Bearded Octopus, Aloha Festival, Wild West Steampunk Con, Disco Fries at El Hefe, Carnaval Eléctrico, and Devoured Over the Weekend
Although there may not have been any lions, tigers, or elephants about, CityScape nightspot Gypsy Bar definitely boasted a circus-like aura on Saturday, March 9, during Bearded Octopus. Party promoter Jen Deveroux assembled three ring's worth of big top characters and creatives for the event, including striptease sirens from Scandalesque and plenty of out-there artwork.
Daredevil performance artists Jeremy Kinison and Candy Pants of the Cut Throat Freak Show also entertained and astounded with their sideshow-like antics, as did the troupe's array of performers, including Harvey Gross (a.k.a. "The Grossest Man in Sideshow"), Hermie the Alternative Balloon Twister, and pro wrestling magician The Shocker.
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Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention II in Tucson 2013 The second Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention was a hit, as former movie studio/living history theme park Old Tucson came to life over the weekend, full of folks showing off costumes that re-imagined the Victorian era. Between ray-gun battles, steampunk fans enjoyed live performances by Doctor Elemental, Abney Park, and Steam Powered Giraffe on Saturday, March 9.
Aloha Festival 2013 in Tempe Tempe got a large dose of warm island flavor for the 19th annual Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park on Sunday, March 10. The park was packed full of folks indulging in Hawaiian culture by listening to music, eating barbequed meats, cooling off with shaved ice, and having a great time overall.
The Disco Fries at El Hefe, 3/10/13 New York City's Nick Ditri and Danny Danger, better known in the club world at The Disco Fries, paid a special visit to El Hefe in Scottsdale on Sunday, March 10, and brought their party mojo along with them. The DJ duo, who've filled plenty of nightspots in Gotham with their supersized electro-house remixes, got the packed Old Town establishment spot jumping with high-energy remixes of Tiësto, Kaskade, Hardwell, and other EDM all-stars.
It's awesome when everything goes right at a show: Great lineup, great venue, and great concept. But, as the crowd at Friday night's sold-out Carnaval Eléctrico festival proved, sometimes it can even be great when everything goes wrong. It rained cats and dogs, making the outdoor sets soggy, and creating a massive line -- a "one in/one out" situation -- to get back into the venue.
Still, the pouring rain didn't stop the audience from dancing and cheering as Cold War Kids performed their trademark song, "Hang Me Out to Dry," the bass line booming as singer Nathan Willett sang "too, too, too many times" in his singular rasp. Check out the full review on Up on the Sun.
Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic 2013 Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic showcased the valley's finest restaurants and skilled chefs to tantalize the taste buds of excited foodies on Saturday at the Phoenix Art Museum. Check out the slew of appetizing dishes and drinks you missed from Saturday. And start game-planning for Sunday.
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