#1: Ringo Starr at Celebrity Theatre, November 15
The former Fab Four drummer brings his solo songs and some Beatles hits to Celebrity Theatre, with his All Starr Band on backup. This tour’s lineup includes Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Santana), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), and Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth’s band). Fans can expect to hear a spectrum of hits from “Africa” to “Black Magic Woman” to “Yellow Submarine” in the intimate setting at Celebrity Theatre, where no seat is farther than 70 feet from the stage. $67-$127. 7:30 p.m. November 15 at Celebrity Theatre. celebritytheatre.com
Though Mindy Tarquini’s debut novel Hindsight has nothing to do with hospitals, it was in a children’s hospital in Philadelphia where she realized her desire to write it. Tarquini was working as an ultrasound technician when she noticed a patient’s mother – who, considering the circumstances, hardly ever smiled – reading Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence” and bursting with laughter. She wondered what it would be like to write something so cheerful it could help someone transcend their current circumstances, as grim as they may be, for even a few moments. That thought guided her while writing Hindsight. Tarquini describes her novel as “a layered contemporary fable” about a woman from a tight-knit Italian American family who has the ability to remember all of her past lives and how the lessons learned therein dictate how she lives in the present.
Hindsight, released Tuesday, has already received high praise. Tarquini is originally a native of Philadelphia but now resides in the Valley. She will be hosting her first-ever book signing and reading at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix this evening (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. We chatted with the author about her inspirations for the novel.
#1: Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts in Downtown Phoenix, November 12
The theme for the 11th annual parade – now joined with the Grand Avenue Festival -- is “We Could be Heroes (Just for One Day).” Participants will don superhero costumes, and there are contests in five categories: “Avenging Leagues: The Colossal Costume Clan” costume contest; “The Flock of Fabulous Floats” float contest; “The Brilliant Bike Brigade” decorated bicycle contest; “Splendiferous Sidekicks” kids and pets contest; and “Society of Gathering Multitudes of Droves” group contest. The procession begins at 6 p.m. at Unexpected Gallery. The finale features a fire show by The Circus Farm, musical performance by Tucson funk duo Mik and Scott, and The Untrashed Recycled Fashion Show. Free. November 12. phoenixannualparadeofthearts.com
#1: “Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces” at Musical Instrument Museum, November 5
Fancy banjos and glammed-up guitars (and one unique ukulele) by artisan luthiers Pearl Works are on display in this special exhibition. The instruments are all artfully inlaid with things like gold, wood, copper, abalone shells, and mother of pearl, and depict everything from fierce and fiery dragons to intricate floral designs imbued with philosophical meaning. $10, exhibition only; $7 with museum general admission ($10-$20). Opens November 5, 2016 and runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through September 4, 2017. mim.org
It's no secret that Halloween is no longer a "kids-only" holiday. If anything, hard-partying adults have usurped the day traditionally observed to honor the dead and later reserved for children in homemade ghost costumes to eat a lot of candy. Now it's all about making costumes "sexy" and drinking. Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, the weekend before is sure to be maximized for freaky fun. Here's our list of the top 5 adults-only events this weekend:
The first PHX Zine Fest introduced Downtown Phoenix to dozens of West Coast zine makers Sunday afternoon.
Zines are self-published, DIY magazines – equal parts grandma’s craft closet and anarchic punk concert (basically, on the opposite end of the spectrum as PHOENIX magazine). Find them at art walks, festivals and independent bookstores and music venues (or, make your own in this easy how-to from Rookie magazinie).
Here are our five favorite zines, both for their unique qualities and for how they exemplified key zine traits: DIY spirit, advocacy, creativity and humor:
Every year, nonprofit arts organization Arizona Musicfest produces a series of concerts in the fall and winter at various Scottsdale venues. The fall 2016/winter 2017 fests kick off on October 28, and the lineups include bluegrass, classical music, rock, opera, soul, folk, and Broadway songs. You can see the full schedule of shows at azmusicfest.org, but here are the five we deem the most unmissable.
#1: Mavis Staples at Highlands Church, March 6, 2017
At 77, gospel and R&B singer Mavis Staples shows no signs of slowing down. This year, Staples released a new album, “Livin’ on a High Note,” and was a Kennedy Center Honoree. She brings her powerful pipes and repertoire of popular songs such as “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” to the acoustically impressive Highlands Church. 7:30 p.m. March 6 at Highlands Church. Tickets cost $34-$76.
Forget white-gloved bellhops or the overly enthusiastic, suck-up lobby attendants of Amy Schumer skits, the first to greet you upon arrival at FOUND:RE Phoenix is a lot more casual than those at some stuffy Scottsdale resorts or old-school Downtown high rises: a naked Burt Reynolds in a golden wig on a bearskin rug.
#1: Town of Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden at Carefree Desert Gardens, through October 31
Sculptor Ray Villafane has filled the four acres of Carefree Desert Gardens with dozens of artistic pumpkin carvings and life-size scarecrows. In addition to wandering the displays of creatively carved squash, visitors can take pumpkin carving classes, grab a bite at snack stands, and relax in the craft beer garden. Free admission. Open daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m. through October 31 at Carefree Desert Gardens. carefreepumpkingarden.com
The plot revolves around a man named Bassanio and his courtship of a woman named Portia. Bassanio needs 3,000 ducats to be her suitor, and he borrows the money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, with Bassanio’s merchant friend, Antonio, acting as guarantor on the loan. The terms are steep: If Bassanio can’t repay Shylock on the specified date, Shylock will take a pound of Antonio’s flesh.
The play has been set in pretty much every era and time period imaginable over the past 500 years; Southwest Shakespeare Company sets theirs in the U.S. during the late 1920s, presumably just prior to the Wall Street Crash of 1929 that helped trigger the Great Depression. Two rolling panel walls with doors and Art Deco windows, a faux marble floor and counter, braided columns, mannequin torsos draped in 1920 clothes, and a black chalkboard showing New York Stock Exchange rates set the stage for the talented cast of actors, and an oft-disturbing but always powerful story about prejudice, race, and religion.
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