Aron Mezo has quite the yen for off-the-hook theme parties. It seems the proprietor of after-hours Scottsdale nightspot Afterlife is putting on some sort of stylish shtick-filled soiree every weekend, and they're almost guaranteed to pack in the peeps.
For instance, a couple of weeks back he threw a massive Jersey Shore-themed affair, which drew hundreds of fans of the guilty-pleasure MTV reality show to his doorstep. This weekend, however, Mezo is planning on having plenty of girlies running around his joint dressed in their unmentionables during the Lingerie Nights Bowl on Saturday.
The producers and cameramen from the salacious Lingerie Nights DVD series -- featuring videos of hotties and honeys prancing around nightclubs in cities around the
U.S. while wearing revealing undergarments -- is celebrating the release of their latest edition, which coincidentally features girls from around the Valley.
They'll also be casting for an upcoming DVD, so if you're a member of the fairer sex who looks good in a corset or negligee (or are just a dude who likes checking out scantily dressed women), we've got all the pertinent details about the party listed after the jump.
Oh, yeah, there's also info on nine other low-cost events you might be interested in attending this weekend, including opportunities to fire a handgun, get down with your bad self, and a few places to check out Sunday's Super Bowl.
*ekb's Birthday Bash at Bar Smith (Friday)
She-jays are something of a rare commodity here in the Valley. We can count on one hand how many female mixmasters are currently working the wax in Phoenix. It's a shame, quite frankly, because they're just as talented as their male counterparts at the turntable trade. Take Erin K. Bailey (a.k.a. *ekb), who's been spinning vinyl, breaks, and dance music for more than a decade at clubs both locally and around the country. She's celebrating her 34th birthday tonight along with her friends down at FUSE Friday. So be sure to stop by and wish her many happy returns, as well as enjoying $3 Skyy drinks and Blue Moons. Resident DJs Astrofunk, Mara, Sol Martinez, Disko Da, Substation, and Hussy Hussy will also be in the mix. 9 p.m., free before 10:30 p.m. (130 East Washington Street, Phoenix, 602-229-1265)
Chip Hanna at Sucker Punch Sally's Diner (Friday)
If ever there were a perfect setting for a punk show, it's Sucker Punch Sally's. The motorcycle-themed, retro Mill Avenue eatery is covered from floor to ceiling with scads of rock 'n' roll ephemera and memorabilia (including vintage six-string axes, tattoo art, and concert posters), and the tattooed-and-pierced waitstaff looks like they came to work straight from a show at the Rogue West. In other words, it's a fitting milieu for a gig by former U.S. Bombs guitarist Chip Hanna, who will perform his brand of Americana-laced acoustic guitar work. 10 p.m., free. (4 East University Drive, Tempe, 480-248-6673)
Soulflite at Black Forest Mill (Friday)
Since their departure from Tempe's Sail Inn last month, the members of global soul/funk collective Assembly Line Productions are continuing to search for a regular home to provide their weekly musical journeys. In the meantime, they're hosting a gig tonight at Black Forest Mill, which will feature nu-jazz, deep house, and rare cuts from Modern Groove Assembly and DJ Speek Greene. 8 p.m., free. (4900 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602-840-4000)
Adam's Evil at Jugheads (Friday)
Word around the campfire is that Tonya Copeland, the widow of Jugheads' original proprietor Sid Copeland (RIP), is once again calling the shots at the East Phoenix punk bar. Does that mean that there are some big changes in store for the renowned dive? Not likely, as Mrs. Copeland will continue to host punk gigs starring some of the Valley's best acts, including this weekend's free show featuring Adam's Evil, Family Secret, Righteous Blood, and three other bands. 9 p.m., free. (5110 East McDowell Road, 602-275-1039)
NRA Weekend and Shooting Sports Extravaganza at Cabela's (Saturday)
"Guns rule. Contrarian words for this rag? Perhaps, or maybe we're wising up because we believe that if someone wants to pack heat, he or she is welcome to. That's exactly what's going to happen (multiplied by a very large number) during the National Rifle Association (NRA) Weekend and Shooting Sports Extravaganza. The redneck binge for firearms enthusiasts will include various schoolings on shooting, such as the 'So You Want to Buy a Gun?' seminar as well as workshops on how to clean your piece." (9380 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale, 623-872-6700) -- Steve Jansen
