No Shortage Of Thrills,
Chills In PHX This October
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Oct. 25, 2019 — We’re almost at All Hallow’s Eve (next Thursday). While you’re stocking up on candy and planning your costume for those fun parties, there’s another way to enjoy fall: checking out the numerous theater productions around the Phoenix metro area.
First up are three events that have become literally synonymous with Halloween: Jason Voorhees, Macbeth and Dia de los Muertos. Catch Voorhees singing as the All Puppet Players present a musical parody of Friday the 13th Oct. 25 and 26.
Macbeth, Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy of blood and ambition, witchcraft and war will surely get you prepared if “something wicked this way comes.” through Nov. 10. Dia de los Muertos Festival, happening Oct. 26 and 27 at the Mesa Arts Center campus, 1 E. Main St. is a celebration of departed loved ones with a Mercado Marketplace featuring traditional and contemporary merchandise, jewelry, and Mexican arts and crafts from over 40 local artisans and vendors. (see dates below for more details on these events).
Or for more Halloween related events, catch The National Comedy Theater’s Comedy Spooktacular Oct. 25 and 26 or Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Oct. 30 through Nov. 3 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., as The Phoenix Symphony performs the score from the 1993 animated film classic. Farther related to Halloween but a little scary nevertheless is The Burn, at BLK BOX PHX through Nov. 10 or Breakfast with Mugabe at The Black Theatre Troupe through Nov. 10.
Oct. 25 and 26
Jason Voorhees has terrorized cinematic 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 at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Playhouse on the Park, The Central Arts Plaza, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. (Please note this production is open to those 17 and up.) For more information, visit https://tickets.phoenixtheatre.com/overview/10988?psn=10988
The National Comedy Theater, 214 W. Main St., Mesa, will present its Comedy Spooktacular tonight and Saturday. 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. 9
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.” It will run through Nov. 10; admission starts at $38. For showtimes or more details, visit http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/resident-companies/macbeth
Oct. 25 to Nov. 10
BLK BOX PHX opens its 2019-2020 season tonight (Friday) with the Arizona premiere of Philip Dawkins’ The Burn, a play that tackles the issue of social media and how it impacts conversations and identities. The Burn cuts across all age groups, as well as workplace and social environments. The play runs through Nov. 10 at the theater, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For showtimes, ticket prices or more information, visit https://blkboxphx.com/
Oct. 26 to Nov. 10
“We’re off to see the wizard …” That classic tune can only mean one thing: The Wizard of Oz, a musical production, is running Saturday (Oct. 26) through Nov. 10 at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. This production is based upon the books by L. Frank Baum and the classic 1939 film. Visit https://www.desertstages.org/the-wizard-of-oz/ for ticket prices, showtimes and other details.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Kealoha, the first poet laureate of Hawaii, will present The Story of Everything -- a creation story in epic poem format -- at 7 p.m. at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. The presentation will trace the humanity’s origins from the big bang to now by using science, poetry, storytelling, visual art, music, ‘oli chants and dancing. Admission is $20; For more information, visit https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/story-everything
Oct. 26 and 27
A perfect partner for Halloween is Dia de los Muertos Festival, happening Saturday and Sunday at the Mesa Arts Center campus, 1 E. Main St. A celebration of departed loved ones, the free festival offers live entertainment, family activities, face painting, a wide variety of food, studio demonstrations. There will also be a Mercado Marketplace featuring traditional and contemporary merchandise, jewelry, and Mexican arts and crafts from over 40 local artisans and vendors. Also 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
Monday, Oct. 28
<I>Not Fade Away: A Tribute to Buddy Holly> (based on the much-missed rock-n-roll pioneer who died in 1959) will be presented at 5:30 p.m. at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Check out https://azbroadway.org/event/nfa/ for ticket prices or other details.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
The Broadway production of Anastasia will run through Nov. 3 at the Gammage in Tempe. The musical is based on a book by venerated author Terrence McNally. To learn more, check out https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/anastasia
Oct. 30 to Nov. 3
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas runs Oct. 30 through Nov. 3 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St. The Phoenix Symphony will perform the score from the 1993 animated film classic. Visit https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11777 for showtimes and ticket prices.
Friday, Nov. 1
A Miscast Cabaret Fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m. at the Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will go towards a 2020 trip to New York City. The Miscast Cabaret members will perform their favorite roles in which they would never be cast because of age, gender, race or other factors. To learn more details, go to https://greasepaint.org/product/shows/miscast-cabaret-fundraiser/
The Scottsdale International Film Festival opens at 8 p.m. at the Virginia G. Piper, 7380 E. 2nd St. This 10-day event will feature films from around the world. The first movie shown will be Marriage Story, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johannson. For a full roster, admission prices and other info, visit https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/scottsdale-international-film-festival-opening-night/
Saturday, Nov. 2
Chato’s Kitchen, a play by Mark Valdez, will run through Nov. 24 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Based on a book by Gary Soto, the play is about a barrio cat whose “dinner plans” with mice go haywire. Admission ranges from $12 to $35; visit https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/chatos-kitchen/ to learn more.
Symphony of the Southwest will open its 2019-2020 season with work from Beethoven and Dvorak at 7:30 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Admission is $22; more details are at http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/resident-companies/beethoven-and-dvorak
Museum of Walking will get underway at 9 a.m. at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. The MoW is an artist-led educational resource center committed to the advancement of walking as an art practice. This event is free; for other details, check out https://smoca.org/event/museum-of-walking-smoca/
Sunday, Nov. 3
Improv comedy artists 85 South will perform at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Admission starts at $33.50. More information can be found at https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=569
Noted British performer Martin Creed is bringing Getting Changed to the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. His one-man show is described as “part-talk, part-concert, part-cabaret.” An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by Creed’s presentation. Go to http://www.phxart.org/event/a8853025-a0eb-9af9-7909-2eb0ce39124a for more details.
Indie rocker Matt Keerkes will perform at The Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. Opening acts are Motherfolk and Teamonade. The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is $15. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mat-kerekes-tickets-65707525979?fbclid=IwAR2Credn24PUezCyid5E759uEpJuWh0qkbFMMotAJ_hl3F4OunMAidH-w9Y to learn more.
Thursday, Nov. 7
The Noodles will play the music of The Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia at 8 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is $7. For other details, check out https://www.rhythmroom.com/e/the-noodles-music-of-the-grateful-dead-and-jerry-garcia-72489051705/
Artist Squidsoup will discuss their latest installations at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. The presentation starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but an RSVP is suggested. Visit https://smoca.org/event/artist-talk-squidsoup/ to learn more.
Friday, Nov. 8
Award-winning country singer Luke Combs is bringing his Beer Never Broke My Heart tour to Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Special guests are Morgan Wallen and Jameson Rodgers. Showtime is 7 p.m. Ticket prices and more information can be found at http://www.talkingstickresortarena.com/events/detail/luke-combs
The Best of Broadway will be held at 8 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Vocalists and a 10-piece orchestra will perform songs from stage hits such as Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia! and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, along with the works of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others. Tickets start at $28; visit https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/best-of-broadway/ for more details.
Saturday, Nov. 9
The legendary New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission starts at $43.50; go to https://mim.org/events/preservation-hall-jazz-band/2019-11-09/ to learn more.
The Phoenix Guitar Show & Swap Meet will be held starting at 11 a.m. the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, 1012 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. This free event with live music and a parking lot full of guitar builders and musicians with handmade instruments, vintage and new guitars and other gear to swap, sell and display. More info can be found at this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/381430616131457/
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