Bob Marley’s B-Day, The Moth And New Pornographers

Unlimited Arts Calendar: The reggae legend would have been 75 so celebrate with some music, or check out the intriguing The Moth, or learn what happened when Lincoln met Douglas

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By Modern Times Staff

Published on Jan. 31, 2020

If your into "big numbers," Bob Marley’s 75th birthday is a nice big round number, so check out Bob Marley’s 75th Bday Celebration Feb. 6.

But don’t wait to get out of the house, so also check out Fiddler on the Roof, or Convergence Ballet presents Alice in Wonderland. For those who like even more contemporary fare, rhyme your way to see Atmosphere: The Wherever Tour.

Bunches of events, so little time.

Friday, Jan. 31
Alan Parsons Live Project, featuring the veteran, chart-topping English rockers, will happen at 8 p.m. at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. in Phoenix. Admission starts at $35. 

The Phoenix Symphony will perform Verdi’s Requiem today and Saturday, Feb. 1 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Both shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $43.

Flight: An Immersive Theatre Installation, by Vox Monus, will be held at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. The production mixes a graphic novel with an “exquisite diorama,” and focuses on two orphaned brothers embarking on a desperate odyssey for freedom. There will be four shows, starting at 6 p.m. Admission starts at $10. 

Jan. 31 to Feb. 2
The Tony award-winning The Spongebob Musical, based on the lovable sea critter and all his friends, is running through Feb. 2 at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. Showtimes vary; tickets start at $45.25.

Gem & Jam Music Festival and Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase

It’s all about “Tradition!” Fiddler on the Roof, the iconic Broadway musical, is playing at the Arizona State University Gammage. Showtimes vary, and tickets start at $92.

The Tony-winning theater hit Spring Awakening is coming to Phoenix, running through Feb. 2 at the Stagebrush Theater, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. This show deals with sexuality, trauma, grief and is not for young children, so parental discretion is advised. Tickets are $20.

Jan. 31 to Feb. 16
Read all about it! The Broadway musical Newsies! is happening at the Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road.  Call the box office at (480) 483-1664 or click on the link for ticket prices. 

Saturday, Feb. 1
Nashville-based singer Ron Pope, who has a new album coming out this year, will play the Crescent Ballroom, 12 W. Camelback Road. Fellow Nashville singer Caroline Spence is the opening act, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Admission ranges from $25 to $75.

In the mood for some rock tribute bands? Led Zeppelin IV and The Smokin’ Crowes take the stage at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave. in Phoenix. Tickets are $10; the show starts at 8 p.m. The show is open to those 21 and up. 

Grammy-nominated Mexican singer Angela Aguilar will perform at 8 p.m. at the Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. Aguilar is part of an iconic musical family, including Antonio Aguilar

Soul Sensations The Spinners are coming to The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, for an evening of classic songs beginning at 8 p.m.

Feb. 1 and 2
Beginning at 7 p.m., Convergence Ballet presents Alice in Wonderland will hit the stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. All of the classically favorite characters from the Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat and the indelible Queen of Hearts will be there.

Sunday, Feb. 2
The greatest annual mass event on television, The Super Bowl, will thrill nearly everyone on this day, even performers. Or, watch something on Netflix.

Feb. 3 to 13
As part of their lunchtime theater programs, Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, presents When Lincoln Met Douglas, a dramatic re-creation of the impressions the two icons made on each other in their few meetings. Written and directed by Larissa Brewington. Times and dates vary, so follow the link.

Tuesday, Feb. 4
The hip-hop duo from Minneapolis — rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/producer Ant Anthony Davis — bring Atmosphere: The Wherever Tour to the Marquee Theater, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5
For a truly unique experience, check out The Moth at Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. The event is real people telling real stories. Each show features, “simple, old-fashioned storytelling by five wildly divergent raconteurs who develop shape for their stories with The Moth’s directors.”

More than 20 years later, the band The New Pornographers, are still new and not very pornographic, but they are coming to Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6
He’s beloved around the world and if he was still alive, he would have been a ripe 75. So, head out to Bob Marley’s 75th Bday Celebration at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, at 7:30 p.m. Performers include the 602 Band, Walt Richardson and Dee Dread.

Friday, Feb. 7
If you love the symphony, give back a bit by buying an expensive lunch at Savor the Symphony Women’s Luncheon. Check the link for the deets.

Feb. 7 to 23
Continuing their fine work, Black Theatre Troupe will present Trouble in Mind for most of the month. The story was written by Alice Childress and presents the story of a progressive, 1950s theatre company preparing to open a misguided new play on Broadway. Check the link for times and dates for performances at the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix.

Feb. 7 to 9
ABBA fans can’t get enough of the group, but a highly realistic impression of them will take over the weekend as Music of ABBA with Rajaton hits Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Check the link for times.

Jan. 24 to Feb. 28
The classic Tony-winning musical La Cage aux Folles, created by the legendary Broadway composer Jerry Herman, will run through March 22 at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria. All tickets can be purchased through the ABT Box Office by calling 623-776-8400 or online.

Jan. 26 to March 1
Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” presented by Childsplay Theatre, focuses on two critters who sometimes they face tough questions. What do you wear to a fancy party? Should you share your ice cream? This musical is being staged at the Herberger Theater Center, and is open to kids 3 and older. Admission ranges from $12 to $35; showtimes vary. 

Jan. 29 to Feb. 23
The musica true storyl Americano focuses on Tony, the child of immigrants who discovers his undocumented status when he tries to enlist in the Marines. (It’s based on the life of Antonio Valdovinos.) Click the link for showtimes and ticket prices.

Saturday, Feb. 8
MusicaNova Orchestra's Young Artists Series

Monday, Feb. 10
Arts Congress 2020

Feb. 13 to 16
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Friday, Feb. 14
Nate Bargatze

Feb. 13 To March 1
“Master Harold”... And The Boys

Feb. 21 To 23
Louis CK

Feb. 21 To March 14
Night Of The Chicken: Revenge of the Angry Booger by Carrie Behrens

Saturday, Feb. 22
Bill Maher

Feb. 22 and 23
Ella Fitzgerald

Saturday, Feb. 29
David Sanborn Quartet

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