You’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy live music this Memorial Day weekend—including the Phoenix Symphony’s “Red, White and Blue” concert at Symphony Hall in Phoenix on Sat, May 29, at 2:30pm (pre-show activities start at 1:30pm).
If you’re looking for some free musical entertainment, check out the “Free Sunday Night Concert Series” with local musicians at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale on Sun, May 30, at 7:30pm. Take some pocket money for optional food and train/carousel rides.
Indulge in a little nostalgia as the barbershop quartet “2 Under Par” performs at Greasepaint Youtheatre (formerly Stagebrush Theatre) in Scottsdale on Fri, May 28, at 6:30pm. The concert is free for ticket holders to the 7pm Greasepaint Youtheatre performance of “The Sound of Plaid”–a musical revue featuring pop hits of the ’50s.
If folk music and the blues is your thing, enjoy a “Hollywood Live on Stage” event featuring “The Bacon Brothers Live in Concert” (actor Kevin and musician Michael) at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on Sat, May 29 and Sun, May 30 (both indoors at 8pm with doors opening at 7pm).
For those of you who like a bit of splash with your music, there’s an “Evening Tour of the Preserve” for all ages at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert on Fri, May 28, at 7pm. The tour features “stories, nature and music” so you might learn a little something too. (The riparian habitat, in which life depends on bodies of water, is considered the rarest natural community in Arizona.)
If film is more your thing and you’re eager to enjoy some “adult content” time without the kiddos, visit the Phoenix Art Museum on Sun, May 30, at 1pm for the “No Festival Required” presentation of “Tokyo is Dreaming.” The film portrays several aspects of city life—including work, travel and leisure—plus issues like homelessness and alienation. The film’s director, producer and composer will all attend.
Tonight is “Community Movie Night” at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, presented in partnership with Hoodlums Music & Movies. Tonight’s free showing of “Tank Man” by Anthony Thomas starts at 6pm. The film examines the aftermath in China of the famous 1989 Tiananmen Square protest in Beijing, with special attention to finding the young man who stood firm as a tank continued to advance in his direction.
When the urge to get out of town strikes, consider visiting Arizona museums outside the Valley, including two featuring art festivals this weekend. The “Southwest Indian Art Festival” takes place Sat, May 29 and Sun, May 30 at the Smoki Museum in Prescott. The “Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture” occurs Sat, May 29 and Sun, May 30 at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.
When all is said and done, sometimes a little playtime is all you really need. Take time on Monday (and every day) to remember and reflect on those we honor each Memorial Day. But leave some time for family fun too. On a day when so many other places are closed, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix will be open.
Let your kids think you’re a hero for taking them. They don’t have to know the adventure was all yours…
Note: “The Sound of Plaid” photos by Laura Durant, who also does actor headshots and a weekly listing of Valley auditions. “The Sound of Plaid,” which runs through Sunday, is one of several theater productions happening this weekend. For a comprehensive list of theater and other activities for youth and families, visit the RAK calendar online.