Spookiness Scares Up PHX
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Oct. 27, 2019 — Blaaaaahaahaaa! It’s almost Halloween.
We all know that means children parading through the streets in search for more candy for their dentists, but it also means activities and presentations of stuff that will give you nightmares for weeks.
We all need a haircut now and then but what Sweeny Todd does is ridiculous. The musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be presented at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, from Oct. 11 to Nov. 9.
From Oct. 25 to Nov. 10, the “something wicked this way comes” is Macbeth at the Piper Repertory Theater, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy of blood and ambition, witchcraft and war will surely get you prepared if “something wicked this way comes.”
Or, for some fun scares, from Oct. 25 to 26 The National Comedy Theater, 214 W. Main St., Mesa, will present its “Comedy Spooktacular,”featuring Halloween-themed games and surprises.
Lastly, Through Oct. 26, watch Jason Voorhees terrorize audiences as the All Puppet Players present a musical parody of Friday the 13th at Playhouse on the Park, The Central Arts Plaza, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.
Sure, there are many more events, but none so thrilling!
Oct. 11 to 24
They Chose Me, a musical focusing on adoption, will run through Oct. 24 at the Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. A group of adopted youngsters assemble to tell their stories to Sarah Cook, herself an adoptee. Tickets are $20. For showtimes or other details, check out https://www.vyt.com/tickets/2019-2020-season/they-chose-me-oct-11-27-2019/
Oct. 11 and 12
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix is hosting Otsukimi, a two-day celebration of the harvest moon. The garden is located at 216 W. Portland Ave. For more details, go to https://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org/otsukimi2019
Oct. 11 to 20
Frozen Jr., based on the Disney mega-hit film, runs until Oct. 20 at Greasepaint Youtheatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Admission is $15. Visit https://greasepaint.org/product/shows/frozen-jr/ for showtimes or other details.
Oct. 11 to Nov. 9
Entertaining audiences in various incarnations since 1979, the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be presented at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Go to https://azbroadway.org/event/sweeney-todd-2/ for showtimes or ticket prices.
Saturday, Oct. 12
The Nash’s seventh anniversary Main Event will be held at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Javon Jackson-Lewis Nash and Jazz Messages will perform. Admission starts at $49; to learn more, go to https://thenash.org/event/the-nash-7th-anniversary-celebration-starring-javon-jacksons-jazz-message/
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Here Be Dragons is a lecture with Emily Zakara, Ph. D., from the PBS online series Monstrum. So if you excited about dragon myths, monsters, and fantastical creatures come to the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. For more information visit, https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/65896/5071
Phil Collins: Still Not Dead Yet Live! tour is coming to Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Even if making it to the show is “Against All Odds“ check out more show details at http://www.talkingstickresortarena.com/events/detail/phil-collins
Wednesday, Oct. 16
The 80s rock scene is here with REO Speedwagon at Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St., Mesa. For more information visit https://mesaamp.com/Online/default.asp or the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/493230194778568/
Oct. 17 to 20
The Show Low Film Festival will have it all — workshops, films, a red carpet will roll out and best of all awards for best horror to best documentary and everything in between. This 3 day, 4 theaters with awesome movies is nothing to sneeze. A 3 day Pass is $60 or 2 Day Pass $45, one day Pass $25. For more information about this event visit http://www.showlowfilmfestival.com/
Friday, Oct. 18
Come see Edward Albee’s 1994 Pulitzer Prize winning play, Three Tall Women at the Herberger Theater on the Kax Stage 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For more information visit https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/three-tall-women/
Apache Lake Music Festival is celebrating its 10 year anniversary! So if you are in the mood for two days of camping filled with music this is the place to be. Tickets range from $50.00 - $60.00. For more information visit, https://www.lastexitlive.com/e/apache-lake-music-festival-year-anniversary-64653541483/
Check out the first ever Mesa Film Festival at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa. This four day event features everything from workshops to films from around the world. Tickets start at only $10 for an individual feature, $25 for Friday or Saturday film pass, $40 for a weekend film pass. For more information on pricing or the weekend schedule visit http://mesafilmfestival.com/
Based on a book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice The Addams Family will bring back that fun loving embrace of dark wackiness at the Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite 0586. Tickets are $20. For more about the play or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.desertstages.org/the-addams-family/
If you’re looking for a laugh, then head to the Virginia G. Piper Theatre, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, and see three-time Emmy Award winning actor and iconic comedian Louie Anderson. Ticket costs are $60, $48, or $38. For more information visit, https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/louie-anderson/.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Experience the musical journey of Janis Joplin’s rise to be one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends with the play, A Night with Janis Joplin at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. This show is recommended for guests 18 and over due to some adult content and tickets start at $35. For more information visit, https://celebrity.ticketforce.com/shows/show.aspx?sh=CLT19JANIS
