This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Tursday, September 11
Two years ago, after the terrorist attacks on New York and near Washington, D.C., people truly started to wonder if it would ever be possible to laugh again. It took some time, but we completely regained our chuckling capacity -- thank goodness. On Thursday, September 11, commemorate the tragedies by celebrating comedy at Rooster's All Star Comedy Show, featuring eight talented, up-and-coming Valley comedians: Reggie Walker, John Jesmer, Bryan Ricci, Shaun Latham, Kurt Whitman, Devyan DuMon, Jay Penn and Josh Miles. Proceeds benefit the 9/11 Relief Fund. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at Nita's Hideaway, 3300 South Price in Tempe. Tickets are only $8; visit www.ticketweb.com or call 480-966-7715 to purchase.

Friday, September 12
Walk With Evil, the latest album from local roots-rock kings The Trophy Husbands, deftly walks the line between country and rock 'n' roll, with intricate guitar work and alternating vocals from the talented Dave Insley, who seems to channel Willie Nelson in his finest moments, and the charismatic Kevin Daly, whose demented howls reverberate from alt-country's darker corners. With bass player Jeff Farias and drummer Tom Post, the original lineup of the band performs at its CD release party at 9 p.m. Friday, September 12. Special guest Adam Jacobson (of Steppchild notoriety) also performs. Admission is $5 at Long Wong's, 701 South Mill in Tempe. For more information about the band, visit www.trophyhusbands.net.

Saturday, September 13
Nowhere in the Valley really qualifies as a rock 'n' roll mecca, but Tempe comes closest -- at least it's a destination. And on Saturday, September 13, it has one more draw for local music hounds with the debut of Replica. Bringing raw sounds of all kinds -- everything from punk, glam and garage rock to New Wave, electro and acid house -- courtesy of DJs Rikk X and Kai, the weekly music night launches with a live performance from local glam rockers The New Romantics. The party happens from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. the second and fourth Saturday of every month at Stray Cat Bar & Grill, 2433 East University in Tempe. Call 480-967-1040 for details.

Sunday, September 14
Whether you're celebrity-obsessed or shoe-addicted, you'll find plenty to gawk at in the Celebrity Shoes for Orphans Benefit Auction Preview, a display of autographed shoes from dozens of celebrities, including Tom Hanks' leather dress shoes, Robin Williams' camouflage sneakers and Pamela Anderson's metallic platform stilettos. The traveling exhibit gives the general public a chance to check out shoes before they're auctioned off for charity, starting September 22. See the famous footwear at Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 West Chandler Boulevard, through Sunday, September 14, and then at Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 East Camelback, September 18 through 21. Visit celebrityshoesfororphans.org to find out more.

Monday, September 15
Earlier this year, Roman Reyes, Phoenix College Department Chair of Art, Photography, Music and Anthropology, was invited to design a peace mural for Education Without Borders, a conference of more than 600 students from around the world, held in the United Arab Emirates. A collaboration between students from Phoenix College and the U.A.E., the resulting installation is titled "The Dream Is Possible." Now, Phoenicians can see a scaled-down version of the work, as well as photos documenting Reyes' creative process, at "A Journey,"opening at the Phoenix College Fine Arts Gallery on Monday, September 15. Admission is free, and viewing hours are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily, through October 8, at 1202 West Thomas. To find out more, call 602-285-7277.

Tuesday, September 16
Interested in getting your exercise while taking in the gorgeous desert scenery? At the free Mountain Biking Basics clinics, offered by REI on Tuesday, September 16, in Paradise Valley, and Wednesday, September 17, in Tempe, you can find out answers to all of your essential questions, including what you shouldn't leave home without when you go for a ride, what's in a bike kit, what to do when you encounter a horse on a trail, and where are the Valley's best places to ride. Clinics start at 7 p.m. at REI Tempe, 1405 West Southern (call 480-967-5494 for details), and REI Paradise Valley, 12634 North Paradise Village Parkway (call 602-996-5400 for information).

Wednesday, September 17
Stave off your wanderlust and satisfy your curiosity about foreign cultures at the free Southeast Asian Film Series, sponsored by Arizona State University's Program for Southeast Asian Studies. On Wednesday, September 17, the feature is Sa Tree Lhek (The Iron Ladies), a dramatic comedy celebrated in film festivals around the world, inspired by the true story of a gay volleyball team that made it to Thailand's national championship. The Vietnamese drama Daughter of Danangis scheduled for September 24, and the Thai film Blissfully Yours concludes the series on October 1. All screenings start at 7 p.m. in the Nursing Building, Room 101, on the ASU campus in Tempe. For additional information, visit www.asu.edu/pseas or call 480-965-0118.

After 12 years of following the romantic correspondence between a London postcard designer and a South Pacific stamp designer, fans of Griffin and Sabine finally get some closure with The Morning Star, Nick Bantock's final installment in the series of intricately illustrated novels. Back in 1991, with the original Griffin & Sabine, readers were hooked by Bantock's unique way of telling a story through actual letters and envelopes affixed to the pages. And The Morning Staris no different; the series conclusion is just as full of mysterious, delicate details. Bantock reads from and discusses his new book at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock in Tempe. Call 480-730-0205 to find out more.

 
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