Globetrotters, Ringo, ZZ Top,
Foxworthy Will Thrill PHX
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Aug. 16, 2019 — As we enter the last month of summer (and yes, the season lasts until Sept. 23), everyone wants to make the most of it despite still-hellish temps in the greater Phoenix area. What better way to endure the weather by taking in some indoor entertainment.
After all, even if the ticket might cost something, the air conditioning is free!
The beloved Harlem Globetrotters basketball team will bring their amazing hoop skills — which at times still compete to the melody of Sweet Georgia Brown, will perform on Aug. 24 (see date below for more information) at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
For a flash back to the past, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band will play the Celebrity Theatre Aug. 26 (see below for more information). The band includes Steve Lukather (Toto), Colin Hay (Men At Work), Gregg Rolie (Journey, Santana), Warren Ham (The Four Seasons), Gregg Bissonette (ELO) and Hamish Stuart (Average White Band). General seating is sold out, but VIP tickets are still available and start at $275.
Or, on Aug. 29, check out Texas rockers ZZ Top — the “sharp-dressed men” (with very cool beards).
While these three events all by themselves might be worth a web calendar, there’s much more, including country acts, comedy specials, plays, dance events and much more.
Oh, and if you're a redneck, there’s something for you too.
Friday, Aug. 16
Veteran country singer and musician Radney Foster, formerly of Foster & Lloyd, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission ranges from $33.50 to $38.50. Visit https://mim.org/events/radney-foster-aug-16-2019/ to learn more.
The play Puffs is running through Sept. 29 at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. Written by Matt Cox, the play centers around the Puffs, who attended a wizarding school (a la Harry Potter). Go to https://www.desertstages.org/puffs/ for other details, showtimes and ticket prices.
Saturday, Aug. 17
The presentation Arizona Water Pioneers will be held starting at 11 a.m. at Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N Frontier St., Wickenburg. Sandra Hurlburt, a team member for Arizona’s Team WET, will speak. A complementary ice treat will be served. For more info, visit https://westernmuseum.org/event/srp-speakers-bureau-presents-water-in-the-desert/
Sunday, Aug. 18
The National Theatre’s production of Allelujah! will be telecast at 1 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Written by the acclaimed Alan Bennett, the play focuses on an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town in Yorkshire that is threatened with closure and the attempts to save it. Admission is $15 or $18. For more information, check out http://www.phxart.org/event/81e01cfa-9b19-ce52-277d-6dcf90137050
Wednesday, Aug. 21
The CMA Songwriters Series, featuring some of the best country music lyrical scribes, will happen at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Art Center, One E. Main St. Admission is $23 or $28. For more info, check out http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/other-presenters/cma-songwriters-series
Friday, Aug. 23
Neverland Express and American Idol winner Caleb Johnson will perform the music of Meat Loaf at 7:30 p.m. today and Aug. 24 at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Admission ranges from $48.50 to $73.50. To learn more, visit https://mim.org/events/meat-loaf-presents-bat-featuring-the-neverland-express-and-caleb-johnson/2019-08-23/
BlakTinx Dance Festival, featuring the work of black and Latinx choreographers in Arizona, will be held at 7:30 p.m. today and Aug. 24 at the Third Street Theater, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. A special guest from California will also perform. Admission is $15 until Aug. 16 and $20 after that. Visit https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/blaktinx-dance-festival-2019/ for more details or puchase tickets.
Saturday, Aug. 24
Hot Spanish Nights, featuring guitar virtuosos, will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Mesa Art Center, One E. Main St. On the bill are Celino and Lito Romero, and Eric Symons. Admission is $38; go to
https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/hot-spanish-nights-guitars for more details.
The Harlem Globetrotters, known for their amazing hoop skills and humor, will perform at noon and 5 p.m. on Aug. 24 (Saturday) in the Talking Stick Resort Arena. There will be numerous opportunities for fans to interact with the Globetrotters. Admission starts at $20; the arena is located at 201 E. Jefferson St. in Phoenix. To learn more, visit http://www.talkingstickresortarena.com/events/detail/harlem-globetrotters-3
Monday, Aug. 26
Nearly 50 years after the band that made him an icon broke up, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr continues to perform for audiences worldwide and on Aug. 26 (Monday), he and his All-Starr Band will play the Celebrity Theatre. The band includes Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and Hamish Stuart. Because general seating is sold out, VIP tickets start at $275. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.; the theater is located at 440 N. 32nd St. in Phoenix. For more information, go to https://celebrity.ticketforce.com/Shows/Show.aspx?sh=CLT19STARR
Aug. 27 to 30
How to Make An American Son, a play by Christopher Oscar Peña, will be held in Phoenix College’s John Paul Theatre, 1202 W. Thomas Road. The play focuses on the complexities of privilege, status, sexual identity and legal status within a newly wealthy immigrant family. Learn more by visiting https://arizonatheatre.org/
Wednesday, Aug. 28
Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots will run through Oct. 13 at the Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave. For showtimes and ticket prices, check out https://www.phoenixtheatre.com/the-season/kinky-boots
Thursday, Aug. 29
Texas rockers ZZ Top have been “sharp-dressed men” (with very cool beards) for nearly 50 years. Beginning at 7 p.m., they’ll play the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. They’re being supported on this tour by another superstar act, Cheap Trick, and guitarist Austin Hanks. Tickets start at $48.50. For more details, check out http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=19005685EE6F64CC&offerid=0
Friday, Aug. 30
“You might be a redneck …” that line launched the career of Jeff Foxworthy, who will perform at 8 p.m. in the Salt River Grand Ballroom at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. To learn more about the popular comedian or for ticket prices, check out https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/salt-river-grand-ballroom/jeff-foxworthy/
Saturday, Aug. 31
Arizona psychedelic blues/rock band Desert Purple will play The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The show will start at 5 p.m., and admission is $5. Check out
https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1877637-desert-purple-album-release-phoenix/ for more information.
Scottsdale Arts’ Collaborative Community Engagement Program is now open for submissions, and will run through Jan. 30, 2020. This new program enables and encourages local artistic and professional development in Stage 2 of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more, visit https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/ccep/
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