Top 5 Arts Events for Sept. 12-19: Welcome Diner Film Fest, Hall & Oates, Visions of Grandeur & More

Niki D'AndreaSeptember 11, 2016
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#2: Darryl Hall & John Oates at Ak-Chin Pavilion, September 14

A quick poll of Facebook friends recently revealed that most people’s favorite Hall & Oates song is “Sara Smile,” but there were also many mentions of “Maneater,” “Rich Girl,” “Kiss on My List,” and “I Can’t Go for That.” Oh, and “Private Eyes.” And “You Make My Dreams.” And “Out of Touch.” And, and… the point is, Hall & Oates have a heck of a lot of hits, and you can hear them live this week. Bonus: Funk-soul band Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, AND spirited jazz purveyors Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue open the show. $15-$125. 7 p.m. September 14 at Ak-Chin Pavilion.

#3: Visions of Grandeur at Chartreuse Gallery, September 16

If you missed the First Friday opening reception with the more than 20 local artists showcased in this Marshall Shore-curated art spectacular, fret not – there’s another artist reception this Friday. Some of the city’s most celebrated creatives – including Zarco Guerrero, Collin Chillag, Marilyn Szabo, and Dain Q. Gore — have contributed a variety of artworks across a gamut of media. The aesthetic assembly is augmented by the music of jazz drummer Alan Jones. Free. 6 p.m. September 16 at Chartreuse Gallery.

AZ New Artists Bash photo by Artistserv#4: New AZ Artist Bash at Walter Art Gallery, September 16

Poppin’ fresh contemporary art makes its maiden voyage to the walls of Walter Art Gallery this month, courtesy of 11 emerging visual artists including Jim Covarrubias, Allie Giambalvo, Jill Friedberg, FunWOW, Rembrandt Quiballo and Malena Barnhart. Artists will be in attendance. Free. 6 p.m. September 16 at Walter Art Gallery.

#5: Michael Blackson at StandUp Live, September 15-18

Known as “The African King of Comedy,” Ghanaian actor and comedian Michael Blackson dresses like Eddie Murphy in the ‘80s (oh, those slick leather suits!) and induces just about as many fits of uncontrollable laughter. In addition to his memorable role in Ice Cube’s stoner comedy sequel “Next Friday,” Blackson has also appeared on P. Diddy’s HBO show “Bad Boys of Comedy” and in a commercial for “Chappelle’s Show.” $25-$45. Call for show times. September 15-18 at StandUp Live.


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