This Week's Day-by-Day Picks
Thursday, April 22
Make a date to see The Figgs. The guitar-rock trio leaves the garage to gig at the Clubhouse, 1320 East Broadway in Tempe, on Thursday, April 22. Despite 17 years of rocking, Pete Donnelly, Pete Hayes and Mike Gent remain among "America's best-kept rock and roll secrets" -- according to Billboard magazine, at least. They hope to spill the secret with the next Figg thing: the soon-to-be-released PALAIS, their eighth full-length recording. The double CD -- with 25 songs ranging "from fiery rockers to sobering pop to experimental new wave-tinged, synthesizer freak-outs" -- is set to surface May 18. Mike Violia and Jake Brennan open the all-ages show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 through www.ticketweb.com, $8 at the door. See clubhousegigs.com for details.
Friday, April 23
They're no talk, all action. The Tweaksters roll acrobatics, juggling and choreography -- all without words -- into a performance piece "designed to tweak and delight audiences of all ages." The Santa Monica-based twosome -- Regan Patno, a former "Solid Gold" dancer, and Julia Snyder, a Shape magazine fitness model of the year -- stages routines that are anything but. The tweak performance finds them working an eight-foot metallic pole, dodging swinging torches as they dance to aboriginal music, and performing a "mock striptease" in black light costumes. Somehow, it all remains G-rated. And it gets better still: Passing Wind involves "novel tricks with balls on columns of air" (artsy-fartsy, indeed), PotHeads promises "highly skilled flower pot manipulations," and PongShooter delivers "audience participation with lots of ping pong balls and flying objects." The "fabulous feats of physical fun" start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue in Chandler. Call 480-782-2680 for tickets, $14 for adults, $7 for kids 12 and younger. See www.tweaksters.com for more on the show.
Saturday, April 24
Get in line for some wheeling and dealing this Saturday, April 24, at Mesa's Reed Skate Court, 1631 East Broadway. From 5 to 9 p.m., a Blade and Skate Expo lures inline skaters and boarders with music, food and demos, while reps from Valley skate and rollerblade shops spin their merchandise. Dementia leads off the live music lineup at 5 p.m., followed by 2 Dimes at 6 and American Made at 7. Admission is free. Dial 480-644-4925 or see www.cityofmesa.org for details.
Sunday, April 25
No room for lazy boys in this living room. Set in "a living room gone amuck," A Ludwig Dance Theatre's Living Room Project: Tempe, wraps its weekend run Sunday, April 25. Inspired by the line "Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly," the collaborative piece "weaves its way through a series of living room events" at the Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East Sixth Street in Tempe. Also on the program: the première of Seeing: Some Women I Know, which explores the female personality through dance, music, theater and visual art; Time Out, a fast-paced piece set to a jazz soundtrack; and He Said, She Said, the third work in a series of husband-wife duets. Showtime is 2 p.m.; tickets are $9 to $15. Call 480-966-3391 or visit www.aludwigdance.org.
Monday, April 26
When it comes to wine, it's best to think outside the box: Bid Franzia farewell and discover a whole new world of wine. The tour guides at Scottsdale's Kazimierz World Wine Bar, 7137 East Stetson, are happy to nudge novices in the right direction, and, several nights each week, the venue provides a live soundtrack to sip by. The Blue Monday Jam rocks the Kazbar from 8 to 11 p.m., when local jazz and blues vocalist Margo Reed hosts an open jam session with local and visiting musicians. Cover charge is $5 after 7 p.m., plus a $10 food-and-drink minimum. Beat the cover and the crowd -- from 5 to 7 p.m., the "hours of joy" menu offers a "super sherry sampler" for $6, red and white wine flights for $8, and reduced-price "global grazing." For cocktail connoisseurs, a roster of $5 martinis ranges from the palatable (the "Key Limetini" mixes Key lime vodka, cream and Midori melon liqueur) to the painful (the "Window Pane" blends absinthe vodka and Jagermeister). Check out the menu and 2,000-bottle wine list at www.kazbar.net.
Tuesday, April 27
Slam, bam, thank you, man. Not everyone can write poetry -- that much is painfully clear -- but slam poet Mark States has a way with words. A fixture on the Bay Area spoken-word scene and co-moderator of the online Poetry Hosts listserve, States is known for melding poetry and politics (his signature poem is titled The Unapoet Drops This Bomb) in a style "part vulnerable and confessional, part contemporary music." Phoenix's longest running event celebrating the written and spoken word, Poetry in the Park marks its 13th year by bringing States to the stage this Tuesday, April 27. The poetry takes motion at 7 p.m. at the Boathouse in Encanto Park, 2605 North 15th Avenue; States performs at 7:30 p.m., and an open mike session follows. Artists are encouraged to bring their works, books and recordings for sale and display. Admission and refreshments are free. Call 602-942-3060 for more information.
Wednesday, April 28
Shifting his focus from the subconscious to the fashion-conscious, psychologist turned photographer Harrison Hurwitz had clothes calls with personalities ranging from Jean-Paul Gaultier to Claudia Schiffer. Now based in Phoenix, Hurwitz flashes back to his 15 years in the Big Apple in "The New York Years: Fashion Photography by Harrison Hurwitz," opening Wednesday, April 28, at Mama Java's Coffeehouse, 3619 East Indian School. "The exhibit will be fashion photographs I took mostly in NYC from the late '80s to late '90s," Hurwitz says. The Bernie David Duo lends live jazz to the reception, set for 7 to 9 p.m. The photos will hang for at least a month; call 602-840-5282 or see www.hurwitzphotography.com for details.
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