During its heyday in the late '60s and early '70s, the sport of women's roller derby proved that ladies with skating skills and a penchant for foul play made for great entertainment. Some 30 years later, the derby keeps a lower profile, a condition that a group of Valley women are hoping to remedy by starting a league of their own. The renaissance begins in earnest at the AZ Roller Derby Benefit Show, Friday, September 12, at Scottsdale's Rogue Bar, 423 North Scottsdale Road. Girlush Figure, Battleskar Tarantula, the Dames, and the Knockout Pills are scheduled to perform, while a number of fund-raising (or is it hell-raising?) activities promise to raise the festivities to a fever pitch. Proceeds will provide funding for the league in anticipation of its season opener in mid-November.
Visit www.azrollerderby.com. -Craig Wallach
NEXT of Kin
Remembering those lost on 9/11
NEXT Restaurant & Nightclub owner Brian Ruede wants us all to remember the brave souls who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. One brave soul whom Mr. Ruede knew personally was Fred J. Cox Jr. (pictured). On Thursday, September 11, beginning at 8 p.m., stop by NEXT, 7111 East Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale, to pay your respects. Local firefighters will be bartending for the evening, which also features a silent auction. Admission is free, but donations are welcome, and all proceeds benefit firefighter charities and the Fred J. Cox Jr. Scholarship Fund at the University of Arizona. Call 480-970-6398 or visit www.nextscottsdale.com for more information. - Maidi Terry
The essence of wieners is captured in paint
Turns out it's a tough week for keeping kosher -- Tuesday's "Men of Playgirl" performance at the Cajun House isn't the only sausage fest to hit the Valley. This Friday, September 12, Alwun House Gallery, 1204 East Roosevelt, lets the dogs in for its season-opening exhibition, "Laurel Johnson: A Lesbian Celebration of Wieners."
Though openly gay, the artist admits to loving wieners -- she owns three dachshunds -- and immortalizes them in her paintings, pastels and drawings. Johnson's works mine classic compositions -- Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, van Gogh's Starry Night -- and pop culture: In Scarlett and Stone Temple Pilot, a staredown pits wiener vs. Weiland, pink tongues protruding. When Tom Met Stanley pictures a baffled-looking Tom Cruise envisioning a smug wiener dog, a thought bubble revealing the leading man's frustration: "I can't believe that little dachshund is better looking than me!"
A 7 p.m. opening-night "Wiener Fete" promises hors d'oeuvres (little smokies, we hope!), a cash bar and live folk-blues by Linda Bilque and Rochelle Raya. Admission is $7. See www.alwunhouse.org. - Jill Koch
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