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Unlimited Arts April 29 To May 8: An Energetic, Experimental Musical Social Commentary Leads, But Rock Shows And The Dramatic Arts Provide Much Depth


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 29, 2019 — Martha Redbone.

Deep, soulful, enlightening and pushing the envelope and that is always so much fun to see. And she ha friends who travel with her and they play intimate venues. Even more fun.

Besides putting on a fun show, Redbone is a multi award-winning musician whose latest collection, The Garden of Love – Songs of William Blake, is called, “a brilliant collision of cultures.” by The New Yorker.

The show is Inspired by her own life and the women Redbone is descended from, the lives of the Bone family members are told in songs that span a swathe of American music telling a parallel history. From traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass, blues, country, gospel, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, and R&B.

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Until June 9

Desert Stages Theater is presenting iconic playwright Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound, part three of the acclaimed autobiographical trilogy which finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers. Desert Stages Theater, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. For more information, visit

Until May 19

Experience Love & Money, a play featuring a wealthy widow trying to donate her way to redemption with the snag of a young male heir at the Studio Theater, 12406 North Paradise Parkway East. For more information, visit or

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

Tuesday, April 30

Keiko Matsui, the internationally acclaimed and celebrated pianist, composer, and humanitarian brings her acoustic band to the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Her appearance marks the 30th anniversary of her recording debut with her newest release, Journey to the Heart. For more information, visit

May 2 to 5

Catch the elegant strength of ballet as Ballet Arizona presents three ballets by the father of American ballet, George Balanchine, including a work never before performed by Ballet Arizona at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. The ballets include: Theme and Variations, music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Square Dance, music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli; and Emeralds, a Ballet Arizona premiere with music by Gabriel Fauré. For more information, visit

Thursday, May 2

If you like Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix, you will probably also love Jake Shimabukuro, the master of the ukulele. But this is not your parents’ ukulele as Shimabukuro performs not just traditional Hawaiian tunes, but also covers of popular hits including George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. For more information, visit

May 3 to 12

The Disney train keep on rolling as Greasepaint Theater, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, presents Newsies, the tale of a charismatic newsboy and his band of teenaged newspaper sellers who strike against unfair conditions while singing and dancing. For more information, visit

May 3 to 26

Nathan Detroit is in the house, er, theater as the Arizona Broadway Theater, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, presents Guys and Dolls. This presentation features the classic songs “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “A Bushel and a Peck,” For more information, visit

Friday, May 3

AMF Comedy brings some young and local talent to the mic and, yes, they can be funny. For this show, presenters say, “Normally, crowd participation is not encouraged, but on this show, the audience can either ask for one more joke from the performers or they can volunteer to be a part of the show!” The Sic-Sense Theatre, 1902 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 4

David Sedaris is funny, or so say some of the best in the business. You, too might say the same things if you knew just exactly what he did that made you laugh, but likely, he made you laugh and didn’t get as rich as a Kardashian for it. He’s a bit more refined: “With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers.” Ahem! If you read books, you’d like this event at the Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. If not, Catch Kim and Kris and Khloe instead. For more information, visit

If you don’t know much about the Phoenix music scene, you probably don’t know about Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns. So get to knowing at 8 p.m.! A teaser: they’ve played with Delbert McClinton, Jerry Lawson, Guitar Shorty, Chico Chisum, Little Milton, Eddie Money and The Robert Cray Band. Credentials confirmed! The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. For more information, visit

May 4 & 5

The Sonoran Desert Chorale will end their 25th season and say goodbye to founder and musical director Jeff Harris with concerts May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa, and May 5 at 3 p.m. at La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 5

There’s these two brothers, see, and they are from Minneapolis. They like to harmonize and play the guitar. They sound pretty good and are playing Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. One thing, though, they are called Cactus Blossoms. They’re from Minneapolis. Ah, whatever. For more info, visit Blossoms.

Tuesday, May 7

Arizonans one and all will likely soon feel like Blisters In The Sun but why wait? And, just go see Violent Femmes...but the show’s already sold out because it’s at (the way too small) The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, so better call a scalper, er, ticket service.

Friday, May 10

The Phoenix Symphony is again putting on The Music Of Led Zeppelin. The performance will be amplified by a full rock band as creator Brent Havens conducts vocalist Randy Jackson and the Phoenix Symphony. The PR for the event says, “they capture Led Zeppelin’s sheer blast and power, riff for riff, while churning out new musical colors.” Coooool. 7:30 p.m., Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix.

Sunday, May 12

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a free “mom”osa and a birthday cookie for all who enter. Nice. For more info visit

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