While the first wave of hot rodders set a standard for fast cars, teens and twenty-somethings these days are building sweet rides on their own terms. Classics and muscle cars are growing scarce (not to mention more expensive), so they've satisfied the need for speed with souped-up four-cylinder imports, essentially keeping the hot rod spirit alive by transforming affordable, widely available vehicles into customized works of art.That new generation of gearheads gets its due respect on Saturday, June 28, when Wax n' Traxx sets out to redefine "car show." Instead of an outdoor family event, think of hot cars lined up along the dance floor in a warehouse setting, with high-tech lights, thumping hip-hop and old-school breakbeats, and rap and breakdance contests providing a party atmosphere. Promoters Brian Berg and Victor Gomez of Victory Productions, who both have years of experience throwing raves, hope Wax n' Traxx is a welcome addition to the local car scene. "I've never seen anything that brings the kids together on a positive level like these cars," says Gomez. "It's intense."
Just for the fun of suspense, Berg and Gomez are keeping quiet about the location; on the day of the event, info will be available at 602-284-2518. All-ages admission to the alcohol-free, 8 p.m. show is $10. There's no charge to enter a car in the display; call or send an email to victory_ email@example.com to register. - Michele Laudig
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Yule drink for charity
Feel like your chestnuts are roasting on an open fire? Well, start basting the plum pudding and get into the holiday spirit because it's Christmas in July at Kazimierz World Wine Bar. The cover is only $1, and proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you're short on cash, bring a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy for St. Vincent DePaul's charity. Admission gets you tickets for various drawings, and drink specials include Candy Cane Martinis (thank you, Santa) and all sorts of concoctions involving rum and eggnog. Kazimierz is located at 7137 East Stetson in Scottsdale, and Christmas is on seven nights a week, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. throughout the month of July. Ho-Ho-Happy hour is from 5 to 7 p.m.- Quetta Carpenter