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Unlimited Arts Sept. 13 To 27: Along With Theater Awards, A Music Festival, Ballet Production And Concerts Including Eric Clapton, Lenny Kravitz and Up And Comers Are Happening This Month 


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 13, 2019 — Live theater always has its risks, but that’s what makes it so exciting and at times very fun to watch. Phoenix-area venues host numerous plays and musicals every year, and the upcoming AriZoni Theatre Awards celebrates that.

Happening on Monday, Sept. 23, the ceremony is taking place at the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.

According to organizers, it promotes “the visibility, cooperation and growth of theater in the Valley and are dedicated to recognizing excellence in theatrical performances, as well as individuals who produce exceptional work in all aspects of theater.”

The AriZonis also give those working in the local theater community a chance to mingle, reconnect and celebrate their colleagues. Nearly 1,000 people attend this event each year. The ceremony will host two events: One for young performers at 5:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony for adults at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 or $20 for those 18 and under. For other information, visit

And speaking of live theater, Miss Saigon is running through Sept. 29 at the Arizona State University Gammage in Tempe. Created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, the musical debuted in 1989 in London’s West End. The plot involves a Vietnamese woman, Kim, who is orphaned by war and then forced to work in a bar run by the notorious “Engineer.” When it debuted on Broadway in 1991, the production won three Tony awards.

Tickets for the Gammage production start at $37. For showtimes or other details, check out 

Friday, Sept. 13

The production Blues in the Night will run through Sept. 29 at the Black Theatre Troupe, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Featured music includes the work of legends like Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Ida Cox and more. For showtimes, ticket prices or other details, visit 

FLOURISH: The Art of Life on Earth, a festival focusing on nature, will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St.. There will be live music, activities, crafts, art demonstrations, vendors, food and more. Exhibitions include Flora and Fauna, dealing with climate change and human impact on earth; Photo Ark, documenting every species living in the world’s zoos; The Memory of Birds, by artist Carol Eckert; Medieval Pinata, by artist Robert Benavidez; and Biophilia, by artist Mary Meyer. The individual artist exhibits will run for several months. Admission to this family friendly event is free. For more information and a full schedule, visit

Twenty-five years ago, the Dave Matthews Band released its jazz and funk rock album Under the Table and Dreaming. It was a multi-platinum success, with more hits to follow. The band will perform at 8 p.m. at the Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd St., Phoenix. Tickets are $45.50 and up. For more details, go to 

Saturday, Sept. 14

When it comes to rock guitarists, he’s recognized as one of the best ever: Eric Clapton. The legend will perform in the Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Acclaimed blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughn is the special guest. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.; for ticket prices or other details, go to 

Latin music group Jaleo will perform at 8 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. The show is entitled CubaCaribe. Admission ranges from $15 to $19. To learn more, check out

Wednesday, Sept. 18

He may be known as “Cinna” from The Hunger Games but first and foremost, Lenny Kravitz is a successful roots rocker who’s been making great music since 1990. He’ll play the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Available tickets are $58.50. For more information, visit

Thursday, Sept. 19

Forty-five years after they released their debut album, rock band Kansas is still going strong. They’ll play the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more info, go to

Friday, Sept. 20

“The Prince of Spanish Guitar” Benise will bring his tour FUEGO! to the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $29; showtime is 8 p.m. For more info on the Emmy-winning artist, check out 

The Phoenix Symphony will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 through Sept. 22 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Music historian Robert Greenberg will join conductor Tito Muñoz and the orchestra to provide additional context to this program. For ticket prices or other info, go to

Texas country singer Paul Cauthen will play Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. The show will start at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $15. For more details, check out

Saturday, Sept. 21

Cape Verdean singer Lucibela will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. Her latest album is Laço Umbilical. Admission ranges from $38.50 to $48.50. Visit for more information. 

Tuesday, Sept. 24

New Jersey rock band The Early November will perform at The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School in Phoenix. Special guests are Have Mercy and Owel. The show will start at 8 p.m.; tickets range from $17 to $20. For more details, check out

Alternative R&B band Moonchild will play the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave. in Phoenix. Tide Pools and Rachel Mazer are the opening acts. Tickets start at $26; showtime is 8 p.m. Go to to learn more details. 

Wednesday, Sept. 25

The Oscar-winning film Roma will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. This is part of the “Friends of Contemporary Art Film Series: Who Are We? The Art of Memory.” Go to for other details or to RSVP. 

Thursday, Sept. 26

Ballet Arizona is presenting Director’s Choice through Sept. 29 at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. The production will feature three ballets, one of them being “a sizzling mambo party.” Visit for showtimes or ticket prices. 

Thursday, Sept. 27

The unconventional life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright is the subject of Shining Brow. Presented by Arizona Opera, the production will run through Sept. 29 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For showtimes or ticket prices, check out  

Sept. 27 and 28

The, dance-oriented Goldrush Music Festival is taking place at Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. The line-up includes Adventure Club, DJ Diesel (AKA Shaquille O’Neal), Don Diablo, Oliver Heldens, Lil Texas and Vnssa. Food vendors will be on the grounds. A weekend pass starts at $160. To learn more, visit


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

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