Tempe events: Disrupt FEST at Tempe Center for the Arts

Author: Nancy

Posted on: March 14, 2017
Last updated on: May 8th, 2017 at 3:21 pm


This week’s events include Disrupt FEST at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on March 18, 2017.  This exciting new TCA event is a mashup of theatre and music featuring artists who challenge preconceived ideas about traditional performing arts.

Doors open at 5 p.m. allowing time for attendees to enjoy tasty fare provided by local food trucks and cocktails at the TCA’s lounge. Performances begin at 6 p.m. with Neil LaBute’s provocative play, Some Velvet Morning, directed by TCA Artistic Director, Ralph Remington and starring Brian Runbeck and Christina Denkinger-Hutchinson. It’s an intense and electrifying story of obsession, desire and the nuances of gender relationships. With themes taken from today’s headlines, the work has both sharp and subtle contrasts, which are underscored by the mesmerizing music of Tandem Duo.

At 8 p.m. the quirky, fun, Los Angeles based band, TOTSY, will perform. TOTSY’s music is reminiscent of burlesque theatre, speak-easies and light cabaret music.  It occasionally taking a twist as band members emulate the sounds of instruments and percussion using only their voices. TOTSY is led by the distinct vocal stylings of Beth Curry, (Broadway star of Legally Blonde and Young Frankenstein) and the guitar and production work of composer/songwriter, Brett Boyett.

The final event, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. Mik Nawooj is a “Hip-Hop orchestra, led by composer/pianist, Joe Wan Kim that combines classical compositions performed by leading classical musicians with vocal artists who counter with spoken word and rap.  The result is a fascinating blend of concepts and sound, merging into one unforgettable experience.

Tickets for Disrupt FEST are $40 for adults and $20 for students and are available at tca.ticketforce.com or by calling (480) 350-2822.

Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information.

ASU Gammage

March 15: Western POP Panel Discussion
Tempe Center for the Arts.

 March 15: The Cadillac Three
The Marquee

March 15: ASU Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus and Gospel Choir
Tempe Center for the Arts

March 15-April 29: 3-D Astronomy Shows
ASU Marston Exploration Theater

March 16: Beyond the Bricks: Saints of Eirinn
Hayden Square Amphitheater

March 16: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Tempe Center for the Arts

March 16: Umphrey’s McGee
The Marquee

March 16-18: EDGE Happy Hour
Tempe Center for the Arts

March 16-18: Comedian Joe Machi
Tempe Improv

March 17: Spring Music in the Garden: Sherry Roberson
Desert Botanical Garden

March 17: Pyrotechnica
Tempe Marketplace District Stage

March 17-19: TCA Theatre Productions presents Some Velvet Morning
Tempe Center for the Arts

March 18: Angels vs. Rockies
Tempe Diablo Stadium

March 18: Disrupt FEST
Tempe Center for the Arts

March 18: Andreś Martín Leal
Tempe Marketplace District Stage

March 18-26: LEGO Batman Movie Days
LEGOLAND Discovery Center

March 19: March 19: Angels vs. White Sox
Tempe Diablo Stadium

March 19: Sonoran Chamber Music Series, Concert 3
Katzin Concert Hall

March 19: Comedian Paul Zerdin
Tempe Improv

March 19: David Benoit in Concert
Tempe Center for the Arts

March 19-May 28: 6th Street Market
6th Street Park

March 20: ASU School of Music presents Dr. Kelly Johnson, Clarinet
Katzin Concert Hall

Disrupt Fest

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