Lingerie Nights Bowl at Afterlife (Saturday)
Grab your garter belts and bust out the bustier (well, if you're a chickadee, that is) for this all-night underwear extravaganza, which will also feature body painters painting NFL team jerseys, casting for an upcoming Lingerie Nights DVD, shower shows, hookahs, go-go dancers, and music from the DJ trio of EPHX, Lunatic, and N-Time. Ladies who come clad in lingerie get in for only $5. 10 p.m. (4282 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, 480-234-6555)
The Father Figures at the Rogue Bar (Saturday)
Tom Reardon has been a guitar-beating, band-organizing, lyric-spitting juggernaut and a major figure in Phoenix's rock scene for more than 15 years. In addition to his lengthy involvement with on-again/off-again noise-rock act Hillbilly Devilspeak and the defunct joke-punk band Pinky Tuscadero's White Knuckle AssFuck, the bespectacled 40-year-old has also been a longtime member of hardcore rock terrorists of the North Side Kings. As the latter project has been on hiatus ever since a fire destroyed the Scottsdale home of frontman Danny Marianino last year, Reardon's been gigging around town lately with his new band, The Father Figures. The trio's name is rather apropos, considering it's also made up of such music scene warhorses as guitarist Michael Cornelius (a.k.a. one-time bassist for local legends Jodie Foster's Army) and drummer Bobby Lerma, who's a veteran of such local bands as The Voice. 8 p.m., $6. (423 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale)
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George Kuchar Film Symposium at ASU West (Saturday)
"George Kuchar may very well be one of the best filmmakers you've never heard of. That all changes with the George Kuchar Film Symposium, headlined by Jennifer M. Kroot's award-winning documentary It Came From Kuchar. In the 1960s, talented twins George and Mike Kuchar held their own against notoriously pretentious auteurs in the underground art scene -- namely Andy Warhol, Stan Brakhage, and Kenneth Anger. Dubbed the "8mm Mozarts," the brothers K gleefully brought low-budget camp to its knees with psychological meandering, lurid dialogue, and strangely-lit sets. (Eventually directing more than 200 films, George's signature work, Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966), is a well of lonely frustration.) Kroot's doc chronicles his filmmaking madness through up-to-date footage, archival scenes, and interviews with John Waters, Buck Henry, and Guy Maddin. The celluloid celebration, presented by No Festival Required, will also screen recent short films made by the man, who will be in attendance at the event." 5 p.m., free. (4701 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, 602-543-5500) -- Leslie Barton
Bud Bowl Throwdown at Cadillac Ranch (Sunday)
Are you a New Orleans Saints fan? Then you might wanna spend Sunday afternoon at Arcadia Tavern cheering on the Black and Gold Boys during Super Bowl XLIV. Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Colts faithful will be screaming in support of their particular team down the road at Teakwoods Tavern. But if you're undecided about who's gonna win the Vince Lombardi trophy (or just want a killer place to check out the big game), head for Cadillac Ranch, where the Tempe Marketplace nightspot will offer $2 Budweiser and Bud Light drafts, two-for-one chicken wings, and halftime entertainment by the AZ Red Army Road Show. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m., free. 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480-894-1111)
Mekong Tet 2010 Lunar New Year Festival at Mekong Plaza (Sunday)
"You want authentic? Do you? Well, you're going to get it (in a good way) during the Mekong Tet 2010 Lunar New Year Festival. The two-day celebration that gives it up to Vietnamese culture isn't your watered-down, garden-variety shindig. Rather, Mekong Plaza, the southeast Asian-themed mini-mall that opened in October 2008 will serve on-the-real Vietnamese food that will make you feel like you're actually somewhere that isn't the east side of the Phoenix area. Plus, a full-scale carnival and live entertainment will go off." 10 a.m., $1-$3. (66 South Dobson Road, Mesa, 480-363-9009) -- Steve Jansen