Looking back on the long and storied history of automobile culture, it's safe to say no single decade mastered the art of the bold stroke more aptly than the 1950s. It was a time when real men were judged by the size of the flames on their side panels; when greased hair and greased lightning ruled the day; and racing for pink slips was a true rite of passage. Revisit an era of automotive excellence and attitude at the Bad Guys IV Car Show and Kustom Kulture Extravaganza, Saturday, November 13, at Marc's Sports Grill and Nightlife, 4494 West Peoria Avenue in Glendale. Nostalgic hot rods and custom cars headline an all-day car show and music festival aimed at fans of the Kustom Kulture '50s scene. In addition to a slew of the coolest classics on wheels (courtesy of a host of the Valley's best-known car clubs), an all-star lineup of the Valley's finest rockabilly and psychobilly bands -- including Flathead, Grave Danger, Heather Rae and the Moonshine Boys, and Maricopa County Prison Band -- will perform inside the bar. Parts and clothing vendors, custom (or is that kustom?) art, and even an old-fashioned burlesque show round out a day's worth of entertainment bent on showing you what a true car show can be.
Admission to show your car is two nonperishable food items for the St. Mary's Food Bank for Thanksgiving. Spectators are encouraged to donate as well. For details call 623-979-4766 or visit www.invaderscarclub.com. -- Craig Wallach
Made to Border
Heard Museum hosts Spanish Market
Better dust off your mangled knowledge of Spanglish, as such phrases as "cuanto cuesto" (how much) might help you avoid becoming just another naive gringo when the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central, becomes a mercado-style joint for the third annual Spanish Market on Saturday, November 13, and Sunday, November 14. Artisans offer such handicrafts as santos (religious statues), embroidered tapestries, tinwork, mosaics, and even recycled art, which turns found trash like discarded car parts and circuit boards into artistic treasures. Thankfully, there won't be any farmacias offering Soma or Viagra on the cheap, wey, so save that shopping list for your next trip to Nogales. Make a border run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Call 602-251-0255 or see www.heard.org. -- Benjamin Leatherman
Avoiding art shows because you're paranoid about committing the faux pas of buying "bad" art? Such worries have been dispelled by the folks at Esprit Decor Gallery, 5533 North Seventh Street. Hidden in a midtown strip mall better known for its delectable Jewish restaurants, Esprit's juried fall exhibition features the crème de la crème of work by members of the Arizona Artists Guild. Although the show runs through December 1, drop in for the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, November 12. The complimentary wine will make extracting that credit card from your wallet just a tad bit easier. For more information, call 602-248-0700. -- Douglas Towne
What's Ale-ing You?
Toast to charity
Join other ale-fellows-well-met in a toast to friendship from 5 to 11 p.m. this Saturday, November 13, at the Arizona Real Ale Festival, where old and new friends can sample British-style ales and 50 kinds of beer to benefit the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. $25 gets you 10 drink tickets and a souvenir glass by which to sort of remember the evening. Drink to mood music by blues purveyor Hans Olson, and cleanse your palate between sets with pub and cantina fare. This brew bash will be held at the Icehouse, 429 West Jackson. For more information, call 602-340-8717 or visit www.azbrewguild.com. -- Kim Toms
Welcome to the zoo's jungle
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Although the desert is home to a great many animals, chances are you won't see a whole bunch of primates swinging from cactuses and thriving in our concrete jungle. Luckily for them, the jungle is claiming a prime new piece of desert real estate with the opening of "Monkey Village," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 13, and Sunday, November 14, at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway. The zoo's newest exhibit features 12,000 feet of jungle-like habitat teeming with squirrel monkeys, saki monkeys, and a host of other lovable primates from Central and South America. This weekend's grand opening also features live music, interaction with animals ranging from boa constrictors and parrots to iguanas and vultures, games and activities, and more. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $5 for children. Call 602-273-1341. -- Craig Wallach
Chalk This Way
Graffiti a go-go at Heritage Square
Feel free to tag the sidewalks in front of Heritage Square, 115 North Sixth Street, at this weekend's "Chalk It Up" festival. Sheriff Joe won't mind the graffiti. You'll have competition, though, as artists such as Genna Panzarella, Mario Martinez and Randy Slack will craft concrete creations ranging from the colorful to the surreal (schoolchildren can also join in the fun). Dual stages provide entertainment from musicians, dancers and performance artists, and films will be projected onto the walls of the Arizona Science Center after dark. The chalk show runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 13, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 14. Admission is free to the event proper, but tickets for a pre-festival wine-tasting party from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 11, are $35, $25 in advance. Call 602-327-3786 or see www.cakewalk.tv. -- Benjamin Leatherman