Looking for something to do this week? "Night Owl" is a quick guide to special nights at bars and clubs around town. We'll give you a few hints re: cover, dress code, music and atmosphere. Friday nights mark "WTFunk Friday" at Stray Cat in Tempe.
Stray Cat Bar and Grill's a true, blue dive bar known for its Tempe crowd that gets things moving during its signature ska/punk turntable event every Friday. WTFunk Friday is presented by AWAL productions and Tony Cass, who hope to bring the local hip-hop community together.
The Bar: Has the usual dive bar fittings: Pool tables, arcade games and even shuffleboard. Although there is no "real" patio, there is a small sheltered smoking room.
The Music: On WTFunk Friday, local hiphop takes over including performances by DJ BLESD1, Anglo Saxon, Optimal, Kers and Western Empire.
The Art: WTFunk Friday invites local artists including Jeff McDaniel, Steve Nam Caballero, Jondo Fett and Ali to live paint. The artists mingle together in a little corner, painting and selling their art in the dim light of the bar.
The People: A variety of locals in their late 20s and 30s. Stray Cat is a melting pot of pool sharks, hip-hop fans, and bar flies.
The Style: A clumsy hodgepodge of street wear and club wear.
What we loved: Stray Cat brings together many aspects of local culture into one night -- painters, DJs and musicians.
Would we go back? Not so much. While the DJs seemed to be the best part of the event, the other entertainment failed to fill the dance floor.