Back in the ’70s, having a black light in your bedroom allowed its purple glow to enhance your cool factor. Nowadays, these lights aren’t so common as household décor, but shindigs boasting the ultraviolet luminescence do abound.
The ToXin Black Light Party is such an event that lets you have an entire night of glow-in-the-dark fun. Dance to live music and DJ sets, all for hours. There are also drink specials, craft beers, and a variety of games, from arcade fun to billiards. Sport your best white and neon duds for maximum illumination from 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, until the clock strikes 2 a.m. at The Grid: Games and Growlers, 525 South Gilbert Road, #A-7, in Mesa. Admission is free. Call 480-621-8088 or visit thegridmesa.com. Amy Young
The World Bazaar & Phoenix Community Market
’Tis the season for local shopping events. But this year, one local market has a special international flair. The World Bazaar & Phoenix Community Market at 19th Avenue and Camelback Road features vendors from the local community of refugee artists and craftsmen. The market showcases a variety of crafts from around the world, from African beadwork to Middle Eastern jewelry, with international food and beverages to sample, too. There will be a special kids’ zone with face painting, hair braiding, and other hands-on activities.
The market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, at the 19th Avenue and Camelback Road Light Rail stop. Admission is free. This event is co-sponsored by Local First Arizona, the International Rescue Committee, Valley Metro, and the City of Phoenix. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/337360886607879. Katrina Montgomery
Wasted Ink Zine Distro Grand Re-Opening
Marna Kay and Charissa Lucille have turned a notice of rental termination into a new lease on life — or at least their business.
When the duo behind Wasted Ink Zine Distro found themselves (and their store) booted from their Tempe location earlier this fall, they packed up their extensive zine library and headed for a new home. Now they’re setting up shop across the Valley at the Hive Gallery, 2222 North 16th Street, and are celebrating with a grand re-opening party.
Flip through hundreds of titles and cozy up with some good paper product during the free launch event starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. The party features zinesters Native Zinestress, Pity Party Zine, and Queer Indigenous Girl, along with live poetry from Joy Young and Trejon Dunkley, music, and refreshments.
Visit www.wizd-az.com for store and celebration details. E-mail [email protected] to submit a zine or for distribution inquiries. Janessa Hilliard
Art and Objects Studio Sale
You’ll find art, adornments, and gifts created by Sannit and 13 additional artists, who work in diverse media such as painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture, textiles, and jewelry. Participating artists include Lexie Bowers, Chris Jagmin, Christy Puetz, Lisa Olsen, and Sherrie Zeitlin.
Sannit’s sale is a chance to meet local artists and shorten your gift list while sampling Sannit’s take on a Scandinavian hot, spiced wine called glogg. Shop for yourself, too. Your secret is safe with Sannit. Visit patriciasannit.com. Lynn Trimble