Local music was the focus of First Friday on May 1, 2009. Back Ted N-Ted hit up Roosevelt Row for an outside gig, while local favs What Laura Says, and Dry River Yacht Club battled it out for band supremacy at Phoenix Art Museum. See more shots in our First Friday slide show...see photos
Zack de la Rocha Returns to Protest Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Before today's successful march of thousands from the Wells Fargo building in downtown Phoenix to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's gulags, many in the Phoenix activist community tried to dissuade civil rights leader and march organizer Salvador Reza from taking on Arpaio in such a bold, uncompromising way. They feared violence. They feared a backlash from the public. They feared the worst...full story
In the disorganized menagerie of music and art that you'll find at a typical Phoenix First Friday, I've found that it's usually best to show up without plans and let the muse lead you. Friday night I showed up with a mission, though: See Back Ted N-Ted at Lost Leaf. Now, I've seen Modern Art Records house producer Ryan Breen's band plenty of times, but having heard the new material, just recently posted on his MySpace, I had to see what the new stuff sounded like live...full story
Dogfish Head Intergalactic Bocce Tournament
This weekend, Earth's mightiest heroes assembled to drink delicious beer and play bocce ball. At least that's what the scene seemed to be from a distance, but as I moved closer I realized that appearances truly are deceiving. The Flash was wearing a trench coat and had an extremely fake but extremely generous phallus stapled to his crotch...full story
See: Photos from the tournament.