This Week's Day-by-Day Picks
Thursday, July 17
Kiss at Mickey's Hangover keeps up the momentum of last month's fashion show at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art by hosting local designers for trunk shows every Thursday from 8 to 11 p.m. On July 17, the spotlight is on designers Meredith Elliott and Louis Dorman, who offer items for sale on the premises. Material, Elliott's label, is an upbeat, sexy line of womenswear made from recycled vintage pieces. Dorman's Mondesi line for men and women includes fun, original graphics silk-screened onto tees, tanks and shirts. Upcoming weeks feature vinyl record bags by Bill Berry on July 24, Ora's Originals cigar box purses on August 7, and clothes from Casey Pearson and Contra Mondo by Susan DiStaulo on August 14. Mickey's is located at 4312 North Brown in Scottsdale. For details call 480-425-0111.
Friday, July 18
Local art lovers head to Mesa on Friday, July 18, for the opening reception for Segura Art Gallery's latest exhibition, "A Private Party," from 7 to 9 p.m. Curated by the Mesa Public Art Program's Kate O'Mara, the show features a number of works made by Segura Publishing Company, which publishes fine art prints and shares the space with the gallery. Among the artists included are New Yorker Dan Rizzie, known for his colorful, organic compositions; Enrique Chagoya, who collaborated with poet Alberto Rios for one of his intricate pieces; and Kyung-lim Lee, whose ethereal geometric pieces graced the walls of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art last year. The exhibition continues through October 20 at Segura, 51 East Main in Mesa. Call 480-894-0551 for details.
Saturday, July 19
Proof positive that art is healing: Local artists and musicians gather at Fate, 905 North Fourth Street, on Saturday, July 19, for a Music and Art Festival to benefit 9-year-old Felicia Parra. When the little girl accidentally crashed into a window while jumping on her bed, she sustained a severe injury to her arm. Five years of painful surgeries to repair severed nerves and tendons have only resulted in partial use of her hand. Festival organizers hope to raise funds to pay for the crucial tendon reconstruction surgery that Parra needs to regain full hand function. From noon to midnight, musical performances from Arms of the Sun, Tripwire, Pawn Shop Porno, Mondala, and Agent 86 will help put revelers in a generous mood. To find out more, visit www.angelsofarizona.com or call 602-258-0972.
An aspiring dancer from India and an American porn star fall for each other, Bollywood-style, in The Guru, a wacky romantic comedy starring Heather Graham. The film is the feature of the evening at Yoga Pura's movie night, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Admission is by donation at 15440 North Seventh Street, at Coral Gables Drive. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, pillows and snacks. For more information, visit www.yogapura.com or call 602-843-PURA (7872).
Sunday, July 20
Legendary Mexican singer Vicente Fernández first found fame in the late 1960s with a handful of ranchera hits, then established himself in the 1970s as a superstar with both an acting career and his chart-topping, now-classic song "Volver, Volver." Since then, he's only grown more beloved with countless anthems. On Sunday, July 20, "El Rey de los Rancheros" fills America West Arena with his powerful voice at a one-night concert. Showtime is 5 p.m. at the arena, 201 East Jefferson. Tickets, $45.50 to $97.50, can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or 480-784-4444.
Monday, July 21
Unlike most bands of a certain era, who coast through the years on endless reunion tours of recycled hits, Fleetwood Mac comes to town on Monday, July 21, with a new album, Say You Will, and a fresh set of new material. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance at America West Arena, 201 East Jefferson. Ticket prices start at $47, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Arizona Heart Foundation. To purchase tickets, call Ticketmaster at 480-784-4444.
Tuesday, July 22
Playwright James Garcia's journalism experience inspired the script of his latest play, Borderlines, which focuses on a young Latina reporter's return to Nogales to look after her sick father. Finding difficulty adjusting to covering the international drug trade after being a food writer in Chicago, her transition isn't made any easier by the strange mix of characters she encounters at her new job. Directed by Jim Gradillas and presented by Colores Actors-Writers Workshop, Borderlines debuts on Tuesday, July 22, as part of the Herberger Lunchtime Theater Series. Performances start at 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through August 7 at the Herberger Performance Outreach Center, 222 East Monroe; the entrance is located on Van Buren. Admission is $5, and optional lunches are an additional $5. Call 602-254-7399, extension 106.
Wednesday, July 23
For its Two-Year Anniversary Party, the Rock Bottom Brewery, Arrowhead location, promises "the Mother of All Parties." With the cost of admission set at two cans of food (a donation to the Westside Food Bank), it's a pretty sweet deal; you'll even get a $2 discount voucher for your next visit. The all-day Caribbean-style shindig boasts Chef Martin's wild pig roast starting at 5 p.m., Rasta Alonzo's Caribbean music, raffles and contests. And folks who show up in tropical-themed gear get entered in a drawing to win a hefty prize. Rock Bottom is located at 7640 West Bell in Glendale. Call 623-878-8822.
In Dead Egotistical Morons, the latest Paul Turner mystery from novelist Mark Zubro, gay Chicago police detective Turner discovers some unsavory truths behind entertainment industry glitz while investigating the sensationalized, execution-style murder of a popular boy band's fresh-faced lead singer. On Wednesday, July 23, Zubro visits the Poisoned Pen to sign copies of his book starting at 7 p.m. The Poisoned Pen is located at 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. Call 480-947-2974.
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