This Mother's Day Has
A Western Flair In Arizona
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
May 8, 2019 — Mother’s Day is this Sunday (May 12). Over the next few days, dutiful sons and daughters will be scrambling to find the right card, flowers or gift to acknowledge just how important and special their mother is.
The standard way of saying “thank you” is fine — but how about taking this special woman to The Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg? Located at 21 N. Frontier St., the museum is marking 50 years with a special anniversary celebration. All visitors will receive a “mom-osa” and a birthday cookie — a very sweet addition, indeed.
According to its website, the purpose of the non-profit museum is “to collect and preserve the history, learning, lore and mementos incident to the development of Wickenburg and the Arizona Territory.”
The museum “also enriches diverse audiences by inspiring an appreciation of the art and history of the American West through creative exhibitions and educational programs that preserve the West’s cultural legacy,” organizers say.
Founders and those leaders that followed have believed that having a hometown museum would also become a destination attraction and be important to the economic base of the community.
Along with artworks, the museum also features history collections and oral history. For more details, visit https://westernmuseum.org/event/50th-anniversary-celebration-2
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. https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11373
Monday, May 13
Baker Performing Arts is staging Swan Lake: The Play at 7 p.m. at its theater, 2035 S. Alma Road, Mesa. Admission is $10. Learn more at https://www.bakerperformingarts.com/swan-lake-the-play-tickets.html
May 14 to June 1
Ballet Arizona is presenting Eroica - An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden through June 1. This production is back by popular demand. The garden is located at 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. General admission starts at $68. For more details, visit https://balletaz.org/performance/an-evening-at-desert-botanical-garden-2019/
Wednesday, May 15
Acclaimed jazz pianist and singer Patricia Barber will perform at 7 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission is $28.50 or $38.50. Visit
https://mim.org/events/patricia-barber/ for more details.
Singer Amber Bain, known as Japanese House, will play The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. She’s promoting her new album Good At Falling. Art School Girlfriend will be the opening act. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets range between $18 and $20. For more details, check out https://www.crescentphx.com/event/1820589-japanese-house-phoenix/
May 16 to June 2
Written by Andrew Bovell, the play Things I Know To Be True will run through June 2 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Tickets for this show, presented by the Arizona Theatre Company, start at $41. To learn more, visit https://arizonatheatre.org/show/things-i-know-to-be-true/
Friday, May 17
Not your over sleep-over: The Vibe Pajama Jam Dance Party will get underway at 8 p.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Along with music by DJ group Brunch Collect, there will be food, drinks, art and a contest for the best pajamas. Admission fees are $10 online, $15 for those in their PJs and $20 for those not in sleepwear. For more info, check out https://www.lastexitlive.com/e/vibe-pajama-jam-dance-party-58553220258/
May 17 and 18
The Phoenix Ballet is presenting Snow White today, Saturday (the 17th) and Sunday (the 18th) at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams, Phoenix. The family-friendly ballet has been re-imagined with all-new choreography, beautiful sets and colorful costumes. Showtimes vary; tickets start at $18. https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=516
The Texas Tenors will perform through May 19, as part of the APS Pops Series, at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. The Phoenix Symphony will perform along with very popular singing group. Tickets start at $30. For more details, go to https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11002
Vapid sorority girl turned brilliant lawyer Elle Woods would approve: Legally Blonde The Musical is running through June 16 at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. For showtimes and ticket prices, visit https://www.desertstages.org/legally-blonde-the-musical/
The Arts in Service program, which provides creative pathways for veterans and service members to use studio arts for stress relief, working toward overall health and wellness, or pursuing career interests in art making is holding a participant showcase from 5 to 7 p.m. in Mesa Arts Center’s Art Studios, 1 E. Main St. For more information, visit https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/events/arts-in-service-exhibition
Saturday, May 18
Soul blues legend Johnny Rawls will play the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. His latest album is the acclaimed Waiting for the Train. The show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is between $10 and $12. For more information, check out https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1811283-johnny-rawls-phoenix/
Grammy-nominated comedian and actor Bill Engvall will perform in the Talking Stick Resort Salt River Grand Ballroom. The show starts at 8 p.m.; the resort is located at 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. To learn more or for ticket prices, visit https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/salt-river-grand-ballroom/bill-engvall/
Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. General admission is $28. For more details, check out https://www.tedeschitrucksband.com/tour
May 20 and 21
He’s “on the road again.” Willie Nelson & Family will perform at 7:30 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. For more info on this iconic performer or ticket prices, go to https://celebrity.ticketforce.com/shows/show.aspx?sh=clt19wnf
Tuesday, May 21
“Make It Loud,” a live panel discussion, will focus on making it in today’s challenging music industry. Hosted by Stephen Chilton and Jeff Taylor of Psyko Steve Presents, the panel features a curated lineup of special guests, including radio personalities Dani Cutler, Marcus Meng and Mo! The panel starts at 7:30 p.m. at The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is free; to learn more, go to https://www.therebellounge.com/event/1859812-make-it-loud-hitting-phoenix/
Wednesday, May 22
HyREV Summer Jam will happen at 7 p.m. at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria. Two youth performance troupes, HyperTonez and SonicRevolution, are teaming up for an end-of-school-year concert experience with dancing, singing and acting. Tickets are $15; to learn more, check out https://azbroadway.org/event/hyrev-summer-jam/
Tony Award-winning musical Once will run through June 16 at the Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For showtimes and ticket prices, visit
Late ‘80s and early ‘90s nostalgia is in full bloom: New Kids on the Block are performing at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Very special guests include Debbie Gibson, Naughty by Nature, Salt-n-Pepa and Tiffany. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Check out http://www.talkingstickresortarena.com/events/detail/new-kids-on-the-block-the-mixtape-tour for more details and tickets prices.
Noted Blues/Americana singer Keb Mo will perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Admission starts at $47. To learn more information, go to https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/keb-mo-2019/
May 24 to June 2
It’s “a whole new world” with the stage production of Aladdin Jr., running through June 2 at The Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St. Pinnacle Creative Arts Youth Theater is presenting this event. Tickets start at $17; showtimes vary. https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/pinnacle-creative-arts-presents-aladdin-jr/
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