This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

THU 29
Do the South Beach Diet, Scottsdale-style -- martinis and menthol cigarettes (low-carb, low-fat, high-maintenance) -- as Sonik magazine and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society present "South Beach," Thursday, July 29, at Devil's Martini North Scottsdale, 10825 North Scottsdale Road. Giveaways, gift bags, charity raffles and a balloon pop "speckle a night of fun, dancing and lounging," as 20 models from local talent agencies "wow us" with summer fashions from Scottsdale boutiques -- including Jennifer Croll, Estilo and Everything But Water -- plus hair and makeup superiority by Steven Paul Salon master stylists and makeup artists. The Devil's Martini is in the details -- the drink specials, in this case, which include two-for-one Stoli cocktails. Doors open at 8 p.m.; the, uh, speckling commences at 9:30. Cover is $10, with partial proceeds benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Call 480-348-1666 for table and booth reservations.

FRI 30
We'll do a little dance, make a little peace, get down tonight -- and tomorrow, if we see fit -- with Roger Clyne and his Peacemakers this Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31, at Tempe's Marquee Theatre, 730 North Mill. Back from backing John Fogerty on the road -- and earning all kinds of props, such as Roger being called "the Springsteen of the Southwest" by the New Jersey Star-Ledger -- the local rockers return for their only hometown summer shows. Tramps & Thieves open on Friday, Shurman on Saturday; both 8 p.m. shows are all-ages. See www.ticketmaster.com for tickets, $18.75. See www.azpeacemakers.com for the latest on Roger and the boys.

SAT 31
Want a piece of the lights, camera, action? Whether you're dying to break into the movie biz or just like to wear tights (frankly, we don't think it has to be an either/or), listen up: Big-time, real-life, genuine movie honchos are holding open auditions for Pachuco Man: The True Latino Superhero this Saturday, July 31, in downtown Scottsdale. Currently in preproduction and said to star Edward James Olmos, Andy Garcia and Jacob Vargas, the New Line Cinema flick is set to be filmed later this year in L.A., New Mexico and Arizona -- primarily Tucson, Casa Grande and Guadalupe. We hear they're "looking for people of all types and all ages." Sounds like you? Head to the Comedy Spot Comedy Club, 7117 East Third Avenue, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Bring a rsum and head shot (or photo), and be prepared to perform a monologue or read a few sides. And don't call ahead -- they hate that. Need more info? Check out www.thecomedyspot.net.

SUN 1
Get a clue this weekend -- the more gruesome, the better -- when Court TV's Mobile Investigation Unit (M.I.U.) Tour rolls into Arizona Mills. The interactive forensics lab on wheels teaches kids and adults cutting-edge forensics technology and investigative techniques -- i.e., the use of Superglue fuming and luminal and footprint evidence -- to solve the mystery of who stole Grandma's blueberry pie. (We're no experts, but wouldn't the blue teeth be a dead giveaway?) Visitors to the M.I.U. also can watch and participate in a stage show starring Frank Lee Forensics, Court TV's "Forensics Fanatic." Be the first on the crime scene this weekend, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 31, and Sunday, August 1, at the Mills, 5000 Arizona Mills Circle in Tempe. See www.courttv.com/tour.

MON 2
If, for some reason, we don't find these prints charming, we'll be more than satisfied with the free cookies. Promising "a lively presentation and discussion," the members of the Arizona Print Group present their works at the August 2 installment of the FirstMondays Art Salon at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 North Central. The association's 20 members -- "dedicated to the fine art of unique, limited-edition hand-pulled prints" -- work in all manner of media, including intaglio, relief, lithograph, monotype and silkscreen. After chatting up attendees over Starbucks coffee and the aforementioned cookies (thaaat's the stuff), the artists will show slides of their works and describe their backgrounds and processes. Presented by the Phoenix Public Library and ArtsAZ, the free program -- "more than just an art lecture . . . an opportunity for the audience to actively engage the artist throughout the presentation" -- gets rolling at 6:30 p.m. Call 602-256-3521 for details.

TUE 3
We adore French cuisine, and we're quite skilled in its preparation -- fries and toast, in particular. Those of lesser culinary prowess might benefit from a stop at Sur la Table, where chef Christopher Green breaks it down, one time, for "French Cuisine Simplified" this Tuesday, August 3. On the syllabus: smoked salmon tartare with lemon crème fraîche and pumpernickel hearts, fennel and tomato soup with spicy sausage, pan-roasted chicken breasts with creamy tarragon sauce, and baked chocolate puddings. Green gets cooking at 10:30 a.m. at the Scottsdale store, 7122 East Greenway Parkway. Registration is $65; call 480-998-0118 to reserve a spot. Check out www.surlatable.com for more on the store's "Classes for Confident Cooking" program.

WED 4
God bless America, indeed. All of our favorite things bear the gentle stamp of Americanization: American Idol, American cheese, The Greatest American Hero, Franco-American. . . . Find out how manifest destiny has improved the world's sexiest dance this Wednesday, August 4, when Rob Haines begins a month of weekly classes tackling the tango, American ballroom-style. Through his sole proprietorship, Rhythm and Motion, Haines teaches a different dance each month -- Latin, country or nightclub -- at Stardust Dance Studio, 3929 East Main in Mesa. Beginning and intermediate dancers are encouraged to drop in, and students are welcome to join at any time. Classes run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and cost $10 per session ($8 if the entire month is paid in advance), no preregistration or partner required. See www.rhythmandmotion.biz for more information.

 
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