Your best won't do at Hard Rock Cafe
It'll take a lot more than rock 'n' roll gimmicks to get Dee Snider (pictured) on their side when a half-dozen local bands battle in the Sauza Tequila "Live All Summer" competition on Wednesday, July 27, at the Hard Rock Cafe, 3 South Second Street. Snider, the former front man of 1980s hair-metal band Twisted Sister, along with 101.5 The Zone's DJ Fathead and a third judge to be determined, will choose one band to open for alt-popsters OK Go on August 10 in San Francisco. Sauza girls will be on hand to deliver tastings and shots. Admission is free. Call 602-261-7625. -- Joe Watson
All in a day's words
San Francisco writer/poet/actor/musician Beth Lisick (pictured) throws the kitchen sink at the lit geeks who'll attend the Tuesday, July 26, installment of "Writers Block" at the Paper Heart, 750 Grand Avenue, by showing a short film, reading some of her works, and then dishing out advice for creative writing types. The 8 p.m. show/workshop also includes the usual P.A.I.N.T. festivities with DJ Seduce. Call 602-262-2020 or see www.thepaperheart.com. -- Joe Watson
Laugh it off at "Film Nuit"
The film sounds like an instructional sex video gone awry, but Laurelann Porter's How Not to Make Love to a Woman jump-starts the Paper Heart's "Film Nuit" series with an indie debut that's part performance art, part documentary. Porter, a playwright and ASU graduate, strips the shame from domestic abuse by focusing on women as survivors, not victims, and leaves ample room for laughter. Porter believes it's the best medicine to promote healing, and if you have a problem with that, you'll just have to take it up with her and the crew at the post-screening discussion panel. Film Nuit à la Paper Heart begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at 750 Grand Avenue. Admission costs $3. Call 602-262-2020. -- Wynter Holden