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Underground Arts:

Feb. 19 to March 5

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Phoenix Metro Venues

Ak Chin Pavilion
2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix
San Francisco Fest., May 18
Celebrity Theater
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Comedy Slam, Feb. 21
Comerica Theater
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
The Pixies, Feb. 24

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
Dr. Dog, Feb. 25
Firehouse Gallery
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Firestage, Feb. 21
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Blue Man Group, Feb. 25 to 28
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
RESPECT- A Musical, Feb. 5 to Mar. 2
Joe’s Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Up Next Vol. 7, Feb. 23
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Sassy and the Sneak Attacks, Feb. 22
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Yarnball Storytelling, Feb. 26
Long Wong's — Mesa
1455 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa
Nothing at this time.
Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Field Tripp Feb. 21
Marquee Theater
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Childish Gambino, March 4
Mesa Amphitheater
263 N. Center St., Mesa
Wingstock, April 19
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Pippin, March 5 to 30
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
The Ataris, Feb. 28
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Soul Power Band, Feb. 22
Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
The Stakes, Feb. 28
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
A Bitch in Time, April 11
Tempe Center For The Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
American Pop! Comic Books to Science Fiction Gallery Jan. 17 to June 8
Tempe Tavern
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Lago, Feb. 21
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
The Last Romance, Feb. 28 to Mar. 16
Torch Theatre
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Skewed News Hour, Feb. 21
US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Miley Cyrus, Feb. 27
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
JJCNV, Feb. 21

The Best Shows You Don’t Know: The Lost Space Campaign Awareness Show, Synrgy At Sail Inn, Ray Reeves In Cottonwood, Erotic Poetry And Music Festivus, PAO At Last Exit,Fairy Bones At Crescent, The Urinals, And More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 19, 2014 — This week’s feature is not an awesome concert, interesting play, or local poetry event. This weeks feature is to inform the reader that Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 N. Fifth Street, was burglarized over the weekend.

Lawn Gnome has been a hub for underground events ranging from poetry, to comedy, to music and arts, and owner Aaron Hopkins-Johnson has been a pillar of the arts community. The store has been the venue for nationally touring acts such as Saul Williams, Sole, and Andrew jackson Jihad, as well as a safe place for local performers to hone their craft.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18 a cash mob was organized to support the store, and they are currently accepting donations and trade-ins, and any general business. Since it opened more than two years ago, Lawn Gnome has blossomed into one of the best, and most important local performance spaces in Phoenix, and hopefully it will be around for a lot longer.

Lawn Gnome will be maintaining their regular weekly event schedule including Good Movie … Great Book Club Tuesday’s, Story Telling With Dan Hull Wednesday’s, Poetry Slam on Thursday’s, and other special events on weekends.

Keep up with Lawn Gnome Publishing’s digital media for a full range of events.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

The Trunk Space, 1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix, is turning 10-years old soon, and to celebrate their tin anniversary the legendary performance venue is hoping to host a 10 - day festival, and outfit the space with something it has been missing for a decade, air conditioning! It is definitely a special place to see a show in any season, but adding an air conditioner might just make those midsummer shows just a bit more special. At 8 p.m. The Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth Street, will be hosting The Trunk Space Campaign Awareness Show. The event will feature performances by Sunorus, There is Danger, Bacchus, and visitors Lonesome Leash from Louisiana. The show is free, and 21 and up. For more information visit the facebook event page

Thursday, Feb. 20

Arcata Calif. based reggae band Synrgy is coming back to the Phoenix Metro for an irie showcase at their favorite Arizona location, Tempe’s Sail Inn, 26 S. Farmer Ave. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. with a performance by local Grateful Dead cover outfit Xtra Ticket until 10 p.m. Before Synrgy takes the stage from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. They will also be joined by DJ Jon dread throughout the night. Synrgy is a really great band with sweet reggae tunes that are easy to dance too, and front man Brian Zach is one of the best performers I’ve ever seen. The show is 21 and up, and has a $5 cover.

For anyone who thinks this mid-February heatwave is utter hogwash, it is a great excuse to head north to a part of Arizona that actually experiences winter. Ray Reeves and the Masters of The Economy, The Invincible Grins, and The Oakland Raiders will be heading out to Cottonwood, Ariz. to play at The Mainstage, 1 S. Mainstreet. Reeves alone is worth the trip with his intensely entertaining performances, but add in The Invincible Grins who are equally as unpredictable and talented, and The Oakland Raiders who are one of the hottest bands in Phoenix right now, and this show looks a great way to spend a winter’s evening. The show begins at 8 p.m. and cover is $5.

Friday, Feb. 21

The Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt Street, is a historic downtown Phoenix artspace that predates much of the arts activity that currently takes place in the Garfield District, Roosevelt Row, and the surrounding area. They will be hosting their Erotic Poetry and Music Festivus 2014, and the event is massive with more than 30 performers including urban gypsy band Of The Earth, stand up comedian Matt Micheletti, 2013 Phoenix Poetry Slam Team member Lauren Perry, absurdist performance artist Jared Squee, and a ton more erotic and thought provoking performers. The event is for a mature audience and there will be a cash bar for those that are 21 and up. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. For more information visit the Facebook event page.

Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra has played very few shows, but have grown themselves a very big reputation. The 14-piece afrobeat band has been able to grow so big from so little due to the fact that between the 14 performers they represent nearly two dozen of Phoenix’s best bands including Playboy Manbaby, The Sweetbleeders, Drunken Immortals, and many more. Their sound is authentic and their shows are a ton of fun with hundreds packed into a room and everybody dancing. PAO will be joined by Supa Joint, Samuel L Cool J, and Fly Moon Royalty. The show is 21 and up and tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. show starts at 9.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Crescent Ballroom 308 N. Second ave. will be hosting an awesome free show that begins at 8 p.m. It seems like just about once a month The Crescent has a free local show that is so good you should have to pay for it. This is the second month in a row that, that show is featuring The Shivereens. The murder mystery rockabilly group that acts as the side project for almost the entire band of the Haymarket Squares is almost as well liked as their punk grass counterparts, and as if that was not enough they will be joined by synth punk darlings Fairy Bones who are primed to take that big step into the upper echelon of local headliners. Also on the bill, alt rapper TKLB?, Narc Morman, Darkness Dear Boy, and prehab. The entire night is being put on by TMI on KWSS 93.9 and Stem recording The show is 21 and up.

Punk legend The Urinals or 100 Flowers depending on what you prefer to call them will be rolling through Tempe with a show that begins at 8 p.m. at the Double NIckels Collective, 45 W. Southern Ave. Opening will be Far Corners from Lac Cruces N.M., as well as Phoenix based Man Hands, Button Struggler, and Mr. Atomm’s Bomb. The show is all ages, and cover is $5. This is going to be a great punk show featuring an intergenerational bunch of Phoenix punkers. Mr. Attom’s Bomb is a high school aged outfit, Button Struggler is a bunch of crazy old men (save drummer Andrew Jemsek), man hands ar a band in their 30’s (save drummer Matt Spastic). All of t should add up to a great time.

The 20th Annual International Film Festival and Workshop is Feb. 22 through March 2 in Sedona, featuring hot new domestic and international films screened prior to release, documentary and animation features, shorts, a film making workshop, and film makers introducing their films and hosting Q&A sessions. Admission ranges from $10 to $250. For more information visit

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