This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Tuesday, June 26
It doesn't have to be the weekend to go out and shake your booty. Every Thursday night, Flavor pumps out house, hip-hop and drum and bass courtesy of two-thirds of the legendary Bombshelter DJs, Emile and Radar (who won "Best DJ" in this year's New Times Music Showcase). There's no cover charge, and the creative spinning takes place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Noyz, 4224 North Craftsman Court in Scottsdale. Call 480-941-9333 to find out more.

Friday, June 27
There might not be a Diamondbacks home game on Friday, June 27, but downtown will still be happening thanks to Ritmo Latino, a weekly music and dance event featuring live Cuban and Flamenco rhythms from local favorites Cascabel on the first level, and salsa, merengue, bachata and rock Latino from DJs on the second level. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. at Sports City Grill & Sky Lounge, 123 East Washington. Admission is $10. For more information, call 602-229-1110.

Saturday, June 28
Phoenix seems to be home to one of the world's most ambitious troupes of Rocky Horror Picture Show enthusiasts. While maintaining their ongoing Rocky screenings, complete with live performances, Broadway Bound & Gagged is now branching out into double features with other cult movies. First up in the new series, which begins Saturday, June 28, the group gives an interactive performance and screening of the 1985 flick Clue, which fleshes out the characters of the popular murder mystery board game. What's the connection between the two films? It's actor Tim Curry, beloved in his Rockyrole as Dr. Frankenfurter and perhaps under appreciated in his Clue part as the butler. Clue starts at 9 p.m. at Spectrum Mall Cinemas, located inside the mall at 19th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Admission is $5. Rocky Horror festivities, with a separate admission price of $6, start at 11 p.m. with a "virgin" initiation (for those who've never experienced the midnight movie phenomenon) and monthly lingerie and fetish contest, open to ages 18 and up. For more information, visit www.azrocky.com or call 602-201-1817.

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Sunday, June 29
What is it about cats that make their owners so slavishly devoted to them? Their charismatic charm invites a strange kind of behavior that you just don't see with dog lovers. For example, folks like to give their cats elaborate names like Mister Cole and Princess Kitty Star Shine (we're not making these up). And what cat person can resist adorable accessories for their fluffy friends? From bowties and rhinestone collars to reindeer antlers and an assortment of tiny hats, cats unwittingly become their owners' fashion statements. On Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, the Valley's feline followers come out in force for the Sunset Paradise Cat Show, sponsored by the United Feline Organization. Expect cats and kittens of all kinds, from common housecats to a variety of exotic breeds. Everything runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 51st Avenue and McDowell. To enter your kitty in the show, call Terry Sines at 623-907-4849, or send an email to sillykirks@juno.com.

Local jazz supporter Al Singer, who seems enthusiastic about anything and everything jazz, is truly excited to tell us about jazz legends Bud Shank and David Friesen,who headline Singer's Jazz at the Rhythm Room concert on Sunday, June 29. "They're a really big deal," he says, anxious to get the word out to fellow jazz lovers around the Valley. Veteran alto saxophonist Shank is known for his performances with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, among others, and Friesen is renowned for his bass work. Their concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Admission is $15. To additional information, call 480-488-4553.

Monday, June 30
Just because desert daytime temperatures are sweltering doesn't mean you have no choice but to hibernate all summer. The time to get out and enjoy your Sonoran surroundings is first thing in the morning, before the sun gets too intense. Catch a serene glimpse of nature on Monday, June 30, when Desert Botanical Garden presents Birds in the Garden, a 7 a.m. walking tour of the grounds led by volunteer birding experts. Offered weekly through August, the tour is free with regular garden admission ($7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $4 for students and $3.50 for children ages 3 to 12). The garden is located inside Papago Park at 1201 North Galvin Parkway. To find out more, visit www.dbg.org or call 480-941-1225.

Tuesday, July 1
After years of listening to our friends talk out their relationship dramas, we've noticed a lot of similar remarks. "She's behaving like such a Pisces." "He was being his stubborn Taurus self." "I just need to find a good Libra." Too bad they couldn't all get the advice of psychic astrologist Roxy Carter, who conducts a free lecture, "Rockin' the Planets, Shakin' the Stars: Astro-Analyze Your Relationships," on Tuesday, July 1. Carter dishes out advice for both married people and singles to accept their mates and learn how to be better partners, starting at 7 p.m. at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 North 57th Avenue in Glendale. Call 623-930-3846 for further details.

Wednesday, July 2What started as a temporary art installation created by Desert Vista High School students for the Tempe Center for the Arts' groundbreaking ceremony is now a month long exhibition at the Tempe Public Library: "Art in a Box: Recycled Art History." Utilizing recycled cardboard and other materials, the show is a visual exploration of art history. "Art in a Box" opens Wednesday, July 2, and is on display through October 30 at the library, 3500 South Rural Road in Tempe. For details, call 480-350-5500, or visit www.tempe.gov/library.

 
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