This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

 THU 22
We're not sure who the real star of a Chris Putrino Band show is: a bouncing, jumping Chris Putrino -- or his dark, flowing and, frankly, frightening mullet? Nevertheless, Putrino -- who jumps off the stage, and "the audience comes alive!" -- and the members of his band play a crowd-pleasing gig at the West Valley Art Museum, 17420 North Avenue of the Arts in Surprise, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 22. The set is sure to be filled with sing-along songs (mostly rock) from the past half-century, as well as the band's "sunny Caribbean" sound. When you're not fawning over Putrino's locks, check out the museum's current exhibition, "Dressing It Up: Ethnic Dress Accessories" (see page 38). Admission to the museum is $7 for adults. For information, call 623-972-0635 or see www.wvam.org.

FRI 23
Just how does Kathleen Madigan plan to eliminate the rest of the competition on NBC's Last Comic Standing 2? Man's best friend might be her best chance after a pooch named Rusty made itself at home at the cast's temporary digs in Hollywood. "If I could get him to eat one comic a night, there won't even be a final five," Madigan said on a recent episode. "It'll be me and Rusty." While Rusty's away at a school for attack dogs, Madigan polishes up her comedic skills Friday, July 23, with two performances at 8 and 10 p.m. at the Tempe Improv, 930 East University. The St. Louis native covers the typical pop culture, family quirks, airline jokes fare from Thursday, July 22, through Sunday, July 25. Then it's back to Hollywood to teach Rusty some new tricks. Tickets are $17. Call 480-921-9877 or see www.tempeimprov.com.

SAT 24
If Chris Putrino isn't your style -- or if looking at a mullet just flat-out makes you itch -- Eclectique Lounge at the Priceless Inn (a.k.a. Boston's), 5014 South Price in Tempe, might be more your speed for a night filled with art and music. On Saturday, July 24, the PI presents resident DJ Ian Frost, plus guest DJs Jamboree Jam and 3 Record Switch, for a night of beats and brushes featuring the live artwork of Blow Up Co-Op member and graffiti artist Dumperfoo, along with Devil's Ink. Cover is $3. For more information, call 480-897-1466 or see www.eclectiquelounge.com.

SUN 25
Visualize whirled peas, huh? Think a bumper sticker makes you a peace-loving dove? Try walking a few hundred miles in Gandhi's shoes. That's the message of Jay Alagia's Sunday service lecture, "Gandhi's Karma . . . Do Ends Justify Means?" on Sunday, July 25, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, 4027 East Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. Alagia grew up in India and, as a teenager, joined Gandhi's nonviolent movement to free the country from British rule. Now Alagia's on a different-but-similar mission: to get imperialist nations (don't think that's some sociopolitical jab -- we're just sayin') to fight this so-called war against terrorism with our heads instead of our hands, er, rocket launchers, mortar and the like. Shun the war-mongers and head out for the 10:30 a.m. service. Call 602-840-8400 for more information.

MON 26
Get your elbows off the table, numnuts! Stop yer smackin' . . . and for the love of Godiva, wipe that chocolate milk off your face, foolio! Sure, you've heard that plenty, eh, messy Marvin? Well, dust the crumbs off your wife-beater and head out to Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 905 North 54th Avenue in Chandler, on Monday, July 26, for the ongoing "Flights of Fancy" wine and speaker series. This week's event is just for you and your uncouth Uncle Buford, as dining etiquette author David Rothschild presents "What's Your EATiquette I.Q.?" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Since no one taught you any manners, drink up and pay little attention as you sample two wine flights (that's two ounces each of six different wines). Call 480-940-1900 for reservations, $25.

TUE 27
Remember when the BoDeans were the second coming of U2 (pre-self-indulgence)? We're not asking you, you D12-lovin', pubescent troll! Because we do remember the days when the boys from Waukesha, Wisconsin, were flying high with their third album, Home, and we went out and bought designer bola ties to mix-and-match in our otherwise simplistic Midwestern wardrobes. Then Generation Y got on board when Party of Five showcased the band's "Closer to Free" in its opening credits a few years later, as Jennifer Love Hewitt bounced and bounced . . . and bounced onscreen. But with the BoDeans, it was never style over substance. And nearly 20 years since their debut, that's still the case. Touring in support of their first album in eight years, Resolution, the BoDeans play the Marquee Theatre, 730 North Mill in Tempe, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 27. Tickets are $22. Call 480-829-0707 or see www.nipp.com.

WED 28
Testosterone -- read: cowardly insecurity regarding our own masculinity -- affords us "man's men" little leeway in openly befriending the 'mos (a.k.a. gay men). Hey, we'll share a chuckle every now and then about our poor fashion sense. But becoming emotionally involved? Most of us straights defer to the women (a.k.a. 'mohos) when it comes to the touchy-feely sensitivity that can manifest in a het-homo friendship. Leave it to our progressive brothers across the Atlantic to prove that true friendship knows no sexual preference when the Out Far! Quarterly Film Series presents the Irish flick Cowboys and Angels on Wednesday, July 28, at Harkins Scottsdale Fashion Square theater at Scottsdale Road and Camelback. The comedy-drama starring Michael Legge (the teenaged Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes) tells the story of two young men -- one shy and straight, the other flamboyantly flaming -- who (gasp!) share an apartment and an unbreakable friendship. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance at www.outfar.org, $8 at the theater.

 
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