Praise the Lord and pass the Jack and dirty women -- you're guaranteed a hoe-down when the Reverend comes to town. The Reverend Horton Heat, Texas' most debauched theologian and rockabilly evangelist, is hitting Tempe's Marquee Theatre, 730 North Mill, on August 3 (on a Sunday nonetheless, so you can skip your morning televangelism session). The Rev may have hit his peak on 1994's Liquor in the Front (Poker in the Rear), but in the near-decade since, he's continued rocking the hard-livin', womanizin', dope-smokin' country-flavored Texan rockabilly epitomized by his trio (the Rev, drummer Scott Churilla and bassist Jimbo). The Reverend's seventh LP, Lucky 7, came out last year and scored the accolade of having one of its songs, "Like a Rocket," selected as 2002's official Daytona 500 theme song. Tickets are $18, and doors open at 8 p.m. Call 480-784-4444 for tickets. - Brendan Joel Kelley
A new exhibition featuring two artists
A First Friday (photo)reception unveils a two-artist exhibition at Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt, at 7 p.m. August 1. Sara Abbott describes her photographs, which rely on "repetitive mirrored imagery," as "a journey into discovering what and how change is processed, solved and processed again as a cycle of self-exploration." Wesley Cleveland, who's drawn to abandoned places "to document the beauty that largely goes unnoticed," presents black-and-white photos he shot from an old boarding house in Jerome. The show runs through September 2. Call 602-462-5516 for gallery hours. - Jill Koch
Beading You to the Punch
Provocative and humorous creations
Artist Christy Puetz uses beads -- often a very intricate, prim, precious medium -- to create works that are unexpectedly provocative and humorous, emphasizing symbols and texture. Then she watches to see how people react to them.
Puetz's beaded fiberglass and cloth sculptures, included along with two-dimensional pieces in her August eye lounge exhibition "bugs and people i know," take on such varied shapes as nurses, javelinas, bust forms and "childhood all-around foolery," she says.
The feminine bust forms make reference to many facets of womanly power: the "nurturing side, the sexy side, the I'm gonna get things finished so get out of my way side."
They also add an element of taboo, Puetz explains. "They are pretty and textural -- people want to touch them, but are afraid to because they are a bust form," she says. "Strange, because it is just a form, not a real person."
A collection of new paintings by Karolina Sussland titled ". . . and the Horse You Rode In On" is also featured this month at eye lounge, 419 East Roosevelt. For details call 602-430-1490. - Michele Laudig