Downtown Digest: Question magic and rock out at events this week

Arizona State University's downtown campus from the top of the Sun Devils Fitness Center. (Nicole Neri/DD)

I’m back! It’s T.J. Triolo, your guide to downtown Phoenix events. Downtown Devil is taking a break from regular coverage over the summer, but I’ll be here to recommend events happening weekly in downtown Phoenix. Here are some interesting events going on this week!

Magic and Skepticism with Matt Dillahunty
Monday, May 14
Starts at 8 p.m.
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St.

According to the description, this event will be “an evening celebrating magic and skepticism.” It will feature Matt Dillahunty, the co-host of the Atheist Experience podcast. There’s not much to the event description, but Dillahunty is a magician, so I think it’s safe to say some magic illusions will be involved. I’d imagine it can’t be “real” magic power though, especially considering that the event involves skepticism of supernatural belief systems.  Tickets to the event cost $34.

Rockin’ the Classics – Lunch Time Theater
Monday, May 14 – Thursday, May 17
7 p.m.
May14, 12:10 p.m. May 15 – 17
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St.

Take a trip back in time a few (okay, more than a few) decades for some classic music. This show features music from the 1950s through today, including songs from artists such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and on the newer end of the spectrum, Michael Bublé. I just hope there’s rock from the 1970s or 1980s featured somewhere in there; It’s my favorite type of music, and no collection of classic music would be complete without it!  Tickets cost $7.

Culitv8N Culture Open Mic Night
Tuesday, May 15
Starts at 8 p.m.
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave

Here’s an open mic night for anyone who wants to use it to spread “positive vibes, positive messages, and positive attitudes.” Do you want to sing? Go ahead. How about comedy? Go ahead. It’s your open mic night; Do whatever you want with it. When it comes to this event, I’m pickin’ up good vibrations like one of my favorite Beach Boys songs. This event is free.

Jazz & Jokes
Thursday, May 17
Starts at 9 p.m.
The Nash
110 E. Roosevelt St.

It’s a comedy show with jazz music. Or maybe it’s a jazz show with comedy? Whatever you want to call it, come in for some entertainment featuring jazz musicians and stand-up comedians! This event will feature improvisation in the performances, so it’s sure to be interesting. My question is, are the musicians going to improvise too? I haven’t even read sheet music in years, so being able to make up a song on the spot is definitely something I can appreciate. Tickets cost $10.

Phoenix Art Museum Teen Night
Friday, May 18
6 – 9:30 p.m.
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.

Well, I’m jealous. Apparently I’m not cool enough for this event. It’s only for teens ages 14-18, and I’m 20 now. Fine, I’ll take my amazing self somewhere else on Friday night, like at my job since I’m scheduled to work then… But, this is a time for teens to explore the art museum however they want, checking it out without their parents around and after the museum is closed. Parents can pick up their teens at 9:30 once the event is finished. No money? No problem! This is a free event, so come have fun!

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