Oh yes, Valentina is back in Phoenix.
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click to enlarge DJ Tristan Isuelt will be there. - BATWINGS PHOTOGRAPHY
DJ Tristan Isuelt will be there.
Batwings Photography
Haxan v Warlock, A Doomed Disco-tech
The word “disco” typically conjures images of shimmery ’70s fashion and jerky, embarrassing dance moves.
If that sounds terrible to you, don’t worry, you won’t find any of that at the Haxan v Warlock, A Doomed Disco-tech dance party. This event will bring the glorious gloom.

From the tunes to the vibe, you can feed your goth-y soul. The party will combine Haxan, a local dance night, with Warlock, a similar event that happens in Los Angeles. Which means that California DJ Xian Vox will lay down the dark wave sounds alongside Phoenix DJ Tristan Iseult.

Guests are encouraged to “dress to raise the dead” for this shadowy soiree that starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, at The Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road. Admission is $5. Call 602-296-7013 or visit the Rebel Lounge website. Amy Young

click to enlarge DEBRA BERMAN- MONTANO
Debra Berman- Montano
“Broken” is an evening filled with art, poetry, and performance curated by Helen Hestenes and dedicated to her sister, Karen, an Arizona artist who passed away in 1997. The Room of White Columns inside The Icehouse will feature work by late local artists who worked in photography, painting, and other media. The Cathedral Room will feature “Sarcophagus,” a sculpture by Helen Hestenes presented in conjunction with performance artist Mariana Riley.

Joining the event is Butoh Sonics, which was founded by sonic sculptor HexRAY and ritualist Eric Hodgins in 2015. The group, which includes rampaNT and Parker Westonm, explores the range of human sensations though experimental noise and body movement.

“Broken” begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, at 429 West Jackson Street. Admission is $40 and benefits The Glass Eye, a nonprofit campaign dedicated to suicide awareness.
For more information, visit the Ice House website. Jason Keil

Glow in the Park + Full Moon Drum Circle
Grab your glow sticks and go. That’s the simple mantra of Shakti Drummers, who will gather with community members on Sunday, December 31, for Glow in the Park + Full Moon Drum Circle. It’s an excuse to drum your little heart out, meet some new people, get a nature fix, and spend the early part of New Year’s Eve in an unconventional way.

The free gathering happens from 5:15 to 8 p.m. at the Tewa Ramada at North Mountain Park, 10608 North Seventh Street. Expect music, games, and spontaneous dance under the glow of the early evening desert sky. You can bring your own instruments and glow sticks, or borrow what you need when you get there. No pets, please. Visit the Facebook event page. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Don't forget the flannels. - MELISSA FOSSUM
Don't forget the flannels.
Melissa Fossum
2018 Flannel Ball
Sure, you could waste a ton of cash to fly to New York City to see the ball drop in the super-crowded Times Square for New Year’s Eve. Or, you could go to the Roosevelt Row equivalent, the 2018 Flannel Ball.

Like any good kickback, the celebration will have live music by Snailmate and Exxxtra Crispy, as well as art, food trucks, beer, and, of course, flannels.

Party on from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Sunday, December 31. Tickets are $15 at eventbrite.com or $25 the day of the event. Lindsay Roberts

The Grid’s Nerdy New Year
Throw your Power Gloves in the air like you just don’t care, because the fine folks at The Grid: Games and Growlers in Mesa are putting on an 8-bit bacchanal for New Year’s. At The Grid’s Nerdy New Year, titans of video game music and nerd culture will rock the crowd and show 2017 the door.

Instrumental heroes The Minibosses will shred epic game music covers, and nerdcore rapper Mega Ran will spit rhymes and drop beats as big as the Times Square New Year’s ball. Local weirdo Kawaii Robot Shark will also be there to help usher us into 2018 with some additional acts that have yet to be announced.

