"As an artist, I'm most comfortable painting these bleeding sides of beef," says Gilmore of his predilection for the macabre and the perverse. "It can be very subtle -- it's not all gore and shit like that. It's psychological, as well. That's what I'm drawn to, the psychological darkness. It's very rich territory for a writer. The dark side of the moon, as it were."
"On the Raw and Dark Side: An Evening With John Gilmore" takes place at Perihelion Arts Gallery, 1500 Grand Avenue. Admission is free. Visit www.johngilmore.com or www.perihelionarts.com, or call 602-462-9120. -- Stephen Lemons
Box Is Tops at U-Haul of Fame
So step into it
Consider the lowly box. It's hurled around by moving dudes, used as a summer sled on grassy knolls, chewed on by dogs, disposed of in Dumpsters, and otherwise generally abused. However, our functional friends get extreme makeovers in the exhibit "Out of the Box," opening with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 16, at MADE art boutique, 922 North Fifth Street. Local artists including Sue Chenoweth, David Dauncey, and Sarah Hubbs show off wonderfully whimsical creations such as the "jewelry box," the "music box," the "prophylactic box" and the "idiot box." Viewing is free, and the art is available for sale. Call 602-262-5584. -- Clay McNear
Mexican boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez knows his glory days are behind him. Still, we wouldn't want to take a punch from the 43-year-old slugger when he slips on the gloves for his final fight on Saturday, September 17. Experience history as Chavez headlines "Adios Phoenix: Julio Cesar Chavez Tribute to the Fans" at America West Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street. Chavez faces off against super-lightweight Craig Weber on a card that also includes a match featuring Chavez's undefeated teenage son, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Bell time is 5:20 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $200. Call Ticketmaster at 480-784-4444. -- Craig Wallach
Finally, we get to meet the Polish Prince of Mayhem, who'll DJ a fashion show at Four White Walls, 1023 Grand Avenue, on Saturday, September 17. KD Designs, Camille Messina, and David Quintanilla's Dulce Couture will share the spotlight with the Prince, snacks from Gilbert's Egg'septional Cafe, and a short performance piece by Christalena Sparrow. "All three designers get to do whatever they want; it gives us a chance to really get our names out there," says Quintanilla, whose presentation will have "a political kind of feeling . . . statements to get you thinking." Admission is $5. The doors open at 7 p.m. Call 602-705-4936 or visit www.fourwhitewalls.net. -- Julie Peterson