Liz Phair doesn't want to be your blowjob queen anymore. She may have sung such on her groundbreaking 1993 album Exile in Guyville (an answer to the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street), but, truth be told, she's stopped singing songs that make feminists pump their fists while manly men pump their palms. "At the same time [I was] titillating them, [I was also trying] to bring them close enough so I [could] smack 'em," Phair has said of her early work.
The sonic smackdown stopped with the release of Phair's 1994 album Whip-Smart, when she abandoned the sexually explicit lyrics and stripped-down sound of Guyville for a more full-bodied, radio-friendly brand of pop. "I used to be a loudmouthed girl on the scene; I loved having presence and personality," says Phair. "Now I keep a really low profile and pretend to be nice and demure."
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Phair's "low profile" phase included getting married in 1995 and giving birth to a child the following year. And instead of churning out album after album, she's released only three CDs in the past decade.
On Saturday, December 10, she'll make a stop at Dodge Theatre, 400 West Washington, in support of her latest disc, Somebody's Miracle. The acoustic show starts at 8 p.m. and also features Vertical Horizon. Tickets cost $9 to $76. Call 480-784-4444. -- Niki D'Andrea
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There's a beauty pageant out there for everyone, as evidenced by the inaugural Native American Transgender Arizona Pageant. Hosted by the Native American Pathways Prevention Project, the pageant will crown Miss Native American Transgender Arizona. Entrants will be "graded" on their knowledge of tribal culture, awareness of HIV/AIDS issues within the Native American community, and modern tribal dress. The pageant begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 10, at Native Health, 3008 North Third Street. Tickets are $10, which includes admission to a pre-pageant party at 4 p.m. featuring tacos and drinks. For more information, call 602-279-5262, extension 306, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. -- Kristi Eaton