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The White Stripes Concert Movie, Limbeck, Civet, and More

Still bitter about the fact that the White Striped snubbed Phoenix on their last nationwide tour? 

Then it's probably a good idea if you avoid watching their new documentary/concert film Under Great White Northern Lights.

The flick (which is a visual compliment to a live album of the same name) contains footage from Jack and Meg having a blast during their swing through the Canadian provinces during their 2007 world tour. Some have labeled it a stopgap measure until the next White Stripes studio album, while other have called it an "enjoyable romp."

Decide for yourself as the film will be screened tonight at MadCap Theatre in Tempe courtesy of Zia Records. Although tickets to the screening are technically free, there are a few provisos for gaining them.

Read on for full details, as well as nine other low-cost/no cost events you might want to check out this weekend.

Under Great White Northern Lights at MadCap Theaters (Thursday)
Here's how to get into the screening. Visit any Zia Records Exchange location today and pick up a copy of the either the Under Great White Northern Lights DVD or the live album (which will run you anywhere from $13.99-$16.99). Those always plucky Zia clerks will then hand over a ticket to the screening. 8:30 p.m. (730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-634-5192)

Civet at The Underground (Friday)
Feeling like a dose of girl power after watching the Hollywood versions of Joan Jett and Cherie Currie rock out on the silver screen? Hang out at the Underground, where the Long Beach all-girl punk band (which cites The Runaways as one of their biggest influences) will perform. Joining them will be locals Die Ignorant, Sigma, and Bear Awesome. 6:30 p.m., $7. (105 W. Main St., Mesa)

NU (Native + You) at Heard Museum (Friday)
After the streets of downtown Phoenix have emptied themselves of green beer, fake Irish accents, and liquored-up leprechauns, culture returns with the Heard Museum's NU (Native + You) event. Part of the Third Friday fanfare, the night features clay works by Jason Garcia, Richard Zane Smith, Lisa Holt, and Harlan Reano in the Heard's Berlin Gallery. Be ready for an acoustic solo set by the Oklahoman and Choctaw singer-songwriter, Samantha Crain, at 7 p.m. in the Steele Auditorium. Visitors can also spend the evening wandering the outdoor courtyards, noshing at the Arcadia Farms Café, or sipping a local (non-green) brew or two from the cash bar. 5:30 p.m., free. (2301 N. Central Ave.) -- Laura Hahnefeld

Ransom at Philthy Phil's (Friday)
If you're jamming out to your favorite tunes, you feel awesome. That's because your serotonin is a-pumpin'. And when you're thrashing at the gym, you feel like a million bucks. That's because physical activity makes your endorphins go nuts. Put the two together, add a dash of alcohol, and, good god, man, you've created your own heaven! Catch all three highs at Ransom at Philthy Phil's every Friday when resident DJs Kevin M.O.B., Benni Beatnik, Bigie, Craig Citizen, and more play some kickin' '80s and '90s beats (just like they used to spin it in the Word Up! days at Glam). Expect American Apparel styles galore and drunken make-outs in the corner of this dive-y bar. 9 p.m., $3. (2939 N. 16 St., 602-279-4339) -- Lilia Menconi

AZ Derby Dames Afterparty at Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Saturday)
It's almost guaranteed that there's gonna be a lot of action taking place at this weekend's AZ Derby Dames double-header (which involves the Brutal Beauties taking on the Schoolyard Scrappers, followed by the Coffin Draggers meeting the Runaway Brides), but probably not as much as what will go down at the afterparty. We're expecting to witness plenty of hook ups, break ups, fuck ups, and maybe even a few fistfights. Total Punk Chris from AZ Punk will be spinning music all evening. FYI: The event takes place in the coliseum's downstairs bar and not the actual coliseum itself (although that would be pretty sweet). 9 p.m., free. (1826 W. McDowell Rd.)

 

Limbeck at Hard Rock Café (Saturday)
"'Not Bob Lindbeck!' huffs a disclaimer on the band's MySpace page. Hey, we can dig it. You pay your dues, you put in 10 years of really solid, Being There-era-Wilco-inspired alt-country, you get one of your songs on a freakin' iMac commercial . . . and still, people mistake you for some over-the-hill Ozzy freak from New York who has, like, a little over 3,000 page views. Total bullshit. Then again, it has been a good three years since the Orange County foursome put out their fourth and most recent album, Limbeck, so maybe the world needs a reminder that, you know, the not-Bob Lindbecks are still alive and rocking. That seems to be the underlying intent of this one-off gig in Phoenix, which will reunite the California-based half of the band (lead vocalist Robb MacLean and guitarist Patrick Carrie) with the dudes who moved away. Following an acoustic show in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, MacLean and Carrie distributed 75 copies of a new, unreleased EP, so maybe they'll test out some new songs, too. And if you need more incentive to go: Know that one of them is the spitting image of badger-like funnyman Zach Galifianakis. Can't you just see him screaming 'Not Bob Lindbeck!'? Comedy gold." 8 p.m., $8. (201 E. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-261-7625) - Craig Outhier

PBR Comedy Night at Yucca Tap (Saturday)
Word to the wise: Don't ever heckle Chris Franjola. Holly Montag of The Hills learned that particular lesson the hard way as the Chelsea Handler sidekick adroitly ripped her a new one verbally onstage at the Laugh Factory in L.A. last summer. So be sure to keep your trap shut (except when you're laughing, that is) when Franjola and his Chelsea co-hort Sarah Colonna bring some yukks to the Yucca. Local comic Bryan Ricci will also perform and DJ Epidemic spins between sets. 8 p.m., free (29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777)

PHX Saturdays at PHX Nightclub (Saturday)
Pooch Hall (a.k.a. Derwin Davis from CW sitcom The Game) will play the role of host during the Doobie Boyz's weekly hip-hop/R&B dance throwdown in downtown Phoenix. DJs Robby Rob and Illmatic will be in the mix all evening. Hit up this site to get on the guest list and get in for only $5. 9 p.m. (122 E. Washington St.)

Texas Invasion Tour at Stray Cat (Saturday)
You'll get your money's worth (and then some) at this punk/rockabilly/psychobilly showcase featuring four different acts from the Lone Star state, as well as cornucopia of local talent. The lineup includes The Ghost Storys, Dead Rabbits, The Livends, and Mariachis Del Inferno, as well as The Limit Club, Kats of Horror, and more. 6 p.m., $8. (2433 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-967-1040)

Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration at SmoCA (Sunday)
"Valley dwellers know all too well what it means to live on the grid. Painter, photographer, and printmaker Chuck Close knows, too. He's been working on the grid for more than thirty years, relying on the structural guide to create enormous portraits that have the precise nature of digital prints, but are, indeed, created by hand. Close, one of the country's foremost artists in any medium, is especially renowned for his printmaking process. Even after a spinal cord artery collapse in 1988, the mostly-paralyzed artist insists on continuing his painstaking and meticulous methods (it can take up to two years to make one print). "Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration" chronicles Close's process by displaying every carved linoleum block, acid-etched plate, and intricate detail of 118 works that span from 1972 to 2002." Noon-5 p.m., $5-$7. -- Tricia Parker


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