DJ Seduce is trying very hard to be humble. When he started the weekly "P.A.I.N.T.: Music* Art* Spoken Expression" nights at the Paper Heart, he was struggling to get a dozen people through the door. Thanks largely to word of mouth, his conglomeration of underground audio mixes, live painting and spoken word is now the most popular Tuesday-night party in town, sometimes drawing upward of 60 people. "I don't want to go getting a big head about it, but I guess I do have a bit of an ego," says Seduce. "When we started out, it was small. Now, each week, we get an average of five to 10 new people. I'm happy that people have been really receptive and that it's lasted as long as it has."
Seduce will celebrate the one-year anniversary of "P.A.I.N.T." on Tuesday, September 13, with a big bash sponsored by Samuel Adams. He'll spin a mélange of mellow tunes, including "some downtempo, some Afro-funky, and some Brazilian." He'll also be joined onstage by percussionist Luis Acosta. "You can get your boogie on," says Seduce. "I'll be spinning all night."
More than eight local artists will paint during the event, including J.J. Horner, Jason Rudolph Peña, and Colton Brock, and there will also be an open-mic poetry reading.
"I truly support the arts scene, 100 million percent," says Seduce. "There are so many talented spoken-word artists and painters, and they've been really supportive. I'm glad I can give back to them."
The all-ages "P.A.I.N.T." anniversary party starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $3 before 10 p.m., $5 after. The Paper Heart is located at 750 Grand Avenue. Call 602-262-2020 or visit www.paintfusion.com. -- Niki D'Andrea
Sexy models. Skimpy clothes. Hard rock. It's a testosterone paradise on Saturday, September 10, at "Frock 'N' Roll," a union of music and fashion in which models prance down the catwalk to tunes from Haven James, Runaway Phoenix, and the Black Moods. For the ladies, there are designer duds down in the "Dungeon" and raffle prizes from trendy boutiques. The trademark pleather pants and painted faces at Alice Cooper'stown, 101 East Jackson, will be traded in for haute couture courtesy of Scottsdale designer Susan Di Staulo, LabelHorde's Rhonda Zayas, Husband, and others. The best part? It's shopping for charity! The entrance fee ($7 to $13) provides phone cards for overseas soldiers through the USO's "Operation Phone Home" program. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 602-253-7337. -- Wynter Holden
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Before Candye Kane became a brazen blues crooner, she was a bodacious topless model/portly porn star. And while she's singing on Sunday, September 11, in support of her latest album, White Trash Girl, she'll be showing off a lot more than her soulful vocals when she performs with the Fat Bottomed Girls Burlesque Revue. Kane calls the troupe of full-figured femmes fatales a "sumptuous, all-you-can-eat buffet," and they'll be serving it up hot 'n' heavy with Kane at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Jazz sensation Phat Man Dee will also lend her powerful pipes to the show, which starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $12. Call 602-265-4842. -- Niki D'Andrea
Thai One On
Want to travel to the other side of the globe without that nasty jet lag? Then head down to the third annual Thai Cultural Days Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 10, and the same hours Sunday, September 11, at Heritage & Science Park, 115 North Sixth Street. The free festival includes performances by Thai classical dancers and musicians, fashion shows, a demonstration of a traditional Thai wedding, and artifacts on loan from the king and the prime minister of Thailand. Oh, yeah -- and food, glorious food. Coconut curry, yum! Call 602-614-2622 or visit www.ThaiAmericanFriendship.org. -- Clay McNear