Get Ready To Open
Your Ears To New Music
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Jan 31, 2019 — The Phoenix metro area is hardly lacking when it comes to big music festivals, be it country or EDM. Those seeking something a little more off the beaten path may take advantage of the sixth annual Oh My Ears New Music Festival, happening Jan. 31 through Feb. 3 in venues around Phoenix.
Its organizers describe Oh My Ears as, “four days of hand-picked emerging ensembles, composers and performers of new music from around the country,” and that this festival will offer “music that expands and stretches the very definition of music.”
This year’s event will feature works by guest composer Sarah Gibson, performed by Departure Duo, the OME House Band, and Gibson’s own award-winning piano duo, HOCKET. A pianist whose work has garnered numerous awards, Gibson has received commissions from Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Summer Music Festival and School, and L.A. Signal Lab.
Admission fees (along with one-day passes) and performance times vary. For a full line up, ticket prices, venue locations and and relevant info, visit https://ohmyears.com/
Thursday, Jan. 31
Sublime tribute band Badfish is bringing the Stand By Your Van tour to the Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Local band Fayuca is the opening act. The show starts at 8 p.m., and admission ranges between $18 and $20. Visit https://www.thevanburenphx.com/events/8642585/badfish-a-tribute-to-sublime-stand-by-your-van-tour/ for more details.
Jan. 31 to Feb. 17
Aladdin, the musical version of Disney’s 1992 hit animated film, will run through Feb. 17 at the Arizona State University Gammage. Showtimes and ticket prices vary; to learn more, check out
Friday, Feb. 1
All Puppet Players are staging Waiting for Henson, running through Feb. 23 at Playhouse On The Park, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Described as “the play Beckett might've written had he taken a wrong turn onto ‘Sesame Street,’” the show is recommended for adult audiences. Admission starts at $26. For more details, check out http://www.allpuppetplayers.com/
The Phoenix Blues Women Showcase is taking place at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Hosted by Bill Tarsha and The Rocket 88s, the showcase will feature Susie Tarsha, Lila Sherman, Blaise Lantana and other noted performers. Admission is $10; learn more at https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1804913-phoenix-blues-woman-showcase-phoenix/
Saturday, Feb. 2
Legendary U.K. rock/jazz band Soft Machine will perform at at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Levin Brothers will serve as the opening act. Tickets start at $40; to purchase one or learn more, check out https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/soft-machine-and-the-levin-brothers/
The Phoenix Symphony and violinist Jennifer Koh will perform works from Beethoven and Haydn 7:30 p.m. today and Sunday (Feb. 2) in Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. For ticket prices or other details, visit https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11157
“King of Rant” Lewis Black is bringing his Joke’s On Us comedy tour to the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. The show starts at 8 p.m. Visit http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=1900554FDBD4430E&offerid=94641 for ticket prices or other details.
Monday, Feb. 4
Villalobos Brothers and Flor de Toloache will perform at 7 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. The Villalobos Brothers are considered one of the leading contemporary Mexican ensembles, while Grammy-nominated Flor de Toloache are an all-female Mariachi band. Tickets range between $38.50 to $48.50. For more details, check out http://mim.org/events/villalobos-brothers-and-flor-de-toloache/
Wednesday, Feb. 6
A poetry reading by Nikki Finney, a National Book Award winner, will take place at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required. To learn more about Finney or RSVP, go to http://www.phxart.org/event/fefa1fb2-8bf3-4bc0-d1ff-2788395c42dc
The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will screen a documentary on Cuba at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. The screening is free with an RSVP, and also features a Q&A with filmmaker Katrina Browne. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. For further details, check out https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/scftaevent-feb19/ or call the box office at 480-499-8587.
The ASU Faculty Showcase will take place at 7:30 p.m. at The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix. Members of the Arizona State University Jazz Studies faculty will perform original compositions and jazz classics. General admission is $15 or $5 for students. Learn more at https://thenash.org/event/asu-faculty-showcase/
Noted blues musician Anthony Gomes will bring his Peace, Love & Loud Guitars tour to The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is $10 or $12; the show will start at 8 p.m. Visit https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1701390-anthony-gomes-phoenix/ for more info or to buy tickets.
Thursday, Feb. 7
A performance of Kodo will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Admission starts at $31; to buy tickets or learn more, check out https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/kodo
Feb. 8 to April 21
The 40th annual Contemporary Crafts will run through April at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., with opening reception planned for 7 p.m. Feb. 8. Artists will be attendance; there will also be light refreshments and music by the Dusty Ramblers Project. For more details, go to https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/museum/art/exhibits/40th-annual-contemporary-crafts
Feb. 8 to 22
The Princess and the Pea will run through Feb. 22 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Visit https://azbroadway.org/event/the-princess-and-the-pea/ for showtimes or ticket prices.
Friday, Feb. 8
The dance troupe Bodytraffic will perform at 8 p.m. at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Tickets start at $35. For more info, check out https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/bodytraffic/
Savor the Symphony Women’s Luncheon, with special guest Matt Doyle, will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Symphony, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. For more information, go to https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11461
Saturday, Feb. 9
Phoenix-based Soul Power Band will perform at 9 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road. Admission is $10. For more details, go to https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1802823-soul-power-band-prime-time-phoenix/
Comedian Jim Jefferies will perform at 8 p.m. as part of his Night Talker Tour at The Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Admission is $49.50 or $59.50. Go to https://celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1982 for more details.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
After 50-plus years, legendary rock band Chicago is going strong and is playing The Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Ticket prices start at $67; show time is 7:30 p.m. For more info, check out https://celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1981
“Becoming: An Intimate Conversation Michelle Obama,” featuring the former first lady and author, will take place at 8 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Ticket prices start in the $1,000 range (a percentage goes to charity). To learn more, visit http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=190055892AB2448D&offerid=0
Noted pianist Jeffrey Siegel will perform Romantic-era compositions by Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann at 7:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Admission starts at $29. For more information, go to https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/the-romantic-connection-chopin-schumann-and-liszt/
Feb. 14 to March 3
August Wilson’s play Two Trains Running will be held through early March at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For showtimes or ticket prices, visit https://arizonatheatre.org/show/two-trains-running/
Feb. 14 to 17
Ballet Arizona will perform The Firebird and La Sylphide at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. The Phoenix Symphony will provide the music. For showtimes and ticket prices, visit https://balletaz.org/performance/firebird-2019/
Now through Feb. 21
The Arizona Bach Festival brings internationally renowned artists to perform Johann Sebastian Bach's great masterpieces in venues across the Valley from Jan. 13 to Feb. 21. Led by Music Director Scott Youngs, musicians featured in the 2019 Festival include two celebrated Arizona State University professors, violinist Katherine McLin and oboist Martin Schuring, joined by violinist Stephen Redfield from the faculty of University of Southern Mississippi. Events will be held throughout the state. Tickets start at $21. For more information, visit arizonabachfestival.org
Now through March 3
The Black Theatre Troupe is presenting And In This Corner: Cassius Clay at its venue, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $25; showtimes vary. For more details, go to http://new-wp.blacktheatretroupe.org/cassius-clay/
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