Desert Companion

Your arts +entertainment calendar for July


Bypassed Byways

Wayne Kodey’s Bypassed Byways

July 14

Bypassed Byways

Spring Valley Library

Get your kicks with photographer Wayne Kodey’s decades-in-the-making set of shots from Route 66. Short of renting an old Corvette and driving the route yourself, this is your best chance to experience 66’s fading glories. Through September 18.


SanchezJuly 16

Michito Sanchez

Centennial Hills Amphitheatre

A salsa-riffic evening with the seasoned percussionist — known to bring a global sensibility to his salsa groove — and his 10-piece band. 7:30p, free,


July 31

Claypool-Lennon Delirium

Lennon Delirium

Brooklyn Bowl

Bassist Les Claypool, formerly of Primus (“Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”) joins forces with Sean Lennon, formerly of Yoko Ono’s womb (and “one of rock ’n’ roll’s most fearless collaborators” — Rolling Stone) for an exercise in what the Stone calls “raw, proggy psyche-pop.” 7p, $29-$45,

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Idaho!July 6


The Smith Center

A brand-new musical comedy about three couples on the frontier. The show’s press materials emphasize the presence of potatoes in this production — as well as a post-Book of Mormon lack of “political correctness.” 2p and 7:30p, $19-$89,


July 14

A. Brad Schwartz

The Writer’s Block

Just when you thought you knew all you needed to about Orson Welles’ panic-inducing 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds, along comes Mr. Schwartz with a batch of new information, distilled into his book, Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News, which he will read from and sign. 7p, free, the

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