Curtain Critic: Arizona Opera brings a comedy classic to the stage


“Daughter of the Regiment” blends comedy and opera at the Phoenix Symphony Hall, offering a humorous romp through love and war. Read story

METROnome: Indie 500 unites community with 38 hours of diverse performances


The Indie 500 turned out to be far more than just its frantic, crazy goal of 80 bands back-to-back. The event at the Trunk Space was, at heart, a way to bring together the downtown community. Read story

Music Stroll jazzes up the pub crawl experience

Several different restaurants downtown, including the Arrogant Butcher, Copper Blues, Squid Ink and Tom’s Tavern, hosted musical acts Saturday afternoon for the fifth annual Downtown Music Stroll. Read story

METROnome: Trunk Space to celebrate 11th anniversary with 36-hour festival


This is the second year for The Trunk Space’s Indie 500 festival, where about 80 bands will play 500 songs in a row. Last year, the festival featured 500 songs over 10 days; “I guess that didn’t seem ridiculous enough,” said Trunk Space co-owner Stephanie Carrico. Read story

Focus. Flash. Phoenix: The Juggler


Austin broke out the pins and all hell broke loose. He tossed/spun them around to practice new material. I could not look away — even when some attempts failed and pins flew at me. Read story

IN FLUX: Cycle 5 art tour spreads art displays through Phoenix and surrounding cities


The IN FLUX temporary art initiative will be bringing its annual multi-city tour to downtown on May 3. Eric Boos’ “The Re-birth of Venus,” currently on display at the Phoenix Convention Center, highlights the downtown portion of the tour. Read story

Curtain Critic: Space 55's 'Where is Now?' ponders difficulty of staying in the present


A mix of music, comedy and sketch that explores how difficult it can be to live in the present without thinking about the past or anticipating the future, “Where is Now?” will be playing Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Space 55 on Pierce and Seventh streets. Read story

A Tailored Place: New clothing swap center looks to serve LGBT youth


The “I Have a Dream” boutique is meant to be a safe place for LGBT youth to shop for and exchange clothes without the constraints of a gendered establishment. Read story

McDowell Mountain Music Festival impacts downtown by fueling charities, crowds


The McDowell Mountain Music Festival has been drawing acts such as Passion Pit and The Roots to downtown Phoenix for more than a decade now. However, the festival’s influence extends beyond music: it donates thousands of dollars to charity and brings big crowds downtown. Read story

METROnome: Local band to bring punk rock-inspired performance to Country Thunder


METROnome columnist Emily Liu is a country fan, but even she can spot the genre cliches in the twangs and girls in blue jeans. That’s why she’s looking forward to Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold at this year’s Country Thunder, a folk punk band sure to be a breath of fresh air at the four-day festival. Read story