People grow up idealistic and brave. Then they become cautious, inflexible despots, oppressing the next generation in turn. Young adulthood endures enough without old white men sending them to be killed by the thousands in some war. We can’t even.
In that spirit, 1968 saw the premiere of Hair, a.k.a. Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. The original production paved the way for multiple musical genres and styles to flourish on stage. Hits from the score include “Aquarius” and “Easy to Be Hard.”
Arizona Broadway Theatre revives the psychedelic resistance through Sunday, March 25.
On Thursday, March 1, seating starts at 5:30 p.m. for a 7:30 showtime at 7701 West Paradise Lane in Peoria. Ticket prices, which may increase with demand, start at $76 at press time, including dinner. (Non-dining seats are also available.) Some adult stuff goes on in the play, so be advised. Call 623-776-8400 or visit the Arizona Broadway Theatre website. Julie Peterson
Comedian Michael Blackson’s Twitter game is strong. Whether commenting on Kevin Hart’s post-Super Bowl antics or discussing Blac Chyna’s sex tape, he makes a point to continuously fan the pop culture flames with hilariously brutal barbs.
Blackson started performing stand-up comedy in Pennsylvania in the early ’90s, eventually making his way to L.A. One night, Ice Cube caught Blackson’s set at the Comedy Store and offered the up-and-comer an audition for Next Friday. He landed a part in the
Sharp dress meets sharp wit when Blackson takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Admission is $35 for guests 21 and older, $45 for VIP. Attendance requires a two-drink minimum. Two more shows happen on Friday, March 2. Call 480-719-6100 or visit the Stand Up Live website. Amy Young
For Beth Tom, art is as much about the experience of creating as the finished product. For her upcoming show “Toy,” the mixed-media artist experimented with different styles and used found objects to create new pieces.
The one-night-only exhibition will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. Much of the work in the exhibition features a childlike element or pays homage to childhood in some way. The artist incorporated keepsake items such as old ticket stubs, cards, drawings, letters, CD covers, and sheet music into her work and reused old paintings, canvases, fabric, pieces of wood, and paints.
The free solo show will take place at Megaphone PHX, 4700 North Central Avenue, #112. For more information, go to the Megaphone Phoenix Facebook page. Laura Latzko
We’re guessing you don’t remember firsthand when a World War II Japanese-American internment camp turned Gila Bend into Arizona’s third-largest city. Or that prisoner Kenichi Zenimura spearheaded an effort to construct a baseball field and build a 32-team league, knowing that hitting the road and playing together would raise morale and awareness and foster goodwill between Japanese and white Americans. And it did.
Sports historian Bill Staples Jr., author of Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer, will speak on “The Legacy of Japanese American Baseball,” including but not limited to Gila Bend, on Thursday, March 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard. The event’s free, but it’s suggested you RSVP at the Scottsdale Performing Arts website. Call 480-312-7323 for more info. Julie Peterson
Robots and dinosaurs are taking over Old Tucson, 201 South Kinney Road, as the Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention
Now in its seventh year, the convention features a variety of panels on costuming and character creation, make-and-take crafts, burlesque and fashion shows, and, of course, a thrilling round of tipsy tea dueling.
The climax, however, will be a Saturday night concert
The convention opens on Thursday, March 1, with a meet-and-greet at the Doubletree Airport Tucson, 7051 South Tucson Boulevard, but the main programming runs from Friday through Sunday, March 2 through 4. Passes range in cost from $30 to $200, and some events may require additional tickets or fees. Visit the Wild West Convention website for more information. Michael Senft
When it comes to the first Friday of the month, the festivities along Roosevelt Row aren’t the only art-filled action happening in Phoenix that night. There’s also the Full Moon Festival, which also offers a mix of art, music, and social rites, albeit with more of an underground feel.
This month’s edition of the festival takes place on Friday, March 2, and celebrates the coming of the worm moon. The eight-hour event will fill the District 8 Warehouse, 320 South 25th Street, with local artists, live performances, and vendors. The band lineup will include gigs by Fairy Bones and Jeremiah Christo while the DJ lineup will offer sets by Korey Wade, Nasty Humanz, Grackle Beats, and Uncanny Valley.
The festival runs from 8:08 p.m. until 3:33 a.m. Costumes reflecting the “magic and majesty of the moon” are encouraged, and the event is for the 18-and-over crowd only. Admission is $15. See Festival Facebook page for more details. Benjamin Leatherman
Phoenix Suns v. Oklahoma City Thunder
It’s no secret that the Phoenix Suns aren’t having the best season. Less than 20 wins and more than 40 losses are where things stand as of this writing. They probably won’t take a championship title this go-around, but they still have 20 games to redeem themselves with some victories. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s March 2 visit is one opportunity. The team surpasses the Suns in wins, having 33 of them so far.
This battle’s buzzer sounds at 7 p.m. on Friday at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street. Tickets start at $21. Visit the Ticketmaster website. Amy Young
The Phoenix Chorale is bringing the music of Scandinavia to the Valley with their latest offering, Nordic Songs. Guest conductor Joshua Habermann will bring together traditional Norwegian folk music with dance tunes that may conjure up images of the Muppets’ Swedish Chef.
There are two performances. One is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at American Lutheran Church, 17299 Del Webb Boulevard in Sun City. The other is Saturday, March 3, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 West Roosevelt Street. An additional performance begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, at Camelback Bible Church, 3900 East Stanford Drive in Paradise Valley. Tickets are $35 for adults with various pricing for students, seniors, and military. For more information, visit the Phoenix Chorale website. Jason Keil
Two artists with indigenous roots are revealing important steps in their own journeys, with an exhibition of new work in Scottsdale.
“If These Walls…” features work by Thomas “Breeze” Marcus and Douglas Miles. They’re well-known for creating murals and work that reflects Native American life both present and past. Marcus hails from the Tohono O’odham tribe and grew up
Marcus’ artwork references traditional basketry patterns, and Miles’ artwork incorporates skateboard culture. See their work at Royse Contemporary, 7077 East Main Street, #6, on Saturday, March 3. The free exhibition continues through Saturday, March 31. Visit the Royse Contemporary website. Lynn Trimble
First Encounters DJ Competition
Want to get noticed in the DJ world? It takes a little more than just a killer mix, yo. Just ask any of the contestants participating in this weekend’s First Encounters DJ Competition at the Monarch Theatre, 122 East Washington Street.
Competitors in the DJ battle — which takes place on Saturday, March 3 — are hoping to get a big break in the beat-slinging business and will attempt to earn themselves some honor, glory, and the chance to perform a killer gig. They’ll be judged on their technical prowess on the mixers, as well as their abilities at track selection, showmanship, bringing in a crowd, and getting the place jumping.
At stake is an opening slot at next month’s Phoenix Lights electronic dance music festival in Chandler, as well as the chance to grab the spotlight.
Doors open at 9 p.m. and the event is 18 and over. Admission is $10. See the Relentless Beats website. Benjamin Leatherman