TUESDAYSHold on to those collagen-coated dreams, because that little Botox blast you've been praying for might just be within your grasp. Palazzo, the downtown hot spot at 710 North Central -- and advocate of sexy, hedonistic fun -- is paying homage to both the addictive television show and the cosmetic cutting craze that inspired it by hosting "Nip/Tuck" on Tuesday, May 24, and every Tuesday thereafter. Though the television show itself will be playing in the background, there's a whole lot of in-the-flesh action to easily put TV into a second-place slot, including the contests that get the grand-prize winner a generous gift certificate of $1,000 to visit Tempe cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richard Pavese. And, honey, if you're even thinking of taking home that big daddy of a treasure, you're gonna work for it.
Mistress of ceremonies Heather Slaughter and her gorgeous, dominatrix cohorts are on hand each week to coax attendees into contest participation. "The challenges," Slaughter says, "are always changing and have previously involved the [use] of ice cubes in interesting ways, erotic dancing, and participants literally acting like animals." That's certainly not too much to ask for a contribution to your tummy tuck trust, now, is it?
If you're not looking for some extra cash to get yourself under the knife, you might just get a rise from campy burlesque performances, dancers, and themed fun, such as shots served from syringes by hotties attired in sexy nurse and doctor outfits. This is one time your leather-studded stethoscope will come in handy.
Doors open for "Nip/Tuck" at 9:30 p.m. During the month of May, admission is free. Call 602-229-1150. -- Amy Young
Avenue to the past
Keep your eye on the swinging pendulum and listen to my voice. You are getting sleepy. You are getting very, very sleepy. You are traveling back in time, walking along Mill Avenue in 1950. Look around you. What do you see? Can you picture Mill Avenue before the block parties and drum circles? If not, check out "Behind the Camera: Picturing Mill Avenue," at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19. Photographer Larry Mishler has witnessed the renovations and preservations along Tempe's main strip for the past 55 years and recently rephotographed the avenue. He'll share his observations and experiences at the Tempe Historical Museum, 809 East Southern. Admission is free. Call 480-350-5100. -- Niki D'Andrea
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Bang for a buck off
While you were busy blinking, we got the word on yet another gun exposition to grace our arms-lovin' desert. On Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, the doors of the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell, will swing open to allow you to feast your little eyes upon the wares of pistol vendors brought together by gun show promoters TerMark. Get your new, used, antique and military pieces, as well as hunting supplies and reloading equipment. The two days of gun fun happen from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8, with $1-off coupons available at www.gunshowtsp.com. Call 877-623-9364. -- Amy Young
While campaigning for class president in high school, John Popper of the band Blues Traveler was suspended for playing his harmonica during a campaign speech. Such lunacy clearly illustrates why kids with artistic ambitions should never, ever subscribe to a society committed to their conformity. Enter Visions, a yearlong teen art program through Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and a medium for the Valley's finest teen artists to show the world they can be anything, but they won't be average. Celebrate the works of this year's participants at "Visions: Our Stories," through September 18 at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street. Call 480-994-ARTS or visit www.scottsdalearts.org. -- Craig Wallach