Celebrate This Christmas
With Humor, Music
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Dec. 20, 2018 — With less than a week until Christmas, most are busy planning the big dinner, hunting down last-minute gifts, decorating a tree, sending cards or maybe unpacking that cheesy holiday sweater.
There are other ways to mark the Winter Solstice and the 25th that require no frantic mall trips or embarrassing outfits. One is happening Thursday (Dec. 20), Friday (Dec. 21) and Saturday (Dec. 22): The I’ll Be Home for Christmas Comedy Shows at the National Comedy Theater, 214 W. Main St. in Phoenix. The 7:30 p.m. show is considered “nice” (or family friendly), while the 9:45 p.m. performance is “naughty.” Admission ranges from $8 to $14. For more details, go to http://nctphoenix.com/special-events/
Vocal group The Good Feelz will perform Under The Mizzletoe at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at The Phoenix Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave. For more details, visit
KJZZ radio personality and songstress Blaise Lantana will perform holiday favorites at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, at The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Admission ranges from $10 to $20; find more details at https://thenash.org/event/kjzz-holiday-show-with-blaise-lantana-friends/
Seasonal festivities continue with the ever-popular Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Arizona State University Gammage. Now in their 40th year, Mannheim Steamroller will performing holiday favorites in a multimedia show. Tickets are $125. For more info, visit
The Tempe Symphony Orchestra will perform a winter concert at 7:30 p.m., also on Thursday, Dec. 27, at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. Featured will be works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Felix Mendelssohn. For ticket prices, call 480-350-2833 or visit https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com/events/tempe-symphony-orchestra
Desert Caballeros Western Museum is featuring acclaimed artist John Coleman’s Bronze and Beyond through March 10 at the museum, 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg. To learn more, check out https://westernmuseum.org/exhibition/john-coleman-bronze-and-beyond/
Until Feb. 3
Lights of the World is being held at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1825 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. One of North America’s largest light shows also features over 20 carnival rides, acrobatic shows, food options, games and crafts. Admission is $19.99 for seniors, $24.99 for general or free for those 3 and under. Buy tickets or get more details at https://phoenix.lightsoftheworldus.com/
Until Jan 20
My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy, a one-man show created by Steve Solomon, will run through Jan. 20 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Admission starts at $54; for showtimes, to buy tickets or other details, go to https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/my-mothers-italian-my-fathers-jewish-and-im-in-therapy/
Friday, Dec. 21
A reception for Tucson-born artist Patrice Bass’ It’s A New Season will be held at 6 p.m. at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St. For more information visit https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/gallery-december18-tf/
Saturday, Dec. 22
The Nash Vocal Ensemble will perform holiday songs and much more at 7:30 p.m. at The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Admission varies from $8 to $25. Learn more at https://thenash.org/event/the-nash-vocal-ensemble/
Sunday, Dec. 23
Virtuoso guitarist Esteban, who trained with the legendary Andres Segovia, will play at The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. Admission is between $38.50 and $53.50. For further details, check out http://mim.org/events/esteban-dec-23-2018/2018-12-23/
Saturday, Dec. 29
Rock/funk band Banana Gun is headlining a show at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Opening acts are Cory Gloden and Treasurefruit. The show starts at 9 p.m.; admission is $10. To learn more, visit https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1797487-banana-gun-phoenix/
Wednesday, Jan. 2
The Second City is bringing the modern dating-themed It’s Not You, It’s Me to the Phoenix Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave. The show will run through Jan. 20; for showtimes, ticket prices or other details, check out http://www.phoenixtheatre.com/secondcity
Friday, Jan. 4
Polyphemus, play by Alex Tuchi, will be staged today and Jan. 5 at the Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St. in Scottsdale. Admission is $5; check out https://greasepaint.org/product/shows/polyphemus/ to learn more about the play or for other information.
Saturday, Jan. 5
Entertaining audiences for 61 years, Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man is being staged through Jan. 27 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E Monroe St., Phoenix. Admission starts at $45; for showtimes or other info, visit https://arizonatheatre.org/show/the-music-man/
The Phoenix Symphony is presenting A Mozart Celebration today and Jan. 6 in Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. For showtimes or admission, visit https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11151
Sunday, Jan. 6
The Phoenix Art Museum is screening The National Theatre’s The Madness of George III at 1 p.m. at the museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Admission is $15 or $18; visit http://www.phxart.org/event/d429ef23-dcc8-47a6-0166-38291ce21358 for more details.
MusicaNova Orchestra is presenting The Mystical Muse at 2 p.m. at The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. They’ll perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edmund Rubbra, César Franck and Akshaya Avril Tucker. Check out http://www.mim.org/events/musicanova-orchestra-the-mystical-muse-cycles-of-inspiration-and-hope/ for ticket prices or other details.
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