Top 5 Arts Events for June 20-26: Circus Xtreme, Green Day's “American Idiot,” George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic & more

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: Performing Arts Issue: June 2016
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Circus Xtreme#1: Circus Xtreme at Talking Stick Resort Arena, June 23-26
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey goes to new extremes with this high-energy show featuring traditional elements of the circus combined with fast-paced performances and hilarious moments. Tigers, camels, dogs, acrobats, strongmen, bungee skydivers, BMX freestyle riders and clowns are among the stars. (text by Judy Harper) Tickets start at $20. Call for times. June 23-26 at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

#2: Green Day's “American Idiot” at Tempe Center for the Arts, June 24-July 16
Stray Cat Theatre presents this rock opera, which features every song from Green Day's “American Idiot” album and several tunes from their “21st Century Breakdown” album. The story – of teen love, loss and angst – is told primarily through song lyrics. $30-$35. Call for show times. June 24-July 16 at Tempe Center for the Arts.

#3: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at Marquee Theater, June 24
Funk music legend George Clinton (pictured) brings the funk to Tempe, playing from his trove of tunes including “Atomic Dog,” “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker),” “Mothership Connection (Starchild),” and “Dr. Funkenstein,” alongside 15 other members of Parliament Funkadelic. $36. 7 p.m. June 24 at Marquee Theater.

George Clinton#4: Arizona Filmmaker Showcase at FilmBar, June 26
This monthly showcase of local movies is curated by local filmmaker Matthew Robinson (from the website Dark of the Matinee), and this iteration includes a mix of shorts and features: “The Greatest Lie Ever Told” (“a comedy about life, love and the lies that will touch you in all the wrong places”), “Left with the Right Emotion” (another romantic comedy, about speed dating), horror-suspense film “The Cleaners,” relationship drama “Closing Doors,” and an action-suspense movie titled “Heroes?” $7. 6 p.m. June 26 at FilmBar.

#5: Free Arts Theater Camp performance of “True Colors” at Herberger Theater Center, June 24
This showcase is the culmination of the Free Arts Theater Camp, sponsored by Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. For the program, called “True Colors,” 40 children are expected to participate and share their stories on stage. Final performances are open to the public. Register for tickets here.  4 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 24 at Herberger Theater Center.