With over 25 of Patsy Cline’s hit songs and a live country band Monica Heuser’s Tribute: Remember Patsy Cline is something to see and hear. Tickets prices range from $19 to $39, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. For more information visit, https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/monica-heusers-tribute/
Until Oct. 20
Boxing drama The Royale is being staged at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. in Phoenix. Written by Marco Ramirez, the play is set in 1910 and loosely based on the life of Jack Johnson, the world’s first African-American heavyweight boxing champion. Admission starts at $40; for showtimes and other details, go to https://arizonatheatre.org/show/the-royale/ or https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/the-royale/
Sunday, Oct. 20
Marmalade Skies a musical tribute to the Beatles is coming to the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 3:30 p.m with the show starting at 4 p.m. For more information https://www.rhythmroom.com/e/marmalade-skies-72489242275/
“Beethoven to Tap Shoes” a presentation by the Music Nova Orchestra, explores dance-inspired music around the world, from Europe, with Ludwig von Beethoven’s energetic and engaging rhythms, to America and Morton Gould’s unique work featuring a tap dancer as orchestra soloist. The concert also takes audiences to Australia with Peggy Glanville-Hicks’s exotic synthesis of dances from the Pacific Rim, and the Arizona premiere of a new work from MNO Composition Fellow Aiyana Braun from the Curtis Institute of Music. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E Mayo Blvd., Phoenix For more information, visit https://mim.org/events/musicanova-orchestra-beethoven-to-tap-shoes/
Monday, Oct. 21
We could all use a little rebirth now and then, even if it is figurative exercise. But, a more tangential rebirth, also known as a Rebirth Brass Band concert at 7 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, is accessible. A New Orleans institution, the band has been seen on HBO’s Treme. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. For more information, visit https://mim.org/events/rebirth-brass-band-oct-21-2019/
Oct. 24 to 27
Napoli is a story of Gennaro, a poor fisherman, and his beloved Teresina. Teresina is washed away in a great storm only to be rescued by sea-nymphs ruled by an evil sea spirit. Yes, this is an event that is Romanticism defined. Showtimes vary, including afternoon matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Ballet Arizona at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. For more information, visit https://balletaz.org/performance/napoli-2019/
At 7 p.m., artists Ana Teresa Fernández and Antonia Wright will be at SMOCA, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, for a lively discussion about performance and site-responsive works including those included in the new SMOCA exhibition, "Counter-Landscapes: Performative Actions from the 1970s – Now." For more information visit https://smoca.org/
Oct. 25 to Nov. 10
The Black Theatre Troupe will present Breakfast with Mugabe written by Fraser Grace. The work and presentation are an interpretation of the former dictator’s conversations between and his psychiatrist. Is he a monster or a victim, freedom fighter or dictator? Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://new-wp.blacktheatretroupe.org/breakfast-with-mugabe/
Oct. 25 to Nov. 10
Just in time for Halloween comes Macbeth to the Piper Repertory Theater, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy of blood and ambition, witchcraft and war will surely get you prepared if “something wicked this way comes.” For more information, visit http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/resident-companies/macbeth
Oct. 25 to 26
The National Comedy Theater, 214 W. Main St., Mesa, will present its “Comedy Spooktacular” for two nights. Featuring exciting Halloween themed games and surprises you can only see once a year, the event also includes an audience costume contest where the audience will award a special prize pack. For more information, visit http://www.nctphoenix.com
Oct. 25 to Nov. 10
BLK BOX PHX, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, will open its 2019-2020 season with the Arizona premiere of Philip Dawkins’ The Burn, a play that tackles the issue of social media and how it impacts our conversations and our identities. The Burn cuts across all age groups, as well as workplace and social environments. For more information, visit https://blkboxphx.com/
Saturday, Oct. 26
Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawai’i will present The Story of Everything, a creation story in epic poem format at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, beginning at 7 p.m. The presentation will trace our origins from the big bang to now, using science, poetry, storytelling, visual art, music, ‘oli chants and dancing. For more information, visit https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/story-everything
Oct. 26 and 27
The Mesa Arts Center campus, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, will host a celebration of the memory of departed loved ones with the annual Dia de los Muertos Festival. The free festival offers live entertainment, family activities, face painting, a wide variety of food, studio demonstrations, and a Mercado Marketplace featuring traditional and contemporary merchandise, jewelry, and Mexican arts and crafts from over 40 local artisans and vendors. Through a partnership with the Mexican Consulate, folk-artists Oscar Becerra Mora and Ruben Miguel Castillo Navarette will be in residence at Mesa Arts Center during the month of October to create an original, large-scale, alebrije, which is a brightly colored Mexican folk art sculpture. For more information, visit http://www.mesaartscenter.com/diadelosmuertos
Now to Oct. 26
Jason Voorhees has terrorized audiences for more than four decades. But, now he can both scare and entertain folks ... with song. That’s right, the All Puppet Players will present a musical parody of Friday the 13th throughout the month at Playhouse on the Park, The Central Arts Plaza, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit https://tickets.phoenixtheatre.com/overview/10988?psn=10988
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