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Coachella, Super Happy Funtime Burlesque, Japanese Street Chic Fashion, Desert West Skatepark, and The New Pornographers Over the Weekend

Coachella 2011 The 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival got underway yesterday with the bad taste from 2010's fiasco still in the mouths of many -- myself included. It didn't help that Paul Tollett -- head of the festival's producer Goldenvoice -- recently admitted that he believes as many as 105,000 people were on the festival grounds on any given day last year -- a pretty awful number considering tickets sold out at 75,0000 and Goldenvoice only has a permit for 80,000 to be allowed on the festival grounds...full story

Also: see Coachella coverage from Saturday as well.

Super Happy Funtime Burlesque (NSFW) Downtown's The Duce is well-documented as an interesting neighborhood hang-out. Things got exceedingly interesting on Saturday night, however, when the spot served as a stage for the Super Happy Funtime Burlesque show. Do you like suggestive dancing? How about pasties? What are your thoughts on gigantic men wearing thongs and sitting on audience members? If you enjoy that sort of thing, let's hope you were at the show...see photos

Japanese Street Chic Fashion Show at Collins College The parking lot of Collins College in Tempe was the site of an outdoor fashion show featuring funky and punk couture inspired and influenced by Japan's Harajuku style and created by the school's design students. All-girl punk band The Cosmeticators also performed...see photos

Desert West Skate Park in Photos Skate or die! At least that's what you should be thinking if you hit Desert West Skate Park at 6602 W. Encanto Blvd. Not only is the park ideal for some serious shredding, it's got a glossy coat of artistic goodness from local artists...see photos

The New Pornographers and Menomena at Marquee Theatre When pressed for an immediate answer to the question "what is better than a pornographer," fans who attended Friday night's show at Marquee Theatre will most likely answer with "The New Pornographers." While their level of new-ness is debatable, the band played one hell of a show at Marquee Theatre. Menomena came along for the ride...full story


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