Phoenix Film Festival
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
April 11, 2019 — Almost 20 years ago, independent filmmakers Golan Ramras and Chris LaMont started the the Phoenix Film Festival, with help from Greg Hall and Slobodan Popovic.
As part of a non-profit foundation, the festival is well-attended; in 2013 it had 23,000 attendees.
Organizers describe the festival as, “a sibling of the Phoenix Film Society, International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival, and Peoria Film Fest.”
The festival has hosted A-list actors such as Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Laurence Fishburne, Tom Arnold and Danny Trejo, along with filmmakers Don Roos and Ken Kwapis.
The festival has premiered numerous films, including Happy Endings, Mad Hot Ballroom and Loverboy.
This year’s festival kicked off April 4 -- but there’s are still a few days left to check it out and see some interesting entries before April 14. Some upcoming selections include:
- Geek And Your Shall Find, featuring interviews with creators including Stan Lee and George R.R. Martin, as well as fans who have been impacted by their work.
- To Tokyo, a drama about “a vulnerable girl hiding from her monstrous stepfather, finds herself in the arms of a real monster,” with just four days to battle both.
- Native American Shorts, a compilation of films.
- Southern Pride, the story of two small towns in Mississippi planning their inaugural Gay Pride in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
- The Invisible Man, featuring Claude Rains in the suspenseful 1933 classic.
A single ticket is $15; there are also “golden tickets” and flex options. For the full schedule and other important info, visit http://www.phoenixfilmfestival.com/
Thursday, April 11
Rock band Cadillac Angels are performing at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Now featuring Terry Lawless (keyboardist for U2), the band will take the stage at 8 p.m. Admission is $8; learn more at https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1840468-cadillac-angels-phoenix/
Thurs. to Sun., April 11 to 14
Some of country music’s biggest stars will be at Country Thunder, happening through Sunday in Florence. The line-up includes Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldredge, Tim McGraw and Chris Stapleton. There will be food and retail vendors. For the complete line-up, ticket prices or other details, check out https://www.countrythunder.com/az
Friday, April 12 to April 28
The Black Theatre Troupe is presenting Simply Simone, a look a iconic singer Nina Simone through April 28 at the theater, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets for this musical production are $38; showtimes are either 2:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. For more info, go to http://new-wp.blacktheatretroupe.org/simply-simone/
Friday, April 12
The Phoenix Symphony will perform Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires will be performed today and April 13 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. For more info, showtimes and ticket prices, visit https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/EventListing.aspx
Saturday, April 13
Janice Cain and Invasion will perform at 8 p.m. at Cactus Jack’s Ahwatukee Tavern, 4747 E. Elliot Road, Phoenix. This event is a tribute to rock legends Van Halen. Admission is $10. Visit this Facebook for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/382314159017011
Grammy-nominated singer Ari Hest will perform as part of Al & Dave’s Backyard Barnyard Series, at 6431 E. Smokehouse Trail, Cave Creek. Showtime is 7 p.m., and admission is $28; Visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4054905 for more details.
April 16 to 20
American Girl, 90-minute musical, will be held through April 20 at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Admission prices range between $35 and $55, and showtimes vary. Learn more by visiting https://www.mesaartscenter.com/americangirl
Saturday, April 20
Tony Award-winning singer and actor Ben Vereen will perform two shows (6 p.m. and 9 p.m.) at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission starts at $48.50. Go to http://mim.org/events/ben-vereen/2019-04-20/ for more details.
Performances of Romeo & Juliet (a ballet) and Porgy & Bess (opera) will take place at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Showtimes re 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For admission prices or other information, check out https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11171
Sunday, April 21
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema: The Golden Age will be screened at 1 p.m. at The Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Admission is $15 for members, $18 for non-members. For more info, visit http://www.phxart.org/event/f20f834e-af89-a853-ddb9-dcdc74e69099
Indian singers Sonu Nigham and Neha Kakkar will perform at 5:30 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Admission starts at $62; learn more at http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=1900564E08BE4E28&offerid=0
Through April 21
The musical Tuck Everlasting will run through April 21 at Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. Showtimes vary, while tickets are $20. Learn more by visiting https://www.vyt.com/ticket-information/tuck-everlasting/
Tuesday, April 23
The popular Red Green show is coming to Phoenix, as part of the This Could Be It tour. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. at The Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Admission starts at $55; to learn more, go to https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=461
Wednesday, April 24
Drag queen Betty D. Licious will perform Cookin’s A Drag through May 20 at The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave. Tickets start at $36, and showtimes are 3 or 8 p.m. To learn more, visit https://www.phoenixtheatre.com/the-season/cookins-drag
Thursday, April 25
The Documentary Video Art Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Artworks were produced by students in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. There’s free admission with an RSVP, although seating is first come, first served. For more info https://smoca.org/event/documentary-video-art-festival-2019/
Saturday, April 27
The theater productive Native Nation will take place today and April 28 at the ASU Gammage. Showtimes are 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. General admission starts at $20. For more details, visit https://www.asugammage.com/nativenation
Venerated rock singer Elvis Costello and his band The Imposters will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. (Note: Costello was supposed to play Phoenix last year.) To learn more, go to http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=190054CE06DD5C92&offerid=85755
April 28 to May 26
Based on the Saturday morning educational cartoon series of the 1970s, Schoolhouse Rock Live will run through May 26 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Showtimes vary; for ticket prices or other info, visit https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/schoolhouse-rock-live/
Through May 4
The play Blithe Spirit will run through May 4 in the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more details, go to https://donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com/etickets/index.php?cPath=2
Through May 5
The much-acclaimed musical Wicked will run through May 5 at ASU Gammage, Tempe. For showtimes or ticket prices, check out https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/wicked
The musical Oliver will run through May 5 at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. For ticket prices or showtimes, check out https://www.desertstages.org/oliver/
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