So many people still shudder at the "F" word: Feminism, that is. The Guerrilla Girls don't understand that -- after all, they've been trying to reinvent the word since 1985, adopting the names of dead women artists as pseudonyms, donning gorilla masks, and using "facts, humor and fake fur" to expose sexism in all aspects of our culture. They'll be armed with some new statistics about discrimination in the arts when they invade Arizona State University's Neeb Hall at 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 25. According to Kathe Kollwitz, one of the group's founders, the statistics show that "things haven't improved as much as we thought they had." And after penning four books, making a hundred posters, designing countless billboards, and performing 30 to 40 gigs a year, that's got to be a little disappointing. But you can't keep a good woman down, which is why the group members -- who have never performed without their gorilla masks -- constantly seek new ways to change the status quo, even if that means being hot and sweaty all the time. "Those masks are really hot, and they're rubber," Kollwitz says. "We need designer masks, but they've sort of become our trademark, so we stick with the store-bought, scary villain masks."
Two of the Guerrilla Girls, Frida Kahlo and Rosalind Franklin, will give a "talk-performance-presentation," during which they'll provide a retrospective of the group's work and talk about female stereotypes. They'll read some "crazy letters" they've received from people, and also perform a skit with the audience. Call 480-965-9756 for tickets, or see www.guerrillagirls.com. -- Niki D'Andrea
Bowling for Dollars
Soup for everybody
If that scene in Oliver! -- where Oliver's standing in the orphanage cafeteria with his empty bowl, sheepishly asking for more -- didn't tug at your heartstrings, just imagine hundreds of hungry kids without so much as a bowl, let alone a propensity for busting out into song and dance. Now we can all empathize with this year's "Empty Bowls" fund raiser at Tempe Beach Park, 80 West Rio Salado Parkway, where attendees can buy ceramic bowls made by artists and ASU students (and filled with soup) for $10 each, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 26. Proceeds benefit United Food Bank's Kids Café programs, which give 300 children a meal or a healthy snack every day. Call 480-350-8625. -- Niki D'Andrea
Change of Venue
Free movie (seat not included)
It might be counterintuitive to charge top dollar for a film called Chump Change. Perhaps that's why the Copper Square folks are providing a free viewing, outdoors. The open-air "theater" borders Coach & Willie's sports bar in downtown Phoenix on Third Street immediately south of the railroad tracks. Just bring a chair at 8 p.m. Friday, February 25, to enjoy this comedy and perhaps some cool -- but unintended -- special effects courtesy of passing Union Pacific locomotives. The flick was a hit at the 2001 Phoenix Film Festival and stars Stephen Burrows, Traci Lords and Tim Matheson. Live music by Fatigo starts the festivities at 7 p.m. See www.coppersquare.com/filmseries or call 602-254-8696. -- Douglas Towne
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It's an honor just to be nominated at Ska-Punk Awards
Hey, jaded music fans, remember the time you declared the local scene to be nothing more than a popularity contest? Turns out you were right, since the Arizona Ska-Punk Awards on Saturday, February 26, at Jan's European Restaurant, 2736 West Bell, will be handing out awards based on votes cast online. The state's best and brightest alt-rock bands, including Stereotyperider, Trinket, and the Minibosses (pictured), are nominated for more than 20 awards in categories like "Best Album," as well as a host of genre-specific honors. More than a dozen acts like American Roulette, Calabrese, and Idiot Kin will also perform. Get skankin' starting at noon. Admission is $10. See www.badstainrecords.com. -- Benjamin Leatherman