. 28

The The MusicNova Orchestra will perform 1918: Am Armistice Without The Peace at 2 p.m. at The Museum Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Music will include the word of Claude Debussy, Sergei Prokofiev and other noted composers. Tickets are $36.50 and $40.50; call (480) 750-9466 or go to http://www.musicanovaaz.com/event/orchestra-concert-1918-an-armistice-without-a-peace/

Monday, Oct. 29

Ultimate Chicago will perform at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Kenny Cetera, brother of Chicago lead singer Peter Cetera, will play with a seven-piece horn ensemble and focus on the band’s music from 1968 through ‘85. For more details (including showtime and ticket prices), go to https://azbroadway.org/event/chicago-2/

Thursday, Nov. 1

California-based comedian and storyteller Amir K will perform through Nov. 4 at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, 5350 E. High St., Phoenix. For admission prices and showtimes, check out  https://az.houseofcomedy.net/attraction/amir-k/

Friday, Nov. 2

The Phoenix Symphony will perform Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations in Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. today and Nov. 3. To learn more, visit https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11143

Nov. 2 to 11

The highly anticipated Alfonso Cuaron film Roma will open the Scottsdale International Film Festival, a five-day event, taking place at the Scottsdale Center for The Performing Arts. For ticket prices and other details, visit https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/scottsdale-international-film-festival-opening-night/ or https://www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com/

Saturday, Nov. 3

The opening of Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths will open at The Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Ave. The exhibition will enlighten visitors to recurring themes in Kjartansson’s work such as Nordic identity, melancholia, repetition, and popular culture. Admission varies; to learn more, go to http://www.phxart.org/event/e6c54d8c-c79e-1cd1-e769-139d4655b5dd

Sunday, Nov. 4

Eclectic band Donna the Buffalo will perform at 7 p.m. at The Museum Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission ranges from $33.50 to $45.50. For more details, visit https://mim.org/events/donna-the-buffalo-nov-4-2018/



Wednesday, Nov. 7

Veteran rocker Peter Case — who first gained notoriety with ‘80s band The Plimsouls — will play The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road. Hans Olson is the opening act; the show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $15. For more details, visit https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1733104-peter-case-phoenix/

Friday, Nov. 9

Since their debut album in 2013, Twenty One Pilots has been taking the music world by storm with hits like Ride. Now in support of their new album Trench, the Grammy-winning duo will play Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Showtime is at 7 p.m. For ticket prices or more info, visit http://www.talkingstickresortarena.com/events/detail/twenty-one-pilots

Saturday, Nov. 10

The Arizona Humane Society Benefit Show will take place at 7 p.m. at Pub Rock Live, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Five Arizona bands, including After The Calm and Fairy Bones, will perform. Tickets are $10; the show is open to ages 16 and up. For more information, check out https://www.pubrocklive.com/event/1764697-arizona-humane-society-benefit-scottsdale/

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