Give Peace a Trance
In the '60s, there were love beads and hippies. Today, the "make love, not war" mentality lives on through Kandee Kids -- ravers with beaded bracelets and positive vibes. On Saturday, September 17, the Gaia of all raves, Earthdance 2005, heads to a Tucson desert locale so secret you practically need a decoder ring to find it. The Arizona massive features 85 DJs spinning and scratching from 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. The jocks include hardfloor technofunk guru J. Splat as well as Keoki, the NYC mix-master portrayed by Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show) in the indie flick Party Monster. Earthdance is a global prayer for peace, with proceeds benefiting Tibetan House Trust. Before getting your trance on, ingest wisdom from the Dalai Lama, who'll be teaching in Tucson all weekend. Call 520-540-0205 or visit www.aaaposse.com/earthdance2005 for Earthdance tickets ($20 to $35) and location. Call 877-327-7187 for info on the Dalai Lama's visit. -- Wynter Holden
Axis/Radius puts up Dukes
We hear Jessica Simpson had to majorly work out to make her butt even perkier for her short-shorts-wearing role in The Dukes of Hazzard. You, however, will have to work with what you have on Friday, September 16, when Axis/Radius, 7340 East Indian Plaza in Scottsdale, hosts a contest for the hottest pair of cutoffs (on a woman), with a $200 prize. Or you can, ahem, mount a mechanical bull and try to win $100 for the "sexiest" ride. The nightspots will become The Boar's Nest for the evening, with costumed staff, $3 custom moonshine, and other drink specials, including penny Grey Goose beverages 'til 11 p.m. for ladies in "Daisy Dukes." Call 480-970-1112 or visit www.axis-radius.com. -- Julie Peterson
We'll take Manhattan fest
If you can make it out of New York, you can make it anywhere. That's the mantra for the filmmakers gunning for gold in this year's Manhattan Short Film Festival, which is, for the first time, using the rest of the country as a proving ground. The Valley is one of 54 cities across the U.S. that will screen the MSFF's top 12 shorts (winnowed from approximately 500 entries), with moviegoers voting for their favorite at the end of each screening. The short with the highest overall score wins the grand prize and a chance for its maker to direct a full-length feature. Shows are scheduled at 7:15 p.m. Friday, September 16, and 4 and 7:15 p.m. Saturday, September 17, at Harkins Valley Art, 509 South Mill Avenue in Tempe. Tickets range from $5 to $8. Call 602-222-4275 ext. 027 or visit www.MSfilmfest.com. -- Clay McNear
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