The festivities kick off at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 31. Tickets are $10 at the door for this 21-and-over show. There will be a free champagne toast at midnight; all other beverages will be available for an additional cost. Visit the Grid Facebook page or call 480-621-8088. Ashley Nafutle

click to enlarge Mural painting to help activate downtown Mesa. - MESA ARTS CENTER
Mural painting to help activate downtown Mesa.
Mesa Arts Center
Self-guided Art Tour
Calories? Hate ’em. Holiday stress? Totally sucks. You can walk it all off, starting on New Year’s Day. Need ideas on where to begin? Try downtown Mesa, where streets are dotted with sculptures and murals that make for a relaxing self-guided art tour. Some of the more whimsical sculptures depict a giant stiletto and bright pink chair. Others reveal bygone days of agriculture and other pursuits.

You’ll find about three dozen sculptures from Mesa to Country Club drives, and between First Street and First Avenue. Look for murals by several artists, including Lauren Lee and Jesse Perry, while you’re there. And check out public art along the light rail, too. There’s an online map to help you hit the highlights. Visit the Downtown Mesa website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of 75 displays at Lights of the World. - COURTESY OF ARIZONA STATE FAIRGROUNDS
St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of 75 displays at Lights of the World.
Courtesy of Arizona State Fairgrounds
Lights of the World
Some people go to Disneyland constantly. If they don’t see the Main Street Electrical Parade a couple of times a year, the moping commences. So we take ’em to the Arizona State Fairgrounds for Lights of the World, a touring installation that’s nearly unfathomable in its size, creativity, and technological pizzazz. Imagine It’s a Small World threw up on Fremont Street, in a good way.

Attractions with separate admission include a carnival and stunning Chinese acrobatics. Visit from 5 to 10 p.m. on Monday, January 1, at 1826 West McDowell Road. Monday admission’s offered at $9.69 through a radio station promo — the password’s on the order page at the Lights of the World website. Regular admission is $15 to $18, continuing through Tuesday, January 2. Call 602-252-6771 for info. Julie Peterson

click to enlarge Always fun with the Suns. - JACOB TYLER DUNN
Always fun with the Suns.
Jacob Tyler Dunn
Phoenix Suns v. Atlanta Hawks
When the Phoenix Suns’ leading scorer collapsed in pain during a December 5 game at the Toronto Raptors’ Air Canada Centre, a panicked gasp was heard across the Valley. Luckily, 21-year-old Devin Booker’s injury proved milder than it had appeared, and there were assurances that the budding all-star would return in short order.

The Suns are still a work in progress, to put it politely, but at least with Booker back in the lineup, they have a dynamic offensive weapon at the ready. That’s more than can be said for the ailing Atlanta Hawks, who will visit Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2. Tickets are $18 and up. Visit the Suns website or call 602-379-2000 for details. Rob Kroehler

“Tempe Xhibition: Celebrating Ten Years”
It’s been 10 years since the debut of Tempe Center for the Arts, a staple of the Valley performing arts scene. The city is celebrating with a free art show featuring work by more than a dozen emerging and established Tempe-based artists, including Kristin Bauer, Lena Klett, Melissa Martinez, Jacob Meders, and John Randall Nelson.

Highlights include a pair of Emmet Potter’s shiny, powder-coated Vietnam-era bombs suspended from the ceiling. Also keep an eye out for Emily Ritter’s books, each made with a month’s worth of recycled materials.
Give “Tempe Xhibition: celebrating ten years” a good look between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2. The show is only on view at The Gallery at TCA, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, through January 6. Visit the city of Tempe website. Lynn Trimble

Who will win? - TIFFANY BROWN
Who will win?
Tiffany Brown
Country Idol
Think you have what it takes to win Country Idol? The local singing competition is on the hunt for top performers at preliminary events around the Valley, including one at Pat O’s Bunkhouse Saloon.

Don’t let the name of the event fool you. Singing a country song is not required to win over the judges. Contestants will be judged on showmanship and vocal ability. Winners in the preliminary round will receive a $25 and $15 bar tab for first and second place, respectively, and the chance to compete in the finals at the 33rd Annual Gay Rodeo, which runs from February 16 through 18.

It’s pitchy at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, at 4428 Seventh Avenue. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Arizona Country Idol website. Jason Keil
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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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