Downtown Digest: SpongeBob musical, history and a book club

(Anya Magnuson/DD)

Hello downtown Phoenix! It’s your local guide, T.J. Triolo. I’ve got some interesting events for you this week, including a musical version of SpongeBob Squarepants. Yes, you read that correctly. The things that musicals get based on these days … Some of them are strange, but interesting nonetheless!

Art Therapy Hosted by Michael CarsonMonday Jan. 27
6-9 p.m.
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. Second Ave.
No, this is not a time to go look at art at the Crescent Ballroom, but a time to make your own! The ballroom will have a model and you can bring your preferred medium to work with. I’m certainly not taking part; my art looks like a terrible project from grade school thanks to my lack of knowledge and patience for it! Tickets cost $10.

Book Club: One Perfect DayTuesday Jan. 28
6-7 p.m.
GenuWine Arizona Wine Bar
888 N. First Ave. Ste. 101
I’ve never heard of One Perfect Day, so I don’t know what it’s about. This is a book club event to discuss it though, and most importantly it features free popcorn and raffle prizes. After all, if an event has free popcorn, that makes it definitely worth going to. However, please have some idea of what One Perfect Day is about; after all, you’re probably going to want to take part in the book discussion and know what you’re talking about. This event is free.

Tim and Eric: 2020 Mandatory Attendance World TourTuesday Jan. 28
Starts at 8 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre
203 W. Adams St.
Tim and Eric are a comedy duo whose name sounds familiar to me, but I don’t know all that well. They came up with an Adult Swim series called Tom Goes to the Mayor, so they’re certainly ahead of me for comedy talent. They’re coming to Phoenix and putting on a live show at the Orpheum Theatre, so come on and check them out! Tickets cost $45-95.

Phoenix Past & Present: Author Talk and Book SigningThursday Jan. 30
6-7:30 p.m.
Heritage Square
113 N. Sixth St.
“Phoenix Past & Present” is a book about Phoenix’s history compared to its current state. I find history fascinating, and a lot of historic buildings in downtown are still around. With that said, a lot has changed, and the book features fascinating photos comparing the past and present. The authors, Robert Melikian and Paul Scharbach, will be present to discuss and sign their book. Being a history nerd, I find this to be an interesting opportunity to check out some underappreciated history, considering that Phoenix isn’t often documented much in mainstream history lessons. This event is free.

The SpongeBob Musical
Friday Jan. 31- Sunday Feb. 2
Starts at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday
Orpheum Theatre
203 W. Adams St.
Yes, SpongeBob Squarepants has been turned into a musical. Fun fact: my grandparents love watching it, and it’s actually one of their favorite things to watch on TV. I still like SpongeBob, but haven’t really watched it in a long time. The idea of the characters looking like humans kind of disturbs me, and yet I want to see how it plays out. The American Theatre Guild is coming to Phoenix, and they’re performing the play this weekend. So check out everyone’s favorite sea sponge like you’ve never seen him before! Tickets cost $45-$85.

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